To say that Misbah-Ul-Haq and Younis Khan were the pillars of Pakistan’s Test setup will be an understatement. The contribution of the two legends exceeds more than just plain numbers and vanilla statistics. When the side was in a state of utmost turmoil and headed in no direction, it was Misbah’s vision which brought the team together and ultimately ensured that it reached the pinnacle.
Supporting Misbah in his endeavour was senior batsman Younis Khan, who perfectly played the mentor and father figure to a budding side, full of young, enthusiastic, but inexperienced individuals. From late 2010 onwards, Pakistan embarked on a mission to regain their lost pride, and at the helm, was Misbah.
One individual, who flourished under the former captain was leg spinner Yasir Shah, who rewrote the record books. In a chat recently, Shah mentioned that the side misses both Misbah and Younis, after their recent retirements in the Caribbean.
“It will definitely be a strange feeling and I will really miss Misbah-ul-Haq when I walk onto the field to play the next Test match,” said Shah. “Although Misbah-ul-Haq will not be standing at mid-off or in the covers when I come into bowl, I am happy to say that I already have a good understanding with Sarfraz Ahmed. Thankfully with the experience of playing 26 Tests for Pakistan, I have a good understanding of my own field settings and we will all do our best for the country although we will all undoubtedly miss Misbah-ul-Haq.”
Terming that no one could substitute the two, he said, “The manner in which they would approach you and the maturity in their advice which would motivate you to perform even better is something that was brilliant. Yes, some other well-performing players may well come onto the scene but there can really be no substitute for the advice Misbah and Younis would give to us at crucial times on the field.”
Speaking about his recent stint with Kent, Shah said, “There is a lot to learn from playing in county cricket and this is the primary reason I am here this summer. In this form of cricket, you have to become independent in the sense that there isn’t too much advice available and you have to take decisions about how you will bowl and have to set the field for your own bowling.”
“There is a lot to learn from playing in county cricket and this is the primary reason I am here this summer. In this form of cricket, you have to become independent in the sense that there isn’t too much advice available and you have to take decisions about how you will bowl and have to set the field for your own bowling.”
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