By: Anwar Abbas
“Mard-e-Mardan” (The Man from Mardan) Younis Khan bid adieu to international cricket several days ago and he was the first Pakistani batsman to score a century in all test playing countries. His contributions towards Pakistan cricket will never be forgotten. In the literature work, let’s take a look at 10 of his memorable performances.
In the first test against West Indies in 2002 at United Arab Emirates, Khan scored 153 runs from 291 balls in the first innings which included 15 fours and sixes. In the second innings, he contributed 71 runs from 167 deliveries with the help of six fours. Pakistan went on to win that match by a huge margin of 244 runs.
His second match winning performance came in the third test match between Pakistan and India in Bangalore in 2005, which Pakistan won by 168 runs. He contributed 267 runs off 504 balls with the help of 32 boundaries and a maximum. He scored 84 runs from 98 balls with 10 fours to his name.
In Pakistan’s third test match of the series against England at Leeds in 2006, the veteran cricketer scored 173 runs from 285 balls which included 22 fours. He went on to score 41 runs from 83 balls with the help of four fours. England went on to win that match by 167 runs.
In the first test match against Sri Lanka back in 2008, the batsman played a record innings of 313 runs from 568 balls which included 27 boundaries and four maximums. The match ended in a draw.
Younis Khan, in the first test match of the test series against South Africa in UAE in 2010, bowled seven overs out of which two of them were maidens. He made 35 runs in the first innings with the help of three boundaries and scored an unbeaten knock of 131 runs from 230 balls which included nine fours and four maximums in the second innings. The game ended in a draw.
In the first test match against Bangladesh in the 2011 series, he made an unbeaten knock of 200 runs from 290 with the help of 18 boundaries and three sixes. Pakistan won the test match by a huge margin of 184 runs.
He made 200 runs in 404 runs in the second innings of the first test match at Harare against Zimbabwe in 2013, taking Pakistan to a 221-run win.
Khan once again helped Pakistan to another test win as he scored 106 runs from 223 balls with 10 boundaries and a maximum to his name in the first innings of the first test match of the 2014 series against Australia. He went on to score an unbeaten knock of 103 runs from 152 balls which included six boundaries and two maximums. Pakistan won the game by 221 runs.
He led Pakistan to their highest successful chase as they beat Sri Lanka in the 2015 series by seven wickets as he remained 171 runs not out from 271 balls after hitting 31 boundaries.
Pakistan won the fourth test match against England in the 2016 series by 10 runs. He scored 218 runs off 308 balls with the help of 31 fours and four maximums. Pakistan won the game by 10 wickets.
Undoubtedly, Younis Khan has always performed for his country when it needed most and Pakistan will have to find good talent to fill the gap as two of their senior players have decided to hang up their boots. Farewell to “The Man of Mardan”.