I desire to see Pakistan No.1 & hold ICC Test Mace, says Younis99 views
The most experienced batsman in Pakistan’s batting line-up, Younis Khan will enter in the field today to play his 100th Test match for his country.
Only four other Pakistani players have achieved this milestone, Javed Miandad, Saleem Malik, Wasim Akram and Inzamam-ul-Haq. But one thing differs between them and Younis is that he has a batting average of 50+ and has scored 29 international Test hundreds more than by any Pakistani batsman.
While talking to the media before the start of match, Younis said, ‘I will be extremely happy to see Pakistan at No.1 in the ICC Test Rankings before I call time on my career.’
Currently Greenshirts are on the sixth spot in the ICC Test Rankings with 97 points, but a series win against Sri-Lanka will help them to jump on No.3.
He further said, ‘After I scored triple-century against Sri Lanka in 2009 I was elevated to No.1 in the batting rankings and therefore, as an individual, I know how good it feels when you are at the top. I want to see Pakistan at No.1 and hold the ICC Test Mace.’
Younis’ teammates are eager to celebrate his 100th Test appearance with a victory and also winning their first ever Test series in Sri-Lanka since 2009.
When asked that how you feel while playing your 100th Test match, Younis replied, ‘It’s like a dream come true because I wished for it, when I played my first Test, I got a taste of this format and started developing a desire to play 100-plus Test matches.’
Younis has scored 8,594 runs in his Test career third highest in Pakistan after Miandad’s 8,832 and Inzamam’s 8,829. Talking about his goals the 38 year-old middle-order batsman said, ‘I will call off my career with grace, but I still have some goals in my mind and I am close to achieving those goals as well. I can’t share that goal at this point, but you will know very soon.’