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Twitter Reactions: Fans, Experts, Current and Former Cricketers Come Together To Give A Final Hurrah To Misbah & Younis

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.


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