Pakistan cricketers eager to work alongside Misbah ul Haq
Various cricketers of Team Pakistan praised former captain Misbah ul Haq after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced his appointment as the new head coach and head of national team selection on Wednesday.
In a video released by the PCB, several players revealed their admiration for the former captain.
Pakistan’s captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed, revealed Misbah’s best quality, which was his extensive reading of the game.
Sarfaraz Ahmed willing to work alongside Misbah ul Haq
I’ve played cricket with him in the last three years. He was a great captain. Its best attribute is your reading of the game, especially in Cricket Test. We won many games with him between 2014 and 2017. Pakistan became the number one team in that period. We won many sports that we were about to lose.
-Yasir Shah also praises Misbah ul Haq-
Leg spinner Yasir Shah recalled his experience with the former captain during a match against the West Indies.
We were playing against the West Indies, and I was with Misbah Bhai. I gave him his tea, and he told me to bring him a doorknob instead.
Fast bowler Usman Shinwari revealed that the former captain led by example, forcing all players to try harder. When we were low, Misbah bhai used to take the initiative. Then we’d be ashamed and push harder. He gave us that push. If a commander over 40 can run, then we as young men should also be able to do so.
Opening Batsmen Fakhar Zaman said the former captain’s recent retirement would help him understand the demands of modern cricket better than anyone.
“Misbah Bhai is a reticent individual. He advises us a lot. The most important thing is that he recently retired. He has experience and idea of modern cricket.
-Wahab Riaz eager to work with Misbah ul Haq-
Fast bowler Wahab Riaz recognized Misbah’s guidance for his performance at the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.
“Misbah bhai used to be with me halfway and halfway. I used to read batsmen a lot better than I did. So I used to ask Misbah bhai what to do next, and he used to tell me to throw a slow gorilla at this batsman or a Dutch bowling alley now. His cricket mind was excellent. He had a significant hand in my success at the 2015 World Cup.
Opening Batsmen Shan Masood stated that sharing a dressing room with a player like Misbah was a childhood dream come true.
Just sharing a locker room with him as a player was a big deal. When players like Misbah and Younis Khan are with you as a hitter, it’s like a childhood dream where you play with your idols.
-Asad Shafiq on Misbah ul Haq-
Middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq revealed that he learned to handle crisis situations through the calming nature of the former captain.
When your team is in big trouble, a regular guy will panic. But I learned this from Misbah, from how to stay calm in stressful situations.
-Mohammad Amir praise Misbah ul Haq-
Fast Bowler Mohammad Amir claimed the best quality of the former captain was his quiet personality.
I’ve always believed that a quiet personality can handle things more effectively. And I think this is Misbah Bhai’s unique quality. If you see him, he’s a very quiet personality. In our profession, the more you stay calm in pressure situations, the better you can handle a situation.