49 Misbah-ul-Haq's Tests as captain - the most for Pakistan - when he walks out to toss against West Indies in Sharjah. Imran Khan had led Pakistan in 48 Tests between 1982 and 1992. Among Asian captains, only MS Dhoni and Arjuna Ranatunga have led in more Tests than Misbah.

24 Misbah's wins as captain - ten more than Pakistan won under Imran Khan and Javed Miandad.

55.38 Misbah's average as captain, the best among 11 Pakistan captains to have batted in at least 20 innings. The next best is Saleem Malik's 52.35. Misbah has made the most runs and centuries as well among Pakistan captains. Of the 20 captains to have played 75 or more innings, only Brian Lara (57.83) averages more than Misbah.

Misbah's numbers as captain and player
Mats Inns Runs Ave 100s/50s
 As non-captain  19  33  1008  33.60  2/4
 As captain  48  83  3766  55.38  8/31
 Career  67  116  4774  48.71  10/35

21.78 The difference between Misbah's average when captain and not captain. He averaged 33.60 before becoming captain in November 2010 - scoring 1008 runs in 33 innings with two centuries and four fifties. He began his captaincy career in terrific form, scoring six consecutive fifties in his first seven innings.

48 All of Misbah's Tests as captain came after he was 35 years old; no one over 35 has led in more Tests. Clive Lloyd is second on the list with 45 matches as captain after age of 35. Misbah has led in 21 Tests after turning 40, which is eight more than WG Grace.

1.714 Pakistan's win-loss ratio under Misbah - won 24 and lost 14 out of 48. In the six years prior to Misbah taking over, their win-loss ratio was 0.545 in nearly the same number of matches - won 12 and lost 22. Pakistan had six captains in those six years and only one of them led in more than 10 matches. Misbah missed only once match after becoming Pakistan's Test captain, because of a suspension for a slow over rate.

Pakistan before and after Misbah became captain
Mats Won Lost Drawn W/L ratio
 6 years before Misbah  48  12  22  14  0.54
 Since Misbah took over  49  24  14  11  1.71

10 Misbah's series wins as captain - the most by an Asian captain. MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly had nine series wins (in which they captained in all matches). The next best among Pakistan captains is eight by Javed Miandad. Graeme Smith led South Africa to 22 series wins.

39 Misbah's scores of 50 or more as Pakistan captain. Only one batsman, captain or not, has made more 50-plus scores over the same period - Alastair Cook has 45 such scores, but in 134 innings compared to Misbah's 83.

3557 Runs scored by Misbah at No. 5 as captain - the most among Test captains, with Steve Waugh being the only other one with more than 3000. Misbah scored those runs at an average of 57.37.

Bharath Seervi is stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @SeerviBharath