Monday, January 7, 2013

Misbah’s Pakistan have beaten the number 1 ranked team 3-0 in pressurised circumstances given the events of 2010 spot fixing scandal on neutral grounds

Misbah’s Pakistan have now beaten the World Cup holders 2-1 on their home patch now, although this is in the one day format

When you have a statesmen captain like him who is renowned for being one of the leading intellectual figures in the team who is widely regarded and respected by his teammates, you know the national side is in safe company

The man who has restored Pakistan’s name, image, direction, team environment and respect when they were scandalous, homeless, unwanted and deeply disgraced

The man who has been an unsung hero and genuine saviour in desperate hours of need when the side was rock bottom and down and out

The man who was handed the thankless responsibility of rejuvenating and reviving a broken side on the brink of a Viking burial

With a Masters Degree in Marketing; clearly a well-polished individual, a temperamentally strong thinking player, a trouble free presence, a genuine talent spotter and a leader with renowned man management credentials; you know you are a natural leader in which the team stands in firm hands.

He’s had to wait patiently for his opportunities at the top level. He started his career late due to education. He comes from a more academic background as opposed to the remote areas where many Pakistani players come from. It’s a triumph in itself for a player like that to be able to fulfil his ambitions, despite starting so late and despite never having proper opportunities until there was a major vacancy, when he could have easily pursed a career as a top class professional elsewhere. With not the greatest talent and support in the world he has gone on to statistically match some of the greats in the world game and in Pakistan’s rich, but tainted cricketing history.

Never did he lose confidence or faith when he was out of favour. He always stuck by his self-belief, mental toughness and principles and now holds the highest WIN/LOSS RATIO IN THE HISTORY OF TEST CRICKET BY ANY CAPTAIN

He’s had to cope with 3 different coaches, 2 different chairmen, 3 different chief selectors and yet there has been no major hassle whatsoever. That in itself is worth a mention given its Pakistan Cricket.

As Pakistan Cricket Writer Osman Samiuddin says: ‘There is no shortage of remarkable stories in Pakistan Cricket, but Misbah ul Haq’s is something else altogether’

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