ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif congratulated cricketer Younas Khan on attaining the 10,000 runs milestone in his test career making him the first ever in Pakistan’s cricket history and the 13thworldplayer. The Prime Minister said the nation was proud of this achievement.
Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif congratulated the veteran cricketer on breaking the 10,000 run barrier and hailed him as a “ true embodiment of Pakistaniat”.
Younis Khan became the first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. He got there in his 208th innings – averaging a shade over 53 – the sixth fastest among the 13 batsmen to have passed the milestone.
Younis had been Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in Tests since October 2015, when he went past Javed Miandad’s tally of 8832 runs during the Abu Dhabi Test against England.
He achieved 10,000 runs in about a year and a half since he became Pakistan’s highest run-maker, averaging nearly 47 in the 14 matches between then and now. He said that his accomplishments were a credit to his family and to Bob Woolmer, who coached Pakistan briefly before his demise in 2007.
“I credit this success and achievement to all my family members, especially my late father, my mother and the late Bob Woolmer, who always motivated me,” Younis said. “This is not just my achievement, this is for everyone in Pakistan, this is Pakistan’s achievement.”
Younis fell for 58, when he drove Shannon Garbiel to cover, and departed to another standing ovation from his team-mates.
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar M. Khan has all praise for Younis Khan’s service to Pakistan cricket and spoke highly of his prolific career for completing 10,000 runs in test cricket.
Former cricketers have also hailed legendary batsman Younis Khan for achieving the feat to become the first Pakistani player to score 10,000 Test runs.