Pakistan’s experienced allrounder Shoaib Malik has all praise for the retiring duo of captain Misbah Ul Haq and the batting legend Younis Khan.
According to Shoaib Malik, Misbah Ul Haq’s career has been exemplary, loud and a memorable one. He also accredits him for Pakistan’s phenomenal run in Test cricket. He ridiculed all the claims that Pakistan reached the top Test ranking because of playing on UAE’s friendly pitches.
“The performance of our Test team over the past few years has been world-class. I hear comments that our Test success is driven by the pitches in UAE or other silly comments,” he said while talking to PakPassion.
“I disagree, there are advantages and disadvantages of any pitch in the world, but the fact is both teams have to make the most of the current and changing conditions,” he added.
“To undermine a streak of series wins backed up by rankings is pure ignorance. Misbah’s career has been loud, exemplary, and one that will be remembered for a never-give-up leadership attitude,” he told while lauding Misbah Ul Haq.
Moreover, the former skipper looked like a big admirer of Younis Khan, as he coined him a ‘champion’. Younis Khan recently became the first Pakistani to score 10,000 Test runs.
“What an achievement that is to score 10,000 Test runs! Younis Khan’s career is astonishing,” he said. “A career with nearly 18,000 international runs and an average of over 53 in Tests is just world-class,” he added.
Shoaib Malik called Younis Khan an example of dedication and determination, ”He is a figure that Pakistan cricket will miss overall. Younis Khan is an example of the high-level dedication and focus one can give to defy the general perception of age; Younis Khan is a champion.”
On another question regarding Malik’s top form in limited overs cricket, he told that he is feeling fit and really enjoying his cricket.
“I am feeling good about my fitness and my game, but there is always pressure in cricket. With experience, you learn how to handle it and how not to show much of it, but playing any professional sport always has pressure around the corner,” he answered.
“I always wanted to enjoy my cricket, it’s my passion and what I love, and finally I am really enjoying my cricket,” he added.