Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq is happy that the team was able to give their Australian head coach Dav Whatmore a winning send off by beating Sri Lanka in the third Test at Sharjah.
Though the team officials and players arrived in two batches at the Karachi and Lahore airports on Tuesday, they were given a warm welcome by cricket enthusiasts and fans gathered outside the terminals.
Most of the players and officials were garlanded as they came out of the terminal with a beaming Whatmore leading the way.
“We had made up our mind that we will try to chase any target on the final day against Sri Lanka. We were desperate to win the match for our head coach who is leaving us now,” Misbah said.
“At our team meeting the night before the final day, it was decided that even if we lost the test and the series two nil we would try to chase down the target,” Misbah said.
Pakistan`s Test and ODI captain said he was delighted with the response of the young players in the side in the series particularly on the final day.
“It was encouraging to see Azhar Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed play so well while Ahmed Shahzad also got a century in the first innings and Muhammad Talha bowled so well,” Misbah said.
The Pakistan skipper said he was also a bit surprised by the negative tactics of the Sri Lankans in the test although they led the series one nil.
“But at the end of the day, their tactics worked in our favor the pressure of trying to maintain that lead worked against them,” he added.