Misbah-ul-Haq in Test cricket

Misbah-ul-Haq making some battingsWe labelled Misbah-ul-Haq a Twenty20 specialist during that format’s World Cup. That was a bit misleading because we don’t particularly believe in being a specialist in one format or another.

The best cricketers play the match situation and the best batsmen weigh up what to do to score runs against whatever bowler they’re facing. It just so happened that at the time Misbah-ul-Haq was only playing Twenty20. Labelling him a specialist was more a way of highlighting the shortcomings of England’s so-called specialists. Basically, Misbah-ul-Haq is an international cricketer; Jeremy Snape is not.

So now he’s playing Tests as well and he already looks to be one of Pakistan’s most reliable batsmen, which is weird because today’s fifty was his first in Tests. We’ve seen enough to know that he’s up to the job of succeeding the previous ul-Haq though.

It’s just as well really, because if Mohammad Yousuf or Younis Khan don’t score runs, it’s hard to see where they’ll come from for Pakistan. Today, neither made any and Pakistan found themselves 142-8. At which point Misbah, rather than strike out madly in a desperate bid for whatever he could get, instead trusted Mohammad Sami to stay in and together they’ve put on 68 and will resume again tomorrow.

Hopefully this will be a low-scoring game. We’re not bothered who wins, but we’d hate to see Misbah’s great efforts being devalued by a subsequent avalanche of runs. In high-scoring Test matches, you sometimes feel like the winner’s just whoever cashes in the most when the going’s good. In a low-scoring game, every run’s earned.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Sami earned their runs today.

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9 Appeals

  1. It was a great knock, and I hope that they can make 250+ tomorrow…

    The way he took the strike, and eased Sami into the match, was fantastic..

    Towards the end, Sami was looking dangerous too, with a huge six straight down the ground off of Ganguly.. Magic stuff.

    Here’s to a close game, with Misbah Cricket winning the game, by socring 100 from 350 balls.

  2. scoring even…

  3. I like Misbah a lot. Where has be been all this time?

  4. It’s been a fine knock from Misbah so far. I just hope he doesn’t decide to introduce his suicide sweep when he gets to 95 or something.

  5. Y! stay away from that paddle-sweep, Misbah, you hear?

  6. Well said. I always liked the low scoring ties better than the run fests.

  7. And, as it turns out, the paddle-sweep might have been an entirely sensible way to get out, given the alternative…….

  8. I love Misbah Cricket!

    He’s filling his namesakes shoes with real gusto..

    I’ve not seen many funnier dismissals than that!

    Goodo!

  9. Oh MISBAH! Come back paddle sweep, all is forgiven!

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