10 Lesser-known facts about Pakistan”s run machine Younis Khan: Undoubtedly Younis Khan has been the best batsman for Pakistan in Test cricket and is on top of the list of any record for Pakistan. Highest run getter, highest average, highest centuries for Pakistan in Tests, Younis Khan is on the verge of becoming one of the all-time greats. The veteran batsman has stunned the world by his experience and domination in Test cricket from last decade. Here are some little-known facts about Younis Khan.
- Century on Debut
Younis Khan scored a brilliant century on debut in the 2nd innings against Sri Lanka in the year 2000. Scored 107 off 250 balls in Rawalpindi.
- Most Test centuries
Younis’ greatest record is that he has the most Test centuries by a Pakistani batsman: 29.
- Rashid Latif-his mentor
Younis was a hard-working guy when he was young. He would travel a long distance to practice and play and train under Rashid Latif who also hailed from his city-Karachi.
- Age is just a number
Since last decade Younis Khan’s average in Test cricket is more than 60 and Kumar Sangakkara was the only player whose average is more than Younis.
- Favourite opponent-India
Stats shows that Younis Khan loves to get going whenever he plays against their arch-rivals. He holds a stunning average of 88 in Test matches against India. Scored 1321 runs against India in 9 Tests with 5 centuries and 4 fifties.
- Highest Run-Getter
Younis is the highest run getter for Pakistan in Tests with 9116 runs in 104 matches.
- Incredible bowling figures
Very few knows that Younis too bowls when required with gentle pace coming out of the veteran’s hand. Once he took 3 wickets for 5 runs in a county One-Day game between Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire in 2005. He also holds the record of bowling the quickest over in cricket history (35 seconds).
- Staggering Stats
After turning 35 he scored 2000 plus runs with the average of nearly 63. Khan is the only batsman who scored five centuries in fourth inning.
- Centuries against every opponent
Younis is the only Pakistan batsman to score centuries against all other Test-playing countries. He is in an elite list, as only 11 others have achieved this feat — all of whom were legends.
- 50+ Average in all 4 Test innings
Younis averaged a score of 50 plus in all 4 innings of a Test match. The record came into spotlight in 2014, which also stated that Younis became only 1 of 3 alongside greats Don Bradman and Herbert Sutcliffe to do so.