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

'Confidence comes from performances' - Misbah

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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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  • Aragorn_11 on December 15, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    @dmqi....you 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.

  • dmqi 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

  • Aragorn_11 on December 14, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    @dmqi..you 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

  • Aragorn_11 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 series...here 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!

  • dmqi 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.

  • dmqi 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.

  • Aragorn_11 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 game...it'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 Final....no batsmen can pick him!

  • Aragorn_11 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)

  • Aragorn_11 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 Africa....so 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 Lanka...so 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???

  • Aragorn_11 on December 14, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    @khiladisher...now 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 Indies....so 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 Africa....so 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???

  • Aragorn_11 on December 15, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    @dmqi....you 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.

  • dmqi 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

  • Aragorn_11 on December 14, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    @dmqi..you 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

  • Aragorn_11 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 series...here 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!

  • dmqi 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.

  • dmqi 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.

  • Aragorn_11 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 game...it'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 Final....no batsmen can pick him!

  • Aragorn_11 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)

  • Aragorn_11 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 Africa....so 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 Lanka...so 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???

  • Aragorn_11 on December 14, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    @khiladisher...now 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 Indies....so 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 Africa....so 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???

  • dmqi on December 14, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    HERE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN. IN 1975 WORLD CUP, PAKISTAN 264 AGAINST MIGHTY WEST INDIES. WI 168 FOR 8, BUT THEY WON THE MATCH. IN 1983, INDIA WAS NO WHERE,BUT BEAT WI IN THE FINAL BY DEFENDING 183. IN 2011 WC, PAK DROPPED TENDULKAR 4 TIMES TO GIVE THEM 260 PLUS. THANKS TO UMAR GUL TO GIVE INDIA A FLYING START. THEN POOR BATING BY PAK AND SUPERIOR FIELDING BY INDIA GAVE THEM THE MATCH. PAK HAS TALENT BUT DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO UTILIZE IT. INDIA CAN SOMEHOW MAKE UP FOR THEIR SHORTCOMINGS, SEE THE BOWLING OF INDIA. WE NEED A INDIA-PAK SERIES IN 3RD COUNTRY TO SEE WHO IS BETTER NOW. WAKE UP THE BOARDS, TAKE THE CHALLENGE, MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY.

  • dmqi on December 14, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Mr. Captain, just a note of caution. You will need much better support ( technique and performance) from your batsmen against England. England will bat better, field better. Your bowlers will create opportunities but will that be utilized? Batting and fielding will decide the fate of the England series. Taufic umar looks shaky against quality bowling. Asad shafiq can not do well against bouncer. How will you cope up with that?If they little more careful and play well, you have a good chance. You will have a good team in next 12 months the way things are going. But I am not sure how good you are at this point.

  • Aragorn_11 on December 14, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    @khiladisher...now lets compare....World Cups

    Pakistan in World Cups - Semi Final of WC in 1979 in England...Semi Finals of WC in 1983 in England....Semi Final of WC in 1987 in India/Pakistan...Won the WC in 1992 in Austrailia...Finalists of WC 1999 in England....Semi Final of WC in 2011 India/SL/Bangladesh (4 semi final and 2 final appearances...once with "home advantage")

    India in World Cups - Won WC in 1983 in England....Semi Final of WC in 1987 in India/Pakistan....Semi Final of WC in 1996 in India/Pakistan...Finalists of WC in 2003 in South Africa....Won WC in 2011 in India/SL/Bangladesh (2 semi final and 3 final appearances...3 times with "home advantage")

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

  • khiladisher on December 13, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    @ARAGORN_11-WHAT HAS PAKISTAN EVER WON AT THE GLOBAL LEVEL -AND WHAT FINALS HAS PAKISTAN GOT INTO-RECORDS AND HISTORY SHOWS THAT PAKISTAN HAS A POOR RECORD IN WINNING WORLD CUPS-ASIA CUPS AND GLOBAL EVENTS- HOW EVER I AGREE THAT PAKISTAN HAS DONE VERY WELL IN THE SHARJAH TOURNAMENTS IN THE 1980S AND 90S{THAT WAS ONLY BECAUSE OF A GREAT BOWLING ATTACK-BATTING WAS NOT OF HIGH STANDARD EVEN THEN. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN-INDIA WINS BIG CUPS AND MATCHES-PAKISTAN WINS AT SHARJAH-INDIA HAS WON CUPS IN AUSTRALIA-SOUTH AFRICA-ENGLAND-ALSO BECAME THE FIRST HOST TO WIN A WORLD CUP IN 2011.

  • Desihungama on December 13, 2011, 22:03 GMT

    India is No. 2 Test and recent home cup winners, sorry WC. Why are they not agreeing to play Pakistan? I tell you why. Losing to a low ranked Pakistan team will severely damage India's ranking. We all know how slowly but surely India rose to No. 1 spot by playing one match after another at home ground. Anyone can beat Australia on sub continent pitches. Try beating them in England or England in England. Anyways, I see not a single Indian fan wanting it's team to face Pakistan.Oh well.

  • khiladisher on December 13, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    @ARA GORN -MATE RECORDS SHOW THAT INDIA HAS WON 4 WORLD CUPS AND PAKISTAN 2-INDIA HAS ALSO WON 5 ASIA CUPS AND PAKISTAN JUST 1-SO THE RECORD STANDS-INDIA WINNING 9 CUPS TO PAKISTANS 3-SO RECORDS AND STATS SHOW THAT INDIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN SUPERIOR TEAM TO PAKISTAN IN ICC EVENTS AND CUPS.

  • khiladisher on December 13, 2011, 21:06 GMT

    @ARA GORN -MATE RECORDS SHOW THAT INDIA HAS WON 4 WORLD CUPS AND PAKISTAN 2-INDIA HAS ALSO WON 5 ASIA CUPS AND PAKISTAN JUST 1-SO THE RECORD STANDS-INDIA WINNING 9 CUPS TO PAKISTANS 3-SO RECORDS AND STATS SHOW THAT INDIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN SUPERIOR TEAM TO PAKISTAN IN ICC EVENTS AND CUPS.

  • Aragorn_11 on December 13, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    All I can say is....Pakistan has been in a lot semi-finals and finals of BIG TOURNAMENTS...then India has...having Indian supporters talk rubbish about Pakistani cricket team when their country refuses to play us is a joke!

  • haq33 on December 13, 2011, 20:08 GMT

    khiladisher....first of all, stop insulting west indies - they are not and never have been a "LOWLY" team. secondly, test records state that Pak vs WI - Pak won 4 series, WI won 5. thirdly, test records state that Ind vs WI - Ind won 6 series (of which 4 were since 2002 - i.e. when WI suffered a form slump following loss of their best cricketers) and WI won 12.....that's TWELVE. To reiterate, whereas Pak trail WI by ONE, Ind trail WI by SIX. I think over the passage of time, WI and Pak have earned each other's respect; conversely WI clearly own India - until 2002 you were essentially their bunnies.

  • zulfi43 on December 13, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    wake up men and get some logic .

  • khiladisher on December 13, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    @ALEX FAROOQUE- PAKISTAN HAS NEVER EVER WON TEST SERIES IN WEST INDIES TILL TODAY EVEN AFTER PLAYING CRICKET FOR A LONG TIME-INDIA HAS WON 3 TEST SERIES IN WEST INDIES- 1971-2006-2011-INDIA ALSO BEAT THEM IN INDIA IN 1978-2002-2011{I DO NOT THINK PAKISTAN HAS EVER DEFEATED LOWLY WEST INDIES EVEN AT PAKISTAN.SO THE RECORD SHOWS THAT PAKISTAN HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO WIN TEST SERIES AGAINST WEST INDIES HOME OR AWAY. COMING TO ONE DAY MATCHES WEST INDIES HAS DEFEATED PAKISTAN A RECORD 66 TIMES-SO OVERALL PAKISTAN HAS A VERY POOR RECORD AGAINST WEST INDIES. SINCE 2000 INDIA ALWAYS HAD A SUPERIOR RECORD AGAINST THE WINDIES-EVEN DURING THE WEST INDIES PEAK-GAVASKAR-AMARNATH-VISHWANATH AND VENGSARKAR WERE SCORING LOTS OF RUNS AGAINST WEST INDIES.

  • on December 13, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    The one thing i am loving about Pak cricket is, oppositions have to steal singles, Wickets come themselves, n that's the first time we are winning the matches on the basis of spinners, Desperately waiting for Eng, Swann this time we have our two Specialist players to play spin, Younis and Misbah, Younis has been the best player against Murli, Well England series will decide so many points n that's wat English ppl knows because of the team they have chosen to visit is the BEST Available team.

  • dmqi on December 13, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    @khiladisher. I very much agree with you that Pakistan has to play strong ( win or make a even draw, not one sided draw) with India, Australia and England. Pak wants to play with India but India is not willing, that is what the media is saying. Why is India avoiding? Enngland is playing next month, that will give the frst test for Pak. I hope India plays too.

  • khiladisher on December 13, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    @SHAN.Z,SOHAIB JUNAIDI-THE PAKISTAN BATTING LINE-UP IS A JOKE AND IT HAS BEEN FOR THE LAST MANY YEARS-THE VICTORIES OF PAKISTAN ARE OF NO PURPOSE UNLESS THEY BEAT INDIA WHOM THEY LAST DEFEATED IN 1987 TEST SERIES-IT WAS ONLY INSHARJAH PAKISTAN HAD A UPPER HAND-OTHERWISE IN ALL THE MAJOR MATCHES AND TOURNAMENTS INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN.REGARDING PAKISTAN BEATING THIS INDIAN TEAM IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN UNLESS WASEEM -WAQAR AND IMRAN COME OUT OF RETIREMENT AND PLAY-STILL I THINK THIS INDIAN BATTING LINE-UP MIGHT PILE UP MOUNTAINS OF RUNS AGAINST THEM.PAKISTAN ONLY BEAT INDIA IN SHARJAH FOR GETTING THE 69 ODI WINS WHILE INDIA BEAT PAKISTAN IN IMPORTANT MATCHES AND EVERYWHERE ELSE AROUND THE WORLD-PAKISTAN BOWLING WAS GOOD UNTIL 2000 NOW ITS JUST AVERAGE.DO NOT TALK ABOUT ENGLAND THAT WAS 1 SERIES IN LAST 12 YEARS-WHEN U WIN 20 SERIES -ITS NOTHING WRONG LOOSING 1{WHEN MAIN PLAYERS WERE INJURED OR UNFIT-LOOKS LIKE AUSTRALIAS INEXPERIENCED BOWLERS WILL HAVE THEIR HANDS-FULL-I PREDICT 3-0.

  • on December 13, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    @khiladisher like india took 20 wickets in england. we won against Australia and England with a batting lineup that included Umar Amin, Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal without Younis khan and Misbah so please batting doesnt win you jack.

  • on December 13, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    @ khiladisher, you do realize that you are ranting and screaming (using all caps is screaming and rude) but no one cares. Is that what you want? Attention? U said the same thing 3-4 times. Let's see Australia and India cuz' far as I remember a "lowly" team of West Indies ran India close in the tests and the ODIs and even beat them in one of the game. Also the mighty Indians (it is an unchanged team except Zaheer and if you rely on one player then it is quite a sorry state) were not able to win even a single side game on their tour to England.

  • Shan.z on December 13, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    @khiladisher: yeah like india did well against England..lolx. Indian can only play in India well. We will see how they will play in AUS... Offcourse the Pak team can beat indian easily....

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 13, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Pakistan is in the moon by playing against minnows...let them play Test against England,SA and ODI against IND, SA and then hype.

  • Aragorn_11 on December 13, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    For the record Pakistan beat New Zealand in New Zealand (on seaming and swinging wickets...ask Austalia how easy that is!), they beat Sri Lanka on flat racks (against Sangakarra, Dilshan and Jayawardene...3 of the best exponents on those conditions)...so who says they've had easy matches has no idea about cricket whatsoever!!!!

  • khiladisher on December 12, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    MISBAH HAS TO WIN AGAINST INDIA-SOUTH AFRICA OR ENGLAND TO BE EVEN RATED A GOOD CAPTAIN OTERWISE BEATING LANKA OR BANGLADESH IS OF NO USE.

  • USAPakCricFollower on December 12, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Misbah is great! I have supported him ever since he took over as test captain and was a firm believer he should have been captain in all forms for Pakistan. We could have had better results in the WC. Most important of all, he is the kind of captain and personality one can be proud of as the main face of Pak cricket. Intelligent, articulate, gets along well with everyone, and oh by the way his on field performance isn't shabby either. Misbah for President of Pakistan!

  • ICET on December 12, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Great win,,,and great leadership skills. I know it wasnt against a great opposition, but the team work, the unity is showing.. Hopefully if Pakistan can keep this momentum uo for teh coming series against England. However, would like to see a new opener openeing with Hafeez both for one dayers and tests. Also drop S Tanvir, and maybe give Safraz a chance to keep in tests.. But Umer Gul, Junaid KHAN. Aziaz Cheema, and mayve Wahab Riaz have to be the fast bwoling options..Also the number 6 batting spot for tests still a big threat whoever can cement thier place..

  • Rakim on December 12, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    This tour will heal #teamMisbah to regain their confidence and momentum.

  • on December 12, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    TO Bowl first is not a good strategy, even if they are doing well (although against minnows). the best thing on the flat pitches is to bat first and give the bowlers a chance to do something. i hope we shall have some reversed decision from Misbah in upcoming series, and why not give it a try here, in next game against Bangla Desh.

  • AnotherCricketer on December 12, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    ... speaking of "performance"... recent performances in domestic and/or int'l scene portend a second stint of "performance" in the national team. Imran Farhat, Shoib Malik, and Sohail Tanveer's selections in the team were NOT BACKED by recent display of form. As a result, there were a no show on the big screen. Therefore, PCB and the cricket fans shouldn't be surprised. Misbah now has the opportunity to ride like Imran Khan in his days and demand accountability. If he fails in this endeavor, he will dwell back into mediocrity and disappoint countless fans in the process. Time to act is now.

  • on December 12, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    Absolutely right! Keep it up Misbah and Co. Good going. We'll be watching you guys very keenly against England. Should be a great contest.

    P.S: Drop Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanveer and Imran Farhat or they'll bring the whole team down.

  • khurramsch on December 12, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    yes agree . some may say that pakstans most oponents in past 12 months were not strong enough but performance does boost your confidence. & main thing is that pakistan this side is not depending on any 1 player in odi or test. every one is performing somewhere . just in odi , allrounder place is not set yet.malik & sohail tanver not performing.

  • khiladisher on December 12, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    CAN THESE PAKISTANI BOWLERS TAKE 20 WICKETS AGAINST INDIA-ENGLAND AND SOUTH AFRICA- PAKISTAN HAS STILL NOT PERFORMED AGAINST TOP-CLASS TEAMS-BEATING JUST BANGLADESH AND SRI LANKA WILL NOT TAKE THEM TO THE TOP.PAKISTAN BATTING HAS ALWAYS LET THEM DOWN.

  • khiladisher on December 12, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    WHERE HAS PAKISTAN PERFORMED FOR MISBAH TO HAVE CONFIDENCE -IN UAE AND BANGLADESH- FIRST TRY TO COMPETE WITH INDIA -ENGLAND OR SOUTH AFRICA-LET ALONE BEING ABLE TO WIN WITH A POOR BATTING LINE-UP AND AVG SPIN& MEDIUM PACE BOWLERS.PAKISTAN WILL BE EASILY BEATEN BY THE TOP 3 SIDES IN THE WORLD-LET MISBAH FIRST WIN AT LEAST 1 MATCH AGAINST THESE 3 SIDES-THEN HE WILL SURELY HAVE THE CONFIDENCE-BEATING BANGLADESH AND PERFORMING AGAINST INDIA AND SOUTH AFRICA IS A DIFFERENT ISSUE ALTOGETHER.

  • TaylorSwift on December 12, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    I agree with Misbah. Confidence builds with performances. As long as we continue to perform as a unti, positive results will follow. Another convincing win in the 2nd Test will give us plenty of momentum heading into the England series.

  • khiladisher on December 12, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    PAKISTAN BATTING HAS ALWAYS PERFORMED POORLY-ITS THE BOWLING THAT HAS BEEN GOOD TO WIN MATCHES{AGAINST LOW-RANKED TEAMS ONLY}.

  • chilled_avenger on December 12, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Good to see the Pakistani team coming back to the winning ways this year after going through controversies and whatnot the previous year! I'd like to congratulate the Pak team, and especially Misbah for this turnaround. Frankly I would like as many competitive teams playing each other as possible in order to have many exciting & closely contested match-ups between them since it will do Cricket a lot of good! BTW I am an Indian who likes to see excellent cricket irrespective of the allegiance/nationality of players! Go Cricket Go.....

  • on December 12, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    MISBAH please improve your strike rate don't you get some good sleep before matches or do you take sleeping pills

  • elimomin on December 12, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    well a great victory for pakistani team. now consistency is needed in order to beat the tougher side that is england.

  • getsetgopk on December 12, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    make way for the unbeaten team of the year, well played Misbah and the boys.

  • crazier on December 12, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Misbah is doing a wonderful job but england will be the real test that how good the pakistan team is? And it seems impossible for pakistan to win a match if the opposition score 400 or more in the first innings just because pakistan need 2 days to score 400 and if they got out soon then its all over. But i don't think pakistan test batting line up is going to collapse just because they got 5 dravid's in the team(taufiq,misbah,younus,azhar,shafiq) who will score slow but dont get out soon.

  • khiladisher on December 12, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    PAKISTAN HAS WON 5 TESTS AGAINST LOW RANKING SIDES LIKE NEW ZEALAND-BANGLADESH- AND SRI LANKA THAT DOES OT COUNT FOR MUCH-THE BATTING OF PAKISTAN IS THE WEAK LINK LONG TIME AND THE BOWLING WILL STRUGGLE TO TAKE 20 WICKETS FACING A GREAT BATTING SIDE LIKE INDIA OR OTHER GOOD BATTING SIDES LIKE SOUTH AFRICA AND ENGLAND. A BATTING LINE UP OF HAFEEZ-UMAR-YOUNIS-SHAFIQ-MISBAH MAY BE ABLE TO SCORE 594 AGAINST BANGLADESH-BUT NOT ANY WHERE ELSE-AND THE BOWLING ALSO IS JUST NOT ENOUGH TO TAKE 20 WICKETS AGAINST THE TOP 3 SIDES.

  • on December 12, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    its cool minded Misbah's strategy that leads to win or at least a fighting draw. So far concerned to Test Cricket, captains like Misbah are always a step ahead as they lead the players with not involving much aggression and this is what test cricket requires. Well done Misbah. Wish u would get going in UAE against Britain.

  • tfjones1978 on December 12, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    I think that after 12 years and 72 test matches, Bangladesh should have more then 3 wins and 7 draws. I think this proves that the status of test cricket should be looked at in terms of whether it is fair that Bangladesh gets 72 tests and other teams like Ireland get none. Cricket membership should be altered to include temporary full membership (TFM) of four years with TFMs being required to play intercontential cup matches. Full members should be reduced to current top 8 teams with TFM of 4 teams. TFM should be four teams, firstly allocated to Bangladesh, Zimbarbwe, Ireland and Afganistan. The next ICup should include all four TFMs with six associate countries, playing matches over two years. Matches between TFMs could be included as both ICup and test matches. TFMs should receive scheduled home & away series against only 7th and 8th test teams and one-off tests against top six (eg: Aust v Ireland before Aust v Eng in UK). Come on ICC, lets give other countries a chance to play!

  • on December 12, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    His captaincy has been phenomenal. He has taken along the team so well and has given every player the confidence and chance deserved. Players like Rehman, Hafeez, Taufeeq, Cheema have been performing for ages in the domestic cricket back in Pakistan. And their years of hard work is finally paying off for them and Pakistan.

  • on December 12, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Bangladeshi C at's mew instead of Tiger's roaring

  • on December 12, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    misbah captain cool.u rock

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  • on December 12, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    misbah captain cool.u rock

  • on December 12, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Bangladeshi C at's mew instead of Tiger's roaring

  • on December 12, 2011, 12:36 GMT

    His captaincy has been phenomenal. He has taken along the team so well and has given every player the confidence and chance deserved. Players like Rehman, Hafeez, Taufeeq, Cheema have been performing for ages in the domestic cricket back in Pakistan. And their years of hard work is finally paying off for them and Pakistan.

  • tfjones1978 on December 12, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    I think that after 12 years and 72 test matches, Bangladesh should have more then 3 wins and 7 draws. I think this proves that the status of test cricket should be looked at in terms of whether it is fair that Bangladesh gets 72 tests and other teams like Ireland get none. Cricket membership should be altered to include temporary full membership (TFM) of four years with TFMs being required to play intercontential cup matches. Full members should be reduced to current top 8 teams with TFM of 4 teams. TFM should be four teams, firstly allocated to Bangladesh, Zimbarbwe, Ireland and Afganistan. The next ICup should include all four TFMs with six associate countries, playing matches over two years. Matches between TFMs could be included as both ICup and test matches. TFMs should receive scheduled home & away series against only 7th and 8th test teams and one-off tests against top six (eg: Aust v Ireland before Aust v Eng in UK). Come on ICC, lets give other countries a chance to play!

  • on December 12, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    its cool minded Misbah's strategy that leads to win or at least a fighting draw. So far concerned to Test Cricket, captains like Misbah are always a step ahead as they lead the players with not involving much aggression and this is what test cricket requires. Well done Misbah. Wish u would get going in UAE against Britain.

  • khiladisher on December 12, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    PAKISTAN HAS WON 5 TESTS AGAINST LOW RANKING SIDES LIKE NEW ZEALAND-BANGLADESH- AND SRI LANKA THAT DOES OT COUNT FOR MUCH-THE BATTING OF PAKISTAN IS THE WEAK LINK LONG TIME AND THE BOWLING WILL STRUGGLE TO TAKE 20 WICKETS FACING A GREAT BATTING SIDE LIKE INDIA OR OTHER GOOD BATTING SIDES LIKE SOUTH AFRICA AND ENGLAND. A BATTING LINE UP OF HAFEEZ-UMAR-YOUNIS-SHAFIQ-MISBAH MAY BE ABLE TO SCORE 594 AGAINST BANGLADESH-BUT NOT ANY WHERE ELSE-AND THE BOWLING ALSO IS JUST NOT ENOUGH TO TAKE 20 WICKETS AGAINST THE TOP 3 SIDES.

  • crazier on December 12, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    Misbah is doing a wonderful job but england will be the real test that how good the pakistan team is? And it seems impossible for pakistan to win a match if the opposition score 400 or more in the first innings just because pakistan need 2 days to score 400 and if they got out soon then its all over. But i don't think pakistan test batting line up is going to collapse just because they got 5 dravid's in the team(taufiq,misbah,younus,azhar,shafiq) who will score slow but dont get out soon.

  • getsetgopk on December 12, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    make way for the unbeaten team of the year, well played Misbah and the boys.

  • elimomin on December 12, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    well a great victory for pakistani team. now consistency is needed in order to beat the tougher side that is england.

  • on December 12, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    MISBAH please improve your strike rate don't you get some good sleep before matches or do you take sleeping pills