Yousuf has Richards in sight
Richard scored 1710 runs in 11 Tests in 1976 whereas Yousuf has got 1562 runs in 10 Tests, having one Test in hand.india Updated: Nov 23, 2006 23:37 IST
Pakistani batsman Mohammad Yousuf, in the midst of an incredible form, says he wants to surpass Sir Vivian Richards' record tally of 1,710 runs in a calendar run when he plays the third and final Test against the West Indies in Karachi next week.
Yousuf, who scored 191 on the final day of Multan Test to help Pakistan salvage a draw, said that he had no disappointment at missing out on another opportunity to score a double hundred.
"I am not disappointed because now I believe what God does has a reason and it is your fate. But yes, I am eager to set a new record in the final Test. It would be a big achievement for me and my country," he said after the match.
Yousuf scored his seventh hundred of the year, matching the feats of Richards and Aravinda de Silva, who made seven hundreds in a calendar year.
Richards holds the record for most runs in a year, scoring 1710 runs in 11 games in 1976. Yousuf has now got 1562 runs in 10 Tests this year with the Karachi match still to be played.
"When I came out this morning I had prayed last night that I may have the ability and strength to save this match for my team. I am just happy we drew this Test, individual scores are secondary to me," he said.
Yousuf did not let the circumstances overwhelm him and on the final day at lunch with Pakistan on a precarious 308 for five and just 74 runs ahead with two sessions of play remaining, West Indies were sniffing an improbable win.