Mohammad Yousuf continues to hit test hundreds, while Ajantha Mendis continues to fail against Pakistan.
The best part about this was that Yousuf did not read Mendis at all during his knock of 112.
Mendis turned the ball both ways and quite a bit too; all this while Yousuf was caught at sea plenty of times.
Yet, he survived and Mendis failed to undo him or any of the Pakistani batsmen in his 25 overs.
Mendis' woeful run against Pakistan continues.
When Yousuf wasn't up against Mendis, he looked like the beautious sight he always is with a bat in hand.
The drives through cover and mid on were all intact and he continued to pile on the runs; it didn't look like he was playing test cricket after 19 months!
Yes it has been that long.
In his 80th test, Yousuf brought up his 24th century, taking him ahead of Javed Miandad (23) and one behind Inzamam Ul Haq (25).
For me, Inzamam is the best batsman ever produced by Pakistan; it would kill me to call Yousuf that, however, I feel that at times personal animosity should be kept aside when judging a cricketer.
Putting all that I have against Yousuf aside, there is no doubt that he is a special batsman.
His 24th century came in only his 80th test match; Inzamam hit 25 in 120 tests and Javed Miandad 23 in 124 tests.
That is enough to realize that Yousuf is probably the best batsman to have ever played for Pakistan.
Even when compared with the rest of the world, Yousuf is definitely one of the greats.
Among all batsmen with a minimum of 15 test centuries, there are only 4 batsmen that took fewer innings than Yousuf does to score their next hundred.
Among contemporary test batsmen, Yousuf scores test centuries more often than anyone else.
He does so at a slightly better rate than Kevin Pietersen and Ricky Ponting; he does so more often than Matthew Hayden and Gary Sobers did, and he does so more often than Sachin Tendulkar does!
Now who can say that isn't special!