February 10, 2010

Afghanistan

Two wins out of two

Nitin Sundar

Hamid Hassan

Two wins out of two is the perfect start for us to the tournament and it was a very good performance with the ball against Scotland on Wednesday.

I was very worried whether we would manage a defendable score, but when we got to 130 I felt very confident. I told the coach during the innings break that I thought we had enough if we all bowled really well. My role in the team is to come on after about 10 overs and try and bowl quickly, which is something that I really enjoy, and it was nice to take wickets again today.

Our opening bowlers, Shapoor Zadran and Mirwais Ashraf were excellent – they only conceded eight runs in the first five overs, and really put a lot of pressure on Scotland and then our spin bowlers, Karim Sadiq and Mohammad Nabi, kept up the pressure.

There is a lot of attention ahead of our match against the USA tomorrow and it seems that everybody wants to talk to me about the game and what it will be like to play them. For us, it is just another cricket match and one more step towards qualifying for the World Twenty20.

I think that it is a great thing that cricket can bring people together and that players from Afghanistan and the USA can play each other in an international match. It also shows how global a game, cricket now is.

We are now travelling back to our hotel, which is about 20 minutes from the stadium in Dubai Sports City, and I will just rest and relax ahead of the game. I always like to go to bed early before a match so I will probably try and sleep at 8.30pm and get ready for another massive game on Thursday.

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Posted by Khoshal on (February 11, 2010, 16:14 GMT)

Afghanistan the next big name in World Cricket its just becuase of you guys thanks alot

Posted by scotsfan on (February 11, 2010, 12:35 GMT)

Well played everyone against the USA today. Great to see these two teams in action together. As cricketers, all the players were determined to get the other fellow out or to cart his best bowling to the boundary; and, even more important, to treat the other fellow with respect. Both teams are an example to the politicians.

Posted by Yousaf on (February 11, 2010, 11:46 GMT)

Hamid Wrora....You guys did it again...you beat USA by 29 runs...what a history you guys are writing....Congrats....

Posted by Imraan on (February 11, 2010, 9:35 GMT)

I'm South African and behind you guys all the way in this tournament. I'm sure there are many others like us who are hoping you go all the way. Would love to see you guys lift the trophy.

InshaAllah you will get there. You guys are playing with a lot of belief.

Posted by hasib canada on (February 11, 2010, 0:36 GMT)

very proud of afghanistan team.. and i am very surprise that people from other nations leave their positive comments... can't wait for afg vs usa game... goodluck

Posted by Niazi on (February 11, 2010, 0:32 GMT)

Congrates to all Afghans and the Afghanistan team, it was a good team effort the way they played. I would like to mention that Mastaan Zazai is absolutely right, so I prefer if Shabir Noori is given a chance for next match against USA, will be helpful.

Posted by Ali Afshar on (February 10, 2010, 22:49 GMT)

Hamid jaan salaam. Mashahullah brother, you have done great alongside the team. It would be great to see you guys make a great impresion in the world by qualifying and then playing big teams in T20world cup...It was a sorry story to see the Under19 Afghan Team preform in the world cup in New Zealand, I had the chnace to meet them and see them play, they totally watsed their chance by playing a very POOR cricket... they had such a wonderful chance to make a mark, but they wasted it by only winning ONE game when they could have won at least 4 GAMES easily, but they lacked DETERMINATION... Now all our hopes and prayers are with you guys and we know you wont Disappoint us. Kamyab bashen inshahullah.... Ali from New Zealand

Posted by Qudratullah Andar on (February 10, 2010, 22:33 GMT)

jar shama love you all our real heros and we are praing for ur more success

Posted by Ezatullah Waqar, Washington DC on (February 10, 2010, 19:00 GMT)

Proud of you guys, keep it up and make us proud. we have very long and strong batting line up and I wish to see Afghanistan crossing 200+ this time if they bat first. Will it be the match against USA??? Go Afghanistan Go..

Posted by Ezatullah Waqar, Washington DC on (February 10, 2010, 18:35 GMT)

Proud of you guys , keep it up and make us proud. Hopefully, if we bat first in today's game against USA, we will cross 200. We have very strong batting side but I don't understand why we are not doing well with the bat. Anyway, we want victory , doesn't matter how it comes. GO AFGHANISTAN GO.

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Nitin Sundar
Social media manager Nitin spent his formative years perfecting the art of landing the googly, before blossoming into a book-cricket specialist. More excellence followed in the underarm version of the game before, like the majority of India's misguided youth, he started taking studies seriously. After four forgettable years of electrical engineering, followed by a rigorous MBA and 16 months in the strategy consulting industry, he began to ponder life's more profound issues. Such as the angle made by Brian Lara's bat with the horizontal at the peak of his back-lift. A move to ESPNcricinfo followed and Nitin is now a prolific nurdler in office cricket, with a questionable technique against the short ball.

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