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What is the first memory that comes into one’s mind while discussing Misbah-ul-Haq? Surely, its the inaugural World T20 of 2007 which comes to mind, where Misbah played excellently throughout the tournament and made his name for hitting big sixes. After that tournament, there was a sudden change in Misbah’s playing style as he began playing a bit slow in every form of cricket, which was his natural style of batting but he never stopped hitting big sixes. Soon, he became one the most important cricketers for Pakistan in Tests because of his flawless batting and habit of standing at the crease on crucial situations.

After taking the burden of captaincy for Pakistan in Tests in 2010, Misbah had a huge task to take forward his team. He took captaincy just after the 2010 spot-fixing scandal. Since then, there has been no looking forward for him as he kept rising both as batsman and captain. In between, he continued his love for hitting sixes and without much noise and buzz, Misbah broke Brendon McCullum‘s tally of hitting most sixes in Tests as captain. It took him only 48 Tests to break this record. McCullum’s record was of 59 sixes in 31 Tests as captain, which Misbah broke by hitting two biggies in the ongoing second Test against West Indies at Abu Dhabi.

In terms of boundaries, he has already surpassed Inzamam-ul-Haq‘s tally of most fours as captain in Tests. He has hit 371 fours so far in his career.

 

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In between, during his career, Misbah also has the record for joint second-fastest hundred in Tests in terms of balls and second fastest hundred in terms of minutes. Both came in the same match, same innings and against same opponent. Misbah played that quick fire knock against Australia in third innings of the second Test in 2015.

Since Misbah has cleared that he is not going to retire soon from Tests, one can expect that he may end up becoming first captain to hit 100 sixes in Tests.