Faith of Yousuf has given him spiritual strength: Imran

imranProlific Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf has found spiritual strength from his faith, which helped him achieve commendable batting feats against the West Indies, former great Imran Khan said on Saturday.

“Yousuf’s feat is commendable and all Pakistan is proud of his world record achievements,” said Imran of Yousuf, who scored 665 runs in three Tests to help Pakistan beat the West Indies 2-0.

The 32-year-old right-handed batsman hit a century in each innings to guide Pakistan to a 199-run victory against Brian Lara’s team in the third and final Test, which finished here on Friday.

Yousuf accumulated 1,788 runs in 11 Tests — the new world record for most runs in a calendar year — beating the previous record of 1,710 runs held by the West Indies great Viv Richards set in 1976. “It is not just the amount of runs and records, it’s the elegance and the class of his batting, which stands him out and helped him achieve those records,” he said.

Imran said Yousuf’s faith had given him strength. “Those who talk about a balance in religion and cricket should realise that the composure, the focus, the discipline and the calm way he negotiated crisis show that his faith has given him spiritual strength,” he said.

“His faith has suddenly raised his game to different level and I think he is batting at the peak of his career,” added Imran, who played 82 Tests for Pakistan and led the country to its only World Cup victory in 1992 in Australia. “Alongside Inzamam-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Yousuf’s form will be crucial, and these three hold the key for Pakistan’s batting performance in the World Cup next year,” he further added.

Source:The News

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