Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq became the oldest player in 82 years to score a test century as the 42-year-old hit an unbeaten 110 to put his side in a strong position on the first day of the opening match against England.
Pakistan, who also had Asad Shafiq (73) to thank for digging them out of a spot of early bother, closed on 282 for six after choosing to bat and making England toil in the field for much of the day.
Misbah celebrated his landmark by dropping to the Lord's turf and doing press-ups.
"We had an army camp before the tour and every time we had to get down and do 10 press-ups. Those in my celebration can't count because my arm was bent," he said after becoming the oldest player at 42 years and 47 days to reach three figures since England's Patsy Hendren achieved the feat at 45 in 1934.
Misbah was playing his first test in England and rode to his side's rescue, coming to the crease with Pakistan on 77 for three.
Twitteratti were overwhelmed by Misbah's heroics and here is how the cricket world reacted to the 42 year old's fine century
— Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) July 14, 2016
Congrats to Misbah for his century at Lords. That he couldn't make it to Pak team till age 34 speaks volumes abt state of our cricket system
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) July 14, 2016
Great job by misbah to save the day 4 Pak team .. Now they need to capitalised that to win the morning session it's important..
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) July 14, 2016
Great inning by Misbah Ul Haq well done pic.twitter.com/1PqTmbp9sx
— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) July 14, 2016
— Nadeem Malik (@nadeemmalik) July 14, 2016
Misbah (42 years and 47 days) - the oldest captain in history to score a hundred in Tests, beating Bob Simpson (41y 359d) vs Ind in 1978.
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) July 14, 2016
Incidentally, Ramiz Raja was in the commentary box at that time
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) July 14, 2016
While Pakistan paid tribute to their captain, Misbah attracted praise from all over the world
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 14, 2016
When the next gen of Shahzads and Akmals come by, Misbah will still be not out at the other end.......
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 14, 2016
That's brilliant batting from Misbah! Playing to his strengths, soaking it up from the seamers and attacking the spinners #ENGvPAK
— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) July 14, 2016
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) July 14, 2016
Congrats Misbah-Ul-Haq on a superb captain's century at Lord's.
ps he's 7 years older than Kevin Pietersen.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 14, 2016
Superb century by Misbah. Not just today, but from the past few years, his achievements should be etched in letters of gold...
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 14, 2016
With inputs from Reuters
First Published On : Jul 15, 2016 12:37 IST