Pakistan Test and ODI skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq has once again made it clear that he has no immediate plans of taking retirement from limited-over cricket.
Misbah has always been a victim. Despite his wonderful captaincy record, the cricket pundits leave no chance of criticising the veteran batsman.
The right-hander was heavily criticised for Pakistan’s recent defeat in the Test and ODI series against South Africa. Despite the fact that he was the team’s highest run-getter in the ODIs, many gurus are demanding his head.
Misbah, however, is fully determined. Saying that he still has plenty to offer, the big fellow has insisted that there are no plans of calling it a day.
"I have no intentions to quit playing one-dayers as I feel I still have a lot of cricket left in me. But yes, I have now changed my entire approach to batting to prolong my career," Misbah told reporters at the Gaddafi stadium.
A lot of cricket fans don’t like Misbah just because of his poor strike rate. It is a common view that the right-hander quickly went to his shell, and does not punish even the poor deliveries.
But he proved his ability to play big strokes on Tuesday, when taking his domestic side, Faisalabad Wolves, to a classy victory single-handedly in the ongoing T20 cup in Lahore.
He scored 85 runs off just 44 balls, guiding the side to the semi-finals of the Super Eight T20 event. He admitted that the recent criticism fired him up to step up and play a little aggressive cricket without worrying too much about losing his wicket.
He added, "I spoke to my players and we all agreed that I should bat more aggressively and play more shots without being worried about losing my wicket."
"I have personally also reassessed my career and my batting and have decided it is better for me to bat more positively and play more shots as this will be more beneficial for me and my team."
The Green Shirts still have a few weeks to regroup and rethink. They are scheduled to play no international cricket prior to the Champion Trophy in June.