ISLAMABAD6-Pakistan's most successful Test captain Misbah-ul-haq added another feather to his cap on Friday completing half-century of Test matches when he led the green caps into the first Test at Christchurch against New Zealand.

Misbah is now the first Pakistani and only third Asian to complete half-century of Test matches as a captain. He was named Pakistan's captain in October 2010 and his immediate task was to regroup the team after a disastrous tour to England. Since then, he has led Pakistan in 50 Test matches. Of the 49 Tests prior to the ongoing Test in Christchurch, under his leadership, Pakistan won 24 Tests, the most by any Pakistani captain.

Misbah's predecessor in the list of captains winning most matches for Pakistan, Imran Khan, could win only 14 Tests as a captain. Misbah is only the third Asian captain to lead a team in 50 or more Test matches; two others from Asia to lead their teams in 50 or more Tests are India's Dhoni (60 Tests) and Sri Lanka's Arjuna Ranatunga (56 Tests). This October, Misbah completed six years as Pakistan's Test captain. During this period of six years, under Misbah's leadership, Pakistan's win-loss ratio is 1.71 with 24 wins, 14 defeats and 11 draws in 49 games. The six-year period before Misbah saw Pakistan being inconsistent with team's captaincy as it tested six different captains and during that period, Pakistan won only 13 out of 50 Tests, with win-loss ratio of 0.565.

Misbah has played 40 knocks of 50 or more (8 centuries and 32 half centuries) as a captain, the most by any Asian and 5th most by any captain. India's MS Dhoni scored 29 scores of 50 or more in 60 Tests as a captain. The list of captains with most number of 50+ scores is led by South Africa's Graeme Smith with 61 scores of 50 or more, followed by Rickey Ponting (54), AR Border (51) and Clive Lloyd (41).

At the age of 42 years and 173 days, Misbah is also sixth oldest ever, and oldest in last 68 years, to lead any Test side. Misbah had already celebrated his 36th birthday when he was named Pakistan's captain, he was 36 years and 168 days old, when he walked in to lead his first Test match, jointly oldest Pakistani to make captaincy debut, along with Asif Iqbal.

Misbah, as a captain, scored 3,823 runs after his 36th birthday, which is the most by any captain after celebrating 36th birth anniversary. This is also the second most aggregate total by a player after celebrating 366th birthday, only to score more runs than Misbah after turning 36 is England's Graham Gooch who scored 4,210 runs.




Pakistan team players celebrate Misbah’s half-century of leading Test matches.