Younis Khan’s 10,000-An Accomplishment Worth Cheering


The third day of the first Test match between West Indies and Pakistan in Kingston, Jamaica turned out to be a memorable one as finally a Pakistani batsman i.e. Younis Khan was able to complete 10,000 runs at the Test level.

Veteran cricketer from Mardan, is now the 13th batsman in Test cricket to have entered the elite club. This is no ordinary feat as he can now rub shoulders with greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavasker, Rickey Ponting, Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Jacques Kallis, Kumar Sangakara, Mahela Jaywardene etc.

His journey of 116 Tests is filled with various accomplishments. At the national level he has scored most centuries ever by a Pakistani, he has the best average i.e. 53.06 per innings, he remains to be the only Pakistani to have scored a century against all Test playing nations, the only Pakistani cricketer to have claimed over 100 catches (i.e. 131 catches so far) and is amongst those 9 batsman who while representing the green shirts scored a century in each innings.

At the international level he is the only batsman to have scored a Test century in all 11 countries that have had the privilege of hosting a Test match. Moreover, he also holds the world record for converting most consecutive 90s to 100s.

Even though Younis Khan has had a troublesome time with the bosses in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and despite various setbacks including death of family members and loved ones Younis Khan stood his ground all these years to make the nation proud.

Khan’s accomplishment thus, is most definitely worth cheering and is a source of happiness and pride for Pakistanis who often find themselves starved for good news.