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Younis does not blame Inzamam for run out



Pakistan team vice-captain Younis Khan said here Monday that his getting run out on the second day was no fault of his captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who himself got out in a most bizarre fashion in the first innings of the third Test here at Headingley on Sunday.

“I do not blame Inzamam for getting me run out. It is Test cricket and sometimes you have to face such situations. The call for a run came from both sides and despite efforts I failed to beat Sajid’s throw,” Younis told Pakistani journalists here on Monday morning.

It was however, Inzamam’s hit wicket dismissal that added spice to the otherwise batsmen dominated third day’s play. Inzamam rolled over the wicket while mistiming a sweep to Monty Panesar. The tall bulky Pakistan batsman did all he could to avoid getting contact with the stumps but took the bails away while falling flat behind the wicket.

There are ten ways for a batsman can get out and Inzamam-ul-Haq seems determined to experience them all before retiring, possibly after the World Cup 2007. Six months back, he was given out obstructing the field in a One-day International against India at Peshawar and then trying to avoid a ball that was coming straight at him.

And in an exhibition match in Lahore a couple of years back he was also given out handling the ball, Now just two modes of dismissals remain for Inzamam-ul-Haq — hitting the ball twice and getting timed out. Although no batsman in Test cricket history has suffered either of these two incidents, if there is any possible contender, it surely is Inzamam.

“It was the bowlers’ footmark behind that created all the trouble. The moment I attempted my sweep, I got stuck in those holes and when I tried to get out of it to avoid injury, I lost my balance,” Inzamam said.

He said he tried his best to stay in balance but could not avoid falling. “My foot took time to get out of the hole and I lost my balance,” he said. Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan said on his batting on Sunday: “I have always enjoyed playing with Mohammad Yousuf and it was one of those days on Sunday when we really combined well at the wicket,” he said.

He said there was a need to bat well to raise a good total on the pitch that was helpful for batting. “We had a target of raising at least 500 on the board and that was possible only if one of the senior players succeeded in staying there,” he said. Younis had all praise for Yousuf for playing like a true batsman. “He kept on the pressure by scoring fast runs and that helped us a lot,” he said.

Source:The News

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