Age of Khan February 24, 2009

Pakistan cricket finds a leader

Younis Khan's triple hundred will always be diminished by this docile track despite the pressure of chasing down a total of over 600
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Karachi's pitch may have killed the match but it has rejuvenated Younis Khan. His triple hundred will always be diminished by this docile track despite the pressure of chasing down a total of over 600. It shouldn't be. Much more illustrious Pakistan teams and batsmen have crumbled on as friendly surfaces. The pressure of the situation has been too great and their strength of character too weak. Indeed, which other Pakistan batsman has threatened to score a century?

Meanwhile, Younis has devoured this challenge with an innings that could earn him the highest ever score by a Pakistani. It would be well deserved. The new captaincy, a selection row, criticism of his leadership in the field, a score of over six hundred, and the bowling combination of Murali and Mendis have all made this innings a test of Younis' mental strength and character. He has passed with a flourish and an ever present smile.

His square drive to reach a century and reverse sweep to the triple hundred were typical Younis: classical yet innovative and fearless. The road to recovery for Pakistan cricket will be long and interrupted by failure. But Younis Khan has already shown that he is a man with the guts to lead Pakistan cricket out of the living hell of the past two years.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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  • frednork on March 3, 2009, 7:22 GMT

    unfourtunatley, its all moot, as given the recent news regarding the Sri Lankan team, international cricket in Pakistan is probably not going to occur in the near or far future shame

  • EAMiran on March 3, 2009, 5:46 GMT

    The terror attack today marks the death knell of International cricket in Pakistan. May Pakistan cricket, whatever little is left of it, find peace on foreign shores.

  • waterbuffalo on March 2, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    So Younis Khan wins the toss and decides to put S.Lanka in. At 38-2, he looked like a genius, at 98-3 he still looked very smart, at 606 all out, he looks like Shoaib Malik. I wonder what Inzamam thought of it, I am sure that old Inzy would have batted first, "aggressive tactics" be hanged. Inzy would have surmised that Pakistan had only one front line fast bowler, with a debutant and a medium pacer to back him up. This apparently escaped the intelligent, aggresive mind of the smiling Younis Khan. Maybe Younis shouldn't smile so much, 600 in two tests in a row and a double ton by Samaraweera back to back is hardly anything to smile about. I hope Pakistan saves the Test, but I hope Younis is man enough to admit that it was a mistake putting S. Lanka in, seeing that they would have batted if they won the toss.

  • faisal on March 1, 2009, 16:54 GMT

    Now muhd talha is wicketless and expensive, hey everybody start talking about him lol i think both talha and shoil khan are good they just need time and above some people start comparing yoinis with inzi lol man hold your hourses. how can you compare two players when their is huge differece between them frist younis has played 6 matches as captin and inzi has 31 and above waterbuflo is going too much infavor of inzi i agree he was a world class player no dout but by the way his win/loss in test matches is 11/11 and younis's win/loss is 1/1 so i think both are equal lol....what do you think

  • Ravi K. Bhab on February 28, 2009, 17:26 GMT

    Kamran Bhai,

    this maybe a bit of an aside~ but whilst touring South America with a charity close to my heart I stumbled across a surprising wealth of untapped cricketing talent, most of whom were of asian descent displaying untorthodox eye - hand co-ordination and it would be wise in my opinion to scout these nations for potential talent (ignoring other talent in the area.

    P.S. Hope we give Mahela a traditional Pakistani farewell in the next test - but not a too welcoming pitch.

  • faisal on February 28, 2009, 16:41 GMT

    Pitch is being critcised by everyone but here is the thing, we never made fast or lively track in pak but we won matches, now the question is how? Difference is that we have bowler like waqar, wasim, shoaib, Asif, imran, saqlain, qadir, sarfraz nawaz, fazal mahmood in the past two, three decades who had capability to take wicket on dire dead pitches now we don't have that kind of bowling attack what we have we can say they are madiocre at batsman friendly pitches so that is the main difference. Poor pitch and curator are being criticised wrongfully

  • Mohsin on February 28, 2009, 10:42 GMT

    i think we all should wait till 2nd test start, we all will see what positive pak team learned from 1st test, and applied in the 2nd match.. as i think its too early to jump to conclusion that our batting line up is very good and bowling doesn't need more than Talha or Sohail khan

  • CRICKETEXPERT on February 28, 2009, 10:03 GMT

    waterbuffalo, Younis won one so far he hasnt played long enough as captyain to win as many as inzi

    Inshallah Younis will turn out to be a very good captain and will win more tests for Pakistan

  • Tay'yab-Ali Malik on February 26, 2009, 23:19 GMT

    I am amazed that some people are not giving the credit Yk deserves and continually making refrences to the flat pitch. In modern times name me one triple hundred scored on a lively or a good test wicket. Lara, sewag, haden, gayle,mahela, inzi -all have scored their triple hundreds on dead, flat and docile tracks. What makes YK's knock special is that it was his first match as captain, he came out instead of sending in a night watchman,chasing a huge total, playing test cricket after almost 14m and more importantly he was up against two of the best spinners in the world both of whom can spin the ball on any wicket.

    I hope they keep sohail and play talla. Drop iqbal, akmal is good enough to bat at 6, arafat can bat too. We need to take 20 wickets to win.

  • waterbuffalo on February 26, 2009, 22:06 GMT

    So all is well now with Pakistan cricket because Younis led from the front with a 'fighting' triple century, nevermind that 2 Sri Lankans scored double hundreds and not a single batsman on both sides failed to get to at least twenty, I suppose Kamran Akmal is now a brilliant batsman after his 100, oh, I forgot the S.Lankan opener out for a duck. Yes 300 is a brilliant score, but I have to see Younis Khan, 'the fighting pathan' use his brains on the field before I start saying he is better than Inzi and almost as good as Miandad or Imran, the over the top responses show how immature most Pakistani supporters are. You do realize that Sangakkara bowled 10 overs and Mahela also bowled. That shows what the S. Lankan captain thought of the pitch, it is a subtle criticism, but a very pertinent one, we had better hope that their wicketkeeper doesn't bowl in the next test. Pakistan had better develop a thick skin if that happens. Inzi saved and won Tests for Pakistan since 99. Younis won one.

  • frednork on March 3, 2009, 7:22 GMT

    unfourtunatley, its all moot, as given the recent news regarding the Sri Lankan team, international cricket in Pakistan is probably not going to occur in the near or far future shame

  • EAMiran on March 3, 2009, 5:46 GMT

    The terror attack today marks the death knell of International cricket in Pakistan. May Pakistan cricket, whatever little is left of it, find peace on foreign shores.

  • waterbuffalo on March 2, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    So Younis Khan wins the toss and decides to put S.Lanka in. At 38-2, he looked like a genius, at 98-3 he still looked very smart, at 606 all out, he looks like Shoaib Malik. I wonder what Inzamam thought of it, I am sure that old Inzy would have batted first, "aggressive tactics" be hanged. Inzy would have surmised that Pakistan had only one front line fast bowler, with a debutant and a medium pacer to back him up. This apparently escaped the intelligent, aggresive mind of the smiling Younis Khan. Maybe Younis shouldn't smile so much, 600 in two tests in a row and a double ton by Samaraweera back to back is hardly anything to smile about. I hope Pakistan saves the Test, but I hope Younis is man enough to admit that it was a mistake putting S. Lanka in, seeing that they would have batted if they won the toss.

  • faisal on March 1, 2009, 16:54 GMT

    Now muhd talha is wicketless and expensive, hey everybody start talking about him lol i think both talha and shoil khan are good they just need time and above some people start comparing yoinis with inzi lol man hold your hourses. how can you compare two players when their is huge differece between them frist younis has played 6 matches as captin and inzi has 31 and above waterbuflo is going too much infavor of inzi i agree he was a world class player no dout but by the way his win/loss in test matches is 11/11 and younis's win/loss is 1/1 so i think both are equal lol....what do you think

  • Ravi K. Bhab on February 28, 2009, 17:26 GMT

    Kamran Bhai,

    this maybe a bit of an aside~ but whilst touring South America with a charity close to my heart I stumbled across a surprising wealth of untapped cricketing talent, most of whom were of asian descent displaying untorthodox eye - hand co-ordination and it would be wise in my opinion to scout these nations for potential talent (ignoring other talent in the area.

    P.S. Hope we give Mahela a traditional Pakistani farewell in the next test - but not a too welcoming pitch.

  • faisal on February 28, 2009, 16:41 GMT

    Pitch is being critcised by everyone but here is the thing, we never made fast or lively track in pak but we won matches, now the question is how? Difference is that we have bowler like waqar, wasim, shoaib, Asif, imran, saqlain, qadir, sarfraz nawaz, fazal mahmood in the past two, three decades who had capability to take wicket on dire dead pitches now we don't have that kind of bowling attack what we have we can say they are madiocre at batsman friendly pitches so that is the main difference. Poor pitch and curator are being criticised wrongfully

  • Mohsin on February 28, 2009, 10:42 GMT

    i think we all should wait till 2nd test start, we all will see what positive pak team learned from 1st test, and applied in the 2nd match.. as i think its too early to jump to conclusion that our batting line up is very good and bowling doesn't need more than Talha or Sohail khan

  • CRICKETEXPERT on February 28, 2009, 10:03 GMT

    waterbuffalo, Younis won one so far he hasnt played long enough as captyain to win as many as inzi

    Inshallah Younis will turn out to be a very good captain and will win more tests for Pakistan

  • Tay'yab-Ali Malik on February 26, 2009, 23:19 GMT

    I am amazed that some people are not giving the credit Yk deserves and continually making refrences to the flat pitch. In modern times name me one triple hundred scored on a lively or a good test wicket. Lara, sewag, haden, gayle,mahela, inzi -all have scored their triple hundreds on dead, flat and docile tracks. What makes YK's knock special is that it was his first match as captain, he came out instead of sending in a night watchman,chasing a huge total, playing test cricket after almost 14m and more importantly he was up against two of the best spinners in the world both of whom can spin the ball on any wicket.

    I hope they keep sohail and play talla. Drop iqbal, akmal is good enough to bat at 6, arafat can bat too. We need to take 20 wickets to win.

  • waterbuffalo on February 26, 2009, 22:06 GMT

    So all is well now with Pakistan cricket because Younis led from the front with a 'fighting' triple century, nevermind that 2 Sri Lankans scored double hundreds and not a single batsman on both sides failed to get to at least twenty, I suppose Kamran Akmal is now a brilliant batsman after his 100, oh, I forgot the S.Lankan opener out for a duck. Yes 300 is a brilliant score, but I have to see Younis Khan, 'the fighting pathan' use his brains on the field before I start saying he is better than Inzi and almost as good as Miandad or Imran, the over the top responses show how immature most Pakistani supporters are. You do realize that Sangakkara bowled 10 overs and Mahela also bowled. That shows what the S. Lankan captain thought of the pitch, it is a subtle criticism, but a very pertinent one, we had better hope that their wicketkeeper doesn't bowl in the next test. Pakistan had better develop a thick skin if that happens. Inzi saved and won Tests for Pakistan since 99. Younis won one.

  • DesiHungama on February 26, 2009, 16:53 GMT

    Brava Younis! Brava! Brava!

  • EAMiran on February 26, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    YK has to try out Talha in the next test. "IF" he has genuine pace he will be an asset. Sohail Khan has to go back to the drawing board. Sohail Tanvir's gentler pace may be to Lanka's liking, especially on our pitches, even though he does swing and seam the ball more than the three on display in the 1st test. We will wait and see who gets the final nod. The selectors seriously need to look at Mohd. Aamer as well. A little early for him but desperate times call for desperate measures.

  • The Intelligent Man on February 26, 2009, 10:50 GMT

    Younis is a great player and he played a great innings. He has played similar great innings in the past against good bowling attacks on foreign soil.

    However, I hate to jump to any conclusion just after one Test as far as his leadership qualities are concerned. Wait for a year and few series before his real worth as captain is known because captaincy is not only leading from the front (which he did) but also his ability to bring the team into a well knitted unit and achieve positive results under all conditions.

  • deewana on February 26, 2009, 8:51 GMT

    well, everyone knows about talent of pakistan but there is one thing missing.~CONSISTANCY~.

  • Zahid Irfan on February 26, 2009, 8:36 GMT

    A triple is always a triple century. Remember one big pitch where Sehwag made a triple and Pakistan lost by a small matter of an innings and a couple of hundred runs.

  • Sudzz on February 26, 2009, 7:49 GMT

    A triple century is a triple century no less, pitch lively or dead, it still takes a lot of doing to delivery such a score.

    I think we should salute Younis for the conditions under which this knock was played.

  • Sanath Ranasinghe on February 26, 2009, 7:21 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan Fan.Glad Our team did well.and abt YK he seems to be a good leader. More than anything i'm glad this test are being played in pakistan.Hope that would give this wonderful team a opportunity to build up.They are very good fighters, with young blood they will pass the test of character, which i thought pakistan cricket lacked in the recent past!!

  • alisikander Canada on February 26, 2009, 7:09 GMT

    Its so unbelievable today that a guy who came to see my local match in Khi and served as umpire today Leads the ICC ranking for Top Batsman. And it looks like he will Lead the ranking of most successful Captains. Way to go Younus Khan

  • Shyam on February 26, 2009, 5:53 GMT

    Good for Younis. He has always shown character as a batsman. It's a pity that the careers of fine batsmen like him and Yousuf are being hamstrung because of teams not touring Pakistan. I think every country must have a back-up plan for 'home' tests to be held at 'neutral' venues. Cricket should not suffer because of politics.

  • JG on February 26, 2009, 5:12 GMT

    Chasing a mammoth score with rather younger team deserves appreciation. Regardless of pitch it has to be one great effort. In the past we have seen PAK team getting busted on mini targets so comparatively this was a miracle.

  • Najeeb on February 25, 2009, 22:20 GMT

    good article kamran......I had my doubts regarding Younis Khan's approach towards cataincy but I think he just might be the guy that Pakistan needed...........an outstanding effort from him irrespective of the pitch being docile, just the sheer weight of 600+ runs would test anybodys character, and I have to say Younis has shown plenty of it.

  • Haris on February 25, 2009, 22:07 GMT

    Good Feedback all. EAMiran, you need to work on your maths!!

    Seriously though, have the last 5 Pakistani Captains had the last 3?

    The most exciting match tactic-wise was when Younis made 267 against India and everyone (even Afridi) seemed determined to go for victory. I thought that was the dawn for our team - but things did not quite take off as we all know.

    Theena - Pakistani's have always loved SLankans and responses like yours are reason why. Mahela & Sanga are amongst my all time fave batsmen - of all the teams I want Pak to beat - yours is possibily the least. Long Live Sri Lanka, thanks you greatly for coming!!

  • Farhan on February 25, 2009, 21:52 GMT

    Great performance by Younas Khan!!! I wish him all the best. I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to PCB please bring back the ICL players Muhammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Imran Nazir and Imran Farhat.

  • Assad on February 25, 2009, 20:36 GMT

    Let's not jump to any hasty conclusions guys...It was a flat wicket and Pakistani batsmen have traditionally thrived on such tracks even if the opposition has racked up huge totals...the real test will be when the wicket has some life and the traditional weaknesses in the Pakistani game will be exposed just like they were in the last ODI against Sri Lanka...As an avid and proud Pakistani fan I hope Younis passes the test....It would also be nice to have a raw tearaway fast bowler...someone who is just given the licence to bowl fast and get wickets even on lifeless tracks...This the legacy that Wasim, Waqar and to an extent Shoaib left behind..their ability to take the pitch out of the equation and run through sides irrespective of how docile the pitch is....if only we had someone like that we could have enforced a result in the Karachi test match...

  • EAMiran on February 25, 2009, 19:35 GMT

    A sucessful captain, besides his/her cricketing skills, must have the following characteristics:

    1. Agression 2. Fearlessness 3. Creativity 3. Adaptability 4. Critical Awareness 5. Intelligence

    While YK clearly brings the first three characteristics to the Pakistan team, he has still to develop upon the last three. I believe he is a good learner and will work hard to improve himself and the team.

  • TB on February 25, 2009, 19:29 GMT

    So, is everything ok in Pakistan team now? When he was appointed Captain of the Pakistan team, I read a lot of armchair quarterbacks' negative opinions of him. I wonder what are they thinking now, or are they waiting that Pakistan will lose the next test match so they can condemn him again?

  • dharma on February 25, 2009, 19:19 GMT

    A captain's knock indeed and it will give him much needed confidence. However, let's not get carried away. He needs the time to prove himself against tougher opponents (Aus, SA, Ind) on more responsive wickets. I'm not suggesting he can't do it - just simply feel that the Pakistani fans have to keep their expectations of him and the team in check right now. Mohammed Yousuf and him will form a solid batting backbone for Pakistan. This match was an excellent experience for Ajantha Mendis - it will humble him and allow him to come back stronger and harder.

  • Zia J (Pakistan) on February 25, 2009, 17:13 GMT

    After a long long long time, we finally have a captain who can say complete sentences in English with good clarity. Kudos to Younus Khan!

  • Imran Zia on February 25, 2009, 17:12 GMT

    An innings like this needs skill, mental toughness and supreme fitness. It does not matter on what pith you are playing. Other triple hundreds were not scored on bowler friendly wickets either. Hats off to Younis Khan and keep up thye good work. And if he is, by any chance reading this, Please keep Yasir Arafat in the eleven in all forms of cricket.

  • M Iqbal on February 25, 2009, 17:07 GMT

    Younis is the right man for the job now even though I think he showed attitude in the beginning when he was offered the opportunity.I see him as a techinically solid batsman,but for Zahid,Inzi was a dictato,I agree.But Inzi was a far more better batsman than Younis and not to forget Inzi won us the 1992 World Cup,his innings against New Zealand was the best cameo I have ever seen apart from a few from Lara.As for Younis getting 400,I would say it wouldn't do justice to players like Sobers,Lara and Hanif Mohammad.Lara deserves to be there for sometime.I am sure many will agree that he was a gem of a player.One thing I like about Younis is the way he plays spin.He is so good aginst spin bowlers,even played Shane Warne very well.And I would say that after Lara I have seen either Carl Hooper or Younis Khan who play spin so well be it Murali or Warnie....

  • pubudu on February 25, 2009, 16:09 GMT

    if pakistan scored bit quickly at least on 4th day i think pakistan could have won this match, but i think younis wanted to try and see whether he can go pases lara. but his innigs was a good one but lara is someone special and i think younis also goes in to the category of batsmen "who thought they can beat lara"

  • Shimm on February 25, 2009, 15:49 GMT

    He didn't break Lara's record but if you ask me it's better than any record in this world because he played for his TEAM which is the most important thing. I hope that his teammates follow in his footsteps and play as a team as well. I've always liked Younus Khan as a batsman and thought that he was BORN to be a leader.

    Younus, you've made us proud and may Allah give you more success. Ameen. You're a true leader!

  • Dan on February 25, 2009, 15:48 GMT

    Great knock by Younis Khan chasing a mammoth Sri Lankan score. The odds were that Pakistan would capitulate to a humiliating defeat - it was truly a captain's innings.

    It may have been a flat pitch but when you score 300+ against an attack that has over 2000 international Test and ODI wickets, it is undoubtedly a great achievement. I've seen Murali spin the ball and take 5+ wickets on pitches which are just as flat so for those who say that the pitch was dead, you are just looking at half the equation. You need to look at the quality of the bowling attack to get the full picture.

    The ICC rankings reflect the quality of Younis' knock - before the start of this test, he was ranked 7th but now he has topped the test batting rankings and is ranked number 1 in the world. I doubt he would have seen such a huge jump if he had made 300+ against a lesser bowling attack.

    Congratulations on a great knock, just imagine what Pakistan could achieve if Mohammed Yousef came back...

  • Rauf on February 25, 2009, 15:47 GMT

    Excellent cricket by Younis. He proved that he can rise under pressure. Too bad he couldn't go to 400. I hope he can bring some life back to Pak cricket.

    We were all saying the same things about Yousuf in 2006 until PCB bungled and he ended up in ICL. It should be dubbed as DICL "Death to International Career League". Let's face it, we don't have quality bowlers, we have Younis who just scored a triple century. Akmal decided to cement his position by scoring 158 in drawn out match and that's it. Nothing else.

    If Younis suddenly decides that he wants to secure his financial future by joining ICL then voila, we are toast. I won't be surprised if ICL approaches him aggresively. Maybe BCCI is secretly wishing for that (wink wink).

  • faisal on February 25, 2009, 15:46 GMT

    hey man just one or two days ago everybody was bickering aginst pak team now everybody is praising i want to say again give them time half the team is new we are so emotional our mood changs quickly we are moody i gave an example of Mohd Asif when he appeard in first test in Aus at a fast track he was erratic and you know after that bad performance he got his second chance in test after one year now he is best so the same thing with other players give them time they will prove it they won't then kick'em out. Now about younis, imran said almos 4 years ago that he is the man for capitancy, man..... imran has an eye. look how younis proved it leading from the front brillant

  • Ifran on February 25, 2009, 14:52 GMT

    Few points of note!

    Kamran, stop calling Pak team an inexperienced team. Most of the experienced players are lost to IPL, the team is undergoing a rebuilding process, they will be inexperienced! What do you expect? It was a monstrous effort by Younis but let's side with caution and see how he fares in the next test. Stop busting the rookie Sohail as this wicket is the quickest way to destroy the young bowling crop of Pakistan. I am even surprised at people like Waqar who made reckless comments when he said Sohail is not test class. Ok, he may not be! But the poor guy only had half a test and that too on this pitch. Give these youngsters a break. I thank god that we have a stable of youngs that we could look at as future hopes but they still are a long way off from becoming regulars let alone superstars. Let’s not forget that! Two hoots for English snobbery and hypocrisy as the writers completely ignored the opposition this triple was made against.

  • Raneesh on February 25, 2009, 13:27 GMT

    What ever the ground conditions were, to score a triple century in a test match must be rated on a high note. The facts such as pitch conditions are beyond the control of player and what ever the pitch they are given it is the job of the batsmen to adopt to the pitch conditions and score runs. Also Younis Khan should get the credit for leading his team by example in front of Sri Lanka's mammoth first innings score.

  • Aditya Mookerjee on February 25, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    This was indeed a great knock.

  • Fayyaz Uddin on February 25, 2009, 13:13 GMT

    Well the Pakistan team has turned the table on Srilanka. For being bogged down for two days that was one hell of a comeback. Its because of Younis Khan, though he didnt get to that magical 400 but he did unsettle the Srilankans. Pakistan has the momentum and should go for the kill and I bet they will. Great job, Younis Khan from one pathan to the other.

    Thanks

  • Khizar Hayat Khan on February 25, 2009, 13:09 GMT

    and he is now world's no. 1 test batsman http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/rankings/content/current/page/211270.html

  • Faisal Ceasar on February 25, 2009, 11:58 GMT

    I Totally agree with Kamran.When chips are down and things are not working for you the leader must lead by an example and Younis Khan did just that.Pathans are fighters.Imran was the one and now Younis have proved that verdict once again.His coming into bat on the second day in place of a night watchman made him mocked by someone and he was the target of criticism.But leaders are those who proves a point through deeds.The Pathan,Younis Khan did it.Younis khan have given the present Pakistan team beseted by troubles and failures a new light of hope.I feel the boys will feel confident for the next match.And they will think of a win rather than being ill-spirited.

    Again,I believe Pakistan must call the ICL players back.Just think of Mohammad Yousuf batting with Younis on such a suface.It would havebeen much better a show than watching Shahruk Khan's "Rab ne bana de Jodi".For the sake of a new Pakistan team please bring back the ICL payers.

  • Bis on February 25, 2009, 9:59 GMT

    yep always thought younis is the man for the job - he will lead from the front at the head of his troops, with a smile on his face and his heart on his sleeve. He plays the game with the right attitude - tough but fair, never afraid to mix it with opponents yet generous and magnanimous in his praise of good cricket. Da boss!

  • Theena on February 25, 2009, 9:12 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan, I keep wishing that Khan would have stamped his authority more resoundingly against another team instead of Sri Lanka. But as a cricket fan, I am excited, ecstatic that the leadership of the Pakistan team is on the shoulders of a man who seems like he was born for it. Here's wishing Younis more success.

  • Muhammad Nauman on February 25, 2009, 7:59 GMT

    well done Younis khan. A triple hundred is a triple hundred even if it is made on a glass surface...it was extreamly disaponting to see cricinfo bulliten at the end of the day four ..sriram veera gave all the credit to the flat wicket. at the end of day 2 he quoted india humilating innings defeat as a likely result.perhaps sriram veera is not old enough to have seen last 60 years of cricket in subcontinent and perhaps its hard to count for him number of triple hundred ever scored in subconinent by all the little and tall masters. this innings will give alot of confidence to pakistan captain and the team. younis can now give more focus to the team as his personl form is not under scrutny. its difficult to say how far younis can take pakistan cricket team as a leader as we will all know it depends how younis is going to handel the out of the ground afairs ..but as a start younis can not even dream of better one considering the circumstanc congrats younis khan...pakistan is proud of

  • Kamran Riaz on February 25, 2009, 7:40 GMT

    When he arrived at the evening of second day only 8 balls left for the day, that shows courage and will. Some people said he is foolish but he was confident and took the pressure and responsibility on his shoulders to take Pakistan to a safe place. This inning got great value even this was a dead pitch but there is some thing to notice about, they were chasing over 600 and the fear of follow on was there. At that time he shows character, courage, determination and responsibility. We dont have any other solid batsman for test cricket in our team having average over 40. Younas is the only one and the Captain wo set an example and led from the front. He is a great fighter and all the team mates are happy under his captaincy. All we need to back them and hope for the best.

  • Yasir Thanvi (Islamabad() on February 25, 2009, 6:52 GMT

    I totally agree with Kamran that even the best of Pakistani players have succummed under pressure no matter what pitches they have played on. Younis Khan's inning was of sheer class and temprament. Most of you will agree that this is the weakest Pakistani Tank i could recall of since i started following cricket in World Cup 1992. To captain such a team when a lot has been said is too much a pressure to take. So i congratulate YK for a magnificent feat. He has way to go and finally we have a captain who is leading by example..!!

  • Atish_G on February 25, 2009, 6:26 GMT

    I pray that this is the beginning of the way back for Pakistan cricket. At their best, they bring to the game a flair that not many others can match.

  • astik on February 25, 2009, 5:53 GMT

    a great knock whatever be the state of the pitch. more than 16 hours in the Sun and chasing a score of 444 and then 644 is never easy. team could have easily folded up had it nit been the resolve of one man.

    great knock Younis

  • Azeem Dada on February 25, 2009, 5:44 GMT

    I hate to take anything away from Younus, it truly is a great knock under pressure but what about the pitch. The ICC is taking action over what recently happenned in Antigua and a match was called off 10 years ago in the West Indies due to the pitch being dangerous and unsuitable for cricket. What about this pitch, wasnt this unsuitable. A pitch like this demeans the game, I believe the ICC should step in here too as this match has not benefitted the game of cricket in any way.

  • Shuvro (Dhaka) on February 25, 2009, 5:06 GMT

    Flat track or not, its a great knock, specially when I have seen great Pak teams folding to innings defeats facing large totals on flattest of pitches & not always great attacks. YK was not happy with the dead track, criticized openly & proved his point with his bat. Facing M&M with 600+ is never easy, especially when U R playing this type of game after 15 months. If YK breaks the record, this should be a better knock than the next top 4 innings (Even Sobers’s 365* was out of 790/3, I am not sure of Huttons 364, out of 903/7), considering opposition, circumstances & context.

    By the way, once again it proves that, the ultimate test of a Batsman is “Test’ & no alternative of appointing someone Captain, who is capable on standing tall under crisis.

  • khalil on February 25, 2009, 5:00 GMT

    All praise for Younas. He has taken the challange head on. Well done Khan.He has set a very high standard for himself but he needs the much needed support from the team as well as establishment to put our cricket on track.To say that now everything is ok in our cricket, we must be wrong.It is just one example of individual brilliance and to lead from the front is a agreat leadership quality.I must say Strenthen and support him for the good of our cricket.

  • Abdul K Hussain on February 25, 2009, 4:49 GMT

    The biggest indicator of Younis' attitude to his new position was not his innnings but his decision to come out on the 2nd day one over before close of play instead of sending in a nightwatchman. no other Pakistan captain barring Imran would have done that. Hopefully his strategic skills will improve over time but no one can doubt his leadership skills.

    To the person who made an arguement about placing Younis above Inzi as a batsmen. I have to say it is way to early to tell, but the reasoning you sprovide is false. Inzi has an average of 49+, close enough to 50 in my book. There is no gty that Younis will end with an average of over 50, he may not have batted at #3 but Inzi played many pressure packed innings for Pakistan, and 17 centuries came in victories. Finally, Inzi did have a succefful tour of Australia in 1999 when we should have won the hobart test. So YK is fantastic, make no mistake, but Inzi ia a legend in Pak cricket atleast as a batsmen.

  • masum on February 25, 2009, 4:42 GMT

    Imran always insisted for younis to become Pakistan captain but his reluctance for the same has delayed the inevitable. It's a great knock leading from the front. As a great fan of Lara i would like to be the last person to see Younis surpassing Lara's 400. No one in modern era desereves to posses this fit other than Lara.

  • Atul Bhogle on February 25, 2009, 4:41 GMT

    If you think so, good for you!

  • Swami on February 25, 2009, 4:37 GMT

    This is not to pour cold water on his effort, but really the pitch is a joke. There were already two double centurions and two innings wouldnt be completed even on the fifth day. PCB would do better to simply focus on basics like preparing a good decent test standard wicket, and attracting a decent crowd to watch a test match.

  • Django on February 25, 2009, 4:32 GMT

    Incredible knock but cricket will suffer in the long run if countries produce these pitches. How many people turned up to watch it? I wonder if your coach is still complaining about the track? "Saviour of Packistan Cricket" this week, next week you guys could be saying the opposite.

  • Syed R Mohsin on February 25, 2009, 4:31 GMT

    This innings means a lot to Pakistan Cricket. Something this big was needed and by the new leader made it all the more special.

    300+ is great, recrod would be better.

    But whats more importanat is to follow it up with a victory in Qadaffi. If we lose the series then this innings wont mean much.

  • Faisal on February 25, 2009, 4:20 GMT

    @Brother Zahid, As far as this innings of Younis Khan is concerned, it is a an absolute class act, the most important part of his innings is that he did not look tired at all....he kept going with the same stamina and determination, this man is strong outside and even stronger inside! However, i willl never, and i mean never compare Younis with Inzimam Ul Haq, Inzi , regardless of his poor capitancy was superior in class then Younis there is no question about it. Inzi may not have played for Aussies or any other foreign league, but if you know about cricket then dear you would know that Inzimam was far more superior then Younis. Younis is a great batsman and i pray to God that he becomes even a greater captain for Pakistan, but when it comes to batting, Inzi was at higher level. Even Younis would agree with me.

  • jadogar spin on February 25, 2009, 4:19 GMT

    If Younus beats Lara's record, or even Hanif's or Inzi's, it does not diminish these great batsmen. If he does not, it does not diminish his great performance.

  • aftab on February 25, 2009, 4:12 GMT

    Test cricket is amazing. It can peak regardless of win, loss or pitch.

  • shuaib on February 25, 2009, 4:07 GMT

    >>The pressure of the situation has been too >>great and their strength of character too weak. Great line Kamran Obama :-)

  • Chintan on February 25, 2009, 4:05 GMT

    I am from India, more of an Indian Cricket Team fan athan Pakistani...but I am a cricket fan..the pitch has killed the match..the only way it can be remembered now is if Younis Khan goes on to break Lara's record...he wont get a chance like this ever again !!!

  • Rahat Baloch on February 25, 2009, 4:04 GMT

    Well this man really rock. I was really impressed when I saw Younis coming out at the end of second day to play couple of overs before stumps. That sent great message to entire team that captain is ready to accept challenge and will not back out. Great leaders always set these type of examples to make whole team motivate to accept the challenges. G. Smith has done this recently against Australia and won many hearts and support of his teammates. Playing against murli on any track is alaways a challenge. I think this tripe centuray would be placed along side with Hanif Mohammad resuce act against W.I. Inzi tripe was good but he was not under pressure as game was already saved.

    I wish he would pass Lara's record and bring some joy whole nation inshallah.

    Rahat

  • Ali on February 25, 2009, 3:57 GMT

    Scoring 300 with the number 644 staring you in the face is a tough task. Lara's triple centuries were on flat decks. Hayden's was on a flat deck against a docile attack. Even Sehwag's was on a docile pitch against a poor attack after he was dropped 3 times. Younis Khan has help, the batting isnt as poor as people make it out to be but Khan has the responsibility to lift cricket in Pakistan. The addition of Mohammad Yousuf and control bowlers will go a long way in getting Pakistan back. The 1st step is finding a captain. Next is a real coach plus a bowling coach. Lastly, find opening bowlers who can get wickets.

  • JAS on February 25, 2009, 3:56 GMT

    It is a welcome respite to the Pak cricket. Younis has proved how a captain can lead from the front to earn respect of the team. However, I will suggest Younis & Co. to not get carried away with this humungous knock but apply themselves to the next game with more dedication, devotion and with an aim to win the Lahore test, Inshallah! My good wishes are with the team. Oh BTW, PCB please let the things settle down before you shatter them. Also, bring in Sohail Tanvir. He is good and get rid od Kaneria. I am sure we have at least another spinner of his calibre if not better but definitely a better batsman.

  • JAhmad on February 25, 2009, 3:50 GMT

    After a long time I've turned to watching cricket again because we have a competent captain. We don't have one who does not know the rules of the game (Inzi bhai), and not one who picks if he wants to bat or bowl at the toss depending on what he did in the last game in totally different conditions (Malik saab). This is still a start though, it will only be a building block if the management and the team play along with Younis, he does have the guts, and he does have the qualities but we have a knack of sabotaging our own. I hope that won't happen to Younis, and I certainly hope we get to see more cricket for Pakistan.

    (Btw, how come my comments are never published anywhere? I'm THAT bad at articulating myself? :D)

  • Sridhar on February 25, 2009, 3:42 GMT

    Congrats Younis and Congrats, Pakistan. The country deserves a turnaround and who better than Younis to deliver some good news? As an Indian, I have always been a great admirer of Younis Khan and I must say that I am very happy for him.

  • amjad ali (dundee) on February 25, 2009, 2:33 GMT

    this is a monsterous knock, and he is not finished yet! there are suggestions in the english media that his innings is of less value that other world records (if he gets them, ie laras 400. they claim that it was a flat wicket, in a drawn match. i saw to them so was laras, and haydens was against the mighty men of robert mugabae. the english are saying that younis 300 was made on a flact sub continent wicket and that anyone can make a massive score. incorrect, as iv never seen an english cricketer make a triple in the last 60 years touring the sub continent. its sour grapes if you ask me. anyone for grapes with their bitter????!!!!

  • Asim Muhammad on February 25, 2009, 2:18 GMT

    Salaam EveryOne,

    words are not enough to expres the joy and pleasure that younis khan's inning has brought to pakistan fans and pakistan nation,Its like drop of water in hot deseart.Hats off to him he has brought the pak cricket alive,Whole Pak cricket is now vibrant.I express that in my previous message as well that pak cricket need our support more than ever now and younis is repaid that faith we put in him.He is true KING KHAN NOW.He is and will be the saviour of pakistan cricket provided he stayed captian of atleast 2 years.What a difference b/t malik and younis. One proved miserable as captian other a born leader.I am not against malik by anymeans .I believe he is still better than other players atleast in ODI and T20 and to a certain extent in tests but not a good captian. Congrat to younis khan and all pak fans and pak nation .That is exactly what diehard pakistani cricket fans was waiting for .something positive and This is really big. I WISH HIM ALL THE BEST . ASIM.

  • Hamza on February 25, 2009, 0:55 GMT

    Lets see if he can make it up to 400!

  • Arif Hussain on February 24, 2009, 23:06 GMT

    I will relish this piece of good news coming out of Pakistan. Kudos Younis. Few Pakistan captins since the great Imran have led from the front right from the get go... Wish him the best !

    by the way, regardless of the pitch conditions, this is a special achievement nonetheless.

  • Zahid on February 24, 2009, 22:10 GMT

    It will be disputed by those who did not know the damage Inzamam did to Pakistan cricket in his final days but Younus already looks like a better batsman AND captain than Inzamam. Inzamams style of captaincy was dictatorial whilst Younus appears to be one of the boys and plays with a smile on his face. The stats tell their own story as well. Younus has a truly world class average of over 50 which is something Inzamam failed to achieve and furthermore he achieved success in Australia against the champion team of his era something which Inzamam never quite achieved. One more factor takes him above Inzamam in my eyes, the fact that Younus steps up and takes the pressure of batting at No.3 whilst Inzamam for most of his career steered clear of the new ball by coming in at No.4/No.5

  • Haris on February 24, 2009, 22:04 GMT

    Younis was always meant to be leaser of Pakistan - was being groomed as an outside chance in 2003, but as we don't have the guts of NZ or SA, he was overlooked for Latif back then.

    I thinkKamran is right - we could look forward to the golden period of Pakistan cricket (or lose the next match by an innings!)

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  • Haris on February 24, 2009, 22:04 GMT

    Younis was always meant to be leaser of Pakistan - was being groomed as an outside chance in 2003, but as we don't have the guts of NZ or SA, he was overlooked for Latif back then.

    I thinkKamran is right - we could look forward to the golden period of Pakistan cricket (or lose the next match by an innings!)

  • Zahid on February 24, 2009, 22:10 GMT

    It will be disputed by those who did not know the damage Inzamam did to Pakistan cricket in his final days but Younus already looks like a better batsman AND captain than Inzamam. Inzamams style of captaincy was dictatorial whilst Younus appears to be one of the boys and plays with a smile on his face. The stats tell their own story as well. Younus has a truly world class average of over 50 which is something Inzamam failed to achieve and furthermore he achieved success in Australia against the champion team of his era something which Inzamam never quite achieved. One more factor takes him above Inzamam in my eyes, the fact that Younus steps up and takes the pressure of batting at No.3 whilst Inzamam for most of his career steered clear of the new ball by coming in at No.4/No.5

  • Arif Hussain on February 24, 2009, 23:06 GMT

    I will relish this piece of good news coming out of Pakistan. Kudos Younis. Few Pakistan captins since the great Imran have led from the front right from the get go... Wish him the best !

    by the way, regardless of the pitch conditions, this is a special achievement nonetheless.

  • Hamza on February 25, 2009, 0:55 GMT

    Lets see if he can make it up to 400!

  • Asim Muhammad on February 25, 2009, 2:18 GMT

    Salaam EveryOne,

    words are not enough to expres the joy and pleasure that younis khan's inning has brought to pakistan fans and pakistan nation,Its like drop of water in hot deseart.Hats off to him he has brought the pak cricket alive,Whole Pak cricket is now vibrant.I express that in my previous message as well that pak cricket need our support more than ever now and younis is repaid that faith we put in him.He is true KING KHAN NOW.He is and will be the saviour of pakistan cricket provided he stayed captian of atleast 2 years.What a difference b/t malik and younis. One proved miserable as captian other a born leader.I am not against malik by anymeans .I believe he is still better than other players atleast in ODI and T20 and to a certain extent in tests but not a good captian. Congrat to younis khan and all pak fans and pak nation .That is exactly what diehard pakistani cricket fans was waiting for .something positive and This is really big. I WISH HIM ALL THE BEST . ASIM.

  • amjad ali (dundee) on February 25, 2009, 2:33 GMT

    this is a monsterous knock, and he is not finished yet! there are suggestions in the english media that his innings is of less value that other world records (if he gets them, ie laras 400. they claim that it was a flat wicket, in a drawn match. i saw to them so was laras, and haydens was against the mighty men of robert mugabae. the english are saying that younis 300 was made on a flact sub continent wicket and that anyone can make a massive score. incorrect, as iv never seen an english cricketer make a triple in the last 60 years touring the sub continent. its sour grapes if you ask me. anyone for grapes with their bitter????!!!!

  • Sridhar on February 25, 2009, 3:42 GMT

    Congrats Younis and Congrats, Pakistan. The country deserves a turnaround and who better than Younis to deliver some good news? As an Indian, I have always been a great admirer of Younis Khan and I must say that I am very happy for him.

  • JAhmad on February 25, 2009, 3:50 GMT

    After a long time I've turned to watching cricket again because we have a competent captain. We don't have one who does not know the rules of the game (Inzi bhai), and not one who picks if he wants to bat or bowl at the toss depending on what he did in the last game in totally different conditions (Malik saab). This is still a start though, it will only be a building block if the management and the team play along with Younis, he does have the guts, and he does have the qualities but we have a knack of sabotaging our own. I hope that won't happen to Younis, and I certainly hope we get to see more cricket for Pakistan.

    (Btw, how come my comments are never published anywhere? I'm THAT bad at articulating myself? :D)

  • JAS on February 25, 2009, 3:56 GMT

    It is a welcome respite to the Pak cricket. Younis has proved how a captain can lead from the front to earn respect of the team. However, I will suggest Younis & Co. to not get carried away with this humungous knock but apply themselves to the next game with more dedication, devotion and with an aim to win the Lahore test, Inshallah! My good wishes are with the team. Oh BTW, PCB please let the things settle down before you shatter them. Also, bring in Sohail Tanvir. He is good and get rid od Kaneria. I am sure we have at least another spinner of his calibre if not better but definitely a better batsman.

  • Ali on February 25, 2009, 3:57 GMT

    Scoring 300 with the number 644 staring you in the face is a tough task. Lara's triple centuries were on flat decks. Hayden's was on a flat deck against a docile attack. Even Sehwag's was on a docile pitch against a poor attack after he was dropped 3 times. Younis Khan has help, the batting isnt as poor as people make it out to be but Khan has the responsibility to lift cricket in Pakistan. The addition of Mohammad Yousuf and control bowlers will go a long way in getting Pakistan back. The 1st step is finding a captain. Next is a real coach plus a bowling coach. Lastly, find opening bowlers who can get wickets.