Days after bidding adieu to cricket, Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has named his star-studded all time Test XI at a tribute night in his honor at Lord’s. The batsman hung up his boots after Pakistan’s maiden Test series win in West Indies where he became the first Pakistan cricketer to score over 10000 runs in tests.
While Younis’ selection is sure to raise a few eyebrows over the omission of certain players, there is no dearth of big names in his team. The former batsman chose his country mate, the late Hanif Mohammad as the first opener. However, the real surprise comes when Sachin Tendulkar finds himself as Hanif’s partner and is slotted to face the new ball in Younis’ XI. Incidentally, the Indian Little Master had only opened on one instance in his 329 test innings, scoring just 15.
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No.3 and No.4 are much more in accordance as Younis chose South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis and Caribbean batting maestro Brian Lara in the two positions respectively. Giving apt significance to West Indian dominance in the 1980s, the recently retired cricketer has legends Viv Richards and Garfield Sobers placed at fifth and sixth positions. The high profile extended middle order completes with the inclusion of Aussie keeper Adam Gilchrist, Pakistan all-rounder and skipper of the team Imran Khan and Kiwi Richard Hadlee.
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Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan is given the nod ahead of Shane Warne as the spinner while the virtual bowling machine Glenn McGrath rounds up the pace-heavy bowling attack as the sole specialist fast bowler.
Younis’ selection of few players in his team can well be understood from their performances against him in the test matches. While Murali has got the better of Younis on six occasions, McGrath and Kallis have taken his wicket on five and four instances respectively. The Proteas cricketer has been prolific with the bat too against Pakistan, racking up six centuries in the 13 Tests played.
Younis Khan’s all-time Test XI:
Hanif Mohammad, Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Brian Lara, Viv Richards, Garfield Sobers, Adam Gilchrist (Wk), Imran Khan (C), Richard Hadlee, Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath.