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Younis Khan - the gentle 'record-breaking' giant

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: October 31, 2014, 3:30 PM IST
Younis Khan - the gentle 'record-breaking' giant

If ever there was a fitting reply, Younis Khan has given it. Overlooked for the ODIs, fighting courtroom battles and at times meted out treatment equalling disrespect of a veteran servant of the game, Younis has sent out a message the way it should be - by performing on the field.
28 Test centuries - the most ever by a Pakistan batsman, a century in each innings of a Test against Australia, followed by becoming only the second batsman to hit three Test hundreds in as many innings against the Aussies, Younis has made his team-mates and PCB eat their words.
Considered not good enough anymore for limited-overs cricket, Younis was left out of the T20 and ODI series against Australia in the UAE, which the visitors swept 1-0 and 3-0 respectively. And once back in the middle in Test whites, Younis set the Gulf on fire with knocks of 106 and 103* in Pakistan's victorious Dubai Test and well past an unbeaten century on day two of the second Test in Abu Dhabi. Younis' third hundred in three innings put him in the elitist company of England's Herbert Sutcliffe who, until October 30, 2014, was the only batsman to achieve the feat against the Australians. Sutcliffe did it in 1924-25, and Younis repeated 90 years later. Younis' company only gets better when you come across that he has joined Sutcliffe and batting institution Don Bradman as the only three batsmen with 50-plus average in each of the four innings of Test cricket when you take into account a minimum of 10 knocks in each innings. And oodles can be written about Younis' conversion rate in Test cricket when you discover that he has 27 hundreds and 28 fifties in Tests. Compliments came Younis' way from his past and present team-mates and opponents, including legendary spinner Shane Warne and India's Test legend VVS Laxman. While Laxman called Younis "one of the best I have played against," Warne termed the Pakistanis achievement as "awesome" on microblogging site Twitter. And as praise keeps pouring in for Younis' record-breaking feat, it's business as usual for him in Abu Dhabi - 150* and looking good for more, perhaps also the World Cup.

First Published: October 31, 2014, 3:30 PM IST

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