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I take the criticism very positively: Younis Khan

By Rashmi Nanda -

Younis Khan became the first batsman to score a hundred in each of the Test playing nations in the UAE, as he has scored the first century in Australia.

The right-hander is unbeaten on 175 off 334 balls during their first innings on the fourth day of the Sydney Test against Australia.

After day four, Younis told the press conference that he was proud of his achievement, says, "I love to perform for my country and team. Whenever my team needs me...a little late this time...but I'm proud Pakistani. It was my wish to have at least one or two centuries (in Australia) and my wish has come true so I am happy."

There was some pressure on the 39 years old batsman after his apathetic form during the opening two Tests with some opponents, who would like Pakistan needs renewal but Younis said he did not take the criticism personally.

He said on this, "I take the criticism very positively.... I respond through my performances. I feel a little bit of pressure from the critics but and the same time I make myself calm and cool. It has worked for me, I don't do anything special just try to focus and suddenly things go my way.”

The right-hander added, "It all depends on my team and what they want from me. I will keep in touch with them (PCB), as they tell me what they need from me."

Younis needs just 36 runs to become the 13th batman to make 10,000 Test runs; he could attain the prestigious milestone on the fifth day during the series finale.

The Veteran batsman stated, "I'm very near 10,000 runs, which will be a big achievement as a Pakistani. If you see that list, there is no Pakistani that has achieved 10,000 runs. I can't (say) that I'm the greatest Pakistan (batsman)...there are a lot of great players. I think I am not the greatest ever. When I leave the field, it is my wish to be remembered as a fighter who played for his country and team."

The visitors needs an unlikely 465 runs for victory, while Pakistan was 1 for 55 at stumps but their fourth innings of 450 in Brisbane looms large and gave an amazing to adhere against Australia.  Younis added, "We want to finish the Test series on a good note, if we can show some fight... (But) it won't be easy on day five in Sydney."