West Indies have skittled half the Pakistan side for less than 40 runs, after they chose to bat, but Youhana leads the rescue act with a classy 115 in six hours, with 14 fours. His dismissal shortly before stumps brings the innings to an end and gives the persevering Walsh his 18th five-wicket innings return in Tests. He rates this, his third Test century, as best over his debut hundred and his 95 against Australia in Brisbane.
Pakistan make a flying start, but India hit back to leave them 103 for 4. Youhana leads the recovery with a canny 100, and displays the kind of maturity that would have made Javed Miandad proud. He paces his innings with precision, and never looks ruffled. His first fifty occupies 90 balls, his second just 23, with the last ball of the innings, from T Kumaran, sent over long-on for six. India lose and are eliminated from the Asia Cup.
Pakistan are 273 for 8 in response to England's 480, and are the only team that can lose the match from there. Youhana, though, gets company in Saqlain Mushtaq, and takes complete charge. Youhana resumes the fifth morning on 77 in Pakistan's 333 for 8, and departs after scoring a top-class 124 as the hosts hold on for a draw. Saqlain scores 32 out of a 121-run ninth-wicket stand.
With Pakistan at 33 for 2 in the final, Youhana comes up with a career-best 129 to set up Pakistan's win. Twenty thousand hollering fans witness him and Younis Khan silence Sri Lanka to the death of a thousand cuts with a stand of 155 in as many balls. The shots are almost to perfection, the running between the wickets excellent, and he could just as well rate this innings, in the classical mould that it was, along with the best of his Test hundreds.
In front of a packed house, with a ticket to the next round of the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy at stake, an innings of determination clinches a thriller against archrivals India. Pakistan need 201 and India chip away to leave them 27 for 3, but they have no way to get past Youhana. He adds 75 with Inzamam, and remains composed and canny, hardly putting a foot wrong, to get Pakistan home with four balls to spare.
With Inzamam-ul-Haq out with a back injury, Youhana becomes Pakistan's first Christian captain, and hits 11 fours and four sixes in a brilliant first-day 111 off 134 balls in the Boxing Day Test. He shares a national record fourth-wicket stand against Australia of 192 in 46 overs with Younis Khan. There is nothing weak about the Australian attack - McGrath, Gillespie, Warne, Kasprowiscz, but he bats excellently, hitting Warne for three of his four sixes. His dismissal sparks off a collapse, and Pakistan go on to lose the match.
Pakistan are in a spot of bother at 68 for 3 in response to England's 288, but Yousuf digs in for his third double-hundred that ultimately sets up the series-deciding win. He adds 269 with Kamran Akmal, a Pakistan sixth-wicket record, and bats 10 hours and two minutes, and 373 balls for his 223, which includes 26 fours and two sixes. This double comes just after his conversion to Islam; he becomes the first man to score Test double-centuries under different names.
During the first Test of what becomes an excellent personal summer, he arrives at Lord's - after England make 528 - with Pakistan 28 for 2, then 68 for 4, and parks himself there. He bats seven hours and 48 minutes for an impeccable double-hundred that features 26 fours and a six in 330 balls. In the second innings, he scores 48 from 62 balls as Pakistan secure a draw.
Pakistan are 36 in 2 in reply to England's 515 when Yousuf and Younis put on a record-breaking stand of 363, which forms the centerpiece of Pakistan's 538. The duo eclipse their 319-run stand against India earlier in the year, and indicate that they aren't going to be cowed into a corner. Yousuf's off-side play kisses perfection, and he again shows that he doesn't stop on crossing a hundred, stymieing England's chance of forcing a match-winning position in the first innings. In the second, though, he fails, and a collapse follows; Pakistan lose the match by 167 runs.
Yousuf ends 2006, a year that he owns, by hitting twin hundreds to break Sir Viv Richards's 30-year-old mark of 1,710 runs in a calendar year, with 1,788. His eight and ninth hundreds beat the previous best of seven. Yousuf's 102, his fifth century in as many Tests, holds together the first innings, in which no-one else passes 50. Then his second-innings 124 make Pakistan's position impregnable, as they win by 199 runs to secure the series.