Younis Khan retirement announced after the earlier announcement of retirement by Misbah ul Haq. The maestro of batting has announced his retirement after the end of the West Indies tour in April and May.
Younis Khan Retirement Anticipated
Younis Khan retirement in Karachi comes two days after Misbah announced his end of the cricketing career.
Here is what Younis Khan said about his retirement.
“People are calling me and asking me not to make any announcement to leave but now is the time. A time comes in every player’s life when he has to decide, and I always tried my best to serve my country with my head high. No player always remains fit, the motivation never remains the same, so this is the time when Younis should leave the field after the upcoming series in West Indies.”
Younis Khan retirement deprives Pakistan Test team off one of its most experienced test batsmen. Younis Khan only needs 23 more runs to reach the goal of 10,000 runs. He intends to become the first Pakistani to reach the milestone of reaching 10,000 runs in Test cricket.
Misbah, on the other hand, needs 49 runs to reach his milestone of 5000 runs at the age 43.
Here is how Younis Khan looked at his cricket.
“I always tried to be a good ambassador and serve my country to take it one step forward. If I’ve ever made a mistake in my career, if I’ve forgotten something, or done something wrong, please think of me as one of your own and forgive me, ignore me and let’s move on.”
Younis Khan retirement did not come as a quick decision according to him. He revealed that he had thought through it before making the announcement. Younis said that he first thought he would end his career after surpassing Javed Miandad’s record. However, later he thought he must reach the target of completing 10,000 runs.
He announced retirement because according to him people would have started expecting more from him. He said that if he had not announced his retirement beforehand, his fans would have expected to him to reach 11,000 and then 12,000 runs. Or they have asked him to accomplish the landmark of 15,000 runs achieved by Sachin Tendulkar. Younis Khan also said that he had reached the age where he could not make that far, and his fan needs to understand his decision and allow him to fulfill his plans.
Younis Khan debuted in the year 2000 and had made 9977 runs at a staggering average of 53.06. He has scored 34 centuries and had his best score of 313 against Sri Lanka in 2009, third highest by any Pakistani test player.