KARACHI: Two legendary batsmen and former Pakistan captains Hanif Muhammad and Javed Miandad complimented Younis Khan for striking a century in each innings of a Test match against Australia in Dubai on Saturday.
“With grand batting feat he (Younis) proved why he is the best Pakistan batsman of the team” Hanif Muhammad, who created history in 1962 by becoming the first batsman to hit twin centuries in each innings against England, said.
“With grand batting feat he (Younis) proved why he is still the best Pakistan batsman of the team,? Little Master remarked.
“Selectors did great injustice to him by dropping him in ODI series.
But he gave them befitting reply with such a remarkable feat, he said.
Pakistan team suffered 3-0 whitewash by Australia after being outclassed in one-off Twenty20.
Former Pakistan captain Hanif Muhammad, believed that Younis Khan should have been treated well by all.
“Younis is a great team man and fighter to the core and such players deserved a special place in the team,? he added.
Younis’ both centuries were contrasting. He scored 106 off 233 balls in the first innings with ten boundaries and lone six and his unbeaten 103 in the second came in 152 balls and included half a dozen boundaries and brace of sixes.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Sheharyar M.Khan also applauded the unique feat by Younis Khan.
It’s a great accomplishment by Younis Khan and his fighting centuries in both innings and combined team effort put Pakistan in winning position, PCB Chairman said.
Former Pakistan captain’s innings century and his second innings was attacking and aggressive, Miandad said.
He lauded the role of Younis Khan and his fighting qualities which lifted Pakistan to new heights and put them in strong position.
He battled hard to survive in the first innings and his second innings was attacking and aggressive, Miandad said.
Javed Miandad said Younis Khan is an outstanding batsman and he gave right answer to the selectors, who dropped him for the One-day series.
“We needed steady batsman like Younis for the World Cup. He was hurt and he gave good reply to his critics and selectors, Miandad, who himself scored a century in each innings by scoring 104 and 103 not out against New Zealand at Niaz Stadium Hyderabad in 1984, said.
However, he warned Pakistan team not be complacent despite being in strong position.
During the course of 103, Younis Khan also equaled Inzamam-ul-Haq’s record 25 centuries by any Pakistan batsman.