Misbah encouraged by Pakistan’s Test future

Pakistan’s ten-wicket win in Galle was their 123rd Test victory and their first in Sri Lanka for nine years. It took them past India as the subcontinent’s most successful Test side, an achievement Misbah-ul-Haq said was great, especially because the result was built on the performances of the less-experienced players in the team.


Sarfraz Ahmed’s 96 off 86 balls wrested the first-innings advantage from Sri Lanka, Asad Shafiq’s hundred consolidated the lead, and legspinner Yasir Shah’s career-best 7 for 76 knocked over the hosts, leaving Misbah’s team with a straightforward run chase on the final day.

“It’s good to have youngsters performing, that actually takes away the pressure from us [Younis Khan and himself],” Misbah said. “This is the future we are building with these youngsters and these players are coming of age now to take the team ahead. Sarfraz is a key player, Azhar [Ali] is performing in the top, and the way Sarfraz and Asad played it further stamps our faith in them.

“It’s just a start for Yasir, look the way he has performed to step up and become Pakistan main bowler and to contribute in Pakistan’s victories. So we are getting a good bunch that is grabbing every opportunity and applying themselves as a unit. The batting line-up is now getting mature and performing consistently. So overall it’s a great win.”

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