File image of Misbah-ul-Haq | Andrew Boyers / Reuters
File image of Misbah-ul-Haq | Andrew Boyers / Reuters

Misbah-ul-Haq, who is currently playing in the Legends League Cricket 2022, recently shared a funny incident from a Test against Sri Lanka.

The 47-year-old batsman, who represented Pakistan in 75 Tests, has been part of many historic wins. Speaking on the sidelines of the tournament for the retired cricketers, Misbah-ul-Haq shared an encounter with him and former Sri Lanka captains Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

Kumar Sangakkara is a cricketer created, rather than born Getty Images
Kumar Sangakkara is a cricketer created, rather than born Getty Images

Misbah-ul-Haq Recalls Funny Moment From A Sri Lanka Test

The 47-year-old Misba-ul-Haq shared the encounter where the iconic Sri Lankan duo questioned him for taking “a little bit more time” at the crease while taking guard.

In a video uploaded by the organizers, Misbah-ul-Haq said: “I remember a Test match against Sri Lanka and I was batting. I was taking a little bit more time in the crease to settle down and [Kumar] Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene were at me from behind, saying what’s happening man, why are you taking that much time.”

Misbah-ul-Haq- the former head coach of the Pakistan cricket team.© AFP
Misbah-ul-Haq- the former head coach of the Pakistan cricket team.© AFP

He added: “I just turned around and said I was just taking guard and I started trolling them, saying your openers take 10 second before facing a ball even when the bowlers are ready. The other opener used to check every cricket gear and then kissed the bat before taking guard. That was a funny moment and they were just laughing hiding their faces behind their hands.”

Misbah-ul-Haq has accumulated 5222 runs at an average of 46.62, including 10 centuries and 39 fifties. He has led Pakistan in 56 games, winning 26 of those while 11 ended in a draw.

Misbah-ul-Haq Got Overconfident And Mistimed The Shot As India Won Inaugural T20I World Cup In 2007

The former Pakistan cricketer was an integral member of the middle-order during his playing days. While he won innumerable games for his side, leaving the T20 World Cup at the Wanderers in 2007 against arch-rivals India still haunts him.

Throwing light on the same during a chat with Shoaib Akhtar, Misbah-ul-Haq said: “In 2007, I always say that throughout every game, I scored so many fours playing that shot. Even with the fine leg in place, I was taking singles while playing that shot against Australia. Against spinners, I used to beat fine leg with that shot.”

File pic Misbah-ul-Haq from the 2007 World Cup final vs India.© AFP
File pic Misbah-ul-Haq from the 2007 World Cup final vs India.© AFP

He added: “So, you can say I got overconfident. I mistimed the shot on which I had the most confidence.”

Speaking on the historic game, Mishbah-ul-Haq kept Pakistan in the hunt after they were reduced to 77/6 in 12 overs in pursuit of 153 runs. He took the game deep to bring the equation to 13 runs off the last over. He struck a massive six off Joginder Sharma before scooping one to S Sreesanth positioned at fine-leg to leave the game in the ground.

Misbah-ul-Haq, having almost single-handedly kept Pakistan alive in the final in the later stages of the match, tried to scoop a Joginder Sharma delivery over the fine leg with six runs needed, only to be caught by S Sreesanth.

Misbah-ul-Haq’s scoop shot off Indian pacer Joginder Sharma that landed safely in the palms of S Sreesanth to seal victory for India in the final of the inaugural 2007 T20I World Cup is a memory not many Indian cricket fans will be able to forget. Misbah-ul-Haq said that he got overconfident about the shot, having used it to his benefit throughout the tournament.