Misbah-ul-Haq is a cornered man in Pakistan cricket nowadays. He has been asked to retire after the upcoming Test series against West Indies. But rather than getting bogged down, he has decided to fight fire with fire – or that six sixes in six straight balls.
Misbah, playing for Hong Kong Island United in Hong Kong T20 Blitz, hit six sixes in six balls against Hung Hom Jaguars.
With Misbah’s team on 175/6 in 18.4 overs, the Pakistan decided to take matters in his own hand. He hit compatriot Imran Arif for two sixes n the last two balls of the 19th over.
He again got the strike in the second ball of the 20th over, bowled by Ashley Caddy, and hit him for four straight sixes and a four.
The 42-year-old Misbah’s efforts meant that Hong Kong Island United notched up 216/6, with Pakistan great remaining unbeaten on 82 off just 37 balls, with seven sixes and four fours. The opposition, in return, could only manage 183/8 and lost by 33 runs.
“That was crucial because when we are playing for this team, we don’t know what resources we have or what the batting line-up is like, so we try to bat through all 20 overs and see what we can do to the maximum,” said Misbah.
“That’s what I was trying to do, play normal cricketing shots until the last couple of overs and then with these short boundaries we can take 35-40 runs and try to get 200 plus runs. We capitalised on the last two overs.”
Misbah, who also played in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League, reminded cricket fans of Yuvraj Singh hitting England’s Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over in a World T20 match.
Problems in national team
With Pakistan tasting defeats against West Indies, Australia and New Zealand, there have been calls for Misbah to be replaced, if not retire from international cricket. Misbah’s form with the bat, which also took a dip, has also added to his critics’ list.
“I have spoken to Misbah and discussed his future. I told him he needs to decide his future. He said he will come back to me after reviewing his form and performance in the PSL. He contacted me last week and told me he was available so I have retained him as captain,” Shahryar Khan, Pakistan Cricket Board chief, said.
“But at the same time it is a fact that during the tour, he will turn 43 and I don’t see him continuing to play on after the tour.”