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Pakistan came back from 2-1 down to level the series against England © Getty Images

Coming from 2-1 down to level the series in the decider is heard quite often. But coming back in a manner which removes all the blots of the team is something which cricketing world had rarely seen in the recent past. The fourth Test between England and Pakistan at The Oval contained all the elements of a a complete one-sided domination. England had all the positives in their side and it looked that they would clinch the series with a comprehensive win in the final Test. In between all this, Pakistan were struggling with their on-field debacles as to what went wrong in the 2 Tests after starting the series with a win at Lord’s. Full Cricket Scorecard, England vs Pakistan , 4th Test match

They they lost at Old Trafford and Edgbaston. Pakistan’s approach towards the final Test was noteworthy. Not only because they won the match, but throughout the four days, each and every player knew what was at stake for them. Pakistan cricket was already surrounded with numerous issues related to the leadership and if Pakistan team had the correct combination of what it took to challenge at international level. ALSO READ: Pakistan script historic win against England; level series at The Oval

It was after their last tour of England in 2010, and the spot- fixing scandal that besmirched their last Test appearance at Lord’s, which tainted Pakistan cricket’s name. It was after this tour that Misbah was called in to lead the squad as he had been outstanding in every respect. It is quite natural that you would compare Misbah with Imran Khan, the only other Pakistan captain capable of bringing disparate and willful talents together to form a a combination of something like greatness.

Misbah’s century on his first appearance in a Test in England was a lustrous adornment to a special Lord’s day. Pakistan were not exactly in difficulty when he arrived. As so often, he showed the way. He has always been an immensely sensible batsman but he is so much more than that. The way England’s change bowlers – on the day at least, Steven Finn and Moeen Ali – were dealt with was as clinical as it was elegant. ALSO READ: What Pakistan did right in England that India and Australia did not?

Younis, 38, is the same man who, was once told by a member of the management staff that he wasn’t good enough for Test cricket and that his career was finished. He probably is on his last tour to England seemed getting younger in his innings ball by ball. Younis had been criticised for his form of late, as many thought he had become an ageing, toothless tiger. Maybe that is why when Younis got to his 6th double century he had an expressionless face. His 218 was a innings of pure class and persistence.

Shafiq showed signs of getting a big one in the first two Tests as well but a pair in the last Test did not do him or his team any favours. Nonetheless, it seemed like he wanted to make a mark and he did in a very important Test for his side. He showed class, exuberance, variety of shots at his disposal and ability to understand the situation of the game. He was guided by senior mate Younis, who too had been struggling to deliver and contribute to Pakistan’s cause.

Yasir Shah’s 5-for in the first Test Lords said a lot about him. He had everything that could keep the opposition thinking. His 6 for 72 in the first innings and 4 for 69 in the second made him the first leg-spinner to claim a 10-for at Lord’s in two decades. Among his wickets was a vicious leg-break that pitched a considerable distance outside the left-handed Gary Ballance’s off stump and turned square to hit leg stump, invoking memories of Shane Warne bowling Andrew Strauss in Edgbaston in the 2005 Ashes.

In addition to this Pakistan also had a few other things to cheer about. Mohammad Aamer who played his first Test in England since the match-fixing scandal came hard at the opposition throughout the series. He may have not been much on wicket-taking side but his tight line and length guarantee a very bright future. The guy has made amends of his past mistakes and those can be clearly seen through his actions on-field. Pakistan retain third position in ICC Test rankings after win against England

Wahab Riaz had been struggling with his form too. He was one of those who had it in him to do well, but couldn’t always display his skills to the best if his abilities. He lacked consistency. He has given Pakistan the much needed breakthroughs throughout the series. The only worrying factor about him prevails is his consistency of bowling no- balls and his running onto the pitch in his follow through. He even got banned from bowling in the last Test but it was too late as visitors had already hammered the nailed the coffin.

Sohail Khan was another good performer for Pakistan. He was amongst the fittest and generated lot of pace throughout. He bowling looked unplayable at Birmingham where he got his 5-for but unfortunately for a losing cause. Sohail, Aamer and Riaz have shown the signs of excellent pace attack throughout the series and only one can wonder why Sohail was left out of the ODI squad.

What lies ahead for Pakistan cricket is very uncertain as uncertainty is something, which you can always expect. Pakistan will be touring New Zealand and Australia in forthcoming months, which will be a new challenge for them altogether. But given the fact of how we have seen them evolve as a team certainly makes one optimistic about them having a right future ahead of them (If they still have players like Misbah and Younis on board)

(Rohan A. Sawant is a reporter for CricketCountry. He loves Football, Cricket and is a die-hard Arsenal fan. He is an avid writer and has some knowledge about cricket and so he is trying his best to pour with his Laptop as he find writing with pen and paper very clumsy. You can follow him on Twitter @iswandering)