Mohammad Yousuf or popularly known as Yousuf Yohana, the former Pakistan middle order batsman, was one of the finest batsman of the Pakistan team of 2000’s era. In the 12 players of illustrious career, Yousuf played with arguably the best generation of cricketers.
Yousuf debuted for Pakistan back in 1998 and in no time, he became one of the important cog a batting line up that boasted of the likes of Saeed Anwar, Inzamam-Ul-Haq, Younis Khan and many others. In the 12-year career, the Right-hander mustered over 17000 international runs with the help of 39 tons and 97 half-centuries across all the formats.
In the 12-year career, Yousuf played against plethora of Indian legends and arguably the best generation of Indian Cricket that witnessed the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag among many others.
These legends carried the Indian Cricket baton for almost two decades, before they pass it to the likes of MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. In the time being, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma set themselves as the two pillars of Indian batting line-up, even drawing comparisons with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.
Speaking to a local Pakistani news Channel, Mohammad Yousuf told the viewers that the current crop of Indian Cricketers cannot be compared to the likes of Sachin and Dravid and also that the current batch of Indian batting line-up does not have the fire power as before.
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“In the past, teams, such as India, Australia and South Africa, had 3-4 quality players in the side. India, for example, had players like [Rahul] Dravid, Sachin [Tendulkar], [Virender] Sehwag, [Sourav] Ganguly, [VVS] Laxman and Yuvraj Singh,” said Yousuf.
“These six batsmen were playing in a single team. The current Indian team does not have such batsmen. You can’t compare the current players [such as Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma] with the class of Sachin and Dravid,” the former Pakistani batsman added.