Younis Khan eclipses Javed Miandad to become Pakistan's highest Test run-scorer
Abu Dhabi: Veteran batsman Younis Khan on Tuesday became Pakistan's all-time leading Test run-scorer, surpassing Javed Miandad's tally of 8832 runs on the opening day of the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi.
Playing his 102nd Test, Younis, 37, hit off-spinner Moeen Ali for a huge six to cross Miandad and Inzamam-ul-Haq's (8830) score in one stroke.
Younis, though, could not stay at the crease for long, getting out to Stuart Broad. But his 8852 runs stand tall in Pakistan cricket.
Pakistan's Younis Khan raises his bat to the crowd as he celebrates becoming his country's leading run scorer in Test matches during the first day's play of the first cricket Test match between Pakistan and England at The Sheikh Zayed International Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Pic/AFP
While Miandad, who held on to his aggregate for 22 long years, played 124 matches with an average of 52.57, Inzamam fell short of the record by 2 runs in his final Test (120) against South Africa in 2007.
India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most Test runs, with 15,921 in a record 200 matches.
At the beginning of his innings, the 37-year-old needed just 19 more runs in the three-Test series against England to pass Miandad's tally of 8,832 runs scored in 124 matches during an illustrious career which stretched from 1976 to 1993.
Younis had scored 8,814 runs in 101 Tests before the start of the Test, with a Pakistan record of 30 centuries.
Like Miandad, Younis hit a hundred on debut which came against Sri Lanka at Rawalpindi in 2000.
Last year, he plundered 468 runs in the 2-0 win over Australia, Pakistan's first Test series victory over the Australians in 20 years.
The veteran batsman is in great nick, having smashed a brilliant undefeated 171 in Pakistan's last Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele in July. That helped Pakistan chase down their highest target of 377 to win a Test. His score was the highest in the fourth innings of a Test by a Pakistani batsman. That century was also Younis's fifth in a fourth innings of a Test -- a new record in the history of the game.
India's Sunil Gavaskar, Australia's Ricky Ponting, Ramnaresh Sarwan of the West Indies and South African Graeme Smith all scored four each.