Abu Dhabi - Younis Khan has come a long way
to be Pakistan's highest run-getter in Test cricket, but he says he is still
The 37-year-old overhauled Javed Miandad's
aggregate of 8 832 runs on Tuesday during his knock of 38 against England in
the first Test in Abu Dhabi, adding to his already achieved Pakistan record of
He achieved the milestone in his 102nd
Test, 22 less than Miandad. He compared the achievement to "climbing a
wall" for someone who hails from the small town of Mardan in the northwest
"I have climbed the wall but still
want to go on as I am never satisfied with my achievements. When I look back on
my career I came to Karachi to play for Pakistan and had to struggle a
Younis said his motivation came from his
"My father was the greatest motivation
for me," he said. "He was a hard worker to the core and instilled in
me that knack."
Former captain Rashid Latif and batsman
Basit Ali mentored Younis as they saw huge talent in the youngster.
"Younis was struggling as he was not
given a chance in the Karachi team so he came to Latif and me and we saw him
scoring a brilliant hundred so we sort of helped him in his progress,"
"His best quality is that he is
honest, plays for the team and country and gives his best which are the
qualities of a great player."
He scored 514 runs with two hundreds, one
against Karachi, to announce his arrival on the national level in 2000.
Selected for a home Test series against Sri
Lanka, Younis instantly made his mark by scoring a debut Test hundred against
Sri Lanka at Rawalpindi.
"I had an auspicious start but
Pakistan lost that Test match and I was not happy because if you perform and
the team loses then it’s not satisfying," said Younis.
Slowly and gradually he progressed under
the shadow of Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf, but former coach Javed
Miandad found him different.
"What made Younis different was his
approach to the game," recalls Miandad who had three stints as coach.
"He puts up more hard work than any other player which you could easily
notice in the nets."
Younis's talent was best harnessed by the
late Bob Woolmer who guided his comeback to the team in 2004.
"Younis is an excellent learner of the
game and the innings he played in Bangalore against India is one of the best I
have seen," said Woolmer of Younis's 267 against India in 2005 which
helped Pakistan level the series 1-1.
Inzamam, captain on that tour, appreciates
Younis's strong will.
"Younis wasn't a natural player but he
worked very hard and his strong will to always do well for the team made him
one of the great players for Pakistan," he said.
But Younis could not match his success as
batsman with his role as a captain despite winning the World Twenty20 in 2009
A players' revolt displaced him as captain
in late 2009 and the Pakistan Cricket Board banned him for being a negative
influence on the team a year later.
That has been the only blemish on an
otherwise glorious career.
"I want to be remembered as a proud
Pakistani," said Younis. "It's a wonderful journey and maybe if I get
to 10 000 runs I will be satisfied."