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‘Younis Khan had a knife to my throat when I gave him batting advice’ Grant Flower reveals

Karachi: Former Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower has revealed that current national team batting coach and legendary batsman Younis Khan once held a knife to his throat when he gave some batting advice.

Former Zimbabwean while talking on the Following on Cricket Podcast narrated an incident when Younis disagreed with his batting tips so much that he brought a knife to his throat and Mickey Arthur had to intervene.

“Younis Khan… quite tough to master. 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,” he 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,” he added.

Grant, who served as batting coach from 2014-19 said there had been some tough characters in the Pakistan dressing room and it was quite a tough journey.

“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 maintained.

He also termed Ahmed Shehzad as a “rebellious” character. “He is a very skillful batter, but quite rebellious. Every team has got their rebel. Sometimes it makes them better players, sometimes maybe not so,” he added.

It must be noted that Grant is currently the batting coach of Sri Lanka men’s team.

Read also: Former batting coach fears Babar may regret taking over as captain



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