Twenty20 World Cup 2009 June 21, 2009

The final most unpredictable act

Lord's was a flag-waving sea of green and Dil Dil Pakistan rang out once more to celebrate Pakistan's victory in the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup
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Lord's was a flag-waving sea of green and Dil Dil Pakistan rang out once more to celebrate Pakistan's victory in the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup. A Pakistani bus with people hanging off every door, window, and cramming the roof blared its horns outside the home of cricket. What a moment for Pakistan cricket fans and the residents of St John's Wood, NW8.

Pakistan cricket and unpredictability have become bedfellows over the years. At the start of this tournament there was a sense that the bedfellows were falling out of love. Pakistan had become predictable no-hopers. An underwhelming show in the warm-ups was followed by a cold performance against England.

Fans of Pakistan cricket may be pleased to know that unpredictability is back with a vengeance. Not only have Pakistan gone from unconvincing to unbeatable, they also won the final with the cool of habitual winners.

When everybody expected Sri Lankan to rocket away in the first six overs, Pakistan ripped the heart out of their batting. A blow that Kumar Sangakarra recovered from in masterful fashion. Sri Lanka had set themselves 155 plus when they won the toss. After the first six overs, they settled for as many as they could get, which ultimately was not far short of their original target.

It was enough to make Pakistan supporters anxious. The response by Younis Khan's team did little to settle nerves. For the best part of 16 overs it was hard to decipher whether the Pakistan innings was an exercise in immaculate timing or a stumbling chase of a manageable total.

When Shahid Afridi, the man of the match and Pakistan's man of the series, launched Udana for six over midwicket the verdict was a beautifully paced chase. The crowd bayed Afridi's name each time he faced a ball, and their champion--as if making up for years of disappointment--responded by winning the World Cup for Pakistan.

Sri Lanka were heroic today as they have been throughout the tournament. They are cricketers of unusual intelligence and dignity. Their battle to defend a low total was brave and skillful. The two best bowling sides in the tournament went toe to toe, and it was the batsmen of Pakistan who held firm.

Younis Khan followed in the footsteps of his hero Imran Khan and lifted a World Cup for Pakistan. Each intervening year has made this victory sweeter. Younis also followed his hero in two other ways. First, he managed to pull together a disjointed Pakistan team into a world beating unit. Second, he announced his retirement--but only from Twenty20 cricket.

He may as well. How can you beat the drama of this moment? The past years of desperation in Pakistan; isolation in international cricket. No cricket ground you can call home. A nomadic life with sporadic international cricket.

At the end Younis Khan dedicated the victory to Bob Woolmer, his mentor, and to the long-suffering people of his homeland. Whoever scripted this is a genius.

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

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  • faran on October 7, 2009, 14:06 GMT

    pakistan very bad luck in icc campion trophy better luck next time pakistan weld perform in champion umpair very bad decision hai jazba junoon to himmat na har geo to aisay jeet kay geo pakistan

  • faryal on October 7, 2009, 13:58 GMT

    pakistan loss the champions trophy with fixed matches younus khan drop the very important catch

  • shahrukh on October 4, 2009, 16:09 GMT

    pakistan lose the champion trophy semi final good luck pakistan team better perfomence in next tournament

  • Ali Majid on June 28, 2009, 22:39 GMT

    Apologies for posting so late.

    congrats to all Pakistanis all over the world.

    I was lucky enough to have been at the ground to see our team lift the world cup and I can safely say......there will be nothing like it. Truly one of the greatest days...Insha Allah this can be the start of something brilliant for our nation as a whole.

    It was a joy to see Lord's being turned into a sea of green on the day....it was great to see what this victory meant for the millions of Pakistanis all over the world.

    Thanks to the cricket team.

    A special thanks to all the thousands and thousands of Pakistani supporters in England who truly made this tournament special.

    It has been a long time coming.....but the wait has been worth it.

    Looking to the future...ICC, BCCI, Lalit Modi and everyone else....BRING IT ON!!!!

    Pakistani Zindabad

    Ali

  • Amir Khan on June 28, 2009, 0:52 GMT

    Victory beyond belief !!!

  • mohammad ali khan on June 27, 2009, 10:53 GMT

    WO RUKA NAHEN KARTAY, WO SUNA NAHEN KARTAY, JIN KO KUCH KARNE KI LAGAN HO, SUNA HAY HUM DEHSHAT GARD HAIN, SUNA HAY HUM KUCH KAR NAHEN SAKTAY, SUNI SUNAI BATON PE HUM KAN DHARA NAHEN KARTAY, JIN KO KUCH KARNE KI LAGAN HO, WO LOGON KI PARWAH KIA NAI KARTAY, PATA HE HUM KO HUME KIA KARNA HA, PATA HAI HUM HUM KO HUME KIS TARA LARNA HAI. PATA HA WO HUME SAMJH NAHEN SAKTAY, CHALO MAIN AAJ EK MISAAL DETA HUN, PAKISTANI TEAM KA EHWAL DETA HUN, KIS TARA HUME D GRADE KIA GIA, AAJ WOHI CHAMPION BAN K UBHAR GIA. INDIA KA EK PLAYER BHI ABHI TAK GHAR NAE GIA, YAD HE NA YURAJ KA BHANGRA PAKISTAN KI HAAR PE, INDIA MATCH BHI HARA YURAJ K MISS FIELD K CHAR PE. EK ZAT HE ALLAH JIS PE HUM EEMAN RAKHTAY HAIN, HUM APNE MULK PAKISTAN SE BHT PYAR KARTE HAIN,HUM YEH KEHTAY HUWE K ISI KI PARWAH NAHI KARTAY, JI KO KUCH KARNE KI LAGAN HO, WO LOGON KI PARWAH NAHEN KARTAY.

  • Muhammad Rashid on June 26, 2009, 13:55 GMT

    Dear Kamran Abbasi,

    I live in Ottawa, Canada and follow cricket and yr columns regularly.

    For some time I have been thinking to propose a 'symbolic' name for our team. As you know we have kiwis, protease, etc.

    For my beloved team I am thinking a name of "The Greens"

    Or green tigers, or tigers. Since you can write and make this name popular, I am sending you this request through cricinfo blog

  • Milan on June 26, 2009, 12:07 GMT

    so, Pakistan are the world champions. Congratulations to the players who made it possible. They are the real heroes. Heroes in the sense that they made the country proud, laugh, enjoy.Everybody knows situation is not going well in Pakistan but atleast the people can cheer for next 9 months as world champions. To get all the nation invloved in a certain thing is not easy at all but they did. Mohammad Ameer is the real find for Pakistan as he reminds me of the Great Wasim Bhai. Afridi shows cricket is not just power game by his two matchwining sensible innings. Gul is the best T20 bowler. There are many things going right for Pakistan now. Hope they keep in the momentum and crash Sri Lanka their home cause its been a while Pakistan has beaten a good team away from home. All the best Pakistan

  • Maza786 on June 26, 2009, 11:26 GMT

    The atmosphere was electrifying. The crowd was largely populated by energetic Pakistani supporters, here with a determined desire of getting across the line and repeating that magical day in 1992. “ Afridi Afridi” they chanted away and oh boy he didn’t fail to live up to the expectations as Pakistan clinched glory to the pleasure of the entire nation. This is a cause of celebration and acknowledgement. The reaction back home has been fulfilled with happiness. Certainly this is a moment one shall cherish for a long time to come.

  • N Khan on June 25, 2009, 19:35 GMT

    Fantastic achie vement! Congratulation to Pakistan! World Champions after 17 years! Its was truly a lollywood script where the hero gets beaten at the start and ends up winning and a happy ending indeed!!!

    Afridi was a one-man army in the true sense, bossing the semi-final and final. There just was no way to stop him. He is truly a cut above world class when he is in this form!

    Although I agree that pakistan has only 9 months to savor this win. They should now aim to win the next Twenty20 in 2010 and then the WC 2011. Why Not? The Twenty20 2010 is on for sure as they are the specialists with by far the best win:loss record. The World Cup may be 2 years away, but leaving Pakistan out of the IPL and cancelling more tours will stir that cornered tiger again!

    So World Beware! ROOARR!

  • faran on October 7, 2009, 14:06 GMT

    pakistan very bad luck in icc campion trophy better luck next time pakistan weld perform in champion umpair very bad decision hai jazba junoon to himmat na har geo to aisay jeet kay geo pakistan

  • faryal on October 7, 2009, 13:58 GMT

    pakistan loss the champions trophy with fixed matches younus khan drop the very important catch

  • shahrukh on October 4, 2009, 16:09 GMT

    pakistan lose the champion trophy semi final good luck pakistan team better perfomence in next tournament

  • Ali Majid on June 28, 2009, 22:39 GMT

    Apologies for posting so late.

    congrats to all Pakistanis all over the world.

    I was lucky enough to have been at the ground to see our team lift the world cup and I can safely say......there will be nothing like it. Truly one of the greatest days...Insha Allah this can be the start of something brilliant for our nation as a whole.

    It was a joy to see Lord's being turned into a sea of green on the day....it was great to see what this victory meant for the millions of Pakistanis all over the world.

    Thanks to the cricket team.

    A special thanks to all the thousands and thousands of Pakistani supporters in England who truly made this tournament special.

    It has been a long time coming.....but the wait has been worth it.

    Looking to the future...ICC, BCCI, Lalit Modi and everyone else....BRING IT ON!!!!

    Pakistani Zindabad

    Ali

  • Amir Khan on June 28, 2009, 0:52 GMT

    Victory beyond belief !!!

  • mohammad ali khan on June 27, 2009, 10:53 GMT

    WO RUKA NAHEN KARTAY, WO SUNA NAHEN KARTAY, JIN KO KUCH KARNE KI LAGAN HO, SUNA HAY HUM DEHSHAT GARD HAIN, SUNA HAY HUM KUCH KAR NAHEN SAKTAY, SUNI SUNAI BATON PE HUM KAN DHARA NAHEN KARTAY, JIN KO KUCH KARNE KI LAGAN HO, WO LOGON KI PARWAH KIA NAI KARTAY, PATA HE HUM KO HUME KIA KARNA HA, PATA HAI HUM HUM KO HUME KIS TARA LARNA HAI. PATA HA WO HUME SAMJH NAHEN SAKTAY, CHALO MAIN AAJ EK MISAAL DETA HUN, PAKISTANI TEAM KA EHWAL DETA HUN, KIS TARA HUME D GRADE KIA GIA, AAJ WOHI CHAMPION BAN K UBHAR GIA. INDIA KA EK PLAYER BHI ABHI TAK GHAR NAE GIA, YAD HE NA YURAJ KA BHANGRA PAKISTAN KI HAAR PE, INDIA MATCH BHI HARA YURAJ K MISS FIELD K CHAR PE. EK ZAT HE ALLAH JIS PE HUM EEMAN RAKHTAY HAIN, HUM APNE MULK PAKISTAN SE BHT PYAR KARTE HAIN,HUM YEH KEHTAY HUWE K ISI KI PARWAH NAHI KARTAY, JI KO KUCH KARNE KI LAGAN HO, WO LOGON KI PARWAH NAHEN KARTAY.

  • Muhammad Rashid on June 26, 2009, 13:55 GMT

    Dear Kamran Abbasi,

    I live in Ottawa, Canada and follow cricket and yr columns regularly.

    For some time I have been thinking to propose a 'symbolic' name for our team. As you know we have kiwis, protease, etc.

    For my beloved team I am thinking a name of "The Greens"

    Or green tigers, or tigers. Since you can write and make this name popular, I am sending you this request through cricinfo blog

  • Milan on June 26, 2009, 12:07 GMT

    so, Pakistan are the world champions. Congratulations to the players who made it possible. They are the real heroes. Heroes in the sense that they made the country proud, laugh, enjoy.Everybody knows situation is not going well in Pakistan but atleast the people can cheer for next 9 months as world champions. To get all the nation invloved in a certain thing is not easy at all but they did. Mohammad Ameer is the real find for Pakistan as he reminds me of the Great Wasim Bhai. Afridi shows cricket is not just power game by his two matchwining sensible innings. Gul is the best T20 bowler. There are many things going right for Pakistan now. Hope they keep in the momentum and crash Sri Lanka their home cause its been a while Pakistan has beaten a good team away from home. All the best Pakistan

  • Maza786 on June 26, 2009, 11:26 GMT

    The atmosphere was electrifying. The crowd was largely populated by energetic Pakistani supporters, here with a determined desire of getting across the line and repeating that magical day in 1992. “ Afridi Afridi” they chanted away and oh boy he didn’t fail to live up to the expectations as Pakistan clinched glory to the pleasure of the entire nation. This is a cause of celebration and acknowledgement. The reaction back home has been fulfilled with happiness. Certainly this is a moment one shall cherish for a long time to come.

  • N Khan on June 25, 2009, 19:35 GMT

    Fantastic achie vement! Congratulation to Pakistan! World Champions after 17 years! Its was truly a lollywood script where the hero gets beaten at the start and ends up winning and a happy ending indeed!!!

    Afridi was a one-man army in the true sense, bossing the semi-final and final. There just was no way to stop him. He is truly a cut above world class when he is in this form!

    Although I agree that pakistan has only 9 months to savor this win. They should now aim to win the next Twenty20 in 2010 and then the WC 2011. Why Not? The Twenty20 2010 is on for sure as they are the specialists with by far the best win:loss record. The World Cup may be 2 years away, but leaving Pakistan out of the IPL and cancelling more tours will stir that cornered tiger again!

    So World Beware! ROOARR!

  • Andrew G on June 25, 2009, 4:19 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan. Since 20/20 has been played internationally you have been the best team. I must say I found interesting that most of the star performers have over the years copped a "flogging" from people commenting on this blog.

  • India fan on June 24, 2009, 19:22 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan and it's team. It was really unbelievable effort from the players. few points - (1) Even though lot of players contributed in the victory, pakistan team got benefited largely because of inclusion of Abdul razzaq, without him, it would have been very difficult. Even though, pakistan is champion, it does not mean other team should visit pakistan now. playing cricket, winning matches is different thing and taking care of foreign teams on your soil is other thing. nobody is questioning pakistan team's capability, it is pak govt and pak cricket board's job to take responsibility. - afridi should not complain about next ICC T20 being held in 9 months. Didn't he know before the series began? What if pakistan had lost the final, wouldn't they want to play next one asap? In the history of cricket pakistan will be remembered as 2009 winner. 9 months or 2 years is not the point. I am very happy for pakistan people and enjoy your moment.

  • javed Zarif Canada on June 24, 2009, 17:01 GMT

    Hello Kamran, where is my post. I did not do anything wrong. Give me the right to rejoice this victory alongwith oters.

  • Krishna on June 24, 2009, 14:10 GMT

    Hellos: I am from India. I have enormous respect for Akram and Younis. We are cricket fanatics and so like anyone who is a performer. A British consulting collegue of me in India, told me that Akram and Yonuis tampered with the ball. MY only question him was "How come your English umpires never ever noticed it when the 2 W's played in your own league? How come your county's raved at their skills then? And not now when your English side got thrashed". That convinced my British friend and we bacame very good friends. Let Umar Gul keep performing. Everyone will shut up. Pakistani fans must fight PCB and tell them to use the greats of the past in building a strong cricket culture in your place. Your team won despite the PCB and not because of it. And finally the love affair with the foreign coaches must end for India and Pakistan. Pak players must be paid well. PCB gives a damn about the players when the team loses. So, they will and should play IPL and earn well and self sufficient.

  • chinmay on June 24, 2009, 6:39 GMT

    well done pakistan.a lot of indians were also cheering 4 u,whether u believe or not!!i think india pak final would hav been better!!cricket is a great leveller- india lost in SA(2003 WC final),but won t20 final there,pak lost in england(1999),but won t20 final here.amazing,no? real test of skills will be next in the champions trophy in SA this year!!!

  • chinmay on June 24, 2009, 6:38 GMT

    well done pakistan.a lot of indians were also cheering 4 u,whether u believe or not!!!cricket is a great leveller- india lost in SA(2003 WC final),but won t20 final there,pak lost in england(1999),but won t20 final here.amazing,no? real test od skills will be next in the champions trophy in SA this year!!!

  • a proud pakistani on June 24, 2009, 5:01 GMT

    another important thing to notice is that pakistani players have already made more than what they would have made in IPL.

    500,000 for winning final abt 250,000 for group matches and semi-final 2,000,000 bonus already announced by President of pakistan im guessing PCB is gonna give them some money as well. 500,000 bonus announced by chief-minister of sindh plus now they are gonna get tons of advertising contracts bunch of other bonuses from other ppl all in all, im guessing they will get about 6-10 million dollars for 2+ week show

    yo IPL show-offs! can u beat this?

  • Naveed Shehzad on June 24, 2009, 2:05 GMT

    It was a great sight to see Pakistan win. I would like to extend my thanks to all the "Non Pakistani" fans (especially indians) who have been with the team, and this has helped for our morale as well. I was a bit disappointed on the exit of India because everybody loves to see yuvi and dhoni in full swing, but it didn't happened. Better luck next time.

  • khalil on June 23, 2009, 19:29 GMT

    Cricket is an unpredictable game but our team is more unpredictable than the game.It is this unpredictability of our team that the other teams are wary of.They can do the un - thinkable either way, good or bad.In both cases they will give you a heart attack. This is the reason our team oscillates in the ranking table up & down.

  • faisal, Gujar Khan on June 23, 2009, 16:45 GMT

    D. Vettori take it digest it, its hard to digest but what can i do, well done Y. khan

  • AzIz South African on June 23, 2009, 16:10 GMT

    Roshan. No grudges are held against Sangakarra. It was merely an obsevation that a losing captain always finds a few words for the opposition. I understand the dissapointment that he felt,and i appreciate your efforts to point this out. Both these teams are great friends of each other, and it was fitting that they had to contest the final. Pakistan bowling is just as strong, and so is South Africa's. Who knows what the outcome of a S.A./S.L. might have been? The fact is Pakistan bowlers performed one or two gears higher than both the Sri Lankan and South African attacks. That in my book made Gul, Afridi, Ajmal,Razzaq and young Amir the best attack of the tournament. And it is because of this Sri Lanka were prevented from posting a higher target in a match I dont beleive Sri Lanka should have won as you mentioned. Truth is Afridi, Akmal and Malik were hardly troubled and a few skiers ended up on the boundary. S/L too are a team I support and you are my friend. Good luck next time!

  • Ray on June 23, 2009, 16:04 GMT

    First of all many thanks to all Indian friends who have wished well for the Pakistan team. Secondly, I as a Pakistani cricket fan have a lot of admiration of Indian cricket, so please, don't think that we don't support or praise India. A good player is a good player; Sachin, Dravid, Kapil, Gavaskar are absolutely world class. I wouldn't say the same for many other Indian players. But I wouldn' say the same for many Pakistan players either. Now, I'd request my Indian brothers to answer the posts up there where someone has accused Pakistan of ball tampering (Vikram). And then someone has classified Pak as a gully team that is not good for 50 overs. Most followers in Pakistan know that this is an unpredictable side. There is a lot of politics, inconsistency of policies and what not that has kept the team from becoming a consistent world-beater. As far as talent goes, they are second to none (in fielding they have always been below the others). Hopefully things turn around for Pakistan

  • Ali Khan on June 23, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    I would like to congratulate our Pakistani team for winning this WC & proving to the world that stop under estimating us. Once again we have proved & shown the world that we are THE BEST. Now my only request to our team is to play in the same manner as they played in T20 WC and a humble request to our PCB not to interfere or change this team for NOW. In last once again I would like to thank our team for giving us such a beautiful gift and making us proud.....PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Abdullah on June 23, 2009, 14:20 GMT

    Indeed a wonderful victory for Pakistan...Congrats to all The Pakistani brothers and sisters on our overwhelming victory...hope the better things continue for Pakistan in future..InshaAllah.

  • Harshad Ayub on June 23, 2009, 13:51 GMT

    Wel Done Pakistan! But here i can see that everybody forget the the real hero of Pakistan team. All credit goes to one and only Abdul Razzak who change in body language in Pakistan Team! Well Done Abdul Razzak! Well Done!

  • Waqas on June 23, 2009, 13:31 GMT

    I appeal to all the Pakistani's to stand always with Sri Lanka, coz they are the only one who stood with us in difficult times and the Sri Lankan are very friendly and peace loving unlike other country who have deep hatred towards us, even their media is not covering any thing about the Pakistan victory! Sri Lanka and its peoples will always hold special place in my heart and i will always salute them. Long live the friendship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. :D

  • anu on June 23, 2009, 10:57 GMT

    a truly well deserved victory! well done younis khan n his boys!!

  • ARIF YAZDANI on June 23, 2009, 7:25 GMT

    It was a great tournament and thanks to ICC for conducting the championship every one loved and enjoyed for its quick matches full of excitement and unpredictability. I also like to congratulate Pakistan's team for winning this championship by bringing the Cricket Giants down mostly due to strong self belief and emerging as dynamic team at the right place and at the right time. Individual players like Afridi, Razzaq, Gul, Akmal, Younis, Ajmal, and Malik played the major role while players like Misbah, Amar, Fawad, Shazaib,and Butt, made this possible with their contributions.

  • Roshan on June 23, 2009, 5:09 GMT

    Aziz South African - I do not think the Sangakkara missed out on congratulating Pakistan deliberately. If you listened to the interview the question posed on him and maybe the sheer disappointment of losing a match Sri Lanka should have won led him to forget his part. He is normally very diplomatic and so much the gentleman. So pls do not hold any grudges against him. In Sri Lanka the general thinking was that if Sri Lankan cannot win then let it be Pakistan. As for his saying that SL has the best bowling attack - of course its true. Just because they could not defend a paltry 138 on a good ptch doesn't mean they are not so. If you saw the match there were many close calls and skiers, including off Afridi early on which on another would have been catches. When the target is that low batsmen are rarely under pressure as they know that on a good pitch someone will stay on. Sri Lanka were the best team but the law of averages came up. Pakistan were the better team on the day thats it.

  • Abhyuday on June 23, 2009, 3:25 GMT

    I congratulate Pakistan on the win. Something to be happy about after months of turmoil. But one thing I would remind the paki fans is that just because India lost out, it doesnot make them losers. They have performed consistently both home and away in all formats of the game for the last three years. Just one bad tournament doesnot make them "losers" as some paki fans would like to believe. Enjoy your moment of glory, but don't insult other good teams. Have you already forgotten how many Indians rooted for you before the finals?

  • Shahbaz Ch. on June 22, 2009, 22:23 GMT

    Very well done Pakistan! Congratulations to all Pakistanis and cricket fans. I also hope that paksitan gets on the way of showing some predictability from now on. The passion, and strategy as displayed today must go hand in hand!

  • Cricket Crazy on June 22, 2009, 22:18 GMT

    @ Amit India reached the super eights by beating bangladesh and Ireland (what an acheivement).And as far as pakistan batting is concerned, I think India should concentrate more on its batting. In super eights West Indies and England bounced them out, and South Africa spin them out. Wah what a batting line up, all filled with paper tigers. So Mr. Amit you should keep your house in order. Your team has only two victories in the whole tournament and that against Bangladesh and Ireland.

  • Asif Khan on June 22, 2009, 21:51 GMT

    You sensed the scene was set when the Black Eyed Peas came out with the track "Boom Boom Pow"

    Enter Afridi the gladiator, swaying his mighty bat and when he has completed the kill he stands in the middle of the arena arm lofted playing to the blood thirsty crowds. Surely when Afridi is in that pose, arms raised, beaming smile, chest out.....you sense that he is about to come out with the lines..........

    "I am Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi. General to the armies of the North West. A loyal servant to Younus Khan, the real captain of Pakistan. Obedient son of a wounded nation, friend of a dead coach, and I will have my vengeance in this T20 match"

    And the vengeance was there, delvering a mature innings he was the real star

    "I like that boom boom pow Them chicks is jackin my style They try to copy my swagger"

    Balle Balle what swagger !!

    From the cornered tigers of the 1992 world cup to Afridi the lion in 2009, the fighting instincts of the Pakistani cricket team lives on.

  • azam hussain on June 22, 2009, 21:24 GMT

    congrats to pakistan. younis khan dedicated the win to mr woolmer, it couldnt be any sweeter. i believe pakistan cricket must name a stadium after mr woolmer. mr gaddafi has name on our stadium. mr woolmer died for pakistan. he may rest in peace now. his men has done something for him. long live pakistan

  • Faisal Taquie on June 22, 2009, 21:06 GMT

    Congrats to the whole nation. I just want to remind some of my fellow countrymen to follow the vice of grace in defeat and humility in victory. Let us enjoy the moment but please don't make this into an Indian bashing session. A lot of Indians are good cricket supporters and supported the team which they liked. I hope this victory fuels the loyalty in other areas that if we, as a nation, put selfless efforts towards any cause in our country, we would achieve it, Inshallah. This victory, in the end, has shown that Pakistan is still a cricket force to be reckoned with!

  • Umer Shah on June 22, 2009, 20:52 GMT

    This is truly the moment of joy to all pakistanis .... I also appreciate the support if indians and most importantly acknowldging the double and fraudulant attitude towards pakistani cricket... Yeah for sure now its proved that sports/ cricket is the best diplomatic plateform and so should b used in proper way.. Another impotant thing is i want to ask all indian fans ... What would b the credibility of champions league without world champions???.... Pakistan zindabad

  • sanjeev on June 22, 2009, 19:11 GMT

    well shahid afridi was given "Man of the match" award, but lemme tell you T-20 is a batsmen game, bowlers are mostly under the hammers, the backbone of the lankan batting was broken by Razzaq so he should have been the Man of the match. Imp points of the match. (1) getting dilshan out for 0 (2) razzaq's 3 wickets (3) blazing start by Akmal esp when shahnawaj was not hitting the ball that well (4) spirited bowling and well compiled innings by Shahid Afridi and support by shoaib mallik

    Lesson for Pakistan. when lanka were 70 for 6 pakistan should have gone for the kill, in the end they scored heavily in the last 5 overs. In future pakistan should take care of the last 5 overs all in all well played pakistan all the best for SL tour and now the next big thing is the champion's trophy to be held in SA fingers crossed thanks

  • Irfan on June 22, 2009, 18:38 GMT

    Nice one Kamran! You certainly closed this piece with aplomb. Likely the effect of the impassioned plea by Younis won't bring teams to Pakistan but they certainly will be moved by it. The humanity of it was to dedicate the win to Bob! That must have touched a lot of hearts. As Imran pleaded for his hospital after the world cup win, so did Younis for the honor of the country. This tournament let us all witness; the process of a player evolving as a captain, adapting to the needs of a newer format meanwhile shouldering his responsibilities. Younis it seems is a people’s person his real strength lies in managing the players, binding them into a cohesive fighting unit better than anybody else. What makes it more strange is that a Pakistani player is not afraid to speak his mind! And that too in English! As we all know that to some in the past has been a real joy killer. He has set a benchmark on which the next captain will be judged against, and I am not talking about the win only!

  • Jahan Zada Buneri on June 22, 2009, 18:27 GMT

    We are not only enjoy the thing that we won world cup but also that India lost all three matches in qualifying round so we are happy two times more. Why they are not dancing like in one match they were doing the same thing. Sher Khan Afridi proved himself not as a bowler but also as a batsman. Younis Khan also proved himself as a Captain and also batsman too. Whole team played very well and outclass first Africa and then Sri Lanka.

  • Sabzciti on June 22, 2009, 18:13 GMT

    Congratulations to my Nation & our team. Superb Play. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Indian fans and their good wishes on our victory. Your support means a lot to us. It is heartening to see that many of you feel our pain and many of you can actually comprehend what our nation is currently going through. This world cup is a ray of hope.. after such a long time.. we see light at the end of the tunnel.. after a long time I see a nation come together.. and for acknowledging that and for sharing our happiness.. I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart.. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Sabzciti on June 22, 2009, 18:10 GMT

    Congratulations to my Nation & our team. Superb Play. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Indian fans and their good wishes on our victory. Your support means a lot to us. It is heartening to see that many of you feel our pain and many of you can actually comprehend what our nation is currently going through. This world cup is a ray of hope.. after such a long time.. we see light at the end of the tunnel.. after a long time I see a nation come together.. and for acknowledging that and for sharing our happiness.. I sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart.. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Aziz South African on June 22, 2009, 18:07 GMT

    I am dissapointed at Sangakarras failure to congratulate Pakistan at the presentation. Instead he went about gloating on SRL lANKA having the best bowling attack in the world. The tournament statistics reveal another story though.For Pakistan, the prestige of being crowned champions is going to bring about massive and intense rivalries going forward. Sanga's boast of his attack being the best and his failure to acknowledge the better team is not acceptable. True, he played well, only after the top order were blown away. Pakistan only lost 2 wickets against ' THE BEST BOWLING ATTACK'. No doubt Sri Lanka are a good team but certainly not the best considering the margin of victory.

  • Pradeep on June 22, 2009, 17:26 GMT

    awesome work by Pakistan! i 'm sure it means a lot to the people of Pakistan. it's amazing how they went from zeroes to beat the best two teams of the tournament in the semi-final and the final.

  • Ali Hassan Karachi Pakistan on June 22, 2009, 17:22 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan and Pakistani Cricket Team PAKISTAN ZINDABAAD em just wanna say k Pakistan do any thing any where no buddy predict Pakistan if any buddy have any questions queries so plz check history since 1992 in the end re-joining of Razzak is lucky for Pakistan. PAKISTAN ZINDABAAD. Thanks for every one who comment here and wish every Pakistani from my Pakistan and Neighbours PAKISTAN ZINDABAAD

  • Sunny Khatri on June 22, 2009, 16:57 GMT

    @Prakash: Yes the time will tell where we stand, our team is becoming stronger and stronger after the inclusion of Yousuf and razzak. As a good neighbour you should appreciate the performance of our team as your fellow countrymen are rightly doing and we really thank all the Indians who are congratulating Pakistanis for our glorious victory.

    Long live Pakistan. Pakistan Cricket rocks :)

  • aiham on June 22, 2009, 16:36 GMT

    Afridi should have been the player of the tournament. His wicket taking bowling, stunning fielding and awesome batting (especially in the last two games)could have made him the most all-round performer and the star of the tournament. No doubt, Dilshan was excellent in his batting. But the star performer was none other ther than Afridi.

  • H.S.Ahammed on June 22, 2009, 16:29 GMT

    Mashallah!!! Alhamdulillah!!!

    We are the champions again. This one more methodical and stylish with everyone contributing. Great captaincy. Great bowling, Great batting and Great victory. Congrats boys...keep going...bring home that 2011 One day version too....stay united as a team and win as a team as you did in 1992 and in 2009....play your natural game and you will become the natural champions....as you are now.

    No matter whether you play in England or in Dubai, or anywhere else, just think that as your home soil and win....

    As always, our prayers will be with you guys.

    Thanks to the great almighty for his blessings on the team and prayers for it to continue......

    CONGRATS PAKISTAN!!! JAI JO!!!(A million times)

  • Kumar on June 22, 2009, 16:25 GMT

    Continuation to my prev comment: The pakistani team gave a great opportunity to believe in the power of unity and team work. I respect Allah as much as I respect Eeshwar. But take some concrete steps to rebuild your nation for good(I am the first one to admit we that we are not a perfect nation, no one is, but I can proudly say we did well in the last 50 years and are on the right path). Kick the religious fanatics out, annihilate the taliban/al-qaeda/LeT etc either Afridi style or Gandhi style.. you have to do it by yourself, as a people, there is not much others can do from outside, than offer support. And for God's sake find a stable govt/democracy, you guys have the ability, just do it. Just like the powerful lawyers lobby, there can a powerful student lobby or activist lobby with a die-hard positive attitude to rebuild the nation no matter what. China is expected to overtake the U.S by 2027. India won't be too far behind, and I don't want my beloved neighbors to fall behind as wel

  • Kumar77 on June 22, 2009, 16:24 GMT

    Responding to Shoaib Abbasi: Let me tell you that most Indians are feeling as elated and satisfied, if not more, than our pakistani bros, from this glorious Afridi-inspired victory. Lets not waste this opportunity to keep the brotherhood and spirit alive. We know that the majority of us want long-lasting peace, harmony and economic prosperity on both sides of the border. We know that the majority of us hate terrrorism in any part of the world, in any shape, way or form. But unfortunately, its the crooked rich, powerful, influential minority that always seems to have the upper hand, and achieves its purpose on the divide and rule philosophy. To be continued...

  • talhah yousuf, Australia on June 22, 2009, 16:16 GMT

    For all young Pakistanis ......YOU CAN DO IT .......YES YOU CAN. Whether cricket or life in general. Yes you can.

  • NADEEM on June 22, 2009, 16:15 GMT

    WELL DONE PAKISTAN..VERY PROFESSIONAL. THIS INDIA PAK THING IS SOME PEOPLE'S MENTAL PROBLEM. PLEASE IGNORE THAT. I AM A PAKISTANI AND THINK INDIAN AUSTRALIAN SOUTH AFRICA TEAMS ARE BETTER THAN PAKISTAN OVERALL. BUT WC IS MOSTLY WON BY NON FAVOURITES EXCEPT AUSTRALIAN.

  • Rauf on June 22, 2009, 16:04 GMT

    Slightly off topic...

    Traffic generated on cricinfo by Pak Spin blogs during this T20 tournament is amazing. This goes to show the extreme passion of Pak cricket fans. Please send these numbers to the bean counters at ICC. Tell them that Pakistan may be down at the moment as a country but NEVER count Pakistan and Pak cricket team out.

  • Rauf on June 22, 2009, 15:57 GMT

    To some Pak fans who want to settle some scores with Indians please calm down. This was a great victory for Pakistan and Pak cricket and this has nothing to do with India vs Pakistan. I even see Indians congratulating us which is great. Cricket must be above childish comments.

    Well done Pakistan team! You EARNED every bit of this victory.

  • Saqib on June 22, 2009, 15:56 GMT

    I am in UK and always looking for the Good news from Pakland. I am really very happy...weare the champions...."Stand up for the Champions, pakistani Youth, we must stand up for the sake o Pakistan nd join our hands to save it"....Congrates to all Pakistani Nation. Luv u PAKISTAN...Team PAKISTAN...

    Allah tujhy slamat rakay...abad rakhy. Ameen

  • Muhammad Obaidullah on June 22, 2009, 15:53 GMT

    This was scripted by none other than GOD....... Helping the deprived, neglected one's in HOME OF CRICKET..........Pakistan Paindabad

  • Keep it in perspective on June 22, 2009, 15:50 GMT

    ITS ALL TEMPORARY PEOPLE! WHY FOLLOW SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY ONE DAY AND SAD ANOTHER...THINK ABOUT IT! EQUAL MEASURES OF HAPPINESS AND JOY IN THIS WORLD. DANCE AFTER THIS WIN NOW AND CRY WHEN THEY LOSE ANOTHER. ALL THIS TALK ABOUT SALUTING CRICKETERS AND HOW YOU LOVE THEM AND THE MOMENT THEY BLOW A GAME AGAINST ARCH RIVALS, YOU CURSE THEM AND BLAME THEM. HOW FICKLE!

  • rehan on June 22, 2009, 15:45 GMT

    Fantastic !

    Let's use this as a watershed, let history be history! Please all urger the PCB to lead by example, take it's job seriously and let back Imran Nazir!

  • waseem on June 22, 2009, 15:33 GMT

    Afridi....you spoke only about pakistani fan, do you thin nobody love you beyond pakistan, we pray for you brother and you didn't take our name on Man of the Match cermonry, it hurt us. We who always support you and many time correct you through blog that please see the ball first and the hit the ball after spending some time on crease. We never critisized you and want your name in test cricket and not happy that you are not included in the test team because you are best at test cricket. You have done well and keep it up, after some time you can go and hit first ball to six( after getting some confidence). you are best, you are best, we always like your batting style...Pleae open the inning in T20 and Onedayers you are the opener and can earn the run and respect in opening you are natural opener we were crying from last two years that please don't waste Afridi energy in the last. You always got out for pakistan in the need for quick runs. We love you...

  • Shahnissar on June 22, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    Congratulation and greetings to everyone!! Afridi ur awesome as Shoaib Malik said correctly. This victory will go in long way to bring back the glory to our cricket and nation as a whole. Better days for our nation are ahead in science, education and sports as well(Inshallah). Those who were turning away from us, a good reminder world without us is happiness without humour. Congratulations once again to the team and thanks Younis Khan. By dedicating this victory to Bob Woolmer you have revealed real heart of Pakistan. A nation free of prejudice and malaise.

    Long Live Pakistan. Pakistan Paindabad.

    Enjoy the victory.

  • dee on June 22, 2009, 15:17 GMT

    prakash at June 22, 2009 6:56 AM Looks like half of you feel you have defeated India..... No prakash we feel better than that feeling, because we have overcome teams that sent india packing. india has so much population and how teams like sri lanak and pakistan that have upto 10 times less people have performed much better than india tells a story of its own.

  • Tanolihere on June 22, 2009, 15:14 GMT

    WELL DONE PAKISTAN!!! STAND UP FOR THE CHAMPIONS!!!

  • dee on June 22, 2009, 15:11 GMT

    the champions league is now officially the losers league

  • Ammad Gillani on June 22, 2009, 15:06 GMT

    It wasn’t a team, neither a cricket match nor a win, It was a nation, working hard to prove that together they can. I have never seen a nation so much happy, proud and confident as we were last night. It’s the most difficult times we are going through and I believe it’s only Pakistani nation, who can rise above all this. Dear Pakistani brothers and sisters, inside and outside Pakistan, Please keep this spirit high in all times to come. We are brave, proud, honest and hard working 17 Millions , all we need is good leadership, direction and Unity. We found all three ingredients yesterday and won. So please come forward, wherever you are , whatever you are doing, In all pitches of life prove again that together We can! Thanks to Mr Kamran Abbasi for writing so good for Pakistan. Congratulation to all Pakistan and please don’t stop here. We need a peaceful, developed, and secure Pakistan. May Allah Give us all Faith, Unity, discipline. Pakistan Zindabad, Regards Ammad Gillani

  • Sarah on June 22, 2009, 14:52 GMT

    This has been a fairy tale journey, and this is an incredible victory. The wave of joy and pride which has engulfed the nation is spectacular. A big thank you to Team Pakistan for gifting their nation with the most unbelievable of presents. This victory is precious; we cherish it and we'll always respect and love the stars of our team for this. It's poetic justice that Pakistan are the winners of this trophy after what the country has been through all this time, and after the isolation our cricketers had been pushed into.

    Thank you, Team Pakistan, thank you..And 'Boom Boom Afridi!!'

  • javed Bhatty on June 22, 2009, 14:51 GMT

    A great win!... and a gazillion congratulations to the Pakistani team and to Pakistani nation. The team has made the whole country very very proud. This victory should shun any efforts by the "clouters" to keep cricket away from Pakistan. Money and politics cannot bread or buy championships, it is the talent plus how you play on particular day that matters at the end .... and of course the nation of Pakistan are also very grateful to Almighty Allah for His special favours to Pakistan. Zindabad Pakistan.

  • Waseem Khan on June 22, 2009, 14:28 GMT

    Well done Pakistan team - we are all very proud of you! Let's bulid on this win and go from strength to strength, Insallah.

  • Manoj on June 22, 2009, 14:23 GMT

    Just going through the comments tells us why Pakistanis can never be friends of India even if Indians try to be friendly. I didn't see a single comment against Australia or England or Pakistan but so many against India/ BCCI? There are Indians congratulating & supporting the Pakistani team but, even Google wont be able to find a single Pakistani supporting the Indian team ever.

  • We the Pakistanis on June 22, 2009, 13:58 GMT

    We would also like to dedicate this win to the Sirilankan team and nation. When no one would come play us in PK they came and even after the horrific attacks they showed grace and did not blame the actions of the cowards on the brave people of Pakistan.

  • Shahab Ahamd on June 22, 2009, 13:44 GMT

    I don't have world to Thanks Allah & Pakistan Team.We are World Champion again. Love u Afridi, Love u Umer Gul.

  • Karman Aziz Pitafi on June 22, 2009, 13:39 GMT

    A Great Great Win ! Celebrations around the globe are amazing. check that out on youtube. Congratulations Pakistan. There is no cricket without Christma of Pakistan Cricket.

  • Kaash on June 22, 2009, 13:38 GMT

    Why no one appreciating Intekhab Alam who was Coach of Pakista Team in 1992 World cup and 2009 World Cup.

  • aftab on June 22, 2009, 13:37 GMT

    If it was Pakistan instead of Ausies packing in the first round, it would scratch the itchy spots of sport writers.

  • REGIONAL MANAGER on June 22, 2009, 13:31 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan on becoming the World Champions once again. I would like to take this oppurtunity to apologise to the whole pakistani nation for not having any faith in my team. I always thought they mite just crumble towards the end but they proved me wrong. I would also like to apologise to my dear freind Regional, Im sorry Regional, you were rite, we are the best!!!!!!

  • Kitto on June 22, 2009, 13:30 GMT

    Pakistan are the T20 world champions! How good does that sound and feel?! Congratulations to all my fellow Pakistan supporters! What an emotional,amazing and unforgettable day!This victory has made up for the pain of 1999 and 2007, and it has come at such a pivotal time. I'm so proud of the guys, they really were outstanding. It's been great watching the bowlers show their class, Younus lead so well and galvanise the team, and Afridi play the way we we've always wanted him to. Pakistan Zindabad :)

  • Rashid Siddiqui on June 22, 2009, 13:19 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Congratulations to Pak team and all the Pakistanis.

  • HaMmy on June 22, 2009, 13:17 GMT

    ""I would be most painful for Lalit Moodi to see Pakistan win as he thought he had laid Pakistani Cricket to grave by throwing them out of IPL. Lalit "Papoo" if cricket was played by cheerleaders, big digital screens, propaganda and making filmi faces and photoshoots , India would have been handed the trophy even before starting the World Cup.""

    salman well said man well said indeed!!!, now, it is proved IPL is only for money, and sponcership, it has no connection with grooming the players, making them more professionals, i as a pakistani fan say that, now even if pakistani players are urged by the BCCI, to play the league, they must refuse at once. their real honour lies playing for their country and their country only, they should not indulge in cheap stuffs like maney making IPL. after this world cup, IPL will be badly reputed. indians say, they are the best team, the greatest blow to them would be to ignore them completely and not to play matches with them!!!

  • madhar sahib on June 22, 2009, 13:03 GMT

    INSHA ALLAH , now the world cricket will once again tbe realiz the importance of pakistan i team,. i hope lalit modi will pick the pakistani players in the next session. nic eto see them back in great form ,. hope this will continue,.]

  • asadzahoor on June 22, 2009, 12:55 GMT

    Congratulations to everyone. We are the world Champions Love You Pakistan A cricketing world without a strong pakistani team is not a joy to watch Well done Sri Lanka also Pakistan Zindabaad

  • Awais Shah on June 22, 2009, 12:49 GMT

    Congratulations to the Pakistani team and the Pakistani nation.For the team, you guys played such an outstanding event. Good luck for your future games.

  • Irfan on June 22, 2009, 12:48 GMT

    Jiuo Tu Aisey :)

    Congratulation Pakistan and cricket fans all over the word.

  • Faisal on June 22, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    I LOVE MY PAKISTAN. PROUD TO BE A PAKISTANI. PROUD TO BE WORLD T20 CHAMPIONS.

  • Adil on June 22, 2009, 12:32 GMT

    I would like to thank the Pakistani team for the gift they have given us.This is because of their hard work as well as the prayers of the whole nation.I would also like to thank the Pakistani fans who were there at the grounds match after match and made such an electrifying atmosphere for the team to play in.Every member of the team is a gem. What I as a Pakistani is more excited about is the future of Pakistani cricket which surely looks bright!After the 1992 glory came a decade in which Pakistani team had some of its best years[although history might disagree as we did not win anything major in that time but still].InshAllah something like that will again happen and we will see some players reaching the status like that of the greats Wasim and Waqar.

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!

  • M.Rashid Khattak on June 22, 2009, 12:23 GMT

    Pak Team You makes us proud , i cant stop my tear whenever i remember these last movements of last night . i am so proud and so emotional of this victory . which was much needed for us . every man in the team played its part . proud to be pakistani realy....... Pakistan Zindabad . Love you Pakistan Team

  • Abdur Rahman on June 22, 2009, 12:21 GMT

    Congratulations my PAKISTAN! First of I like thanks to ALLAH. and also I'm very PROUD ba PAKISTANI FAN. ALL OF MY FAMILY MEMBERS ARE PAKISTANI FANS. THAT IS THE BIGTHING.

  • Naveed Malik on June 22, 2009, 12:20 GMT

    The most beautiful gift that you could give to a nation. Thank you Team Pakistan!!

    A nation that is fighting the war on terror, the nation that suffered the most, the nation that paid the heaviest price.....that nation has sparked, that nation has united and may this be the impetus to recovery and all great things!!

    At times like this you suddenly realise who are your friends and foes and for Pakistan's sake i hope we all remember this. IPL and the Champions League will never be the same. The attempt of isolation has brought the best in us. We are now the World Champions and on behalf of the 170 Million Pakistanis i thank our cricket team again for this most beautiful gift.

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

  • Badshah on June 22, 2009, 12:19 GMT

    Guys i think Razzaq and the new kid Amir helped us to win. if we think bout it, Sir lanka's 4 top bats men make over 80% of thir score, Razzaq and Amir took 3 of them out, and if they had stayed the total would have been much bigger, and we won in the last over. BUT we won. credit to all the players

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • Has on June 22, 2009, 12:17 GMT

    Yes we lost a few battles, but we won the war. When the history books are written this is what will matter.

    others are always quick to dismiss us, always quick to mock us, always quick to critsise us, even though we came into the competition as the finalist of 2007 and currently the best 20/20 side on record, well, no more, as one prominent comentator has said - 'write off Pakistan at your own peril'

    Dil Dil Pakistan

  • Hasan on June 22, 2009, 12:11 GMT

    FIST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ALL INDIAN’S WHO WERE SUPPORTING TEAM PAKISTAN. REALLY IT WAS VERY NICE TO SEE SUCH A NICE GESTURE FROM YOU PEOPLE. AGAIN THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

    NOW I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN AND PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD WHO WERE SUPPORTING OUR TEAM. KEEP PRAYING THAT OUR TEAM REMAINS THE CHAMPION. GEO PAKISTAN

  • Dan on June 22, 2009, 12:10 GMT

    To all the "non-pakistani" pakistani supporters - Cheers for all the support you gave for our team, It is is gladly appreciated - just ignore the haters and the idiots they dont represent the majority of us!

    And finally, as if everyone else hasnt said it enuff already - Congrats to Pakistan Cricket Team.

  • venkat on June 22, 2009, 11:55 GMT

    There is still hope for a little romance afterall!! No hopers to world champions!! Wow!I hail from India and in the bottom of my heart resides a deep anger against Pakistan. But yesterday I was cheering for Pakistan. For a nation so ridden with war, poverty and despair this was the ultimate tonic. Not that people would get three meals everyday because of this victory but it just alleviates the pain that stays within. Congrats Younis Khan!! And I must say that Afridi has made up for a lifetime for underachivement!! Congrats to every single Pakistani

  • NGD on June 22, 2009, 11:52 GMT

    I am an Indian but was cheering for Pakistan after we got KOed. And it feels great. You guys deserved it. Well played!

  • Vikram on June 22, 2009, 11:36 GMT

    This isn't fair. Pakistanis cheated their way to the finals. Does this ring a bell ----> BALL TAMPERING!

  • Venkat on June 22, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    Hats of to the Pakistan team on playing brilliant Cricket. Sad to see them not in the Champions league...Wish this gives way to sanity and better relationships and apprceciation of the larger picture from the radical sections of the nation that do not want Pakistan or for that matter India to prosper. Just imagine the picture if the bulk of the superb Srilankan team has been unavailable due to the unfortunate attacks. The subcontinental team played with flair and poisse that showed that Twenty-20 need not be won on laptops and planning alone. Sadly India missed out the party this time due to excessive cricket or over-indulgence in non-cricketing things after a world cup victory. But the tournament nonetheless had a great finish with the best two teams battling out for a superb finish.

  • Kamran on June 22, 2009, 11:35 GMT

    Thank you all Indian supporters out there, we respect your sincere sentiments and yes we want this enmity over by every means.I know and you know it's not the common people who want chaos but having said that we need to play a vital role here to cool things off, we have got to show the world that we respect each other's emotions and freedom, only that's the way to move forwards.We need to realize the significance of such a change for the generations to come, it's time we took the first step by showing support to each other at the public level when the politics around is ruining matters.It's a truth we cannot live together because our basic ideology is different but we can of course live as good neighbors and mind our own business, this would at least not develop any harsh feelings towards one another.

    Thanks again, PAKISTAN ZAINDABAD.. CONGRATULATIONS PAKISTAN,, we did it!!

  • Munawar on June 22, 2009, 11:31 GMT

    sTand uP 4 de ChampiOnZ ;) yEahh!! wE rOcKed The wOrld =D \/ . . . Aye jAzba junOon to himmaT na hAar ;) pAkisTan zinDa bAad :)

  • Waqas Arain on June 22, 2009, 11:20 GMT

    Alhamdulillah,We did it with grace, Now ask the ICC and BCCI to hold events and become champions without playing real champions.

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • omar hussain on June 22, 2009, 11:13 GMT

    Mubarakbad Kamran and all Pakistan! Allah bless our homeland!I have in my 42 years of cricketing watching seen numerous great Pakistani victories but i have never felt so emotional as i did yesterday.Pakistan!Pakistan! Jeeway Jeeway Pakistan!When Hanif Mohammad defied the English bowlers to score his 187 not out at this ground in 1967 the press wrote *salute hanif the one man band*.To our prodigal son Afridi i give the same and wish he had matured earlier! Long live the spirit of Pakistan in our cricketers!.

  • asif on June 22, 2009, 11:09 GMT

    Brilliant Pakistan mubarak to all ! Whole world tried to isolate Pakistan from cricket morally and financially, look what happened ? You can isolate people by trying to gang up but you can never isolate sheer guts, raw talent and the resilience of the Pakistan nation !

    Dhoni , Yuvraj , bhajji etc please do a bhangra dance now full of tears and better still get your cronies- Lalit Modi, Pawar , Shukla and others who tried to gang up against Pakistan TO JOIN YOU .

    DIL DIL PAKISTAN FOR EVER

  • Mohammed Munir on June 22, 2009, 11:02 GMT

    Believe In This ... You Can Keep Going Long After You Think You Can’t !!

    C. O. N. G. R. A. T. U. L. A. T. I. O. N. S …

    To All PAKISTANIS On This GREAT WIN.

  • Mansoor on June 22, 2009, 11:00 GMT

    Singh maybe king in Film world BUT in real world KHAN IS KING. Congrats. to Pak team. The turbalent times Pak nation and cricket team has gone through last few years, it is fitting they won it. Again as in 92, in fashion that you could say it was in their destiny (destiny has funny ways). Congrats to Sri Lanka team for putting up good show all the way, they fought brillinatly at the end to push the score to 138.

    The win has bought cheer to millions in Pakistan and should be dedicated to them and the Pak army who are fighting gallantly in war which is not of Paksitan's making but America's bias & weak Pak leadeship. Long live Pakistan... This nation is destined for Big things only if it adhers to the Mr Jinnah's motto of Unity, faith & discipline. There is something about Pakistan that constantly catches one's attention.

  • Jay_Kay on June 22, 2009, 10:52 GMT

    You little ripper!!! You have made Pakistan proud ... and for the Lankan captain ... comisorations ... but sorry to say we proved that you dont have the best bowling attack in the world ... we do!!!! Paki's are the best we rule!!!!

  • Mubashar Mahmood on June 22, 2009, 10:43 GMT

    * * * CONGRATULATIONS PAKISTAN * * *

    WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS EAST OR WEST

    We are the CHAMPIONS We are the BEST

    No matter what world says We love it, we don’t care the rest

    We played like tigers We faced it, we took it on chest

    We wanted it, we wont it, we have it We take the crest

    WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS EAST OR WEST

    We are the CHAMPIONS We are the BEST

    We are enjoying the every moment Let’s have party, let’s invite all guests

    We going to wear fancy clothes We are crown dressed

    Let’s talk about the victory Let’s have some jokes, some jests

    The win doesn't come easy You got to work hard, have some commitment, some lust

    Don’t go over the limit, don’t do silly things Its time to behave, don’t have arrest

    Get the award from King Ask Queen to attest

    We are the CHAMPIONS EAST OR WEST, We are the BEST

    ...Bashy from UK

  • Suhail Shaukat on June 22, 2009, 10:41 GMT

    I have never said these words with more sincerity then now "PROUD TO BE A PAKISTANI". As a pakistani staying in Gulf, we always hear Pakistan being in the news for the wrong reasons causing us to shy away when being called out as pakis...............Hopefully, this victory is the beginning for cricket, for our country towards a positive and fruitful future of which all of us Pakis can be proud.............Jeevay Pakistan

  • Naeem on June 22, 2009, 10:20 GMT

    Guys, U have seen what can we do when we play united as a team. For God sake let us all unite amd perform as Pakistanis only, No Punjabi, no Sindhi, no Pashtoondo, no Balochi, no Muhajir, all Pakistani-This is the need of the day

  • M.Umair Yaseen on June 22, 2009, 10:17 GMT

    Congrats to the whole nation.

    The world has learned that cornering Pakistan is really dangerousand you can never rule out Pakistan.

    Except Pakistan all test playing nations participated in the IPL. It looks their players are more intrested in money than pride

  • QJM, Saudi Arabia on June 22, 2009, 10:10 GMT

    india has been defeated thousands of time. our fight is not with india it is just bcz the Indian cricketers reached the seventh sky after IPL...they thought that they can defeat any team of the world but...LOL...!!! ganguly said:"I hope that pakistan will emerge as a different team in the finals".......u guys are saying congratulations or telling us that ur team is more better but sorry u hav some kind of misunderstanding.....u were confident that india will win this tournament and now when they have lost u r now sure that it will win next time.....so much arrogance and haughtiness is not gud.u guys hav a cantankerous behaviour

  • waj on June 22, 2009, 10:02 GMT

    Pakistan you are simply the best!

  • Ali Abid Tonky,Tando Allahyar on June 22, 2009, 10:00 GMT

    Rab ka shukar ada kar bhai jis nay yeh fateh kari weldone Pakistan Mubarak to all Pakistani supporters. Today we truely played like championsss. The result could have been better. This is a victory for the team, the Nation, the supporters and most importantly the street cricket of Pakistan.

    There is a team that was underprepared, that is unpredictably brilliant, that throughs a 17 years old bowler to the biggest stage of cricket, that has a raw talent that wins the heart of the people, a team that plays for people and becomes underdogs and beats the best teamsss. Pakistan Zindabad. The green flag flyyyyyyyyyyyy high

    Now bring back Mohammed Yousuf, Imran Nazir, Rana Naveed and Imran Farhad and we will become even stronger in ODIs and Next T20 world cup.

  • Umar Rashid on June 22, 2009, 10:00 GMT

    I was there at Lords Pakistan zindabad

    2 things pak fans have to learn

    1 when we loose please dont put away your tops

    2 Back our team no matter what.

    Umar

  • Ifrah javed, Saudi Arab on June 22, 2009, 9:59 GMT

    Pakistan rocks......pakistan was charasmatic in this tournament. india came in the finals two years before it was their luck and they compete against Pakistan!!!this year Pakistan prove to be a champion by coming again in the finals..it is not gud luck......CONGRATZ pakistan. u did a brilliant job....i pray that may it win the icc champions trophy too....LUV U PAKISTAN

  • Ajaz Quddusi on June 22, 2009, 9:57 GMT

    Qudrat Ka Insaf The day attackers of Sri Lankan team walked freely in Lahore, someone was watching them and he queitly determined to prove it wrong. Alhamdolillah, as alway, Qudrat has done the Insaf to restore the joys of our streets. Pakistan is on the top and enemies are licking their wounds.Pakistan Zindabad!!

  • anand sharma on June 22, 2009, 9:56 GMT

    i am a indian but i assure u that pakistan was a lot better team than india.

  • Imran on June 22, 2009, 9:55 GMT

    Congratz to the Pakistani Cricket Team! Also Kuddos to the Sri Lankan Cricket Team and I would like to thanks the sri lankan cricket team and the sri lankan peoples who stood with us in difficult time while the "other" country is trying its best to cut off (cricket) ties with Pakistan. Sri Lanka is our friend and will remain so. What really disturbs me no Indian media is showing this special day and look at their comments on rediff.com, they claim this match has been fixed!

  • vikas diwaker on June 22, 2009, 9:51 GMT

    Timely needed insulin for people living in country named Pakistan.

    Pakistan, a Land of colourful people as in India, ever high emotions, country of residents with warm heart.

    Though Younis could not escape rash views of many international cricketers & columnist when he coined t20 as fun, but in end it was fun campaign for the team. How much change this win can bring for countryland, is to be seen. I just hope this win can give the nation and its countryman a motive to move forward in PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. More soever a lesson to the leaders of gallant nation to build better future for their fellow countryman.

  • Syed Muhammad Aun on June 22, 2009, 9:49 GMT

    Thanks to ALLAH ALMIGHTY!!!!!! that we are at the top once again.... Thanks to all the team members for giving us such unforgettable and emotional moments. Now whatever, anyone says or thinks but the fact is that "PAKISTAN IS THE CHAMPION" and the governors of the cricket governing body has to re think that how can they organize T20 Champions League without including the T20 CHAMPIONS..... lolz!!!!!! LONG LIVE PAKISTAN """geo to aisay"""

  • Kushal on June 22, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan! Your team played fabulous cricket in the key stages of the tournament!

    Most of us in India are happy for the innocent people in Pakistan who have been suffering due to extremism. This victory could be a divine blessing for them...at least they can forget their troubles for a little while.

    As for our team (since some of you inquired), don't worry, we should be alright after some rest. Good thing we have time off before the CT in SA. We supporters will be back to cheer again!

    Peace to all.

  • shams ali on June 22, 2009, 9:29 GMT

    Dear Kamran Congrats to the whole nation on this glorius victory we surely deserve it. Afridi has shown what a big match player he can be if he puts his mind to it as if he plays like he did the semis and the final he can be the backbone of our one day and 20/20 team. The late Bob Wolmer had brought him in our Test Team also and i feel he surely deserves a chance to be back in the mix of it. Next trip to Srilanka and with their wickets am sure both afridi and ajmal will get a chance to run riot there. Lastly being the Gentlemen Kumar Sangakara is he should have atleast cogratulated Pakistan Team on this victory but i guess the pain of defeat was surely showing on him. No problems Kumar the whole world knows who is the Champion and who has the best bowling in 20/20. To all our indian friend especially Karan Singh hope you realize that its just a game and we should be wise enough to keep it at that as we have better and bigger issues than creating tension amongst our nations dear friend

  • Abbasi on June 22, 2009, 9:27 GMT

    Oh Boy.. At last it took 17 years. Our nation needed good & positive news from somewhere and cricket team has provided it. Thank You Pakistan Team.. We are proud of you..

  • Pitch Doctor on June 22, 2009, 9:23 GMT

    Terrific cricket by Pakistan. Well played Sangakara and SL, but Pakistan were too good on the day. Congrats to Pakistan fans!

    Funny thing...I heard that Pakistan's Chief Selector had resigned after Pakistan's early losses. He must be feeling pretty foolish now!

  • Abbas on June 22, 2009, 9:20 GMT

    TEREX....how harsh are you...cant u enjoy the moment of celebration with pakis, why do you have so much graudge against us

  • syedahmeddanish on June 22, 2009, 9:16 GMT

    i want to say thanks to all the indians who supported us here is this form and back home really thanks alot people we all are brothers :).. Pakistan Zindabad Proud To Be A Paki

  • Zeeshan Ali on June 22, 2009, 9:15 GMT

    Terex, this is not tukkaa. Blame ICC for making such Groups. Blame NewZealand for their injuries. Pakistan just played good cricket. Bring on any team in 50 overs & i am sure with such a talent PAKI POWER will PREVAIL. Inshallah. By the way it was a Warm-up (Practice) match played against India & everyone knows since not playing international cricket for longtime players were a bit rusty. Anyhow, players delivered the good when it matters the most. Great Achievement by Pakistan and we are all PROUD PAKISTANI TODAY.

  • Alamzeb on June 22, 2009, 9:10 GMT

    Hey friends, dont forget one thing, Intikhab Alam is again the coach of pakistan cricket as he was in 1992 when they won the world 50fifty cup. he may not have a role practically much but cirtainly a role in the luck factor.

  • Eesa on June 22, 2009, 9:01 GMT

    @ Posted by: Aamir Ahmed at June 21, 2009 7:33 PM

    There's no need for that kind of nonsense! Kamran can we have some screening to remove those racial slurs?

  • Dr. Mubahir Hanif on June 22, 2009, 8:57 GMT

    Assalamoalikum!Mubarkan pa g to all Pakistan and pakistanis. Alhamdolillah, alhmadolillah, alhamdolillah. I am so lucky to have witnessed 92 world cup lifted and now T20. I am a cricketer and ave won lots of titles for my team but the taste is nothing like this one, it tastes so gooooooooooooood. There are so many moments that I will cherish for ever. As you have been writign yoruself, this means to all of us mroe than cricket thnking about whats been ahpening back home for few years. Just think the non-greens bullied pakistan out of IPL and tried to sideline this cricket crazy nation. Whats the result?Hor choopo gannaiy.Still a lot is needed to be done for bigger versions of game, if we can be sure about the word Justice in Paksitan and PCB,w e can turn around tables anywhere in any field.I am far away from home BUT I can sense burfi, green flags, bhangra and those tight hugs. I will enjoy these momenst for ever. A job well done in the end by the team Pakistan,Bless U. Mubarkan. Peace

  • Kuldeep Kumar on June 22, 2009, 8:55 GMT

    Congratulations to all Pakistani people and the their cricket team. They have proved that they do not need any help of IPL kind of series to win the pinnacle of world cricekt T20. The played as a team and proved themselves even in bad times in their country. They deserved to be champions and they did it. I am really happy to see them winning the world cup this time. Well its a great lesson for Indian team and BCCI who always looking for only money and money.

    Congrates again Pakistan, well plyed, keep it up.

  • MOHAMMED ASLAM on June 22, 2009, 8:52 GMT

    First of all Congratulation to whole nation on winning hte world cup T20 final.It was realy a team effort but Knock of Afridi was the best of his carrer. We also can not forget three wickets taken by Abdul Razzak who break the back bone of Sri lanka's Batting line up. In Fact emergence of Abdul razzk's in Pak team gave boost to Pak team's moral since he join pak team Pakistan did not loose any match in the tournament.Hope our team will keep up the same spirit in coming future.

  • Amit on June 22, 2009, 8:48 GMT

    Nice victor Holland, then Ire Land and then not good enough for spin NZ and SA and then one bad day for SL. Good luck guy's otherwise your just reached the super 8 due to lack of experience of Netherlands. But Luck is not all about the game. We definately will see what happen with you guys in Champions trophy. I suspect if they have players to bat whole 50 overs. Good team for gully cricket though. AND FINALLY Truth is always hard to digest.......

  • Mrs Rabia Khan on June 22, 2009, 8:45 GMT

    Yipeee!!!

    It was indeed a great game to watch, I kept praying on Jaanemaaz for the victory for our Pakistan Team like many others and thank God that our prayers were answered!

    Shahid Afridi deserves the man of the match title but others like Abdul Razzak, Umer Gul, Shahzain all played very well. It has taken 17 long years to Pakistan to struggle and get back to the no 1 position!

    Thank you Pakistan Cricket Team and thanks to Allah for this moment,

    Pakistan Zindabad!!!!

  • yasir on June 22, 2009, 8:44 GMT

    Its really unbelievable. I and I can say many others dreamed of pakistan winning a major tournament and specially afridi taking us home in a big match but this all seemed like a dream that could never be fulfilled but pakistan team has made us proud and happy to extent unimaginable. Thank to Almighty Allah for these great mooments.

  • Vinayak on June 22, 2009, 8:44 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan for the victory ... they played well on the day to lift the cup.Though I supported Pakistan in the final I am not happy about the way some pakistan fans are reacting like they have defeted india by winning this cup. Just wanted to remind them that they lost to india last year's final and also begining of this cup.. and well I am sure if they plan again today against India .. they will defeted today also. Coz we are your big brothers in cricket.

  • Moyez Khan on June 22, 2009, 8:39 GMT

    Congrates to the whole nation , yeterday`s celebrations proved what this victory meant to us. The Seaview beach at khi had thousands of ppl dancing and singing pakistan zindabad. Cant describe in words how I felt at that moment. GO GO GOOOO Pakistan!!!!!!!!

  • Tanay on June 22, 2009, 8:35 GMT

    Well done Pakistan team! They have definitely played like champions in the last 3-4 games, which were the real big games.

    As an Indian, I'm glad to see scenes of joy and peaceful celebrations in Pakistan. Innocent citizens have suffered a lot there due to extremism and conflict. These happy moments belong foremost to them.

    PS: I am slightly irritated by some jibes at India, IPL, ICL, CL, etc. among the comments. But this is no day for petty exchanges.

  • Kashif Amin on June 22, 2009, 8:33 GMT

    Congratulations to Whole nation and thanks to Pakistan Cricket Team for this heroic outing. This surely prove that if we gell together for a certain cause, we end up with wonders. Lets take some heart from this result, join hands and prove to the world that we CORNERED TIGERS can also excel in economy and national prosperity too. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Younas Iqbal Qazi on June 22, 2009, 8:27 GMT

    GET UP, STAND UP, RISE UP FOR THE CHAMPS!!!!!!!!! PAKISTAN T20 World Champions, are indeed a bunch of LORDS!!!!!!

  • Ketan on June 22, 2009, 8:22 GMT

    Just want to say congratulations to Pakistan fans! Your team are worthy champions!

    PS: See, it was good that your Govt (and later Modi) didn't allow Pak players to come for the IPL :) And maybe some good will come out of missing the CL too! :) (Don't get angry...just teasing!)

  • Siddharth on June 22, 2009, 8:17 GMT

    Many congrats to Pakistan team! And to supporters in Pakistan! Well deserved victory indeed. Cheers!

    PS: This day should be about celebrating Pakistan cricket. But I'm a little disappointed to see some of the anti-India comments. Then again, not too surprising...there are such people on our side of the border too. Sigh.

  • Osama Bin Liaqat on June 22, 2009, 8:16 GMT

    I was two when we won the (" world Cup and though i started watching cricket at 4 i had yet to feel like a champion's fan!!! I will never ever forget this victory!!! I am still not over it! i woke up this morning and screamed WE DID ITTTT!!!!:D Bravo Team Pakistan!!! Lets hope Pak take the momentum to Champion's trophy now i know we can dooo it!!!! Pakistan Zindabad!!!

  • FAISAL ZAHEER from the middle of the sea Escravos Oilfield Offshore Nigeria on June 22, 2009, 8:12 GMT

    Well Done the best performance i have ever seen from PAKISTAN cricket team

  • Sujay on June 22, 2009, 8:08 GMT

    Congrats to our neighbours! Given the performances in 2007 and now in 2009, Pakistan were the worthy champions. Congrats to Pakistan fans!

    (Amazing how similar the path to victory was to the 1992 WC!)

  • Gohar on June 22, 2009, 8:06 GMT

    That was the moment which I awaited so long! I am big Fan of Afridi, and his Big match performance made me so proud that i couldn't explain my feelings in words. We were on the Roads yesterday night celebrating the TRIUMPH. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD SLOGANs Every where!! nation was xtatic!!. Thats was simply remarkable.

  • Sachin_Diehard on June 22, 2009, 8:04 GMT

    Great performance by Pakistan! Congrats to the new champions!

    Really hit SL hard with the new ball. And well played Afridi and Akmal. Excellent chase.

    Great day for Pakistan cricket. And great world cup for World cricket. Good to see fans in West Indies and Pakistan have plenty to cheer!

  • M.ILYAS DAMMAM, K.S.A on June 22, 2009, 8:00 GMT

    I have one small problem, is it becoz of hate that SANGAKAR did not praised the efforts of Pakisan. If it is true than Pakistan is going to have very very difficult time ahead of them. Please put some light on it and if possible write it on as why he did that. Look at Smith after defear what he has said and in contrast Lankans looks like deliberately skipped to mention even Pakistan.

  • Anshu on June 22, 2009, 7:58 GMT

    Many congrats to Younis Khan, Afridi and rest of team Pakistan! And congrats to the Pakistani people! You deserve it given your troubles at home the last few years.

    May more and more people in Pakistan choose cricket and peace. Amen.

  • Samir, India on June 22, 2009, 7:57 GMT

    Well done Pak .... Cornered tigers roar again... I have been rooting for you in this blog ever since India crashed out.

    While most Indians would support Pak if India isn't in the picture, I am disappointed by posts from your side which frankly make for some very ugly reading .... "Shout in India's face" .... "Are you Jealous BCCI / Lalit Modi?".... Come on Guys, grow up. Savour the win like champions.

  • Rupesh on June 22, 2009, 7:54 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan. Welldone and keep the good work continue .

  • Asma on June 22, 2009, 7:53 GMT

    p.s. thank u indian fans, for supporting Pakistan! :)

  • Akshay on June 22, 2009, 7:50 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan team, and fans! This is your day. The way your team played since the NZ game, this was a very deserving result. Cheers!

  • Asma on June 22, 2009, 7:48 GMT

    Alhamdulillah! Wonderful win!

    Razzaq, Malik, Younis Khan, Afridi, Akmal, Mohammad Amir, everyone played their part.

    Pakistanis couldn't be happier right now, you should see the news coverage! The streets are full of people dancing.

  • Ahmer K on June 22, 2009, 7:41 GMT

    Now only if our politicians can learn from Younus and company that unity, desire and passion can guide you to victory. Thank you Paksitan cricket team for providing us joy and taking our minds off of all the negativity that has surrounded us Pakistanis. Sri Lankan brothers and sisters, don't be dishearted. Even we lost in final two years ago... but we came back today and so will you.... Love Pakistan

  • venkatesf on June 22, 2009, 7:41 GMT

    i congratulated first Pakistani,s the way are played impressed me , its all about SHAHID AFRIDI

  • shanerock on June 22, 2009, 7:39 GMT

    u deserve to win..

    congrats

  • udnoorani on June 22, 2009, 7:38 GMT

    This Victory of Pakistan is a Slap on ICC and INDIA as they both wants to isolate Pakistan from the world of Cricket, ALLAH AL-MIGHTY have written some thing good for Pakistan. PAKISTAN ZINDA ABAD.

  • Jawed Saleem on June 22, 2009, 7:27 GMT

    YOU AINT SEEN NOTHING YET ! WOW ! What a moment/performance !

    Team Pakistan's performance : OUT OF THIS WORLD ! AWESOME ! POETRY IN MOTION ! (Breadth taking) ART ! CLINICAL !

    ICC & Mr.Moodi, kindly digest this and take note (of depth of Paki-cricket’s talents ) : " the performance" was on 'half-throttle' only (on the bridle - never extended). Mr.Moodi & Mr. Vettori : YOU AINT SEEN NOTHING YET ! ( Best is still to come ! ).

    Congrats to Team Pakistan, the Pakistani Nation and ‘the cricket lovers’ all around the world.

    Thanks Younis, Mr. Woolmer , G. Lawson, Inti & PCB.

    Jawed Saleem, Karachi

  • cudly, noty sz-raza on June 22, 2009, 7:27 GMT

    mr prakash its too late for u to say that ye cup kahin nahin jayega..we waited for it for 24 months and now we are havin it. u were defendin champs now we are de champs.. boom boom de hero ..

  • Shahzad Niazi on June 22, 2009, 7:26 GMT

    BOOM BOOM Pakistan

    They just proved that there is nobody unbeatable in T20's...South Africa or Sri Lanka..GO PAKISTAN!!

  • criclover on June 22, 2009, 7:23 GMT

    Now ppl will say welldone even the enemies too who wanted to destroy the Pak Cricket to gain supremacy but unfortunately for them, they failed miserably. Rather they were thrown to the dust. Actually thats the victory.

  • Vikram Maingi on June 22, 2009, 7:15 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan. Great job done by Younis Khan and team.

  • Syed Hammad Mustafa on June 22, 2009, 7:13 GMT

    Words cannot express the joy this NATION has been gifted with on June 21st. Seeing & now believing that our nation can live all the moments and to show the world that we are UNITED ---- Be that karachi , lahore or even our beloved SWAT / NORTHERN AREAS we stand together as a NATION--

    Love You Pakistan Thank You TEAM Pakistan Cricket Team for giving US this fabolous gift------

  • Yogeshwar on June 22, 2009, 7:05 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan.. This augurs well for world cricket.A cricketing world without a strong pakistani team is not a joy to watch.. We celebrate the return of the Titans.. As an Indian, I am happy that the trophy is just across the border and hope we reclaim it next year.. until then enjoy the well deserved glory.. The team had passion..and trust me India is happy for you..Please do not use this an oppurtunity for IPL bashing.. The moment is too significant for Pakistan to indulge in such pettiness.. I hope this acts as a precursor to sove the systemic problems in pakistani cricket..As a fan , I'd like to see more of Waqar's and Wasim's being unearthed out of pak for the sake of world cricket..And u have the answers Pakistan!!!

  • prakash on June 22, 2009, 6:56 GMT

    Looks like half of you feel you have defeated India..... I thot the match was with Srilanka....;-) Even if you feel so the next 24 months will tell Where this takes you... ;-)

  • Saurabh Tewari on June 22, 2009, 6:55 GMT

    First of all CONGRATS to Pakistani team and whole Pakistan. I am an Indian and it was one of the rarest time when i felt Happy on a Paki Victory. You Guys truly deserved it. Its a lesson for Indian Team's arrogance, who despite having bestest of opputunities and exposure failed. There is no substitute of passion in a gmae. I belive Pakis are the most paaionate of all the teams which drove them to th Cup.

    Congrats Again... Wish it brings a bulk of Happiness to the people of Pakistan and wish all Indians can also feel the same happiness in this vistory.

  • Pavan on June 22, 2009, 6:53 GMT

    Congrats Pakistani team and the nation itself. First of all I dont know why some pakistanis target Indians i this forum. All Indians supported Pakistan to atleast come to the finals once we were out. You wouldnt realize it unless you are in India. Read our papers from the last 1 week and see how they were eulogizing the paki team. Anyways, I feel pak team displayed a rare maturity and temperement in this series and thoroughly deserved to win. Bad luck sri lanka. I think Dilshan getting out and then the 2 frontline pace bowlers were the culprits. - Pavan

  • Zain Hussaini on June 22, 2009, 6:48 GMT

    Congratulation to all the Pakistani Team and the entire Nation!!! Pakistan Zindabaad|

  • Zeeshan Ahmed on June 22, 2009, 6:45 GMT

    Pakis really played an outstanding game but in da end dey forget razzaq da way he takes da crucial wickets ...........! but in da end its all ours

  • Mohamed Feroj on June 22, 2009, 6:42 GMT

    First of All Congratulations!to the Pakistan Cricket team.What a professional win.After a long time Pakistan team played like real champions.Its simply superb.Afridi's batting peaked at the right time.Fans will remember this win for a long time since pakistan team was rated underdogs until proven this magnificent win. This win shows how pakistan team could be deadly if played to their true potential & as a unit. Very WELL DONE !

  • sanjeev on June 22, 2009, 6:42 GMT

    Shahbaz S - again few of the pakistani who want to create trouble..I am sure Indians are not Shahbaz S your statement "Indians are crying babies" is wrong, it is racist, some of the articles who mere supporting Pakistan including me, few of the guys from both sides want to create a riff, why dont you just savour the moment and lets cricket be the victorious rather than politicians now pakistan needs to be consistent in the tests and the ODI.thanks

  • Rahul Soni on June 22, 2009, 6:35 GMT

    Hey friends, i am an Indian. Firstly, congrats deep from the heart, for the amazing win. I seriously feel many a times that which two countries in the whole world has as many similarities as we Indians & you Paki's have? Same blood, same color, same living, etc. Yet no one has as conflicts as we both have. Ain't it sounds sick, ridiculious & leaves a question behind unanswered? And deep inside, i felt that the common people of both sides respect each other, loves to cherish it more... Anyways i don't wanna get into cheap politics or what happened in IPL or that upcoming CL. Just wanted say congrats, dil se. For the people of Pak, & their whole team. Coz whatever happened there in recent past, definitely affected the cricket lover people, and there sentiments. Those who got nothing do to with it, got affected the most, & this cup is for you friends... You deserved it the most, brothers...!

  • EAMiran on June 22, 2009, 6:32 GMT

    Well done Pakistan - mission accomplished. Lanka fought hard but were CRUSHED by an emotionally charged juggernaut. Hats off to Afridi who I have ridiculed throughout his long career for his brainless approach to cricket. A year and a half ago his bowling improved considerably. A week and a half ago he finally matured (mentally) as a batsman (we think?).From a pie-chucker and a walking wicket to a consistent match winner with bat or ball - Shahid Afridi - an unbelievable 13 years in the making. Now that was unpredictable.

  • Scott on June 22, 2009, 6:32 GMT

    In this, we see the best of sport. Two countries that have been through a lot lately, valiantly battling in the final, with mutual respect and dignity. At home, there have been some tough times, but on the field and in the hearts of supporters a chance to escape; excitement that both sets of fans should be proud of.

    Well done Sri Lanka; well done Pakistan.

  • Khalil Mangi on June 22, 2009, 6:32 GMT

    Comgratulation to the Nation and PAKISTANI team .. Well done Boys ....

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • sanjeev on June 22, 2009, 6:25 GMT

    HaMmy - take back your statement back dude you and few of the pakistani fans are saying we are jealous that pakistan won the match..nopes we supported pakistan all the way through..why do u guys indulge in mud sludging from both indian and pakistan side, read my previous articles we indians supported pakistan..Last time we won this time pakistan won after 9 months lets see who wins may be lanka..coming back to the match..as i wrote previously Dilshan was the key and when he got out for 0 i knew game set match pakistan anyways well played..it is sad younis khan retired, i guess shahid afridi should be the captain..In my book Shahid Afridi is the best leg spinner in the world and probably the best all rounder..but he should also deliver in the longer versions of the game..test and ODI if he does he will be remembered along with Gary Sobers as greatest all rounder..Kudos Pakistan

  • Aatif Irshad on June 22, 2009, 6:18 GMT

    @Shahzaib Hassan: Good to see a Pakistani opener playing with aggression and intent.

    @Kamran Akmal : If India have got Dhoni we have got our very own “kaami”

    @Younis Khan: Its “fun” to be world champs. Well lead!!!

    @Shoaib Malik: Good to see you playing positively.

    @Misbah-ul- Haq: Got to be the most relieved man.

    @Shahid Afridi a.ka. Laala: For over a decade or so you have continued to shatter our hopes time and again… but now you have actually more than made up 4 your sins. Time to hail Laala..! we all love you 

    @Fawad Alam: Very good fielder.

    @UmarGul: Sarfraz Nawaz,Imran Khan,Wasim Akram,Waqar Younis,Shoaib AKhter and Umar Gul….You certainly are up there with the very best(fast bowlers) that we have produced over the years…

    @Abdul Razzak: Nothing like winning it on the international stage. Welcome back!!!

    @Saeej Ajmal: You have got the best “doosra”.

    @Aamer: Hopefully the next Wasim Akram.

    @Rest of the Squad: You all played your part.

    @ Intekhaab Alam: Second time lucky! We won the 1992 World cup and you were the coach then as well.

    @Aaqib Javed: Not new 4 u. Pak U-19 has won 2 world cups with you as coach.

    @ International community: you ignore Pakistan cricket at your own “Peril”.

    @ all: Love you all who are enjoying this rare moment of success.

    @ Pakistani Nation: For a change enjoy 

    May God bless Pakistan. amen.

  • Ali - Karachi on June 22, 2009, 6:16 GMT

    Congratuations!!!!!!!!!!!

    Pakistani Players Loose the IPL money & win the much needed """PRIDE"""

    BCCI badly go for money and make the event just before the T20WC its really nonsense bcuz this makes your players tired and injured for WCT20 tournament.

    Shame on you BCCI you made money and missed the PRIDE.....

    in the end BCCI shows money is important than PRIDE.. open your eyes

  • Habib on June 22, 2009, 6:16 GMT

    Us Pakistanis Rock....Unbelievable chain of events..The timing was perfect, just when we were almost down & out... Afridi played out of his skin, but credit must also go to the likes of Kamran AKmal who was consistent through out the tournament...Saeed Ajmal & Mohammad Amir were brilliant under pressure...Malik did his part despite his lack of form glimpses of which were seen..Gul reminded us of the two W's. And Razzak was our lucky charm... Everyone did their part... Congrats to all pakistanis out there...Enjoy the moment u all...

  • Desihungama on June 22, 2009, 6:16 GMT

    Congratulations!

    Wow..

    I have been fortunate to witness Pakistan lifting two cricket World Cups.

  • baloch45 on June 22, 2009, 6:07 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan!

    It means a lot to the nation, which is facing disappointment on all fronts. You guys have lit up the hope for all of us. Lov u guys..... u just made us very proud Nation.

    One other great feeling ...... alll INDIANS congratulating Pakistan.... Thank u Guys ... Thank u .

  • terex on June 22, 2009, 6:05 GMT

    This is the biggest tukka of this world cup

    and worst thing about T20

    Pakistan lost all their matches in league,lost badly against india,england and somehow went to second round

    Lost To lanka and then luckily got to play half injured team Newzealand..

    yes,apart from 2 matches,semifinal and final ,pakistan was all a crap team......

    Even now they play in 50 over touranament,pak will lose to any team other than kenya and bangladesh

  • Yousaf on June 22, 2009, 6:04 GMT

    Congratulations to ALL of Pakistani out there. We have done it agian

  • Fahad Mujeeb Khan on June 22, 2009, 6:03 GMT

    We Love our Cricketers and they have made us Prooud by winning this World Cup,they played with full passion with the whole nation behind them. It brought tears of joys in our eyes. Long Live Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket

  • Rajit on June 22, 2009, 6:03 GMT

    Amazing turnaround for a team which was considered to be rank outsiders by many.Though I am a die hard Indian fan somehow somewhere before the start of the tournament I had a gut feeling that this time Pakistan might just lift the cup and they surely did it in style.This victory of Pakistan will surely add some more zing to the world of cricket.Congrats to Pakistan Team and all their fans!!

  • Mohammad Azeem Dada on June 22, 2009, 5:59 GMT

    Pariahs no more

  • imran on June 22, 2009, 5:58 GMT

    well done what an amazing turnaround pak ruled the world today i like the way afridi stood at the ground in the end like gldiator true hero.

  • Muhammad Yousaf on June 22, 2009, 5:55 GMT

    We are really proud of you.The way our team played,shows that Pakistanis never give up.I am proud to be a Pakistani.Muaaahhhhh Team Pakistan.

  • Zeeshan Ali on June 22, 2009, 5:37 GMT

    All salute to Pakistani Cricketers & Team Management. This victory has brought lots of cheers, joy & smiles on the face of passionate Pakistani people. Great performance by the youngsters who were deprieved of international cricket. Thanks to Lalit Modi & BCCI for not allowing Pakistani Players in IPL. This made them more stronger and hungry to achieve success & show to the world that Pakistan is still a force to recon with. Great achievement by Pakistani Cricketers, we are all proud of them. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • srivathsan on June 22, 2009, 5:33 GMT

    A great victory.The result was on my expectation.The bowling stood apart thro'out the tournament & the best came when it was most needed.The T20 crown was well deserved but I consider that pakistan got one more & more valuable crown when it dedicated it to bob woolmer , a man who gave his sweat & life to pak.cricket.It is a wonderful guesture & signifies the gratitude nature of subcontinental people.It also has given pak.fans who are deprived of intl.cricket to celebrate.I JOIN THEM IN THIS MOMENTOUS OCCASION.WELL DONE PAKISTAN. KEEP IT UP.

  • Tahir on June 22, 2009, 5:32 GMT

    I m Pakistani and here in Dubai and here we have to much oppositions coz we r Pakis but i proud to be a Paki and i have tears coz our Guys done that and here we celebrate in dubai we hangout in cars, we had the flags and Songs, Dil Dil Pakistan and Junnon In This world Pakis r the best whereever they r and the team prove that they are the best Sports man

  • uxmxaxr on June 22, 2009, 5:25 GMT

    Job well done team Pakistan , Commiseration for excellent Srilankan team, they played really well through out the tournament. Great team effort by Pakistan, they are the worthy winners and good to see appreciating comments from indian.

  • cric_fanatic on June 22, 2009, 5:23 GMT

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD. my hearty congratulations to all my brothers and sisters. This was a win Pakistan did indeed need at this time and our team didnt disappoint. the celebrations in all cities of Pakistan sends out a strong message to all. We are united. Truely a magical moment.

  • tilly on June 22, 2009, 5:21 GMT

    Paki paki paki oui oui oui Crouching tigers hidden dragons pakitan cricket

  • Aniruddha on June 22, 2009, 5:21 GMT

    Party Crashingggggg.... feel guilty to barge in the party(as an Indian).. but I want to celebrate too. To win 20/20 world cup a team has to be consistent... and Pakistan did that against all odds. We dont want mechanical robots coached by the book... we want a team like this, flavour of the east. A match winner, a game breaker, one man's talent... celebration of the human spirit over the other so called over worked/tired teams. This Pakistani team loved the game more than the other teams... for them sport is still a sport not a chore (like India). Sri lanka came second (after the attack they realised sport is sport and to enjoy). Finally.. Younis retired not because he is old, but because of the sort of fans we have in India and Pakistan. He is a human, a great cricketer (300 in test against Murali and Mendis)... dont loose him from test and one dayers too. He is a reluctant captain of a team which is unpredictable. Dont take his birth right away by immature expectitions. Let him live.

  • Syed Imran Mehdi on June 22, 2009, 5:18 GMT

    Salam, We as a Nation finaly have something to cheer as whole nation was Singing with Pride and the Prayers & performance came true..!!

    "PROUD TO BE A PAKISTANI"

  • Imtiaz Awan on June 22, 2009, 5:14 GMT

    CongraTulations to the whole Pakistani NATION and fans of Pakistani team all over the world. Well done Pakistan, you did awesome job.

  • Faraz on June 22, 2009, 4:59 GMT

    Congrats to the nation fr winning T20 World Cup. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • murshid Khan on June 22, 2009, 4:51 GMT

    Revisiting 1992 WC final and 2009 T20 final recollcts some old memories.Wasim Akram reappeared in the form of Aameer,Aqiv javed in the form of Umar gul.What a splendid win?When wasim termed Pakis as dark horse and possible winner,People loughed at him.Now Look the cricket world what a cornered Pakis can produce.While all the best coaches of the globe assembled in INdia in 2008 IPL to train Indian boys,I thought that henceforth,India would be invincible after so much coaching and spending of wealth for cricket development.My prediction proved wrong when natural born talent and domestic coach of Pakistan overruled every grammer and laptop coaching of the game.

  • Jawad Khan on June 22, 2009, 4:50 GMT

    No words can describe the joy this victory has brought to the Pakistani Nation......It just emphasizes that when we work together as Pakistanis we can do anything....I also salute the Lankans for thier courages efforts....They are brilliant people with great Hearts......One of the very few nations which you wud support even if they play against u..

    But the belonged to Afridi....How this Powerhouse has come to the Party!!!..... Just hope this can revive the status of Pakistan Cricket as the best in the world!!!.

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • Farhan Arif on June 22, 2009, 4:45 GMT

    After 17 years and Umpteen tears have we savoured this moment again. I am so proud to be a Pakistani always, and more so today than ever in my life! In the main street of Sydney at 4:30am after the match finished, Mine was the only car on the road except those council cleaning trucks and the odd taxi roaming about, blaring the "Beep...beep...beepbeepbeep". I am so proud and so happy.The little Pakistan flag and the Pakistan cricket emblem on the coat is attracting all the attention I can get to share my enthusiasm.

  • Muhammad Tehseen on June 22, 2009, 4:44 GMT

    glory favors the braves.... Great Win For Pakistan and Pakistani Cricket, Congrates to all... " Pakistan must have to WiN the WORLS CUp for the sake of Criciket ""

    Great WIN ... :P

  • hassan on June 22, 2009, 4:42 GMT

    Pakistan ZINDABAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The world is below our feet. Ah what a great feeling from up here.

    Hey India how is the weather down there. Feeling a bit burned??

  • rajitha gurusinghe on June 22, 2009, 4:41 GMT

    that was sports at its most glorious !!. Im a sri lankan, but moments like these transcend notions of nationalism. Hope this victory offers hope to a country in desperate need of some. Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Abdur Razzak on June 22, 2009, 4:35 GMT

    don't have words to describe this for the simple reason of winning without much pressure. good work boys.

  • TSaus on June 22, 2009, 4:25 GMT

    I must first say well done to the team. Incredible. BUT, I cannot help but recall that a mere 2 weeks ago this same post did nothing more than to humiliate and degrade the pakistani team, and pakistan as a nation. I think it is utterly despicable to be with the team in good moments, and then to abandon it when it is through tough times. I live in Australia, yet not a single australian i met uttered a foul word against their own team, despite it being knocked out in the preliminary stages. Pakistan, Unpredictable? that is just a tag. Afridi practicing his bowling for the past 2/3 yrs and now performing isnt unpredictable. Younis leading from the front, as he has done in the past, isnt unpredictable. Journalists r there to just sensationalise

  • Ali Wahaj Kahn Zai on June 22, 2009, 4:24 GMT

    Alhumdulillah, we have won.I salute the Pakistani cricket team who worked so hard for victory and the Pakistani supporters who prayed so hard for victory! Finally the aggrieved nation gets a reason to rejoice and celebrate. Thankyou Pakistan cricket team. best wishes for the future games.I salute the Pakistani cricket team who worked so hard for victory and the Pakistani supporters who prayed so hard for victory! Finally the aggrieved nation gets a reason to rejoice and celebrate. Thankyou Pakistan cricket team.

  • Bob on June 22, 2009, 4:10 GMT

    2 Million start up bid for Afridi for next IPL. Well done boys

  • Yasir Al Qureshi on June 22, 2009, 3:59 GMT

    Excellent performance from Pakistan an also from Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Cricket Team is also very good. They are really loving people. Do not forget their sacrifices. CONGRATULATIONS to PAKISTAN and PAKISTANI CRICKET TEAM especially SHAHID KHAN AFRIDI. I know he will do something extra when he will come at the top of the order. He is such a dangerous batsman as an opener. Best of Luck Pakistani Team in the Future Series. (AMEEN)

  • Karan Singh on June 22, 2009, 3:49 GMT

    Great win for pakistan.congratulations to every pakistani on the planet.Job well done!! Enjoy the moment to the fullest. I was at Lord's and it was a great atmosphere. I think Razzaq's comeback into the team and his early wickets today took away the momentum early on and Akmal is now one of your match winners no doubt. Cheers!!!

  • Kaiser Mukhtar from Hong Kong on June 22, 2009, 3:38 GMT

    Frankly speaking I was holding back my emotions since the semi final against the SA as I had seen many shocking defeats suffered by Pakistan that I kept praying but did not write the comments in the blogs since, I had in mind that I would write only after Pakistan wins and here we are the T20 world champs. Congrats to all Team and the whole nation and many thanks to Mr. Aziz South African for writing so vehemently in favor of Pakistan, I had read your earlier comments after the semi final win against SA when You wrote and predicted Pak Victory and today's comments as well. Thanks all the fanatic supporters of PAKISTAN for joyful expression of feelings. When i was watching here in Hong Kong on Internet the whole bunch of my friends who could not watch kept calling me to know the details of every moment of the game until the end of the game and I saw the emotions of Pakistani public on Samaa news Tv till late in the night, they were delirious and finally had a broad smile on their faces.

  • Karan Singh on June 22, 2009, 3:34 GMT

    Great win for pakistan.congratulations to every pakistani on the planet.Job well done!! Enjoy the moment to the fullest. I was at Lord's and it was a great atmosphere. I think Razzaq's comeback into the team and his early wickets today took away the momentum early on and Akmal is now one of your match winners no doubt. Cheers!!!

  • Jay on June 22, 2009, 3:30 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan !

    I am of Indian descent but I first learned to play cricket through my uncle who is a Pakistani. He's not my relative but only a family friend yet so close to my heart. He lives in Karachi now. I hope this victory brings joy to him as much as it does to me. World cricket is incomplete without Pakistan's contribution. ICC please make sure Pakistan team plays more games. Lalit Modi, please throw away your ego and let Pakistani players play in next IPL season. They are an asset and never a liability.

  • van Hesling on June 22, 2009, 3:28 GMT

    /* Lalit Modi, you prevented our players (even our umpires) play in IPL and Champions League but you failed to stop the real talent snatching the world cup.*/

    Its the Pakistan Government which prevented the Pak players from playing in India due to "security concerns". By the time the tournament was shifted to RSA, most of the franchisees had made replacements for their Pakistani players. That is why they were not allowed.

    Cheers!!

  • wanderer on June 22, 2009, 3:23 GMT

    #Risin' up, back on the street Did my time, took my chances Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet Just a man and his will to survive

    So many times, it happens too fast You change your passion for glory Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past You must fight just to keep them alive

    It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight Risin' up to the challenge of our rival And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night And he's watchin' us all in the eye of the tiger

    Risin' up, straight to the top Have the guts, got the glory Went the distance, now I'm not gonna stop Just a man and his will to survive.#

  • Siraj on June 22, 2009, 3:22 GMT

    Great win Pakistan!!! Been waiting a long time for them to win a major tournament for I to witness.

  • van Helsing on June 22, 2009, 3:19 GMT

    /*Great work team pakistan!!! Many Many Congratulations to all nation. I wonder where are comments today from india? i wish they will appreciate our victory. cricket without pakistan is like food without salt. don't ignore us. xxx */

    Im from India. Here you go, Congrats.

    Why do you people think that we are jealous of Pakistan winning the cup?? *sigh*

  • vas on June 22, 2009, 3:05 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan and all Pakistanis from an Indian-born Australian! Truly inspiring stuff that will hopefully continue for many years.

    Hats off to Sri Lanka as well. Worthy opponents on the day and a fantastic team. Also hats off to the ICC, who showed that with a little common sense, you can turn an event world class if you remember that cricket is about appeasing the fans, not the sponsors and the money makers.

    All in all, a great tournament. Now, if only Australia could learn how to play it...

  • Omar on June 22, 2009, 3:03 GMT

    Brilliant win as only Pakistan can produce. One of the sweetest victories ever and one our nation so badly needs. Hopefully, the fact that 3 Pathans were instrumental in winning this will help us all realize that our strength will only come from being a united people and nation. Together we must overcome this miltant menace as well. Pakistan cricket overcame a lot of adversity to win today, Pakistan needs more of the same.

  • Fawad Khan on June 22, 2009, 2:57 GMT

    It is not just the fact that they won it but how they won it. The way they got Amir to bowl at Dilashan was shear genius. It was all planned and worked out. The calm that I saw on Afridis face was when there were 30 something runs neede in 20 balls was absolutely amazing. I saw humilty in Afridi and Younus. Everything was controlled and and precise. Even the sprint in the end of the players towards the center was choreographed. They may not have spoken perfect english but this is the most cultured, intellegent and stable Pakistani tean that I have ever seen. Long Live Pakistan and Younus.

  • Anupam Murshid on June 22, 2009, 2:50 GMT

    It was coach Intikhabs 2nd World cup victory.What an achievement?While watching the semi & final, I was counting several key factors for this resusgence.a.A good blend of newcomers and experenced made this wonderful combination.b.good coaching and brave captaincy.c.emergence of Aameer as a very good left arm pace bowler and shazaib as opening attacker.d.Team spirit e.Goos selection ,Pl.bring back Abdul Qadir,ex-chief selector who was responsible for initial selection but had to resign after poor start of the team.

  • Sriram Daynand on June 22, 2009, 2:43 GMT

    I am so happy for every single Pakistan cricket fan. This is really a special, very special, day and revel in it my friends. You deserve every moment of this..

    And as far as the team...Younis and gang, take a bow. You have done yourself proud and brought your country and every cricket fan some unbelievable joy.

    Unforgettable...

  • Akmal Akram on June 22, 2009, 2:30 GMT

    As they say " Great Men made Rome Great"...Today we have witnessed these Great men:) Well Played Pakistan!!!

  • Jahanzeb Dal on June 22, 2009, 2:20 GMT

    Wonderful final, Pak team came upto expectations of the nations. Heartiest congrats to all

  • Moiz (London) on June 22, 2009, 2:19 GMT

    By the Grace of Allah, we won.. Yahoooooooooooo!!! i was a 10 yr old when we won the 1992 world cup and this has certianly brough back some much nedded pride.. today i missed 2 things alot ...1st was my family back in dubai 2nd my mums baryani on a match day!!...ahhh i was in ilford lane which was packed shouting.!!...ALOO TINDAA CHOLA NAAN!! PAKISTAN PAKISTAN!!....i m so proud to be pakistani..Thankyou all every single one of you..Tears are flowing as i write this..!! May Allah bring peace and happiness to our country for ever Ameen!! YAHOOOOOOOOOOOO WE WON !! i wana say it IN YOUR FACE INDIA!!!! ahh that felt good!!

  • Zul on June 22, 2009, 2:17 GMT

    I am from Canada for the last 13 years and watching pakistani cricket to down and down under dirty poilitics but todays victory is just unebeliavable and sweet at the same time.. After so many years of disappointments, i didnt expect Pakistan to move even to super 8, let alone winning all the way. Yet i was hoping for a miracle to happen. Thats just amazing to see pak winning and I really relived the victory of 1996. Well done Paksitani team and I really salute Afridi for turning his game around and batting sensibly, so unlike of him but so sweet in the end. I hope this winning trend continues, well beyong todays victory.

  • Siraj Fidai on June 22, 2009, 2:17 GMT

    Dil Dil Pakistan............... Watching, reading about events back home, sitting here in Toronto, has been distressful. And it must be worse 100 times for my fellow nationals back home. Hopefully this win will give a reason to forget the troubles and people can celebrate. As for the team's performance - imaging the distractions with everything that's happening back home. And to come out of the tournament as the champions - just awesome. Hats off to the players and the coaches. You have done us proud. May Allah bless our nation.

    Jan, jan Pakistan

  • Indian on June 22, 2009, 2:13 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO PAKISTAN!!!

    May all be well in the time to come.

  • jp on June 22, 2009, 2:05 GMT

    I support Indian team and I rooted for Pakistan team to loose in initial matches.

    But I surprised myself like some other Indians I know(who are either ambivalent or grudginly supported your team in later stages), when I found myself hoping Pakistan won this one.

    So congratulations, specially given what it means for the fans at this time.

  • irfan syed on June 22, 2009, 2:02 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. @ zain we do not need trouble makers like Asif any more. We need honest desciplined players like Gul and razzaq.

  • Junaid on June 22, 2009, 1:58 GMT

    First of all thanks to Allah for this great victory. Pakistan Zindabad. Afridi, Razak, Akmal, Shoaib and Amer were heroes today but all the team deserve credit for fighting like tigers. I also want to thank some non-pakistanis on this forum to support and appreciate Pakistan team. I have particularly liked the comments from "Aziz-South African' over the last few weeks. Thanks bro.

  • wanderer on June 22, 2009, 1:55 GMT

    #Try to be best cause your only a man and a man´s gotta learn to take it try to belive though the going get rough that you gotta hang tough to make it history repeats itself try and you succed never doubt that youre the one and you can have your dream

    you're the best, around nothings gonna ever keep you down#

  • Zakir Khan on June 22, 2009, 1:47 GMT

    Well done Pakistan.miracles happen only in this land of the Pures.nobody was ready to give us a chance before the start of this mega event and here today we are the World Champs.it simply defy any logic. KHAN EFFECT was instrumental in Pakistan's victory. a NEW Afridi emerged in this WC which is a great news for Pakistan cricket.this new Afridi is mature,responsible and caring.he will make a great Captain after the Great Khan Younis Khan.Pakistan captaincy should now permanently stay with the KHAN DYNASTY. credit goes to Intikhab Alam as well as he is the most lucky coach for Pak.keep him on this post till he is 100 years old.the most successful Pak coach ever.this WC give us a new star in the shape of M Amir who is the next Wasim Akram.Umer Gul has already become part of the folklore.we regained what we lost on that fateful day of 20 june 1999.from here onward sky is the limit.my prediction is that Pak is going to be the 2011 WC Champion as well.Pakistan Zindabad

  • qamar on June 22, 2009, 1:45 GMT

    THank GOD we won but one question still in my mind y fawad alam was in team?

  • Mateen Habibullah on June 22, 2009, 1:38 GMT

    Pakistani team, I salute you for the magnificent victory you pulled off today. What you have done for the nation and your so far disappointed fans is really something. CONGRATULATIONS and good luck on your future endeavors.

  • Abid Baloch on June 22, 2009, 1:31 GMT

    After all That Shame Faced by The Nation.You Made Us Proud.You MADE Us Glorious. Atlast you Gave US Something To Cheer ON ABOUT!!!..Thankyou Team PAKISTAN. WE LOVE YOU!. AFRIDI YOU ARE THE MAN ^.^. To Infinity, Glory & Beyoond!.

  • Syed Gohar Abbas on June 22, 2009, 1:24 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, thats the way how we do it. A delightful victory after a long time but its never too late. Long live Pakistan, Zindabad.

  • Usman Afridi on June 22, 2009, 1:24 GMT

    TAKE A BOW!!! STAND UP FOR THE CHAMPIONS!!

    We deserve this bit of happiness. Our country has suffered enough. I had faith in Allah all along. The Pashtun backbone has done us proud again. Every Player on the team contributed.

    Dedicated to all the 3.5+ Million People who.. are suffering, being Refugees in their own Homeland :(

    May this be the sign of more n more happiness coming our way. May Allah bless Pakistan. May Allah Bless Pashtuns.

    Dil Dil Pakistan. Jan Jan Pakistan. Boom Boom Pakistan!

  • Tahir on June 22, 2009, 1:19 GMT

    Proud to be Pakistani!! Stand-up for the champions, stand-up I am always a big fan of Shahid Afridi and he makes me proud of him. Thanks Afridi, this day will be cherish in the history of Pakistan's success in the world..

  • Srikanth on June 22, 2009, 1:17 GMT

    Shahid Afridi was be remarkably consistent throughout the tournament. Even PCB wouldn't have predicted that ever

  • Abbas_PAKFAN on June 22, 2009, 1:08 GMT

    They are showing videos of Yuvraj Singh doing bhangra on camera after beating the Pakistani team, and then fans come up to the camera and say, "Yuvraj, this is how you do bhangra!!!" and they dance away. A note to Sri Lankans- Pakistan loves you for your humility, and professionalism. You were by us when we needed you most.

  • Faisal UK on June 22, 2009, 1:03 GMT

    What a moment of pride for Pakistan!! This victory should be dedicated to the our countrymen in SWAT valley and the victims of Lahore Attack!

  • Looskanon on June 22, 2009, 0:56 GMT

    Outstanding effort Pakistan!!!!Team work, unity and execution is what made the difference. Well played Sri Lanka!!!!Dil Dil Pakistan!!!!

  • SHAHID on June 22, 2009, 0:55 GMT

    Thanks to all Pakistan supporters including NEPALIS, INDIANS an´d AFGHANIES. Message of peace and sportsmanship to all. Salute to BOB WOOLMER and a lot of admiration for SIRILANKAN cricket for so wonderfull performances. dil dil Pakistan.

  • Mian Irfan on June 22, 2009, 0:47 GMT

    I wonder what is credibility or IPL and so called Champions league with out WORLD CHAMPIONS of the T20 formate.

  • khurram khan on June 22, 2009, 0:41 GMT

    HIMMAT HAA TU SAMNAY AOO (I LOVE PAKISTAN)

  • iammyne on June 22, 2009, 0:41 GMT

    I am waiting for the first Pakistani guy to come up with the argument that in spite of India and World collaborating against them they won...Ha, jokers indeed...

  • bohurupi on June 22, 2009, 0:40 GMT

    Could anyone bet on Pakistan winning the T20 world cup after their hiccups in the warm matches and a hammering defeat to England? I would rather doubt so. But what a change occured over the course of the game just within the next few days! Since then, Pakistan hardly looked back again. With every game played they became more and formidable. And in the final they just turned out to be at their best. While Afridi played the master allrounder innings in both the semi final and final, we should not forget the contribution of Abdur Razzaq in the final. What a terrific bowling performance he had displayed today! Its actually the "enter Razzaq" sceanario in the Pkistan squad that had changed all the equations towards Pakistan's favor. Above, it was a perfect team effort at te end that drove Pakistan towards in goal. Everyone single had his share. Great cricket.

  • Usman Zia on June 22, 2009, 0:40 GMT

    It felt like my heart will stop once the final run was scored. I have never felt like this before, even when we won the 92 cup. This means more than Cricket, i am happy for the whole nation who can enjoy rare moments of joy. Truly professional performance. Afridi should be the 2020 captain and Younus Khan should coach the 2020 team. I was just watching the news and even Salman Ahmed, the Junoon guitarist could not stop his emotions on television interview. He was overwhelmed and cried. Yes this victory means so much to Pakistan and yes someone in the blog said it right "to hell with the champions league". DIL DIL PAKISTAN.. Go Team Pakistan Go Pakistan ! Pakistani Tujhe Salam !!!!!!!!

  • sami on June 22, 2009, 0:34 GMT

    It could not come at the best time than this

  • Saf Usman on June 22, 2009, 0:33 GMT

    Mubarak to all Pakistani supporters. Today we truely played like championsss. The result could have been better. This is a victory for the team, the Nation, the supporters and most importantly the street cricket of Pakistan.

    There is a team that was underprepared, that is unpredictably brilliant, that throughs a 17 years old bowler to the biggest stage of cricket, that has a raw talent that wins the heart of the people, a team that plays for people and becomes underdogs and beats the best teamsss. Pakistan Zindabad. The green flag flyyyyyyyyyyyy high

    Now bring back Mohammed Yousuf, Imran Nazir, Rana Naveed and Imran Farhad and we will become even stronger in ODIs and Next T20 world cup.

  • zain on June 22, 2009, 0:30 GMT

    T20

    No. Playing XI Reserves

    1. Akmal Butt 2. Nazir Shahzaib Hassan 3. Afridi Ahmed Shahzad 4. Malik Rana Naved 5. Misbah Tanvir 6. Alam 7. Razzaq 8. Ajmal 9. Gul 10. M.Amir 11. M.Asif (once his ban is lifted)

    This gives us 7 great batsmen:

    3 pure classic batsmen 3 hard hitting all rounders 1 hard hitting keeper batsman

    It gives us 7 destructive bowlers:

    3 pure wicket taking pacers 1 seaming all rounder 1 pure off spinner 3 spin all rounders

  • afzal on June 22, 2009, 0:17 GMT

    destiny, that's what I call it. Perfect final match and an amazing road to victory for the champions

  • Pakistani on June 22, 2009, 0:16 GMT

    To Be the Best U Have to beat the Best...Thats what Pakistani cricket team did today..Well done Guys..God bless you all..and Shahid bhai..You are a Star..we are proud of you..keep it up..

  • Dil Dil Pakistan on June 22, 2009, 0:16 GMT

    WELL DONE PAKISTAN!!!

    Amazing, breathtaking and confident Lions have done it again. When the odds were against them, when the majority of tv commentators were supporting the other team, they showed the lion's heart and steel nerves they have. The opposition captain could not have the heart and courtesy to praise them, the but streets of London joined the streets of Pakistan to go wild in celebration and thanking the Almighty for this gift. There could not be a better time for a Word Cup Victory for Pakistan. Turning the corners is what Pakistanis do... when it matters most.

    At the end thank you Kamran for your posts, they've been timely and spot on!

  • zain on June 22, 2009, 0:14 GMT

    TESTS

    No. Playing XI Reserves

    1. Butt Faisal Iqbal 2. Malik Asim Kamal 3. Younis Razzaq 4. Yousuf Tanvir 5. Misbah Kaneria 6. Afridi 7. Akmal 8. Ajmal 9. Gul 10. M.Amir 11. M.Asif (once his ban is lifted)

    This gives us 7 great batsmen:

    4 pure classic batsmen 2 hard hitting all rounders 1 hard hitting keeper batsman

    It gives us 6 destructive bowlers:

    3 pure wicket taking pacers 1 pure off spinner 2 spin all rounders

  • zahid on June 22, 2009, 0:13 GMT

    well what a fantastic performance by pakistan yeam you make us proud let's hope this is the start fir our newly crown team well i am a bet dissappoint with the man of tournament decision because for me the man of tournament was no other than the pathan from nwfp shahid affridi althouh dilshan play well but if you see the allround skill is very important in this format well done pakteam and we hope this only the start subhan allah

  • Bilal Lone on June 22, 2009, 0:12 GMT

    Simply Staggering what a performance everything went to plan for pakistan congrats to everyone who follows pakistan cricket. They have proven once again that when pakistan get going you better watch out! I think that this is the time when pakistan cricket turns around for the better and becomes a major cricketing powerhouse!!!!!!!!!

  • Farrakh Ashraf, Glasgow on June 22, 2009, 0:11 GMT

    Pakistan are the T20 world champions! How good does that sound and feel?! Congratulations to all my fellow Pakistan supporters! What an emotional,amazing and unforgettable day!This victory has made up for the pain of 1999 and 2007, and it has come at such a pivotal time. I'm so proud of the guys, they really were outstanding. It's been great watching the bowlers show their class, Younus lead so well and galvanise the team, and Afridi play the way we we've always wanted him to. Pakistan Zindabad :)

  • zain on June 22, 2009, 0:07 GMT

    My Pakistan Teams for each format of the game.

    ODI

    No. Playing XI Reserves

    1. Akmal Butt 2. Afridi Imran Nazir 3. Younis Alam 4. Yousuf Tanvir 5. Misbah 6. Malik 7. Razzaq 8. Ajmal 9. Gul 10. M.Amir 11. M.Asif (once his ban is lifted)

    This gives us 7 great batsmen:

    3 pure classic batsmen 3 hard hitting all rounders 1 hard hitting keeper batsman

    It gives us 7 destructive bowlers: 3 pure wicket taking pacers 1 seaming all rounder 1 pure off spinner 2 spin all rounders

  • Nepali...........Yet Pak Fan on June 22, 2009, 0:06 GMT

    SALUTE PAKISTAN.... LONG LIVE PAKISTAN & PAK CRICKET... ...........YOU ARE THE TRUE DESERVING CHAMPION... Not ONCE but will say Twice..... TRUE CHAMPION inspite of driven away from PROPER CRICKET... inspite from cornering by envious BCCI...........inspite of snatching CRICKETING Rights....... VICTORY gave them bad fortune......YOU ARE THE CHAMPION GO GO PAKISTAN BEAT EVERY MOMENT with BCCI

  • ladla on June 22, 2009, 0:05 GMT

    My boys did it!!! Younus and co did it.I've been reading the cricket pundits for last 16 days.Unpredictable,unprofessional,unconsistent,divided,reckless and undiciplined were few of the pearls stringed togather by the gurus of the cricket.Troubled cricketers of atroubled nation was one of my fav.The sound of a icl guru echos through my mind".These pakistanies love to argue.They are always right,and i'm sick and taired of there attitudes".A perfect example of pakistan's lonely sopt in international cricket.But then it was Lord's.My Pakistani cricket starved eyes were full of tears and my 2 year houston born son could not understand why Baba was crying.Never in last 20 years i jonsed more for the streets of my karachi were i could've danced like a mad man on this day of june 2009 and it would make a perfect sence to everyone around me is to why i'm reacting in such a poatic Dewangi.So we won,Pakistan won,Pakistanies won.A wet dream for a nation starved of good news.Pakistan zindabad

  • Abbas_PAKFAN on June 22, 2009, 0:02 GMT

    Thank You, Younis Khan, and Pakistani team for making us believers again. The picture where Tanvir, Butt, and Alam are sprinting ahead of everyone else to embrace Sir Boom Boom Afridi and Malik sums up the sense of unity and crushes rumors of rifts. Younis, please build on this and make sure this unit stays the same more or less. I believe that players like Imran Nazir and Rana Naved should be recalled as well. It has been 17 years since 1992, and I must admit teary eyes. Younis Khan, a perfect time to retire from 20/20 and a wise justified decision indeed. I also think that Afridi has matured enormously since his debut. One remembered Inzi, famous for scripting run-chases. The calm, and determination were amazing. AND HE BOWLS, FIELDS! An aggressive captain in T20's is the way to go.

    THANK YOU PAKISTAN TEAM FOR BRINGING JOY TO MANY PAKISTANIS AT HOME AND ABROAD. BEWARE: CORNERED TIGERS PRESENT, PROCEED WITH CAUTION

    DIL DIL PAKISTAN JAN JAN PAKISTAN

    U LIKE THAT TONY?

  • Anawar on June 22, 2009, 0:00 GMT

    No one gave us a chance. We had ICC, BCCI, IPL and ICL up against us. Players banned, short of match practice, no one to visit us. Only games aginst Australia and that was all.

    You wrote us off and we hit all you hard.

    Proud to be Pakistani.

    one message to non Pakistani fans......never ever write us off.

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • Suraj Singh on June 21, 2009, 23:58 GMT

    Champions are BORN not developed!

  • Asaf H on June 21, 2009, 23:57 GMT

    Wow what a triumph!!! Perhaps we should all bask in the reflected glory of Pakistan's rock and talisman - Monsieur Afridi but not forgetting all the other contributers - principally Kamran's explosive starting, Gully's danda breakers, Younis unorthodox captaincy amongst many others Ajmal et al -- Jiyve - Jiyve Pakistan

  • Rab Coudhry on June 21, 2009, 23:52 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan!

  • paki786 on June 21, 2009, 23:52 GMT

    take that you critics, you naysayers, you cynics... take that.

    we are alive.

  • Tahir Saleem on June 21, 2009, 23:47 GMT

    Congratualtions to the Pakistan team, your nation is proud of you. To all my Sri Lankan friends, today you will be disappointed but you have won the hearts of Pakistani's with the humilty and dignity you have shown over the last few months.

  • Kumar on June 21, 2009, 23:45 GMT

    Hi Kamran,

    I am really happy for the pakistan team..This would give a lot of joy to people back home who are fighting against lot of things...Though I am Indian I enjoyed watching Pakistan win this...We are with the fans of pakistan in this moment... I hope cricket between the two nations starts in near future which would be a tribute to the fans of both countries who share same cultures,lifestyles,habits and most of all passion for the game.I wish paksitan well and hope they come out of crisis with flying colors..

  • Faakhir on June 21, 2009, 23:43 GMT

    Congrats team Pakistan! The grace and humbleness exhibited by Pakistan players throughout the tournament as well as at the time of the victory was refreshing since it's very easy to get carried away with all the excitement and adrenaline rush -There was no cockiness!! Pakistan's T20 victory is an extremely uplifting and heroic story however it's not complete without the essential theatrical elements of drama, the thrill, the suspense and the highs and the lows!! Perhaps drama is synonymous with Pakistani cricket and hence the clichéd tag of “unpredictability”. Moral of the story is to "Keep the faith when no one is willing to give you a chance". I'm so proud of our "men in green"! Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Shaista on June 21, 2009, 23:43 GMT

    Cant express my emotions in words, just couldnt remember the feeling of winning but now regained the memory of the sweet memory of 1992, finally one more silverware for the country. Congrats to all fellow Pakistanis

  • Jason_NY on June 21, 2009, 23:39 GMT

    I hope that this will become the opening that people of Pakistan were looking for, the past couple of years have been a real test for the Pakistani nation - finally some good news has arrived, which may - even for a moment or so provide much needed relief, from the sorrows that have surrounded us. As for the doubters, one thing : Start believing and we will do it (insha Allah).

  • zain on June 21, 2009, 23:32 GMT

    This win was immaculate!!!

    The way we played the entire match was sublime.

    Cool calm confident

    But the work has only just begun

    They should not see this as the culimnation of a tournament but rather as the dawn of a new era for Pakistan Cricket.

    This magnificent launch pad must be used for the maximum benefit to galvanize the team and support for Pakistan Cricket.

    There nust not be any complacency or arrogance or relaxation.

    The team itself must keep setting much higher goals, targets and standards for itself. They must strive to continually acheive more and more. They must keep looking to improving in all deparmtents (fielding, bowling and batting) and getting better and better in all forms of the game.

    The next trophy to come home is in 3 months time (ICC Champions Trophy). Thats the next goal Bring it home boys!

  • Atif on June 21, 2009, 23:29 GMT

    I am literally crying inside. Tears of joy. I just love how pakistan played today and won the cup for the people of pakistan and fans of pakistan all over the world. Pakistan people have gone through a lot and this victory will bring lots of joy for our people. Afridi was absolutely amazing...i have never been an afridi fan in my life because he was very inconsistent with his bat but in this tournament he has matured a lot and have batted very well specially from the NZ game and forward. Great job pakistan team, you have made us proud. Kudos go to all members of pak team including intikhab alam and aaqib javed who have done an amazing job with this team. YK/Afridi/UG/Razzak/KA you all rock!!! We are world champions of 20/20 cricket.

  • Hasan Khan on June 21, 2009, 23:24 GMT

    Come on pakistan. What a performance. We had them under pressure from ball one. Stand out performers Aamir, Razzaq,Afridi,Younis,Akmal,Malik. It is a shame Younis has retired.

  • Basit Syed on June 21, 2009, 23:23 GMT

    congrats to Pakistan. what a team effort and unity they have shown. Full points to SL and Sangakarra for his brave innings under a lot of pressure.

  • Shail on June 21, 2009, 23:23 GMT

    Congrats Pak Cricket Team I am happy for you guys

  • Mamduh Ghauri on June 21, 2009, 23:21 GMT

    ALhumdulillah We have won the T20 world cup, I hope this win will bring the unity in our war torn nation. Weldone Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Ahsan Iqbal on June 21, 2009, 23:18 GMT

    ALHAMDULILAH!With the help of ALMIGHTY ALLAH ,Pakistan cricket team achieved what was a dream of many cricketing nations at this T/20 cricket world cup. Fortune favours the brave.It was a great display of character, passion,motivation and a will to succeed,at highest level.A great gift to the nation of Pakistan. ALLAH 0 AKBAR! Pakistan Zinda abad! Pakistan Painda abad.

  • Asad on June 21, 2009, 23:10 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad. Congratulations to all my Pakistani brother and sisters !!

    THANKS TO ALLAH ,WE HAVE SEEN THIS DAY

  • Sitarah Anjum - London on June 21, 2009, 23:05 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan team. This was almost replay of 1992 World cup when they started as underdog but peaked at the right to win the World cup. As a Pakistani fan I did not expect that they would make this far given their current form and lack of cricket. I had low expectations but at the same time I hoped they might do it this time and they did. Afridi looked a totally changed man from semi- final. Sending him to No.3 really paid off. This victory was achieved by gr8 teamwork but Gul, Afridi, Ajmal, Aamir were just magical throughout the tournament. Inclusion of Razzaq pumped up Pakistan and things started working when it mattered most. Younas Khan did very good captaincy specially in the final. Congratulations to the whole Pakistani nation, die hard supporters all around the world and team Pakistan who made us proud at the time when this Cup brought so many joys for the country stricken by terrorism. Job well done! Pakistan Zindabad!

  • AD on June 21, 2009, 23:05 GMT

    Lets not forget the coach. He was there in 1992 also... There's something so spooky about this. Maybe it's the euphoria..lol

  • Raza on June 21, 2009, 23:04 GMT

    Afridi was brilliant and Pakistan played as a team.

  • Zee on June 21, 2009, 23:02 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan !! After following Pakistan Avidly since 1999 in my teens they have finally produced the goods, and Kamran I always find your articles an interesting read but have one strife you stated "Whoever scripted this is a genius"

    None but Allah my friend I am sure most of the practising Pakistan Team will tell you this

  • Dr Junaid on June 21, 2009, 23:01 GMT

    first my congradulations to the whole nation... i am feeling the same joy and happiness as the whole nation even i am at a place in north of england where you rarely see pak faces and nobody to share the joy. In my opinion younis and afridi becomes the names people won`nt forget for ages but here we are not giving any credit to intikhaab alam..(the same man agian) and bowling coach aaqib for their efforts. I firmly belive that we dont need palyers like aasif and shoaib now...not even imraan nazir but rana naveed and yousf would be a great addition to current team..Rana `s rev swing ablities and variations are excellent... anyway good luck for future .. and thanks for your articles...i do read them every day...

  • Nikhil on June 21, 2009, 23:01 GMT

    Great victory by Pak. I agree with Sambit Bal's article so much. It was so un-Pakistani. No dramas, no late comebacks et all. Another Khan has done it for them. Good lukc for the future

  • eddy on June 21, 2009, 23:01 GMT

    Congratulations Pak! What a comeback, I still believe it all started because of Razzaq, his inclusion was the key in gelling the team. Its time for celebrations, so lets take some time and celebrate these moments. Dil Dil Pakistan!

  • Alex on June 21, 2009, 22:59 GMT

    i had my doubts after the england defeat but the boys pulled through. Well played and fantastic result. Afridi made the difference and the return of Razzaq has been important. Time to dispense with the guys who are obviously not cut out for this format....Salman Butterfingers. Shahziab has done well. Bring back Imran Nazir and Mo Yousuf. Also need a replacemment for Younis Khan. I think next years competition will be a great opportunity to see how the young guns have developed (Amer and Shazaib). Again we all doubted u but as ever the boys came through.

  • jay on June 21, 2009, 22:59 GMT

    Congratulations. Afridi was a cool cat in the final. There was no need to mock Indian team by some section of fans but i guess it is fine in the larger scheme of things

  • Akbar Asghar on June 21, 2009, 22:54 GMT

    (Alhamdulillah) We are the champs we are, we are, we are!!!

    Now through this forum, we the Pakistani cricket fans want to send a message that PLEASE DON'T LEAVE US ALONE. We want cricket in OUR part of the world. The odds had stacked against us, but you can never ignore us. We are a power, and we need our due respect.

    Long live Pakistan Pakistan Zindabad!!!

  • Uzzal on June 21, 2009, 22:53 GMT

    Congrats Pak.

  • Umair Huda on June 21, 2009, 22:51 GMT

    THANKS TO ALLAH,, WHAT A WONDERFUL VICTORY.. T20 WORLD CHAMPION "PAKISTAN".. CONGRATULATOIN TO THE NATION AND THE TEAM.. SLAP ON ICC (They don't want international cricket and World cup in Pakistan)

  • omar on June 21, 2009, 22:49 GMT

    younis retires saying he's 34... cricinfo says he's not even 32 yet!

  • Rev on June 21, 2009, 22:46 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan. I hope every Pakistani can rally behind such a great result and we will see you back in regular international cricket sooner rather than later.

  • Sajjad Ahmed on June 21, 2009, 22:46 GMT

    Kamran !! Even though there are no mysteries left to unravel or predictions to be made, but that was just brilliant. The voice resonating from the heart of every Pakistani. May Allah bless us with Peace and more happiness, and the source of such happiness may continue to include cricketing victories as well, for we LOVE Cricket and it gives us hope and joy.

    Congratulations to all the Pakistanis. May Allah Bless us All. Ameen

  • EYE OPENER on June 21, 2009, 22:41 GMT

    and Congrats to you Kamran. You stood by the team. I remember your blog which you wrote about Pakistani players being omitted from IPL and Champ. League. Then your each blog during the WC. Congrats.

  • Kris on June 21, 2009, 22:41 GMT

    It pains me to say this as an indian - but well done. on the performance alone in the last 2/3 games pak deserved this win, even though they were probabaly not the best team in the tournament - but such is the irony of tournaments like the WC. But this is all the more poignant for Pak after the events of the last few years and the political troubles back home. I hope this brings a few moments of happiness for some people, especially in the north, who deserve it!

  • Ahmed on June 21, 2009, 22:37 GMT

    Really happy for Pak. It was an unexpected clinical execution by the entire team. And that Afridi would be the main architect of this run chase is mind boggling. This is what makes Pak still a treat to watch... sometimes. If you are any other team playing against Pak during a big match, the one thing you want to hope for is that they bring everything but their killer instinct to the game. Cause the fact that you were unbeaten during the entire tournament is really just a stat then.

    Sri Lanka did play like the true champions they are during the entire tournament. Such a talented & disciplined team that you always have to be on your toes against them.

  • Usama Khan, Islamabad on June 21, 2009, 22:35 GMT

    Many Congratulations to Pakistan team for winning 2009 T20 final. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Dr Sarfraz Nazir on June 21, 2009, 22:33 GMT

    The cornered tigers have roared again. Starved of cricket for such a protracted period, the most under-cooked - they were mostly written off before a ball was bowled. The defeat to England - well, the least said the better - might as well have been WWF! But the turning point came in the New Zealand match - Gul annhilated them and Afridi's superman catch gave them renewed belief. From that point they didn't look back. Their big match players performed when it mattered most. The bowlers were awesome and Afridi'd batting carried them through. A rejuvenated Afridi. The cheerleader. I would even go as far as to say - Afridi the magician. His kiss to Kallis in the semi-final confirmed that he was back. The final - one knew it was going to be our day when Dilshan was back in the hutch in the first over. What a superb finish. The only disappointment - 11 wickets, THE catch, 170+ runs - Afridi should have deservedly got the nod for the Man of the Tournament. Well done Pak team! Well done!

  • Sameer on June 21, 2009, 22:32 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad!

  • James Mughal on June 21, 2009, 22:28 GMT

    I could not be happier right now. Pakistan are ICC T20 World Cup Winners after defeating Sri Lanka. Pakistan needed this win with all the terrible things happening. We must also remember the work late Bob Woolmer did with Afridi, Akmal and Younis. He would be proud of the team in heaven. Jeeway Pakistan!

  • Mujeeb on June 21, 2009, 22:28 GMT

    Younis showed how great leadership can lead even the underdogs to triumph, a concept completely lost on Pakistani political leadership ...

  • Omer on June 21, 2009, 22:22 GMT

    21 june 1999 when i was 13 n i remmember myself crying when dad said that "Pakistan loose the match and Australia won it"21 june 2009.iam 23 iam still crying but their is a lot of difference.Ten years before their was a pain and now their is a Glory.Pakistan Zindabad

  • Farhad on June 21, 2009, 22:20 GMT

    great article abbasi sahab! Pakistan zindabad..the feeling we have in our hearts this moment is perhaps the best ever since the 92 cup..Im so proud that im a pakistani!

  • zain Roomi on June 21, 2009, 22:17 GMT

    Pakistan is back with vengeance. You can corner us but cannot beat a resilient and vibrant nation. Pakiatn is aive and well. Pakistan Paindabad, Pathans Zaindabad.

  • Nasir Ulhaq on June 21, 2009, 22:14 GMT

    A great performance from Pakistan team. This was a real professional show of cricket. The cornered "TIGERS" again lived up to the expectations. Afridi, temperamentally changed player. Well done Younis but your decision to retire from T20 is not good, we want to see you in all sorts of cricket. KARAN SINGH is this still a fluke. I am sure you will not post a comment.

  • Imran on June 21, 2009, 22:14 GMT

    LIVE LONG PAKISTAN!!!!!

  • Iby on June 21, 2009, 22:14 GMT

    What a fairy tale ending to a fantastic tournament. I seriously enjoyed the last final against India, despite them losing, purely because they didn't get walked on like ants! This was an amazing feeling and Pakistan desperately needed something like this. They deserved it. What a reflection of the '92 world cup!!! GO PAKISTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN

    Iby - The guy with the PHD!!!

  • Nasir Ulhaq on June 21, 2009, 22:14 GMT

    A great performance from Pakistan team. This was a real professional show of cricket. The cornered "TIGERS" again lived up to the expectations. Afridi, temperamentally changed player. Well done Younis but your decision to retire from T20 is not good, we want to see you in all sorts of cricket. KARAN SINGH is this still a fluke. I am sure you will not post a comment.

  • Mohsin Irshad on June 21, 2009, 22:03 GMT

    Its a wonderful victory for the people of Pakistan. Certainly one of the finest moment in our history. We are proud of our boys .

    Teams have to visit Pakistan in future. Its just a matter of time when this violence will finish. We have a bright future . Just look at the bowling of M. Amir. Doesn't he remind us of Wasim Akram? Pace , Aggressive and very young. .......... So talented we are as a nation

  • MARLO on June 21, 2009, 22:03 GMT

    Its Time to discard Kaneria from Test team and include Afridi and Ajmal to pair with Asif and Gul. Afridi took most of his wicket while batsmen tried to play defensively and ajmal is just a class better than Kaneria. Find of Aamer will leave no place for Shoaib Akhtar, Iftekhar anjum, or Sohail Tanvir until one of Gul, Asif and Aamer is injured. Pakistans only problem is opners, Butt, Imran Nazir, Imran Farhat, Jamshid all of same standard

  • Saad Tariq on June 21, 2009, 22:01 GMT

    Dil dil Pakistan and Jazba-Junoon tou himmat naa har ..we've done it..congratulations to everyone who supported Pakistan and Pakistan Team- everyone played excellent cricket, may this be the turning point for us and hopefully better things happen for us in near future. (Amen)

  • Tauseef Ahmad Khan on June 21, 2009, 21:58 GMT

    Boom Boom Afridi

  • Jay on June 21, 2009, 21:54 GMT

    Even though I am not a Pakistani, I cheered this team to lift the trophy simply because the world needs Pakistan cricket and cricketers. The ICC needs to keep this in mind and ensure Pakistan gets adequate games against every nation. Congratulations Pakistan ! You deserve this victory.

  • Sarmad Khan on June 21, 2009, 21:52 GMT

    Kamran, excellent writing.

    Unpredictability is the key Strength of Pakistan Cricket Team

    Today I am so proud. This victory will heal the people in Pakistan who have recently suffered.

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • Tee on June 21, 2009, 21:52 GMT

    By the garces of Allah, finally some good news. I hope that this win is the catalyst to unit us all. Bigger and more worrisome challenges lay ahead. But today is ours and no one can take it from us. Long Live Pakistan and all who honor us!

  • Sarmad Khan on June 21, 2009, 21:51 GMT

    Kamran, excellent writing.

    Unpredictability is the key Strength of Pakistan Cricket Team

    Today I am so proud. This victory will heal the people in Pakistan who have recently suffered.

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • shahid on June 21, 2009, 21:51 GMT

    well done shahid and well done pakistan,although the chase was again left too much for too long, better planning in future please,,,,,,

  • Abdul-Jalil on June 21, 2009, 21:50 GMT

    Salam, Well done Pakistan, our country needed this, and you have done us proud on the international stage. Special mention to Afridi Ajmal Gul and Akmal as well as Captain Khan. Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Shahid on June 21, 2009, 21:50 GMT

    Pakistan is the only team who played Mendis and Murali perfectly in both the matches. If you bring Imran Nazir in and have Sohail Tanvir (in his usual form), Asif, Rana in reserves who dares compare any other team player by player to Pakistan. We are not here with the cup due to luck or one man show, as we featured in both the finals of T20i world cups. We on papir have a better team than SL and India - player to player. And at the end of my comment I would now say to the IPL organisers, can you not see now how poor your IPL is without the world beaters, unless you think the glamour is only in inclusion of white players even if they are from third ranked list of players from Australia.

  • Sameer Khalid on June 21, 2009, 21:49 GMT

    great job well written,

    this was very very desperately needed.

    i dont want to sound very impatient, but i want another real 50 over worldcup in Pakistan's shelf.

    its nice to have this t20 wcup in these tough times though but lets see how Pakistan looks in 2011. Inshallah Younis would morph this side into something great.

  • Rizwan on June 21, 2009, 21:47 GMT

    It was an emotional moment here in Pakistan, the time Afridi got the winning run, I saw happiness all around the city of Karachi.And it was joy and cheer and around the country. We will not forget this moment ever. When Afridi was facing Udana and 16 runs were required of 13 balls, I stand and said to my friends and family, "this is the moment" and the next ball goes for six. Thanks to Allah and Thanks to our green team :) We are the champions of the world now.. Dil Dil Pakistan..

  • Yasser Masood on June 21, 2009, 21:41 GMT

    Brilliant win for Pakistan and an all out team effort - this is most certainly the best win we've seen in ages. A lot of hard work on Afridi's part to perform from the front and give his 200% to this team. Younis Khan did well in the end and I must say some of the hard work was also done by Mr. Inthikhab Alam who was also the coach in 1992 when Pakistan won the 50/50 World Cup. There's no limit when it comes to us Pakistanis taking life seriously and this should help us put many things right back home and abroad. InshAllah and congrats to you Mr. Kamran, all blog readers and to all the beautiful people of this nation! :)

  • munna on June 21, 2009, 21:37 GMT

    well done pak!! itz tym 2 njoy every moment of dis beautiful victory. nw we are d champions so v should sustain ous position at d top spot in d upcoming test series.. fawad should b includes as his domestic career suggest dat he is the next big thing 4 pakistan..a complete team man!!

  • SHAHID on June 21, 2009, 21:37 GMT

    Wonderfull feelings, what a joyfull evening it was for all pakistani supporters. Congrats Kamran bhai. As I enjoy the results I want to praise the SL team for the quality of cricket they brought to this tournament specially Dilshan & Malinga both are the super stars of this compition. To comment the match, I just disagree with so many who think the victory is due to one man show. I was hearing to some comments by Sanjey Manjrekar saying unpredictabilty is done off by afridis extraordinary performances in semis and finals. I think he is totally wrong. I would like to ask him what he thinks about Aamers first over and how good was he to execute the plan for Dilshan, What about Razaqs, ajmal and Guls bowling. What he thinks about Kamran, shoaibs batting in final and yes youni's aoverall performance with averaging 56 at strike rate of 140. It was a total team performance in all the matches since that NZ day. If Imran Nazir comes in for shahzaib, I will call pakistan the perfect team.

  • Gugu on June 21, 2009, 21:36 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS TEAM PAKISTAN AND EVERY PROUD PAKISTANI :)

  • Wajahat Khan on June 21, 2009, 21:33 GMT

    PAKISTAN ZINDAABAD.! it was a performance.we all glad 4 dis achievement.Who were saying dat dis team is nt a t20 team in d start of da tournament dey all got shocked.If v wud smethng change v can do everthing & can get WC can b best test side.just shud 2 play together.Afirdi, da hero of Pakistan, he got chances 2 play in top order in mid of da tournament & he did well.! thx Younis 4 gave afridi dis chance.Afridi is a Match winner Bowler, Batsman & Fielder if any jenious let him use.Afridi shud man of the tournament 4 his 176 runs, 11 wickets & best catch of da tournament,anyway Thx Afridi,we proud on u...Cheers.. Today all Pakistani's head r up due 2 our lions... stoped lankans 2 get their 7th consecutive victory b4 did same with africans on their 8th :D & it cud does only pak team.!Now ICC shud 2 no our importance in Cricket and support us 4rm every matters. Thx & Slute 2 Pak Team 2 give us lots of happiness @ this crucial situation.. PAKISTAN ZINDAABAD.HY JAZBA JUNUN TO HIMAT NA HAR

  • S siddiqui on June 21, 2009, 21:29 GMT

    Awesome win for Pakistan...

    Hopefully, from now on we will see a new batsman in Shahid Afridi and possibly the captain of the Pakistan T20 side..

    Mohamad Amir will become a even better baller and faster too..as his body matures in next 2-4 years..

    With more confidence Shahzaib will be become a deadly batsman for 20-20 format ... and man ..Akmal batting has been Fantastic.. I will remember his staright Six of the bowling of Styn..for a long time to come...More to come later

  • REGIONAL on June 21, 2009, 21:29 GMT

    I just wana say that I gave Pakistan no credit even after they won the semi final against SA, as a Pakistani fan I was always nervous and i had no faith in my time, but i was proven wrong. I would like to take this oppurtunity to apologise to the whole Pakistani Nation about doubting theire skill and talent. I would also like to aplogise to my dera freind Regional. YO REGIONAL YOU WERE RIGHT ALL ALONG BRO!!

    WE DID IT!!!

  • Aziz South African on June 21, 2009, 21:28 GMT

    We are fourth generation South Africans and would like to comment on the humility that the Pakistani players displayed. The lump in Afridi's throat in thanking THE ALMIGHTY and Akmals mentioning of dua for his nation was a reminder for us to not forget our purpose in life. Their words reached millions of people and showed what exceptional ambassadors they were of Pakistan. The Pakistan team had conducted itself with respect and dignity throughout this tournament... and they have reaped success and reward for their efforts. I just wonder how those jealous critics who suffer from blind prejudice are feeling at this moment? Pakistan dealt with the minnows first, then the big guns. LIVE WITH IT!

  • Afaq Khan on June 21, 2009, 21:26 GMT

    Great win 4 Pak. They really played like world beaters & deserved this victory. Hard luck to our friends Sri Lankans. Good luck for the next time. Afridi proved again that he is still a hero. Love to Pakistan. Our ppl will enjoy this victory for ages. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Balaji on June 21, 2009, 21:23 GMT

    My hearty congratulations to the Pak team and the fans, from an Indian fan here!

    The sheer talent in the team and the will to win shone through, and made them deserved victors.

    This Mohd. Amer fella is a true find for Pak.

    Once, again, congrats to all Pak supporters.

    - Balaji

  • Masud on June 21, 2009, 21:21 GMT

    Excellent job!!! An amazing tournament for Pakistan! Excellent games by South Africa, Windies, Ireland and ofcourse Sri Lanka. Bit there is no other side more deserving of victory!!

  • Anand on June 21, 2009, 21:19 GMT

    This campionship breathing Pakistan's cricket

  • kazim mohammed on June 21, 2009, 21:19 GMT

    I am not a pakistani but I've always been a pakistan supporter.This simply has to be an amazing comeback from the team,wrote off at the start of the tournament,with labels such as,unpredictable,mercurial,the worst fielding team in Asia,and of course being their own worst enemy.These labels have stuck with the team throughout,but the last couple of days they managed to get every thing right.Even though I'm from the West Indies,I was delighted to see the victory,and hope it helps in some way to ease the the anguish and suffering of the population of Pakistan.Congratulations to the pakistan cricket team,and I hope they do well in the Champions Trophy.

  • Hamza on June 21, 2009, 21:18 GMT

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!!!!!

  • Mansoor on June 21, 2009, 21:15 GMT

    Long live Pakistan. A great victory. Amazing to think Intikhab Alam was the coach of both Pakistan World Cup winning teams, 17 years apart

  • Tariq on June 21, 2009, 21:13 GMT

    Great Victory and Congratulations to Pakistan Today I am feeling very proud to be a pakistani and every pakistani is celebrating here in kuwait. Excellent comeback by team and Excellent victory All because of good team work.Beating two best teams in semi final and Final. Afridi the real hero of pakistan team and evey player of team Pakistan Zindabad

  • Shahbaz S on June 21, 2009, 21:12 GMT

    A great finish to a great series. What a fitting gift for the nation. Loved every second. And am watching the recorded game after the kids have gone to bed to see each ball again!!

    And well played Sri Lanka. And who cares where India is...they're over-paid, over-hyped cry babies.

  • Sharath on June 21, 2009, 21:12 GMT

    Well played team Pakistan, thouroughly deserving winners! I'm sure you've brought great cheer to your country and all your fans. This is your moment - live it up!!

  • imran Khan on June 21, 2009, 21:09 GMT

    pakistan are the best. Younis Khan was a strong leader in the t20

  • Hasnain on June 21, 2009, 21:08 GMT

    well done pakistan.

  • AD on June 21, 2009, 21:08 GMT

    Hooorah!!!! I just want to chime in on a point of peeve...What's up with these articles regarding the final on the home page, you know the main ones in the news section... Can we have something other than Mr. Sambit Bal's writups which seem to be trying so hard to justify Pakistan's success in some way or another?? Can we have soomeone else write something a little less appologetic???? And whats up with that title??

  • S R on June 21, 2009, 21:06 GMT

    I would be most painful for Lalit Moodi to see Pakistan win as he thought he had laid Pakistani Cricket to grave by throwing them out of IPL. Lalit "Papoo" if cricket was played by cheerleaders, big digital screens, propaganda and making filmi faces and photoshoots , India would have been handed the trophy even before starting the World Cup.

    Stand up to the Champions.

    Salman

  • Syed Mohsin Ali on June 21, 2009, 21:06 GMT

    What a moment, never thought that we would live to see this. Just goes on to tell the world that we as a nation and a cricket team is NOT a push away. The comparision to 1992 are not overstated, even though this is a shorten version of the game. Much more than in 1992, the nation needed this victory today and the team combination did it for Pakistan. Akram stole my words when he said that this is a tribute to the brave Pakistan Army. And brave is the Pakistan Cricket team to seal this moment from us.Falicitations to Sanagakara boys as well, who came out of the Lahore attacks and played such gallantly throughout the tournaments, it was an ironic way that Pakistan apologised for what happened in March by handing them a defeat in a worldcup final. This to me is the victory of spirit, spirit of the game, spirit of Pakistan cricket and spirit of Pakistan Nation.

  • Naeem on June 21, 2009, 21:05 GMT

    I rate this win better than the 1992 for more than one reason. And I admire Younus for what he did and didn't he leave T20 with a bang? It all made me very proud. PAKISTAN ZINDA BAAAD!

  • Azfar Alam on June 21, 2009, 21:05 GMT

    Pakistan's win today in the T20 World Cup is perhaps the best thing which could have happened. Pakistan Cricket Team for all its inconsistencies and drama still continues to throw some brilliant players. I stay in London and after the match when I went to a park near my house it was full of Pakistani kids playing Cricket. They had brought out their Cricket kits which were gathering dust for a long time. This victory has put smiles back on their faces.

  • arham on June 21, 2009, 21:05 GMT

    First scrap, Pakistan zindabad!

  • shahzeb abbasi on June 21, 2009, 21:04 GMT

    Ten years ago at this same ground Pakistan saw one of its most strong sides capitulate to the aussies...history as they might say did not repeat itself this time around. Younis and the rest of the boys have made us proud.

  • Ahsan on June 21, 2009, 21:02 GMT

    Fantastic JOB by Paki Boi,zz

    YK Done very Well to retire from T20... COngratsS Again and Razzaq made noteable Differencee

  • Saleem Usman on June 21, 2009, 21:02 GMT

    CONGRATULATIONS ! YOUNIS KHAN AND CO. YOU HAVE MADE THE NATION PROUD. For a little while, everyone in Pakistan will rejoice at this Great achievement put aside all the turmoils the nation in.

  • azeem on June 21, 2009, 21:01 GMT

    I am proud to be a Pakistani!!!!!

  • cricipolitics on June 21, 2009, 21:00 GMT

    I strongly disagree to call this the "Final most unpredictable act". The unpredictability is being attached to the Pak team way too many times. How could this be unpredictable when the same team had played the last T20 final. If this was unpredicatable then was India's vistory in the last T20 or their early exit in this T20 predictable? Was Australia's exit in the very first round predictable? Was South Africa's compreshensive lost in the Semi's predictable? For me the only thing that was predictable after the first couple of shocks was Pakistan's win. In my opinion the most favorite teams have shown the most unpredicatability in this format of the cricket. One just need to look at the win loss ratio of the Pak T20 team. They are the most consistent and predictable ones. The facts tell the whole story.

  • Tariq Ashfaq on June 21, 2009, 21:00 GMT

    All i want to say is that we can be down and out but we never die. We might be emotional and crazy some time as a team and as anation but we always pass the most diffiuclt phases of Life. Pakistan Zindabad and way to go Pak Cricket team

  • Taufiq Yusuf on June 21, 2009, 21:00 GMT

    My heads off to the Pakistani team.The underdog has once again prove to the world of cricket, that Pakistan team,players and the entire nation cannot be written off because they are brave nation and strong fighter and One day inshallah Pakistan will host ICC world cup and Pakistan will be free from terrorism and will become a peaceful and progressive nation Inshallah.I hope Abdul Qadir member of the world cup 1992 will realised his serious mistake by apologising for publicly making embarrasing statement about the PCB management and specially about the Pakistani players. Long Live Cricket in Pakistan

  • Mohammed Ilyas on June 21, 2009, 21:00 GMT

    It was great to watch Pakistan lifting a world cup after 17 yrs. I am an Indian muslim but have always supported Pakistani cricket team even when they played against India. I have felt both sadness & Joy same as a pakistani cricket fan whenever Pakistan has lost or won a game. It is because no team has the equal guts as Pakistani team to come harder on opposition when everyone give away hopes on them. Shahid Afridi proved his class on such a big stage, no worries it has come late but at perfect time. No team needed this cup as badly as Pakistan. It is slap a on the faces of ICC, BCCI and all other international teams who wants to isolate Pakistan cricket. They proved that no team can provide the thrills & talents which this Pakistan team has. Its also a victory for millions of youngsters who has dreams of playing for Pakistan, an ease of pain for thousands of innocent people who lost their homes and a moment of joy to every pakistani in trouble times... Dil dil Pakistan!!!

  • Yas on June 21, 2009, 20:58 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan..from chumps to champs in fell swoops. Shaabaash Pakistan for playing a masterful final and all credit to Younis who really did excel with teh role of captain.

    Afridi boom boom is back!!!! what an awesome series of performances in the past few games he has given us...simply awesome and i hope this now gives him much more confidence...make Afridi ODI and 20/20 captain please. The inclusion of Razzaq is something not to be ignored either...he came in at a crucial time against the NZ and today he took very 3 vital wickets for us that SL couldnt recover from.

    Lets hope that this massive victory gives us Pakistani's something to cheer about for the next few yrs and also for the people who are suffering back home.

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!!...we are WORLD CHAMPIONS once again!!!

  • Shakib Ahmed on June 21, 2009, 20:58 GMT

    DIL DIL PAKISTAN !!!! JAAN JAAN PAKISTAN!!!! Tear came into my eyes just after the last run came. It was the joy that Pakistan wanted for their nation, for their people,for their supporters.I just could not express my feelings which I have got after so many decades.But truly I had a feeling from the beginning that Pakistan will win. Every time before sleeping i just wished " ager pakistan jeet jai to kitna acha hoga" But atlast all my wishes come true.I cant get better than this.I am vey happy. Thanks to almighty Allah.Thanks to all the players of Pakistan team who gave many people a reason to smile.

  • t20 WORLD CHAMPS on June 21, 2009, 20:57 GMT

    Top VICTORY !!

  • Faraaz on June 21, 2009, 20:56 GMT

    What a incredible show of resurgence from pakistan not just once but twice.92 worldcup was something that i cherish even now and will keep remembering it as long as i live and now this incredible day of my life.this time especially cuz there wasnt any signs of pakistan doing anything great in this tournament oh i forgot there wasnt anything going great for pakistan in 92 as well.Today pakistan was like any great team u could compare them with,calm,cool,composed and i would say rather clinical in their finish i mean there was no big drama everything was under control through out the match.really a great performance. Younus khan's was nothing short of imran khan's spectacular captaincy in 92.after he has retired i think Shahid Afridi should be made a captain for t20,i think he has matured enough to bat through when it matters most and with his accurate bowling and fielding he commands respect from his team mates.Bear in mind he is already a captain of karachi's t20 team.

  • Muhammad Noman on June 21, 2009, 20:54 GMT

    From nowhere to the top. This is Pakistani cricket. They won when they had to win. By beating two unbeaten sides of the tournament they mirrored the matches against New Zealand in 1992.

    Everyone chipped in with his role and brought the trophy home. No comments on Younis Khan.

  • Saad Naeem on June 21, 2009, 20:51 GMT

    Dear cricketing world! For God's sake, please take us a lill more seriously now.

    Thanks :) Love... Pakistan

  • U. Khalid on June 21, 2009, 20:51 GMT

    Congratulations Mr. Abbasi! A script by a genius indeed. The enrapturing performance exhibited today has surely resurrected the spirit of the game in Pakistan and the wider sub-continent. It was good to see the team coming together as a unit, and achieving tactical supremacy.

    I do not agree with Younis Khan's retirement, but I suspect it's more to do with emotions tangled with the win than actual reason. Age has nothing to do with T20 cricket, as can be deduced by terrific shows by retired cricketers in the IPL. No matter, this will pave the way and provide leading opportunities for the likes of Afridi himself, young Akmal or Misbah.

    Hats of to you Kamran, for keeping us motivated and inspiring the never say die spirit through your articles. Congratulations to the Pakistan team once again, for capturing our hearts with an outstanding performance. Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Shoaib Shaikh on June 21, 2009, 20:50 GMT

    Reading every line of this blog was overwhelmingly emotional. Well written. Two things to highlight: 1. Afridi making up for the past many years, 2. Younis retiring at the right time from t20, has brought the team together. Now, what does Mr. Qadir think of Younis? The Almighty Lord has his own ways! Pakistan Zindabad. Welcome home boys!!

  • SAIF KASI on June 21, 2009, 20:49 GMT

    pakistan played great.only one player i miss .imran nazeer.but they fill the whole.

  • Eik Musafir on June 21, 2009, 20:49 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan and Pakistanis all across the world. Well deserved victory. What a way to answer all your critics. Jeo to aisay!!!

  • Zubair on June 21, 2009, 20:49 GMT

    What a show that was.. the whole event.. as a cricket fan u gotta love it. Bravo to Pakistan for proving that they are the CHAMPS.. While hailing Pakistan we must also eulogise the fallen ones ... Srilanka and South Africa.. They played nice and clean, for that, they deserve all the praise that comes their way and maybe more.. All in all it was a very nice event with a lot of drama and suspense we loved it to its core... I have gotto say it DIL DIL Pakistan.............. CHEERS

  • Omar Ansari on June 21, 2009, 20:49 GMT

    The last paragraph made my day, cheers to you Mr Abbasi. Cheers to the people of Pakistan, and cheers to the winning team!

  • saveed on June 21, 2009, 20:48 GMT

    HOW WAZ THAT! Afridi: for all the years of hurt, and stupidity, you have recovered yourself well. Razzaq: You once had the potential to be the next Jaques Kallis, now you can begin that quest again, well played and welcome back boy. Younis: You batted well, and lead well. and I agree, dedication to Bob woolmer was fitting. Akmal: Well played, sensible, and you caught most catches. Gul: Keep it up brother! If you keep going, you can be an example to a generation let down by the horrific examples of Akhter and Asif. Ajmal: What a way to play in your first T20 tournament - well bowled son. Hasan: filled the big shoes of an opener, may not be as good as Butt, however you took your chance and contributed. Aamer: You have learnt much. Follow the example of Gul and you two will enjoy playing together. Intikhab alam: Gr8 coaching record! PCB: This is not your victory, this is the players' only. BOB Woolmer Resting In Peace - this is for you. Pakistani's: You can change yourselves!

  • Ahmad on June 21, 2009, 20:48 GMT

    Younis was a marvelous captain in this tournament. What he did best was to take the pressure of the players because Pakistan never play well under pressure. It is a wise decision to quit 20 20 and Shoaib Malik should also follow his foot steps. T20 is really a game of aggression more than class. Well done team Pakistan and especially Younis Khan.

  • Shujaat Ali Khan on June 21, 2009, 20:47 GMT

    Proud to be a Pakistan....Proud to be a KHAN :)

    It was first Imran Khan in 1982 and Now its Younis Khan in 2009 :) and another co incidence is When Imran Khan Won the World Cup, The Manager coach was Intikhab Alam and even now its Intikhab Alam :) Its Amazing isnt it ? It's a proud moment for all of us and we outplayed sri lanka today! We Deserv this win...We are the most talented side in this whole world :)

    Pakistan Zindabad!!!

  • tihami on June 21, 2009, 20:46 GMT

    I am really feeling a Proud Pakistani today.Listening ''Dil Dil Pakistan'' in the background at OVAL is something to remember forever. Our team has done a great great job has given our people back home something to cheer about after a long time. Long Live Pakistan..

  • Ali Qureshi on June 21, 2009, 20:46 GMT

    Brilliant stuff!

  • Rasheed on June 21, 2009, 20:43 GMT

    Why Younus Khan want to retire from Twenty/Twenty that is a bad idea.We need M Yousuf to comeback. Pakistan desperately needs best performance in one day and test as well. Yousuf will make that easier.DONT STOP.BE NUMBER ONE.YES WE CAN.

  • Abbas A Kader on June 21, 2009, 20:43 GMT

    Congrats to all Pakistan people, where ever you are, and thanks to critics, It all about the mental toughness, and truly team efforts. Its new life for cricket in Pakistan. Now we can also say that we are the best team unforunatly we lose in 2007 W/C final, its was not a fluke, Its a determination & We are the better team all in all. What a way Afidi come back & Malik, Akmal, Razzak did the splended job for there team. Now Younis Khan can say that, we are enjoyed W/C with the Cup in hand. Man of the Match should be given equally Razzak & Afridi. After razzak enterence, whole team senario were changed. Keep going like this guys champians tropy also waiting for you dear. I saw Indian News Chennal, they are also appriciating us, its a good sign for both country, Sure can say next world cup in 2011 will won by any of our Asian Teams. This win should also dedicate to all badly effective people in Pakistan in terriest attacks.

  • ahmed nadeem on June 21, 2009, 20:42 GMT

    speachless, motionless, full of emotions..is all that i can describe how we feel about victory. Its larger than life, more impact than any thing Pakistanis ever endevored. Love Pakistan, Love Pakistan Cricket. and sincere thanks to every pakistan cricket supporter out their. Also, hats off to Sri Lankans. No other team is more gracious and have more sportsmanship than them. We will always cheer for you against any other opponent. We celebrate your friendship, help and courage in our hour of need. Congrats to every Pakistani and pakistani cricket fan out their.

  • Ibrahim Bilal on June 21, 2009, 20:42 GMT

    Welldone Pakistan, You have made us proud. You have proved once and for all that passion, determination and a Strong Will to win matter far more greater than anything else My commiserations to the Srilankans cuz they deserved it more than any other team, for they had shown performance and consistency, with simplicity, humbleness and respect. And thats two middle fingers to the terrorist of Lahore.. No matter what you do we will not succumb to you atrocities.. One ground or another, we will play our game, bring smiles on millions of faces, live through our fans and keep the game alive.. for Cricket cannot be terrorized, its immortal and invincible

  • Faisal on June 21, 2009, 20:42 GMT

    Wow - I am just thrilled at what a sport can do to people. Heartiest congratulations to Team Pakistan - You surely made my day.

  • ammar on June 21, 2009, 20:42 GMT

    what an inspiring performance. it gave our country reason to smile and a reason to believe --"yes we can" as President Obama reverbated; i think pakistan can draw inspiration from this, put aside their difference and work towards a more beautiful and peaceful pakistan. These boys showed what courage and determination can bring them -- the world at their feet-- enjoy boys, you deserve all the awards/accolades. I think afridi or gul should've been player of the tournament b/c both had been great throughout the tournament. And for those who said Pakistan victories were flukes, what do you say to pakistan ending two of the LONGEST winning streaks in 20/20. I can't wait for the Champion's trophy. i hope the boys come back hungrier and make us proud once more... DIL DIL PAKISTAN :)

  • shaik on June 21, 2009, 20:41 GMT

    I'm an Indian. Yet I'm very happy to see Pakistan winning the world cup as it will help bring the cheer on millions of Pakistanis who are suffering due to difficult situations they are in now. Absolutely Great work by Afridi.

  • AD on June 21, 2009, 20:41 GMT

    Pandemonium in the streets... Boy, did we need this or what????

  • SAPna2000 on June 21, 2009, 20:40 GMT

    Je pense, donc je suis Pakistani

    ... Long Live Pakistan

  • Humayun on June 21, 2009, 20:40 GMT

    EAST or WEST Pakitan is the BEST

  • Taha on June 21, 2009, 20:40 GMT

    Wonderful article Kamran. Wonderful win for Pakistan. They are by far the most exciting team to watch when they are on song, and no other team has that element of sheer excitement, adventure, and rebelliousness that they sometimes show. This win is a wonderful achievement and hopefully will take them to a good run in future cricket. I am sad to see Younis retire, as I feel that the side really got united under his captaincy. I hope he reconsiders his decision, as he did a fantastic job rallying his team, and also leading from the front, with his performance and attitude. Congratulations Pakistan, you make us proud. Pakistan, Paindabad.

  • Hammad on June 21, 2009, 20:39 GMT

    KAMRAN BHAY

    BOHT BOHT MUBARAK HO APKO AUR SUBH PAKSITANI KO

    I WAS CRYING WHEN YOUNIS HOLD THE TROPHY. IT WAS THE MOMENT WE NEED SO BADLY AFTER A LONG WAIT FROMM 1992 TO 2009. ONCE AGAIN WE PROVE THAT WE CAN BEAT ANY TEAM IN THE WORLD. ONCE AGAIN WE UNITED AND MORE IMPORTANTLY ONCE AGAIN WE HAVE SOME THING TO JOY, WE HAVE SOME THING TO PROUD. BUT ALSO WELL DONE SIRILANKAN. THEY ARE SIMPLY MARVELLOUS TEAM FULL MARKS TO THEM BUT TODAY WE ARE THE BEST.

    THANK GOD FOR GIVING US SUCH A MOMENT IN OUR LIVES.

    GOD BLESS PAKISTAN

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Zak on June 21, 2009, 20:38 GMT

    Pakistan= land of unpredictable people with the potential to win over any and everything they want in the world... BUT when they really want it!

    In one word, WOW!

  • MKA on June 21, 2009, 20:38 GMT

    Congratulations to all Pakistan team supporters. Pakistan beat NewZealand Pakistan beat South Africa Pakistan beat Sri Lanka Pakistan win the T20 World Cup Take that Vettori.. learn to lose with grace.

  • AZFAR on June 21, 2009, 20:38 GMT

    Well like I have been saying, watching this team gives you ulcer, though I welcome this ulcer with a grin!! Awesome Job by our whole team. Kudos to Younis and Afridi for pulling this one off. Hats off to the rest of the gang and specially the openers to give us a good start and keeping the run rate up there!. Unpredictable as it has always been but now there are also hopes attached!! Great Game guys. Let's get the rest of the year under our belt also!

  • A proud Paki fan on June 21, 2009, 20:38 GMT

    Had tears in my eyes as I saw Pakistan lift the World T20 Cup

  • Nadeem Saif on June 21, 2009, 20:38 GMT

    They say Cricket is by chance. What happened today was more than a chance and may be just short of a miracle. A team with semi fit players, most of the batsmen struggling to middle the ball throughout the series, captain struggling to put his bowlers in right order and fielders in the right places, fielder struggling to hold on to the catches and yet a nation fully behind her boys and a common belief that despite all of our flaws all we need to do is to stand up to our opponent for those 40 overs. This indeed was the triumph of spirit of a nation. The difference was that every team in this tournament wanted it but Pakistanis needed it. It reminds the old story where a small chihuahua jumped over a 12 foot fence to save its life from a large hound. Looking at this a father told his son,"You know the chihuahua jumped over the fence not because he could do it. He did it because he had to." And today Pakistanis have done the impossible not because they could do it but because they had to.

  • joey on June 21, 2009, 20:37 GMT

    thats was a great win guys. Afridi really did well and i hope this will be a new era for pakistan cricket. However, do you think it was the right descion for Younus to retire?

  • irfan on June 21, 2009, 20:36 GMT

    It was great to see Pakistan happy. We desperately needed it. After all that is happening in the country, this has been great for the nation. And it was equally was great to see younas wrapped in Pak. flag. It was great to see Afridi play intelligently. It was great that the team remembers Bob and dedicated the cup to him.

    God bless you Pakistan.

  • Usman on June 21, 2009, 20:35 GMT

    Congratulations to all the Pakistan as well as to the well wishers of Pakistan all over the world. It was really a fantastic match. I am surprised the way Afridi did his batting in the last two matches. Something very rare. When malinga was targeting him with bouncers, i feared for a short that Afridi will fly into rage and lose his wicket in the process. To my amazement, nothing happened like this, when Afridi surprised the whole world with his calm and well directed batting.For the first time i saw him caring for his wicket and adapting himself to the situation. Guys we have found a NEW AFRIDI, but we need him not to change and remain like this. If he does so, i think very soon he will be counted as among the best in the business. Thanks.

  • Khurram on June 21, 2009, 20:34 GMT

    What a super emotional day today - All I wanna say out loud is: PAKISTAAAAAAAANN ZINDABAAAAAAAAAAAADD!!!

  • Ali Babar on June 21, 2009, 20:34 GMT

    A poetic story nd one tht should spur our nation in other aspects of nation building...

  • Farhan on June 21, 2009, 20:34 GMT

    Great Win! Congratulations to the Pakistan Team and the Pakistani nation ! Pakistan Zindabad !!!!!!!!!

  • Kamran on June 21, 2009, 20:33 GMT

    - Congratulations Pakistan on a thoroughly deserved victory -

  • Waqas on June 21, 2009, 20:33 GMT

    Great momemnts for the great nation. In my opinion either Shahid Afridi or Umar Gul should have been the player of the tournament. Its great to see so many happy faces out there on the roads of Karchi. Thank You Team Pakistan. Wish we can repeat this performance in upcoming Champions trophy. What makes this win special is that almost all other teams had players who featured in IPL and were in 20 20 practice except for Pakistan players who only had limited recent exposure of 20 20 and that also against each other in the RBS 20 20. Our middle order in one day cricket needs to be strenghthen and hopefully Yousuf will make into the Champions trophy squad to fill in the gaps. Stand UP Stand UP for the Champions... for the Champions

  • Ali on June 21, 2009, 20:33 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad :-)

  • Haroon on June 21, 2009, 20:33 GMT

    Hi, We have won it at last. great fight by whole team to get this. Feel sorry for Srilanka. they have put-up a great fight. they should be proud of themselves for being such a great team.

  • Kamran Younas on June 21, 2009, 20:32 GMT

    The genius who scripted this? Mighty Allaah, of course! Allaahu Akbar - God really is the Greatest.

  • ASIF on June 21, 2009, 20:31 GMT

    AFRIDI SHOULD BE MADE PAK T20 TEAM CAPTAIN WITHOUT ANY HESSITATIONS,AS HE DESERVE IT,BRINING JOY AND GLOORY TO THE NATION IN HOUR OF DISTRESS AND SORROW WHEN 2.5M PEOPLE OF COUNTRY ARE DISPLACED AND HOPING TO SEE SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENED FOR THEM

  • Amer Ahmed on June 21, 2009, 20:31 GMT

    Hats off to Younus and his men for making Pakistan the T20 World Champions!!! Team Pakistan gave us this title for the whole year to celebrate and then they will renew it for us, Insha'Allah. Credit goes to the entire team for playing as a unit and with nothing less than victory in mind. No matter which player rose to the occasion in a given game, full credit goes to the leader Younus Khan. For the last four games Younus has been announcing in each press conference after the match that he will win the Trophy. He was never in doubt, he believed in his men from day one. Their were no individual prides but unity as a team. This was the greatest achievement of Younus Khan, who brought the shattered team together and put them as a unit. Congratulations goes to the entire Nation and the fans all around the world, lets hope it is the start of a new beginning in Pakistan Cricket and I hope it goes on for ever. Thank you Younus for the Trophy.

  • Arshad on June 21, 2009, 20:29 GMT

    The Princes of Asia, take their righful Crown from the Slumdog Millionaires!

  • The University of Lahore on June 21, 2009, 20:29 GMT

    What a fantastic victory for Pakistan..... This victory is dedicated to the "Asian Switzerland" i.e SWAT VALLEY

  • Usman Iqbal on June 21, 2009, 20:28 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan and to Sri lankabas well. Both teams played cricket in the wonderful spirit butbthis time it's Pakistan to walk away with the title but still they both are the winners Wether younis decision is right or not time will only tell but yes bob wolmer deserved a world cup victory as a coach of proteas or pakistan. Anyhow congrats for trouble torn pakistani nation as well and countless thanks to Allah Almighty for givivg the strenght to our boys and world cup blessing to whole nation PAKISTAN ZINDABAD! :)

  • zafar khan on June 21, 2009, 20:28 GMT

    congralations to yunis khan & team pakistan i humble request to great khan yunis khan pls reverse ur decision of retirment (sta ba dera meharbani wee khpala faisla wapas wakhla)

  • adeel Akhlaque on June 21, 2009, 20:27 GMT

    True so very true. You couldn't have phrased it better. Indeed Afridi has made amends up for all the disappointments. BUT we cannot forget Umer Gul and Saeed Ajmal. Those two men are as much responsible for this great day of joy as Afridi. Our president unfortunately has announced such a small token of appreciation for a group of men who have brought such joy to this nation of 17 million in this time of depression as if he has to give it from his personal deep pockets. Such a pitty.

    Anyways, yyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhooooooooooooo PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Shamshu Ajani on June 21, 2009, 20:27 GMT

    Dear Kamran Great game and above all a clinical performance by the Men in Green! Its a day for our nation to be proud of and the spirits of our nation is being lifted surely by these elven great players not forgetting the One and only LALA AFRIDI. Today he has showed what big players can do in times like these. He made a statement that if he can do it all today he will and he has sure has kept his word. Special praise to Mohd Aamir and to Razaq to put up a real performance at the begining of the innings and last but not the least the short but full of talent Kamran Akmal who has shown he can lead our attack in big games. Overall great team work, excellent planning against Dilshan and Jayawardene so congrats to the think tank behind this. In the end a message for Karan Sing: My dear friend never challange the heart of a champion NEVER! Am sure you will accept now that our gully cricket sure is better than what you call the Baby Blues. Kamran keep on writing those great blogs my friend

  • Rasheed on June 21, 2009, 20:27 GMT

    Why Younus Khan want to retire from Twenty/Twenty that is a bad idea.We need M Yousuf to comeback. Pakistan desperately needs best performance in one day and test as well. Yousuf will make that easier.DONT STOP.BE NUMBER ONE.YES WE CAN.

  • Rija Zaidi on June 21, 2009, 20:27 GMT

    WE ARE THE WORLD CHAMPS !!!!

    Lalit Modi, you prevented our players (even our umpires) play in IPL and Champions League but you failed to stop the real talent snatching the world cup.

    So do you still consider Pak players worth nothing and the likes of Sharma, Raina & Ishant wortth more than Afridi, Akmal & Gul ??

    Please arrange two IPL every year and practice as much as you can before turning up again for the next T20 world cup. This will improve your chances to get at least to semi final !!!

  • Sami Q on June 21, 2009, 20:27 GMT

    Sensational performance from pakistan, and what an atmosphere in the stadium. Unbeatable. Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Zulfiqar Ali Kazmi. Atlanta, GA. on June 21, 2009, 20:26 GMT

    What a win! Absolutely delightful. Pakistan has proven to the world that they're a cricket powerhouse and it's the best gift they could have gotten at this time of distress. These guys hadn't much of TT in the last yeat but still did wonders. This is news for me that Younis has announced his retirement from Twenty20, I saw the ceremony and I think all he said was something that now he can retire without regret when he wants, but I may be wrong. I think he should stay longer as even the TT team needs him. He's scoring at a strike rate of almost 140, what more can we ask from him. Afridi was sensational and so was the rest of the team especially Razzaq and Akmal. I sincerely hope and pray that this World Cup victory is the harbinger of many, many good things for Pakistan that will make our beloved nation even stronger and greater. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • abbasi on June 21, 2009, 20:25 GMT

    hi kamran bahi .how are you .i hope you r fine and happy 2.i am in china when my team lose in final against india .i cant tell you how i feel that time ..but when pakistan beat srilankans in the final i forget that defeat .and i am quite happy about that .i have best team in the world .last time runerup this time champion .i am kind of fan who is always with his team and players .hoping every time for the best even when we lose i never say that i never watch this game again .because i know when green shirts come in the ground its imps for me to leave my tv set.

  • Khuram Ahmad on June 21, 2009, 20:25 GMT

    Younis and his men have made the whole country proud. This win has brought a much awaited smile to the people of Pakistan. Our country has suffered alot lately, both off and on field. This win will go a long way for Pakistan and PakistanCricket. As a nation, we have experienced the joy of winning a world event after 17 years of wait. I am proud of Pakistan cricket team and i am proud to be a Pakistani. Hopefully we can as a nation, take this tournament as a benchmark. Pakistani people are united once again, and our unison should be a source of worry for anyone who has ill-intentions for our beloved country. Pakistan Zindabad, Pakistan Paindabad.

  • Waqar on June 21, 2009, 20:25 GMT

    A well deserved victory fr pakistan. A final cant be better than that! Well played pakistan & SL!!

  • Ali Vaqar Khan on June 21, 2009, 20:25 GMT

    Congradulations to Pakistan for winning T20 world cup. Thanks to Allah wait of Pakistan is over after 17 long years to lift the world cup. This victory has made entire nation very happy. Pakistan has proved that they are best team.

  • omar on June 21, 2009, 20:24 GMT

    Look who re the champs, yes we are. Nobody gave us a chance but we did it.

  • Zafar Qidwai on June 21, 2009, 20:24 GMT

    Alhamdolillah Pakistan won. Congratulations to the whole nation. Well done guys. It was a much needed victory for the nation. We are proud of you.And yes after years of disappointment Afridi proved that what a valuable player he is.

  • Zeeshan on June 21, 2009, 20:23 GMT

    It was magical. After a long time I watched the game with the intensity of a child. Every boundary was cheered and every missed opportunity was causing annoyance. The Pakistan that turned up today were an intimidating sight and guys like Amir will go a long way for keeping it that way in the future.

  • ali on June 21, 2009, 20:22 GMT

    yes, mr. abbasi. horns blaring, songs chanting, hopes evolving, and tears dropping. one is proud of one's identity, one's country, but of late, we've had so little of such pride-filled moments. merci sports, merci cricket, merci pakistan cricket team. :-)

  • Aziz South African on June 21, 2009, 20:21 GMT

    Lux Gurusamy: In a previous topic you were planning to post a comment after the cup was in Sangakarra;s hands. This South African would like to read a post from the like of critics like you who find every lame excuse to downplay Pakistans brilliant performances. Today PAKISTAN are the WORLD CHAMPIONS and will Sri Lanka be regarded as chokers? To the Pakistani team and people this south african and his family and many of my fellow brothers understand the joy you feel today. We also undestood your sorrows, frustrations, anger and the isolation you have suffered. This is your victory against all odds. THIS WAS NO FLUKE,NOR DID THE OPPOSITION CHOKE AS SOME PREJUDICED PEOPLE OF OTHER COUNTRIES PERCEIVE . It was the sheer brilliance, talent and instincts of AFRIDI,GUL,AJMAL,AKMAL,RAZZAQ,AMIR,MALIK,ALAM,SHAHZAIB and the mature presence of YK and MISBAH. Every player came to the party and contributed when it mattered. CONGRATULATIONS.You deserve to be WORLD CHAMPIONS.

  • Fahad Majeed on June 21, 2009, 20:21 GMT

    Pakistan are World Champions!!! Dil Dil PAkistannnn Jaan Jaan PAkistan!!!! Dil Dil PAkistan!

  • ali on June 21, 2009, 20:21 GMT

    "Second, he announced his retirement--but only from Twenty20 cricket."

    Nooo way...

  • Muhammad Saad Mubeen on June 21, 2009, 20:20 GMT

    Dil Dil Pakistan......Shahid Afridi played really well today and proved that he is one of the best players of cricket in today's world.

  • Abbas Ali on June 21, 2009, 20:19 GMT

    Cool down dude-does it change anything still???No one doubted Pakistan as team so nothings new yet.The things that still remain fixed are whether we can play cricket at home? Will our nation stop playing double game with terrorists! No yet.We have lot of mess to clean and then talk.Let not our cricket chiefs who talk before thinking create another mess with media. What the nation values for its future is what cricket will face in future.Gates are still closed as we cannot deal with terrorists first!!Unless as someone said nation is different from cricket team.Or we let terrorists shoot us.The shame is still written on our faces. This does not make Austrailia or Srilanka tour us-does it? Does it make us invited anywhere? Doubt that.

  • Saim Kashmiri on June 21, 2009, 20:19 GMT

    Heartiest Congrats to Team Pakistan and to the whole Pakistani nation. Even when the odds were stacked up against us and with what the team has gone through during the past 2 years, we prevailed..This shows our resilience as a team and as a nation..And to those who have tried marganilizing us, may this victory remind them what we are made off! Hats off Pakistan! You have made millions of Pakistanis around the world so proud!

  • Niazi on June 21, 2009, 20:19 GMT

    I have told you so! Intikhab Alam lifts the world cup yet again. Job well done.

  • AM on June 21, 2009, 20:19 GMT

    While Pakistan's triumph today closely resembles that of the 1992 World Cup winning team, the joy I feel today closely resembles another event 35 years ago when the great Muhammad Ali against all odds and predictions, defeated the mighty and invincible George Foreman. This victory is a welcome boon for the people of Pakistan

    10 years ago, Pakistan lost to Australia by 8 wickets on Sunday June 20 at Lords, in the 1999 World Cup. Today, in a different format of cricket, Pakistan on Sunday June 21, 2009 have managed to win the Cup by an identical margin. So congratulations to Younus Khan and his team. After Imran Khan,he is the first successful Pakistani captain who did not have Imran Khan as a mentor. Inzi, Wasim, Waqar, Saleem etc. all had a chance to learn from Imran.

    To the Sri Lankan fans, I salute your great team. I have nothing but respect for the accomplishments of your players. I envy you for having such great players of class like Jayawardene and Sangakkara in your team.

  • Riaz on June 21, 2009, 20:18 GMT

    Nice writeup Kamran. I hope this world cup win proves to be the ray of hope Pakistan Cricket is lacking and we can come back with the same fervor and intensity of yesteryears. Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Wobbler on June 21, 2009, 20:18 GMT

    As a English supporter I like this Pakistani team! I went to the super 8 match at Lords between Pakistan and Sri Lanka and thought that I would be supporting Sri Lanka. I came away supporting Pakistan! I don’t know why. There was just something about the team. The way they seemed to get on together, the way they reacted to the public that were watching their training sessions before the game. The general way the deported themselves. The public utterances of their super captain Younis Khan. I just warmed towards them. Remember then they were no hopers who had previously lost to England and on that day lost to Sri Lanka. But there was just something about them. Then all of a sudden , during the past week they started playing fabulous cricket and won the lot! So well done, good luck and come back soon.

  • Junaid Siddiqui on June 21, 2009, 20:18 GMT

    I read that in a Cricinfo Final Match Preview...."Srilanka Deserve...but Pakistan Need it..." & they did it....rising from the debris n ended up on the Sky.. A country in so much turbulence Needed it the Most....Its seems same as Iraq won the Asian Soccer Title in the times when Iraqi ppl were needing something to cheer abt.... DIL DIL PAKISTAN...JAN JAN PAKISTAN !!!

  • zeeshan karachi on June 21, 2009, 20:16 GMT

    CONGRATULATION TO MY ALL PAKISTANI BROTHERS AND SISTER..this is a great moment in every pakistani's life.im lost for words..each and every member of the pak team played like a tiger.with no fear..and shahid afridi...during all his career he was criticised for playing reckless cricket but with his performance in semi final and final,he has wiped off all those innings,and not to mention razzak's contribution ,he took 3 imp wickets,younis khan's captaincy,malik's sensible partnership..i feel so proud to be a pakistani,,PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Kashif Siddiqui on June 21, 2009, 20:16 GMT

    Alhamdolillah, this great win give us a great pleasure and we are proud to be paki as always. For Afridi, I must say "Afridi, You are the MAN!!!".

  • Shoaib on June 21, 2009, 20:16 GMT

    its very sad that younis announced his retirement.. really its like a hero came n saved Pakistan's cricket... Really memorable..

  • Dr Kashif Ashraf (UK) on June 21, 2009, 20:15 GMT

    And when no one gave us a chance, we are the CHAMPIONS of the WORLD. Mercurial, enigmatic, unblieveable. Can anyone else win like this? What a performance. The match was won in the powerplay of each innings. I admit having doubts after losing the toss, fortunately proven wrong. M Aamer's opening spell was a relevation, reminiscent of Akram and put the Dilshans in there rightful place. SL did not have the class opening bat to face upto quality new ball pace. And the way Akmal played Mathews first over with a straight bat, no gap b/w pad and bat was refreshing. His strokes were clean and had intent. If your opening bowlers and batsmen give you this kind of start you can not lose- simple as that. I think Sangakarra is wrong in claiming the strongest bowling attack. Come on Murali is past his best in limited overs, Mendis can easily be hit as we saw and the only good bowler they had today was Malinga (handled well by Pak). To all PAKISTANIS anywhere in the world, hold your heads high.

  • Muhammad Ahsan on June 21, 2009, 20:14 GMT

    I got my country back today. What Younus Khan amd Pakistami team did today, will be remember in PAKISTAN history. We need this WIN to bring the PRIDE back. We got our pride back. I AM A PROUD PAKISTANI.

  • Ali in Stuttgart on June 21, 2009, 20:14 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. You have brought joy to millions. In the end, that is the only thing that matters. Thats what its worth.

  • Senthil Seshachalam on June 21, 2009, 20:14 GMT

    Its a fantastic win for Pakistan and a complete turnaround of the expectations that prevailed earlier of this tournament. Gudos to Pakistan and world Cricket. From here on, we can expect some thrilling lively ODI matches soon as Pakistan found a well balanced team.

  • Zain on June 21, 2009, 20:14 GMT

    Congratulationz to all Pakistani supporterz all over the world:-)gr8 win by Pak really Pak cricket needed this ....this is a slap to all those daring to finish Pak cricket...Pak is a gr8 force in international cricket and except Allah no one can finish it....Pakistan Zindaabad!!!!

  • Senthil Seshachalam on June 21, 2009, 20:14 GMT

    Its a fantastic win for Pakistan and a complete turnaround of the expectations that prevailed earlier of this tournament. Gudos to Pakistan and world Cricket. From here on, we can expect some thrilling lively ODI matches soon as Pakistan found a well balanced team.

  • Faisal on June 21, 2009, 20:14 GMT

    Congrtualtions to all Pakistanis. A wonderful team performance. In addition to Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal's performances were also crucial in the win and should not be ignored. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • saim93 on June 21, 2009, 20:14 GMT

    awesome!!Pakistan Rocked. I am so happy.

  • Senthil Seshachalam on June 21, 2009, 20:13 GMT

    Its a fantastic win for Pakistan and a complete turnaround of the expectations that prevailed earlier of this tournament. Gudos to Pakistan and world Cricket. From here on, we can expect some thrilling lively ODI matches soon as Pakistan found a well balanced team.

  • Asif Sohail on June 21, 2009, 20:13 GMT

    Alhamdolillah: Allah is great. Yes you are right however I feel that this was not the time to announce his retirement he should have waited till he return back home. We Pakistani nation should take heart from this victory and let us all make a fresh start towards right path and pray to Allah that he may forgive us for our wrong doings. Pakistan Zindabaad.

  • Rajiv Hyderabad India on June 21, 2009, 20:13 GMT

    Congratulation to Pakistan cricket team and to all their countrymen on splendid victory. Wish this victory brings lot of smile on this terror affected nation and hope that terrorist outfits in and around must understand they are not doing any good for anyone nor for their own community.

    Love to see a sooner encounter between last year and current year champion.

  • Zia Ansari on June 21, 2009, 20:13 GMT

    Well done pakistan. Well played Sri Lanka.

  • Ahmed on June 21, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    You Proved it. This is not a mere Win, this is not about Sports This was About a dream, this was about a motivation, We needed a Smile on Sorrow Faces, We needed the Jubilation and expression of our love, You Gave us what we lacked, Thank You, Long Live Pakistan Team. You have made us proud

  • Abdul Ahad Jawaid on June 21, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    I really don't have words to express how happy I am and how emotional moment is it for me... Just want to congratulate all Pakistanis...

  • Mazhar Raza on June 21, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    wow wow wow i am proud pakistani....Mubarak ho sub ko

  • Syed Ahmed Danish on June 21, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    As salam o aleakum Pakistan and All the muslims Congratulations for sucg an outstanding win what a moments here in karachi what a craze of public what a moments in whole pakistan the celebrations are going All around we all are happy we all are smilling what a performance by my team the UNITED team they desprately needed this victory Thanks alot Kamran Abbasi for yours support towards the pakistan cricket i was mentioned yesterday in urs article that mark my words people this worldcup Belongs to US and today Allah the Allmighty Shown Us... Proud to be a Pakistani Love You Pakistan... Geo to Asay Jeet k Jiyo :) :) :).... Love you my pak cricket team Afridi you are a dimond for us :) :) ... my eyes are wet tears are comming out the tears of happyness the tears of a victory which we got after 19 years love you pakistan from the core of my heart salute you Karam Abbasai Pakistan needs people like you :) :) :) COngratulations People for Our Win we deserved it

  • Sumair on June 21, 2009, 20:11 GMT

    This is indeed one of the greatest moments in Pakistan & Pakistan cricket's history. It's 4 am, I have work in the morning but don't think the excitement will let me sleep tonight. For Terrorism,poverty, inflation and the myriad of problems which face Pakistan, the sport of cricket provides liberation to the common man and today Younis Khan & his team have brought joy and smiles to the faces of those whose homes have been destroyed and who are forced to live in tents, to those who have prayed for this moment for many years and to every expat Pakistani. I have hugged so many fellow Pakistanis after the victory whom I don't even know..this is what this victory means..it unites us as one and after the Lahore fiasco, it has shown the world that Pakistan cannot be isolated from the cricket world. I think Pakisan should press their case to have their World Cup 2011 matches played in Dubai or UK..Long Live Pakistan and may we bring many more trophies back home.Ameen!PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!!!!!!!

  • haris on June 21, 2009, 20:10 GMT

    AMAZING PAKISTAN !! this was ur moment and YES .....U GRABBED IT WITH OPEN HANDS !! PAKISTAN needed this badly and who else other than AFRIDI could have been a better person to deleiver !! a GREAT moment for pakistan cricket ! this is ur moment PAKISTAN ! CHERISH THIS !

  • harry on June 21, 2009, 20:10 GMT

    why has younis retired from t20 we meed him next year. please get nazir back in the team as this new opener does not have the tecnique. maybe get farahat to open with nazir and akmal at 4.

  • For_Real on June 21, 2009, 20:10 GMT

    Once again, it was proved that the 20-20 cricket is not about experience or talent, there has to be the burning desire to win - congratulations to Pakistan from your neighbor!

    I am not sure these are the words of a so called cricket expert: "For the best part of 16 overs it was hard to decipher whether the Pakistan innings was an exercise in immaculate timing or a stumbling chase of a manageable total." Even without the benefit of hindsight, anyone with an intelligence of a dead mouse could see what was going on. They kept collecting run without panicking, and the asking rate never climbed in two digits as far as I remember.

  • Adnan Zafar on June 21, 2009, 20:09 GMT

    What a match and what a performance! We are all proud of our team and proud to be Pakistani! Starting from Aamer and Razzaq in bowling, to Akmal, Malik and (of course) Afridi in batting, the men in gree were amazing. My warmest regards to Srilanka as well. If we were not in the finals, we would have supported them instead.

    In the end I would say these old timeless words: PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

  • Syed Kashif Imam on June 21, 2009, 20:08 GMT

    All the praise to Pakistani team. We all love you. Pakistan and its nation are proud of you all.

  • faraz on June 21, 2009, 20:08 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan. Finally now the cricinfo will update its website header with the new winners of T20 world cup.

  • Ahmad Goheer on June 21, 2009, 20:07 GMT

    Here's the score:

    India 1 Pakistan 1

    Just the slight twist, that Pakistan is the only team that reached the semi-final stage of both the World Cups (2007 and 2009) ... oh, in our case final too ;) so the real score actually is 2-1!

    The banner someone had up at Trent Bridge (and today as well) said it all for me: "Are you watching, India?"

    Lastly, a few questions to my friends who blog here: Where is that Champions League happening now without the actual T20 champions? (including just a bunch of losers) ... How much in IPL3's bidding for Afridi? Gul? Ajmal? Akmal? Razzaq? Aamir? ... oh, wait they might not want to travel across!

    Congratulations Pakistan!!!

  • jilani on June 21, 2009, 20:07 GMT

    Alhamdulillah, I cannot still believe that it actually happened.

    Let us not forget Abdul Razzaq who took 3 wickets. Afridi got a 50 but Razzaq was the first to deflate the balloon.

    Long live Pakistan Cricket. Pakistan Zindabad.

    -SJ

  • Danish Abbasi on June 21, 2009, 20:06 GMT

    I do agree with Kamran bhai that unpredictability finally got pakistan home in the finals against Sri Lanka. This clinical performance against the mature and profession sri lankan outfit really shows the character fo this talented bunch of pakistan players. Afridi has yet again proved that if he will follow some method in his batting, he can turn out to be a real master blaster. Proper game plan was apparent right from the first delivery against T Dilshan and it really paid dividends at the end of the match. Razzaqs return has certainly added much needed strength to this batting order, now afridi should be used top of the order in Coming ODI'S. Younis khan led the side with utmost maturity and skill, opening combination needs to be settled for the future. However, this side has all the gutts to surprise any side of the World, provided they will play with the aggression and skill as they showed today. May God Bless pakistani cricket.

  • Dr.Afzaal on June 21, 2009, 20:05 GMT

    Salaam.cöngrats lots n lots of congrat 2 each n evry1 member of pakistani team n all the pakistani living anywhere in the world.YES, we r THE CHAMPIONS. Pak can beat any team in the world n i believe in this.beside dis big win we must learn 4rm our mistakes as well.when fast bowlers were doing vry well sply razak then younus didnt give him his 4th over?2ndly who told 2 Gul not 2 bowl yorkers where he is best?2day i thought he was feelng the pressure of the big match despit bowlng so gud in the much tensed match against hot favrt. I want 2 wish pak best of luck 4 series against SL wich is coming soon. Aussies won 99 WC FINAL afterwords they were just undeaftable.pak lost n thy were just out.in 07 they again lost 2 ind n ind just became a force in cricket.they achiev wich other indians teams just dreamed abt. I pointd this bcz i want 2 c pak a realy gud team other big task is champions trophy n WC is also nt 2 far.we must improv in som areas n show n hav d unity in our team.so best of luck 2 pak team 4 comin years.thnx 4 such a gud gift n all the hapines n joy u hv given to whole nation.gr8 work. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD. Dr.Afzaal.from kyrgzstan

  • wahaj on June 21, 2009, 20:05 GMT

    well said kamran abbasi. at last we have some thing to celebrate. and winning title after a long time will give pakistani team a lot of hopes. pakistani players were not allowed to play IPL, but in the end it has proved good for us as indian players may have earned a lot of money but they lost 3 consecutive games in super, which tells us that money is not the only thing in cricket to look at. after this victory pakistan should come back with muhammad yousaf, imran nazir and rana naveed. by including these players we can really be at top of test and ODIs as well.

  • Arshad on June 21, 2009, 20:05 GMT

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

    They can ban us from the IPL, they can steal our cricketers to the ICL, they can refuse to play us, they can do what the hell they like.

    Pakistani's will always come through.

    We are the Champions

  • Sohaib Khan on June 21, 2009, 20:05 GMT

    One of the wonderful victories in the history of Pakistan Cricket.

    It's not a victory only - A revival - A Victory for the Nation. A Gift for the People of this country, A Gift for the people living abroad so that they have something for pride to receive Congrats from Non-Pakistanis, A Gift for the NWFP people, A relief for the Sports in Pakistan AND a SLAP for Anti-Pakistan Factor.

    From IMRAN KHAN to YOUNIS KHAN Pakistan ThE Champions

    ! ! After * Socialism. * Capitalism. * Marxism. * Communism. * Fascism. * Secularism. * Realism. * Journalism. * Pacifism. * Racism. * Environmentalism. * Elitism. and some * Agnosticism.

    there is now a chance to learn a little more about

    ! ! ~ ~ KHANism ~ ~! !

    Hats Off - Pakistan

  • Rumibaba on June 21, 2009, 20:04 GMT

    Splendid performance by the Pak team today. Credit goes to Younis khan to trust his senior team mates in the crunch time. It's been a while for team Pakistan and Nation to cheer for something in a such depressed time. Sri lanka has been a tremendous opponents throughout the tournaments but Pakistan were destined to win today. Sangakarra should have mentioned congrats to team Pakistan at the end atleast as they deserved it tho...Way to go Team Pakistan..

  • Shoaib Abbasi on June 21, 2009, 20:04 GMT

    Great work team pakistan!!! Many Many Congratulations to all nation. I wonder where are comments today from india? i wish they will appreciate our victory. cricket without pakistan is like food without salt. don't ignore us. xxx

  • Adnan Mavia on June 21, 2009, 20:04 GMT

    First of all thanks to ALMIGHTY ALLAH for this success. It was really a wonderful display by both teams (at the end one has to lose). Being a Pakistani fan I was so much pleased to see my team getting home and seeing planning combined with art and aggression. It was hard to believe BOOM BOOM AFRIDI playing such a sensible inning, I wish he may keep doing like this. At the end congratulations to whole Pakistani nation for this win. For my Srilankan fellows your team really fought well but at the end someone has to lose or win, I wish you best of luck for near future.

  • Raees Khan Niazi on June 21, 2009, 20:03 GMT

    Just like to congratulate Pakistan, just goes to show what talent we have, when everyone wants you to humiliate yourself and make a mockery, and you defy those critics, victory becomes even sweeter. Pakistan truly Zindabad!

  • MJ on June 21, 2009, 20:03 GMT

    A thoroughly deserved victory for Pakistan. Your views on the Sri Lankan team are also accurate: Dignity is the word that leaps to mind when one thinks of the SL team. I hope this win signals the beginning of a return to normalcy to all facets of life in Pakistan. Congratulations to the Pakistani team, and best wishes to Pakistan.

  • Irfan Ahmad on June 21, 2009, 20:03 GMT

    This victory must be attributed to peaceful, openminded, and forward thinking millions of pakistanies. Despite the events happening in this country for the past couple of years, this is a magnificent prize for the dejected nation.

  • khalid mahmood on June 21, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    well done paki boys u made the nation proud,every one deserves the praise and specially afrdi for playing a gem of an inning with controlled aggression twice in a row.younas captaincy was excellent and the team really gelled around him .country needed this and got it.well done pakistan we are proud of u

  • fatima khan on June 21, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    A very well written piece of article. nd Look at pakistan celebrating the victory.160 million people are on the road,dancing,shouting pakistan zindabad,boom boom afridi. It also goes on to show the strength of our Great Nation that we hv the potential to overcome our problems nd will emerge victorious on other fronts too,INSHALLAH

  • Waqas on June 21, 2009, 20:02 GMT

    First of all, i wanna thank the Pak team for delivering a strong message to the world, Pakistan has had a few bad years and this performance is gonna boost the hopes to restore the love of cricket in the country. This was firstly a minor defeat for Sri Lanka, it was rather a major defeat for terrorism. I hope Pakistan will play like this in the current future and hopefully we will do greater things for cricket. Dil Dil Pakistan!

  • Hassan on June 21, 2009, 20:01 GMT

    Thanks To Allah , for listening to our Prayers , Great Perfomance At the Right Time , Good Luck for the future . Dil Khush Kar Diya Aag Ki Geet Ne , Giyo To Aise , Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Arun M on June 21, 2009, 20:01 GMT

    Congratulations! Team Pakistan. You proved all odds wrong. Pakistan has triumphed. Cricket has triumphed! Sri Lanka seemed to have a great arsenal. But with Dilshan going early and Afridi starring again in a low-scorer, a win for Pakistan was never in doubt.

    You have to be congratulated from all cricket fans and all sports fans from all over the world.

  • Kashif Siddiqui on June 21, 2009, 20:00 GMT

    Alhamdolillah, this great win give us a great pleasure and we are proud to be paki as always. For Afridi, I must say "Afridi, You are the MAN!!!".

  • Rupin on June 21, 2009, 20:00 GMT

    Well done! A final between the two best sides. Pakistan do know how to play T20 cricket as they have reached both World Cup finals so far. For all the hate messages that are bound to be posted here soon, let me make it clear that this is still just a game. Enjoy it for what it is and the skill of the players involved. The best team won and that's it. India and Australia were never the best sides and neither was South Africa for all its victories. They lost when it mattered and that shouldn't take anything away from Pakistan. Congratulations Pakistan, and well played Sri Lanka! Asian cricket is where the real excitement, talent and unpredictability are.

  • HaMmy on June 21, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    today the indians and ICC will be jealous of pakistan's victory, but unlike past final we dont even want to think about indians and india, and their IPL. i wanna say IPL is all about money, today ICC is a servant of indian cricket board, but i wanna say, its not money and its not the tons and tons of praise gathering before the event, its not about the non stop praise for indian team comming from all aspects of cricket world be it a cricket journalist, cricket analysts and etc etc etc, its not the IPL that makes the team glorified, but its the heart, its the passion, its the spirit and most of all, its the natural talent that makes the team and the nation glorified.

    message to all those who wanted pakistan to be isolated, who wanted pakistan to be bad named, and eventually out of ICC and treated like slaves, here's a big slap to those people, who say pakistan cricket is second. Pakistan cricket has proved it is second to none in this world, we have done what nobody expected!!!!

  • uzair on June 21, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    1st ;)

    Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Hamid on June 21, 2009, 19:59 GMT

    WHY PAK MUST WIN....TIMESOFINDIA.COM AVIJIT YOUR PREDICTION FINALLY COME TRUE ! Your Articles are the best example of great wisdom an sportsmanship gestures. i admire your sense being neutral and unbiased approach to portray true imaginations DIL-DIL PAKISTAN JAAN-JAAN PAKISTAN. I LOVE YOU PAKISTAN. i wish India could play us today we would have more fun and pressure to enjoy every single moment of this FINAL today. Sri Lanka played well. AFRIDY IS JUST BOOMING AROUND ! BEST MATCH-WINNER. THE VICTORY GOES TO SWAT DISPLACED people which will mitigate their long agony bcz this part of the world just loves this game. compassion for Sri Lanka Brothers. well played !

  • Mian Irfan on June 21, 2009, 19:58 GMT

    I wonder what is credibility or IPL and so called Champions league with out WORLD CHAMPIONS of the T20 formate.

  • Bilal bin Tanweer on June 21, 2009, 19:58 GMT

    WHAT A WIN....This is exactly kinda GOOD news that every pakistani was waiting for.. Well deserved victory, As usual pakistani team proved that they are so unpredictable, They came back from behind and took the title..

    This win mean A LOT to all pakistanis, whats going on in pakistan for past few years only brought diappointment,fear, violance & shame to us. we DESPERATELY needed a good news & it was kinda finding a needle in the hay. However, our cricket team did it and they did it in a great fashion.

    Anyhow, CONGRATULATIONS to all my pakistani back home and HATS OFF to my team

    WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU !

  • abx on June 21, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    First of all congratulations to all cricket lovers on the end of an astonishing major event of cricket, congratulations to Pakistan cricket fans, supporters & to Pakistan cricket team, they really did a wonderful job throughout the tournament (i mean in super 8's)i think it is the best thing which younis did for Pakistan and for him coz T20 was really not the best format of cricket for him and now hope to see more fine innings in ODIs and Tests from Younis. Younis & Co. you did it!!!

  • dr kamran on June 21, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    well done PAKISTAN TEAM for winning the 2009 T20 world cup.u have got the wonderful talent and rightly so deserve that.i think this purely the beauty of cricket for the teams like pakistan, started out as under dog and being kept away from international cricket for while and because of their unpredictability ended up winning the world cup,its being amazing seening pakistani players lifting the world cup after 17 years. keep it up mans u have made the nation proud pakistan zindabad!!!!!

  • Jamil Ahmad on June 21, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    Congrats to Team Pakistan(Player & Managment). All the Pakistan nation and all the reader who will follow this blog.....and SHAME on all the IPL and participating nations including ICC for keep Pakistan away from cricket....Look what they have done at Lord'sssssssss...WORLD CHAMPIONS...Excellent performance through out....ICC NEED TO CHANGE IT POLICIES FOR HOSTING WORLD CUP IN PAKISTAN....Good Luck to Pakistn for Champions Thorphy.......

  • imsraaia on June 21, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    Congrats... Pakistan Zindabad....

  • Tahir Ahmed, Mainz(Germany) on June 21, 2009, 19:56 GMT

    Congratulations to all nation and thanks for all indian and srilankan bro sisters who had supported us and showed their desires for our cricket team in your last blog.

    Its good to see A mature Afridi...

    He looks so Mature...

    two sad news for me 1. Afridi didnt nominated as player of the series 2. Younus has took reteirment from t20...

    best wishes to paki team I wish I could be in Pakistan or in Uk to celebrate.but alas i m here in Germany nd we pakistani guys kept in touch and congratulated each of us...but being in pakistan is amazing. I miss you my land of joyness

    I love Pakistan

    Pakistan Zindabad

    Quaid-e-Azam PayndaBad

  • Dr M Ali on June 21, 2009, 19:55 GMT

    It was such a sweet nostalgic moment, like the one about 17 years back. We were a group of friends watching the match in a remote town of Saudi Arabia. Cheering every wicket we were taking; cheering every run we were scoring. Like we had done in the Hall Road Hostel of King Edward Medical College at that time. Screaming, yelling and dancing as if we were still kids. We wanted to savour every moment of this happy event. Our team has made us proud. Well played Yunus Khan and co. Also well played Sri Lanka. Someone had to win. In the end, cricket won.

  • Nazibul Islam from Bangladesh on June 21, 2009, 19:55 GMT

    Congratulation Pakistan, with you the people of Bangladesh are also very happy, the way Pakistan played really outstanding, I was astonished by the commitment of Mohammad Amir that he showed in his first over. He made Dilshan almost paralyzed at the very first delivery. They pressure that Amir created on them, after that Sri Lanka couldn't stand well with bat. But its true Sangakara & Mathew repaired the innings but not enough to defend.

    And what great start Pakistan had with bat today, this is for the first time in this tournament, Pakistan did not lose any wicket within the 1st six overs. What great knock by Akmal and Shahzaib. Afridi is awesome, he is the best. We’ve got a class “fifty” & a partnership of Afridi & Malik.

    It was a total team effort, Gul is one of the best bowler in the world. Younus Khan is a cool guy, all the players done so well. Legends always maintain a minimum position which Pakistan is maintaining in T20 cricket; they played both the final of 2007 & 2009

  • Vajid Ali on June 21, 2009, 19:54 GMT

    ON TOP OF THE WORLD BABY...LOOK AT US NOW

  • imsraaia on June 21, 2009, 19:53 GMT

    Congrats... Pakistan Zindabad....

  • Shaheryar Khan on June 21, 2009, 19:53 GMT

    All I can say is Alhumdulillah.Sniff.

  • Tamr Sukari on June 21, 2009, 19:53 GMT

    Let me shout it again..this time more load and clear with joy and happiness...with tears running from my eyes and with trillion*billion*million thanks and praise to the Almighty Allah.......Pakistan Zindabad..Pakistan Zindabad..Pakistan Zindabad..Pakistan Zindabad..Pakistan Zindabad..Pakistan Zindabad..Pakistan Zindabad. May Allah blessed us with more victories like this ameen.

  • Khalid Saeed on June 21, 2009, 19:52 GMT

    what a victory by a nation who has been deprived of playing cricket in their own home ground by entire cricket community. This is blow to cricket community and victory for Pakistan. Well done pakistani team. we are so pround of you. You are just great.

  • Farrukh Nizam on June 21, 2009, 19:51 GMT

    I am first of all very happy to be Pakistan. Secondly i would like to congratulate Pakistani team for this memorable victory.

    Though i was not that old enough but it surely revived some good old memories of the 1992 World Cup. All of the players , specially Afridi, Razzaq and even Akmal played their part.

    Congrats Again to Pakistani Team !! :)

  • faysaltaj on June 21, 2009, 19:51 GMT

    long live paki cricket it was awsome win

  • Qazi Sufian Javed on June 21, 2009, 19:50 GMT

    A very well deserved win for our grief stricken nation. And it has come at a very handy time amidst the identity crisis that dogs every Pakistani today.

    It was a lovely win and a pleasant surprise to see the rebirth of Pakistan as a formidable force in the Cricketing world. May Allah give us more reasons to celebrate and enjoy our team's moments.

    Kudos to the Sri Lankans for putting up a fine show. The way they performed in this tournament should put their post-Lahore demons to complete rest.

    Pakistan Zindabad!!

  • Tariq Ilyas on June 21, 2009, 19:49 GMT

    Dil Dil Pakistan.........Afridi shaan shaan Pakistan...........We are proud of Pakistani team.........Congratulations to whole nation

  • Dr M Ali on June 21, 2009, 19:49 GMT

    It was such a sweet nostalgic moment, like the one about 17 years back. We were a group of friends watching the match in a remote town of Saudi Arabia. Cheering every wicket we were taking; cheering every run we were scoring. Like we had done in the Hall Road Hostel of King Edward Medical College at that time. Screaming, yelling and dancing as if we were still kids. We wanted to savour every moment of this happy event. Our team has made us proud. Well played Yunus Khan and co. Also well played Sri Lanka. Someone had to win. In the end, cricket won.

  • ammar on June 21, 2009, 19:49 GMT

    what an inspiring performance. it gave our country reason to smile and a reason to believe --"yes we can" as President Obama reverbated; i think pakistan can draw inspiration from this, put aside their difference and work towards a more beautiful and peaceful pakistan. These boys showed what courage and determination can bring them -- the world at their feet-- enjoy boys, you deserve all the awards/accolades. I think afridi or gul should've been player of the tournament b/c both had been great throughout the tournament. And for those who said Pakistan victories were flukes, what do you say to pakistan ending two of the LONGEST winning streaks in 20/20. I can't wait for the Champion's trophy. i hope the boys come back hungrier and make us proud once more... DIL DIL PAKISTAN :)

  • Salman on June 21, 2009, 19:49 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan! The team deserved to win! Younis Khan making the right choice I suppose, get out on a high note. Of course, we still miss you Bob!

  • HaMmy on June 21, 2009, 19:49 GMT

    CoNgRaTS Pakistan

    yahoooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

    we did it we did it, credit goes to all the team mates, we have a really talented side, we have defeated SA and now srilanka, now i can foresee a healthy pak cricket future, go on pak team and defeat srilankans in the up coming series

    still now celebrations are going on and we had hours and hours of fun, pak zindabad chants milli naghmay, national songs and bhangra dancing, we were so much energetic today

    God Bless Pakistan!!!

    we had won the match more comfortably if we hadnt let srilankans build a partnership, i think we got relaxed after 6th wicket in 70 runs, excellently played guys.Never mind, the end result is what to be cheerful and proud of, you all have made pakistan and pakistani nation proud

    Pakistan Zindabad jivay jivay pakistan pakistan hamari shaan

  • Shuaib Azhar on June 21, 2009, 19:49 GMT

    Dear all, Congrats for such a great victory. Green Shirts outplayed SriLankans in all froms of game. Hats off to PAK team. n also THNX to all non pakistani ppl who were supporting Pakistan specially sum of my INDIAN frnds who were supporting pakistan wid passion.. also cant forget one of my Nepalese frnd who is DIE HARD fan of Green Shirts. thnx to ALL..LETS enjoy da moment of glory as ONE NATION...LONG LIVE PAKISTAN..:p

  • Ahad on June 21, 2009, 19:49 GMT

    C'mon!!!!!!!

    Pakistan Zindabad!!!!

    Congratulations boys!! Fantastic performance, great for the players, great for the country; seeing them and our country celebrate, amazing scenes.

  • Osman Ali Khairi on June 21, 2009, 19:48 GMT

    The BCCI politicised the game, the ICC twisted our arm and the whole world played and perfected the art of T20 cricket. Meanwhile, we sat at home, eventually sent 11 guys on a plane and became WORLD CHAMPIONS!!! Rationalize that! and lastly, to hell with the champions league!!

  • imran malik on June 21, 2009, 19:48 GMT

    Great victory , i think Sangakarra will regret his blunder fo bowling undan the 18th over. He had murali, sanath, malinga and jayasurya available.

  • paki on June 21, 2009, 19:48 GMT

    PAKISTANNN ZINDABADDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!

  • Shafiq on June 21, 2009, 19:48 GMT

    Alhumdulillah, we have won. Well done team pakistan---A through professional eam effort. The pain of 99 Lords and 2007 Johansberg is healed. Now we have to settle only few scores of WC against india. This is quite fitting to dedicate it to influential woolmer and the sufering people from US puppit's terrorism in pakistan. Thanks younis,malik, Afridi, Gul,razzaq, Akmal, Ajmal, Aamir, Misbah, Fawad, Shahzaib, Fawad all team pakistan....Thanks Coach aalam, Aaqib and trainer Dyson---Thanks woolmer and Lawson... i enjoyed with 2000 people in one small town, 'basti Lalarukh' in wah cantt. The guys are still celebratig with drums, horns, national songs, cars, it is everything. it is heartening to see the pleasure on the faces. Pakistan is proud of our heros, the best ambassadors of pakistan. a message to world, we are not terorists, we are sports loving...all attemts to make us isolate are not successful. The IPL and champions league without pakistan (two times finalist) looks a circus now.

  • Adeel on June 21, 2009, 19:48 GMT

    Now, we are confident that Pakistan can win the rather precious cricket world cup in 2007. It would have been great, as IK has recently suggested, that, this world be swaped by 2015 world cup. A sensible demand but Indian cricket board is unwilling for any compromise.

    I think, international cricket community should step in to make this swap happened. If countries like Australia, England, South Africa back IK's suggestion, this swap ca happen. Which is after all for cricket.

  • ishti on June 21, 2009, 19:47 GMT

    simply unpredictable,they deserve to be the champions.

  • Asim, Riyadh on June 21, 2009, 19:47 GMT

    Pakistan deserved to win as they defeated both the teams that were undefeatable throughout the tournament .... the day (against NZ) when they came to know about the right combination they have been unbeatable .... a very professional approach by the team !! .... congrats to all the Pakistani team and all the Pakistan supporters !!!

  • Haider Chamkani on June 21, 2009, 19:47 GMT

    Well done Pakistan and well done Afridi. You really made us proud. Its hard to express the feelings which i m having and which every other Pakistani will be having at the moment and in the coming days.

  • wanderer on June 21, 2009, 19:47 GMT

    Dil Dil Pakistan!! Jan Jan Pakistan! Cornered Tigers RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWR!!!

  • Osman Ali Khairi on June 21, 2009, 19:46 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad! WOOO HOOOOOOOOOO Here's to Mr. Woolmer and the boys. They played like true champions:) Lastly, my commiserations to the Sri Lankas. The lankans are our brothers and frankly, as far as I'm concerned, the only nation on this planet that I'd happily share the world champions tag with:) Thank You Afridi, Younis and the entire lot. Pakistan zindabad!! and oh, what a way to show the middle finger to the Modi's and the spineless Haroon Lorgats and the Vettoris. Wayta go Pakistan! You just can't kick us out. This is our game!

  • Adnan on June 21, 2009, 19:46 GMT

    What a great day for pakistan cricket, and what a impressive way to win world cup 20 20, hats off to pakistani team, they won heart of every pakistani today... We were champs and today we are again World Cup Winner... Pakistan Zindabad

  • khalid NZ on June 21, 2009, 19:46 GMT

    such a joy to have witnessed these beautiful moments of pakistan cricket, Afridi the hero of the nation, the breveness of a pathan has made the whole country proud, the first time in his career he has played an innings that every time he faced a ball there was no usual nervousness from the spectators but the belief that he is there to finish teh job and he did. history has repeated itself from khan to khan,,, dil dil pakistan

  • Zeshan Younus on June 21, 2009, 19:45 GMT

    Dil Dil Pakistan Jan Jan Pakistan

    I Love Pakistan and Pakistani Cricket Team.

  • Kamran Anjum on June 21, 2009, 19:45 GMT

    First of all thanks to ALLAH ALMIGHTY.

    Now World has to stand for the Champians

  • Umair on June 21, 2009, 19:45 GMT

    This is a well deserved victory for Pakistan.they really put up a great Show. I feel proud to be a pakistani now.There is absolutely no replica then being called the WORLD CHAMPIONS:) this victory is the answer to all the critics who alwayz find something to accuse Pakistan CRICKET. And we finally turned our fate our way this time.Other wise LORD's have very bad memories of ours.the 1999 world cup loss and the triangular series loss against australia.and AFRIDI will be new captain of T20;).He deserves it and this is the time that we should make a move.now there is no turning back.Time to let the world know that YES THIS IS PAKISTAN:)!

  • adnan on June 21, 2009, 19:44 GMT

    no...how come yonus can take retirement??

  • Jibran Khan on June 21, 2009, 19:44 GMT

    At last something to be happy about .......... the cricket world should know that Pakistan team is a power house ............ a team that can not be rolled over ............ It may not be too much for the people back home but it is something ........ this will bring a smile to the long faces, even if it is for a few moments a smile is a smile.

  • Suhail Chowdhary on June 21, 2009, 19:43 GMT

    i was at the game today and all i can say is....... Dil Dil Pakistan, Jaan Jaan Pakistan!!! a re-make on 92" Started slow and underdogs, Green and Blue in the Final again....Champions Of the World...Pakistan!!!

  • A on June 21, 2009, 19:41 GMT

    It was a beautiful experience to watch.

  • Kareem on June 21, 2009, 19:38 GMT

    Alhumdulillah he Rabil Alameen...true heroes..DIL DIL PAKISTAN...this one was for the nation...and for tha haters!!!

  • Hamdan Malik on June 21, 2009, 19:38 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan on their emphatic win. The celebrations are due to go on for a long time.

  • Enum on June 21, 2009, 19:33 GMT

    We are the champions! :D

    I salute the Pakistani cricket team who worked so hard for victory and the Pakistani supporters who prayed so hard for victory! Finally the aggrieved nation gets a reason to rejoice and celebrate. Thankyou Pakistan cricket team.

    P.s Afridi, you're a legend and you're our hero :D

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Aamir Ahmed on June 21, 2009, 19:33 GMT

    Move over 1992, 2009 has arrived!!! Ranatunga, De Silva, Kalu badshah...ur boys took one hell of a beating!!!

  • Ahmed Afridi on June 21, 2009, 19:32 GMT

    mechanical robots cant come over the fact that they couldn't win in spite of all that money in their system, all that discipline, planning and method, they couldn't win, South Africans, Aussies , British they don't have a clue as to how v do it, V do it cause v have more talent and passion for the game and they are just that mechanical, robots... Thanks to ALLAH for this glory and may ALLAH keep us unit..PAKISTAN paindabad

  • raj krishnan on June 21, 2009, 19:29 GMT

    great win. Congrats to Pak players and to all pakistanis. As correctly said, the unpredictableness has again surfaced and that's what was missing in the recent Pak teams. Jai Ho . Good luck to all . It time to enjoy this moment. best wishes for the future games.

  • Aziz Khan on June 21, 2009, 19:24 GMT

    This doesn't make either statistical or cricket sense, it only makes Pathan sense. I think it will take some time for us, Pakistanis, to come down from this "high". We can seriously say no one (even ourselves) gave us a chance, and once again we have astonish the world! Wouldn't be wonderful if we can take this same approach to building nation?

  • Muhammad Asif on June 21, 2009, 19:24 GMT

    Congratulations!!!

    Remember me dude, not able to find old canadian poster with his french mix. hey dude are you listening to me ;) Congratulations to you too.....

  • Ashar Siddiqui on June 21, 2009, 19:18 GMT

    I don't remember when was the last time I had tears in my eyes....I was so excited and so happy that this team has given so much joy to a 16M nation and at a time which couldn't be better than this. Pakistani team played like one Unit, they bowled well and then batted with the same zeal and dedication. This cup was much needed for Pakistan...it was much needed to bring back the smiles on the faces of every Pakistani which were lost for quite some years now.

    I am in England but I will hang a Pakistani flag outside my door.

    Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Shiraz on June 21, 2009, 19:13 GMT

    Just wanted to say thanks to the Pakistan cricket team. You have done us proud.

  • Ali Yasin on June 21, 2009, 19:13 GMT

    Congratulations to everyone. We are the world Champions!!!!

  • Rathore on June 21, 2009, 19:12 GMT

    Well done PAKISTAN, we fans r really PROUD of u guys.. Pakistan T20 2009 Champs.. :)

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  • Rathore on June 21, 2009, 19:12 GMT

    Well done PAKISTAN, we fans r really PROUD of u guys.. Pakistan T20 2009 Champs.. :)

  • Ali Yasin on June 21, 2009, 19:13 GMT

    Congratulations to everyone. We are the world Champions!!!!

  • Shiraz on June 21, 2009, 19:13 GMT

    Just wanted to say thanks to the Pakistan cricket team. You have done us proud.

  • Ashar Siddiqui on June 21, 2009, 19:18 GMT

    I don't remember when was the last time I had tears in my eyes....I was so excited and so happy that this team has given so much joy to a 16M nation and at a time which couldn't be better than this. Pakistani team played like one Unit, they bowled well and then batted with the same zeal and dedication. This cup was much needed for Pakistan...it was much needed to bring back the smiles on the faces of every Pakistani which were lost for quite some years now.

    I am in England but I will hang a Pakistani flag outside my door.

    Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Muhammad Asif on June 21, 2009, 19:24 GMT

    Congratulations!!!

    Remember me dude, not able to find old canadian poster with his french mix. hey dude are you listening to me ;) Congratulations to you too.....

  • Aziz Khan on June 21, 2009, 19:24 GMT

    This doesn't make either statistical or cricket sense, it only makes Pathan sense. I think it will take some time for us, Pakistanis, to come down from this "high". We can seriously say no one (even ourselves) gave us a chance, and once again we have astonish the world! Wouldn't be wonderful if we can take this same approach to building nation?

  • raj krishnan on June 21, 2009, 19:29 GMT

    great win. Congrats to Pak players and to all pakistanis. As correctly said, the unpredictableness has again surfaced and that's what was missing in the recent Pak teams. Jai Ho . Good luck to all . It time to enjoy this moment. best wishes for the future games.

  • Ahmed Afridi on June 21, 2009, 19:32 GMT

    mechanical robots cant come over the fact that they couldn't win in spite of all that money in their system, all that discipline, planning and method, they couldn't win, South Africans, Aussies , British they don't have a clue as to how v do it, V do it cause v have more talent and passion for the game and they are just that mechanical, robots... Thanks to ALLAH for this glory and may ALLAH keep us unit..PAKISTAN paindabad

  • Aamir Ahmed on June 21, 2009, 19:33 GMT

    Move over 1992, 2009 has arrived!!! Ranatunga, De Silva, Kalu badshah...ur boys took one hell of a beating!!!

  • Enum on June 21, 2009, 19:33 GMT

    We are the champions! :D

    I salute the Pakistani cricket team who worked so hard for victory and the Pakistani supporters who prayed so hard for victory! Finally the aggrieved nation gets a reason to rejoice and celebrate. Thankyou Pakistan cricket team.

    P.s Afridi, you're a legend and you're our hero :D

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD