Year in review for Pakistan: Test cricket
2015 was another great year for cricketing fans all over the world with loads of exciting cricket matches and enthralling moments which were instrumental in keeping the viewers engaged with this wonderful game throughout the year.
Keeping our focus on Pakistan cricket team it is interesting to note that there was a radical difference in the performance of our shorter and longer formats.
Pakistan enjoyed another successful year in the longest format of the game under their perspicacious captain Misbah-ul-Haq. Captain Misbah has been Pakistan’s most successful test captain with 20 wins to his credit and under him the team carried their form into 205 as well.
Pakistan featured in three test series during 2015, against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and finally England, and won all those series in emphatic fashion.
Pakistan were under significant amount of pressure when they lost the ODI and T20 series against Bangladesh and people were worried as to how the test team will perform but under Misbah’s captaincy Pakistan won the test series 1-0 and ended all speculations.
Their next assignment was against Sril Lanka and that too away from home but Pakistan manged to eke out the series 2-1 after they chased down a massive target of 377 runs which was their highest successful run chase in their history and the second highest in Asia for any side. Younis Khan scored a brilliant 171* which led Pakistan to victory.
Pakistan’s final test encounter of 2015 was against England. Pakistan started the series as favorites but they barely survived to draw the first test match but the did manage to bounce back and win the next two test matches and take the three match series 2-0. But this series was a closely fought one than the results depicted.
Younis Khan was the top run scorer with 789 runs with 3 hundreds and a fifty to his name. His average was in excess of 60 and a top score of 171* runs. In the process Younis Khan also became Pakistan’s leading run scorer in test matches after going past the great Javed Minadad.
Yasir Shah was the top wicket taker for Paksitan in test matches as he took 49 wickets at an average of 23 including three 5 wicket hauls.
In general Pakistan had a patchy year but the test team looked to be the most stable and hence achieved better results throughout the year.