Mohammad Yousuf scored his ninth century of the calendar year and in the process broke Sir Vivian Richard’s 30 year record of scoring the most Test runs in a calendar year.
Viv Richards had scored 1710 runs in 1976, a memorable run during which he hit two double hundreds against England in England. Ricky Ponting was the batsman that had come closest to it since then with 1544 runs in 2005.
Youhana was finally out for 124, bowled by Ramnaresh Sarwan. His tally for the year now stands at 1788 runs, of which a staggering 665 have come in the current series against West Indies alone.
Comparisons are now going to be made with former greats. Yousuf does appear to have a sense of humour with his tongue in cheek replies.
When asked to compare himself with Javed Miandad, Yousuf said only, “It is difficult to compare. You are either better or worse and anyway, it is for the media to decide. I can’t say anything about it. But he is my ideal.” And when the question of Sir Don Bradman’s record of six hundreds in six consecutive Tests reared its head, Yousuf replied, with some cheek, “I have six in five Tests, so you decide.”
Read about how he broke the record and the reactions to it below:
From a match perspective, the West Indies need to bat out the whole of day 5 to save the Test match. They were 39/2 at stumps still 404 runs behind. Lara was batting on 18, with Sarwan on 11.
Lara will need to put in another record breaking performance if the West Indies are to get through day 5.