Throwback to the 2009 ICC World T20
Younis Khan. The legend. The captain.
On this day 11 years ago, Pakistan became the second team to win the T20 world cup. They learnt from the 2007 final against India and comprehensively beat Sri Lanka, thanks to performances from Abdul Razzaq and Shahid Afridi.
Younis Khan was the captain of the team at the time.
Recently he was appointed as Pakistan’s batting coach. On his appointment, PCB CEO Wasim Khan stated:
“I am delighted that someone of the stature and incredible batting record of Younis Khan has agreed to join the Pakistan cricket set-up as national men’s team batting coach. When I spoke with him, his commitment and enthusiasm to take up this assignment and serve his country were never in doubt and he jumped at the opportunity…
Younis’ work ethics, commitment to match preparation, game awareness and tactics in the English conditions will be invaluable. He is a role model to a number of current players and is hugely respected. I have no doubt that the squad will benefit from the immense value that he will bring, both on and off the field.”
In this article, we will be analysing the test career of Younis Khan and exploring how crucial he was for Pakistan.
In order to do this, first, his statistical record will be analysed and then we will outline his top 5 innings for Pakistan.
Younis Khan – The statistical freak
Some well known Records held by Younis Khan:
- The only player to score at least test century in all the 11 countries he played in
- Highest test run-scorer for Pakistan
- First Pakistani and 13th overall batsman to exceed 10,000 runs
- Among his contemporaries only middle-order batsmen only Virat Kohli (55.10, Michael Clarke (50.91) have better 50/100 conversion ratio than his 50.75
- 3rd in the list of 4th innings test runs (1465) since 01 January 2000, only behind Sir Alastair Cook, Graeme Smith 1611 runs each
RUNS BY YEARS:
Younis Khan’s best years as a Test cricketer was 2006 and 2014. In those two years, he averaged over 60 and scored over 1000 runs.
RUNS BY INNINGS:
He was equally effective in all four innings – averaging close to 50.
YOUNIS KHAN TEST RECORD
He averaged over 50 both home and away. In neutral venues, he also averaged over 50.
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Top 5 most important knocks – Part 1
91 and 149* at Eden Park, Auckland, in 2001
Younis Khan played two fabulous innings in this game. He narrowly missed his century in the first innings by 9 runs. He made amends in the second innings, by scoring 149 not out.
Pakistan had led by 94 on first innings and Younis Khan’s knock helped sealed a famous victory for Pakistan against New Zealand.
Saqlain Mushtaq had a superb game, taking a four wicket-haul in both innings of the game at Auckland.
267 & 84 vs India at Bangalore, India in 2005
Having last both openers cheaply, Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq both played immense knocks to guide Pakistan to victory in this test match.
Their knocks were largely responsible for Pakistan’s first innings total of 570. These two knocks had allowed Pakistan to gain a lead of 121 on first innings. They batted quickly and with intent in their second innings and had set India 383 to win.
A team bowling effort in the second innings helped Pakistan to a test match victory over their rivals.
Top 5 most important knocks – part 2
127 vs England at Dubai, in 2012
Despite leading the test series 2-0, Pakistan had been bundled out for just 99 in their first innings – allowing England to lead by 42.
Younis Khan then played a virtually match-winning inning of 127 in Pakistan’s second innings, allowing the home side to win the game by 71 runs against England.
They won the series 3-0 against the number one ranked team in the world.
171* vs Sri Lanka in Pallekele, Sri Lanka in 2015
Perhaps Pakistan’s finest victory on the subcontinent.
They required an unlikely 377 to win the test match in their fourth-innings. Despite losing two wickets for just 13 runs, Shan Masood and Younis Khan formed a superb partnership of 242 on a turning wicket.
Masood was later dismissed but Younis Khan guided his team to victory with the help of Misbah-ul-Haq. Pakistan won the series 2-1 against Sri Lanka with their highest fourth-innings chase in test match history.
218 vs England in Oval, England in 2016
Pakistan was trailing 2-1 in the series having won the first test at Lords.
However, on a flat wicket, Younis Khan scored a mammoth 218 and Asad Shafiq also scored a century to give Pakistan a first-innings score of 542. This allowed Pakistan to lead by 214 runs on first-innings.
They managed to bowl England out for 253 and in the process won the game by 10 wickets since they chased the 42 runs required for victory without losing a wicket.
A scintillating series, therefore, ended 2-2.
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