Test cricket is the oldest form of cricket that came into recognition in 1877. Later, other nations also joined in and got test status. Pakistan got test status in 1952 and played their first game against arch-rivals India. And since then, there has been no looking back for this team. This country has produced some of the legends in this game.
Even so, there are many Pakistani superstars from the current era who are taking this history forward. In test match history, four Pakistani batters have scored a triple century in test matches. But do you know who holds the highest score? So let’s check out the highest individual score for Pakistan in Test cricket.
3. Younis Khan (313 runs) against Sri Lanka at Karachi
Former Pakistan skipper Younis Khan is third on the list. It was a match against Sri Lanka in Karachi in February 2009. Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first, and went on to score 600+ runs. They declared at 644/7 in their first innings, with two batters scoring double centuries. Thilan Samaraweera made 231 runs, while skipper Mahela Jayawardene scored 240 runs. It was a tough task for the Men in Green, but then came one of the best captain’s knocks in history.
Younis Khan went on to score his maiden triple century to lead his team across the 750-run mark. He made 313 runs with 27 fours and four sixes to register the third highest score for his country. Pakistan declared at 765/6 with a lead of 121 runs. Kamran Akmal also scored an unbeaten century of 158 runs. Sri Lanka was struggling at 144/5 but due to not much time left, the match was called a draw.
2. Inzamam-ul-Haq (329 runs) against New Zealand at Lahore
Inzamam-ul-Haq was the best batsman of the last era for Pakistan, and he ended as the highest run-scorer for his country. He is second on the list. In a match against New Zealand at Lahore in May 2002, Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first. Imran Nazir gave them a good start and he scored 127 runs. But after him, it was only Inzamam’s show. He went on to score a triple century and register the second highest score for his country.
Inzamam made 329 runs off 436 balls with 38 fours and 9 sixes. And Pakistan made 643 runs in their first innings. In reply, New Zealand had a horrible show with the bat and got all out for 73 runs. As a result, they were forced to bat again to avoid the follow-on. But it didn’t change in the second innings, and they got all out for 246 runs. Thus, Pakistan won that match by an innings and 324 runs.
(Fun fact: Inzamam-ul-Haq scored 329 runs in his only inning, while New Zealand scored 319 runs combined in both innings).
1. Hanif Mohammad (337 runs) against West Indies (Pakistan’s highest in test)
Hanif Mohammad holds the record and is at the top of the list. And it looks like it is impossible to break his record. It was the first match of the five-match series at Bridgetown. West Indies won the toss and chose to bat first. They batted really well to make 579/9 in their first innings and then declared. Conrad Hunte (142) and Everton Weekes (197) scored centuries. In reply, it was a completely different performance from Pakistan.
They got all out for just 106 runs in their first innings and were forced to bat again to avoid the follow-on. Not many gave them a chance, but what happened next was a miracle. Pakistan batted for 319 overs and scored 657/5 before declaring their innings. Opener Hanif Mohammad went on to break every record and made 337 runs with 24 fours, batting for more than seven hours. He scored the highest score for a Pakistani batter, which is still a record. That match ended in a draw.
List of Highest Individual score for Pakistan in Test
|Hanif Mohammad||337||—||24||0||West Indies||Bridgetown||17 Jan 1958|
|Inzamam-ul-Haq||329||436||38||9||New Zealand||Lahore||1 May 2002|
|Younis Khan||313||568||27||4||Sri Lanka||Karachi||21 Feb 2009|
|Azhar Ali||302*||469||23||2||West Indies||Dubai (DSC)||13 Oct 2016|
|Javed Miandad||280*||460||19||1||India||Hyderabad (Sind)||14 Jan 1983|
|Zaheer Abbas||274||467||38||0||England||Birmingham||3 Jun 1971|
|Javed Miandad||271||465||28||5||New Zealand||Auckland||24 Feb 1989|
|Younis Khan||267||504||32||1||India||Bengaluru||24 Mar 2005|
|Javed Miandad||260||521||28||1||England||The Oval||6 Aug 1987|
|Wasim Akram||257*||363||22||12||Zimbabwe||Sheikhupura||17 Oct 1996|