Pakistan’s veteran cricketing duo of Misbah Ul Haq and Younis Khan have been honoured in the 2017 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
Pakistan’s most successful Test skipper and Pakistan’s highest Test run scorer have been named among Wisden’s prestigious Five Cricketers of the Year.
Pakistan’s Test team had a glorious previous year where they drew a four-match series against England in their backyard and achieved the top rank in Test ranking.
Lawrence Booth praised Misbah Ul Haq for levelling the series in England and then giving this world the signature celebration style by doing press-ups.
“Misbah-ul-Haq was central to one of the most riveting series in England for years,” writes Booth. “His century in the First Test at Lord’s set a benchmark for his team-mates, while his celebratory press-ups became one of the motifs of the year. Against the odds, he led Pakistan, without a home Test since 2009, to the top of the rankings – and all at the age of 42.”
He further hailed Younis Khan’s effort with the bat in England, specially his inning in the fourth Test where he scored a double-ton.
“With the pressure on, Younis Khan delivered. His classy 218 in the final Test of the summer, at The Oval, helped Pakistan square the series after successive defeats had left them in danger of squandering their win at Lord’s. It was his 32nd Test hundred – and a reminder that his struggles earlier in the series had been a blip rather than part of a decline.”
India’s Virat Kohli is named as the Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2017 edition, on the other hand, Australia’s Ellyse Perry has won the award in female’s category.