Pakistan’s most prolific Test run-getter Younis Khan, who has recently made a decision to quit international cricket after Pakistan’s forthcoming three-match Test series against West Indies, is eyeing one last career milestone of becoming the first ever Pakistan player to reach 10,000 Test runs. The 39-year-old veteran currently stands just 23 runs shy of stepping into the iconic 10,000 runs club.
“I had a plan to retire after surpassing Javed bhai’s record then I was motivated to complete 10,000 runs so I have decided to get them,” Younis said to media when he announced his retirement.
Younis also holds a unique record of scoring a century in all 11 nations that have hosted Tests, including Dubai and UAE which are Pakistan’s adopted home venues. He also has 34 Test centuries to his name, coming in just 207 innings.
“When I am retired and when I am not in the dressing room, I want youngsters to remember me as a role model,” said Younis in a Facebook interview with the Pakistan Cricket Board.
“I want them to remember me as a player and batsman who always played for his country.”
Jamaica’s Sabina Park is where the first Test match between Pakistan and West Indies is scheduled, a venue where Younis scored a match-winning hundred in 2005 but also lost his coach Bob Woolmer two years later. Recalling the mysterious death of his former mentor whom he held in high regard and shared a close relationship with, Younis said those were the toughest times of his career.
“Not being able to leave for home, being treated like murder suspects, those were the worst moments of my life and I can never forget them,” he said. We were being treated like suspects although Bob was like a father figure to us and his death shook us all.”
Saying of the most cherished moments of his career, the veteran said his first Test run against Sri Lanka in 2000 will always remain in his memory.
“The most important run of my career was the first one I scored against Sri Lanka in Rawalpindi in 2000,” he said. I also scored a hundred in the second innings of that Test.
“Some memorable innings for me are 149 against New Zealand in Auckland, the century that saved the Test against India in Kolkata (2007) and the double-century in Bangalore (2005).
“My 175 against Australia, the double-hundred in England (2016) and my triple-century against Sri Lanka (2009) are some other memorable innings.”
Younis made a memorable debut against Sri Lanka in March 2000 on the back of consistent domestic performances and has played 115 Tests since then, amassing 9977 runs at an incredible average of 53.06.