Faisalabad Wolves v Sialkot Stallions, final, Lahore

Critics wrong to question my approach - Misbah

Umar Farooq

April 1, 2013

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Misbah-ul-Haq goes after one, Faisalabad Wolves v Sialkot Stallions, Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup final, Lahore, March 31, 2013
Misbah: "My approach to play according to the team's requirement was misunderstood as my weakness" © Pakistan Cricket Board
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After leading Faisalabad Wolves to victory in the Faysal Bank Super Eight T20, captain Misbah-ul-Haq criticised those who had questioned his approach to captaincy and batting as being defensive. Misbah scored an unbeaten 38 off 25 balls against Sialkot Stallions in the final in Lahore on Sunday night and ended the tournament as the leading run-scorer with 206 runs at a strike-rate of 140.13 and an average of 103. He also 12 sixes in the competition, the most by any player.

"My approach to play according to the team's requirement was misunderstood as my weakness but I will continue to play like this, whether or not I achieve success," said Misbah about his new aggressive approach to captaincy and batting.

Before the ODI series in South Africa, Misbah averaged 36.60 at a strike-rate of 66.25 in his last 20 games but in his last five games, he has 227 runs at a strike-rate of 80.21.

Misbah stepped down as Pakistan T20 captain last May, handing over to Mohammad Hafeez, and was subsequently dropped from the T20 squad, though he remains captain of the Test and ODI sides. He took over the leadership in 2010 at the age of 36, shortly after the spot-fixing controversy had damaged the reputation of the team. He was instrumental in bringing back stability to the team and restoring lost pride, but over time was criticised by the Pakistan media for his defensive approach and fans too have been vocal about his slow batting in international matches.

However, Misbah insists that he would rather win matches than worry about his strike-rate. "Everyone should think twice before making a comment," Misbah told a reporter after the final. "Players have always gone through lean patches but that doesn't mean they should be written off. I have been playing merely according to the requirements of the team.

"Whatever has been said and done (against me) is useless. Criticism is always healthy but never doubt one's potential rather than looking for negative angles to mow down a player. I think my role has been misunderstood and I always try to play for the team, for the game and for my reputation. Cricket is my passion and I am enjoying it more than ever, otherwise playing cricket without passion is pointless."

Despite his recent success with the Wolves, he ruled out making a return to international T20s, though he will continue to play domestically. "This is how I will be playing but I have no plans to return," Misbah said.

He said the T20 title for Faisalabad was an "important" breakthrough for the regional team. "The way the players have been performing over the years, they deserved the title. We played in a number of finals but didn't make it. But this time, I knew something special is coming and everything we did here turned to gold.

"We first beat Karachi (Dolphins) and later on thumped the top side (Lahore Lions) in the semi-final, that boosted the team's confidence and if you are brimming with confidence, nothing is impossible. Every player played his part, gave his best and ended with a brilliant and important victory in such a pressure game."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by Crick_Expert on (April 3, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

Misbah, Younis and Asad Safiq has not capability to face ODI/T20 fast games. Misbah should accept his weak batting was a major factor that PAK lost T20 and then ODI worldcup. If PCB wanted to see PAK team on winning track, they should add fast younger players. PAK is full of talented players who can play better than Mr TukTuk.

Posted by HRZV on (April 3, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Mr. Fraz Waraich, If Misbah he comes in when the wickets of top order batsmen go down in no time, then why can't he prevent that from happening by coming up the order? Fair question????? Remember a guy called Imran Khan, he came to bat on No. 3 in the final which we happen to win.

Posted by HennopsRiverEnd on (April 3, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Most Pakistani's here are ungreatful. Misbah and Khan's cricketing brains and experience are all you have at the moment in that batting line-up, but all you can do is criticise. Misbah cant carry the innings to get you closer to the target and then get you home by himself. There aren't any batsmen supoorting. Whats the use of coming in, smashing 2 6's then getting out. Afridi is undoubtedly a match winner in the shorter formats but a quick-fire 30-50 in ODI's and Tests is not always enough(never enough in Tests). It's definitely not enough if you do it once in 20 games.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Mr. Misbah have taken the responsibility of slowing down the pace during many of matches viz WC T20 league match & final match which eventually cost pakistan both the matches. Another instance in ODI WC Semi where he batted so slow to stretch the run rate beyond reach. Does responsibility calls for to bog down under pressure always. Spectators always follow international cricket where he never taken the responsibility to be aggressive and be selfless; even his body language does not show any sign when he comes in.

Posted by Cricket_Live on (April 3, 2013, 8:15 GMT)

Time to state some facts: Misbah became captain after he successfully made Pakistan lose WC semi-final. Misbah, the reason we lost WC T-20 Semi-final also & in both cases to India. Is Misbah in the league of players like Hussey, Bevan, Mehala, Kallis, Dhoni, ??? the list goes on while he only stops the balls and that also in ODI. He was pathetic in SA test matches and in fact caused us to lose the test match with his very smart sweep shot. He is dependable, how is that? Dependable are the ones who win games for you and not the other way around. If staying at wicket is cricket then play a cement block instead of Misbah and place it in front of wickets. Misbah is out dated, out classed and out of place cricketer. He kept losing games in SA and didn't learn anything and left the young player in the hut (Umer, Shehzad, Jamshed) Our cricket has been so poor lately (S.Anwer, Yousif, Inzi) that the likes of Misbah seems blessing of GOD now. Misbah has earned ChaCha Tuk Tuk and he deserves it

Posted by shiraz210 on (April 3, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

I think MISBAH is a good player but will he continue next 3 years till 2015 WC. and i think azhar ali and asad shafiq are ready to replace both of them misbah and younis. they both are good player but we have to move on. afridi and malik too hafeez can come at malik's number and Ahmed Shehzad can open with Nasir Jamshaid. Umer Akmal Azar and Asad can be 3,4 and 5.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

Misbha can not play in such aggressive manner in INternational Cricket ...i bet on it ...Becuase he does not possess the skills to hit the ball and to rotate th strike ...He onjly can hit the domestic Bowlers ...cHAMPIONS TROPHY IS COMING ...WE WILL watch his performance in it but i guarntee that he will play extremely slowly like Imran Farhat ....Selfish Innings....and just forget about 4 matches...2 against scotland and 2 agianst Ireland....Every Batsman can hit such teams ....so if Misbha plays aggresively against such teams so plz people dont impress ...Lets see him in Champions Trophy ..!

Posted by   on (April 3, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

Misbha can not play in such aggressive manner in INternational Cricket ...i bet on it ...Becuase he does not possess the skills to hit the ball and to rotate th strike ...He onjly can hit the domestic Bowlers ...cHAMPIONS TROPHY IS COMING ...WE WILL watch his performance in it but i guarntee that he will play extremely slowly like Imran Farhat ....Selfish Innings....and just forget about 4 matches...2 against scotland and 2 agianst Ireland....Every Batsman can hit such teams ....so if Misbha plays aggresively against such teams so plz people dont impress ...Lets see him in Champions Trophy ..!

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