New Delhi: Riding on his stupendous form, Younis Khan on Friday became only the third Pakistani Test batsman to achieve a career milestone of 8000 runs. He is now behind Javed Miandad (8832 in 124 innings) and Inzamum-ul-Haq (8829 in 119).
The 36-year-old right handed batsman crossed the historic mark with a single off Shaun Marsh of the 143.3 over of the Abu Dhabi Test. Batting first, Pakistan are in the driver's seat having accumulated 475 runs. And in the 149.2 over, Younis was batting on 200 not out. It's his fifth Test double ton.
The innings also witnesses three players Pakistani batsman scoring hundreds for the first time against Australia.
Interestingly, on the very day in 1976, compatriot Miandad (19 years) became the youngest ever player to score a Test double ton. He scored 206 runs at Karachi's National Stadium against New Zealand.
Known for his marathon Test innings and profound shot-making, the Pakistan legend has already achieved numerous feats in this series, involving a touring Australian side. Earlier, Younis became Pakistan's highest Test centurion (26) after breaking Inzamam-ul Haq's record (25) in the first Test in Dubai.
On the list of players with most Test centuries, he has overtaken West Indian great Gary Sobers and now level with Michael Clarke, Graeme Smith and Allan Border.
On the first Day of second Test at Abu Dhabi, he scored a cracking century for three back-to-back Test centuries and thus joined the likes of Zaheer Abbas, Mudassar Nazar and Mohammed Yousuf to do so.
Besides, he also became the 15th Pakistani to reach 1000 plus international runs against Australia in Test cricket.