World Twenty20 May 2, 2010

A whole new experience

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Hamid Hassan
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Hamid Hassan

It is hard to describe how I feel after our match against India. I am very proud of our team and the fact we gave a good account of ourselves in our opening match on the world stage. However, we do feel a bit disappointed that we didn’t play a bit better and that makes us even more determined to do well against South Africa in our next match.

At every tournament we have played in our extraordinary journey over the past couple of years, we have always learned from our mistakes, and I really hope that we can do this again, although it is obviously a lot harder when you are playing against the best in the world.

We lost against Singapore in World Cricket League Division 5 and went on to win the tournament, we were defeated by Uganda in Division 3 and also lifted the trophy there, and recovered from some early defeats at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in 2009 to come within touching distance of qualifying for that event. We are serious when we say we want to go and beat South Africa and qualify for the last eight of this competition.

We did find the batting conditions a bit difficult early on and obviously it was a challenge to deal with some of the Indian pace bowlers, who are much quicker than what we are used to facing.

It would have been interesting to see what may have happened if India had lost the toss and had to bat first, but I thought Noor Ali batted brilliantly to score a half-century. It was just a shame we lost too many wickets towards the end, as at one stage we did look like we were going to get a bigger score.

I thought Shapoor Zadran bowled really well and I was also pleased with my efforts. I just focused on trying to bowl a good length, vary my pace, and tried to bowl as many dot balls as I could manage. Although I was obviously pleased to get a wicket, it was just unfortunate the match had pretty much been lost by that stage.

We have obviously been used to playing in front of some big crowds before, particularly at the qualifier for this event when we had thousands of Afghans cheering us on in Dubai, but I don’t think I have ever played in an atmosphere quite like the one in St Lucia today.

The music is blaring from the PA system, there are people screaming and dancing, there are lots of musical instruments and it looks like people are having a party in stands!

One of the other major differences is that I had never played a match where they show the game live on the big screen in the ground with video replays. When I dropped my catch I just couldn’t help looking at the screen again, to see what went wrong. At least if I dropped a catch when I was playing in the World Cricket League Division 5, I wouldn’t have to watch it being shown over and over again to everybody, so there are some disadvantages in us becoming famous!

It was great to receive messages from friends, family and supporters, telling us how they thought we had done really well. It is crazy to think how passionate our supporters are when most of them would never have had a chance to see us play until today. I hope we did them proud.

We may have lost, but we all tried our hardest, and I will never ever forget the day when I played for my country against India at the ICC World Twenty20.

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  • Danish on May 11, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Dear Hamid jana, Thanks and we are proud of you all. wish you all do best in your future.

    thanks,

  • mubasher on May 6, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Who is guest? hamid hassan is the best.

  • Doug Nicholson on May 5, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Hamid..Been reading about your team's progress on Cricinfo site for some time. Now this week in the Sydney Morning Herald. Dream the impossible dream...Under lights at the MCG v Australia, Well done.

  • Jayaram Choudhary on May 4, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Good work so far guys .... especially Noor Ali and yourself ... I wish u All the best for the big match with South Africa

    We are going to sit here and cheer for u from India. We wish to see you guys in super 8 ... I know that you are going to make Afghans proud, the way Dhoni did it to us .... Wish u All success ..

  • Ehsan on May 3, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    First of all congratulations to the afghan team, I am extremely proud that my country is represented in a major sports tournament. I would also like to commend all the indians commenting as I am overjoyed by some of your reactions. I did not expect this amid the pak/ind tensions. This shows how sport can unite people. I pray we all have a succesfull world cup and enjoy some great cricket.

    Salam

  • chpoun on May 3, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Thank you Thank you thank you indian brothers for your nice comments. An Afghan

  • Paolo on May 3, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Hamid, you did very well to compete against India. but i think, your players need to improve your fielding. Your slackness in the fielding area amounted almost 10-20 runs more to the opposite team. Otherwise, i am impressed with your team. you have got magnificent body structures. in ten years time, who knows, you will beat the top nations of the world.

  • biso on May 3, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    I am amazed to see the passion of the Afghan fans. The reaction of the afghan fans is a humbling experience.I know that cricket infrastructure will take a long time to develop and therefore the sub continent's countries will have to do their bit and provide opportunities as the talent is very much there. I will not be surprised when , with some encouragement, we see a few tearaway fast bowlers developing in Afghanistan.

  • Joe on May 3, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Hamid,

    You guys rocked yesterday. You made india earn hard their victory. As an Indian fan I always want India being tested by strong teams, you guys really gave a test to India. What I liked about you guys, is the character you had, cool and composed, not carried away by any moment. India had lot to learn from you guys yesterday. You guys are not far from international glory. I bet, some of you going to be travelling to India next year for IPL and scare many.

  • Jon on May 3, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Hamid, Afghanistan represent one of the greatest ever examples of triumph over adversity. You may have lost one game but you were not humiliated. Keep your spirit's high and you will only get better!

    I hope we shall see you in England soon. Jon

  • Danish on May 11, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Dear Hamid jana, Thanks and we are proud of you all. wish you all do best in your future.

    thanks,

  • mubasher on May 6, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Who is guest? hamid hassan is the best.

  • Doug Nicholson on May 5, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Hamid..Been reading about your team's progress on Cricinfo site for some time. Now this week in the Sydney Morning Herald. Dream the impossible dream...Under lights at the MCG v Australia, Well done.

  • Jayaram Choudhary on May 4, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Good work so far guys .... especially Noor Ali and yourself ... I wish u All the best for the big match with South Africa

    We are going to sit here and cheer for u from India. We wish to see you guys in super 8 ... I know that you are going to make Afghans proud, the way Dhoni did it to us .... Wish u All success ..

  • Ehsan on May 3, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    First of all congratulations to the afghan team, I am extremely proud that my country is represented in a major sports tournament. I would also like to commend all the indians commenting as I am overjoyed by some of your reactions. I did not expect this amid the pak/ind tensions. This shows how sport can unite people. I pray we all have a succesfull world cup and enjoy some great cricket.

    Salam

  • chpoun on May 3, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Thank you Thank you thank you indian brothers for your nice comments. An Afghan

  • Paolo on May 3, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Hamid, you did very well to compete against India. but i think, your players need to improve your fielding. Your slackness in the fielding area amounted almost 10-20 runs more to the opposite team. Otherwise, i am impressed with your team. you have got magnificent body structures. in ten years time, who knows, you will beat the top nations of the world.

  • biso on May 3, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    I am amazed to see the passion of the Afghan fans. The reaction of the afghan fans is a humbling experience.I know that cricket infrastructure will take a long time to develop and therefore the sub continent's countries will have to do their bit and provide opportunities as the talent is very much there. I will not be surprised when , with some encouragement, we see a few tearaway fast bowlers developing in Afghanistan.

  • Joe on May 3, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Hamid,

    You guys rocked yesterday. You made india earn hard their victory. As an Indian fan I always want India being tested by strong teams, you guys really gave a test to India. What I liked about you guys, is the character you had, cool and composed, not carried away by any moment. India had lot to learn from you guys yesterday. You guys are not far from international glory. I bet, some of you going to be travelling to India next year for IPL and scare many.

  • Jon on May 3, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Hamid, Afghanistan represent one of the greatest ever examples of triumph over adversity. You may have lost one game but you were not humiliated. Keep your spirit's high and you will only get better!

    I hope we shall see you in England soon. Jon

  • Vasudevan on May 3, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    No disgrace at all in your loss. Inexperience was a major factor in the loss and that can only get better. Even as a diehard Indian supporter I can only salute your performance. This is but one tournament ; best of luck against SA ; I foresee a bright future for this team if you can keep your heads high.

  • Sayed Haseeb on May 3, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Hello Dear all Afghanistan team , i have a request to karim sadiq , Dont ever never talk high from your position your not like Tendulkar ur not like Dhoni now ur not enough Good player try to talk low , Best wishes

  • Maddy on May 3, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    With all due respect Hamid, beating SA is no easy task. They have some of the best fast bowlers in the world like Steyn and Morkel. Learn to walk before you fly. I would like to see competitive game though. Fielding was great but batting standards have to increase dramatically!

  • Rakesh Nair on May 3, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    I think your team put up an excellent performance against India and I would like to congratulate every Afghan team member for that..I am pretty sure your team is going to prosper in the international stage in the future and indeed be a big asset to internation cricket. And yes i would so love to see an upset victory against S Africa..after all World Cup is all about surprises..best of luck :)

  • Ajmal on May 3, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    salam hamid brother we are proud on our team and specialy on you .the team played well and you done a good job for your country.well done brother

  • Humayoon Gardiwal on May 3, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    Dear Afghan cricketer brothers! Indeed this was the start of your journey for the international matches, you did a great job and pleasant start, this is the time that one learns from the mistakes, keep up trying your best to the possible extent, you enlightened the marginalized name of our beloved country in sport era. Well Done! All the bes

  • Ajay (India) on May 3, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    U guys rock. Noor Ali is a amazing player I think some of Afghan guys can easily play in IPL. I observed that, you guys due to lack of international exposure could not plan your innings also some of the batsman were vulnerable against the short ball (nehra all 3 wickets in a similar way) But I am very much pleased with your team effort and if you guys get good exposure you can be a force to reckon with in next 5 years for sure. I hope some of you guys play in IPL and that to from my team (Sahara Pune Warriors). All the best to you

  • Hamdullah Hamdard Zurmatai on May 3, 2010, 5:35 GMT

    Dear Afghanistan Team! I can't express my feelings and I can't state how happy I was! seeing you guys playings against India, (My favorite team). I liked the play of five players, Noor Ali Zadran, Asghar Stanikzai, Shapoor Zadran, Hamid Hasan and Samiullah Shinwari, all the others from whom we were expecting the most did not play well. I have a small request from the players especially from Karim Sadiq and M.Nabi in order to pay more attention to bowling rather than wearing glasses and showing themselves a bit stylish. I hope they will concentrate on the play rather than anything else. Hamid, you played very well together with the other four players I have mentioned above. Our spain bowlers aren't that much intelligent, so please don't use them a lot unless they are needed. Samiullah is bowling well. Please let Mr. Mirwaise Ashraf play against South Africa and remove Mr. Dawlat this time. Hamid, Shapoor, Mirwaise, Samiullah must bowl earlier. My best wishes for you all.

  • sanjeev on May 3, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Congratulations to the Afghan team for putting up a brave fight against Indians, I would suggest your batters not to take too many chances against Steyn but attack the other bowlers of SA which India did and won, also start with the spinners and choke them just like the Indians. Best of Luck

  • shan on May 3, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Afghanistan needs to win by at least 14 runs to knock out South Africa & qualify for Super-8s !!! (based on NRR)

  • siar khan on May 3, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Nice, i think you have seen the matches between india and south africa and Australia and Pakistan and i an sure u have learnt a lot from them, specially for first and last five overs. and u have practices very well in these days till the match with south africa. we hope u make another history beating south africa

  • W.Naikzoy on May 3, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    Well don Hamid,All Afghan proud of you and from all Afghanistan National Team.

  • Ahmad Rashid on May 3, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    I am proud of the team. I had been waiting for 12 years to see my cricket team play with international teams and my dream finally came up. There were some minor problems observed from our team, which can be fixed easily. Wishing the Afghan Cricket team all the best with SA.

  • Naseer Momand on May 3, 2010, 0:57 GMT

    Hamid the great! We are optimistic for the future and soon our day will come, so, keep it up dude this was the beginning. Doesn’t matter you guys are always no.1 and we always proud of our lions but at this stage our team must learn from other experienced teams to build up skills and strengthen their weaknesses to get ready for the brighter future of AFGHAN cricket on the international stage. Regards

  • khalid on May 2, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    hi hamid i just wanna say proud to be an afghan and one thing else thanks for all supported comments and thanks for Indian people, India always help us and i hope they help us in cricket too, and finally thanks for our team and proud to be an afghan.

  • Afghan on May 2, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Well done boys. The presure was there and still you guys managed to play a descent game. I wonder if our batsmans perform on their good day with likes of the ones couldnt perform such as shahzad and Nabi, we can beat any team.

    The bowling is looking pretty good with Hamid, Shapoor, Nabi and the rest.

    Just play fearlessly because you guys have nothing to lose but just wins, even if its in the form of gaining experience.

    We really need to play alot games against these big cricket nations.

    Furthermore, ONE ADVICE TO YOU AND THE TEAM. STOP TRYING TO IMPROVE YOUR WEAKNESSES BUT TRY TO FOCUS AND IMPROVE YOU STRENGTHS TO EXCELLENCE. Becuase its your strengths which can win you the games.

    Goodluck for the second game! we will be cheering for you from behind the TV!

  • serajnasery on May 2, 2010, 19:53 GMT

    well done hamid you are really good,your balling is very great and wish you all the best for you and for your team ,we are always pray for you..

  • kt on May 2, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    I lost MY Heart in Afghan Team

  • Farhad on May 2, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    Dear Hamid, this is Farhad from Roadwal pharmacy Kabul we all watched the game it was a good contest but has allot of mistake from capatancy of Nawroz mangal he did not use the bollowers at the right time , please kindly learn from mistak we know you have the potintial of bollowing and batting we know you able to beat South Africa , we still have a chance for super Eight, try to convince Karim Sadiq to do not score hundred in one over just wait for lose balls the runs coming easly if you stay on weaket ,try to use Nabi as number 3 and try to build some partnership,wish you and all the team best luck in next game we all pray for you and this is the bigest moment of our life to see you all on TV we realy proud of you , sorry for alitel bit though email as you know our expectation is very high and we know you can do any thing just do it as a team work and unity.

    Best Luck

    Roadwall

  • Rajeev on May 2, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Hi Hameed, read some of blogs., amazing!! it reminds me of a Bollywood movie, Iqbal (hope u have seen it). You all had 'Journey of Life' like that only. Now, world will know Afganistan for its cricket also!

    Rising from division 5 to representation in world T20 in such a short span of time, is indeed enumerates you guys have extraordinary talent and passion.

    Now, the world will see Rise of Afghans!

    Rajeev, India

  • Khushal Khan on May 2, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    well done Hamid Khan.It was a nice match. actually u win the Game.... The other thing is, that it makes me Happy, that here is a great supporter group of indians. First thanks to the team and 2. thanks for the indian fans here in the commentbox....

  • shakeel khan on May 2, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    salam HAMID and all afghans well come to icc cricket t 20 20 its ok if u lost one match but there are 2 more matches so dont worry we will be the best in the world and u just fight and we will watch and pray for u all players ID kingkaka_69_yahoo.com

  • Shikhar on May 2, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    Well played Afghanistan and really well played Hamid. Hopefully your team tackles the bouncers well against the South Africans. Rest all leave it up to the fruits that your deserve to bear for the hard work you have done till now. Do well against the Saffers. The motivation for you is that if your team wins, there's no other factor to hold you back from reaching the second round.

  • ahmad shah khan on May 2, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    well , i believe we can defeat any team on our day, so just keep the good boys, you can defeat any team.

  • Farouq on May 2, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Hallo Hamid Hasan, it does´nt matter if you lost the first world cup game against the Nr. 1 of the world. The paticipation in this tounament ist already your and also our all Afghans victory. Now when you played your first game, i am sure you will do it better against South Africa. I´m sure you can win this one if our team concentrats. Hamid, i have followed all your games through live score in internet till now. Iam a fan you and proud of all of you. I´ll write you after the game against SA. de Khdai paman Farouq from Germany

  • rajendra kubal on May 2, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Don't worry Hamid. Althoug your first appearance in world cup your team played exceptionally well. Some improvement is needed that will come as time will go. I don't know much about your players because i was watching your internatonal match first time. Your fast bowler impressed me lot becaus of his running style it is mixture of Imran and Wasim. This guy has good prospect in international cricket.

  • Manoj on May 2, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    Would love to see you Guys to come to India and play some great cricket....good to have you in International playing field...and we sincerily hope that your country progress well in peace...

    best wishes from an Indian!!

  • Vaisakh Krishnadas on May 2, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Its so good to see you guys play. We all know you all had a hard time all these years. I can only imagine the toughness of life you people had to face. Now you represent a New Afghanistan. And we all are with you and our prayers are with you brothers. Wish you all the best in future and cant wait to see you guys in IPL. With Love from India

  • ASMAT AMINI on May 2, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    THANKS FOR THOSE INDIANS THAT THE DID GOOD AND LOVELY COMMENTS ON OUR TEAM.WELDONE HAMID I PROUD ON U GUYS WISH U THE BEST

  • Maruf on May 2, 2010, 12:13 GMT

    salaam Haji Hameed ..very nice to see you guys performing well vs Indai ..better luck vs s.africa ..... Maruf.... tell Karim leave kachagare n b professional ....

  • salahuddin on May 2, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    Assalmu-alikum Hamid bhai, You people did really very good job.It's amazing to see a debutent team playing with that courage making 50 by Noor Ali and good bowling.Keep it up,Inshallah, Allah will make you a great Cricketing Nation oneday.

  • srinivasan on May 2, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    hamid bhai!..excellent bowling and a valiant effort by your team. I couldnt believe that a team can develop its game so much in 2 years time..hats off.. the way noor ali and stnikzai batted, it looked as if you guys were playing intl cricket for 15-20 yrs..superb!..being an indian, i wudnt have been sad had our team lost.. You indeed choked the run flow when you were bowling. Why didnt you open the bowling instead ?..im sure you wud be in for the next IPL auction if you keep performing like this :) Love and best wishes from mumbai!

  • Sulaiman Edrissy on May 2, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Good Luck Afghanistan Cricket Team - you made all of us feel proud... Thanks

  • BP on May 2, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    Hamid,

    Great show by you guys. Highly impressed.

    I was mightly pleased when you guys chased 493 against Canada, in the 4-day Test couple of months back. That's QUALITY!

    Sri Lanka won the World Cup within 15 years (1996) of getting Test status (1981). Of course, they played World Cup from 1975.

    Wish you people all the best.

    Don't know the standard of your local cricket.

  • K on May 2, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Afgani team has won many hearts, I was supporting India (of course) and cheering the Afgans ..... Go guys go ... you dont have anything to lose ...

  • Arjun on May 2, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Well done guys.U played well.Showed that Afghanisthan has got the potential to make it big(in the future maybe).All the best for your match against S.A.Even though no one expects a victory, try your best!!!!!! cheers

  • Rudranil on May 2, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Hi! Afghans... You may loose the match... but you win millions of hearts all over the world...

  • Ray on May 2, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Time to plan how to defeat the big teams. Playing fearlessly is admirable but won't get you a win. But if you could somehow surprise the South Africans in a way they don't expect, that just might get you a win. The South African bowlers are much quicker than their Indian counterparts, so you must figure out a way to counter them and make some runs. With runs comes pressure, which seems to be the one thing that can beat these ultra-strong South African sides. India fan here and now an Afghan fan too.

  • Uday on May 2, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Oye Tusi great yaar. All is well. Hamid wish you all the best. CRICKET the word that unites us across the world.

    I stayed awake only to see you play. WHat a moment.

  • Cha !! on May 2, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    Hi Hamid - Congratulations to you and your team for putting up such a brave fight!!! We, the cricket loving public, are proud of you. Well done, i like your team confidence. Great work, practie short balls and hope to get much better in next game. Good Luck !!

    Indian

  • bonaku on May 2, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    good to see that ur serious about SA. Hope we can see some upset.

  • TUSHAR on May 2, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Congrats! nice to see another asian team in cricket. best of luck for future. -INDIAN.

  • chandan on May 2, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    your team impressed me much better than Ireland or bangladesh when they were relatively new teams. on debut in a international tournament you people played a mature cricket for your level. the way you bowled and the way u fielded with heart, and especially ur 4th wicket partnership were awesome. but i think instead of going for shots ur team should have tried for 2's or 3's. as they also increase ur score without loss of wicket. i hope u ppl improve with experience

  • Sameer on May 2, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Dear Hamid - rest assured that when you take on RSA, you will have the support and cheerings of over a billion supporters from India. Not because you are the underdogs, but because you have earned it. Cheers

  • yasir on May 2, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    practise batting against the shot ball..i am sure u will do much better!!the indian bowlers used the shot ball very effectively agianst you guys..

  • Khan on May 2, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Mashallah, i have never shouted this much for a cricket match as i did yesterday, each four and each six was massive. You guys r good.I am expecting special things from my childhood friend samiullah shinwari in the next match.i saycome out the crease and smack it!thats how we rule.peace

  • Venkat on May 2, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Hi Hamid, First of all congrats to your team for such a spirited display. To go out first time in an ICC event and perform the way you guys did is in itself a tremendous achievement. The rhythm of the tall left arm pace bowler was really good and you bowled well. Possibly, the freshness of the pitch early in the morning helped our seamers to exploit the conditions and they did well. Noor ali was fantastic. He played proper cricketing strokes and he seems to be the right person to shoulder the Afghan's batting lineup. The rest of you faced difficulty against short pitched bowling which you guys can definitely improve. Rather than just thinking about winning you guys should enjoy the game and the stage and give your best. I am sure if you continue upon your good work, wins will accumulate. You guys have turned a golden leaf in the annals of cricket. Keep up the good work and let the Afghan flag fly high. All the best for your next match.Your slow bowlers will be crucial against SA.

  • Shyam on May 2, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    I am an Indian and I certainly hope some of you get more international match practice and IPL contracts too.As you mentioned, Noor batted well. Both, you and Shapoor bowled well.You guys made one of the best teams in the world feel nervous. I sincerely hope, Afghanistan does well against South Africa

  • Roman on May 2, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    well yesterday was the first time i could not make my mind to support which team, cause for 14 years i supported indian, but yesterday it was home country and in fact that just see afgh play with thier heart it just justified the whole. i hope some guys give the chance to play in ipl.

  • Syed Basit on May 2, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    I am truly glad Afghanistan lived up to their reputation, even though they lost. This is THE ONLY team that actually DESERVES a test status in my opinion. I loved the partnership between Noor Ali and Stanikzai, and that to me screams ability, to build a partnership against an Indian team that has just come out of the IPL, in full form and plenty of cricket under their belt. Zadran Shenwari and Hassan were in my opinion not only good, but GREAT, it was top class bowling that didnt allow the Indian batsmen to go after these 3 guys especially...the rest need some work, and im pretty confident its not too far away from here that the whole unit has the ability to trouble the Test nations...

    I personally think, there should be one group with all three minnows in them, Afghanistan, Ireland, Zimbabwe...it only makes it fair that way ... under the current grouping system, the 2 test nations have a minnow they can beat and automatically qualify for the super eights

  • sakeeb on May 2, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    u hav a very good cricket side hameed ...if u guys get chance & play regularly against top sides...inshallah u will be able to beat the top sides within 2-3yrs

  • Makkered on May 2, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    WE would love to host bubbling cricket teams with lot of potential, courage and faith in the game of cricket. Will really be happy in a year or 2 that this team is one of the formidable to challenge the Top Teams. Need to put more focus and application and better training. Devoted players really shine well. All the best for the future.

  • Anil on May 2, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    Well fought. Like some one said above, you looked nervous while bowling. Play with your natural fire. Give this extra-ordinary journey a worthful destiny. In T20 anything can happen. You guys can beat RSA if you try. Btw, your spinners are doing good. Use them well against RSA.

  • sourav pakrashi on May 2, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    hi Hamid, Noor ali,& Asghar Stanikzai played brilliantly. hope their hufh sixes gave some smile to ur countrymen. Do not wory about missing catch, in future u will take more difficult catches . njoy the environment and excellent atmosphere of high class cricket. u all become national hero to ur country. Now next generation of afganisthan want to be a cricketer like u all. good luck for ur team and ur country also...

  • Ramaprasad on May 2, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Man of the match award is given to the best performance, may no be on he winning side. Vijai getting the award for scoring 40+ against a club team was un-fortunate, the Man of the match award should have gone only to the Afgan player Noor Ali for his 50 against the former World champs!! Very unfortunate!

  • Pranav menon on May 2, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Hamid - I think you guys have given a good fight. But still there are lot of areas to improve.What i noticed in yesterdays match is, most of you guys were clue less on what to do in this middle. It is expected to be nerevous on big events like this especially when you are facing better teams. I feel, your team should focus on the targets to be set before the game starts if you are batting first and play accaordingly instead of going out and trying your shots. Just hang on the crease and try to pick up singles on each delivery. Rest will come automaticaly. Neverthless, i am not a genius to advise you but i feel that is the right thing to do at the moment.On Bowling front, yes you did a fantastic Job. No need to feel dissppointed b'cos you were bowling against a few of the best batters in the world. Good luck for your match against SA. Cheers!

  • siar khan on May 2, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Great Lions, U did a grat job oh Afghan Lions. All Afghans are proud of you guys and whole world is surprised, go ahead and push south Africa a way. very very proud of you and May Allah Help you. we (Afghans) and all humans around the world are with you and team Afghan, Team of Great Afghans Team of Abdalis. Go and Creat Prouds and Make the history.siar khan Afghanistan Nangarhar

  • Sabir Nasiry on May 2, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Hamid bro, The whole nation is proud of you and the team. you have indeed earned a very big name for our war torn country. This is only the start of the Journey and I am sure we will be celebrating more of your successes in the near future. It was my first time watching your bowling style. Believe me, you gave a really tough time to the opposition. All the best luck!

    Taking this opportunity, I would also like to thank all the friends above( especially Indians) for their good well and respect to our cricket team!

  • Lajber Ali on May 2, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Dear Viewers,

    Assalam o Aalikum (Hello), and a very good morning to all of you,

    I am very very thankful for your support for this visit (Afgh vs Indian) match in WI and have on this article it really priased me and inlarged our moral for coming very near future. The Indian players behavior was to cold as espected specially of Yousuf Patan and Z. Khan Patan with natural nation. For my national team I will suggest TO KEEP FIGHTING AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELIVES thus the WIN will come down to kiss your FEET (Stay on the wicket the runs will come.)Thank you very much for WI for their warm host and hospitality and ICC for managing such a position for us to fight with world champian 2008. We (Pakhtoons), the Empires of Peace, Justice and Love are thanksful for you being so pateint and support. Yap Stand Tall Afghanistan! Stand Tall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Prem Mohanty on May 2, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Well done Afghanistan...you have all the signs to become a great team..keep it up

  • Vijay on May 2, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Hamid, Congrats to you and your team on debut. I am hopefully in the time to come you guys are gonna the cricket world

  • SaLim Mushfiq on May 2, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Dear Hamid Jan, U did really well, I saw ur bowlling it was great, as well as Mr Zardan he is so stylish bowller and gave just few runs in 2 overs but my question is that Why Mr Mangal don't let u and Shapoor Zadran open the bowlling first, I am sure it would be perfect start if you and Shapoor start the bowlling first...And I don't know why mr Mangal didn't let u and Mr Shapoor finish ur spell with great bowlling, U should have been giving the bawl earlier and Mr Shapoor should have beeb giving the bowl again at the end, I hope Mr Mangal read this...

  • Kanishka Malikkhil on May 2, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    Well done Team. Wish success to you Guys. Zindabad AFGHANISTAN.

  • nisha on May 2, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    you fought very well.. hope you continue to do the same..wish you guys all the best for the future..

  • Kayhan Shahab on May 2, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    Hay guys dont worry it is only begening for our country team but india and others should scare from you guys becuase every one knows AFGHANS are the best if they say we will win they will win no problem if you guys couldnt win but after one or two years every one will call afghans heros. East or West Afghans are the best. Allah Save You All And Give You Guys More Power to Shoot the Balls. Allahu Akbar

  • Hashmat Barekzai on May 2, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Weldone! Being an Afghan I am really proud of our team. No worry if we have lost the match, but we should also see whom we have played against!

    Thanks to all Indians who have praised the way our team has played!

    Proud to be an Afghan!!!!!!!!!

  • Kanishka Malikkhil on May 2, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Well done Team. Wish success to you Guys. Zindabad AFGHANISTAN.

  • Sriram on May 2, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Though I missed your match against India I am eagerly looking forward to watching you guys in action in your next match. I am sure like me all my brothers and sisters back home in India are very happy for you guys. Enjoy yourselves and give your best shot. Good Luck

  • Sameer on May 2, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    You did extremely well against India , dont be disheartened . I am Indian but am supporting Afghanistan , there will be other games and other tournaments, and you will only get better and better . even if you lose , learn from it. one day victory will be yours . I love your passion for the game and for your country . All the best

  • Naveen Moorjani on May 2, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Heads up for the brave performance you guys put up. Definitely worth appreciating. Enjoy the game and do your best.

    Regards, Naveen from India

  • Narayan on May 2, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Hi Hamid,

    I am Narayan from India, After match against India, I think your team have the potential to play against big teams. Your team played well but needs all the batsman to click.

    Best of Luck for match against S.A.

    Narayan

  • Lajber Ali on May 2, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    Dear Viewers,

    Assalam o Aalikum (Hello), and a very good morning to all of you,

    I am very very thankful for your support for this visit (Afgh vs Indian) match in WI and have on this article it really priased me and inlarged our moral for coming very near future. The Indian players behavior was to cold as espected specially of Yousuf Patan and Z. Khan Patan with natural nation. For my national team I will suggest TO KEEP FIGHTING AND BELIEVE IN YOURSELIVES thus the WIN will come down to kiss your FEET (Stay on the wicket the runs will come.)Thank you very much for WI for their warm host and hospitality and ICC for managing such a position for us to fight with world champian 2008. We (Pakhtoons), the Empires of Peace, Justice and Love are thanksful for you being so pateint and support. Yap Stand Tall Afghanistan! Stand Tall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nagaraja on May 2, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    i think they are better than bangaldesh given the support india pak srilank gave to bangaldesh if they extended the same support to afgan there is great future for asian cricket.

  • hamid hashmi on May 2, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    salam: Dear hamid jan you guys played very well dnt be upset tht u people lost the match for india we are vry happy tht our team play wt world number 1 team nd u guys played very well and one moment they indian team s come under presaure. Best luck fro the RSA match we all praying for u guys nd inshllah if the allah want we will win the match. Best of luckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  • Arun on May 2, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Impressive stuff from you guys. Wish you continue to learn and improve. Your nation needs more!! Keep up the good work.

  • Vijay on May 2, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Hamid, your team could have made India sweat by showing a little more decipline. Especially several no balls were bowled and India cashed in on them big time. You have athletic fielders but many fumbled giving away unnecessary runs. Please don't repeat it in the game against SA. Make them earn every run. Even if you loose, your team will be remembered if you fight a close game. Unfortunate that you guys are placed in the group of big guns.

  • subramanian.g on May 2, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    Hamid,

    Your journey is well and truely inspiring and i sincerely hope that your team goes from strength to strength from here on. GOD bless.

  • Monis on May 2, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Hamid, do not worry at all, you are in a win win situation in any case either you win or loose, even if you loose you are winning a precious experience against the world class teams, don't loose heart, what people have mentioned in the posts that give your 100%. I think not today but may be tomorrow you are going to be champion just try to keep your arms away from glamor ;-) Wishing you best of luck for all the future games.

    Regards

  • Sylvester Marshall on May 2, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Go Afghanistan! We're all proud of you and your team mates, Hamid Hassan. :D It's so amazing how you're improving so fast! Unreal stuff. I'm a die hard Indian fan but still a small part of me was cheering for you guys to play well! :P You can be sure all of us will be cheering for you in your match against South Africa. All the best guys! God bless you all!

    -Your fan from India

  • khushal ahmadzai on May 2, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    Dont worry dear Hamid, it is all what you gugys are learning. It is a big achievement for us that with in 2 or 3 years we qualified to the T20 world cum, there are teams that they are playing for years but can not get to the world cup. Proud to be Afhan. Congrats to all Afghans.

  • Faraz on May 2, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    hi Hamid Jan! first of all i'm proud to saw you live on the world channels. specially you and Noor Ali were most excitting and lovable. you people showed that you have the right to stay in the line of first class world cricket squads. don't worry about the missing catch because it happens sometimes to everyone, but the thing is to learn leasons from the mistakes and i'm sure you people will. try to make correct your batting line up's mistakes. may Allah will give you the power to beat SAfrica and qualify for the S8. Aaminn!!!! Faraz - Kandahar Afghanistan

  • Sam on May 2, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    Great performance!!! Wonderful to see the guys stick to the fundamentals. There were a few hickups here and there. Of course, the first match on TV does cause that. Keep sticking to the fundamentals. You will reach places unimaginable.

  • Ahmad Faisal on May 2, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    Im in my junior year and I had exam the next day but I just couldnt resist and threw the books aside and went to watch our boys for their first ever Cricket world cup match. It truely was emotional and the drops of tears which were falling from my eyes were the prove for it. Thank you so much for making us this proud.. Thank you ! :) Best of luck with the next match, you have nothing to lose and you have over 40 million people praying for you. Long Live AFG

  • Ahmad Faisal on May 2, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Im in my junior year and I had exam the next day but I just couldnt resist and threw the books aside and went to watch our boys for their first ever Cricket world cup match. It truely was emotional and the drops of tears which were falling from my eyes were the prove for it. Thank you so much for making us this proud.. Thank you ! :) Best of luck with the next match, you have nothing to lose and you have over 40 million people praying for you. Long Live AFG

  • Dr.khalil on May 2, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Dear hamid. to be honest you people done very well against world no. 1 the india.the three sixes of asghar was good treatment to indian spinners.and getting some wickets of stronge indian batting line up was a message to cricket world.there is a precious saying (dont fear for facing failure in the first attempt,because even the MATHS starts with ZERO.

  • Roza Gul Totakheyl on May 2, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Hi Hamid,

    Very well done!!! It was very nice to see you playing on international level and playing game with world No1 team. It is not matter you lost, we know India is very strong team, we pray to you and hope you will win against SA in your second match. I would like you and Shahpor to start bowling first and request to bring Mirwais Ashraf to the next game. All the best bros and Allah bless you.

  • Roza Gul Totakheyl on May 2, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Hi Hamid,

    Very well done!!! It was very nice to see you playing on international level and playing game with world No1 team. It is not matter you lost, we know India is very strong team, we pray to you and hope you will win against SA in your second match. I would like you and Shahpor to start bowling first and request to bring Mirwais Ashraf to the next game. All the best bros and Allah bless you.

  • khushal ahmadzai on May 2, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    Dont worry dear Hamid, it is all what you gugys are learning. It is a big achievement for us that with in 2 or 3 years we qualified to the T20 world cum, there are teams that they are playing for years but can not get to the world cup. Proud to be Afhan. Congrats to all Afghans.

  • Aman on May 2, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Hey Hamid,

    The team may not have won, but Afghanistan surely did.

    Congratulations! You guys have not only made every afghani proud, but have also won the hearts of many around the world.

    Keep it up. InshAllah we'll see you guys again in 2012.

  • habib on May 2, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    no matter bachesh to b honest i thought that afghanistan wouldnt even get passed 100 but u guys played quite nicely and at least a competitive total.as we saw yesterday the irish team was knocked out for 68 against a weak west indian side.u guys bowled and batted nicely.i hope u guys crush south africa and qualify for the super eights inshaallah

  • Wali on May 2, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    Salam Hamid jana well done and a very good competition against India, it was the first time that I watched Afghan players on TV screan but you guys are really profissional and your team as well,any you will have more victoies in the future just please keep your mistakes but you guys do not have any evident mistake so you are new in the Internation Cricket field. I hope you will have profissional playing against South Africa as well. Wali Stanikzai from Nangrahar Afghanistan.

  • varun on May 2, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Hello Hamid.. even though afganistan lost to india in game, you shouldn't be dissappointed. as this was afganistan inititaion at the world's stage of cricket. one should't be dejected as this is only the first game .. you will get many more chances.. a small child doesn't learn to walk without falling couple of times.. your time will come... i wish the afganistan team best of luck..

    varun India

  • vinod on May 2, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    good to see Afgani team playing as a unit & show the world that they are good enough to compete with the best in the world, my congratulations to Afgan team the way they played.

  • Kalyan on May 2, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    Perhaps Afghanistan can be invited as a team to play in the IPL. This way they can gain more experience by playing against international players. I wish them all success against SA. They need to practice in the nets with a tennis ball at 18 yards. This is because Dale Steyn and other SA fast bowlers will definitely try more short pitched deliveries.

  • Sharaf Aly on May 2, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    Sallam Hamid Khan, We are very Happy that our team played vs Top Teams in the T20 world cup and it is a very good experience to our team. All Afghans are proud and supporting you guys don't worry Inshallah you guys will win more matches and keep it up well done

    We will have Special prayer for guys

  • Varun Srivastava on May 2, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Hamid bhai....u guys played well, Noor Ali was awesome...in reality i quite liked the approach of Karim Sadiq, even though he did not opened his account but the way he came out of batting crease to face his first ball against Indians was amazing, it will be interesting to see a long innings from Karim in future. I believe Afghans have great potential and I would love to see you guys becoming the 11th Test playing nation. Hamid, one thing you should be proud of is that your economy rate was 2.66 in three overs u bowled and I can tell u getting an economy rate of 2.66 is not easy against the likes of Yuvi, Gauti, Dhoni and co.....well done Hamid and keep working hard.

  • Nick Brown on May 2, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    Hamid keep your heads up and do well against south africa I have been keenly watching Afghanistan's fortunes from here in New Zealand and I hope you do make the super 8s and maybe see you here in 2015 for the World Cup

  • JB on May 2, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    As an average human being, I feel proud of you, boys..You can do it against S.A.

  • ritwik on May 2, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    welcome to world t20 afganistan well played noor ali

  • Ali on May 2, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Of all the new countries I believe Afghanistan is the most equipped to become a big cricket team. You embody everything that is good in this world. As a Pakistani your stories show how far one can go with courage and hard work.

  • Sniper on May 2, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    You guys were over ambitious and like the Pakistanis talked of beating India. You played poorly, especially the short ball. The S Africans bowl faster than the Indians and they bowl the short ball better than Indians. Hope you guys score more than 50 runs when you play. DO NOT dream of defeating the S Africans. They will beat you by 10 wickets. Sniper

  • Srinivasan R on May 2, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Success stories Afghanistan really light up world tournaments like the world T20. I really hope more associate countries take inspiration from them and come up the ladder and graduate to 50-over and the Test format of the Game.

  • Sniper on May 2, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    You guys were over ambitious and like the Pakistanis talked of beating India. You played poorly, especially the short ball. The S Africans bowl faster than the Indians and they bowl the short ball better than Indians. Hope you guys score more than 50 runs when you play. DO NOT dream of defeating the S Africans. They will beat you by 10 wickets. Sniper

  • pardeep on May 2, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Keep going, you guys will be very successful in future...I can sense that. well done friend.

  • Sriharsha on May 2, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    well done , hope to see Afghans playing more competitive cricket.

  • Bhavin India on May 2, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    Hamid well played to you and your team. We need fighters on the field and the game is for one to lose and the other to win.sadly you were on the wrong side. I am sure your team will conjusre up courage and make it up into the other tournaments as this wil give you practice and the confidence that you belong to the league of gentlemen who play extraordinary cricket!!!! Hoping that the match against SA is nothing short of a battle and the best people on the day win!!!!

  • Avradeep Pal on May 2, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    Wish you and Afghan cricket all the best and heartiest congratulations for the most inspiring of journeys in the last five years. I am an indian, but i thoroughly enjoyed the spirited partnership between Noor ali and Stanikzai and the bowling of Shapoor Zadran, and not to say the least - the brilliant fielding eforts. I was also desperate to see youu all giving a tough fight to indians.

    I pray that may a fighting Afghan cricket team give inspiration and hope to your countrymen. All the best for the match against South Africa and all subsequent matches in the path ahead.

  • dinesh on May 2, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    hai hamid, well your team had a pretty good outing against the indian team. Every journey starts wit a single step and if the team keeps improving at every instant then afghans will have all the makings of a very good team in future. all the best guys

  • Siddharth on May 2, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    I am Indian but my heart goes out for you afghanis, it was obviously an easy victory for India but consider this, We have been playing cricket since 1932, have consistently been one of the top sides and have the best cricketing infrastructure in the world. You guys played a big team for the first time and actually made India sweat a little, this itself is commendable, I am sure in years to come Afganisthan will become a competative team and this is very good for cricket and the region. May cricket create bring peace in our war struck region, may the warriros throw away their guns and pick up bats and balls.

  • Khushal on May 2, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Dear Hamid and every one in the team, I have five words for you all: We are proud of you!

  • jayakumar on May 2, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    You guys played really good. I think you will be a serious competitor in couple of years time.

  • Mohit on May 2, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Hey Hamid, Well done to your team, wish you guys all the best. It is always refreshing to see a upcoming nation play fearlessly Cheers, Mohit India

  • Jimmy Ahuja on May 2, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    You are my second favourite team after India. In fact, I won't have feel too bad if you would have won against India!

    Stand tall Afghanistan! Stand tall!!!

  • Shawn on May 2, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Against India it wasn't bad at all but really need to improve i hope u guys do better against SA. I am from PAKISTAN but I support u guys more than my team wish u guys good luck.

  • Siddique on May 2, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    You guys done well under pressure. It is first match against a big team so effort is very. It is long way to comment about your batting but some batsman show they have temprament specially Noor Ali. Aslo in the bowling department its look line if you play more you will be better unit. Specially Shapoor and Hamid Hassan have telent. Ground fielding is very good. Saved some boundries like champion Australia but should work on catching as catches witn the matches. If you dropped one you cost the match. Congratuatlation fur Future and we hope to see you very soon in International Arena. Good Luck.

  • Siddique on May 2, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    You guys done well under pressure. It is first match against a big team so effort is very. It is long way to comment about your batting but some batsman show they have temprament specially Noor Ali. Aslo in the bowling department its look line if you play more you will be better unit. Specially Shapoor and Hamid Hassan have telent. Ground fielding is very good. Saved some boundries like champion Australia but should work on catching as catches witn the matches. If you dropped one you cost the match. Congratuatlation fur Future and we hope to see you very soon in International Arena. Good Luck.

  • Hamkar on May 2, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Hamid, weldone you did a brilliant job and excellent bowling by you, Shapoor and Shinwari, i liked your yorker to Vijay but luckily he did not out, Hamid your style was amazing and Shapoor was looking very handsome wow, but Hamid you were looking in a bit pressure while bowling, just feel like you play in your normal game in chamani hazoori and try to bowl your natural, do not try to do so many experiences, i hope you will do best, and the second thing is that i would like to have you bowling a little bit earlier against india bz the target was not big that you people are following old strategy, but anyhow overall it was good. keep it up and make flags on your face which is looking nice with you. say salam to all of our friends. best luck, Hamkar

  • Praveen on May 2, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Really nice to read your view point Hasan. We wish you all the very best in this tournament and good luck for the future.

  • Ranjit on May 2, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Although I'm a hardcore Indian cricket fan,I am rooting for Afghanistan this World Cup.It's tremendous to have come this far after playing the bulk of your cricket in Afghan refugee camps.I wish your team all success in playing to your capabilities!

  • mirwais Ahmadzai on May 2, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    A Good Job were done by our Players So, dont be Pessimistic and keep on praying for much hard and good JOb. Love you all and proud on you all, keep on your good job and we all love and courage you for your great job , we all know that you have done good job and it is really not easy to play against the world No 1, i saw you all were more confident and as well nowroz managal till end of the game but sevral time MS Dhoni was looking concern and under pressure, so take it easy and make good playing plan for match againsta S Africa and i hope to give a chance to Mirwais Ashraf in coming match!!!!!!!!!!allah bless you All

  • mirwais Ahmadzai on May 2, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    A Good Job were done by our Players So, dont be Pessimistic and keep on praying for much hard and good JOb. Love you all and proud on you all, keep on your good job and we all love and courage you for your great job , we all know that you have done good job and it is really not easy to play against the world No 1, i saw you all were more confident and as well nowroz managal till end of the game but sevral time MS Dhoni was looking concern and under pressure, so take it easy and make good playing plan for match againsta S Africa and i hope to give a chance to Mirwais Ashraf in coming match!!!!!!!!!!allah bless you All

  • Pullman on May 2, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    It's amazing how fast Afghanisthan is improving as a cricket team. Good on them!

  • Naqib Ahmad Khpulwak on May 2, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    SALAM TO ALL OF YOU AND YOUR GREAT FANS. No worries my lions, we are proud of you. you have done extremely well. I was crying from happiness while hearing the national anthem and then your pakhto speaking while fielding. It was unfortunate that you guys lost the toss. In terms of support, you can believe it how mad we are here in the United States, CA seeing you play. Though you couldn't hear our voice, but we did shout for you. As I always tell my friends, you are the only true reason for us in 21st century to be proud of. In terms of dancing, music, and screen etc, just take them easy guys. I have recently come here to the united states for my master degree and i was feeling the same, but it has gotten ok. Also, a friendly advice, tell Karim and Nawroz to ignore the camera, show up etc during the match as we felt they are caring too much. We love you, we are not disappointed and we want you to further shine. Masters deg student. Monterey, CA 0018313832656

  • Naqib Ahmad Khpulwak on May 2, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    SALAM TO ALL OF YOU AND YOUR GREAT FANS. No worries my lions, we are proud of you. you have done extremely well. I was crying from happiness while hearing the national anthem and then your pakhto speaking while fielding. It was unfortunate that you guys lost the toss. In terms of support, you can believe it how mad we are here in the United States, CA seeing you play. Though you couldn't hear our voice, but we did shout for you. We had gathered in face book to celebrate our lions. As I always tell my friends, you are the only true reason for us in 21st century to be proud of. In terms of dancing, music, and screen etc, just take them easy guys. I have recently come here to the united states for my master degree and i was feeling the same, but it has gotten ok. Also, a friendly advice, tell Karim and Nawroz to ignore the camera, show up etc during the match as we felt they are caring too much. We love you, we are not disappointed and we want you to further shine. Masters deg student.

  • Hussain Shahid on May 2, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Hi Hamid,

    Even though u lost the match against us... but u have certainly win our heart to reach this stage in so less time... Best of luck for the future, I hope we will see u more in the upcoming world events... Best of Luck for the future.. Hussain

  • Amarta on May 2, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    Congratulations to you and your team for putting up such a brave fight!!! We, the cricket loving public, are proud of you.

  • Ivan on May 2, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Hamid! You may have lost but this is just the beginning of your journey. Good luck in your game against SA but more importantly in the months and years ahead. I hope you continue to learn and grow and smile

  • Zabihullah Akhterzai on May 2, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Dear Hamid, All Afghan nation is proud of you gusy and are please to see you live on television playing agains the world champoins India. Win and loss is part of the game but over all the performance were up to the point and brilliant. Although Afghanistan lost first three wickets so quickly and that put preasure on the rest middle order. Bowlling was excellent and i think our fast bowllers are working hard and both line and lenght were ok and as a result Youvraj was not able to play shots. Feilding was good but still some missfielding cost Afghanistan to give more extra runs.

    Afghanistan Batting weak point is the bouncer we lost almost five wickets to bouncer which they need to realise and improve it.

    Hamid jan i like your enthousaisem and energy Handereds of thousands Afghans will be watching you on 5 night against SA Please handle Kallis slow balls and stayen bouncers.

    Allah Mo Mal Shah

    Wish you the most happy tournament and success

    Zabihullah Akhterza

  • Hizbur Rehman on May 2, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Wel done Guys. When the match started I thought if we put a 100+ score and make them play more than 10 overs to chase will be a good performance by Afghans in their first under pressure match against one of the strongest teams. Noor Ali and Asghar did a brilliant job. I always count on the captaincy of Nowroz Mangal, who is famous for come back in the tough and important matches. But in this match Nowroz Mangal almost lost his tactics. As you know, now the batsmen need to work harder, not only to use to playing short pitch deliveries but also keep in mind other week points as SA know that you will plan for short pitch but they may come with a different game plan. I think opening from Shapoor Zadran will be a good option, alongwith Nabi, then Mirwais and Samiullah and then Tiger(Hassan) and Nabi should bowl. Nowroz and Karim should'nt bowl, unless its needed. Karim, Nabi,& Shahzad should play their typical game, a bit carefully, as we count a lot on them. Wish U all the best against SA

  • Abhinav on May 2, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    I liked the look of the pacers that Afghanistan played especially the left armer... To come and play the worldcup in such a short span is no mean feat and certainly has caught the eye of those who look beyond the test playing nations. Look forward to seeing more of you guys.

  • jolly on May 2, 2010, 4:59 GMT

    Hamid, you guys played pretty well for what you are used to. We all know in what conditions you guys developed your game and hopefully you bench strength is good too to take over from you guys. Whatever you guys do dont end up like Bangladesh. Even after 12 years of playing international cricket those guys dont seem to have learnt anything. Learn from playing big guys and keep improving. Lets hope next time when you play india you can run them even more closer

  • Dhiraj on May 2, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    Forget about making your country proud, Hamid - you made the entire world proud!

    I'm Indian and I was still rooting for you guys. The only way you have to go is up. Best of luck for the coming games, you have another ardent supporter with you!

  • Ram on May 2, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Hamid, Gr8 to see guys from Afghanistan on cricket field, That was really nice show against the best side in the world, lotta good things to take from, u guys need to work on short pitch deliveries, and shot selection. Hoping to see you guys stun SA.

  • Veena on May 2, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Every one have experienced a bad day in their life. Even the master blaster starts his career with a bleeding nose. No matter you lose, it will be the rocks before gold. Even though my favourite team(india) win today, i didnt get that pleasure as usual, only reason because a group of young, hardworking, more suffered and more deserved team was on other end. Today yu were playing as a team more than the men in blue. Behalf of the 1 billion i thanking you people to give a memmorable debut to an icc event like this.

    And 1 more thing, you have still chances to make it to super8s beat RSA with out any mersey. We Indians also pray for the neighbours.

    Chak de

  • MR.A on May 2, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    it was really a gud show..keep it up..interesting to see ur match against mighty SA..i hope ur team will give a pleasant surprise in the tournament..keep it up..

  • Ali H. on May 2, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Hamid:

    We are very proud of you. Winning or losing is a trivial matter right now, and your spirits matter more to the whole world. I am not from Afghanistan, and neither are the millions of fans who are cheering for you and your team. It's the love for a team that has literally defied logic to be in this tournament!

    Go into the game against SAF, and just give that 100% that your team has been giving. You would have done justice to your fans around the world.

    And if you do qualify for the next round, I will be cheering for you even against my home side (Pakistan).

  • Mohammad Saleem on May 2, 2010, 4:40 GMT

    well, really fantastic performance Afghans did.... brilliant, India was much in pressure in some cases... LIGHT future Afghanistan! proud to be Afghan

  • NiCko on May 2, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    Good Luck Hamid, Nice article, good performance overall.

  • Karan on May 2, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Loved the way Afghanistan played, the commentary team had said the team is used to playing on cement so it would have been hard to adapt. I am a diehard indian fan but I was really happy to see Afghanistan do so well. Cheers Hamid. Good luck against South Africa, have a blast and cherish the moment, I feel Afghanistan is here to stay.

  • Karan on May 2, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Loved the way Afghanistan played, the commentary team had said the team is used to playing on cement so it would have been hard to adapt. I am a diehard indian fan but I was really happy to see Afghanistan do so well. Cheers Hamid. Good luck against South Africa, have a blast and cherish the moment, I feel Afghanistan is here to stay.

  • Asad on May 2, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    Great Mr. Hassan!

    The Afghan team is the heart of each and every Afghan, we are proud of you. The way you men played, was eough good than we were expecting. Doesn't matter you lost the match, because we you loose you learn. Hope in the coming match success will be yours. Ameen,

  • Krish on May 2, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Hello Hamid , First of all welcome to Worldcup 2010.I am huge Indian cricket Fan but I am a cricket fan first.I saw you guys today and felt proud of all you guys for making it through such adversities.Even though I did not want India to lose but I will be rooting for you guys throughout the tournament.All the best and make Afghans proud

  • sam on May 2, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    keep fighting and keep believing in yourself. know that you can only get better.

  • Gautham Ramesh on May 2, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Hamid,

    First up, congratulations for a great debut team effort in the world stage. I am Indian and it excites me to think about the future of Afghan Cricket. Feel free to pick the brains of Zaheer, Bhajji, Gauti and Dhoni...I am sure they will offer great tips and advise. I sincerely hope you guys qualify for the next round, and we get to see more of your brand of cricket.

    Best wishes for all your future endeavors!

  • Avnish on May 2, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Nice job Hamid! You guys played very well..and the 4th wicket partnership almost scared India. Good luck against South Africa! I really hope that you guys win!

    -An Indian

  • Ahmad Farhad Fidai on May 2, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Well done! Bravo ! Afghanistan and particularly Hamid, Shahpoor Zadran, Boom Boom Stanikzai and the Great Noor ALi.... WE AFGHANS ARE PROUD OF YOU AND WE ARE VERY CONFIDENT OF YOUR WIN INSHALLAH AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA ... ALL THE BEST AND YOU WILL SURE WIN...one thing to add wish zadran and samiullah been given the ball towards the end as well....

  • Azim on May 2, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Weldone Hamid we are really proud of you the way you have play yesterday, don't worry for the missing catch you have tried and everybody in the world have been missed many catches, well Afghans played very well more then our expectation in the first game i am sure you will play better then first one against SA Allah will help us we will pray for you gays go for it (no indian bowls like you and no indian batsman bat like noor ali) Alah Akbar

  • Azim on May 2, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    Weldone Hamid we are really proud of you the way you have play yesterday, don't worry for the missing catch you have tried and everybody in the world have been missed many catches, well Afghans played very well more then our expectation in the first game i am sure you will play better then first one against SA Allah will help us we will pray for you gays go for it Alah Akbar

  • KM on May 2, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    It was a funny game, as a matter of fact. It was as two point victory for India and a certain morale booster for the Afghans. In the end, both the teams won. I hope the Afghans keep enhancing their game and try to learn while they play against top teams in the world.

  • Juan on May 2, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    No worries Hamid. You might not have gotten the win, but you gave a very good account of yourselves, and your fans have every right to be proud of you. Hopefully some of you will land IPL contracts, and will win the chance to showcase your immense talent in front of the rest of the cricketing world. Best of luck against South Africa; if you give it your all, there is no reason why you can't be very competitive, or even win!

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  • Juan on May 2, 2010, 4:04 GMT

    No worries Hamid. You might not have gotten the win, but you gave a very good account of yourselves, and your fans have every right to be proud of you. Hopefully some of you will land IPL contracts, and will win the chance to showcase your immense talent in front of the rest of the cricketing world. Best of luck against South Africa; if you give it your all, there is no reason why you can't be very competitive, or even win!

  • KM on May 2, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    It was a funny game, as a matter of fact. It was as two point victory for India and a certain morale booster for the Afghans. In the end, both the teams won. I hope the Afghans keep enhancing their game and try to learn while they play against top teams in the world.

  • Azim on May 2, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    Weldone Hamid we are really proud of you the way you have play yesterday, don't worry for the missing catch you have tried and everybody in the world have been missed many catches, well Afghans played very well more then our expectation in the first game i am sure you will play better then first one against SA Allah will help us we will pray for you gays go for it Alah Akbar

  • Azim on May 2, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Weldone Hamid we are really proud of you the way you have play yesterday, don't worry for the missing catch you have tried and everybody in the world have been missed many catches, well Afghans played very well more then our expectation in the first game i am sure you will play better then first one against SA Allah will help us we will pray for you gays go for it (no indian bowls like you and no indian batsman bat like noor ali) Alah Akbar

  • Ahmad Farhad Fidai on May 2, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Well done! Bravo ! Afghanistan and particularly Hamid, Shahpoor Zadran, Boom Boom Stanikzai and the Great Noor ALi.... WE AFGHANS ARE PROUD OF YOU AND WE ARE VERY CONFIDENT OF YOUR WIN INSHALLAH AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA ... ALL THE BEST AND YOU WILL SURE WIN...one thing to add wish zadran and samiullah been given the ball towards the end as well....

  • Avnish on May 2, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Nice job Hamid! You guys played very well..and the 4th wicket partnership almost scared India. Good luck against South Africa! I really hope that you guys win!

    -An Indian

  • Gautham Ramesh on May 2, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Hamid,

    First up, congratulations for a great debut team effort in the world stage. I am Indian and it excites me to think about the future of Afghan Cricket. Feel free to pick the brains of Zaheer, Bhajji, Gauti and Dhoni...I am sure they will offer great tips and advise. I sincerely hope you guys qualify for the next round, and we get to see more of your brand of cricket.

    Best wishes for all your future endeavors!

  • sam on May 2, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    keep fighting and keep believing in yourself. know that you can only get better.

  • Krish on May 2, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Hello Hamid , First of all welcome to Worldcup 2010.I am huge Indian cricket Fan but I am a cricket fan first.I saw you guys today and felt proud of all you guys for making it through such adversities.Even though I did not want India to lose but I will be rooting for you guys throughout the tournament.All the best and make Afghans proud

  • Asad on May 2, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    Great Mr. Hassan!

    The Afghan team is the heart of each and every Afghan, we are proud of you. The way you men played, was eough good than we were expecting. Doesn't matter you lost the match, because we you loose you learn. Hope in the coming match success will be yours. Ameen,