Younis Khan

Younis Khan

india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 17:44 IST

 Date of Birth: November 29, 1977, Mardan, North-West Frontier Province
 Test Debut: Against Sri Lanka at Rawalpindi in 2000
 ODI Debut: Against Sri Lanka at Karachi in 2000
 Bats: Right-hand bat
 Bowls: Right-arm medium, Legbreak

Younis Khan is a middle-order batsman, who is especially strong in the arc from backward point to extra cover. He was one of the few batsmen who retained his place in the team after Pakistan's disastrous World Cup campaign in 2003, but lost it soon after due to a string of poor scores in the home series against Bangladesh and South Africa.

He is among the better fielders in Pakistan and he took a world-record four catches in one innings as substitute during Pakistan's demolition of Bangladesh in the 2001-02 Asian Test Championship.

But it was his return to the side in October 2004, at the pivotal one-down, against Sri Lanka in Karachi that laid the groundwork for his emergence as a force in Pakistan cricket.

As captain in Inzamam's absence he led the side to a disastrous loss against the West Indies in 2005 but also to a memorable win against India in Karachi in January 2006.

First Published: Sep 26, 2006 16:53 IST