As Misbah edged towards the center of the pitch, cricket fans watched with dark clouds of anticipation looming overhead. It was his last innings, and when Younis walked up to him for a quick embrace, that was the moment thousands watching welled up inside. It was the last time we’d see #MisYou together.
Over the last 17 years, when Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan played in their dapper whites for Pakistan, they were an enduring image of stability and permanence. Let it be off the field or when they strode out to the middle to take guard and pit their wits against fearsome fast bowlers and canny spinners, there was that same sense of determination and purpose.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday congratulated Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan on their international careers, which ended with their retirement following Pakistan’s historic Test series win in the West Indies.
Paying tribute to the legendary duo, ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said in a statement that captain Misbah and former captain Younis had been at the heart of some of Pakistan’s most memorable performances, making them popular and admired around the world.
To honor the two, here are a few moments from their respective careers that made them Pakistan’s most treasured cricketers.
1- Pakistan versus India, 2005.
Pakistan were miserably losing against India, however that did not deter Younis from ending with 267 runs which was a record – it was the highest score by any player visiting India. His 267 runs helped Pakistan win and respectively draw the series at 1-1.
2- Pakistan’s T20’s Victory in 2009.
Younis Khan’s heartfelt speech after Pakistan won against Sri Lanka in the ICC World T20 Final at Lord’s had us all in tears. He spoke about Pakistan and urged cricketers to come and visit. He ended the note by dedicating it to coach Bob.
3- Misbah’s Fastest Test Century Against Australia in 2014
2014 witnessed Pakistan’s first 2-0 series win against Australia in twenty years, and it was all thanks to Misbah who steered his team to the finishing line against an all too adamant Australian team. It was in this win that Misbah scored a century on par with Sir Vivian Richard’s, from 56 balls. Pakistan won by 221 runs and 356 runs respectively.
4- The Series Win Against South Africa in 2013
This was a remarkable win away from home, and it was all thanks to king Misbah who made the 2-1 ODI win possible. He led his team to victory against South Africa after having lost to them earlier in the year.
5- 2009 T20 Win As Captain.
The last time Pakistan won an international title, it was all because of Imran Khan way back in 1992. Under the careful leadership of Younis Khan, Pakistan were led to a triumphant win in 2009.
Thank you for blessing Pakistan cricket team with treasurable moments, Misbah Ul Haq and Younis Khan. You will surely be missed.