Younis Khan, the real King Khan

All hail our hero, the king of the fourth-innings!

Umair Qazi June 27, 2012
The last time I wrote about Younis Khan was four months ago, when he had just knocked up a century against England in Dubai. It was a fantastic innings, and right after that I wrote a post titled "Why Younis Khan is king".


In that post, I wrote a comparative analysis, highlighting how Younis Khan fairs better than those batsmen who are popularly referred to as the ‘modern greats’ of the Test arena. What I didn't happen to touch upon was the area where, in my opinion, Younis Khan really does reign as supreme - the fourth-innings of a Test match!

Thanks to Mahela Jayawardena's mind boggling decision not to enforce the follow-on, Younis Khan got another opportunity to show the world what he is capable of in the fourth-innings of a Test series.

Even though he wasn’t able to save Pakistan, which never really seemed like a possibility, given the amount of runs we were up against and the overs we had left, Younis Khan displayed a splendid knock, and in the process became the first ever Pakistani batsman (and 21st overall) to cross 1,000 fourth-inning Test runs.

An achievement?

Most definitely, yes.

But he has an even bigger achievement to his credit- Younis Khan is the first Pakistani batsman to have scored over 1,000 runs in the fourth innings of Test matches. He has the best average amongst all Test batsmen, who have scored over 1,000 fourth-innings Test runs, and is beaten only by the great Sir Donald Bradman, falling to the player with the second best fourth-innings average ever! #TheRealKingKhan


Unfortunately, Khan fell 13 runs short of his 21st test century against Sri Lanka, but had he gotten there he would have become the first ever batsman to score five centuries in the fourth-innings of a Test.

Yes the first ever!

Khan currently has four fourth-innings tons and stands level with Sunil Gavaskar, Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, and Ramnaresh Sarwan.

If only Pakistan played more Test matches, we would be able to appreciate the display of skill and alacrity of players with the likes of Khan.

He truly is the king of the fourth-innings!

Well, not really.

In my opinion, he is simply the king. Be it the first-innings or the fourth-innings, Younis Khan is the real King Khan!

Read the original version of this post here.

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Umair Qazi An investment advisor in Dubai who blogs at and tweets @WellPitched
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Adeel Furqan Ahmad | 12 years ago | Reply If Pakistani player would have the opportunity to play for long term then all the records will be for Pakistan.
Umair Qazi | 12 years ago | Reply @Hassan No where have I suggested that batsmen who don't score big in the 4th innings are lesser batsmen. Nor have I anywhere suggested that a 1st innings 100 is more or less valuable than a 2nd innings or 4th innings one. All I have talked about in this post is Younis Khan's performance in the 4th innings, which is better than all other batsmen. That is pretty much it. If you believe that I have placed YK on a pedestal that he doesn't deserve than that's your opinion, but all other arguments are irrelevant... Either way, here's a more comprehensive analysis of YK's and Pakistan's 4th innings performance by the guru of stats - S. Rajesh:
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