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The Beginning of The End

Captain Misbah and veteran batsman Younis fittingly retired from international cricket on the back of Pakistan’s first Test series triumph in the Caribbean following a gripping final day at Windsor Park, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, who stayed with Pakistan so they can retire their test careers on Sunday with an historic series win, couldn’t finish their test batting careers in style. They walked off in style though. Both were out going for sweeps against legspinner Devendra Bishoo, Misbah on 2 and Younis on 35 just before tea.

Both batsmen received congratulatory handshakes from the West Indies players, and their teammates had guards of honor waiting for them on the boundary.

Here are some recap of their contribution in Pakistan team:

Misbah ul haq khan naizi a 42 years old man started his career in Test debut On 8 March 2001 with New Zealand. Till now this right hand batsman played 73 test match , 162 ODI , 39 T20 and with batting average 50.57.Misbah also became the oldest captain ever to score a test century. Misbah celebrated the landmark by saluting his team members and doing ten push-ups. The celebration was also meant as a tribute to the Military Boot Camp in Abbotabad  In August 2016, under Misbah’s captaincy, Pakistan achieved the number 1 ranking in test cricket for the first time since 1988. In January 2015, Misbah Holds the record for scoring the most number of runs in ODI cricket without even a career hundred. The only player to score 4000 as well as 5000 ODI runs without a career century

President of Islamic Republic Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain awarded Misbah-ul-Haq to pride of performance award on 23 March, 2014.Also he holds the award of ICC Spirit cricketer of the year 2016. During his captaincy era there are number former captains playing under the captaincy of Misbah namely Shoaib malik, Shahid afridi and Younis Khan, apart from his cricket career, Misbah is man of upright who stay calm , and relax under any critical situation however during  his cricket era he faced many criticism from his seniors like Ramiz Raja , Shoaib akhatar but Misbah never reply with any negative comment he always appreciate the criticism.

After the recap of legendary captain here is the glimpse of the career of Younis khan

Mohammad Younis Khan 39 years right handed batsman started his career in ODI from February 2000 against Sri Lanka , He also formerly captained Pakistan national cricket team. He played 118 test matches with 10099 runs and from the average of 52.06 runs with  34 (100’s,) 6 (200’s) and 33 (50’s ), 265 ODI  with 7249 runs from the average of 31.25 and   25 T20 matches with 442 runs from the average of 22.1     . Younis Khan made 177 runs in the first innings of the first Test as Pakistan went on to score 451 runs

He was the first and only Test cricketer to score a century in all 11 countries that have hosted Test Matches He led Pakistan to their victory in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. On 23 April 2017, he became the first Pakistani and 13th ever batsmen to score 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Apart from being an accomplished batsman, Younis is also a skilled slip fielder and a very occasional leg-spin bowler. Younis Khan topped the ICC’s Test Batting Rankings in February 2009 after an acclaimed innings of 313 in his first Test as captain, in the process of helping save the match for Pakistan. Younis Khan is currently sixth on the list of highest run getters for Pakistan in ODI cricket . Younis had to deal with a number of deaths in his family during 2005 and 2006. Younis also mentioned his grief at the death of Bob Woolmer ,In 2005, he was one of the 15 nominees for the ICC Test Player of the Year. In September 2006,  Khan was offered the captaincy on a permanent basis, but he turned it down. Khan resigned as captain on 13 October 2009 due to a parliamentary investigation into match fixing that was alleged to have taken place,He contributed as a mentor for Peshawar Zalmi Team in 2017 PSL. He receive Pride of Performance award from asif ali zardari in 2010 he also sign a contract rom afganistan board. Both of these cricketer also gain enough attention in cricket memes also

Written By Ainna Kukda (Team PS)

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