By: Jahanzeb Shahid
For 38-year-old Younis Khan this was generally a good year—apart from a few rebuffs and hitches here and there.
If we look at his test performance this year then we can brag openly that he performed well. But on the other side he faced lot of criticism this year during the world cup 2015 and his sudden retirement after the first ODI against England.
MISERABLE WORLD CUP 2015
Maybe or surely the worst period Younis Khan has ever faced was the World Cup 2015. Before the world cup he had said “I’m ready to bat anywhere for Pakistan”.
In Pakistan’s World Cup opening match he was sent as the makeshift opener against India but he failed miserably. In the second game against the West Indies, he scored a duck coming in at No. 3 position. He was subsequently dropped for the next two matches. He came back against South Africa and scored 37 runs but again he did not manage to find his place in the next three matches.
Out of seven world cup matches Pakistan played, Khan was selected in only three. He finished the World Cup scoring a paltry 43 runs.
ASTOUNDING ODI RETIREMENT
In a decision that left fans stunned, Khan was selected in the ODIs after almost six months because of his test match performance against England in which Pakistan won 2-0 in a three test match series.
Khan’s selection was not easy. Chairman selection committee Haroon Rahid said, “We have considered Younis Khan for the ODI team and but we will come to a final decision after a discussion with the management.”
Chaos followed his statement. Why should the selection committee need approval of the management to select any player.
Younis eventually made it to the team. But minutes before the toss, he announced his retirement from ODI cricket.
Younis has always been an average player for ODI. His ODI average of 31.24 is the third-lowest among the 49 batsmen who have scored at least 6000 runs.
Younis Khan overall test matches stats comparison with 2015
BREAKING AND MAKING TEST RECORDS
Every record is meant to be broken by someone, somewhere and at sometime. In Pakistan, specifically in test matches, records are made to be broken by Younis Khan. He broke and made a number of records in his career.
This year however, he broke a 22 year old record by scoring the most runs in test cricket ever in Pakistan.
Before Younis, Javed Miandad held this record by scoring 8833 runs with the average of 52.57.
Younis is on 9116 not out. His average of 53.94 is the highest among all Pakistan cricketers who have played more than 6 test matches.
He has scored most centuries for Pakistan with 31 centuries beating a previous record of 25 centuries by Inziman-Ul-Haq.
Only three players have ever scored triple hundred for Pakistan, Younis is one of them, others are Inziman-Ul-Haq and Hanif Muhammad.
Though Younis is an underachiever for ODI he has done great service to Pakistan. He performs best in test cricket when he looks worst in other format. He is a modern day legend in Test cricket, though not as world-class as Inzimam-ul-Haq and Muhammad Yousuf were.
We wish him good luck, and hope he is able to complete 10,000 runs in the coming years.