Younis Khan – Pakistan’s underrated legend

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)

Throwback to the 2009 ICC World T20

Younis Khan. The legend. The captain.

On this day 11 years ago, Pakistan became the second team to win the T20 world cup. They learnt from the 2007 final against India and comprehensively beat Sri Lanka, thanks to performances from Abdul Razzaq and Shahid Afridi.

Younis Khan was the captain of the team at the time.

Recently he was appointed as Pakistan’s batting coach. On his appointment, PCB CEO Wasim Khan stated:

“I am delighted that someone of the stature and incredible batting record of Younis Khan has agreed to join the Pakistan cricket set-up as national men’s team batting coach. When I spoke with him, his commitment and enthusiasm to take up this assignment and serve his country were never in doubt and he jumped at the opportunity…

Younis’ work ethics, commitment to match preparation, game awareness and tactics in the English conditions will be invaluable. He is a role model to a number of current players and is hugely respected. I have no doubt that the squad will benefit from the immense value that he will bring, both on and off the field.”

In this article, we will be analysing the test career of Younis Khan and exploring how crucial he was for Pakistan.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 05: Younis Khan of Pakistan celebrates and acknowledges the crowd after scoring a 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 Matt King – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images/Getty Images)

In order to do this, first, his statistical record will be analysed and then we will outline his top 5 innings for Pakistan.

Younis Khan – The statistical freak

Some well known Records held by Younis Khan:

  • The only player to score at least test century in all the 11 countries he played in
  • Highest test run-scorer for Pakistan
  • First Pakistani and 13th overall batsman to exceed 10,000 runs
  • Among his contemporaries only middle-order batsmen only Virat Kohli (55.10, Michael Clarke (50.91) have better 50/100 conversion ratio than his 50.75
  • 3rd in the list of 4th innings test runs (1465) since 01 January 2000, only behind Sir Alastair Cook, Graeme Smith 1611 runs each


Key Innings Runs Avg HS 50 100
2002 20 774 38.7 153 5 2
2003 3 82 20.5 46 0 0
2004 6 307 51.2 124 1 1
2005 16 898 59.9 266 1 3
2006 20 1,180 65.6 200 6 3
2007 16 751 53.6 130 3 3
2009 7 444 63.4 313 1 1
2010 4 180 60 131 0 1
2011 12 765 85 200 4 2
2012 10 360 36 127 1 1
2013 16 698 53.7 200 1 3
2014 18 1,064 66.5 213 2 5
2015 14 789 60.7 171 1 3
2016 19 673 37.4 218 2 2
2017 8 310 44.3 175 1 1


Younis Khan’s best years as a Test cricketer was 2006 and 2014. In those two years, he averaged over 60 and scored over 1000 runs.


Key Innings Runs Avg HS
1st 48 2,701 57.5 266
2nd 55 3,077 58.1 313
3rd 49 2,070 46 200
4th 37 1,427 51 171

He was equally effective in all four innings – averaging close to 50.



  Matches Runs Best Average 100s 50s
Home 19 1898 313 59.31 7 5
Away 68 5486 267 50.33 16 18
Neutral 28 2593 213 55.17 11 9


He averaged over 50 both home and away. In neutral venues, he also averaged over 50.

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Top 5 most important knocks – Part 1

91 and 149* at Eden Park, Auckland, in 2001

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 21: Younis Khan of Pakistan bats during day five of the second test between Pakistan and New Zealand at Dubai International Stadium on November 21, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Younis Khan played two fabulous innings in this game. He narrowly missed his century in the first innings by 9 runs. He made amends in the second innings, by scoring 149 not out.

Pakistan had led by 94 on first innings and Younis Khan’s knock helped sealed a famous victory for Pakistan against New Zealand.

Saqlain Mushtaq had a superb game, taking a four wicket-haul in both innings of the game at Auckland.

267 & 84 vs India at Bangalore, India in 2005

BANGALORE, INDIA: Pakistani batsman Younis Khan runs between the wickets during the fourth day of the third and final Test match between India and Pakistan at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, 27 March 2005. Khan scored 84 runs as Pakistan declared their second innings at 261 runs for two wickets leaving India a target of 383 runs for victory with one day remaining in the Test match. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR (Photo credit should read DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Having last both openers cheaply, Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq both played immense knocks to guide Pakistan to victory in this test match.

Their knocks were largely responsible for Pakistan’s first innings total of 570. These two knocks had allowed Pakistan to gain a lead of 121 on first innings. They batted quickly and with intent in their second innings and had set India 383 to win.

A team bowling effort in the second innings helped Pakistan to a test match victory over their rivals.

Top 5 most important knocks – part 2

127 vs England at Dubai, in 2012

Younis Khan of Pakistan prepares to play a reverse sweep during his innings of 127 in the 3rd Test match between Pakistan and England at Dubai Sports City Stadium, Dubai, 4th February 2012. The England fielders are Alastair Cook and wicketkeeper Matt Prior. Pakistan won the match by 71 runs. (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Despite leading the test series 2-0, Pakistan had been bundled out for just 99 in their first innings – allowing England to lead by 42.

Younis Khan then played a virtually match-winning inning of 127 in Pakistan’s second innings, allowing the home side to win the game by 71 runs against England.

They won the series 3-0 against the number one ranked team in the world.

171* vs Sri Lanka in Pallekele, Sri Lanka in 2015

Pakistan cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq (R) celebrates with teammate Younis Khan after their team’s series victory in the third and final Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on July 7, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Perhaps Pakistan’s finest victory on the subcontinent.

They required an unlikely 377 to win the test match in their fourth-innings. Despite losing two wickets for just 13 runs, Shan Masood and Younis Khan formed a superb partnership of 242 on a turning wicket.

Masood was later dismissed but Younis Khan guided his team to victory with the help of Misbah-ul-Haq. Pakistan won the series 2-1 against Sri Lanka with their highest fourth-innings chase in test match history.

England finale

218 vs England in Oval, England in 2016

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 13: Younis Khan of Pakistan salutes the crowd as he leaves the field after making 218 during day three of the 4th Investec Test between England and Pakistan at The Kia Oval on August 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Pakistan was trailing 2-1 in the series having won the first test at Lords.

However, on a flat wicket, Younis Khan scored a mammoth 218 and Asad Shafiq also scored a century to give Pakistan a first-innings score of 542. This allowed Pakistan to lead by 214 runs on first-innings.

They managed to bowl England out for 253 and in the process won the game by 10 wickets since they chased the 42 runs required for victory without losing a wicket.

A scintillating series, therefore, ended 2-2.


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