Player Bio

Mohammad Yousuf

  • Matches

    887
  • Runs

    39199
  • Wickets

    2
Role Batsman
Batting Style Right-hand bat
Bowling Style Right-arm offbreak
Nationality Pakistani
Nickname Mohammad Yousuf
DOB 27 August 1974

This much is at least certain that few Pakistani batsmen have been as elegant as Mohammad Yousuf and fewer still have been as prolific, as hungry to bat as long and bat as big. At his best, watching Yousuf bat is an unnervingly tranquil experience, especially amid the traditional chaos of a Pakistan batting order. He has a dangerously high backlift, which makes every shot he plays, a late, unhurried afterthought, but a beautiful one. The feet take time to get going, but once they do, they dance with the best. Square and behind it on the off side are his areas, where his game is the most enchanting. Both his life and career can be demarcated into two distinct phases. Until 2005, as Yousuf Youhana, he was only the fourth Christian to have played for Pakistan, and easily the most successful. He converted publicly to Islam late that year, after which he became a great Pakistani batsman and briefly part of as formidable a middle order as the country has seen, with Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq on either side. At least he believes there to be a link, and statistics would back that up. Immediately after, in 2006, came his most profitable year, in fact the most profitable for any batsman ever in a calendar year. Over 11 Tests, he scored 1788 runs with nine hundreds, breaking Sir Viv Richards' 30-year-old record. If there had been a nagging doubt that he often withered when the heat was on - and the story of his rise from extremely humble backgrounds as a member of a minority religion should've wiped those away anyway - it was erased here. Age, run-ins with the board since, and ill-advised flirtations with the ICL and captaincy dimmed his aura but the worst came in March 2010, when the PCB imposed a life-ban on him, along with Younis Khan as a part of its unprecedentedly harsh sanctions on senior players from the ill-fated tour of Australia. Yousuf's was overturned in 2010.

Batting Averages

MatInnsNO RunsHSAve BFSR100 504s6s
Test 90 156 12 7530 223* 52.00 14372 52 24 33 957 51
ODI 288 273 40 9720 141** 42.00 12942 75 15 64 785 90
T20 27 22 3 368 57** 19.00 337 109 0 1 37 8
F-C 141 239 20 10505 223* 48.00 0 0 30 51 0 0
T20I 3 3 0 50 26* 17.00 43 116 0 0 5 1

Bowling Averages

Mat InnsBalls RunsWkts BBIBBM AveEcon SR4w 5w10
Test 90 1 6 3 0 - - 0.00 3 0 0 0 0
ODI 288 2 2 1 1 - - 1.00 3 2 2 0 0
T20 27 1 1 1 0 - - 0.00 6 0 0 0 0
F-C 141 0 18 24 0 - - 0.00 8 0 0 0 0
List A 338 0 8 13 1 - - 13.00 10 8 8 0 0
T20I 3 0 0 0 0 - - 0.00 0 0 0 0 0
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date
99,0 Pakistan England Headingley 2006-08-04
99,0 Pakistan India Lahore 2006-01-13
99,0 Pakistan England Lahore 2005-11-29
99,0 Pakistan India Faisalabad 2006-01-21

Career Statistics

Test debut South Africa v Pakistan at Durban, Feb 26-Mar 2, 1998 Scorecard
Last Test England v Pakistan at Lord's, Aug 26-29, 2010 Scorecard
ODI debut Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare, Mar 28, 1998 Scorecard
Last ODI Pakistan v South Africa at Dubai (DSC), Nov 8, 2010 Scorecard
T20I debut England v Pakistan at Bristol, Aug 28, 2006 Scorecard
Last T20I England v Pakistan at Cardiff, Sep 7, 2010 Scorecard
First-Class debut 1996/97 Scorecard
Last First-Class Warwickshire v Durham at Birmingham, May 24-27, 2011 Scorecard
List A debut 1996/97 Scorecard
Last List A Warwickshire v Durham at Birmingham, May 22, 2011 Scorecard

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