Mohammad Yousuf Became A Run Machine After Accepting Islam: Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss credits Mohammad Yousuf for giving him clarity on the way to play better
Former England opener Andrew Strauss has recalled how the cricketing transformation of Mohammad Yousuf following his conversion from Christianity to Islam helped him find a replacement perspective on the mental aspect of the sport, which successively elevated his game to an entirely new level. So bad was the left-handed batsman's lean patch that he had struggled for a whole year and it had come to some extent where he was certain that he would be dropped if he failed again. Andrew Strauss credits Mohammad Yousuf for giving him clarity on the way to play better.
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The former England skipper said it had been then that he freed himself up from the psychological burden that the fear of failure had saddled him with, leading to a 177-run knock that helped him retain his place within the side. Andrew Strauss credits Mohammad Yousuf for giving him clarity on the way to play better. Strauss, looking back, has credited Yousuf's transformation from an honest player into an absolute run-machine for serving as an idea and saving his own career.
"I always wish to use the instance of Mohammad Yousaf. When he was Yousaf Youhana, he was averaging 40 in Test cricket. Then he became a devout Muslim and on the rear of that he had this philosophy that God willing, what is going to happen will happen," he said.
"He had a way 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 supported shifting his perspective on life. He was almost trying to not be the maximum amount on top of things of his batting as he was previously. Just quite accepting that fate will have something future for him.
"I think that was a very good illustration on behalf of me that sometimes you only need to let it all go. If I used to be working with a young player, this is able to be the philosophy I might attempt to embed in them."
A clear mindset does wonders for you, regardless of what you're doing. When former England captain, Andrew Strauss, was in need of motivation, he looked to Mohammad Yousuf and his beliefs. Andrew Strauss credits Mohammad Yousuf for giving him clarity on the way to play better.
Talking to Sky Sports, the Britain Cricket Board’s Director revealed that Mohammad Yousuf’s philosophy helped shape his career when he was still struggling after playing over 50 Tests for his country. It all changed for him in New Zealand, when he decided to not believe the negatives and luxuriate in whatever time he had as an England batsman.