Yousuf sets record for runs in year

Playing in his 73rd Test, Pakistan batsman Yousuf passes West Indian Viv Richards record of 1,710 runs in 11 matches set in 1976.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2006 01:22 IST

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf established a a new record for the most Test runs in a calendar year on the fourth day of the third and final Test against West Indies on Thursday.

Playing in his 73rd Test, Yousuf passed West Indian Viv Richards record of 1,710 runs in 11 matches set in 1976 when he scored his 47th run with a boundary through mid-on.

On the first day of the match, Yousuf also broke the record for the most hundreds in a year, moving clear of Richards and Sri Lankan Aravinda de Silva when he scored his eighth century of 2006.

During the course of his innings, Yousuf also established a new record for the highest aggregate in a three-match series surpassing the previous best of 583 runs held by compatriot Zaheer Abbas since in a home series against India in 1978.

Australian batsman Clem Hill was the first batsman in test history to achieve the feat of making 1,000 test runs in a year when he scored 1,060 runs in 1902.

Top 10 run scorers in a calendar year.

Mohammad Yousuf (Pak) 1787 runs in 2006 (11 matches)

Vivian Richards (WI) 1710 runs in 1976 (11)

Ricky Ponting (Aust) 1544 runs in 2005 (15)

Ricky Ponting (Aust) 1503 runs in 2003 (11)

Justin Langer (Aust) 1481 runs in 2004 (14)

Michael Vaughan (Eng) 1481 runs in 2002 (14)

Sunil Gavaskar (Ind) 1407 runs in 1979 (17)

Sachin Tendulkar (Ind) 1392 runs in 2002 (16)

Matthew Hayden (Aust) 1391 runs in 2001 (14)

Gundappa Vishwanath (Ind) 1388 runs in 1979 (17)

First Published: Nov 30, 2006 17:55 IST