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2015 2:13 pm The 72-year-old actor took to micro-blogging website Twitter,Sriram Veera profiles Pakistan’s odd couple Misbah:Calming influence Sometime in May Dawn a national newspaper in Pakistan carried a dozen pictures from a fitness training camp from a military academy The photo feature received more than 100 comments – anger ridicule applause popped out of the page as the images were of Pakistan cricketers sweating it out in a camp conducted by army ahead of the cricket season It had some players hanging by ropes their lower bodies propped up by a physical instructor In one frame the players are seen running up a grass bank – a mini hill In another Misbah-ul-Haq is almost parallel to the ground his palms pressed against the ground head down almost staring at his own shadow – around him the other players too are doing the famous push-up that would later provide the Instagram moment from this Pakistani summer They were beaming – push-ups broad smiles and the sajda Who told Pakistan that they could end up no 1 Where did the self belief kick in from It’s to that man lifting himself from the shadows that we perhaps have to go to for this incredible swing in fortunes This is Misbah’s Pakistan The calmest and the shrewdest Test captain going around has somehow managed to do what no other Pakistan captain has done before him: he has almost deliberately anaesthetised a bunch of excitable young things known to lose their heads Before Misbah both the soul-stirring triumphs and mind-numbing losses could be sourced to that overt passion Pakistan cricket has lived in extremes: oscillating between losing their heads to finding some unknown reserve of charged-up passion Imran Khan knew how to trigger that hidden passion but his methods were imperialistic Javed Miandad occasionally did it too and his methods were earthy – read mad Wasim Akram too managed in phases when he had his head and heart occasionally beat in tandem Inzamam-ul-Haq had his good days as a captain but as an almost comatose leader he had to search outside himself – often stir up religious passions- to get his team cracking together Abdul Kardar was autocratic Younis Khan raised hopes but his temperament didn’t support stability that was required at the top Some others were even more unsuitable – Afridi even tried biting a ball his presence was amusing not inspirational It came down to Misbah to go where others didn’t even think of treading: a Pakistan captain with a quiet aura so quiet that initially it seemed felt weightless Such was the stereotype that some of us on the outside too had bought the whole shebang of what a Pakistani captain ought to be – chest-thumping regal proud passionate – anything but order and method It’s as if Pakistan needed a captain with outsized ego and aura that screamed out We were wrong Misbah has gone the road less traveled A quite integrity dignified low-profile impassive in the times of trouble incredibly patient an eerie calmness that has almost exorcised the trembling passion of his team-mates and helped them focus on the job on hand It’s not always apparent but the micro managing that Misbah does on the field is astonishing At times he would apparently draft ball-by-ball plans for an entire spell Sometimes even with experienced bowlers like Saeed Ajmal No other Pakistan captain as the cricket writer Osman Samiuddin has pointed out has depended on spin as much as Misbah Nearly 60% of his overs are from spinners so is the number of wickets he gets from them Misbah is a captain who frets about runs He doesn’t like to buy wickets He prefers strangulation Dry up discipline control escalate the pressure and wait for the opposition to crack Occasionally it would mean defensive fields Occasionally it would mean seemingly boring cricket Pakistan historically were anything but boring Explode or implode was the mantra Control patience is Misbah’s And somehow incredibily he has sold that vision to his team A bunch of combustibles have settled down And the results are here *** Back in May not many Pakistan fans were upbeat Who could blame them Some of that mood could be seen on that Dawn page in the comments section below the photo feature “That is stupid Who can come with this ridiculous idea Athletic training had to be different from military Ever heard Usain Bolt doing the training with Navy Seal commandos” said a user named Ali Another one Satt was dismissive of the players “No use After so much of trainingthese guys would be feeling hungry and away from the eyes of others they will be full on munching beef burgersso everything back to square Pakistani team hasn’t just lost fitness but also confidence and belief that they can win No exercise can change your mindset” It’s this background that makes their achievement of becoming No 1 Test side- for the first time in the history of the rankings- that much more memorable and heartwarming What were the odds Take a look at how some of the other teams have been progressing in the recent years England as every sporting nation should fusses a lot about five-year plans and feeder system in the county cricket teams Australia kicks up a lot of PR about their grassroots infrastructure and coaching support India has the most money and the national team is indeed doing a lot of little things right even though the board is been treated like a miscreant child by the highest court in the land And Pakistan were supposed to be reeling from sucker punch to their Test dreams Can’t play at home too many old players brittle batting poor fitness average fielding unit chaotic PCB and for once even the famed bowling unit didn’t seem to have too much firepower nor experience So much so that some of the Dawn commentators’ criticism though crude was understandable Everything pointed to a meltdown in England A banned cricketer coming back amidst protests from some team-mates and former cricketers aging batsmen and inexperienced bowlers Someone forgot to tell Misbah-ul-Haq about all this though No one does stereotypes better than Pakistan cricket team When they are dissed by every Amar Akbar and Anthony they have this way of showing a triumphant middle finger Misbah doesn’t do fingers though; he does push-ups Younis:Emotional loadstar “Century pey century record pey record lekin pazirai koi nahi boora nahi lagta” (No acceptance don’t you feel bad) It’s an interview from last August and Jugnu Mohsin the editor of the Pakistani newspaper Friday Times who hosts a chat show on Geo TV doesn’t waste any time in getting to the crux of the perception battle about Younis Khan Younis smiles – that beaming wrinkling disarming smile of his that lights up his entire face and Mohsin tries again a few moments later Khuloos hai Izzat hai (respect) lekin diwaangi nahi hai (There is respect for you but there is no deep passion) It’s a great question and the one that has puzzled some of us outsiders — Younis Khan it seems is forever in some battle with the world The man with the most number of runs for Pakistan more than Javed Miandad hasn’t quite got the acceptance back home Eventually Younis addresses the question “Dukh bilkul hota hai (there is sadness) sometimes when you fail they treat you as if you are not a Pakistani Then after another trademark smile he says “badnaam na hoga to naam nahi hoga I will try to get defamed now Jokes apart in this regard Younis and Misbah are a pair made for each other Their batting has been dissed (too slow c’mon hit out) their captaincy too (why so defensive) and it’s in this final lap of their career do they finally have seemed to have received appreciation if not love from the fans Luckily mutual respect exists Younis is held in great respect by Misbah Just recently he had said “As a sportsman Younis Khan is my ideal He is the first one into training and the last one out” Over the years Pakistan have had the double-act Imran and Miandad the two Ws and in the last decade when they slipped down to consistent mediocrity they missed a dynamic duo They have it now in these two In the England series Younis struggled at the start with the bat before he brought up a monster double hundred in the last Test streching the lead from 12 to 214 to help Pakistan win at the Oval It was his 35th Test hundred quite a stunning achievement really *** It has been written about how when Waqar Younis was the coach he would just tell the young batsmen to go and soak the art from Younis who has pondered and worked out a solution to most batting problems “I know I am not a great talent” he once said He wasn’t being modest it’s a pretty factual statement There is oft-used cliché that floats around the cricket writing world — batting as an extension of the personality With Younis though the line seems apt His style isn’t ugly nor attractive but you can’t reduce it to say that it’s functional — it’s fascinating in many ways It’s not known how the Pakistani fans who have watched him for long hours feel but he doesn’t seem to exude a sense of calm during lengthy vigils And it’s what makes him eminently watchable in many ways Something or other always seem to be happening He makes you watch him – jerky arms shuffling feet and above all the mind that’s ticking to come up with a solution to the next delivery He isn’t a gifted talent and it seems a case of spirit over adversity He can end up in most awkward finishes but just after conjuring a way to stop the ball Sometimes the bat ends up between his knees when he finishes up defensive blocks as if he were Courtney Walsh and not a top-order batsman At times his feet seem to be dragged right across the stumps as if he is in a trance unable to resist the urge to feel for the ball Occasionally both his feet are in air and he is not swaying away from a short ball but trying to play a forceful shot Then suddenly that upper body will stretch out inexorably —elastic stretchy allowing him to reach out to balls after his feet have seemingly given up on the task In modern-day cricket we have had two top-order batsmen with such elasticity top-up: Kevin Pietersen and Younis Khan and it’s interesting to see how Younis has used it to his advantage His captivating square-drives to length deliveries stems from this flexibility – fluid upper body sinewy wrists and the ball whisks away through cover point region He flicks pretty stylishly nurdles the ball well and has a great sweep shot when he gets down on his back knee in amazingly quick time fetches the ball from way ahead of his body and sweep It’s just not what he does with the bat that holds our attention He jabbers to the partner smiles at the opposition talks a lot with the umpires and whisks the ball here and there He has 35 Test tons – quite a stunning feat really yet no heartfelt love back home In 2006 in Faisalabad against India Younis was booed He had crossed 150 his partner Mohammad Yousuf was on 190 and they wanted one of them to get out They had enough of them and sought some adrenalin rush in Shahid Afridi “Mohammad Yousuf ko out karo Younis ko out karo” he would recall the cries “Even the Indian players were amazed Us time dukh hota hai” *** That sunny exterior and infectious smile has occasionally cracked to reveal angst and anger Over the years there have been a few press interactions where he has spoken out against the cricket board or selectors Occasionally he has even shown ire against the fans There is this video from 2010 where he is seen dragging a fan to dressing room It was a domestic game and fans had invaded and mobbed him Even as he tried to wriggle out an over-eager fan ran in from his right but slips falls on Younis dragging him down A mini-stamped left Younis shaken and as he emerged from the body scrum he could be seen in the video dragging that man all the way into the dressing room We can’t see what happened inside but the reports later said the fan was manhandled There might or might not have been any violence but the incident does capture Younis To frame it in his own words “I try to be quiet and not react to most stuff but it keeps piling up and one day it just bursts out” There was another incident from 2009 when an attendant at the PCB chairman’s office had failed to recognise him and prevented his entry from a pre-fixed appointment It was a reaction from a person standing by that got Younis’s goat “I saw a trace of smile and I just lost it” He went to the waiting press and announced that he is ready to quit captaincy Perhaps it’s this temperament that didn’t allow him to last long as a captain Luckily it has worked out well for Pakistan They found a leader in Misbah and an emotional loadstar in Younis He had once laughed when asked about his age (38 officially) and revealed that he was born in 1975 and just a year younger than Misbah That makes him 41 He is fit but the thought about his retirement must be bobbing behind that most heart-warming smile in international cricket This is certainly his final lap in international cricket How about showing some love diwaangi and pazirai please For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News Pooja who is wearing traditional nine yard saree in this movie said, irrespective of what his trainer has to recommend.

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