Veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has been a genuine servant of Pakistan cricket and it is profusely fair to call him a modern day legend. With a test batting average almost touching 54, Khan’s contributions to Pakistan’s success have been imperative indeed. Against England at The Oval, the senior batsman scored a fluent double century, to level the series for Pakistan.
After missing the historic day and night test against West Indies due to dengue, Younis was back at his designated number 4 slot in the second test at Abu Dhabi. After Pakistan had lost two early wickets, the onus was on Khan to stage a recovery and set a solid foundation for the team. He did just that as he got to his 33rd test century. Post his innings, he admitted that he was glad to shoulder the responsibility of the batting department.
“There’s no secret,” Younis said. “Maybe we’re the seniors, we have the responsibility to carry the batting line-up, although we have very nice and fantastic youngsters in the team, the responsibility is always there for us.”So whenever we play together, we know that 200-300 is important for our team. Everybody knows that we like to take our time, and then suddenly we go after the spinners and sometimes against fast bowlers as well. So I think there’s no secret, it’s all about mental preparations.”
Khan admitted to being a touch nervous after he missed the first test and didn’t have a lot of match practice. “I wanted to play a couple of domestic games, which is always good for you,” Khan said. “No matter how much you practice in the nets, you need game time. I got to play three or four matches for my club on cement wickets.”They weren’t tough conditions, but I’m glad I played. Karachi was very hot at the time, and I struggled in the first match. But playing those three-four matches really helped me.”
“Usually, you don’t have any energy for one month after dengue. I think they took care of me very well, and that’s why I’m here right now,” Younis said, about his recovery from dengue.
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