Younis Khan scored his 34th Test ton on Day 3 of the 3rd Test vs Australia at SCG  © Getty Images
Younis Khan scored his 34th Test ton on Day 3 of the 3rd Test vs Australia at SCG © Getty Images

Younis Khan registered his 34th Test ton on Day Three of the final Test versus Australia at SCG. Resuming the day at 126 for 2, Pakistan lost the momentum, but Younis marched forward from his overnight score (64 not out) to bring up another ton and add more records to his illustrious career. He became the first batsman to score at least hundred in all Test-playing nations, with the most coming at UAE, Pakistan’s home away from home. Younis joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara and Rahul Dravid, and is now at the sixth spot in the list of most centuries in the longest format.

P M I R HS Avg 100s 50s
Sachin Tendulkar 200 329 15921 248* 53.78 51 68
Jacques Kallis 166 280 13289 224 55.37 45 58
Ricky Ponting 168 287 13378 257 51.85 41 62
Kumar Sangakkara 134 233 12400 319 57.4 38 52
Rahul Dravid 164 286 13288 270 52.31 36 63
Younis Khan       115* 206 9894 313 52.9 34 32

 

Though it looks like a stiff task for the veteran Pakistani to challenge Tendulkar’s tally of hundreds, he may cross Dravid and Sangakkara if he continues his stellar performance. He has hundreds in all conditions, be it in subcontinent or Australia, South Africa, to name a few. To make matters more interesting, Younis also has a double-hundred in England — the one that helped Pakistan level series 2-2. This is Younis’ fifth hundred against Australia, also scoring over 1,000 runs against them. To add cherry on the cake, he still has most number of centuries for Pakistan, with Inzamam-ul-Haq (25) at the second spot. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs Pakistan 3rd Test at Sydney

Countries No. of centuries
Australia 1
Bangladesh 3
England 2
India 2
New Zealand 1
Pakistan 7
South Africa 1
Sri Lanka 3
UAE 11
West Indies 1
Zimbabwe 1

Younis got starts in the first few matches, but converted it significantly in the last Test of the ongoing three-match series. He smashed a huge six off Nathan Lyon in his ‘nervous nineties’ and swept one, off the same bowler, to the long-leg boundary to bring up three figures.

Pakistan will hope for a bigger innings from the 39-year-old to end the series on a high and prevent a whitewash.