Wisden 2017 edition news
LAHORE: Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq and senior batsman Younis Khan have been named among the 2017 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
Both Pakistani cricketers have been given place in the prestigious Wisden Cricketers of the year after their spectacular performance against England, last year. Their contributions not only helped Pakistan draw the series 2-2, but also took the team to number one in Test rankings.
‘Misbah-ul-Haq was central to one of the most riveting series in England for years,” writes editor Lawrence Booth.
‘His century in the First Test at Lord’s set a benchmark for his team-mates, while his celebratory press-ups became one of the motifs of the year. Against the odds, he led Pakistan, without a home Test since 2009, to the top of the rankings – and all at the age of 42.’ he wrote.
‘With the pressure on, Younis Khan delivered. His classy 218 in the final Test of the summer, at The Oval, helped Pakistan square the series after successive defeats had left them in danger of squandering their win at Lord’s. It was his 32nd Test hundred – and a reminder that his struggles earlier in the series had been a blip rather than part of a decline’ stated Both.
Chris Woakes, Toby Roland-Jones and Ben Duckett are also among the list.
The fifteen other Pakistani players had made the place in Wisden before Misbah and Younis Khan.
Wisden has declared Indian captain Virat Kohli the best cricketer of the year 2016 and therefore, his picture was published on title page to his honor.