Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is having a hell of a time at the moment. At an age when most cricketers enjoy their second innings, Misbah is having a ball by playing the best cricket of his life. The 42-year-old captain has been the reason behind Pakistan s recent successes in Test cricket. It was under him that Pakistan attained the No. 1 Test ranking, under him that Pakistan levelled the series against the mighty English side in their own backyard, under him that Pakistan started looking like a force to reckon with; something which was missing in the earlier teams.

When he took over the reins of Pakistan team in 2010, the mercurial side was at its lowest ebb after the spot-fixing scandal which had just surfaced. Not only did Misbah bail the team out of that mess, but also guided it in the right direction. He kept performing and landmarks became a part of the journey. In the time that followed, Pakistan became a formidable side in the five-day cricket, especially at their adopted home United Arab Emirates (UAE), which they converted into a fortress. While touring abroad also the side showed the fighting spirit which the earlier teams lacked.

Misbah became a guiding force to the youngsters he had drafted into the side. He, along with the likes of Younis Khan and Mohammad Hafeez, worked towards building a side which could take on any opposition on any given day. In this process, he did reach to a few milestones. Earlier this year, at the age of 42, he got a hundred at Lord s in his very first appearance at the Mecca of cricket as well as in the country. He led his side to the No. 1 Test ranking for a brief period, before Virat Kohli s Team India dethroned his side from the position. He even broke former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum s record of most sixes as captain in Tests in the recently concluded Test against West Indies.

But most important of them all, Misbah surpassed former Indian Test captains MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly s record of most Test series wins by an Asian captain. Ganguly and Dhoni were joint first with 9 series wins, but with Pakistan winning the ongoing Test series against West Indies 2-0 with a Test to go, Misbah achieved his 10th series win as captain, the most by an Asian skipper now. Former Pakistan skipper and an all-time great Javed Miandad too was in the list on No. 2 with 8 wins, tied with former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga. But both have been displaced from that position and pushed further down. Take a look at the infographic.


(A self-confessed cricket freak, Chinmay Jawalekar is a senior writer with CricketCountry. When not writing or following cricket, he loves to read, eat and sleep. He can be followed here @CricfreakTweets)