Srinagar, July 2: Former Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower has recalled the one instance during coaching stint with Pakistan team when Pakistan’s highest run getter in Test cricket Younis Khan held a knife to his throat when former tried to pass on a batting advice.
The incident in question as per Flower happened in Australia during year 2016.
The former Zimbabwe cricketer turned coach Flower said this during a conversation with brother Andy and host Neil Manthorp on the –Following On Cricket Podcast.
In Tricky questions session Flower recalled the incident with Younis, who made 10,099 runs in 118 Tests for Pakistan at an average of 52.05.
“Younis Khan… quite tough to master,” said Flower. “Obviously, a brilliant career. I remember one incident in Brisbane, during the Test, at breakfast I tried to give him a bit of batting advice, not that my career was anywhere near his regarding stats, as he is the highest scorer in Pakistan Test cricket, ” Flower said.
“But he didn’t take kindly to my advice and brought a knife to my throat, with Mickey Arthur sitting alongside, who had to intervene. Yeah, it’s been interesting. But that’s part of coaching. It makes it a hell of a journey, and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I’m very fortunate to be in the position I am, ” He added.
Younis Khan played one Test at the Gabba in Brisbane in his career, in his twilight years in 2016. Perhaps Flower’s advice got through; after a golden duck in the first innings, Younis made 65 in the second, and ended the tour with a splendid 175* at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
(With Inputs From Wisden. Com)