Younis a modern world great: David Lloyd

Source: Published in Sports on Thursday, July 9, 2015

LONDON: Former England all-rounder David Lloyd has praised veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan, dubbing him a ‘modern world great’ for his remarkable and invaluable contribution to cricket.

Younis, 37, has been earning praise from the cricket fraternity after his unbeaten 171-run knock in the fourth innings of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, which helped his side to register a historic win by chasing down a target of 377 at Pallekele.

According to a media report, Lloyd said the whole cricket fraternity often talk about several world-class players like India’s Sachin Tendulkar, West Indies’ Brian Lara, South Africa’s A.B. de Villiers, England’s Joe Root and Australia’s Michael Clarke, saying that most have forgotten about players like Jacques Kallis and Younis, who have also contributed a lot to world cricket.

“I think Younis Khan is a modern world-great. You talk about lots of world-class players like Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, AB de Villiers, Joe Root, Michael Clarke, but Younis Khan gets passed by a bit, but he's right up there. He's had a little go at County cricket as well. I don't know him but he looks to me to be a thoroughly nice man who just enjoys the game of cricket and he's got great skill,” Llyod said.

“I would put Younis Khan as a modern great. We talk about great players, somehow Jaqcues Kallis doesn't get a mention and he's a great player. Younis Khan is in that bracket.”

Younis in the just concluded series in Sri Lanka became only the fifth Pakistan cricketer — after Javed Miandad (124), Inzamam-ul-Haq (119), Wasim Akram (104) and Saleem Malik (103) — to play 100 or more Tests and was in prime form in the Test series against Sri Lanka, which Pakistan won 2-1.

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