Former Pakistan skipper and batsman Younis Khan was honoured at the Lord’s cricket ground following his great services for the gentleman’s game and cricket Pakistan in particular which has further gone through its highs and lows.
“This is more than enough for me. I am really enjoying this. Many players and my friends are here. I feel truly honoured”, Younis told Geo News.
In recognition of his remarkable achievement, the right-handed batsman has been a great servant for the game of cricket while stating he feels honoured to get named for the award.
In 25 Twenty20 Internationals, Younis hasn’t had enough success, but he led Pakistan to a maiden T20I title in 2009 in England after beating Sri Lanka. He scored 442 runs at an average of 22.10 which included two fifties.
Head coach Mickey Arthur said that the work ethic and the way Younis Khan goes about his business is fantastic. Pakistan chief coach Mickey Arthur stated Younis has been a fantastic cricketer to work alongside while adding he was happy to see such hard workers rising among the ranks.
“It has been a privilege and an honour to work with a player like Younis Khan”, Arthur said.
The 39-year-old Younis hung his boots alongside Misbah-Ul-Haq, who led his team to a historic 2-1 win in the three-match Test series against West Indies.
Pakistan limited-overs skipper Sarfraz Ahmed wished all the best to his senior teammate while stating Younis has been professional with his service and further praises his ability with the bat.
“I have played with him in the last couple of years. He has been a thorough professional”, Sarfaraz said.
Younis has been prolific with the bat and he has been equally safe at slips before bidding adieu to his significant career particularly in Test format.
“With the pressure on, Younis Khan delivered. His classy 218 in the final Test of the summer, at The Oval, helped Pakistan square the series after successive defeats had left them in danger of squandering their win at Lord’s,” Wisden Editor Lawrence Booth remarked.
The middle-order batsman Younis in the recent past has played for English County Clubs and defunct Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals too. Younis, who scored Test runs at an average of 52.05 before crossing past the milestone of 10,000 runs to become the first Pakistani to achieve this feat.
“It was his 32nd Test hundred – and a reminder that his struggles earlier in the series had been a blip rather than part of a decline,” Booth added.
In the ODI format, Younis announced his retirement after scoring 7,240 runs in 264 matches at an average of 31.24. The Mardan-born played 118 Tests in which he scored 10,099 runs which included 34 hundred and 33 fifties.
Adding to the stat, Younis is the third Asian batsman to score at an average of over 52. After smashing his 34th hundred in Sydney in the third Test against Australia, Younis is also at the sixth place in terms of hundreds while equalling with Sunil Gavaskar, Mahela Jayawardene and Windies great Brian Charles Lara.