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.
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.
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
Right-arm pacer Sohail Khan
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
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan
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