Farewell legends, we will MisYou

Published: May 14, 2017
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PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan batting legends Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan walked off the pitch for the last time on Saturday in the third Test against West Indies at Roseau as they were welcomed and sent off with great admiration for their services.

Misbah (2) and Younus (35) were both given a guard of honour by Pakistani players when they were dismissed for the last time in Test cricket.

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During their engrossing careers, both players made and broke innumerable records; serving the country at a time when cricket in Pakistan suffered one set back after the other.

Misbah scored 5,222 Test runs in 74 matches, while amassing 5,122 runs in 162 ODIs for Pakistan, averaging 43.40. His T20I average of 37.52 in 39 matches also speaks volumes about his ability to clear the boundary reliably.

Younus, meanwhile, is Pakistan’s most prolific Test batsman by a margin. He is the only Pakistani to score 10,099 runs and a record 34 centuries for the country along the way. His ODI record, 7,249 runs in 265 matches, is also very impressive but perhaps his greatest moment came in the shortest format when he led Pakistan to the World T20 championship in 2009.

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As the two veterans walked out on to the field for the last time on Sunday against West Indies, social media went abuzz with messages and felicitations for the Pakistani greats.

Selector Tauseef Ahmed

Misbah, Younus took a stand for Pakistan in difficult times. Players who help the team in those times are considered the best, and they did that for the country

Left-handed batsman Fawad Alam‏

Thank you Misbah and Younus bhai for all your achievements and great careers. #MisYou

Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman

Younus bhai and Misbah bhai you’ll always be missed. They are not only legends but role models for many and inspirations to many cricketers! #Legends

Former Pakistan coach Waqar Younis

Congrats Misbah [and] Younus on retirement and their excellent achievements. Thanks for the entertainment. #WIvPak

Wicketkeeper-batsman Adnan Akmal

Misbah bhai and Younus bhai, I’ll miss u

Right-arm pacer Ehsan Adil

Congrats to Misbah bhai and Younus bhai for excellent career. We will miss you both. #MisYou

Right-arm pacer Bilawal Bhatti

Thank you Misbah bhai nd Younus bhai #MisYou

Misbah heaps praise on ‘principled’ Younus

Right-arm pacer Sohail Khan

Thank you Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan! You served Pakistan selflessly! #Legends #Respect #MisYou

Left-handed batsman Khurram Manzoor

Congratulations to Misbah bhai and Younus bhai. [They] finished their career like true legends. We are proud of you

Former leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed

Two warriors, two friends and two men who stood for Pakistan through thick and thin. #Respect #MisYou

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan

Younus bhai and Misbah — an era of determination and hardwork. Great leaders and even greater human beings. #MisYou #Respect

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal

Congratulations captain Misbah and Younus Khan, you have inspired a whole generation. Great ambassadors of the game; you will be missed.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan

Huge respect … Younus Khan and Misbahul Haq … Great players and more importantly great people … #Pakistan

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Fiz
    May 14, 2017 - 5:17PM

    The best of the present lot walked out of the ground for the last time on Saturday. My great respect for them. They have carved their name in history forever and earned huge respect in the era of paucity of values in the world. I respect Sarfraz Ahmad too. He’s my next hero now.Recommend

  • Zaheer
    May 14, 2017 - 5:35PM

    Uundoubtedly Misbah and Younis were the pillars of Pakistan cricket and achieved many milestones which many people dreams, the words are short to praised their services to Pakistan cricket. One day everyone has to retired from their field but their at their peak is a good decision and will definitely set a new trend in our cricket. The duo made a history of Pakistan cricket and their retirement at their peak will set a new trend, the duo made a history of Pakistan cricket with their abilities, professionalism and behaviour off and on the field.
    Thank you Misbah. Thank you Younis for your services. God Bless You.Recommend

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