Web Desk (24 News) — Younis Khan found room for two Australians in his all-time greatest Test team and the legendary batsman named a Pakistan great as captain of the side.
At a tribute night in his honour at Lord’s, Younis selected Imran Khan as captain of his best-ever Test XI, which features Adam Gilchrist as wicketkeeper and Glenn McGrath as the leader of a fearsome pace attack.
India maestro Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistan batsman Hanif Mohammad open the batting in Younis’ dream-team, with modern-day stars Jacques Kallis and Brian Lara slotting in at three and four respectively.West Indians Viv Richards and Garfield Sobers, along with Gilchrist and Imran, complete a devastating middle order.
The side has no shortage of batting firepower, with allrounder Richard Hadlee selected at No.9, while Muttiah Muralidaran and McGrath are the two specialist bowlers.
The Sri Lankan mystery spinner dismissed Younis five times in ten Tests, with only Ranaga Herath (eight times), Stuart Broad (six) and Dale Steyn (six) removing the right-hander on more occasions.
McGrath too claimed Younis’ scalp five times in the longest format, while Warne dismissed him just twice, at a cost of 83 runs in six matches.
Kallis’s inclusion comes as no surprise given the former allrounder’s record against Pakistan sides featuring Younis.
The South African right-hander struck six centuries in 13 Tests the pair played in, while also claiming the Pakistani’s wicket on four occasions.
Younis bowed out of international cricket in fairy-tale fashion earlier this month, as Pakistan sealed their first ever Test series victory in the Caribbean with a wicket in the final over of the deciding match in Dominica.
Earlier in the series, the 39-year-old became the first Pakistani to pass the 10,000-run mark in Tests and just the 13th player in history to do so.
Younis Khan’s all-time Test XI:
1. Hanif Mohammad
2. Sachin Tendulkar
3. Jacques Kallis
4. Brian Lara
5. Viv Richards
6. Garfield Sobers
7. Adam Gilchrist (wk)
8. Imran Khan (c)
9. Richard Hadlee
10. Muttiah Muralidaran
11. Glenn McGrath