Imran Khan pays tribute to Misbah and Younis for 'retiring with grace'

Lynette Rowe
May 20, 2017

A valiant, unbeaten century by Roston Chase nearly staved off defeat for West Indies, who were all out for 202 in their second innings with only one over remaining at Windsor Park in Roseau.

"I didn't really do that well in Dubai, so after that series I came home and worked on some of the things that I thought brought my shortfall in Dubai", Chase said. The bowlers bowled their heart out on a slow track. "Everyone was so motivated". In modern sport, the edifice has to be built on with diligence, a strong vision and integrity - qualities Younis and Misbah had in abundance and that let them to excel and emerge as role models. "You have to go winning and performing well'". I tried my level best with this team. Really happy for this team. I'll go and look at some footage of the English guys and see what weaknesses they have, what I'll be looking to exploit and see if that can work. I wish [Younis] all the best. It was a very fine journey with him in the middle, sharing a lot of partnerships, and I loved every moment of that.

Misbah, the former Pakistani captain, represented his country 75 times, scoring 5222 runs.

Pakistan's Yasir Shah took five wickets in the second innings of the last test match and was declared man of the series.

In the end he completed his third Test century but was left helpless at the non-striker's end when Gabriel, who had defended resolutely for 21 balls, inexplicably attempted a wild drive off Shah and dragged the ball back onto his stumps.

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The 2-1 series win in West Indies was Pakistan's first Test series win in the Caribbean. That effort put him into the record books for the most catches ever by a Pakistani fielder in a Test series. The captain also inspired Pakistan to the top of the ICC Test team rankings for the first time in history even though their dream was short lived, after India took their first place soon after. His 10,099 Test runs in 118 matches were peppered with 34 centuries and 33 half-centuries. Pakistan's situation mirrors the dilemma South Asian rivals Sri Lanka faced when batting mainstays Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene ended their global careers two years ago.

"With one over left, both of teams were under pressure". That ill-advised shot gave Yasir an incredible 25th wicket and his third five-wicket haul of the three-Test series. "However, they have been great servants to the country".

It shall be hard for Pakistan cricket to fill in the shoes of the two legends but the current crop in Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babbar Azam, Shan Masood and Ahmed Shehzad can draw inspiration and endeavour to emulate the glittering careers of their predecessors.

Misbah is of the view that Pakistan will miss the services of Younis.

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