Veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan, who reinforced his legendary status by becoming the first batsman from the country to score 10,000 Test runs, believed such records compliment Pakistan cricket’s history.
Younis achieved the feat during the third day of the second Test against West Indies in Jamaica on Sunday.
“Pakistan’s Test cricket history dates back to 1950s and it was always necessary for us to have big records under our belts,” the right-hander told ARY News on Monday.
“A country with so much experience in Test cricket should have bowlers who have taken 500-plus wickets and batsmen who have scored 10,000-plus runs,” he added.
Younis, who is featuring in his 116th Test, said it’s time younger players take up the responsibility and make more such records.
“I’m happy to become the first person from Pakistan achieve the feat but I would be happier if more players from the country reach the milestone,” said the 39-year-old.
Younis said players like Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali have the potential the break his records in the upcoming five to six years.
“Both have the ability to reach, and cross the 10,000-run-mark,” he said.
Younis came into bat for Pakistan 23 runs away from the feat, taking a painful 47 minutes to get off the mark.
The Mardan-born batsman, in an unusual occurrence, was stuck at 9999 Test runs as the umpires called Tea.
Younis eventually reached the milestone after the break.
“I tried to be patient on the crease and tried to play according to the situation and reach 10,000 runs on the right time,” he said.
“This is not just an individual feat, but an achievement for all Pakistanis,” concluded the veteran.
Younis lost his wicket after scoring 58 off 138 balls.