It was long coming. Finally, Misbah-ul-Haq has announced his retirement from Test cricket. No more push-ups on the field after a century is scored. No more salutes. But the fact that he was Pakistan’s most successful captain and he will no longer be part of that team in the most saddening.
The 42-year-old announced on Thursday that he will retire from Test cricket after Pakistan’s Test series against West Indies. This will be the last time he will captain the team. Pakistan will play a three-match Test series against West Indies which begins on April 21.
Before this, Misbah has captained Pakistan in 53 Test matches and went on to win 24 of them. Pakistan have draw 11 Test between under his captaincy and lost 14 of them. Misbah’s winning percentage stands at 45.28.
Imran Khan was the second best Pakistan captained who had won 16 matches out of the 48 he captained in. His win percentage stood at 29.16.
Misbah has played 72 Test matches for Pakistan since his debut match against New Zealand way back in 2001. He has made 4951 runs for Pakistan at an average of over 45 and at a strike rate of 44.48. He also held the record of the fastest Test century that he scored against Australia off just 50 balls..
Misbah led Pakistan to the top of Test rankings for a brief period of time.