In the ongoing seriesbetween Pakistan and Australia, Michael Clarke’s men have found it difficult to cope with Pakistani aggression and solidity. In spite of Saeed Ajmal’s absence, Shah and Babar rattled through Aussie defence quite easily. While new International faces have done the job for Pakistan in bowling department, veteran Younis Khan was the star performer as far as batting is concerned.
In August, he made his return into Pakistani test side with a trademark 177 against Sri Lanka in Galle. After that, he struggled to get going in the remaining matches of that series.
Now in Abu Dhabi, Younis have found himself in the form of his life. Through out his career, he earned fame as an elegant player of spin. But his stability in front of the wicket was also a positive to add.
After a 106 and 103 not out in the first test, he has kept himself unbeaten at 111 at the end of the first day of the second test. Three consecutive test centuries against the Kangaroos, though weaker than olden days, is not an amateur’s thing to accomplish. Over the years, legends like Sachin, Lara, Kallis or Viv could not succeed to get even closer to this feet.
Only one such instance was recorded in the history book when England opener Herbert Sutcliffe managed to reach the three figure mark on three successive occasions, back in 1924-25. The technically gifted right-hander from Yorkshire scored 115, 176 and 127 in Sydney and Melbourne tests of that Ashes. Sutcliffe was at the dawn of his career then, his career spanned from June 1924 to June 1935 which saw him register an more than impressive all time average of 60.73.
On the other hand, Younis, after 14 years of his glittering test career, contributed to help his nation make a mark with some more records also.
- It has been 31 years since all of the Pakistan’s top four have made a 35+ contributions against Australia
- It is the first time when Pakistan have lost two or fewer wickets after 40 overs in three back-to-back test innings against Australia since 2001.
- November may happen to be a lucky month for Pakistan. It has been 20 years since Pakistan defeated Australia in a test series. If they can even draw this test in this November, they can match their feat back in November 1994.
[box type=”info” align=”aligncenter” ]An out of the box info regarding Younus Khan is that one of his namesakes, 11 year older than him, played for Germany National Team and DSSC Berlin. To your surprise, the name of the sport is cricket and not football. [/box]