On September 21st 2016, Misbah ul Haq standing assured at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore and sporting a newly acquired beard, was presented with the Test mace by ICC CEO David Richardson. From the spot fixing scandal in 2010 to a surge to the top of the ICC Test Ranking is nothing less than a fairy tale story. All Hail Misbah - The King Misbah!

Rising to No 1 ICC Test Ranking, though for a brief moment was no mean achievement, particularly considering the fact that Pakistan has not played a single Test match at home since March 2009. But the question is: are the glory days of Test cricket over for Pakistan?

Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan were at the forefront of Pakistan resurgence in Test cricket. Both for a considerable part of their careers were largely underrated by fans who are accustomed to adrenaline rushes from their fast bowlers and explosive batsmen. But as the saying goes “Everything has to come to an end". What next after Misbah and Younis? If the first Test match in New Zealand indicated anything, then it was that we sadly may not have the answer to the loss of these two invaluable batsmen.

Some may say Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq are the answers. Yes, both have been pivotal in our wins over the years, but to say they can be compared to the likes of the two veterans would be an overstatement as of yet.

Top order batting woes are nothing new for Pakistan. We have not been able to produce a consistent opening pair ever since the retirement of Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail.

Pakistan's recent debacles in batting performances at Cardiff, Christchurch and particularly in UAE against a feeble West Indies bowling attack should raise enough eyebrows and give us a glimpse of what lies ahead.

Misbah success factor was predominantly due to the collective performances of individuals contributing to team wins, a sharp contrast to victories in 90s where one single performance could turn the tables completely in our favour. Do we at present have someone who alone has the potential to send shivers down the spine of the opposition? The answer maybe debatable for some, but I believe we lack a genuine match winner in the Test team.

Pakistan bowling attack over the years has been one of the most talked about subjects in world cricket. The current line up although relatively inexperienced, yet has never been shy of producing the goods when the team needs it the most.

But do these bowlers have the killer instinct? Can they run through a batting lineup in one session to change the complexion of the match? Well I have my doubts. The X factor- Wasim’s swing, Waqar’s reverse, Asif’s deadly accuracy and Shoaib’s lethal pace is missing.

Sarfraz Ahmad for many is a beacon of light, a successor to Misbah ul Haq, someone who knows how to play and adjust to the modern way of playing the game. Apart from initial successes when he promised much, I do not believe he has truly lived up to the expectations with the bat or even behind the stumps. He averages a paltry 18.8 with the bat in Tests away from Asia.

The day is not far when Misbah and Younis will hang up their boots and call it a day. The inevitable will happen. But the question that we need to ask is: are we prepared for it? How will Pakistan Test cricket be effected with the exit of these two stalwarts remains to be seen. The Sri Lankan team has still not fully recovered after the retirement of Mahela Jaywardene and Kumar Sangakkara. Will we go down the same road too? Well right now all we can do is hope and pray that this will not be the case for us.