Cricket history has seen players making a debut at 16 while some had to waited awfully long to get a break in the national team. It, however, did not dampen their career as even after making late international debut there are players who went on to achieve success in their career.
Let us have a look at five such cricketers who made it big despite their late debut.
Misbah-ul-Haq made his debut at the age of 26. He was a late bloomer in the game. 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 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.
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.