ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Test and One-Day captain Misbah-ul-Haq will be 40 years old on today (Wednesday).
Born on May 28, 1974 in Mianwali Misbah is a solid middle-order batsman best known for his composure with the bat whilst also having the ability to be an aggressive big shot player when required.
Misbah was initially noticed for his technique and his temperament in the Tri-nation tournament in Nairobi, Kenya in 2002, as he scored two fifties in the three innings he played. After Pakistan's elimination in the opening phase of the 2003 Cricket World Cup, Misbah was part of the changes made to the team in the aftermath of these results.
In 2007, Misbah was chosen to play in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 filling the middle order spot vacated by Inzamam-ul-Haq. He played an instrumental role in Pakistan's recovery in the inaugural 2007 ICC World Twenty20 final against arch-rivals India, with three sixes.
Misbah scored his first Test hundred against India at Kolkata in the 2nd Test of the 2007 series. In the 3rd and final Test of the series, Misbah made another fluent century this time finishing on 133 not out. However, he was dropped after 2010 T20 World Cup.
Due to the batting-collapses that Pakistan suffered during England tour 2010, Misbah was recalled for the subsequent tour against South Africa in the UAE to lead as a captain of the team for test series.
So far Misbah has led Pakistan in 21 test matches, winning 10, losing only 4 with 7 draws. In 2012 Misbah led Pakistan to a clean sweep against the world number one ranked team England and also became only 2nd Pakistani captain to win the Asia Cup after Moin Khan.
He has won 6 out of 10 series during his captaincy, winning series against New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, England and South Africa (a feat no Pakistani captain had been able to manage before Misbah), drawing against South Africa and the West Indies, and losing to South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Misbah has represented Pakistan in 46 Test matches and scored 3218 runs at an average of 48.75. Misbah has played 146 ODIs and scored 4527 runs averaging 44.38. He had played 39 International T20s and scored 788 runs at an average of 37.52.