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Mohammad Yousuf

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
Pakistan, Asia XI, Lahore Badshahs, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, Bahawalpur, Islamabad Leopards, Lahore City, Lahore, Lancashire, Lahore Blues, Lahore Lions, Lahore Shalimar, Pakistan Inv XI, Pakistan International Airlines, Punjab (P), Water and Power Development Authority, Warwickshire
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-Test,ODI | Batsman
Home country:
Pakistan
Born:
August 27, 1974, Lahore, Punjab

Profile

At the Home of Cricket in July, 2006, a visiting Pakistan dug themselves into a pit at 4-68, chasing 328 to avoid follow on. The onus, once again, fell on Mohammad Yousuf (nee Yousuf Yohanna) – already in at number 4 – to weather the storm.

For 9 years, since his debut in 1997, the cricketing world had witnessed art in motion through Yousuf. Each delivery bowled was welcomed with his upright stance, completely perusing its nature. Always seeming to have an extra moment before lowering his high and menacing back-lift, he’d lean towards the ball precisely as prescribed to elegantly reveal his well-thought-out stroke. In them, the cleanness of strike evident, with technical proficiency only reminiscent in great batsmen of yore. It’s what made every part of each inning seem fresh, irrespective of their stage.

Had his footwork not been reluctant early in his innings, or had Yousuf’s concentration not momentarily evade him (leading to erratic shot-making) soon after reaching scoring landmarks, one could watch him bat for all five days of a Test. That day at Lord’s, neither folly invaded him. From 4-68, Pakistan were guided to 445, mere 83 shy of England’s total, with Yousuf recording 202 to be the last man to fall. The Home of Cricket saw a performance worthy of its illustrious history.

His arrival certainly helped transition from the dependable presence of Salim Malik and Ejaz Ahmed and re-establish Pakistan’s middle-order along with Younis Khan and Inzamam ul-Haq. In 2006 itself, he’d be crowned the year’s best batsman. Enticement towards banned leagues (ICL, 2008) and allegations of catalyzing infighting (vs. Australia, 2010) would scar his career and even court short-term bans. Yousuf even retaliated the second of those bans by announcing his retirement, before being requested out of it. Two unsuccessful ODI World Cups would additionally deny Yousuf lasting recognition. But having played in times where the nature of cricket changed (for better or for worse), Mohammad Yousuf is one who helped define his generation of batsmen. That remains undoubted.


Fast Facts

  • In 2006, Yousuf broke the record for most runs scored in a calendar year when he piled 1788 runs in 19 innings, to beat Viv Richards’ 1710 in as many outings which the West Indian great achieved three decades ago in 1976.
  • The 9 hundreds he achieved in that year is also unmatched.
  • He is Pakistan’s 2nd highest run getter in ODIs behind Inzamam ul-Haq.
  • Yousuf is also scored the third highest number of runs in Tests, after Javed Miandad and Inzamam.
  • Yousuf’s batting average of 42 in ODIs is the country’s second best. Zaheer Abbas tops the list with an average of 47.
  • Yousuf’s Test average of 53 is the best for a Pakistani batsman.
  • His 1125 Test runs on the Gaddafi surface is the most for any player at the venue.
  • At 27 balls, Yousuf holds the record for the fourth fastest Test fifty.
  • Yousuf is the only player in Test history to be dismissed thrice in the 190s with a high score of 192.
  • He is the only player to score 6 centuries in 5 consecutive Tests. 2 of those came against England while 4 came against the West Indies.
  • He is Pakistan’s second-highest centurion (to Saeed Anwar) and half-centurion (to Inzamam) in ODIs.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 90 156 7530 12 52.29 52.39 24 33 223
ODI 288 273 9720 40 41.71 75.10 15 64 141*
T20 3 3 50 0 16.66 116.27 0 0 26
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 90 1 6 3 0 0/3 / - 3 0 0 0 0
ODI 288 2 2 1 1 1/0 / 1 3 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 65 0 8
ODI 58 0 19
T20 1 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 9 2 6 0 1 22.22
ODI 8 2 6 0 0 25

Career

Span:
Test:
1998-2010
 
ODI:
1998-2010
 
T20:
2006-2010
Test
Debut:
Pakistan Vs South Africa at Kingsmead, Durban - Feb 26, 1998
Last played:
Pakistan Vs England at Lord's, London - Aug 26, 2010
ODI
Debut:
Pakistan Vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury) - Mar 28, 1998
Last played:
Pakistan Vs South Africa at Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium, Dubai - Nov 08, 2010
T20
Debut:
Pakistan Vs England at County Ground, Nevil Road, Bristol - Aug 28, 2006
Last played:
Pakistan Vs England at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff - Wales - Sep 07, 2010
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