Monday, February 4, 2013

It is only his 2nd defeat as captain in 9 series
Misbah’s test match W/L ratio as captain takes a dent; however individually as a batsmen and tactician he did his job as well as he could have in this test match. In both innings he made the 1st or 2nd highest score and played the most number of balls. His overall record:
30 innings as captain
14 50s (4 not out)
1 century (1 not out)
8 not outs overall
Average of 60+
Played the longest innings by minutes in the test
Scored the most in the test by our batsmen
Misbah has played 3 first class games this year and scored a half century in each of them. If you include the final ODI at Delhi, Misbah has top scored in an innings 4 times already this year, including the domestic 4 day title.
We will bounce back in Cape Town. The Misbah-Shafiq stand was reminiscent of Cook-Prior at Ahmadabad, not only in their approach, but also the situation of the game. Both came in defeated causes, however were crucial in minimising the humiliating, restoring pride and giving them some positives to take away with an eye on the coming tests. They have spent valuable time in the middle, kept South Africa in the field, made them work for their wickets, frustrated them greatly, taken the test deeper and lifted the morale of the camp. Misbah batted like a wall, glue, a rock, and battled for his runs which he does ever so well in a crisis when the side are up against it and undoubtedly helped the less experienced Asad Shafiq get through the extended evening session, who also defended tightly and stroked them nicely.

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