Yousuf breaks Richards’ record

Karachi, November 30:

Mohammad Yousuf broke two world records including the most runs in a calendar year to put Pakistan on the verge of winning the third Test against the West Indies. Yousuf erased West Indian Vivian Richards’ 30-year landmark and set a new record of 1,788 Test runs in 11 Tests during 2006 with his masterly 124, his ninth century of the year.

Pakistan declared their second innings at 399-6 with captain Inzamam-ul-Haq unbeaten on 58, giving the tourists a mammoth 444-run target. The West Indies finished the fourth day at 39-2, needing another 405 runs to win. Captain Brian Lara was unbeaten on 18 and Ramnaresh Sarwan was 11 not out.

Yousuf also equalled Australian Don Bradman’s record of scoring six centuries in successive Tests — although it took Yousuf only five matches compared with Bradman’s six. Yousuf has now scored four hundreds in five innings against the West Indies since his 192 in Pakistan’s nine-wicket win in the first Test. He also made 191 in the drawn second Test.