The Pakistan man was sent a hand-written letter by a New Zealand cricket fan named Felix Anderson two years ago where the then 10-year-old fan had asked the batsman for some advice related to certain cricket strokes.
“Dear Mr Khan, my name is Felix. I’m ten years old and live in New Zealand. I’m writing to you because you are one of my biggest heroes. Your technique is beautiful to watch. How perfect your cover drive is; or how well your cut is timed,” Felix wrote in the letter.
“Your 318 against Sri Lanka was incredible to watch; it showed me how much I want to be a professional cricketer and bat third.
Dear Felix, thank you for this sweet letter. I know this is almost two years old, but it only came across me now. I will surely make a small video to give you some tips as you requested 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/Mhaz5nTsfn— Younis Khan (@iam_Younis) April 25, 2018
“Also, this year against England your 318 was spectacular. You’re an excellent slip fielder and a very reliable batsman. Can you please give me some advice on the cut shot, or the cover drive? Good luck in your upcoming matches, and have a happy new year. Felix Anderson.”
It took two years for the letter to reach Younis but Pakistan’s leading run-getter in Test cricket wasted no time in responding to the young fan.
“Dear Felix, thank you for this sweet letter. I know this is almost two years old, but it only came across me now. I will surely make a small video to give you some tips as you requested,” Younis had written on Twitter in April.
True to his word, the 40-year-old posted the video on Twitter on Monday where he can be seen demonstrating the cover-drive and cut shot.
As promised, here is the coaching tip manual on the cover drive and cut shot for the 12 year old Felix from New Zealand who wrote a letter to me. I hope you enjoy this, practice it & improve your game. All the best Felix. Hope to see you playing for your country one day 😊 pic.twitter.com/lnzP2yz9gT— Younis Khan (@iam_Younis) May 7, 2018
“As promised, here is the coaching tip manual on the cover drive and cut shot for the 12 year old Felix from New Zealand who wrote a letter to me. I hope you enjoy this, practice it & improve your game. All the best Felix. Hope to see you playing for your country one day,” the Pakistan man wrote in the post accompanying the video tutorial.
To receive batting tips from a man who has scored over 10,000 Test runs will surely be a lifelong highlight for the Kiwi cricket fan.
Pakistan cruised to a nine-wicket win against Northamptonshire on Monday after making light work chasing 133 at Wantage Road.
Warming-up for their first Test match against debutants Ireland, starting on Friday, the tourists were set-up by Asad Shafiq‘s unbeaten 186 in the first innings while Shadab Khan claimed 10 for 157 overall.
Earlier on Monday, Mohammed Abbas made the key breakthrough to dismiss Rob Newston for 118 and Khan cleaned up the tail to establish a comfortable victory target.
Half-centuries from Imam Ul-Haq, nephew of Inzamam Ul-Haq, and Haris Sohail saw the Men in Green comfortably over the line.
The first Test takes place in Malahide, near Dublin.
Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq is all set to return to first-class cricket after a hiatus of four years. The 38-year-old will captain the PTV side in Pakistan’s Grade 1 competition this season.
Razzaq last played first-class cricket in 2014 when his outfit ZBTL was relegated to Grade 2. However, the all-rounder is hoping his performances in the longer format can translate to a Pakistan Super League (PSL) contract next season.
“I will be captaining PTV this season. I feel completely fit at the moment and my form has good recently. I hope my performances in the domestic season gets me selected for the PSL next year,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Express.
Razzaq had donned the bowling coach’s hat for Quetta Gladiators in the recently-concluded edition of the PSL. The Lahore-born man revealed that he had been in touch with the selectors regarding his target of playing in the PSL next time.
“I already told the selectors my plans for the future at the time. We all are agreed that if my form and performances in the domestic season are up to the mark, then I would most certainly be drafted in the next PSL,” he said.
The swashbuckling all-rounder has played 46 Tests, 265 ODIs and 32 T20Is for Pakistan over the course of his career after having made his debut in 1996. His last appearance in a Pakistan shirt came all the way back in November, 2013 in a T20 clash against South Africa.
While he targets a PSL contract, Razzaq has said that he harbours no ambitions of returning to the international fold.
“There are so many youngsters who are in the Pakistan side and they truly deserve their spot. I have no intentions of returning to the international team and would like to leave my mark in the domestic season,” he explained.
The hard-hitting all-rounder had recently turned up at the Ice Cricket match at St. Moritz in Switzerland alongside the likes of Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar. Before that, he had represented the Amo Sharks in the Shpageeza Cricket League in Afghanistan last year.