Salaam Cricket 2018: India-Pakistan series can make or break players, says Younis

first_imgPakistan great Younis Khan said high-voltage India-Pakistan series can make or break a player.Political tensions between the two neighbouring countries means there is always a lot riding on the matches played between India and Pakistan. India and Pakistani cricketers are under constant pressure before and during cricket matches.And Younis said considering the pressure involved in India-Pakistan series, it can help a player to make a big career if he performs in the series. On the other hand, poor performance in a India-Pakistan clash could break the spirits of a player.Younis sighted the example of MS Dhoni, who scored his maiden ODI century against Pakistan in 2015 and then went on to experience a highly successful cricket career.Salaam Cricket 2018: LIVE”Never thought MS Dhoni would do what he did. The way he scored 148 in Vizag was amazing. Indian cricket changed again. Then Mahi became captain a few years later – A player like Dada’s career was also broken. Under him, India started learning to win overseas. Players’ careers are made and broken during India-Pakistan series,” Younis said.Younis added that matches between India and Pakistan means so much to the fans that even their family members sometimes tend to ignore the players after a loss.”The funny thing was we would win in India and India would win in Pakistan. Even our families would not talk to us – they would ask why did you lose to India?”Salaam Cricket 2018: Azharuddin praises Tamim Iqbal for bravery after broken wristadvertisementYonis also batted for regular cricket between India and Pakistan.”India-Pakistan series should be regular and organised, not like how it happens at the moment. These days players have more pressure because of the rarity of the occasion. We all want India to come to Pakistan to play. In 2004, India came to play and you guys were there and you all got a warm welcome. Everyone wants India-Paksitan cricket to be played in a better manner so that the pressure also reduces,” Younis said.READ – Akram, Gavaskar discuss Virat Kohli’s absence from Asia CupThe former Pakistan batsman also heaped praise on Virender Sehwag, who had an impressive record against Pakistan.In nine Test matches against Pakistan, Sehwag scored 1276 runs at an average of 91.14 including four centuries. His first Test triple century of 309 also came against Pakistan at Multan in 2004, which was also the first triple hundred for an Indian batsman.”Whenever Sehwag played against us, he would score runs. In the 2003 World Cup, he attacked us, pushed us on the backfoot and we could not come back. Every time he played against Pakistan, Sehwag would score,” Younis added.last_img