Middle order November 29, 2006

Yousuf's humility deserves the record

Forty-seven runs separate MohammadYousuf from the top spot, an unlikely opportunity for a man once known for his lazy elegance
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Mohammad Yousuf stands on the threshold of history. Today--barring a stunning fightback from the West Indian tail, an unusually fruitful opening partnership from Pakistan, or freakish weather--Mr MoYo will get his chance to break Vivian Richards' record of most runs in a calendar year. Forty-seven runs separate Yousuf from the top spot, an unlikely opportunity for a man once known for his lazy elegance. There is, of course, nothing remotely laid back about his approach now. Yousuf has replaced lazy elegance with lofty elegance. He is a batsman who makes hard work look easy. He has shown that you can mix cricket with religion--each to his own I say. And his recent display of humility and insight has nudged me into rooting for him to take the record, despite my personal estimation that no batsman has ever matched King Viv.

Yousuf dealt with this particular comparison expertly by stating his own reverance for cricket's greatest master blaster. I agree with Yousuf: there is no comparison.

The second comparison foisted upon Yousuf is the one Inzamam-ul Haq discussed in his newspaper column. Yousuf, said Inzy, is the best ever Pakistani batsman, better than Javed Miandad, and better than Inzy too. Can this be true?

For help I turned to Saad Shafqat, my friend and co-author of Javed's autobiography. Saad offered the following analysis:

"Is MoYo better than JM?

Well, it's always treacherous comparing batsmen from different eras, but I can think of three important comparisons between MY and JM in which JM comes out ahead.

First, JM has played some phenomenal innings - Sharjah 1986, Georgetown 1988, Colchester 1981 - that have cast a longer shadow and created more ripples than anything MY has done so far.

Second, at the top of his game JM was for a while considered first among equals within the elite batsmen of his day - Gavaskar, Crowe, Border, Gooch, Gower, and Richards. (Actually Richards was perhaps always a bit ahead of the pack but JM easily rubbed shoulders with the rest.) MY, in contrast, is still not considered in the same league as his elite contemporaries - Dravid, Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting, Kallis, and even Inzy. MY could still get there, but he has yet to prove himself against this group.

Third, JM brought a lot more to the side than his batting. He was and is a tactical genius and he knew better than anyone how to fight the good fight. His legacy for Pakistan is not just in the batting stats he has left behind but in fact he transformed an entire nation's psyche and made it believe in it's own possibilities.

Oh, and of course JM had mastered the basics like running between the wickets, an area in which MY is a trainwreck."

I agree. Javed was a true master who erased any doubts about his record against the best teams in that 1988 series and in the way he almost single-handedly held together Pakistan's batting in the 1992 World Cup. He also hit the world's most famous six. Viv Richards once said that if he ever had to choose anybody to bat for his life it would be Javed. There can be no higher compliment.

In cricket there are statistics and then there is influence. Influence in cricket, like influence everywhere else, is hard to measure. In my view, Javed influenced more games than any other Pakistan batsman. Yousuf has begun to be more and more influential but he is still well behind Javed and even Inzy.

This doesn't mean that Yousuf does not deserve the utmost respect. He has conducted himself with remarkable honour and modesty. And he is right to point to his innings at Lord's this year as his best. I was lucky enough to be at the home of cricket to see the innings, possibly the most perfect innings ever by a Pakistani batsman. For the brilliance of that double hundred alone he deserves to break the record.

But whether or not he surpasses Viv Richards, Yousuf is a winner today. As some of you have pointed out already, Yousuf's success is a triumph of humility in an age of hubris. Let's hope the Karachi crowd gives him an appropriate reception.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • Hassan on November 24, 2009, 17:50 GMT

    My ranking would b Inzamam ul Haq ( The match winning King on top ) Muhammad Yousuf Javed Miandad

  • nalin on March 6, 2007, 10:17 GMT

    Javed Miandad is the King of Pakistan batting. Long regarded as one of the three batsmen who could turn a match around. (others were Viv richards & Arjuna Ranathunga). Modern day cricket ia all about scoring runs so the pitches are prepared to favour the batting. Even the powerplay helps batting. So batsmen with higher averages are easy to find these days. But in 70s, 80s & early 90s the situation was different. That is why Viv Richards , Javed Miandad, Greg Chappell is still considered as greats of that era. yousuf is more consistent than Inzi but not as eligant as Zaheer Abbas. If Yousuf plays the way he has been doing, he will become on of the best batsmen in pakistan but still not good enough to beat the Great Javed.

  • Asim on January 15, 2007, 5:17 GMT

    Ok everyone is talking about the differences between Javed, Yousaf and Inzi but the fact is that they all different players with different techniques. Javed was a totally different batsmen,however, his contribution for the pakistan team over decades is praiseworthy. Inzi is like a rock, if he stays on the pitch for than 40 or even 30 runs, anything could happen. When it comes to technique Inzi is probably the best. Yousaf has elegant, stylish and rock solid technique as well and his high back lift and quick reading of the pitched ball is quicker than Inzi and JM. The comparison between players of different countries depends upon their technique, like asian players are mostly back foot players due to the nature of grouds, however, others due to fast pitches are front foot players. But the actual thing to compare is the technique. Yousaf has better instance than sachin, dravid and ponting but not better than lara. Lara has the best foot work and standing instance being as a batsmen. Its a long debate but finally i would like to say that Yousaf is always under estimated and under rated as a batsmen, Greg chappel said once that he could be the dyanamic player but he doesnt realise his skills. As someone said as well if someone could drive better than yousaf, than its michael schumacher.

  • faizan on December 21, 2006, 13:43 GMT

    Muhammad Yousaf bhai you are jussssss the greatest of alll. I lovee uuuuuuuuuu alot. Be brave and keep your best form ticking.

  • Dawar on December 9, 2006, 22:52 GMT

    Two Y's are better than Inzi. Inzi out early against fast bowlers and always aboard his record is very bad. Big shame for the big man.

    Y's = Mohd. Yusuf & Younis Khan.

  • Raja Asif Mustaf on December 6, 2006, 10:33 GMT

    M.Yousuf is no doubt a world class batsman that Pakistan has ever produced.He is cool and calm customer but is very dangerous when having a peice of wood"BAT" in his hand.He can power in to any attack with ease and decipline manner.He know the demand of the team and the place himself as a best fit for any situation.He is aving a very firm and cool head on his shoulders.He have a cricketing mind that is always in thinking about how to score and how to handle the game.He is as humble as he is geious in his game.I wish him the more success and blessing in his up-coming tour and rest of the life."SKY IS THE LIMIT M.YOUSUF "

  • Rauf Khan on December 5, 2006, 1:55 GMT

    MY is NOW among the top 10 ALL TIME GREATS. People should never compare him with JM. I'm proud that MY is Pakistani and he deserves all the praise. Congratulations that not only you break Viv's record but are now among the "ALL TIME GREATS"

  • Amjad Islam Mogul NYC on December 4, 2006, 14:58 GMT

    Mohammad Yousif is one of the best player in the history of Cricket and there is no doubt about it his performence is more the excellent this year,i want yousif bhai to Continew with same Spirt and become a all time legend of Cricket, Allah baili

  • Old_Friend on December 4, 2006, 6:44 GMT

    Asalam O Alikum First of all I would like to congratulate whole nation and especially to Muhammah Yousaf for his great batting performance including record breaking event. It is really great honor to have Pakistani batsman on top of a Record.

    Well most of people there are talking about Javaid Miandad and Muhammad Yousaf while some are really ignoring Inzimam ul Haq.

    I think so it is drawback of our people that we change our whole comments by watching just single phase of some1’s performance. If someone make 2 hundreds in one series we start crying that he is the best he is the best and if someone fails to do than we shout about his place in team.

    It is a good phase of cricket in career of Muhammad Yousaf we should admire it but should not think that it is the whole career. He has to play a lot in future. This performance put him in best batsmen ever by Pakistan. But he has to play a long good cricket to be the best. He just breaks TWO RECORDS and I think so it is not ENGOUGH to say him BEST. He has quality to be the best but still again a lot good cricket has to play.

    We Pakistani have a lot examples of great phase of cricket by players like Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbass,Wasim Akram , Waqar Younas n many more but that was just a SINGLE GOOD PHASE.

    In my point of view if you want to give ranking to players than Inzimam is the Best Batsman ever (Including Test n one day). And Wasim Akram is the Best Bowler.

    At the end, Muhammad Yousaf please continue your good performance because I m your big fan and I want to see you to be the BEST . Good Luck! Allah Hafiz

  • Umar Sheik on December 4, 2006, 5:32 GMT

    Yousaf is a very good player, i think this year is best of his career, i think after he became muslim Allah has given him more blessings. He deserve it. GOOD LUCK MUHAMMAD YOUSAF

  • Hassan on November 24, 2009, 17:50 GMT

    My ranking would b Inzamam ul Haq ( The match winning King on top ) Muhammad Yousuf Javed Miandad

  • nalin on March 6, 2007, 10:17 GMT

    Javed Miandad is the King of Pakistan batting. Long regarded as one of the three batsmen who could turn a match around. (others were Viv richards & Arjuna Ranathunga). Modern day cricket ia all about scoring runs so the pitches are prepared to favour the batting. Even the powerplay helps batting. So batsmen with higher averages are easy to find these days. But in 70s, 80s & early 90s the situation was different. That is why Viv Richards , Javed Miandad, Greg Chappell is still considered as greats of that era. yousuf is more consistent than Inzi but not as eligant as Zaheer Abbas. If Yousuf plays the way he has been doing, he will become on of the best batsmen in pakistan but still not good enough to beat the Great Javed.

  • Asim on January 15, 2007, 5:17 GMT

    Ok everyone is talking about the differences between Javed, Yousaf and Inzi but the fact is that they all different players with different techniques. Javed was a totally different batsmen,however, his contribution for the pakistan team over decades is praiseworthy. Inzi is like a rock, if he stays on the pitch for than 40 or even 30 runs, anything could happen. When it comes to technique Inzi is probably the best. Yousaf has elegant, stylish and rock solid technique as well and his high back lift and quick reading of the pitched ball is quicker than Inzi and JM. The comparison between players of different countries depends upon their technique, like asian players are mostly back foot players due to the nature of grouds, however, others due to fast pitches are front foot players. But the actual thing to compare is the technique. Yousaf has better instance than sachin, dravid and ponting but not better than lara. Lara has the best foot work and standing instance being as a batsmen. Its a long debate but finally i would like to say that Yousaf is always under estimated and under rated as a batsmen, Greg chappel said once that he could be the dyanamic player but he doesnt realise his skills. As someone said as well if someone could drive better than yousaf, than its michael schumacher.

  • faizan on December 21, 2006, 13:43 GMT

    Muhammad Yousaf bhai you are jussssss the greatest of alll. I lovee uuuuuuuuuu alot. Be brave and keep your best form ticking.

  • Dawar on December 9, 2006, 22:52 GMT

    Two Y's are better than Inzi. Inzi out early against fast bowlers and always aboard his record is very bad. Big shame for the big man.

    Y's = Mohd. Yusuf & Younis Khan.

  • Raja Asif Mustaf on December 6, 2006, 10:33 GMT

    M.Yousuf is no doubt a world class batsman that Pakistan has ever produced.He is cool and calm customer but is very dangerous when having a peice of wood"BAT" in his hand.He can power in to any attack with ease and decipline manner.He know the demand of the team and the place himself as a best fit for any situation.He is aving a very firm and cool head on his shoulders.He have a cricketing mind that is always in thinking about how to score and how to handle the game.He is as humble as he is geious in his game.I wish him the more success and blessing in his up-coming tour and rest of the life."SKY IS THE LIMIT M.YOUSUF "

  • Rauf Khan on December 5, 2006, 1:55 GMT

    MY is NOW among the top 10 ALL TIME GREATS. People should never compare him with JM. I'm proud that MY is Pakistani and he deserves all the praise. Congratulations that not only you break Viv's record but are now among the "ALL TIME GREATS"

  • Amjad Islam Mogul NYC on December 4, 2006, 14:58 GMT

    Mohammad Yousif is one of the best player in the history of Cricket and there is no doubt about it his performence is more the excellent this year,i want yousif bhai to Continew with same Spirt and become a all time legend of Cricket, Allah baili

  • Old_Friend on December 4, 2006, 6:44 GMT

    Asalam O Alikum First of all I would like to congratulate whole nation and especially to Muhammah Yousaf for his great batting performance including record breaking event. It is really great honor to have Pakistani batsman on top of a Record.

    Well most of people there are talking about Javaid Miandad and Muhammad Yousaf while some are really ignoring Inzimam ul Haq.

    I think so it is drawback of our people that we change our whole comments by watching just single phase of some1’s performance. If someone make 2 hundreds in one series we start crying that he is the best he is the best and if someone fails to do than we shout about his place in team.

    It is a good phase of cricket in career of Muhammad Yousaf we should admire it but should not think that it is the whole career. He has to play a lot in future. This performance put him in best batsmen ever by Pakistan. But he has to play a long good cricket to be the best. He just breaks TWO RECORDS and I think so it is not ENGOUGH to say him BEST. He has quality to be the best but still again a lot good cricket has to play.

    We Pakistani have a lot examples of great phase of cricket by players like Saeed Anwar, Zaheer Abbass,Wasim Akram , Waqar Younas n many more but that was just a SINGLE GOOD PHASE.

    In my point of view if you want to give ranking to players than Inzimam is the Best Batsman ever (Including Test n one day). And Wasim Akram is the Best Bowler.

    At the end, Muhammad Yousaf please continue your good performance because I m your big fan and I want to see you to be the BEST . Good Luck! Allah Hafiz

  • Umar Sheik on December 4, 2006, 5:32 GMT

    Yousaf is a very good player, i think this year is best of his career, i think after he became muslim Allah has given him more blessings. He deserve it. GOOD LUCK MUHAMMAD YOUSAF

  • Jadogar-spin on December 3, 2006, 22:32 GMT

    He DID it! He did IT! HE did it! HE DID IT!

  • Mohammed Ashique on December 3, 2006, 16:34 GMT

    Hello I am from Nepal and i am always fan of Pakistani Cricket Team sinc i knew it. Here in nepal all the muslim people are happpy with the Mohammed Yousuf for breaking the great record of VIV RICHARD of 30 years.I pray for ALLAH for his more good perfomance in ODI and comming World Cup. Wish you all the best pakistan cricket team for the ODI.ALLAH HAFIZ

  • Dawar Naqvi on December 3, 2006, 5:44 GMT

    Please do not include religion in the gamne of cricket in such a way that only muslims will allow to represent Pakistan cricket team. Regardless of any faith any good performance should be appreciated.

    Most of the folks giving more religious comments about Yusuf than his cricket skills.

    Cricket has nothing to do with Islam. Some of ulma even thinks that playing cricket five days is haram or atleast mucroo.

    Your character, attitude, your business, justice is the part of any good faith and ofcourse it is the essential part of the Islam.

    Please do not forget some years ago some of our cricket heros were involved in match fixing, ball tempering and bad behaviour inside and outside the field. it has nothing to do with Islam.

    Dawar USA

  • JAY on December 2, 2006, 16:50 GMT

    May ALLAH make him play more inning like these for pakistan as a nation we are looked as enemies in this planet people like yousaf ,inzy or in the past my favouite Imran Khan ,JM etc etc names goes on.they repesent us gold bless them love to all muslim in this planet jay scotland

  • Fareed Mohammed Khan on December 2, 2006, 11:18 GMT

    Well seeing Mohammed Yousuf surpassing the feet and having to show the modesty and class, just makes us as a Nation very proud and confident.

    One of my fiend had the honour of meeting the PK team including MohammedYo where plp were nervous for what would happen the next day, and would he be able to make those 50 odd runs - and Yousuf bh replied 'I am not nervous for I never made thouse runs, its all because of Allah's blessings and if he wishies I would InshaAllah be successful tommorow'.

    I needed this is amzing to see many including BobW, Lara, Manjeraker and Benjemun acknowleding how Islam has really affected the output of his game.

    Personally I am very influenced by his practice of Islam too. May Allah bring his all the happeness and success in life!

  • amitabh on December 2, 2006, 4:55 GMT

    Look at yousufs stats against south africa and australia. and compare them to others like lara, tendulkar, sehwag. Making big runs against weak teams don't make you a great player.

  • Aftab Qureshi on December 1, 2006, 23:34 GMT

    I completely agree that Yousaf's humility needs to be acknowledged. However, humility has nothing to do with ICC rankings. It is performance alone that has propelled him to within 10 points of Ponting's No. 1 ranking. I have followed Ramiz Raja's remarks about Yousaf, that to be recognized as a truly great batter, he has to perform against top class bowling on home pitches of Australian and South African bowlers. Although I think this is an unkind remark, I have a feeling that we will soon see him performing against Pollok, Ntini & co.

    I am also reminded that critics have a tendency to be impressed more by glamor than steady, solid performance. Look at Dravid's performance vs. Tendulkar's. Dravid has been much more consistent and has a better average but Tendulkar stole the limelight. Similarly, Ponting has always been in the company of his best contemporaries but it is only recently that people are talking about him and Bradman's shoes. In the case of Pakistan, at least during the second half of his career, he has been both prolific and consistent whereas Inzi has had more ups and downs. But agagin, it has been Inzi who has been in the limelight. To Mr. Ex PCB CEO, I would submit that if he had difficulty giving a word of encouragement to Yousaf at the peak of his performance, he should have kept his mouth shut.

  • Tanveer Hussain frome Spain on December 1, 2006, 19:50 GMT

    We are proud of Muhammad Yousaf you are adding a Pakistan the top of list.we congratulate you on becoming alengined star of the crickat .God bless you en S.africa tur .bay

  • MOYO on December 1, 2006, 17:57 GMT

    Now MO YO is 10th on all time ICC rating at 933 ( Bradman 961). Highest asian player ever. only Hayden and Ponting ( 940) currently playing ahead of him. So

  • umair on December 1, 2006, 16:34 GMT

    Javed was absolute genius and has literally won more matches single-handedly than any other Pakistani batsman(its a pity that Imran never give him due credit),Javed is a way better than any Pakistani batsman.Inzi on the other hand is the most over-rated player ever of pakstan IMO,because his stats against best teams,namely S.A and Austrailia are very dismal,he really dont deserve that much praise,and i have to say that currently Yousuf is the best batsman Pakistan have got at the moment,but he is still nowhere near as good as Javed. Javed was a maestro.

  • Umair Zia on December 1, 2006, 13:34 GMT

    Undoughtedly the best batsmen of current era , zaheer malik is quite justified in his statement this debate is just a clash of generations .. i dont mind if someone favouring JM or MY coz both are pakistanis , but since i belong to this generation so definitely will go for MOhammad Yousuf :),,, neways the more records are yet to be broken ,, in the very next test series ,, as he has levelled the six consecutive hundreds record in the karachi test,,, so best of luck Mohammad Yousuf!!!

  • Muhammad Umair FROM ATTOCK-PAKISTAN on December 1, 2006, 13:12 GMT

    Records are made to be broken. I am happy that a Pakistani Batsman has broken a best record. Mohammad Yousuf was fantastic this year with bat. He scored 9 centuries in which he made 1430 runs and of his 3 fifties of the year he made 218 runs. Only 140 runs have come in his 7 innings in which he made less than 50. But a drawback of this brilliant performances is that Pakistan has managed to win only 3. But his some innings have been match saving like the innings at Lord’s and Multan. He has become the 6th Pakistani (I think) who has scored centuries in both innings of the test match. Every one is happy in Pakistan, as he has broken the record of VIV Richards. Every one is giving him prizes. PCB has given him a gold medal. I think ICC should also give him a special award for breaking the 30 year old world record. I will also like to see the remarks of another brilliant batsman of the test cricket about Mohammad Yousuf. You will be thinking that it could be RT Ponting and I am also waiting for RT Ponting remarks as the Australians are very proud of themselves.

  • Umair Suri on December 1, 2006, 13:06 GMT

    With due respect to all those who are denying the brilliance of Javaid miandad by giving credit of his efforts to Imran , wasim , waqar are extremely wrong as Miandad has been the true hero of our nation due to his unlimited match winnig innings who he achieved single handedly and whole world has accepted influence of his brilliance in the paskiatni team, Imran has always took credit from Miandad niether he(miandad) has took credit from others 1992 world cup was the true example of that, no one can deny it with imran khan has played not more than a support bowler , and its not very difficult to say that he was behind many important descions of Imran. Infact Imran was the one who has stopped him making 300 when he declared the inning when he was on 280 odd , which was cruel not only with miandad but with whole nation itself. I completely agree with Mr abbasi that Yousouf although i love and praise his abilities and class like any one else petriotic fellowman he shown this year has to be more consistent and influential on the bouncy pitches of south africa to be in the books of greats like Jawaid Miandad and Sir Viv or even Ponting, dravid , Inzi .My prayers and best wished for Mohammed Yousouf may Allah bless him.

  • Fahad ul Islam on December 1, 2006, 13:00 GMT

    MoYo doing great!!!!

  • ranga on December 1, 2006, 11:58 GMT

    bravo Yousuf bhai! Truly poetry in devotion!!

  • Amir Rashid on December 1, 2006, 11:54 GMT

    " All Hail King Yousaf "

  • zaheer malik on December 1, 2006, 11:53 GMT

    i think the people who thinks javed mindad was the better batsaman tham muhammad yousouf was actually belongs to the javed mindad,s generation and simply dont want to accept that the muhammmad yousouf is better than javed mindad. its clash between generations. by the way mindad played few good innings in his late career and muhammad yousouf is on his mid carrier. let him play couple of more innings even kamran abbasi will accept that muhmmad yousouf is the great batsamn of this age.

  • Waseem Siddiqui Hong Kong on December 1, 2006, 10:12 GMT

    It was a pleasure and delight to see Mohammad Yousuf pass the World record with great grace and elegance.

    Heartious congradulation to him and best wishes for his future.

  • Anas Ahmed on December 1, 2006, 10:05 GMT

    Yousuf is a great player and i think we do not need any other evidences other than the ones we have already had and making a landmark such as this one will insha allah be remembered over the world for a long time. Breaking a record is a big thing but if u are breaking a record of sir viv richards than that is very special. The question now is that, is there any other cricket player who can overtake Yousuf. At the present time i think Yousuf should be rated as the best test batsman in the world. CONGRATULATIONS MOHAMMED YOUSUF KEEP GOING WITH THESE CENTURIES AND YOU WILL SOON BRAKE ANOTHER RECORD.

  • PPC on December 1, 2006, 9:36 GMT

    Oh... Oh oh, I was just surprised to see a comment as given below, by JAVED A. KHAN (No harm meant, my brother) "By that analogy and comparison one could also say that Gavaskar's most centuries against West Indies are against the weaker bowlers of that time, there was no Malcom Marshall, Andy Roberts, Curtley Ambrose or Walsh when he scored his century." I'm not sure whether JAVED has got his history right. Gavaskar played between 1971 and 1987. Andy Roberts played between 1974 and 1983 Malcolm Marshall played between 1978 & 1991. Yes, perhaps there were no Ambrose or Walsh at their prime, but Roberts, Holding, Garner, Marshall, Croft..... they are more than a handful. I think there are too many postings saying the best bowlers of all time are playing now. Well.... no two thoughts to say that it's wrong. We had bowlers coming in pairs or groups in those days when the likes of Gavaskar and Richards and Miandad were playing. Lillee-Thomson, WI pace quartret, Indian spin quartret, Imran-Sarfaraz, Willis-Botham-Underwood.... all these have played in groups to pin down batsman. To get a decent pair like this, we may be forced to look at McGrath-Warne and stop there. Murali-Vaas team doesn't fire always, Pollock seems to have lost his old sting by the time Ntini came to fore, Kumble-Harbhajan rarely bowls well together, Pakistan, sadly, seems to lose players like anything. So.... where is the comparison?

  • Asad on December 1, 2006, 9:15 GMT

    He cannot play on South African Pitches.

  • Aqeel on December 1, 2006, 9:14 GMT

    Am really happy for Mohammed Yousaf. I wasnt really intrested in games result, my concern was Yousaf's record and Mashallah he has done a perfect job this year. I didnt really like the article.. he is not as good as him him him and not even inzi ... and kept repating even Inzi like, inzi is not as good as others. Record wise Yousaf Youhana has a very Good record but this is true that he hasnt really played vital innings not alot of them to be accurate. Inzi's avg is not as good as Yousaf but he has always played important role is games. i think inzi is better than tendulakr whos centuries never win his team any games. doesnt mean he is a bad player, tendulkar is one of my favourties but inzi is best. He is better than atleast dravid and tendular, kallis and lara are competetive. Yousaf is getting better, but saying that he is not considered in the same league as tendulkar drivid lara or kallis is wrong. Rite now Two batsmen rule worlds test Cricket Ponting ans Mohammed Yousaf. Go Yousaf wish u good luck In future,

  • Jamal Nasir on December 1, 2006, 6:50 GMT

    Congratulations to Muhammad Yousuf, well performance in Pak-WI serices specially break Sir V.V. Richard's 30 years record. We hope you'll continue your great form and make more World Records.

  • Vajeesh on December 1, 2006, 6:29 GMT

    Well done Yousuf you are became a great player in the history of test cricket, because you broke the record of sir Viv Richard. Now your named will be placed in the list of great players. I wish you all the best of Luck for your future careet. All country proud of you.

  • Farooq on December 1, 2006, 5:56 GMT

    Yousaf’s class performance of breaking Viv Richard’s world record today made us Pakis feel very proud. It has been a great day in Paki Cricket. Congrats to Yousaf and all of you! We love you!

  • Ghulam Muhammad Baltistani on December 1, 2006, 5:42 GMT

    Well done Muhammad Yousuf, we thanks God beacuse you inked world records for pakistan. We pray your success in future.

  • Masud Naqvee on December 1, 2006, 5:00 GMT

    Muhammad Yousaf we Pakistanis are proud of you in States keep it up you can do lot more.May God bless you.Amen.

  • Nadeem Mansoor on December 1, 2006, 4:55 GMT

    Aboysa ! You have pointed correctly towards the bias that has been reflected in Manjrekar and Ian's commentary

  • Shawkat Shareef on December 1, 2006, 4:36 GMT

    Those people who are taking us back to the statistics board and trying to prove Inzi and Yousuf as not comparable with the 'greats' (Tendulkar yes, but from when Dravid is one of the all time "greats"? just asking)are in the relentless pursuit of undermining the greatness and skills of Pakistani batsmen in particular. To them: tell your Dravid and co to produce six sccessive centuries in five tests even against the weakest teams in the world; tell any of them to score nine hundreds in one year. I like Dravid and Tendulkar very very much simply because of the fact these players have tremendous capacity to deny the superiority of the opponents in the field and that's what make them so glorious. However, it doesn't mean that Inzi and Yousuf haven't achieved anything. Please for God's sake, read the comments of the cricket pundits from all over the world, not only of those who belong to your nation/community. Please do know, if you praise Yousuf and Inzi for what they do, you are not by any means diminishing the glory of others who are great in their own rights. I have seen King Viv playing, I have seen Zaheer Abbas playing, I have seen Arvinda De Silva playing, I have seen Greg Chapel playing, I have seen Imran playing, Kapil dev playing, Gavaskar playing, Javed Miandad playing and winning matches in the arduous conditions. I will not dare to diminish the authority of any of these players just because of my special fondness for Javed, Zaheer and Imran. On the contrary, I will acknowledge and respect each them, and their dominance in the world of cricket. Did we see what Lara said afterwards: it is slightly unbelievable to know somebody has scored nine hundred in one year. Cheers for cricket, cheers for all those who have made this game the most fascinating on earth, cheers for the fans who have loved cricketers and cricket alike.

  • Gagan - Bangalore on December 1, 2006, 4:18 GMT

    I believe a more relevant comparison (even though it's difficult) is between Md. Yousuf and Zaheer Abbas. I dare say MY is the most elegant batsman that Pakistan has produced. Only slightly ahead of ZA.

  • Faizan Hamid on December 1, 2006, 4:11 GMT

    yup, true MY deserves the record.it does not matter that one has to play inning like JM played at Sharjah for one to be declared the best. It is all about timing, technique and tactics with consistency for one to be accepted as the best. MY has all these 3Ts and what more can be consistent that he has 5 centuries in 5 consecutive test matches.

    Ian Bishop was commenting yesterday about his record and of Viv R , and he said that 30 years ago, the bowling attack used to be of high calibre than it is today, therefore Viv is better than MY.

    Ok, I wont argue that who is the best. What I want to say is that in Cricket everything but SCORE is subjective and depends on individual's perception. Therefore whenever anyone comments on someone's batting or bowling then he must go on with it keeping in mind that what "paper" says worth.

  • sunny b on December 1, 2006, 2:59 GMT

    I am only 14, and stayed up all night(i'm a foreigenr) to watch him break the record. Good for him. He deserves it. From what i have read he worked really hard and was really focused

  • Rauf on December 1, 2006, 2:57 GMT

    AA I followed you from your first steps onto the int'l cricket scene Mo Yo. You had the promise. Indeed, others have compared you with Javed (The great)and others but. I say, inspite of their greatness you are a class unto yourself. Besides the execution of your strokes none had your humbleness. A great quality in any man. I say go out and score some more! And dont forget to work on your fielding now!!

  • adnan on December 1, 2006, 2:51 GMT

    well nothing is better than m.yousaf he is a best player in pakistan.and inz is also is better player than javed

  • Dawar Naqvi on December 1, 2006, 2:49 GMT

    It was grate achievement from Mohammad Yousuf.

    But please take the lesson from Indian Cricket Team.

    At their home ground and slow wickets their batsman scores wall of runs but outside India their performance is not good.

    Compare to them our performance is always better. But recently our behaviour is get closing to Indian Cricket Team.

    Keep it up Yousuf.

    Dawar Naqvi USA

  • Jadogar-spin on December 1, 2006, 2:30 GMT

    Kamran,

    Do I taste sour grapes from the author of the Miandad book, fearing that the sales might go down since there is a new master on the scene?

    No other player in Pakistan history can claim the records Yousuf broke in the space of twenty deliveries. And he is still young. Another five years, and he may be like Inzi, getting ready for the pastures. But this is his prime - at a time when there is no good news from Pakistan, here comes a streaking star of light. Preserve the precious moment.

    Yousuf, you are our greatest star - the best thing that has happened to Pakistan in a long time. Period.

  • M.Waheed & Chacha Nazir with Waseem Imtiaz on December 1, 2006, 1:28 GMT

    would like to congratulate Mohammed Yousuf on acheiveing such a wonderful landmark in the history of test Cricket. Breaking the record of legendary Sir Viv Richards indicates that Mohammed Yousaf is a legendary batsman, who is on his way to glory and triumph.

  • Shehnila Sami - Lahore on December 1, 2006, 0:37 GMT

    Mohammed Yousuf started off brilliantly and within 2 years became a permanent middle order batsman. Then came a phase of inconsistency with some really good innings here and there. Since last December he is averaging over a 100 runs/innings. This combined with the renaissance of Inzi and Y Khan has helped Pakistan do very well in the last year.

    Here we were not too long ago discussing whether Inzamam will steal the mantle of All time Best Pakistani Test Batsman from Javed Miandad. All of a sudden Yousaf has emerged as a future possible candidate for this title.

    Well done Mohammed Yousuf, many congratulations. May you carry on with this rich vein of form.

  • Addy on December 1, 2006, 0:15 GMT

    At once when i first saw Yousuf Youhana of that time batting i thought in the ODI ... the impact was like ( another toooker ) .... but he scored 24 before he was runnot ... but 1 thing just clicked me ... he scored 24 runs by hitting four sixes .... that time nobody thought that he will transform into the backbone of present Pakistani batting line ....now when it comes to compare JM with MY .... both ve their own class ..... Miandad is an icon for this generation nd the next nd MY is an emerging icon.... MY is the one of the best batsman of the present era ... Breakin the records which was set 30 years before isn't a joke .... it means .... after a generation gap one is able to achieve that milestone ... appreciate him for his contribution .... In Pakistan we had the variety of fast bowlers ...at once players like JM .. Sir Haneef Mohammad .... Zaheer Abbas and Saeed Anwar proved themselves ... but nobody could take others place because you cannot nullify ones contribution ... MY will be an icon of elegance ...I have personally seen two to three batsmnz ... the proper batsmans in Pakistani team in my generation ... Saeed Anwar .... Inzi ... Mohammad Yousuf .... All the best to the emerging legend MY ..... Hatsoff to you for your consistant performances ...

  • bruce adam on November 30, 2006, 23:22 GMT

    May I just say congrats to Mohammed Yousuf on, not only beating Vic Richard's run record, but for yet another century! This man is in the form of his life and is going a long way to proving that he is arguable the most accomplished batsman in the test cricket arena.

    I'm convinced that if he were Austrailian then he would have taken the ICC player of the year award - I sincerely cannot believe that Ponting has got the award. Alot of his "back-to-back" hundreds came against Bangladesh, don't you know. Again, congrats Moyo!

  • Imran on November 30, 2006, 23:09 GMT

    As sports fans, we collectively look to the game of cricket for competition, excitement, and accomplishment. Perhaps, filling the voids in our own mundane existence.

    Having said that, I've spent many sleepless nights this year. Watching matches from half way around the world at un-godly hours. Simply in the hope of re-living something as exciting as Miandad's Sharjah miracle.

    Mohammad Yousaf has given us that 'something'. Something to be excited about! Something to be smile about! Something to look forward to and wear on our sleeves with pride.

    This year, Pakistani cricket headlines have been dominated by words like "Controversy", "ball-tampering", and "drug-use".

    In the chronicles of 2006 cricket, the only chapter I will remember ten years from now is the one that tells the story of Mohammad Yousaf. An athlete with ability, humility, classiness, national pride and a humble smile. Without scandalous headlines or an over-inflated ego.

    By drawing comparisons to other world-class athletes, you have set a mark that separates you from the rest! All comparisons aside though, it has been fun watching you play a good game of cricket.

    So I choose not to compare, to contrast, OR to complain. I choose to enjoy this moment with all fans of the game or cricket and with Muhammad Yousaf .

    From around the world, we watch you with admiration. We are in awe of your accomplishments. And we pray for your continued successes.

    Imran - Toronto, Canada

  • Kashan Nadeem- Jeddah(KSA) on November 30, 2006, 22:47 GMT

    Well done Mohammad Yousuf.Pakistani nation is proud of you.You r the son of this soil.Hatts off to you and good luck for future.Please keep this peformance in world cup 2007.

  • ali on November 30, 2006, 22:26 GMT

    inzi, yousuf, miandad all are great batsman. but miandad was not a beautiful to watch as yousuf or inzi. great day for our country. and its great to see someone in our country start from the bottom and get to the top with his hardwork. it also great for his family and the team.

  • tanveer hussain frome spain on November 30, 2006, 22:01 GMT

    i proud of you muhammad youf for adding pakistan on the top of list. Good luck ,ALLA KI AP PAR RAHMAT HO

  • Mohammed Jamal on November 30, 2006, 21:59 GMT

    It is so nice to share the joy Mohammad Yousuf has acheived by surprising the King's record. I appreciate the discipline religion has got to MoYo but i am sorry too relate the success of somebody directly to it religion. Today he succeeds and religion is responsible for it and and so the religion is good and tomorrow he does not succeed - does it mean religion is not good now. I agree he became more focused and disciplined after conversion but pls dont relate the wordly success of a person to it degree of beleif.

    Thanks,

    Mohammed Jamal

  • Saad Memon on November 30, 2006, 21:53 GMT

    Muhammad Yousuf is an outstanding cricketer...He's been absolutely brilliant this year .He still had to break a big record and he has done it.

  • ali on November 30, 2006, 21:42 GMT

    Ok, my 10 cents worth. I believe Mo Yo will never reach the level one expected when JM was around. You can't compare him to JM, no one can reach the level of excitement that JM held. MY has his own class, more in line with Wasim Raja , quiet, tidy, but very classy and he'd always be that way. Let's leave it to that.

  • Salim on November 30, 2006, 21:18 GMT

    Assalam Alaikum

    No one seems to have noticed one important FACT that ever since Mohammad Yusuf has become a Muslim (and Alhomdolillha a devout one), he has adopted a very beautiful Muslim name. His name is composed of two of the most influential Prophets of Allah. The word "Mohammad" means the "the most praised one" which was the name of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the "Yusuf" was the name of the Prophet Yousuf (AS) -- the most beautiful of all the human beings.

    No doubt that Yousif Youhana WAS s great batsman in the making, but after becoming a Muslim, his performance, character, attitude, and humility is totally reflective and representative of his adopted name. (Never underestimate the power and influence of the meaning of your name has upon you!)

    Now the world not only praises Mohammaed Yusuf for his superb performance but also loves to enjoy game and records. His stroke play is breathtaking to watch along with his beautiful character and person.

    May Allah bless him even more and make him the role model for all of us (amin).

    As far as judging who is/was the best/greatest batsman, we can argue endlessly and never come to the consensus.

    I can't say for other greats but Mohammad Yusuf is definitely earning the rewards in this life as well as hereafter. KEEP IT UP!

    Jazaka Allah Khair Salim.

  • Shahzad on November 30, 2006, 20:38 GMT

    we are proud of you Muhammad Yousaf for adding Pakistan on the top of the list.

    Good Luck.

  • aboysa on November 30, 2006, 20:34 GMT

    While watching the game I was a bit disappointed by Manjrekar and Ian Bishop, who were with the view that Yousaf's achievement is not even close to Sir Viv's. I am a big fan of Viv, but it doesnt mean that one should discredit this era's achievement. Does that mean all the achievments of Tendulkar (most centuries), Lara most runs or Ponting's current feats. On the same token, was Hanif's 337 less than Sober's 365. Why such hypcrisy? Kam, Perhaps you can create another blog for this topic.

  • Jimmy Singh on November 30, 2006, 19:19 GMT

    There is no doubt for anyone that Muhammad Yousaf was the best batsman in 2006. The key for him is to be consistent before he can be compared to the likes of Miandad and Richards. It is also unfair to compare players of different era's as there are different variables involved. Can one compare Tiger Woods to Jack Nicklaus to decide who th ebest golfer of all time is? Nicklaus played in an era where equipment and ball technology was not the same as today. Competition and the calibre of players was also not the same as today. When Richards, Miandad and Bradman played pads were a bit heavier, bat technology also improves every year. Bowlers are a lot more faster now than they were back then. There is almost a scientific approach to cricket now as demonstrated by the Aussie's. Now you can study different bowlers from video tapes and see what the bowlers strength's and weaknesses are and avoid playing those shots.

    So in short what I am trying to say is that comparing Yousaf to batsmen of the old era is unjustified. Myself being an Indian/Canadian with a lot of Pakistani friends I am very happy and proud that someone from the sub-continent has broken this 30 year old record. His performance in the next few years will dictate his greatness. In any case, a very proud moment for all Pakistani's and Congrats to you all. Very wekk deserved.

  • DANISH TAHIR on November 30, 2006, 19:04 GMT

    I think MY isn't the greatest batsmen yet,Ian Bishop made a statement that Viv Richards had to play bowlers like Lille,Thomson,Bob Willas,Chandershekhar and Bedi.These bowlers still have fame in the cricketing world as threatning bowlers.and Mo Yo had to face bowlers like Anil Kumble,Steve Harmison and no any other threatning bowler. So Mo Yo is no way better batsmen then VIV Richards.even when he has broke Richard's record. Mo Yo has to achieve alot in his carrier to get the destiny that he really deserves. He deserves a great spot in the list of top batsmen of all time and with his his valuable efforts he could get that spot easily

  • Nadeem Altaf on November 30, 2006, 19:00 GMT

    Assalam u Alaikum, first of all congrats....... to Muhammad Yousuf and to all Pakistani Nation.for his great batting performance in this year. may Allah bless him infact Allah is blessing him.we all are proud to be a Pakistani because of him.we are hoping that he will play always like that and make us proud(Ameen)

  • Faisal Ansari on November 30, 2006, 18:13 GMT

    Bravo! Great Job Yousuf!!

    But I wonder if we pakistanis would be heaping the same praises if you MOYO was still YOYO...

  • Syed Saad Hasan on November 30, 2006, 18:06 GMT

    Well I really think that he has achieved what was his in mind for this year regarding the test matches.As far as his future performance concerned hope he will be keep performing in the same fashion.

  • imran on November 30, 2006, 18:00 GMT

    if u jm reacord against best bowling attact of that time (windies)u will see he has not scored against them i think inzi and my are better then jm as players and also as persons because jm just dint came out and never said they are good so check the matches u will see who has won more matches

  • Shawkat Shareef on November 30, 2006, 17:58 GMT

    Serenity prevails, magificance of calmness wins. My whole hearted prayer and support for Mohammad Yousuf, who I always thought of as great as Javed Miandad. Yousuf actually surpasses Miandad through his absolute disciplined behaviour, on and off the field. May the Almighty bring more personal glories for him and his family and national splender for the Team Pakistan. Yousuf and Pakistan: never say die.

  • Faisal AYaz on November 30, 2006, 17:49 GMT

    Salam Muhammad Yousuf i personally congratulation to u for a great achievement.... and i love you, Allah Bless u............... :) Take Care, Allah Hafiz.

  • Salman on November 30, 2006, 17:01 GMT

    Can you please change your picture. Initially it seemed hilarious. Now it just looks plain silly. It's not the magnetic pull of the hair or the brightness of the shirt but one cannot ignore that utterly strange smile. Please for the love of god, change this picture. We beg you.

  • Ali Hasan on November 30, 2006, 17:01 GMT

    I will always remember my poise, and the place where I was sitting when Yousuf flicked Collymore to break Sir Viv's record. I was up all night just to watch that, even though I had an exam this morning, but I feel extremely lucky to have witnessed one of the best batting feats of our era. To reply to one of the earlier blogger, Mr. Rich, it is no secret that conversion to Islam has helped Yousuf become a better person in terms of patience and all the other virtues that this great religon has brought to him. Having said that, it is just Yousuf that scored the runs, even though the whole team is muslim. That's exactly what the whole debate is not about. The point is that Yousuf's achievements were due to how he applied the virtues of patience and application to his game, and that's what brought him success. It's the religon that has given him a personality to feel so proud about, and it shouldn't come as a surprise to any one when Yousuf publicly associates all his successes to his conversion. I would agree that success and failure (IN THIS WORLD) is for everyone regardless of their religon, that's why a Christian held the record for 30 years (Perhaps if there is one person who deserved to hold such a record for 30 years, it had to be Sir Viv). Success and Failure is all based on the Almighty's will. Once again, all praises for the God of all worlds who has given Yousuf such marvelous talents!

  • Jameel on November 30, 2006, 16:33 GMT

    Yousef is a great batsman. Hats off yousef but please donot mix religion with game.If religion is a main source then our all Pakistani players should be record breakers.So please spare religion.It was his hard work which is yielding result.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on November 30, 2006, 16:25 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS........ to Yousuf and to every single Pakistani who were supporting and praying for him. While Yousuf was getting closer to the landmark in that afternoon heat in Karachi, we were getting tense and worked up sweating in the freezing nights here, it was past 1:00 a.m. here, when he finally broke the record and there were moments of joy and relaxation.

    WHATMORE....he went on to score yet another 100, breaking and creating more records. I hope his modesty, humility and calmness will help him more in achieving success. Good to see Inzi coming back to form and Hafeez has cemented his place for SA tour.

    I also hope that PCB and other authorities should think about the future of the game in Pakistan and re-consider their decision about Akhtar and Asif. If the team wins the world cup 2007, they will all make the nation proud.

    Finally for you KAMRAN ABBASSI.....this thread has also created records for your Blog a triple centurey eh? :-) Good luck. I hope the bowlers nail down Lara & Co. soon to seal the victory.

    Apparently Sanjay Manjrekar has given positive views to the press about Yousuf's achievement. But, along with Jeff Dujon and Ian Bishop he was nick picking it and comparing with Viv Richard's record by saying during that time he had to face better bowlers in Australia like, Lillee, Thompson and Englands, Bob Willis, Underwood and India's spin trio, Bedi, Chanderasekhar and Prasanna, therefore his achievement MUST have been more difficult than Yousuf's and went on in detail about how he would rate it...blah, blah. That is ABSURD. The good thing is Yousuf did not score against minnows. Three major test playing nations, England, West Indies and India and he scored against England in England.

    By that analogy and comparison one could also say that Gavaskar's most centuries against West Indies are against the weaker bowlers of that time, there was no Malcom Marshall, Andy Roberts, Curtley Ambrose or Walsh when he scored his century. Same is the case with Tendulkar, but a record is a record, thats it.

  • Mallikarjun on November 30, 2006, 16:18 GMT

    What an amazing batsman MY is? Players like Yousuf are really a gift to Pak.

    Congrats Yousuf

  • Anwer Soorty on November 30, 2006, 16:12 GMT

    Congratulations to Mohd.Yousuf.He inspires cricket fans everywhere with this colossal performance.Lets enjoy the moment with him and for him.To compare other greats is neither here nor there.They were all greats,Sobers,Richards,Bradman,Gavaskar and many more.So at times like these CRICKET is the winner!

  • Abdul Basit on November 30, 2006, 15:48 GMT

    Al-salam-o-alaikum to all

    congratulations to Muhammad Yousuf, having great achievements this year. This is because of his relaxed mind due to entering in Islam. He is a great batsman of his era.

  • Saud Ahmed on November 30, 2006, 15:38 GMT

    To be the best, you have to beat the best. And thats what exactly MO YO have done.Not just me but da whole nation is proud of you Mohammad Yousuf. congratulations from me and my whole family on your great achievment.Hope you continue in the same style and break your own record of most runs n test centuries in tests next year;-) (ameen).I would also like to congratulate the whole team includind captain and also the coach Bob woolmer who works really hard with the players.Once again Mr MOYO, congratulations, you are on top of the world ;-)

  • Biso on November 30, 2006, 15:25 GMT

    JM had scored great runs against the attacks of the mid eighties and even early nineties. I wud compare MoYo with JM after he has made consistent high scores against Australia and South Africa. Tendulkar, Lara and Dravid have all got runs against these two teams. In fact VVS Laxman has played some elegant long innings against the Aussies which surpass those of his counterparts. I can dare to compare JM with the best right now. He was in another class. MoYo is very good ,but not in the class of JM. JM was a more complete cricketer than MOYO may ever be. Let us not fool ourselves into comparing him with JM.

  • Mubashir Bukhari on November 30, 2006, 15:19 GMT

    Good job Mohammad Yousuf!!!!! I think Mohammad Yousuf is a great player. I always admired his batting. I think its wrong to say that he is not of the class that JM or Viv had as far as winning the game is. I have always seen Yousuf as match winning player and he proved numerous times with his contributions that its perfectly fine to consider him batsman of the same class as once JM or Viv or any great player had or currently has.

  • Abdul Haleem Junaid on November 30, 2006, 15:16 GMT

    We all as Pakistani are proud and feel elevated today and congratulate Mohammed Yousuf and the cricket fans around the world that have seen a remarkable achievement in our life time. Today all cricket batting adjectives fall short to describe the performance of Mohammed Yousuf. He is a great cricketer, true Muslim and gentle person. May Allah bless him and his family success and honor in future. Ameen

  • Rich on November 30, 2006, 15:01 GMT

    First of all, Congrats to Yousuf on his record/s! Assuming that Yousuf broke the record because of his conversion is an arrogant thought and there’s hardly any humility in it. I suppose Bradman would have been a better batsman had he converted! I also suppose that if Yousuf has a bad year in the future, its because he’s either being a bad Muslim or has re-converted to Christianity! Success or failure are a part of every person’s life, whatever religion they might belong to. Stop the religious propaganda and concentrate on the cricket. Thanks!

  • Adnan Butt on November 30, 2006, 14:56 GMT

    i was at work and usualy in IT department you dont have time to take your tea, but all pakistani empolyees were on cricinfo and its realy marvelous feeling. It came at right time also our team was all down and out after CT and that doping incidents, i hope we do well in WC . Congrats to ever one out there to all cricket lovers and esp to all Pakistanis

  • Salman Fariz on November 30, 2006, 14:40 GMT

    Assalamu Alikum!

    I am a Sri Lankan, and am hard fan of pakistian Team since my knowing periond till now. Third day of Pakistain did not play completed. I thought there was a (kair) godness in that to M.Yousf. When he came to bat on third day he struggled a bit. Masha Allah By the grace of Allah He achievied well. There are a lot of pakistain criket fans in Sri Lanka I said them to pray for M.Yousf to brake the 30 years record. In Sri Lanka most place are being talked about these by people. As a fan I would like to wish him a lot for M.Yousf's future Cricket. And I dua to him to perform the Deen life till his death.

  • NADEEM SALIK on November 30, 2006, 14:40 GMT

    Never mind MOYO's great achievements and flood of runs,Mr. Sunil Gavasker will still not consider him good enough for World XI nor would ICC consider him Test Player of the year. These awards are reserved for English, Australian and Indian players only.... So much of fairness !!!!

  • yousaf s fan on November 30, 2006, 14:38 GMT

    Finally Yousaf’s is getting the recognition he so desperately deserved , If it wasn’t for this mammoth achievement he would still be an outsider in the league of great batsmen .I agree with people’s argument that you need to achieve something before you are recognised ,however for those people , I suggest they look at Yousaf’s record and rethink the criticism . Without doubt Yousaf’s has been Pakistan’s finest batsmen and most consistent performer in recent years ,whether it be ODI’s or Test matches . He is one of the few Pakistani players to have performed on all surfaces and countries (with the exception of south Africa). Yousaf’s is unlike like many modern players that like give bit of banter to the opposition , or are very animated and vocal on and off the field ,or to prone to get involved in team politics. Yousaf is more of a calming effect on the field and off , he acts as a messiah bringing with him a wave of calmness when he walks out in the middle. I assure you this is not a one off performance but rather a beginning of his greatness .. May God be there to guide him in achieving whatever he is destined to achieve. InshAllah…….

  • Tarq Khan on November 30, 2006, 14:32 GMT

    Yes MOHMMAD YOUSIF IS THE BEST BATSMAn ever produce pakistan crcket histoy, wel if some body has doubts he should bring stats to prove, well now a days it happends that every body ask what happend mohmmad yousifs performance not that what happend pakistan thats proof that he is the best GOOD LUCK yousif

  • Khalid - Lahore Pakista on November 30, 2006, 14:24 GMT

    There is no cmprsn with VR to MY but Yousaf is a great player and his ability now being showed, i am sure he will cross the score of many great players like SV, AB soon, simply cmnts MY is proud of Pakistan.

  • Naima on November 30, 2006, 14:18 GMT

    Well done yousuf! i have said & heard enough in ur praise. i just wanna simply wish u best of luck now, hope u continue ur form like this in all ur career & breaks many other records. "CONGRATULATION"

  • Khan Md. Ibn Sina on November 30, 2006, 14:11 GMT

    Hello, I really respect Md. Yousuf and his consistency. I wish we will find a player like him.

    Bangladesh.

  • Suresh on November 30, 2006, 14:02 GMT

    Great!!!!!! Beating any record is awesome, but it has been there alive for 30 years.... during these years we have see so many great players...none of them achieved the same... You have done it man. Great going....keep up the hard work....Good luck for the rest of the journey

  • asad on November 30, 2006, 13:59 GMT

    I want to congratulate Yousuf for the marvelous year he has had! However, I want to post a question and may be people can comment on it, which is that the player of the year award was given to Ricky Ponting. Wasn't it unfair to do so as Yousuf then had a lot more runs than Ponting and has proved that this year only belonged to Yousuf even after the awards

  • Mohamed Mobin on November 30, 2006, 13:59 GMT

    Congratulations Yousuf. I stayed up all night just to see you achieve record after record. Although I am from the WI, in the cricket world, you stand out as the best Batsman this year. I do wish you continued success.

  • umar khan, kuwait on November 30, 2006, 13:40 GMT

    Congratulation Mr.Muhammed Yousef!! you made us proud. i would say we should give comments about yousuf performance instead of comparing JM with anybody else. i dont know from where this JM issue came in from. he was best at his time and Yousef is best now.i hope and pray he would do lot better than this in coming years. he did hit 100s and 200 in england so you cannot say he only played well on flat pitch. May Allah give you more glory. Ameen

  • Naveed Malik on November 30, 2006, 13:35 GMT

    CONGRATS!!! Yousuf have broken the record with another century! We all jumped with joy to see him celebrate it with such humility. What really tick me off is Sanjay Manjereka mentioning flat pitches in the same sentence as giving a pat on his back. Can't he just appreciate this achievement?

  • Umair Jafri on November 30, 2006, 13:34 GMT

    What a great batsman he is,Muhammad Yousuf have truely done a great job for his country. We are proud of him. Hope he continues to play like this in coming year, esp against AUS and IND :) LOVE YOU!!! M Y

  • Nabster on November 30, 2006, 13:32 GMT

    I don't think MY is getting the credit he deserves. His stats and averages prove he is certainly in league with his contemporaries, atleast with Dravid. You cannot deny this just take a look at YM on paper.

  • Yasir Thanvi on November 30, 2006, 13:29 GMT

    i would like to take this opportunity to congratulate this great player of team pakistan. I have no doubts in my mind about his ability as a players but what is heartening is the way he has changed what Mr. Abbasi mentioned as " lazy elegance to lofty elegance". i dont want to compare him with anyone as it is always harsh to compare legends. I must say its a great honour for Pakistan and Yousuf himself that he has broken a 30 year old record. As it is always said records are meant to be broken but one thing is for sure that Mohammed Yousuf will always be remembered as one of the best players Pakistan Cricket has ever produced. Last but by no means least i would also like to appreciate him the way he coped up with personal problems after his conversion to ISLAM. I am not sure if his conversion has anything to do with his performance but I can surely say that it definitely had a great impact on his personality. way to go Yousuf. may you get more success in lfe and hereafter INSHALLAH

  • shahzad_falcon on November 30, 2006, 13:23 GMT

    Congratulation !! Yousuf , Pakiz and his fans all around the world ... he played incredibly this year, well both are our heros .. we proud on both , JM and Yousuf but comparing them with eachother is not good at all , JM was awesome in his era and Yousuf is at his peak in present ... he has performed exetremly well in England but his real test will be in South africa ..... i do not say that he has scored those all runs on flat pitches... ( in ENgland he played 4 Tests .. scored 631 runs , with avg of 90.. hit 3 100z ... best score z 202 ) ..... Runs are Runs .. those who are saying that he achieved that all runs on flat pitches .. then why did not " Sachin , Inzy , JM , Gavaskar , Zaheer, Dravid , did not surpass that record or hit most tons in an year ... ?????

  • Muhammed Sayyed on November 30, 2006, 13:14 GMT

    Dear Mr. Abbasi:

    We here in North America up after midnight to watch history in making by Yusuf. I am happy to see Yusuf is going for the record as he is the most under rated player. For a player like his calibre who has played 75 test matches with an average of 56 per inning shouldn't have to prove anything. But, typical Pakistani media is trying to compare him with Miandad and others...ignoring the fact that if Yusuf go on to play as many test matches as Steve Waugh played then there wont be any record to break...

    Just acknowledge the fact that Yusuf is one of the greatest players of the game. Yusuf is no vocal and active like Miandad who media loved. But, I am sorry to say that I am disappointed with Minadad. Being Miandad fan for all his career, I was disappointed to see no reaction from him when Inzi broke most 100s record of Miandad. Now, I am sure Miandad just played for the records while Yusuf and Inzi are something special Pakistan has ever produced.

    I totally disagree with your comment about Miandad played consistantly over the years and Yusuf has to play like that to be in that category. Please note, Miandad never made 1000 runs in a calendar year (make me wonder about consistency).

    So, please stop comparing great players like Inzi and Yusuf with ex-pakistani player, they are in different category all together. Yusuf and Inzi are the best cricketer Pakistan ever produced (full stop)

    Take care

    Sayyed from Canada

  • ishaq on November 30, 2006, 13:12 GMT

    Aslam o Alikom to all. Congratulation to Muhammad Yousaf for his achievement.

  • Irteza on November 30, 2006, 13:06 GMT

    I agree with Kamran. JM was a far superior technician...As Wasim Akram was an artist with the ball, JM was with the bat. MoYo cannot be compared with JM just because of his current run feast. In my opinion, in the current game NONE other than Brian Lara have the artistry that JM had. For me JM was the most sincere and selfless serviceman of Pakistan Cricket. He was peerless then and still is in the realm of Pak cricket.

  • Ashek Ahmmed on November 30, 2006, 13:05 GMT

    if Yousuf can maintain his hunger for big scores then in the Carribean Pakistan has a good chance to do very well.

  • Fahad Warsi on November 30, 2006, 12:57 GMT

    No doubt Muhammad Yusuf is one of the best player in the world and he has proved today, Keep It Up (Inshallah)

  • I V Richards on November 30, 2006, 12:57 GMT

    I think he is a grand player man, different era and different skills reqd. But we should appreciate the now, and Yusuf has done extremely well!

  • MOULVI on November 30, 2006, 12:54 GMT

    Mohammad yousaf is one of the best batsmen of all times and congrats 2 him for achieving all those records.

  • Muhammad Atif Usmani on November 30, 2006, 12:51 GMT

    Religion has played an integral part in his growth not just as a cricketer but as a person.

  • Abobakar Tanveer on November 30, 2006, 12:49 GMT

    i am very glad to know that Muhammad Yousaf made this tremendus records. Its only becouse of his effort and prayers. i think its a matter of his fine batting that humanity that God rewards him with this great record. i pray that he will be going on with the same pattern.

  • Muhammad Asif on November 30, 2006, 12:41 GMT

    I think this is because of change from YOHANA to MUHAMMAD.

  • Zeeshan tirmizi on November 30, 2006, 12:39 GMT

    well i just want to stress upon a few points about JM and MY.Back in those days when JM played, cricket wasn't being played so frequently.I still remember that sharjah used to be such a big tournament to watch simply because there were not many tournaments being played.This is one of the reasons that Javed's innings attracted so much attention.I would like to draw attention towards the fact that even before this year,Yousuf's class as a world class batsman was unquestionable. Javed influenced matches and the game yes but Yousuf has still got some way to go and we hope he will play his part in that. Another fact is that no Pakistani batsman has ever scored more than 900 points in ICC ratings and that includes JM and Inzy as well.If it doesnt prove anything than atleast its a ground where both of other two hadn't tread. well JM played against an elite panel of bowlers but did he play against Warne,Murlitharan,Mcgrath,Pollock? and if he did how much? Why dont we realize that we do have one of the all time best bowlers in current era. I think we should stop this debate and respect MY for what he is and what he has already achieved and pray that the best can still come.

  • Abdur Rahman on November 30, 2006, 12:36 GMT

    Yes, MoYo cant be compared to King or JM as both of these were superb at their times. But remember that their times have passed and MoYo's time is yet to come. We can compare these three only when MoYo finishes his carrer. It would not be very strange if MoYo reaches to higher levels of glory in coming years.

  • Mutz on November 30, 2006, 12:31 GMT

    congrats on achieving all those records you deserve them all MoYo! and keep it up!

  • Rizwan Ali on November 30, 2006, 12:27 GMT

    in my point of view,mohammed yousaf is great batsman in history of cricket,his batting just superb,when you see the match,you just look at his off drive its superb.

  • Shan on November 30, 2006, 12:27 GMT

    Viv is Viv! nobody even comes close to him. Yosuf did all these against sub-standard bowling. How can you compare Garner, Holding to Bravo and Collymore? or Bob Willis and Botham to Hoggard and Harminson? Even Javed Miandad was better than him. Lastly, Yousuf does not even look like a cricketer with his terrorist looking beard.

  • Ammar on November 30, 2006, 12:17 GMT

    Congrats!!! Best of Luck in the Future...... may allah give u power to maintain such form in the forthcoming series ...... Congratsss.... again

  • Yasir on November 30, 2006, 12:17 GMT

    Yousaf and Javed both are greatest batsmen of their periods, no doubt and accordingly no comparision. But what the way writer Mr. Kamran has written MOYo and Jm is quite cheep. kam or kami what ur name is , i hope u will like to write complete name in future

  • Ammar Abbasi on November 30, 2006, 12:12 GMT

    As far as i think he is the greatest batsman of this era eventhough he havn't proved him so influential as Javed Miandad was but the elegance and skills he showed in this running year has definitly out classed ever critics which were made on him in past few years. After a long time Pakistan has given such a wonderful batsman which is definitly treat to watch. Although he have very poor skills of running between the wicket but he is a wonderful craftman. He always shows batting on these type of pitches where ball is staying low and bowlers are not able to generate much swing is very easy which is actually not true. These are his skills which make every body feel so. After each and every thing people are not agree to accept him as great player and Still People are rating him after Inzy. I don't Know why people didn't noticed that whenever inzy steps back Mohammad Yousuf is the only man who Leads the Team morally. WHAT EVER ANYBODY THINKS MOHAMMAD YOUSUF HAS ALWAYS PROVED HIM AS A SPINE OF THE PAKISTAN TEAM.

  • Navid Ahmed on November 30, 2006, 12:03 GMT

    Hi Kamran, i love reading your and Osman's columns and articles, but in this particular i dont agree with you. Yousaf has always played a great part in Pakistan's test and oneday cricket, he was just over looked by people and critics because of inzi. As miandad played with a great team of players such as imran, wasim, waqar saeed and many more it was easy for him to play outstanding cricket but here in Yousaf's case the only classy batsman or a player in that matter was only Inzi and to play a great role in a team like that takes alot of class and determination. I think Yousaf and Younis are going leave Inzi behind as the years go by. frankly speaking most of the people who have commented here on the comparison between Javed, Yousaf and Inzi, probably have never picked up a cricket bat and dont know how dificult it is when your out there in the middle. one more thing that cricket in 70s and 80s was slow and modern cricket is so fast paced, the training, the media, so many matches, to compare modern players to those asviv, javed, sunil and border is unfair.

    Finally Yousaf may ALLAH give you the strength and desire to reach and break all the records, Good luck with everything and you will always be my favourite player. Thanks

  • Junaid Ali Qureshi (from Bangkok) on November 30, 2006, 12:03 GMT

    In my opinion, we just can not compare batsmen from different era, JM was no doubt a class act and a real fighter. Though by numbering game, MY might gets pass him but then we have to look at the bowling lineups of that time like Micheal Holding, Malcom Marshal, Garner, Headly, Lille, Thompson and many more... Does today bowling lineup pose the same threat as at that time? Definitely not, and secondly since cricket today is much more commercialized and hence pitches are more batting friendly, hence batting has become quite easy. One last thing in relation to comparison is match winning ability, JM and Inzi are proven match winners while MY is not enjoying that success when it comes to pressure situations, His modest record while chasing says for itself. Personally i m a big fan of the MY basically because of his style and effortless shorts he plays, and when he is in full flow, its a treat to watch a players like him, i can not forget his breath taking innings in melbourne and lords in 2004 and 2006 respectively. Now He is transforming to be a match winner for pakistan, but yet he is still a bit away from it, lets hope and see if he can consistently perform for Pakistan. I just wanted to share my opinion that we can not compare batsmen from different era, JM was best pakistani batsmen in his Era and MY in his era and ofcourse in between, it was all Inzi(as the Numbering game suggests, when He plays, team plays).... Lets Hope both Inzi and MY continue playing for pakistan to the best of their abilities and make all of us proud of them.

  • Aamir Rizvi on November 30, 2006, 12:00 GMT

    Thanks Mo Yo. We all proud of you. I wish abd pray you caryy on same form in SA tour

  • muammath rikaz on November 30, 2006, 11:54 GMT

    i really proud about muhammath yosuf's tellant he is present pakistan hero no word.

  • Saleem Siddiqui on November 30, 2006, 11:43 GMT

    Wow! its fantastic. being a cricketer myself I can realize what a achievement he has got by batting well consistantly. Therefore, I just would like to request everyone who is doing comparision among the members of the cricket society, pls stop it, Mohammad Yousuf is simply the best player of the present Pakistani era. I love his style of batting and I love him too. keep it up Mohammad Yousuf. Our all prayers with you..May Allah subhan-o-tala give you more prosperity.

  • Muhammad Usman Aslam (SYDNEY) on November 30, 2006, 11:32 GMT

    How Cricket binds us a nation was pretty evident today as we all in sydney left our work and prayed from our heats for MU YOusaf to get the record. and when he did, i jumped in the air like a 7yr old would do as if he has just got the birth'day gift he wanted.

    Whats nice to see is many of my indian friends here also joined in with the celebrations. Such binding spirit needs to be appreciated.

    The important thing now for others in the Pak team is to take a leaf out of his book and not just do their part by standing and applauding only from the balcony... ONly then it can improve Pakistan's chances in the coming SA tour and WC 2007.

    If Muh YOusaf can manage such great things at a more continous rate... only then can Muh Yousaf be named alongside the JM, INzy and Saeed Anwar of the past.

    In short, HIs religion has helped. Its a fact and needs to b acknowledged in its truth. lets hope he continues to make us proud like today.

  • Farooq Ahmed on November 30, 2006, 11:23 GMT

    Well, I think Yousuf is more elegent and stylish batsman as compared to Javed who was more of a grafter. And I dont agree with the comment that Javed was a team player. Both as a batsman, captain and a coach Javed has been involved in far too many contervesies with his colleagues. Yousuf, before and after conversion, always came across as a humble perosn never trumpeting his achievements like Javed does even today.

  • narendra on November 30, 2006, 11:16 GMT

    excellent

  • azlan on November 30, 2006, 11:07 GMT

    he defeated all obstacles,and he deserves his record

  • mohammed asim qureshi on November 30, 2006, 11:05 GMT

    yousuf is in great touch and he is best in all team if pakistan play test match like australia,england,or india yousuf breaks all batting records for centuires or fifties every thing he will break his style like hero his domination is fantastic he is a supercricket man i am proud him and proud that we are pakistani allah mere bhai yousuf hamesha aisi hi bulandiyan atta kare AAMIN ALLAH hafiz

  • Prasanth P Chithran on November 30, 2006, 11:03 GMT

    I've never been a great fan of the idea of comparisons, still, to me, one becomes great with the amount of infleunce a player had, on the generations to come, or to be more honest, the way they have transformed their area of art in the country. If Imran Khan was there among the legends in Pakistan, it was not just for his all-round ability, but the influence his game had on the younger players. In India, we had players of varying capacities, still Indians are fond of believing in Kapil Dev or Gavaskar, for the single fact that they had changed the way people looked at fast/swing bowling and the art of batsmanship. We still talk of Azharuddin when it comes to fielding, though we see more spectacular stuff from the likes of Yuvraj. Bradman, Richards, Sobers, Greame Pollock, Dennis Lillee, Rodney Marsh, Jonty Rhodes ..... they all have left an impact on the generations to follow We don't talk of a Boycott as a batsman or Ponting as a captain, not because they were not flamboyant, not because they weren't good enough. Boycott did nothing to capture the imagination of the public, no epics or no fighting innings to showcase. Ponting was just carrying on the legacy left by Border, Taylor and Waugh. Mohammad Yousuf is a good player, a possible great player, but he is doing well just as the team does. To be a legend...... well, ask the guys who saw the dejected face of Chetan Sarma.

  • Muhammmad Haris on November 30, 2006, 10:53 GMT

    Congrats Muhammad Yousaf Bhai on Breaking the record.......Hip Hip Hurray....... :)

  • Asif Ahmad on November 30, 2006, 10:51 GMT

    AOA to all,

    Yousaf bahi today your performance was really great. May ALLAH give you potential to do all this in the future also. (AMEEN)... We are proud to have a batsman like Yousaf Bhai......

    Asif

  • Cricket Lover on November 30, 2006, 10:39 GMT

    Nicely Done Indeed. The best part is his humility.

  • Muhammad Farooq on November 30, 2006, 10:36 GMT

    I thanks Allah, who help Muhammad Yousuf to break the record. I wish good health and luck for Muhammad Yousaf and other all muslims

  • Adeel Khan on November 30, 2006, 10:33 GMT

    I think that Inzy got a little carried away when he said that MY was better than JM. The fact that MY has saved & won Pakistan a lot of matches, especially test matches, has prompted Inzy to issue this statement. It has lifted the spotlight away from him to an extent and just to make up for that, he has praised MY so highly. MY is definitely a class act but to compare him with the likes of JM so early is just naive. I think Inzy should concentrate more on his own form & the World Cup ahead, also, possibly improve his own fitness & fielding standards & lead by example. As we all know, no team wins a tournament/series without top-class fielding. I won't even comment on his captaincy skills. Last words, both MY & Inzy are ambassadors for our country and role models for many.

  • Sabit Mir on November 30, 2006, 10:32 GMT

    Some bloggers are fond of depreciating the efforts of Yousuf or JM on the ground that they have not performed better against Australia or South Africa.

    May I ask how many centuries or above fifty score Mr Ponting has made against Mcgrath, Gellespie and Shane Warne? So can we say he haa not played against any bowler of class. Why not put his statistics in a dust bin?

    In the same way JM has not performed well against Marshall, Holding, Garner and company. How many innings King Richards has played against these bowlers. Why not discount the whole statistics of Viv Richards on the same grounds.

  • zeeshan tirmizi on November 30, 2006, 10:32 GMT

    Congratulations Mohammad Yousuf!! YOUSUF GOES PAST THE GREAT VIV AND STANDS BESIDE THE GREATEST BRADMAN. Yousuf is a league of his own. NO COMPARISONS NEEDED!!

  • Muhammad Yasir on November 30, 2006, 10:31 GMT

    Yousaf Assalm O Allaikum You are One Of the best Batsmen of the world and i think you are only pakistani to get wisdon cricketer od the yoer in 2006 or 2007

  • Mohammad Fayyaz Abbasi on November 30, 2006, 10:30 GMT

    As salam o alikum and Good Morning world, Yousaf has made history today by beating sir viv records. now i hope our fat man declares it soon to try to win the match. i donno why they are not playing fast now. They shud play fast to win this match and put w.indianz under presure. Please som1 go and tell Lazi i mean inzi to declare be4 its too late. Thnaks

  • Rahim Amin on November 30, 2006, 10:22 GMT

    Yousaf have done a great Job May ALLAH TALLAH Give u More strength and play look like whole ur life Aameen

  • Mudaser on November 30, 2006, 10:22 GMT

    This is a great achivement by the Pakistan No 1 batsman Mohammad Yousaf.It is is houner of every pakistani and i m very proud on him.... Simply Mohammad Yousaf is best

  • Shiraz Ali Shah Bukhari on November 30, 2006, 10:20 GMT

    Well i think i may not be able to explain my feelings but the world has seen what Mohammad Yousouf did he really made us proud and he is the one who really deserve it At time where other top class Pakistani Batsman r not in the form he is the Safety of Pakistan He started his cricked From zero and now prove to the world That he is the back bone of Pakistan Cricket team

  • Qutbuddin Haidery on November 30, 2006, 10:14 GMT

    What a brilliant form yusuf is in...... In 72 tests, 122 innings, 8 years, never crossed 1000 runs mark in a calender, did it first time this year and went on to break the world record..........amazing.........keep it up and god bless you.

  • ABBAS on November 30, 2006, 10:08 GMT

    yousaf bhai i love u"CHAK DE PHATE"

  • Sabit Mir on November 30, 2006, 10:07 GMT

    Muhammad Yousuf has done it. All Pakistanis must be proud of this achievement. Cricket lovers all over the world will love it.

    Please dont compare him yet with greats. He has to do much more. He is capable of doing more.

    Pakistan should be proud of Hanif, Javed Miandad, Imran, Zaheer Abbas, and Inzimamul Haq.

    Some sick brains would make us believe that Imran belongs to Punjab, Javed Miandad to Karachi and Inzi to Multan. All are our heros. When you compare their performance it should not be with regional bias. It should be based on facts.

    Those who compare JM and Imran have their own reasons. In leadership and captaincy both have similar performance. The credit goes to JM for acheiving that success without Imran in his team. Plz remember Imran was at that time more important bowler than any one currently playing. Even McGrath and Pollock cannot be compared with Imran of those days.

    Imran performed well and with JM contributing on his side. The world cup success is celebrated without remembering the highest run getter, the great JM, of the tournament. Imran was merely a shade of his bowling in the Pakistani world cup.

  • Daniyal on November 30, 2006, 10:00 GMT

    Well Done Muhammad Yousaf.!!! Islam has helped him focus on his skills and has shaped the way he practices and the way he trains. There is no doubt that his religion has encouraged a new serenity at the crease, where he is calculating in his shot selection, deadly in its execution and determined in its application.

  • Usman on November 30, 2006, 9:55 GMT

    Yousuf Bahi you are great,whole Nation loves you. May Allah fillful all your dreams

  • Mohammad Nadeem on November 30, 2006, 9:47 GMT

    Mohammad Yousaf is been absolutely brilliant this year and has done it against all good teams in India, England and the West Indies and has done it home and away. Religion has played an integral part in his growth not just as a cricketer but as a person. A super achievement for Mohammad Yousaf I wish him for future for more success.

  • Mohamed Mursheed Zubair on November 30, 2006, 9:45 GMT

    Congrats Mohamed Yousuf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!insha allah may allah give more opportunities to break more Records in future.Keep It up Mohamed Yousuf!!!!!!

  • Mohammad Anwar Hussain on November 30, 2006, 9:32 GMT

    Mohammad Yousif very well in this match and last one year in test cricket so he break the record of Sir V. Richird. 1. Highest Score in one calender year. 2. 9 Centuries in one calender year. 3. Highest score in one series of 3 test in Pakistan. Before it was with Zaheer Abbass. Well done Mohammad Yousif we are proud of you.

  • Arshad Ali on November 30, 2006, 9:22 GMT

    MY is a great player, his receord may not be broken even after 30 yrs as he has done! If he continues like this, he may break all world records!

  • Syed Tabish Rizvi on November 30, 2006, 9:18 GMT

    Another record by a Pakistani, it was a splendid task, nope it was a marvelous task... na na it was Gigantic task. Thumbs up for Mr. MoYo.

  • MoYo on November 30, 2006, 9:16 GMT

    well its all thanks to God that Muhammad bhai has reached the landmark beating Viv bhais record, i think that muhammad now deserves his chance with all the mis haps in of the medias, liken the battings of the yousufs we make the good run but bois play good and they need to make the sexy time wiv the bat, U likee??? Why NOT?? thats guudd!!VERY NICEE!! HI5!!now we make the runs of the viv bhais nd we make the happy times its good, now we have the DISCO DANCE to make celberate the,now go we, thats good,byeee

  • Anwar uz Zaman on November 30, 2006, 9:11 GMT

    Yusuf and Miandad are both great bats and has been extremely useful to Pkistan during their era. Actually, they are the best batsman of their team. I would rate Yusuf higher then Inzamam currently. Miandad's ear has come to an end. Yusuf can only go forward. Go ahead and sock it to them, Yusuf.... you got all my blessings and support.

  • F R ANsari on November 30, 2006, 9:09 GMT

    The great Muhammad Yousaf, a elegent, stylish and depandable player of today's game. HE DESERVED FOR THIS MILESTONE and as Pakistani we are proud of him. Thanks Muhammad Yousaf you did a wonderful job for us, all pakistan love you. Keep going, may Allah almigty bless you in every walk of life.............you are a man down to earth. CONGRATULATIONS

  • Saddique Ahmed on November 30, 2006, 9:08 GMT

    What a great day for Pakistan cricket after the "Annus horribilis" we had. I hope all the Pakistani fans will still be supporting Yousef if his form dips.

  • saad on November 30, 2006, 8:59 GMT

    i totally agree with this that there is only one javed miandad but i must gonna add one thing there is only one mohammad yousuf.people those who are saying that javed miandad is the greatest player pakistan have ever produced i have something for them. Jm has made 24 centuries in 124 test, he has 21 centuries in 72 tests.when jm was playing cricket it was very slow his strike rate was 68 in one days, if u have that kind of s/r now people dont wana see u in team.i dont know how u rate a good players but if u check the statistics yousuf is definately the best.Jm test avg is 52 and one day avg is 40. yousuf's test avg is 56 and one day avg is 42. mj has 8 centuries in 228 one days yousuf has 11 centuries in 226 one days.if someone still think he is not the best then i dont understand what else they want him to do.

  • Tahir Saeed on November 30, 2006, 8:52 GMT

    What a great achievement by Mohammad Yousuf,it is easy to criticize based on previous records, rather than just holding a bat and scoring some good runs...all what i saw in this article is a filthy comparisson. Every great cricketer has its own legacy. If we have to compare on the basis of records, than just compare on the similar records. If Mohammad Yousuf has scored more runs than Sir Viv. on the bases of highest score in 1 year, than keep 1 year as a benchmark. Compare him with those who have tried to break this record. As Mohammad Yousuf broke the record of Sir. Viv, doesn't mean the title of Sir will vanish from Viv's name.Those people were great playes of the history. Mohmammad Yousuf cannot be compared to Sir Viv. Javed Miandad and manymore, because his record were based on different benchmark. Others had records in other field of profecionalism, like match winning player and/or highest scorer. Javed Miandad truly was a match winning player, he played some fabulous innings in the history of cicket, he too is a great player, I AGREE!!. But this doesn't mean that Mohammad Yousuf is not close to Miandad's legacy or Sir. Viv's legacy. Mohmmad Yousuf has got a great achievement and we should appreciate him rather than just keep on criticizing that he is not close to this, he is not close to that. Mohammad Yousuf has achieved what he deserved, keeping all players in the side, we cannot say one great player is better than another great player. It is easy to comment reather than just perform that giventask. Anyone wo breaks any record deserves some appreciation. All those great players became great because they broke some records, than on the basis of this theory, why don't you acknowledge that Mohammad Yousuf is a great player. Lastly, congratulations to Mohammad Yousuf at his great achievement. If someone still want to comment on this legacy, than first hold a bat and come to the pitch and try to achieve what he achieved. Believe what you see and see what others believe, as legandary players are born in every era!!

  • Zohaib Khan on November 30, 2006, 8:50 GMT

    Go Moyo Go....

    daymn he is the new Javed Miandad...He is the best pakistani batsman of our age....i am too young to have watched javed play but Mo Yo certainly is one of the best for my generation

  • MUHAMMAD RASHID on November 30, 2006, 8:37 GMT

    if we talk about Muhammad Yousaf there is no doubt that he is a one of the great player in the world after Sir Viv Richard , Sunil Gavaskar and Javed Miandad. After converting to Islam Allah has given him a reward means in 2006 he scored above than 1550 runs where he scored 8 centuries this is because of Allah .

  • dr ahmed husain on November 30, 2006, 8:33 GMT

    yusuf showed grt faith in n GOD rewared him.every pakistani should be proud of his achievement.i wish he make century in this innings too.

  • Imran on November 30, 2006, 8:22 GMT

    congratulations Yousaf Bhai.Job well done.We Pakistanis are proud of you and hope you'll continue your great form.Good Luck!

  • khurram on November 30, 2006, 8:22 GMT

    Hay Yousaf congrate you break Sir VV Richards record.

  • Altaf Hussain Awan on November 30, 2006, 8:21 GMT

    Yousaf bhai chaa gayey hain, musalman honey k baad specially.Its pointless to compare players of different era. Can you compare the wickets. If not then don't compare the players who pay on them.

  • Imran Ali on November 30, 2006, 8:20 GMT

    Aslam o Alikam to All. i congratulate Mr. Muhammad Yousaf for his great performance and break the old record form 1978. this is great pleasure for all pakistani.Mr. Muhammad Yousaf give the new technique and new style of batting to all intrested person in cricket to all over the world. Thanks to Allah, who give us this Eward in the shape of MR. Muhammad Yousaf. I again thanks to MR. Muhammd Yousaf for this effort for the respect and popularity of Pakistan and their people.

  • Altaf Hussain Awan on November 30, 2006, 8:19 GMT

    Yousaf bhai chaa gayey hain, musalman honey k baad specially.Its pointless to compare players of different era. Can you compare the wickets. If not then don't compare the players who pay on them.

  • Hanif patel on November 30, 2006, 8:13 GMT

    Well M.yousuf never said he is better then Javed or Viv Rirchard. As a Muslim I am proud of Yousuf bhai because whenever he plays a good inning he never shows off or try to be smart, like we have seen alot of the players do when they take a wicket or made 100s of runs. He is a real hero to millions of cricket fans and I hope our young generation will learn from him on how to control their emotions and have great concentration. M.Yoususf has been a very quiet person even when he did not convert to Islam. But I must say since he has become a strong Muslim, and has had faith in Almighty Allah, Allah has been looking after him,as he does to those who have a full faith in him. All the the very best to you Yousuf Bhai. Very shortly, Inshallah you will move from no 2 to no 1.

  • Nasir on November 30, 2006, 8:11 GMT

    He has done it, congrats Yousaf and thanks we all are proud of you.

  • Mohd Aamir Latif on November 30, 2006, 8:09 GMT

    In my life i saw many great's in this department of the game.Yusuf one of them but this record breaking inning will give him lot of confidence to play well in comming word cup.Yes you can compare him with any one like JM,INZI,SAEED,ZAHEER etc but if he want himself in to brian lara,s class then my message to him still u have to do a lot in the net. yes no doubt he is one of the best batsman crickt has ever produce and especially this year in his carear was memorabe recors breaking year for him. Many greating to him and may he will carry this sort of performance in world cup then we will say him best ever in paki cricket thx and regards aamir

  • Waseem Imtiaz/Sufian Ali on November 30, 2006, 8:04 GMT

    I would like to congratulate Mohammed Yousuf on acheiveing such a wonderful landmark in the history of test Cricket. Breaking the record of legendary Sir Viv Richards indicates that Mohammed Yousaf is a legendary batsman, who is on his way to glory and triumph.

  • Muahmmad Yaseen on November 30, 2006, 8:04 GMT

    Congratulations Muhammad Yousaf.Yousaf has really done well for pakistan and also achieved his goal of most runs in a calendar year beating Richard's record of 1710.I hope he is the greatest batsman aroud the world now.Inspite of Lara and Sachin having good record in odi and test cricket they bothe have been unable to achive the target.According to my views, Yousaf will play an other remarkable knock in future.Well done Yousaf and i wish youn all the best wishes.

  • Nayab Zafar on November 30, 2006, 8:03 GMT

    Congratulations Yousaf. This is a moment of pride for every Pakistani and Pakistani cricket (not traditionally renowned for batting statistics). This record will stay for a long time. Pakistan has always been blessed with gifted and dazzling stroke players a la Zaheer Abbas, Majid Khan, Mohsin Khan, Saleem Malik, Waseem Raja, Saeed Anwar to name a few. The methodical likes of Mudassar Nazar (without getting into the debate of technical skills or inadquacies) have been few and far between to non existent. Javed Miandad has been the only Pakistani batsman to date who would carve out an innings with sublime surgical precision to the need of the hour, time and again. Mo Yo has the all the tools (a unique combination of flash and technique) to become the greatest ever Pakistani batsman. It was not too long ago that the greatest knock on him was his inability to produce match winning innings in the hours of greatest need. Before we rush into annointing him as the Bradman of this era lets not forget that an innings, a series or a year's performance do not make a batsman a legend. There has to be more consistency on a regular basis, as indeed demonstrated by Mo Yo more recently. We wish him all the bestand hope he fulfils the promise as he hits the prime of an already illustrious career. Well done and Mo Yo and keep it up.

  • Hassan on November 30, 2006, 8:01 GMT

    He's done it. Congratulations!!! I hope he keeps going like this for the rest of his career, Inshallah. Mashallah to an awesome knock.

  • Amif J K on November 30, 2006, 7:53 GMT

    Aoa! yes he has done it. Allah is with him, one can observe by watching the feast of runs he is having since coverting to the one and only true religion 'ISLAM'. We all congratulate him for doing it for himself, Pakistan and Islam. May Allah bless him with all His blessings and may Allah guide him throug all thich and thin of his career to follow. England.

  • Feroz Ahmed Kataria on November 30, 2006, 7:52 GMT

    as world class player, allah awarded to pakistan, he also deserve as Best Player great big record in his test career, inshallah allah give him power for make record in ODI career, for the PAKISTAN (WE ALL PAKISTAN PROUD TO HIM )

  • Raashid Shunthoo on November 30, 2006, 7:46 GMT

    If i start by saying that Mohammad Yousouf is the best batsman Pakistan has ever produced, i will be responsible for hurting the sentiments of many cricket lovers, having said that i don,t want to take anything away from him for what he has been doing in last one year. To make an association with greats like Sir Viv is obviously an great compliment in itself. Mohammad Yousouf has started his transformation from good to great player.As present his comparison to great Sir Javed does not warrant any merit.

  • Asad Bangash on November 30, 2006, 7:36 GMT

    Yousaf is gonna break all batting records in the coming years. Congratz Yousaf bhai. May ALLAH give u all the success that you wish for !!

  • syed rizwan ali on November 30, 2006, 7:26 GMT

    yousuf the great, we proud him

  • Ayaz Arshad on November 30, 2006, 7:25 GMT

    I think yousuf is a great Batsman. But he has to prove more. He is a good batsman like sachi but he has to show that he is a match winner. Javed Miandad was not only a batsman but he was match winner. He was strategy king on the ground.One good thing in Mohd Yousuf he proved worng the whole world people were thinking that if someone is religius he cant play well. Most of the people they always give example of Saeed Anwar. But this guy has done very well with religious values. He kept the balance between both religious life and Cricketing life as a true Muslim.He is really classic even better than Miandad but he has to play more innings like Miandad Match Winning innigs. when Javed Miandad hit six in Sharjah to Chetan Sharma. Miandad was no so famous yeah but Chetan Sharma poeple still remember him for that six. But I think still Inzi and Maulana Yousuf both are the backbones of pakistani Team.

  • seemab on November 30, 2006, 7:25 GMT

    ist i thanks crickinfo who provide shuch good oppurtunity to comments on Muhammad Yousf.he is best bastanman in pakisatn in present time.pk produce many Grate player but M.Yousf have owen class.no dout he is greatest player in world present time.thanks Salam to all.Seemab Niaz malik

  • Hammad on November 30, 2006, 7:23 GMT

    well Mohammad Yousaf has no doubt landed himself in one of Pak all-time gr8s and personally i beleive he`ll end up with same status as javed miandad had...and may be he crosses inzi,JM,hanif too but only if he continues at a good rate

  • Muhammad Zubair on November 30, 2006, 7:23 GMT

    Yousuf was respected by all when he was Yousuf Youhanna. The quality and elegance of his strokeplay made him one of the most popular sportsman Pakistan has ever produced. However, since his becoming Muhammad Yousuf, he is not only liked by each and everyone, but has perhaps now become the most respected because of his modesty and honesty with the game and love for Allah and Islam. I do not recall anybody praying so much for any player and wishing him to make the world record of most runs in a calendar year. The only previous occasion when all the nation was praying for sports in Pakistan was the 1992 World Cup.

    Sir Viv's record remained intact for 30 years, but I am sure that Yousuf's record will remain his for more than 50 years.

    Zindabad Yousuf Bhai. May Allah bless you. Aameen

  • muhammad tahir akram on November 30, 2006, 7:22 GMT

    i am living here in saudia,but i lived regular touch with Yousaf innings,and to day like other pakistanies me also so happy that muhammad yousaf took this record for pakistan.. ......congratulation to muhammad yousaf.

  • Zabeeh Khan on November 30, 2006, 7:22 GMT

    It's 2:15AM in the USA and watching the magnificent Mohammad Yousaf clearing easily the highest score in the calendar year. Allah bless you mohammad yousaf and no-one will hit you'r mountain runs of record.

  • khalid khan on November 30, 2006, 7:22 GMT

    yes, he has done it, he is a great and humble player, i will say that he broke a record but dont compare him with richard or JM, he still has a long way to go and let us hope that he will continue this form in the coming years and will reinforce his record.If he can play in the same way in the next couple of years then we can claim that he is the best batsman pakistan has ever produced.

  • Talha Farhan on November 30, 2006, 7:19 GMT

    Congratulations Yousaf. You did it. You are the pride of our nation today.

  • Mian Muhammad Abubakar on November 30, 2006, 7:18 GMT

    Muhammad Yousaf is a nice & Pious Player, not in his Game but also in his daily Life.may ALLAH bless him & his Family...AMEEEN

  • Pratik on November 30, 2006, 7:02 GMT

    I think its a little premature to compare Yousuf to the all time greats of the game at this point of time. A comparison with the greats of the modern era is in better order. Lara and Tendulkar are in a class of thier own and are firmly established among the cricketing greats of all time, though Tendulkar has slipped recently, yet his class cannot be questioned. Ponting is well on his way to joining these two, though doubts about his ability to play quality spin bowling put him a tad lower. In terms of other batsmen, I think Yousuf would rank lower than Rahul Dravid, who has scored a majority of his runs outside India where he averages close to 65, over a 10 year period. He has scored match saving and match winnings innings galore in Australia, England, South Africa and West Indies and has been unlucky to have been overshadowed by India's obsession with Tendulkar. In terms of the value of his knocks, he is even ahead of the masterly Tendulkar. Also he has a far better technique than Yousuf and has conquered conditions all round the world, whereas Yousuf has scored the majority of his runs in Pakistan, against some weak attacks. Let hin prove his worth all round the world, especially Australia and South Africa and only then can he earn the right of standing alongside all these greats

  • M.Asif on November 30, 2006, 6:59 GMT

    Yaa MianDad Is great Batsman But I want to say that Inzimam and Yuosuf r also very good batsman ...I always like inzi..I think Inzi is LARA's Caliber Batsman...Every one is Talking about Lara and Tendulker..But i dont think so Tendulker is gr8 then Lara....if u compare tendulker with lara then y not Lara with Inzi bcoz Inzama dont have very big media behind him like tendulker has...As simple is that...I m the big fan of INZI and Lara

  • Sh Muhammad Ali on November 30, 2006, 6:58 GMT

    Congertulation muhammad Yousaf.Muhamma d yousaf is a great job tjis time for pakistan.he is realy gretest batsman around tke world.definatly Muhammad Yousaf os most choice batsman in muslim world.our prays with.Allah more sucecess give hios.Ameenmagain more congertulation from all pakistan and Around the all muslims.

  • zabiullah on November 30, 2006, 6:57 GMT

    Yousuf might not be in thesame class of Javed but there is no doubt that he is one of the best batsman PAK has ever produced. People talk about the greatness of Lara and Sachin, but these greats have never showed consistency the way Yousuf has done. In my view yousuf and pointing are the best batsman playing the game at the moment. Inshallah i wish yousuf Continues.

  • ANSER AZIM on November 30, 2006, 6:56 GMT

    Congratulations to MoYo for his record breaking memorable innings. Its 12.45 in the morning in Chicago. Time to go to bed!!!

  • waqas on November 30, 2006, 6:53 GMT

    yes,yousuf is great plyer in the world . he plyed well in any situation . yousaf bahi pakistan key he nahi balkey poori world kay great plyer hain

  • joie on November 30, 2006, 6:44 GMT

    i think yousaf is a touch above the rest. look at the way he drives. he has superb technique. miandad was not as correct technically. youhana has the technique of dravid and dazzle of zaheer. way to go

  • Shoaib Muhammad meo on November 30, 2006, 6:42 GMT

    he has done it,he proved himself that he got excellent natural class of cricket like others players but i wana say here that there is no comparison Muhammad yousaf and other players like JM VR ,he is a tremendous player in pakistani cricket,another big name in the horizon of pakistani cricket and in the world as well .

  • Munna on November 30, 2006, 6:41 GMT

    Congratulation!! I think yousuf is a great batsman at this moment in the world. He is absulately Great.

  • Amir Faizi on November 30, 2006, 6:36 GMT

    Yousuf is on 52!!! He's done it!!!!! A world record holder for the most runs scored in a year!!!

    Bye bye Viv Richard, hello M Yousuf. You rock!!!

  • moh'd Casim on November 30, 2006, 6:28 GMT

    What is great and champion if you want see both in one follow the MohamedYousef. He is the real great and champion because he is Islam + Muslim Cricket player Allah is with him. There are few of them like that in Pakistan. For me these are real great and champion my dear cricket lovers. From Sri Lanka

  • Nayab Zafar on November 30, 2006, 6:15 GMT

    First of all Kudos to Kamran for a masterfully scripted piece. My background being quite similar to Kamran I have followed his blog fairly regularly. I have had the honor of being on the cricket field with Javed Miandad (league cricket in England) and Mohammad Yusuf (Universal Cricket Club Lahore, where he began his crricketing career). Each encounter being limited to a single outing makes me no authority to comment on either cricketer's personal or technical merits but I have followed both their careers and studied the intricacies of cricket quite closely. All statistics aside I think Javed Miandad (the master) undoubtedly had the "Intangibles" that make him arguably the greatest Pakistani batsman to date. I completely endorse the opinion expressed by Kamran and would not hesitate in denying Mohammd Yusuf (the artist) any credit for his achievements as they are a no mean feat by any standard. Whenever these debates will arise those "Intangibles" are what will also keep Viv Richards ahead of any other batsmen of any era. We all want Mohammad Yusuf to get past King Richards record as breaking the King's record is in itself one of the greatest testimonials to a batsman's excellence. Go Mo Yo.

  • Sajjad Junaidi on November 30, 2006, 6:07 GMT

    Kamran Ashraf (Abv: Kaash), wake up, its 21st Century. Why do people criticise on everything? It’s beyond me.

  • Sharique Siddiqui on November 30, 2006, 6:06 GMT

    Mohammad Yousuf's hard work, humility and dedication during last year deserver him to surpasses Viv Richards record. I agree with Kamran that he still have to go a long way to become that integrated part of the team where he can influence the outcome of the game like Miandad & Richards. But now he has the opportunity to go on improving his game and become navigator like Miandad and claim his place in the likes of Miandad, Richards, Gavaskar, Gower etc. Younis Khan should learn few lessons for Yousuf that petty politics is not going to lead you any where. He should have been fired for the resignation stunt that he pulled off last month. Any way, all hats to you Yousuf. All the best.

  • Muhammad ALi on November 30, 2006, 5:58 GMT

    No doubt, that people like dravid, ponting or lara are at the top pf their game. But still MY is still much better then...Like in the last test , he was the one who saved the whoe game for pakistan single handly.....I think he is way better then JM.......MY is a batsman that you cant even compare him with any other in the world

  • Rajnikant Tripathy on November 30, 2006, 5:47 GMT

    Well Well every morning afternoon night you open the news channel or news paer you will see MOHAMMED YOUSUF misses double hundred again.Its not he scored a century or not but the way he batted over last 1 year or so that put him above all.He might not be rated as the greatest cricketer like lara's,sachin's,ricky etc etc,but right now i must say he is way ahead of them.As an Inaian i must say when ever he comes to bat as if there is no way the indian bowlers can get him.That is what exactly happened over the years.Scoring 23 hundreds in 73 test matches is just unbelievable.For me there is no word to describe his amazing run of form.What i can do wish him best luck and ending up being the leader of highest run getter in a calendar year.Go YOUSUF BHAI GO......

    Tripathy

  • kyle on November 30, 2006, 5:37 GMT

    Batsmen have to peform well agaisnt all teams. Yousouf might have played England all year and get 600 runs a test but if playing australia ducks so look at the brilliance of the teams he plays. Not how much he gets to easy teams.

  • Hussain Ali on November 30, 2006, 5:27 GMT

    Assalam o Alaikum, I guess its fair to compare Yousuf to anyone else, at least we got some comments about viv and javed. but in my point of view, no one has played cricket like javed ever since he left the field, NONE!!!!. He had big heart to take any kind of pressure but no one else has got it so far in pakistan cricket. Javed was most mature batsman than anyone else so far, he had more techniques than anyone else, he had taken the batting responisbilty during imran's captancy, coz he knew he was main batsman in the team, in curren situation, not a single person wants to take this responsibilty, inzy has taken at some extend though but no one else. well we can talk abt the comparison all night long but bottom line is javed is better than anyone else ever since i started to watch cricket, Haneef or some old players might be better than him coz i really didnt see their batting. Now about Yousuf, go for it !!!! i really pray that you break this record, God may give you courage to make 200 in this ing and make this record long and hard enuf to make 30 more years to break it. Ameen Wish you good luck brother

  • rony on November 30, 2006, 5:23 GMT

    i think Mohammad yousuf deserves this record because he is now in best form that i ever seen and i pray that he will hold his form next few years...........

  • k.yearwood on November 30, 2006, 5:19 GMT

    m.y is a great player and deserves to mentioned with the great plaers of this era, kallis, dravid, inzamam,hayden but really. viv was named by wisden as one of the 5 greatest players of the last century, and lara, ponting, and tendulkar are fighting it out for the two batting spots available on any all time 11. miandad is a legend and yousuf just haven't done it long enough, or againts quality oppsition. he is a great player, but lets have this conversation 3 or 5 years from now. my all time 11 hobbs. gavaskar. bradman. richards. ponting. lara. sobers. gilchrist. murilitharan. marshall. mcgrath. trueman. subs tendulkar,hayden,warne,ambrose,hammond.

  • Mukhtar Khan Mughal on November 30, 2006, 5:05 GMT

    I request all those people writing comments about Mohammed Yousuf to write complete name "Mohammed Yousuf". Please do not use MoYo.

  • Syed Salman on November 30, 2006, 5:03 GMT

    best of luck to MoYo.

    It would b unfair to compare miandad to yousuf, simply because JMs career lasted many years longer. perhaps MoYo can prove himself in times to come.

    but as things stand today, JM has left an impression on world cricket that will not b forgotten for many years to come.

    MoYo needs to do the same if he would like to b remembered in the same league as JM, King Richards, BL, RP or inzi

  • Mohamed Deen on November 30, 2006, 4:44 GMT

    What is great and champion if you want see both in one follow the Mohamed Yousef. He is the real great and champion because he is Islam + Muslim Cricket player Allah is with him. There are few of them like that in Pakistan. For me these are real great and champion my dear cricket lovers. From Sri Lanka

  • Steve on November 30, 2006, 4:43 GMT

    This is quite an interesting debate although it is clearly nigh on impossible to compare players from different era's. However if you must a good way I often think to assess ones players is by the opinions of your oponents. In this case I would confidently state that if you asked Australian's there opinion of who Pakistans best batsman has been, some (those under 30) would go for Inzy, a few would based on current form say Yousuf. However the overwhelming majority wouldn't miss a beat in answering Javed Miandad, a superb batsmen, with a brilliant combatative spirit. Mind you this is clearly unfair on Yousuf, he has batted as well this year as anyone ever has, given we can expect him to be at his best for another 4-6 years check back when he retires and the sand may have shifted.

  • tariq hafiz on November 30, 2006, 4:41 GMT

    East or West MIANDAD IS THE BEST. I sincerely believe in my heart that Miandad and Yousuf are entirely different kind of players. Without going into comparing and contrasting these two great cricketers and indivisuals , its fair to state that Miandad was our past and Yousuf is our future.

  • tariq hafiz on November 30, 2006, 4:28 GMT

    East or West MIANDAD IS THE BEST. I sincerely believe in my heart that Miandad and Yousuf are entirely different kind of players. Without going into comparing and contrasting these two great cricketers and indivisuals , its fair to state that Miandad was our past and Yousuf is our future.

  • Zuahir Abbasi on November 30, 2006, 4:11 GMT

    Too much aggreing with Abbasi!! Why do ppl forget that a player just cannot score against every nation he plays!! does anybody rember BC LARA's record against Pakistan home n away??? before the start of the previos 2 match series in west indies, he didnt even score a century against the pakistani team!! did naybody ever say that LARA is not a class act coz he cannot score against pakistan? but for class players like lara it is always a matter of time!! n now lara has a superb rcord against pakistan. y cany yousuf do such a thing? is he incapable??? certainly not!!! it is just a preconcieved thought that has been built in most of the viewers by the TV commentators that look at his record against australia!!! Am i allowed 2 say that Ponting is not such a great batsman coz he never scored a single run against Australia?? this is ridiculous!! therefore one has to believe that oon day soon yousuf will be among runs against both these teams!!

  • ICC Rating Speaks on November 30, 2006, 3:11 GMT

    LG ICC Best-Ever Test Batting Ratings Players make the all-time list by sustaining excellent form over a prolonged period. The ratings shown are the highest points totals these players have attained and no player is allowed to appear on the list more than once.

    Name Country Rating Career Best

    1D.G. Bradman AUS 961 v India, 06/02/1948 2L. Hutton ENG 945 v West Indies, 30/03/1954 3J.B. Hobbs ENG 942 942 v Australia, 19/08/1912 4P.B.H. May ENG 941 941 v Australia, 23/08/1956 5R.T. Ponting AUS 940 940 v England, 27/11/2006 6G.S. Sobers WI 938 938 v India, 13/01/1967 7I.V.A. Richards WI 938 938 v England, 27/03/1981 8C.L. Walcott WI 938 938 v Australia, 11/06/1955 9M.L. Hayden AUS 935 935 v England, 07/11/2002 10E.D. Weekes WI 927 927 v New Zealand, 03/03/1956 11 R.G. Pollock SA 927 927 v Australia, 19/02/1970 12 K.D. Walters AUS 922 922 v South Africa, 19/02/1970 12 A.D. Nourse SA 922 922 v England, 07/06/1951 14 R.N. Harvey AUS 921 921 v South Africa, 06/02/1953 15 D.C.S. Compton ENG 917 917 v Australia, 08/07/1948 16 S.M. Gavaskar IND 916 916 v England, 30/08/1979 17 G.A. Headley WI 915 915 v England, 21/01/1948 18 Mohammad Yousuf PAK 914 914 v West Indies, 19/11/2006 18 K.F. Barrington ENG 914 914 v New Zealand, 08/07/1965 20 B.C. Lara WI 911 911 v South Africa, 02/01/2004 21 S.R. Tendulkar IND 898 898 v Zimbabwe, 21/02/2002 22 W.R. Hammond ENG 897 897 v New Zealand, 31/03/1933 23 J.H. Kallis SA 896 896 v England, 06/01/2005 24 A. Flower ZIM 895 895 v South Africa, 14/09/2001 24 S.R. Waugh AUS 895 895 v England, 03/07/1997 26 R. Dravid IND 892 892 v Pakistan, 16/03/2005 27 C.C. McDonald AUS 891 891 v Pakistan, 13/11/1959 28 H. Sutcliffe ENG 888 888 v Australia, 30/12/1932 29C. Hill AUS 886 886 v South Africa, 08/11/1902 30Javed Miandad PAK 885 885 v New Zealand, 24/02/1989

  • JM/MOYO Fan on November 30, 2006, 3:04 GMT

    I agree with your assessment. MOYO is doing great but despite all that he is not JM at this time. I hope and pray for him to break Vivs record, But even he doesnt, he has achieved a lot. Couple to point, First, he is currently no. 2 asian batsmen, based on the ICC test ranking( 914) will be no. 1 ever based on ranking ( beating Sunil Gavaskar ranking) after his last inning and will be in top 15 EVER on this listing. Second, if you compare him to current day greats Ponting, tendulkar, dravid, Lara , Kallis , he is neck to neck with atleast 3 based on the facts ( his ICC rating is higher than Lara, tendulkar, Dravid, Kallis ever achieved and His test average is better or near equal to them). But what he has achieved for sure is THE PEACE and TRANQUALITY that none of them have. I am a huge JM fan, always will be, but even I wish he can be what JM was against an Era with Holding, Lillie, Roberts, Thompson, Botham, Hadlee bowling. Long live Pakistan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Euceph Ahmed on November 30, 2006, 2:25 GMT

    Kamran, Can you do a farewell tribute to Brian Lara please? This one's already got a huge response. Thanks.

  • abbas on November 30, 2006, 2:08 GMT

    Javed Miandad was the full package...amazing batsman...fielding was gr8...had good tactics as a captain...and was a good runner between the wickets. Moh'd Yousuf on the other hand...doesnt have the characteristics to lead a team..thats why he was taken out as the vice captain and it was given to Younis Khan....he is a terrible runner between the wickets and slow in the field...but is an amazing batsman and Pakistan back bone in this day and age on international cricket. In the end Yousuf cant be ranked next to Javed Miandad...he will need more improvements in many departments.

  • joat_n_mon on November 30, 2006, 1:45 GMT

    The apple guy on top of this blog made no sense at all. The men being compared are all great batsmen of their times. Viv and Javed were almost at the same level as Yousuf, when they were in business for as long as Yousuf has been. Their greatness became concrete in the years after, when they held on to their form, scored runs, played in all conditions, in all countries, scored runs everywhere and remained backbone of their respective countries for as long as they remained in business. Let's hope Yousuf can do the same for years to come. He is no less than any great batsman cricket has ever produced. Go Yousuf!

  • Mashood Yunus on November 30, 2006, 1:41 GMT

    M yousuf is an excellent player. I am personally surprised that one of the writers ask of M Yousuf to trim his beard. this is sad. Was our prophet's beard unnatural so people would ask it to be trimmed too. really sad. anyway, insha-Allah he will break the record

  • MOHSIN on November 30, 2006, 1:36 GMT

    May Allah bless him with records. I justw ant to see PAKISTAN'S NAME. While living out of Pakistan it really matters to overseas Pakistanis to see these records in PAKISTAN'S name. Good Luck MUHAMMAD YOUSAF Good Luck

  • Fasih Khalili on November 30, 2006, 0:59 GMT

    Yousuf, may wishes with you. May Allah who has brought you till here, glorify you even more! ameen!

  • Salman Naqvi on November 30, 2006, 0:55 GMT

    Although the comments made are noteworthy and even ponderous and profound and the person making such judgements has every right to express the way he thinks, as the freedom of expression is the utmost advantage internet has so far conferred us with. However, in my perception, Javed Miandad enjoyed the greatest advantage of having an equally collaborative, athletic and capable team members, the attributes that our contemporary cricket team really lacks and Mohammad Yousuf's career really regrets. It can largely be attributed to other great cricketers of Javed's time like Imran, Waseem and Hanif that Javed made an everlasting mark in the history of Pakistani cricket and that of international cricket at large. We have every right to think that it is the person's intimate capability that takes him to the pinnacle of success, but it should not be totally underestimated that it also is the team, the management and the crowd that foster and mould a talent into an impressionable hero! Yousuf had the technique, the capability, the will to make an impression and also the help of Allah Almighty that he was able to contain himself in the Pakistani team and to maintain the level of performance that he exhibit despite the worsening condition of Pakistani cricket board. The politics, the pressure, and the team response nowadays is enough to deteriorate a player even before he makes his mark in the international cricket. The circumstances have been greatly altered since the time of Sir Javed Miandad and its the time that we proclaim Mohammad Yousuf as Javed Miandad of this time!!

  • AA on November 30, 2006, 0:47 GMT

    Mo Yo has been around for a while now but not with this much substance in one year.

    Javed lifted up big times in the team when the clean up occured for Imran Khan. Imagine how could you lose Zaheer, Majid, Asif at once but Javed in fact with a couple of youngster brought more success and glory in pakistan cricket.

    There was a time when Inzi got injured for the 2nd test in Australia and Mo Yo was our captain. I was very pleased. The test didn't go so well as all the cricketing nations suffer here in Australia these days in test matches. My thories are simple. highest score against the best bowling attack + difficult pitch is the best batsman. 400 runs again a minow is a heap of rubbish. while 0 runs against a minow is prosecution (which still some batsmen do!.

    The difference b/w 2. javed made a difficult match look easy. He was always above the bowlers so hard to get him under pressure. Even he got Dennis Lillee frustrated big times. (best bowling vs best batsmen). If Yousuf really wants to join the club of biggees the challenge is just round the corner. He has to maul the South Africans on their fast pitches. There is Pollock Ntini and co fired up and then finally the world cup. if the bowling is weak some good batsmen can get the team thru. that could be yousuf! He still has years in front for him and he can still go for the greatest batsmen ever!

  • Fasil Khan on November 30, 2006, 0:20 GMT

    thats realy nice what yousaf has done for pakistan and thats realy proud.yousaf is a great batsmen and he is the best running between the wickets and i think these days cricket is realy high and batsman like yousaf is made for a proud nation country and i am a big fan of yousaf and i wish to meet him once in my career

  • Anas M on November 29, 2006, 23:44 GMT

    People naturally worship the rising sun. We should not compare Yousuf with anyone else. Miandad served his nation when needed; Inzi has done same as well and so have others. Yousuf is at his best right now and we're proud of him! Way to go! He's is amongst the bests, but can't say he's the THE BEST!

  • shahzad on November 29, 2006, 23:30 GMT

    i think it is not fare to compare yousuf with jm. yousuf has his own class and elegance and he has improved his performance in recent past, may be three years.things are a bit more technical now and physical fitness is a key to survive the pressure of international cricket. if we critically analyse yousuf , you can see signs of fatigue after a long innings some times resulting in to loosing his wicket.he has dramatically improved but yet to impress in australian and south african soil.by just judging a years performance we cant rate him better than jm. apart from repeated match saving and math winning innings jm is a trend setter in world cricket. we should not forget that he is the one who introduced the importance of sharp singles,to work the ball around , to play in to the gaps.he was definitly a better runner bw the wickets , a better fielder and physically more fit than yousuf.he was seldom involved in run outs .so this discussion is not worthy. i m sure yousuf s modesty and hard work is going to make him even better player . i wish him best of luck and wuld like to see him being disscussed in australia , west indies and south african media as a player matching the current greats like kallis , dravid and ponting.

  • SK on November 29, 2006, 23:30 GMT

    Although MoYo is going thru a purple patch and close to breaking the great Sir Viv's record, it doesn't qualify him to be compared with the great man. Talking of Sir Viv and MoYo in the same breadth is pure sacrilege. Since the author seems to justify the comparison based on statistics (which is a futile exercise), here are some stats for stats sake:

    MoYo's stats in comparison to the greats of this era against the toughest opposition (AUS and SA) in their own backyard:

    Against AUS in AUS Mat I NO Runs HS1 HS2 HS3 Ave 100 50 0 MoYo 6 12 0 396 111 95 75 33.00 1 2 1 Dravid 8 16 3 735 233 92 91* 56.53 1 3 2 Tendulkar 12 22 3 1029 241* 148* 116 54.15 4 3 3 Lara 19 35 0 1469 277 226 182 41.97 4 4 4 Kallis 9 18 3 728 111 101 99 48.53 2 3 0 Inzi 8 16 0 494 118 88 62 30.87 1 3 2

    Against SA in SA Mat I NO Runs HS1 HS2 HS3 Ave 100 50 0 MoYo 3 6 0 110 50 42 12 18.33 0 1 1 Dravid 5 10 1 379 148 87 81 42.11 1 2 0 Tendulkar 9 16 1 636 169 155 111 42.40 3 1 1 Lara 9 18 0 841 202 115 86 46.72 2 5 0 Ponting 6 11 1 657 116 103 100* 65.70 3 2 0 Inzi 5 9 0 247 95 60 32 27.44 0 2 1

    The above stats clearly prove that MoYo (and Inzi) cannot hold a candle to the greats of this era, let alone Sir Viv! Using the author's logic, one might be tempted to say that a batsman like Ashraful of BD can be compared to Bradman coz he has a debut hundred unlike Bradman!... just kidding:)

  • Sachal Lakhwani on November 29, 2006, 23:23 GMT

    very interesting article, but why compare anyone to anyone else. Jawed Miadad was a great batsman as was Hanif Mohd. Inzmam made a stupid comment comparing Mohd. Yousaf to them or he made a wise comment knowing it will bring controvesy. I dont know. I wish Mohd Yousaf all the best for tomorrow to break Sir Vivian's record, but then arent records meant to be broken. Sir Don's 29 centuries now broken by Sachin's 35, Sir Gary's 365 all broken twice by Brain Lara and once by Mathew Hayden etc etc so records are meant to be broken and maybe one day 100 years in the future when none of us will be here,someone will make 10,000 runs in a year because everyday there will be a match. Regards

  • vaibhav on November 29, 2006, 23:17 GMT

    Nice Article. I would always rate the players you mentioned (Gavaskar, Crowe, Border, Gooch, Gower, and Richards) as better Batsman than Javed Miandad. Miandad's average against the West Indies (top side at that time) was 29.He was pretty uncomfortable against them. That he was s fighter and brilliant under pressure is definitely true.

  • Zuhair T on November 29, 2006, 23:14 GMT

    As far as does he deserve to or not.There is no question that moyo deserves to break the record of viv richards. As far as comparing past and present batsmen goes i dont think we can do that times have changed circumstances have changed needs have changed every great batsman of their time has been great and one of a kind and legendary and stuff like that but you just cant compare them its unpractical. Also about class i dont think its a legitament category to judge a batsman with,it all comes down to can he get the job done? Like sachin, dravid, inzi, lara, kallis, and others like them yousuf is beginning to prove himself time after time ininngs after innings that he is well and truly making his way up there and to compare him now would be unfair especially because his career has been born again and im sure that given a chance and some time he will surely prove his greatness and easily an equal to ponting, kallis, lara, inzi, dravid, sachin, fleming, flintoff, and others. But there is no way that we can compare any of these to past batsmen like viv,JM,richardson,shoaib mohammad,border,gower,gavaskar,bradman,crowe,atherton and other greats because the bowling then was excellent, perfect, unplayable whereas the bowling and in particular fast bowling today has to struggle to stay below par of then thats why they were the greats not only the batsmen but the bowlers of that time andthats why they are LEGENDS.

  • Rizwan Shah on November 29, 2006, 23:09 GMT

    I wish Muhammad Yousaf had played his 2nd innings in the Oval Test. Then he would've already broken Viv Richards record and maybe now aiming for 2000 runs.

  • M A on November 29, 2006, 22:15 GMT

    I wish I could be at the National Stadium when he breaks Viv's record...=D

  • Faseeh on November 29, 2006, 22:10 GMT

    Yousaf has lot to prove if he has to be Javed Miandad, one thing MY lacks is the "package" which JM had n nor Inzi nor Hanif Mohamamad could match JM's "pacakage", Yousaf is one of Pakistans best but not THE BEST.

  • arun tam on November 29, 2006, 22:05 GMT

    What a classy batsman Yousaf is! I am sure that he will break Viv's record. See his humility in spite of his wonderful batting throught his career. I wish him all the best.

  • Muhammad Waqar Zafar on November 29, 2006, 21:51 GMT

    Well first of all I would like to say this is really not a good comparison to compare MY with King VIV & JM or even with INZI. But if that so, I believe on the basis of one year performance one can’t forget the performance of JM which conclude in about two decade’s. JM will remain the Icon of batting for any Pakistani player so do MY along with INZI. But yes the way he is batting at this moment, he will become the highest test runs scorer for Pakistan. Un-doubly he is classy act, but not that classy to compete JM or even INZI. That’s very sweet of INZI that he declared MY bigger batsman then JM and himself. But for the person like me, who suppose to watch cricket just for INZI himself I respectfully don’t agree with INZI point. I believe that JM is far much ahead, at this moment MY have to compete with his Captain INZI himself. He has to make himself known as match winner just like INZI at this moment. Although from past one year he is very near to be called of a match winner. One of the reason’s he played that’s well is that he didn’t have much pressure over his shoulder as INZI himself take initiative by observing all the pressure so that batsman’s like YK and MY can play there natural game’s most of the time’s. I am not taking up the credit from MY & YK but one has to be very pragmatic. MY Elegance is un-questionable but I don’t believe that he is even better then INZI. In my record’s book’s Un-doubly JM will remain Best ever, than INZI and then MY & then I believe YK will come in that list.

  • Adil Hamid on November 29, 2006, 21:51 GMT

    Insha Allah Muhammad Yousuf Will reach to that Land Mark, Our Prayers are with you Yousuf.

  • Maruf on November 29, 2006, 21:50 GMT

    Good luck to Mohammad Yousuf, he a freat player and even great person. God bless M. Yousuf.

  • Aziz new zealand on November 29, 2006, 21:45 GMT

    I think m.yusuf is more superior than jm as he has got the qualities a muslim can have in just a matter of time, his humility,faith etc which was lacked by jm,although being a great cricketer and a born muslim who he should be always having. JM might have a made a name by doing some fanatical things on field but it is the humility that last longer, Go yusuf bhai today is your day,,,,

  • Rashid Zaman - United Kingdom on November 29, 2006, 21:27 GMT

    Mohammed Yousef Is on his way to becoming a (Legend)modern day JM/VR. I would not compare him 2 Sir Viv - was one of a kind, Mr Miandad was one of a kind and so on!Moyo is rubbing shoulders with the best hes at #2 in the ICC-ranking!(or does he literally have to LOL.. Meaning people will maybe in 10-15yrs time compare whoever @ that time to Moyo! of course they will never match Moyo but in their own way they will be World Class which is what Moyo is.There are a lot of elements that make life easier for modern day batsmen but equally technology has progressed too and where batsmen would have stayed at the crease back in the good old days now it bye bye! His job is even more difficult due to the fact that he is playing against the Windies and trying to break a record that an ex windies Legend holds!!!phew thats a monumental task, best of luck Mohammed Yousef you are true brilliance(i cannot recall which commentator he is an ex West Indian too but he says that the honey is flowing from the bat of Mohammed Yousef!!! I hope you break the record and if not you have many more to break and you will God Willing.

  • Faraz Ahmad Chishti on November 29, 2006, 21:21 GMT

    I think today we all should wish & pray for MY do break the record of 1710 runs of Viv. Comparsion of Yousuf with Inzi, Miandad, Hanif etc leads us no where, rather accepting & praising that each one them are & were of their own class. Sachin, Lara, Ponting etc are applauded, remembered, for the milestones so why not as muslim & Pakistani rejoice that Muhammad Yousuf has holds the world record for most hundreds scored in a calender year & Inshallah he will score the required runs to overcome the viv records for most runs in calander year.

  • Rizwan Ahmed on November 29, 2006, 21:17 GMT

    In my opinion I think MY is a worldclass batsmen in his own right,you cant measure him by filteration of a few parameters.Rather he has ascended vertically like none other in the past and has maintained that.He has glued the fragile Pakistani batting and bailed them out many times under pressure.He has performed consistently and at a healthy strike rate.I dont know how you can take anything away from his achievements-he is breaking records alhamdulilaaah. What is evident is that Islaam has affected his mindset to a great extent,he is definately more focused and probably has more passion to perform( as he has become very popular with the crowd).

  • Javed Khan on November 29, 2006, 20:43 GMT

    This discussion reminds me of when the great poet Mir Taqi Mir was often compared with Mirza Ghalib. Lovers of Urdu poetry often debate Meer's supremacy over Ghalib or vice versa.

    Ghalib himself acknowledged, through some of his couplets, that Meer was indeed a genius that deserved respect. Here is a couplet by Mirza Ghalib.

    Reekhtay kay tumhi ustaad nahi ho Ghalib Kehtay hain aglay zamanay may koi Meer bhi thaa

    (You are not the only master of Urdu Ghalib They say there used to be a Meer once)

    Inshallah Yusuf Youhanna will break this record and many more records, and all Pakistanis should be proud of him, just as we are proud of Javed Miandad.

  • ali on November 29, 2006, 20:43 GMT

    i think this is pakistans best chance to win in south africa. although there is not akhtar or asif. i think yousuf will do well there because the ball bounces to a good height and also the fact that he, inzi, and younis have a point to prove on rsa pitches. quite frankly if kallis, and smith and co can score on those pitches they dont have any better technique than our big three. also i think shabbir, nazir, gul, danish, rana, and sami are decent enough to get wickets. gul is coming into his own, shabbir can be a stable bowler, nazir is also decent. they need to play both rana and sami in the odis to see if they can hit form.

  • OMER KHALID on November 29, 2006, 20:42 GMT

    I am like the biggest Mohammad Yousuf fan there is in this entire world. I feel not only personally but logically that mohammad Yousf deserves every bit of the record he is so close into gaining. Firstly to be a christian and still be in the pakistani side ( consistantly) says something by its self. His trade has been and always will be his Royal and majestic cover drive!As a christian people did not respect him at first, but then he went onto gain there respect through his style and crucial innings that he contributed so often. The major part of his career that made me respecet every bit of the man he is, was his conversion to islam. Since then he has become more humble and elegant. There is no one in this world who can say they do not see a diffrence in his batting after the conversion. He has never done so well in his whole career and his test batting average, isup there with thwe all time greats. Currently he has surrpassed ever batsmen and is on the number 2 position for best batting ( behind Ponting). It will be no surprise if he makes it to the top ( Inshallah). He has done so much for Pakistan through the grace of God and has given me so much to smile about. I wish he could read this entry because i would like him to know, how much respect i have for him and he is my favorite player of all time. I hope with all my heart that he gets the record, because he truly deserves it. May God help him achieve this golden feet. All in All, Mohammad Yousuf best of luck with your career, i hope you have a great life an even if you dont get the record ( God please help to gain it), i hope you stay as succesful in batting as you are now and you will always be my favorite player forever. INSHALLAH GOD BE PLEASED WITH HIM. :)

  • iNZY on November 29, 2006, 20:29 GMT

    Mo Yo, is a stupid batsman, its just because of fluke he is getting so many runs, I am sure he will not be successfull in a long run. !!!!Inzy Rules!!!

  • keshav thapa on November 29, 2006, 20:27 GMT

    I am frm Nepal and you are my ane of the personal favourites in cricket. May you break the rcord of VV Richards. Best of luck

  • Salman Yousaf on November 29, 2006, 20:22 GMT

    I Pray to Allah for Mohammad Yousuf to brake the record.He is a man of his own kind, he should not be compared with others nor should others be compared with him. He deserves the Best!!! InshAllah Allah will give him the BEST!!! and in my opinion this is just a begining for Mohammad Yousuf for this brilliance.... May Allah bless him and he will break many records inshAllah.

  • Euceph Ahmed on November 29, 2006, 19:52 GMT

    For those of you who are into music... Can you compare Jimi Hendrix with Joe Satriani? Even though Satriani is a wonderful guitarist, great to listen to, a master at his art, etc. etc... but his contributions to music are limited. Jimi Hendrix, on the other hand, changed how rock music is played today. And just like there can only be one Jimi Hendrix in music, there can only be one Javed Miandad in cricket. There can be lots of Eric Claptons, Mark Knopflers, Carlos Santanas, just like there can be lots of Ricky Pontings, Rahul Dravids, and Inzamam-ul-Haqs. But there can only be ONE Javed Miandad. He has changed how the game is played today because his contributions to the game are just too many. Today's master batsmen are great, but they haven't brought much to the game except making lots and lots of runs. Javed Miandad, for one, wasn't just a batsmen, he was a complete cricketer. He improvised not just in batting, but in all departments of the game. His innovations in the fielding department go largely unnoticed. I'm glad that most people here have refused to be drawn into a comparison between Javed Miandad and Muhammad Yousuf. There simply cannot be a comparison. Muhammad Yousuf, as great as he is, can score a million runs and break a million records, but he cannot come close to being compared to the one and only Javed Miandad.

    This is meant not to take anything away from Muhammad Yousuf. He's a master craftsman, a world-class batsman by all accounts. He will dominate the cricket world for the next three to five years. But I have one little piece of advice for him... Pleeeease trim that long black beard to some reasonable length. It looks so unnatural.

  • Shoaib on November 29, 2006, 19:49 GMT

    I think this article is totally unfair for Yousaf. I think first of yousaf shouldbe given credit of what he has performed for Pakistan and should be compared with players of his era, not people like JM...As personally I think Javed Miandad's fame is a bit created by Karachites then what it actually is. As thee was no better crickter from karachi and they being the only big city in Pak..they try to get him as famous as he can. Even I read in one commnets that Imran was a great leader b/c of Miandad sugesstions...Well personally I can only laugh at that joke....Go ahead yousaf..All Pakistan is with you...Great work..

  • Shoaib Siddiqui on November 29, 2006, 19:36 GMT

    You can't compare MY to Viv. MY has a different role in the team. Just like people don't compare Gavaskar to Viv although accept that both were great. Obviously there has been no one who can compare to the domination of a game like Viv, but we need to appreciate MY for what he is.

    He is not a brutal batsman, nor does he try to be. He relies on elegance and timing. He has shown that there is still a place in the game for this type of batsman and that one can still aspire to play in this style and be successful.

    I don't want to be cynical but I think a lot of the reluctance to recognise his amazing achievements or to even accept that he may become an all time great is that long bushy thing from his face. It is tragic that Pakistanis and so-called Muslims are the first to attack someone who turns to God and religion.

  • Bilal A Khan on November 29, 2006, 19:18 GMT

    I believe that Mohammed Youssuf will eventually be the man that will be holding the most batting records ever and if anyone will beat Saeed Anwar's record of 194 it will be Mohammed Youssuf. He will in 3 to 4 years surpass all current top batsmen as the best in the game.

    Alot of respect to JM a man that revolutionized pakistani cricket as a player that did not play for fame or personal glory but for country.

  • Hassan on November 29, 2006, 19:00 GMT

    really hope to see Mohammad Yousuf acheive the world record.

  • Cricket Expert on November 29, 2006, 18:54 GMT

    All of you are getting blown away by Yousuf's performance against weak attacks. I will just wait until the upcoming South African series before even suggesting anything definitive about Yousuf. Currently, he is miles behind Miandad, Haneef, Inzammam, Zaheer and Saeed Anwar from Pakistan. In addition he is no way near Inzamam, Ponting, Tendulkar, Lara, Dravid on the present day stage. You need proof here are his records against decent attacks:

    Against Australia an average of 29.60 Against South Africa an average of 16.8

    In addition he has not been able to help Pakistan win any major tournaments including world-cups (unlike Miandad and Inzamam) despite playing in a pretty strong eleven with Akram, Waqar, Shoaib, Inzamam, Anwer etc.

    On the positive note for the last 8 matches he is in a really good nick. If he continues like this for a couple more years (20 tests or so) including against South Africa and Australia, he does have a good chance of establishing himself as a legend

  • Umair Muzaffar on November 29, 2006, 18:42 GMT

    I consider myself as one of the more fortunate fans of the game of Cricket to have witnessed; Inzy’s match winning unbeaten century against Bangladesh, MoYo’s spectacular double century against England at Lords, Tendulkar’s offense against Pakistan in the 2003 world cup, the tearing apart of English attack by Richards in the 1979 world cup and the last ball Six that eclipses everything until then and since.

    As a cricket fan I cannot ask for more --- having witnessed all of the above in real-time, I feel that all of these greats are just that "greats". In their moment, they were all greats and they eclipsed everything in sight and made for a great entertainment and education for a simple fan.

    Regards, Umair

  • waseem on November 29, 2006, 18:41 GMT

    there is no doubt in my mind tha mohammad yousuf is a class act but he still has very mediocre averages in test cricket against good bowling attacks such as south africa and australia an needs a couple more seasons of consistency under his belt whereas jav miandad was the greatest batter of his era alongside viv richards in this era mohammad yousuf has alot to do to reach the heights of brian lara ricky ponting tendulkar and dravid.

  • Iftikhar Parvez on November 29, 2006, 18:39 GMT

    For God's sake stop comparing Yousaf with other greats give him credit for the achievment.

  • SHEEJE on November 29, 2006, 18:26 GMT

    AoA, Well i believe that there is no comparison of any cricket player with any other crickter of any era bcz whoever playing for his nation at any time means that the particular player has class and capability to reprsent their nation and some proves this and MoYo is among those who have proved this not only this time but since from his beginning of career. All the best to MoYo and i prayed for him to break this record & InshaAllah MoYo is capable of doing so.

  • Aamir Sheikh on November 29, 2006, 18:15 GMT

    Javed is much ahead of yousaf the main thing is the impact which javed had on pakistani cricket but yousaf is also a fine player

  • Faraz JAved on November 29, 2006, 18:14 GMT

    I personally feel there can be no comparison between any two players example JM was a run collector whereas MO YO is an elegant stroke maker not so much a nudger & pusher and Viv well he was different from all a rare combination of brute strength & class. Records are meant to be broken but there could be no other VIV.

  • Rashid Zaman - United Kingdom on November 29, 2006, 18:03 GMT

    Mohammed Yousef Is on his way to becoming a (Legend)modern day JM/VR. I would not compare him 2 Sir Viv - was one of a kind, Mr Miandad was one of a kind and so on!Moyo is rubbing shoulders with the best hes at #2 in the ICC-ranking!(or does he literally have to LOL.. Meaning people will maybe in 10-15yrs time compare whoever @ that time to Moyo! of course they will never match Moyo but in their own way they will be World Class which is what Moyo is.There are a lot of elements that make life easier for modern day batsmen but equally technology has progressed too and where batsmen would have stayed at the crease back in the good old days now it bye bye! His job is even more difficult due to the fact that he is playing against the Windies and trying to break a record that an ex windies Legend holds!!!phew thats a monumental task, best of luck Mohammed Yousef you are true brilliance(i cannot recall which commentator he is an ex West Indian too but he says that the honey is flowing from the bat of Mohammed Yousef!!! I hope you break the record and if not you have many more to break and you will God Willing.

  • muzaffar on November 29, 2006, 17:56 GMT

    well i n point .....i jz think he;s the best batsman in form for pak nowadays..the reason behind y he;s not compared to dravid .inzy.kaliis.lara or ponting is tht he hasnt played those lot of matches as they have done....he also started his career at the age of 24 while others did when they were 17 or 18...thts a big difference...he also has played 70 odd matches so the diff is inevitable...but i can assure u tht if he persist his innings in the same form ....he;s gonna bcom the best batsman in the world when he retire.....

  • Kashif Hamid on November 29, 2006, 17:46 GMT

    Kamran- The reason I'll say this article is little unfair because you are trying to compare three different players with different status. Two of them have already finished their careers and one is in the process of making his. Yes Miandad and Richards can be compared as they both have finished their stories an we have seen each and every flavour of them. I will say you can't match the batting class of Richards but keeping the status of Pakistani team I think you can't even match cunning batting genius of Miandad. Richards had lot of good supporting batsman in his league, Miandad was the only one in Pakistani team. He used his smartness to make a legecy out of it, and rightly so. As far as MY is concerned, picture is still rolling. He is doing right things at right time presently but to make sure he can be called in the same breath as Richards and Miandad, lets just say he needs to continue doing what he is doing. Come what may I 'll be standing in room clapping alone if he breaks the record. I think it be a statment for whats coming ..

  • iftakhar malik on November 29, 2006, 17:38 GMT

    It is very interesting to read opinions to compare two very great cricket players of different eras playing cricket of different abilities and talent teams around the world. I am always disappointed to see muslim names changed to shorter name in write-ups stemming from the colonial days such as (mohd) by the ignorants but to see a muslim liberal intellect changing beautiful name Mohammad Yousuf to ---- is appalling and worthy of condemnation.This further gives impetus and encouragement to the ignorants practice of shortening the muslim names in their writeups which I personnally consider degrading unless approved by the individual whether muslim or not.

  • Mansoor Huda on November 29, 2006, 17:32 GMT

    Times have definately changed. Comparison of a cricketing side, or for that matter of a cricketer, should be done with the other players of the same era.

    The highlight of World Cup of 1996 was Jaisuriya and Kaluwitharna's Opening onslaught. Saeed Anwar's stroke play, Mark Waugh's timing. Everyone was scoring quickly. But in the 1999 world cup, the opening got softer, and more orthodox with the likes of Lance Klusener, Moin Khan, comming down the order and working the onslaught in the last few overs.

    Back to our point, I think that from the beginning of the year 2000, cricket world wide is ending a cycle to its original starting point of Orthodox Cricket. Where the likes of MoYo, Inzy, Ponting, Kallis, Hussey, Lara, Dravid are going to play the sheet anchors or the shoulders for everyone else to lean on.

    And the likes of Afridi, Sehwag, Jaisuriya will just have to change their game plans and bring in something different.

    What I would really be interested to compare is in the 2004-5 World Cup, will it be 1996 WC's top order hitting that would become a norm, or the 1999's orthodox all rounders in the lower middle order.

    Or will it be the 1992's cricket, where scores would have to come consistently from the middle order and top order, without any fireworks, with classy shots, running between the wickets and pure experience. Because if this is the case, the MoYo would be worth his weight in gold to the side that is going to miss its two top line bowlers.

  • afzaal on November 29, 2006, 17:21 GMT

    as you guys were comparing yousuf with javed miadad. yousuf avrages 55 at the moment. and miadad 52 yousuf scored 22 centurys in 70 matches javed miadad scored only 25 century in 122 test matches. in odi yousuf and javed both average 41 but yousuf has more centurys i think yousuf is great player i never seen any player from pakistan who average in test matches is 55 and over and have 22 hundred in only 70 matches. javed miadad was good in his time but not now. as far as 6 of last ball concern. also yousuf hit six on last ball of the inning to complete his hundred against india

  • Abdul-Wahab on November 29, 2006, 17:20 GMT

    Muhammad Yousaf is a true hero in all respect

  • Aman Jhorar on November 29, 2006, 17:15 GMT

    Though he has made most runs this year But lets see in his career how has he fared against differnt opposition:

    Against Australia and South africa he has played 12 tests scored only 562 runs at a mediocre average of 25.54!!! with only one hundred.

    Where as same Yousuf is better than BRADMAN when it comes to playing Bangladesh and Zimbabwe...he has played in 11 tests scored 1118 runs at avg of 101.23...with 4 hundreds....Impressive aint it??

    He is in outstanding player this year but these stats prove taht he is fare from being called a Great player and cannot be compared to Leagues of Tendulkar/Lara/Ponting or Dravid.

    He is poor against teh best teams and it says a lot.

  • Ali on November 29, 2006, 16:56 GMT

    I wish and pray that he does it. It will be a matter of great pride for me as being Muslim and as being a Pakistani. And don't forget, breaking a record of Richards is a big deal.

  • Shahbaz Faheem on November 29, 2006, 16:54 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi I think MoYo is the best ever batsmen to play for pakistan. about comparison if you ask someone who wrote JM biography, he will definitely take JM's favor. JM has hit the six in sharjah, so what? Wasim Akram's six in 1989 Nehru Cup final is more effective than JM's. will that make Wasim a better batsman than JM?. about Inzi. When did he played a match winning innings in Australia & SouthAfrica? Never. He always look average batsman against quality bowling, until he cross 30 runs mark, u always feels that he will be out on each & every delivery he faces, bad technique. His bad form sometimes stretches to years. Pakistan has never produced a great batsman (great bowlers, yes but not batsman) but I am sure MoYo is one in the making. He has all the shots that makes him a great batsman. above all MoYo has the humility and good nature that is lacked in JM or Inzi to make him a great human being. let's wish him all the luck to break Viv's record and become the greatest batsmen of not only Pakistan but world.

  • JAMEEL on November 29, 2006, 16:50 GMT

    Assalamualaikum: Dont waste time in comparison...just pray for Yousuf....he is Gr8 n Inshallah he will Break the record..its a gift from ALLAH to him for accepting ISLAM and keeping beard.

  • Usman Anwar on November 29, 2006, 16:43 GMT

    Comparing two players from two different eras is really difficult. Viv played in an era which was mostly dominated by bowling greats. I would say scoring runs in Viv's era had to be much more difficult compared now. Because now, half the pitches turn out to be flat and scoring runs just becomes that much easier. I am not saying that MY got this far only because of flat pitches but that fact can also not be neglected. But as noted above, records are meant to be broken and I would really like to see this happen because you really don't know when someone else will get this close to breaking such a tremendous record. As for comparison of JM to MY, well for me both batsmen is/are greats. They are greats from different eras. To say one is better than the other would be wrong because each scored runs in different situation, on different pitches and definately different bowlers. In my eyes MY is already in the elite group.

  • Mehdi Hasnain on November 29, 2006, 16:42 GMT

    Correction pls....This was stated by Sir Geoffery Boycott during the 1992 World Cup on tv commentary... and not by Sir Vivian as stated by author here... "Viv Richards once said that if he ever had to choose anybody to bat for his life it would be Javed. There can be no higher compliment."

  • EJAZ SAEED KHAN on November 29, 2006, 16:39 GMT

    I don't think that their can be any comparison between great players. On their day they can be joy to watch and somebody else on his day. I do hope and pray MY will make 100 this time as well.However,cricket is an unpredictable game and any thing can happen. Will it make any difference? Has he not already scored more than 1650 runs, more than 1,000,000 player years except 1. I feel taller by several centimeters being his countryman. May God be with you MY

  • krishna on November 29, 2006, 16:21 GMT

    His modesty, humility and above all his talents makes him one of the best of current day greats (Lara, Ponting, Inziman and Dravid). I wish him all the best for breaking Richards record.

  • Nusrat Hussain on November 29, 2006, 16:16 GMT

    It is certainly a big world record that MY is heading for, but the main stream media has not given him the proper recognition for making the most centuries in a calender year-- MY has already created the world record of most centuries in a calender year by beating Sir Viv and Deselva's world record. It is also correct that MY is an emerging super star at this point in time. I am sure that Islam has brought respect, dignity, wisdom and humbleness in his personality. We cannot match him with JM at this point in time, but MY with his consistent, patient and humble approach will certainly make his place in the history of cricket. I wish you all the MOYO.

  • Sadiq Memon on November 29, 2006, 16:07 GMT

    Sitting in my office in -26 degree C weather here in Calgary, this discussion has certainly warmed me up. I grew up in the era of Miandad, Imran, Richards, Gavaskar, Border etc. and as a batsman or the greatest Pakistani cricketer, there is no one better then "THE GREAT MIANDAD" in my mind. Every innings of his gave me tremendous joy and had my blood pumping. The Sharjah six in 1986 is stuff only found in dreams. For me if Miandad is on the crease, Pakistan always had a chance. But this year particularly, I have come to associate M.Yousuf with the same type of hope for Pakistan's success or survival. He has never batted better and his humble nature makes one automatically root for him to break Richards record. I do realize and understand that religion has played a major part in his transformation but he always was a very elegant and classy batsman who just needed to apply himself more, which he does now. Even when he was Yousuf Youhana, his ability and class was a treat to watch. He is a gifted batsman and on his way to become one of the premier batsman of his era and one of the greatest Pakistan has ever produced. But, it seems to me from most of the comments that we Pakistanis are mostly rooting for him to break this record mostly because he is a Muslim now and would not have done so so vigourously if he still was Yousuf Youhana, which i think is quite unfair. He deserves this record for the way he has played this year and for his character and humble nature all his life and for the class and ability he has had all his life. As for comparison to Miandad is concerned, both have special places in Pakistan Cricket's history alongwith Inzi or Imran or Wasim or Waqar. They have all contributed to Pakistan's success and warmed up all our hearts with pride and joy at being a Pakistani.

    P.S. Why there is no outcry at calling Inzimam "Inzi" or Waqar "Vicky" but a huge fuss is made when Mohammad Yousuf is called "MoYo"?

  • farhan merh on November 29, 2006, 15:57 GMT

    heyy i think we should let the record speak for its self,, and tht is tht yousuf's a way better player then them both,, if u wanna go on style and class u have people like mark waugh and etc to talk about y is bradman the best ever player only because his avg was near enough to a 100 no other reason many people living today have not even seen him bat yet he is the greatest 50 years down the road im sure our gran kids will say hummmmm ever heard of mohammad yousuf he had the highest avg for pakistan,, inzi has 24 hundreds in 115 matches with a avg of 50.22 javed miandad has 23 hundreds in 124 matches with a avg of 52 yousuf has a avg of 56 has 22 hundreds in only 72 matches so im sure sats have a big word to say there,,,,,, the only thing u can argue with is tht inzi and miandad might only just might have been better ODI players not test players,,,yet yousuf still has a higher avg then them both less matches then miadad more hundreds aswell as a higher strike rate,, 1 SIX to win a match im sure does not make some1 a better player,, if he plays as many matches as inzi he will surly b the best pakistani player ever,,,, one last small comment inzi him self said tht yousuf is the greatest ever to play for pakistan i rest my case after all tht thank u for reading,,,

  • Yasir on November 29, 2006, 15:57 GMT

    Well i have not gone through ur article but i just want to say one thing which i noticed so called "literally person" like u and man others on this forum. Is it the way to call some one with such a good name like MOYO. we being muslims must take extra care about such thing. Even if one is not muslim, we should respect others. and even if some one tries to use it for th esake of abreviations just right Yousaf, 2 letters more but mean alot! DONT BEHAVE LIKE IDIOTS PLS.

  • Abu Ahmad on November 29, 2006, 15:53 GMT

    It is too early to place Yousuf in the same category as Richards or Miandad.Miandad had a class of his own and could be could be counted upon to deliver .Statistics reflect achievements not class.

  • Zuhaib Uddin on November 29, 2006, 15:40 GMT

    There is just something I don't like something MoYo . Sure he is a very elegant batsman and he fully deserves Viv's record but I think he kinda misses the killer instinct that I like in batsman.I mean I kinda like Gilchrist ,I used to like JM ....But I just don't know there is something about MoYo that simply puts me to sleep.....

  • Waqar Ahmed on November 29, 2006, 15:39 GMT

    Well Records speak itself, who is the best and who made/break it? No matter what is/was the circumstances. Best sportsman doesn’t think that, may luck will help them, they only believe in dedication, temperament, struggle, sacrifice and strong psychology. all above mentioned batsman are/were no doubt great batsman, they entitled records, left examples and challenges for juniors and elite, either they are/were playing for their own records (which is ultimate for country's honor)or for victory. But only those are unforgettable who have only played for victory or match saving, yes that’s MoYo. no doubt in his skills, unique style (since his dbu he impressed every one and played a match winning inning). He is also climbing the ladder where HM, JM and Inzi (he is also a record himself) are for Pakistan and Sir VVR, Pointing, Sachin for their respective countries.

    Wishing him best of LUCK and very soon he will only be a SOLE PROPERIETOR of most of the records.

  • k. khan on November 29, 2006, 15:27 GMT

    MY was just as classy before he converted and i think its really rather sad that some people cannot focus on his playing abilities without separating him from his private life. I think that whilst he is a very good player, he is still not a great player. no doubt any change in his fortune was probably more due to not being as one person put it "the alien" of the team but conforming to the pack and thus faced no pressure off the field. KK

  • Zeeshan Ali on November 29, 2006, 15:25 GMT

    Asalam Walikum: Congratulation "Yosuf Bhai" Your also Brake The One Record complete 8th Century, But Please Brake the "Viv Richards" Year Calander Record. I Pray For You When You Are Succed. ALLAH Hafiz

  • Abdul Mehkari on November 29, 2006, 15:19 GMT

    I think one should judge someone as a person before judging him professionally, JM is a greedy person in nature, and that is the way I would like to remember him, beside he ruined a few playes futures, Basit Ali was one of them.

  • Qasim on November 29, 2006, 15:18 GMT

    even mohammad yosuf has done the same thing jm has done. he hit a game winning six and that six also got him his century.

  • Qutbuddin Haidery. on November 29, 2006, 15:15 GMT

    Excellent article by Abbasi. It is a fact that you have to compare performance by prevailing conditions. This greatness discussions and arguments can continue for ages without satisfying all agreeing on one batsman. Though MY is a class of his own but no where near to great JM. In my opinion he was the best when in comes to being a complete cricketer and not only batsman. He was a master in building innings not only his own but his partners. He was a run stealer, a fighter, a tit for tat fellow, matching rivals body language. I was fortunate enough to be present in Sharjah when he hit the most rewarding SIX of all times. The Australasia Cup. People only remember that six, but the jem was the effort he did to come to the point of hitting that six, building an innings with wickets falling on the other end. The fear in his rivals hearts was evident from the earth shaking, thunderous celeberations from Indian supporters in Sharjah in the very next match against India(Champions Trophy 1986-87) when he was out for a duck. That still echoes in my mind. For MY I pray from my heart, that a time comes when he could be rightly included in the list of elites of cricket.

  • Umair on November 29, 2006, 15:07 GMT

    Well MoYo is at his peak right now.There is no alternate to him at this particular era.The point is this that a so-called mediocre batsman who hardly earned any favour from media a year ago is a superstar now.The world has to accept his class now.Had their been any non-asian player instead of MoYo,certainly he wud have earned more respect then our hero MoYo is getting.I think Rest of the World now should leave this narrow mindedness...its time to lay down arms and salute this great batsman. SO all u who alwayz are critisizing should acknowldge this class-act.No offemce.May GOD bless ya MoYo.

  • Aman Jhorar on November 29, 2006, 15:06 GMT

    Tough comparisons are unfair but they are inevitable! a good and fair way to compare them will be to compare them with their records against the best teams of their time I.e Javed against West Indies and Yousuf against Australia...Surprisingly they both average 29 each in 17 and 8 matches respectively ..which makes me wonder if its all fair for them to be compared with Mighty VIV and great Gavaskar.

  • mohammad irfan balsing on November 29, 2006, 15:06 GMT

    well done yusuf bhai. Allah is always there with the people who always pray to him, and always remember him.Goodluck for your future. Allah apki har murad puri kare.

  • HANIF CHAUDHRY on November 29, 2006, 15:04 GMT

    I am very unhappy to read this splanting row of comparing batsmen of different eras. Comparing professionals always puts some of them in humiliation and someone in snobbish passion. All the great batsmen are great. Give them big hands. Mohammad Yousuf is one of the greatest matsmen who would be remembered as legends in cricket history, by his consistent performance if not today insha-ALLAH tomorrow. Mohammad Yousuf has already improved the work record of one year centuries. That elevates him to the top world class notches. He is knocking the door of another record, for which I pray his luck to favour him. Let us not hurt the feelings of any one who is or has/had been a great one. I am a profound fan of Mphammad Yousuf's bating style and wish him every great success licking his toes. My salute to all the great ones. They are precious gems for their countries as well as the cricket world. We admire them all and pray for them to give us more cricket brilliance, if they are still playing.

    Bravo Mohammad Yousuf! You are also great, keep it up. May ALLAH keep you under HIS protection.

    HANIF CHAUDHRY

  • Adil sheikh on November 29, 2006, 15:04 GMT

    Whether or not MoYo surpasses Sir Viv, he has already won the hearts of people around the world. Refusing any comparison with Viv Richards, saying he idolizes Javed Miandad and that Hanif Muhammad was the best in his era; has shown the true humble nature of Yousuf. He has already won the respect and admiration. About MoYo being a 'great,' we'll probably find that out in a couple of months in South Africa. If he can reproduce what he has done in this year in SA there will remain little doubt over his greatness. But for now lets just hope he gets another 46 runs tomorrow to get what he now rightly deserves.

  • Adnan Yusuf on November 29, 2006, 15:02 GMT

    I believe that the hype should be limited to breaking of the record set by Sir Viv Richards for scoring the most test runs in a calendar year, without worrying about who is a greater batsman. It is MoYo's moment and we should not rob him of his glory for the feat being performed by him by taking the comparison to much higher levels.

    At the moment, we certainly cannot compare MoYo with other past or present great players. Our MoYo is much junior as far as number of test matches played is concerned. Having said that, comparing the players under discussion, strictly on batting statistics basis, till the point in their career where MoYo currently is, i.e. 72 test matches played; following is my analysis:

    At the end of the Multan Test in the current Pak-WI series, MoYo’s 72nd Test; he has scored 6176 runs in 111 completed innings at an average of 55.63 with 21 centuries (5.28 innings/century).

    He already is in the world’s top 50 players (42nd to be exact) for number of test runs scored, and only the third highest scorer in Pakistan behind Javed and Inzi. MoYo reached 6000 test runs mark in his 120th test inning. Only six players took less innings to reach 6000 test runs; including only the greats i.e. Bradman (68), Sobers(111), Hammond(114), Hutton(116), Barrington(116) and Gavaskar(117). Viv Richards and Tendulkar took same number of innings (120). Ponting and Dravid(125), Lara(126), Javed(133), Inzi(135) and all others took more innings to score 6000 runs.

    So far so good! MoYo has outrun most of the greats as well as all his contemporaries in reaching the 6000 run mark; thanks to his recent performances.

    Now, let’s see what Javed did after his 72nd test:

    When Javed Miandad completed his 72 test matches, he had scored 5354 runs at an average of 56.35 with 14 centuries in 95 completed innings. This gave him an innings/century ratio of 6.78. Javed went on to play 124 test matches, scoring 8832 runs at an average of 52.57 with 23 centuries (7.30 innings/century). This means that Javed under-performed in his last 52 matches by scoring only 3478 runs with 9 centuries, at an average of 47.64 (8.11 innings/century).

    And now take the example of the current best batsman i.e. Ponting:

    When Ricky Ponting completed his 72 test matches, he had scored 5219 runs at an average of 52.71 with 18 centuries in 99 completed innings; innings/century ratio = 5.50. Till date, Ponting has played 106 test matches, scoring 9048 runs at an average of 59.52 with 32 centuries (4.75 innings/century). This means that from test number 73 to 106, Ponting has scored 3829 runs at an average of 72.24 (only 3.78 innings/century!!!).

    The million dollar question is: Will MoYo be able to further improve his performances like Ponting has done? It will really be a challenge for MoYo to emulate Ponting in the coming years. In my heart I believe he will certainly do that.

  • Wasim Alim on November 29, 2006, 14:56 GMT

    MoYo is having a very special year. He has shown glimpses of his potential in the past but inconsistency has always shadowed his abilities. It will be unrealistic to expect ssimilar year from him in the future but if he score close to 1000 runs in the next 4-5 years with 2-3 centuries per year, it will be fair to compare him to JM. Right now the comparison is not a fair one. MoYo has one thing going for him and thats his conversion rate from 50s to 100s. JM on the other hand was a master of his trade, he could play the psychological games with the bowling/fielding and had mental toughness second to none. At one stage in his career (around 1990) his career average was close to 58 runs/innings in over 100 tests. He played majority of his cricket in the 1970s and 80s against the likes of Hadlee, Lillee, Thompson, Marshal, Ambrose, Willis, Botham, etc. Besides Murli, Warne, McGrath and may be Shoaib, how many bowlers of today can be compared to the bowlers of 80s. I have watched Miandad through out his career in the 80s and have seen him rarely fail when something was expected of him. MoYo on the other hand is part of one of the most inconsistent batting line ups of Pakistan history. He can change that perception by stringing a few good years and performing well against South Africa (may be score a century or 2). Later on if he follow it up with a good showing against Australia, it certainly wouldnt hurt his case.

    The comparison is unfair but MoYo has had a phenomenal year, the one to remember for decades and he deserves all the credit due. He has always been a spiritual man even as a Christian man but his new religion and spirituality has given him great confidence. Even if he falls short of the record, its not usual to score more than 1500 runs in a year unless your last name is Ponting.

  • Kashif Bokhari, London on November 29, 2006, 14:53 GMT

    I have read all your comments and they have kept me occupied for the last 2 hours. I am not sure if my comment will be posted, as MY only needs another 46 runs. But if this does get posted, I would like to thank you all for your great comments and keeping me busy from doing my work! Now I have to work for 2 hours after everyone has gone home to catch up. However, it will be all worth it, if MY breaks V.Richards record. As with many in the world, my dua's are with you M.Yousuf.

  • Muhammad Amin Memon on November 29, 2006, 14:49 GMT

    we cant compare between Muhammad Yousuf and Javed Miandad. because Muhammad Yousuf is present Hero and Javed Miandad our past Hero. Thanks a lot!

  • omer iqbal on November 29, 2006, 14:44 GMT

    please,yousaf bhai,breaks the record of viv.richard and make a century to win the match and series also .

  • Sabahat Zakariya on November 29, 2006, 14:40 GMT

    For all my opinion is worth, if we are talking about the impact one individual has created then you cant keep referring to Inzi as EVEN Inzi. He has conducted himself better throughout his career compared to Javed Miandad, he has the 1992 World Cup semi final to his credit, in no way a lesser achievement than Miandad's Sharjah six and I believe has dug the Pakistani team out of a hole innumerable times. For all these reasons (for me at least) Inzi ranks above Javed Miandad.

  • ali haider on November 29, 2006, 14:40 GMT

    well i allmost red all the comments from all the ppl from deffirent part of world and i respect their opinion. im myself a proffesional cricketer and i played pro cric in pak and now i'm playing pro cric on england and i kno cricket inside out. well in my eyes moyo is a 1 of the greatest batsman ever produced by pakistan and at the moment u cant compare moyo and jm as som1 very truthfully said we cant compare oranges and apples. bcoz jm performed different roles in his carreer in pak team and bcoz of that he was very proffessional so u cant compare him with moyo unless he does all the roles. but if we compare them as batsman then records says that moyo is better then jm and he is far more stylish then jm. but jm played some extra ordinary innings which moyo hsn't played yet.Above in 1st comment kamran abbasi mentioned inzy comparisen with jm and i think he is the only player at the moment we can compare with jm bcoz he done all the roles in pak team as jm did. without a shadow of doubt jm was 1 of the greatest of all but i think inzy has passed his brillience and class. ppl says jm hit six on the last ball, but do u remember when inzy won a test match against australia the best team in the world he scored 57 runs on last wicket with mushtaq ahmed, that is only 1 example but inzy won so many matches for pak, no one ever won for pak in the history so clearly inzy is the best batsman ever prodused by pak.

  • MohSin Khan on November 29, 2006, 14:40 GMT

    As he is on the edge of breaking the 30 years old record,the comparisons will be there.But i agree with the article of Mr.Abbasi that MoYo is still not as great as Javed Miandad. Who can forget the famous Sharjah Cup six,though i was 1 month year old then but grown up listning about that six,the 1992 world cup innings.it wont be wrong if we call JM the hero of 1992 cup and if he hadnt given the stand in semi and final the situations might be different.

    Yes MoYo hasnt done something like that but he is a batsman of his own class.he has got great potential. I,on the behalf of all pakis living in Bahrain wish him best of luck for the record n pray to God that he achieves that.

    But pls dont compare him JM.

  • Khurram Shahid on November 29, 2006, 14:23 GMT

    We should be very proud of our team because we have such a worldclassplayer in the team and he save us with his century in the 2nd Test match in Multan

  • arif on November 29, 2006, 14:18 GMT

    comparing ppl from different eras is not a sensible thing to do. there is a one common point. we love cricket we love all the greats of cricket and we also love Yousuf. one thing is sure the whole nation is behind yousuf and want to see him making the record and at the moment there is spark in pakistan cricket there is something good is happening we all love this we all back him we are all behind him. do it yousuf the whole nation is waiting for it.

  • Mumtaz Maher on November 29, 2006, 14:16 GMT

    He deserves it and there is no doubt that at the moment he can break any and every record that comes his way. Keep up the good work M. Youhana.

  • Kamran Ashraf on November 29, 2006, 14:07 GMT

    Can some body tell me who is "Mo Yo" or "MY" and "JM"? Is sombody afraid of Saying Yousaf Yohana (previously) as Mohammad Yousaf and is there any difficulty is writing the name of Javed Miandad. Why not the person has used abbriviation for the other legends like Gavaskar, Crowe, Border, Gooch, Gower, and Richards? Does any body have heard the name of "MO YO" or "MY" or "JM" in the world of cricket before ?????

  • Jamal Khan on November 29, 2006, 14:02 GMT

    To judge a batsman, you have to look at his performance while under pressue. JM was called the street fighter. I remember so many of his innings where he stood tall while the whole team flopped. I have never seen a player like JM who sacrifised his shots and playing for the team. I still remember that batting with Salim Malik he sacrifised his wicket because Malik was closing to a century. Even he had crossed his fifty. Viv Richard was the best but a player who sacrifised and fought each and every ball was none other than JM. I have seen players like MOYO and Tandulkar who are great to watch and have scored tons of centuries but when it comes to show on their portfolio how many runs they scored while under pressure or how many matches they saved, or won for the team- won't find many. MOYO has to go a long way and few more innings like the one played in Multan and double century in England are needed to come even closed to great JM.

  • Hasnain Akhtar on November 29, 2006, 14:01 GMT

    Yousuf needs to break the record so the Chairman of Pakistani team Dr. Naseem gets to know how religion has the positive effects on the personal performance. Hasnain

  • Owais Taufique on November 29, 2006, 13:51 GMT

    MoYo shut everybodys mouth by scoring one more century of the calender year .... you have a lot of time in this test .... INSHAALLAH u will do it!!!!

  • Zain on November 29, 2006, 13:50 GMT

    OK, Lets just wait and Watch Moyo Breaking Viv Richard Record INSHALLAH DONT worry Moyo we will call Pray For you

  • Shahid on November 29, 2006, 13:47 GMT

    No Doubt,MOYO is a good batsmen but he has to prove himself against teams like South Africa, and Australia and its then when i think he will surpass JM and Inzi because they both have poor records against the best teams of their era but having said that, it should not be forgotten that even Lara had a very poor record against the best bowling attack of 90s (Waqar and Waseem). It was only the last Pakistan tour of west indies where lara was able to dominate Pakistanis in test matches. I would also like to bring another point to your attention that as the cricket experts stop short of including Inzi in the modern day greats just because he has a poor record against Australia so how come Lara qualifies for that elite club when he himself has failed miserably against the worlds best bowling attack. (dont get me wrong i still do believe that Lara is a great) but we have to define the scales and standards on which we compare the players. Kamran can you ask cricinfo to compare Inzis record against Australia and Lara record against Pakistan when we had Waseem and Waqar. Best of luck Yousuf. Thanks Shahid.

  • Farrukh Qadri on November 29, 2006, 13:42 GMT

    Miandad is the best for Pakistan. M.Y. has to prove himself by going like this for some years to come. One amazing acheivement from Miandad (which i think no one yes no one)is he never ever drop his average below 50 throughout the career.

  • Qasim Saeed on November 29, 2006, 13:42 GMT

    I just think that had any other batsman scored this many runs in a year, the world would have been on fire. Example, had Tendulkar done it, take my word for it, it would have been all over Zee TV, Sony TV, B4U Music and what have you.

    Whether he breaks the record remains to be seen. In any case, it is already an achievement by any standards and the man needs to be praised and showered with accolades.

    Its a shame that the only coverage Muhammad Yousaf's run spree seems to be getting is on this blog and many people are actually putting him down. Shame on them!!!

    Salutations to him for his humility.

    Applause applause for Muhammad Yousaf.

  • Salman Riaz on November 29, 2006, 13:33 GMT

    One cannot deny JM's importance and greatness but than one has to use sense in comparisons as well. JM is a player who has played his shot he is retired so he has done what he has done. MY has still 5 more years to his career , the MY is going he might end up way higher than JM EVENTUALLY. JM had an extremely poor record overseas till the last few years of his career. His high points would be series against NZ, India and England. He doesnot enjoy a particularly high average abroad compared with his phenomenal home averages. MY on the other hand has scored his runs all over the world with no particular weak points.

    JM along with Z Abbas was the best player of Spin Bowling ever but the same cannot be said when it comes to fast bowling. MY on the other hand is a great player of fast bowling.

    Having said that It is not possible to draw comparisons between the two , since cricket has totally changed faces over the last decade or so.

    JM has always been my hero and will remain so but MY is the man who deserves honour and praise of the same magnitude as any body else.

    Salman

  • Baber Sohail Bhatti on November 29, 2006, 13:30 GMT

    Hello, to everybody and what i likes to say is only that if mohamad yousef break Sir Iva richarson then he deserved tobe calld as Sir Mohamad yousef as wel. Thanksssss

  • Zubair on November 29, 2006, 13:26 GMT

    hello & Salam aap Ne ball by ball khalna hai our 47 Run bayanee hein yeh record Pakistan ke Naam Karna hai our aap yeh kar saktee ho Bai hum ki dua app ke sath hein or hum chatee hein ke pori Sprit ke sath khalee ok bye Allah Hafiz

  • MUSTAFA MIR on November 29, 2006, 13:21 GMT

    Please let him stay MOHAMMED YOUSUF instead of MOYO.... as far as his batting ability is concerned,he still has to prove himself OR he needs one or two seasons like 2006 but I WONDER WHY I FEEL PROUD WHEN I SEE HIM ON THE SCREEN <><>

  • Rauf Khan on November 29, 2006, 13:15 GMT

    You may say that, yet don't forget that JM was a showman and MY is very humble one. Allah will help him to achieve that landmark!

  • MKK on November 29, 2006, 13:15 GMT

    Mohammad Yosuaf made me think the effect of religion in your lives too, Hope he might make one more century in SA, so Mr. Abbasi will write his blog regarding comparing Breadman and Mohammad Yousaf too. Hehe :D.

  • Khurram A on November 29, 2006, 13:14 GMT

    For me currently the best batsman is Yousuf. He is only 31 or so, by the end he will be up there with Richards and JM. He will be on the greatest ever for Pakistan, and one of the greatest in this generation. If God Wills.

  • Saif on November 29, 2006, 13:14 GMT

    MY not a match winner!! can anybody tell me after winning how many match he will be called a match winner. we are blessed by a lot of talents by god but never honored them properly. and that is the sole reason we never touched the greatness, team australia or west indies achieved. just look at our neighbor. how they promote their cricketer. middle class cricketer like laxman, dash gupta, kuruvilla, power were being promoted by the media. they compare sehwag with tendulkar (!!!!!!!). because it give you the mental boost to perform better. no doubt javed miandad, viv richards, gavasker are great players of all time. but i personally give a lot more weight to the performance of the recent players. because cricket is lot more competititve now and it bears lot more pressure than that time. now a days a lot of outside pitch matters are involved in the game. so breaking 1700 runs barrier now is really an achievment to be proud for. try to establish it worldwide rather than undermining it. if some people can say that sehwag is better than tendulkar........we can atleast say that MY is in the same league with JM

  • Ammar Khalid on November 29, 2006, 13:00 GMT

    well, i think best ever batsman Pakistan has ever produced is JM,the way Mo Yo lacks is his performances against SA,SL and AUS. i think in order to get to the level of JM he should perform well enough against these teams in their hometown. He is getting the chance of performing against SA in SA in his better form, HE should do it there. GOOD LUCK TO YOUSAF

  • Saif on November 29, 2006, 12:57 GMT

    I think an obvious point has been missed throughout this analysis, the segregation of two distinct eras in Yousuf's batting, pre-conversion and post-conversion. And though pre-conversion was no short of class, post-conversion sublimation into simply a different league is remarkable to say the least! Mohammad Yousuf might not be as gifted as JM, Lara, Tendulkar, or Viv, but on this current form he easily makes up for that through perseverence, patience and above all, Belief!! He might not be able to conquer as many milestones as other greats, nor be a stats king given the paucity of career time left, but he sure does one thing better than them all, and that's conquering the hearts of cricket lovers, both fans and otherwise! Only one name comes to my mind who did something like this in this gentlemen's game, and that's Sir Don Bradman!:).I would go as far as saying that the legend himself might come second when it comes to this art!! The LAZILY ELEGANT is conquering at warp speed,and admiration for virtues could be a part of stats used to benchmark batsmen, Mohammad Yousuf would be surpassing them ALL in about two years' time! Behold all! Yousuf continues to strike gold both with and without the bat in his hands!:)

  • jawad on November 29, 2006, 12:52 GMT

    as time passes we have only one thing to remind us about the past and that is numbers. why is bradman rated so highly its been a long time since his generation played but we all know 99.9!

  • Mehedi on November 29, 2006, 12:50 GMT

    Mohammad Yousuf needs to prove himself in Australia and South Africa to be even compared with Dravid.

  • Muhammad Usman Aslam on November 29, 2006, 12:46 GMT

    Stats, elegance, Flair... etc To me the factor that could seperate batsmen on a cricketing field is the ability to single handedly change the course of the match.

    In that respect, of all the batters we've had JM had no match. the list goes on and on with his credentials.. Inzy too has done it on numerous ocassions but however elegant and quality palyer MY is, still hasnt reached that stage.

    Somebody gave 6 reason here in favour of MY... one of them surely deserves a reply...

    JM batted in an era of bowlers who were outright genius.. Forget others.. Can U compare what WI had in 80-90's to what they have now.... add to it the indian spinners.. australian pack attack.. it was awesome all the way...

    Still lets all hope YOUsaf gets it on wednesday... for this mite not take him to that extra special level where VIV and JM graced the field once. but atleast pakist WC 2007 hopes will bloster with him in fine form and his 'lofty elegance'.

  • Risalat on November 29, 2006, 12:46 GMT

    I still don't think Yousuf is in the same league as Ponting,Lara,Kallis,Dravid,Tendulkar,Inzamam just for the simple fact he hasn't performed at all in tests against the south africans.But he is probably the only batsman after Inzamam by far who makes batting look really easy and also he's also classier than some of the names above.

    Yousuf has delivered some breathtaking ODI innings but he still has to prove as a test match-winner(which is why Lara/Ponting is better than Tendulkar) and then we could think of comparing him with the former greats like Javed Miandad.I don't really care if yousuf breaks the record or not because this guy is one of a kind and there won't be any other in the future like him.What I hope for him is to score in South Africa and show the critics that he is invincible in any pitch in the world.He just needs to score some centuries the way he did in the 2nd test at Melbourne during the last Australian Tour.

  • Saddique Ahmed on November 29, 2006, 12:44 GMT

    I wonder what would everyone say if Yousef converted his 190's into 200's. the fact is after Javid's retirement he and Inzy are only two genuine batsmen Pakistan have produced who we can rely on. Records are made and records are broken, Yousef has proved time after time that he is something special.

  • Farish on November 29, 2006, 12:42 GMT

    First of all I want to say please write Muhammad Yousuf instead of MOYO.. both Muhammad & Yousuf are names of our prophets.. Please dont make them short.. Secondly Mr. Kamran Abbasi Muhammad Yousuf is currently in the league of modern masters like Inzamam, Dravid, Lara & Ponting.. He is averaging 56 or 58 maybe in around 75 matches.. He is the most perfect cover driver I have evern seen and most of the cricket genius have already admitted that.. And about the greatness of Yousuf I believe he is still under Viv Richards or Inzamam.. Once Imran Khan said about Inzamam that "Wow he is playing similar to Viv.. I think we have got a new VIV" Imran said these words on the day of Inzamam's selection. Now lets talk about the record.. The record will show the consistency of Muhammad Yousuf this year.. Whether he breaks the record of VIV for most runs or not he has already broken the record of 8 centuries and furthermore he has made 35% of total runs scored in tests by Pakistan this year.. No other player in history has dont this.. No matter what will happen Muhammad Yousuf you are our National hero and so International Hero of Cricket.. May Allah give you all the success and hope you will break all records.. Pray of whole nation is with you InshAllah you will do it..

  • Muhammad Umair Yasir on November 29, 2006, 12:37 GMT

    I agree with the writer. In fact we should keep in mind that Kamran did not initiate this debate. In fact this was done by Inzi in his column and than Yousaf also responded to that. So this blog is in response to all those comments. Of course, Yousaf is a very very talented batsman and every Pakistani wants MY to break this record. But you must look at the comments that were made about Yousaf before the start of the home series against England (2005) .People thought he is will not be able to take up the responsibility after Inzi. No one talked about yousaf because Ponting, Inzi and Kallis were scoring heavily at that time. So let us wait for couple more seasons. We cannot say anything on the basis of just one season. Lets pray for his record.

  • anser azim on November 29, 2006, 12:34 GMT

    It is not a good idea to compare MoYO with all time greats like JM and Viv. It is taking taking away the moment of joy that we are having following the piece of history being written by the bat of MOYO. I like this new star that has given respect to Pakistani batting since Zaheer-Miandad-Inzimam in the middile. I wish him luck for those most needed 46 runs. His true Islamic humility is beyond comparison.

  • Farrukh Sami on November 29, 2006, 12:32 GMT

    I would like to add that for quite sometime, JM was the only world class batter in the team. He alone shouldered the responsibility of the whole batting line-up for a considerable period in his career. Inzi and MY had likes of Aamir Sohail, Saeed Anwar, Ejaz Ahmed, Ramiz Raja, saleem Malik, Younis Khan etc for their support. JM was the numero uno in the Pak batting line-up for most of his carrer and never wilted under pressure. MY, on the contrary has just become the no. 1 batter in the team, after more than 8 yrs in test cricket and and well into thirties. Same is true with Inzi. For most of the ninties, Pakistan had the best bowling attack in the world, which pakistani batsmen of ninties did'nt face. JM faced and scored against the most ferocious attacks ever in the world. Further, despite scoring heavily MY is still not the No.1 batsman in the world.

  • Daniyal on November 29, 2006, 12:23 GMT

    I don't think you can compare Mohd. Yousaf to Javed Miandad. Miandad was a multi-dimensional cricketer who inspired the nation to pick up a bat, he was an intimidating sight walking out in the middle swinging his bat. The crowd may cheer or jeer it made no difference to him, he could take apart any bowling attack in the world and he knew it. I don't think we can say the same for Moh. Yousaf much less any modern batsman we've produced. Yousaf may be having the year of his life but we know he's not comfortable on tracks that offer bowlers assistance his persistance at gliding the ball down to third man often gets the better of him. Javed was an enigma he talked as much as he batted, mocked the bowler and the opposition. I don't think any one dared to trash talk or sledge him as he tended to soak it all up and produce a master piece and to top it all of he knew how to pace and innings and polish off the match.

    Javed was a fighter don't think I can say that for our present crop of boys, he was hungry with fire in his belly he did whatever was needed to win and never backed down. He invented the art of running between the wickets and played the bulk of his innings in an era without fielding restrictions. Why do people forget that cricket was one played without the fielding restrictions or power plays we are so used to seeing now. I remember when a score of 200 was thought of as a difficult target to chase down in the present era a score of 200 is though of as a short day at the office a mere formality for the chasing team. Miandad played in an era when it was significantly more difficult to score as freely as modern cricketers to and that's why he has to be ranked above Inzi or Yousaf he got the bulk of his runs when the field was spread from the first ball and didn't have the luxury of exploiting those empty ropes

  • Omar Ansari on November 29, 2006, 12:22 GMT

    M.Yousuf is no doubt a special batsmen, I have never seen anyone bat with such elegance, he is the most stylish batsmen in the business, but Sir Viv was second to none, he is a legend, will always be a legend, comparing Yousuf to him is not right.

    I must add one more thing though, records are meant to be broken, it doesn't matter how you break them as long as you follow the rules. Holding debates on which batsmen is better is just pointless, if Yousuf breaks the record tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, he will do so deservingly, it won't matter how many catches of his got dropped, the bottom line will be that he will go down in the history as the man who broke Sir Vivian Richards record...

  • Pravin on November 29, 2006, 12:19 GMT

    I feel MY is better batsman than JM.Humility is way ahead of Arrogance.

  • Adnan Nasir on November 29, 2006, 12:18 GMT

    Yousaf is near to be a Great player, not now a great player. So far lake of confidence in him but being a pakistani we should proud that Yousaf is pakistani and asian.

  • dr. chandrasenan unny on November 29, 2006, 12:18 GMT

    Eventhough we cant compare the batsmen of different era, i think MY is one step above JM.JM played during that time when not much technical importance was given for fielding(so that the batsmen used to get a lot more "lives" than the current time. then why JM's innings are much popular- one simple answer is we play a lot of cricket now, so we only have short term memmory. According to me MY is more elegant, quiet and quite a performer than JM.all the best for him

  • M. Umair Bhatti on November 29, 2006, 12:15 GMT

    Certainly, a calm & cool Mohammad Yousaf is on the brink to write yet another history. Just to mention, he broke the record for most centuries in a calender year, has scored centuries in his lsat five consistant tests and has scored centuries 6 times in his last 8 innings. This is something remarkable for a player of his class. He is such a treat to watch. My wishes are with him. May Allah Almighty bless him.

  • Naseer on November 29, 2006, 12:10 GMT

    Yousaf is a good player, but I think he is no enough good like Inzmam or Miandad.

  • Jay on November 29, 2006, 12:08 GMT

    Also, I think the whole idea of crowning anyone with the most-runs-in-a-calendar-year is weird, almost perverted. Cricket doesn't have standardized seasons so let's change it to most-runs-in-a-365-day-span record. After all, teams have played as many as 17 tests in recent calendar years, compard to playing just 8 in the immediately preceding or following year. This calendar year thing, I tell you, is really not a good measure of cricket time.

  • NOMAN PALEKAR on November 29, 2006, 11:59 GMT

    When I saw MoYo batting for the first time on his debu,I immidiately recognised the fact that we have got a class batsman in making.His elegance was evident from the very begining of his career.But his inconsistency and laziness kept him away from the lime light and still inspite of pwrforming at the best,he is not considered to be in the elite class.Well,in my openion he is much more elegent and stylish than ponting,tendulkar and kallis.As far as the match winning perfomances are concerned Tendulkar is the worst amongst all but he is still considered in elite class.Comparing MOYO with JM is not fair or to set JM as a standard to judge any players class is also not fair.JM is the greatest cricketer Pakistan has produced, and MOYO is one of the greatest and the most stylish and elegant batsman Pakistan has produced.I wish MOYO will break the record of the guru of world cricket and will prove that he is amongst the elite of his time.( I love the nick name MOYO) I am already hearing the crowd shouting MOYO,MOYO,MOYO.GOOD LUCK.

  • Abdul Qadir Saif on November 29, 2006, 11:55 GMT

    You cannot match two players of different era.I have full regards for all three great batsman, JM, MY, and Inzy. They are great heros,and thier names will always be remember. But personaly i have a great regards of Mohammed Yousif of his kind attitude and the way he proved that cricket and religion can go easily together. May Allah Bless you lot MY.

  • Jay on November 29, 2006, 11:54 GMT

    Being critical of cricket's slavish devotion to (often) meaningless statistics is quite a dangerous stance to take, but here I go anyway.

    Athletes achieve greatness when they display performances that can stand the test of time. Every great cricketer in the history of this sport has at least one signature performance that will forever be talked about. There is the scoring-a-lot-of-runs or taking-a-lot-wickets and then there is the performance that is so sublime in its nature that it demands immortality. Richards' bludgeoning of England in 1976 (and the entailing reversal of the groveling role), Imran's 40 wickets on the sunbaked Pakistani pitches in the 1982 series against India, Gavaskar's heroics against the all-conquering West Indies and the magic that Wanre spun in his first Ashes series are all examples of performances that touched a higher scale. It was not just the number of runs that he scored but the pure "Richards-ness" of those runs that will forever be etched in the memories of cricket lovers. I could go on but I'll but short ...

    Yousuf has no such performance to date. I don't believe kids in Australia or NZ talk abut that one Yousuf knock that took their breath away but I bet they have heard plenty about the imp called Miandad. They probably read somewhere that Miandad revolutionized Pakistan cricket in many ways and cricket is better for it, that he hit that famous six to win an ODI tournament when the paucity and sporadicness of ODI's meant that trophies meant exactly what the dictionary says and that JM carried the load of a vastly inexperienced batting lineup during the World Cup 92 and led Pakistan to victory.

    Point being: any comparisons between Yousuf and Miandad are premature. Maybe the 2003 WC will provide Yousuf with the stage where he can orchestrate a performance or two that leverages him into the next level. Pakistan fans will certainly hope so.

  • Omer on November 29, 2006, 11:52 GMT

    You article seems cool but we must keep one thing in our mind that every person has its own importance and no one can the authenticity of M.Y. and J.M. too.But very sorry to say Mr.Kamaran you are not very true in about the class which M.Y. has been shown throughout his career and he is still displaying.I do believe J.M. is one of the master batsmen in the history of cricket world but M.Y. has his own place and time is not very far away when this contented person will leave J.M. very behind INSHALLAH.I mean to say we must encourage our players rather then to criticize them or degrading them while comparing with other players.The performance of M.Y. in this year is very extraordinary and he will INSHAALLAH break the record of most runs in an year.As you know he has already broken the record of most centuries in an year.I want to say a lot but having very short time I must leave now.

  • Vijayan on November 29, 2006, 11:38 GMT

    Just for pure elegance, I would rate Mo Yo higher than Inzy or JM( Was very effective not very elegant). Yousef is clearly the best bastsman to watch in the Pak team.

  • Sameer on November 29, 2006, 11:24 GMT

    BRilliant, he is a silent killer for the opposition.

  • ZiaKhalid on November 29, 2006, 11:23 GMT

    Muhammad Yousuf is a gerat player as well as a great human being.Javeed Miandad was probably the greatest Pakistani batsman ever.Its unfair to compare them.May Allah bless Muhammad Yousuf with this record because he really deserves it.Its refreshing to have humble players like him in this age of Shoaib Akhtars & Shane Warnes.He behaves as good humans should behave.He reminds me of an age which has now gone.May Allah bless him with success.

  • Rao Zahid on November 29, 2006, 11:21 GMT

    I respect your comments sir, definitely these are based on reality. I never seen Javed Miandad playing, but I heard a lot about his genius. He was simply great. But while comparing MY with JM, you forget to take consideration to one thing, and that is elegance, style, and beauty. As Sanjay Manjerkar describes MY cover drive as the most delicious shot to watch. It gives so much pleasure to watch MY bat. So neat and clean. Where as, I think JM (with all the respect) was not as good looking batsman as MY is. Most of the runs of JM were behind the square on third man or fine leg (seen videos of his 1992 WC batting), where as MY plays equally good, behind, cover, leg and straight.

    May Allah bless you all . and we pray for MOYO.

  • S R Yousafzai on November 29, 2006, 11:03 GMT

    I do wish that Maulana Mohd Yousaf will break VR's record. Even if he didn't he will write make a record of his own sort in the coming years, which will be rather MOYO special than VR special.

  • Imran Malik on November 29, 2006, 11:01 GMT

    To me Yusuf is the best batsman Pakistan has ever produced especially when it comees to consistency. Yusuf is one of the most elegant and class batsman, btw Miandad lacked class and elegance. In my books Yusuf scores mores points tan JM, Inzy, Zaheer, Hanif et al.

  • Mohammed Mustaqueem on November 29, 2006, 11:00 GMT

    I think in recent times Mohd Yousuf single handedly taken the responsibility of Pakistan batting & is playing exceptionally beyond doubt. If a batsman who is so near to break the world record, you cannot doubt about his ability. There must be some thing about his batting skill. Mohd Yousuf deserve the record of making highest runs. He has already broke the record of highest no of centuries in a calendar year.

  • Sajjad Junaidi on November 29, 2006, 10:55 GMT

    Kamran, you are spot on about the comparison between JM and Mo Yo (I like this). Bit similar to No Ko (North Korea) as it is mentioned here in Australia’s media. I still remember the day when JM hit the famous six in Sharja. My father had sent me to the market to get something and in hurry I had a serious accident of my bicycle with a car. Came back home and quietly sat down in a corner and watched the whole game without mentioning a word about the accident. None of my family members noticed my bruises because they were all glued to the TV. Once we all started celebrating JM’s six my Mom noticed that I was dancing on one leg and my face and arm was badly bruised. Rushed to the hospital and found out couple of fractures in left arm. I would not have missed that innings for anything. Am I glad even to this day that I kept quite for more than an hour just to see JM batting.

  • Riz on November 29, 2006, 10:52 GMT

    Mr. Yousaf is a brillant player; he is a team man; Partial credit for his success goes to Inzi also - Inzi has instilled the sense of ownership within the team; We all wish him well and lets pray that what ever records he achieves are for his and countries betterment.

  • Reza on November 29, 2006, 10:42 GMT

    Its nice to know there is someone taking some note about the phenomenal record that is at stakes concerning Mr Mo Yo. Is it because the Ashes are on or because its a batsman who doesnt bring attention to himself? What would the Hooplah be if Mo Yo played for another country? I find the lack of hype very disrespectful. It would be hard to find as much statistical expectation hanging on one innings as this... Perhaps The Dons last innings is the ultimate in everlasting legacy: Only 4 runs to attain an immortal average. Now Mo Yo has the chance to head to the top of another leaderboard in crickets benchmarks.

    Like The Don, this is one achievement which is not attained with one big shot, nor one big innings, but with the physical, mental and spiritual application sustained at the highest levels over and over and over again...

    To have never seen Richards play is a shame, but this record stood out and punctuated the awe of the man. For Mo Yo to even come within a whisker, a mere 47 runs of the Great Man, is in itself an achievement that deserves more recognition... even if the man, Mo Yo, doesnt seek it.

    I hope he makes it, but in so doing, whether he makes sajda or not, simply scratches his guard again and takes focus on the next ball, poised in perpetual poetry... the formula he has used to take the Master Blasters spot as the Greatest Calender Year in Test History

  • SHAYAN HAQQEE on November 29, 2006, 10:41 GMT

    I quite agree with SS but would say that in future MOYO might become the greatest batsman if he continues his form.He still has to come across opportunities JM has had like Sharjah's six and 1992 World Cup's venues.

  • Mehboob Ali Panhwar on November 29, 2006, 10:39 GMT

    I totally agree with K.Abbassi. M.Yousuf (MoYo) deserves this record. But I want to add here that MY can now easily fit into the League of todays great players as Inzy, Ponting and Lara. Tendulkar is different in terms of Test. But really Mohd Yousuf should break Sir Viv's Record today.

  • Qasim on November 29, 2006, 10:27 GMT

    Hi Kamran,

    It would be wrong yet to compare M. Yousuf to any of the former greats because he isn't yet through with his career.

    And as for comparing him with the best of this generation, then I believe that the best Pakistani batsman at the moment who can stand up against the likes of Lara, Sachin, Dravid and Ponting is M. Yousuf. I think Yousuf always had one of the best and most elegent technique in the current cricket world. He just lacked that hunger, passion and calm that he now posses.

    People say, a great batsmen is judged against the best team of the era and where currently Inzi has failed... Yousuf has done reasonably well.... He has scored against the Aussies and Australia (The best bowling attack in the world), He has scored against England in England and in Pakistan (The second best bowling attack in the world) and the only team he lacks runs against is South Africa although he will soon have his oppertunity against them aswell.

    Yousuf posses all the right ingredients to be among the best of this era, lets hope he can continue this unbelievable form truly reach the potential and respect he rightfully deserves!

    Oh and I think that Yousuf should have batted at number three in the second innings, that would have given him extra time, less pressure and the conditions would have been a little easier then coming in later. Younis should have come in at 4 and let Yousuf have a chance against the record.... am hoping he won't not only break the record but also score another century to make it 9 for the year!!!

    Good Luck Yousuf, All of Pakistan is behind you!!

  • sayed on November 29, 2006, 10:27 GMT

    Dear Kamran you have chosen an interesting topic once again.As much as it's tempting to compare and contrast batsmen of different era and even same period,probably as complicated and difficult it is.I think we can compare between Inzy and JM but Yousuf as you rightly mentioned is still growing.I firmly believe that he will be regarded as one of the greatest batsmen the game has produced but he is still touch short of that highest ground.While comparing batsmen we need to look at few characteristics.First of all,I believe is the personality which is like a mould that shapes ones performances.Then are the qualities of Grafting,Technique against seam,spin,swing etc,Adaptibility to different surfaces and conditions,Mental strength,and the particular opposition.Our batsmen are always at disadvantage because they hardly play on bouncy pitches so when we find someone who can play better in Australia or South Africa,It's always sheer talent.If we evaluate JM and Inzy against those characteristics, I think Miandad will surely come on top.Yousuf has proved himself beyond any doubts as the heir to the throne titled'Best Pakistani batsman' but he has yet to join that elite company of Lara,Tendulkar,Ponting Injy and Dravid.One thing that I do want to mention is regarding the title of lazy elegance.I rate Yousuf as one of the most stylish bastmen of his age.He has given performances probably second only to Inzy in the current Pakistani batting lineup.I don't know who coined this term and I notice even you have used it quite generously.I find it a little harsh and unjustified for a player who has given so many performances for his country.He has worked tremendously hard for his rightly deserved record of most centuries in a calendar year and has drawn people to compare him with the great Viv Richards and Uncomparable Miandad.Come on guys give him his due.

  • S Shahid on November 29, 2006, 10:24 GMT

    Well, this article is influenced by someone who wrote the book on JM. Basically sport is about personality also. JM created trouble on cricket ground, Viv Richard was a rude, arrogant person with drinking problem. MoYo record, average and elegance is better then both of them as he is the only artist who paints his shots like on canvas rather then brutal cross batted done by Viv R. ather then

  • A M M Yahya on November 29, 2006, 10:24 GMT

    Well done and rightly said. Even then, please join me in prayer for MY that he makes the distinctive record his own, today, with the one and only chance that he has now.May Allah Subahanhu Taala grant him the glory for the humility he has shown. Ameen

  • Muhammad Awais Akbar on November 29, 2006, 10:24 GMT

    Yup! really Mohammad Yousaf is really a top class batsman, international cricket ever produced. specially the sredit goes 2 pakistan cricket board those r promoting such kind of players. Though Vivin Richards was also a classic batsman.

    Now as we al know, Yousaf is going 2 crack the record. But I think that Yousaf has the full credit to break out this 1710 runs in a particular year. My all wishes r wid Yousaf, not as a pakistani, just as a person who follows the cricket, specially international cricket.

    Thatz all!!

    C ya after his awesum innings, however I have the rights to xpect more from him :) Cheerz

    TCz

    By!

  • MASOOD USA on November 29, 2006, 10:24 GMT

    Disagree massively with you kamran in this. You are extraordinarily over reating Javed Miandad & Massively under rating Yousuf

  • Abbas on November 29, 2006, 10:23 GMT

    We should not be biased while deciding between two personalities. The comparison between JM & MY is not right, I am not saying that MY is better than JM but he is not less than JM. I donot know how you forget semi final of world cup 88 while giving example of 92. JM was playing for himself and there are so many examples during his career. My is a noble person and always play for the team.

  • Ali Imran Shigri on November 29, 2006, 10:12 GMT

    All the best wishes for Muhammad Yousaf, May Allah help him to break the legendary record of Sir. Viv Richards. He is a proud asset of Pakistan Cricket.

  • tariq on November 29, 2006, 10:05 GMT

    lets all do a little dua for Yousuf Sahib. Ameen.

  • Iqbal Mirza on November 29, 2006, 10:04 GMT

    Rightly said Mr. Kamran. I would agree to the point mentioned above regarding the "influence factor". Javed was one man who was the King of influence in Pakistan cricket. Yousuf though is still far away but has proven that he has got the potential and the desire to be there. He may not be a tactical genious like Javed, neither is Inzi but he knows how to craft a masterpiece in difficult situations. He has slowly but surely taken the mental from Inzi and is ready to lead Pakistan along with Younis Khan. The only thing remains to be seen is whether he would be able to handle the pitches in SA or not. I personally liked the way he demanded for difficult pitches during this series. If Pakistan doesn't produce different pitches then their batsmen will alway struggle outside Pakistan and Yousuf knows that fact for sure. I hope Yousuf gets the record and get it in style with yet another century.

  • Raza-e-Mustafa on November 29, 2006, 10:03 GMT

    I agree with you, Kamran that at this stage Yousaf's comparison with Javed or Sir Viv is not just. It is true that Yousaf is at the peak of his prowess and is experiencing one of the purplest patches in his international career so far. It is now that he has started translating his immense talent into performance, or in your words "Lazy elegance into lofty elegance", but one scoring streak can not measure the stature of a batsman. He is going in the right direction and is getting closer to the best batsmen of his age, but it is premature to tag him as the best or to compare him with the greats like Sir Vivien or Javed Miandad. They were a class apart and showed consistency and influence on games for a much longer time. We just wish Yousuf all the luck in his quest for greatness which is defintely not far away if he maintains the consistency he is showing at the moment for a longer time.

  • Owais Ahmad on November 29, 2006, 10:02 GMT

    While agreeing to what Kamran has said, I would add that somewhat related to his humility is also MY's unique feature: He is a very good follower and Pakistan team (or any other Pakistan setup) badly needs good, talented, sincere, workaholic followers like the great MY. Hats off to Muhammad Yousuf for his selfless dedication to the cause of the team. If he can do that for a couple of years more, no doubt he will be up there with JM, Inzy, Lara, Ponting, Dravid, Kallis and yes even king Viv.

  • Mohammed on November 29, 2006, 9:57 GMT

    What is it with you guys constantly comparing past players to current players, it is not possible to do this fairly, is it Yousuf's fault he hasn't had a 4 prong pace attack as good as the Windies back in the 80s?

    Yousuf is far more elegant and delightful to watch than Javed, of that I am certain, Yousuf is just about the most elegant strokeplayer of the modern bunch, I salute him.

  • Sufi on November 29, 2006, 9:53 GMT

    He is a crafter.A character who meant business always while he has been in pakistan cricket team amidst lots of things happening around him.

  • Omar Nabi on November 29, 2006, 9:52 GMT

    I agree with a very well balanced article by Kamran Abassi. However I would say that a couple more years of the same batting, particularly performances in South Africa and Australia, should set his place amongst the elite batsmen.

  • Atta on November 29, 2006, 9:51 GMT

    I fully agree with the comment however I would like to add another quality of Miandad which is very hard to find in most of the top batsman in the world of recent time.

    Miandad used to play for the team. He tried to make an optimum utilization of other batsman. Miandad 50 can never be considered as just 50 runs addition to total. Just take the example of world cup semi final. His half century comprise of just 20% of total runs require to win the matc. But can Pakistan manage a victory if there is no Miandad or even the target is lesser then just 50.

  • Atta on November 29, 2006, 9:50 GMT

    I fully agree with the comment however I would like to add another quality of Miandad which is very hard to find in most of the top batsman in the world of recent time.

    Miandad used to play for the team. He tried to make an optimum utilization of other batsman. Miandad 50 can never be considered as just 50 runs addition to total. Just take the example of world cup semi final. His half century comprise of just 20% of total runs require to win the match. But can Pakistan manage a victory if there is no Miandad or even the target is lesser then just 50?

  • Sajeev on November 29, 2006, 9:49 GMT

    Yes, as a real cricket lover, we should realise the facts - Ponting is the no.1 batsman & M Yousuf just behind him and better thatn Sachin... but it is not better to compare the past players as the condition and situation always changing.....

  • Rao Zahid Hussain on November 29, 2006, 9:41 GMT

    I respect your comments sir, definately these are based on reality. I never seen Javed Miandad playing, but I heard a lot about his genius. He was simply great. But while comparing MY with JM, you forget to take consideration to one thing, and that is elegance, style, and beauty. As Sanjay Manjerkar describes MY cover drive as the most delicious shot to watch. It gives so much pleasure to watch MY bat. So neat and clean. Where as, I think JM (with all the respect) was not as good looking batsman as MY is. Most of the runs of JM were behind the square on third man or fine leg (seen videos of his 1992 WC batting), where as MY plays equally good, behind, cover, leg and straight. He might not yet equel to JM but I am sure , he is not far behind. May Allah bless him more and give him more success. The whole nation is praying for him. God bless you all. Zahid Rao Islamabad.

  • Ejaz Siddiqui on November 29, 2006, 9:39 GMT

    You are Kamran, essence of his success is his humility and calmness.May Allah give him more success.

  • Zia Ulhaq on November 29, 2006, 9:28 GMT

    Well said, JM was known as true crickter and a street fighter, MOYU might be a better batsman than JM but he has yet to prove to be a better crickting genious as JM was. All the wishes for MY to prosper.

  • tahir on November 29, 2006, 9:25 GMT

    was really gr8 for me to listion some thing fo javid(JM) after quite long, no doubt he was true crickter and he showed us how to play and win the games, there is no dound Yousaf is doing exactly but he need to keep this for a while to reach even near JM(haha).

  • Khalid Alvi on November 29, 2006, 9:25 GMT

    Congrats to Mohammad Yousaf. I agree he really deserves to create new record. I think it is premature to compare him with JM. Let him complete his innings and the statistics will speak itself.

  • Rashid Masood on November 29, 2006, 9:25 GMT

    Never saw Viv Richards play a game, but seen Javed Miandad play. I think JM got his team out of difficult situations more times then any other batsman (Viv Richards inclusive). But right now Yousuf is a class apart. His approach to the game is just amazing and he deserves to make the record his!

  • Mohammad Fayyaz Abbasi on November 29, 2006, 9:14 GMT

    As salam o alikum, Yeah i am agreed with you Abbasi JM had even has a much better class than any other cricketer. Mohammad yousaf is getting better day by day but i belive with his faith and religion practices Allah will give him more respect among others. let's hope to better in future but there is no doubt that he is the master key in pakistani team up to this point. We all hope to see him alwaz playing better cricket than any other player in the world and hopefuly he will make a history in this final test of the clander year and will be remembered 4ever. May Allah make it possible and good luck to Mohammad Yousaf and pakistan.

  • Faisal on November 29, 2006, 9:11 GMT

    You might want to mark my words: yousuf, inzi and the rest of the flat track bullies are in for a torrid time on the bouncy wickets of south africa.

  • Michael Reyes-Smith on November 29, 2006, 9:10 GMT

    Yousuf may break Viv's record but does that make him a better player? I think not. After all Hayden, Lara, Hutton and several others eclipsed Bradman's highest test score and most runs records but no-one in their right mind would rate those truly excellent playes as better than the Don. However records are made to be broken & Yousuf would be a deserving holder due to his abilities, skills and humility.

  • TK on November 29, 2006, 8:47 GMT

    Muhammad Yousuf is an elegant stroke player via his superb timing, Javed Miandad was a very viable defensive batsman. Both are great batsmen in their own class.

  • Khurram on November 29, 2006, 8:38 GMT

    I never had the chance to witness the greatness of Javed Miandad, however I must say that Mohammad Yusuf is the finest pakistani batsman i have ever seen.

    He has improved his game immensely over the past 2 or 3 years, and he is easily the most consistent performer in Test Cricket in the world today.

    His technique is very strong and his strokes are a joy to watch, he seems to make batting seem so easy mashallah.

    I think where Mohammad Yusuf stands out, is that he doesnt necessarily have the support the other great batsmen of world cricket do. Ponting has other batsmen who can perform if he doesnt, (Langer, Hayden, Martyn). Dravid has (Sachin, Sehwag).

    But Yusuf continually digs Pakistan out of tight situations, and he is never consistently supported. Whereas other pakistani batsmen(Younis Khan, Inzy) have fallen by the wayside towards the end of the year, Mohammad Yusuf has gone from strength to strength.

    I hope he continues to carry on his fine form, as he is a hero to the Pakistani cricket team, and to the many muslims who see him on tv.

  • Zohair on November 29, 2006, 8:29 GMT

    I agree, Truly there is no comparison between Miandad and Yousuf. Miandad had an aura around him which is hard to find. Although when you compare Yousuf to Miandad just simply on stats they are not that different either. Yousuf has an average over 55 in tests and Miandad ended his career with an average of 52 in tests. Miandad took 124 tests to get to nearly 9,000 runs and Yousuf is well on his way to that and already has over 6,000 from 72 matches. One thing though is that Yousuf is reaching his prime at age 32 but Miandad was a prodigy from the streets of Karachi. It will be fitting that this soon to be great will reach this landmark in a legend's hometown.

  • Tanweer Bukhari on November 29, 2006, 8:25 GMT

    There is no doubt in it. He is best performer with highest level of humility in today's publicity ridden era of cricket. Those who "show off" with nothing to offer at performance aspect of the game should learn a lesson from MoYo and mend their ways.

  • zaheer on November 29, 2006, 8:12 GMT

    at least call Mohammed Yousaf by this name and not a nickname of Mo YO - what has he done to deserve this???

  • Bilal on November 29, 2006, 8:08 GMT

    Thats a fantastic article. It reminds me the discussion that we were reading a few months back regarding Zidane, if he was the best ever French footballer or Micheal Platinni? or even if he was better then the great Maradona? Kamran Abbasi desrves applause to put things in the right prospective, perhaps most would agree to his analysis.

  • farid on November 29, 2006, 7:59 GMT

    Mohammad Yousuf is definately abetter batsman than Javed Miandad is not as a person.As we all know Javed Miandad always had been a controversial figure in Pakistan cricket.And sometime he says some silly thing only to be in the limmelight.WhereasMohammad Yousuf is far a better individual as per as the temperament is concerned.And Mohammad Yousuf has grown definately a better batsman after his conversion to islam.With the current form he is the best batsman in the world without any doubt.We hope he keeps on doing it for somewhile. Well done Yousuf.You deserve to be the greatest ever Pakistani batsman

  • Talha Ahmed on November 29, 2006, 7:51 GMT

    Despite the fact that Yousuf is a great player in his own right, Inzamam's regard for Yousuf as a better batsman than him is more on account of his own humility than anything else. But this verdict of his involving Miandad is utterly irresponsible and is nothing else than a testament of his personal preference.

    I am not usually the one to speculate but this just points out the fact that Yousuf has a better relationship with Inzamam than what Miandad could foster. I mean, compare it with the notion that I dont ever picture him regarding either of Waqar or Wasim as greater bowlers than Imran.

  • Raja Sher Yar on November 29, 2006, 7:43 GMT

    what i think there are no Gods in cricket. Ponting , Lara , Sachin or inzamam are all products of cricket. We create hero and the villians of the game. its all about the hunger of the predator. just like when a vamppire taste the blood, he wants more blood. just as batmans needs more runs and the glory. yousuf its greater than javed, you gave three reasons i will give you six, that make MY more higher than JM. javed did not played 50 onedays and 12 test matches in a years. Secondly the fitness promblems were due to accident not overload. third this generation produce bowlers like shane warne, murli(no doubt the best spinners of all time, MC Gra, wasim,donald, (best fast bowlers of all time), lee,shoaib(fastest bowlers of all time) and couunless others.and produced deliveries like doosra, slow balls and countless other magic came in this era. forth cricket is commercial, it involves billions of dollars, fame means money, money bring passion, and competition. fifth are the coaches of this era, they are qualified, and knows how to break the batmans by technique. sixth there pressure of the media and the public these days.......so there is no comparison between javed and your so called Moyo.

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on November 29, 2006, 7:42 GMT

    I agree with Kamran. Viv was probably the greatest. Javed Miandad and Inzi are certainly the best Pakistani batsmen ever. All three men have single-handedly influenced several games.

    But it is very hard to compare batsmen of different types and different eras. Yousuf has had a wonderful year, and I see him influencing outcomes of more and more matches.

    But for me, he ranks above any other cricketer when it comes to humility. I listened to him yesterday when he talked about his chances of breaking Viv's record saying that "Viv was the greatest batsman. Even if I break his record, I am no where close to him. I think that such records look better with such great people."

    My respect for him has gone sky-high. I just wish more people could be like him.

    Funny things are happening in Karachi. No one asks what is the Windies' score or Pakistani score... they just ask , ' How much more does Yousuf need to break the record?'

    Best of luck MoYo !!!

  • Muhamamd Asif on November 29, 2006, 7:40 GMT

    I don’t agree with the comments made about Viv Richards here that no batsman can match his skills. Look at Brian Charles Lara, I think Brian is the best batsman we have seen so far. Playing under pressure and still producing some of the most memorable innings.

    And yeah Mohammad Yousaf deserves the records if he achieves this milestone.

  • ali on November 29, 2006, 7:38 GMT

    oh yeah i failed to mention something abt the great javed miandad. he was a great batsman who turned around the losing culture in our cricket. but he didnt give inzi credit for passing his record of 24 test centuries. on some show on geo i remember him saying records are meant to be broken acting like a sore loser. what he shud have said was i am glad inzamam broke this record because he is a truly great batsman. but unfortunately that was not the case. our whole country is negative and maybe thats what stagnation does to people. its sad though when u here waugh compare ponting to bradman. people talk abt shane warne brilliant record. well for all of shoaib akhtars shortcomings off the field look at his avg in test cricket. lets appreciate our players so they do get noticed pcb and former players. i wasnt a big ramiz raja fan but he is fair. gives credit where credit is due. i am sure the cronies in the pcb and our patron in chief who for some odd reason gets to pick the chairman like in zimbabwe i might add no longer has any problems with yousuf praying tahajjud.

  • Suresh Kumar on November 29, 2006, 7:34 GMT

    Like Mark Waugh and Azharuddin and VVS Laxman, MoYo makes hard work look easy. Makes batting a joy to watch. May he go on to score tons of runs in the future but not so many against India:)

  • ali on November 29, 2006, 7:31 GMT

    i have always been a mohammad yousuf fan and feel great for him regardless of whether he breaks this record or not. u talked abt humility and its a great trait of yousuf's if only miandad and some other pakistani greats could have retained this maybe they would be more respected then they are. i honestly put yousuf in that class of kallis sachin and the rest. why are sachin and the rest so revered. its because of the big market in india and stats. i love the fact that no pakistani batsman plays for stats. if that was the case inzi wud have a lot of odi 100s. sachin is a great player but he plays for stats. the great in india, australia pump up there players and by revering them. no great former pakistani player came out in the media and praised yousuf or even when inzi had that great purple patch in 2005. sachin his played so many useless innings in his career. kallis has not scored many influential runs either. he usually crumbles look at there last tour to australia when he played a senseless 50 when rsa were in a good position. lara is truly great but then again wi dont win. they are on a come back but how many big innings has lara played that has positively influenced proceeding. 400 not out in a dead rubber. back to inzi. inzi has played more match winning 50s and 60s then tendulkar has 100s. stats are just a number its about substance. yousuf has acquired this substance and is running away with it now. for once can our greats respect the accomplishments of our players rather than dwell worry abt their egos. shame to intikhab alam who wasnt even that good on his assessment of shoaib. mind ur own business.

  • arslan on November 29, 2006, 7:23 GMT

    MY is a great batsman.. but he still has to prove himself as a match winner like inzi.. MY has a better avg. than both JM and Inzi but they were true match winners and MY is not upto that level yet.

  • Syed. Mohiuddin on November 29, 2006, 7:23 GMT

    Well comparing JM with MY or Viv is just tilting the talents, everyone has give the game a lot. All are true batsmen and people enjoyed and enjoying seeing the game from such greats.

  • Danish on November 29, 2006, 7:09 GMT

    I fully agree - JM was a true master of his era and i do think he belongs to the same leauge of Crowe, Gawasker etc. etc.

    I hope for the sake of Pakistan that he breaks this record. I assure you we will give him the reception he had never imagined.

  • Anees Ahmad on November 29, 2006, 7:06 GMT

    He deserves it and there is no doubt that at the moment he can break any and every record that comes his way. Keep up the good work M. Youhana.

  • Zain Shah on November 29, 2006, 7:03 GMT

    Yousef is a great player, and definately better than Miandad. Miandad was a selfish player who played for records, which can be determined by the fact that he never forgave Imran Khan for declaring before he got a triple. Yousef is off a different breed of players, who does not look for records and personal glory, rather the interests of the team is supreme for Yousef. He is also a much better footwork than Miandad and in my book he will break all of Miandad's records, and deservedly so.

  • Muhammad Rehan Ghazi on November 29, 2006, 7:00 GMT

    Very good piece of writing. Yes, I agree Javed Miandad was the greatest ever batsman produced by Pakistan. I like two things about him most. i) He was one of the most determined batsmen of his generation. ii) He always scored runs when Pakistan really needed him to score.

  • shivian on November 29, 2006, 6:56 GMT

    Mohammad Yousuf is a fine batsman who deserves all the respect given to him. It is true that he is not really considered to be one of the elite batsmen of this era but he is certainly on the way.

  • Jay on November 29, 2006, 6:52 GMT

    Viv Richards also stated in all modesty that Sunil Gavaskar was the world's best batsman and that Sachin Tendulkar bats like he does. He was right about Javed, though.Javed Minadad is undoubtedly Pakistan's best batsman. He has proved himself against all kinds of bowling and in all situations. I used to hate him while he was playing against India, but most of us acknowledged that he was a genius in the cricket field. In fact,all of us who were watching the '96 WC semi-final at Bangalore gave him a standing ovation, after his dismissal. Mohammed Yousuf is undoubtedly the most elegant batsman in world cricket today. His record against Australia and South Africa, however, is pathetic. He needs to improve that before he could be compared to Javed, richards, or even contemporary greats like Lara, Dravid and Ponting. On current form,he should do well against these teams.

  • Nadeem Akhter on November 29, 2006, 6:47 GMT

    I agree with you Kamran Sahab. He is the first to come as close to this record and on the basis of his performances during entire year, he surely deserves to take this honor. On the other hand, comparing him with greats like JM after just one phenomomenal year is a bit too yearly, as that man consistantly performed superbly for decades. I was very young when Javed Bhai retired, so didn't get a lot of chances to watch him playing. But among other things that you mentioned, he is very famously only the second batsman in history whose average never came below 50.

  • Talal on November 29, 2006, 6:42 GMT

    No doubt Mo Yo is Pakistan's premier batsman. I hope he does break the record. However to become a true great he will need to show his class in South Africa. If he can make batting look easy in south Africa then one might say he would have conquered all conditions. He has scored a century in Aus, he needs to prove his class in SA to become the complete batsman.

  • Tariq on November 29, 2006, 6:38 GMT

    Please do not shorten such a good name on your whims. I am not sure how Mohammed Yusuf feels about. I am not sure what you were thinking, Mr. KaBasi, but your choice sounds pretty stupid to me.

  • zeshan tirmizi on November 29, 2006, 6:36 GMT

    I normally admire your views and topics Mr Kamran Abbasi but I am afraid that I dont really agree with the relevance of the topic you picked this time.Javed Miandad has proved his mantle and class at so many different levels.I believe that he is probably the greatest Pakistani batsman ever.I think it's unreasonable to compare batsmen from different eras simply because they cant be compared unless they play in similar conditions and against similar teams.so I believe comparison between Javed Miandad, Inzamam and Yousuf is ill-advised and wrongly conceived.Inzamam has proved his worth over so many years and Yousuf is I think still in the making of one of the all-time greats.One thing that I want to stress upon is the least recognition that Yousuf receives for his phenomenol role for Pakistan during all these years.I first saw him playing against South Africa in Pakistan and if I remember correctly he was the best Pakistani batsman in that series simply because of his patience and character.He was applauded but he has never been appreciated and regarded for his qualities as he should be and I very much doubt that he ever will be.One of the reasons i guess used to be that he was an alien being a christian in a muslim team. Now that factor removed, he still has that modesty which is a hindrance in the recognition of his true status.One more thing to mention is about Rameez Raja's label of Lazy elegance that he applied on him so consistently that even you have used it so fondly here.I am sorry to say that even with tha so-called lazy elegance Yousus was far better batsman that Raja could have ever been. Gentlemen I think It's about time that we give the man the respect that he is due.If nothing else than atleast for the display during this last one year.Lastly I agree that he very much deserves the record.

  • Muhammad Asim on November 29, 2006, 6:35 GMT

    Hi, Kamran, I really enjoy your and Osman Samiuddin's writing. I agree JM is still the best batsman Pakistan has ever produced and obviously there is no comparison. MY is marvellous too but still he some mountians to climb. Frankly, I had forgot to pray for Pakistan batsman ever since my hero Saeed Anwar hung his boots but today I really prayed for him to better this remarkable record by King Viv. Inshallah he would get it there. He is a bit shaky when he starts his innings but if he gets in I am sure he would make it. He has to be careful about his running, LBW and being bowled early on. If he manages that then it would not be any problem for him. Inshallah. Best of luck to MY.

    Regards Muhammad Asim Lahore Cricket Statistician and writer

  • zulfiqar ali on November 29, 2006, 6:25 GMT

    you are right.mr abassi sir viv. was a king of batting.m.yousaf is going great guns but the dominance with which sir viv used to take up any attack on any surface is virtually unreachable by any one else.however, best of luck to m.yousaf for creating new record of highest runs in acalander year.

  • pacha on November 29, 2006, 6:16 GMT

    I think this writer should have come from 80s thats why he is unable to accept yousuf performance its remarkable, see yousuf has saved pakistan from many defeat this year, but miandad played with great player like imran wasim waqar, zahir abbas but yousuf doesnt have that kind of partners

  • Atif on November 29, 2006, 6:04 GMT

    I agree with kamran's analysis on the best Pakistani batsmen and where Muhammad Yousuf stands in the elite line of master blasters. I also personally feel that no doubt Muhammad Yousuf has done a remarkable job of lifting his game to a seriously high level, he still has to outplay the Pakistani master blasters Javed Miandad and Inzamam-ul-Haq for there great accomplishments for cricket on national and international level. Apart from everything else not a single person today having a common sense (which is not so common indeed) will doubt the commitment and hunger for runs, the modesty, the generous and pious nature, the calmness and serenity of the religion brought in by Muhammad Yousuf on and off the field which is always refreshing and a great influence to each and every Pakistani and muslims of all ages, all around the world. He is in no doubt has a great future ahead with great new records waiting to be challenged and conquered with the ferociousness and sweetness of the blade (cricket bat) held by a muslim cricketer known as MUHAMMAD YOUSUF.

  • Omar Usmani on November 29, 2006, 6:03 GMT

    Why compare MY to anyone....I think he'll be in a league of his own, soon. And the way he carries himself is better than any player, especially any Pakistani player. I've never read anything wrong about him....I hope he smashes this record outta the sky and forges his own identity. It's time for him to SHINE.

  • Mumtaz Hussain Nasir on November 29, 2006, 5:58 GMT

    Yes. Islam is that religion which not event support you when you firmly beleive init but also make you so proud that you can't EVEN DREAM. Thank you YOUSUF BHAI! Allah Bless You more & More. Amin!

  • Ghulam Mohiuddin on November 29, 2006, 5:56 GMT

    Dear Mr. Abbasi, I like your analysis of Mohammed Yousuf. Of course Jawed Miandad is the greatest Batsman of Pakistan but compairing him with his contemporaries, I think he is better than Dravid Kallis leaving Tendulkar, Lara and Pointing. Also I fully agree with yor comment that he has proved that cricket can be mixed with religion and still be comfortable. Other Pak players, and also all Muslim players of other counries should take lesson from him.... And in my opinion it is Allah who is helping him achieve. When you remember him HE will remember you. And, I'm sure, HE will help him achieve one more record and get pass thru Viv. I pray for him. Thanks. Mohiuddin.

  • Irshad Muneef on November 29, 2006, 5:56 GMT

    It is true that statistics do not reveal the whole picture, but most of Yousuf's innings come under trying circumstances. Yousuf is not put in the calibre of ponting or lara is because of his low profile life style and because he doesn't hit the headlines as often as other (for better or worse). He has not got hit in the night club(ponting), or he has not been given an expensive Ferrari (Tendulkar). In the current pakistani set up Yousuf easily stands out the best batsman even better than Mr Inzy.

  • ABDUL SHAHEED KAZI on November 29, 2006, 5:48 GMT

    I think Yusuf is a good player and even a better human being but not a great cricketer as JM.He is far ahead then anybody else in Pakistan as far as cricket is concerned. He is truly a genius.Imran Khan has earned a lot of praise for his leadership but that certainly involved JM suggestions which were never highlighted and he earned all the credit.So lets not compare JM with MY as he is not even near him as far as cricket is concerned.I am not saying that MY is not good,Certainly he is a great player in his own right and playing at his best at the moment. But certainly no comparisons with greats like Richards and JM.

  • Fawad Asrar Qureshi on November 29, 2006, 5:45 GMT

    I dont think any of our batting heroes right from Hanif to Yousaf have ever been glamorous. They have always been over shadowed by their more exciting contempories. They have never been short of talent but they have always been humble and always under-rated as compared to batsmen of their respective era.

    I personally want Yousaf to emulate this record and he can easily be compared with Ponting if not with the great Richards.

  • Shoaib on November 29, 2006, 5:39 GMT

    GO MOYO !!

  • Aftab Qureshi on November 29, 2006, 5:27 GMT

    I totally agree that comparisons between players of different eras do not mean much. MoYo should be compared with his peers, batters in 30-35 years age group that have played at least 50 tests. Performance should be analyzed in terms of statistics, versatality (ability to succeed in different home and away environments and against teams ranked 1-5 in ICC rankings, contribution to team's success, etc. I hope some one will take this exercise up.

  • farhan khan on November 29, 2006, 5:20 GMT

    The best batsman Pakistan has produced??? There can be only one answer to that question. The legandary Javed Miandad. Yousuf is in a class of his own and i wish he reaches the same stature as Javed Miandad. The way he is batting, it should not take him long!!!

  • sameer on November 29, 2006, 5:10 GMT

    An excellent piece once again. Javed's six of Chetan Sharma is still talked of in households with frenzy. I was a kid at that time, and still i can hear the hearts beating when people talk of that six. Yousuf on the other symbolizes simplicity in times where every body wants to hog the limelight. Different times produce different characters but Javed's legacy is untouched.

  • Arun on November 29, 2006, 4:42 GMT

    I think Mohammad Yousuf needs another couple of seasons of performances - if not as consistent and brilliant as this one, at least comparable. If he continues in the same - or a slightly lesser vein, I have no doubt he will be regarded in the same breath as JM. I would like to mention here that just one season of ruling the world is not enough. Dilip Vengsarkar did so in 1986-87, but he failed to continue in the same vein and therefore people ceased to compare him with Richards, Miandad and Border. Let us hope MoYo carries on.

  • Zuhair on November 29, 2006, 4:17 GMT

    Well....Lets hop Yousuf does it!! though chances now have become even more dim after the rain, whihc would have certainly worsen the pitch condition!! but, lets be optimistic. Yes, one has to agree, and now being one muslim, one has to believe, that the ALMIGHTY will help him out again as MoYo always says humbly " Everything is from ALLAH". Now, as far as comparison, i personaly feel that Yousuf doesnt lag behind any of the modern day batsmen except Lara is not matchable to any!! But, Yousuf is very much standing there with the likes of Dravid, Ponting, Kallis or Inzi himself. I guess, having an influence on the game is too narrow a criteria for judging a batsman's class. If winning matches or saving them is considered a benchmark then i am afraid Dravid and Ponting have hardly won or saved many matches for thier teams. For aussies it is almost always a McGrtah/Warne show and for indians its nobody's how as they hardly win. Even, the greatest of all BRIAL LARA doesnt meet the standard. Only Inzi and Kallis are the modern day batsmen who really have influenced the outcomes of many a matches. Yousuf has won many ODIs for Pakistan if not many test matches. Miandad was a different batsman altogether. THose who love copy book batting may not like Miandad that much. For amny a people, class and elegance is a stronger criteria of a batsman's quality. Yousuf is far more classy than Miandad one has to agree. and one day sooner than later, YOusuf wil be the highest run gtter for Pakistan, even then if we go on to say that Miandad was better than him coz he influenced more games wil not be a fair statement.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on November 29, 2006, 3:19 GMT

    COMPARING PEOPLE IS.......it worth making all these comparisons?

    En Francais,"comparer des pommes avec des oranges" or In English, "comparing 'apples to oranges' or The Dutch would compare "apples with pears" The Serbians would compare 'grandmothers and frogs' or The Romanians would say, compare grandmother and machine guns!

    We compare apples and oranges all the time. We compare them by price, by how much we like the taste, by likely sweetness and ripeness, by how well they'll go in a tasty fruit cocktail, so on and so forth. In fact, every time we go buy apples rather than oranges — or vice versa — we are necessarily if implicitly comparing apples and oranges. These are false analogies and descriptive statements capable of logical or scientific counter-examples.

    In so many languages oranges are implicitly or explicitly referred to as a type of apple, specifically a "golden apple" or a "Chinese apple." For example, the Greek chrysomelia and Latin pomum aurantium both literally describe oranges as "golden apples." In other languages like German, Finnish, Russian the terms for the bitter orange (a related species) are derived from Latin pomum aurantium. In Dutch, sweet oranges are called sinaasappel, (sina = China) which is derived from "China's apple."

    I would like to come back to KAMRAN'S point, this comparison business is just a debate, its not going to make YOUSUF any better than Viv Richards or Javed Miandad and vice versa. Lets all hope and pray that he makes a 50 in the second innings and reach that landmark. DON'T forget that records are made to be broken by someone else, it gives them the impetus to excel and perform better.

    YOUSUF............the whole country is behind you and those like me who are thousands of miles away from HOME....are wishing you the BEST OF LUCK. :-)

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  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on November 29, 2006, 3:19 GMT

    COMPARING PEOPLE IS.......it worth making all these comparisons?

    En Francais,"comparer des pommes avec des oranges" or In English, "comparing 'apples to oranges' or The Dutch would compare "apples with pears" The Serbians would compare 'grandmothers and frogs' or The Romanians would say, compare grandmother and machine guns!

    We compare apples and oranges all the time. We compare them by price, by how much we like the taste, by likely sweetness and ripeness, by how well they'll go in a tasty fruit cocktail, so on and so forth. In fact, every time we go buy apples rather than oranges — or vice versa — we are necessarily if implicitly comparing apples and oranges. These are false analogies and descriptive statements capable of logical or scientific counter-examples.

    In so many languages oranges are implicitly or explicitly referred to as a type of apple, specifically a "golden apple" or a "Chinese apple." For example, the Greek chrysomelia and Latin pomum aurantium both literally describe oranges as "golden apples." In other languages like German, Finnish, Russian the terms for the bitter orange (a related species) are derived from Latin pomum aurantium. In Dutch, sweet oranges are called sinaasappel, (sina = China) which is derived from "China's apple."

    I would like to come back to KAMRAN'S point, this comparison business is just a debate, its not going to make YOUSUF any better than Viv Richards or Javed Miandad and vice versa. Lets all hope and pray that he makes a 50 in the second innings and reach that landmark. DON'T forget that records are made to be broken by someone else, it gives them the impetus to excel and perform better.

    YOUSUF............the whole country is behind you and those like me who are thousands of miles away from HOME....are wishing you the BEST OF LUCK. :-)

  • Zuhair on November 29, 2006, 4:17 GMT

    Well....Lets hop Yousuf does it!! though chances now have become even more dim after the rain, whihc would have certainly worsen the pitch condition!! but, lets be optimistic. Yes, one has to agree, and now being one muslim, one has to believe, that the ALMIGHTY will help him out again as MoYo always says humbly " Everything is from ALLAH". Now, as far as comparison, i personaly feel that Yousuf doesnt lag behind any of the modern day batsmen except Lara is not matchable to any!! But, Yousuf is very much standing there with the likes of Dravid, Ponting, Kallis or Inzi himself. I guess, having an influence on the game is too narrow a criteria for judging a batsman's class. If winning matches or saving them is considered a benchmark then i am afraid Dravid and Ponting have hardly won or saved many matches for thier teams. For aussies it is almost always a McGrtah/Warne show and for indians its nobody's how as they hardly win. Even, the greatest of all BRIAL LARA doesnt meet the standard. Only Inzi and Kallis are the modern day batsmen who really have influenced the outcomes of many a matches. Yousuf has won many ODIs for Pakistan if not many test matches. Miandad was a different batsman altogether. THose who love copy book batting may not like Miandad that much. For amny a people, class and elegance is a stronger criteria of a batsman's quality. Yousuf is far more classy than Miandad one has to agree. and one day sooner than later, YOusuf wil be the highest run gtter for Pakistan, even then if we go on to say that Miandad was better than him coz he influenced more games wil not be a fair statement.

  • Arun on November 29, 2006, 4:42 GMT

    I think Mohammad Yousuf needs another couple of seasons of performances - if not as consistent and brilliant as this one, at least comparable. If he continues in the same - or a slightly lesser vein, I have no doubt he will be regarded in the same breath as JM. I would like to mention here that just one season of ruling the world is not enough. Dilip Vengsarkar did so in 1986-87, but he failed to continue in the same vein and therefore people ceased to compare him with Richards, Miandad and Border. Let us hope MoYo carries on.

  • sameer on November 29, 2006, 5:10 GMT

    An excellent piece once again. Javed's six of Chetan Sharma is still talked of in households with frenzy. I was a kid at that time, and still i can hear the hearts beating when people talk of that six. Yousuf on the other symbolizes simplicity in times where every body wants to hog the limelight. Different times produce different characters but Javed's legacy is untouched.

  • farhan khan on November 29, 2006, 5:20 GMT

    The best batsman Pakistan has produced??? There can be only one answer to that question. The legandary Javed Miandad. Yousuf is in a class of his own and i wish he reaches the same stature as Javed Miandad. The way he is batting, it should not take him long!!!

  • Aftab Qureshi on November 29, 2006, 5:27 GMT

    I totally agree that comparisons between players of different eras do not mean much. MoYo should be compared with his peers, batters in 30-35 years age group that have played at least 50 tests. Performance should be analyzed in terms of statistics, versatality (ability to succeed in different home and away environments and against teams ranked 1-5 in ICC rankings, contribution to team's success, etc. I hope some one will take this exercise up.

  • Shoaib on November 29, 2006, 5:39 GMT

    GO MOYO !!

  • Fawad Asrar Qureshi on November 29, 2006, 5:45 GMT

    I dont think any of our batting heroes right from Hanif to Yousaf have ever been glamorous. They have always been over shadowed by their more exciting contempories. They have never been short of talent but they have always been humble and always under-rated as compared to batsmen of their respective era.

    I personally want Yousaf to emulate this record and he can easily be compared with Ponting if not with the great Richards.

  • ABDUL SHAHEED KAZI on November 29, 2006, 5:48 GMT

    I think Yusuf is a good player and even a better human being but not a great cricketer as JM.He is far ahead then anybody else in Pakistan as far as cricket is concerned. He is truly a genius.Imran Khan has earned a lot of praise for his leadership but that certainly involved JM suggestions which were never highlighted and he earned all the credit.So lets not compare JM with MY as he is not even near him as far as cricket is concerned.I am not saying that MY is not good,Certainly he is a great player in his own right and playing at his best at the moment. But certainly no comparisons with greats like Richards and JM.

  • Irshad Muneef on November 29, 2006, 5:56 GMT

    It is true that statistics do not reveal the whole picture, but most of Yousuf's innings come under trying circumstances. Yousuf is not put in the calibre of ponting or lara is because of his low profile life style and because he doesn't hit the headlines as often as other (for better or worse). He has not got hit in the night club(ponting), or he has not been given an expensive Ferrari (Tendulkar). In the current pakistani set up Yousuf easily stands out the best batsman even better than Mr Inzy.