ON THIS DAY: Misbah-ul-Haq is born

On this day in 1974, Pakistan’s talismanic rock of a captain was born. 

Often criticised for doing too little, even when he is the only player to stand up and be counted, 41 year old Misbah never seems to run out of energy. 

He will be seen as a player with the burden of captaining Pakistan in a challenging age; that poses cricketing and non-cricketing problems.

Whether it is the restart of Pakistan matches at home or the challenge of reviving Pakistan’s one day record of late, one thing is for sure; Misbah’s successor has a big pair of shoes to fill. 

Often cited as batting in a slow fashion, and unable to maintain pace with the shorter format, Misbah pleasantly surprised everyone when he decided it would be fun to smash a century off 56 balls, incase people still thought he was in any way boring. 

Although he is often mocked, when he does eventually retire, Pakistan will lose one of the most stabilising and clear headed players they have had in a generation. 

In 55 Tests, he has 3886 runs, eight centuries and 28 fifties.

In ODI cricket, in 162 games, his 5122 has failed to produce a century. His 42 fifties and average in the low forties has to suffice.

 

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