When we hear the name Younis Khan, what comes straight to our mind? Style, class, elegance, technique, skill, temperament, consistency and the list goes on and on.
But do you know about his obsession for football?
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The man who has scored century on every country where cricket is being played. The man who holds the records of the most runs scored in test cricket, the man who has ruled the circuit for over a decade, the man who has brought glory to Pakistan by winning T20 International World Cup has obsession for football.
What had him so submerged was football. You can’t resist the urge to see the enthusiasm the Pakistan cricket legend has for football. His eyes illuminate as he discusses Argentina and Diego Maradona. The shapes of his face change as he talks about Arsenal. Younis has dependably been this enlivened, however as he unveils about his relationship with the excellent amusement one can’t resist the urge to feel that in the event that he wasn’t a cricketer, he’d have been a footballer.
Younis Khan and his love for Football
He says the same. “In a parallel universe, I’d have surely been a footballer,” Younis said. “I’ve generally played a great deal of football. As a major aspect of my preparation regimen, I used to play football day by day for two hours and I surely would’ve taken it up as a vocation if cricket hadn’t gone along.”
In any case, cricket came along. Furthermore, Younis resigned in the wake of turning into the primary Pakistan batsman to soften the 10,000-run obstruction up Test cricket. As skipper, his most noteworthy accomplishment was driving Pakistan to the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 title in England.
However, this meeting with Dawn wasn’t about Younis the cricketer. The 40-year-old was in Chiang Mai as a component of a 16-part designation set up together by Coca Cola to convey the FIFA World Cup Trophy to Pakistan and he uncovered how football propelled him amid scratch snapshots of his cricketing profession.
“There were such a significant number of times when simply watching football helped conquering the torment of thrashing,” he expressed. “In the event that we’d lost a match [with the Pakistan team] and there was a football game on in the night, we’d all watch it together and it was all great chat between the two arrangements of supporters. It helped in group holding and we’d all be started up for the following cricket coordinate.”
There was additionally that notorious preparing ground occurrence with Inzamam-ul-Haq amid the 2003 ICC World Cup while playing football. Pakistan were to play Zimbabwe in an unquestionable requirement win last gathering amusement when Inzamam and Younis squared off.
“Inzi bhai didn’t have the best of World Cups and he wasn’t in the best of the dispositions amid that instructional meeting when I spilled past him,” Younis recollected. “He felt as though I was taunting him and he got irate. Thus there was a little showdown however with the media exhibit there it turned into a major issue. We later held a news gathering to elucidate there was nothing. It occurs in football. Emotions flare since it is so captivating.”
His Inspiration – DIEGO MARADONA
At that point, there was Maradona. 40 years old Younis who is now mentor of Pehsawar Zalmi in Pakistan Sports League (Official T20 league of Pakistan) terms the Argentine astonishing star as his motivation. Having dependably taken after Maradona’s profession intently, he feels his vocation resounds with that of the 1986 FIFA World Cup champ.
“Maradona returned from a boycott, I returned from a boycott,” tells Younis. In any case, that is the place the similitudes end. Maradona was never a similar power after he returned from a 15-month drugs boycott in 1992 and despite the fact that he demonstrated a few flashes of splendor, an additional 15-month drugs boycott at the 1994 FIFA World Cup adequately finished his global profession. Younis, however, was a power revived after his three-month boycott for disciplinary reasons in 2010.
“Despite the fact that the boycott was lifted following three months, it took me a half year to get once again into the group.” Younis reviewed. “That is the point at which I took a gander at Maradona significantly more nearly. Maradona had worked towards resuscitating his vocation [after the primary medications ban].
He even appeared to return to his best and if not for the second medications boycott, he might’ve been a star of the 1994 FIFA World Cup also and possibly it would’ve been an alternate story. It demonstrated he was just human all things considered and that we as a whole confer botches. For me, Maradona will dependably be my deity and I learnt from him how to give just for my nation and how to backpedal to the best.”
Following Maradona’s footprints
Younis resigned at the highest point of his amusement as well. Also, in exciting style with Pakistan prevailing upon a last spine chiller against the West Indies in his last Test. Younis’ information was enter in securing that triumph, advising spinner Yasir Shah to pitch the ball outside the off-stump to Shannon Gabriel for the last West Indies wicket. Like Maradona’s go to Jorge Burruchaga for Argentina’s champ in the 1986 World Cup last against Germany?
“There are such a significant number of times when I relate a footballing minute to a cricketing one,” he said. “In the back of your mind you’re endeavoring to relate that last wicket to that additional time victor.”
There was likewise something about how he lifted the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 trophy. The stance evoked genuine emotion with the persisting picture of Maradona lifting the 1986 FIFA World Cup Trophy, the two hands fastened on the base of the trophy with the abdominal area somewhat jolting in reverse.