Legendary Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram has heaped praise on batsman Younis Khan, saying that "class is temporary and form is permanent". Younis who was under pressure coming into the fourth test, scored 218 in Pakistan's second innings to help them take a 214-run lead.
Khan, who began the third day of the fourth test on 101, was instrumental in Pakistan piling up 542 in their first innings before reducing England to 88-4 who still trail the opposition by 126 at stumps. This was Younis's sixth double hundred in test cricket and the composure shown in the face of adversity is what impressed Akram.
"32 hundreds, his sixth double hundred and what a situation to get a double hundred. There is a very famous saying that class is permanent and form is temporary and that is Younis Khan. Today after his hundred he played some magnificent shots, big shots, with the spin, reverse lap and everything outside off stump he punished. That shows his quality as a player, he's 38 but he's still the fittest person in the Pakistan team because he's is so focused, that is his quality," Akram said as quoted by Sky Sports.
The left-arm pacer who took 414 test wickets and 502 One Day International wickets for Pakistan during a playing career spanning 19 years , was happy at the fight shown by the national team especially considering that they came into this game on the back of consecutive losses.
"The way Pakistan have come back in this series, winning the first Test, losing the second badly and then the third- and in this one they have come back with full force and I've been very impressed by their performance and their character as a team."
"I thought Pakistan bowled really well, Wahab Riaz came back well- he got the important wicket of Cook and then Yasir Shah came on and got two wickets in two overs. Four wickets down, only two days to go-it looks like there is only one winner here," Akram added.