We all know Younis Khan as a great batsman for Pakistan. He has scored over 10,000 runs in Tests and 7000 runs in ODIs. He also has a triple hundred in Tests to his name. But he also holds the record for the most number of catches taken by a substitute fielder in a Test innings.
It happened during the 1st Test of the Asian Test Championship in 2001 against Bangladesh. Batting first, Bangladesh were all out for 134 in the first innings. Danish Kaneria who picked 6 wickets for 42 runs was the pick among bowlers for Pakistan.
Pakistani batsmen capitalised on the hopeless bowling unit of Bangladesh and 5 out of 6 Pakistani batsmen who came out to bat scored centuries. Saeed Anwar (101), Taufeeq Umar (104), Inzamam-ul-Haq (105), Mohammad Yousuf (102) and Abdul Razzaq (110) were the centurions. Pakistan declared the innings at 546.
Bangladesh who came out to bat were ripped apart again by Danish Kaneria, as he picked another 6-fer. But the highlight was, Younis Khan who came out to field as a substitute took 4 catches in that innings. Aminul Islam, Akram Khan, Naimur Rahman and Hasibul Hossain were sent back by Younis Khan’s fielding efforts.
This is the only instance of a substitute fielder taking 4 catches in one innings, in the history of Test cricket.