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Younus Khan's Hat-Trick Of Centuries

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Younus Khan has joined an illustrious group of players to hit centuries in three or more consecutive Test innings
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Prior to 22nd October, Younus Khan had scored Test centuries against every Test-playing nation except Australia. Nine days and just three innings later, he has three.

By doing so, he became the fourth Pakistani and 34th overall to score centuries in three or more consecutive innings.

Warren Bardsley was the first batsman to score three consecutive tons way back in 1909-10 when he made 136 and 130 against England in August 1909 and then had to wait for more than an year to play his next Test but still managed to score 132 against South Africa at Sydney in December 1910 to achieve this feat.

Herbert Sutcliffe and Charlie Macartney had already repeated Bardsley’s achievement in 1924-25 and 1926 respectively, when Jack Fingleton bettered this record by scoring four in four in 1936 (3 vs SA and 1 vs ENG).

This record didn’t stay for long as Everton Weekes recorded five tons in five Test innings in 1948 (4 vs IND, 1 vs ENG) which remains the world record.

Here is the list of players who have scored 3 or more consecutive test innings:

Batsmen

Country

100s

Scores

Year

Everton Weekes

WI

5

141 vs ENG, 128, 194, 162, 101 vs IND

1948

Jack Fingleton

AUS

4

112, 108, 118 vs SA, 100 vs ENG

1936

Alan Melville

SA

4

103, 189, 104*, 117 vs ENG

1947

Rahul Dravid

IND

4

115, 148, 217 vs ENG, 100* vs WI

2002

Warren Bardsley

AUS

3

136, 130 vs ENG, 132 vs SA

1910

Herbert Sutcliffe

ENG

3

115, 176, 127 vs AUS

1925

Charlie Macartney

AUS

3

133*, 151, 109 vs ENG

1926

George Headley

WI

3

270*, 106, 107 vs ENG

1939

Arthur Morris

AUS

3

155, 122, 124* vs ENG

1947

Denis Compton

ENG

3

163, 208, 115 vs SA

1947

Sir Don Bradman

AUS

3

132, 127*, 201 vs IND

1948

Vijay Hazare

IND

3

122 vs WI, 164*, 155 vs ENG

1951

Everton Weekes*

WI

3

123, 103, 156 vs NZ

1956

Garry Sobers

WI

3

365*, 125, 109* vs PAK

1958

Polly Umrigar

IND

3

117, 112 vs PAK, 147* vs ENG

1961

Sunil Gavaskar

IND

3

117*, 124, 220 vs WI

1971

Geoffrey Boycott

ENG

3

119* vs AUS, 121*, 112 vs PAK

1971

Gordon Greenidge

WI

3

134, 101, 115 vs ENG

1976

Sunil Gavaskar*

IND

3

111, 137 vs PAK, 205 vs WI

1978

Zaheer Abbas

PAK

3

215, 186, 168 vs IND

1982

Mudassar Nazar

PAK

3

231, 152*, 152 vs IND

1983

Graham Gooch

ENG

3

333, 123, 116 vs IND

1990

Desmond Haynes

WI

3

109, 167 vs ENG, 117 vs PAK

1990

Andrew Jones

NZ

3

186, 122, 100* vs SL

1991

Vinod Kambli

IND

3

224 vs ENG, 227 vs ZIM, 125 vs SL

1993

Arivinda de Silva

SL

3

168, 138*, 103* vs PAK

1997

Arivinda de Silva*

SL

3

126, 146, 120 vs IND

1997

Adam Gilchrist

AUS

3

113 vs PAK, 121, 162 vs NZ

2005

Mohammad Yousuf

PAK

3

191, 102, 124 vs WI

2006

Mahela Jayawardene

SL

3

195, 213* vs ENG, 136 vs WI

2007

Ravi Bopara

ENG

3

104, 143, 108 vs WI

2009

Hashim Amla

SA

3

253*, 114, 123* vs IND

2010

Kumar Sangakkara

SL

3

137, 103, 219 vs IND

2010

Kumar Sangakkara

SL

3

142, 105, 139 vs BANG

2013

Kumar Sangakkara**

SL

3

319, 105 vs BANG, 147 vs ENG

2014

David Warner

AUS

3

135, 145 vs SA, 133 vs PAK

2014

Younus Khan

PAK

3

106, 103*, 111* vs AUS

2014

* Same batsman has achieved this feat twice.
* Same batsman has achieved this feat thrice.

Other Stats:

  • Vinod Kambli is the only batsman to score all of his three consecutive test-tons against different opponents
  • Aarivinda de Silva repeated his feat in almost 100 days
  • Kumar Sangakkara has scored three in three in three different calendar years
  • The year 2014 has seen three different batsmen achieve this record the most in any calendar year
  • David Warner and Younus Khan - the latest names in the record book, still have an ACTIVE sequence
  • Australians have achieved this feat for the most times - 7, followed by Sri Lankans - 6
  • No player from Bangladesh and Zimbabwe has achieved this feat

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