Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan will no doubt be the headline grabbers as Pakistan take the ground against West Indies in the third Test with the series tied at one-all. Misbah, 42, and Younis, 39, have been the flag-bearers of Pakistan cricket for the past decade. During their stellar careers, they offered some of the most memorable moments when they grabbed the mike and spoke. Herein, we take a look at some of the most memorable quotes by the duo compiled by ESPNCricinfo.
“Believe me, there was no pressure of playing the final. The pressure was all about the ticket requests.”
Misbah-ul-Haq, after winning the PSL title with Islamabad United, on the clamour to watch the final in Lahore
“I don’t want to be a dummy captain, and the reason why I have refused the captaincy will be revealed afterwards.”
Younis Khan stormed out of a press conference after declining captaincy for the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy. He eventually captained Pakistan in the tournament.
“In this form it is better to take it easy and have fun. It is like WWF.”
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“It’s not because of one man. I didn’t attack the Sri Lankan team nor have I finished international cricket in Pakistan.”
A frustrated Misbah talks about the constant criticism and blame he received after the 2015 World Cup.
“There is no fear. He is not a jin-bhoot [ghost].”
He might fear the supernatural, but Younis has no such fear for Sachin Tendulkar
“Call me ‘Tuk-Tuk’ and keep saying it, but remember I am the captain of Pakistan.”
Misbah has the last word on his infamous nickname.
“So a player like me should shoot himself?”
After being dropped from Pakistan’s ODI squads and being ruled out of contention for World Cup 2015 by the selectors, a frustrated Younis vents his anger.
“Since Saeed Ajmal does not listen to anyone else, the one advantage I have over him is that I can say anything I want to him.”
Misbah, on a Pakistan team-mate he has known since college.
“I promised them, if ever I score a hundred, I will definitely do that to remind you that we were there.”
Misbah, on his push-ups after his century at Lord’s in 2016.
“I got a call from India. It was Mohammad Azharuddin. He told me to stay in the crease.”
Younis reveals how advice from the former India batsman helped him score his sixth double-century, at The Oval in 2016
“Attacking cricket doesn’t mean you shoot the opposition’s head with a rocket-launcher”
Misbah explains how aggression can take several forms when questioned about his strike rate.
“In Pakistan, there are a lot of very good people. But because of some mad people, perhaps 5% of the population, we are suffering at the moment.”
Even before the 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan side, Younis rues the volatile political and security situation in Pakistan, which is robbing the country of international cricket.