South Africa January 20, 2007

The best hundred Inzy never got

This morning Inzamam-ul Haq needed a century to make sure he had scored one against every Test nation
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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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  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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 !!!

  • 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!!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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 !!!

  • 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!!

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Syed Mehdi on January 26, 2007, 10:01 GMT

    Great job inzi.... One hell of a inning played by the back bone of Pakistan...keep rocking dud3...keep the flag flying high of pakistan;-)

  • Dawar on January 26, 2007, 5:43 GMT

    Dear All,

    Here are some real facts. Inzamam played well in the first inning.

    Please note: When Inzamam came for the bat, Pakistan was 135 for 6 in response of South Africa total of 124. Pakistan were already ahead nine runs. So as a Captain or a batsman there was no pressure on Inzi and he played very well.

    In second inning when Inzamam came for bat Pakistan total was 87 for 4. It was a pressure of Pakistan to loose the match because we were behind by 104 runs & only six wickets remaining. But he scored only one run in pressure.

    Dawar USA, CA

  • Fizaan Farooq on January 25, 2007, 16:43 GMT

    You ask anybody who they would rank as the best batsmen in the world an the same names crop up:Tendulkar,Lara & Ponting. BUT why is it that when somebody is asked "Who are the best batsmen in the world?" Inzimam-Ul-Haq and Rahul Dravid are always left out. 2 great players, have achieved so much in their career and are not even mentioned. The cricket world needs to stop ignoring asian cricket players and give them the respect they deserve!

  • Daud Malk on January 25, 2007, 5:50 GMT

    Yes Khan, Shoaib Akhter's spell was helpful, but the speedster should understand that a Test Match is much more than bowling only 11 overs. And if Shoaib wants to continue playing at the top level, he should learn to become a team man. Period. Otherwise he will be in the news for things happenig off the field.

  • Dawar on January 25, 2007, 5:06 GMT

    This is the right time for Inzi to announce his retirement. Learn from grate Austrlians legend or Mustaq Ahmad.

    He can not stay whole day in the ground. Specially not fit for the one day .

    In the first inning when shoaib crashed south african team, Inzi was in the dressing room for whole day.

    Younis utilize his bowlers very well. But Captain ship credit goes to Inzi --- Sitting in dressing room.

    Younis khan scored well in both innings And also caught wonderful slip catches.

    In the first attempt two catches was first drop by Kamran but Younis caught those drop catches. He is the real good player. In my opinion he is the "Man of the Match".

    Dawar USA, CA

  • Dawar on January 25, 2007, 4:44 GMT

    Inzi wants Mustaq Ahmad to coach fast bowlers.???? Just because of his friendship.

    Poor Waqar,(:-

  • Mohsin Omar on January 24, 2007, 13:01 GMT

    Please... Pray all...that Inzi will get a century in third test...Ameen.

  • Khan on January 24, 2007, 12:28 GMT

    Pakistan won this test match only and only because of the 11 overs bowled by Shoaib Akhter Period!!

  • Daud Malik on January 24, 2007, 11:11 GMT

    The cricketing world is slowly waking up to Inzy's greatness, and finally putting him beside Ponting, Tendulkar and Lara, the other greats of our times. More than his innings the astute captaincy of Inzy in the second innings was a revelation. In the absence of Rawalpinid Express (that goes nowhere), Inzy used his limited bowling options wisely to keep Pakistan in the match all the time. I always felt that Inzy never played for records, and that is why some people feel that he played below his potential. But the fact is that he has always played for the team -- a rare trait in Pakistani context.

  • ali on January 24, 2007, 8:53 GMT

    now i ll ask every cricket lover a question.would any of greats in modern era such as lara or sachin would ever produce such an innning the one inzi played today ???i undoubtly dont think so.that was the greatness of inzi.what a player.if he had a f... up attitude like ricky poning and a strong media like sachin and lara have.he would have been well known the best cricketer and batsmen of his time.now how many matches sachin has won for india.or how many times ricky ponting has been able to play with tailenders like this????

  • farhan on January 24, 2007, 4:41 GMT

    It's great to appraise Inzamam's invaluable innings.But the more important issue today is how Pak can win the 3rd test to win it all.Shoaib's unavailability is very difficult to be replaced. By the way I think Pak should play with Asif,Gul,Shabbir & Kaneria.No doubt abt the 3'invincibles'.Hafeez,Farhat and I think Malik should get a chance.Mmm....I think we can still make history.

  • Safa on January 23, 2007, 19:44 GMT

    AssalamuAlikum! Mr.Kamran ireally enjoy your articles and i think you are doing a very good job ! keep it up.

    About the article icant agree more. I think it was more of a bad luck that stopped inzy to get his fine century ... inzy is one batsman who never loses his hope in any of his players...be it the worst tailender of his team he urges them to do better. He is one of the finest batsmen of Pakistan. I hope he gets his century against SA in the final test! good luck inzy!

  • Qasim Saeed on January 23, 2007, 18:34 GMT

    Thank you Dawar for enlightening us but your comments have not diminished the improtance of Inzamam\s innings at all.

    The stats do tell something. What they don't reveal is that Inzamam played two of the most important innings in the 92 world cup semifinal (especially) and final which evenually lead to Pakistan winning the World Cup.

    It is quite apparent that you are nota follower of Pakistan cicket but ofcourse are fully intitled to your opinion on Inzamam. But as long as Inzamam keeps playing "match winning" innings which he has done quite consistently, I wouldn't b too concerned even if you ranked him lower than Courtney Walsh as batsman.

  • Laloo khet on January 23, 2007, 18:22 GMT

    Inzamam innings was very useful but I think all the credit goes to Muhammad Asif.

  • syed sibte hassan shah on January 23, 2007, 16:46 GMT

    Dear Mr. abbasi, we all are forgetting one most important element of the second tests success of Pakistan. Yes Younis and Akmal played very good inning for Pakistan, but what happened in the first test? We actually did not have the bowling power in the first test unless our bowling department is effective we cannot win any match and if we win it is a miracle. Now in the second test we brought in Shoab, no one denies his ability and talents . Of course it was him who destroyed the top order of south african team and provided an edge to Pakistani Team to win this match.Though he could not play the second inning due to his injury yet he has already given the pakistani team an opportunity to win then. It is sad, he always has his injury problem after few overs. Imagine if he is 100% fit. This was the reason when england team lost the series in Pakistan, England Captain quoted ' big difference between us and pakistan is Shoab Akhter'. So, let us not forget his contribution in the second test where he provided the strong base to pakistani team to celebrate.

  • Hassan Farooqi on January 23, 2007, 16:32 GMT

    Dear Mr. Dawar. The statistics in cricket are for fun only. It does not tell about true contribution of a player. The statistics you have mentioned place Viv way behind Tendulker which is a big joke. When it comes to world cup, only Javed Miandad is the only batsman that can dare stand next to Viv. Maybe you should ask Tendulker's mentor and greatest fan Sunil Gavasker. He would definitely place Miandad over Tendulker when it comes to world cup.

    If you look at the 5th world cup that Pakistan won, Miandad was the man! The next best batsman for Pakistan was Inzi! Followed by Amir Sohail and Imran Khan. In the third world cup that India won, Kapil was the man for India! In world cup, statistics do not matter, cup matters!

  • syed sibte hassan shah on January 23, 2007, 16:18 GMT

    Dear Mr. abbasi, we all are forgetting one most important element of the second tests success of Pakistan. Yes Younis and Akmal played very good inning for Pakistan, but what happened in the first test? We actually did not have the bowling power in the first test unless our bowling department is effective we cannot win any match and if we win it is a miracle. Now in the second test we brought in Shoab, no one denies his ability and talents . Of course it was him who destroyed the top order of south african team and provided an edge to Pakistani Team to win this match.Though he could not play the second inning due to his injury yet he has already given the pakistani team an opportunity to win then. It is sad, he always has his injury problem after few overs. Imagine if he is 100% fit. This was the reason when england team lost the series in Pakistan, England Captain quoted ' big difference between us and pakistan is Shoab Akhter'. So, let us not forget his contribution in the second test where he provided the strong base to pakistani team to celebrate.

  • Ehtisham on January 23, 2007, 11:59 GMT

    well, now inzi has already got man of the match award for his best innings he ever played for long long time. He played like a true champion in fisrt innings of this test match. As paksitan won by overall team efforts but definitely Inzi's batting was the differnce in the end.

    Many many congratualtons to paksitan and to all cricket lovers of Pakistan :)on this historic victory.

  • amir on January 23, 2007, 10:44 GMT

    inzy younis and kamran and fantastic bowling from shoib akhtar seal the pakistanis a win and a well deserved 1 from amir bristol

  • Mohsin Omar on January 23, 2007, 7:47 GMT

    I dont want to say Inzi is better thn tendulkar and Lara Or tendulkar and lara are better thn Inzi. All i want to say is that inning of 92 not out is OUTSTANDING and one of the best innings in test cricket history PERIOD. I have never seen any inning like this before ohh yeah i saw one and that one was Inzi's too against bangladesh.. Salute u Inzamam ...If Tendulkar or Lara has played any innings for their country please let me know...

  • Dawar on January 23, 2007, 6:10 GMT

    I respect views of all of you.

    Please check it out URL below.

    It will tell you who is the best in the biggest event of cricket, world cups.

    World cup is near so we should know about our heros?

    http://www.howstat.com/cricket/Statistics/WorldCup/BattingMostRuns.asp?Stat=500

    Most runs with averages for the top 50 players. Check it out where is ur hero stand?

    cheers, Dawar USA

  • Dawar on January 23, 2007, 5:39 GMT

    Please remember Kamran Akmal is a wicket keeper. We expect him to perform well behind the stumps.

    Keeping should be his primary role. Now a days every wicket keeper has good batting skills but not every batsman has a good wicket keeping skills.

    I think PCB should try other wicket keepers. This is unfair with other deserving wicket keepers, who are performing very well behind the stumps plus they have good batting skills.

    Day by day Kamran progress behind the stump is declining. In year 2006 he did not perform well. Now in 2007 he has a very bad start behind the stump. World cup is near, Pakistan team can not effort to drop catches of players like Tendulkar, Lara, Pointing, Hussey, Gibbs, Kallis etc.

    There are some options for PCB :

    The captain of Pakistan last under nineteen winning team Sarfraz Ahmad is the wicket keeper batsman. He is young and dynamic. PCB can give him chance. Or give chance to any other good wicket keeper.

    If batting is very important for the keeper than Younus Khan can stand behind the stumps. He did in the past. In this scenario PCB has more option to include Shahid Afridi (all rounder) or Asim Kamal (Specialist batsman) in the team.

    Dawar USA, CA

  • Dil Shah on January 23, 2007, 1:35 GMT

    Awesome Inzi as everr .U are a Every green player .Pakistan has yet to produce players like you & Miandad.No question You are a beautiful player .God Bless. Coming back on this idiot Shooda Actor ,who thinks he is above all .Plz plz drop him from the squad .Pakistan does not need this nonsence player .He is useless .What is one thing common between Imran Kham & Shoaib Actor ?????..(Hamstring).This guy has a moth of a truck driver.He needs o scrub his tounge.Filthy & dirty.What would you expect froma person who drinks & goes to filthy dirty women.Pl tell him to become a Actor may be may be he can get a breakthru.Shame on You Mr Shooda Actor.You are a blck sheep of the Pakistan Team .A real problem......

  • jay on January 23, 2007, 1:13 GMT

    Inzi is amazingly cool under pressure, to perform in pressure cooker situations, i would say he is number two behind Adam Gilchrist only because Gilchrist blitzes away the opposition so quickly that it demoralizes them very badly but Inzi kills the opposition softly as though apologizing for doing that.

    Best innings for Inzi..

    Beating aussies in 94 adding 57 with mushtaq for the last wicket to win. 92 world cup semi-final, 60 of 37 balls Saving Pak from embarassment aginst bangladesh in a test

    Only thing which counts against him is his record in Australia, extremely poor, something like 21.

    Before judging him the best batsman in the World, he has to score against all teams in all regions and against all teams, home and away.

  • Muhammad Usman Aslam on January 23, 2007, 0:00 GMT

    Alot of people have been comparing Sachin and Inzi .. well i believe that Sachin's record does speak itself very well for his status as a batting genius.. But surely, Cricket is a team game and this is where Inzi has scored better centuries and more effective runs in this regard.

    Sachin is a batting genius alright.. But Inzi surely is a Crisis Genius for Pakistan.. way to go Men in Green !!

    PEACE

  • khansahab on January 22, 2007, 23:29 GMT

    in response to mohd saleem re my comments being "crap analysis", perhaps you could have provided more convincing arguments for stating that a "so-called" player makes meaningless centuries.

    my friend, first of all, no offence but afridi's presence in the team often leads to the team's downfall as well. people like you want afridi to be in when he isn't playing, and want afridi to be out when he is playing. his recent test form has been abysmal and that's why he has been left out. he hasn't been left out because of any team politics etc.

    secondly, you said that a "so-called" batsman makes lots of meaningless centuries. a batsman is there to make runs and nothing but his run-scoring ability is relevant in deciding his calibre. inzi's knock would have been absolutely worthless had it not been for asif's extraordinary effort. if a "so-called" batsman does not have world class bowlers in his team line-up it isn't his fault!!!

    please think before you make silly comments. i am not saying inzi's a bad player- he's one of the best batsmen pakistan ever had but let's not compare him with players who have been much more consistent in their careers.

  • Zainee on January 22, 2007, 21:28 GMT

    A lot has been said about Inzi unable to perform against SA in SA.Inzi has done it,he is truely a great,to perform when the chips are down makes him a special player.Its heartening to see people across the border acknowledging his effort as well,I love you inzi,hope you continue your form in the next test!

  • zarrar on January 22, 2007, 20:55 GMT

    All hail inzy, no real need for mr to comment on his greatness or this innings as much has been said already. But just for my Indian friends, having gone through the comments i think u all have been a touch hard on Sachin, c'mon boys lets not demean him for the sake of inzy's greatness, both are truly gr8 in their own right.

  • Jawad on January 22, 2007, 20:34 GMT

    Can someone explain me why Pakistan were not awarded those 5 runs when a sweep shot played by Inzamam hit the helmet placed behind the wicket keeper. Inzamam has been victim of pathetic decisions by the umpires and he was again NOT OUT in the 2nd innings. The ball was clearly missing off stump in his LBW case. To me Aasim Kamal is better player than Faisal Iqbal, i wonder why he's not given a chance, may be he lacks "sifarish".

  • kabir on January 22, 2007, 19:57 GMT

    yeah,once again a great inning by inzi, but what has pakistan got after inzi and MOYO retires ?????

  • WALEED on January 22, 2007, 19:37 GMT

    congrats inzi bhai!well done!hope u keep the same apirit in the 3rd test also ......good bye pindi express .....go n face the music back in pak.......n plzzzz bring afridi back .....hes the pathani express(the best entertainer in the world!)

  • HAMMAD IQBAL BUTT on January 22, 2007, 19:30 GMT

    INZAMAM IS THE EBST BATSMAN WHO HAS EVER LIVED specially under pressure no one and i mean noooo one can play like he does he is GOD gifted TENDULKAR LARA PONTING ETC ETC they never rise up to the occasion like INZAMAM does the one who comes closest is Steve Waugh so PEOPLE STAND UP and clap once again for the genious of the GREATEST BATSMAN EVER who has one the match for Pakistan yet again. I DONT CARE IF U DISAGREE WITH ME bcz what i say is the truth if u dont believe me ASK IMRAN KHAN

  • Ammar on January 22, 2007, 18:57 GMT

    Shudnt we be sayin 'Boom Boom Inzi' now ?

  • hashaam on January 22, 2007, 18:45 GMT

    For all those complaining about kamran akmal, he today has proved what a great cricketer he is and how he is willing to fight for his team. he only fails when every one else do good, but when pakistan is under pressure akmal comes out of his shell and proves what agreat batsmen he can be.

  • saqib on January 22, 2007, 18:24 GMT

    It is a good victory away from home.Pakistan team have played very well.But it was sad to hear that shoib attitude is not good.He didnt come to bowl in the second innings.He should change his attitude and should concentrate on cricket.

  • Shahbaz Faheem on January 22, 2007, 16:40 GMT

    Great Win! Accolades to Inzi & his team. The win is fantastic becoz Pak team played with 3 bowlers and still won.

    However, for 3rd test please bring back Afridi, Asim Kamal & Shabbir Ahmed.

  • Hassan Farooqi on January 22, 2007, 16:31 GMT

    To all the Tendulker bashing Indians. Here is a quote from TV serial "Smallville". The disgraced senator says, "You know why there are no heroes these days? It is because everyone is a human, and there are people waiting for him to fall". Please, despite his current form, Sachin is the great one from India. I have seen his heroics in his yester-years. He was never the Bradman, but he served India for a long time and now that he is fallen, he needs morale boosting from you, not kicking. True, Dravid is much better than him, but he will need to perform this way for a long time to be called greater than Tendulker.

  • Stuart on January 22, 2007, 16:23 GMT

    As a, hopefully, neutral (English) observer one can only comment as to what an amazing match this has been and how much credit Pakistan deserve for this victory. An all round thriller.

  • ANSER: Question on Inzamam's batting position? on January 22, 2007, 16:07 GMT

    " who put a question mark on Inzamam's batting position in this particular innings. Well, as far as i know, he had been out of the field during the SA's innings due to a neck strain. And as the rules of the game go on, he could have come down to bat after a certain number of wickets fallen or a certain amount of time elapsed. And when the wicket of Mohd. Yousaf fell, he still had to wait a minute and a half before he could come to bat. That was the reason Kamran Akmal was promoted in order." by Whiz

    Naved PIB NJ-USA SAPinfoATGmail

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on January 22, 2007, 15:43 GMT

    Inzi praised all his "BOYZ" and said they are "all man of the match" :-) He should have actually given away his Man of the Match Award to Younis Khan and Kamran Akmal jointly, for the win and for the aggressive knock by the later.

    You cannot win matches by being defensive. MOYO and Inzi both were very defensive in the second innings and gave a big scare to ALL the Pakistani's that the match is slipping away in SA's favour! Farhat did not disappoint us at all. He played his usual game, but Hafeez was unlucky to be given out LBW when he was not out.

    Bravo Akmal for your superb innings. Hope you regain your confidence behind the wickets too!

    Good luck Pakistan for the 3rd test. Bye Bye to the RawalPindi Express, unfortunately, the voyage was a very short one! He came, he bowled, he's gone back!

  • Tayyab Bashir on January 22, 2007, 15:14 GMT

    wow! it is proved now,actually after winning, that he played exceptionally well and i have seen this type of innings after a long time from any player! When this man is compaired with other heros in world cricket he might not b ranked very highly but he deserves! because i think i have seen quite sometimes,unfortunately, the dicisions of umpires went wrong against him otherwise his stats might have been showing us a different story! Non the less a great player Pak have ever produced...Well done Inzi go on....

  • Umar on January 22, 2007, 15:11 GMT

    Anyone saying Inzamam should retire after WorldCup ????

  • Arif Hassan on January 22, 2007, 14:58 GMT

    A very right decision of officials of south africa for awarding inzi the man of the match trophy....he truly deserve this...good luck to inzi for next match...

  • Mrs I Ahmad on January 22, 2007, 14:57 GMT

    what a knock by inzy,one of the many best and match winning,as usuall.Sorry ,for someone who still think tendulkar to be far better.Who cares if he has a better average or better technique,in the end, what counts are match winning performances and on that front nobody matches inzy.Always there when most needed,unlike a tendulkar,even before his injury problems.Inzy's built in timer is remarkable,i just love his expressionless face while he bats through difficult times.For me he is not just second behind miandad but slightly ahead.Numbro Uno

  • Proud Pakistani on January 22, 2007, 14:48 GMT

    Congrats to everyone for the fabulous victory. Inzi could have had more centuries and runs that Tendulkar if he played as an opener. Tendulkar out of around 380 ODIs and played around 250 of them as opener and have 70-80% of his centuries as an opener. Whereas Inzi has played all his life at number 4,5,6. Thats the reason Tendulkar not caring for the team likes to open because he knows he cannot score much down the order when the field is spread and ball old. Inzi should be rated as one of the LEGENDS. I hope you all agree with me.

  • Imtiaz Ahmed on January 22, 2007, 14:39 GMT

    Yet another innings by Inzy that reafirms his class as a batsman. He had a plan for this innings, he knew exactly what he wanted and how to go about it. Let the wide & short balls go. Get maximum for the half volley or the wide short one. The amount of patience shown was refreshing. Throughout that last wicket partnership, he did not look fussed at all. It wasn't the case of I think we can get a good lead here, but I know we can get a good lead and I know how to do it. Out of a nearly session of batting with the last wicket. Asif only had to face a full over once to memory. The confidance and his dismissive style speaks volumes of the man's talent and a wise head on his shoulders.

    I just hope that he can pass some of his vibes on to the the three musketeers, (Farhat, Hafeez and Hameed).

    Just one comment, --- brother Inzy, "When conducting interviews with the media, speaking english is not necessary. ---- I remember the French winning the football world cup in France and all te following interviews were conducted in French, the rest of us had to listed to voice overs or read the subtitles.

    Well done to Team Pakistan and leader who has been there many a time and come out fighting.

    Regards,

    Imtiaz Lancashire, England.

  • kaz on January 22, 2007, 14:28 GMT

    A great win from pakistan and a great knock from inzamam in the 1st innings, the reason why this innings is being rated higher than say some of the centuries he has made in the past is the fact that he showed great determination and grit in this innings which is altogether becoming more rare in the modern game, althoiugh depending on personal choice over the course of a career the likes of tendulkar and lara may be rated higher there is no doubt over the past period of 3 maybe 4 years inzamam has been in the greatest form and seems at this point to be the one most likely to finish his career with a flourish. My personal opinion is whichever order you put the likes of , lara, tendulkar, inzi, ponting and after the past year yousuf there will be very little to seperate them. As for the comment by Robert at January 21, 2007 7:33 PM, i couldnt watch Cullinan bat allday - not if shane warne was bowling, now that was torture.

  • Arshad Jamal on January 21, 2007, 23:46 GMT

    Thanks Kamran, I enjoy your blog immensely.

    Inzi was just being Inzi. No amount of praise would merit his class. He is in a class of his own. I hope he crries on in the same fashion for further 2 - 3 years.

    I would like to thank my Indian Freinds for their support and recognition of Inzi's class.

    As the comparision is concerned, I am sorry to say but I have never been a Sachin fan. In all the Indian batsmen I seen I would give the highest rates to Rahul Dravid who is undoubtedly a class act and complete cricketer. Another Indian batsmen who impressed me alot was Muhindur Amarnath who did not have the chrisma or glamour (or hype) of modren days cricketers but was a very fine cricketer. I still remember his four centuries in front of Imran in the '82 series when Imran was at his lethel best.

    Some people were asking question that why Inzy came so late out to bat, to those, he had missed some time when he had to sit out due to neck pain and according to regulations he had to wait for certain amount of time before he could come into the feild.

  • L Cerejo on January 21, 2007, 22:53 GMT

    What was Inzi thinking when he went of injured. Perhaps that it was very sore, perhaps that cricket balls are very hard or perhaps that you can never ever please some people.

  • Go Inzi! on January 21, 2007, 21:32 GMT

    Excellent innings Inzi!!! Pity he'll never make 100 against SA, it's the one that'll always elude him : better it ended that way than out. But it's a good thing in a sense - helps to drive him : not good if you've achieved everything in life!

  • An admirer of Inzi on January 21, 2007, 20:55 GMT

    It is true that Inzamam is a great batsmen. Every innings of his is just a testament to that fact. He is unique in his style and the greatest thing is, this style looks to be forever. It is really a question about what replacement Pakistan has for him. But if he plays like the way he is playing right now, he can be there forever.

  • Bilal Shah on January 21, 2007, 20:35 GMT

    Just to sum up the things, another great knock, on another continent though :) by saying that i mean sourav Ganguly, who played a gem of an inning. once again showing that, he has still got what it takes. being a pakistani, we are not very applausefull when it comes to praising cricketrs from cross the border. but it was really nice to see him batting again, and in a full flow too.. we in subcontinent have a tendency of "having a go" at our heroes once in a while. but Inzamam and Ganguly respectivley showed thier true acts. well done guys.

  • Ghalib Taimur on January 21, 2007, 19:51 GMT

    Inzis the man for Pakistan.This guys probably the only guy in history of cricket who can remain calm after gis side is about 160-170 runs and the last wicket standing.Apart from that he is able to take the team out of a mess.Great team man!

    Shoaib should take a leaf from the captain and try to be a team man rather than having brawls with Bob woolmer and calling it quits over that.

    To add to this Zulqernain Haiders gonna get debut in next test for sure unless Kamran does something exceptional with the bat.Best of luck!!

  • Imran Syed on January 21, 2007, 19:48 GMT

    I think we should start a blog to discuss Kamran Akmal and the torrid time he has been having behind the stumps. He's gone three series (England, West Indies, South Africa) now with no sign of any improvement in his wicket-keeping. We may just lose this current match because of his numerous missed chances in this game. I personally think we should have brought along an understudy keeper on this tour to keep the pressure on AKmal, and perhaps try someone new before the World Cup.

  • Asif Ahmed on January 21, 2007, 19:48 GMT

    Great stuff from Inzi. However, Kamran, I think that you need to devote a column to the troubles of Kamran Akmal. Think of how different the match complexion would be had he taken his easy chances (and all of those in England as well). I think that it is high time that we drop Akmal for the 3rd test. I was hesitant to drop him before because of his batting, but he has shown himself to be irresponsible even in that regard. Akmal has cost us too much and needs to be dropped so that he at least realizes not to take his place for granted.

    Bring Zulqarnain Haider for the next test match.

  • Robert on January 21, 2007, 19:33 GMT

    mmm... Inzi the best/greatest... I recall a very young and inexperianced Azhaar Mahmood doing exactly the same thing, yet he reached his 100 vs South Africa. Inzi... Great player that he is, still isn't quite on the same level as Lara and Tendulkar. Who else could play the same kind of innings - Brian McMillan only he was consistantly trying to play an innings with the tail. And for the record, the batsmen I would choose to watch bat all day - Mark Waugh and Daryl Cullinan.

  • Arslan on January 21, 2007, 19:07 GMT

    Hats off to INZI .He has saved his team more than any other batsman in the world can claim about

    and about WHY HE CAME LATER IN THE INNINGS: Becoz he had stayed out off field when SA were batting and cudnt bat until no 6 .and when he was able to come at no 6 the was abt to end thus a nightwatchman was sent and he came at no 7!

    Also, surely Shoaib Akhtar has grown to big for his shoes whether he is unfit or something else(Blam must also be given to Shoaib if he is unfit bcoz he is the same men who started giving interviews in public that he is fit after he was initially dropped for SA tour)Unfit or some fight Shoaib akhtar can not be excused

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on this blog) on January 21, 2007, 18:36 GMT

    Kamran, before this thread gets the "lost in translation" effect, it is high time you provide us with a thread for analyzing the failures of Kamran Akmal and maybe it would spell an end to the horrible wicketkeeping which is hurting Pakistan's winning chances... This wicketkeeper makes me sick!! Two things consistent about this bloke: 1.Pathetic wicketkeeping 2. no remorse to show for his blunders

    How can PCB afford to pay for the trip, fee and above all a spot for responsible role in the team ?!! What about Zulqarnain Haider....should'nt he be given a chance for the third test...What say you ?

  • Owais Ahmad on January 21, 2007, 18:30 GMT

    I agree with you though Inzi has had many comparable innings. What I want you to raise in your next chain is following "Give Kamran Akmal some rest". Yes I believe he is worse than Moin and Rashid and needs to be given some rest. A terrible English series, terrible champion's trophy, mediocre home series against WI and now a terrible series in SA. He is actually making Danish Kaneria look bad. You were so ruthless when it came to Kaneria conveniently forgetting, on a number of occasions Kaneria was let down by Akmal, in England, in SA. I strongly believe the problem is not with Kaneria, its with Akmal. Give him some rest, employ Zulqarnain or some other prospective WK and see if Akmal improves his keeping. YES he played that invaluable innings against India at Karachi, but its long time back, he cannot live on past achievements, which in this case is more than a year ago.

  • Syed M. Hasan on January 21, 2007, 18:21 GMT

    I think inzi will never again play a big innings. If he does then Kamran plz bring it up on this blog n i will apoligize. Fortunatley i won't need to cuz this was Inzi's LAST, VERY LAST big innings.

  • Babur on January 21, 2007, 18:05 GMT

    It was splendid knock from probably the best batsman Pakistan has ever produced. He was supremely unlucky not to get the 100, but i believe the innings he played is worth more than a double hundred in a dead match, some times i wonder how he keep coming up with goods when the team mostly need it.

    Secondly, I have been noting for well over a year now, that Pakistani bowlers end up having to get at least 13-14 wickets to bowl the opposition out, I believe the PCB should look into pathetic standards of umpiring in Pakistan matches and find ways to fix it.

    Best of luck Inzi and rest, and its high time Shoaib be thrown out for good ;)

  • Usman on January 21, 2007, 17:18 GMT

    absolutely fantastic century again 13 players yes 11 + 2 umpires who leave no way to put pakistan in pressure by giving poor decisions, good job inzi

  • Hasan on January 21, 2007, 17:10 GMT

    As soon as everyone thought Inzi's end was coming he comes out with this. One of the best innings he has ever played even though he didn't get his hundred. He played with the tail from the first ball to the last, he started with Sami, and ended with a determined Asif. Once again Inzi has shown that he is the best batsmen Pakistan has produced. The best part about his innings is how he managed to play with the tail and showed faith in them. He protected Asif very cleverly and because of him we are now in a strong postion. The fighting spirit is definietely there in the Pakistan camp and we have learnt a lesson that Inzi is an amazing leader and can get Pakistan out of any situation put in front of him.

  • Waqas A. on January 21, 2007, 16:01 GMT

    Inzi is simply the best! definately not recognized as he should be....i really hope Pak wins this match cuz i think they deserve it, and seriously.....we need to replace shoaib for another fast bowler lol.....oh yeah, and i think sami needs to be played a lot more. Go PAK!

  • SHAMEEK DHANDA on January 21, 2007, 14:48 GMT

    The problem With the asians is such is our attitude towards our HEROS.We are so happy with INnzy's 92 nd we are allready speculating it wud be the greatest 100 that he never got "IF" Pakistan doesnt win.Awe cmon guys GROW UP everyone knows "THAT A THING OF BEAUTY IS A JOY FORVEVER".He played a superb innings-PERIOD.The rest is upto the whole PAKISTAN team to life itself up after their captain played a superlative innings regardless of the fact the team won or lost...Kudos to the MEN IN GREEN they can teach the MEN IN BLUE that HE WHO DARES WINS.Keep it up ALOO....It was a fine innings men like him shud be admired while he plays and not just written about when he retieres from this beautiful game.

  • Waqas Mir on January 21, 2007, 14:40 GMT

    truly a great knock a knock of high class remnicent of inzamam's great talent. i have always liked him and rated him above all the lara's and the tendulkar's bceoz he is the man to look to in crisis and especially he does it in such a serene manner as well. well done inzy and all my best wishes with u

  • Whiz on January 21, 2007, 14:06 GMT

    This is in response to Mr. Nicholos Sith who put a question mark on Inzamam's batting position in this particular innings. Well, as far as i know, he had been out of the field during the SA's innings due to a neck strain. And as the rules of the game go on, he could have come down to bat after a certain number of wickets fallen or a certain amount of time elapsed. And when the wicket of Mohd. Yousaf fell, he still had to wait a minute and a half before he could come to bat. That was the reason Kamran Akmal was promoted in order. And when Younas khan got out, it was surely the time to 'watch the night'. Sometimes, he deliberately drops himself down the order by a few numbers, only when pakistan is in pursue of small targets. As his wicket surely dents the morale of his side and boosts that of the opponents. He has never delayed his entry while batting first or chasing the huge totals. One of the example is that of Karachi one dayer when he nearly took his team home while chasing a mammoth total of 349(if i am not forgetting the figures). He is no doubt a fighter. Will never show his back to opponents. INZI THE GREAT.

    Peace!!!

  • Mohd Saleem on January 21, 2007, 13:51 GMT

    Awesome Inzi! Great innings indeed.

    I have seen so-called great batsmen scoring meaningless centuries after centuries but have never seen such a magnificient inning. Your inning will be the turning point of this series and I am sure Pak will go on to win it.

    Get rid of Shoaib. sack him for life. Get rid of Imran Farhat. Bring back Afridi, his presence in the team is enough to boast the confidence of the team. on the other hand, he can bat much better than Farhat & Hafeez and can bowl much much better than Sami & Kaneria.

    I would say Pakistan is playing with 4-international calibre players (Inzi, Yousuf, Younis & Asif), the rest looks like club players and not to mention Kamran Akmal's shabby wicket-keeping who made look Pathiv Patel like Rodney Marsh. Finally, what a crap analysis from "khansahab".

  • Dravid on January 21, 2007, 13:28 GMT

    Not a bad innings at all. Unfortunately he needed to leave the field with an injury (really?) and therefore only could bat with the tail. If he would have stayed on the field, he might have made many more runs. What was he thinking??

  • Ghulam murtaza on January 21, 2007, 11:27 GMT

    Inzi best ever hundred but unfortunately he failed because of Mr. Muhammad Asif, in 1st inning he proved that he can bat. If pakistan wins this match, so this will be the greatest achievement for the inzi as well as for the pakistan. Shoaib Akhtar proved that he is fit after that he sent to SA, he also performed in 1st inning and now whats wrong with him, he is unfit again?

  • usman on January 21, 2007, 11:03 GMT

    Inzy is the player that pakistan have found the diamond from the sea.I have watch his 100 of innings but he is not a sellfish player.inzy zinda bad pakistan painda bad.........

  • You don't need to know, iight? on January 21, 2007, 10:37 GMT

    Now that was Inzi at his best, keep it up buddy.

    And as for Shoaib that guy needs to be dropped for good. seriously he has an njury every 2 test matches.

  • Amin Shaukat Ali on January 21, 2007, 9:39 GMT

    When it comes to handling pressure situations, I believe Inzi. ranks among the world's best ever..Truly great batsman.

  • Azhar Khan on January 21, 2007, 9:35 GMT

    Inzi is the best when it comes to pressure situations...we are very fortunate to comment on his legacy... I love the title Mr. Abbasi. Your article did hurt me when you wrote something negative on Inzi just a few weeks ago. He is such a class act ... i just hope that people appreciate him as much as possible. We haven't given a good farewell to our heroes. InshaAllah we will give a great one to Inzi... he totally deserves it. Hats off to Inzi for this inning!

  • Ashfaq on January 21, 2007, 9:26 GMT

    I think Inzi have another one year of good cricket left in him provided team politics didnot ruin him. Shoiab's injury proved that team management was right to not include him in the Pak squad for SA. He needs to be sent back and play only second class cricket in pakistan against the likes of abottabad and quetta. waqar's exclusion is not right at this time and needs to be reconsidered. Ashfaq

  • iqbal on January 21, 2007, 8:40 GMT

    This is where Inzamum (Innu)is different from the other two great batsmen of modern cricket. His latest innings against shouth africa prooved his masterey in batting. He not only played a memorable innings for his supporters but also made them proud as his supporters. I always believe he is the best stroke player in cricket and hope cricket experts should also admit this.

  • AHMAD ALI(Bagh Wali Pully) on January 21, 2007, 8:37 GMT

    No doubt Inzy is one of the fine Bats Men in the world.But he makes some wrong decisions Like this in First Inning of the Second Test In South Africa ,He came down the order and remained not out, he could not finih his inning because of his late decision and in the end he missed his century.And it also hurt Pakistani team because he could have done more score if he was batting more early......But he has done Well

  • saaniya on January 21, 2007, 8:19 GMT

    awesome inzi,i think he was brilliant in his mind game and also controlled asif very well till that poor shot from asif ,i think he deserved that century.he showed his class and deserves all respect which he never gets.bravoooooooooo inzi

  • Shehzad Ghani on January 21, 2007, 8:19 GMT

    Inzi's done it again, no doubt. But what a shame that Shobi has thrown one of his tantrums again, when he keeps lying that he plays for Pakistan. More than anything, he should respect the nation and not get us in trouble when we need a 4th bowler. Look what trouble he has single handedly given us. All Shoaib Actor fans!

  • saaniya on January 21, 2007, 8:18 GMT

    awesome inzi,i think he was brilliant in his mind game and also controlled asif very well till that poor shot from asif ,i think he deserved that century.he showed his class and deserves all respect which he never gets.bravoooooooooo inzi

  • wajid ali on January 21, 2007, 8:14 GMT

    Inzi's innings reminded me of a similar masterly batting with the tails by Basit Ali in West Indies many years ago. It was prolly Inzi's best century he never made.

  • Kumar on January 21, 2007, 8:14 GMT

    Inzi in my eyes is one of the top 5 batsmen in the world at the moment. No doubt and questions on that. It's just that there are too much focus on other test playing nations and their stars...He is the quiet one in the corner that doesnt get the recognition that he so much deserves. I remember watchign him in the first one dayer, where the seasoend campaigners were struggling and in walked the tall chubby "Kid" and he made the bowling looked easy and up and down. I said this kid has greatness written all over him. Pakistan cricket is richer for him being around. Pakistan need to manage their cricketers in a better manner to keep te good ones aroudn longer...there are times when the team is virtually new and they perform, players fall away and the board just lets them slip further away...Keep it up Inzi...you are the man...by the way where in Saqlain?

  • Raashid Shunthoo on January 21, 2007, 8:02 GMT

    Indeed it serves as great pleasure to eyes which one sees Inzy taking control of things along with tail.Fortunately for Pakistan he has done it numerous times.Best thing about all his innings which have come up in this manner is the way he protects his partner by exposing him to minimum to opposition bowlers,and still he manages to get big scores.Now that he did not get to a hundred,it is just for stats, but actually he did it perfectly what he was supposed to do. If is known fact to everone that most of his hundreds scored in tests have resulted in victory for Pakistan and that is the fact which is much acceptable.

    Now he has done enough to get the label of great from the best.

  • Pete on January 21, 2007, 8:00 GMT

    I'm an Aussie, so I only get to see him when he comes to Australia, and he doesn't perform very well over here which, judging by his stats and what I read on Cricinfo live scores, is a real shame. What a great knock from him. Reminded me of what Hussey did against South Africa last summer with McGrath and MacGill. Hope Pakistan gets the win here, because Inzy deserves it.

  • rext on January 21, 2007, 7:58 GMT

    Nice guy that he seems, if Inzy keeps batting like this he might even rise above being the TWELFTH BEST BATSMAN currently playing Test Cricket!!!!!!!

  • Srikanth Raghavan on January 21, 2007, 7:53 GMT

    This was an absolute master class.. What differentiates a class act from also rans.. I did not follow it initially but eventually read the commentry and realised Inzi paired with Asif from when he was 39.. I then read through the commentry and realized that over after over Inzi kept going on and at the same time making sure that Asif was not put in front of the ball..

    Absolute class act.. Cricket is richer by an innings like this and Cricket is richer by a performer like Inzi

  • Shah faisal from Peshawar on January 21, 2007, 7:39 GMT

    Inzy is best and he proved that he is best well done inzy very well done inzy . inning for youngstar how to play with tail.

  • waqas on January 21, 2007, 7:19 GMT

    yeah it was Inzii best but now i thought it goes in vain after Shoaib sagga n now i think game over n Pakistan best chance to win in SA seems over n let we can pray tht we get them out in 2 session otherwise its over

  • arjun on January 21, 2007, 7:11 GMT

    though i am indian i thhink inzyy played a superb innings. Gr8 job

  • Morgan on January 21, 2007, 7:08 GMT

    One of the great innings by Inzi indeed.

    I've always held the highest respect for the big guy and he has rarely dissapointed as far as his batting goes. Wonderful knock.

    Hats off to him and lets hope he gets that elusive century against SA before his career comes to a close. He has had such a wonderful career he deserves to "complete the set."

  • Mehr on January 21, 2007, 7:02 GMT

    No doubts, Inzi showed every 1 that he is still one of the best batsmen of the world.

  • Raheel Hashmi, Riyadh on January 21, 2007, 6:36 GMT

    Inzi's innings is an answer to those who talk about his English speaking abilities. I wrote previously that his bat does all the talking. Afterall he is great batsman and not a university lecturer

  • Muhammad Faheem Khan on January 21, 2007, 6:35 GMT

    i am the view that the combination of Inzam ul Haq, Muhammad Yousaf, and Younis Khan is very good and strong in the middle order. i think Mr. Naveed ul Hassan now aged he should resign and never play cricket in future. Mr. Shahid Nazir`s career also ended and he should also resign. Mr. Shoaib Akther always remain in any problem, injury and scandal. i think he is not sincere with PK and PKni Nation. he should also resign as early as possible because paksitani team and Inzamam is in the position that without Mr. Rawalpindi express can win every match and world cup

  • faizaan ali shah on January 21, 2007, 6:31 GMT

    wow! thats INZI in capital letters for all those woh wonder what class is just have to see this great innings. irrespective of the match result class of inzi is the final outcome

  • Arif Hassan on January 21, 2007, 6:20 GMT

    Yup....it was a superb innings by inzi and kamran sb is right in saying the best hundred inzi never got...........

  • faisal on January 21, 2007, 6:09 GMT

    wow Inzi did great job.

  • Sankar on January 21, 2007, 5:52 GMT

    Well, one of the best innings tht I have seen. Not only was Inzi in full control, the way he protected the tailender and added the score was really admirable.

    Let us look at the supposedly top batsmen playing now. 1. Sachin Tendulkar - Countless number of centuries, has he ever played an innings? He'll be the one to get out if he plays with a tailender. That tells you his capability. 2. Ricky Ponting - He can blast the opposition with his strokes, will he be able to bat with a tailender like this? First thing, I dont think he'll ever get into such a situation, but even if he gets into he wont be able to do what Inzi did today. 3. Brian Lara - Yes, he can do. But he attacks the opposition and rides on a bit of luck - gives the opposition one of two chances - Inzi never dd that today. Being an Indian, I would request the cricketing fraternity andthe public to acord Inzamam the due credit he deserves.

  • gimmy on January 21, 2007, 5:19 GMT

    A great knock by a great player, thumbs up Inzamam. Also i would like to shut some ones mouth cuz he does't have a right to talk about Mohammed yousaf's beared. One more thing MR. ZACK,u said you can predict many thing, i have got supper dupper idea for u, why dont u open a palm reding shop to make some money rahter than commenting on someones beared. i would appreciate that.

  • arif khan on January 21, 2007, 5:00 GMT

    one of the great innings inzamam had played in the first innings of this match. he is truely played a captain innings. hope inzy team wins this match only to be remembered as inzy's best performance.

  • fhs on January 21, 2007, 4:13 GMT

    Inzy played a very special inning and lets hope for the win!

  • Rayhan on January 21, 2007, 3:53 GMT

    I never saw the innings but reading all these praises makes me think, must've been great. Greatest...hmmmm...remember Inzi's innings against the Aussies in Khi, when Pakistan scored 57 with just one wicket remaining, that was one of the greatest. Further, Kamran sahab could you please shed light on the Shoaib Akthar incident? We have seen this time and again, yet this person is picked only to let the team down. Saw Wasim Akram advocating for him...wonder what his stakes were?? Since Inzi has taken over, the team looks like a team, not a bunch of individuals. The last time this happened was when they beat England under Javed (and that was an extension of the Imran era). Since Javed was removed, Wasim just went on to spoil the brilliant team that we were capable of having. Mudassir was very right in saying that the Wasim and Waqar era has done more bad than good. Salim didn't help...and then the itsy bitsy captains weren't good either. However, since Inzi has taken over we are on a correct path, maybe not the best, but certainly trying to be. It will come, with time, and with honest effort. People like Akram and co. should be kept miles away from the politics of the team. (Akram was a great bowler, but a very selfish individual and remains such). And Kamran sahib, you are a knowledgeable individual, you should know better that sometimes inviting a dialouge can have more harm than good (avoid the Shoaib /Inzi topic as much as possible, people with little cricket knowledge will always be greater than those with a good understanding...thats how Shoaib make his way into the team time and again).

  • tahir iqbal on January 21, 2007, 3:52 GMT

    That was so graet to see Inzi Batting with tail. I have read all readers comments and I have no words to say for Inzi as I cant say anything which equalls his Inning:

  • spikey sammy on January 21, 2007, 3:31 GMT

    salaam, hi

    wel interesting topic going on here, inzi n pak team alwaz da best mashaAllah, jus msg to those judgin my pakistani team DNT JUDGE!!! wen u dnt knw da facts or da truth dnt bother judging n pointing fingers at da team include shoiab akhtar, n those he called waqar younis stuff again dnt judge him n point fingers do u knw anythin wats happend NOPE u dnt! if u cnt say anthing gud beta to keep silent. u shud pray 4 da pakistan team (da players) not curse dem, u shud be ashamed of urslf u shudnt curse no1 especially a muslim shudnt b cursing! may Allah (swt) bless every1, may Allah grant pardaise to all, accept al duas, may Allah guide us to straight path, may Allah help us all and may Allah make da pakistani team (all players successful in dis lyf n da hereafter) n may Allah mk evy1 succesful in dis lyf n in da hereafter ameen sumameen. “Love for other people what you love for yourself.”

    tc

  • Shahid Faruqui, Detroit on January 21, 2007, 3:20 GMT

    I am not gonna talk about Inzy innings or Shoeb fuss. But let me vent at at our keeper...Kamaran Akmal...He is total mess and a Phycho case...He is going through an emotional crisis.....He is a shame for a wicketkeeper.....If we loose this game (or do not win it) it will not be due to Shoeb's unavaialability but due to Akmal after the chnaces he is missing particularly stumping chance of Prince. Prnice is kind of batsman who can go on and on and take away the game from Pakistan....it is about time that we dump him at least for test matches......and as a punishment to of the misry he brought to Pakistani team, let us not give his brother a chance.......even if he is better keeper than Zulqarnain......He job is to do KEEPING first and then urge Danish or Asif on...he is more into yelling behing the stumps than collecting the ball, stumping or ctaching.....what a shame.......what a shame.....he should be out for the third test...I know he has done a lot for Pakistan but as of now he confidence is low........I have been myself a fan of this little DANDOO from Lahore.....he comes from my MUHALLAH (neighborhood)

  • Salman Haider on January 21, 2007, 3:03 GMT

    Inzi slaps his critics yet again by showing that he is the world's best. His departure, when it comes, will leave as wide a chasm in our batting line up as the big fella's girth! :) What a tremendous player. Hats off to an innings few could produce, and no one could with the nonchalance and serenity as he.

    On a side note, how come no talk of the balcony incident in which Shoaib and The Bob having a go...seems hamstring isn't the issue. Shoaib is a maverick, but what a performer, and in his case it is all about being managed properly.

  • Mike Rsario on January 21, 2007, 3:02 GMT

    Excellent innings from Inzi. Bad luck on not getting a hundred. How about some light on the wicket keeping of Kamran Akmal..he has dropped more than 45 cathes within the last two series. Not no mention 18 missed stump chances on the bowling Kaneria alone. Now is there anyone to actually say it loud and clear that this guy just can't be the keeper ...he aint made for it ..period. Time for replacement. Thanks to him instead of SA ..being 115 for 4 ..are 115 for 3 ..what a missed chance of stumping ..and Kaneria once again ...maybe lost another solid wicket...thanks to Kamran Akmal. Kaneria might be the biggest affectee of Kamran Akmal's keeping ..perhaps could have had another 50 wickets to his record. All those cricket pundits of PCB and GEO TV..how come you evade any question on Kamran Akmal ? I he related to someone ? It is not a bad patch he has always been the lousy keeper that he is. This is not a bad patch ..don't give this crap.

    Regards

    Mike

  • prakash on January 21, 2007, 2:41 GMT

    I always respect great cricketers,regardless of their country.They all play for themselve, for team and for country.Inzy always play as the situation arise.Hats off to him. Let's not compare him with anybody, and we know that HE is Inzy, THE GREAT CRICKETER,in every aspect.

  • jadogar-spin on January 21, 2007, 2:40 GMT

    Inzamam says that Yusuf is the greatest batsman in pakistan's history. Inzi is not far behind himself...

  • Aftab Qureshi on January 21, 2007, 2:38 GMT

    Some of the comenters here have questioned whether Shoaib Akhtar is really injured or something happened in the dressing room? Why do you do this, gents? If any one knows the truth to be different from what we hear officially, then please come out with it. Otherwise, shut up!

  • cb fry on January 21, 2007, 2:31 GMT

    masterful innings, so serene under pressure. and pleasantly suprised to see so many indian cricket fans writing in to praise inzy. good to see some subcontinental unity.

    is this blog ready for a sachin vs inzy debate? inzy is my personal favourite (though i hesistate to use the word "better", depends how it's defined) for a variety of reasons: a) father figure to the team, b) unflappable under pressure, c) massive proportion of match-winning hundreds, d) lovely old-fashioned character, enjoys his food and turns down singles to save his energy. what a guy.

  • Syed H. on January 21, 2007, 2:17 GMT

    Well done Inzi, congratulations. About Shohaib, he should be sent home immediately. He is disrespectful. This injury is his style.Pakistan don't need him anymore. Inzi and Woolmer were right for not selecting him in original party due to his fitness. If Pakistan doesn't win this test it will be because of Shohaib.

  • ravi kiran on January 21, 2007, 2:12 GMT

    Inzy has dazzled to greater heights with this innings. It was a treat to watch him take control of the situation,I wish he hit a hundred. Inzy all the best U got another test to go!!!

  • Indian on January 21, 2007, 1:59 GMT

    The GIANT among the pygmies,like tendulkars,dravids and pontings.Keep it up INZI every one knows u r the great but i want u to be the greatest,good luck.

  • faisal on January 21, 2007, 1:53 GMT

    No comments about Inzi coz i totally agree with Abbasi but i do wanna say about Physico named Shoaib akhtar ...man he is such a stubbarn wrotton egg. he should be banned for life he has no respect for anyone he is a headach for team he wants to play for himself not for team and he isn't a super star. he behaves like a kid his ego is everything. Selectors plz don't select him coz his chracter is not tolratable

  • Rashid Umer Siddiqui on January 21, 2007, 1:45 GMT

    Once again Inzi has shown his class but Shoaib's injury and Kamran Akmal's sloppy work behind the stumps have once again created problems for Pakistan. If Pakistan do not win after this great performance of the captain, it will be most unfortunate.

  • Giovanni Torre on January 21, 2007, 1:43 GMT

    Inzi has grown so much since becoming captain (no pun intended). It's like the Anti-Lara Effect. He absolutely relishes the honour and responsibility of the role and has become one of the world's premier batsman - without a doubt. This is another example of his formidable character. Bravo.

  • Hammad on January 21, 2007, 1:38 GMT

    Hello, well Inzi played really well and I consider this his best knock after he made 138* against Bangladesh. He played well and i still dont understand what made asif play tht stupid shot

  • Valavan on January 21, 2007, 1:08 GMT

    Only Inzi can produce results for pakistan, He is the true match winner. Pakistan will weep when he is gone. Pakistan can produce batsmens and bowlers, it will be really hard for them to bring another Inzi.

  • Rajesh Ghai on January 21, 2007, 0:57 GMT

    Thinking about how Tendulkar played in the last test in the India -SA series when he had a chance to make a difference and how Inzi played in this game, it is obvious Tendulkar is a boy compared to Inzi's man. Tendulkar is a boy who never grew up. A whiz kid who never matured as an elder stateman as what Inzi has been for the past five years.

    Pakistani fans please - please cut your players some slack. Stop cricizing Inzy when he misses a trick as a captain - there is no one else who can command the same respect in world cricket as Inzi and hence be a better leader of men than him. With all the talent that Pak possesses, he only needs to inspire the team - the rest will happen automatically a lot of times. When it does not happen a few times, cut him some slack!!

  • DR JOVAD on January 21, 2007, 0:39 GMT

    I love the way inzmam protected asif & kept the score board ticking. No doubt, it's one of the best knocks by the Big Man. Truly he deserved this hundred to keep his record of winning. Fingers are crossed, see who wins in these 3 & 1/2 days of cricket. Good Luck Pakistan

  • Nicolas Sith on January 20, 2007, 23:49 GMT

    Well for sure inzamaman played a good innings and managed to score a big 92run.In my opinion Inzamaman and his team may have had a bigger lead if Inzamaman might not had been harbouring himself from coming down to crease at his regular no.5 batting order.I dont find any good reason why he 's shy not to come out of crease and kept on sending youngsters to face the bully Ntini and pullock who were banging thier balls right up,and the youngs paki boys just kicking pull shots and anf miss hook to give away thier wicket cheaply. I felt real dissappointed by Bob Woolmers appraoch while the captain was sitting in the dressing room watching loose wickets falling down,giving Ntini his 6-fors.If Inzamaman had come out at regular position he might led all the youngster with him to built an healthy lead and kept the proteas under more pressure. in the end the injury prone man doing wat he does good,,getting injured again,gave more chance to SAs to built up thier second inning and put the pakis under pressure in the fourth innings of the test.in my point of view Inzmaman and bobs decission was a foolish one to get inzi out at No8.you see the big name ,lara,tendulkar,dradiv,ponting,flintoff,shaheryar nefees,sangakaara,etc all come out at crease at their regular regardless of the circumstances and built good partner ships with regula players,and not trying so hard to play out with slmy tail enders!!!Might have been much easier for inzi to bat with Yasir,akmal,or even shoaib at a regular position than at the pen ultimate tail of the innings!! my comment is open for more comments. i m a french and like this game a lot and have a very nuetral opinion on the game! Thanks nicolas Strasbourg France

  • Knight on January 20, 2007, 23:44 GMT

    It was really cool. I love to watch that kind of innings and I have seen after long time that innings inzi played a great and I hope this match will pakistan win. Now what's wrong with Shoaib. Well, I think everyone is not happy with Shoaid's game. He did a great job in last match and then what goes wrong that he couldn't play? I will say that is really not good becaucs Shoaib is that one greatest bowler and also he is the one bowler after wasim and waqar who has Experience. He need to keep up his game but?

  • shahid on January 20, 2007, 23:35 GMT

    it was really sad inzy missed the century.... but hopefully he will get in against SouthAfrica also and register a hundred against each nation in remaining 3 tests against SouthAfrica...I read somewhere SouthAfrica coming to pak in august or sept ...so hopefully he can continue that form and also like to see him how he goes against Australia when Australia will tour pakistan hope he continue in the same vein...

  • Yasser Rafique on January 20, 2007, 23:31 GMT

    Inzamam has knocked out his crictics once again who were criticsing him that why did he played in this test when he knew well before this test match that he has got a blow on his neck. He realy did his bat do the talking ....

  • Well done Inzi! on January 20, 2007, 23:30 GMT

    Excellent knock Inzi!!! You saved your team-mates from the stranglehold SA had today!!!

    Thank goodness that idiot Smith has still not realized he needs to bat lower in the order like yourself to take some pressure off and cover up his teams mistakes - instead of leading them into it!!! But then he'll rather keep his 'lead-from-the-front' proud attitude, than do whats best for the team chances - SA pride is their death.

  • khansahab on January 20, 2007, 23:26 GMT

    batsmen who play well under pressure are surprisingly often under rated. i think graham thorpe was one of the best batsmen england ever had, yet he was never as highly rated as trescothink, strauss & co. People are comparing inzi with tendulkar, but i think people need to be reminded that "playing well under pressure" is but one factor in assessing the quality of batsmen. i present a few reasons why i believe tendulkar is a better player:

    1) sachin, until about 3 or 4 years ago, was considered to be an indomitable player. on current form you may say that inzi is a better batsman, but rewind to 4 years ago when inzi's average was in the mid forties and tendulkar's was almost sixty. 2) look at sachin's extra ordinary average against australia, look at the way sachin has dominated warne and mcgrath. i have seen egotistical bowlers like alan donald applaud sachin when bowling against him. inzi has technical weaknesses, for eg he shuffles across his stumps while playing his shots which gets him out bowled or lbw often. 3)to build on the second point, sachin has no technical weakness in his batting....i have seen bowlers work upon a set line and eventually get inzi out because they know of his weakness, whereas there isn't a set way to get sachin out, or there certainly wasn't 4 years ago. 4) India’s main strength has always been their batting as opposed to bowling. Only since the emergence of irfan pathan (who is in regrettable form now) have India been considered to be a formidable bowling side (and now zaheer and sreesaanth seem to be following irfan’s success). When you have such a strong batting side with consistent players, there is less chance of being in a position where your pressure-handling competency can be tested. Also, people seem to be forgetting that sachin was india’s backbone for most of the 90’s until ganguly, dravid and laxman improved their batting. In my opinion he has handled many pressure cooker situations well, single-handedly guiding India to safety on countless occasions. 5) many people say that inzi is not a good runner, so think about how many runs he could have scored if he could run swiftly? Well, to counter that argument, inzi’s body mass and sheer strength compensates for that weakness. Sometimes inzi doesn’t time the ball well, but because of his strength, the ball races away to the boundary. So I think his body mass works both ways for him. 6) look at sachin’s consistency, prior to his current slump. You could always count on him to deliver, whereas throughout inzi’s career he has averaged something like 50 in one year, but then something like 30 in the next……..an inconsistent player can never be a world class player, just like how a batsman with a technical weakness can never be a world class batsman.

    I can come up with more arguments, and no, before you think that I am sachin’s no.1 fan, I am not. In fact, he isn’t even in my favourite players’ list. My favourite batsmen are dravid, ponting, saeed anwar and graham thorpe.

  • Danish Khan on January 20, 2007, 23:12 GMT

    As for me, Inzi Bhai has gotten a hundred, it was very unfortunate that the ball Asif got wasn't an inch or two higher, who knows the endeavours a batsman of Inzamam's calibre and stature could have mustered up?! Laugh, giggle or weep, but I believe the way he was going, he could have reached 150 (for the scorers), not for me. It is and always will be Inzi's hundred for me!

  • DesiMD on January 20, 2007, 23:01 GMT

    all i have to say is "Inzi Inzi Eh"...lol...inzamam's the best

  • Sadiq Hashmi on January 20, 2007, 22:46 GMT

    Inzi Bai just showed his class and worth to the pakistani team When inzi shines so do pakistan so hopefully we will win Great shame about shoaib, hopefully he will be bak SOON!

  • asam on January 20, 2007, 22:34 GMT

    great inings from inzi we all know he is one of the best in da wrld but i wld lke to comment on sami guys on thisblock dont u thing he is back in form he is bowling straight and with pace and confidence

  • Alex on January 20, 2007, 22:14 GMT

    Masterclass from Inzi today. A lot of people seem to be jumping on the bandwagon regarding Shoaibs injury. However everyone must note that he is a fast bowler who has been out of regular action for a long time and can only truly get match fit by playing regularly and therefore it is always going to be a risk (look at Michael Vaughan). If the stress of bowling 11 overs has brought on the injury then fair enough. At least he took more wickets than Rana and Nazir put together in the last match. However if it is a fake (an MRI scan will pick it up) then he should be sent back to Pakistan and never considered for selection ever again. He's been given a lifeline after the drugs controversy and still hasn't learnt his lesson. No one individual is bigger than the team (quote Roy Keane when Eric Cantona left Man Utd).

  • Haroon on January 20, 2007, 21:59 GMT

    mashallah one of the best inning i have ever seen.............east or west inzamam is the best

  • Mohan Rao Vanamisetty on January 20, 2007, 21:47 GMT

    Hats off to Inzy. He has proved again and again as the ultimate performer in crisis. He is totally unflappable. I am an Indian cricket fan but will rejoice equally if our pakistani brothers put it across SA and ultimately take the series.

  • rizwan ahmed hussain on January 20, 2007, 21:38 GMT

    mahshallah awesome batting display by the great INZAMAM UL HAQ! DEFINATELY DESERVES MAN OF MATCH AWAY ALREADY!!!!!! gud luck to pakistan hope they win the whole series/

  • Muhammad Asif Hanif on January 20, 2007, 21:38 GMT

    I was great performance from INZI, I wish and i pray he would retain his form and wins worldcup for Pakistan.

  • Omair Hasan on January 20, 2007, 21:36 GMT

    There couldn't have been a better title to this blog Kamran! Inzi, we are blessed to have been born in this era to see you play innings like these time and again. You surely are a class act and definitely the best batsman Pakistan has ever produced. As for Shoaib, I believe it was you Bono was referring to in his now legendary lyrics " I can't live...with or without you"!!!!

  • Ahmad on January 20, 2007, 21:26 GMT

    yes, inzi played a great innings today, one u yearn for in years... too bad it seems to be pottied upon by that lout-of-a-cricketer's feigned injury. When are u gonna write a piece that demands "we can survive without shoaib akhtar, we already have enough troubles without him!"

  • zahid on January 20, 2007, 21:03 GMT

    Inzy played great knock.he deserved a hundred.If Pakistan win the match then Inzy must be awarded man of the match.

  • red_khalid on January 20, 2007, 21:03 GMT

    thanx to the host broadcaster in south africa for putting the curse on inzi's would be hundred. I had it in mind as soon as the burly master crossed 50, but as soon as the TV crew mentioned the fact that he has a hundred against all test teams except south africa, inzi is left stranded. grrrrrreat :(

  • Tauhira from Jamaica on January 20, 2007, 21:02 GMT

    AWWWW, Just as he said that he wanted a century in his latest blog, He fell short.

    Well atleast he got close ...

    -Peace!

  • shane on January 20, 2007, 20:58 GMT

    superb!that was an outstanding knock by an outstanding player.i really think pakistan should play asim kamal in the next test because surely the poor guy deserves a chance since he has never failed,even performed against australia.yassir hameed is not convincing enough for me,imran,s technique also has a question mark.you can say,ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh,he got a 68,but how many chances did he give?without shoaib,asif n sami need to find that extra to dismiss sa because pakistan will be further strenghened by umar gul in the next test hopefully who,by ALLAH,S grace,is not an actor nor a showman like akhtar

  • mat on January 20, 2007, 20:56 GMT

    i think all the hard work put by inzi going to be wasted by one of the most arrogent bowler we ever had and that is shoab akhtar.. I hope every one saw his finger pointing at bob woolmer in the dressing room at the start of the second day. Bob woolmer's face showed he (shoab) must have said some nasty things even inzi had to call players meeting. And then surprise surprise shoab got injury before even going on the field.. did anybody see any signs of injury when he was batting ?. Again he is showing that he is bigger then the country. Success goes into his head far too quicky, no wonder hes getting bald at a speed. Hope rest of the team stick together and snatch this victory while shoaib is busy in some night clubs.

  • JAVED A. KHAN, MONTREAL, CANADA on January 20, 2007, 20:53 GMT

    Whilst I agree with the essential points of this thread, where I disagree is that why didn't Inzamam start protecting his tail from the time Sami, Shoaib and Kaneria were playing?

    There is no doubt about Inzi's class and he has not played like this for the first time, under pressure he performs better than any player in the world and thats why I rate him better than Lara and Tendulkar. What a good, unlucky knock it was on a personal level where he missed a milestone by eight decimeters and what a great knock it is for the team that gave them a lead of miles!

    The way he arrived at the crease in the morning, on a typically capricious Port Elizabeth pitch where South Africa were demolished for a mere 124 and scoring runs by any player was appearing difficult and the way Pakistan were struggling at 6/130 odd runs appeared that Pakistan might end up around 160-170. But the humble giant slowly walked up to the pitch in his usual lazy, lethargic style and announced that he is in no hurry to go back to the dressing room. He has his own lazy style and panache in his batting and he also has so much time at his disposal that he can late cut, pull, hook or execute a shot when everyone thinks its too late, the ball is going to end up in the keeper's gloves and then the thunder, or the delicate late cut, and the ball is dispatched to the fence. There is no apparent or obvious aggression, he is never in any kind of hurry, always cool as a cucumber. When he is standing in the slips cordon with a poker face expression and hands on his haunches or scratching his beard, no one could guess that this man with a bat in his hand is capable of turning the tables while playing against the best team in the world. And he is at his best when he is under pressure.

    He was under pressure even before the match started due to an injury to his neck and I was getting the impression that he has already relinquished from his responsibilities, like it happened during the Australian tour and I was expecting that any failure to bat would be another excuse in covering up the low scores towards the fag end of his test career, which will come to an end with this test series. But, I am so pleased that, he did not let his fans or his supporters down today.

    Au contraire, Monsieur L' Express du Rawalpindi, after a fantastic comeback with 4/36 in the first innings, came in to bat with no signs of any injury and then shocked everyone by announcing that he has pulled his hamstring! What a shame, after seeing him bowl superbly and taking four wickets, I was pulling Bob Woolmer's leg when he expressed his concern over Shoaib's match fitness, the later not only proved me wrong but disappointed all his fans and supporters and more than that, at a time when Pakistan has an opportunity to square the series, their strike bowler has pulled the ladder, thrown his towel. So, why the hello did you play man when you know that you are not fully fit? Umar Gul's inclusion would become more of a concern after this incident.

    With the current situation that Pakistan is in now, a million dollar question. Does the team need a fast bowler or an allrounder here? They have Rana as a reserve, but to replace an allrounder, who is available? Hafeez has a stiff neck, Razzaq is still not fit and he is in Pakistan. Where is Shoaib Malik? If he is still injured and sitting in SA, what the hello is he doing there? He should accompany with Faisal & Farhat and take a one way ticket to the moon (home). The answer is in two words: Send Afridi.

  • Fahad on January 20, 2007, 20:53 GMT

    A great innings by a great man.Rarley have i seen such a masterful display of brutness and craftness in an innings and the Big Easy Inzi has shown us what great player he is.

  • Fiasal on January 20, 2007, 20:46 GMT

    Rightly said by Mr.Abbasi. One of the best innigs INZI has ever played. Lets hope that Pakistan does well and wins the TEST without Shoaib :( ... ishaAllah.

  • Mukarram Muzzammil on January 20, 2007, 20:45 GMT

    Well, i don't think if inzi had scored century today, it would be his best century because he has scored better centuries than that. However, it was one of his best knocks. Nevertheless, I hope pakistan can win this match, but it will be hard to get south afirca out without shoib. I hope shoib can come tomarrow to bowl.

  • szr on January 20, 2007, 20:35 GMT

    This innings from Inzamam was paricularly conspicous in the regard that it epitomized the extent to which a batsman can overcome the odds against him. Coming in with a injury at number 8 after a pathetic batting collalpse, with the burden of a very weak tail, to keep his cool in pressure, to get Pakistan a heavy lead against a superb attack. Pressure is the greatest test there is in cricket and Inzamam has showed countless times of how to handle it. Though the bangladesh test match at multan remains his best in cricket , this won't be too far behind

  • Zaheer Gorsi on January 20, 2007, 20:24 GMT

    Kamran....please dont write off Inzi's other great tons by calling this one as would have been the best.

  • Furqan Rahim, Karachi on January 20, 2007, 20:24 GMT

    Inzimam is one of the very best batsman of his time. I even rate him better than Tandulkar. And he is definately more than better than Ponting. After Lara he is best batsman in present day. And he has all the ingridients requied for best test batsman. More than 20 centuries out of which 18 are match winning and two double hundred and a triple. and the ability bat with tail makes him even best. Pomting and tendulkar cant in their wildest dream think of it. But i think it was most required one for him as he has never made hundred against SA.But Inshallah he will do that in next match. As far as shoub issue is concern, i think PCB should make a clear statement that "he is arogant player and he breaks rules all the time and remain unfit for 350 days a year thats why as policy decision he shall not be included in the team ever in future. His career for pakistan is over".

  • Goodman Sr on January 20, 2007, 20:22 GMT

    I endorse the views earlier made by MUSAFIR on your website.I might further add that Shoib Akhtar does make difference, wickets or no wickets.People expect unexpected from him. Inzimam is a force to reckon with , he performs.Pakistan has good fortune to have Mohammad Yousef and also Mohammad Younis. Irvine,CA,USA.

    has good fortune to have Mohhammad Yususf Mohammad Younis

  • frq on January 20, 2007, 20:21 GMT

    inzi u "little" beauty...

  • Umar Bilal Lilla on January 20, 2007, 20:17 GMT

    Inzi , being the captain always leads from the front. He has never let his team down when a real geniune effort is required from the skipper. His batting with the tail-ender and confidence on them is quite faboulus as well.Inzi and Yousuf are the best of the best.

  • salim ahmad khan on January 20, 2007, 20:17 GMT

    Inzamam delivers the best when under pressure unlike the great batsmen of modern era.its really a delight to watch inzamam work out all the permutations and combinations with tail-enders.Hats off to his batting skills as well as mathematicl skills

  • Ajiz on January 20, 2007, 20:04 GMT

    well done inzi, and shoib i think you better go back to paksitan and join the Army as that would fit you most.Cricket is gentleman's game.

  • A. Saeed on January 20, 2007, 19:56 GMT

    No doubt Inzi played a great inning and its a shame that he did not reach hundred. On the other hand if the news about Shoaib Akhter's argument is true, then his performance is pathetic. He is a great bowler and all but i won't want anybody on my team who would abandon the team in the time of need. Pretty pathetic. Asif is evenly capable of destroying any batting line up. We will win this match (God willing)

  • mohidin gundroo on January 20, 2007, 19:55 GMT

    Inzi is one of the fe batsmen capable of such masterly innings. He still is the best batsman for the country. considering there is no capable batsman and a skipper to replace him. I think the country will need him even after the world cup irrespective of the world cup result, although i doubt if he will stay on after the world cup considering what he has been through for the last few months. i hope shoaibs hamstring injury is a genuine one, if not it will amount to betray of the nation and all the fans worldwide who entrusted him to spare head the pakistan bowling attack. He must realise he is playing for his country and not for bob or Inzi. Pakistan has stood by him through thick and thin in every possible form. It is time for shohib to deliver both in this series aswell as the world cup, if not it is time to say goodbuy to him once for all. Pakistan can manage with capable and commited bowlers like asif, gul, shabir ,naveed and sami, who are fully capable of delivering results for pakistan.

  • Farjad Malik on January 20, 2007, 19:51 GMT

    Finally an innings of substance from Inzi. It is one of the few times you would see Inzi bat sensibly when the going is tough. Inzi & even Mohammad Yousuf need to start showing this maturity which made Miandad such a great batsman. When the tail is exposed and when the conditions are hostile, you need not only bat yourself but also make others around you bat which was a trademark of Javed Miandad. This innings from Inzi finally showed us that all these years he did learn something and also got a chance to improve his mediocre stats against SA.

  • Waseem Saber on January 20, 2007, 19:49 GMT

    INZY YOU ARE A LEGEND, a treat for all the cricket lover around the world, this is a great lesson for the Smith & co who could not dislodge the last wicket partnership, Inzy litreally toyed with the SA bowling, which include the Master Craftsman, Pollock, the Loudy Nelly and Express Nitini, well done inzy to keep them at bay, Recently no Bat could do that from the subcontinent, greats like Sachin,Dravid,Laxman etc.. Learn from him. WEL DONE INZY BHAI KEEP IT GOING. ALL THE BEST.

  • P H NEJIMON Abu Dhabi on January 20, 2007, 19:46 GMT

    Inzi is a sheer class performer. Delivering just when it's required. Numbers may favour Sachin or Lara as the best modern batsman. But in the context of the game, Inzi and Ponting are the greatest. Look at this man, right from the 1991 world cup to date. Watching him batting is an incerdible cricket experience. Just like listening to Gulam Ali

  • Saqib on January 20, 2007, 19:38 GMT

    All those people who doubted Inzamam due to his average form of late shame on you!!! A true great always bounces back and that is exactly what Inzamam did today. I sometimes wonder though will pakistan be the next bangladesh in terms of batting without our big trio yousuf younus and inzy. Shoaib Akhtar, well what can you say he is either flying high or falling flat on his face for god sakes man get some consistency. If shoaib isn't fully fit leave him out until he improves his fitness levels significantly or if it's past his cell by date move on. It is a hard task for the pakistan team to bowl out south africa without one of their three specialist bowlers, shoaib is a great bowler when he is fit but it is a big risk to select him for the team when he is not fit enough as seems to be the case in this match. Pakistan's top order batsmen need to produce more runs or we will lose the majority of matches agaisnt the greater teams and we cannot rely on ur big three all the time we need an allround team effort to be a truly great team

  • Saeed Ahmed on January 20, 2007, 19:31 GMT

    A master and commander inning from Inzy today. Kamran Akmal has to shape up or ship out. Doctrove continues his Oval revenge and Shoaib continues his antics.

  • Syed Tariq Imtiaz on January 20, 2007, 19:22 GMT

    Inzi is always great while playing with tale enders. Why so? Why not so good these days when he comes on his normal number? I think he has alot of class in his batting but somewhat lagging when stamina is concerned. With tale enders he dont need to run alot so he conserve his energy and he only has to show his class which he did in a style today. I have not seen such a greatness in batting for a long time. I wish this timely change in form go miles during worldcup.

  • Rahnuma on January 20, 2007, 19:21 GMT

    Sure it was a beauty by Inzi, NOT to forget the great Asif as he supported Inzi for more then 90 mins, a huge time to stay on the crease as a batsman for a tailender. As every good thing has a bad end in pakistan cricket, Shoaib did an excellent job to shatter the hearts of Pakistani people and got injured again. NOW what? will pakistan be able to stop SOUTH AFRICA from turning tables on them which there is a huge chance of happening. We have to wait and see for that. For all this keep watching Pakistani Dhachakay...

  • AYAZ NAGARAI on January 20, 2007, 19:21 GMT

    Todays innings of Inzi reminds me of his ininings of 1994 against Austrailia in Karachi where he single handly won the test for Pakistan.This is very encouraging that Inzi Bhai get in form just b4 the world cup .

  • Khalil on January 20, 2007, 19:18 GMT

    Well Played big man Inzi.. It was an innings to watch and totally controlled captaion innings. Pakistan deserve to win this watch. About Shoaib, Well What I don't understand about this guy is, he is a professional cricket with all the facilities and training available for him. Look at Bret Lee, he has the same pace but he never broke down. Shoaib, I am sorry to say this. You are a great bowler but your problem is, You wants to get more attention. I have followed your career very closely from last 7-9 years when you were only playing domestic matches. Just by looking at your face, one could tell that you are nothing but a Model (who needs attention on all the big stages.)

    Kamran Bhai! Would you please post your comments/thoughts on this recent break down of Shoaib?

  • Ahmed Khan on January 20, 2007, 19:15 GMT

    Right this time Kamran. Inzamam Ul-Haq played the captain roles perfectly by leading from the front. Although it is dissapointing that Inzamam didn't complete his century against the Proteas, he did the best to give us, Pakistan, the upper hand of the match. No matter how this game ends from this point, the whole team shall praise Inzamam for giving them the upper hand at a moment.

  • Mohsin on January 20, 2007, 19:14 GMT

    Hello Kamran, Do you think there is any other reason why Shoaib Akhtar didnt come to bowl in second innings Vs South Africa during 2nd test match today? There was a unrest in the dressing room and the world saw him having a fight with Inzamam and Bob Wolmer on live Tv. Today when he came out to Bat he had hardly had any eye contact with Inzamam and put hardly a bat on the ball as if he was not in the game. I was a big fan of Shoaib Akhar but after today I feel He should be kicked out of team because of his EGO /attitude problem that will never go away and its bringing the morale of the pakistani team down . No matter how many times he is given a chance to play cricket Shaoib akhar will continue to demonstrate how arrogant He is

  • Unni on January 20, 2007, 19:12 GMT

    What an innings by Inzy. Time and again he has come to the rescue of the team in crisis. It is this spirit which has helped Pakistans cause so many times.

    As an Indian , I have rarely seen any of our so called giants bat in such a manner. never has tendulkar shephereded a tail.

    Inzy along with Ponting score when it matters most unlike our Indian batsmen who flop miserbaly when it matters latest example the SA series which was set up by the bowlers

  • Faisal Rao on January 20, 2007, 19:05 GMT

    Inzi played like only Inzi can. Cool, calm and collected. His controlled agression was a welcome sight for all the Pakistanis around the world. Go Big Easy Inzy! As far as Shoaib Akhtar goes, instead of alling himself an Airplane, he should think about called himself a FORD. F = Fix O = Or R = Repair D = Daily It suits him more.

  • usman mehmood on January 20, 2007, 19:03 GMT

    i have only one word for inzi "fabulous"

  • Syed Zaffar on January 20, 2007, 19:02 GMT

    If Pakistan win this match, well & good-otherwise I would like Younis Khan kicked out. He has NEVER NEVER played an innings against a top team (Austarlia/S Africa) to be remembered, to be the winning factor. If I am wrong please educate me. I know he everyone says he is good-but I personally don't think so-and mark my words. This other charcater Kamran Akmal is so nervous(after playing all these matches). He needs to be given a rest. I have seen so many players in The 20-20 tournament who can be potentailly excellent players for the future , and should be given a chance.How long are we going to depend on the great INZI???

  • Gagan - Bangalore on January 20, 2007, 19:00 GMT

    Sometimes, scoring a hundred takes the sheen off the effort involved in it. And Inzi might've got it easily if he'd taken the singles on offer.

    It really was a master class from Inzi. A lesson in batting with the tail for contemporary "greats" particulary the Indian team that recently toured South Africa. Ganguly, Laxman (& Tendulkar too) would do well to watch this innings and learn from it. I hope Pakistan go on to win, not just for the sake of the series but to highlight Inzamam-ul-Haq's masterful inning.

  • Samuel Alexander on January 20, 2007, 18:57 GMT

    No worries guys Inzy will get a big one next match...he deserves it like no one ever did.I hope Yousuf gets one too...Younis still has time i guess.

    All hail the big guy.

  • Adeel Zia on January 20, 2007, 18:57 GMT

    Inzi no doubt a class act,once again showed all of us today. Shoaib my personal favourite but if the problem lies with shoaib then once and for all he should be left of this Paki team,and if any one else is the culprit then justice should be brought,and all things should be fair and free of nepotism,Pakistan comes first.Long Live Pakistan

  • Syed Naumanuddin Hassan on January 20, 2007, 18:53 GMT

    Inzamam deserved a hundred but unfortunately his destiny was decided by the tail-enders. Hats off to Inzamam for the composure and determination. Kamran Abbasi, I would really be grateful if you initiate a topic on how PCB has been beating around the bush with Waqar Younis resignation and Shoaib Akhtar abrupt selection and recent injury after declared unfit controversies. I agree with Omer Admani, there seems to be some sort of a struggle of differences amongst Shoaib, Woolmer and Inzamam. I am certain that Shoaib's injury is a lame excuse and there is something fishy. I am disappointed and staggered looking the frequency at which the controversies are occurring at just a shade from the World Cup!

  • Vasant on January 20, 2007, 18:52 GMT

    Inzimam has proved once again why he is such a great cricketer. He is unique, so dont compare with other cricketers. One of the best batsmen with solid technique and a wall tough to break.....

  • Suleman on January 20, 2007, 18:49 GMT

    I think Inzamam ul haq is a far better batsman than Sachin when chips are down. How many times have we seen him come good for his team when chips are down. Compare that to Sachin's performance. Sachin has rarely performed to dig his team out of the hole. Well done Inzamam. Even if pakistan loses from here they will do so with dignity, unless we see shots like that played by Akmal!

  • Ahmed on January 20, 2007, 18:46 GMT

    Awesome Player Awesome knock, Best luck for the rest of the match

  • adnan on January 20, 2007, 18:46 GMT

    inzi played a superb innings.he played a captains innings.wht the hell is going with shoaib half the match he bowls well and nothing happens then he get injured

  • Kumar Abhinava on January 20, 2007, 18:46 GMT

    Never seen Tendulkar do this in a Test Match. Inzamam has played these kind of amzing innings several times - he is the best.

  • Dr Malik Nazar on January 20, 2007, 18:45 GMT

    great knock of self determination paticularly unflustered by previous falures is what makes inzi the best in crunch situations like todays----sad he couldnt reach the 3 figure mark. but i am amazed why he did decide to bat at no.8

  • usman on January 20, 2007, 18:44 GMT

    inzi is always the greatest and if we make ranking of best batrsmen in the world how cant we neglect him as at the top because he scores when its needed when its required and under such conditions and circumstances when opposite team has dominated and drilled into our bating but he always stood there single handedly just wana say he is great man with kool minded good sense of cricket and rock solid

  • Mustafa Khalid on January 20, 2007, 18:44 GMT

    Today i loved watching Inzi play, it was such an awesome knock. Loved the way he found the gaps on the 5th or the last ball and took the singles. I wished Asif could have defended a little longer. But century or not, it was definetely one of my favourite innings of all time.

  • Waqqas on January 20, 2007, 18:43 GMT

    good innings, typical inzi. gets it right when it matters. how long can pakistan endure this kamran akmal farce. in the last 6 months he gone from hero to joke. missed catches, messed up regulation stumpings, getting out playing a hook shot off the last delivery of the day. the guys gone nuts.

  • ishtiaq on January 20, 2007, 18:38 GMT

    this is the Inzi fantastic style.i think this innings give some lesson to his old colleagues players who talk against him on media .inzi keep it up.u r the best in the world i think best than Sir Bradman

  • Imran on January 20, 2007, 18:38 GMT

    Cometh the hour cometh the man! Great knock Inzi.

  • Khurram on January 20, 2007, 18:36 GMT

    i never watched Bradman playing but his average suggests he was the biggest giant cricket has ever produced,so no comparisons there but in todays cricketing world there is no player that slumps his form every now and then ,Inzimam slumps his the least yet most criticized when he does(not that he does it intentially ofcourse).Lara is older than him,Dravid and Ponting are no babies either...no one in India and Austrailia ever question them about their retirement plans.A giggly and bouncy Younus Khan is a good energetic character to have in the team,a reasobaly good batsman but just moving the fileders around or showing that he is more agressive than Inzi doesn't make him a good future captain.Inzi knows his resources better,he knows his players better than i think any other pakistani captain ever did ( Imran Khan being an exception).What we as Pakistani fans need to do is back Inzi up all the way untill he feels he is ready to retire,I feel he still has a lot to offer to Pakistani cricket,todays innings was just that evidence.Made me scream when Asif got out but if south africa loses this match and especially the series this innings from Inzimam will haunt many southafrican players in the current team for a long time,oh and please tell the southafrican commentators to be a better sport and not only cry when the umpires fail to pickup the inside edge of kamran akmal's bat but also mourn when they don't pick it from MOYO's bat.Horrible decision or Yousuf i guarantee you was on his way to another hundred.

  • Guru Prasad on January 20, 2007, 18:33 GMT

    Surely inzy is in the same level of Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting,Fleming to name a few..great captain, cool head..most importantly delivers when it matters..I hope his innings wont go waste..

  • Ali Effendi on January 20, 2007, 18:29 GMT

    Tell me Osman what do you think about the altercation that was shown on TV between Shoaib akhtar and seemed like Bob Woolmer and then shoaib who when interviewed earlier had not mentioned anything about "injuring his hamstring" suddenly did not show up to bowl. I would really like it if you could shed some light on this issue.

    The sad part about shoaib is that he has been too jacked up by his own ego and i assume he has no respect for anyone what shows up infront of the media is just a big lie. I bet he is a very disrespectful person from what appeared on TV. I like any other cricket fan would, love to watch him speeding in, but this is just totally ridiculous. If Inzi does not want him in the team i bet there must be a reason and i bet it is not exaggerated.

  • waqas on January 20, 2007, 18:28 GMT

    well, what i 'd always bin believing since i started following cricket back in 1990, that there had bin batsman like waughs, lara, sachin, ponting etc who can be called outstanding due to one of their matchless quality or the other but what inzi does possess is the mixture of all those. He can play long innings like lara, can b elegant like sachin, can be davastating like ponting and can b consistent like waugh. but what all the above said gentle men are missing is the ability to play well under pressure calmly(no matter with the tail). He is a great chaser of big targets in ODI which i am not convinced that yosuf(1700+runs in a test year)can do! For short, he has proved my thoughts right by painting his master piece today. but what i want to say to all world is that HE STILL IS AS WONDERFUL WITH BAT AS HE HAD BIN IN HIS LATER CARREER. NOT ONLY FOR THE COMING WORLD CUP(whether pak wins it loses), INZI SHOULD BE THERE IN TEAM FOR LEAST UPTO THE INDIAN TOUR TO PAK IN DECEMBER, 2007 and AUSTRALIAN TOUR TO PAK IN JANUARY/FEBRUARY,2008. I THINK EITHER OF THESE TOUR WOULD B IDEAL FOR HIS FARE WELL BECAUSE PAKISTAN BATTING LINE UP AND PAKISTAN TEAM NEEDS HIM UNTIL THE TIME HE COMES TO THE NATURAL END OF HIS CRICKET CAREER. AS YOU ALL KNOW THAT CURRENT CHICKENS LIKE FAISAL, MISBAH and HASSAN CAN"T FILL HIS PLACE RITE NOW OR AFTER WORLDCUP. SO, i wud request the critics like miandad(scared of the breakings of their records, sohail(whose critisicism is for sake of time pass) and aqib etc (who doesn't even know what like a good captain is?)to stop now, n let him play how much he wants to. ATLEAST inzi IS STILL FAR BETTER THAN OLD MIANDAD THAT PALYED STRANGE ROLE IN 1996 pak's W-cup compaign. Coming to shoaib, what i say he is a real gift in form of a nuisance. pak team can't live widout it, but at the same time he is also a poison for his own team. ahhhhhhhh! i have no idea to resolve the dilema of this 100% psycho case named as "shoaib akhter". he has no thanks to pay after being released from a carreer threatening ban. he has no sympathy with his own self, how can he think about his team and country. Does it not looks better that he stays off or is compelled to saty off the ground wid a pretend that he is carrying a hamstring injury..lolz!!!!!!!!!! Long Live Pakistan Cricket, Long live the Controversies in it, Bye Guys!!!!

  • Sami Bajwa on January 20, 2007, 18:22 GMT

    hi,Today was the day of Inzamam where he played one of his bestever inngs.We was waiting for his hudred but unfotunatily he missed it today we are praying for his hundred in this series and I hope he will get it Inshallah.

  • sarmad on January 20, 2007, 18:21 GMT

    After the retirement of the great Steve Waugh, no other batsman plays so well with the tail like Inzy. He is a genius when it comes to protecting the tail and a master craftsman to find the gaps in a wide spread fielders. Remember, this is not first time either, he did it vs Australia at Karachi in '94 against Shane Warne (at his peak) and numerous other occassions. We are so luck to have been born in an era where we can watch Inzy bat!!!!!

  • naseer ahmed on January 20, 2007, 18:19 GMT

    pakistani captian inzamam ulhaq shaow his class and calibre in the first innigs against south africa in second day of 2nd test in port alzabith. i think everyone will be agree about his this innings 92 notout is world class. 92 runs at bouncy and uneven wicket he show his cool and command .he play all bowlers with ease and his own placement. last wicket stand lasted for 74 valueable runs wich gave pakistan a hand ful important lead.What a craftsman this big man is.

  • ZULFIKAR on January 20, 2007, 18:18 GMT

    Today Inzi showed what a great batsman he truly is.Undoubtedly, he's one of the most gifted batsman in world cricket, unfortunately he has"nt made full use of this god-given gift.If he was born in Australia he would have eaisly been the greatest batsman of his era, but then again i like him just as he is, the bloke that's always there when his team really needs him. This is a dilemma that the Aussie batsmen rarely face,and as such, they cannot be compared with the GREAT INZI FROM MULTAN.

  • USMAN IKRAM on January 20, 2007, 18:17 GMT

    he had played an excellent innings. This is the captain which we and pakistani team requird.I like to say thanks Inzamam and to cricinfo....

  • qandeel on January 20, 2007, 18:16 GMT

    inzi played very well and proved once again he is the best batsman .hope he plays well in the whole series.

  • Arsalan Malik on January 20, 2007, 18:12 GMT

    Inzamam should have come to bat on his normal position No. 4 or 5. He missed an important landmark in his career today. Now he has only 1 or 2 more chances to make this record.

  • Yasir on January 20, 2007, 18:11 GMT

    Ohhh. What a great innings by a great batsman. Tell me how many times any body has played such a crucial innings and that too playing alone, taking all the responsibility only on his shoulders? I think now he should be ranked among the greatests. It is not scoring a lot of runs, rather what matters is delivering at the right time.

  • Ahmer Jawaid on January 20, 2007, 18:09 GMT

    well.. yet again dispute shwoing... in our pakistani team.. when we are very gud position shoaib did same as he done in the past.. pakistan has now only 3 bowlers to bowl tommorow is it possible to SA will out under 100 runs lead ??? i donk thinks so.. kindly away to mr tension from national team..

  • Salman Azhar on January 20, 2007, 18:09 GMT

    Inzi left Miandad behind long time ago... the question is more between Yousuf and Inzi now. If Yousuf can sustain his current form, he will be the all-time great.

  • Asad on January 20, 2007, 18:08 GMT

    I wholeheartedly agree! A real captain's knock and now Pakistan basically need 4 more wickets - Kallis, Prince, Gibbs, and Pollock to wrap this one up. Shoaib's injury is a blow and I feel Inzy should rotate his top 3 bowlers more often - rather than each one having long spells;they will be more fresh bowling three 3-5 over spells rather than one 10-15 over spell. Good luck Pakistan!

  • Basit on January 20, 2007, 18:05 GMT

    Yes Kamran , it was the best inning Inzi has played from last one year.He is always best under pressure and he has shown this today.He really deserved the hundered. But now we pakistani fans really want to know about shoaib whats wrong with guy .how can you be so much unfit .Bret lee ,sami they both bowl with same speed as he does so they never get unfit like him .its really annoying and bizare .Anyway i hope pakistan win this match ,good luck to inzi and Pakistan. Pakistan zinda bad

  • Mohsin on January 20, 2007, 18:04 GMT

    A true masterbatsman was at work today, totally in control and we sincerely hope this is Inzi's matchwinning innings.It reminded us of Javed Miandad's fighting qualities.These are the best batsman Pakistan have produced.Well done Inzi. By the way send Shoaib home, looks like he had another bustup with Bob Woolmer, not a good show for the young team members.Shoaib does more harm to team's morale.

  • Wajahat Khan on January 20, 2007, 18:04 GMT

    It was unbelievably remarkable. He has shown a great temperament with difficult conditions and played a masterful knock. Inzi is good at it, period. Donch ya remember the knock against Aussies in Karachi with Mushtaq on a last wicket?

  • Khaliq Urrehman on January 20, 2007, 18:04 GMT

    When Inzamam burst onto the scene, we were world champions....that was some 15 years ago. Now That hes nearing the end of his career i hope he ends his tenure as one of the best pakistani batsmen ever by helpling us become world champions.I never did get to see Miandad in action apart from WC92 but if he was anywhere near the class of Inzy he must have been special. Truly a class act and i agree with Kamran, all he needs is some cool shades, maybe a stud in his ear and one of those traditional hats that Azhar Mehmood normally wears and then hell get noticed...

  • Paki on January 20, 2007, 18:03 GMT

    INZI ZINDABAD great captain's knock by inzi as compared to shoiab he is always injured

  • Syed Saad Hasan on January 20, 2007, 18:03 GMT

    Well 100 is very important but what I appreciate about pakistani players including Inzimam,they play whenever pakistan is in danger position some how they manage to play an inning that requires at that time.What I think actually however Inzi hadn't reached to that 100 mark though he has done what he suppose to do especially as a captain.

  • Bilal Shah on January 20, 2007, 17:59 GMT

    As far as i am concerned, i have never douted Inzamam´s never say die approach, even when the wind is not blowing in the right direction and things are not going as you might have wished, the man delivers the stuff. He will surely be remembered as one of the greatest cricketer of all time for Pakistan. Even though he has had a dry patch lately, he came from behind once again and showed his class. Bravo Inzi

  • Faheem on January 20, 2007, 17:59 GMT

    Kamran Sahib, I think someone clearly needs to say a few things about Kamran Akmal as well. Is it not the time to say enough is enough to him. He has been doing an extremely poor job both as a wicket keeper and as a batsman. There has been hardly a match in the last year in which he has not dropped a few catches or missed a stumping chance, something you hardly ever heard off with previous Pakistani keepers or other wicket keepers who play cricket at this level. He has got himself out playing stupid and unecessarily risky shots so many times in the last few innings and does not seem to be learning any thing from that. I wonder what his coach is doing about it. Does any one ever talk to him about this. I would request that you write about it in more detail and other people draw the management's attention to this. It does not seem he is going to improve from here, at least without a significant break from this level of cricket. He should be sent back to play at the domestic level and return only after he improves his keeping. I think it is time Pakistan give some else a chance behind the wickets as if he continues to perform like this, it will seriously dent Pakistan's chances. Pakistan brought a reserve wicket keeper on this tour. I think they should try him or else consider recalling one of the old golden hands like Moin Khan or Rashid Latif. I am sure they will do a much better job than Kamran even at this stage.

  • zubair shah on January 20, 2007, 17:56 GMT

    one of the best stroke player in the history of pakistani cricket he is the legend of all time inzi the great batsman pakistan has ever produced he help us to win the first worldcup thats gonna be great that he can repeat it one more time all the best inzi the great

  • Mohammed Ashraf Hossainm on January 20, 2007, 17:53 GMT

    Splended Innings By Inzy ! But what's wrong with Shoaib, he is always with some problem. Its high time to think about him finally.

  • Biju Thomas on January 20, 2007, 17:52 GMT

    An innings like this,amazing Inzi you are legend

  • shahid aziz on January 20, 2007, 17:51 GMT

    its really worth watchhing inziman when he is delivering.the best thing i like about today's innings by inzimam was the way he saved mohammad asif from frequent strike.i wish he had completed his century yet its all bravado from the pakistani captain.

  • Rab Choudhry on January 20, 2007, 17:48 GMT

    What was going on in the dressing room with Shoaib pointing fingers at Woolmer? Is he really injured? or is it another drama of team managment ?

  • irshan memon on January 20, 2007, 17:48 GMT

    yep thats true that inzi played well just as he advanced on the ball of PAUL harris and hit him a four.truely inzi's this innings was full of joy.specially being a pakistani i enjoyed inzi's this inings but unfortunately he missed the record i will say inzi keep this going GOD will help you inshaallah you will score a hundred in next test match

  • Mansoor Mian on January 20, 2007, 17:48 GMT

    This is the biggest slap Inzi indirectly delivered to the faces of his so-called expert critics!

    He is finished; his back problems come back when in: SA or Australia or on a bouncy pitch; he is a coward and cannot play a good innings against a good pace attack and that in trying circumstances; he is old and over the hill and we need to get rid of him...

    I hope Inzi's critics face(s) are as red as a clown's...I suggest that they make sure not to go outside or the rest of the world will know who they are :-)

  • Abdul Jabbar on January 20, 2007, 17:46 GMT

    Inzy is good but he will never be as great as Miandad.

  • Daaniyal Masum on January 20, 2007, 17:45 GMT

    Right on the Money as usual Mr. Abbassi.. This was an innings that the great Javed Miandad would have been proud to own....and if you know your cricket..then I think that should suffice! as always...Inzi lets his bat do the talking... you have to love him... Go Inzi Go!!

  • Mohammed Khaleel Ullah Khan on January 20, 2007, 17:45 GMT

    Its fablous to watch Inzi played a grate innings out there with talenders and stretch the lead of pakistan team we all hope from here on pakistan can push them selfs for win in this match and series but again sad to see Shoaib Akthar braking down like this at the crucial time when team need him and every one watching match live on TV saw he have some shuffle with Bob & Inzi in the dressing room we all feel this guy can't stay away from scandels.

  • gaurav on January 20, 2007, 17:44 GMT

    it was actually good to read this article theres lot of truth lying underneath yes inzamam did play well hats of to him

  • Baber Kamal on January 20, 2007, 17:41 GMT

    ya you are very much right that it was one of his best innings, and i completely beleive that he only plays such innings when the team and the nation needs it the most. No doubt inzamam is one of the greatest batsman the world has ever seen, but i have a complaint against him due to the controversy which he caused with waqar younis when just to bring his friend mushtaq ahmed he deceived waqar younis and got him out of the team. Waqar was doing a great job with our fast bowlers as a bowling coach and it's a shame that a responsible person such as inzi did this with waqar, i m puzzled that how mushtaq ahmed is gonna teach our fast bowlers being a leg spinner himself and it's a shame for us that we don't value our hero's such as waqar.

  • Mobashir Nazeer on January 20, 2007, 17:40 GMT

    First of all let me congratulate Inzi on such a wonderful innings, which might prove to be match winnig one. He really played really well and put Pakistan in a good position. Secondly, I would like to comment to two more players one Shoaib Akhtar and the other one is Kamran Akmal. Once again the Rawalpandi express broke down and again in the middle of the match, which happned not the first time mind you. I think the amount of money that PCB had spend on Shoaib well being and care,would have been much better used in finding and preparing new fast and better bowler than Shoaib. PCB should ask him to take retirement immediately to save their money. Secondly, its is high time now for Pakistan to look for the replacement of Kamran Akmal. He again showed that he would never learn from his mistakes nor will improve his keeping skill, which is evident from his dismissal in first inning of the on going test and the let off of Prince off the bowling of Danish.

  • Farhan Khan on January 20, 2007, 17:40 GMT

    I agree with you solidly on that, " The best hundred Inzi never got.." The admiring aspect of that iron-man-captain's innings was that it sure was the need of the time and the situation plus Inzi's solid stand bore some positive inspiration for his team mates and pressured South Africa to play to their fullest pottential to save the test. Secondly, I was amazed and I am sure every cricket fan would certainly have the same admiration to watch , how calculated he played his shots and kept the strike himself 95% of his innings providing a shelter to a tail-ender like Mohammad Asif against a superb pace attack of South Africa. Now, the issue of Shoaib Akhtar, I read in the Daily Jang News that while having net practice Bob wholmer, our coach said something to Shoaib about his fittness and he said something back and then there was an argument. Later they had a heated conversation in the dressing room as well. Now the next day at the start of the match "shoaib was unable to play cause he got ingured due to a hamstring injury". What do you think Kamran? was there any connection between the two incidences? If there was then Kamran, I am so very sorry to say that matches are won by the players no matter how rude, spoiled or bad mouthed they are and not by the coaches, managers or any member of the management. I hope Shoaib's absence is only injury related.

  • Joseph Karipurath on January 20, 2007, 17:37 GMT

    Truly great innings. Inzi has proved yet again that he is among the top 3 - Lara, Tendulkar, Inzy

  • Yasir on January 20, 2007, 17:35 GMT

    Absolutely! This really was the best hundred inzamam never got. It would have been great to see him score a century against SA to complete his set of centuries against all test playing nations, but luck wasn't completely with him. I was just shocked to see the hmmm spectacular defensive shot played by Asif, at least he should know how to hold a bat but we'll forgive him if he gives pakistan a victory. I was wondering now for sometime that inzamam is not as best as he was earlier but today he showed that he still can produce one hell of a innings when the situation demands and can indeed rise to the occasion. May Allah be with us and help us to victory and a well deserved gift for inzamam.

  • Asjad Baloch on January 20, 2007, 17:35 GMT

    Great innings, and it was realy due on BIG MAN now. However, hope this great innings must earn pakistan a win and they level the series. Great batsman has played an outstanding innings with brave support of the tailenders. Superb effort...... Chill Pakistanies

  • idrees malik on January 20, 2007, 17:34 GMT

    inzi.what a player he is for pak.this knock reminds me of a knock that mike hussey played against s.a with mcgrath.but what a tamperament this big man has.but kamran what is the problem with shoaib.he plays one match and doesnt plays the next two.brett lee is fast but he doesnt get unfit very often.i don think he is injured he has some problem with inzi and woolmer.i think if pak win this match than the knock inzi played will remembered for a long time and it will be one of the best he had played.

  • S V on January 20, 2007, 17:25 GMT

    I am an Indian, but always thought Inzamam to be a better batsman than Sachin Tendulkar. Majority of the times, Inzy always played superbly when his team needs him the most. He deserves a much better place in the world of cricket than he currently occupies. Well done Inzy, you are the best !.

  • Summer Zaman on January 20, 2007, 17:24 GMT

    Inzamam a legend man, this is not the first time and he still has an inings and a test match to get the century!..Also with Shoaib back (well briefly) we look like a formiddable side with talent inwaiting too!! oh and does anyone know why Abdul Razzaq was not included??man can bat and is a re descovered bowler??

  • QUTBUDDIN HAIDERY FROM DUBAI on January 20, 2007, 17:23 GMT

    Inzamam the gr8. Indeed he is a match winner. I very much hope pakistan wins this match and inzi gets the fruit of labour. He is really capable of taking shine out of the opposition no matter how on top they are. I hope Shoaib gets back to bowl tomorrow. This poor guy is too much controversy prone. If we can't find reasons around then he himself has to take all the blames. Probably he is the victim of his own extra hard work. Good luck Pakistan.

  • An Indian on January 20, 2007, 17:23 GMT

    Excellent innings by Inzamam under pressure. Made me proud to be a South Asian. It was a remarkably paced innings with the touch and class of a master batsman. Well done!

  • Noman Yousuf on January 20, 2007, 17:22 GMT

    A wonderful wonderful innings from a match winner, a champion!

  • jkjkjkj on January 20, 2007, 17:21 GMT

    i wonder why he is coming so low down the order.i think he should bat at atleast 4 down. he probably would have made a really big score if he dint bat with the tail.

  • Arfan Mohammad on January 20, 2007, 17:21 GMT

    What a class act Inzi is man... hes just shown hes irreplacable both as captain as well as batsman... no wonder hes the backbone of our batting.. on a completely different note any one know what was happening with the "phada" (fight) Shoaib was having with Woolmer in the players balcony?

  • Talal on January 20, 2007, 17:19 GMT

    Finally on a test away from pakistan inzi showed his class after a long long time >>bad luck he didnt get a HUNDRED BUT IT DONT MATTER

  • Umair Muzaffar on January 20, 2007, 17:19 GMT

    It was great to see Inzamam play a familiar role of playing with the tail. It reminded me of his innings against Bangladesh when he steered the team out of defeat to victory by working the tail.

    Somehow it seemed like he was not interested in the earlier test --- he gave his wicket away as if he did want to play. He actually looked afraid of the short ball and was rather relieved when he got out.

    I am not sure why this bi-polarism from him.

    umair

  • adeel rahman on January 20, 2007, 17:18 GMT

    Frankly speaking....the events of today should not be surprising at all. These things have happened so regularly.

    1)Inzamam playing a superlative knock comes as no surprise. He is a class player and proven performer. Pity they under rate him so much. Inzamam should have got the hundred. One of the all time best batsmen really!

    2)Shoiab akhtar injured yet again. How much ever we try to forget his past and start supporting him...he does it all over again. Offcourse no one really knows what the truth is...the scuffle with Bob Woolmer as someone mentioned in the blog or a real injury. The money PCB has spent on him alone for the past so many years couldve been used to prepare a new set of 4-5 fast bowlers.

  • Amin on January 20, 2007, 17:17 GMT

    The umpiring looks more favourable to the host side as seen in the first test and this one. The approach of South African players looks very hostile when they are on the field particularly thier bowlers and the way they look at the batsman and keep passing some remarks. This is the game of Cricket and it should be played in a friendly manner. When the umpire say not out a Pakistani batsman their replay and commentary tries to say the umpire was wrong. When the umpire gives favourable decision to (SA) side and even if the umpire's decision is wrong they try to make it look right. Good job South Africa.

  • jawad on January 20, 2007, 17:15 GMT

    This may indeed by the best 100 Inzi never got, but before you crown this innings I would advise that you get a hold of his first match in RSA. Pakistan were bundled out for a miserable 165 and lost by 325 runs. Inzi contributed a majestic, almost disdainful 95 to the 165 total.

    Here is the scorecard for a match that sarted 12 years ago to the day. http://usa.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1994-95/PAK_IN_RSA/PAK_RSA_T_19-23JAN1995.html

  • Armughan on January 20, 2007, 17:10 GMT

    First of all, thumbs up to mawali for his new approach. This innings was indeed one of the big man's best. He showed why he is the world's best batsman. Batting at no 8, there is hardly any guy who gets big score but he will probably get a big score at no 11 if he batted there. I hope that Pakistan will win this game and the series. They have to work hard though. Best of luck!

  • Dawar on January 20, 2007, 17:09 GMT

    There is not doubt Inzi palyed very well. Is not better for the team to him at number one or two position?

    Hopefully his 92 will be benificial for the team. And team will be win the match.

    Dawar CA, USA

  • Faisal on January 20, 2007, 17:07 GMT

    Memorable innings indeed. I hope his performance and impressive leading skills continue through the world cup. Retiring with two world cup wins would seal off an amazing career for this great player.

  • Adeel on January 20, 2007, 17:03 GMT

    Today inzi waz marvellous!!!!!!!!awsome inzi absolutely blinder and a beautiful sensible knock frm inzi!!!!it's simply an example for young onezzz...inzi best of luck frm my side inshallah we will win ...love u tiger!!!!!!!

  • Nikhil on January 20, 2007, 17:03 GMT

    One of the least acclaimed greats of the modern times. Everyone goes on about Sachin's class, Dravid's solidity, Yusuf's consistency, but very less space is devoted to a truly great batsman on the world scence - Inzy. What a player he is, its as if the do or die battles bring out the best in him. He is so assured against pace bowling, murderer of spinners. I think without a doubt he is a better batsman than our Tendulkar.. A batman's worth is realized when the chips are down and when the team really needs you. Inzy you are the best and I cant say I like him too much for obvious reasons- the truth is truth -friend or opponent.

  • Shahab Shamsi on January 20, 2007, 17:01 GMT

    I have doubts that Shoaib is really injured. I wish Pakistan Cricket Board comes to its senses and investigate on this matter. If Shoaib is having problem with Inzy and Bob Wolmer and because of that particular reason he declares himself unfit than he must never be allowed to represent Pakistan. This is a shame if it is true. I salute Inzy for his heroic and ask our regular batsman to stop hooking if they cannot do this properly. I wonder when they will learn this. The way Inzamam has played should be followed by other batsman in the second innings if they want to win the test match.

    this on a fast

  • Mansoor Huda on January 20, 2007, 17:01 GMT

    It was a display of pure genious. Not only from the batting point of view, but how well one understands the game can be seen by how he uses the tail. Inzamam produced a hundered and thirty odd runs with the tail.

    I wonder if keeping Inzamam off the field the first day was just an excuse to send him low down the order and let him freely stroke in an empty ground while the SA's posted attacking fields...

  • Ammad Majeed on January 20, 2007, 17:00 GMT

    yea inzi showed his class again. i dont think so any other player in the world played more this type of innings when required, and miandad was a gr8 batsman but not as great as inzi.. so according to me miandad comes 2nd best after inzamam.. Allah keray shoaib ko koi akal ajai" If we will loose this test match n that will be just because of shoab akhtar.

  • Vick Suri on January 20, 2007, 17:00 GMT

    One Word - Awesome. Mentally I think Inzamam is on a diferrent plane.

  • Hassan on January 20, 2007, 16:58 GMT

    Inzi proved once again that he delivers when it is required the most. A fabulous innings indeed.

    Without doubt Inzi is the best when it comes to batting under prssure..Dare I say it better than Lara, Tendulkar and Ponting.

  • Rushdi on January 20, 2007, 16:58 GMT

    Yes, thats a great one. Inzi is one of the most dependable batsman in the world. He is so reliable and misses opportunity only by a fraction. Well said Mr. Abbais, had he got the century, a quater would have gone to Asif.

  • damien martin on January 20, 2007, 16:58 GMT

    INZI is the best. I always respected him as a guy who can play under pressure. The most under rated batsman in world cricket inzi has a nack of performing with the tail enders a quality very unlike some of the best rated batsman like tendulkar. Tendulkar might have world record centuries etc....... but does not have a single innings like this which completely changes the nature of the game.

  • HIMANSHU on January 20, 2007, 16:58 GMT

    Kamaal Inzy Bhai. Lage raho.

  • Mohammad Shaiq on January 20, 2007, 16:56 GMT

    Inzamam is really one of the greatest batsman of not only his time but all time. I am really disappointed to see that international media talks a lot about Sachin, Lara and Ricky but they dont include Inzi in that list. Prob they don't do justice with this one of the greatest batsman who is far ahead in technique and temprament than Sachin and Lara. He always scored when everybody is looking towards him. He always delivers when expected. The other greats miss this quality. To differ this opinion is like denying the facts and statistics.

  • SHAQ ATTACK on January 20, 2007, 16:56 GMT

    Inzi finally played another match saving/winning inning for Pakistan. We need to rest Kamran Akmal for the 3rd test and let him earn his place in the test team like everybody else. He may be ok for the ODI but, in a test match if you missed a vital stumping chance or a caught behind , that can cost you the match. They may have drop him in the 3rd Test Match, may just have play with Umar Gul.

  • Abu Ahmad on January 20, 2007, 16:55 GMT

    Inzi's knock today was a class act.It is a pity that he could not accomplish a century.Such a display of classic batsmanship is a rarity and speaks volumes of the genius that Inzi is.

  • ABDULLAH KHAWAJA on January 20, 2007, 16:54 GMT

    This was a very classy innings indeed..Inzy has always batted well with hte tail, but today he showed even more class specially the last wicket partnership with asif, the way he rotated the strike and the way he composed his innings.a treat to watch.you dont see this kind of inningd too often..well done inzy..keep it up..

  • gojjo on January 20, 2007, 16:54 GMT

    Rana Jee I dont think Inzi is a close second behing miandad, he is infact miles ahead of him: Inzi is playing in an era of neutral umpires and has scored centuries most of which have led to victories, besides he is a better player of fast bowling, he milesbehind miandad though in physical fitness, running between wickets, cricketing brain including sledging, but not in cricketing ability. His days however are numbered, age and the hectic schedule would be his undoing. i dont know what the future holds for him, can he unseat Rameez in the media arena, I think english subtitles would need to be introduced whilst he is talking ( at least here he equals Miandad Bhai!)

  • Zahid Rehman on January 20, 2007, 16:53 GMT

    Inzi the great

  • buddy shah on January 20, 2007, 16:53 GMT

    OH No! not again as much joy Inzi brought today .shoaib fitness problems is an ongoing issue.and i sincerely hope its an injury and not a behaviour problem.. cant believe why kamran akmal is not improving his stumping miss of prince can cause us a match watch it..hope not!

  • Muhammad Iqbal on January 20, 2007, 16:52 GMT

    Well, every time Inzi comes out and plays a good knock on hard bouncy track against good pace attack, I just start remembering the words of Imran Khan about Inzi that "Inzamam is the best batsman of fast bowling after Sir Viv Richards". I always believe Inzi has not played to his full potential, but even then he has some records. I wish he will continue representing Pakistan for some more years. Cheers.

  • Mohammad Shaiq on January 20, 2007, 16:52 GMT

    Inzamam is really one of the greatest batsman of not only his time but all time. I am really disappointed to see that international media talks a lot about Sachin, Lara and Ricky but they dont include Inzi in that list. Prob they don't do justice with this one of the greatest batsman who is far ahead in technique and temprament than Sachin and Lara. He always scored when everybody is looking towards him. He always delivers when expected. The other greats miss this quality. To differ this opinion is like denying the facts and statistics.

  • qasim on January 20, 2007, 16:52 GMT

    An excellent innings which proves that he is in the same class as Tendulkar and Lara. Hope he can maintain it

  • Paul Mbuga on January 20, 2007, 16:51 GMT

    I watched the masterful serenity of Inzamam's innings this afternoon. What class! What sheer class! I hung on principally to see him craft a hundred with the tail, and I still do not understand why Asif tried to get too fancy. Against Ntini, he should have offered a dead bat, nothing else, and allow Inzamam to reach 100. I'm sure Pakistan will win. Once the two thoroughly irritating gnomes that are Kallis and Prince are eliminated (I appreciate plucky, defensive innings, mind, but I like to see them accompanied by aesthestic intent a la Ponting, Jayawardene, Hussey)Pakistan will be in with a chance. I expect SA to prise a lead of 200-300, and give Pakistan two days or so to chase. And Euceph, after what Sreesanth did to him, Andre Nel's 'aggression' is something I cherish nowadays!

  • kashan mehmood on January 20, 2007, 16:51 GMT

    No doubt,that today Inzimam played a brilliant knock as he does always in the time of crises for Pakistan.But unfortunateley he could not complete his century.It was his best ever innings.i wish it will be match winning innings.This class of inzi proves himself a Best Ever Batsman from all over the word

  • ShoaibAkhtar is a tramp on January 20, 2007, 16:51 GMT

    Shoaib Akhtar is a tramp, if Pak loses or draws this match it will be on him :-/

  • kashan mehmood on January 20, 2007, 16:50 GMT

    No doubt,that today Inzimam played a brilliant knock as he does always in the time of crises for Pakistan.But unfortunateley he could not complete his century.It was his best ever innings.i wish it will be match winning innings.This class of inzi proves himself a Best Ever eatsman from all over the word

  • Nadeem on January 20, 2007, 16:50 GMT

    Yet again we got the team selection completely wrong. I dont think the top three playing in this team has any room in the team (yasir, imran, hafeez) . they will never learn from their mistakes. Shahid afridi could have done better along with shoiab malik. and asim kamal would have been a great inclusion as well. Inzi have done absolutely superb job as well as our bowlers. but i really am gutted by the performance of our wicket-keeper, this lad is taking the things for granted in the team and havent learnt any lesson from his mistakes. I'm really disappointed by his drop catches in this match and a really easy stumping chance today...when will he learn?

  • Omair on January 20, 2007, 16:49 GMT

    I think Inzamam is a legend. the guy is phenomenal. how many times has he pulled pakitsna out of a hole single handedly. he deserves more respect than he gets. with Mohammad Yousuf and Younis khan firing alongside inzamam, pakistan have the resources to become a formidable outfit. As for Shoaib, everyone have a little silent prayer for the guy. only God can help him.... inshallah Pakistan to win....

  • Imran Iqbal on January 20, 2007, 16:48 GMT

    Well played Inzi...well played Shoib as well but I can't believe this guys is so fragile and breaks down only after 11 overs. People who support him for next captain must think about his poor fitness. No team can afford losing captain every half match or series. He badly needs to improve both his fitness and attitude for greater ambitions of the game. God bless Pakistan with a gifted captain....

  • Shahid Baig on January 20, 2007, 16:45 GMT

    Inzi is the best in the world. The way he played sheperding the tail, was never seen before. I enjoyed the ininigs and could not sleep even though it started at 3:30 am in USA. Kamran sb, what do you think about the guy with same first name s yours, ie. Kamran Akmal. He missed another stump. Can't understand this favoratism. The selectors are just a waste, they can't indentify any talent. Bring Amir Sohail. Now lets talk about Shoaib Akhtar. Talks big about his fitness and could through only 66 deliveries (11 overs).

  • Hashaam on January 20, 2007, 16:43 GMT

    Wot a knock by inzi. He today has proved to the world beyond doubt how great a batsmen he is. It is probably the best innings he has ever played.

    Another thing i was a great fan of shoaib untill i saw his attitude towards his coach (his Ustad). that is no way to treat a coach. Where did he pull his hamstring on the way back up the stairs to the pavillion after playing the worst innings i have ever seen. he didn't look interested at all. he didn't touch a ball (apart fromthe edge which got him a 4). Personally i think for the best of the team shoaib needs to leave. we can do without him. Umar gul could have taken four wickets off better balls. all but 1 of the wickets shoaib tok were sown to batsmen error.

    Anyway lets not forget the efforts of our great captain, and let not this selfish arrogant, egomaniac shoaib take away the joy we have felt today, thanks to our great captain, Inzamam ul-haq Zind-a-bad.

  • ravi kaza on January 20, 2007, 16:43 GMT

    Pakistan deserve to equalise the series at PE, not withstanding Shoaib's fairly unwarranted comments at the end of day one and then feigning injury for the nth time in his career.Asif and Danish will deliver on day 3 and the match doesnt seem to be headed for a fourth day.All the best Inzi and boyz.

  • Asif Saleem on January 20, 2007, 16:42 GMT

    Inzi has always lead the site, when every strong pillar has fallen and thats the reason i believe he is the best batsman Pakistan has ever got. Indeed a Captain's Knock. I completely agree with you, if Pakistan is able to win this game, all due to this lovely innings by inzimam at a very crucial time.

  • Zahir on January 20, 2007, 16:39 GMT

    I remember his 60 odd runs against India at Ahmedabad... This one just revived the memories of that day... One of the best...

  • Noman Yousuf on January 20, 2007, 16:38 GMT

    A wonderful wonderful innings from a match winner, a champion!

  • Waqas Ahmad on January 20, 2007, 16:37 GMT

    Great innings by INZI. However, my concern is Akhtar. We have a reliable bowling attack without shoaib but hes the difference maker Pakistan desperately needs. Lets monitor this situation closely.

  • Khalid Saeed on January 20, 2007, 16:37 GMT

    An absolutely superb knock from big Inzi, well done yet again my captain! By the way Kamran, having seen a clip on TV this morning (apparently Shoaib having a go at the coach and then Inzi trying to settle things up), I do not think Shoaib has an injury. He was seen sitting quite comfortably (cross legged) in the dressing room just before the close of play today. I actually fee very angry with his attitude and do hope that he has an injury, other wise we do not need him. He looked completely disinterested when he was batting earlier in the day. If Pakistan fail to win this match, the blame lies with Shoaib.

  • Bilal on January 20, 2007, 16:37 GMT

    yup...a truly sensational and a captains innings played by Inzamam...he is one of the great batsmen of all time in my opinion...a shame that he missed out his 100 though...it would have been one of the greatest...

  • Umar Khan on January 20, 2007, 16:36 GMT

    One of the greatest innigs from a great batsman of this era.I haven't seen either Tendular or Brian Lara playing such a classy innings.

  • ID on January 20, 2007, 16:35 GMT

    Masha Allah @ Inzi's performance. Haryaan Parryaashan @ The real story behind Shoaib if what Admani wrote is true. Naa Bhai Naa @ Umar Rana's comment at Inzi trailing behind Miandad. I wonder when we'd start acknowledging Inzi as with his own class and the best amongst all Pakistani batsmen thus far.

  • Mohsin on January 20, 2007, 16:34 GMT

    This is inning will surely be one of my favourite innings.coming at no 8 and only tail to go with him , he masterfully stroked to 92* . The way he got singles on the last or 5th ball of the over was just amazing. And ofcoarse he is under rated, in the same conditions and situation Sachin would have fallen before 8th wicket....but still the media has hyped him so called "great"...i think is inzi has far more influence on the other team then some of other equivalent players

  • Shahzad on January 20, 2007, 16:34 GMT

    it was incredible innings. One of the comments already posted says inzi is the most under-rated player, I would partly agree. I would add that this man is blessed with some assets which are beyond the approach of statitics and calcualtions to make rating and ranking. Just look in history if the player at the top of batting ranking ever have such innings in his life.

  • khansahab on January 20, 2007, 16:33 GMT

    remarkable innings from inzi, he has finally showed that he can play south africa.

    i want imran farhat to be kicked out of the team. i am planning to commence a petition process which i want to be held to PCB's attention.

    my friends, i need your support.

  • Umar Khan on January 20, 2007, 16:33 GMT

    Inzi has once again proven that "Form is temporary class is permanent". I don't remember either Brian Lara or Sachin Tendulkar playing this kind of innings in near past.Although Brian Lara's winning knock In 1998 agaist Australia can be categorised as a "Master Innings" but he was dropped thrice during that knock. In short, Inzi has shown that he's the undoubtedly the best batsman right now.

  • Mahesh on January 20, 2007, 16:32 GMT

    Truly the best hundred Inzi never got. Inzi is one guy nobody can hate, for various reasons. He may not be pleasant to watch (since he rarely smiles), but he is a gentleman as he never sledges and is a very quiet person on the field. Lazy as he seems, it is a big wonder how he has so much time to play his shots to fast bowling even on pacy tracks. Shame, that he is not spoken in the same breath as Lara, Sachin, Ponting etc. I am an Indian and obviously a Sachin supporter, but I love watching Inzi bat and truly feel that he is among the top three best in contemporary cricket, in recent times clearly edging Sachin out.

    Cheers Mahesh

  • sachin on January 20, 2007, 16:31 GMT

    A great innings by Inzi, but I have a feeling that SA will rise to the occasion just like they did against the Indians

  • mubbashir on January 20, 2007, 16:30 GMT

    Dear Kamran, Certainly right, a blend of sheer confidence and utter control on the command, he was a real picture of captain of the ship, in full control of the situation. Inzy has done this again and again, certainly proving the different catagory he is in the world of cricket. He has scored when Pakistan needs the most, and then he knows how to turn those runs into victory. I must say that he can really turn tables around. GREAT PLAYER, ZINDA BAD INZY.

  • Shyan on January 20, 2007, 16:29 GMT

    I feel that this time around there is a change in the state of mind of pakistani team...its the same south africa..same pitches...its just that probably after seeing india fought with them..pakistan is in a better from of mind..as on papers pakistan has always been a better team..but just the lack of confidence...n same i guess applies to this innings of inzi...no doubt about his talent..his class...but it was just the confidence of performing on these pitches that was lacking..i believe..now pakistan will only get better as the series progresses...may be they wont win the series..but atleast we will be able to see good fighting spirit...Yes it was one of the better innings..keeping in mind the past records of pakistan on those pitches...

  • Robert on January 20, 2007, 16:28 GMT

    Poor Inzi... was so close yet so far. That said, should be enough to win the match. Just hope that with only 3 fit bowlers they can take the wickets they need.

    Akthar... injured, or just going to be sent home after that outburst. Yet again seems the only way Pakistan will lose is by falling appart, and I fear that might be the case here.

    But 2 days down and a great match in progress.

  • Danish on January 20, 2007, 16:27 GMT

    Most certainly the best innings i've seen Inzi play batting with the tail like Azhar Mahmood once did vs SA. very unfortunate not to get his 100 but got Pakistan out of jail to some extent only to be let down by Shoaib Akhtar's injury.

    I'd very much like to know about the "unrest" in the dressing room and why shoaib was pointing fingers. It didnt look good for all the viewers and whatever Shoaib and Bob had going there could have been sorted out amicably. I think it was more about bob being upset/disappointed because Shoaib got injured and there might be more questions as to how fit shoaib was or was he over bowled by Inzi. He shouldnt have bowled more than a 4 over spell since it was his comeback match.

    Pakistan really looked in trouble as far as their bowling rsources are concerned and Kamran Akmal's miserable keeping hasnt done any good either with the chance that was offered ( prince).

    Need quick wickets and inzi is going to be up against it with only 3 bowlers and i fear pakistanare loosing their grip on this match once again.

  • amin on January 20, 2007, 16:27 GMT

    He is the man of character. He is obediant to his master and he gets this in return and more after this life

  • Khurram Malik on January 20, 2007, 16:26 GMT

    It would have been the greatest moment if inzi clinch to hundred. Its good to see him batting under difficult conditions. Right man for perfect job and he has done it before against bangladesh hahha. If i was asif i shouldnt have taken single. He didnt look comfortable facing nitni in first place anyways. Inzi was in two set of mind why would he take single to put Asif under pressure. Anyhows now its history but i feel bat because his masterclass skills and this inning he deserve 100. I am not really huge fan of Imran Fahrat. I would like Kamaran Abbasi to tell me about role of Imran F in pakistani team. Salman or Imran Nazir would have been great choice. I dont even want to support him for worldcup squad. Indeed Hafeez need reliable partner. Pakistani Zindabaad Inzi Bahi Your the best.

  • Mani on January 20, 2007, 16:25 GMT

    Inzi u r the great batsman. Sachin and Lara are calss batmen. But when it comes to the contribution to the winning side, Inzi is the best who has contributed to the most wins of his team. Nodout he is the best Paksitan has produced so far.

  • Faraz (the first Faraz on this blog) on January 20, 2007, 16:24 GMT

    Well good work Inzy, He needs to carry this form all the way through. Kamran we need a blog for expressing sheer resentment at this headphone-happy bogus coach Woolmer, (amateur at best) ..needs to be let go... Shoaib in an injury scare?? I dont think so...I was watching live at 3:30 am ET and they were showing Shoaib and Woolmer argue (caption: UNREST IN THE TEAM)...pretty graphic footage where Shoaib advancing toward Woolmer ..some apparent argument...will update all...Nonetheless, lets hope we can win this test (InshaAllah)

    Pakistan Zindabaad, Pakistan Pinedabaad

  • usman niazi on January 20, 2007, 16:23 GMT

    inzi is better than most when it comes under pressure. in tests i would say he is among the big three of this era(the batsmen who score under pressure and are captains of their teams) namely inzi,poting,dravid.

  • Hussain on January 20, 2007, 16:23 GMT

    I really missed this can't see it because i am away from Pakistan in Tokyo. For Inzi i remain his devoted fan since his arrival to the international scene. Have seen many master innings from him. Yes , Yes, he is the most underrated batsman of our times. Once i read a comment of Great Shane Warne about him "He don't know how much talent he has got......" and that sums up the class of man. How many times we have seen him performing this late order accumulations. just look a year back and he did it in the 2nd test against england at Faisalabad with England sensing the victory and seeing Inzi as a lost nail to drive in Pakistan's coffin to come back in the game and series and that last nail hurts the hammer hard. Single handedly the joint took game away from them with tail. And may more like test against Bangladesh, worldcup 92 innings (final and semifinal)... can't remember how many times we have to thank inzi for being there..God bless him and help him in getting the wanted hundred against SA (which he missed twice)on this tour..Amen

  • Naseer Ahmed, Hong Kong on January 20, 2007, 16:23 GMT

    Inzi Played well but he did not protect Shoaib as he protected Asif and Kaneria, May be that has something to do with the dressing room spat he Had with Shoaib this Morning, I saw it on TV before the play started this Morning, there was something going on in the dresing room and Camera Caught it, cant be sure what it was but surely there were arguments between Inzi Shoaib and Woolmer, Inzi did bat very well today but the personal Clashes are going to work against Team Pakistan.

  • Colin Page on January 20, 2007, 16:23 GMT

    I heard Shoaib strained his hamstring when he tripped over Inzamam's collection of pies in the dressing room.

  • Zakir Khan on January 20, 2007, 16:20 GMT

    I always wonder, the skills that he potray in his batting are hardly seen around. The way, he carries himself under pressure is really remarkable. The amount of matches he won for Pakistan is enough to make him one of the greatest ever seen in Cricket.

    WellDone Inzi:

  • Jay Shanker on January 20, 2007, 16:20 GMT

    What can u say about this man? Easily the most under-rated batsman ever! I dont think the Tendulkars and the Laras can hold a candle to him. If I need one guy to bat for my life, it will be Inzy. The way he fawned the strike was something else. Pity he could not get a hunded. But, hey! To me, this rates higher than any hundred or double-hundred he has ever made.

  • Syed M. Hasan on January 20, 2007, 16:18 GMT

    Wow i didn't actually see the match but Asif had 2 face only 29 balls. Wow. Inzi even though u are a stubborn jerk its times like these that me m proud to have u in Pakistan cricket.

  • aamir on January 20, 2007, 16:18 GMT

    great work definatley there by the big guy today. i really thought he had the chance of making one of the best hundreds with the tail. yes evem better than whatever Mike Hussey hs been able to do.

    And with shoaib what can you say, he will always be the same. Put in one good innings and all of a sudden somehow come and pull a hamstring even though he only had the bat in his hand for a while.

  • Asim Laeeq Khan on January 20, 2007, 16:15 GMT

    Great innings by the great player. Inzimam showed his critics that he still has a lot of cricket left in him. He should seriously consider continue playing test cricket even after worldcup. Keep it up inzi...

  • Shah Jahan zeb on January 20, 2007, 16:14 GMT

    No doubt Kamran sb this was ,one of the very best effort of Inzy.I love his batting and i 've seen some great knocks from him.I was praying for his century,oh boy what a hundred this would have been.He is very gud with the tail,but i 'm not entirely happy with his batting position.He ran out of the partners.He should bat at number 4 as long as he is playing.I 'm sure shoiab is not bowling due to problem with woolmer/inzamam.I think they were not happy from him at 1st place thats y they dropped him from the original squad. I want Pak to win this test match

  • Jonathan on January 20, 2007, 16:11 GMT

    Indeed this was a world class display of batting, too bad he came short due to his partner. Hats off to Inzi, who I still believe didn't played to his potential in all his career. He is still the only guy in current lot to play a fast bowlers giving the impression of playing a spin. I wish him goodluck to get a 100 in next inning.

  • Zack on January 20, 2007, 16:11 GMT

    Hi.

    For quite long i din watch cricket, wat happen, few months ago, i manage to watch Pakistan playing against england...and i want to tell you that u must remove Kamran Akmal as he is culprit of all, he drop most of the catches, u must drop him at once...next is thoes opening batsman. Like salman idiot butt... Muhammad Hafeez, and other too, i cant remember.. there faces are not for playing cricket they should go in tv drama serial. further... Shabir Gull or kabeer gul, also not fit for interenational cricket. further...some selection committee, and waqar yunis the corrupt person... Waseem Bari also another useless bum. and ask Muhammad yusaf to trim his beared... Islam is not about beared or turbon. so just trim and thats all. then he will looks much better and he is not good for oneday. too slow...Rana Naved is good, Muhammad Asif is good. Abdul Razak is good. but Danis kenara is worst... they dun have variety....he only have one spin. so he is another useless bum... so thats is the truth...

    and get back muhammad azhar...

    and tell u wat...i can predicts many things... good bye

  • Arshad on January 20, 2007, 16:07 GMT

    All the praises for Inzmam. He has again proved that he has rightly been declared the best batsman of the world by Imran Khan. Shoib's story should be finished once for all and team should learn how to manage without him. We as a nation can't depend upon him and he is biggest ill-disciplined guy of the team who is spoiling the atmosphere of team as whole.

  • Shahnawaz on January 20, 2007, 16:07 GMT

    This was one for the team, Well played Inzamam! No problem if it wasn't a hundred, it was played in the best of manner keeping in view the team needs. God bless the Captain and may Pakistan square the series soon!

    Shahnawaz

  • Imran Ahmed on January 20, 2007, 16:05 GMT

    Can anyone tell me why Inzy came so low down the order?

    This inings at #3 or #4 would have meant he would possibly be batting with Khan and Yusuf rather than with Asif.

    As for Shoaib, we know he batted this morning, so how come he could bat but not bowl? Did he need a runner?

    Or his hamstring, Woolmer?

    And is it time for Woolmer to have the wool pulled over his eyes and shown the way out of Pakistan, somewhat like those suspects Pakistan deports to who knows where?

    Pakistan should be managed by a Pakistani and enough of this "burra sahib" meantality.

  • Khawaja Umair on January 20, 2007, 16:03 GMT

    Indeed it was "The best Hundred he never got". Couldn't have put it better myself. Great innings from the sultan, and indeed it was a captain's innings who pounces on the opposition to protect his honour.

  • Ash Zed on January 20, 2007, 16:02 GMT

    I failed to understand why Inzi came so late in the innings. The best batsman of the team must come early on to maximize the batting opportunity. Maybe he was injured that I do not know.

    However, I still feel SA has better chance to win this Test. With only 3 regular bowlers (2 of them namely Kaneria and Sami are just stock bowlers in my opinion) coupled with inept Kamran Akmal behind the wickets, Pak will find it hard to get SA out in the second innings. If SA gets a lead of 160 plus, I bet Pakistan will not be able to chase that toatl. So my money on SA. Lets wait and see the result. You guys agree with me?

  • Zahid Iqbal Malik on January 20, 2007, 16:01 GMT

    The aging loin proves his worth once again sending a clear message to those who are short of vision and wisdom.His brilliant innings speaks volume of itself. He will be the same man positively in 2007 World Cup, posing a great danger to those who are dreaming to carry away the World Cup 2007. Be aware Inzy still hits hard and horrific.

  • Hamid on January 20, 2007, 15:54 GMT

    Mr.Abbasi, any comments on Pakistan's wicketkeeping woes. Is there any good wicketkeeper on the scene? Kamran Akmal may be a fighting player but not a test standard keeper.

  • Azmat on January 20, 2007, 15:53 GMT

    Inzi is the best! A true hero and savior in Pakistan cricket team!

  • Saqib on January 20, 2007, 15:49 GMT

    Inzi has always been a class act. He can be termed as batsman who delivers when it needed the most. In the recent past, he had most of the times started the innings well, but the only problem had been that of conversion. As far as the match is concerned, it seems he ll ve to do the similar act in the second innings as well. SA does not look likely to give in that easy. Especially, in the absence of Shoaib.

  • Imran Shah on January 20, 2007, 15:45 GMT

    Inzi I salute you. He is marvellous. Although I am hugely disaapointed that he missed his 100, I hope he gets a big one in the next test to put it even

  • Mustafa on January 20, 2007, 15:43 GMT

    Where is shoaib. I seriously dont think that he is injured. I think something else is going on in the dressing room. If you guys have any information please let us know.

  • safwan on January 20, 2007, 15:42 GMT

    inzi has played a magnificent knock but can pakistan make it count though and win this one....i hope and pray so...Inshallah.

  • nabeel adeel on January 20, 2007, 15:41 GMT

    and once again,pakistan are abt to give away the advantage wid shoaib going out again.missed chances by akmal are becoming too regular.tht missed stumping mite or i shd say will change the game.yy was umar gul not played jst caz bari said dnt risk well mr.bari this is the result now.it is so disappointing wen u r close and cant get it

  • Krishan on January 20, 2007, 15:39 GMT

    what a cricketer. Cant help admiring this gentle giant. He leads by example. Other captains should stand up and take note. I would rate this innings as the one that broke SA's back. Pakistan will win this test easily now and the rest of the series. Well done Asif for staying with him. He too deserves credit for it.

  • Aftab Qureshi on January 20, 2007, 15:39 GMT

    I agree entirely with Mr. Abbasi that this was the best hundred Inzi never made. I have read on Cricinfo previously that most of Inzi's big scores have been made in matches that Pakistan won. I hope this one too ends up in that category.

    Inzamam's greatness as a batsman has never been in doubt. But his stature rises further in my eyes because he performs when his performance is most needed. It must be easier to play a big innings when upper order batsmen have left behind a good score. If Inzi was a selfish batsman (as, some say, Kallis is), he would have piled up more hundreds and ended up with a higher aggregate and a better average. But, as his record would confirm, he performs more for the team and less for himself. And he does it best in crunch situations. I am reminded of a remark made by Ravi Shastri when interviewing Inzi in India following another monumental performance that had turned the match around (I think this might have been Inzi's 100th). "Aap bari cool, cheeze hain".... is what Ravi said on that occasion. This innings only confirms how right Ravi was.

  • mohamed khalid on January 20, 2007, 15:38 GMT

    No words can describe Inzi's innings. He is a rock nothing can dent him.

  • Mubasher Hassan Khan, Lahore on January 20, 2007, 15:38 GMT

    We know that Inzy is approaching towards the virtual end of his career and I believe he crafted his innings with beauty and style. Pakistan desperately needed him to play some valuable kncok to lift the spirits and moral of the team. He also needed to improve his record against SA. Surely, if Pakistan wins this test, this innings will be remembered as greatest century which Inzy didn't get. But we shouldn't lose hope as we have 3rd test remaining and lets hope he will score hundred. Good luck big man!!

  • pratap on January 20, 2007, 15:37 GMT

    great innings from Inzi. another one of his captain's knocks. he should be rated way above tendulkar, who I think is one of the most selfish players around today

  • Varun on January 20, 2007, 15:37 GMT

    Inzy's inning was landmark to the current test.Utility runs should always pay off.I believe,pakistan shall win this match. And if they do, all credits goes to big man. And why not? How many times he has done that job for his country. Among the world's most 'credited' batsman, he ranks first in the list.Even likes of our Sachin Tendulkar or Lara do not stand anywhere near him. Varun Dhyani

  • vamshi on January 20, 2007, 15:36 GMT

    u r commentry is good

  • Bilal on January 20, 2007, 15:35 GMT

    Mr. Shoaib you want to play than be honest respect others you can not dictate what coach and captain has to do. If Yousaf, Younis can play within rules and code of teh conduct you certainly can as well, You are not yet Mcgrath and for that matter Lee yet so get your act right and be the team man. we are tired of all these of your acts hurting our country. we have too much talent grooming beyond Ranas and Nazeers. So please for teh country's sake just act right we would really much appreciate that. Pakistan's team comes first and you should be fortunate enough to be playing and please don't give your wisdom to our best bowler now Asif that will be appreciated as well.

  • Masaood Yunus on January 20, 2007, 15:35 GMT

    A Marshall leading from the front. A delight to watch and worth staying up whole night. This is indeed the best hundred that inzi never got. Hats off to our Captain for being anchor yet once again !

  • Rehan on January 20, 2007, 15:34 GMT

    Inzi have score better hundred time and again and even if he would have reached the 100 till still was not one of his best. He has done much better. I would like to comment on your previous post regarding Shoaib Akhter being not selected for the tour and you blames inzi is the reason behind it. Now that you know that Shoaib is injured again cant even bowl in this test atall. One piece of advice for you, dont judge a book by the cover!

  • concerned pakistani on January 20, 2007, 15:33 GMT

    I rate Inzi above Tendulkar. Todays innings was just one example. And about Akhter, i consider him a useless player who always has brought misery to the Pak nation. He should be sacked and his career ended.

  • Amyn Habib on January 20, 2007, 15:31 GMT

    This is indeed a performance to celebrate! Congratulations, Inzi Congratulations also to Ntini. You are a great bowler.

  • Cricket on January 20, 2007, 15:31 GMT

    This is was certainly one of the best hundreds Inzimam never got, one of his best performances. I remember the time he made Pakistan win that humiliating test match against Bangladesh; in which Pakistan was nearly about to lose. In my view the 92 runs he got today will be ranked as high as that match. Mashallah Inzimam now will be viewed as the best Pakistani batsman of all times, it's an achievement which very few have managed to accomplish.

    We should push aside the leadership and captaincy questions asked on Inzimam, and for once give him the respect which he deserves.

  • veroon1 on January 20, 2007, 15:29 GMT

    this was reminiscent of the inzamam between the years 2000-2005. it was a very well constructed innnings that the other youngsters of pakistan should take to heart when batting with the tail. too bad mohammed asif had to get out because it would have been excellent for inzamam to be in the company of extraordinary batsmen to have scored a test century against every nation.inzamam is probably the most deservant in that list .even though he did not score a century it was definitely the best hundred that he never got.will pray for him to get that hundred in the third test as for shoaib, he wasnt fully match fit and let us hope that his presence is not missed too badly in the second innings . hopefully umar gul will be properly match fit for the third test

  • Raheel on January 20, 2007, 15:29 GMT

    omer admani.... u r not the only one who thinks shoaib isn't really hurt...and if he isn't injured...pakistan should completely drop him from the squad..i hope he is injured and isn't faking it

  • Mazhar Rehman on January 20, 2007, 15:27 GMT

    What a great innings, a joy to watch. Inzi was at his genius best today, the way he protected the tail and rotated the strike was absolutely brilliant. One of the few innings intest cricket the past 10-15 years that I actually enjoyed watching. Inzi is a a master at his craft and hope that he is remembered as such unlike alot of our past players

  • Musa on January 20, 2007, 15:26 GMT

    Inzi might not be a better captain than Ricki (who has tons of resources at his disposal) but he definitely is one batsman who can turn the game around all on his own..There is always some hope if Inzi is still at the crease.. Now to get SA out without Shoaib and close this game would still be a tough ask.. I am afraid that we would have about 200+ to chase and am not sure if that would be easy with Ntini and Co are hurtling Short pitch deliveries which we can not just avoid..Got to wrap up the innings under 250.. Can someone wake up Kineria and Sami

  • kzee on January 20, 2007, 15:24 GMT

    man...by this time, if i was a girl, i would have asked him to marry me....simply....yet another master piece of his bat. Keep it up Inzi, may Allah be with you always, inshaAllah and Amen.

  • Naved PIB - From NJ on January 20, 2007, 15:22 GMT

    Very fluent inning indeed...

  • Shashidhar on January 20, 2007, 15:22 GMT

    This was one of the most memorable innings I have seen from the batsmen of new era. Against a bowling like South Africa's with last one wiket in hand, the way he controlled the innings is something remarkable. Hats off to you Inzy..

  • John Paul on January 20, 2007, 15:22 GMT

    Long ago Inzi and Sachin were compared to each other specially by Imran. While Sachin's one foot is limping and other on a banana skin, see how inzi is show what royal player he is.

  • anees on January 20, 2007, 15:19 GMT

    i wil never forgive asif for playing that shot but inzi still has another 4 tests to get that hundred 3rd test match and also Sa touring pakistan in october hopefully he will carry on till aus tour pakistan in 2007

  • Keshav on January 20, 2007, 15:18 GMT

    I agree he played out of his skin with great flair.

  • DR Hai on January 20, 2007, 15:18 GMT

    Normally I don't agree with half the things Rameez Raja says mostly because I think he's a very ordinary commentator with a limited vocab and a mind that no amount of 'badaams' can help sharpen, but he was entirely accurate in his eulogy for Inzamam claiming the big man was a great batsmen with the tail! Indications of that weren't forthcoming when Inzi exposed Kaneria to Polly but 74 runs later Inzi ended with a great innings and a perfect example of how to bat with a genuine tailender. I haven't seen such a fine example of this from a Pakistani batsmen since Azhar Mehmood did it around 10 yrs back against none other than South Africa. It was reminiscent of Asif Iqbal in his hey-day except Asif never made batting look as easy as Inzi did on a surface that obviously had more demons than the naked eye could appreciate. I am quite sure Inzi's greatest 100 that never was will fetch us a win in this test, but perhaps not as resounding a win as was likely had Shoaib: a. not injured himself OR b. rowed with woolmer Either of these reasons could have contributed to Shoaib's absence in this innings and he'll have hell to pay if Pakistan loses and it turns out his injury isn't genuine.

  • Ajit on January 20, 2007, 15:17 GMT

    These are the kind of innings Sachin Tendulkar has never produced. SACHIN is a great batsman but has never really won a game whenever India has been in crisis. I wish instead of a count of centuries, a more balanced way of accounting for the situational importance of a knock is taken into account to decide on the greatest batsman. Players like Inzy will really stand out and count higher than Tendulkars. Cricket is a Team game after all and the knocks which win matches for the team and country should count more than 35th and 36th Hundreds. Well Done Inzy we love your heroics and sometimes wonder why just across the border we cannot have the fighting qualities like yours in our cricketers!

  • Akif on January 20, 2007, 15:17 GMT

    Inzi is 'The' 100% proven, certified, authenticated, verified Matchwinner

  • Ajay on January 20, 2007, 15:15 GMT

    Inzamam without doubt is the man for crisis. As an Indian fan, I have time and again watched the over-rated batsmen flail and fail when confronted with a challenge, only to watch adminiringly, time and again, Inzy come with a gem of an innings when needed. If the batting ratings were measured in terms of the value of the innings to the team cause, one would not be surprised to find so many of the so called heroes of Indian batting line up fall a lot further down in the rankings, and Inzy will definitely be among the top three. This is pure competitive, competent team cricket at its best. Kudos to Inzamam.

  • nisar ahmed on January 20, 2007, 15:11 GMT

    Inzi delivers once again.What a great batsman

  • Nasir Ulhaq on January 20, 2007, 15:09 GMT

    We have no doubt about his all round capabilities.

  • S. Laraib Imtiaz on January 20, 2007, 15:07 GMT

    The innings Inzamam played today reminded me of his innings against Bangladesh when he single handedly denied Bangladesh their greatest victory and saved Pakistan from the worst ignominy. Inzy is great and I think our other young batsmen should learn from him.

  • Farrukh Iqbal on January 20, 2007, 15:05 GMT

    Another fine effort by Inzamam. What would Pakistan do without him? Let us hope that the Pakistani bowlers now finish the job he has so ably started.

  • Diwakar on January 20, 2007, 15:04 GMT

    Great job Inzamam!! A true captain's innings and it definitely beats Steve Waugh's stand. Many "so called great batsmen"(I am sure many know who all I am talking about) should take a leaf from Inzamam's book about responsibility coupled with true fighting spirit. I have no doubts that from here Pakistan will win.

  • kashif on January 20, 2007, 15:03 GMT

    Today I feel like rejoicing. Today Inzammam played the "captain's innings" and won my respect and admiration. He played like a Captain leading from the front and reminded us all of his prowess with the bat. Indeed, this was the "best hundred Inzy never got". Masterful inningsGood one, Inzy. Hope Pakista gets the boost now and goes for the kill. By the way, I don't think Shoaib has an injury. In the morning, it was shown that he was having a ruffle with Bob Woolmer. Probably something happened between Inzamam/Woolmer and him. Unsurprisingly, another disciplinary issue if that is the case. It would be tough though to get through SA without him.

  • Umar Rana on January 20, 2007, 15:02 GMT

    Inzi delivers when required. Simple! Innings such as this is the reason Inzi's a very close second behind Miandad.

  • Arif Nazir on January 20, 2007, 15:00 GMT

    Today Inzi again dislayed the spark, he will always be remembered for. Unfortunately these displays are getting farther apart. I dont know whht gave him the mind set and focus to play this masterful innings, but we need such displays repeatedly for Pakistan to threaten Aussies in the world cup. I would love to see him take Pakistan to the top in the WC like he did once before and then retire as an icon. We love him.

  • Musafir on January 20, 2007, 15:00 GMT

    It was good watching the skipper leading from the front and now we have something to cheer about if Pakistan takes control and balls well and takes catches. It is good to see Mohammed Yousuf in the squad alone with Shoiab Akthar hope Asif also supports and pakistan can shine....

  • Zeeshan on January 20, 2007, 14:57 GMT

    Yeah, it was a great captains knock, but why is it that in Pakistan cricket, every good moment has something bad lurking right there. Now shoiab is injured (supposedly), i mean whats the deal with this guy? i understand he bowls fast and tirelessly, but you cant stay so unfit. sami bowls just as fast and how many times have we heard sami has been injured? None. does shoaib do this to get attention or what?

  • Pakistani on January 20, 2007, 14:56 GMT

    He did well. He deserves all the applause. Played a very unselfish innings, hope he would do it more often though. Shoaib akhtar and his problems , just hope he actually comes back and bowls in this test, badly need to get the south africans out and win this test match.

  • Euceph Ahmed on January 20, 2007, 14:27 GMT

    How can anyone disagree with this one? What a craftsman this big burly guy is. Nonchalance has it that he is easily the most under-rated among the greatest batsmen this game has produced. Sometimes I wonder how the world would've rated him if it wasn't for his unassuming ways. What can perked-up collars and a pair of alien-looking sunshades do to your ratings? Just ask Ricky Ponting. I'd say that he'll ask that you have to add a nasty attitude to go with that (and maybe a cool looking gait) and you'll be just fine.

    As for me, I'll savour all of those 18 hundreds that have won test matches out of the 25 he has made so far over any of that Mr. Cool crap. Inzamam (and now Mohammad Yousuf) epitomizes that you don't have to be a son-of-a-whatever to be aggressive. The Andre Nels and the Graeme Smiths (and of course, Herschelle Gibbs) of the game have a lesson to learn here. You can let your game talk. Learn a little from the big guy.

    Aaa..hmmmmmm, Kamran. Your protégé, the one-and-only, Mr Shoaib Akhtar has broken down yet one more time. He wasn't that fit after all. Well, half a test match is not bad. And in this blog, no one is going to blame him for pulling a "Munaf Patel" anyway.

  • Omer Admani on January 20, 2007, 13:46 GMT

    Good one, Inzy. Hope Pakista gets the boost now and goes for the kill. By the way, I don't think Shoaib has an injury. In the morning, it was shown that he was having a ruffle with Bob Woolmer. Probably something happened between Inzamam/Woolmer and him. Unsurprisingly, another disciplinary issue if that is the case. It would be tough though to get through SA without him.

  • Mawali on January 20, 2007, 13:18 GMT

    Kamran sahib, today I feel like rejoicing. Today Inzammam played the "captain's innings" and won my respect and admiration. He played like a Captain leading from the front and reminded us all of his prowess with the bat. Indeed, this was the "best hundred Inzy never got". Masterful innings, bravo Inzi.

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  • Mawali on January 20, 2007, 13:18 GMT

    Kamran sahib, today I feel like rejoicing. Today Inzammam played the "captain's innings" and won my respect and admiration. He played like a Captain leading from the front and reminded us all of his prowess with the bat. Indeed, this was the "best hundred Inzy never got". Masterful innings, bravo Inzi.

  • Omer Admani on January 20, 2007, 13:46 GMT

    Good one, Inzy. Hope Pakista gets the boost now and goes for the kill. By the way, I don't think Shoaib has an injury. In the morning, it was shown that he was having a ruffle with Bob Woolmer. Probably something happened between Inzamam/Woolmer and him. Unsurprisingly, another disciplinary issue if that is the case. It would be tough though to get through SA without him.

  • Euceph Ahmed on January 20, 2007, 14:27 GMT

    How can anyone disagree with this one? What a craftsman this big burly guy is. Nonchalance has it that he is easily the most under-rated among the greatest batsmen this game has produced. Sometimes I wonder how the world would've rated him if it wasn't for his unassuming ways. What can perked-up collars and a pair of alien-looking sunshades do to your ratings? Just ask Ricky Ponting. I'd say that he'll ask that you have to add a nasty attitude to go with that (and maybe a cool looking gait) and you'll be just fine.

    As for me, I'll savour all of those 18 hundreds that have won test matches out of the 25 he has made so far over any of that Mr. Cool crap. Inzamam (and now Mohammad Yousuf) epitomizes that you don't have to be a son-of-a-whatever to be aggressive. The Andre Nels and the Graeme Smiths (and of course, Herschelle Gibbs) of the game have a lesson to learn here. You can let your game talk. Learn a little from the big guy.

    Aaa..hmmmmmm, Kamran. Your protégé, the one-and-only, Mr Shoaib Akhtar has broken down yet one more time. He wasn't that fit after all. Well, half a test match is not bad. And in this blog, no one is going to blame him for pulling a "Munaf Patel" anyway.

  • Pakistani on January 20, 2007, 14:56 GMT

    He did well. He deserves all the applause. Played a very unselfish innings, hope he would do it more often though. Shoaib akhtar and his problems , just hope he actually comes back and bowls in this test, badly need to get the south africans out and win this test match.

  • Zeeshan on January 20, 2007, 14:57 GMT

    Yeah, it was a great captains knock, but why is it that in Pakistan cricket, every good moment has something bad lurking right there. Now shoiab is injured (supposedly), i mean whats the deal with this guy? i understand he bowls fast and tirelessly, but you cant stay so unfit. sami bowls just as fast and how many times have we heard sami has been injured? None. does shoaib do this to get attention or what?

  • Musafir on January 20, 2007, 15:00 GMT

    It was good watching the skipper leading from the front and now we have something to cheer about if Pakistan takes control and balls well and takes catches. It is good to see Mohammed Yousuf in the squad alone with Shoiab Akthar hope Asif also supports and pakistan can shine....

  • Arif Nazir on January 20, 2007, 15:00 GMT

    Today Inzi again dislayed the spark, he will always be remembered for. Unfortunately these displays are getting farther apart. I dont know whht gave him the mind set and focus to play this masterful innings, but we need such displays repeatedly for Pakistan to threaten Aussies in the world cup. I would love to see him take Pakistan to the top in the WC like he did once before and then retire as an icon. We love him.

  • Umar Rana on January 20, 2007, 15:02 GMT

    Inzi delivers when required. Simple! Innings such as this is the reason Inzi's a very close second behind Miandad.

  • kashif on January 20, 2007, 15:03 GMT

    Today I feel like rejoicing. Today Inzammam played the "captain's innings" and won my respect and admiration. He played like a Captain leading from the front and reminded us all of his prowess with the bat. Indeed, this was the "best hundred Inzy never got". Masterful inningsGood one, Inzy. Hope Pakista gets the boost now and goes for the kill. By the way, I don't think Shoaib has an injury. In the morning, it was shown that he was having a ruffle with Bob Woolmer. Probably something happened between Inzamam/Woolmer and him. Unsurprisingly, another disciplinary issue if that is the case. It would be tough though to get through SA without him.

  • Diwakar on January 20, 2007, 15:04 GMT

    Great job Inzamam!! A true captain's innings and it definitely beats Steve Waugh's stand. Many "so called great batsmen"(I am sure many know who all I am talking about) should take a leaf from Inzamam's book about responsibility coupled with true fighting spirit. I have no doubts that from here Pakistan will win.