Misbah’s adieu to cricket

He was mockingly nicknamed by his critics as “TukTuk” for his dogged, patient style batting but the fact remains that all these difficult years for Pakistan’s cricket he led the national team superbly in both formats of the game. After retiring from the one day internationals soon after the 2015 World Cup, Misbah ul Haq Thursday announced to retire from Test cricket as well after the series against West Indies beginning on April 21.
Regardless of what local critics say about Misbah, he earned the distinction of a war-time captain and rightly so given the circumstances under which he assumed captaincy. He was named test captain following a spot fixing scandal that crippled the Pakistani side touring England in 2010. Subsequently, he led the team against South Africa in 2011and since then became one of the most successful captains of the country with twenty four wins, fourteen losses and eleven draws under his belt. In view of his performance, a reputed British newspaper declared Misbah as the best contemporary Test captain in cricket playing world. Remarkably, no one in the long history of Test match cricket has managed more centuries than Misbah beyond the age of 40. Thus despite many challenges, Misbah played his innings as a player and as a captain superbly. Often comparison is made between the successes achieved by Imran Khan and Misbah. Both are very much different in their style and approach, yet they had a similar impact on their teams with their leadership charisma. Therefore, we have no doubt in saying that just like Imran, Misbah will also be remembered for the successes he achieved in his tenure. We also hope that the PCB will find a genuine replacement to him as well as take some real steps towards exploiting and training the young talent in order to steer the team to the top ranking both in one dayers and test cricket.

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