Dubai – Pakistan’s cricketer Younus Khan leaves fans wanting more after reaching 10,000 Tests runs prior to his retirement in West Indies in the first Test.
It is witnessed that many of his best innings for Pakistan came under stressful conditions and when his team needed him to perform. In a sense, he has had the knack of lifting himself from periods of struggle and low performances.
Apart from the sheer brilliance needed to pass 200 on six occasions in Tests, including one triple century, Khan’s uncanny ability to rise to the occasion when all seemed lost for his team was a great source of comfort for Pakistan.
Khan played a crucial knock to help Pakistan level the series against England last summer
Khan repeated the feat in Australia, albeit in a losing cause, where scores of 0, 65, 21 and 24 were suddenly followed up by what many felt would be a match-saving 175 not out in the final Test of the series in Sydney. However, the frailties of the Pakistan batting line-up which he had carried on his shoulders on many occasions proved too big a burden on this occasion.
While the honour of becoming the only Pakistani to attain this landmark was unique enough, Khan’s achievements of being the highest run-scorer and the batsman with the most Test hundreds for his country also deserves equal attention.
PCB praises Younis Khan
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan was all praise for Khan’s service to Pakistan cricket and spoke highly of his prolific career after the batsman became the first Pakistani and 13th batsman in the world to reach 10,000 Test runs mark.
Khan achieved this milestone in the ongoing first Test match against the West Indies at Kingston. Earlier, he surpassed Javed Miandad’s 8,832 Test runs and became the highest run-getter for Pakistan.
“Younis Khan has been an excellent ambassador of Pakistan cricket. The number of records he has set in the recent past is something we as a nation can take great pride in. He is the only Pakistan batsman and Test cricketer in the world to score centuries in 11 countries across the world, the feat he achieved against Australia early this year. I congratulate him on rewriting the record book and hope he carries the form in the series against West Indies,” Chairman PCB said.
Chairman Executive Committee Najam Sethi expressed the same thoughts for the legendary batsman. “Younis Khan has been a great servant to Pakistan cricket. He is a run machine for Pakistan Test team and continues to carry the burden of the Test team along with Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq for years now. I also congratulate him on completing 10,000 Test runs and making the country proud.”