Captain of Pakistan Test team, Misbah-ul-Haq became the oldest player to score a Test century for 82 years when he reached three figures against England at Lord’s on first day of the series on Thursday. After crafting elegant hundred in his very first test match against England on English soil, he celebrated by performing an impressive series of press-ups. Perhaps he wanted to show to some of his critics that subject of age doesn’t matter if you keep yourself fit. Misbah and Younis khan have proved time and gain that they are amongst the fittest players in the team despite being the most seniors.
Misbah deserves all the credit to take this team up from the misery and shame of spot fixing scandals in 2010. Since he has taken the role of captaining Pakistan team in test matches, graph of team’s ranking kept moving upward. Cricket legends are appreciating the innings and fitness of Misbah at the age of 42. But it is a sad fact that excellent player of Misbah’s caliber was not able to make it to Pakistan team till the age of 34. This harsh reality speaks volumes about the dismal system of PCB which usually fails to find and groom the talented players at their prime time. Just imagine the success of Pakistan team in test cricket if Misbah could have captained team few years before than he actually did.
On the first day of very first test match, heroic of Misbah made it Pakistan’s day. Pakistan could not win test series in England since 1994, we hope that Misbah and rest of the team end this long wait and lift the winning trophy.
We hope under Misbah’s leadership Pakistan end 20-year wait to win test series in England.