Pakistan clinched the series 2-1 with a 101-run win against West Indies in the third and final Test in Dominica on Sunday.
Many termed Pakistan’s first Test series win touring West Indies as the perfect end to the careers of 42-year-old captain Misbah-ul-Haq and the 39-year-old Younis Khan.
Misbah-ul-Haq had amassed 5,222 runs in 75 Tests, including 10 tons and 39 half-centuries. He also scored 5,122 runs in 162 one-day internationals with 42 fifties.
Younis Khan managed 10,099 Test runs in 118 matches, including 34 hundreds and 33 half-centuries. His 10,000th run in the longest format of the game came in the first Test at Kingston as he became the first Pakistani cricketer to reach the landmark. He is also remembered for his 313 against Sri Lanka in 2009. In ODI matches, he tallied 7,249 runs.
While the International Cricket Council (ICC) toasted to their achievements through the words of chief executive David Richardson, Indian cricket dignitaries also came out in praise of the outgoing players.
Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra termed the retirement of the two stalwarts as the end of an era.
End of an era in Pakistan cricket...Misbah and Younis leaving a void that can't be filled for a long time. Warm wishes for the 2nd innings!!— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 13, 2017
Another Indian great, Sanjay Manjrekar, tipped his hat to their off-field persona and also praised their ability with the bat.
Two very likeable people & highly accomplished batsmen. Thank you Misbah & Younis for all the memories. #MisYou— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 15, 2017
Mohammad Kaif tweeted that the series win was a “great farewell gift” to Misbah and Younis.
Was solid grit from the West Indies. Test Cricket at its best. Brilliant effort from Chase but Misbah, Younis get a great farewell gift.— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) May 15, 2017
Indian cricket’s noted television presenter and commentator Harsha Bhogle had bid a fond farewell after their innings in the final Test, before the series was clinched, to say that the two batsmen could look back at their careers with pride.
Well played @captainmisbahpk and Younis Khan. You can look back at your career with pride. Can still win last test.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 13, 2017