KARACHI: Pakistan captain Younus Khan urged his team on Tuesday to take the form they showed in winning the Twenty20 World Cup into the Test and 50 overs arena.
Younis was mobbed by hundreds of fans at Karachi airport on Tuesday after returning from London. The remainder of the team landed earlier in Lahore.
“I was always confident we could win this tournament once we started winning matches and got into a momentum. Our nation deserved a feel good moment in these hard times,” Younus told reporters.
“We need to show the same consistency and the same winning mentality in other forms of the sport. My dream is to see Pakistan cricket at the top in Test and one-day cricket as well.”
Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the final at Lord’s on Sunday, setting off a wave of celebrations in their troubled nation.
Younis credited his team’s win to his own change in attitude during the tournament. “I realised that I had to be dead serious as captain because T20 cricket is one of the most demanding forms of the sport. It saps the energy in just 40 overs,” he said. “This win is very important for us because it gives our cricket a big boost at a time when people were losing interest in the sport with teams not visiting Pakistan.