Younis reaches 10000 Test runs landmark
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 24, 2017,
Apr 24, 2017, 21:59
Having confirmed this series as the last before he retires from worldwide cricket, 39-year-old Younis played with exaggerated care at the start of his innings. He also became the first Pakistani to score 9000 runs in Test cricket during the same Test series in Dubai.
Younis, who is also the leading century maker in Pakistan's Test history, believes the milestone is very important for the future of the country's cricket.
Younis moved on from a painfully slow start to get to 58 while Babar Azam stroked 72 in dominating a 131-run third- wicket partnership with the former captain to give the tourists the ascendancy into the final session of the day.
"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". So, I am just really pleased to finally achieve this landmark.
"Younis Khan has been an excellent ambassador of Pakistan cricket", PCB Chairman Shaharyar M. Khan said on the board's website.
"I thought about bowing out of worldwide cricket three years ago but one of the motivating factors for me to stay was to get to ten thousand runs", Khan said after the end of the day's play. "At this time, I was seriously considering retirement. He achieved a great thing because this isn't something you can do every day in cricket", he said and added that this is a historic moment for Pakistan cricket. "But then my fans motivated me, and because of them I have reached this far", he said.
Born in Mardan, a city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Younis scored a century in his debut Test against Sri Lanka in 2000 and notched his highest score of 313 against the same side in 2009.
His career batting average of 53.02 is also the best by any Pakistani batsman and the third best by any batsman from Asia.
This is published unedited from the ANI feed.