Thursday, November 25, 2010

Pakistan must continue with unflappable skipper

Misbah-ul-Haq innings of 58 played a vital role in saving match versus South AfricaKnown for his unflappable character, Misbah-ul-Haq resurrected, after three years into the national squad, in inaugural World T20 Championship. Misbah-ul-Haq proved his form to repay the selectors' faith by finishing the tournament as Pakistan's best player and almost taking them to victory in the final. He was later selected for the upcoming Test and One-Day series against South Africa. It was unremarkable series against South Africa for him, which opened the way for his selection in series against India. He scored a couple of match-saving innings versus India; scoring 464 runs in three match Test series. But before Pakistan could select him as a possible middle-order mainstay, Misbah's form slumped. He failed to get a chance in any squad in 2009 against New Zealand. He made yet another comeback, but this time as a captain against South Africa for the Tests. He was ice-cool in crisis, rescuing Pakistan on several occasions; which he also proved in recent series against South Africa.

When Misbah was selected as captain of Test squad, the decision was not gladden by ex-cricketers. They argued that non-deserving players couldn’t be appointed as a captain of national squad. Misbah rectified his appointment as a captain of national Test squad by wryly advising them ‘not to take him easy’. Later, he repaid the PCB’s faith by proving himself as a ‘gladiator’.  He scored 220 in two match test series, including 3 fifties, all came in turmoil situation.

South Africa amassed 584 runs in 2nd Test, giving Pakistan 384 to avoid follow-on. Pakistan started the game well, but a sudden collapse, pressurized them. But, It was Misbah, who along with Asad Shafiq(61) and Abdur Rehman(60) managed to avoid the follow-on. It was a series that could easily stop criticism on Misbah; a man of un-flappable character.

I think Pakistan should continue with him as a captain of Test team. All you need for your team captain is that he should be of an ice-cool character in crisis, because captain can lead the team to win or loss.

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