The leading run-scorer for Pakistan in test cricket and the only captain to have won the World T20 for Pakistan, Younis Khan turned 40 on Wednesday. There are countless moments when the ever-smiling Khan made Pakistanis proud.
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The only man to have scored a test century in all 11 countries which have hosted a test, Younis Khan is the first and only Pakistani to have crossed the 10,000 runs mark. The list of his achievements is long and we’ve already felt the void created by the legend’s retirement from cricket.
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On his 40th birthday, the social media platform Twitter was all praise for the true ambassador of the game. Twitter was swarmed with Younis Khan’s birthday wishes and his countless achievements.
Let’s see what those messages read.
Starting with ICC.
Pakistan's record scorer in Tests with 10,099 runs.
34 Test hundreds with a high score of 313.
7,249 ODI runs.#WT20 winning captain in 2009.
Happy 40th Birthday to legendary batsman Younis Khan! pic.twitter.com/BDA7LE4PQd
— ICC (@ICC) November 29, 2017
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) November 29, 2017
The Home of Cricket reflected on the legend’s numbers.
— Lord's Cricket Ground 🏏 (@HomeOfCricket) November 29, 2017
Stats-guru Mazhar wished the master batsman happy returns of the day.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) November 29, 2017
So did Peshawar Zalimi.
We would like to wish our mentor Younis Khan a very happy birthday! The 2009 World T20 winning captain holds the record for scoring the most Test runs for Pakistan, the most Test centuries for Pakistan and has made at least a Test hundred in 11 countries. #ZalmiChampions pic.twitter.com/qDVlOKxxOp
— PeshawarZalmi (@PeshawarZalmi) November 29, 2017
Take a bow!
— Jinx! (@PakCricFanatik) November 29, 2017
Century in all test-hosting countries – checked.
Australia – 175*
Bangladesh – 200*
England – 218
India – 267
New Zealand – 149*
Pakistan – 313
South Africa – 111
Sri Lanka – 177
UAE – 213
West Indies – 106
Zimbabwe – 200
💯 The only man to score a Test century in all 11 countries.
🇵🇰 Happy 40th Birthday, Younis Khan. pic.twitter.com/hk57rzsH6z
— bet365 (@bet365) November 29, 2017
Sports anchor, Fazeela Saba said happy birthday to the superstar.
Asad Shafiq joined the party too.
Happy Birthday to our Champion and one of my mentors Younis Khan! He has always led from the front both on and off the field! Have a great day brother 🎉 pic.twitter.com/ykRZLms8kK
— Asad Shafiq (@asadshafiq1986) November 29, 2017
Cricinfo paid tribute to the legend.
#OnThisDay Happy 40th Birthday Younis Khan, Pakistan's highest run-getter 🎂
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 29, 2017
He has definitely made everyone proud.
I met Younis Khan first in 1999, his impression then, my first was of a boy aspiring to achieve distinction, organized, methodical disciplined and upright. Later I added loyalty describing him. Happy Birthday YK. You have done us & the country proud. Many happy returns.
— Dr. Nauman Niaz (@DrNaumanNiaz) November 29, 2017
No doubt, he is the best.
— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) November 29, 2017
Younis has earned a lot of respect both on and off the field.
— Abdullah (@SaidByAbdullah) November 29, 2017
Younis Khan’s Birthday Celebration
Late last night, Younis celebrated his birthday with some of his friends and colleagues. Images were shared by some of the participants.
Here’s how he celebrated his birthday.
— Ubaid Awan (@UbaidAwan) November 29, 2017
Younis Khan celebrating his Birthday 🎂 pic.twitter.com/CfAvbBggAN
— RAFIA ❤ (@RafiaArif4) November 29, 2017
ProPakistani wishes Younis Khan a very happy birthday and a great life ahead.