For many who are passionate about Cricket and sports but are confused about choosing between education and Cricket, Misbah stands as an inspiration.
* Like many Asian families, his family too wanted him to concentrate on his studies. So like any typical youngster, he did his BSc and then an MBA.
* He was already 23 and working in textiles but he did not give up on his Cricketing dream and made his First Class debut at 24.
* Finally after 3 years, he got a chance to play for Pakistan at the age of 27.
* However, he was dropped from the team after playing just 5 Tests and 12 ODIs at the age of 30.
* Just imagine the state of mind of a man at 30 with an MBA degree who was neither climbing the corporate ladder nor playing for his country, with a family to take care of and just Rs 17,000 left in his account!
* He still did not give up on his dream and made one more effort to get back and scored 3 centuries in 5 games in First Class Cricket.
* He came back into the team and had the perfect chance to become a hero when he almost won Pakistan the final of the 2007 T-20 World Cup but instead became their villain for getting out in the famous Joginder Sharma over.
* He was again dropped from the Test team in 2008, aged 34.
* By 2010 when Pakistan Cricket was completely broken by the spot fixing scandal and no one was touring Pakistan, he made yet another comeback at the age of 36 and was also made the captain!
* In the first 17 Tests, he lost just one game, made UAE their new home and never lost a series there.
* He scored over 86% of his career runs after the age of 35. He has been Pakistan’s most successful Test captain too winning 25 matches, 10 series and making Pakistan Number 1 for the first time since 1988!
He finally retired in 2017 at the age of 43 after scoring over 5000 runs in both Tests and ODIs.
A salute and a tribute to the man who never gave up!
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