Karachi: Former Pakistan chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu feels that Younis Khan is a top class batsman and deserves to break Pakistan’s Test top scorer record, which legendary Javed Mianad holds at the moment.
Younis Khan, the prolific middle order batsman, requires only 19 runs to surpass Miandad’s tally of 8,832 runs. Miandad reached this milestone in 124 matches. Younis is expected to reach the record in his 102nd Test, which begins Tuesday (Oct 13) against England in Abu Dhabi.
“Miandad was a great batsman and a legendary cricketer. However, Younis is also a great batsman and has played very good cricket in very difficult situations,” Sallu told PPI.
Sallu further said that Miandad faced very difficult bowlers during his career when West Indian pacers were at their peak. He added that there were lesser restrictions for the bowlers and pitches were also difficult.
“But Younis has faced troubles of his own times. He faced quality spin. If one makes critical analysis, then there were very good players in the team during Miandad’s era. Quality players in the team help boost confidence of an individual player. But Younis sometimes almost singlehandedly lifted the pressure of having a weak batting line. So Younis’ achievement also cannot be undermined. Both Younis and Miandad would be remembered as legends in Pakistan cricket,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Sallu said Pakistan has faced a huge setback as rising spinner Yasir Shah has been ruled out for the first Test due to back injury.
“Azhar Ali will also be not there so I think this has gone against Pakistan.”
“Bowling line has weakened but Pakistan will still have a good batting line. Misbah, Younis will be there and Shoaib Malik is also performing well. Sarfraz and others are also able pile up important runs,” Sallu said.
Sallu added that England has buried demons of 2012 and will be coming in the series with sky-high confidence since they have won Ashes.
“But England must remember that that they have won Ashes in their home conditions. But UAE conditions will offer them little assistance in this regard since pitch, weather and crowd will also be favouring host Pakistan,” Sallu stressed.