Perhaps the most composed mind to have graced Pakistan cricket in recent times, 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.
The most remarkable aspect about Kaptaan-ul-Haq is his unflappable temperament. It showed in his batting, which reached unprecedented levels of consistency from 2011 till the 2015 World Cup and his captaincy, which helped uplift Pakistan from the depths of the spot-fixing saga which occurred in 2010, England. Taking over as leader immediately after that episode at the age of 36, Misbah’s calm approach was exactly what Pakistan cricket needed after the tumultuous period it had gone through.
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.
We salute Misbah’s contribution to Pakistan and the beautiful game of cricket –