Whilst Don Bradman's dismissal for a duck in his last Test innings may have deprived him of finishing his career with a batting average of 100 it failed to dim a much lesser known but perhaps even more formidable statistic.
In 24 matches as captain, Bradman's average actually increased to an even more remarkable 101.51 whilst his side failed to lose even one series - not bad considering that Australia lost Bradman's first two Tests as captain to leave them 2-0 down in the 1936/37 Ashes. This was but small fry to the Don, who hit 270, 212 and finally 169 in the next three Tests so that for the only time in history, a side came back from 2-0 down to win a five Test rubber.
Misbah-ul-Haq's record is not quite that of Bradman's but it is mightily impressive. As well as doing the impossible in creating a unified, solid and dependable Pakistan team since his appointment as captain he has led the way with the bat, averaging 74.07 with one hundred and 11 fifties in 21 innings. After conquering this Everest, perhaps Misbah should co-ordinate efforts to rescue the Euro and avert a nuclear flashpoint in Iran?
Misbah's record ranks second to Bradman of Test captains with a minimum of 15 innings - see full list here. He is certainly ahead of some impressive names with the rest of the top ten featuring Kumar Sangakkara (69.60), Mahela Jayawardene (66.93), Michael Clarke (65.00), Gary Sobers (58.80), Hanif Mohammad (58.73), Graham Gooch (58.72), Brian Lara (57.83) and Alan Melville (57.00).
Of course, Misbah will do well to maintain this record in the current series let alone for the remainder of his reign as captain, but in terms of leading from the front and setting the benchmark for the rest of his side, he is doing a pretty good job.
Calm, composed, cunning, tactically astute and full of runs, Misbah is shaping up as some captain - only Pakistan could have waited until he had reached the ripe old age of 35 before handing such a natural leader of men the reins of power.
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