"We are lucky to have Misbah-ul-Haq (left) and Younis Khan (right) in our dressing room. We probably will not realise the significance of this thing but in the next four or five years," said Shan Masood © Getty Images (File Photo)
“We are lucky to have Misbah-ul-Haq (left) and Younis Khan (right) in our dressing room. We probably will not realise the significance of this thing but in the next four or five years,” said Shan Masood © Getty Images (File Photo)

With Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and veteran batsmen Younis Khan playing their final Test, as they look set to retire from the game following the conclusion of the third and final Test against hosts West Indies, at the Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica. Misbah, who off late, has been having a tough time as the skipper of the Pakistan’s longer format side, will give it all in this Test as he looks to go out on a positive note, with his head held high, as he looks to claim the series, with the series already tied on 1-1. As for Younis, he too would love to finish in a similar manner. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 3rd Test at Dominica

Meanwhile, Shan Masood, who is currently playing in West Indies, had a few words to say about the two outgoing veterans in the side. “We are lucky to have Misbah and Younis in our dressing room. We probably will not realise the significance of this thing but in the next four or five years, when we look back, we will feel the importance of sharing the dressing room with them. Both of them have played a big role not only on the field but off the field as well. They have helped even with the small things like managing your kit bag, managing your work ethics and how to be organised overall in training. In my career so far, I have never seen such organised players,” he said, as reported by ESPNCricinfo. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 3rd Test at Dominica, Day 2

“The [Palekelle innings with Younis Khan] is something that will remain with me for rest of my life. I would describe it as my childhood dream. It was just the other day that I was watching highlights of it and it still gives me goosebumps. When I reflect back on that particular innings, for me it’s hard to describe because there was not much going through my mind in terms of emotions. I was just going along with the flow but if I look back it right now, everything that I wanted was coming off. How Pakistan was able to create history, how massive that chase was… It makes me happy that I was able to contribute alongside Younis,” he added. Watch: Misbah welcomed to the crease with guard of honour during PAK vs WI 3rd Test, Day 2

Speaking on what he has learnt under the leadership of Misbha, he said, “The best piece of advice Misbah gave me was prior to the Pallekele Test. I was dejected for two reasons. One, we had lost the earlier Test and two, I thought that this would be another tour where I go back without playing a game. But Misbah asked me my age. When I told him I was 25, he said at the same age he hadn’t played any first-class cricket as he was completing his degree.”

“The point he was trying to make was that I needed to trust myself, be patient and keep working as hard as possible and things would eventually fall into place. It’s not a short-term thing, it’s a long-term goal and you need to keep believing and keep going back to it again and again. The way he has done this is similar, he talked about a lot of obstacles in his life and he has been very patient about it and now he is reaping the rewards,” he added.

“As for Younis, whatever he says is short and to the point. Overall, it’s like he has given me a dictionary on how to conduct yourself as a cricketer. So he is a big influence on my short international career, my domestic cricket and, hopefully, when he fades away I can stick to those things he taught me and my performances can reflect all those things,”he concluded.