Pakistan cricket was at its lowest point after the spot fixing scandal back in 2010 during the England series. At that point, Misbah Ul Haq appointed the captain of Pakistan and his first job was to rescue and restore the image of Pakistan. Just within a couple of years, world has witnessed that the same team whitewashed England in UAE which was the the number test team of that time. Because of his determination, self believe, cool attitude and calmness of his personality, Misbah Ul Haq made Pakistan the number one ranked team in the world in 2016. On his retirement, here is a small tribute for this legend by remembering some of best time of his career.
1- Whitewashed England, The World #1 Team in ICC Ranking
In 2011-12, England visited UAE to play 3 test matches series against Pakistan. According to ICC rankings, England was ranked at #1 at that time and nobody was ready to give Pakistan even a slightest chance to win the series. But the world witnessed, Pakistan under the leadership of Misbah, whitewashed England.
2- Whitewashed Australia, Again The #1 Team
In year 2014, Australia visited UAE to play 2 test match series against Pakistan. In the past Pakistan has worst record against Australia and people were expecting the same kind of results. But this time their leader was Misbah who believes on never give up attitude. And for the first time, Pakistan was able to whitewash the mighty Australia.
3- Fastest Test Century in Test Against Australia
Some people call Misbah Tuk Tuk because of his ability to block the balls. But as always, he replied his critics with his performance rather then the words. During the second test match, Misbah equaled the world of fastest century in test when he scored 100 in just 56 balls.
4- First Asian Captain to Win a Series in South Africa
Misbah is also the first and so far only Asian Captain who has won a series in South Africa against South Africa. During 2014, Pakistan visited South Africa to play a series of 3 ODI and 2 T20. After losing the first T20 match, Misbah and Pakistan bounce back strongly and won the remaining T20 and then two ODI matches and to clain the series.
5- Century at Lords and Then the Push ups
Pakistan was visiting England in 2016, first time after the spot fixing scandals. during this time, Pakistan has already won two series against them, both in UAE. It was the revenge time for England as it is not easy to face England pace attack on seaming and swinging conditions in England. But boy, Misbah showed the intentions of his team during the first test match at Lords with a century followed by the “Pushup celebration” which was instantly got viral throughout the world.
6- Only Pakistani Captain to Win a Test Series in West Indies
During his very last test series, Misbah Ul Had becomes the only captain in the history of Pakistan cricket to win a test series in West Indies. It was the 7th last ball of his career when last West Indian batsman was bowled by Yasir Shah and Pakistan won the match and the series. What a wonderful farewell for this legend.
7- Pakistan Claims #1 Ranking in Test
Here is the ultimate result of all the hard work, dedication and commitment put by Pakistan test team under the leadership of King Misbah when they claim #1 test team in the world by ICC after beating West Indies 2-1 during 2016-17 series in UAE. The ICC mace was presented to Misbah by ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson on September 21, 2016 at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.