Khubaib Azad Samdani
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Khubaib Azad Samdani

He is 18, a life enthusiast, self-confident and motivation hoarder. He loves to stroll on unpaved horizons. Here at Self Projections, he writes about things which matter in life.
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If you watched Pakistan’s final match against India in ICC World T20, then you might remember Misbah’s performance when he played a paddle-scoop.

‘He wasn’t supposed to be a cricketer’, according to critics.

But your views might be different, obviously, than you had back then.


Pakistan Cricket Team achieved Number 1 test team in the world under his composed and cerebral leadership, despite facing much criticism and being undervalued in his own country.

The World’s Best Captain, in Waqar Younis’ words, ‘He is mature and willing to listen’.

The monk of Pakistan Cricket Team, the Silent Guardian, Misbah-ul-Haq is famous for his calmness, determination, politeness and mental strength. A legacy has been ensured by the Captain Cool. Anyone can learn these worth-learning lessons from the relentless life of unyielding Misbah-ul-Haq.

1. Chase your dreams

Misbah grew up in a city where scarcely anyone dreamed of being a professional cricketer. During his early days, Misbah used to play tape ball cricket for his hometown, Mianwali. But his parents wanted him to complete his education. He got himself admitted in University of Management and Technology to pursue Masters in Business Administrations. Misbah made the first-class debut in 1998, aged 24.

This must provoke you now to start acting on your dreams. Don’t settle for what life offers. Never !

And remember , don’t follow your dreams ; chase them.

Pakistani cricketer Misbah-ul-Haq celebrates after scoring a century on the fourth day of the third Test match between India and Pakistan at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore 11 December 2007. Misbah-ul-Haq scored a second successive century as Pakistan avoided a follow-on to brighten their chances of forcing a draw in the third and final Test. India lead the three-match series 1-0. AFP PHOTO/Indranil MUKHERJEE (Photo credit should read INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

2. Leave a legacy

He had his own style. He played calmly. He had a momentum, ascending with time. He played dot balls. He played big shots. He made fabulous sixes.

But he was always criticized harshly.

You called him tuk-tuk. He was ESPNcricinfo’s Batsman of the year in 2011. You called him tuk-tuk. He paralleled the record of Sir Vivian Richard. You called him tuk-tuk. After a 12 years wait, he led the team to win the Asia Cup in 2012. You called him tuk-tuk. He made most half centuries in a cricket year by a Pakistani Captain. You called him tuk-tuk. He made the record for most Sixes by a Pakistani captain. You called him tuk-tuk. He had the highest ODI average of any Pakistani batsman. You called him tuk-tuk. He made the most ODI runs without scoring a century. You called him selfish who plays for himself. He surpassed the great Imran Khan to become the captain with the most test wins for Pakistan.

Misbah’s batting average is better than Ricky Ponting, Kumara Sungakkara, Brian Lara, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saurav Ganguly, Mohammad Yousuf, Mahela Jayawardena and many others. 

He has highest winning percentage by a Pakistani Captain in T20s.

He himslef and his games has been a class. Never be afraid of having a different style.

Misbah’s Class : Boys have swag. Men have class.

3. Age is just a number. 

‘The only unfortunate thing is the age factor which is not in Misbah’s favor’, said Waqar Yonis in 2011.

At the age of 42 years and 2 months, Misbah scored a century against England at Lord’s and became the oldest cricketer in 88 years to score a test century. Misbah celebrated the milestone by saluting his National Flag and doing ten push-ups.

“The Oval win is not only pleasing as it is achieved on the Independence Day but it will also help us form a legacy for our future Test teams,” said Haq. “When I took over as captain that was my aim, so this win will help me leave a legacy for future Test teams,” the 42-year-proficient skipper added.

Age is just a number , maturity is a choice – Harry Styles

You can be a singer even if you are 4 years old. Kaitlyn Mahe (born January 10, 2004) is an American child singer. In 2008, at the age of 4, she appeared on the third season of America’s Got Talent. She released first album at age of 5 named You Were Meant To Be. 

You can start a business even if you are 65. Colonel Sanders was the founder of KFC.

Let your age never hinder you achieving your dreams. You will many living examples besides Misbah. Passions never get old.

England v Pakistan: 1st Investec Test - Day One

4. Admitting your mistakes is a courage 

After the defeat in Twenty20 series against England in 2012 and criticism from former cricketers, Misbah stepped down as Pakistan’s Twenty20 captain and Mohammad Hafeez was named his successor to lead the team in Twenty20.

Its not about how much you can take. Its about how much you can take and keep moving forward.  

– Sylvester Stallone

Admit your failures. This is what made him a leader. Learning from your mistake is the second step. But admitting your mistake is the first step.


5. Hard work pays off

‘Life desire has been fulfilled’ the most successful test captain of Pakistan, said while receiving mace on 21st of September.

In August 2016, under Misbah’s captaincy, Pakistan achieved the number 1 ranking in test cricket for the first time since 1988.

PCB chairman Shahryar Khan and Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said that all credit should be given to Misbah for his leadership over the last six years.

I have never seen such a consistent performer and captain in my career – Shahid Khan Afridi

Misbah achieved his goal after 18 years of efforts with lot of setbacks and disappointments.

‘I have never met a successful person who never worked hard’ said Robert Herjavek once. 

Remember, hard work pays off. On the road to your goals, your all-nighters, not-hanging-out and skipping social events, will pay off.


6. Be Responsible. 

Misbah, the logician,  is one of those uncommon cricketers whose Test performance has been massively enhanced by the duties of captaincy. Before 2010, Misbah had scored 1,008 runs in 33 Tests at an average of 33.60. Since becoming Captain, he has scored a further 3,344 runs in 42 Tests, at an average of 56.68.

‘Responsibility,’ Misbah told , ‘has always given me a lot of confidence to face the music and perform.’


7. Be a Leader

Misbah had a brilliant mind. He is a born leader. When all hopes were lost, he was offered captaincy in clerk’s room. Under his leadership, Pakistan Cricket Team rose again. Players united. They were no more controversies related to Pakistan Cricket Team.

Geoff Lawson said about his intelligence:


Sunil Gavasker once said about him,


He never showed up in media and answered his critics.

He faced every joke and media harsh campaign with calmness.

He answered his critics by his performance. He proved he was the best choice for the captain.

Misbah, Pakistan is proud of you. There is no one like you and never will be. You have no substitute. Thank you for your contribution to cricket. You leadership will be remembered. 



Sources : 

A tribute to Captain Cool: Misbah-ul-Haq – Last Word on Sports

10 Little-Known Facts About Misbah Ul Haq

Misbah-ul-Haq says Pakistan deserve No1 status after life on the road