Dubai: Younis Khan admitted that there came a situation when he wanted to play no more. But the urge to contribute further for his country helped him change his mind.
And once he took the field, he was on top of his game before Pakistan’s spinners knocked the wind out of Australia’s sails in the opening Test, here, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
“There was a situation when I didn't want to play. But my family motivated me. They said that there could be records created. So, I’m really thankful to them,” Younis said after the match.
Pakistan’s poor show in the limited-overs matches were also a reason that made Younis make up his mind to make a comeback. “I wanted to come back after the results in the ODIs and the T20 International. I worked with Grant Flower for week. We tried out a lot of different things. I got hit on the ribs and shoulder. But I was ready for the challenges,” he said.
Younis believes this 221-run win over the Aussies is a vital one for Pakistan and would take them a long way. “The Australians bowled well on the first day, but we stuck around, giving others the belief that we can really play well.
Australia captain Michael Clarke urged his batsmen to use the bat more and get into right positions while facing spinners, something they failed to do in this Test. “We should use our bats a little more.”