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2010: Summer of Pakistan

Bowling legacy lives on

Kamran Abbasi
Mohammad Amir had Ricky Ponting caught behind early on the third morning, Pakistan v Australia, 2nd Test, Headingley, July 23 2010
Mohammad Aamer - the jewel in the bowling crown  © Getty Images
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As Pakistan registered their first win in over a decade against Australia it was fitting that two bowlers were at the crease. Without a doubt it is the bowlers who have won the match and settled the nerves of Pakistan’s supporters.

In Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, and the exhilarating Mohammad Aamer, Pakistan have a world-beating bowling attack—one that can provide the backbone for Pakistan’s recovery in international cricket. If Pakistan had batsmen to match, the world might truly be fearful. But that would be too much to ask and atypical of the Pakistan cricket we know, love, and pull our hair out over.

These young bowlers are fortunate to be supported by the wisdom of Waqar Younis, whose passion for his team has been evident on this tour. All the signals from the camp have been that the mood is good and the team upbeat despite a perpetual whirlwind that swirls around Pakistan cricket. The quick recovery from Shahid Afridi’s dramatic departure vindicates their claims.

Yet these solitary swallows of summer must multiply and fill the sky. Can Pakistan cricket make a habit out of winning? At least, for now, this season has taken a satisfying turn. And with fantastic Mr Aamer to lead the attack, the England series might not be quite the calamity that was expected.

In truth, Pakistan do need to strengthen their batting line-up even though the youngsters have done well and offered promise. The bowlers did just enough here to cover for the inexperience of the batsmen. Pakistan cricket is strongest when it has a formidable pace attack. Now that Aamer, Asif, and Gul are rising to the challenge, Pakistan supporters can begin to rest assured that they have a bowling line-up that does justice to the legacy of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, and Waqar.

A welcome victory, then, for Pakistan. But a more important outcome is the influential role that Mohammad Aamer, the jewel in the bowling crown, played in this enthralling series.

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Posted by Muhammad Zubair, Rawalpindi on (July 29, 2010, 8:20 GMT)

Congratulations on a victory which was much awaited by the fans supporting Pakistan. There were several lessons to be learnt from the victory. 1. I saw that Shoaib Malik was without any kind of confidence. He got out in a terrible manner in first innings.What a loose shot by "established" Test Player!!. in second innings with 36 runs to get, his catch was dropped by thrid slip. But he could hang on and North caught him after mere 10 runs (lucky to get those 10) 2. Pakistan should call back Muhammmad Yousuf and Younis Khan to make middle order ttrust worthy. 3. Umar Gul should avoid bowling short. Kaneria did not get wickets with his guile but by batsmen's mistake. Ajmal is far better than him.

Best of luck for England series

Posted by PCB JOKERS DIS AINT A JOKE on (July 28, 2010, 19:32 GMT)

PLZZZZZ some1 tell me how to convince pcb jokers to bring back MOYO,today sachin 2 years older then MOYO scored a century n watch d performance of MOYO in d disasterous series of N.W n aussy,almost every paki fan here wants MOYO BACK, younis khan too if he is in form, MOYO is not only a MUST for test but also for one dayers,pakis couldnt bat full 50 overs in all games of recent ASIA CUP,this problem of no reliable middle order is cuz d jokers never tried to create or support any in last 10 yrs,PAKI NEEDS miandads/inzies/MOYO present paki squad has no players who has "will" to perform better during test, look at ozzies 4 them test is more important then the match fixed world cups ameer n asif n best in england n gul n kaneria should b dropped, afridi has better test bowling ave then kaneria, kaneria has lost form since last 2 yrs, batsmen today fear saeed ajmal,i n in place of gul any fast bowler, MOYO marry katrina kaif may b then pcb jokers will include him,lol

Posted by Arif Khambaty on (July 28, 2010, 16:55 GMT)

A lot of comments indicate that we are fond of moving in circles. To me it hardly makes any sense to fall back on the fallen heroes, The two Ys to be exact. We should be brave and move forward with a new team. Azhar Ali and even Umar Amin have both shown that they have the talent and technique to become mainstay of our batting. They are young and agile in the field too. And then Umar can also be handy as a bowler. Fawad or yasir may be considered in place of Shoaib Malik too. And don't forget my earlier proposition of playing both spinners Danish & Saeed aongwith the three quickies. Remember, India once played four spinners in their 70's side and non could bat! And they were a very feared team, in terms of bowling as well as batting.

Posted by Tariq on (July 28, 2010, 15:21 GMT)

I beleive that Pak team needs some changes if they really want to continue winning. Shoaib Malik, Umar Amin and Umar Akmal do not justify there presence in the team. Similarly, i do not understand why PCB is so much persistant with Danish Kaneria, who is able to take wickets of tail enders at much heavy costs. He has been playing from the side for so many years but still he is not effective to turn the game. Salaman Butt should be retained captain for all three formats when he is quite good in every version.

Posted by Aquil Ahmed Siddiqui (Dubai) on (July 28, 2010, 14:37 GMT)

We should come out from victory euphoria over Aussies. It is better to concentrate on our team weaknesses during this match. The major weakness is our poor batting. We have not scored more than 300 in an inning from quite some time. Our batsmen loose their wicket after reaching 25 to 30 runs. Hardly any one scored half century and scoring a century is a forgotten story for long long time. When we are defending we don't take singles at all. We should make a habit of taking first single with a speed putting pressure on the fielder and if he fumble, then take second run too. Calling clear and loud is necessary to avoid run outs.

Posted by Arif faizan on (July 28, 2010, 13:55 GMT)

The solitary pakistani win over Australia is getting much hype.It appears pakistan has won the world and Australia world has collapsed.Remembers guys the problem plaguing pakistani cricket for over a decade was in full show at headingly.The batsmen still could not cope up with decent bowling and Australia nearly won the match inspite of nonexixstent 1st inning score.So dont be over enthusiastic as i see no redemption of this team in near future and be prepeared for more heartache in England.

Posted by Shahid on (July 28, 2010, 13:41 GMT)

With this btting line they can never win a match unless it happens by luck as in 2nd test against Australia. Yousef and Younis should have been included instead of Shoaib and Amin

Posted by Rashid Abbas on (July 28, 2010, 13:03 GMT)

Well Done Pakistan !!! I Think it,s the time now we should forget about Younis and Yousuf And Give chance 2 the youngsters we have talent in batting department as well provided the chance i.c Umar Akmal N Azhar Ali !!! in past 15 years we had talented bowling and bating line and we couldn,t even beat aussies in pakistan !!! So the credit goes out young team !!! and now we must stick 2 this

Posted by Gulab on (July 28, 2010, 12:33 GMT)

Dear Pakistanis: This is our habit as a nation that we forget all our defiencies once we have a win due to other team mistakes. We have no comfortable batting line up and no one is now talking how to improve it. If we left it as it is then I am sure be ready for white wash against England. This will not happen that all the times our bowlers will dismiss opposition below 100. Be ready for white wash if Yawar saeed and Ijaz Butt stick to country damaging agenda. We need Yousuf and Younas instead of Shoaib and Umar Amin (Imran Farhat) if we dream to have a good series otherwise ready for another series defeat.

Posted by ather on (July 28, 2010, 9:21 GMT)

I just heard the news that Misbah wants to retire end next year and looking to get a place in next years world cup. He should be told retire now instead of trying an emotional blackmailing (THAT I WANT TO RETIRE ON A HIGH NOTE BY PLAYING WC) I thought he was educated and might respect the upcoming youngsters to leave room for them willingly instead of getting kicked out. same goes for abdur razzq,he should reire from international cricket paving ways for up coming younsters like Hammad Azam or Anwar Ali etc. APOLOGIZE FOR GIVING AN UNRELATED COMMENT

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the international editor of the British Medical Journal. @KamranAbbasi

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