Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st Test, Chittagong, 4th day December 12, 2011

'Confidence comes from performances' - Misbah

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan expectedly wrapped up the first Test against Bangladesh on the fourth day, giving them their fifth win in their previous nine Tests - this one by an innings-and-184-runs. That run of form, encompassing the last 12 months, includes series wins over New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.

One of the factors in Pakistan's consistent run has been the captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq, who took over in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal in 2010. Misbah, however, chose to give his team the credit after their latest triumph.

"I think if the team is doing well then credit goes to everyone, which also includes the captain," Misbah said. "But the main thing is players are important in the team. If they are not performing, the captain can't do anything. For which I think the credit goes to every player. They are putting in their efforts and fulfilling their responsibilities. That's why the team is winning."

Misbah put his team's determination to win matches down to their reaction to the spot-fixing scandal which could have easily thrown them into disarray. "I think the way we are performing, you can say what happened with Pakistan cricket, the boys have come out really strong and all wanted to do well. It's the reason behind that. The day controversies hit the team, I think the boys had it set in their mind that they will prove that they are a good cricket team and good players."

While Pakistan's recent string of results have naturally infused the side with confidence, Misbah said the spark came from their series against South Africa last year, where Pakistan fought to draw both Tests. "The confidence comes from the performances. When you are performing as a team game by game and you are performing well, the confidence is building. This is really helping us as a team. The series against South Africa in October last year was a big test for us. We played really strong against them in the two Test matches and at that time South Africa was one of the best Test sides.

"After that the team got the confidence as every player performed in that series which kept on building in every match after that."

Misbah felt that Bangladesh were under huge pressure in Chittagong as they collapsed for 135 in the first innings. Though they made a better fist of it in the second to reach 275, it was mostly a struggle. "In the first innings they got out easily and once you get out easily on a flat track I think it's difficult to make the comeback. That helped us. They lacked in confidence. A batsmen is helped if he is consistently scoring runs. If you are not scoring runs, it becomes difficult to stand strong as a batsman."

Pakistan's decision to field was vindicated by the result and Misbah said that it was a strategy they had been employing for some time now. "We managed to exploit the wicket with our bowlers in the first two sessions of the first day. For the last two years we have been doing this and so far we have been able to take good advantage of it. Once we have the target in our mind, the bowlers and the batsmen together performed really well. So if we ever find even a little advantage for the bowlers, we choose to bowl first."

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  • Hanzaq on December 15, 2011, 12:24 GMT hold your thoughts...let us watch the cricket in January-February....and we will comment then ;) good luck, I'm sure you're going to be disheartened that your knowledge of Pakistani cricket team is 0...but dont worry, know that I told you they'll trash England.

  • mohammad on December 15, 2011, 0:40 GMT

    If the match is played in India, Tendulkar will certainly hit a century against Pakistan. If not Tendulkar, his disciple Shewag will do that in 25 overs, have u forgotten the onslaught on Pakistan's best bowler Umar Gul in the WC semi, first 7 overs? Umar Gul is as unpredictable as Umar Akmal. Cool Azhar is untested against Zaheer Khan, so is Asad. I do not see how these young untested players will do well against good side like England/India. In the middle East, England may have some problem with the Pak spinners, but India know just like pakistan how to handle spinners. Srilanka did not play well for some unknown reason, may be a hopeless captain and poor team selection. Sanga did very well in batting, Mahela was not fit. England will bring a good fit team, so my pakistani friends, be ready for a tough competition. 55-45 in favor of England right now .May be a 1-1 series draw. Younus and Misbah r your only hope, two genuine batsman. Need 3 more, train them quick, time is running out

  • Hanzaq on December 14, 2011, 22:11 GMT are definitely not neutral...ur comment about 1999 and 1992 World Cup shows your true orange, blue and green colours...dont wory, you will learn the hard way how good Pakistan is, with the rest of your 1.6 billion population

  • Hanzaq on December 14, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    @dmqi...we wont know anything until Pakistan play England in January. And en i hope to talk to you with a smile and laugh...and then an india I am tooo confident no Indian batsnmen will score a 50...Jayawardene, Sangakara and Dilshan are just like Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag...and we dnt let them win!

  • mohammad on December 14, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    @Aragorn_11: I would not like to think about 1999 world up Final. Is that the one which Australia finished the game in 25 over or so without loosing a wicket?. Bangladesh or Zimbabwe would possibly do better than that in that time. What's the point reaching a final and then play like a domestic club in that crucial match? 1992 world cup, rain affected match gave them a ridei, lucky break. I think they played very well in Neheru Cup in India, unbeaten champion. You have strong points against India but you have many weak points too. Now India is a better side by batting and fielding. Tendulkar, Dravid, Laskman and young talents can hit fours and six against your bowlers but you do not have many in Pak side to do that. Umar Akmal might try but will be out soon too. Uncertain batting vs strong batting line up, Pak vs India.

  • mohammad on December 14, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    @Aragorn_11: Those were the two that shows the difference in attitude and mentality. There are more, Imran's Pakistan shut India out in114 in a ODI at Sarjah and then India shot them out below 90. India did not have as many quality bowlers as Pak had and that was my single point. Have you forgot the 1979 tour of India by Pak? Pakistan has the long history of not wining critical matches except the super time of late 80's and early 90's under Imran Khan, You can check many test matches they lost from wining positions, whereas India has a better record of fight back at least in test. Both teams are little overrated I think and the supporters are little more biased. I am neither from Pakistan nor from India, so I try to judge from neutral point. You may not be right about England-Pak test. It will not be as easy as you are anticipating. Good Luck.

  • Hanzaq on December 14, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    @dmqi....why have you just used 1983 and 2011 WC as benchmarks for comparison for Pakistan and India...India were nowhere to be seen in 1992 and 1999 when Pakistan made the final for both....whilst in 1983 and 2011 (where India made the final) Pakistan at least made the semi-final....short comings for Pakitan??? I think not. Pakistan will trash England in UAE...Swann is just like Hafeez...Panesar is half of Abdur Rehman.....Broad, Bresnan and Tremelett won't get the bounce on those tracks, they are just not hard enough....Anderson will get no swing and that is his main's all about seaming the ball which Umar Gul and Junaid Khan will exploit as they are used to those conditions....Ajmal is by far a class above every other spinner in the world and he will be the key, if he can make Tendulkar look ordinary in Mumbai (his home) in a WC Semi batsmen can pick him!

  • Hanzaq on December 14, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Soooooooo @khiladisher

    Pakistan have been in 8 SEMI FINALS and 4 FINALS with 2 TROPHIES

    India have been in 3 SEMI FINALS and 6 FINALS with 4 TROPHIES (one shared with Sri Lanka because of rain)

  • Hanzaq on December 14, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy - Semi Final of ICC Champions Trophy in 2000 in Kenya...Semi Final of ICC Champions Trophy in 2004 in England...Semi Final of ICC Champions Trophy in 2009 in South that's 3 appearances in Semi Final all away from home.

    India in ICC Champions Trophy - Semi Final of Champions Trophy in 1998 in Bangladesh...Finalist of Champions Trophy in 2000 in Kenya....Co-Winners of Champions Trophy in 2002 in Sri thats 1 appearance in semi-final, 2 appearances in final...away from home as well.

    So now I've said all this....what are Pakistan bad at away from home in Global Tournaments???

  • Hanzaq on December 14, 2011, 9:22 GMT lets compare....T20 World Cups

    Pakistan in T20 World Cups - Finalists of the T20 World Cup in 2007 in South Africa....Won 2009 T20 World Cup in England...Semi Final of T20 World Cup in 2010 in West that's 2 appearances in Final and 1 in semi final...all in away conditions

    India in T20 World Cups - Won T20 World Cup in 2007 in South that's 1 appearance in Final (haha...with all that IPL, what a shame).

    So now I've said all this....what are Pakistan bad at away from home in Global Tournaments???

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