Pakistan’s 42-year old Test captain is never bored of surprising fans. He surprised fans when he played that infamous scoop shot against India in the World T20 2007 that made the Men in Blue first T20 champions.
He surprised fans when he adopted a slow batting style. After which he was named ‘tuk tuk’, but Misbah defended his defensive approach by saying, “Whenever I go out to bat, the score is 10 for 3. Fine, I’ll move up the order and take the score to 230 for 3, but then they are all out for 235.”
However, he broke the perception when he equaled the record of fastest Test century of Viv Richards by reaching the milestone on just 56 deliveries against Australia in the second Test of their 2014 tour to UAE. He ripped apart a bowling line comprised of Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith and Nathan Lyon. The record was later broken by former New Zealand’s skipper Brendon McCullum by scoring a Test ton on 54 deliveries in the last Test of his career.
But, Misbah is still the fastest Test centurion for Pakistan and the joint-highest with the West Indian legend Viv Richards.
However, in the third Test of Pakistan’s ongoing tour of West Indies, which is also his last international assignment, he reminded fans how resilient he can be.
Against a not-so-strong bowling attack of West Indies when Pakistan were three down for 177 runs, Misbah came out to bat and created another history.
This time, it was totally opposite of scoring the fastest century. Misbah got off the mark in 22 balls. It seemed like he will score freely now, but he probably had other plans.
Misbah Ul Haq did not took another run in the next 29 deliveries that he faced, he took second single of his inning on 52nd delivery he played on his outing.
Previously the Pakistani batsman who faced most number of balls after scoring 1 run was former opener and current commentator Ramiz Raja, where he scored 1 run off 50 balls before getting out on the 51st ball against England in a game played in Karachi in 1984.
However, Misbah Ul Haq accelerated afterwards and ended his inning at a strike rate of 39.86, he struck 59 runs on 148 balls with the help of six 4’s and a six.