LONDON: It was not long ago when cricket pundits in Pakistan were discussing whether Younis Khan should retire. And his batting form in last three Test matches of England series was only putting weight on.
But, like always, veteran batsman came from all lows, and bounced back strongly. Questions were on his technique, timing and form? He answered them all with a profound, authoritative double ton. An inning that would be remembered for long.
Due to his uncertain form, captain Misbah released him from the number fourth responsibility and promoted Asad Shafiq up the order.
The man who bagged a pair in last match, went on to register a blistering hundred, 9th of his Test career. And before this, Azhar Ali had gone for his gutsy 49.
The platform was set for mighty Younis, he came in and played his shots with full authority. The positivity of his innings spread across Pakistan’s fragile middle order- and to the tail-end.
Younis kept his head low where required and lofted ones where needed too.
He hit four mighty sixes, all four Moeen Ali, the centurion, the rescuer of England. His 308-balls-long inning was decorated with 31 worth-watching boundaries.
During the inning, King Younis also completed 1000 Fours in international cricket.
Younis Khan departed with 218 in his bag.
Those who doubted his technique, questioned his fitness and voiced against his form, should notice that Younis, the King Khan has crossed 200 runs three times after turning 35.
Only Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara has done this feat aside Younis in Test cricket.
For those who missed the blissful moments, here are extended highlights of his innings.
This is how the legend departed, earning a standing ovation from crowd.