Younis Khan has become the highest run-getter in Tests for Pakistan, going past Javed Miandad during the final session of day one of the first Test against England at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi (UAE).
Younis, who needed 19 runs to claim the record at the start of the first Test, overtook Miandad’s landmark of 8,832 when he charged out of his crease to England offspinner Moeen Ali and hit him for six during the 62nd over of Pakistan’s innings.
Having entered his 102nd Test at third on Pakistan’s all-time run charts, Younis surpassed former team-mate Inzamam-ul-Haq (8830) before eclipsing Miandad’s record almost 22 years after he ended his Test career in 1993.
This achievement is another feather in a sparkling career. Like Miandad, Younis marked his debut Test with a century, scoring 107 in the second innings in Rawalpindi in February 2000. He has enjoyed a resurgence as a Test player after being dropped, scoring 468 runs in a 2-0 series win over Australia – Pakistan’s first in two decades – and then scoring a brilliant 171 not out in Pakistan’s last Test in July to help secure their highest target of 377. His score was the highest in the fourth innings of a Test by a Pakistan batsman, and in scoring that 171 Younis became the first batsman from any country to score five centuries in the fourth innings of a Test.
In ODIs, Younis is behind Miandad (7381) at sixth place for Pakistan with 7240 runs from 264 games.