Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Trophies Keep Coming for Captain Misbah

Misbah ul Haq has won the Presidents Trophy Final with Sui Gas Northern Pipeline as captain against Younis Khan’s Habib Bank Limited. Misbah top scored across all 4 innings with a determined 85 in the first innings against an experienced attack which compromised of names like Umar Gul and Abdur Rehman along with the talented and promising Ehsan Adil who has been called up in Pakistan’s test match squad for the series in South Africa which will get under way shortly. Misbah was adjudged man of the match in the final, for the 18th time in his career at all major levels combined. This is not the first time he has won the player of the match in the final as he did so in the domestic one day final in 2010 with a century at over a run a ball while captaining Sui Gas in the early part of 2010.

Misbah’s International Captaincy Record across All Formats: Played 59, Won 36, Lost 15, Drawn 7, NR 1

Misbah’s International Series Captaincy Record across All Formats: Won 15 series, Lost 5 series, Drawn 2 series

Misbah’s Pakistan have beaten the number 1 ranked team 3-0 in pressurised circumstances given the events of 2010 spot fixing scandal on neutral grounds

Misbah’s Pakistan have now beaten the World Cup holders 2-1 on their home patch now, although this is in the one day format

When you have a statesmen captain like him who is renowned for being one of the leading intellectual figures in the team who is widely regarded and respected by his teammates, you know the national side is in safe company

The man who has restored Pakistan’s name, image, direction, team environment and respect when they were scandalous, homeless, unwanted and deeply disgraced

The man who has been an unsung hero and genuine saviour in desperate hours of need when the side was rock bottom and down and out

The man who was handed the thankless responsibility of rejuvenating and reviving a broken side on the brink of a Viking burial

With a Masters Degree in Marketing; clearly a well-polished individual, a temperamentally strong thinking player, a trouble free presence, a genuine talent spotter and a leader with renowned man management credentials; you know you are a natural leader in which the team stands in firm hands.

He’s had to wait patiently for his opportunities at the top level. He started his career late due to education. He comes from a more academic background as opposed to the remote areas where many Pakistani players come from. It’s a triumph in itself for a player like that to be able to fulfil his ambitions, despite starting so late and despite never having proper opportunities until there was a major vacancy, when he could have easily pursed a career as a top class professional elsewhere. With not the greatest talent and support in the world he has gone on to statistically match some of the greats in the world game and in Pakistan’s rich, but tainted cricketing history.

Never did he lose confidence or faith when he was out of favour. He always stuck by his self-belief, mental toughness and principles and now holds the highest WIN/LOSS RATIO IN THE HISTORY OF TEST CRICKET BY ANY CAPTAIN

He’s had to cope with 3 different coaches, 2 different chairmen, 3 different chief selectors and yet there has been no major hassle whatsoever. That in itself is worth a mention given its Pakistan Cricket.

As Pakistan Cricket Writer Osman Samiuddin says: ‘There is no shortage of remarkable stories in Pakistan Cricket, but Misbah ul Haq’s is something else altogether’

MUHs Captaincy Timeline

Captained a first class team for the first time (Sarghoda) in only his 4th season of First class games as a player


Pakistan ‘A’ team captain regularly
Pakistan Patrons Board XI captain
Captained Faisalabad to the final of the Quaid E Azam trophy


Captained Pakistan ‘A’ to triangular series glory
Captained Pakistan Patrons Board XI against an England side
Captained regularly in representative XI games, for example ‘Hanif Mohammad XI’ or ’rest of Pakistan’


Captained Faisalabad to domestic one day title


Promoted to vice captain of Pakistan’s senior side

Captained the Wolves to the final of the domestic T20 championship

Captained Pakistan in an Asia Cup match (Won)


Captained in a 1 off T20 match vs Australia (Won)          


Won Pentangular Cup as captain with Sui Gas

Captained Sui Gas to the one day title

Captained Wolves to domestic T20 final

In contention for Pakistan captaincy in all formats, although eventually overlooked

Named Pakistan Test Captain after the spot fixing fiasco

Drawn a series vs. South Africa (number 2 ranked side)


In contention for being World Cup captain after leading and performing influentially in his first 2 test series as captain and captaining extremely impressively in the domestic arena before that and in the end named vice captain of one day team for the World Cup

Won a test series in New Zealand, a drought breaking one for Team Pakistan having won their first one after 4 years and their first outside the sub continent in 7 years

Named one day and T20 captain as well of Team Pakistan after a coach and captain fall out with the Afridi-Waqar saga

Won a test match comprehensively in the West Indies

Beat Sri Lanka in all formats as captain in the UAE

Convincing 6-0 tours of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh


Whitewashed number 1 ranked test side, first time Pakistan have beaten a number 1 side and inflicted a whitewash outside their home and against the opposition of England

Won the Asia Cup for the 2nd time in 11 editions in his first tournament skippering

Led an inexperienced side to the final of the national T20 in a 14 team event


Defeated World Cup holders under his leadership in the resumption of Indo-Pak ties in a 3 match one day series

Won Presidents Trophy 4 day title, beating HBL in the final

19 January should be declared as Misbah ul Haq day:-

19th January 2011 = Misbah survives and remains unbeaten for 226 deliveries in the 4th innings for a hard fought battling 70* to secure a test series win, Pakistan’s first in 4 years and his first as captain in his 2ndseries. It was an act of enduring discipline, determined obduracy and dogged persistence which earned him the player of the match award in the process.

19th January 2012= Misbah thrashes England by 10 wickets in the first test match after the spot fixing scandal between the two. He scored a half century in his only innings and was praised immensely for leadership of the side as they seized the initiative and surprised the best side in the world in emphatic fashion.

19th January 2013= Misbah will be packing his bags for South Africa having won the President’s Trophy final and being man of the match in it as captain on the previous day.

Extra Facts
Misbah has captained Pak against 12 different teams in at least 1 format or more. He has beaten or drawn at least one series against ALL of those 12 teams in either T20/ODI or Test. Since all 3 formats were introduced Pak have had several different captains and only Misbah has a consistent and proven record in all 3 formats of the game while being captain.

Apart from India and Australia who Misbah is yet to play in a test series, he has drawn or beaten ALL test playing nations either neutrally in the UAE or away– England, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh (beaten) and drawn against South Africa and West Indies.

By the time Misbah and Smith walk out for the toss they would have been undefeated in 12 tests each

Misbah has the lowest % of test match defeats as a Pakistan captain who has captained in at least 10 tests. Only defeated ONCE in 8 series.

Most Test Wins as PakCaptain:Imran (14/48), Miandad (14/34), Wasim (12/25), Inzamam (11/31), Waqar (10/17), Misbah (9/17), Mushtaq (8/19)

By the end of the SA tests Misbah would have captained in more tests than he has played in as a player 

Misbah would be only one of 6 Pakistan captains to lead Pakistan in 20 tests or more out of 30 captains that have led the side since 1952

Record that surely will never be broken: Under Misbah, Pak once won 14 consecutive international matches and 12 consecutive series in ALL FORMATS in 2011/12

Highest win/loss ratio in the history of Tests
2nd Pak captain to be unbeaten for 7 test series in a row
2nd Pak captain to win 4 test series in a row
2nd Pak captain to win 5 tests in a row in 21st century
2nd Pak captain to win the Asia Cup in 28 years
First Pakistan captain in 8 years to win 4/5 matches in a series vs decent side
First Pakistan captain to whitewash England 
First Pakistan captain to win a Test/ODI/T20 on same tour (times 3)
One of 3 Pak captains to win or draw test series vs South Africa
First Pakistan captain to beat India in India in a series in any format after nearly 8 years 
First Pakistan captain to beat higher ranked test side after 2 ODI WCs
First Pakistan captain to win a test series outside Asia in 7 years
In top 6/30 Pak captains for most Test wins
First Pak captain to beat number 1 ranked test side
First Pak captain to beat England outside South Asia in 16 years
Beaten both teams that played 2011 World Cup final as captain in ODI series soon after

One of 4 Pak captains to captain in 15 consecutive tests since the 1980s
Taken Pakistan from 6th to 4th in test ranking

Yet no award for him at PCB Awards. Without the head, the body doesn't work.


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