Who would have known that one of the greatest batsmen in Pakistan Cricket would come from the streets of a small town known as Mardan. Yes we’re talking about the great Younis Khan, the pride of Pakistan for almost 18 years. Ever since he made his debut back in 2000 against Srilanka, Younis has not looked back. The run machine is the only Pakistani Batsmen to have scored over 10,000 runs in test cricket. He also has the most 4th innings centuries to his name along with being the only batsman to have scored a century against every test playing nation. Today, GenY is bringing you the top 4 Moments from the career of Younis Khan. So let’s get to it!
- Triple century against Sri Lanka in Karachi:
Remember the last time Pakistan was playing at home versus Sri Lanka. Though it may not bring back fond memories for the Shaheens of the Subcontinent, Younis’s performance was a highlight of the series. Younis batted for the 760 minutes and scored 313 runs against the Sri Lankan lions In Karachi in only one innings and became the 3rd triple centurion from Pakistan joining all time Legends Hanif Muhammad and Inzamam Ul Haq. The innings played by Younis was one of the most memorable innings ever played by a Pakistani batsmen and it is a shame that since then no international team has played a test match in Karachi.
- Match winning innings at the Oval:
Second on our list is one of his recent performances against England in 2016 at the home of cricket, the Oval. Who would’ve known that Younis was about to hit one of his finest double centuries in the swinging English conditions. Pakistan was down 1-2 in the series and it was Younis’s knock that brought them back in the game and helped them win the test by 10 wickets. Coming into the match there was immense pressure on Younis Khan to perform well as he had failed to leave an impact throughout the series. Experts criticized Younis’s technique and lack of balance on the crease. Before the match former Indian captain Muhammad Azharuddin called Younis and suggested him to stay within his crease. The suggestion worked and Younis went on score a double hundred and paved the way for Pakistan’s victory helping the team to achieve the coveted number 1 spot in the ICC ratings.
- Leader of the World cup winning team:
Coming on 3rd is When Younis Khan led Pakistan on the road to redemption by winning the ICC World T20 in 2009. Taking over as El Capitano in all three formats, Pakistan lost only one match in the tournament and showed immense aggression and dedication. We can say that it was Younis’s Aggression and discipline that lead Pakistan to become Champions. Unfortunately in spite of making such a valuable contribution to Pakistan cricket, Younis’s tenure as the captain of the team would be cut short due to the internal politics within the cricket board.
- Knocking down the mighty Australians:
Often we hear that Misbah lead the test team to the number one position in the ICC test rankings but we can’t leave Younis’s Contribution out of it. One of his major contributions came against the mighty Aussies in the scorching heat of the UAE in 2014/2015 when he scored 468 runs with 3 Centuries in 2 tests at an average of 156. In the second innings of the first test Younis surpassed Inzamam Ul Haq as the Pakistani cricket player with most centuries. The performance came after Younis was dropped out of the one day squad for the Australian series. These performances also lead him to be awarded the title of the player of the series which was lauded by the Australians as well.
- Helped Pakistan chase 377 in the fourth Innings against Sri Lanka:
The 2015 series against Sri Lanka was a tough one for Younis Khan. He had not been able to perform well in the first two matches and had scored just 3 runs in the first innings of the third test. Pakistan was in a tough situation by the time Sri Lanka got done with their second innings. The men in green had to chase a difficult of target of 377 runs in the fourth innings. Moreover, the early loss of wickets of key batsmen like Ahmed Shehzad did not help Pakistan’s chances. As a result of that there was a great deal of pressure on Younis when he came in to bat and boy did he deliver. Younis went on to score 171 runs and played an instrumental role in the most successful run chase by Pakistan cricket team in the fourth innings. He along with Shan Masood bought Pakistan back from the clutches of defeat back towards victory.
GenY wishes Younis Best of Luck for his Post Cricket Days and wishes that he serves the game even after retirement.