Dream fulfilled, admits Younis

“It was one my dreams to win this World Cup. We won our last World Cup in 1992 under Imran Khan and he is my hero. I always used to dream that when I finish my career people remember me like Imran. I used to dream about winning the World Cup and thinking why I was not in the 1992 team, but now I am happy to have won a World Cup,” Younis said.

So, why did he take the decision in an hour of such glory? “I am 32 now and I think I am old now for this form of cricket.

“The good thing is that we have some talented youngsters like Shaizab, Ahmed Shehzad and Fawad Alam. Hopefully, they will carry on the work,” he explained.

The last time Pakistan featured in a World Cup final was in 1999 against Australia at Lord’s, but the match ended in disappointment for Pakistan. Younis said the team was committed not to repeat the mistake at the same venue against Sri Lanka.

“We lost to Australia in the 1999 World Cup final. So me, Shahid (Afridi) and (Abdul) Razzaq (all members of the ’99 squad) chatted to the guys and told them this time we will hold our nerves.

“It was surprising to see Afridi bat the way he did, because he was taking singles and doubles. Gul was fantastic with the ball. Afridi and Razzaq too did a good job with the ball.”

Younis had triggered a mild controversy when he termed T20 as a mere entertainment. But the elegant right-hand batsman said his remark was taken in the wrong context.
“I said that Twenty20 is a fun game but people took me wrong. I said it then because we lost a couple of games and those were only warm-up matches,” he said.

However, Younis asserted that the authorities should take steps to preserve Test cricket. “I still believe that this is good entertainment and we must do something about this form of cricket.

“If you continue to promote T20 then there will be no Tests and one-dayers in future. I am not against Twenty20, but I must say that this cricket is harder than the ODIs and Tests because in only 20 overs you will exhaust your whole energy.”

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