Misbah-ul-Haq- the sensible and the coolest
A batsman with pure class and a human with countless abilities like patience and endurance to say the least. A cricketer who always focused on his performance and who, in true sense, loves and likes cricket. A player whose only purpose was to make his country famous and who always tried to win. He has got patience both in his personality and batting style. He has got the capabilities to adjust himself to any situation and perform accordingly.
I am talking about no one else than the most successful captain in Pakistan test cricket history. Yes, he is Misbah-ul-Haq and critics call him names like “tuk tuk”. Without any doubt, he played much slower than Afridi but this is also logical to say that he always performed according to the situation. Unfortunately, as he was the part of Pakistani cricket team, he had to bat when mostly there were situations like we had 30/3, 15/2, 50/4 etc. What can a player do after arriving at the crease in such circumstances? The only best solution is to adjust yourself, take your time and then do charge in the end. He mostly did the same but many times he felt himself alone because of the rash shots of our lower middle orders batsmen. Finally, he had to bat with tail Enders and after his strenuous efforts we reached the target of 220, 230, which is far more less than even an average score in the modern fast cricket. Though we always remained best bowling attack, but bowling, in pitches like nowadays’, is becoming difficult day by day and bowlers are losing their respect. This was the situation of ODI cricket, and during Misbah’s tenure the circumstances of T20 were not that different. Remember the final of WT20 2007 when he played astonishing innings of 43 in deadly conditions. He arrived when Pakistan were 88/6. It is true that he had been unlucky in some matches like after hitting 4 sixes, he was caught when Pakistan were just a boundary away of lifting the world cup trophy. But still, he had achieved some great successes like winning against India in India, Asia cup, first Asian team to beat SA in SA and many other series wins. He has also got the record of having 15 ODI half centuries during a calendar year.
Talking about his captaincy, he has been proven wrong in many cases because of his defensive approach in ODIs. But when we say such things, we should keep in mind that no one is perfect and has flaws. His defensive approach proved right in tests as he has become the successful test captain Pakistan has ever had having 20 victories. We clean swept England and Australia, won against Sri-Lanka and never lost at our so called neutral venue i.e. U.A.E.
Lastly, he is the man we should be proud of. He is the man who united our side when 3 players disgraced us in the eyes of the entire world. He is the man who always thinks about his passion and in his own words, ”there is no day when I have no thoughts about cricket”. In fact, he was a true patriot who always fought for his country and stayed there like a rock solid or in the form of “crisis-ul-haq”.
Thank you Misbah-ul-Haq for your silent services which would remain silent forever for those who have made up their minds not to accept your talent and capabilities.