Misbah brings cricket team on top
December 02, 2011
After an unremarkable series against South Africa, Misbah was by far Pakistan's best batsman through the Tests against India, amassing 464 runs in three matches, including two centuries.
He was ice-cool in crisis, rescuing Pakistan on several occasions with spirited rearguard efforts. His remarkable rise continued as a mere six months after being picked for the ICC World Twenty20, he was made vice-captain and handed a top-category contract in January 2008. His form deserted him again in 2009, and he dropped from all three squads for the series against New Zealand - but made yet another return to the side in October 2010.
Misbah, a cool minded captain took many steps to bring some good results in the 3 test and 5 One day matches series against strong Sri Lanka and though his cold mind, Misbah brings required results in the series as it is all coming together for Pakistan cricket since the sordid English summer of 2010 as Pakistan side has stayed clear of controversy with a sense of purpose and discipline rarely seen in Pakistan outfits.
Misbah also brings in shear determination and composure in the difficult time and stood tall for Pakistan against Sri Lanka to outclassed opponent in 3 matches test series by 1-0 and also thrashed in 5 ODI’s by 4-1 also gave them chit in T-20 match.
After triumphing the series Pakistan skipper Misbah said that he wants to bring some more good results for Pakistan as well as bring back international cricket in the country, adding that discipline and focus on and off the field was very important and that’s what we have shown after some problems hit us hard, but I am confident that this bunch of players will continue in that spirit.
He said that young boys perform wonderfully in the series and also hoping that may team continued their winning streak during the tour of Bangladesh, after whitewashing Sri Lanka in all three formats of the game. Misbah said his team is determined to continue the good form.
He hopes that his team shows more improvement and consistency on the tour of Bangladesh which like any other tour is not easy. “The morale and confidence of the team is very high after beating a team like Sri Lanka, but despite that we are not going to take Bangladesh lightly as they are a tough team in their home conditions,” said Misbah.
“The situation under which Pakistan cricket went through in the last year has binded the team very well and as required all the players showed unity and discipline which is a very good sign,” he said.
Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the one-off Twenty20 international on Friday, capping a successful tour in which they also won the three-Test series 1-0 and five-match one-day serie 4-1 and 37-year-old Misbah, who has not lost a Test series since taking over in October last year and lost only one of ten one-day matches since replacing Shahid Afridi as limited overs captain in June this year.
This is also mention that under the captaincy of Misbah, the discipline has now permeated into their cricket; they have sacrificed some of their inherent flash in favour of winning ugly, and are yet to lose a bilateral series this year as Misbah prove that he can unite the young cricketers with some good performance.