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The best hundred Inzy never got

Kamran Abbasi
Inzamam-ul-Haq sweeps during his unbeaten 92, South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth, January 20, 2007
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This morning Inzamam-ul Haq needed a century to make sure he had scored one against every Test nation. More importantly, he required a substantial innings to lift his team into a commanding position. The record may have slipped away from him today but this was the best hundred Inzy never got.

From the moment he began to the moment Mohammad Asif played a bizarre defensive stroke to end Pakistan's innings, Inzy was in total control. That mastery did not only apply to his strokeplay but it also applied to the way he protected Asif from the strike. If Pakistan win this Test, this innings will be remembered as one of Inzamam's greatest.

One of the joys of watching cricket is a final stand from a major batsman as the tail wags around him. It is great entertainment for the team's supporters and neutrals, not so much fun for the bowling side of course.

Another joy of watching cricket is a contest on a pitch with pace and bounce. The groundsman here has produced a fabulous wicket, shame that his colleagues around the world have forgotten how to produce them. Thanks to that failure, most modern batsmen aren't as comfortable on such surfaces as they should be. Inzamam, at least, has a long enough memory to remember the pleasure of such a surface. And today he passed on that pleasure to millions of spectators around the world.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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Posted by Dawar on (April 12, 2007, 21:47 GMT)

Hello Inzi Fans,

What a worst performance from ur Inzi as a Captain & player in the WC?

He put as so down. This was the reason I was telling you guys b4 the WC, but you guys can not take true crictisim.

The real truth is that Inzamam was the worst Captain Pakistan ever had. He was dectator like Imran but his talent was not like him. He was avergae batsman. He was never a great player. Most of the times he scored against weak bowling.

He shouild impeach in this world also.

Dawar USA

Posted by Moin Shaikh on (March 4, 2007, 11:30 GMT)

To Imran Khan & Pakistani suppoters Assalam alayekum Imran bhai u r a crickter and a great advisers I request u please call Anwar Ali, Ayub Ali who played in under 19 World Cup Shoaib Akthar is my best bowler

Moin Shaikh From India (MUMBAI)

Posted by Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on (January 27, 2007, 6:29 GMT)

As I have said before, some people really seem to have a "personal" problem with Inzi. I think he is just as important in the ODIs as he is in tests. His calming influence is very much needed by the team.

How can anyone deny thte fact that there was a chance after 2003, Pakistan would have been the next Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. However,in ths periopd, Pakistan increased its rank from 8 th to 3rd. You must give Inzi credit for keeping thins afloat.

I agree that Asim Kamal is a better selection than all other youngsters. However the suggestion that he doesnt get a place on religious grounds is preposterous. Farhat, Hafeez and Yasir HAmeed dont have beards... while Asim Kamal does !!!

Posted by Khan on (January 26, 2007, 21:18 GMT)

Just a Thought.

The team management made a BIG mistake by sending Shoaib Akhter back, they should have created an impression that he will be fit by the third test and will play the third test and in the morning of third test declare that he is still unfit.

Beleive U me there would have been NO grass on the pitch!!

Posted by Raja on (January 26, 2007, 20:07 GMT)

Mohammad Yousuf should ask captain to promote his number.

If Yousuf scored 83 runs on one down position. I think Pakistan could do much better.

Why Inzi always avoiding to bat on higher order?

All great players of this time can play on any number. Pointing, Dravid, Tendulkar, Younis Khan etc

why not Inzi?

Raja, Sialkot

Posted by Nadeem on (January 26, 2007, 12:18 GMT)

You are right Dawar about facts.

Inzamam should retire. Younis Khan should be a Captain.

We sholud give chances to young blood, who won the under 19 world cup for us. Still doing very well in domestic cricket. Bowlers were trained by past great fast bowler Waqar Younis.

Anwar Ali, Najaf Shah & Fahad Alam should be the part of the world cup cricket team.

Fahad Alam is a great all rounder.

Inzamam please Go GO GO baba jee GO

Nadeem Shafi Peshawer

Posted by Salman Butt on (January 26, 2007, 12:05 GMT)

Dawar brings up very valid point. Inzi out again cheaply in third test after some chances in his short inning.

Why Asim kamal not in the team? Please select Asim for Oneday matches.

Salman Butt Kashmir

Posted by Dawar on (January 26, 2007, 12:00 GMT)

By the way, it is a good vocational trip for Asim Kamal.

At least he got some visa stamps in his passport.

One again he was the victim of Pakistan most religious captain Pakistan ever had. Atleast by look.

Posted by Dave on (January 26, 2007, 11:54 GMT)

Dawar, you are right. In current situation Inzi is a worthless captain Pakistan ever had. He can not play in pressure.

I always the fan of Pakistan cricket team. But I am very disappointed with the current cricket team.

Dave, Observer from South Africa

Posted by Dawar on (January 26, 2007, 11:45 GMT)

Once again Inzamam out very cheaply in pressure . (Third test) Please note: in his short innings he got several chances.

He can not take pressure any more. Very unfit for oneday cricket specially.

Please give me some kind of logical base answer with facts with the current situation. I agree he was a great player in past. thanks Now his time his over.

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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