Younis Khan became only the fifth player from Pakistan to play 100 Tests © AFP

Younis Khan’s aggregate after 100 Tests are at the top among Pakistani batsmen at that point of their careers. Bharath Seervi lists batsmen with most aggregates of runs, centuries and batting averages after 100 Tests.

Younis Khan appeared for his 100th Test against Sri Lanka at P Sara Oval. It was also Pakistan’s 50th Test against Sri Lanka. Though he scored only 6 and 40, his aggregates of 8,640 runs, 29 hundreds, average of 53.33 and, on the flip side, 16 ducks, are amongst the most at this point in career of other batsmen.

Younis became only the fifth player from Pakistan to play 100 Tests. He is the fourth top-order batsman after Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saleem Malik to do so, the other player being Wasim Akram. In his first 100 Tests, Younis’ aggregate of runs and centuries is well ahead of both Miandad’s and Inzamam’s, though Miandad had a better average. Andrew Mathieson becomes second New Zealand bowler to take a wicket with his first ball

Comparison of Pakistan batsmen after 100 Test

Batsman Javed Miandad Inzamam-ul-Haq Younis Khan
Innings 152 166 178
Runs 7694 7453 8640
Average 57.41 50.02 53.33
100s 22 21 29
50s 36 38 29
Ducks 5 12 16
Highest 280* 329 313

Younis played more innings than the other two. He played 26 innings more than Miandad and nearly scored 1,000 runs and 7 hundreds more.

Let us compare Younis in various parameters with other batsmen.

Most runs in career’s first 100 Tests (8000+ runs)

Batsman Inns Runs Ave
Brian Lara 176 8916 52.14
Kumar Sangakkara 167 8651 55.81
Younis Khan 178 8640 53.33
Rahul Dravid 169 8553 57.79
Matthew Hayden 178 8508 51.87
Virender Sehwag 174 8487 50.51
Sunil Gavaskar 176 8479 52.33
Sachin Tendulkar 160 8405 57.96
Ricky Ponting 166 8253 57.71
Graeme Smith 175 8173 50.14
Garry Sobers (93 tests) 160 8032 57.78

–          Only Brian Lara (8,616) and Kumar Sangakkara (8,651) scored more runs than Younis after 100 Tests.

–          Garry Sobers played just 93 Tests but aggregated over 8,000 runs with a huge average of 57.78. Both openers scoring ducks in the fourth innings of a Test

Most centuries in career’s first 100 Tests (25+ centuries)

Batsman Inns 100s Inns/100
Sachin Tendulkar 160 30 5.33
Sunil Gavaskar 176 30 5.87
Matthew Hayden 178 30 5.93
Don Bradman (52 tests) 80 29 2.75
Younis Khan 178 29 6.14
Ricky Ponting 166 28 5.93
Garry Sobers (93 tests) 160 26 6.15
Michael Clarke 170 26 6.54
Kumar Sangakkara 167 25 6.68
Graeme Smith 175 25 7
Alastair Cook 179 25 7.16

–          Only Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Matthew Hayden have scored more centuries than Younis after 100 Tests.

–          Younis didn’t have good scores in his 99th and 100th Tests (his highest was 47); he could have made it to the top otherwise.

–          Don Bradman and Sobers are the only batsmen to score more than 25 hundreds without playing 100 Tests.

–          Hashim Amla has scored 23 100s from 82 Tests and has the opportunity to score more than 30 centuries before playing his hundredth Test.

–          Hayden had scored his 30th Test 100 in only his 94th Test (quickest in history) while Gavaskar and Tendulkar did it in their 99th Tests.

–          Tendulkar’s rate of 5.33 innings per century at the end of his first 100 tests is the worst amongst all who played 100 tests.

–          Gavaskar had the most number of fifties (66) from his first 100 Tests. ENG vs NZ ODI series — A series breaking all batting records

Highest average at the end of 100 Tests (53 or more)

Batsman Ave
Sachin Tendulkar 57.96
Rahul Dravid 57.79
Ricky Ponting 57.71
Javed Miandad 57.41
Jacques Kallis 56.31
Kumar Sangakkara 55.81
Younis Khan 53.33

–          Tendulkar averaged 57.96 from his first 100 Tests and 49.77 from his last 100 Tests.

–          Six other batsmen have average between 52 and 53 at end of their 100th Tests.

Most ducks at the end of 100 tests (top-order batsmen only)

Batsman Inns Ducks
Mike Atherton 184 19
Younis Khan 178 16
Steve Waugh 156 15
Chris Gayle 176 15
Mark Waugh 165 15
David Boon 180 15
Andrew Strauss 178 15
Virender Sehwag 174 15

–          Of all players, Courtney Walsh had most ducks (29) after 100 Tests.

–          Younis has the third-highest aggregate of runs, second-most 100s and second-most ducks after 100 Tests, which makes interesting reading.

–          Mark Boucher also had 15 ducks after 100 Tests but is not listed above as he played more than 60% of his innings at No. 7. Dhawan, Vijay and other opening pairs scoring 150+ for a team in the same Test innings

Trivia – Lowest aggregates at the end of 100 tests (top-order batsmen only)

Least runs: Saleem Malik, 5,641 in 148 innings at 44.76

Least 100s: Stephen Fleming, 8 in 170 innings

Least fifties: Carl Hooper, 40 in 170 innings

Worst batting average: Carl Hooper, 36.52

Of top order batsmen Michael Atherton has played most innings in his first 100 Tests (184) while Malik and Viv Richards played the least (148). Kohli, Sehwag among those with fastest ODI centuries, for and against Test playing nations

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at http://www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at @SeerviBharath and on Facebook here)

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