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Misbah: I couldn't have asked for more

The stellar careers of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan drew to a dramatic close on the final day of Pakistan's Test win over West Indies.

News 15 May 2017, 17:24 IST
Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq (left) and Younis Khan

Misbah-ul-Haq reflected on a fitting end to a remarkable career after Pakistan recorded a thrilling victory over West Indies in the third Test.

Captain Misbah and veteran batsman Younis Khan both ended their illustrious playing stints on Sunday as the tourists sealed a dramatic 101-run victory to secure a 2-1 series triumph.

The result was sealed in the penultimate over when Shannon Gabriel, partnering centurion Roston Chase, gave his wicket away to Hasan Ali.

"Whatever success I got throughout my career, to end like that, I couldn't ask for anything better," said Misbah, who made 75 Test appearances, scoring 5222 runs.

"I would like to thank my family: my mother, my sisters, and especially to my wife Uzma who supported me and was always there.

"This series was only for her because I could have finished in Australia. She just convinced me and the fans that I have to come. And this team, too, most of these players [said], 'You don't have to end like that. You have to go winning and performing well'.

"I'm happy with what I've had in this career. What a finish, I couldn't have asked more than that. 

"Really happy for this team, all the guys here, the way they gave me and Younis send-offs.

"And special thanks to Younis, very best of luck in his future life. It was a very fine journey with him in the middle, sharing a lot of partnerships, and I loved every moment of that.

"In the history books, my name will come with him and he's a legend. He's a top performer for Pakistan: 34 centuries, 10,000 runs, broke a lot of records.

"I had 15 hundred-partnerships with him and that's something special to me that my name will come with his and be remembered in history."

Chase, whose heroic effort came in a losing cause, described his century as the "toughest" of his three so far, having dug deep during his 239-ball knock to try to salvage a draw.

"I wouldn't say it's up there with the other two, but a century is a century," he said. "We ended up losing the match, but this one was the hardest for me.

"The others were more fluent and the conditions were a lot easier but this one was really tough for me. The pitch was a slower one, you couldn't play a lot of shots, the outfield was very slow and the bowlers really put the ball in good areas. This one was the toughest out of my few so far.

"I thought it was a fighting effort. It's sad to see that it didn't mean much in the end because we lost the match, but I thought the guys showed a lot of guts and effort not only today but in the whole match.

"[We] even put ourselves in the chance of, maybe not winning but, at least drawing the series."

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