Pakistan’s veteran batsman Younis Khan has been phenomenal for his side, especially in last one decade. After the retirement of Inzamam-ul-Haq from Pakistan side in 2007, Younis emerged as the senior player of the side and played a vital role in maintaining Pakistan‘s reputation in Tests. Younis made his Test debut back in February 2000 at Rawalpindi and scored a belligerent century against Sri Lanka. He scored 107 in the second innings of his maiden Test after entering the crease at 169 for 5. His knock helped Pakistan in setting a decent target to Sri Lanka. However, Pakistan still lost it.
Throughout the years, Younis has broken numerous records with his brilliant batting. On Monday, at the age of 39 years and 146 days, Younis broke another record in Tests as he completed 10,000 runs in this format and became the first ever Pakistani player do so; 13th overall. Younis entered this prestigious club of 10,000 runs in Tests during the first Test between West Indies and Pakistan at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica.
In this course, Younis also became the oldest to reach the landmark in Tests. Younis’ batting is not very stylish but when it comes to rearguard, barely anyone matches him. He has been the fulcrum of Pakistan for a long period and his absence is going to hurt a lot after his retirement. Surely, no one can replace a player like him. He is also among the rare Pakistan cricketers to end the career with proper farewell as many greats did not have a proper ending to their career. The best part about Younis is that he kept improving match after match, irrespective of the age barrier.
Younis is one of those rare players who have played mostly in overseas conditions than home or neutral venues. Out of 116 Tests, Younis has played 68 away matches, 19 at home and 28 at neutral venues. Younis is probably the only Pakistani to have played for the side under 10 different captains. However, he also led Pakistan side in 9 Tests.