The former Pakistan skipper will now hope to achieve similar success in the upcoming T20I series which gets underway on Saturday.
Misbah has already sprung a few surprises in the 16-man Pakistan T20 squad announced on Wednesday with as many as three players making their international comebacks.
As the hosts prepare to do battle in the three-match series at Lahore, we look at five players who will be keen to prove a point to Misbah.
Controversy’s favourite child Umar Akmal is back after being called up to the T20 squad for the first time since September 2016.
Despite his undeniable prodigious talent with the bat, the 29-year-old’s run-ins with previous head coach Mickey Arthur and inconsistent form saw him drop out of favour with the Men in Green.
He was given a recall to the ODI squad earlier this year in the five-match series against Australia but failed to make the most of his chance and ultimately missed the cut for the 2019 World Cup squad.
Having impressed in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) for Quetta Gladiators, the younger Akmal sibling will now hope to bring that same solid form into the T20 clashes against Sri Lanka.
Misbah has made it clear that he is willing to give forgotten players a second chance and Akmal will need to seize his opportunity if he wants to be a consistent present in the Pakistan set-up.
Having lost his place in the Pakistan squad after failing a doping test last year, Shehzad is one of the three players who has been given a new lease of life by Misbah for the upcoming series.
Like Umar, Shehzad too, has divided opinions over the course of his international career with his inconsistent displays. While his T20I average of 26.43 might be nothing to write home about, Shehzad has still managed to register the two highest individual scores in the format by any Pakistan batsman.
He remains the sole T20I centurion for Pakistan and gave brief glimpses of his ability in the PSL earlier this year. With Imam-ul-Haq (injury) and Abid Ali missing out for the upcoming seriers, the 27-year-old could really make the opening spot his own if he can register some big scores in the three clashes.
The explosive middle-order batsman was meant to be Pakistan’s trump card in the 2019 World Cup but he failed to make his mark and was dropped from the playing XI after two poor displays.
Having battled through personal tragedy in the summer, the T20 series is a chance for the Islamabad United batsman to reaffirm his limited-overs credentials for Pakistan.
He possesses the ability to clear the rope at will as his displays in the PSL have shown over the years, but his failure to bring the same consistency to the international stage has set him back time and again.
Asif was one the key protagonists in Pakistan’s rise to the top of the T20I rankings and he will now need to do it all again if he wants to remain in Misbah’s good books.
Asif’s Islamabad United team-mate Faheem Ashraf is another one to be given a second chance by Misbah and the all-rounder will be determined to prove a point after his 2019 World Cup snub.
Along with his ability to bowl some tidy seamers, Faheem is also a handy lower-order batsman who can pile on some quick runs in the death overs.
The 25-year-old has serious competition for the all-rounder’s spot with Imad Wasim and Iftikhar Ahmed also vying for the same place. However, he can put himself in the driving seat if he can considerably improve on his measly T20I batting average of 11.36.
The 19-year-old turned heads with his express pace in the 2019 PSL and a Pakistan debut followed soon after in the ODI series against Australia. The teenager was able to book his spot in Pakistan’s 2019 World Cup squad subsequently but chances have since dried up for him.
The Hyderabad man has been carrying the towel in Pakistan’s last 10 ODI encounters and failed to get a single game in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka.
With skipper Sarfraz Ahmed promising to give every player a chance in the upcoming T20 series, Hasnain could finally get another opportunity to impress.
While he is definitely one for the future, Hasnain only needs to look at fellow youngster Shaheen Afridi’s meteoric rise for immediate inspiration.
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The first players have been selected for the inaugural edition of The Hundred, an eight-team competition spread across five weeks that is set to launch next summer.
England’s Test stars were picked in the first stage of the draft process on Thursday, with ‘icon’ players from each side’s catchment area also chosen, while the team names were finally confirmed.
Ben Stokes was chosen ahead of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow by the Leeds-based Northern Superchargers, meaning the Yorkshire pair will not compete for their ‘home’ side in The Hundred.
The England and Wales Cricket Board’s brainchild has led to some controversy since it was announced as a new format, consisting of 100 balls per side with traditional six-ball overs banished.
Here, the PA news agency takes a look at each city-based franchise.
Name: Northern Superchargers
Representing: Yorkshire and Durham
Coach: Darren Lehmann
England Test Player: Ben Stokes
Local Icons: Adil Rashid & David Willey
Northern Superchargers had an embarrassment of riches to choose from for their England Test player pick, but opted for Stokes, with Root and Bairstow set to play away from their home ground Headingley.
Name: Manchester Originals
Venue: Old Trafford
Coach: Simon Katich
England Test Player: Jos Buttler
Local Icons: Saqib Mahmood & Matt Parkinson
With James Anderson acting as a ‘mentor’ in the competition rather than a player, Manchester Originals had a simple pick to take Jos Buttler. Their icon player choice was trickier, with Matt Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood getting the nod over Liam Livingstone.
Jos Buttler, Saqib Mahmood, Matt Parkinson, Kate Cross and Sophie Ecclestone have been selected for the Manchester Originals in The Hundred— Lancashire Cricket (@lancscricket) October 3, 2019
Name: Trent Rockets
Venue: Trent Bridge
Representing: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire
Coach: Stephen Fleming
England Test Player: Joe Root
Local Icons: Alex Hales & Harry Gurney
Root was scooped up by the Trent Rockets, who are also able to boast one of the world’s most destructive T20 batsmen in Nottinghamshire’s Alex Hales as one of their local icons.
Name: Birmingham Phoenix
Representing: Warwickshire and Worcestershire
Coach: Andrew McDonald
England Test Player: Chris Woakes
Local Icons: Moeen Ali & Pat Brown
Chris Woakes was the only England Test player available to the Birmingham Phoenix with Moeen Ali having lost his red-ball contract, but the Worcestershire all-rounder was a simple choice as local icon alongside his county team-mate Pat Brown – who has been rewarded for superb Vitality Blast form.
Name: Welsh Fire
Venue: Sophia Gardens
Representing: Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Somerset
Coach: Gary Kirsten
England Test Player: Jonny Bairstow
Local Icons: Tom Banton & Colin Ingram
Bairstow will spearhead the Welsh Fire, who also pick Somerset’s Tom Banton. The wicketkeeper-batsman has burst onto the scene with scintillating white-ball form this season and is rewarded with a pick in The Hundred. Gary Kirsten is currently the coach, although he has been linked strongly to the vacant position as England head coach.
Name: London Spirit
Representing: Middlesex, Essex and Northamptonshire
Coach: Shane Warne
England Test Player: Rory Burns
Local Icons: Eoin Morgan & Dan Lawrence
England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan does not have a Test contract but is the eye-catching name in the London Spirit squad. They also choose Essex batsman Dan Lawrence as a local icon, with Rory Burns their Test player.
England's Cricket World Cup winning captains, Eoin Morgan & Heather Knight, will feature for London Spirit during #TheHundred.— Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) October 3, 2019
Rory Burns, Dan Lawrence & Freya Davies have also been selected to join the side for the tournament. pic.twitter.com/ts9txEUWdy
Name: Oval Invincibles
Venue: The Oval
Representing: Surrey and Kent
Coach: Tom Moody
England Test Player: Sam Curran
Local Icons: Jason Roy & Tom Curran
The Curran brothers are, unsurprisingly, paired together alongside Jason Roy – who was not handed a red-ball contract after a disappointing start to his Test career.
Name: Southern Brave
Venue: Ageas Bowl
Representing: Hampshire and Sussex
Coach: Mahela Jayawardene
England Test Player: Jofra Archer
Local Icons: James Vince & Chris Jordan
Jofra Archer’s stunning arrival on the international scene made him a certainty for the Southern Brave, where he lines up alongside Sussex team-mate and friend Chris Jordan as well as Hampshire’s James Vince.
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Virat Kohli’s men rode on the superb display from the 29-year-old batsman to post a mammoth total of 502-7 before declaring their first innings.
In response, South Africa were left reeling at 39-3 by India’s spinners before stumps were drawn at Visakhapatnam.
After what was yet another fruitful day for India, we look at the key takeaways.
Agarwal cashes in on good pitch
India started the day at 202-0 with Rohit Sharma looking to kick-on from his excellent ton on opening debut. However, it was his partner Agarwal who took the spotlight on the second day with the Karnataka batsman registering his maiden Test ton before going on to double his tally in the afternoon session.
The two openers forged India’s first 300-plus partnership since Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane racked up a 365-run stand for the fourth wicket against New Zealand in October, 2016.
While Rohit’s 176-run knock was ended by Keshav Maharaj, Agarwal continued to march on in imperious fashion before raising his bat for the second time in the day.
It was just reward for the 28-year-old’s perseverance after he had previously failed to convert good starts in the 2018 tour of Australia.
With young Prithvi Shaw currently suspended for a doping violation, Agarwal might have just made the opening spot his own for the near future along with Rohit.
Maharaj’s long toil bears some fruit
With India’s openers making merry at Vizag, South Africa’s bowlers were put through the grind for the better part of four sessions. While the position the visitors currently find themselves in is unenviable, the tireless display of Keshav Maharaj deserves a special mention.
The left-armed orthodox spinner bowled as many as 55 overs over the course of the two days with South Africa’s two other spinners bowling just the 34 overs between them.
While there isn’t much for the visitors to shout home about after two poor days, Maharaj can hold his head high after picking up the three prized scalps of Rohit, Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari.
It was Maharaj’s toil that saw the hosts suffer a mini-collapse in the middle-order and go from a position of absolute strength at 317-0 to 457-6.
The 29-year-old might not possess the variations that the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin have but he showed that there is still a place for old-school orthodox spinners who rely just on one stock delivery.
India spinners rattle South Africa
The threat of more rain ahead forced Kohli to declare much earlier than he would have liked but it also ensured that South Africa had to survive 20 uncomfortable overs before the close of play.
It was a task at which the Proteas failed miserably with India’s formidable spin attack wasting no time in making their presence known. Just four overs of pace with the new-ball was enough for Kohli to unleash his spinners into the bowling attack and mayhem ensued immediately.
Ravchandran Ashwin was the first to strike with the veteran sending Aiden Markram’s stumps flying with a ripper of an off-spinner. The 33-year-old had his second scalp moments later after some superb wicketkeeping from Wriddimah Saha saw Theunis de Bruyn stumped by the barest of margins.
It went from bad to worse for South Africa before the end of play with Ravindra Jadeja getting in on the action at Vizag. The left-armed spinner’s arm-delivery gave nightwatchman Dane Piedt no chance with the visitors collapsing to 34-3.
With three days still to go in the Test and the amount of turn already available, the Proteas face a tough time ahead if they are to walk away from the game with anything other than a defeat.
For Ashwin, it was the perfect riposte after the off-spinner had fallen out of favour in recent overseas tours and he is now just six wickets away from becoming the joint fastest player in history to claim 350 Test dismissals.