Sunday, the 23rd of April arose with an optimism of achieving the ‘milestone‘ as the legendary batsmen Younis Khan, was eyeing to secure his name in the history books. Later in the day Khan was able to secure the 13th spot in the 10,0000-run club list.
Playing against the West Indies, Pakistan managed to seal the T20 and ODI series early in their tour. Surely the test format of the game required the attendance of the master. Younis, 39, won his 116 cap for Pakistan against the West Indies in the first test match at Sabina Park.
He went on to receive the accolade of being the first ever Pakistani to score 10,000 runs and more in Test cricket.
Congratulations Younis Khan on your incredible 10K achievement. Hope you have an amazing farewell series, pile on the runs! 👏
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 24, 2017
Pakistan Team were trailing by 286 runs at the start of their first innings. Nevertheless, this timid start from the top order ended soon. Younis stepped on the crease requiring 23 runs that would highlight him as one of the greatest of the game. A patient display like always as it took 84 deliveries for those runs to come. He struck a boundary against Roston Chase, executing his trademark sweep shot. A jubilant Younis Khan celebrated by raising his bat and then running towards the dressing room.
He went on to score 58 runs in the innings with his 33rd half century in test matches. He also has the most centuries (34) by a Pakistani batsman in Tests, going past Inzamam’s 25.
What an incredible achievement Younis khan. So proud of you & happy to be part of your special moment! #10000 Runs pic.twitter.com/MGNq0tXgoG
— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) April 24, 2017
Few Pinnacles of His Career:
- Younis Khan is the only Pakistani to score a century in all the 11 countries that have hosted Test Matches.
- The only captain to have won a major trophy in cricket after the great Imran Khan back in 1992 (Pakistan won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2009).
- The only Pakistani batsmen to score 10,000 runs and more in Test Cricket.
- Against Sri Lanka on July 6, Younis Khan became the first Test batsman in history to score five centuries in the fourth innings.
- Younis Khan scored 6 double centuries in Test matches.
- Khan has taken the most number of catches by any Pakistani in the Test format again, justifying his world class fielding.
- He also carries a 50 plus average in Test cricket, more than any other batsmen of the green team.
The Man Who Discovered Younis Khan
As Younis Khan becomes first Pakistani to achieve 10,000-run milestone, no one is happier than Waheed Mirza. He is the man who discovered Khan for the very first time.
Waheed Mirza is a former coach and ex-captain of Malir Gymkhana in Karachi, where Younis Khan played under his captaincy.
During an interview Mirza recalled that the boy came to him during his U-19 days.
“He, along with another player, came to me and I conducted physical and batting trails of both. The other batsman scored 100 while Younis made just 40 runs,” said Mirza.
“But I selected Younis because I admired his batting reach and I realized that he could be a great batsman,” he recalled.
The former first-class test player further shared that Younis Khan used to come to him in Steel Mills, Karachi.
“I have never seen such a hardworking boy, he is a keen observer and adopts best practices of players around him,” Mirza said.
Younis to Retire After the West Indies Tour
Younis Khan has joined Misbah-ul-Haq in retiring from international cricket. This will happen at the end of the tour of the West Indies in April/May. However, the Pakistan cricket team has no decent replacement available currently, either technically or experience wise.
Khan said, “A time comes in every player’s life when he has to decide and I always tried my best to serve my country with my head high. No player always remains fit, the motivation never remains the same, so this is the time when I should leave the field after the upcoming series in West Indies.”
Also the HBL PSL team Peshawar Zalmi’s mentor, Younis Khan has till date played 406 matches with 487 innings in all formats of the game at the top level. Piling up a staggering 17,732 runs is not easy as it may sound: It took Khan to commit to the game for 17 years!
Massive congratulations to @PeshawarZalmi Mentor Younis Khan on reaching 10000 test runs… well done legend 👏👏👏👏
— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) April 24, 2017
There are still two Test matches left in the series. The player would surely want to finish on a high with 4 innings in his hand. We pay our tribute to the batsmen referred once as the ‘glass in a cage’. One chewing gum and ten thousand runs, a phenomenal achievement from the boy who comes from Mardan.