Mohammad Yousuf required another 47 runs to tumble yet another milestone, being the longest standing of them all – when Yousuf flicked Corey Collymore to the square leg boundary going past the 47 mark on the fourth day of the final test against the Windies in Karachi he became the highest run getter in Tests in a calendar year surpassing Sir Viv Richards score of 1710 he had scored in the 1976, reaching a total of 1788 runs from 11 Tests this year.
The feat for the elegant stroke-master didn’t just end here he ended the day with yet another ton totaling a record nine for the year breaking his own record of eight centuries which he had achieved on outshining a joint seven of Sir Viv Richards and Arjuna Ranatunga.
He is subdued, dedicated, ever composed and a thorough professional: one, who wouldn’t take anything without thanking the supreme above, in his post day interview he said,
“God has helped me break this record and I am extremely happy and proud for my country because whenever the record is discussed now, it will be with the name of a Pakistani batsman.”
It is indeed a great achievement for the player and the country he represents – and it’s a firm statement for the critics who remark the modern game as a slave to the faster version (ODI), tumbling the 30-year-old records this passionate cricketer has proven that the orthodox still survives.
Amidst plummeting records on the international level the batsman has also met some milestone within the country – after final falling for 124 in the second innings Yousuf’s made 665 a total that’s maximum by any Pakistani in three Tests. I have no words to complement the great than to simply say, hats off !