Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st Test, Chittagong, 3rd day December 11, 2011

Was not aiming for double-century - Younis

ESPNcricinfo staff

Younis Khan, the Pakistan batsman, has said he was not aiming for a double-century on the third day of the Chittagong Test and only started thinking about it when his captain Misbah-ul-Haq and coach Mohsin Khan told him to go for it. Younis started the third day on 96, completed his century with a boundary off the third ball, and then switched gears to reach 200 and give Pakistan a 459-run first-innings leads.

"This morning my focus was on getting four runs to complete my hundred," Younis said. "I was lucky to get them off the third ball. Then suddenly the captain and coach changed the plan and told me to go for the double-century.

"I missed two double-hundreds against India in Pakistan in 2006, once when I scored 199 [in Lahore] and once when I made 194 [in Faisalabad]. But this time I was sure that I will get my double-hundred."

During his innings Younis went past 6000 Test runs, and notched up his 19th Test century and third Test double-century. Younis, 34, said he was not focused on breaking any Pakistan batting records but just wanted to play 100 Tests. "It's my dream to play 100 Test matches. If I am lucky enough to play 100 Test matches maybe I will be close to [some records]."

Younis dedicated his double-hundred to his family and the Pakistan coaching staff and team management. He also reserved special praise for his captain Misbah, who he said was respected by the rest of the team.

"I will give Misbah 100% marks on his captaincy because he is an educated person and he has the respect of the team. Everybody listens to him and if you want to give him advice he takes it with an open heart."

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  • darius on December 12, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    if it was 50m boundary,world has witnessed pakistan batsmen surrending themselves to be folded within 150-200 a number of times on those kind of grounds.however it was nt 50m boundary moreover it was Sehwag effect which made all u guyz to think it was 50m. might be a case when Ajmal gets a thrashing from Sehwag and u guys may say he thrashed a overhyped bowler..........

  • darius on December 12, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    SEHWAG,our pride neighbour's envy...........

  • Ashar on December 12, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    who cares these doubles and triple which is against minnows.even gilespi made the 200 hundred again same team? so don be so exited england is waiting

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Great knock by great batsman Younus Khan Well deserved double century :)....

    My appeal with the BD cricket Board and with ICC if u want to grow BD cricket put BD atleast 20 players in Pakistan, India & Srilanka first class teams so that they can learn. As an asian I want to see one more asian team to grow but i heard a lot even from the commentators that BD 1st class cricket standard was pathetic.......

    In this way BD cricket will learn some fast bowling, good batting and fielding from other asian block

  • Manesh on December 12, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    @Saad G. Sheikh SO, BD has better bowling than still WI beat BD...OMG!!!

  • narsimha on December 12, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    SHAYAN TOUHEED ABBASI, lol where does pakistanis applouded him just go through this very page you find lot of insulting coments Even some one gone to the extent of declaring that his mom can score 2 century against WI USE LESS ATTACK the same attack against whom your great team couldnt win a series resently & I FAILED TO UNDERSTAND HOW COULD YOUR WORLDS BEST BATSMAEN FAILED TO SCORE double centuries against this weak attack in the last series .More over how can you claim that BD attack is formidable ,where as it was beaten by zim in their home resently .

  • Sai on December 12, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    save ur best for england sir, this side aint just a team for a batsman of ur class to show off, its for the hafeezs and other kids who want to become a younis khan or a mohammad yusuf (i think yousuf youhana is a better player). all the best pak, go aroound and beat the world, u r just 2 gud for teams like BAN and NZ.

  • narsimha on December 12, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    ZUBARBHATTI,is BD spinners are better thanWANE,MURALI,SAQLAIN ETC ,after reading your coments i checked the stats availble in this very site to see whether YUNISKHAN IS GREATER THAN THE BATS MEN YOU mentioned , but i found that yunis ave, 51.20,sr=52,18cenyuries,25 fifties, which far inferor to these greats

  • Rakesh on December 12, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Well played younis..congrats...just carry on with this form and make it even bigger when you face Swann & Co...

  • narsimha on December 12, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    ZAHIDSALITIN,IF MORE THAN ONE BILLION FANS CELEBRATES OUR SAHWAAGS,WORLDRECORD WE DONT NEED CERTIFICATES,FROM any body ,you agree or disagree this recor dwill stay. we enjoyed it as you people also might have enjoyed the inning of YUNISKHAN. you can praise your team in what ever way that is in your prerogative,but it is not apropriate to insult other nations players, you people demeaning SAHWAAGs inning saying WI boling is worthless if so, can i ask you a simple quation ,than how could you r great team cant win series in WI RESENTLY, WHERE as the so called flat track bully home tiger IND ,won .with the so called worlds weakest attack.

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