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'Unique' Younis eyes final Test milestone

Published Apr 20, 2017 05:45pm


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When Younis Khan hangs up his bat at the end of Pakistan's tour of the West Indies, it will likely be with a final Test milestone against his name.

Younis is just 23 runs away from becoming the first Pakistan player to score 10,000 Test runs.

With the first of three Tests against the West Indies beginning on Friday in Kingston, Jamaica, few would bet against him marking his swansong with a final foray into the record books.

Since his debut in 2000 against Sri Lanka, he proved his ability to adapt to different conditions by scoring centuries in every Test playing nation, including double hundreds in India and England.

His batting average of 53.06 is the highest by any Pakistani who has played 10 Tests or more.

But for all Younis's record-breaking individual achievements, former team-mate and fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said his former captain should be remembered for his selfless personality and team ethic.

“To me Younis should be renamed 'Unique' Khan for his selflessness and honesty towards Pakistan cricket and the team,” said Shoaib, who retired in 2011.

Renowned as a fighter at the crease, Younis often produced his greatest performances with his back against the wall.

Of his 34 tons, an all-time Test record five have been scored in the fourth innings.

His 2005 match-winning 267 and 84 not out against India in Bangalore came after a string of low scores saw him battling to avoid being dropped.

Younis's greatest achievement as captain was winning the 2009 world Twenty20 championship in England.

And yet that came just weeks after Pakistan cricket had been thrown into disarray by the gun attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore, an incident which means the national side still plays their home matches in the UAE.

Younis said he wanted to be remembered as a team player.

“When I am retired and when I am not in the dressing room, I want youngsters to remember me as a role model,” he said.

“I want them to remember me as a player and batsman who always played for his country.” Hailing from Mardan in the north-west Khybe Pakhtunkhwa, Younis's career was moulded in Karachi.

Younis scored a hundred in his first Test against Sri Lanka at Rawalpindi in 2000 and went on to record 33 more, with a triple ton and three double hundreds.

His most recent was a typical unbeaten 175 ground out over more than seven hours as Pakistan crawled to 315 against Australia in Sydney in January.

His Test best 313 against Sri Lanka in Karachi in 2009 is the third highest individual score for Pakistan behind Hanif Mohammad's 337 and Inzamam-ul-Haq's 329.


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Comments (15) Closed

J. Gamble Apr 20, 2017 06:14pm

I hope he hit big scores in each of test against WI. Beat of luck, YK. We are ptoud of you.

anony Apr 20, 2017 07:43pm

This man has made us all proud. Well done Sir Younis Khan.

muhammaD NOUMAN Apr 20, 2017 08:40pm

He is enormous throughout his career .we should also remember his legacy as a skipper ,as he made us to feel pride in T20 World Cup 2009.He is not only a selfless cricketer but also a true Pakistani who dearly love his country more than any cricketer in the world

Riaz Apr 20, 2017 09:41pm

Well done Younis for your contribution to Pakistan cricket. You have been a wonderful ambassador to the country. We will miss you. Good luck in your next career.

Shakil KS-USA Apr 20, 2017 10:05pm

Great noble man and pride of Pakistan with professionalism. Best of luck Younis Khan.

prof@uk Apr 21, 2017 12:03am

We need you as a role model not just in cricket, but in other professions. I wish that, on the day you retire, the Premier appeals to his party and others to be a Younis Khan and promise the same himself - come clean and do the job. Bravo! We will remember you.

Jack jones Apr 21, 2017 08:46am

Great article. Younis khan is a legend. Thank you Younis bhai for keeping us entertained and making Pakistan cricket fun. One comment to the editor of this article. Please please stop mentioning the attack in Pakistan that ended cricket in Pakistan. We all know about it. Why mention pessimistic news? Thank you

Unique-Khan Apr 21, 2017 08:55am

Make a movie on his life and show the world that what a legend he is !!

Sarfaraz ahmed Apr 21, 2017 09:36am

The true cornered tiger of Pakistan. He fought through many personal and professional adversities and every time fate put him in a corner he leaped out as a tiger!

Zain Apr 21, 2017 10:37am

Look Mr. Frodo... Elves They are leaving the middle earth Never to return.. I don't know why but it makes me sad..

Farewell, Noble One.

Balaji Apr 21, 2017 11:36am

@Jack jones Truth does hurt and that particular segment is for people who is reading it for the first time.

dean Apr 21, 2017 02:07pm

Classy batsman and an excellent fielder. Best of Luck and I hope you get a double hundred in this series.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Apr 21, 2017 02:26pm

Well done Younis Khan. Keep it up and hang on tough. May God Almighty bless you and your loved ones. Aameen, Tsum Aameen.

JACKJONES Apr 21, 2017 07:42pm

@Balaji This article is about Younis Khan. Anybody reading this article knows about the past. Additionally, have experienced this obstacle of not being able to play cricket at home, Pakistan has come a long way and if i remember correctly they were number 1 test team for sometime last year. Congratulations Pakistan cricket team!!

rao abid Apr 22, 2017 10:59am

great player all time favourite .