Misbah ul Haq Biography
Misbah ul Haq Khan Niazi is a former Pakistani cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman who played all the three formats of the game. Born on 28 May 1974 in Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan, Misbah was a great asset to the team for all the time that he played the game. He holds the world record for scoring the most number of runs in ODI without scoring a hundred.
It was in 2002 that Misbah caught the eyes of the national selectors for the first time. He had an amazing domestic season that year and scored a huge number of runs. He made his first class in 1998 at an age of 24 for the team of Sargodha. During these years, he also played for a team called Khan Research Laboratory.
Misbah made his Test debut against New Zealand on 8 March 2001. He showed signs of his solid technique as he remained in the middle for more than 2 hours to score just 28 runs in his very first innings. He made his ODI debut against the same team a year later. But unfortunately, in the few chances that he got during those years, he couldn’t be consistent and lost his place in the national side. From 2003 to 2007, he played no tests but only a few ODIs.
Rise to Glory
Misbah made a comeback into the national side in 2007 and instantly rose to prominence. He was the third highest run scorer in the ICC World T20, 2007 and the highest scorer for Pakistan. In fact, he became the first Pakistani to become World No. 1 in the format and to score a fifty in the format. He became a permanent member of the team and also performed well in the winning course of Pakistan in 2009 T20 World Cup.
The lowest patch of his career was in the initial days. He got the chance to play for the international team just after three years of domestic cricket but he couldn’t make his mark. From 2001 to 2003, he got quite a few chances but failed to impress the selectors. Then, he had to wait a long time before it went big for him in 2007.
Misbah played for a lot of clubs during his cricketing career. He captained Faislabad Wolves and SNGPL and led them to victories in many tournaments. He also played in the inaugural season of the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 2012, he played for Kandurata Warriors in Sri Lanka Premier League. He also played for St. Lucia Zouks and Abhani in Caribbean Premier League and Bangladesh respectively. In 2015, he played for the Rangpur Riders in the BPL.
Misbah holds the record for the second fastest test century along with Sir Vivian Richards. He had scored a 56-ball ton against Australia in 2014, which was the fastest century at that time. He is also the oldest player as well as the oldest captain in Test cricket to score a century.
In 2010, Misbah got the Test captaincy of the team for a series against South Africa in UAE. Soon, he replaced Shahid Afridi as the captain in limited overs format. Due to the criticism from former cricketers, he stepped down from the T20 captaincy but remained the captain in longer formats. Under his captaincy, Pakistan reached the no. 1 ranking in Test Cricket for the first time since 1988. He is Pakistan’s most successful Test Captain with 26 wins in the format, doubling the previous best of Imran Khan’s 13.
In January 2015, Misbah had announced that he’ll retire from ODIs and T20s after the 2015 World Cup. He led the team to quarter finals and was also Pakistan’s highest run scorer in the tournament. He retired from Test match after his last match against West Indies 10 May 2017. His teammate Younis Khan also retired after this game.