Younis reaches 10000 test runs in first for Pakistan

Paola Ditto
Aprile 24, 2017

At the first attempt in his farewell tour, Younis Khan became the first Pakistan batsman to 10,000 Test runs at Sabina Park on Sunday.

Younis was circumspect with 10,000 runs on his mind as he took 47 minutes before scoring his first run off his 19th delivery.

Younis, 39, marked the moment with a broad smile, and by raising his arms to mild applause from his team-mates and a modest crowd in Kingston - perhaps the most low-key environment imaginable for such an achievement.

In a clarification of a previous statement which left open the possibility that he could extend his career if his team needs him, Younis said that he will retire even if he scores "a hundred in every innings of every match against West Indies". Please don't doubt Younis Khan's credibility and support Pakistan.

Younis Khan celebrates after reaching his 10,000th run in Test matches, on day three of the first Test match between West Indies and Pakistan.

He fell for 58, when he drove Shannon Garbiel to cover, and departed to another standing ovation from his team-mates. Pakistan still trail West Indies by 85 runs with six wickets in hand.

With Younis and Misbah-ul-Haq set to retire at the end of the series, Pakistan's selection committee is looking to induct youngsters in the side with the intention of building a new team after the exits of the senior batsmen.

While Younis deservedly stole the limelight, fast bowler Mohammad Amir also had reason to smile after earlier finishing with 6-44 off 26 economical overs as Pakistan dismissed West Indies for 286, with captain Jason Holder unbeaten on 57.

In the 13th over, Babar Azam (72) survived a LBW appeal from West Indies, who failed to review the decision that would have gone in their favour.

He then bowled Alzarri Joseph without scoring to achieve his first five-wicket haul since returning to global cricket last year following a five-year ban for spot-fixing.

Holder had Ahmed Shehzad (31) leg before wicket off a sharp incoming delivery while Azhar Ali (15) chased Alzarri Joseph's wayward ball and was smartly caught by diving wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich.

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