‘Basics are important for all formats of cricket’ – Younis Khan

'Basics are important for all formats of cricket' - Younis Khan

Peshawar Zalmi’s batting coach and mentor Younis Khan believes that basics of cricket remain the same in all forms of cricket and you have to stick to them to be successful.

“If you see the successful names of cricket like AB De Villiers, Hashim Amla or Virat Kohli, these players are top players of T20 because their basics are strong,” told Younis Khan while talking to ARY News. “When I talk to young players, whether bowler, batsman or fielder, I tell them to stick to basics because cricket is still the same game involving bat and ball.”

The 40-years-old also highlighted the importance of having a technical approach not only in cricket but in other aspects of life as well, “Having a technical mind helps you learn and move on, whether it is life or sports,” he stated.

The former World T20 winning captain of Pakistan believes that the defending champions, Peshawar Zalmi will be under pressure this time.

“The reason for Peshawar Zalmi’s success in the last two seasons was that we did not take the pressure, it will be important for us to not take pressure this time as well. We aim to go match by match instead of targeting the trophy from the start to avoid added pressure,” he shared.

Younis Khan told that there are no rivalries among franchises, but it is good to have competitive cricket as Peshawar Zalmi and Karachi Kings contests are quite entertaining for the crowd.

‘We enjoy playing against Karachi Kings,” he said. “Last time we played against them the ground was jam-packed the atmosphere was really good, it feels amazing playing in such an atmosphere,'” he recalled. “All franchises are from Pakistan, almost majority of the coaches and mentors are from Pakistan, I love sharing my experience with them and gaining from their experience as well’

On a question regarding mentoring the U-19 team as Rahul Dravid has done for India, he replied that he wants to pass the knowledge to youngsters which he has learned with experience.

“Whenever I will get an opportunity surely I will look to put the impact of my career on Pakistan cricket and deliver for my country once again,” he concluded