The Pakistani batting maestro, Younis Khan revealed that he has always idolized Argentine football great, Diego Maradona and he has always followed his career closely.
“For me, Maradona will always be my idol and I learnt from him how to give all for my country and how to go back to the top,” Younis Khan told Dawn News in an interview.
Younis Khan believes that his and Maradona’s careers had some similarities such as getting banned and then returning in the international circuit even stronger.
“Maradona came back from a ban, I came back from a ban,” he said. “Even though the ban was lifted after three months, it took me six months to get back into the team,” he added.
“That’s when I looked at Maradona even more closely. He had worked towards reviving his career [after the first drugs ban],” he went on to say.
The former Pakistan skipper was interviewed in Chiang Mai when he visited there with a 16-member delegation to bring FIFA World Cup Trophy to Pakistan for the first time.
The highest run-getter for Pakistan in Test cricket wonders what would have happened if the Argentine legend was not banned for the second time and would have emerged as World Cup 1994 hero.
“He even seemed to be getting back to his best and if it wasn’t for the second drugs ban, he might’ve been a star of the 1994 FIFA World Cup as well and maybe it would’ve been a different story. It showed he was only human after all and that we all commit mistakes,” he said.
The Pakistani legend further revealed that he was trying to replicate Maradona’s pose of 1986 FIFA World Cup when he lifted the World T20 2009 trophy for Pakistan.
“In my head, I was trying to strike the same pose,” he revealed.