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“YOUNIS KHAN” (born on 29th November 1977, Mardan, KPK) is a Pakistani cricketer and former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team. Like Imran Khan, he is most remembered for his leadership letting Pakistan win 2009 ICC World Twenty20. He also holds the most centuries by a Pakistani cricketer in test cricket.

Younis Khan made his international debut in an ODI against Sri Lanka at Karachi in February 2000, and has since played over 250 ODIs for Pakistan. He has also played in over 100 Test matches. He averages over 50 at home. He averages over 50 away. He averages over 50 at neutral. He has the highest average of any Pakistani batsman in history. Apart from being an accomplished batsman, Younis is also a skilled slip fielder and a very occasional leg-spin/medium pace bowler. Younis khan has scored 8814 runs in his Test career and is 19 runs behind to beat the record of Javed Miandad for Most runs by a Pakistani in Test Matches.

Younis had to deal with a number of deaths in his family during 2005 and 2006 which includes his father & 2 brothers.
Younis thought of Bob Woolmer as a fatherly figure after the loss of his own father and mentioned his grief at the death of Bob Woolmer in March 2007 after Pakistan’s exit from the World Cup.
At a number of times while playing, Younis has received the news of the loss of his loved ones which include his elder brother Shamshad Khan and nephew. Younis often had to return home early due to the same tragedies mentioned above.
I doubt if anyone, struck by so many tragic deaths in the family could carry on with both life and cricket with such a big heart.

-Younis is regarded as one of the best players of spin bowling in the world, being particularly strong on the leg side. His favourite and trademark shot is the Flick. Best player of Sweep against spinners in modern cricket.

-Younis Khan’s 30 centuries are the highest number of test centuries by a Pakistani.
-In the third test against Sri Lanka on July 6, Younis Khan became the first Test batsman in history to score five centuries in the fourth innings.
-Younis Khan became only the third Pakistani to score a triple century in test matches when he scored 313 against Sri Lanka in Karachi on February 21, 2009.
-Younis Khan topped the ICC’s Test Batting Rankings in February 2009 after an acclaimed innings of 313 in his first test as the captain.
-On 25 June 2015, Younis Khan became the fifth Pakistani cricketer to play 100 test matches.
-Younis Khan is the only Pakistani to score a test hundred against every other 9 test playing nations and 12th International player to achieve this milestone.
-Younis Khan holds the record of most away centuries for a Pakistani (23), this is the second highest overall.
-Younis Khan is the first (and the only) Pakistani cricketer to take 100 catches in test matches.
-Younis Khan has the most number of centuries (6) after the age of 35 among Pakistani cricketers.
-Younis Khan has scored three consecutive Test hundreds against Australia, a feat. only shared by Herbert Sutcliffe, back in 1924–25.
-Younis Khan is the only batsman to have 60+ average in all the four innings of tests.
-In 2010, Younis Khan was presented with the ‘Pride of Performance’ award by the Government of Pakistan.

Blessed with an ice-cool temperament and a shrewd cricketing brain, Younis Khan was the fulcrum of an often under-performing batting order and was often left to bail the side out of tricky situations.
He wasn’t able to become the man of every match he played but he has indubitably won many hearts over the years. Thank-you for helping the Pakistani flag rise high so many times on so many different soils. Pakistan salutes its national hero, Younis Khan-The man behind the smiling faces of Pakistani patriots.

Story by : Saad Yameen (Team PS)YOUNIS KHAN

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