Captain Misbah-ul-Haq has led Pakistan to yet another series win in the UAE, this time beating a strong England team 2-0. Pakistan maintained its undefeated Test series record in the UAE. Misbah’s leadership has elevated Pakistan to number 2 in the World ICC Test rankings.
In the current Test series against England Misbah scored 352 runs at an average of 58.7. He continues to be the rock of the middle order line up.
We have to thank and appreciate Captain Misbah ul Haq, for his many years of service to Pakistan cricket. These sentiments are echoed by Pakistani fans across the world. We owe it to him for rescuing Pakistan cricket from its lowest depths in 2010. He personally as captain, has led by example and given us respect back on the international level.
Let’s take a look at Misbah’s career.
His Test match debut was in 2001, at the age of 27 years. Scoring a total of 4352 runs, at an average of 48.9.With 9 centuries and 32 fifties. Highest score 161 not out.
As captain, Misbah has played 42 Test matches, won 20, lost 11 and drawn 11. This is an impressive record. Several international commentators are calling him the best ever Test captain that Pakistan has had.
One Day International debut 2002, total of 5122 runs, average 43.4. Highest score 96 not out, 42 fifties.
Even at the age of 41 years Misbah’s fitness is exemplary, many have retired at a much younger age. He is still faster than the youngsters.
In 2010 when Salman Butt was removed as captain for spot fixing, Pakistan were desperate for a leader. Misbah at the age of 36 years was chosen as the successor, it was the best decision made by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
Misbah’s solid middle order batting and leadership skills made a vital, much needed impact. His calm, determined temperament together with exception cricketing knowledge brought Pakistan back to its feet. Time after time we depended on him for valuable runs, he rarely disappointed.
Misbah provided hope, intellect and stability to the nation. Even though he was unable to lead any international home games in Pakistan, he adapted to playing abroad.
Under his leadership Pakistan won Test series against New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Australia and England. In one day series we beat Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, India and New Zealand. He also secured an Asia Cup title win. He brought success in many Twenty20 games.
Misbah ul Haq the nation of Pakistan is indebted to you for your most significant contribution. Cricket critics around the world are fully aware of your immense role. Misbah is quietly humble and not the type of captain to go around reminding people of his vast achievements. This personality trait is much appreciated and admired by many.
The world of cricket is fully aware of how Misbah was responsible for turning around a sinking ship and providing the required stability and courage. He navigated the team through deeply troubled waters. He took the challenges and pressure in his stride.
There is little doubt that being the captain of the Pakistan cricket team is the most difficult and demanding occupation there is.
Misbah has not decided whether he will tour England as captain next year, he has not entirely ruled it out either.
Recently he said that playing county cricket in England may be an option before the series, to get used to the swinging, seaming pitches.
Misbah has been the best role model, leading by example. He is an extraordinary batsman and wise captain. Pakistan salutes you.