It seemed about time that Misbah-ul-Haq hit a Test hundred. One fifty wasn’t much of a Test record for someone we seem to write about on an almost daily basis.
He hit 161 not out against India, largely in partnership with Kamran Akmal who hit 119. Akmal’s innings should ensure he has plenty more opportunities to drop catches for Pakistan.
That’s what you want in a modern wicketkeeper – occasional innings that keep the selectors kidding themselves that you’re the next Gilchrist, allied with gloved clangers by the bucketload. That’s gloved ‘clangers’, as in ‘errors’ and not gloved ‘Clangers’, the whistling, woollen, miniature moon anteaters of children’s TV fame.
Misbah-ul-Haq’s innings took 351 balls. Twenty20 sloggery and Test blockery – what a guy.