Pakistan middle order safeguard shield Younis Khan is on the verge to surpass Javed Miandad, the highest run-getter in Test Cricket for the country, but he did not consider himself to be equal to Minadad and termed him as “ledend and an idol”.
The veteran batsman needs just 19 more runs in the three-Test series against England kicking off on Tuesday to pass Miandad’s tally of 8832 runs scored after playing 124 matches during an memorable career from 1976 to 1993.
The 37-year-old backbone of Pakistan batting line has scored 8,814 so far in 101 Tests, along with most Test centuries, 30, by any Pakistani player.
“It would be great to achieve the record. I never thought I would do it at the start of my career,” said Younis.
“Passing Minadad would be great but I am in no way close to the great man who is a legend of Pakistan cricket. Even after passing his tally of runs I would not be able to attain the heights that Miandada achieved. He was idolized by millions.”
It is interesting that both these batsmen had scored a ton on their debut Test.
Younis Khan had added 468 runs in his total in the 2-0 win over Australia – Pakistanis first Test series win against Australia in 20 years.
“Records aside, I want to bat for my country and the best identity for me is not record. I want to be recognised as a batsman who always played for his country,” expressed the star batsman.
Further, he denied that he was under any pressure to achieve the milestone.
“I am feeling very normal, there is no pressure on me,” added Younis.
“This is important series for us so I want to do my best for the team and for the country.”