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Younis makes history, becomes first cricketer to score Test centuries in 11 countries

CricketYounis makes history, becomes first cricketer to score Test centuries in 11 countries

Younis Khan on Thursday became the first player in the history of Test cricket to score centuries in 11 countries, including the United Arab Emirates.

The veteran batsman smashed his 34th century at the Sydney Cricket Ground on a rain-affected third day of the third Test against Australia, tying him with Sunil Gavaskar, Mahela Jayawardene and Brian Lara in the all-time list at 6th place.

Rahul Dravid is the only other cricketer to score centuries in all 10 full-member Test nations, with 36 centuries under his belt. Sachin Tendulkar remains the all-time highest Test century scorer with 51 tons in 200 Test matches.

Despite hospitalisation from dengue fever last year, the modern-day great of the game appears to be in the best shape of his life ─ He averages above 50 in Tests played at home, away, and at neutral venues – a record that not many batsmen can boast of.

Few batsman in the modern era score or have scored Test hundreds as frequently as Younis. His innings per Test century ratio of 6.05 is among the best in the modern world.

His sixth double century at the Oval last year is a record that he now shares with Javed Miandad.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05:  Younis Khan of Pakistan celebrates his century during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and Pakistan at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 05: Younis Khan of Pakistan celebrates his century during day three of the Third Test match between Australia and Pakistan at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Younis has behind him a famous double-century against India in India. As captain, he led Pakistan to victory at the 2009 world Twenty20 series.

At 39, Younis is inching closer to a milestone 10,000 runs and has currently racked up 9925 runs in 114 matches.

There have only been 12 batsmen in cricket’s history to have scored past 10,000 runs in Tests ─ A rare feat which symbolises the temperament of a batsman in cricket’s five-day format, none from Pakistan has ever done so.

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