Outgoing Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq brought up his 5,000th Test run at Sabina Park on Monday.
Misbah, who steps down as captain at the end of the three-Test series, went past the landmark shortly after lunch on day four having headed into lunch on 4,998 to keep fans waiting for the celebration to begin.
It was alarmingly similar to fellow retiring Pakistan great Younis Khan who on Sunday became his country’s first batsman to 10,000 Test runs shortly after tea after going into the break on 9,999 runs.
The pair, who have served Pakistan cricket so well, will be sorely missed when they call it a day at the close of the third Test – beginning May 10 at Windsor Park, Dominica.
Serving as case in point are the sheer number of runs the pair have made over the course of their long careers, more than 15,000 Test runs shortly exiting their middle-order.
Misbah’s 5,000 runs came in his 73rd Test and shortly after he reached 37th Test half-century in pursuit of an 11th hundred.