Misbah Ul-Haq: A Career in Records

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Before the start of Pakistan’s tour of the West Indies, Pakistan Test captain Misbah Ul-Haq announced his plan to retire after the series. This brought an end to an incredible career from one of the most entertaining players to have ever played the game. His international career spanned over 16 years and in the process he became Pakistan’s most successful ever Test captain. This article pays tribute to this legend by looking at five records Misbah Ul-Haq holds.

Fastest Ever Test Fifty and Joint Fastest Test Hundred

Misbah holds the record for the fastest ever Test fifty, as he smashed an unbeaten 101 off 57 balls against Australia in Abu Dhabi. It only took him 21 deliveries to reach his fifty taking just 24 minutes and he reached his hundred in 56 balls. This incredible innings contained five maximums and a remarkable 11 fours, which followed up another hundred in the first innings. This is symptomatic of his aggressive style of play, shown by the fact that his tally of 71 sixes is the highest out of any Test captain. His rapid knock allowed Pakistan to declare quickly and bowl Australia out, securing a 2-0 series win.

Pakistan’s Most Successful Test Captain

With an impressive 25 Test wins to his name, Misbah Ul-Haq is Pakistan’s most successful Test captain ever. His win percentage of 44.6 is the highest out of any of Pakistan’s captains, who have led their side in over 30 matches. Imran Khan and Javed Miandad have the second most wins as captains for Pakistan, each leading their side to 14 wins. Misbah is also Pakistan’s longest serving captain, having played 56 Tests as captain. This is eight more matches than Imran Khan, who has the second highest.

Most ODI Runs Without a Hundred 

While he managed to amass an impressive 10 Test centuries, Misbah never managed to cross the 100 mark in ODI cricket. He played in 162 ODIs, scoring 5,122 runs at an average of over 44 and was man of the match in six games. However, he will end his career with a high score of 96* which came when Pakistan played the West Indies in the 2013 Champions Trophy at the Oval. He was left stranded four short of his maiden hundred as Pakistan collapsed to 170 all out and they went on to lose that match by two wickets. He is the only player to have scored more than four thousand ODI runs without a hundred.

Most Scores of 99

Misbah Ul-Haq has been notoriously unlucky in the 90s, as he has been twice dismissed one short of a hundred and was recently left stranded on 99 not out. In his last Test series against the West Indies, Misbah was stuck on this unlucky number as his team was bowled out around him. This was the first time ever that a Test captain ended unbeaten on 99. One of his other scores of 99 also came in this series, as he was caught behind on that total in the Second Test. His other score of 99 came against New Zealand in 2011, when Chris Martin trapped him in front.

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2017

Every year, Wisden names five cricketers of the year, and Misbah Ul-Haq received this prestigious title in 2017. This was mainly due to his incredible performance in Pakistan’s tour of England in 2016, in which he was named man of the series. Misbah averaged just short of 100 in this series and scored 282 runs in the four matches. He achieved this at an age of over 40, showing that while form is temporary, class is truly permanent.

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