Grant Flower
Grant Flower (Credits: AFP)

Former Zimbabwean batsman Grant Flower has revealed the name of a player who didn’t welcome batting tips during his tenure as Pakistan’s batting coach. The right-handed batsman joined the Pakistan camp in 2014 and left the post in 2019. Misbah-Ul-Haq succeeded in the role while also taking up the chief selector’s job.

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Along with Andy Flower, Grant Flower was one of the most successful batsmen produced by a country, which grew administratively weaker over the years. In more than 280 games for the national team, he has over 9000 runs. Behind his brother Andy, Grant is also the second-highest run-getter for Zimbabwe in Tests and ODIs.

It was none other than the veteran player Younis Khan, who had a bit of a tiff with the then batting coach of Pakistan. Grant Flower recalled a Test in Brisbane when during breakfast, the 49-year-old tried to give some batting advice. With 10,099 runs in 118 Tests, Younis Khan is Pakistan’s highest run-getter in Test cricket.

Younis Khan quite tough to master. Obviously, a brilliant career. I remember one incident in Brisbane, during the Test, at breakfast I tried to give him a bit of batting advice, not that my career was anywhere near his regarding stats, as he is the highest scorer in Pakistan Test cricket,” Grant Flower said.

Younis Khan
Younis Khan. (Credits: Twitter)

The Harare-born batsman recalled that Younis didn’t take his advice kindly and instead brought a knife to his threat while head coach, Mickey Arthur sitting beside him. At the same time, Grant Flower hails the journey as a batting consultant and concedes he has got a lot more to learn.

But he didn’t take kindly to my advice and brought a knife to my throat, with Mickey Arthur sitting alongside, who had to intervene. Yeah, it’s been interesting. But that’s part of coaching. It makes it a hell of a journey, and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I’m very fortunate to be in the position I am,” Grand Flower stated as quoted by India Today.

Grant Flower referred to the Brisbane Test of 2016:

Grant Flower
Grant Flower (Credits: ESPNCricinfo)

The Zimbabwean-born indicated the first of the three Tests between Australia and Pakistan in 2016 at the Gabba. Younis Khan registered a duck and 65 in the first and second innings in that fixture respectively.

That match is best remembered for Asad Shafiq’s 137 that threatened to gun down a fourth-innings target of 490. The tourists lost the clash by 39 runs and consequently the series by 3-0. The PCB recently appointed Younis Khan as the batting coach of the national team ahead of the upcoming tour of England.

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