One of the finest batsman in Pakistan’s cricket History ”Younas Khan’‘ is out of squad right now, but he is very hopeful to join Team Pakistan again. Nowadays Younas Khan is doing hard training in the camp of Team Pakistan at National Cricket Academy, Lahore. Right now in June the weather of Lahore, Pakistan is pretty hot and I tell you what it is very difficult for us to even complete a round of the stadium, well it is all about the HardWork if you do better you would get the better.
Younas Khan last played an ODI in March 2013, and a t20 in December 2010 But remember he remains a consistent test player for team Pakistan. His bad form begins in 2012 when team Pakistan was on Sri-Lanka’s tour he only made 10 runs in three innings and Pakistan also lost that series by 1-3, but right after in 2012 Pakistan had a tour of India and selection members though we want some Senior players to handle the pressure because to play in India against India is not easy, Well, Pakistan also won that ODI series by 2-1. Younas also got chance in an ODI series against South Africa but in vain. However, after making only 190 runs in eight innings at an average of 23.75 and strike rate of 67.37, Younis was left out of the Champions Trophy squad and not found a way back since.
While talking to Media Younas Khan Said:
“Whatever format I played I always tried to give my best, but I don’t have a long-term goal that I want to play the 2015 or 2019 World Cup, my desire is to play as much cricket and keep up my role-model performance. A player like me, who has played 14-15 years of top cricket and played all forms of cricket, his career shouldn’t be ended like being classified as only a Test player, My desire is to walk away on my own conditions, playing in every form of game I am available to play, rather than being dropped. I obviously want commit myself to playing ODIs and whenever I get a chance I surely would like to grab the opportunity to play the World Cup”.
“I might play for the next 10 years, but it’s all about time and hunger for the game, I am almost in the fourteenth year of my career and it’s very difficult to maintain your top performance playing at top level. After all, we are human and we can’t maintain the much needed consistency, and sometime you lose interest ”
“Such camps actually are very important to know yourself inside out understand where you stand, what is the fitness level and how much we need to improve. It is good to get a window in international cricket. We unfortunately have lost the home advantage and mostly are on tours, hence no time for such extensive camps. So I took the opportunity to get myself tuned.”
Younas Khan’s Batting Performance in ODI’s
HS: 144 (against Hong Kong at Colombo SSC)
Boundaries: 560 (Mostly cover drives)
Performance in Test:
HS: 313 (against Sri Lanka at Karachi)
Boundaries: 829 (mostly straight and cover drives)
By: Mohammad Furqan Bhatti
Writer is University student and sports Journalist based in Pakistan