Pakistan Cricket: Misbah’s Lord’s Salute: A Record-Breaking Captain’s Knock

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July 15, 2016

LONDON – Age is just a number; and if his record-breaking century at Lord's on Thursday was not enough to prove that, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq followed it up with a 'push-up celebration' to say "he isn't finished, just as yet".

File image of Misab-ul-Haq. (Photo Credit: AFP)

July 15, 2016

LONDON – Age is just a number; and if his record-breaking century at Lord's on Thursday was not enough to prove that, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq followed it up with a 'push-up celebration' to say "he isn't finished, just as yet".

File image of Misab-ul-Haq. (Photo Credit: AFP)

In his first ever Test innings on English soil, Misbah, 42 years and 47 days old, slammed a century to become the oldest captain ever to do so in the history of Test cricket.

Misbah, who came in to bat at 77 for 3, partnered Asad Shafiq to defy England before getting his name on the Lord's honours board.

Once he completed his eighth Test hundred – the most by any Pakistan captain, he saluted the Pakistan army and did 10 push-ups, thanking the army training the team went through in the boot camp ahead of the England tour.

And these are the records that tumbled after his 110* on day one of the first Test against England:

  1. Misbah eclipsed the record for oldest captain to score a Test century. He went past Australia's Bob Simpson, who did it aged 41 years and 359 days.
  2. Misbah's unbeaten century made him the sixth oldest Test centurion after Jack Hobbs, Patsy Hendren, Warren Bardsley, Dave Nourse and Frank Woolley.
  3. Misbah is only the third Pakistani after Hanif Mohammad and Javed Miandad to score a century in his first Test innings on English soil.
  4. With Asad Shafiq, Misbah has now shared seven century stands in Tests for the fifth wicket – the most by any pair. The record was earlier in the name of Australia's Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh.
  5. It was Misbah's eighth Test century as captain – the most by any Pakistan captain.

Courtesy: News18

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