Misbah-ul-Haq, a late bloomer, in international cricket celebrates his 46th birthday on Thursday. The former Pakistan batsman was known for not being heckled easily while on the crease and maintaining his composure to irritate the opposition bowlers with ease. Misbah-ul-Haq, a batsman, part-time leg-spinner, a captain continues to wear many hats for Pakistan with his present dual role as a head coach and chief selector of the national team.
Misbah-ul-Haq: As a player
Misbah-ul-Haq improvised a lot in his later years. He was known for his temperament as a batsman. After making his first-class debut in 1998, he went on to play for the Test side in 2001 and later made his maiden appearance in the ODI team in 2002.
He was influential in Pakistan’s run to the 2007 T20 World Cup final where his paddle scoop landed into the hands of S Sreesanth as his side lost the match by five runs. Misbhah was the most runs scorer for his national team in the marquee tournament and finished as the third highest overall.
Misbah was also a key member for the national team in 2009 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup. He, however, drew flak from the fans for his slow scoring rate in the 2011 World Cup where Pakistan saw their ouster from the tournament in semi-finals under the captaincy of Shahid Afridi.
Misbhah retired from the longest format in 2015 but continued to play limited-overs cricket till 2017. He scored more than 11000 runs in international cricket and had a successful career across formats.
Misbah-ul-Haq: What is he up to now
Misbah-ul-Haq recently announced the central contract for the 2020-21 season for the Pakistan cricket team. He remains the core of development of the side with his dual positions.
Misbah-ul-Haq: Lesser known facts
Misbah-ul-Haq started with playing tape-ball cricket in his childhood. He lost his father early. Misbah is the distant cousin of former Pakistan captain and current Prime Minister Imran Khan. Under his captaincy, after the side was involved in match-fixing saga, Pakistan became a consistent side.
He played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL besides playing in the Sri Lankan Premier League and in Afghanistan league. He equalled Viv Richards record scoring century in 56 balls in 2014. He was also the oldest captain ever to score a century at the age of 42 years.