‘Mohammad Yousuf became a run machine after embracing Islam’
Former England skipper Andrew Strauss recalled how the mindset of just not worrying too much and believing in the Almighty helped Pakistan’s former batsman Mohammad Yousuf transform his game. In his recent appearance on Sky Sports Cricket podcast, Strauss explained how the cricketing transformation of Mohammad Yousuf happened following his conversion from Christianity to Islam.
“I always like to use the example of Mohammad Yousuf. When he was Yousuf Youhana, he was averaging 40 in Test cricket. Then he became a devout Muslim and on the back of that he had this philosophy that God willing, what will happen will happen,” he said.
Mohammad Yousuf had played his last ever international cricket match back in 2010 against England and since then he never got a call for Pakistan national team. He averages 52.29 in Test cricket and 41.71 in ODI which very poor before he reverted to Islam.
“He had a much different outlook on life and he went from averaging 40 over the space of three years to averaging 70 in Test cricket. And that’s just based on shifting his perspective on life. He was almost trying not to be as much in control of his batting as he was previously. Just kind of accepting that fate will have something in store for him,” Strauss added.
Strauss who is currently working as the Director of Cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board also said Yousuf’s mindset would be something he’d be teaching young cricketers.
“I think that was a really good illustration for me that sometimes you just have to let it all go. If I was working with a young player, this would be the philosophy I would try to embed in them,” he concluded.