Sunday, December 28, 2014

A salute to Younis Khan

Written By: Bariyah Faisal

Well, well, well,  another century for Younis Khan and still more to come . He has achieved another milestone.  In first innings of 1st test against Australia, he equalled Inzamam's record of 25 hundreds.  In the 2nd  inning, he scored the 2nd century and became first Pakistani batmen to have 26 centuries in test cricket.  He surely deserves a salute.

Younis Khan is an outstanding player. On his best day he can totally rip apart the opposition bowling attack. He doesn't care if it's Johnson or Steyn bowling him, he will just do his job. His batting style isn't elegant but his strokes and sweep shots are very pleasing to watch.  Younis Khan has always been overshadowed by the likes of Inzaman,  Yousuf,  Miandad,  Saeed Awanwar and never received the praise he deserved but now he has established himself as a better cricketer than them. Younis Khan has now centuries against all test playing nations. It is also an record as no Pakistani has ever done that.  Both Inzamam and Yousaf failed to score centuries against South Africa.

This test match against the Aussies is special both for Pakistan and Younis. Pakistan was whitewashed in the odi series and Younis Khan was left out of series which even sparked a controversy.  Younis strongly replied with his bat.  In the first inning when two quick wicket fell,  he bowed his head and dragged Pakistan out of the difficult phase.  In the second innings,  he played crucial innings with Ahmed Shazed who has also made hundred,  to extend Pakistan's lead to 437.  He has told the selectors that he isn't old yet. He can still play beautifully and will  never miss a chance to score hundred.  He is calm,  composed and  build his innings.  He does nothing out of ordinary yet his overall innings always look extraordinary.  He will Insha Allah make more centuries and will guide Pakistan to more victories.

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