Pakistan’s current Test skipper Misbah-Ul-Haq, who is playing his 75th Test, has scored 10 Test hundreds already for Pakistan, believes his teammate Younis Khan has played a significant role particularly in Test format for Pakistan since he emerged into the international scene.
“His [Younis Khan’s] disciplines, his routines, on the field, in training, in his personal life – it is what has made him a great batsman. That and his belief – he always believed, in every situation, whatever the circumstances,” Misbah-Ul-Haq was for ESPNcricinfo.
The 42-year-old Mianwali-born Misbah stated Younis has dictated his terms with the bat in every condition by playing match-winning and match-saving innings while showing his courage by taking timely decisions throughout his career.
“Can’t make hundreds in the fourth innings? I’ll do it. Can’t chase that much in the fourth innings? I’ll do it. Green pitch? Let me bat on it. That’s where his greatness begins,” Misbah said of Younis.
Misbah, who said of his captaincy tenure while adding he alongside Younis discussed important aspects of the game before learning from each other on their way while being the part of Pakistan’s national cricket team.
“Before I took over the captaincy, whenever Younis and I were together, for Pakistan or anywhere, we used to talk about how, when our time came, what we would do to make things right, what we would do to improve,” Misbah remarked.
The 39-year-old Younis, who became Pakistan’s first batsman to cross past 10,000-run landmark in Test cricket was also praised by cricketing fraternity for achieving the remarkable feat in his illustrious Test career.
“We were together as newcomers in the Pakistan team for a bit early on and we always knew what things we’d like to change,” Misbah wrote.
Misbah-Ul-Haq, who made Test debut in 2001 against New Zealand has scored 5,220 so far in 75th Test at the average of 47.02 which further include 39 fifties expressed satisfaction over the partnership with Younis while discussing the things in Pakistan cricket before nursing the youngsters.
“We talked about how we would show them how we train, to set a pattern for them. He used to say, when it is our time, we will do things this way, not that way,” Misbah further wrote.
Interestingly, Misbah-Ul-Haq has further pointed out that captaincy hasn’t been any problem between both the players as they had the likening to give their best to play for the team.
“The captaincy was never an issue between us. It was not something I had ever run after. And I also knew what Younis Khan was like. I knew it didn’t matter that he wasn’t captain because he would still give everything he had for the team. Without any doubt,” Misbah added.
Misbah also recalled the innings of Younis when he scored 171 runs against Sri Lanka at Pallekele before adding he has anchored the innings for Pakistan while showing his grit and determination to emerge as a good
“He has played so many great innings in this time. The 171 in Pallekele stands out. It just didn’t look like the score could be chased,” Misbah concluded.
At an average of 52.32, Younis Khan has scored 10,046 which includes 34 hundreds and 33 fifties in 117 Tests so far.