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Misbah-ul-haq, Younis Khan quit Test cricket, former India stars salute Pak duo

Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan have been getting well wishes from across the cricketing world post their retirement after the test series vs West Indies cricket team. Aakash Chopra, Sanjay Manjrekar and Mohammad Kaif among other Indian cricketers tweeted their best wishes to the Pakistan cricket team greats

cricket Updated: Jun 03, 2017 17:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Misbah-Younis,Misbah ul Haq,Younis Khan
Misbah-Younis have played, between them, 193 Test matches for Pakistan cricket team, with Misbah-ul-Haq scoring 5,222 runs in 75 Tests while Younis Khan amassing 10,099 Test runs in 118 matches, including 34 hundreds and 33 half-centuries.(AFP)

Pakistan cricket team veterans Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khanbid farewell to international cricket after the country’sfirst Test series triumph in the Caribbean.

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.

Another Indian great, Sanjay Manjrekar, tipped his hat to their off-field persona and also praised their ability with the bat.

Mohammad Kaif tweeted that the series win was a “great farewell gift” to Misbah and Younis.

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.

First Published: May 15, 2017 14:22 IST