Misabh-ul-haq will b forever remembered in Cricket History of Pakistan for his audacious paddle-scoop that cost Pakistan the inaugural T20 World Cup against India. That one moment of madness from him,ensured thathe will forever be castigated for his mistake,despite having taking his side so close to the target when there was no other hope, However his abilities and temperament Pakistan make no1 in test cricket. Here we discuss briefly about Life History, Achievements and Records of Misbah in the article below:
Misbah’s Life history and early life:
Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi was born on 28 May 1974 in Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan. He was a born-cricketer as in his early days he used to play cricket from school side and tape ball cricket tournaments from his hometown. But like all other Parents Misbah’s Parents were always insisting him to have good education. So side by side, playing cricket he continue his studies & then enrolled in University of Management and Technology, Lahore to pursue MBA degree in HRM(Humain Resources Management). Misbah is related to the former Pakistan captain turned politician Imran Khan. Misbah made first-class debut in 1998, when he was 24 years old.
Misbah’s test debut was against New Zealand under cap no 166. But he didn’t make an impact so dropped. Misbah then caught the attention of the selectors in 2002 when he made truckloads of runs in the domestic scene. He was noticed by selectors for his temperament and his techniques. He played well in the tri-nation tournament in Nairobi, Keniya 2002.He scored two fifties in 3 matches he played. But in next series against Australia he failed to make an impact and scored only 26 runs so he was then dropped from the team.Having witnessed of Pakistani team being eliminated in the early stage of WorldCup 2003. Misbah was part of replacing made to the team in the aftermath of these results.but he was again failed to make an impact and soon dropped again.
He then again move towards the County cricket and Domestic cricket. He played plenty of matches from:
Punjab Lions,Sui Northern Gas Pipelines,Khan Research Laboratories,Sargodha Egals,Royal Challengers Bangalore,Rangpur Riders in IPL, Faisalabad Wolves in National Tournaments,Islamabad Unite in PSL & St Lucia Zouks. He gained success in domestic cricket. As he had been regularly making runs in the before his recall again to the team he was top scorer at every season’s end.
His domestic season was memorable as he captained Faisalabad Wolves in Twenty20 domestic tournament and SNGPL in First-class and List-A domestic tournament. First, he took SNGPL to victory in President’s Trophy against Younus Khan’s HBL and then Faisalabad Wolves to victory in Faysal Bank Super 8 against Shoaib Malik’s Sialkot Stallions in final surprisingly. Though Faisalabad Wolves lost final earlier in Faysal Bank T20 Cup against Mohammad Hafeez’s Lahore Lions but they took their revenge in Super 8 tournament in semi-final and eventually winning the tournament and more importantly qualifying for the Champions League T20. And at last Misbah led SNGPL to another victory in domestic list-A tournament, President’s Cup against Rana Naved-ul-Hasan’s WAPDA in final. Misbah won all domestic tournaments (Twenty20, first-class and list-A) in domestic cricket. Also read the Life History of Shoaib Akhter.
At the age of 33, Misbah was chosen to play in the inaugural ICC WorldCup T20 in 2007, filling the middle order spot vacant by Inzamam-ul-Haq. Misbah was the star of this tournament, playing a large part in many thrilling run chases The first was in the group stage against India where he scored a half century in a tied match. He was run out attempting the winning run off the last ball of the match. In their Super 8s encounter with Australia he was named Man of the Match with an unbeaten 66 off 42 deliveries to see his side home with 5 balls to spare. Another unbeaten innings in the semi final against New Zealand saw Pakistan book a spot in the final against India. He played an instrumental role in Pakistan’s recovery in the inaugural 2007 ICC World Twenty20 final final it was a high pressure India-Pakistan encounter. This time Pakistan were chasing 158 and were in an even worse position during the chase, 78/6 following Afridi’s golden duck and 80 needed from eight overs. Misbah again set about repairing the damage, trying to bring some respectability to the scores. In the 17th over from Harbhajan Singh, he hit three sixes and even declined taking singles in between, knowing he was the man that had to deliver. He brought the equation down to 13 off the final over with just one wicket remaining, and when he hit the second ball for six, hopes were high among Pakistanis that he might just do the impossible. He then attempted a scoop shot over short fine-leg, a shot that would have come off had it not been for the bowler out-foxing him with a slower delivery, and the catch was taken by Sreesanth. Misbah had brought Pakistan within a whisker of winning. By the reaction of some since, it would have been better had he not tried at all and allowed Pakistan to be thrashed in both those games. An incredible amount of criticism went his way particularly for that shot in the final, with some fans seemingly incapable of processing such a high profile defeat against the arch-rivals,However he was selected as Man of Tournament. With the average of 54.5 and strike rate of 140. You may read The Life history records and achievements of Abdual Razzaq
Misbah’s excellent stats in that World Cup rightfully earned him recalls into the ODI and Test squads, and some excellent results followed. An outstanding Test series against India secured his place, and although he couldn’t quite replicate that success, he became an important part of Pakistan’s middle order for the next few years. However, following Pakistan’s disastrous tour of Australia in 2009/10, and a poor personal performance in the 2010 T20 World Cup he was dropped, with many feeling that at the age of 36, perhaps his international career was over. As we all know, the actions of a certain Salman Butt were to provide another spark in the career of Misbah-Ul-Haq.
With Pakistan cricket in absolute turmoil in 2010, Misbah was recalled and asked to take over captaincy of the Test side. His results were fantastic considering the situation of the team. Misbah played an influential role in getting Pakistan to the 2011 World Cup semifinals under Shahid Afridi’s captaincy. After the loss against India at Mohali, Misbah-ul-Haq faced criticism from fans and experts for playing too many dot balls in crucial overs. After the defeat in Twenty20 series against England in 2012 and criticism from former cricketers, Misbah stepped down as Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain and Mohammad Hafeez was named his successor to lead the team in Twenty20.Misbah-ul-Haq moved to a career-best seventh place in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen. At that time Misbah was the leading run-getter in 2013 scoring 808 runs with nine half-centuries ahead of Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka.
Batting statistics of Misbah:
After years of being the butt of jokes owing to his perceived slow batting, Misbah gave a resounding reply to his detractors, hammering the fastest Test 50 and 100 (in the same innings) against Australia at Abu Dhabi. Misbah got to his 50 off 21 balls before completing his hundred off 56 – the joint fastest Test hundred along with the legendary Sir Viv Richard.
In July 2016, Misbah scored a century against England at Lord’s and became the oldest cricketer in 82 years to score a test century. At the age of 42 years and 2 months, Misbah also became the oldest captain ever to score a test century. Misbah celebrated the landmark by saluting his team members and doing ten push-ups.
He later explained during an interview that the celebration was meant as a tribute to the Military Boot Camp in Abbotabad where the team had attended an army style training session.
In August 2016, under Misbah’s captaincy, Pakistan achieved the number 1 ranking in test cricket for the first time since 1988. Pakistan displaced India as number 1 after rain caused the final test match between India and West Indies to end in a draw. PCB chairman Shahryar Khan and Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said that all credit should be given to Misbah for his leadership over the last six years. Despite of this Misbah-ul-Haq remains as the most under-appreciated cricketer in Pakistan’s history. It took a while for the cricketing lovers of Pakistan to fall in love with Misbah. Let’s say it wasn’t love at first-sight, but an arranged marriage, Misbah grew on the people, slowly but surely. One of the main characteristic of Misbah is Never a part of any controversy, silent, resilient and motivated – that’s what Misbah-ul-Haq was all about. In the last few years, Misbah was the backbone of the much ridiculed Pakistani batting order. With wickets tumbling around him, it was Misbah, who guided the team towards safety, so many times. Misbah, might not have been the most flamboyant batsman, but his technique was rock solid and his worth ethic was above par. Pakistan might never stage a captain as determined as Misbah.
Misbah was the ideal example of the phrase ‘’lone-warrior’’ for cricket fans all over the world, especially the Pakistanis. He was a character with nerves of steel. He taught cricket fans the importance of leading from the front and setting benchmarks. Misbah-ul-Haq in several ways is, was and will remain the epitome of consistency and unprecedented resilience.
Misbah as test captian:
Misbah ul Haq is the most successful test captain of Pakistan. Misbah has led Pakistan in 46 test matches, winning 22, losing 13 with 11 draws. Misbah was named test captain after spot-fixing scandal during England tour of 2010. In subsequent series against South Africa in the UAE he led Pakistan in tests. After resignation of Shahid Afridi as test captain and suspension of Salman Butt due to spot-fixing scandal, Misbah was preferred over Younus Khan, Mohammad Yousuf and Kamran Akmal as captain. Wasim Akram stated that although the decision was surprising if Misbah bats and fields well everything else will go according to plan. Former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson stated that he believed Misbah has the best cricketing brain within Pakistan and he will do incredibly well in the plans for the captaincy. Misbah hit back at those who criticised the decision to appoint him captain and stated that he should be given a chance to prove himself
Misbah as ODI Captian:
Misbah was the ODI captain from 2008 – 2015 and had the 10th highest success rate. He left in 2015 as captain from criticism due to his slow yet successful approach. However, after continuous international losses, notably Pakistan’s exit from the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, PCB officials seriously considered asking him to return as ODI captain.
Pakistan Super League:
He is the Captain of Islamabad United (PSL) Under his captaincy Islamabad United won the first edition of Pakistan Super League tournament in 2016. He is announced as captain by Pakistan Cricket Board for federal capital team in local domestic ODI tournament Pakistan cup in April 2016.
Misbah’s Records and Acheviments:
]Misbah is one of two captains to win FOUR consecutive Test series
]Most half centuries without making an ODI century – Misbah has 42 half-centuries without a single century.
]From 2007 to 2013, Misbah was NEVER clean-bowled in an ODI match
]Leading run scorer in ODIs during 2013.
]Most ODI fifties (15) in a calendar year (2013).
]Pakistan’s most successful Test captain with 20 wins.
]First captain from South Asia to beat South Africa in South Africa.
]Only second captain from Pakistan to win Asia Cup (2012).
] The only Captian to whitewash aside out of Pakistan
]8th Pakistani player to hit centuries in both innings of a test match. 17th overall.
]Only Asian Captain to win 4 or more Test matches against England.
]Most Test centuries by a Pakistan Test captain.
]The first batsman to make a Test hundred after the age of 41 since Geoffrey Boycott in 1981.
]Joint second fastest century in Tests (56 balls) against Australia on 2 November 2014 in Abu Dhab
]Misbah hits Fastest Fifty in Tests (21 Balls) completed in 24 minutes against Australia in Abu Dhabi.