It is a good job Ul-Haq, who turns 42 today, was born with such an unflappable temperament.
This trait has made him a steady presence in the middle order for Pakistan and given him the perfect attitude to survive the maelstrom which permanently envelopes his nation’s cricket team.
It was this calm approach which made him the ideal man to take over the positions after 2010’s spot-fixing scandal in England, although his responsibility has been halved recently.
The Punjab-native now just skippers the Test side after stepping away from the one-day international team after a poor 2015 World Cup.
Misbah made his Test debut in 2001, with 4,352 runs plundered from the 61 matches he has played so far.
He also has the honour of being Pakistan’s most successful Test skipper, winning 20 of 42 games.
1938: Jerry West, board member of Golden State who was a star NBA player for Los Angeles Lakers (78).
1972: Michael Boogerd, former professional Dutch cyclist who won two stages at the Tour de France (44).
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