Younis Khan honored at Lord’s; ‘This is more than enough for me…’

Legendary cricketer Younis Khan on Thursday was honored at Lord’s in recognition of his remarkable career.

Talking to media persons, Younis Khan said he feels truly honored.

“This is more than enough for me. I am really enjoying this. Many players and my friends are here. I feel truly honored”, he said.

Head coach Mickey Arthur said the work ethic and the way Younis Khan goes about his business is fantastic.

“It has been a privilege and an honor to work with a player like Younis Khan”, the coach said.

ODI and T20i captain Sarfraz Ahmed said that Younis Khan deserved all the applause. “I have played with him in the last couple of years. He has been a thorough professional”.

“With the pressure on, Younis Khan delivered. His classy 218 in the final Test of the summer, at The Oval, helped Pakistan square the series after successive defeats had left them in danger of squandering their win at Lord’s. It was his 32nd Test hundred – and a reminder that his struggles earlier in the series had been a blip rather than part of a decline,” said Wisden editor Lawrence Booth.

Pakistan was 1-2 down in the four-match series, the fourth Test was a must-win for Pakistan to avoid the series loss.

Replying to England’s first innings score of 328, Pakistan lost three wickets for 127 runs. Asad Shafiq was joined by Younis Khan to rebuild Pakistan’s innings, and both added 150 runs for the third wicket.

Asad departed after scoring 109, but Younis continued his fight and completed a double century. His innings of 218 helped Pakistan post 542, with a lead of 214 runs against England, which helped Pakistan win the Test by 10 wickets.

The recently concluded three-match series against West Indies in Dominica saw the end of Younis Khan’s international career.

Khan, 39, was given guard of honor by Pakistan team as well as by the Windies.

Younis bid adieu to his career with 10,099 runs – the most by any Pakistan player in the history of Test cricket.

He made 10099 runs in his Test career of 118 matches.

Younis’ career batting average of 52.05 is also the best by any Pakistani batsman and the third best by any batsman from Asia.

In January, Younis also became the first cricketer in Test history to score centuries in 11 countries when he smashed his 34th hundred in the third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), tying him with Sunil Gavaskar, Mahela Jayawardene and Brian Lara in the all-time list at sixth place.

In 2015, Younis retired from ODI cricket after playing 264 matches and scoring 7240 runs.

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