Pakistan v England 2012 January 19, 2012

Saeed Ajmal lifts Pakistani hearts

Never in the field of cricket conflict have so many enjoyed a match played before so few. Pakistan's thumping victory in Dubai was accompanied by shrill cries of glory that echoed around a near-empty stadium
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Never in the field of cricket conflict have so many enjoyed a match played before so few. Pakistan's thumping victory in Dubai was accompanied by shrill cries of glory that echoed around a near-empty stadium, but it was also greeted with a torrent of exultant tweets and status updates that rang out around the world.

This was the examination of Pakistan's progress that was anxiously awaited, a bout with the world's No.1 Test team, a tussle that might expose the illusion of Pakistan's cricketing resurrection. Instead, Misbah-ul-Haq's team moved their supporters a few steps closer to heavenly rapture.

England were disappointing, a batting performance unworthy of their status. But Pakistan have also made Sri Lanka look miserable here, and perhaps there is more substance to this revival than could have been hoped for? With Saeed Ajmal in such mesmeric form and Misbah's leadership more impresive by the day, Pakistan are capable of turning their Middle East abode into as much of a fortress as Karachi once was. On this evidence, Pakistan can be a power again in Test cricket and the world game will be better for it.

Ajmal was the master of mind games and ball control, unafraid to toss the ball up, confident in his variations. England played to Misbah's masterplan - he prefers to bowl first in such conditions - and Ajmal's wrists and fingers worked their magic. His elbows, meanwhile, extracted some unfair disgruntlement from an English commentator or two, despite the ICC declaring his doosra a legal delivery. A verdict on the legality of long sleeves is eagerly awaited.

To his credit, Matt Prior made no fuss about Ajmal's bowling action, after hitting England's best score, exposing the miserable effort of his colleagues. England's batsmen were collectively poor, a sharp contrast to Pakistan's excellent team bowling effort, Umar Gul and Abdur Rehman playing crucial supporting roles on the final day.

Where England were unreliable, Pakistan batted with solidity. They lacked a big innings that would have made England's task even tougher but it was a team batting display enriched by Adnan Akmal's pluckiness in the lower order. Pakistan's batsmen have replaced extravagence and brittleness with grit and consistency, and it is a formula that has allowed their match-winning bowlers to attack and Misbah to rule with an effortless and incisive calm.

England are far from done in this series, as their second-day bowling underlined. But the first match after that shameful day at Lord's in 2010 was always going to carry a thrilling significance for players and spectators of both teams, Pakistan's in particular. Team Misbah's stylish victory has restated that precious ability of sport to cleanse sins and lift hearts. For its manner and its poignancy, Pakistan's ten-wicket triumph will rank among the greatest in its gripping cricket history.

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

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  • Syed Sharjeel on February 6, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    What is more troublesome for England; a defeat or a defeats within 4 days, none of the test match saw the 5th day sun.. 1st test was over in 3 days with England defeated, 2nd test was over on 4th day with England defeated and 3rd test was over on 4th Day as well with same result, England defeated (World #1 Test team defeated 3-0)....by Pakistan..

    Proud to be a Pakistani and a its supporter.

  • Hassan Farooqi on January 29, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    @AfridiFan_MUFC: Adnan Akmal the "Teesra" of Akmal family? Loved that germ lol. He is the only Akmal I can't hate.

  • Zain Munawari on January 27, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    @Kamran Abbasi: I truly appreciate your each and every single word. I am an Indian, Cricket is my craze, so no grudge for Pakistan Cricket Team..

    Saeed Ajmal & other boys really made massive efforts to gain the victory and Mibah did superb piece of captaincy. I cherish the joy of victory for the young blooded and high confident Pakistani players.

    They brought smile and happiness on the faces of many Pakistani people & not just whole Pakistan would be proud of their national team's victory, but I truly believe that millions of Pakistani Cricket fans across the globe must have enjoyed watching these players playing the game with such a high-spirit.

    Cheers for your blog!!! Nicely written...

  • hussain on January 27, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Pak has always been saved by its bowling performances rather than batting. Our bowlers have earned many victories even on foreign soil.Pak is not afraid of giving chances to new bowlers rather than new batsmen. It was expected & the production/induction of new quality bowlers has cotinued since long.What needs to be addressed is our batting. Talent hunt scemes should be launched to discover young talent. Azhar is 1 of them. We need more such confident batsmen, to support our batting because only bowlers cannot give you victories all the time. Look at India,their batting power house just melted against Eng & Aus.

  • Fahad on January 27, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Younus Khan should definitely retire, he has the technique of a club cricketer and isnt suited to international cricket. The problem is who will take his place as pakistan is thin on batting talent. Umar Akmal has skill but no temprament. I see Pakistani batsmen celebrate their 50's like your supposed to celebrate a 100 maybe because they know they dont have the patience to hang around till 100. Until this mindset changes pakistan will always only show promise nothing else.

  • Asim on January 26, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    @ Nawaz Janjua: Mohammad Yousuf put the roadblocks in his career himself. He has too many restrictions and limitations when it comes to playing for the country. Just recently, he was denied inclusion in a county team because he wanted to take a month off for Ramadhan. When you sign a contract, you're under obligation to be available and perform when you are required. If because of your obligations, you are not able to fast for a few days out of the month, you can make up for those fasts later. When you take a job and then you don't perform fully, then you are stealing by not working for your money, and that is also a sin.

  • rana tike toafi wala rana pakistani on January 24, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Hi everyone want pakistan team to be united wat about as nation we ever going To be united

  • Fahad on January 23, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Pakistan have a tendency to get complacent, if that happens in the second test you can kiss the series goodbye, a good team would got for the kill and not rely on the third test.

  • M. Nawaz Janjua on January 23, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Dear Kamran, Your good article seems to deliver the right appreciation to Pak Team members and for whole of Pakistan. I have to ask you only one question. WHAT ABOUT Mohammad Yousuf? Why is he out of the game? Is it politics or the usual PCB stubborness? Yousuf is still fit, playing county cricket successfully and he can surely manage 2/3 years of test cricket. Do you think he would be included in the Pak Test team? Arn't we losing a class player once again very early in his top form? Why can't we give our legend players a respectful retirement? If the same will happen to Younus Khan & Misbahul Haq later? Please write about this. We are awaiting your article. Thanks for the consideration.

  • A.R.Zaidi on January 23, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    my only reservation about Pakistan is their batting, they still need a lot of experience in the middle. But Pakistani boys did wonderfully well at Dubai despite all odds against them,this is a great news for future of cricket here. English team feel prey to arrogance, over confidence and No 1 position tag. Misbah,s team won because of humility, hardwork and team's dependence on raw talent. Hats off to u young Pakistani cubs who tamed the English lion so easily!

  • Syed Sharjeel on February 6, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    What is more troublesome for England; a defeat or a defeats within 4 days, none of the test match saw the 5th day sun.. 1st test was over in 3 days with England defeated, 2nd test was over on 4th day with England defeated and 3rd test was over on 4th Day as well with same result, England defeated (World #1 Test team defeated 3-0)....by Pakistan..

    Proud to be a Pakistani and a its supporter.

  • Hassan Farooqi on January 29, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    @AfridiFan_MUFC: Adnan Akmal the "Teesra" of Akmal family? Loved that germ lol. He is the only Akmal I can't hate.

  • Zain Munawari on January 27, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    @Kamran Abbasi: I truly appreciate your each and every single word. I am an Indian, Cricket is my craze, so no grudge for Pakistan Cricket Team..

    Saeed Ajmal & other boys really made massive efforts to gain the victory and Mibah did superb piece of captaincy. I cherish the joy of victory for the young blooded and high confident Pakistani players.

    They brought smile and happiness on the faces of many Pakistani people & not just whole Pakistan would be proud of their national team's victory, but I truly believe that millions of Pakistani Cricket fans across the globe must have enjoyed watching these players playing the game with such a high-spirit.

    Cheers for your blog!!! Nicely written...

  • hussain on January 27, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Pak has always been saved by its bowling performances rather than batting. Our bowlers have earned many victories even on foreign soil.Pak is not afraid of giving chances to new bowlers rather than new batsmen. It was expected & the production/induction of new quality bowlers has cotinued since long.What needs to be addressed is our batting. Talent hunt scemes should be launched to discover young talent. Azhar is 1 of them. We need more such confident batsmen, to support our batting because only bowlers cannot give you victories all the time. Look at India,their batting power house just melted against Eng & Aus.

  • Fahad on January 27, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Younus Khan should definitely retire, he has the technique of a club cricketer and isnt suited to international cricket. The problem is who will take his place as pakistan is thin on batting talent. Umar Akmal has skill but no temprament. I see Pakistani batsmen celebrate their 50's like your supposed to celebrate a 100 maybe because they know they dont have the patience to hang around till 100. Until this mindset changes pakistan will always only show promise nothing else.

  • Asim on January 26, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    @ Nawaz Janjua: Mohammad Yousuf put the roadblocks in his career himself. He has too many restrictions and limitations when it comes to playing for the country. Just recently, he was denied inclusion in a county team because he wanted to take a month off for Ramadhan. When you sign a contract, you're under obligation to be available and perform when you are required. If because of your obligations, you are not able to fast for a few days out of the month, you can make up for those fasts later. When you take a job and then you don't perform fully, then you are stealing by not working for your money, and that is also a sin.

  • rana tike toafi wala rana pakistani on January 24, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Hi everyone want pakistan team to be united wat about as nation we ever going To be united

  • Fahad on January 23, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Pakistan have a tendency to get complacent, if that happens in the second test you can kiss the series goodbye, a good team would got for the kill and not rely on the third test.

  • M. Nawaz Janjua on January 23, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Dear Kamran, Your good article seems to deliver the right appreciation to Pak Team members and for whole of Pakistan. I have to ask you only one question. WHAT ABOUT Mohammad Yousuf? Why is he out of the game? Is it politics or the usual PCB stubborness? Yousuf is still fit, playing county cricket successfully and he can surely manage 2/3 years of test cricket. Do you think he would be included in the Pak Test team? Arn't we losing a class player once again very early in his top form? Why can't we give our legend players a respectful retirement? If the same will happen to Younus Khan & Misbahul Haq later? Please write about this. We are awaiting your article. Thanks for the consideration.

  • A.R.Zaidi on January 23, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    my only reservation about Pakistan is their batting, they still need a lot of experience in the middle. But Pakistani boys did wonderfully well at Dubai despite all odds against them,this is a great news for future of cricket here. English team feel prey to arrogance, over confidence and No 1 position tag. Misbah,s team won because of humility, hardwork and team's dependence on raw talent. Hats off to u young Pakistani cubs who tamed the English lion so easily!

  • Munzi on January 23, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    After targeting two of our main bowlers with the help of their tout Azhar Majeed and Mr. Butt, English cricket and their media were thinking that their team will beat Pakistan team but the unfortunately the dreams of English team, English media and the ICC group scattered and now Pakistani team became their nightmare. Good luck for Pakistani team and English team and media should learn some manners and must show some characters value. It is not good that when you are wining everything is ok and when losing, then starts crying about ball, sleeves and actions.

  • syed rehman on January 23, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Pakistan currently have huge pipe line for very good batsmen and bowlers. It is impossible to use their talent in current selection format and wasting these talents and frustrating them at the same time. Also we are all watching very busy schedule, one series after the other, wondering how a player can maintain his interest in the game if it is a non stop scenario. We have just witnessed Indian team failing miserably, I think there is no inner desire for the players to prove thenselves, it is just another match.

    Pakistan should maintain two or three teams and should assign a team to a series and after the series is over team should be given a rest and new fresh team should be playing the next series. This will allow the players to maintain their interest and save them from the fatigue. Or, ICC need to come up with new guidelines e.g. team must rest for a month or so before they can engage in new series. This will also help to maintain the fan's interest in the game.

  • syed rehman on January 23, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    From Chicago.

    I am 58 years old and live in Chicago. I still enjoy watching cricket and love to see Pakistan performong and winning.

    Kamran, I love your blog and using this forum, i like to convey one very important thing;

    We should not force our players to speak english when they are not comfortable. They should speak the language they are confortable with. We have hired these players for their cricket skills not for their english language skills. Do you think if China joins cricket game, they will be speaking english in front of the crowd? in World cup soccer, teams express theselves in their own language. So we should not embarras our players in fron t of the crowd, plus they can express their views much better and can be translated by any other person if necessary.

  • saoud butt on January 22, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    no praise can be too high for saeed ajmal he is artist more then a bollower , he has given a new art and honour to spin bollowing , he has a creative mind and i think that such bollower's are born after decades of decades so therefore he deserve very high high respect beacause he has given a new tradition , class and respect to his job....

  • faisal iqbal laghari on January 22, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    no doubt pak playing aggressively,pakistani are dark hourses ,they have no time to rude any team

  • fkhawaja on January 22, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    great great win for pakistan. the best team at present on form and not paper. england are on decline and they know it.the south asian tour will show that. pakistan needs to counter the media attack with a strong media manager for the team who can express our views clearly and represent pakistan cricket well. as for england , we all know they are scared that is why they are using dirty tactics to distract ajmal to counter his threat. shame on you england.if they were really number one they should prove it on field and not use the infamous british media to do their dirty work.

  • AMEER JAN on January 22, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Yep Congrat pakistan for a memorable win, keep it up , umer akmal and Junaid khan should part of second test instead of Asad shafiq and Cheema, we want to see good cricket. surly ajmal is far more better then Swannnnnnnn. Ameer (QATAR)

  • Saad on January 21, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    I dont know where everyone is getting the conception that the British media is portraying Ajmal's action as not legit. This is hardly the case and all stories I have read here in UK are praising him as a wonderful bowler and criticising the one ex cricketing individual who raised it up. Just because one ex cricketer from England said something, you can't imagine the whole country or media is like that. I mean after all 3 Pakistani cricketers shamed the whole nation and yet the English team have moved on and no one would ever say that whole Pakistani team or nation is like that. I read in one of the comments English are bad losers. I beg to differ. Imran Khan who captained the team that defeated the English team in the Finals of World Cup is highly admired in society here. The media is full of praise of Misbah and Saeed and how they get into the oppositions head. lets not start assuming things...

  • Enigma on January 21, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Nothing to crow about.pakistan will not win in SA, WI (LOL), England, Australia and India.

  • Danish Ali on January 21, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    We have to win 3-0, it will be better than winning a worldcup.

  • kamran j on January 21, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Naveed, no doubt Umar Akmal has world of talent but current success that Pakistani team enjoying is a combination of talent, temperament and most importantly joint effort. As Mohsin Khan said that all sixteen players(eleven on the field, five off the field) are star players. Personally I cannot forget phony finger bandage stories of Umar's not once but twice(In Australia 2010 and then in World Cup). There is no compromise to the integrity of your team. Butt, Asif and bejara Amir are also great players. Now they are no longer in the team and still Pakistan took care of no, 1 test cricket team in 3 days. I salute Misbah, Mohsin and every team player for giving their 100%. Naveed, Can't you see it...................

  • mr hamilton perkins on January 21, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Funny how Bob Willis didnt see anything wrong with Saeed Ajmals action in 2010 when he was an also ran bowler in that series in england. Now all of a sudden it has got up Bobs nose. Bob is one of the most old skool colonialists living int the past, a career muck racker when it comes to all things Pakistan he should be thoroughly ashamed of himself.

  • Usman on January 21, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Great to see our Indian brothers supporting and praising Pakistan

  • imran ali on January 21, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    My advice to Sir Bob Willis.........! sir,i totally agree with that Mr. ajmal should not wear the full sleeves as only English spinner like swann can wear the full sleeves as he is an English, and about the Gul, how on earth a bowler can bend his back that much. Mr. Gul must have installed a robotics components on his back. and what about Hafeez....! how an average batsman like him can score that much runs in a year...!Sir you should also check his bat. i suspect there is something wrong in it...! and don't forget to check the Abdul rehmans action too.....! he looks like a culprit to me..........!

  • Iqbal on January 21, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    Well done, Pakistan. Keep it up. You've given our nation something to cheer about.

    It's great to see so many Indians sending their congratulatory messages to Pakistan cricket team and fans. Thank you so much my Indian friends. Hope your team comes up with a strong reply in the last test against Aussies to make the point that they are still a top team.

  • Rashid on January 21, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Try to bring back Amir when available[Needs to take special care]

    Yusuf can teach youngster how to bat in any condition.[Team needs him as player and mentor,under Missbah's captaincy]

    Umar Akmal specially needs help on batting and attitude.[No need to repeat of Amir incident]

  • NAVEED on January 21, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    pakistani team now one couple.thats why now they will win against the all team.also we need the umar akmal here.he is the great player,

  • Uber_Tachyon on January 21, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Dear Pakistanis, The comments in this article section clearly demonstrates that if we kick out some foul mouthed trolls, there is much camaraderie and warmth to be shared between us. Congratulations on the brilliant win and best wishes for the series... Regarding Ajmal, you have our full support. Mind you that even during the match-fixing saga, we fully supported that fantastic talent, Amir, but of course, not the other two.

    Long live Indo-Pak friendship!

  • sahee on January 21, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    excellent article sir. well done on part of Pakistan. they out played Englishmen. but Pakistan should now focus on next match an try to win it and prove themselves true champs.Mr. bob Grapes are sour.... :)

  • Tariq Razi on January 21, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Very well written article.

    I think Pakistan performed in a well coordinated manner in accordance with the needs of the situations as they arose.

    Misbah's captaincy, calm, and insight into both state of the team and ground was a huge plus. I think our batting was still brittle to an extent though the Brits were unable to expose it. I thought the way Brit fast bowlers were swinging the new ball in the 2nd innings was quite dangerous. We need to look out for a strong Brit fightback in the 2nd and 3rd tests.

  • AAMIR on January 21, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    I think it is the best way to Answer Swann's Comment about CHAMPION SAEED AJMAL. we PAkistani is the lion of performance, not the words

  • Dravid_Gravitas on January 21, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    First of all, many thanks to Pakistan team for giving this joy to Pakistanis and many Indians. I don't want to congratulate your team because, you congratulate somebody for a win, agar woh jeet apnon ka na ho tho, aur wus jeet ko apna na samjhe tho. Don't know how to put that in English. So, cricinfo please don't moderate my post. I want all the Pakistani Brothers over here to see an Indian conveying his heartfelt thanks to Team Pakistan. If somebody gives us happiness, we don't congratulate them. We thank them and that's what I want to do first. Next, thanks to Kamran Bhai for this lovely piece, a piece where there is a talk about the victor and the chief architect - Ajmal. The main cricinfo page articles after the match were in such a sorry state that I was aghast. We, the helpless readers, were being spammed with articles that want to make us believe how good the English are and how this loss was self-inflicted, as though they are experts of Asian conditions. Jai Ho Pakistan!

  • Salman (India) on January 21, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    It was great performance. well done Pakistan. Misbah is doing great job. But why are we discrediting Shahid Afridi's efforts. I feel Afridi deserves credit too!

  • Muhammad Iqbal on January 21, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    Its a shame that the English media and ex cricketers are trying to spoil another good series. Time after time, whenever English cannot come to terms with an attack,then they tend bring in controversies.

    Previously it was reverse swing by Wasim and Waqar and they were called cheats but now when English bowlers are reverse swinging, then it is an art.

    Now the same with the doosra. Once they get to perform the same technique, then it will be considered an art by the English bowlers.

    I must say, the English are not graceful losers for sure. And everytime they get away with it. But the problem lies with the sub continent cricket boards who allow such day light robberies. I wonder when they are going to learn and react stronlgy instead of lying down and taking it up their chin.

  • dilawar on January 21, 2012, 3:31 GMT

    when 2010 spot fixing scandal hit Pakistan cricket i was very disappointed because deep down i knew it was all set up didn't care much afterwords nor did i follow the trail cuz i knew Pakistan have capability to come back as strong as any team in the world or better and when you have faith in your team or country it doesn't matter how long it takes to win a test match against a side which put you in a position or your country which people will never forget i hope my scares will be healed after this series fingers cossed..........

  • Abdul Basit on January 21, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Despite of all controversy Pakistan Manage to win by huge margin.A team which was down a year ago by spot fixing allegations and three top players trapped but after that series Pakistan did excellent job to put country on top.Well played Pakistan .(Thx to all Indian fans for appreciating Pakistan this is very good to see.)

  • Robin Junaid on January 21, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    England is a great team no doubt but they are sore losers, particularly when it comes to Pakistan.They always find one excuse or another and vilify Pakistan when they lose. Remember Shakoor Rana-Mike Gatting affair,ball tampering allegations in 1992 and many such instances.I always admired Bob willis for the player he was and for his fairness but I lost all respect for him when he accused Ajmal,the greatest spinnrr at this time, of crooked elbow. But my greatest fear is Gooch who is the sorest looser of them all.Wait and see what kind of allegations he comes up with, now that he is the England batting coach and his pupils have failed so miserably.

  • Zain on January 21, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    Ajmal action is odd, when you look at his arm turning just before he delivers, its not smooth, it looks like he is trowing the ball. That's a shame! I wished he had an action like Swann then there would no controversy.

  • Sulu on January 21, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    If Sportsmanship existed with English team than 2010 would have not been the issue(U R right Dr. Ahmed). The bowlers Mohammed Asif and Mohamed Amir were just too good for the English team. Call 2010, a year of fixing the spot-fixings. For thirty years ICC & Co. did not look into this matter and chose 2010 to prove to the world that ICC is so vigilant. An eighteen year old world class bowler with no knowledge of the consequences who could have been saved by the vocabularies in the code of conduct i.e. through education, discipline, misc help, etc. This recent win can help Pakistani team go all the way with unity & solidarity. Doors were once slammed at Pakistani players and time is now to slam it back. All have witnessed enough what cricket has gone through and only hope that such is not repeated. Keep it up Kamran. Mohammed Amir will soon join Misbah & Co. and will cherish his presence. (Nihal-good thoughts, it only a sport).

  • Senthil on January 21, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    I know pakistan always produce best fast bowlers and good spinners like Abdulqadir,Mustaq..As far as i know pakistan always tough opponent and unpredictable opponent in any pitches becos of balanced spin and Fast and inswinging bowlers.I always love to watch Wasim bhai's bowling.I am indian i love to watch pakistan.Only weakness i found recently in Pakistan batting doesnt have legends like Miandad,Salim malik,sayeed Anwar.Other than Md.Yousuf and Younis Khan other players playing like oneday.Misbah is exceptional.clever criketer adjust his criket accordingly.I love pakistan to win 3-0.ENG tiger in ENG and paper tiger in Asian continent.Hahaha.What Geoffrey Boycott going to say.Dont Blame India.every country strong in their soil.Prove now against pakistan they are number One.I love pakistan Go...You have talent.

  • Prasad on January 21, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    From an Indian fan - well done Pakistan! What a fantastic victory and what a way to defeat the No.1 test team! Keep going and make sure to win the series by at least 2-nil. That will make all the biased English commentators shut up for good! Great to see a sub-continent team winning in test cricket (considering how India is getting thrashed in Aus these days).

  • Javaid Ishtiaq on January 20, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    @ Stone and David Furrows, I understand the "pain" you are going through wih the Pakistan victory. It sounds as if you are the only "well-wisher" of the Pakistan Cricket future. Just wait and see, some more salt and "mirchi" too is coming to your way for rubbing. ?Remember Mike Atherton with sand in his pocket during the test match.

  • GH on January 20, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Indeed true!!! Se how Good!! we as a Nation are!! Last Year in May AJMAL was the UGLY DUCKLING!!! but now he is DARLING!!!

  • jimmmy on January 20, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    england are very worried ?????

  • Kamran Khan on January 20, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    One thing I hate is he British media not giving Pakistan the credit they deserve, instead they will knock there own team just as much as they praise them (a bit over the top on occasions) when they win. Just read Johnathan Agnew's column on the BBC. I hope Pakistan not only win but whitewash Eng in the whole series but will be more than delighted with them winning. England need to be bought down a peg or two, however even if England lose I do not think Pakistan will get the credit they deserve, becuase it is Pakistan.

  • S. Khan on January 20, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    FINALLY some reason for joy for long suffering Pakistan cricket fans. The team really OWED the poor fans this victory and now they must maintain their form and show consistency. Asad Shafiq after numerous chances has failed to establish himself and Umar Akmal should be played instead. The Pak team still has a big weakness that we really don't have an allrounder of class. Remarkable win and most commendable for a team that has faced and overcome such great adversity in the last 1.5 years.

  • Jamal Syed on January 20, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    @BoomBoom: Why are we labelling him as defensive? I did not see anything in this match for him to earn that label. In fact bringing Hafeez on in sixth over was brilliant and bold.

  • Faisal on January 20, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Pakistan proved that they can do any thing when they want. this performance is the bright evidence that no one can defeat us when we are together. Good Luck Pakistan

  • mohammed riaz on January 20, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    typical Pakistani fans response,one win and they are world champions!!!

    What rubbish,wait till our gora boys come back with Ravi Bopara in the next test,inshAllah

  • lovepak on January 20, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    i have a beautiful feeling that the next decade is going to see a whole new Pakistan. I have a feeling that our country will finally start to fulfill the potential it was meant to, in every field. long live Pakistan. we will all work hard, together. see what can be achieved when we all unite and be a team! :)

    GO GET THE WORLD, PAKISTAN!!

  • Mr Hamilton Perkins on January 20, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    David Furrows do you know anything about Pakistani cricket? Why on earth would shahid afridi be bought in to replace Abdul rahman? Rahman is just as good as Ajmal and he will show it in this series. While your shahid afridi and umer akmal are not, well not, and never will be test quality batsmen, they dont have the temprament and are purely one day players. Your proposition that Amir reemerge as some anti corruption saint is laughable....a good start for amir would be admitting he lied to the ICC in 2011 and finishing his richly deserved jail sentence. pakistani cricket has huge talent resources Amir isnt needed. The same way we can find a ajmal or rahman at age 32 30 from nowhere we can find a new amir.w have already junaid khan

  • mudassar on January 20, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    hai all time you have trie sololay and them you have get know win all the dream

    BEST LUCK MA B GOT BLESS YOU

  • Nasir on January 20, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    There is NOW that England can win even 1 match....... Pakistan is very well prepared for series..... Series Pak-Eng 2-0

  • Abdul Qadoos on January 20, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    congratulations to Pakistan cricket team fans and the Nation for great performance after the spot fixing controversy,the current team,captain players responded magnificently. After all that i have little criticism of our run rate, we need someone of Umar Akmal's caliber to balance the team,as it is Apart from Hafeez we do not have a stroke player who can push score along at pace to setup target to opposition.Taufeeq/Younis/misbah/Shafiq are much of the same slow scoring players.

  • Rauf on January 20, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    I don't know if anyone noticed or not but Graeme Swann wore long sleeves all thru the test match. Does Bob Willis have any comment on that?

  • krish on January 20, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Kamran – I would like to congratulate you and every Pakistani cricket fan for a memorable win! As most Indians, I have always been in awe of the cricketers Pakistan has produced. Sometimes wishing why we couldn't have these flamboyant players who could change a session in minutes. Mind you, I thought your administration were a yard or two ahead of ours too - only in corruption and myopic thinking. The Pakistani win in Dubai and our debacle in England and Oz show one thing for sure - it is not flamboyant cricketers that always win you games, it is the disciplined, incisive and attacking players who recognise when the tide is in your favour and grab the match by the scruff or its neck that win games. It is great to see the phenomenally talented Pakistani side show the discipline and cricketing acumen to topple the no. 1 side. Perhaps our boys can learn a thing or two from Misbah’s men. And how things have changed - our administrators are now more corrupt and greedy than yours ....

  • Shahid on January 20, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Thanks for supporting Pakistan. Plz also support Pakistan for IPL too. Since 2 years IPL is without Pakistan team. This will help promoting cricket in subcontinent.( Bhahot kar li hum nai dushmani) Its new era of sub continet which start by winning world cup by india in 2011. (Message For press,media and cricket india)

  • faheem on January 20, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Great Victory, Well done Misbah, Gul, Ajmal and hafeez,Keep it up, make it 3-0 white wash.

  • Shahzad on January 20, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Gr8 victory for Pakistan. This is a habit of the British of starting blame whenever they loose instead of showing any sports-man-spirit. Look the history of early nineties and then Oval dispute of ball-tmapering allegations. Bring Umar Akmal in place of Asad, then Pakistan team will be perfectly fine to defeat so called No 1 team

  • sufyan on January 20, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    world best spinners but bring little late...already above 30 but hope they will play maore 3 to 4 years...

  • Bilal on January 20, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    I am pleasantly surprised to see pro Pakistan comments by Indian fans. Its good to see that lot of Indians are taking interest in this series and supporting Pakistan. I hope BCCI also takes note and accept PCB's offer to revive bilateral ties with Pakistan. I bet it would be lot more interesting to watch India Pak Series then Chennai playing Rajasthan in IPL.

  • Arshad Khan on January 20, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Bob Willis' comments about the 15 degree nonsense may have been deliberate but he was entirely entitled to his views. Let us take him on face value and consider that he had no hidden agenda behind those remarks. Well done pak team.

  • Abdullah Shaikh on January 20, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    I thought Adnan Akmal's knock with the bat was very decisive in the situation. Also his glove work was good. Hope he does not go the Kamran way.

  • M.Haseeb Imran Ali on January 20, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Very well done Team Pakistan good keep it up and beat England in all formats and improve your ranking !

  • Sohail on January 20, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Well written, Kamran! This was indeed a victory to savour. And thanks to all our Indian friends for their encouraging comments!

  • harun on January 20, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Pak played better cricket,the English just could not take the way they were trashed and have come out with Ajmals action. Ajmal plays for Warwickshire in English County Cricket and I have watched the 40 and T20 on Tv never heard any Commentator having questioned his action. India trashed them at home in 5 ODI"s and Pak should raoe there happieness.

  • Masroor on January 20, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    I love the way the pakistan team is playing these days and i really think that England can not win a test here..The only problem so far with pakistan seems to be their slow run rate..They should just pile up more runs in slightly quick time..Rest 10 on 10 for their bowling...Really impressed by this team

  • RAJ on January 20, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    come on pakistani bhailog make it 3-0 give this whining brits a good thumping. This is from a Indian fan, good so see the junnon back in the pakistani cricket team

  • Saleem Sabir on January 20, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    well done Pakistan, i was in the ground yesterday and it was a treat to watch Gul and Ajmal bowling with the hunger for the wickets, it is unfair to blame all English fans for not taking defeat nicely .All the English supporters i met in the ground were not complaining about any bowling actions or Long sleeves but were all Praising the purformance of the Misbah's team....! i believe its just the English Media which can not accept the defeat...! All Indian Fans here , we wish you all the best .. Iam sure India will bounce back hard in the ODIs.

  • Atif on January 20, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Love you AJMAL!

  • Zeeshan - London on January 20, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Finally something to celebrate!

    The Pakistan team have been spectacular in this match. The high achieving English batsmen came up against a pack of wolves that suffocated and out thought them. English commentators will say they played poor shots but they had no alternatives as the bowlers gave them very little.

    A lot of credit has got to go to Misbah and the management who have stuck with the same 11-14 players since the match fixing scandal. If they continue with this philosophy Pakistan will just get stronger. One of the key points of Imran Khans captaincy was his he gave his team a lot of confidence in their ability and there place in the team that calmed nerves and allowed team unity to flourish. Prior to Misbah becoming captain the players just played every game like there last and that mind-set is slowly changing and there gaining confidence with every hard fought draw and victory.

    Its early days but if Pakistan continue they will just become harder and harder to beat!

  • Malik on January 20, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    its realy nice to that indian suppoters are backing and congratulating Team Pakistan, so being a Pakistani suppoter i wish them best of luck for upoming fourth test aginst Aussies

  • zullu on January 20, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    I beleive our test team is fantastic.........Umar Akmal should be included in pace of asad shafeeq to add some aggression in the batting line up....i will also improve the overall runrate of the team ( which is needed if you want to win test matched continuously )....Great Victory and Saeed Ajmal in no doubt the best bowler in the workd now a days....Keep it up !

  • Anwar on January 20, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    I was so full of emotions.. I cried out loud Very Happy to see my team doing so well Allah O Akbar!

  • Asim Iqtidar on January 20, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Congrats to Pak team, all the fans of cricket (not of a particular country). Good to have the lower of the good sportsmen and not to teams and countries. Cheema is still a good bowler but remained unlucky to get wickets. If he is unfit for the next match then we should change him with Riaz or Junaid. Abdul Rehman have also played a suberb role in this match but supporting Saeed Ajmal along with Hafeez. Go Pakistan.

  • Salim on January 20, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Lets hail the combined determination of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan to lift Pakistan cricket that since 2006 has taken blow after blow due to its poor administration. The likes of Dr. Naseem Ashraf, Ijaz Butt, Yawar Saeed & Intikhab Alam should never be seen anywhere near PCB headquarters. The above named gentlemen brought petty and pathetic mind-set into Pakistan cricket.The millions of dollars being poured into teh country by the ICC needs to go towards building of regional academies and redevelopment of Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad and other neglected cricket grounds. A very clinical and un-Pakistani triumph could should not be under-estimated.

  • Karamat Chaudry on January 20, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    Shame on you Bob Willis ! Can't you admit like a good sportsman that your World No 1 Brits can lose if their opponents play better. Must you refer to doosras and teesras and make the Pakistani performance look suspect. And now that you have nothing to say you talk about full sleeves, next you'll be talking about wrist bands and abdomen guards. Come on Willis, be a sport, call a spade a spade, the Brits can also lose. They are not as great as the Australians were under Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting a few years back.

  • Amjad mughal on January 20, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    you have made us PROUD .pakistna cricket zinda bad

  • Arslan on January 20, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    such a wonderful victory of pakistan. now they are looking more consistent more professional. i hope this will countinue in future too...best of luck Pakistan Go green Go Green :-)

  • Omar Hussain on January 20, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    Nice article.This win is most unexpected and a wonderful lift for the image of Pakistan Cricket.Lets hope our boys keep up this tempo.England will do better but lets saviour this famous victory fot the moment.Mubarakabad to all the team ,all the nation and you Mr.Abbasi.

  • Jay on January 20, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Well written piece giving full credit where it is due. Pakistan played thoroughly professional Test cricket. Their bowlers established a stranglehold which the batsmen built on and then the bowlers finished it off with pace and spin complementing each other superbly. While Saeed Ajmal was the spearhead, let us not forget the fine supporting roles played by Umar Gul, Cheema and Rahman, not forgetting the man with the golden arm, Hafeez who started the rout. As for the batting, there were no collapses and no playing to the gallery, superb keeping and batting by Adnan Akmal. But the maestro was Misbah with his superb captaincy, calm demeanour and stolid middle-order batting. Shabaash !! Finish off England and then go get Australia.

  • Pushkar Singh on January 20, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Well played guys...even though I still believe Eng are the no. 1 team in the world, this Pakisatan win shows that they are beatable. They are not Aussies of early 2000 but still a very fine outfit, excellent at home and good at away. Looking forward to a exciting test series unlike whats happening in downunder.

  • Syed Badar Munir on January 20, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan and Misbah and company on such a morale boosting and confident victory. Very nice article about the performance of Pakistan. Enlgand will come hard in the next Test so be prepared Pakistan and Inshallah you will win and Kamran will write another great article like this One.

  • cricketlover on January 20, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Amazing feat by Pakistan, but not praised proportionately by the opposing skipper or the foreign media. Also, the fact that Strauss persevered with Anderson and Broad in the closing stages of the Test, when a paltry 15 runs were required for the inevitable win, speaks of the Englishmen's arrogance. Why, did they think that they could bowl out Pakistan in about four overs? Truly absurd! Well done, Pakistan! Just keep your focus on the game without paying too much attention to distractions.

  • Abdul Hameed on January 20, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    I do not love Misbah's Tuk Tuk as ball must be played on merit; if it deserves as left than leave, deserves a hit than and deserves to be blocked than block. But, his strategies as captain and dealing with players, media and management is excellent. Once I heard The Great Imran Khan saying,"cricket is not football where coach is the key person. In cricket; captain is the key person. If your captain is good; you can win even without a coach".

  • Tahir Rajput on January 20, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    Thanks too Allah. IshahAllah Pakistan will come No1 in World test Ranking

  • Azfar Khan on January 20, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    Thanks to all the indian fans for supporting Team Pakistan and appreciating good cricket. We wish the Indian team well too, hope they can pick up their game and play up to their true potential!

  • Usama Zafar on January 20, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    The commentators for CricInfo for this Pak England series have constantly disappointed me on the fact by saying that Pieterson savours 'big crowds' and his ego feeds off them and that his failure to perform somehow is related to the empty stands. NO ITS NOT. Put Sachin, Ponting, Kallis or any other on this pitch & no matter what the circumstances they will perform! As a key figure for this English side, Pieterson needs to drop the ego act and just perform. Who cares if 1 man is watching him or a crowd of 30,000? Just score!!

  • Waqar Hasan on January 20, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    England succumbed to the deceptive bowling of Ajmal.But looking at Pakistan,the only thing they have to worry about is finding a couple of decent middile order batsmen.Apart from that,they have all bases covered.they have a barrage of spinners waiting to represent Pakistan.the world knows how Pakistan has mesmerized everyone by introducing supremely talented teenage bowlers from no where and shoved them into the national team.in my opinion there's not a lot of difference now between india and Pakistan.the arch rivals are set to clash on 18th March in the asia cup game in dhaka.and we'll see who comes out on top.

  • Anwar Mirza on January 20, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    I really want to see 3-0 Pakistan. This will teach them a lesson!

  • majidmalik on January 20, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    It was wonderful to watch Pakistan winning the test against better side , well i like highlight couple of things : In next match Pakistan should go with Umar Akmal than Asad Shafiq , because he has capabilities to turn the game around. Younis - Misbah & Shafiq all played in the same manners so we need a player who can score runs little quicker than others and also he has all the shots to play. Second if Cheema not full fit than go with Junaid Khan because in last games he played he can bowl over and round the wickets with good pace and swing... Wahab is a good bowler but some times he is unable to bring the back in to right handers and becomes predictable...Need to work more hard and complete the series with atleast 2-0 win...Good Luck Pakistan and if you guys work hard and show, we love you from our heart..

  • Zubair Khan on January 20, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    @Crickfan_india, You just said that the pitch was in favor of Pakistan? What made you feel like that? There was no pace, the bounce was even and the ball didnt turn dramatically? did it? then what made you think that it was in Pakistan's favor? It was all a mind game my friend, Ajmal's 'Teesra' did the trick, even though he didnt bowl any such delivery but it was on English batsmen's mind! Go Pakistan Go!

  • Abdullah Shaikh on January 20, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    @ Krishna Chaitanya ... You nailed it.

  • Dr. talha on January 20, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    I still believe pak has a weak batting line. Apart from younis nobody has the habit of scoring big 100's or even 100's. Hafeez did score a few but those were against Bang and Zim and that too after dropped catches.They should get this right before touring Aus, SA or Eng. Secondly Afridi should be called for the next 2 tests and play him in place of Cheema. Give the new ball to Hafeez along with Gul. Afridi is the worlds best leg spinner at present and his inclusion will add variety, and furthur diminish Eng chances of winning. Plus his presence in the batting line at no.7 will add aggression to the Pak side, which is totaly missing.

  • mudassir on January 20, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    i have a question why Mr. Swaan wear full sleeves shirt can bob wills will justify it, this is lame excuses always given by english people when they were unable to bowl revesrse swing it was chitting, now they learn after 20 years only in thier home condition it became art , legal, shame on you english people, grown up and learn how to bowl doosra

  • saqib saleem on January 20, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    a home lost...but a spirit revived...groundless yet on top! refugee status..asylum cricket..cricket pakistan!!!!

  • Ajaz Quddusi on January 20, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Watchout for an English media onslaught. It will come to try to wash the tears of their "lions at home" KPs/IBs and ACs. Hey Pak media men, you need to save our innocent genius and talented heroes from the bash of gutter media. Somewhere in the space, I can see the smiles on the faces of Amir, Asif and Salman. They were all innocent genuis but were made to faulter by the Brits media agents.

  • Nihal on January 20, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    I'm an Indian, and looking at India's and Sri Lanka's performances in the recent past, this one gives me a LOT of joy. A team that we've all ridiculed (me included) over the past year and a half, has shown us that they're willing to fight it out with the best in the world. What I think has been a godsend for Pakistan is Misbah's captaincy. He's just such a cool captain. Their batting still needs work, but their bowling is the best. Are we going to see a 'consistent' Pakistan from now (ironic, isn't it)? Congratulations Pakistan, hope you win the series.

  • Wajahat Ali on January 20, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    well played green caps, the performance like this was awaited for a long time against a good side, this will shut people mouths saying Pakistan have played well weak sides only last year. Good to see some Indian fans congratulating Pakistan, good for Asian Cricket. Hard time for Indians but really want them to show good in ODIs.

  • Nadeem Altaf on January 20, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    well played pakistan....congratz to all pakis....nice blog

  • mahar on January 20, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    pakistan played outstanding in fist test match .saeed ajmal is num 1 bowler .i love pakistan gud luk for rest of matches

  • Xain on January 20, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    "A verdict on the legality of long sleeves is eagerly awaited." p----- Hahahahahahaha! Best line ever

  • Imran Ata on January 20, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Proud of you men in green :)

  • khan on January 20, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    nice article, good to see indians supporting Pakistan.well done pakistan and best of luck.

  • naeem hussain on January 20, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan well done. May Allah bless you with more victories Insha Allah. Keep it up we are all praying for you. This the best way to take revenge for the bias against Pakistan.

  • Ahsan Iqbal on January 20, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Welldone Pakistan...... Ajmal and hafeez Rocks...

  • AHMED on January 20, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    nobody should doubt about the ability of SAEED AJMAL being an intelligent bowler as he has again proved it. WATCH the struggle of world's best batsman TENDULKAR in semi fianl of world cup against SAEED AJMAL.

  • AJ4rmKHI on January 20, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Yes Misbah rocks. But it wil be a lot better if he and younis avoid being a liability in One Day Crickets for pakistan. Somebody should make them realise that doing great in test cricket does not mean that you become an automatic choice for Odi's and T20s.

  • UsMaN on January 20, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    I have been a fan of England, specially Anderson, Trott and Swann since their brilliant performance against the aussies. English team is still good and they can challenge Pakistani team in these conditions.

    Pakistan as a unit has performed really well over the last few series. Saeed Ajmal, Hafeez and Gul being the chief contributors. Great going Pakistan.

    Goodluck to English team too as would love to see them showing their metal in tests ahead.

  • Saj Abbas on January 20, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Nice to see an article finally reflecting the true events of the game. I was sick of reading biased articles published by george whatever, England is & will always be a crybaby, there is always a problem with their opposition rather then their true brilliance & amazing performances. Give Pakistan & its die-hard fans a little break. Good Luck Pakistan lets make it 3-0 & kick some english ass.

  • abdul on January 20, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Great test sides of the past west indies and australia all had great bowling attacks and this bowling attack which is a class apart will compel pakistans batting to click and im sure we will see more such feats in the future.

  • Abde-Ali Bohra on January 20, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    The captain Misbah knows that child first learns to crawl, then walks and finally runs.

    On this theme, he is keeping the Pakistan team growth rate. When he took over as captain, the Pakistan team was crawling, he himself crawled along, people thought very negative, because we are accustomed to aggression and fluke, no consistency. But Misbah knew it, now the team is walking well. No day dreaming. People are critisizing the slow run rate. However, i hope everyone is seeing that matches are finishing in 3-4 days, as Pakistan is batting only once or one and & half innings. Inshallah in the next year or earlier, the team will start running, (as reflected by bowling department). The batsmen will also accumulate runs at nearly 4 runs per over. Then it would be the day, that Pakistan would be really the number one team, and inshallah like Jehangir Khan (Squash Legend of Pakistan) they will win for decades. Thank you Pakistan team, the captain, the bowlers, the batters and the coach.

  • Anum on January 20, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Our bowling has never let us done since the past 2 or 3 years. It was the horrendous catch dropping and of course the batting that led to losses. Thankfully we have improved in these 2 departments. But full credit to the bowlers as always!

  • Imran on January 20, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    A true heart-warming victory. Kudos to the team for making it look so easy. By the way, i have a single query. Strauss vehemently shook his head after the second innings dismissal. Did it escape the referee? Would love to hv fellow readers' views on this.

  • Rohan on January 20, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Since i lived in Abu Dhabi for a couple years, for lack of other entertainment avenues, i used to watch almost every ODI pakistan played in sheikh zayed stadium and so i have developed a warm and supportive feeling for this Pakistani team. Very happy to see this team doing well as it has been working really really hard over the last 2 years and wish them good luck.

  • Krishna Chaitanya on January 20, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    I am an Indian, but I have loved the way pakistan played. I just wish pakistan beats England 3-0. I really liked watching saeed ajmal. A pity that the stands are near empty though.

    Very played Pakistan !! Keep going.

  • syed abbas zilqurnain naqvi on January 20, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    teesra is not about some strange direction that the ball takes. its about developing a well disguised technique of throwing a ball so that it becomes difficult for the batters to pick it. its all about decieving a batsman much more convincingly.

  • dmqi on January 20, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    @stone: I agree with all the names except Amir. He was a young new comer. He was set by the captain. It is hard to go against the captain, you will agree possibly. Such a talent should be protected, not wasted. You should have said Butt and Asif, not Amir. Thanks.

  • dmqi on January 20, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    @stone: I agree with all the names except Amir. He was a young new comer. He was set by the captain. It is hard to go against the captain, you will agree possibly. Such a talent should be protected, not wasted. You should have said Butt and Asif, not Amir. Thanks.

  • Raheel on January 20, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    Many Many congrats to my fellow Pakistani Brothers and Sisters for this remarkable victory. It surely was a team effort, everyone played their part but Ajmal was a show stopper and a nightmare for english batsmen who seems to be having no answer tohis doosra and other variations. I want english batsmen to come prepared next match and give us some challange.

    Now to those who want to replace Cheema with either Junaid or Wahab please give this boy some time and do not ask for a change too early, it has been our problem that we do not give people a chance and then later we all regret

  • joneq on January 20, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    In reality, England have a good opportunity to win the series. Their bowling unit is very good to have dismissed Pakistan for around 300 on that flat pitch. The ONLY problem is their batsman's weakness to spin AND the doosra (not even mentioning the teesra). If England can learn to play the doosra well, they can bat 400+ (they have the lineup for that) and put Pak under pressure. Will they be able to overcome their fear of the doosra? I don't think so and if they can't this will be a whitewash

  • binod on January 20, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    wow wow wow, keep going pakistan.....final comment after wining the series. congratulation for this fantastic win.

  • tariq on January 20, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Very well said Pritam Singh. India is a great team and all teams go thru ups and downs .. No worries, India will soon again kick butt...... from a Pakistani fan my friend!

  • saurabh on January 20, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan, It has been a pleasure to watch Pakistan perform in the field under the captaincy of Misbah. He has got them to develop a spine. I followed this match on cricinfo so do not really know why the english commentators were crying about Ajmal's action, but I have seen him bowl earlier and I think that the action is fine as per the law of 15 degrees of rotation. Just cos' someone's arm action is slow and appears to bend can't be a justification for another's grouse. Great Victory for Pakistan, As for England I must say only one thing... Tumko toh Pakistan ne Dho Dala .. :) ..

  • shane on January 20, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    well done pakistan, its time to prove that we still the same pakistanis which beat england in england, we didnt have wasim and waqar but we have ajmal and hafeez, be aware english are # 1 team dont sleep on them, they will bounce back, but we gave the answer and take all revenge of last tour of england,

    well done pakistan

    pakistan zindabad

  • Salman N Malik on January 20, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Great win! Remember bowlers win Tests. Pakistan have to be a bit smart here. Throw further confusion into the English batting think tank by selecting a different seamer - I would stick with Ajmal and Rehman as England are and will be suspect against spinners. Agree with Kamran...this win will be savored for a long time.....

  • Crickfan_india on January 20, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    This is a good victory for pakistan not a great one. The game had been played on a pitch heavily suitable for pakistan (or any other subcontinental team in that matter) and all the english batsmen struggled on this surface and their bowlers were although diciplined yet were not so effective. I could only had been called a great victory for Pakistan had it been played on fast & bouncy pitch (if not swinging green top). These are the common mistakes we cricket fans, do while judging a particular victory of a team. So when the same team put into an alien condition their performance shocks their fans who would have perceived their team on the basis of apparant success they get on a favourable to adptable condition. England is a nice example for this scenerio. Their successes mainly came on a ptches and conditions which either favoured them (as in England ) and easily adaptable for them (in Australia, South Africa, New Zeeland) not on slow, spinning subcontinental surfaces.

  • Bosco Martyres on January 20, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan! A fabulous win.Finally a captain with brains. I think Umar Akmal deserves to be in this team. And whatever happened to Mohd Yousuf? he still had much to offer. I just hope the new coach does not screw things up. Also Pakistan has to groom a new captain to succeed Misbah. Well done!

  • Shaun on January 20, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    Go Pakistan go. Asian teams should be on top. We have to show this in England and Australia.

  • tonyp on January 20, 2012, 0:49 GMT

    It is simply fantastic for world cricket to see Pakistan so strong, in what would for many countries be a time of overwhelming adversity. Wonderful article, more importantly, wonderful team.

  • Proud-Green-Shirt on January 20, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    Bob Woolmer would have been proud of this one !Go Team Pakistan !

  • Zuhair on January 19, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    Looks like its goin to be 2005 all over again...the only difference will be of AJMAL replacing SHOAIB AKHTAR in dis series.

  • Dr.Zubair Ahmed on January 19, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    I don't know why the English are such a bad sportsman.When they lost the test after a brilliant performance from Pakistan,suddenly they realised that Ajmal,s doosra is not a legitimate delivery.Why NOW? I think they should concentrate on their failure and lack of application.I think they thought at they will roll over Pakistan in the test matches and suddenly they were surprised by the excellent team performance from Pakistan.....WELL DONE PAKISTANI TIGERS.....Long this unity may continue.. after a long time we got some good news for our nation,otherwise we only get depressing news about our country.... A VERY BEST OF LUCK TO OUR TEAM FOR THE REMAING MATCHES....WE ALL ARE PRAYING FOR YOUR SUCCESS IN THE TEST SERIES AND ONE DAYERS..

  • David Furrows on January 19, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    The eclipse of India on the field may deliver a World Test Championship before 2017, possibly as soon as 2014. For that, Pakistan's selectors need to ruthlessly ensure that they strengthen their weak areas. Can't Shahid Afridi replace Rehman? Is Asad Shafiq really higher up the pecking order than Umar Akmal? Is there a plan to use Amir as an anti-corruption campaigner in return for early amnesty from the ICC, which had offered him a 2 year ban if he pleaded guilty in 2010? Is there a reason why 18 year old Usman Qadir - a clone of his Dad - isn't in the Test squad for development purposes? Why isn't Sarfraz Ahmed or Zulqarnain in the Test squad as back-up for Adnan Akmal?

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA, USA on January 19, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    After beating #1 Test side in the world in three days, Pakistani lads should take pride in their performance. The team played as a single unit and every player was cajoling the other to go over the hump. For the moment with this victory Pakistan has taken charge of this series. The good thing is that Misbah's Pakistan is aware that England is a very strong side and will come back hard in the next two test matches. England enjoys a deep batting line up and has a great pace battery. If Monty is included to bowl spin alongside Swann, Pakistan batting line up will be challenged. England is still favorite to win the next two tests. Pakistan will have to keep playing out of their skin, who win the Test Series. Misbah and his Men won hands down today and the English were beaten very convincingly.

  • Stone on January 19, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    I guess, key behind the resurgence of Pakistan cricket is systematic removal of 'negative' elements (namely Afridi,Akmal,Razzaq, Akhtar...and of course Butt and Asif) from the team. Congratulations Pakistan.

  • Mohammad Imran on January 19, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    How Sweeeeeeet it is!!!

    Just need two more wins like this one ;) :P

    Pakistan to the Top! Pakistan Zindabad!!!

  • shahzad on January 19, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Nice article, a few things that have bothered me though is some of the other articles that i read just before this game talking all about the great Eng R.R, totally ignoring the facts that these are diff. pitches and outfields where you dont score that freely. They havn't taken their words back but not mentioning the R.R anymore i guess is a moral victory for Team PAK proving their one sided articles wrong. Secondly, its a shame that every time a south asian spin bowler comes to full flow and gives great performances, his action comes into to talk whether it be the GREAT MURLI, harbajhan or now ajmal once again. Would have been nice for murli and harbajhan to come in his defence to end this talk.

  • Jamal Khan on January 19, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Great victory,Thanks to indian fans who are cheering for Pakistan because this is English side which sidelined them from number 1 position. That enables them to answer that if india cannot win in outside, so what Australia and England also lose in Sub-continentalish wickets. The point i am trying to make is great teams like Australia and W.I at peak won matches everywhere.I would love Pakistan to win in Australia and England. If not, then i would not give excuse that if we are not good on fast and seaming conditions so our counterparts are not good at spinning tracks. Imran Khan's team won 2 back to back series in England on those conditions. After him, 2Ws destroyed and won the 3rd back to back series in England. The joy of watching fast bowlers running in full speed and ball moving around and making the batsmen jump and duck is great and that also tells how good a batsmen is. Also remember the difference, it is not a subcontinental turning wicket like in india.

  • Zahidsaltin on January 19, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    Very well written. Ajmals jadoo has worked as was expected by at least those who have seen England in the past falling to quality spinners. I think Abdul Qadir must be proud today.

  • Imran on January 19, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Syed H. Imam : I am also desperate to get some clarification on Swann's sleeves. Surely, if we subscribe to the Bob Willis school of thought, it's pretty much an admission of guilt... That's the sad thing about how low the debate has gotten, that it is somehow fair to question Ajmal's integrity based on this "evidence", but Swann gets off scot-free. really highlights how silly the English commentators have gotten. About time they realised they no longer make the rules, the ICC does, and they have to learn to play in a world that isn't under their colonial heel.

  • Bilal Saeed Ahmad on January 19, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    ALhumdulillah!

    I just wanted to say, what was so eloquently said by one of the other posters before, that England are the No.1 whiners and not just in cricket for that matter. The lethargic excuses they come up with every time are amusing to say the least. Bob Willis's hack at Saeed Ajmal's action was a clear proof of that and the countless sad excuses Ian botham came up were nothing short of brilliant comedy. Good day for Pakistan cricket and yet another day at the office for the English not accepting the fact that they were outplayed.

  • kamran j on January 19, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Ajmal is extra ordinary, and no one knows if he started bowling his tessra. Job very well done. Mean while we should not forget Misbah's calm and insight that made this win look so simple. In batting Pakistan was able to put required runs for the bowlers to bowl England out. In second innings contribution from Gul is noticeable too. Perfect finish to the plan, reminding Imran Khan era. Congratulations to Pakistan Cricket team.

  • SEA on January 19, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    I'm very disappointed by England's poor performance but just want to congratulate Pakistan on an superb one. Excellent for cricket to see them on the up and up. I suspect the series has a few twists yet. Battles between these teams are seldom straightforward.

  • khan on January 19, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Excellent Articale Mr Abbasi. Such a wonderful performance by Pakistani team.i loved every second of the match. Hope English commentator learn how 2 praise players instead of criticising them.

  • Aftab Qureshi on January 19, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Well done team Pakistan. You have warmed our hearts and rendered us proud.For all the right and wrong reasons, there has been acrimony and many unpleasnat happenings between these two teams, to which both contributed in their own ways. And the British press has brutalized Pakistan cricket for years. The Present Pakistan side is good without being great, but one thing that distinguishes it from most previous teams is that they have discovered the winning formula and play each match with a plan. Kudos also to Misbah for his examplary captaincy. There is no doubt that the Pak-Eng cricket rivalry rises to the level of the Ashes, Aus-NZ and Aus-Ind rivalries.

  • zkhan on January 19, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    It was an absolutely wonderfull day for all Pakistani fans and Pakistani cricket. Your article really highligts that feeling of elations and pure joy. I only hope that arbiters of British justice in media (and specially on CrickInfo) wield their authority of cricketing knowledge on poor Ajmal a bit more mercifully. The problem with them is that they never, completely give credit to the winning team, if,the winner is a poor, pathetically wretched Pakistani team, who used to be festering with the presence of spot fixers. Before that, reverse swing was suspect, and somebody needs to inform Mr. Bob Willis that, the controversy on Doosra has long, long been dead and no one cares about his pathetic ideas.

  • Noman on January 19, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Great Victory for Pakistan, total team effort, Ajmal was brilliant,Hafeez was amazing,opening partnership for over a 100. No controversy, wow now that is a great day for Pakistan!! My prediction ...... Pakistan win!! I would love to see Junaid khan given a chance,perhaps rotate him with Cheema or if they go up 2-0 give Gul a bit of rest & try Junaid

  • Vivek on January 19, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I would say that Pakistan is a better team overall. But India is still quite formidable at home. So English, are these pitches really flat. Go Pakistan Whoop them so that we can whoop them on our "flat" pitches too.

  • Azor on January 19, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    Nicely done! Loved the comment "..A verdict on the legality of long sleeves is eagerly awaited." :)

  • Khalid on January 19, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Pakistan played as coolly as if they were playing Bangladesh. England played as if they were Bangladesh.

  • Jawad S on January 19, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    Nice article that was simple but to the point. I was eagerly waiting for this series and the first test has only whet my appetite more for the rest of the games. Kudos to Pakistan to display a professional side of themselves, as they have been doing recently. England, no doubt, will come back harder but Pakistan in their current form, are a formidable opposition for any team. Jawad

  • Gokul Kerala on January 19, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Excellent win by Pakistan here.

  • Engg_Tabrez on January 19, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Misbah is realy nice....If we had him the the world cup as captin we can win it with his plan...sorry we at that time we had mental pathan, who does not deserved to be even selected

  • Manoj Kumar on January 19, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    Its a shame that the English media and ex cricketers are trying to spoil another good series. Time after time, whenever English cannot come to terms with an attack,then they tend bring in controversies.

    Previously it was reverse swing by Wasim and Waqar and they were called cheats but now when English bowlers are reverse swinging, then it is an art.

    Now the same with the doosra. Once they get to perform the same technique, then it will be considered an art by the English bowlers.

    I must say, the English are not graceful losers for sure. And everytime they get away with it. But the problem lies with the sub continent cricket boards who allow such day light robberies. I wonder when they are going to learn and react stronlgy instead of lying down and taking it up their chin.

  • Rehan Nazim on January 19, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    Not only have they beaten the No.1 team, but they've beaten them inside 3 days !! whattay Performance, Congrats to Captain Fantastic and his team..i wish them all the success in the future and is this the start of a New Beginning for Pakistan ?? you never know..Go Team Pakistan Go !!

  • CricFan on January 19, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    For last couple of days after reading few articles on web I felt that despite giving an excellent performance on field Pakistan team was unable to gather any support from cricket loving writers and pundits from the country that gave birth to this beautiful sport. I guess all these pundits were hoping for a 4th innings collapse that Pakistan team had offered them on demand in Sydney test not so long ago. I feel that all the psychological tactics and mental games are part and parcel of the game for people associated with cricket in England and Australia where each of these pundits feels that he is the 12th man of their beloved team. However, I must acknowledge that on the contrary both team players had behaved more maturely then I guess it was expected of them and the team that played better on the cricket field won. Finally, I want to say that I am happy to read couple of unbiased articles today on Cricinfo - Kudos to Mr. Abbasi and Mr. Hopps for taking a balanced approach.

  • Salman on January 19, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    We are seeing a resurgent Pakistan, not just in the game of cricket, but in every field!!!!! Well done Ajmal and the whole team, as every one did his role and nearly perfectly!!!

  • Q.Zaman on January 19, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    This is a true reply of the the match fixing scandle of 2010 and the utterly biased action of 2006 Oval test which Inzamam gave away to England. Cleanly and thoroughly beaten in a neutral venue with 3rd country umpires. Case closed.

  • Ali on January 19, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    well said kamran .... tigers are back in action. It was self belief and team effort by Pakistan.

  • shiraz on January 19, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Misbah you have done it again. We are all proud of you. Keep up the good work. Finally pakistan has a sensible captain.

  • zed285 on January 19, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Looks like its goin to be 2005 all over again

  • Jawed Akhtar on January 19, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    Apart from brilliance of Pakistani side, I believe this match was continuation of England's poor form outside Eng/AUS. I am sure that will continue during remaining tour as ENG only won against Bangladesh in last ten years of their sub-continent tours. I don't mean to defame performance of Pakistani players. It was an excellent performance from 5th position team against team no 1. My point is that the way India is being humiliated since they got number 1 and now first performance of England after being reached the top position, ICC Ranking is not reflecting true strength of teams. I believe it’s time for ICC to reconsider their ranking mechanism. In my opinion marks should strictly be considered purely on Home AND Away basis. Winning game at home of those teams who are reluctant to play away or not interested to play against specific teams, should not be consider for ranking.

    If you opt not to publish my comments, please consider this topic for your next article.

  • SRT_GENIUS on January 19, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    We want nothing less than a wipeout! Please Pak, please! English/Aussies will always start looking to put the blame across when the lose - reverse swing! doosra! spinning pitches! (as if only green tops are legal and rank turners are not). Cry babies really. Atleast Asian teams introspect before they blame.

  • iNSHAAL on January 19, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Pakistan played very well, but this is jsut the start, lets see if they can be consistent against an England side that performs much better in the 2nd and 3rd test, also Junaid Khan deserves a spot in place of Cheema as Abu Dhabi, a few months back was where he got his 5-wicket haul against Sri Lanka, and his fiery temperament could make England's ride tougher than it has already proven to be.

  • bilal on January 19, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Only if England could work as hard in the field as they do outside the field (evesdropping, stirring controversies, hijacking immature pak teenage talented cricketers who rocked the world of cricket) they could have a change in the next games. If not, then its gonna be a Faded Glory for my favorite team i.e ENGLAND!

  • pier wasif on January 19, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Kamran, we could have easily won by an innings, i could not understand the phylosophy of removing Abdul Rehman after he took 2 wicket in the last over & bringing back Omar gul, Syed Ajmalwas extremely Good but Omar Gul wa a question mark, I need an answer from the Captain what was more important an individual record or national recordit was very clear that Misbah wanted individual record. reply please

  • Imran Khan on January 19, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Great work by Pakistan but they must not get overjoyed. England are a good team and reached no.1 status because of their performances. Pakistani bowling attack had frightened England in the past too in English conditions and I was expecting the same here. The Pakistan bowlers trapped English batsmen into playing their favourite shots and then getting them out. If the bowlers keep this up and the Pakistani batsmen continue their good form this team can surpass England in Tests.

  • Ashish on January 19, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan ! and what to say about England commentators- if their team does not play spin better that means the bowler is having problem with action. If England team is performing well - then opponent is like 'Donkey'.. well God bless them. I am an Indian and I am happy for Pakistan's win. Very well played.

  • Wasiq on January 19, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Amazing post...enjoyed every word of it..Congratulations to Pakistan team for their amazing performance proving their every foe wrong..Pakistan zindabad!!

  • SayedHasan on January 19, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Wow!.... beating the "No 1" team... beating them by 10 wkts in less than 3 days... double Wow!!...Kudos to Pakistan team! Job is only 1/3 done boys.... keep grounded to soar new heights!!!

  • Hassan Bro (tendu) on January 19, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    excellent article, the team is in exile, captain behind the bars and the two world's fearsome bowlers serving prison, country is gripped with adversities after adversities and yet these cornered tigers refuse to be killed, instead walking toward to kill their prey. Insallah one day we will reach the number 1 destination. Congrats to Pakistan's cricket team. But beware England are wounded and they will come back strongly. Bye the way thank you to all Indian fans for supporting Pakistan.

  • ali on January 19, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Lovely article... no doubt its a consoling win for Pak cricket.. after the nightmare of 2010.. Pakistan can surely win the series and gain more support for their brand of cricket...

  • Syed H. Imam on January 19, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    Some one should point out that England's spinner Swann was also wearing long sleeves.

  • Rahil Khan on January 19, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan! Very well played against the No. 1 in the world.

  • sohaib on January 19, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    what a game. what display, and what an article.... Its nearly dumped the Englishmen.and for those of you claiming us to be controversial and defensive here is a shut up!

  • Hamid on January 19, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Pakistan is playing outside pakistan(pakistan home series are not in pakistan rather in uae) and still performing thats what we have not seen from any other team in recent past. As a unit they gel well and have the ability to come good from wrost situations.

  • Rimtu Khan on January 19, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    I think the teesra effect was brilliantly enacted by Ajmal and Hafeez. They had England leaning against a volatile corridor of uncertainty. McGrath and Warne used to do this to the English on a regular basis. So, you should not forget or discredit the power of the mind games against the poms. It played its part as much as (if not more than) the players abilities, consistencies, captain's knock and so on.

    Regarding the teesra, the stock ball goes one way, the doosra goes the other way. Where is this 3rd direction for the ball to go?? Up towards the heaven or down towards the earth, either of which are already covered by the existing terms. So, to me this teesra was such a joke. But the English fell for it, and that's all that mattered in the end. :)

  • Reman on January 19, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Misbah is king, and all the naysayers of his can shut up - he has started to change this team which is not easy. Thankfully too we have openers with a pair of balls too! Only 15 in the making though!

  • Rokon on January 19, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Go ahed Ajmal.....

  • shah ji on January 19, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    PAK WIN How sweet it taste...

  • Pritam Singh on January 19, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Very Well Played Pakistan...world cricket needs you..and Ajmal u r a beauty sir..well bowled..all the best from an indian fan(Hope our team regains it's charm too.. but i guess there's always ups and downs..gotta stick with ur team through thick and thin)

  • Booga on January 19, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Wow...you totally bastardized one of my favorite quotes! These words were uttered by Winston Churchill during the second World War "Never before in the history of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few".

    Good article otherwise...

  • MSA on January 19, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    What a relief to finally read a positive narrative on Cricinfo about the Pakistani victory.

    Seems like it was a very long time ago when commentators like Andrew Miller and Osman Samiuddin provided a balanced view. Where have they gone ... why are they not covering this series for Cricinfo.

    David Hopps and George Dobell both sound more like an extension of the Barmy Army!! Despite the result, they keep harping about how English batsmen have "gifted" their wickets to Ajmal & Co.... and adding undeserved unsavoury remarks (worst was Hopps - about the Akmal family!). Need to realize they are not writing for a provincial paper - this website has an international reach ... and a more balanced approach will only help their own credibility with the readership.

    Honestly - give the Pakistan fans a break - allow them to savour this moment .... have they not had enough of a heart-wrenching time already.

  • Q,Zaman on January 19, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Kamran we all saw how good Adnan Akmal is better than his brother Kamran Akmal as he was responsible of Pakistan loosing a lot of matches, hope we never seem him in Pakistan colours, but knowing Paksitan selectors nothing is impossible. There seem to be a lot of Sarfaraz Ahmed supporters in the Pakistani media, they don't seem to see how bad his batting is, he is always likely to loose his wicket before he reaches 10 while batting.

  • Aybec on January 19, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    What great display of team game by Pakistan. I wonder if Bob wills is thinking of Umer Gull's action now.Hmmmmm!!!!!!!!There is a long way to go in this series and I am feeling good. Go Pakistan and its time to kick some you know what.

  • ibrahim on January 19, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    the tortoise did triumph, kamran... cheers

  • SH on January 19, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    Agreed. Pakistan was brilliant.

  • Shayan Abbasi on January 19, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    No one gave them a chance before the match...and they didn't give the English any chance in the match! Keep it up, Team Pakistan!

  • fhs on January 19, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Ajmal - we are so much proud of him. He is our asset! Misbah is the best - he built this team (which is working as a machine now) and gives every player the confidence, trust and respect. Misbah provides 100% positive results. We must stop criticizing his 'defensive' approach and age all the time. For me, his approach is 'risk free' - which is for the right reasons! He is taking team to top 3. Trust me, he is getting there. Congrats on winning the 1st Test -- credit goes to very player under Misbah's leadership! Can not wait to start the celebrations tonight!

  • Prime on January 19, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    True is that Sir... True is That!

  • BoomBoom on January 19, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Despite Misbah’s defensive mindset, the fact of the matter is that his style of leadership is working. One notable fact under his captaincy is that the team for once is united and have gelled together very well. This is rare in Pakistan cricket set-up. Under Inzi this happened for a while in the beginning but then his religious fervour changed it all. Beating SL when they were ranked no 2 is not minnow bashing (same SL that beat SA in 2nd test in SA). Pakistan revival in fact goes back when they won in New Zealand. No mean feat again as NZ recently won their first test in Australia and drew the series 1-1.

    The ones who refuse to give Misbah credit, never waiver from their preset prejudices. Some of them blindly give all credit to Afridi for the team’s improvement, disregarding the fact that Afridi never was in the test team. Talking about different formats in the same breath is like comparing apples with oranges. Not only that the team selection is different for tests, its format and game plan is very different to other formats. Test cricket is ultimate, not ODI’s.

    When you don’t have tearaway bowlers of the calibre of the two W’s, Akhtar and Saqlain and without the past batting greats then winning with the current mostly “mediocre” but determined batting line-up, Pakistan's cricketing resurrection under Misbah is of course admirable.

  • Sreejith on January 19, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Saeed Ajmail is easily the best spinner on the world at this moment by a very long margin.Its good to see a spinner coming up from a country which is renowned for fast bowling .It will be interesting to see how Indians play Saeed Ajmal and probably thats his biggest challenge .Unfortunately we dnt have any Test Series between India and Pakistan

  • Dr. Jafri on January 19, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    nice article as usual, I am still anxious about two more games, as Paksitan batting line still looks fragile,as well, paksitan pace attack is not as good as it was before, even Gul is not very authentic, and the rest are very inexperienced as compare to English pace attack, I wish if Amir and Asif were in this match.

  • Adnan from U.S on January 19, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    A HUGE victory by pakistan.. congratz to pak team for winning this test. Ajmal of course the main hero but the credit should go toward the whole team... they are playing as a unit and its working for pakistan. i think its time for pakistn to go for a kill here. we need to win this series for sure. Bring either junaid or wahab for cheema.

  • Chacha Pishori on January 19, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    It's time that Australia puts an end to the comedy show called "Border-Gavaskar Trophy" and play some REAL TEST CRICKET by inviting Pakistan for a yearly battle of skills under the instigation of "Imran-Lillee" or "Warne-Ajmal" trophy.

  • Khawar Saleem Aslam on January 19, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Truly remarkable victory put in proper perspective. Honesty, leadership and maturity are needed in any team effort.

  • Adeel on January 19, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Great win against world's top ranking site. However I'm wondering why Riaz or Junaid have not been chosen instead of Cheema. Cheema is good but not against quality teams.

  • Navin Anand on January 19, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Famous victory this. Well played Pakistan. Without a doubt Pakistan looking strongest amongst Asian teams on current form. We do await the verdict on long sleeves and hotspot!

  • Ahsan on January 19, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Such A perfect bowler. I hope pak will win the series. :)

  • Observer on January 19, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    I think England are already defeated and the fact that one of their commentators judgment about saeed ajmals doosra and long sleeves only highlighted the state of mind England is in at the moment. Moreover, the commentator also said that saeed ajmal was the only threat to the English batsmen when infact in the second innings Umer Gul did the trick for Pakistan. so its a clear example of how the commentator put his foot in his mouth! Also i think England is the no 1 side in Test cricket on paper but in reality they are the no 1 whiners in international cricket.

  • Danial Asif on January 19, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Wonderful Article :) It has been a wonderful few months of cricket from Pakistan :) I guess when the teams performing the way it is, the world seems to be a better place!

  • aftab on January 19, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    To English press: If you think it is you who defeat Pakistan in England, that's insulting for your team. You can give it a shot any way. But you have picked the wrong guy to face. Ask your batsmen.

  • Shaheed Faiz on January 19, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    I think England will bounce back but that's even better for Pakistan. They will be tested further and gain more confidence. Self belief is the key from here onwards. I am sure Pakistan can do it, InshAllah.

  • AfridiFan_MUFC on January 19, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    I've been a very harsh critic of Misbah's captaincy in the past, but slowly he is winning me over. Love may it continue. #WeLoveYouTukTuk

    As far as Ajmal is concerned he has been unbelievable for Pakistan in all formats. Keep it up iDone. Well done Gul, Rehman, Cheema and Hafeez too. And what about Akmal "The Teesra" finally an Akmal who can bat sensibly and catch behind the stumps too. Long Live Pakistan.

  • Aqsa on January 19, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    very well written..

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  • Aqsa on January 19, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    very well written..

  • AfridiFan_MUFC on January 19, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    I've been a very harsh critic of Misbah's captaincy in the past, but slowly he is winning me over. Love may it continue. #WeLoveYouTukTuk

    As far as Ajmal is concerned he has been unbelievable for Pakistan in all formats. Keep it up iDone. Well done Gul, Rehman, Cheema and Hafeez too. And what about Akmal "The Teesra" finally an Akmal who can bat sensibly and catch behind the stumps too. Long Live Pakistan.

  • Shaheed Faiz on January 19, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    I think England will bounce back but that's even better for Pakistan. They will be tested further and gain more confidence. Self belief is the key from here onwards. I am sure Pakistan can do it, InshAllah.

  • aftab on January 19, 2012, 18:11 GMT

    To English press: If you think it is you who defeat Pakistan in England, that's insulting for your team. You can give it a shot any way. But you have picked the wrong guy to face. Ask your batsmen.

  • Danial Asif on January 19, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Wonderful Article :) It has been a wonderful few months of cricket from Pakistan :) I guess when the teams performing the way it is, the world seems to be a better place!

  • Observer on January 19, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    I think England are already defeated and the fact that one of their commentators judgment about saeed ajmals doosra and long sleeves only highlighted the state of mind England is in at the moment. Moreover, the commentator also said that saeed ajmal was the only threat to the English batsmen when infact in the second innings Umer Gul did the trick for Pakistan. so its a clear example of how the commentator put his foot in his mouth! Also i think England is the no 1 side in Test cricket on paper but in reality they are the no 1 whiners in international cricket.

  • Ahsan on January 19, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Such A perfect bowler. I hope pak will win the series. :)

  • Navin Anand on January 19, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Famous victory this. Well played Pakistan. Without a doubt Pakistan looking strongest amongst Asian teams on current form. We do await the verdict on long sleeves and hotspot!

  • Adeel on January 19, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Great win against world's top ranking site. However I'm wondering why Riaz or Junaid have not been chosen instead of Cheema. Cheema is good but not against quality teams.

  • Khawar Saleem Aslam on January 19, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Truly remarkable victory put in proper perspective. Honesty, leadership and maturity are needed in any team effort.