Younis Khan Will Be Sorely Missed, Feel Former Pakistanis Legends
Former Pakistani cricketers gave a wonderful farewell to retiring Younis Khan in an event staged to felicitate the veteran. The special occasion saw him receive a warm reception from fellow legends of his country.
Younis Khan along with Misbah-ul-Haq bowed out from Test cricket with the conclusion of the recently organised Test tour of West Indies. The star names present at the ceremony who praised him for the long service to Pakistan cricket.
Test cricketer Zaheer Abbas remarked that Younis’ and his batsmanship fused both orthodoxy and modern style into one. He felt that the Mardan-born cricketer is retiring with so much dignity only because he loved and the respected the game to the highest level.
“He gave respect to the game of cricket and that’s why he earned so much respect from every quarter,” said Zaheer
Former Test off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq appreciated Younis’ ability to use the best of his abilities to help Pakistan cricket.
“Younis always used his best abilities to serve Pakistan,” said Saqlain.
Ex-wicketkeeper Moin Khan and former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq also spoke on the occasion and said his retirement is a great loss for cricket in Pakistan.
“He will be sorely missed,” he said about Younis.
Ex-Test pacer Aaqib Javed was happy that Younis was able to end Test cricket at his peak.
“Younis is the only cricketer who has quit T20 and Test cricket at his peak and that gesture must be appreciated,” said Aaqib.
Younis Khan retires as the first Test batsmen from Pakistan to score over 10,000 Test runs. The 39-year-old who made his debut in 2000 ends his 17-year long career with 10,099 Test runs from 118 Tests at an average of 52.05.
He also featured in 265 ODIs and 25 T20Is during his time at the highest level.
With Younis’ departure, Pakistan will see a huge dent in the batting order which is often criticised for being too inconsistent despite all the talent. Pakistan’s batting order always revolved around him, especially in the last decade. The emergence of younger talents did little to take off the burden off his shoulders.
He was an important man off the field as well. During his career, he has been steady as rock character-wise and saw through a couple of turbulent times which Pakistan cricket faced in the recent past with great responsibility.
“The first run scored in my career was memorable for me and I never looked back after that,” said Younis speaking at a farewell reception held here in Islamabad on Thursday night.
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