Pakistan’s most experienced duo of the current lot, Misbah Ul Haq and Younis Khan took the field for one last time for Pakistan, the Men in Green created history by winning a Test series for the first time in the Caribbean, which proved to be a fitting farewell for them.
Misbah Ul Haq and Younis Khan had played a total of193 Test matches and scored 15,321 runs for their team. The statistics clearly show the importance of this middle-order batting pair.
Younis Khan made his debut in 2000 against Sri Lanka, where he scored a ton in the second inning. On the other hand, Misbah Ul Haq made his debut at Auckland against New Zealand and he had a quite start to his career.
Younis Khan, after some struggling starting years became an integral part of Pakistan’s solid middle-order along with the senior pros Inzamam Ul Haq and Mohammad Yousuf.
Whereas, Misbah Ul Haq could not cement his place in the side till the horrific episode of 2010 where three Pakistani players were busted for their involvement in spot fixing at a Test at Lord’s. Pakistan cricket was shaken, Salman Butt along with Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were suspended, someone else had to wear the captaincy band and this is where Misbah was given the responsibility and he did extremely well afterwards.
Younis Khan retired as the highest Test run-scorer and highest century maker in Test cricket for Pakistan. In contrast, Misbah Ul Haq left international cricket as the most successful Test skipper of the country.
These are surely the known facts for fans, however, there are some more feats of the legendary duo, from which fans are quite unfamiliar.
The man, who is known as ‘Tuk Tuk’ for his slow batting style, has the fastest half-century in the history of Test cricket on just 21 deliveries. He scored the fastest 50 against Australia in the UAE, it was the same inning where later went on to equal Sir Viv Richards’ record of the fastest century on 56 balls.
Another feat that is held by Misbah Ul Haq is the most sixes in Test cricket by a Pakistani. He has struck 81 sixes in the 75 Test matches that he played for Pakistan. The next best are Younis Khan and Wasim Akram with 70 and 57 sixes respectively.
Talking about Younis Khan, he has the nerves of steel. This is the reason why the batting maestro has only once got out in nervous 90s. He fell short of 9 runs against New Zealand in 2001, afterwards, he has converted all his 90+ scores to a ton.
Pakistan is surely going to miss the batting pair of Younis Khan and Misbah Ul Haq and why not?! They have been the highest scorer as a pair for Pakistan. They have put 3,213 runs together in 53 innings at an average of 68.63.
Younis Khan also shares the second place with Mohammad Yousuf where they scored 3,137 runs as a pair for Pakistan at an average of 78.42 in 42 innings.
The retired duo has left a huge vacuum, youngsters coming in have big shoes to fill. Pakistan can suffer in a similar way as Sri Lanka has suffered after the departure of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawerdene.