Misbah-ul-Haq has announced his retirement from Test cricket. The Pakistani legend has been a vintage player for them, he has seen the team through in difficult times and he will always and always been remembered by India as the player who gifted the the 2007 T20 WC glory. Oh what a match it was, a photo finish as they would have said in a 100 metres dash.

Misbah was a late entrant to the game after getting heaps of runs in the domestic circuit, he finally got a national call in the year 2001 but was then axed and had to wait till 2011 to get a call up after the match fixing saga hit Pakistan cricket. But, it was his calmness that saw Pakistan cricket through the bad times. Misbah has featured in 72 Tests amassing 4951 runs at a decent average of 45.86. He also had 10 tons under his belt.

A treat for all the Indian fans.

He has been pretty iconic in a few senses like that 2007 faux pas he comitted was so out of the blue when he could have won the match with one good cricketing shot, also getting run out of the last ball in the group stage against India, which India won via bowl-out have become cult scenes. Relive this moment which is bound to remain etched in his memory.

He often faced flak for playing unnecessary shots at crucial junctures but he will still remain Pakistan’s most respected cricketer, maybe after Imran Khan. That was his aura.