Younis Khan scored three tons in four innings in the Test series © Getty Images
Younis Khan scored three tons in four innings in the Test series © Getty Images

Karachi: Nov 3, 2014

Pakistan’s man-of-the-series against Australia, Younis Khan, said he thought of retiring after being dropped unceremoniously from the one-day squad last month.

“Yes the thought of retirement crossed my mind. I was so disappointed and upset at being dropped for the one-day series,” Younis said. “But my family and my friends told me you must not give in and try to do something for the country,” he said on Geo Super channel.

The senior batsman, who left an undeniable mark in Pakistan’s 2-0 victory over Australia in the Test series which concluded today, said his anger stemmed from the fact that he was sidelined by selectors after just one match. “I got a chance to play just one match in 18 months in Sri Lanka and I had to return owing to a family tragedy so when they dropped me for the one-day series against Australia I was upset and thought about retirement.”

Younis said he was hurt when selectors talked about him not featuring in their ICC World Cup 2015 plans. “It hurts because if a player like me is not part of the future plans then what can other players say.”  Younis said the incident was now a thing of the past and he has moved on. He dismissed comparisons between his batting averages in Test and one-day cricket which is around 53 and 31.

“The reason for this is because in one-day cricket I have never concentrated on my own performance or getting big scores I have always tried to play my role in getting a win for the team. Yes playing in the World Cup is a big dream for me and I want to play a similar role that Javed or Inzamam played the last time we won the ’92 World Cup,” he said.

Younis also praised batting coach Grant Flower in his success as a batsman. “It would be unfair not to mention the contribution of Grant Flower in this series win and our batting performances. Grant played a huge role in helping all the batsman play the way they did against Australia.”

The former captain said when he reached Dubai, the Zimbabwean had spent six-to-eight hours a day with him for a week at the nets working on his and other player’s batting. “I thank him for the support and help he gave me. It would be unfair not to mention his name while appreciating everyone’s contribution.”

Younis also spoke about the role of Misbah-ul-Haq in the team and series. “Misbah this time was a changed person and he was coming to us for suggestions and it all worked well for us. In the end our onus was that if we failed as senior players we were answerable. But if we took a decision we must stick to it no matter what happened.”

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