Pakistan Test veteran Younis Khan became the first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket, reaching the landmark shortly after tea with a sweep shot off Roston Chase on day three of the first Test match against West Indies at Sabina Park. Younis broke the 10k runs barrier in 208 innings — the sixth fastest among the 13 batsmen to have achieved the similar feat.
The 39-year-old legend celebrated the landmark with a broad grin on his face, and by raising his arms to receive appreciation from his teammates and a small crowd. He dedicated the record to his family and late Bob Woolmer, whom Younis held in high regard and shared a close relationship with during his brief tenure as Pakistan coach in 2007.
“I credit this success and achievement to all my family members, especially my late father, my mother and the late Bob Woolmer, who always motivated me,” Younis said.
“This is not just my achievement, this is for everyone in Pakistan, this is Pakistan’s achievement.”
Shahryar Khan, the PCB chairman, also lauded the services of the veteran and said he has been an excellent ambassador of Pakistan cricket.
“Younis Khan has been an excellent ambassador of Pakistan cricket. The number of records he has set in the recent past is something we as a nation can take great pride in,” said Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar M. Khan.
“He is the only Pakistan batsman and Test cricketer in the world to score centuries in 11 countries across the world, the feat he achieved against Australia early this year.
“I congratulate him on rewriting the record books and hope he carries the form to win the Test series against the West Indies.”
Earlier this week, Younis had hinted at the possibility of staying on if his team needs him, but later clarified his comments in a new video, saying that his decision to retire from international cricket at the end of the ongoing Test series against West Indies is final. Misbah-ul-Haq, who is also set to retire after the West Indies tour, had urged Younis to delay his exit and carry on for another year or two to help youngsters with his vast experience of the game.
Younis made a memorable debut against Sri Lanka in March 2000 on the back of consistent domestic performances and has played 116 Tests since then, scoring just a shade over 10,000 runs at an incredible average of 53.06.