On This Day: August 27, 1974 - Mohammad Yousuf was born

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Mohammad Yousuf’s story is the rags to riches tale many young cricketers in the subcontinent dream of. Named Yousuf Youhana at birth and subjected to a life of extreme poverty, his natural talents ensured he was able to shine at the highest levels of the game.

Since his debut in 1998, he was a regular in the Pakistani team for over a decade. An elegant batsman, boasting one of the finest cover drives in the game, Yousuf went on to become one of the most prolific batsmen of his era.

In 2006, he surpassed Sir Vivian Richards’ record for most runs in a calendar year, scoring 1788 runs in only 11 Test matches, including 9 centuries at an average of 99.33.

In Test, he has scored over 7500 runs at an average of 52.29. In 2007, he was rewarded for his exceptional record by being named the ICC Test Player of the Year, a significant achievement for a batsman playing in a poor side struggling for wins. After being dropped for the 2007 World T20, he decided to join the breakaway Indian Cricket League. After a year in the wilderness, the PCB granted an amnesty to players in the unofficial league prompting Yousuf’s return. He was immediately drafted into Pakistan's 15-man squad for a tour to Sri Lanka in June 2009 and finished with 253 runs including one century and one fifty.

A year later, Yousuf was handed the Test captaincy after Younis Khan stepped down from the side amidst differences with his players and led the team in New Zealand and then to Australia. Whilst Pakistan drew the series against New Zealand, the ill-fated Australia series led to criticism, which was blamed on his poor captaincy in Sydney where Pakistan squandered a prime opportunity of victory in Australia. The one day series was similarly a similar poor showing for Pakistan. After indiscipline and infighing was highlighted during the series, the Pakistan Cricket Board imposed an indefinite ban on Yousuf in 2012.

Yousuf briefly returned to the national team during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010 but was subsequently dropped. He maintains hopes of returning to the side, although the PCB and coaches have questioned his fitness.

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39 years old today.

Wherever the blame lies for how his career ended, it was a loss for all cricket viewers.
 
On This Day August 27, 1974: Mohammad Yousuf was born

Had an amazing ability to look well settled even when still batting on zero. He always managed to get starts in his innings.

Happy Birthday to Mohammad Yousuf!
 
can't believe we dropped him #stillbetterthanourbatsmen
 
On this day: 27th August, 1974: Mohammad Yousuf was born

41 years of age today, Mohammad Yousuf was a stylish right hand batsman and prolific run scorer for Pakistan both in Tests and ODIs. His cover drives were treat to watch. He represented Pakistan in 90 Test matches and 288 ODIS.

He has scored over 9,000 One Day International runs at an average above 40 (2nd highest batting average among Pakistani batsmen after Zaheer Abbas) with 15 centuries and 64 half centuries and over 7,000 Test runs at an average above 50 (2nd highest batting average amongst all Pakistani batsmen) with 24 Test centuries.

He has the record of scoring the most runs without being dismissed in the One Day International match, with a total of 405 runs against Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe in 2002–2003.

Yousuf was named CNN-IBN's Cricketer of the Year for 2006, ahead of the likes of Australian captain Ricky Ponting, West Indies Brian Lara, Australian spinner Shane Warne.

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Great player.

We missed 5 years of international cricket of this super player due to bad PCB
 
Yousuf was a beautiful classy batsman to watch A top performer for pakistan in both forms of the games and after inzy the best pakistan bat of his generation
 
A biased pundit but a real class act with the bat one of my favourites to watch with that stylish backlift. Sad his career ended with such anonimity. A random ODI vs SA in UAE. WC 2011 should have been his swansong. A superb ODI player for us.

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He also wanted to do something for pakistan cricket. what happend? Inji , yousuf both were great middle order batsman. should do some social work and engage in local cricket by putting their arrogance aside.
 
I saw him play live just once. It was in Guwahati, my home city. The 1st ODI match of the 5 match ODI series when Pakistan toured India in 2007. He scored 80 odd runs and remained unbeaten, the top scorer from Pakistan in that match.
 
27th August, 1974 : One of Pakistan's greatest and most stylish batsman, Mohammad Yousuf was born

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">On this day 1974. One of Pakistan's greatest and most stylish batsman, Mohammad Yousuf was born in Lahore <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cricket?src=hash">#Cricket</a> <a href="https://t.co/zxC4sLYtWB">pic.twitter.com/zxC4sLYtWB</a></p>— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saj_PakPassion/status/769436061537886208">August 27, 2016</a></blockquote>
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Think class is the only way to define his batting but that record of most runs in a calendar year will take some work to beat.

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Put that aside, just sit back and marvel at his overall record!

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Was he treated unfairly?
 
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What a beautiful batsman to watch

Miss the class of his batting
 
Was destined for greatness after that 2006 season but has himself to blame for just getting off track. Was a treat to watch nevertheless. Could have easily scored 10k in ODIs too
 
One of the best ever produced but a terrible terrible terrible personality. His personality got the best of him. He had poor work ethics. He could had played for more years, but the problem was his ego.

The downfall of Yousuf was because of Waseem Akram and co.

See, its important that there are good role models. When Waseem Akram and co won the world cup, they had become legends and for every junior cricketer they were someone to look up to. It was obvious, every junior cricketer were to follow them.
Waseem Akram and co didn't play any first class, they barely showed up to their domestic games, didnt care about their associations. Infact, they didnt even had a department with which they were affiliated. Waseem Akram is known for his time and affiliation with Lancanshire, but nothing with the local domestic.

See this where juniors like Yousuf and AKhtar come in, and when they their seniors not caring for domestic games they then follow them.

Yousuf didn't play domestic cricket. He didn't have any affiliation with any domestic team. He had the ego kay jee just because he plays international cricket it is not important for him to show up at domestic cricket.
No wonder this guy played 338 list games out of which 288 are ODIs. In his whole career he played 50 List A games.

When Yousuf was dropped, all he had to do was go back to domestic and prove himself. If the worrld cup 2011 was a long shot, he could had easily played in the champions trophy 2012. All he needed to do was score runs in domestic cricket. But the ego got the better of him.

He should be made into a case study at the NCA. THey should teach to young cricketers, the mistakes not to make.

This is why i like the PCB calling back all the players, having seniors players being involved in their association or department improves the domestic scene. Senior players have powers to pick best players, Misbah stoled players for SNGPL, and Younis Khan would steal players for HBL. Mohammad Waseem would influence the selection of players squad in KRL. Shoaib Malik would help Sialkot out with players.

Today Yousuf critisizes domestic cricket, but what he forgets is that he could had improved doemstic cricket by playing in it, being affiliated with it and than getting all the good players into his affilaited team and making it strong. Thats what SNPGL does.

Really sad to see what this guy ended up doing. He holds blame and so does Waseem Akram and co.

Akram can come on TV and critisize Pakistan domestic cricket but he himself has no idea the influence that he had and how he could had made a difference by using his influence, by being a leader by example.
 
One of the best ever produced but a terrible terrible terrible personality. His personality got the best of him. He had poor work ethics. He could had played for more years, but the problem was his ego.

The downfall of Yousuf was because of Waseem Akram and co.

See, its important that there are good role models. When Waseem Akram and co won the world cup, they had become legends and for every junior cricketer they were someone to look up to. It was obvious, every junior cricketer were to follow them.
Waseem Akram and co didn't play any first class, they barely showed up to their domestic games, didnt care about their associations. Infact, they didnt even had a department with which they were affiliated. Waseem Akram is known for his time and affiliation with Lancanshire, but nothing with the local domestic.

See this where juniors like Yousuf and AKhtar come in, and when they their seniors not caring for domestic games they then follow them.

Yousuf didn't play domestic cricket. He didn't have any affiliation with any domestic team. He had the ego kay jee just because he plays international cricket it is not important for him to show up at domestic cricket.
No wonder this guy played 338 list games out of which 288 are ODIs. In his whole career he played 50 List A games.

When Yousuf was dropped, all he had to do was go back to domestic and prove himself. If the worrld cup 2011 was a long shot, he could had easily played in the champions trophy 2012. All he needed to do was score runs in domestic cricket. But the ego got the better of him.

He should be made into a case study at the NCA. THey should teach to young cricketers, the mistakes not to make.

This is why i like the PCB calling back all the players, having seniors players being involved in their association or department improves the domestic scene. Senior players have powers to pick best players, Misbah stoled players for SNGPL, and Younis Khan would steal players for HBL. Mohammad Waseem would influence the selection of players squad in KRL. Shoaib Malik would help Sialkot out with players.

Today Yousuf critisizes domestic cricket, but what he forgets is that he could had improved doemstic cricket by playing in it, being affiliated with it and than getting all the good players into his affilaited team and making it strong. Thats what SNPGL does.

Really sad to see what this guy ended up doing. He holds blame and so does Waseem Akram and co.

Akram can come on TV and critisize Pakistan domestic cricket but he himself has no idea the influence that he had and how he could had made a difference by using his influence, by being a leader by example.

Great post! POTW candidate.

Yousuf had (and possibly still has) a massive ego problem. It probably prevented him from achieving more.
 
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OnThisDay?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OnThisDay</a> 1974, Mohammad Yousuf was born. The elegant right-handed batsman played 374 matches for Pakistan, making 17,134 runs across all formats with 39 hundreds and 95 fifties <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cricket?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cricket</a> <a href="https://t.co/7pJNPyLamm">pic.twitter.com/7pJNPyLamm</a></p>— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saj_PakPassion/status/1166338173011714048?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 27, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
 
His cover-drives were a thing of beauty.

Wonderfully gifted batsman. A joy to watch at his best.
 
Another long list of players we wasted ,
Not saying he did. It have any responsibility, but it’s a teams job Tmobile get the best out of a player.

If am being honest in terms of batting, I would say the only batsmen who got the most out his talent was Younis Khan, everyone else massively under achieved
( Inzi, Anwar, Yousuf etc )
 
Another long list of players we wasted ,
Not saying he did. It have any responsibility, but it’s a teams job Tmobile get the best out of a player.

If am being honest in terms of batting, I would say the only batsmen who got the most out his talent was Younis Khan, everyone else massively under achieved
( Inzi, Anwar, Yousuf etc )

Don’t think Inzamam underachieved. He played till the age of 37 and did a lot for his team.
 
Our most of the players who craved being captain end their careers like yousuf.
Yousuf and younis had rift back in 2010 when misbah took the charge. Only one of them could play in team and younis was preferred over him.
 
It is weird that Yousuf was banned while others got away scott free. It was a sad end to one of the great careers in cricket and imo, a Pakistani batsman superior to Inzy and Younis across formats.
 
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OnThisDay?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OnThisDay</a> 1974, Mohammad Yousuf was born. The elegant right-handed batsman played 374 matches for Pakistan, making 17,134 runs across all formats with 39 hundreds and 95 fifties <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cricket?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Cricket</a> <a href="https://t.co/u9aGiKl0br">pic.twitter.com/u9aGiKl0br</a></p>— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saj_PakPassion/status/1298929148799442944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 27, 2020</a></blockquote>
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Amazing batsmen at its peak. Very stylish and elegant. Happy Birthday to him!
 
Could have been greatest of all time if he was a better athlete.
 
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