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Younis becomes first Pakistani to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket

Updated Apr 24, 2017 01:13pm

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Younis Khan celebrates after reaching his 10,000th run in Test matches, on day three of the first Test match between West Indies and Pakistan at the Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, on April 23.— AFP
Younis Khan celebrates after reaching his 10,000th run in Test matches, on day three of the first Test match between West Indies and Pakistan at the Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, on April 23.— AFP

KARACHI: Seldom have we waited for a sporting milestone with such eagerness, and anxiety, as we did for master batsman Younis Khan to complete 10,000 runs in Test cricket at the start of his farewell journey.

The Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, finally saw the stalwart become just the 13th man in the history of Test cricket, and the first Pakistani, to reach the five figure mark on Sunday, the third day of the first Test against the West Indies.

The 39-year-old right hander from Mardan began his 116th Test with 9,977 runs from 207 innings and went to the elusive landmark — only the fifth batsman from Asia to do so — after tea. At the break he was one tantalising run short of the distinction.

The great man didn’t have to wait long as he needed only two balls into the final session to get to the five figures, sweeping off-spinner Roston Chase for a boundary. He raised his bat to the Pakistan dressing-room to acknowledge the applause of his teammates.

India’s Sachin Tendulkar leads the list of most run-getters in Test cricket with 15,921 in 200 matches. Other members of this exalted club are Ricky Ponting of Australia (13,378 runs in 168 Tests), South Africa’s Jacques Kallis (13,289 in 166), Rahul Dravid of India (13,288 in 164), Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara (12,400 in 134), West Indies’ duo of Brian Lara (11,953 in 131), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (11,867 in 164), Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka (11,814 in 149), Australia’s Allan Border (11,174 in 156), Alastair Cook of England (11,057 in 140), Australia’s Steve Waugh (10,927 in 168) and India’s Sunil Gavaskar (10,122 in 125 matches) — the first player in Test history to cross the 10,000-run mark in 1987.

It was only a question of when, and not if, Younis Khan would get there once he had surpassed compatriot Javed Miandad’s longstanding Pakistan landmark of 8,832 runs; He had gone past Miandad — who played 189 innings during a 124-Test career from 1976-77 till 1993-94 — in eight fewer innings and 22 fewer matches.

When Miandad broke the then standing Pakistan record of 5,058 runs, held by the incomparable Zaheer Abbas, by scoring a double century against Sri Lanka at Faisalabad in 1985, none would have envisaged that it would be the ever-smiling Younis being the custodian of being the country’s leading Test run-maker.

Younis shared many fruitful partnerships with Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf and together the trio formed the mainstay of the Pakistan batting in the new millennium.

Both Inzamam and Yousuf were the two men thought capable of eclipsing Miandad’s tally, but it was eventually Younis who ultimately put all of them behind on day three of this rain-hit first Test against the West Indies.

Published in Dawn, April 24th, 2017

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sane Apr 24, 2017 08:57am

Well done mate.

Jim beam Apr 24, 2017 08:59am

Bravo.

Mushtaq Apr 24, 2017 09:02am

Hats off Younis Khan.

Zia Apr 24, 2017 09:03am

Congratulation Younis, what a remarkable achievement !

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Apr 24, 2017 09:04am

Congrats good batsman excellent average.

Majid Apr 24, 2017 09:05am

Pride of Pakistan. The King Khan.

Saddique Apr 24, 2017 09:14am

Wonderful

Qwells Apr 24, 2017 09:15am

Wow!! Master Class. Bravo bravo Younis!!

Nida Apr 24, 2017 09:15am

go champion.. he always done the best job by fair n honest play

PakCanuck Apr 24, 2017 09:16am

A masterclass batsman. Arguably one of the best Pakistan has produced but unarguably a class act!

Congrats Younis

Adnan Apr 24, 2017 09:16am

A great man and the last gentleman standing in Pakistan Cricket.

Rev. Eldrick lal Apr 24, 2017 09:17am

Congratulations to a wonderful person who scored 10,000 runs.

M Jamal Apr 24, 2017 09:18am

The best temperament cricketer in the world.Great success for Pakistan.Well done Younus Khan.

Rosebell Eldrick Apr 24, 2017 09:19am

So proud of Younis Khan. What a milestone? Congrats!

SJ Apr 24, 2017 09:19am

well done, congratulations

khaled Apr 24, 2017 09:21am

Great, we adore you.

Cricfan Apr 24, 2017 09:22am

Bravo! A great feat!

Aamir Latif Apr 24, 2017 09:31am

Congratulations Younus on this remarkable achievement. Just looking into the history of 10K club, Younus achievement in 116 matches versus 130-200 is quite a performance. Bad luck due to lesser Pakistan matches otherwise his feat would have have taken him in upper band of 10K club.

Sab se pehle pakistan Apr 24, 2017 09:32am

What an achievement. Proud of you Younus Khan. You made the nation proud. Please don't retire the nation needs your services. Same goes for Misbah as well. You both are fit and performing. Age should not be the only reason to retire. Stay for Pakistan

mandy Apr 24, 2017 09:36am

Is this achievement going to bring the cricket back in Pakistan...A BIG NO!!!

Majid Apr 24, 2017 09:41am

77.3 Average when Pakistan Wins. 52% Conversion rate, the best in 10,000 Club. 5 Hundreds in the Fourth Innings of a Test Match, the highest ever average of 53.85. Younis Khan for you.

Hussain684 Apr 24, 2017 09:42am

Congratulations

A. Apr 24, 2017 09:47am

Congratulations !!!!

Rashid Apr 24, 2017 09:48am

Thank you Khan Saheb.

Farjee Apr 24, 2017 09:48am

Great achievement by a very special man. Salute to you sir

Amin Syed Apr 24, 2017 09:52am

A great achievement and Younis did it with lot of humbleness. Salute to Younis despite all the negative atmosphere around!

Samad Chaudhry London Apr 24, 2017 09:53am

Congratulations You have glorified the nation Best wishes

Ali Rizvi Apr 24, 2017 09:54am

Congratulations Younis bhai! Great feat MA!! Proud Pakistani!!

Pasha Apr 24, 2017 09:57am

A class act at his best! Congratulations. Scored 10,000 runs against all odds. Simply awesome!

shahid Apr 24, 2017 10:01am

Great accomplishment, well done Mr. Khan!!

U Apr 24, 2017 10:02am

Big fan of his batting, all good things comes to those who wait... Congrats Sir.

khan Apr 24, 2017 10:02am

Great day for Pakistan cricket. Thank you YK. We are proud of you.

aws Apr 24, 2017 10:03am

Congratulations to Younis Khan!!

MUZAFFAR Apr 24, 2017 10:07am

Congratulations , We are proud of you , Long Live Pakistan

Love Your Country Apr 24, 2017 10:07am

Well done YK. Why should he retire?

Stranger Apr 24, 2017 10:12am

Congratulations Younis on the achievement

Adnan Apr 24, 2017 10:23am

Congratulations Younis Khan, incredible achievement by an underrated gentleman. Its a great achievement and he might be lonely Pakistani in this exclusive club for few years as the next Pakistani batsman (Azhar Ali) who is closet to 10,000 runs is still 5,200 runs shy of this great milestone.

KB Apr 24, 2017 10:23am

Well done....we are proud of you. Hope you could also surpass Sunil Gavaskar before you retire.

Singspiel Apr 24, 2017 10:23am

Class act!!!

syed Shahzad Bukhari Apr 24, 2017 10:29am

Congratulations YK on achieving this distinctive milestone as first Pakistani, we are proud of you and your services to our team, well done. You will remember as our hero for good.

sikander shallwani Apr 24, 2017 10:32am

Better average than many other batsman only 116 tests Nation is proud of you

Asad Baig Apr 24, 2017 10:40am

Well done Younis Khan! Younis Khan is a legend.He has shown that if you have determination,guts and work hard day in and day out you can stand among the greats of the game.Younis is a role model for youngsters around the world.Pakistan is proud of you.Shukaria Younis Khan!!

A kay Apr 24, 2017 10:42am

Congrats Younis !!!!!..all the best ...hope you will play a key role in guiding the new Pakistani batsman's the techniques and temperament required to reach such humongous milestones ..that only few ever reached ....

SSSH Apr 24, 2017 10:44am

Great Sportsman; he deserved achieving such high goals.

brink Apr 24, 2017 10:48am

king khan

opinion Apr 24, 2017 10:50am

Congratulations! No Pakistani player will be able to beat his record in the foreseeable future.....as Pakistani is not playing much of test cricket and current generation of Pakistani batsmen are way below his class.

M Wasim K Apr 24, 2017 10:51am

This milestone by Pakistani player achieved even with difficulties created by cricket boards of other countries. Indeed Pakistan is a country of great players and more yet to come from Pakistan to enter the club.

Sarah Apr 24, 2017 10:52am

Congratulations King Khan,nobody on this planet will ever match your record of scoring 10,000 runs all away from home.Take a bow and your shoes will be very difficult to fill ever.Fans would love to watch you continue playing for next 3 years if possible.

concerned citizen Apr 24, 2017 10:53am

It is quite impressive If you compare the total number of Test it took YK to make 10,000 runs as compare to other greats. He was great and he should retire on a high note which is after this tour. We need more batsman like him who are young and agile, and I can tell Babar Azam going to break many records to come

Taimur Apr 24, 2017 10:53am

Congratulation Younis Khan!! We love you

Nazir. Apr 24, 2017 10:55am

Congratulations Younus Khan! Well done. We are proud of you, as a great batsman and a perfect gentleman to boot.

aukhan Apr 24, 2017 11:02am

Mohammad Yousaf also would have crossed five figures, if his career should not have cut short by the selection committee.

blunt Apr 24, 2017 11:03am

Salutes!!!

BNJ Apr 24, 2017 11:04am

Congratulations to this great great batsman !! The world will hail him as one of the classiest right hand batsman!

a kay Apr 24, 2017 11:05am

Congrats Younis !!!!!..all the best ...hope you will play a key role in guiding the new Pakistani batsman's the techniques and temperament required to reach such humongous milestones ..that only few ever reached ....

Insane Apr 24, 2017 11:06am

Finally, a Pakistani joined the elite club. And he may be the last. Virat is in the making to hit the list.

PESHAWAR KHAN Apr 24, 2017 11:10am

Return of the King!

faisal Apr 24, 2017 11:12am

Younis you made Pakistan Proud. Well done Mr. Gentleman of Cricket.

Muhammad Arshad Apr 24, 2017 11:29am

Good one

Shafin Verani Apr 24, 2017 11:30am

Congratulations to Younis Khan.

It would be interesting to know that how many test matches / test innings did every legend take who appear on the list of over 10,000 Test runs. I am sure that Younis Khan would top the chart.

Lone ranger Apr 24, 2017 11:36am

Congratulations and loads of good wishes for the very patriotic Younis Khan.

SANTHOSH Apr 24, 2017 11:44am

Most respected batsman in Pak team, Congratulations Younis on your wonderful journey.

NKAli Apr 24, 2017 11:46am

Bravo! Ole! Mubarak ho! Viva! Congratulations! We are proud of you Younis Khan. Well done and well played. Salams

Insane Apr 24, 2017 11:53am

Oldest player to achieve it. This shows lack of young talent to replace him. A moment of pride but at the same time moment of concern too.

mhw Apr 24, 2017 12:05pm

lovely proud on you.

Adil Apr 24, 2017 12:07pm

Just a quick glance on all records, it seems if the least number of tests for 10000 runs are considered, he is in top league among even these 13.

LOUDSPEAKER Apr 24, 2017 12:30pm

Congratulations to Younus Khan on this great achievement.

Insane Apr 24, 2017 12:38pm

Sunil Gavaskar achieved it in 1987. After 30 long years Younis Khan reached at the magic figure. This clearly shows lack of talent. Time to ponder over.

Abdulla Hussain Apr 24, 2017 12:41pm

A gentleman cricketer of the first order, superb performance by Younis Khan, well done. You have made Pakistan proud.

Jay Apr 24, 2017 12:44pm

Congrats from India and keep it up ...

SD Apr 24, 2017 01:03pm

@Shafin Verani highest Average No 1 Kumar Sangakara , No2 Jack Kallis No3 Sachin Yes they have played more Mached than YK but their run are alos more

Raghavasimhan Apr 24, 2017 01:11pm

Well done Yunis! You had seen ups and downs in cricket like any other middle class family man in personal life. Exceptional way you had conducted yourself all along. Congrats from India!

charles Apr 24, 2017 01:23pm

great man and a great cricketer true gent of the game

Dr. Kent B Huzen Apr 24, 2017 01:40pm

Congrats mate.. you are a true legend

Naveen Apr 24, 2017 01:58pm

Well done yunus Khan, I am an Indian and to me best ever Batsman to play for Pakistan was saeed Anwar. What a champion he was.

Imran Apr 24, 2017 02:15pm

Well done Mr Khan.. you made us so proud.

Loimashar Apr 24, 2017 02:27pm

Great Batsman and honorable gentleman.

Imran Apr 24, 2017 02:30pm

Great hero of Pakistan Cricket

khansaheb Apr 24, 2017 02:30pm

But why should he retire when he is still at his peak

ZAHEer Apr 24, 2017 03:24pm

Heartiest congratulation to Younis Khan for joining the 10,000 runs Test elite club. He has achieved this milestone and the nation is proud of him. The credit also goes to our cricket board and officials as well as the players of former and present team who support them. Well done Younis & Well done PCB.

jUNAID Apr 24, 2017 03:32pm

Why is Younis retiring? In 116 matches this is an amazing feat. The master of the fourth innings and one of the best batsman ever, from any era.

akram Apr 24, 2017 03:41pm

mubarak ho Younis saab.

AXH Apr 24, 2017 04:17pm

This news should be at the top.

adil Apr 24, 2017 04:24pm
  1. Brian Lara scored 10000 runs in 111 tests, 2. Sangakkara in 115 tests, 3. Younis Khan in 116 Tests. What a class. Remaining 10 are behind these three greats with even Pointing at number 4. I think number of test matches matter more than the number of innings since more innings with lesser tests show that team heavily relied on Khan and he was able to deliver.
vikas Apr 24, 2017 04:28pm

Finally. Good to hear a Pakistani finally made it.

jUNAID Apr 24, 2017 04:30pm

@AXH I second your statement, Sir.

Ahmed khan ahmed Apr 24, 2017 05:21pm

Great achievement MA. Congrats Younis khan

Ali Apr 24, 2017 06:00pm

So happy for this amazing man, what a cricketer. A blessing for Pak testate cricket. I'll call him Y10K now :)

J. Gamble Apr 24, 2017 06:26pm

CONGRATULATIONS TO YK FOR BEING THE FIRST PAKISTANI TO SCORE OVER 10,000 TEST RUNS.

Sajid Hussain Apr 24, 2017 06:35pm

True man True career True 10k runs

Salam to YK

SUDHAKAR, USA Apr 24, 2017 06:53pm

The God of Cricket blesses this player from his abode high in heaven in the hearts of 1.25 billion fans.

Fakhru from Bangladesh Apr 24, 2017 07:17pm

Well done great and humble man. Sadly statistics will not reflect the fact that he was not allowed to play in his home ground due to some lunatics! That could have added few centuries and few thousand runs! Enjoy retirement mate.

LOHPURUSH Apr 24, 2017 07:50pm

Class batsmen Inzamam and Miandad also deserved to be in 10 K club.

Awais Apr 24, 2017 07:55pm

Just imagine how many runs he would score if he were to play 200 matches

alla bux Apr 24, 2017 08:07pm

Congratulations. He is the SIXTH (not fifth) batsman from Asia.

Bashir elwin Apr 24, 2017 08:11pm

Respect and honor comes from Almighty! So happy for you Mr. Khan

Fredrick farhan Apr 24, 2017 08:13pm

Mr. Khan first accept my hearty congratulations on this powerful achievement. Secondly, please go on and make more world records.

Maveric Apr 24, 2017 10:07pm

Heartiest Congratulation to a hard working and well deserved legend!!!

abdul Apr 24, 2017 10:30pm

Welldone,conratulations.

Member Apr 25, 2017 12:35am

10,000 runs over 17 years of cricket 365 days per year over 17 years how many run per year

J. Gamble Apr 25, 2017 05:17am

@Awais -If he plays 200 tests, he would easily beat Sachin Tendulkar's record.

Dr.Cajetan Coelho Apr 25, 2017 11:31am

Congrats Younis. There is lot more quality cricket yet to come from his bat.

Naveed akhtar Apr 25, 2017 06:28pm

Great man have great things

Aleem Apr 26, 2017 09:01pm

Younis is a living legend