Misbah Ul Haq’s presence in the Pakistani setup has been like an oasis right in the middle of a desert. Pakistan over the years have been marred by constant hara-kiri and an unstable nature that has taken a colossal toll on their cricket. Their performances in ICC events are an example of that as they have been all at sea.
But there has been great hope from the test point of view. Pakistan have looked like a completely different outfit in tests. That has been primarily due to Misbah’s presence, as his calm and composed leadership attribute makes him a genuine champion. 22nd August 2016, would go down as a memorable date in the calendar for all Pakistani fans. On this very day, Pakistan, for the first time ever, topped the ICC Test ranking charts.
According to former coach Waqar Younis, the credit for that goes to Misbah. “It’s a proud moment for the whole nation,” Waqar said in his chat with ESPN Cricinfo. “It’s a huge moment for Misbah and for the entire team, as all the hard work finally paid off. It’s always the ultimate dream to become the No. 1 team in the world, and there is no team other than Pakistan that deserves to be at the top. They suffered a lot in last seven-eight years but they have played outstanding cricket all along.”
“I am honestly touched and, no, it’s not about taking credit for what I have done. I would rather give full credit to Misbah-ul-Haq, who has shown resilience against his critics and never spoke a harsh word when things were going wrong. People were crushing him down because of his style of play, but now I think those people should be proud as Pakistanis. What else could you want from him?” said a delighted Waqar.
Younis further added that Misbah’s quality to never attack his detractors was another point which made him stand out from the rest. “It was Misbah’s honesty and good intent that made a huge difference. His positive intentions and his characteristics are outstanding. His calmness – I have never seen him cursing his critics. Even though former and current players let him down, he never responded. But look what he has achieved. This is the kind of thing that made him the best. Pakistan is the team that deserves to be the No. 1 side,” Younis concluded.