Younis Khan, ‘smiling’ against all odds

By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |

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Class, elegance, poise, determination, will, hardwork, hardwork and hardwork these are the characteristics that molded the great Younis Khan into Pakistan’s most accomplished Professional cricketer ever, ‘The Ultimate Over-Acheiver’.

Younis Khan (born 29 November 1977) is a former Pakistani cricketer and former captain of the Pakistan national cricket team in all three formats of the game. Regarded as one of the greatest batsmen to play for Pakistan, he is the only Test cricketer to score a century in all 11 countries that have hosted Test matches.

Younis holds the record for the most runs and the most centuries scored by a Pakistani in Test cricket history. and is the third Pakistani player to score 300 or more runs in an innings. He led Pakistan to their victory in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, which was their first World Twenty20 title. On 23 April 2017, he became the first Pakistani and 13th ever batsmen to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. He became the oldest and sixth fastest batsmen to reach the 10,000 run milestone in relation to innings played.

The federal government has decided to award Tamgha-e-Imtiaz to three former and one existing captains of Pakistan cricket team for their services for Pakistan’s cricket.

On 23 March (Pakistan Day) every year, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz is awarded to people who show exceptional devotion and commitment in their respective fields. This year, Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and former captains Misbahul Haq, Shahid Khan Afridi and Younis Khan will also get the prestigious award.

This is what what YK313 had to say on the development…

Younis bhai took this picture right after his first international tour, he came back to where he started from, humble beginnings of Steel Town (residential area designated to steel mill employees), he drove around in our age old mehran as me and my uncle (one of younis bhai’s best friends) sat in the front chatting. At one instance, I distinctly remember Younis bhai wanted all us kids to climb upon the car roof and sit there as he stood by it and posed for a picture with us, my uncle begrudgingly said, Younis you are a big star now, you have a reputation to uphold you should not be seen posing with this old beaten up car, Younis bhai in his utmost humility replied with his signature smile, Imran (my uncle’s name) ‘oh yar gaari ki ehmiyat thori hai, iss mauqay ki hai’ (the car is not of importance rather the moment that we are in) as my uncle nodded in affirmation and took the picture. These are some of the memories I cherish from my childhood. (In the picture: far left; deceased friend Farhan Aziz, Middle; Baby sister, far right; Me)

The small town hero, who rose from the streets of steel town and conquered the world of cricket, a role model, an icon, a leader and a thorough gentleman and professional, to me personally, a greater human being than a cricketer.

You can still catch him in the streets of Steel Town and Gulshan-E-Hadeed (Private Housing Area adjacent to Steel Town) and Steel Town, beaming from ear to ear where he owns a few shops, of which one is photostudio where he could be seen cleaning a few lenses like a normal shopkeeper would and posing for a few selfies ‘smiling that inspirational smile’.

Younis bhai, never forgot his roots and where he came from, a humble man who is happy with the little things in life, I pray for more success to come his way in his entrepreneurial endeavors and social work and I can’t think of a better person for the coveted ‘Sitara-e-Imtiaz’.

More power to you sir.

 

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