Pakistan v West Indies, Champions Trophy, Group B, The Oval June 7, 2013

Misbah's lone stand brings adoration

Pakistan found a home away from home at The Oval but only Misbah-ul-Haq seemed to appreciate it
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Not long after Misbah-ul-Haq became captain of Pakistan, he spoke candidly of the challenge he had been saddled with. "It is bad for Pakistan cricket when people taunt us at home and abroad," he said. "It is a mental torture to go through such things."

There was torture at The Oval for Misbah, as his team-mates abandoned him one after another, like an incompetent conga line, stumbling over every piece of furniture in the room. But there were no taunts from the Oval crowd - only adoration. As each new batsman drove their innings nose-first into the dirt, the zindabads did not abate, and cries of "Misbah, Misbah" grew louder.

The ground is located in a part of town that is heavily settled by West Indians, and twenty nine years ago, they had packed it out during the Blackwash series. Today, maroon shirts only speckled the stands like bits of driftwood heaving in an ocean of green. The weather was cloudy and crisp, and there was no Karachi sea-breeze or Lahore dry heat, but a team that hasn't played in their country in four years with a home-town reception, as they so often do in England. Among the Pakistan batsmen, only Misbah seemed to appreciate it.

At times he would acknowledge their fervour. The Oval roared at every Pakistan single like a batsman had just blazed a hundred, or Saeed Ajmal had conjured a hat-trick - perhaps to make up for the cheers from Punjab or the Sindh, that this group of players may never hear. When there was a moment's relent from the clatter of wickets, Misbah would look up into the stands from the non-striker's end and breathe in the flags being flown around him. Only he can say how much the sight steeled his resolve, but how could it not? As a leader of nomads, he must find sustenance where he can get it, and today, Kennington was his oasis.

"When you're not playing at home you feel for it," Misbah said after the match. "It's always like that. You want to play at your own home grounds in front of your own crowds, but here, there was a big support for Pakistan wherever you looked in the ground. It looks like we were playing at home. It's a great feeling to be playing in front of your own crowd."

There was emotion in those words, but when he takes the field, Misbah has no interest in the flamboyance that has so often titillated and frustrated a nation. Foremost a pragmatist, he rarely played a stroke that ill-fit the circumstance throughout his innings.

Nasir Jamshed had perhaps set himself fifty for a target, and planned to counterattack thereafter, and two balls after reaching the milestone, he attempted to hit his first six and perished. Perhaps on another day, that stroke might have heralded a surge, but it was a high-risk strategy from Jamshed, who had looked untroubled for the last 50 balls of his innings, and did not need to throw away Pakistan's recovery. Misbah continued to graft securely, hoping that each new arrival could stay and do the same, and it was only when it became absolutely necessary for him to hit out, that he changed his stance, and his approach. The same hankering for safety sees him maligned when he refuses to pursue a Test win, with Pakistan sitting on a series lead. It is often said there is a fine line between bravery and stupidity, but Misbah may never be one to approach it.

The pitch did not warrant such a low-scorer, but although West Indies should have made short work of 170, Pakistan managed a bowling performance worthy of the love flowing from the stands. Perhaps at another venue, Kieron Pollard might never have been kept scoreless for his first 17 deliveries. Maybe Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels would not have been scuttled, just as they had begun to sail smoothly after early losses. In the field Pakistan drew from their fans, and gave them plenty too, when the attack began to show why it had come into the tournament so highly rated. But it so often happens in cricket, that the fight begins when the battle is almost lost. Every time Pakistan made a breakthrough late in the match, it seemed ten runs too late.

Misbah should have made his first ODI hundred today. Instead he was left stranded on 96, when Mohammed Irfan fended the ball to Dwayne Bravo. After the game, he spoke of how special that first hundred is, and how the feeling stays with a batsman forever, but at the end of the innings, he affirmed Irfan for surviving so long with a pat on the back. It is not like he had really attempted the milestone anyway, turning down singles to throw his bat early in each over. When he left the field, he raised his bat to a standing ovation. Perhaps in their next match in Birmingham, others in the top order will add their own efforts to the labour of Misbah and his "home" crowd.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Excellent read! Not playing at home is leaving long lasting impressions on this team. The newer crop of the team is unfamiliar to the term 'home advantage'. We have guys like Umar Akmal who have played around 80 odd games and none of them on home soil. So the process of taking giant strides in international cricket as a batsman has slowed drastically for our players and whenever they come good, it must be loudly appreciated. As a Pakistani fan, when at school I used to dream of going to every single match my team played at home after I complete my studies and still waiting for my first international game at Rawalpindi cricket stadium. I salute Misbah for his batting today and this is coming from someone who is very critical of him. I hope this team can come good in future games and reduce the burden from the captain's shoulders. Also salute to the Pakistani crowds in UK. It's always a pleasure to see you guys come in large numbers and roar with every single run we make. Thanks!

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Excellent Article........ Respect for the Captain.... May Allah gave misbah his maiden century in Champion Trophy Final..

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | June 9, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Why does it seem like Misbah is always playing against his own team? He can't always beat 21 men. Misbah earned his stripes today.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    Every one praising Misbash but i have different opinion, I think Misbah is the problem in team. He takes all responsibility on his shoulders and ask other to play shots consquently other batsmen around him become relax and got out soon then Misbah do heroics by rescuing pakistan but in the end he spoils all his heroics. (examples world cup t20 final - and today he take a single at 2nd ball of 47 over and exposing M. irfan to bowlers ) .

    Also with parchi players like Kamran akmal , Shoaib malik, Imran farhat , we can not expect any good result becuase these parchi players believe in parchi ism and they do not believe in performance .

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    and this made my snubbed feelings back to the surface.. i have to cross National Stadium in Karachi everyday to go to my uni... only a Pakistani can understand my feelings; so emphatic and so true. but good thing is, any team like india/australia that is the master of its own backyard could have never performed like we have over the years. talks of sheer talent and dedication. and well done cricinfo by employing these talented writers. very well written!

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    To all my Pakistani brothers and sisters in UK, we love you.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | June 8, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Misbah batting average is high because of number of not outs and playing minnows a lot, that's why so nothing really to be excited upon. He's almost 40 and your best batsman :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Its funny Pakistan best batsman is their oldest :)

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | June 8, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Nice article indeed. Pak team deserve to play in their home soil like all others teams. What a match, may be the best we will see. Just a little sensible game from Malik, Akmal and few others would certainly give Pak the win. Feel sorry for the bowlers and the Captain. Misbah showed his class.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | June 8, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @Love-Men-in-Blue-but-Respect-Others: Kiwirocker is a Bangladesh fan. If you expect him to have a good knowledge of cricket, especially Indian cricket, you are asking for too much :).

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Excellent read! Not playing at home is leaving long lasting impressions on this team. The newer crop of the team is unfamiliar to the term 'home advantage'. We have guys like Umar Akmal who have played around 80 odd games and none of them on home soil. So the process of taking giant strides in international cricket as a batsman has slowed drastically for our players and whenever they come good, it must be loudly appreciated. As a Pakistani fan, when at school I used to dream of going to every single match my team played at home after I complete my studies and still waiting for my first international game at Rawalpindi cricket stadium. I salute Misbah for his batting today and this is coming from someone who is very critical of him. I hope this team can come good in future games and reduce the burden from the captain's shoulders. Also salute to the Pakistani crowds in UK. It's always a pleasure to see you guys come in large numbers and roar with every single run we make. Thanks!

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Excellent Article........ Respect for the Captain.... May Allah gave misbah his maiden century in Champion Trophy Final..

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | June 9, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Why does it seem like Misbah is always playing against his own team? He can't always beat 21 men. Misbah earned his stripes today.

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    Every one praising Misbash but i have different opinion, I think Misbah is the problem in team. He takes all responsibility on his shoulders and ask other to play shots consquently other batsmen around him become relax and got out soon then Misbah do heroics by rescuing pakistan but in the end he spoils all his heroics. (examples world cup t20 final - and today he take a single at 2nd ball of 47 over and exposing M. irfan to bowlers ) .

    Also with parchi players like Kamran akmal , Shoaib malik, Imran farhat , we can not expect any good result becuase these parchi players believe in parchi ism and they do not believe in performance .

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    and this made my snubbed feelings back to the surface.. i have to cross National Stadium in Karachi everyday to go to my uni... only a Pakistani can understand my feelings; so emphatic and so true. but good thing is, any team like india/australia that is the master of its own backyard could have never performed like we have over the years. talks of sheer talent and dedication. and well done cricinfo by employing these talented writers. very well written!

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    To all my Pakistani brothers and sisters in UK, we love you.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | June 8, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Misbah batting average is high because of number of not outs and playing minnows a lot, that's why so nothing really to be excited upon. He's almost 40 and your best batsman :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Its funny Pakistan best batsman is their oldest :)

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | June 8, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Nice article indeed. Pak team deserve to play in their home soil like all others teams. What a match, may be the best we will see. Just a little sensible game from Malik, Akmal and few others would certainly give Pak the win. Feel sorry for the bowlers and the Captain. Misbah showed his class.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | June 8, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @Love-Men-in-Blue-but-Respect-Others: Kiwirocker is a Bangladesh fan. If you expect him to have a good knowledge of cricket, especially Indian cricket, you are asking for too much :).

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | June 8, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Misbah is the ONLY consistent batsman in the Pak team. It is amazing how Pak produces such goob bowlers so consistently but continues to stuggle in the batting department. The exact opposite of India.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Misbah should forget politics . Abdul Razaq is badly needed in the Team . How can he be out when non performers for years such as Shoaib Malik , Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal are in the Team ? Big mystery .

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 8, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    Wonderfull article, Excellent Misbah and Amazing Crowd. Though we lost match but i am really proud of the way Misbah, Nasir and Pakistani bowlers fought and Crowed Supported. Not only Misbah, Crowed Really lift the spirits of Pakistani bowling as well. Pakistan Badly missing home cricket. We love cricket and Misbah we are proud of you. Umar Akmal, Harish Sohai, Ahmad shazad and Mohammad Rizwan should be replacing likes of Shaoib Malik, Umar Amin, Imran farhat and Kamran Akmal.

  • POSTED BY haq33 on | June 8, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    His name simply means "lamp". And these last few years, he is the sole light that has shone through in what has become a dark and relentlessly uphill struggle.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    We are just wating time on Imran Farhat, Azhar Ali should be replaced him, Azhar is a player who can play up the order. As he played against Sri Lanka Series.

  • POSTED BY Chak-De-India-Deux on | June 8, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    @KiwiRocker... What is wrong with you? Does Tendulkar affect your day to day life so much that even in this article you have to run him down. And if you have to use the word 'so called great' to describe Tendulkar then your knowledge of cricket is pathetic. Even Sachin's greatest critic admit he is one of the greats and a great servant of the game. Give up this hate and see how much better you will feel.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    @pssted by US_Indian on (June 8, 2013, 2:03 GMT): agreed mate. and your last line is too funny............lols

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    misbah is really a good man. i dont know why people criticize him so much. i think some times that criticisim is just for the sake of criticism.

    2/3 players got a unplayable ball but rest could have done better. 1st 3 can hide behind moving ball excuse but others simply cant. nasir might be talented but his shot after just making 50 and a recovery in process was totally un necessary. then the quick wickets and run outs. even junaid khan may be a tailender but his shot selection was bad. he was trying to go after ball as if he is a top order batsman.

    misbah deserved a 100. it would have been great innnings but over all good performance by pak bowlers. they made WI work and nearly won it.

    A good start in such short event is necessary and now it will be very hard to win next 2 games with good margins.

  • POSTED BY MyTsHaRp2011 on | June 8, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    I'm one of them that isn't a big Misbah fan but yesterday proved me totally wrong. I can't thank him enough for getting us out of trouble and then nearly getting a win. I'm still surprised and baffled as to why U Akmal our finest talent has not even made the squad. He is the best of Akmal's production line. We are 2 allrounder short and personally Younis Khan's experience is sorely missed. Junaid Khan was disappointing yesterday I was expecting a lot more from but Wahab and Irfan were outstanding consistently bowling over 145kph backed up by Ajmal. We just need to get this batting order right and people taking some responsibility of helping the team post big totals. The next two tosses are important and really hope to get our first win on Monday In'shAllah.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | June 8, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Despite this loss Pakistan bowlers proved how good they are, if not the best. defending a small total and still making a fight out of it. Wasim Akram's coaching is coming thru the team.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | June 8, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    What Pakistan feels as a team no other team will feel. One hopes with a change of leadership in the country things can improve. The biggest problem is a clash with religion, sport and politics. Outside teams will not feel safe playing in Pakistan. Pakistan therefore has adopted Mid -east countries as their home ground. We Indian fans miss the two country games and only hope one day things become normal.Sport is supposed to unite people and that's what it should do.

  • POSTED BY Ray24 on | June 8, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Drop Farhat and Shoaib Malik for good. You'll go no where with them. Limited talent, and even lower mental strength towards the game. Ahmad Shahzad, Hamad Azam, should be in. Afridi factor is vital as we have no lower order fighting power. However, life moves on and Pakistan should find some other player. Honestly a couple of years of Azhar Mahmood wouldn't be bad, even if I am contradicting myself. Salute to Mishab - why wasn't he in the team before, we there is no secret that the other Ul-Haq did not allow him to come to the team, yes Inzamam was the reason for keeping him out.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Misbah will go down in history as one of the finest Captains Pakistan ever had, and he is one of those gentlemen who are appreciated after they have done serving. Time after time, he has single handedly rescued Pakistan's pathetic batting and thrown an anchor. All those matches that he is blamed to have thrown away in chokes are the ones that were done and dusted if it wasn't for Misbah's relentless resolve. I don't know about my BOOMBOOM nation, I just want to say I admire Misbah and I respect my Captain for all his services.

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | June 8, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    with his right attitude and honest approach to the game, he stood miles above his rival team....in terms of performance. bowlers were amazing!

  • POSTED BY shail4429 on | June 8, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Misbah is to Pakistan ,what Dravid has been to India . for a team which hasn't played a home game in 4 years , it is beautiful for the crowd coming to support their team . as a cricket fan , we would all pray that home games come to Pakistan soon .

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | June 8, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    In a bowler's game, I feel that Misbah's 96* was more deserving of the MoM award than roach's 3 wickets, however mesmerising the spell of bowling. 18 wickets fell for 342 runs at a rate of under 20 runs per wicket and He makes a rapid unbeaten 96. In my book that stands out like an honest IPL owner.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 8, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    I feel so sad for Misbah. He is no doubt a great captain but at times annoying due to his defensiveness. For example in the 2nd test against SA in Cape Town this year, he ticked the clock in the Pakistan 2nd innings more than the scoreboard. His innings yesterday was no doubt great. I hope nature gives him all what he needs to play international cricket till he is 45 years old. Of all the Pakistani players, Misbah Ul Haq is my favorite as a Lankan. His coolness is amazing. Not having a century so far is not an issue really. This man no doubt is at his best in the final phase of his career which can be divided into 4 phases. Hope he scores over 4000 test runs and 5000 ODI by the time he decides to hang up his boots. He only saved Pakistan from embarrassment yesterday.

  • POSTED BY Sir.Ivor on | June 8, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    A beautiful piece by Andrew Fernando and a wonderful comment from Salman Ali Rai. It is unfortunate that Pakistan has been denied the opportunity of playing at home for 4 years for no fault of theirs really. At the same time it is heartening to see the support they seem to get anywhere they play for the spirit they show on the face of adversity. Misbah would have been just as revered as the other Haq, Inzy, had he been baptised when he should have been some 20 years ago. It remains a mystery as to why that never happened.He has everything one can look for in a batsman plus that calm which is almost impossible. The positive side of this nomadic cricketing life that Pakistani players have put up with is that they do reasonably well almost everywhere. The sad part of their plight is that we do not see the likes of Inzammams and Yusufs come through any more. And yet they leave their mark with the Irfans of their world. Bravo Pakistan.The world of Cricket understands.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    I guess this story would have read different if Misbah was caught on zero and Pakistan folded for 45. Good innings though.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | June 8, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Misbah, You have played a great match but can you tell all of us why have you Malik and farhat in the team but better players like Umar Akmal, Razzaque , Hamad Azam are not in the team? As captain, you have the right to ask for the right combination. Need to make your spine strong if you want to win the match with contribution from other players. Select the right team before entering the field. You had better players sitting in the bench. Shafiq is not a one day player, proved it. poor team selection indeed.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | June 8, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Very nicely written article Andrew. Well done! I am tired of reading Pakistani fans with no knowledge of cricket taunting Misbah and crying for Afridi. Misbah averages 43 in ODI's. I do not care if he has not score da century. Best modern day batsman J.Kallis scored a test double century only recently and another so called indian great Tendulya has not scored a triple ton in last 25 years of his career. Pakistan's other batsmen should be ashamed of themselves in particular Shoib Malik and Kamran Akmal. Misbah Ul Haq is 39. He spent years playing in Pakistan's domestic cricket like Saeed Ajmal. These players have earned a right to represent Pak unlike some non performers. Misbah Ul Haq is Pakistan's best batsman in present form. It shows Pak's selection for tournament was wrong!.Imran Farhat and SHoib Mailk should have been replaced by Ahmad Shahzad and Hammad Azam. What does Mailk offer? No batting, no bowling! K.Akmal was playing like he had to catch a train.Rizwan needs a chance!

  • POSTED BY tanweeralam on | June 8, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    @maddy20 perhaps bring back saaed anwar... Why look back ... look ahead and get some good talent from the league games

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    Misbah is the captain and only cause for losing this match, Why he selected "Parchi Players" like Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat in very first and important match, why he did't guide juniors. Pakisan don't need Misbah Runs but We need the Winning Captain. Imran Khan is the great example for current Pakistani generation.

  • POSTED BY CricketFanInLosAngles on | June 8, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    Misbah is one of those rare gentlemen playing what used to be a gentleman's game. He plays for his team and country always. Not for self.

  • POSTED BY US_Indian on | June 8, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    I just cant understand why is Shoaib Malik around still- give me one incident either as a batsman or a bowler or a fielder he has set the stadium ablaze with his efforts and helped Pakistan win a game atleast in my memory not for 4-5 years and even if he had played a one-off knock it could have been either against India or B.Desh or Zimbabwe or the WI of a few years back. Even Sania would be frustrated even with his performance now on and off the field...

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    I am happy that now everybody realized how important Misbah is in the team. He absolutely brilliant today. He need the support from others. We hope in next match we will see that necessary support. As I have written before if we want to achive something in this ICC trophy,then our Opners and top order batsmen has to put up good score otherwise end of ShoIb Malik Kamran and Imran Farhat. Asad Shafiq has to be consistent.

  • POSTED BY dilchasp on | June 8, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    All of Misbah-ul-Haq's critics should just shut their mouth now. He is the only batsman of all "experienced and young Pakistani Squad" whose odds of scoring runs are 4 out of 5 matches. Rest of all batsmen including Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, "Our future Captain" Mohammad Hafeez, and "the best talented players" currently Asad Shafique, Umar Akmal and Azhar Ali's scoring odds are 1 out of 6 matches. It is funny we still call them batsmen. Misbah's simply philosophy of play out 50 overs is very difficult to understand for most of our cricket lovers. People assign duty to Misbah that he stay at the crease, play out all 50 overs score with high run rate, entertain the crowd AND has to win the match as well. Don't forget rest of the Pakistani batsmen get their salary of being batsmen. Hats off to Misbah, he is always in the middle when all others fall without showing their capacity, but he stands tall always. Bravo Bravo and Bravo again to Pakistan's Captain!

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | June 8, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Perhaps Younis Khan would have been a better player for the situation. I do not remember when was the last time Malik has played a solid knock.

  • POSTED BY CrazyforcricketIII on | June 7, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    I have said in past and will say it again- He is the best hope for Pakistan. People keep on criticizing this great player who plays according to the situation of the game without his own pride. He almost always score when runs are needed. He is already one of the best captain in ODI's for Pakistan. He is mature and would not throw away his wicket- as is the habit of lot of our 'star players'. Good Luck- Misbah- we love you!!

  • POSTED BY sportofpain on | June 7, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Misbah is a true leader. It's a pity he didn't get his hundred but his words say it all - runs only matter if the team wins. I am from India where there is this obsession with personal landmarks so seeing someone pay for the team makes one believe that there still is some nobility left in the game. More power to you Misbah.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    I was at the Match today... Embarrassing to see Pakistani batsman play like Juveniles. Misbah played great.. Pakistani bowlers were song and rock :-) Even West Indian supporters were heard praising PK bowling attack after the match. Once again PK batting was a disappointment. PK supporters were the real deal. There were a lot of banters between supporters of both teams, within the spirit and fun of the game though. Well played West Indies and Congratulations...

  • POSTED BY golgo_85 on | June 7, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    I'm not sure how much worse Younis-Afridi OR U Akmal-Hammad/Razzak would've done than Shafiq-Malik - they are wasting 2 very important spots there. Ah to be inside the heads of Pak management!

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    It was a pleasure reading the article..absolutely loved it.

  • POSTED BY Anubhav-the-Experience on | June 7, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    He is a very intelligent mature cricketer...Love to see more people like that...So aggressive but nothing on tongue or even body language.

  • POSTED BY BowledYa on | June 7, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    I have said it for a long time to my fellow Pakistanis - appreciate what we have in Misbah. Time and again he has been there for Pakistan, and many times all alone. Even though we did not win, it was not for the lack of trying from this wonderful player, and hopefully it will silince at least some of the very vocal critics.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Misbah is a great player , he never gives up , he is like that spring that keeps coming back ,people say that at 39 he doesnt have much to offer, but if the quality is of this standard then I would take whatever Misbah has to offer for Pakistan Cricket.Century or no Century ,this guy deserve an applaud , possibly the best finisher for Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    He is the only batsmen who is playing for the country rest are playing for them selves....in almost every match hes out there in the middle scoring runs..still dont know why most of the people want him to retire..

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    He is the only batsmen who is playing for the country rest are playing for them selves....in almost every match hes out there in the middle scoring runs..still dont know why most of the people want him to retire..

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Misbah is a great player , he never gives up , he is like that spring that keeps coming back ,people say that at 39 he doesnt have much to offer, but if the quality is of this standard then I would take whatever Misbah has to offer for Pakistan Cricket.Century or no Century ,this guy deserve an applaud , possibly the best finisher for Pakistan

  • POSTED BY BowledYa on | June 7, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    I have said it for a long time to my fellow Pakistanis - appreciate what we have in Misbah. Time and again he has been there for Pakistan, and many times all alone. Even though we did not win, it was not for the lack of trying from this wonderful player, and hopefully it will silince at least some of the very vocal critics.

  • POSTED BY Anubhav-the-Experience on | June 7, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    He is a very intelligent mature cricketer...Love to see more people like that...So aggressive but nothing on tongue or even body language.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    It was a pleasure reading the article..absolutely loved it.

  • POSTED BY golgo_85 on | June 7, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    I'm not sure how much worse Younis-Afridi OR U Akmal-Hammad/Razzak would've done than Shafiq-Malik - they are wasting 2 very important spots there. Ah to be inside the heads of Pak management!

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    I was at the Match today... Embarrassing to see Pakistani batsman play like Juveniles. Misbah played great.. Pakistani bowlers were song and rock :-) Even West Indian supporters were heard praising PK bowling attack after the match. Once again PK batting was a disappointment. PK supporters were the real deal. There were a lot of banters between supporters of both teams, within the spirit and fun of the game though. Well played West Indies and Congratulations...

  • POSTED BY sportofpain on | June 7, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Misbah is a true leader. It's a pity he didn't get his hundred but his words say it all - runs only matter if the team wins. I am from India where there is this obsession with personal landmarks so seeing someone pay for the team makes one believe that there still is some nobility left in the game. More power to you Misbah.

  • POSTED BY CrazyforcricketIII on | June 7, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    I have said in past and will say it again- He is the best hope for Pakistan. People keep on criticizing this great player who plays according to the situation of the game without his own pride. He almost always score when runs are needed. He is already one of the best captain in ODI's for Pakistan. He is mature and would not throw away his wicket- as is the habit of lot of our 'star players'. Good Luck- Misbah- we love you!!

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | June 8, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Perhaps Younis Khan would have been a better player for the situation. I do not remember when was the last time Malik has played a solid knock.