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Younus Khan - Pakistan's Saving Grace

It seems that making a record is a kind of cake walk for Younus Khan. Just when you think, it’s time for Younus Khan to get retired, he smashes another century, breaks another record. Our very own century maker, Younus Khan, has now become the first man in the 140-year history of cricket to score hundred in 11 different countries including UAE. Now, he is just 75 runs short, inching closer to the prestigious 10,000 Test run mark.

 Considering that it’s the first match of Younus Khan against Australia at home, the feat of 1000 Test runs is an extraordinary triumph. Younus Khan notched his 34th test century however Australia had diminished the visitors to 271 for eight, still, 68 runs short of maintaining a strategic distance from the take after on, at a close of play on the rain upset the third day of the third test on Thursday.

The evergreen 39-year-old right-hander cleared the ball to deep square leg for his 12th four in the first hour after tea to raise his first test hundred in Australia and was unbeaten on 136 at stumps. At the fourth day, Pakistan’s only saving grace was a beautiful innings played by veteran Younus Khan at position 4. He was a solid vigil at the crease when the wickets were going down on the other side.

Earlier in this match, on the 3rd day, Younus Khan became the fifth Pakistani and 81st batsman, on the whole, to score 1000 runs in Tests against Australia. The veteran, who is also Pakistan’s highest run-getter in Test cricket, reached the feat during his unbeaten knock of 64 on the second day of the third Test at Sydney. Now, the legend goes up again.

The man, who is smiling conqueror, is also a champion of the nervous nineties. He leads the list of most consecutive conversions (32) from 90 to 100, leaving Bradman (29) and Sangakkara (23) behind. This was Younis' 34th Test hundred, bringing him level with Sunil Gavaskar, Brian Lara, and Mahela Jayawardene. The last 32 times he got to the nineties, he changed over every one of them to hundreds. Don Bradman is next on the list, scoring 29 centuries and failing to get out in the nervous nineties.

Since his debut in 2000, he has been a part of Pakistan's rich history throughout the years, including driving them to the 2009 World T20 trophy. With a Test average of over 50, a triple hundred against Sri Lanka and double hundreds against Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, and Zimbabwe, he has turned out to be a Pakistan’s savior on many events.

Over the years, younus has built up his diversion and gone better. He has been the foundation of the Pakistan batting line-up nearby commander Misbah-ul-Haq with whom he also shares the most extreme number of century stands in Tests. Also, Younus includes in the list of most extreme keeps running in partnerships for Pakistan — the most noteworthy with Misbah took after by another with Mohammad Yousuf.

Before Younus Khan, Rahul Dravid became the man in December 2004 to score hundreds in all ten Test-playing nations when he scored 160 against Bangladesh in Chittagong. Mohammad Yousuf and Mahala Jayawardene did it in ten countries; both did it against South Africa while Sangakkara achieved it against West Indies.

The records don’t stop here. When you talk about 100s in a winning cause for Pakistan, Younus tops the list – 10, same as Ricky Ponting while Steve Waugh leads with 13 centuries for Australia. In addition, he has a double hundreds (4) after the age of 35, while the record of the most 150s in a similar age is added to his repertoire as well – 6. Younus has regularly been tipped as the best partner to have on field – a statement backed by the record of having the most 10-run partnerships (67).

And apart from batting achievements, Younus is known for his excellent hands in the field. He has taken the most catches (129) for Pakistan across all formats.

So do you need anything else from this smiling assassin?



Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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