Fawad Alam pips Younis Khan to become fastest Pakistan batsman to reach five Test tons

Younis Khan took 28 innings to reach the landmark

Fawad Alam
Fawad Alam ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Fawad Alam has been a sensation since his return to the Pakistan side. The southpaw yet again bailed the team out of trouble by scoring an unbeaten 124 against West Indies in the second Test. In the process, he also became the fastest Pakistani to get to five Test hundreds. It has taken Fawad just 22 innings to break the record held by Younis Khan, who got there in 28 innings.

Alam also became the sixth batter from Pakistan to score a century at Sabina Park in Kingston, joining Imtiaz Ahmed, Wazir Mohammad, Asif Iqbal, Younis Khan, and Inzamam-ul-Haq. Alam’s fifth Test hundred also made him the first batter from Asia to score five Test tons in such a short span of time. He surpassed Cheteshwar Pujara (24 innings), Sourav Ganguly, and Sunil Gavaskar (both 25 innings).

Speaking about Alam’s recent knock, the southpaw displayed enough patience and determination to grind it out in the middle. Quick wickets on Day 3 saw Pakistan collapse from 212-4 to 231-7.  However, Alam remained composed at the crease and added another 71 runs with the tail-end batters and took Pakistan to 302.

His unbeaten 124 allowed the visitors’ bowlers to come with intent and aggression as they took three wickets of West Indies batters and finished the day on a high. Shaheen Shah Afridi took two wickets and Faheem Ashraf took one. With two full days of cricket left, West Indies are in a spot of bother, still trailing Pakistan by 263 runs. 

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