Misbah-ul-Haq reaches 5000 ODI runs and also creates an unlikely record
Well in the international cricket, records are very often made or broken every now and then. While these set new benchmarks for the youngsters, they also elevate image and reputation of the individuals scaling the same. Of course it also enhances the popularity of the cricketer. But this story appears to be a little different.
The Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has become the first batsman to score 5,000 one-day international runs but the amazing factor happens to be that this record of Misbah is without any individual century. Today he has reached the landmark against South Africa in a World Cup match in Auckland.
The 40-year-old Misbah was only seven runs short of 5000 runs when he began his inning before the start of the Pool B clash at Eden Park. Misbah, while batting at number 4 position took a single off Imran Tahir to reach this landmark. He could have achieved this feat in his147th innings and 160 matches and he did.
Misbah, is very often described as slow scoring batsman. Therefore his averaging over 43 in ODIs (with a highest score of 96 not out against the West Indies at The Oval during the 2013 Champions Trophy in England) still appears reasonably good.
However, the very fact that he could not score even one century while completing his 5000 runs mark amply justified that he was labeled as a slower batsman. Anyway, one must appreciate his commitment as it is not an easy job to scale an impressive record at the age of 40.
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