Champions Trophy September 27, 2009

The Miandad effect

One major effect of a Miandad innings was that he would urge the best from his partners, coaching them throughout their stay in the middle
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As Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Yousuf built their unhurried partnership on Saturday, my mind went back to Javed Miandad sneaking singles at will during the middle overs. It is a discipline that he mastered and executed consistently as Pakistan built their reputation in one-day cricket in the 1980s and early 1990s. Now Mohammad Yousuf perfectly played the Miandad role in Pakistan's victory, and proved his critics wrong - including me - in the process.

Miandad's success was not simply down to his brilliance in the role. For his early career he was a dasher capable of throwing away his wicket with the adrenaline rush of over confidence. In later years, he banished recklessness from his repertoire. Moreover, he played the pivotal innings for Pakistan with the regularity of a metronome. One major effect of a Miandad innings was that he would urge the best from his partners, coaching them throughout their stay in the middle. He also did his best to upset the opposition.

Yousuf has the technique to fulfil this role for today's Pakistan. But upto now he has failed to deliver consistently when it has mattered. His match-winning partnership with Malik offers a glimpse of what he might be able to offer in this post-ICL stage of his career. If he can consistently make a difference in this way, allow others to play around him while he rotates the strike, he will turn his sharpest critics in his favour.

Pakistan have a beautifully balanced bowling attack that will make them competitive in almost any encounter. When the senior batsmen perform as they did against India, Younis Khan's dreams of lifting trophies become much more real.

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

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  • M. Ali on October 3, 2009, 5:48 GMT

    @ Sheraz Alam Whats wrong with umer gul and younis khan..i know umer gul threw some no balls against india but so did mohammed amir and rana naveed...i dont see you criticizing them. and i totally don't understand your hate reletionship with younis khan. what did he do wrong?

  • Sorcerer on October 2, 2009, 14:03 GMT

    Bouncer rules, flat tracks abounding, stronger bats, plethora of cricket leading to bowler fatigue, lbw rule and other measures to accommodate the batsmen, apart from the utter dross Zim and Bangla bowling have tilted the game in the last decade or so heavily in favor of the bstamen. The likes of Viv and Miandad never could benefit from these luxuries and despite that averaged over 50 in that era! This makes you realise how overhyped Tendulkar is. Pedro Collins toyed with him in Windies...now just imagine what would have Holding, Roberts, Marshall, Garner and Croft done with him!!! McGrath and De villiers tormented Sachin, and to me they are not as hostile bowlers as were the fearsome Windies brigade talked about.

    Miandad faced a torrential Windies attack and in his last couple of Series in WI returned with very decent returns. For consistency, nobody can touch Javed. Javed is one of the 2 cricketers ever to have averaged more than 50 right from very first Test innings all the way.

  • Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui on October 1, 2009, 12:02 GMT

    Javed Miandad is something beyond the world. We cannot locate his actual value as per statistic although his statistic is also mind blowing.

    At one occasion, Viv Richard said that if someone asked me that your life is only depend upon a inning of any test batsman, you will choose to whom. He simply answered one and only Miandad

    He not only scored by himself but also developed big partnerships with other players so that he always gave priority to his team instead of personal achievements although scoring 8832 runs in test cricket is very difficult. Pakistan did not get the test matches properly and on time.

    One more thing is that which normally people do not know that he played 11 test matches against Hadlee and lost he took his wicket only 4 times, it means Hadlee failed to take his wicket mostly times. His batting average was 80 against them.

    I think Hadlee is far better bowler than McGrath so I think comparision of Tendulkar is not possible with him, Miandad is better

  • Nadeem Mirza on October 1, 2009, 1:38 GMT

    Mr. Kamran, anxiosly waiting for your apologies on Yousuf. He gave you another blow by scoring highest against Aus. Miandad was one of the greatest players Pakistan has produced in the eighties. BUT Yousuf is not a slob himself. No comparison b/w the two. However, you might wanna check the following stats: Javed Miandad:

    Tests 124 189 21 8832 280* 52.57 23 43 ODIs 233 218 41 7381 119* 41.70 11014 67.01 8 50

    Mohammad Yousuf: Tests 82 140 12 7023 223 54.86 13305 52.78 24 29 ODIs 275 260 40 9450 141* 42.95 12531 75.41 15 63 * Yousuf's avg and SR is better than Miandad in both format. The above stats clearly shows that Yousuf is in the same league as Miandad. Mr. Kamran you would have been hanged had you call for his head, right? Miandad was a street smart and knew how to play psychological games. He was captaincy stuff, unfortunately not utilized because of the dirty poltics. Yousuf is very humble but stats clearly shows he belongs. So say sorry! or prove me wrong.

  • Junaid on October 1, 2009, 0:33 GMT

    Kamran, After your completely wrong analysis in last article you should have come back with an apology to great M Yousaf. But more than that I am surprised that you have not appreciated Malik at all. You are the first one to blame Malik, yousaf and misbah but now you trying to turn every ones attention to what miandad used to do in 80s.

  • Zeeshan Ahmed on September 30, 2009, 23:43 GMT

    Miandad average was always more than 50 which is not the case of others. Herbert Suctliff proved it but unable to score single double ton in test. Miandad scored six double tons. How can we compare him with others in term of consistency.

    As far as comparison of him with Miandad is concerned, I think please compare him with Lara and Ponting.

    Some one said Lara lost his wicket 15 times against Mc Grath but he played 24 test matches against him.

    Tendulkar played 9 test matches against him and against Warne 12 as compare to Lara 20 test matches against Warne. It means he faced weaker bowling attack of Australia mostly as compare to him although he is also excellent against them.

    I think he is no. 2 after Lara and Ponting no. 3. Lara defined all types of centuries with highest one 501 in first class Tendulkar unable to score even 250 runs in one inning in first class.

    Compare Master piece innings of Lara with him like his 400, 375, 277, 226 + 130 in same test and few others too.

  • Sal Ahmed on September 30, 2009, 21:04 GMT

    The loss to the Aussies shows just how much we miss Imran Nazir. He will never be the most technically correct batter out there but he can give the team a quick start which builds momentum and puts the opposition on the defensive. He is a must for the semis. My team for semis would be Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousef, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Rana Naveed, Mohammad Amer, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul. Asif did well but needs to take his time building up match fitness and speed. In a few games he should replace Rana but not for the Champions trophy.

  • M. Faruk on September 30, 2009, 20:05 GMT

    This blog caught my eyes because I was great fan of Javed Miandad and as time is passing new cricket fans are forgetting the innovation and style he brought in this game from late 70s to early 90s. Through cricinfo, I just want cricket fans to remember some of the records this great cricketer holds:

    1- Most fifties in consecutive innings in ODI (9 Fifties) 2- Played highest number of world cups (6) 3- Most runs in Test Cricket among players of Pakistan (8832 runs) 4- Most Double Centuries in Test Cricket among players of Pakistan (6 Double hundreds)

    In my opinion first two records are very difficult to break, specially second record of playing 6 world cups, is even difficult to match.

  • Sorcerer on September 30, 2009, 16:31 GMT

    Miandad's memorable six off the last ball to clinch the inaugural Australasia Cup '86 had a massively demoralising impact on the Indians who stayed in that stunned spell and Pak's domination for the next 17-odd years, as it took them victory in '03 WC final to step out of Pak's long shadows over their cricketers. In any case Australia vanquished India's hoped in the '03 WC final. Miandad was a fighter all the way and commanded absolute respect from some of his legendary contemporaries like Lloyd and Viv. His absolute antagonism of India on the cricket field was so obvious to see and he was the one who got onto Indian nerves ever so often and hurt like a thorn in the flesh. The way he handled and ridiculed Kiran More in the '92 WC match left commentators including Ian Chappell in stitches. Javed never was in awe of any opposition player - make no mistake about it, and rightly admoinished Shakoor Rana too not to tender a mutual apology to Gatting as the latter was the one out of order.

  • Saleem Sabir on September 29, 2009, 20:21 GMT

    The Way Indian Team is Playing i have a feeling that there Players are not interested in playing in tournaments where big money in not invloved.... the same players were superb in IPL but failed to qulaify in T20 world cup as a team..history repeating itself Tomorrow India will be Out of the tournament and next weeek you will see them all in top notch form playing in Champions League...! Shabaash India.....!

  • M. Ali on October 3, 2009, 5:48 GMT

    @ Sheraz Alam Whats wrong with umer gul and younis khan..i know umer gul threw some no balls against india but so did mohammed amir and rana naveed...i dont see you criticizing them. and i totally don't understand your hate reletionship with younis khan. what did he do wrong?

  • Sorcerer on October 2, 2009, 14:03 GMT

    Bouncer rules, flat tracks abounding, stronger bats, plethora of cricket leading to bowler fatigue, lbw rule and other measures to accommodate the batsmen, apart from the utter dross Zim and Bangla bowling have tilted the game in the last decade or so heavily in favor of the bstamen. The likes of Viv and Miandad never could benefit from these luxuries and despite that averaged over 50 in that era! This makes you realise how overhyped Tendulkar is. Pedro Collins toyed with him in Windies...now just imagine what would have Holding, Roberts, Marshall, Garner and Croft done with him!!! McGrath and De villiers tormented Sachin, and to me they are not as hostile bowlers as were the fearsome Windies brigade talked about.

    Miandad faced a torrential Windies attack and in his last couple of Series in WI returned with very decent returns. For consistency, nobody can touch Javed. Javed is one of the 2 cricketers ever to have averaged more than 50 right from very first Test innings all the way.

  • Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui on October 1, 2009, 12:02 GMT

    Javed Miandad is something beyond the world. We cannot locate his actual value as per statistic although his statistic is also mind blowing.

    At one occasion, Viv Richard said that if someone asked me that your life is only depend upon a inning of any test batsman, you will choose to whom. He simply answered one and only Miandad

    He not only scored by himself but also developed big partnerships with other players so that he always gave priority to his team instead of personal achievements although scoring 8832 runs in test cricket is very difficult. Pakistan did not get the test matches properly and on time.

    One more thing is that which normally people do not know that he played 11 test matches against Hadlee and lost he took his wicket only 4 times, it means Hadlee failed to take his wicket mostly times. His batting average was 80 against them.

    I think Hadlee is far better bowler than McGrath so I think comparision of Tendulkar is not possible with him, Miandad is better

  • Nadeem Mirza on October 1, 2009, 1:38 GMT

    Mr. Kamran, anxiosly waiting for your apologies on Yousuf. He gave you another blow by scoring highest against Aus. Miandad was one of the greatest players Pakistan has produced in the eighties. BUT Yousuf is not a slob himself. No comparison b/w the two. However, you might wanna check the following stats: Javed Miandad:

    Tests 124 189 21 8832 280* 52.57 23 43 ODIs 233 218 41 7381 119* 41.70 11014 67.01 8 50

    Mohammad Yousuf: Tests 82 140 12 7023 223 54.86 13305 52.78 24 29 ODIs 275 260 40 9450 141* 42.95 12531 75.41 15 63 * Yousuf's avg and SR is better than Miandad in both format. The above stats clearly shows that Yousuf is in the same league as Miandad. Mr. Kamran you would have been hanged had you call for his head, right? Miandad was a street smart and knew how to play psychological games. He was captaincy stuff, unfortunately not utilized because of the dirty poltics. Yousuf is very humble but stats clearly shows he belongs. So say sorry! or prove me wrong.

  • Junaid on October 1, 2009, 0:33 GMT

    Kamran, After your completely wrong analysis in last article you should have come back with an apology to great M Yousaf. But more than that I am surprised that you have not appreciated Malik at all. You are the first one to blame Malik, yousaf and misbah but now you trying to turn every ones attention to what miandad used to do in 80s.

  • Zeeshan Ahmed on September 30, 2009, 23:43 GMT

    Miandad average was always more than 50 which is not the case of others. Herbert Suctliff proved it but unable to score single double ton in test. Miandad scored six double tons. How can we compare him with others in term of consistency.

    As far as comparison of him with Miandad is concerned, I think please compare him with Lara and Ponting.

    Some one said Lara lost his wicket 15 times against Mc Grath but he played 24 test matches against him.

    Tendulkar played 9 test matches against him and against Warne 12 as compare to Lara 20 test matches against Warne. It means he faced weaker bowling attack of Australia mostly as compare to him although he is also excellent against them.

    I think he is no. 2 after Lara and Ponting no. 3. Lara defined all types of centuries with highest one 501 in first class Tendulkar unable to score even 250 runs in one inning in first class.

    Compare Master piece innings of Lara with him like his 400, 375, 277, 226 + 130 in same test and few others too.

  • Sal Ahmed on September 30, 2009, 21:04 GMT

    The loss to the Aussies shows just how much we miss Imran Nazir. He will never be the most technically correct batter out there but he can give the team a quick start which builds momentum and puts the opposition on the defensive. He is a must for the semis. My team for semis would be Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousef, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Rana Naveed, Mohammad Amer, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul. Asif did well but needs to take his time building up match fitness and speed. In a few games he should replace Rana but not for the Champions trophy.

  • M. Faruk on September 30, 2009, 20:05 GMT

    This blog caught my eyes because I was great fan of Javed Miandad and as time is passing new cricket fans are forgetting the innovation and style he brought in this game from late 70s to early 90s. Through cricinfo, I just want cricket fans to remember some of the records this great cricketer holds:

    1- Most fifties in consecutive innings in ODI (9 Fifties) 2- Played highest number of world cups (6) 3- Most runs in Test Cricket among players of Pakistan (8832 runs) 4- Most Double Centuries in Test Cricket among players of Pakistan (6 Double hundreds)

    In my opinion first two records are very difficult to break, specially second record of playing 6 world cups, is even difficult to match.

  • Sorcerer on September 30, 2009, 16:31 GMT

    Miandad's memorable six off the last ball to clinch the inaugural Australasia Cup '86 had a massively demoralising impact on the Indians who stayed in that stunned spell and Pak's domination for the next 17-odd years, as it took them victory in '03 WC final to step out of Pak's long shadows over their cricketers. In any case Australia vanquished India's hoped in the '03 WC final. Miandad was a fighter all the way and commanded absolute respect from some of his legendary contemporaries like Lloyd and Viv. His absolute antagonism of India on the cricket field was so obvious to see and he was the one who got onto Indian nerves ever so often and hurt like a thorn in the flesh. The way he handled and ridiculed Kiran More in the '92 WC match left commentators including Ian Chappell in stitches. Javed never was in awe of any opposition player - make no mistake about it, and rightly admoinished Shakoor Rana too not to tender a mutual apology to Gatting as the latter was the one out of order.

  • Saleem Sabir on September 29, 2009, 20:21 GMT

    The Way Indian Team is Playing i have a feeling that there Players are not interested in playing in tournaments where big money in not invloved.... the same players were superb in IPL but failed to qulaify in T20 world cup as a team..history repeating itself Tomorrow India will be Out of the tournament and next weeek you will see them all in top notch form playing in Champions League...! Shabaash India.....!

  • Sorcerer on September 29, 2009, 15:14 GMT

    @JK who called Miandad a flat track bully....

    Have a look below at your hero Tendulkar's record in Tests V SA and Pak - the two best bowling attacks of the world in his times. And don't even think of his record V Australia as he has been McGrath's bunny and has largely filled his boots playing against second-rate Aussie attacks with the exception of Warne:

    V Pak...1989-2007 18 27 2 1057 194* 42.28 2 v SA....1992-2008 20 36 2 1202 169 35.35 3

    In this era of batsmen's domination when quite a few have averages over 50, the above shows mediocrity of Tendulkar when he comes up against high quality attacks, nothing else. and we all know how he fizzled against a rank novice a few days ago when crunch time came.

    The proof is quite established. Take away his number of matches played V mighty Bangladesh and zabardast Zimbabwe, and his Test average would fall below Miandad's 52!

    Miandad averaged 52 in an era when only a few batsmen had averaghe sof over 50, unlike present times.

  • imran on September 29, 2009, 11:51 GMT

    Too many cograts already, it is still a long way beating india does not mean we have won the champion's trophy.

  • Moon Nizami on September 29, 2009, 8:06 GMT

    Ingight is quite detriment to our Cricket. It was a great relief that Yousuf and Malik hetherto dagger drawn patched up & played in great harmony

  • M Faruk on September 29, 2009, 2:35 GMT

    I think this is the first time in history, all indian cricket fans will be praying for the success of Pakistani team against Australia. With so many people praying, I hope God will accept their prayers :-). Pakistan should make an effort to pull India in semis by giving their hands of friendship by beating Australia by 105 runs so that a close win against West Indies will qualify India for semis. I am dying to see a Pak India final.

  • Kamran Qureshi on September 28, 2009, 22:15 GMT

    Yousaf,a class act.Watching him play is not only a treat but ectasy.I dont know Mr Abbasi could even come with this idea of dropping him.Yousaf did not deserve to be dropped in the first place which started the ICL spiral.I dont think I need to remind Mr Abbasi of Yousafs match saving or winning 40s,50s.Miandad was a great player and every players have their own attributes.Please dont creat controversies and comparison when not applicable.Mr Sheraz Alam forgot Umer Gul performance in T20 wc.He is our only bowler nominated for ICC Awards.Just because his one performance was a little off(thanks for the umpires who were severe on calling his no ball,replays clearly showed that)and as for the comments that the front should be way back,ask any genuine fast bowler you want to maximize that front stride without going over it.Our team is fine,they should not have dropped Misbah in the first place,now they are stuck whether to play Nazir or not.R.Naveed didnt leave any room for Asifs return.

  • Jahanzeb Dal on September 28, 2009, 22:00 GMT

    Two to three days coaching by Miandad before the start of champions trophy has paid off. The stay at wicket in the middle of the innings at crucial time reveals that our middle order has learned how to stay at wicket. Keeping in view the depth in batting we have, we can get this is our strength if we stay longer on wicket, instead of just only relying the strong bowling side. As in the down order we have pinch hitters those can hit after 40 overs , so the middle 30 overs need sensible batting following Javed Miandad proven style.

  • zahid on September 28, 2009, 21:46 GMT

    Sheraz Aslam,

    i am hearing a rumor that pakistan CB is planing on offering you a big post in pakistan cricket as you seem to know more then anyone. pakistan won T20 because of younus leadership and umar gul's bowling. younus is the best leader pakistan can have. he has brought the team togather and he has a vision for pakistan cricket. he is probably the most likable captain in the world and the guys is a fighter. you seems to be cholay wala younus was refering to in one of his interviews. cholay wala that seems to know more the our national crickers. you need to get a life and start making some sense.

  • Danish Khan on September 28, 2009, 21:12 GMT

    Kamran Bhai, please some analysis on the Australia v Pakistan match! Things have become rather interesting now, with the washout of Australia v India game.

    I would love your take on it!

    By the way, thanks for conceding your earlier claim about Yousaf. Really appreciate and respect that. He as well as Malik merit a likedness to Miandad at the back of that wonderful partnership.

    P.S. I really mean when I say I would love to read your analysis on the Australia v Pakistan game!

  • whyiswhynotwhy on September 28, 2009, 21:00 GMT

    The unsung heroes... Pakistan does best when underdogs... This game is inspiring a nation in need of inspiration.

  • MMHS on September 28, 2009, 20:45 GMT

    Not even Sir Richards could match Javed in his type of game (Let alone MY or ANYONE), hanging around & closing till final blast. He was a master of the ODI chase of his time. As a teenager, I watched some of the best ODI knocks from Javed. However, his approach to the game suited for 80s, when 250+ was rare & Javed could easily place for 70% singles @ 50% strike rate till closing. But, the way he anchored a young PAK batting for 10 years was incomparable PAK got IND off-guard & won this game. Apart from that partnership (& may be fielding) I can’t imagine any side beating current IND with such indisciplined display. MSD is a gambler, called his no. wrong by not playing Mishra & bringing Baji 10 overs late. PAK batting was brainless as usual (1st 3 men should see the replays & any major team would have passed 325, without the slog heaves in last PP) & with Sewag & Yuvi absent (& Dravid playing) bowlers could defend after bowling 7 no balls & giving @ least 1 boundary ball every over

  • Faisal on September 28, 2009, 20:27 GMT

    Pakistan has one of the best bowling attack.But against India , it looked like we still struggling how to utilize our Bowling attack. At one moment I thought we will lost this game. But thanks to Allah, Gautum Gambhir was run out.

  • gundroo on September 28, 2009, 18:52 GMT

    since pakistan has already qualified for semifinal,it may be considering to drop some key players for the next match and give a chance to few other players like asif and a new opener a chance.kamran akmal can still play but lower down the order.persevere with gul, see if he can find his rythem

  • Sorcerer on September 28, 2009, 18:06 GMT

    We have done it and done it in some fashion!

    What a turn of events that leaves the Indians completely at odds and flummoxed! India's fate in this prestigious event now rests in Pak's hands. Looking here and there but not in the mirror for reassurance, eh?

    In all fairness, I would love my rollicking team to edge past the Aussies as it would serve two purposes... a brighter chances in the final stages to lift second world trophy in successive events as Australia won't be there in the Final, but even more as it would open the way for yet another Pak thrashing of bruised and humiliated Indians in this tournament. Bring it on!!

    Then again though the lacklustre way Indian players are playing, they don't deserve any alms or largesse from Pak team...

  • Nadeem Mirza on September 28, 2009, 17:53 GMT

    Mr. Kamran- In your previous blog you were calling for Mohammad Yousuf's head. Now in this blog you are comparing him with great Miandad. What a difference? You sound like a kid with the new toy. Going extremes. Hope you come in your senses and write something more logical backed by facts and stats.

    I think you owe Mohammad Yousuf's fans a simple *apology*. Accepting that you were wrong is not enough. Because even novice cricketing fan like myself knew that you were wrong and even pointed that out to you in your previos blog. I don't know what you were high on?

    It would be interesting to hear from you *now* who should they be playing against Aussies.

  • Syed Jaffery on September 28, 2009, 17:38 GMT

    Pakistan has maintained his bowling strength in the last 20-25 years. Despite loosing bowlers of the calibre of Shoaib, Shabir and Asif due to different reasons they are still a great force in this department. However, their inconsistent nature comes from their batting. Rightnow Muhammad Yousuf is the only World class batsman in this side, others being merely hard hitters. If you compare it to other teams they have atleast three solid batsman in their eleven. Winning couple of matches here and there does not prove anything. Despite South Africa's departure in this tournament It is still very difficult for teams like Pakistan or Newzealand to beat them in a one day series contest. That is why it is utmost important for us to build a good batting side by grooming younsters like Umer Akmal and Fawad under the guidence of Yousuf. Afridi and Younis are great performers but to remove the tag of unpredictable or inconsistant our young batsman must learn Kallis, Dravid and Ponting Techniques.

  • shahid on September 28, 2009, 17:32 GMT

    i am not a big fan of yousaf but i understand his importance in this team in both forms of the game if you look carefully we destroyed our own cricket team after 2003 cup but focring idols to retire altogather and the result is we are no where in the next six to seven years of international cricket.we should not repeat same mistakes with inzimam gone and younis hardly a reliable one day batsman, yousaf is a calm figure and he was defiantley the reason why shoaib was calm otherwise i can think of shoaib playing with shahid afridi and going for a big one early on in his innings.We really yousaf in the long run till 2011 W.C and then we can slowly replace him , remember 'slowly'.his fielding is not great but what about the other 10 guys on the field i cant think of too many better than him apart from couple of them..... i hope ten great fielders can coverup a mediocre one out there,but i am afraid none of them are international class and so is yousaf,coach should be fired ,so many no ball

  • syed on September 28, 2009, 16:36 GMT

    JK, WI vs pak in particular and most of the ODIs use to be low scoring affairs in Miandad playing days. You also need to analyze his contribution in the matches and to the team. Just read what opposition fans are saying about him.

  • Ibraheem Khan on September 28, 2009, 12:43 GMT

    Just like when a player is dropped after he fails to perform, a crictic or the so-called expert should stop making opinions. Its easy to crictize and alot easier to eat your own words. Anyways kamran I still cant comprehend (from your previous post ) to play a regular opener when that player has a poor technique and fails more than often. I am waiting for your u-turn on that too !

  • mushtaq ahmad on September 28, 2009, 10:16 GMT

    wel done pak....let the nxt time imran nazir prove hs critics wrong...let india loze 2day and aasif playing the nxt game

  • Fahad xx on September 28, 2009, 9:51 GMT

    If imran nazir wants to progress in ODI's then he will have to be a little more technically correct, pulling a ball thats waist hight and outside the off stump just shoes poor shot selection.

    perhaps we should try mohammad asif against australia and give umar gul a rest and see what happens.

  • Cric_fanatic on September 28, 2009, 8:21 GMT

    @Ahsan at September 27, 2009 2:09 PM Isn't it so much better to have sex after a victory than before a loss?

    LOL .... Too Good Adnan.. one of the funniest lines i have ever read.. what say Gary Kirsten...

  • Ramesh on September 28, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan for an excellent performance. I'm a true India supporter and do feel sorry for India's loss. But, I must give it to Pakistan for having played like a unit of excellent performers and not stars.Younis Khan is a polite man with a good cricketing brain. He led his team admirably well despite odds. I hope India beats Australia and West Indies to go into the semi-finals. The other team that could produce shock results is New Zealand. Another hard-working teams with good performers and no stars.

  • Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui on September 28, 2009, 7:25 GMT

    No doubt, we played very well just like one unit. Even in the presensce of giant names Tendulkar, Dravid, Gambhir and Dhoni, we won the match. Thanks for Shoaib showing his ability to score big knock again. Also Afridi is proving an asset for our team.

    I think Miandad is one of the best batsman the cricket ever produced. Reason is that his average was always more than 50 in test cricket. He has an ability to score big scores like 280 not out, 260 against England in England.

    I think he had the best match winning ability. Even if he scored 50 runs in one day, score board automatically moved to 150 or more. He tried to build partnerships. This was his main beauty of his cricket. Also his useful suggestions to captain made team strong. Pakistan has won 22-25 titles in different one day tournaments yet now due to Imran Khan, Miandad, Wasim and Waqar and many others. We are the best in Asian region in term of titles winning in One day.

  • Tawqeer on September 28, 2009, 6:59 GMT

    Kamran baie you are such a good writer about Pakistan cricket, I really failed to understand how you wrote M Yousuf off so easily. The man has more than 44 average in ODI and his record in test cricket is unbelievable. He has played number of match wining innings for Pakistan. His ability to built partnerships and milk the bowling is just outstanding. He is such a gifted player. Yes you truly owe a big apology to M Yousuf. I have no doubt he is the best batsman in Pakistan and surly one of the best in world.

  • Jawaid Nazir on September 28, 2009, 4:56 GMT

    Yousuf and Malik played sensible inning like miandad but miadad is miadad nobody can fill his place. He is lagend.

  • Salman Riaz on September 28, 2009, 3:25 GMT

    All credit to /yousuf for his superb inings. We should all join hands to appreciate this real unsung hero who alongwith /inzi and miandad is one of the greatest batsman produced by Pakistan.

    Mr Abbassi I have few suggestions: 1. Misbah should open with Kamran Akmal as he is very technically correct and on the otherhand has the ability to play big shots. Unfortunately Nazir doesnot have or possibly will have the technique to play at the top of the order. Misbah is too good a batsman not to be utilised he just needs to play himself in and he surely can do that at the top of the order. I hope you can discuss that or bring this suggestion (if u like to the higher ups in the team). I would have loved to see Inzi at the top of the order in ODI's too because I believe he had more potential than Tendulkar.

    2. Razzaq should be selected for any ODI team till he chooses to retire, we should not waste him and hope he doesnot self destruct him again.

    Salman Riaz

  • Javed Zarif Canada on September 28, 2009, 2:58 GMT

    What a good analogy. Yousuf is not like Miandad but in this match, he was. This is how 50/50 should be played & Mindad invented that art of building the innings gradually . I have always stressed that cricket is a specialist's game & All-rounders are those who can win a match in either capacity. The likes of Imran & Kapil Dev & of course some others. Packing the team with half baked bowlers who could bat a bit & vise versa hardly ever helps. India lost the game when Kholi came to bowl and Shoaib and Yusuf were able to break the shackles. I am not surprised that they will play the 5 bowlers in the next match. Overall, brilliant stuff from pakistan, they really handled the pressure well. It would be totally unfair not to mention Saeed Ajmal, who to my mind, was the bowling hero on Pakistan's side. In the next matches pakistan should really work on the no balls &again bring the specialists in, the specilist OPENERS and give them some time to settle. Love 2 Pak & the game of cric

  • Masuud on September 28, 2009, 1:12 GMT

    Its fitting to see you applauding Yousuf's innings since your last article was a huge disappointment regarding him (Though the first 2 paragraphs of that article were true to the core).

    Apart from not mentioning Malik's great knock and Pakistan's amazing team effort, its time you realized that Yousuf has played numerous match winning innings in the pre-ICL era as well, both in the ODIs and the tests. You don't need to be reminded of those I believe par you do need to realize that being neutral on all players might be the best approach you could take in your post-match analysis. Anyways, cheers to the lads for playing their heart out for one of the most cherished victories in recent times!

    Pakistan Zindabad!

  • ARSHAD HUSSAIN -BRISBANE -AUSTRALIA on September 28, 2009, 1:00 GMT

    congratulations to every pakistani on a fantastic win guys -please do not get carried away with just one fantastic performance from m yousuf- in the last post i was the only one who left him out my team not because of any animosity against him but because of his last 10 innings so i am with kamran abbasi on this one -may be m yousuf reads his blog. today i am one of the happiest guys around because pakistan won and yousuf one of my favorite players played a pivotal role in it Cricket is all about statistics and how good you have been in the last 5-10 innings -i feel relieved that m yousuf is firing again it is a good sign for pakistan . so please enjoy this moment and stop pointing fingers at people who opposed m yousuf -we will love him dearly if he performs and criticize him when he fails,this is the nature of this game good luck pakistan -this could be your moment with a little more discipline in fielding and bowling we could be there .

  • Maliha Khattak on September 27, 2009, 23:48 GMT

    What does Miandad have to do with a brilliant innings from Shoaib Malik and a good supporting knock from Yousef? Kamran Abbasi...your love for Younis Khan seems to blind you on giving credit where it is due. You have been against Malik and Yousef since day one, calling for their removal. Who would take their place? You? Ha. Both Malik and Yousef are great players who shut up people like you who talk without thinking first. As for your pathetic attempt to detract from Malik and Yousef's performance by talking about Miandad and your idol Younis Khan's 'dreams'...all I have to say is get a life. Who gave you this job anyway?

  • JK on September 27, 2009, 23:38 GMT

    Miandad a great flat track bully.for proof the following is his stat against better bowling side of his era: opposition duration MatchesTotal High average centuries

    Test Match west Indies 1977-1993 16 834 114 29.78 2

    in Australia 1976-1990 16 1028 131 38.07 2

    One day

    WI 1975-1993 64 1930 100* 33.85 1 Australia 1979-1993 35 1019 74* 33.96 0

  • Khalidkk on September 27, 2009, 22:33 GMT

    I hope they do not make any changes to this team for the next match. Imran Nazir will come good as do all our players after a few failed innings (Yousuf's innings a case in point) and what better time to come good than against Australia. Great victory!!! Jeay Yousuf Jeay team Sada Jeay Pakistan, IA.

  • sher e pak on September 27, 2009, 22:20 GMT

    pakistan is useless team even they beated india they will fail like schoolboys against australia they will never become a great team like austrealia did consistently for fifteen years

  • shahzad on September 27, 2009, 21:41 GMT

    MR KAMRAN. I think it is too early to compare that knock of yousuf with the legend miandad. We put huge amount of pressure on our players when doing that. So please refrain from this and let's hope that Pakistan consistently shows up good performance like that in future too. We have a history of winning one or two matches and loosing others cheaply because we put too much pressure on our good batsmen and bowlers.

  • Jamila Khan on September 27, 2009, 21:18 GMT

    Kamran, your bias against Shoaib Malik continues to get more obvious by the day. As a Pakistan supporter, I normally try to avoid reading your pointless biased views, however I was curious to see whether you would be professional enough to acknowledge a brilliant knock by Shoaib Malik, a match winning knock. And much to my expectations, you proved true to your reputation by writing about Yousef and Javed Miandad. The fact that cricinfo still considers you a balanced reporter is appalling.

  • Irfan Yousef on September 27, 2009, 20:41 GMT

    Thank God for...Pakistan. Miandad was the best batsman of his era! Yousuf is the best batsman of this era! Umar Gul the best bowler of this era! Waqar the best bowler of his era! Wasim the best bowler ever! Imran Khan for President! Pakistan is the best ODI team ever assembled!

  • hassan on September 27, 2009, 20:06 GMT

    gul is out of form, asif should be given a chance to open the bowling with amir against aussies

  • Faisal on September 27, 2009, 19:49 GMT

    Good match. Need Yousuf to do more of these consistently if he wants to remove the stain of a 'soft player'. Hope he continues this when Brett Lee is steaming in at 150 clicks

  • Waqas on September 27, 2009, 19:26 GMT

    Great to see how Pakistan defeated India, who were hoping that no country would play or tour to Pakistan! India can try or do what ever they want to, but we will always strike back! Long Live Pakistan!

  • Muhammad Noman on September 27, 2009, 19:15 GMT

    The way Yousaf Pathan got out, showed the mastery of Younis Khan's captaincy and planning that lacked in past. Overall performance was great yesterday. Umar Gul was out of touch yesterday, that happens but the lack of discipline in bowling should be improved. Ravi Shastri was correct in saying that the runs scored of free hits shall also be included in extras somehow. This can cost us if we make it into semi final and final. Also Shoaib Malik was right in saying that if out batting clicks, we can win the cup.

  • Pakfan on September 27, 2009, 18:57 GMT

    congratulations all pakistan, i read in papers Karachi was dead town while the game was going on. MOYO was great, we forget often how many times Moyo n Inzi saved us matches when others failed. Another thing which all the post match articles didnt describe was MoYo's fielding. I thought he was great field too, saw him diving to stop some hard hits ant that catch off RP Singh was not an easy one. Drop Gul,n play Asif against AU. Keep Nazir, Brett Lee is off form n Nazir will come handy. Congrates again n lets celebrate together as onePakistan

  • NIDO on September 27, 2009, 18:45 GMT

    A good performance by batting and fielding side from Pakistan. Bowling was a mess (with all no balls and free hits), especially by Gul (where the hell are those yorks man). Younus showed "strange" sort of confidence on Gul, which might have caused Pakistan the match. Run outs saved the match in the end. Overall the temperament and self belief is what helped Pakistan win. Thank You and Best of Luck.

  • Syed Ahmed Jamal on September 27, 2009, 18:43 GMT

    Hi Kamran Bhai: Pakistan should never have discontinued Miandad's services as a coach. Maybe he should be reappointed. Also, I attribute Pakistan's victory to Yunis Khan's bold decision to play with an injury- thus throwing a challenge to his seniors and other players to deliver. We played aggressive and we won. All the way!!! PAKISTAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Khalil on September 27, 2009, 18:40 GMT

    Miandad was tactical finisher of the game.His calculations & calmness alongwith good running between the wicket was the key to his success in ODI,s. Yousaf is a class act of his own, no comparison with Miandad but a poor finisher of the game.

  • umairn on September 27, 2009, 18:07 GMT

    Very well played to Yousuf and Shoaib, and Yousuf certainly made me eat my words!! Let's just hope that this can be the start of a consistent middle order for Pakistan. Pakistan ZINDABAD!!!

  • Sridharan on September 27, 2009, 18:06 GMT

    As an Indian supporter, I can distinctly recollect the sheer despair I felt as a supporter of the Indian team when Miandad was out in the middle. Although I can't honestly claim to have any other recollections of Miandad (I was still in school when he retired), I imagine he must have been a legend. Every side needs a spirited and fiesty guy like (I imagine) he was.

  • aziz south african on September 27, 2009, 17:56 GMT

    The best I have ever seen of two batsmen working in tandem with one another. A class act from Malik and Yusuf and a lesson for younger players to follow. The shot selection, especiaaly the square drives and cuts were a joy to behold if one truly appreciates orthodox batting.This was a simple yet silently brutal assault on the Indian team. Pakistan have shown great character and I congratulate them for a great performance. Indians should be thankful for the no ball gifts handed to them by Pak bowlers which gave them close to 35 extra runs.

  • hbk on September 27, 2009, 17:23 GMT

    The whole Pakistan nation should be proud of Yousuf's and Malik's efforts. Indian team needed a lesson to make them realize not too carried away with their recent successes, one day cricket is all about you perform that special day in the field.Good luck Pakistan for the rest of matches!!

  • Mirza on September 27, 2009, 16:29 GMT

    I am looking for some Mr Philips. Well Philips, didnt I tell you. Sane heads show caution when giving firm statements about Pakistan team.

    To the boys...well done guys...I always felt we have talent both on the ground and in the pipeline and it would never sieze coming. I keenly look forward to guys like sheryar ghani/ Ahmed Shehzad/ (and u never know who) to show up on international level soon.So get more self belief and for once try to get on top and remain there for s while. Best of luck for the future guys. Congrats to the Nation. Salute...

  • Salman on September 27, 2009, 16:23 GMT

    Great performance. Two things won us this game..Afridi and Ajmal bowled beautifully and better than Indian spinners. Yousaf and Shoaib batted better than their Indian counterparts. A smooth, and silky performance... deadly and silent..compared to the crashing and bludgeoning the Indian left handers dished out. Rahul Dravid alone looked the part for India. Truly a win that has lifted the spirits and heads of all Pakistanis and Pakistani Fans..against a depleted Indian side. Keep up the good work....Pakistan Team. BTW to all those against Mohammad Asif..every one in life deserves a break...I think if we can give Shoaib Akhtar so many breaks..why not give one to Asif? I say play him against Australia, and let Gully or one of the others rest.

  • Raghuraman R on September 27, 2009, 16:12 GMT

    In some sense, India and Pakistan are similar in 'respect' for great players or lack of it within the team itself. One of the key or principal figures in Pakistan's win at tournaments in early days was ONLY due to Javed Miandad. Not many Indians would forget the 'last ball' six at Sharjah, the ghost of which is still to be exorcised :o At the same time, Miandad was gracious enough to offer tips to Indian batsmen, going as far as England, when Indian batsmen were going through a rough patch, to put it mildly.

  • Faridoon on September 27, 2009, 16:00 GMT

    For the last group game with the Aussies, I'd like to see Imran Nazir out and Misbah back in. The Akmal brothers can open the batting. Only loss will be Nazir's fielding.

    Maybe Asif can also be given a game...

  • M. Y. Kasim on September 27, 2009, 15:59 GMT

    One win does not make them "world champions." There is a long, tough road ahead. They have to continue the good work and improve and remove every shotcomings. Umer Gul is not a new ball bowler. He should not be rushed before the ball is atleast 20 overs old. Now that Mohammad Asif is there, he should be included against Aussies to further stengthen the bowling attack and one of the non-performing batsman should be dropped. Australian bowling is not that threatening and our batting could(minus one batsman) handle it. It is their batting that has to be contained and for that, you need extra fire power.

  • eddy on September 27, 2009, 15:52 GMT

    Ah, Javed Miandad - what a batsman he was in 80s and what an overall cricketer. We would say, If Miandad was at the crease Pakistan had a chance no matter how bad the situation was on the field. Thanks for bringing the memories of past true hero of Pakistan

  • Indian on September 27, 2009, 14:44 GMT

    Kamran, You are right. This indeed reminded me of Miandad. The guy had uncanny knack of stealing singles and keeping his head cool while the asking rates was climbing. Pakistan's 80s-90s victories are usually attributed to other individuals and may be Miandad's importance is still undervalued. Miandad to me was the only person in the whole cricketing world that understood one-day cricket. Yousuf indeed played like him yesterday. But, I would still want to see him repeat this atleast 10 times before I start comparing him to Miandad. I, as an ardent Indian cricket fan would love to see a strong Pakistan outfit. Believe me it's no fun beauting Pakistan when they are not 100%. I would also attribute yesterday's victory of Pakistan to slew of blunders that their Indian counter parts showed (bowing, batting, fielding). Raina got a tough one, but indeed Pakistan deserved to win at the end of the day. I'd leave Aamer out for next match with India. SRT won't leave him :-)

  • Shahid on September 27, 2009, 14:28 GMT

    Miandad used to milk singles frequently and caused irritations to the opposition players. Yousef did a good job yesterday but Miandad was altogether a different chracter. Regarding yesterdays match, I will say you can't shower praises on whole Pakistani team. Shoaib and Yousef did whole of the job with no other contributers. Afridi and Umar could have taken us to 330 but they along with Rana failed to add something. Imran, Akmal and younis as for a long time failed again. Umar is doing what Sohail Tanveer did after some success. and in Umars case it wasn't different in Srilanka either. He took three wicket in WI match but then on that wicket against that team Salim Altaf would not have done differently even in this age. Its only Aamer and the two spinners who did perform to their potential. Its getting obvious that Umar Gul and Imran Nazir are become T20 players only and here in CT Pakistan needs to try Asif in match against Australia.

  • cricket_lover on September 27, 2009, 14:24 GMT

    i would like to say althought we won the match still i am not happy with the performance of seamers who had almost helped india to win the match by providing so many no balls / free hits and they scored heavily on no balls as compared to indians they have not given any free hits to pakistanis when pakistan loses the match they blames the batsman and today the seam bowling was bad just becoze of extra runs that they gave to india otherwise india would have lost this match very comfortably and there would have no ups and downs in this match it would be just one sided match.....I can say this these ppls only play for their country and do hard work when they have problems and ultimations for survival for their place in the team ,, we can see clearly youngsters do more hardworking when they are new and perform well and the senios whose places are set dont damn care whether they win or lost they dont play for the team.there should be rule whoever dont plays well should be out/in when in form

  • Ahsan on September 27, 2009, 14:09 GMT

    Isn't it so much better to have sex after a victory than before a loss?

  • Mohammad on September 27, 2009, 14:01 GMT

    First of all, congrats Pakistan and to all of my Pakistani brothers; aswell as saying thank you to India for putting up a good fight and giving us an entertaining match. Also on the topic of our batsmen, I would like to say that I think that Younis chose the BEST Pakistan team possible, and that no one should be omitted for the Australia match (not even Imran Nazir). The reason I am saying this is beacause just like how Malik and Yousuf showed us their talent after months of being critisized, maybe Imran Nazir will show us the explosive, match-changing batsmen he is later on. If Pakistan win against Australia, it would be quite amusing, as Pakistan is known as being the most inconsistent team, but clinching this win, would mean that they have won all 3 games. I have 100% confidence that Pakistan can beat Australia because India is better than Australia, and also Australia was struggling in their previous match. I know that Gul will bounce back, as YK can give confidence to any player.

  • Nadeem Mirza on September 27, 2009, 13:21 GMT

    Mr. Kamran, here you again. You call yourself a sharpest critic of Mohammad Yousuf? Now come clean and tell all of us without hiding behind Miandad that should Yousuf be in the ODI team or not? If you woke up from the night mare, let me remind you that Mohammad Yousuf laid the foundation for this Pak victory and shepard Malik to score century. What an inning, hmmm? and what about that catch he took? Any comment, pls?

    Your this blog/article is as rediculus as your previous ones. I am not sure why the reputable site like cricinfo has space for you. Please don't quit your day job, at least you admit that you were proven wrong. I can sense by your previous blogs that this not the first or last time you were proven wrong. I am sure Pak teens have better cricketing sense than you have. Next time before calling for anyones head, do your home work and at least look at the stats not somebodys appearance.

  • Feroz Sharief on September 27, 2009, 13:00 GMT

    Congratulations to Pak Team, a job well done. But something should be done at top order of batting I mean look the way Imran Nazir, Kamran & Younis gave away their wickets after getting a decent starts, when you score 15-20 runs u should not gift ur wicket by playing reckless shots like Kamran but rather should take ur innings to 50 & more. Had Pak lost another wicket at that stage the results would have been different altogether. Plus Pak benefitted more on Dhoni's wrong decisions: 1. Not bringing Harbhajan earlier & 2. Not sending Suresh Raina in place of Virat Kohli.

  • omar hussain on September 27, 2009, 12:58 GMT

    Mubarakbad to Pakistanis all over the world!Whatever happens next this match has made our day for the whole year.Yousuf has always been a quality player and it is a welcome break for the team that he has realised his role in ODIs.A pity Afridi didn't click or Umar Akmal but Malik played like seasoned player.Well done and pray keep it up!I am not glad about Gul being slogged around like that...wonder where his ace yorkers have gone?He must control his line and avoid overstepping.Younis should not have persisted with him as he did.Time to give Asif a try?I wish the boys the best and i am sure they will built on this victory.Thank you very much boys.Jeetay raho!

  • Saleem sabir on September 27, 2009, 12:15 GMT

    kamran Bhai first of all you Owe an Oppology to Mohammad Yousaf the way he batted yesterday proved you were not only wrong in Completely writing him off but you almost insulted him... Now Comming to the match yesterday some serious thinking has to be done about the Fast Bowlers performance specially Omar Gull bowling so many no balls and not learning how to bowl a free hit bowl after being hit 2-3 times for boundaries is not a mistake but a crime in this tournamanet if we were not lucky in getting gambhir run out the history would be different....! Omar Gull should be Out and Asif in for the next match let his feet come back to the ground and make him practise his run up in the nets for the next few weeks....!

  • KJ on September 27, 2009, 12:06 GMT

    I hope the nonsense some people were propagating that Yousuf should be left out and Nazir kept in has died a sensible death. True, if Nazir gets real lucky he can slog runs but a good cricket team cannot be built on luck. Ysterday's game proved that you do not need to bludgeon your way at the top of the innings. A good solid base, perhaps with Fawad Alam and K Akmal will allow quality batmen to milk and score rapidly in the last 20 overs.

  • From Manila on September 27, 2009, 11:59 GMT

    I told you sir, you can not just wake up and call for the head. He needs to stay in the team until there is someone who can replace him and I dont see anyone doing that in near future. I remember someone pointing out his poor fielding, what do you think of his catch and other efforts throughout Indian batting. Pakistan, pleasantly picked up the most balanced team available with the exception of Imran Nazir who has completely lost his 50 overs mentality. I love the era when Miandad and Raja used to milk the runs and allow likes of Imran, Elahi and others to cut lose in the last 10-12 overs. Just also wanted to point out that Gul was not at his best yesterday and YK insisted on using/over using him which might have effected his confidence, I hope not. I also hope that we take Australia match seriously and treat it as final. Bring it on.....

  • Ahmed Faran on September 27, 2009, 11:58 GMT

    Thanx God! everyone is praising Yousuf now! i never had a doubt on his God gifted abilities.he is the most beautiful stroke maker of today cricket.we should never underestimate this giant of Pakistani cricket.

  • Ashar Siddiqui on September 27, 2009, 11:57 GMT

    I am quite amused and satisfied the way our team played yesterday. It was a show of class, zeal and discipline in batting and fielding while the bowling could have been better had they not given too many no balls. Overall, I think they played as one team and were hungry for a win. I have high hopes for this team now, but, even if they don't win Champions Trophy from here onwards, they have already won trophy for me after this match!

  • Sheraz Alam on September 27, 2009, 11:49 GMT

    Just to complete my views on younas and GUL....Since T20 WC final, Umer Gul is rubbish..yes Rusbbish...Does he know something called yorker....No balls and the free balls at batsmen will...Almost cost us the match single handedly....that fumbling catch and throw perhaps saved some honor. I ve never been a fan of younas captaincy on the field....He almost cost us the Semi final against SA, when he gave over to fawad alam against KAllis...today his handling of bowlers especially umer gul could have lost this game......Raina and ghambir murdered us once again...We never bowl well traditionally to left handers....I hope after this performance the coach has something to say to GUL and Younas rather then sitting with his taund after eating Khad and paya.

  • Shaiq on September 27, 2009, 11:44 GMT

    So, look what has happened to paper No 1 in the world....pakistan thrashed them by 54 rns.... All those hoping 5 wickets from harbhajan, plz must appreciate his best performanc against pak today, 10 overs costing 71 runs, and a last ball friendship gift fron malik -:)

    now i just want malik critics to appreciate the talented decent guy....what a match winner malik..

    An another slap on face to those who mix sports with politics... No one can marginalise pakistan cricket...

    What the champions league will be without the real champions.... The club league....Indian political league! or Indian p---y League -:)

  • Sheraz Alam on September 27, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    AOA, & Congrats to all the PAkistan. Yes, we ve done it. A few posts ago when everyone was demanding the axing of the trio ( Yousaf, Malik and Misbah) I opposed these views and Today again self-destructing Imran proved me right once again that why he should not be in the team. I feel more of the spotlight is like always on Yousaf and dew credit is again not given to Shoaib Malik. I can now safely suggest that Mailk is one of the most resilient and mentally tough cricketer we have today. I mentioned in the last post that it is not the skill but your passion, confidence and mindset that counts in IND vs PAK. Cool headed Shoaib showed this ( Learn Imran). Salute to him, the way he answered his critics. He said before coming to SA that he is ready and what a time to rescue the team. No one can argue on the enormous pressure of this encounter after what India has done to PAK in last year or so. Just last word...Wut the hell Umer GUL and Younas Khan were doing?..cntd

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  • Sheraz Alam on September 27, 2009, 11:41 GMT

    AOA, & Congrats to all the PAkistan. Yes, we ve done it. A few posts ago when everyone was demanding the axing of the trio ( Yousaf, Malik and Misbah) I opposed these views and Today again self-destructing Imran proved me right once again that why he should not be in the team. I feel more of the spotlight is like always on Yousaf and dew credit is again not given to Shoaib Malik. I can now safely suggest that Mailk is one of the most resilient and mentally tough cricketer we have today. I mentioned in the last post that it is not the skill but your passion, confidence and mindset that counts in IND vs PAK. Cool headed Shoaib showed this ( Learn Imran). Salute to him, the way he answered his critics. He said before coming to SA that he is ready and what a time to rescue the team. No one can argue on the enormous pressure of this encounter after what India has done to PAK in last year or so. Just last word...Wut the hell Umer GUL and Younas Khan were doing?..cntd

  • Shaiq on September 27, 2009, 11:44 GMT

    So, look what has happened to paper No 1 in the world....pakistan thrashed them by 54 rns.... All those hoping 5 wickets from harbhajan, plz must appreciate his best performanc against pak today, 10 overs costing 71 runs, and a last ball friendship gift fron malik -:)

    now i just want malik critics to appreciate the talented decent guy....what a match winner malik..

    An another slap on face to those who mix sports with politics... No one can marginalise pakistan cricket...

    What the champions league will be without the real champions.... The club league....Indian political league! or Indian p---y League -:)

  • Sheraz Alam on September 27, 2009, 11:49 GMT

    Just to complete my views on younas and GUL....Since T20 WC final, Umer Gul is rubbish..yes Rusbbish...Does he know something called yorker....No balls and the free balls at batsmen will...Almost cost us the match single handedly....that fumbling catch and throw perhaps saved some honor. I ve never been a fan of younas captaincy on the field....He almost cost us the Semi final against SA, when he gave over to fawad alam against KAllis...today his handling of bowlers especially umer gul could have lost this game......Raina and ghambir murdered us once again...We never bowl well traditionally to left handers....I hope after this performance the coach has something to say to GUL and Younas rather then sitting with his taund after eating Khad and paya.

  • Ashar Siddiqui on September 27, 2009, 11:57 GMT

    I am quite amused and satisfied the way our team played yesterday. It was a show of class, zeal and discipline in batting and fielding while the bowling could have been better had they not given too many no balls. Overall, I think they played as one team and were hungry for a win. I have high hopes for this team now, but, even if they don't win Champions Trophy from here onwards, they have already won trophy for me after this match!

  • Ahmed Faran on September 27, 2009, 11:58 GMT

    Thanx God! everyone is praising Yousuf now! i never had a doubt on his God gifted abilities.he is the most beautiful stroke maker of today cricket.we should never underestimate this giant of Pakistani cricket.

  • From Manila on September 27, 2009, 11:59 GMT

    I told you sir, you can not just wake up and call for the head. He needs to stay in the team until there is someone who can replace him and I dont see anyone doing that in near future. I remember someone pointing out his poor fielding, what do you think of his catch and other efforts throughout Indian batting. Pakistan, pleasantly picked up the most balanced team available with the exception of Imran Nazir who has completely lost his 50 overs mentality. I love the era when Miandad and Raja used to milk the runs and allow likes of Imran, Elahi and others to cut lose in the last 10-12 overs. Just also wanted to point out that Gul was not at his best yesterday and YK insisted on using/over using him which might have effected his confidence, I hope not. I also hope that we take Australia match seriously and treat it as final. Bring it on.....

  • KJ on September 27, 2009, 12:06 GMT

    I hope the nonsense some people were propagating that Yousuf should be left out and Nazir kept in has died a sensible death. True, if Nazir gets real lucky he can slog runs but a good cricket team cannot be built on luck. Ysterday's game proved that you do not need to bludgeon your way at the top of the innings. A good solid base, perhaps with Fawad Alam and K Akmal will allow quality batmen to milk and score rapidly in the last 20 overs.

  • Saleem sabir on September 27, 2009, 12:15 GMT

    kamran Bhai first of all you Owe an Oppology to Mohammad Yousaf the way he batted yesterday proved you were not only wrong in Completely writing him off but you almost insulted him... Now Comming to the match yesterday some serious thinking has to be done about the Fast Bowlers performance specially Omar Gull bowling so many no balls and not learning how to bowl a free hit bowl after being hit 2-3 times for boundaries is not a mistake but a crime in this tournamanet if we were not lucky in getting gambhir run out the history would be different....! Omar Gull should be Out and Asif in for the next match let his feet come back to the ground and make him practise his run up in the nets for the next few weeks....!

  • omar hussain on September 27, 2009, 12:58 GMT

    Mubarakbad to Pakistanis all over the world!Whatever happens next this match has made our day for the whole year.Yousuf has always been a quality player and it is a welcome break for the team that he has realised his role in ODIs.A pity Afridi didn't click or Umar Akmal but Malik played like seasoned player.Well done and pray keep it up!I am not glad about Gul being slogged around like that...wonder where his ace yorkers have gone?He must control his line and avoid overstepping.Younis should not have persisted with him as he did.Time to give Asif a try?I wish the boys the best and i am sure they will built on this victory.Thank you very much boys.Jeetay raho!

  • Feroz Sharief on September 27, 2009, 13:00 GMT

    Congratulations to Pak Team, a job well done. But something should be done at top order of batting I mean look the way Imran Nazir, Kamran & Younis gave away their wickets after getting a decent starts, when you score 15-20 runs u should not gift ur wicket by playing reckless shots like Kamran but rather should take ur innings to 50 & more. Had Pak lost another wicket at that stage the results would have been different altogether. Plus Pak benefitted more on Dhoni's wrong decisions: 1. Not bringing Harbhajan earlier & 2. Not sending Suresh Raina in place of Virat Kohli.