Misbah Ul Haq is a responsible and professional Pakistani cricketer, also the current test and one day international (ODI), captain of Pakistan. He was born on 28th May, 1974 in Mianwali, Punjab. He was interested in cricket from the tart and used to play street cricket with a tape ball with friends. Both his parents were educators and wanted him to attain higher education. He then enrolled in university of management and Technology for MBA in Lahore. After completing his MBA, he entered into the world of cricket in 1998 when he was 24 years old. He eventually made to the Pakistan’s test and ODI cricket team in 2001.
Full name: Misbah-ul-Haq Khan Niazi.
Born: May 28, 1974, Mianwali, Punjab.
Current age: 42 years.
Major teams: Pakistan, Faisalabad Wolves, Islamabad United (PSL), Khan Research Labs, Royal
Challengers Bangalore, Sargodha, St Lucia Zouks.
Playing Role: Middle-order batsman (captain)
Batting style: Right-hand bat.
Bowling Style: Leg-break. (he don’t bowl)
Family: Uzma Khan (Wife), Noriza Khan (Daughter), Faham ul had (Son), Balqees Khan Niazi (Mother)
He is a solid middle-order batsman best known for his composure with the bat whilst also having the ability to be an aggressive big shot player when required. His early career stared from a tri nation tournament in Kenya in 2002 which was not very fruitful and he was soon dumped from the team. At the age of 33, in 2007, he made a comeback in ICC world Twenty20, filling the middle order spot vacated by Inzamam Ul Haq. He was one of the stars of the event scoring two centuries as well as putting team Pakistan again on top and also was named as acting captain of Pakistan due to Shoaib Malik’s injury.
Misbah was chosen to be a captain due to two major scenarios, (which if had not prevailed he would never had become the team’s captain). The first incident was the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus at Lahore in 2009, which caused international isolation towards the Pakistan team and no test match has been played in Pakistan ever since the attack. The second incident took place in 2010 when the Pakistan team toured England, in which there of its brilliant players which included the captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, were caught for ball tempering and were later sent to jail. The team was disgraced and the future had no survival for the team. In that team Misbah was offered captaincy at the clerk’s office at the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) headquarters in Lahore and was kept confidential due to the state of affairs at that time. Misbah agreed and proved this to be the best decision for the country’s image.
He had exactly the right qualities to lead his team at its moment of supreme crisis. He has not only anchored the batting time and time again but given his team a mental and moral example. He remained calm and measured in intense situations and took wise decisions for which reason he also names as ‘Mr. Sensible’. He is one of those rare cricketers whose Test performance has been massively enhanced by the duties of captaincy. Before 2010, Misbah had scored 1,008 runs in 33 Tests at an average of 33.60. Since becoming Captain, he has scored a further 3,344 runs in 42 Tests, at an average of 56.68. he is a patriotic being and served well, for his country. When asked about playing he said he wants to play till he can, but at 42 years he is soon going to retire.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT MISBAH:
- Misbah is declared to be the 3rd greatest captain of Pakistan, the first was A.H.Kardar, second Imran Khan. He is claimed to be the greatest of the three and statistics supporting the claim are that he has 20 wins in 42 Tests as captain, while Imran had 14 wins in 48 Tests and Kardar six in 23.
- Misbah went past Wasim Akram, becoming the player to have the most ODI runs to his name without scoring a century.
- Misbah equalled the record for the fastest hundred in Tests, he scored that ton in 56 balls and now jointly holds the record along with Sir Viv Richards.
- Misbah Ul Haq was signed by Islamabad United for a price of $140,000 to be played in February 2016. He is the 10 highest scorer in PSL.
- In August 2016, under Misbah’s captaincy, Pakistan achieved the number 1 ranking in test cricket for the first time since 1988.