Former Pakistan captain Younis Khan was arguably one of the finest yet underrated batsmen to play the game. With over 10000 runs in Test cricket, Younis Khan is the only Pakistan batsman to cross that milestone and averages 52.06 in the format. While his ODI numbers are not as impressive, Younis still has over 7000 runs in 265 games. But the right-handed batsman underwent a lean patch in his earlier days for which keeper-batsman Moin Khan scolded him once.
The incident dates back to March 2000 when India and Pakistan locked horns in a One-day international in Sharjah. Younis Khan, who was playing only his fourth ODI innings, perished for a duck in two balls as leg-spinner Anil Kumble castled him. Imran Nazir top-scored with 43 in that fixture as Pakistan folded for 146 in 45.3 overs. Mohammad Azharuddin scored a fifty and steered India to a five-wicket victory in 43.3 overs.
Younis Khan remembers starting his international career under the leadership of Moin Khan, who scolded him for perishing on a duck in a match against India. Pakistan’s current batting coach recollects Moin being unhappy about that, but credited the gloveman for playing a significant role in his success in international cricket.
“I remember I started my international cricket under Moin Khan. He has scolded me as well. I got out in a match against India for a duck and Moin bhai was at the other end and he wasn’t happy at all. But, thanks to him, I learnt from my mistakes and he has had a big role to play in my success in international cricket,” Younis told Cricket Pakistan.
We have spoken a lot about the Pakistan middle-order: Younis Khan
Younis Khan reveals that they have had discussions about Pakistan’s middle order and is hopeful of finding stability in that department. The 43-year old is looking forward to the upcoming tours that involve visits to the West Indies and England. Khan wishes for the national team to keep prospering from their wins in South Africa and Zimbabwe and bag more trophies.
“We have spoken a lot about the Pakistan middle-order. We are trying out many players as well and hopefully, we will have a stable middle-order soon. We played South Africa both home and away and also toured Zimbabwe. Now, we are going to England and West Indies. There are some very good tours coming up and hopefully, Pakistan will keep putting up good performances and win more trophies,” the 118-Test veteran added.