Mohammad Yousuf Biography
Mohammad Yousuf (formerly Yousuf Youhana) is a former Pakistani cricketer born on 27 August 1974 in Lahore. He was primarily right-handed middle-order batsman.
He is a player mainly involved in batting and who has played all of its forms. Yousuf was one of the few Christians who have played for the Pakistan national cricket team. But he converted to Islam in 2005.
In 2006, Yousuf created world record of scoring most runs in a year in tests with an average of almost 100 by scoring 1,788 runs.
He played in his college days at Lahore's Forman Christian College but suddenly left in early 1994. He played a local match in the 1990s and got attention for his shots. He was again called by a local club which was short of players which proved to be fruitful for him. This eventually led to a season in the Bradford Cricket League.
His Test debut was against South Africa at Durban and ODI debut was against Zimbabwe at Harare.
Rise to Glory
He scored 223 runs against England at Lahore in December 2005, where he was declared the man of the match. In July 2006, he scored 202 runs and 48 in the first Test against England, where he was declared the man of the match again. He scored 192 in the third Test match held at Headingley and 128 in the final Test match held at The Oval.
in 2007 Yousuf received the ICC 'Test Cricketer of the Year' award. He had scored 944 runs at an average of 94.40 which included seven centuries and two fifties in just 10 innings.
Pakistan on having lost the first Test match against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on 1 August 2010, called Yousuf into the squad for the rest of the series which nullified his retirement.
Yousuf scored 56 against England in the third Test.
He also participated in the Twenty20 in the same tour of England.
In October 2010, Yousuf was selected to play for Pakistan in all three formats against South Africa.
Yousuf's Record in Numbers
He has scored more than 9,000 ODI runs at an average of above 40 (2nd highest amongst Pakistani batsmen) and over 7,000 Test runs at an average of above 50 (again 2nd highest amongst Pakistani batsmen) which include 24 Test centuries.
He holds the record of scoring the most runs without being out in ODI match as he has scored 405 runs against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe in the 2002–2003 season.
He was the top scorer during 2002 and 2003 across the world in the ODI format.
He scored 111 runs against the Australians In 2004 in the Boxing Day Test.
In 2006 Yousuf scored 1788 runs at an average of 99.33 and broke two of Viv Richards's world records. In the third innings of the final Test between Pakistan and West Indies, he replaced Viv Richards's record of being highest scorer in Test matches during a single calendar year.
He also created record for the most runs made by a Pakistani batsman in a three-Test series. Yousuf also has a world record for most centuries in a calendar year as he hit nine test centuries in 2006.
Yousuf also has the record of making six centuries in successive Tests.
He also has the world record of being the first player to be dismissed 3 times in the 190s.