Misbah joins the Royal Challengers
The Bangalore Royal Challengers got a shot in the arm with the arrival of Pakistani middle-order batsman Misbah ul-Haq who joined his team and was straightaway put through the drill by coach Venkatesh Prasad and expert Martin Crowe.
Misbah, who has suddenly emerged as the game's best finisher in recent times following his attacking batsmanship witnessed in last year's T-20 World Cup, would lend solidity to the middle order and help captain Rahul Dravid shuffle his batsmen around in order to capitalise on the field restrictions.
Though he is remembered in India for holing out to Sreesanth in the final over of the T-20 finals in South Africa last year, this stylish right handed batsman has all the right credentials to be a super achiever in the Indian Premier League.
In ten T-20 matches, Misbah has aggregated 338 runs while remaining not out on five occasions. His average of 67.6 is amongst the highest in this form of cricket while his strike rate of 135 has been achieved not just with big hits but quick running between wickets.
What's more, his averages improve considerably if one takes a look at the matches that Pakistan had won when Misbah came to the party. He averages 80 plus in the matches that his team won and on five of these occasions he remained unbeaten, thus proving that Misbah is probably the best finisher in the shortest format of the game.
Though his success rate has not been as consistent in one-day matches, Misbah still averages above 35 in the 32 matches that he has turned out for Pakistan. Once again his average is higher in the matches where his team emerged victorious.