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Got overconfident while playing the scoop in 2007 T20 World Cup final vs India: Misbah-ul-Haq

The right-handed batter also talked about the 2011 ODI World Cup semifinal against India which again the Men in Blue ended up winning.

Saurabh Ganguly Editor

Updated - 29 January 2022 12:58 pm

Misbah-ul-Haq is a known name even across the Pakistan border in India. While he definitely had a great career which is part of the reason, this is mainly because he was the last man out in the T20 World Cup final between the arch-rivals India and Pakistan in the T20 World Cup final in 2007. Had Misbah stayed, there was no doubt Pakistan would have won the inaugural season of the World Cup of the shortest format but he played a scoop shot with only one wicket remaining in the last over.

If the ball would have cleared the fine leg, which was stationed inside the 30-yard circle, it would have travelled. But this was Joginder Sharma who wasn’t express quick by any means and Mishbah failed to perfectly time the ball as it got more elevation than distance. Consequently, the fielder at fine leg S Sreesanth took one of the most iconic catches in Indian cricket history as India beat Pakistan to lift the T20 World Cup.

And now the former Pakistan skipper Misbah admitted that he was overconfident. He stated that he got out to a shot he was the most confident in at that time.

I mistimed the shot on which I had the most confidence: Misbah

“In 2007, I always say that throughout every game, I scored so many fours playing that shot. Even with the fine leg in place, I was taking singles while playing that shot against Australia. Against spinners, I used to beat fine leg with that shot,” Misbah said during a conversation with former teammates Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Yusuf.

“So, you can say I got overconfident. I mistimed the shot on which I had the most confidence,” he added.

The right-handed batter also talked about the 2011 ODI World Cup semifinal against India which again the Men in Blue ended up winning. He revealed that it wasn’t easy to score as the ball got old and even India struggled in the latter half of their innings.

“In 2011, on that Mohali pitch, India had scored 44 (39/0) in 4 overs. When the ball got older, it started to reverse, it started gripping and runs were harder to get. Sachin scored 80-something (85) and he was the man of the match. India were struggling after that start,” Misbah said.

He even stated that had he got a bit of support from the other end in the last 10 overs, Pakistan would have won. Misbah is part of the Asia Lions squad of the Legends League Cricket who will feature in the summit clash against the World Giants later on Saturday.

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