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Fan Following

London to Colombo for Younis

A Younis Khan fan travels all the way from London for his 100th Test in Colombo

Kalim Khan
26-Jun-2015
Younis Khan cuts during his 33, Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st Test, Khulna, 3rd day, April 30, 2015

All eyes were on Younis Khan as he featured in a landmark 100th outing in Tests for Pakistan  •  AFP

Choice of game
This game was special to me because of my childhood hero Younis Khan. I've been watching him right from the start of his career and I have backed him even during the difficult phases. This being his 100th Test, I travelled all the way from London to Colombo.
Pakistan won the first Test but I was expecting a strong comeback from Sri Lanka, who are difficult to beat at home.
Team supported
I am a huge Pakistan cricket fan!
Key performer
I was very impressed with the debutant Dushmantha Chameera's pace. By far, the quickest on show with lethal bouncers and credit to Angelo Mathews for using him well.
One thing you'd have changed about the day
Younis Khan getting a century rather than scoring only 6 is something I would've changed, after all that is the reason I am here. The weather was pretty hot and humid and I wished it would have been more pleasant.
The interplay you enjoyed
Chameera bowled at good pace, troubling Mohammad Hafeez with short balls, including one that struck him on the helmet. However, Hafeez stood firm and scored 42 before Dhammika Prasad made further inroads.
Shot of the day
For me, no shot is prettier than a Younis Khan trademark straight drive and I had the pleasure of watching it during his brief stay in the middle. Younis hit Prasad straight down the ground and that's when I thought that I was going to see a special innings from Younis. However, he was out the next ball.
Crowd meter
To be honest, the crowd wasn't great. Sangakkara got the loudest cheers when we walked out to bat.
Tests v limited-overs
T20 games are crowd pullers. Unfortunately, Test cricket in Asia doesn't attract much crowd, but this is the format I love the most.
Overall
The day was good though Younis got out cheaply. It would have been great had he got a big one.
Marks out of 10
6 out of 10. It could have been better.

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Kalim is a Financial Economist graduate by qualification, a Project Manager by profession, a cricket nut by choice and a failed cricketer due to lack of talent. Younis Khan is cricket to him.