New Delhi: Younis Khan is going through one of his best forms of his Test career as he notched up another ton on the first day of the second Test match against Australia in Abu Dhabi. Younis bagged the man-of-the-match in the first Test match after notching two successive centuries against the Aussies. He helped his side gain a memorable 1-0 lead in the two-match series. In Abu Dhabi too, he showed he isn't done yet and is hungry for more.
Earlier, Younis became Pakistan's highest Test centurion (26) after breaking Inzamam-ul Haq's record (25) in the first Test in Dubai. The veteran batsman cracked a well paced century (111*) on Thursday and shared a 208-run unbeaten partnership with Azhar Ali for third wicket, with the latter too getting his first international ton against the Aussies. Ali struck an unbeaten 101.
Pakistan finished the day on a commanding position with having lost just two wickets for 304 runs.
— ICC (@ICC) October 30, 2014
Younis also joined the likes of former Pakistani Test greats Zaheer Abbas, Mudassar Nazar and Mohammed Yousuf, in the batsmen's list to hit three 100s in consecutive Test innings.
With this effort he also became the 15th Pakistani to reach 1000 plus international runs against Australia in Test cricket.
The star player has now gone ahead of Gary Sobers with 27 Test centuries and is level with Michael Clarke, Graeme Smith and Allan Border in the same number.
Cricketing fraternity lauded Younis for his monumental showcase of brilliant batting. They stated their appreciation for him on social micro-blogging site, Twitter. Former West Indies star, Ian Bishop said that he feels very pleased for Younis and his success.
I don't know Younis khan as a person, bt I can't help but feel very pleased for him & his success. He seems a really impressive human being.
— ian bishop (@irbishi) October 30, 2014
Former Indian legend VVS Laxman applauded Younis stating he is one of the best the former has played against.
One more 100 from younis khan-3 in a row. Outstanding achievement from an outstanding batsman. One of the best I have played against.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 30, 2014
Pakistani team-mate Umar Akmal too congratulated Younis.
What a player what a Performance by Younis Bhai.Congratulations once again to
the man himself 'Younis khan'
— Umar Akmal (@imu_akmal) October 30, 2014
Former English skipper Michael Vaughan stated Younis is right up there with the best batsmen of the era and how they all love anybody who scores Test tons against the Aussies.
Younis Khan is a class act.Right up their with the best in this era.#PAKvAUS oh, and we all love anyone who scores 100s against the Aussies
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) October 30, 2014