Infographic: Misbah-ul-Haq and 5 other oldest cricketers to score Test centuries

Playing a Test in England is a dream for any cricketer but Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has a reputation of scripting fairy tales. It is indeed a surprising fact when you note that at the age of 42, Misbah played his first Test in England, but surely, what followed is not surprising for ones who have followed his career. Misbah scored a gritty hundred in his first ever appearance in England and once again proved the quote, ‘age is just a number’ true.

While he is surely making up for those lost years of Test cricket, I am forced to use the ‘surprise’ word again as that is what it does to you when the fact hits you that there are many who are still calling for his ‘retirement’. ALSO READ: Video: With Lord’s hundred and 10 push-ups, Misbah-ul-Haq keeps his promise to Pakistan army

The Pakistan captain is indeed the fittest player in the side. No, not because of the longevity of his unbeaten 110 on Day 1 of the Lord’s but yes, for the longevity of the innings and the ten press-ups that followed post his century. That was a promise he made to his nation’s army. Misbah knows a lot about winning matches but does know a thing or two about winning hearts as well.

Misbah’s 110 not out helped Pakistan reach 282 for 6 at the end of Day One, a considerably good position against the strong English side. Selectors, who had earlier taken the wise decision to keep him out of previous England tour have got their answers. England’s Patsy Hendren scored a ton against Australia, aged 45 at Old Trafford in 1934 and since then (yes in 82 years) Misbah is the oldest to score a Test ton. READ MORE: Misbah-ul-Haq redefines fairytale at Lord’s

The great Jack Hobbs scored 2,440 runs after he turned 40, smashing 8 hundreds. Misbah already has 5 hundreds to his name post 40 and with his fitness and stamina, there is no reason, why he cannot go and surpass the English cricket giant. Keep going, Misbah.

Meanwhile, take a look at eight oldest Test centurions:

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(Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India’s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sports marketer, strategist, entrepreneur, philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it’s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully and rivu7)