New Delhi: Former player of Pakistan Cricket Team Mohammad Yousuf (Mohammad Yousuf) credited the excellent performance in the year 2006 to the conversion. Yusuf accepted Islam in 2005.
Pakistan’s fourth Christian cricketer
When he made his international debut in 1998, he was known as Yousuf Youhana. He became the fourth Christian cricketer to play for the Pakistani team after Wallis Mathies, Antao D’Souza and Duncan Sharp.
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Captained pak team
In the year 2004, when Yusuf took command of the Pakistan team. He became the first non-Muslim player to captain the Pakistan team. He often attended the session of Tablighi Jamaat, after which he decided to convert.
Raj opened in interview
In an interview given to Wisden, Mohammad Yousuf admitted that he was influenced by his close friend Saeed Anwar, who became quite religious after his daughter’s death.
Interviewed the great Mohammad Yousuf for Wisden. He said “Towards the end of 2005, I had converted to Islam & had read Islamic prayers for the first time. I’ve always felt that my brilliant performance in 2006 was a reward from the Almighty after my conversion to Islam” #Cricket pic.twitter.com/ek8NNOreFb
– Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) March 1, 2021
What happened after the adoption of Islam?
Yusuf scored 173 runs against India after adopting Islam. Then in 2006, he did his best on the England tour and broke Vivian Richards’ (1,710) record for the most runs in a calendar year. In 2006, he scored 1,788 runs.
Mohammad Yousuf scored 7530 runs in 90 Tests for Pakistan at an average of 52.29, including 24 centuries and 33 half-centuries. He has scored 9,720 runs in 288 ODIs.