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Misbah Ul Haq – The BEST Test Captain of 2015
As far as T20 internationals are concerned, the captain of the year award was announced in 2015 by The Daily Telegraph and no eyebrows were raised. He was called the best Test Captain of the Year 2015. Misbah attained all these accomplishments without having played and captained a single Test match on Pakistani soil.
This pretty much sums up how hard his journey has been. Misbah is no Imran Khan, nor is it he Shahid Afridi or Wasim Akram. If you must compare, he’s probably someone like Inzamam ul Haq. As Inzamam was, but he is not as naturally gifted. Come to think of it, Misbah is Misbah. His tenacity, strength of will, mental and physical fitness and outstanding leadership abilities make him stand out from the audience.
This piece isn’t just about my admiration for Misbah’s prodigious services towards this nation, but is also a modest effort to make amends for all the disrespect that this country has shown him.
Himself to be an individual who blossoms with every performance, and after given the additional responsibility of leading his side, he manages to do better. In the 65 Test matches he’s played so much for Pakistan, Misbah averages 33.60 as a batsman in matches where he is not captaining his side.
However, his average rises to an astounding 54.93 in the 46 games in which he’s captained Pakistan. He also holds the record for the fastest Test 50 (off 21 balls just) and is next in the listing for its fastest 100 in Test cricket (off 56 balls just) sharing the place with the great Sir Vivian Richards. Incidentally, Misbah also thrashed the Aussies because of his speediest century and 50.
His Performance in Pakistan Cricket
Cup back in 2007 Misbah a name to be understood across the world. But it wasn’t the way Misbah would have chosen. His famous paddle spade at the last over of the final against India ruined everything he’d worked for until that fateful match. Misbah averaged an outstanding 54.50 from the seven matches that he featured with three not outs and 2 50s. These runs came at a strike rate of nearly 140 runs per 100 balls.
Even in the last game, Misbah walked in to bat for Pakistan when the scoreboard read 4-65. It was from there till the third chunk of the 19th over that Misbah stayed rock solid while confronting the Indian bowling attack and scored a crucial 43 runs off 38 balls. He even hit four massive 6s. Unfortunately, none of that was remembered and the only thing Misbah came to be known for was his last shot.
Misbah – the Silent Guardian
He has also captained Pakistan in The Misbah that we cheer for today He Left cricket boring, Was the most ridiculed sportsman of the nation. He’s the protagonist of a story that unfolded towards its ending. He is that survivor on a ship, that not only makes it himself but rescues hundreds of others and once everybody makes it to the 32, can be commended. His is a story of somebody standing up every single time after being knocked down. Misbah is the unsung champion of cricket. It is about time we look back in his journey.
This was the T20, the legend Debuted back in 98-99, Misbah needed to wait until 2001 to make his global Test introduction and another year then (2002) to feature in his first ODI game (both were contrary to New Zealand). His entrance into international cricket was not one that could assure him a permanent location on both sides however.
But we kept catching glimpses of Misbah in the group. He was not a regular on the side. Misbah wasn’t selected to play with a game in almost any format of this match for Pakistan between 2004 and 2007. Even in 2004, he was selected to play only one ODI.
As a batsman, he has proved Worried, what a lot of do not know is that Misbah, until date, ranks number one as far as batting average is concerned. Misbah averages 37.52 from the 39 T20s he’s played for Pakistan (with a strike rate of 110.20).
Misbah ul Haq Leads Islamabad United
On the national front, he also captains Islamabad United at the Pakistan Super League (PSL), which is also incidentally the current PSL winner. Misbah also captains Islamabad United from the Pakistan Super League. When in regards to ODIs, Misbah is recalled because of his slow batting in the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup against India, which Pakistan lost. He was awarded the title of ‘Tuk Tuk’ after those innings and the entire blame was put on his shoulders to the team’s loss and depart from the mega event.
Misbah is remembered because of his slow batting in the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup against India, which Pakistan lost. What critics have a tendency to ignore though, is the brilliant participation this successful batsman had made towards accomplishing the semi-final of the championship in the first place. Misbah, together with three 50s from the six innings that he played in the championship, was the highest run-scorer for Pakistan averaging a marvelous 49.60 runs per innings.
ODIs. His captaincy record from the 50 over format may not be as successful as other flourishing captains of the world, but some of the most notable accomplishments include him getting the first (and until date) the sole captain from a South Asian flying side to direct his team to success in an ODI series against South Africa in South Africa. This happened in 2013, only one year after Misbah lifted the Asia Cup for Pakistan (for the second time after 12 years) in the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium at Mirpur, Bangladesh.
Most Successful Test Captain
Cricket was arguably at its lowest following the spot-fixing scandal, Misbah was given the duty to lead Pakistan in Tests — Pakistan rated 6th in the ICC Test rankings at that moment. It was from there that Misbah, in his own cerebral way, began his journey as a leader to create Pakistan reach the top of the ranking table for the very first time this year. Misbah, so far, has led Pakistan in 46 Test matches. Pakistan won 22 out of the 46 Test matches, with a winning percentage of 47.82 along with a losing percentage of just 28.26, which makes him the most successful Test captain of Pakistan till date.
He was named the Ideal Test But our team became consistent with their performances under his direction. Fortunately is currently missing from our Evaluation group. They have begun playing methodically and there seems to be a strategy and a strategy being followed in every game and situation. Misbahul Haq altered the way Test cricket is played with Pakistan. The captain of the number one Test team in the world did not always like a terrain that is smooth. Thanks to persistence and his hard work, although it’s been a steep rise for Misbah, he left it.