Yasir Shah was bowling to Shannon Gabriel, the final West Indian batsman, the final supply of the ultimate Test. He had up to now taken 24 wickets within the collection. With a fiver to his identify in each Tests, Yasir was a wicket away from his third 5-wicket haul of the collection. Pakistan had by no means gained a Test collection in West Indies, whereas minnows like Bangladesh had achieved it eight years again, and India a few occasions.
This may even be the final time Yasir was bowling to a area set by Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s most profitable captain. West Indies have been over 100 runs in need of the goal, however the final wicket pair simply needed to block seven deliveries. It will have saved the match and with the collection tied at 1-1, Pakistan would have returned residence, empty-handed.
Roston Chase had defied victory to date on this innings by prime-scoring with 102. It was a recreation of nerves when Yasir Shah delivered a googly to Gabriel, who was batting on 4. Up to now, he had been affected person in his 21-ball innings, however with everybody fielding near the bat, he determined to go for a six. His hit was badly mistimed and the ball ricocheted to the stumps. Pakistan gained the match by one hundred and one runs and the collection 2-1.
Yasir Shah celebrates the ultimate wicket, third Test/AFP
The historic win within the Caribbean Islands had eluded even the best captains of the previous; A.H. Kardar ended his profession at Port of Spain, profitable the ultimate Test, however the collection had already been misplaced. Mushtaq Muhammad misplaced a intently fought collection 2-1 in 1977, whereas Imran Khan drew the one performed in his captaincy in 1988. Wasim Akram’s boys surrendered meekly 2-zero 5 years later, whereas Moin Khan’s males have been cheated out of a win on the notorious Antigua Test by the umpires in 2000. Misbah gave Pakistan what no different might: he led the workforce to the primary-ever win within the Caribbean, additionally his eleventh collection win – probably the most by any captain from Asia. India’s Saurav Ganguly and MS Dhoni have gained 9 collection every.
The trophy that eluded all different Pakistan captains/AFP
The just lately concluded collection sums up Misbah’s profession very properly. Within the very first Test at Kingston, Jamaica, he was stranded at ninety nine. This is able to have been his eleventh Test hundred, however debutant Mohammad Abbas fell earlier than the captain might attain the feat. With the tail, Misbah added eighty one runs to the rating, together with his personal contribution being fifty one. This helped in buying a lead of over one hundred and strengthened Pakistan’s place. Within the very subsequent innings at Jamaica, Misbah hit the profitable shot. These have been consecutive sixes, hit in a tense state of affairs, when guests had misplaced three wickets in pursuit of a goal as small as 32. Hitting sixes was nothing new for Misbah; he has dispatched the cherry over the boundary for a most variety of eighty one occasions for Pakistan, in Tests. England’s Kevin Pietersen has additionally completed it eighty one occasions, whereas ‘Viv’ Richards, the good West Indian batsman, did it eighty four occasions; each performed over 100 Tests, in comparison with Misbah’s seventy five.
Within the second Test, he was dismissed for ninety nine, lacking a century once more. The openers performed their half however Misbah, as soon as once more wanted to restore the damages of a center-order collapse, performed a grasp’s innings. Going again 7 years, Misbah did the identical when he was handed captaincy after the notorious spot-fixing scandal of 2010. He introduced motivation and self-discipline to a shattered unit, which white-washed England, the centre of the scandal, slightly below 2 years.
Earlier than his final innings/AFP
Nevertheless, within the second Test at Bridgetown, Barbados, the consequences of ‘all the time enjoying away from house’ confirmed within the fourth innings chase, and the staff might solely handle eighty one in pursuit of 187, giving the hosts an opportunity to degree the collection.
Within the ultimate Test at Dominica, Misbah got here out to bat when the rating was 177/three. He scored only one run from the primary fifty deliveries, however when the state of affairs demanded, modified gears and notched up his third fifty of the collection. Even two weeks shy of forty three, Misbah was the highest scorer from Pakistan within the collection and his innings made a distinction in the long run.
Misbah walks off to a guard of honour after his final innings/AFP
Since debuting in 2001 to taking Pakistan to the highest slot in ICC rating, Misbah has contributed in each means he might. He captained Pakistan in fifty six Tests; gained 26, misplaced 19 and drew eleven, at a profitable price of forty four.sixty four.
Pakistan cricket has been fortunate to seek out ‘batting’ replacements. When Javed Miandad left in 1993, Inzamam crammed his place, ably supported by Salim Malik for the subsequent 5 years. Mohammad Yousuf arrived and with Younis two years later, edged out Malik and Ejaz Ahmed. Could also be, ‘Misbah-ul-Haq the batsman’ would quickly get replaced, however the man who helped re-write historical past, re-launched reverse sweep, launched push-ups as celebration fashion and took Pakistan to the highest, from the dumps, can be onerous to exchange.
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