Two of Pakistan’s most loyal and distinguished servants – Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan – bid an emotional adieu to the game on Sunday at the Windsor Park, Dominica.
The cricketing world looked in awe, as the two legends, with Pakistani flag around their neck, were carried on the shoulders by their younger teammates.
The final Test between hosts West Indies and Pakistan will perhaps never be just another ‘normal overseas’ Test. While leg-spinner Yasir Shah was spinning his web around the Windies batsmen, the nervousness of a Pakistan win was aloof but the fans just wanted it to be delayed although it was inevitable. The send-off, in the end, was perfect, as Pakistan scripted a commendable 101 runs win.
It also officially marked the end of two generations of cricket. It was a silent Test for Misbah and Younis. In the first innings, Younis made 18 while Misbah went on to score his 39th Test fifty. In the second innings, both the players failed to make an impact amidst a collapse that threatened Pakistan’s chances of winning the match as well as the series.
Younis made a gritty 35 off 73 balls and stood at the other end when Misbah walked in and lost his wicket shortly after his 14 balls stay that saw him score only two runs. The two legends ended their last partnership on the field with a hug and handshake as fans and spectators hoped Misbah should not have played the rash slog sweep against Devendra Bishoo which ended up in the hands of Shane Dowrich.
West Indies players rushed to congratulate him and the dressing room was on the ground ready with a guard of honour. Almost four overs later, Younis departed, losing his wicket to the Bishoo itself. He also walked out with the same guard of honour and the standing ovation. The entire Pakistan team could manage only a dismal 176 but be able to set a target of 304 runs due to the runs in the first innings they gained.
The poor batting performance sadly highlighted the importance of the two veterans in Pakistan cricket. The batting show in the second innings clearly depicted the incapability of younger batsmen in the team.
The bowlers, fortunately, jumped into action and saved the team from facing possibly an embarrassing situation where they could have ended up upsetting their heroes. Yasir Shah along with Hasan Ali made life tough for the home side and wrapped up them in the final session of the match, just a few overs before the umpires could have called off the day.
What followed next was an outpour of emotions and moments to cherish for not only Pakistan cricket fans but for the entire cricketing universe. The fact was evident on twitter where, fans, experts, current and former cricketers all came together and tweeted wishes to the legendary duo.
Tears came pic.twitter.com/rp71vQu5wB
— Osman Samiuddin (@OsmanSamiuddin) May 13, 2017
The PCB should put on 2 Testimonial matches in Pakistan for Misbah and Younis playing against a World XI! As a thank you for their service.
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) May 14, 2017
Congrats to Misbah and his team. Bye bye Younis. History at Windsor Park. I am speechless. pic.twitter.com/2xM7rFxbM6
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) May 14, 2017
Today Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq will leave the field for the last time. Thank you for the memories! 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/Kd2PipbvVx
— ICC (@ICC) May 14, 2017
Pakistan's moment of pride, two talented players leaving in glory , goodbye Younis and Misbah! pic.twitter.com/Ea7sA12rE4
— Fe'reeha@ abbtakk (@Fereeha) May 15, 2017
Congrts team #Pakistan weldone all boys and thank you Misbah bhai and Younis bhai you are great and legends👍🏿👌🏻
— Amir Yamin (@amiryamin54) May 15, 2017
Congratulations Misbah and Younis on your magnificent careers. You both have been outstanding ambassadors for Pakistan cricket. #ClassAct
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) May 15, 2017
— Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) May 15, 2017
Misbah-ul-Haq "Special thanks to Younis Khan and I wish him the best for the future. It was a wonderful journey we had together" #Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) May 14, 2017
— Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) May 14, 2017
Guard Of Honour For Misbah And Younis As They Bid Adieu To Cricket.
Looks Beautiful To See Pakistanis Holding Bat Instead Of Stones Or Gun pic.twitter.com/ILM9TzHpKe
— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) May 13, 2017
— Phupho (@Phuppho) May 13, 2017
Shahid Afridi paid tribute to Younis Khan and Misbah ul Haq pic.twitter.com/bnyIqnXUk6
— TEAM AFRIDI (@TEAM_AFRIDI) May 12, 2017
What a win by Our men in green, thrilling that was, players were determined to achieve this.
Of course #Misyou we will miss you both
— Junaid Abdul Wahid (@junaidwahid007) May 15, 2017
— Mitul Bora (@Mi2L008) May 15, 2017
— AFTAB ASHIQ (Tabi) (@imaftabashiq) May 15, 2017
— PSL Memes (@PSLMemesWalay) May 15, 2017
Could probably write 20k words on these couple of seconds https://t.co/IlRYNDPYtH
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) May 14, 2017