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The middle order batsman from Pakistan Younis khan who has recently announced his retirement from international cricket has said in an interview that he has always played for the team he also wants his fans to believe and know the same
The legend from Pakistan who will retire from international cricket just after he will come back from the West Indies tour has said the lines in deep emotion that he has always played for the team
“The runs that I made at the start of my career were very important. I will remember that for a very long time,” Younis Khan told in an interview with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). “The century that I made in the second innings against Sri Lanka in 2000 at Rawalpindi remains very, very special to me. That’s my debut game and that knock has to be in the top of my rack.”
Recollecting his most memorable knocks, Younis said: “The 143 I made against New Zealand in Auckland, (the) century in Kolkata in 2005 and the double hundred I made in Bangalore are so close to my heart. Last year, I knocked 175 versus Australia in Sydney, and also the double hundred in England.”
When Younis Khan notched up triple hundred against Sri Lanka in 2009, he was the only third Pakistani cricketer to get there. “The fans still remember my triple hundred in Karachi because that was a very young team and we played against a very strong Sri Lankan team,” he mentioned.
Celebrations have become an integral part of cricket, and Younis Khan spoke about how he missed the chance in celebrating an achievement in an unique fashion.
“There are lot of things that I go in my mind while celebrating milestones, sometimes I get really confused. When I broke Javed Miandad’s record, I thought I will give my bat and gloves to some youngsters, but the scenario was such that we are not playing at home. If I was playing in home, I would have gotten a break for 4-5 minutes so that I can soak all the applause the crowd. Since they are the home fans, you feel like doing something for them.”
As we all know that Younis khan is just 23 runs behind his 10000 runs in test cricket and if will achieve the feat he will be the only player from Pakistan to do so, and on this contrary he said
“When I reach 10.000 runs, I’ll request my team-mates to wait and let me cherish and celebrate the occasion.”
It’s no secret that the wall of Pakistan cricket will be leaving a great legacy behind for the generations to come. “If I’m not in the dressing room and not playing international cricket anymore, I want the youngsters to remember me as a role model. In difficult times, they should be thinking what I would have done had I been in the dressing room. I’m aware that I’m going to leave a legacy behind. I want the players to remember as someone who represented Pakistan cricket and always played for the team,” concluded a noticeably emotional Younis Khan.