Younis Khan is known to our family as smiley, says late Bob Woolmer’s son

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Bipin Dani

Observer Correspondent

New Jersey
Pakistani batsman Younis Khan’s salute to his late coach Bob Woolmer for his 10,000 Test runs has made Woolmer family excited in South Africa.
“That is great. I would like to say thank you and well done to Younis on such an incredible career achievement”, Woolmer’s son, Russell, speaking exclusively over his mobile from South Africa, said on Tuesday.
“I am also not surprised for his landmark achievement. He is such a natural talent, and amazing person, he carries himself so professionally on and off the field”.
“I have very fond memories of him when we visited Pakistan. Younis also known to us (Woolmer family) as smiley (as he never stops smiling) played such a special part in Dad’s career, his positivity, hard work ethic are just some of his characteristics, which made Dad’s job a little easier. Dad always spoke very highly of Younis, and was never in any doubt that he would achieve great things”, the son added. .
“Every now and then we or the Pakistan players make contact with each other. Dad I know meant alot to them, as he often referred to the Pakstan players as his other children”.
“I wish Younis and the Pakistan team all the very best success in the future. We are always watch and supporting! Thanks again to Younis and may he achieve many great things”.
“I hope to chat with him in person one day again. He is and always will be such an inspiration to me and i’m sure many others”, he signed off.