Not just the Pakistani fans but it was the whole cricketing fraternity that was surprised to see Younis Khan dancing to the tunes of England bowlers in the first three Test matches of the series. Younis was making strange moves by moving ahead, back, left and right while facing the fast bowlers. In short, he was unable to face them which led to all this.
He was also finding it difficult to score runs as 33 was his highest score before the double century he scored in the last Test match.
During the presentation ceremony after the fourth Test match, Younis revealed the secret of his success which took everyone by surprise.
“I received a surprise call before the game from India and it was from Mohammed Azharuddin. He talked about my batting and advised me to stand in the crease. I listened to him as I trust him. It worked for me and I scored in the big game” said Younis Khan in the presentation ceremony.
“Younis is a good friend of mine, I keep meeting him often in Dubai especially, to be honest, it pained me to watch him bat the way he had been in the first three Tests. I felt he was too good a batsman to be batting in that fashion, and to be getting out in the manner in which he was. So I decided to speak to him before the final Test. It was nice of him to hear me out, and adapt in such a short period of time. The result speaks for itself. Ideally, it is the job of the coach to point out such things but I wasn’t sure if that was happening. I felt really bad for him, so I said let me just call and speak to him myself” Mohammed Azharuddin told Wisden India.
Azhar played a total of 9 Test matches in England scoring a total of 625 runs in 16 innings at an average of 41.66. Along with that, he spent four glorious seasons with Derbyshire County cricket club scoring 2728 runs for them in 31 games at an average of 54.56. He scored a total of nine centuries and 11 half centuries playing for them for four seasons from 1991 to 1994.
Azhar enjoyed much success in England during India tour of England in 1990 where he amassed 423 runs in 5 innings at an average of 85.20. He smashed 2 tons and one-half centuries on that tour. His great innings of 179 in the second Test was quite crucial for the Indian team.
Riding on his experience in England, Azhar advised Younis which worked for the experienced campaigner.