By: Muhammad Saim Khan
Pakistan produced a lot of brilliant cricketers like Hanif Mohammad, Javed Miandad, Imran Khan,Zaheer Abbas and many more. These all players have played in the nineties. Now if we come to 2000 onwards the greats are Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Inzeman-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousaf, Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan. All of these players started their careers in the nineties but one player namely Younis Khan made his debut in 2000.
Younis Khan made his test debut against Sri Lanka on 26 February 2000 at Rawalpindi cricket stadium. In his first test match he scored his first test century. Till now in 115 test matches Younis has scored 34 test hundreds including 5 double hundreds and a triple hundred. Younis holds the record for most hundreds by a Pakistani player, Inzemam is second on the list with 25 centuries. He also holds the record for most test runs by Pakistani batsman with 9977 runs at an amazing average of 53.06. He is currently eyeing 10000 test runs, so he will be first Pakistani batsman in the 10 thousand club.
The highlights of his test career include a match winning double hundred, when he scored 267 runs against India at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore in March 2005. Younis also was run out against India in Lahore at Gaddafi Stadium in 2006 when he was batting on 199. He also scored a triple hundred against Sri Lanka at National Stadium Karachi in February 2009, becoming third Pakistani to get to 300. He also scored a 200 not out against Bangladesh in 2011 at Chittagong. He also scored a brilliant 200 against Zimbabwe in September 2013. In October 2014, he scored 213 against Australia at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. During the last England tour he again scored a match winning 218 in the final match of the series at Kennington Oval, London, due to his brilliant effort Pakistan came back from 2-1 to draw the series at 2-2. In January 2017 Younis scored 175 against Australia at Sydney cricket ground.
His another important contribution to Pakistan cricket is that he won the t20 world cup for Pakistan in 2009. Though he did not score much in the tournament it was his amazing leadership qualities that gave Pakistan the t20 world cup trophy. Younis has also scored 7249 runs in 265 one day internationals with 7 centuries.
This amazing player has decided to retire from the game at the age of 39. The series against West Indies will be the last international series of his career. He surely will go as one of the best test batsman of Pakistan history. All Pakistan can only say one thing to this great legend of the game that:
Thank you Younis Khan. Thank you YK.
Story first published: 10th April 2017