Younis’ approach is like a computer programme: Misbah

Younis Khan
Younis Khan became the first Pakistani batsman to pile 10,000 runs in Test cricket last week. — AFP/File

Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, who, along with veteran Younis Khan, is set to retire at the end of their on-going Test against the West Indies, believes the latter’s success is down to his extraordinary discipline.

“The main pillars and principles on which a man stands, those have always been very, very clear for him,” wrote Misbah for ESPNCricinfo about Younis.

Younis, during the 2nd West Indies Test, became the first Pakistani batsman to complete 10,000 runs in the format. Misbah revealed it has been the excessive planning and practice by the Mardan-born cricketer that helped him pile heaps of runs.

“It’s like a computer programme,” said the skipper.

“He is so structured about everything: he has to play his first 15 balls a certain way, so that is how he will practise it,” added Misbah.

“Then the period to start cashing in, so he will practise that too. He knows his plans inside out – how to face certain bowlers, how many overs are left, what to do in the next ten overs, when the new ball is due, where he should be in terms of personal targets at every stage.”

Misbah believed to achieve consistency like Younis, one has to set the right training routines in both matches and training.

“That is why his conversion rate is so high,” he said.