5. Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan) (C)
The most successful Pakistani and the second most successful Asian Test skipper ever, Misbah-ul-Haq has been a game-changer for his country. When he took over the thorny reins of Pakistan cricket, it was in shambles from all the quarters. But from there, he turned the fortunes of his side like a messiah. A highly-underrated Misbah was frowned upon all the while until the recent tour of UK, which proved to be an eye-opener for people in Pakistan.
From his captaincy tactics to his batting technique to his defensive style, which earned him the nickname of Tuk-Tuk, all were heavily criticized but his achievements make his detractors nothing more than a laughing stock.
The 42 years young Misbah started off in England with a fine century at Lords, and it created a belief in the team that was there to see throughout.
In last two years, the man from Mianwali has piled up 1,420 runs at 52.59.