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Misbah-ul-Haq thanks wife, Younis Khan in farewell speech

Retiring Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq thanked his family and coaches for their continued support throughout his career and reserved special words for middle order batting partner Younis Khan, who also retired from the game

cricket Updated: May 15, 2017 23:42 IST
HT Correspondent
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Retiring Pakistan cricket team members captain Misbah-ul-Haq (L) and Younis Khan (R) are carried by teammates as they celebrate after winning the final test match and the series 2-1 against the West Indies at the Windsor Park Stadium in Roseau, Dominica on Sunday.(AFP)

Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq called an end to his glittering cricket career following the three-Test series tour of West Indies.

Pakistan won the series 2-1 after a 101-run victory in the third and final Test at Windsor Park in Dominica.

Tributes flowed in to the 42-year-old Pakistan great, as well as his 39-year-old teammate Younis Khan, who also hung up his gloves with the conclusion of the series.

The outgoing captain took to the microphone at the close of play to give a farewell speech, which he began on a spiritual note with thanks to the Almighty.

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“I would like to thank Almightly Allah, whatever I had, whatever success I got throughout my career, to end like that, I couldn’t ask for anything better.

Misbah had amassed 5,222 runs in 75 Tests, including 10 tons and 39 half-centuries, before retiring.

He also scored 5,122 ODI runs, including 42 fifties.

He went on to thank his family for their support, particularly his wife who asked him to play the series in West Indies before retiring, as did his national teammates.

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“Then I would like to thank my family: my mother, my sisters, and especially to my wife Uzma who supported me and was always there. This series was only for her because I could have finished in Australia. She just convinced me and the fans that I have to come.”

“And this team, too, most of these players said, ‘You don’t have to end like that. You have to go winning and performing well.’,” he said

He also thanked the backroom staff of coaches and trainers who helped him at different stages of his career and the fans that supported him.

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“Throughout my career, all the coaching staff, managers, trainers, doctors, and especially the colleagues, teammates, class fellows, teachers, who really supported me throughout my career, throughout my life and would be praying for me. Thanks a lot.

“And fans all throughout the world. Not just Pakistan. Even in West Indies, all the guys they’ve been coming to me, wishing me all the best for the rest of life. But it’s life, everything except the Almighty Allah has to end, whether it’s bad or good,” he added.

A special ‘Thank You’ to Younis

Younis Khan ended his international career as the first Pakistan batsman to score 10,000 Test runs. His 10,099 Test runs in 118 matches were peppered with 34 centuries and 33 half-centuries.

He had scored his 10,000th Test run in the first Test at Kingston.

Younis also bows out having amassed 7,249 ODI runs.

Misbah praised his batting partner Younis in his speech.

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“I’m happy with what I’ve had in this career. What a finish, I couldn’t have asked more than that. Really happy for this team, all the guys here, the way they gave me and Younis send-offs. And special thanks to Younis, very best of luck in his future life.”

“It was a very fine journey with him in the middle, sharing a lot of partnerships, and I loved every moment of that. In the history books, my name will come with him and he’s a legend. He’s a top performer for Pakistan: 34 centuries, 10,000 runs, broke a lot of records. I had 15 hundred-partnerships with him and that’s something special to me that my name will come with his and be remembered in history,” Misbah reminisced.

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The 2-1 series win in West Indies was Pakistan’s first Test series win in the Caribbean.

Many former cricketers from India and Pakistan took to Twitter to wish the retiring duo and said the series win was the perfect farewell.

“It was the first ever [series] win for a Pakistan team in the West Indies, so everybody was so motivated and they were working hard for me and Younis. A lot of frustrations, no-ball wickets, a couple of chances here and there, but I think you enjoy wins like that much more than straightforward wins,” Misbah recalled of the recently concluded series.

“I might have just forgotten names, but whoever worked with me, whoever played with me, I enjoyed that and I think they have made a contribution in my life and career. Thank you all, thank you very much,” he concluded.

First Published: May 15, 2017 16:54 IST