Karachi: Veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has said that the untimely deaths of his father, two brothers and a sister spurred him on to do better in international cricket and become mentally stronger.
He said these tragedies during his playing career had made him stronger and more hungry for success as his father, brothers and sister always wanted him to succeed in his cricket career.
He said they always used to appreciate his performances and reminded him of his duties as a Pakistan player.
Younis was speaking at a function organised by noted cricket enthusiast and organiser Nadeem Omar to award him and opener Shaan Masood gold medals for their centuries in the third Test against Sri Lanka earlier this month, which guided Pakistan to a historic series win.
Making it clear that he had set himself some clear goal, Younis said at present he had no intentions of retiring from the game.
"I am 19 runs away from breaking the record of Javed Miandad for most Test runs and he is a legend and I always consider him a batting legend. Nothing would be better than to be spoken about in the same terms as him," Younis.
"I have idolised Javed Miandad since childhood."
The former Pakistan captain said the ambition of trying to a win a Test series in England and Australia and doing well in those conditions were also enough to keep him going for a while.
"I have always raised my game when the challenge has been great and I would like to be part of a team that can win a test series in England and Australia," he said.
While Pakistan has won a Test series in England twice but it has yet to win a test series in Australia since it attained test status.
Younis said he was honoured to have played a big part in Pakistan's win over Sri Lanka and reiterated that he will retire on his own terms and hopefully on a high note.
The 37-year old played his 100th Test in Sri Lanka and also scored his 30th century in the third match -- the most by any Pakistani batsman.