After a near perfect fourth day at The Oval, Pakistan completed a memorable victory over England to conclude a fascinating test series. Due to winning the fourth test, Pakistan have leveled the series 2-2 and considering England’s form at home since the last few years, it can be considered as a top-class achievement. Misbah Ul Haq now is at par with Sourav Ganguly in terms of most test wins outside Asia, with the tally at 6.
The final game of the series, though, would be best remembered for the enigma of an evergreen legend – Younis Khan. The veteran middle order batsman was mocked throughout the series for his unorthodox technique and underwhelming returns but made up for it with a sensational double century. In the post-match presentation, Pakistan skipper Misbah Ul Haq lauded Khan and said that the latter was an all time great.
“Younis is a champion batsman, all-time great,” said Misbah. “A flawless innings. Totally calculated. The way he batted with the tail, some of us couldn’t have cashed in. Under pressure, that’s when champions stand up. He’s been doing this for Pakistan for 15-16 years. We are always there to support him. It’s always difficult. It’s not about the age, it’s not about the physical aspect. It’s more mental,” he added.
Misbah also went on to say that the victory in the fourth test was a tribute to late Pakistani legend, Hanif Mohammad. “The way this team is playing, lifting the standards, it’s giving me the motivation to keep playing. I will go back and think about my future. I believe what is the requirement of the team is most important. Really thankful to all the supporters, it felt as if we are playing at home. We let them down for a couple of Tests, but they kept believing in us. This Test was really important, considering it’s our Independence Day. Also, we lost a legend in Hanif Mohammad so this win is our tribute to him.”
Younis Khan, who was the Man of the Match, mentioned that a phone call from former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin had helped him rectify his technique big time. “Everyone talks about that if I go through the first 20-30 balls, I’ll make a hundred. I received a surprise call ahead of this game and it was from Mohammad Azharuddin. He spoke about my technique. And I always trust other people’s advice,” said Younis.