Pakistan v England 2012 January 28, 2012

Team Misbah triumphs

The Abu Dhabi pitch was easing up, the heavy roller would flatten it further. Team Misbah had batted too Misbah-ly, going at a crawl when a thrash or two would have eased nerves
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The Abu Dhabi pitch was easing up, the heavy roller would flatten it further. Team Misbah had batted too Misbah-ly, going at a crawl when a thrash or two would have eased nerves. England bat deep and 145 was a trifling target for the world's No. 1 Test team, which boasts some of the planet's leading batsmen. Think again. Misbah-ul-Haq's Pakistan has a layer of ice smothering the fire in its veins, unlike any Pakistan team that has blown hot and cold before it. Forget rankings, Pakistan cricket and its supporters are feeling on top of the world.

For a cricket nation exiled from its home, a home ravaged by conflict and political instability, a team decimated by controversy and skulduggery, this series victory is a momentous triumph, earned through relentless grind and magical spin bowling. Pakistan's spinners have been irresistible in this series; running through England's batting order in three innings out of four is an outstanding achievement, one that not many could have predicted.

Today belonged to Abdur Rehman--he had just reward for many days of unwavering support of his spin partner, the poker-faced wizard Saeed Ajmal. Rehman doesn't always extract turn, but he did here--at speed. England's batsmen were trapped on the crease, bamboozled and beaten. Meanwhile Ajmal, almost silently, became the fastest Pakistan bowler to a hundred Test wickets. Hailing from the nation of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, and Waqar Younis, Ajmal's record is as stunning as Pakistan's success.

But Ajmal's ascent would have been difficult without the stability of Misbah's captaincy. Misbah has flirted with Pakistani hearts before, only to break them. In Test cricket, as captain of his country, he has discovered a river of love. The only debate about Misbah's captaincy is the run-rate of his batsmen, such a trifling matter in the grand order of Pakistani controversies that it speaks volumes about the success of his methods.

Misbah has brought tenacity to Pakistan cricket, best exemplified by the fascinating partnership between Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq in Pakistan's second innings. Previous Pakistan teams would have succumbed to a base instinct to blast their way out of trouble, yet Misbah's young troopers dug in, deeper and deeper. A partnership alien to the Pakistani spirit, albeit hewn of Misbah's cool resolve, forged the winning margin.

Pakistan's rejuvenation, however, isn't exclusively made in Mianwali, home of Misbah. From his pavilion, Mohsin Khan the Eagle, has been watching keenly, urging, cajoling, hugging, even kissing. An unlikely and unpopular selection as interim coach, Mohsin has won over his critics and left Pakistan's cricket board with an unexpected dilemma. When captain and coach combine in such spectacular fashion, why change the formula?

World cricket is a more exciting place with Pakistan cricket a powerhouse again. Success has come on pitches reminiscent of home, but the same could be said of all the countries above them in the Test rankings. The first of these countries that begins to dominate abroad will emerge from the pack. It is a pleasant surprise to count Pakistan among them.

England were good in Abu Dhabi but Pakistan were better, ripping an absorbing Test match from the grip of their formidable opponents. A series win in such a thrilling manner has surprised even Pakistan's careworn supporters. Misbah's Pakistan, of steel, unity, and joy, has given the whole nation a cause to celebrate.

If anybody was in any doubt, Pakistan cricket zindabad.

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

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  • Zain Siddiqui on February 2, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Although it's the truth that English players struggle in Asian conditions and Asian players struggle in English conditions, but if you recall the series in 2010, despite of the spot fixing scandal that took place, Pakistani bowlers did their job there as well, especially young Aamir and Muhammaad Asif. World class batsmen like Petersen, Strauss, Ricky ponting, Clarke they all were uncomfortable against us in their own conditions as well. So what I believe is Team Pakistan is a better performer than English. But unfortunately the English media and global media is following Pakistani players to just bang them up with any case.

    GEO PAKISTAANIEEES.. :)

  • Prince Rajpal on February 2, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Well done Ajmal and Rehman... Specially congratulate to twins of pakistan cricket Azhar and Asad..... Pakistan was on top when Two Doublews "W" were in action (Waqar and Wasim) ... And nowadays once again pak on top... not because of two "W" s But because of "Double A" (Azhar Ali and Asad Shafigue). Keep it up.

  • zain toronto on February 2, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Pakistan has truly been a soul of this game. In every aspect of Cricket there are Pakistanis who keep the blood running in heart of Cricket. There are some astonishing and mind-boggling world records held by Pakistan. Some of those overwhelming records are : Bowler Sayed Ajaml--- off Spiner- Inventor of Tesra Saqlan Mustaq- Off spinner- Inventor of Dusra Abdual Qader-Leg brake- Inventor of Guglee Sarfraz Nawaz- Inventor of reverse swing Great Wasim Akram- King of Swing – Master of Reverse swing- most hat-tricks by any bowler in world, Most “Sixes” by batsman in an innings of a Test Great Waqar Younas- Fast and furious-Master of Reverse swing Yorker Shoaib Akhtar- Fast and furious – Broke the 100 mile barrier-Fastest delivery 161.38 km/h (100.3 mph) Aaqib Javed-- Youngest bowler to take hat-trick in ODI Cricket Bating: Shahid Afradi --- Most “Sixes” in ODIs and International Cricket – 367 SIXES Fastest century in ODI Cricket Mohammad Yousuf --- Nine centuries in a calendar year of Test Cricket Most runs by batsman in a calendar year of Test Cricket Javed Miandad-- Nine consecutive fifties in ODI Cricket youngest player to score double-century in Test Cricket Great Hanif Mohammad’s-- Only triple-century in second innings of the team And list goes on never end for Pakistani Cricket

  • mohson rasool on February 2, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    At last we found a hero someone who has pummeled England and thus at least it has proven to the world Pakistan and and Pakistanis have talent and are equals and if not better than most on a cricket field and know i point out that Pakistan has all the skills and the temperament to be a successive nation all we need is may be 11 MISBA"S. I say their is hope for us. yes we all agree with Kamran bahi PAKISAN ZINDABAD.

  • hassan on February 2, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Keep it up team Misbah...Still! long way to go...

  • Mohammad Daniyal on February 2, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    This post would make any Pakistani proud. Glad to finally see Pakistan being counted as one of the top sides in the world again.

    Hope the team continues to play positive cricket in the future

  • Tansah on February 1, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Excellent win! Ignore politics and money, and just keep playing cricket for Pakistan! May Allah give you more success, Ameen.

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

  • Kashif on February 1, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Excellent performance Team Pakistan but it is just the begining, can you continue an upward curve and consolidate your batting/fielding? We will get to know by end of ODI series, if Pakistan take ODI series as well then I can say with hand on my heart that this team can become one of greats - Don't forget England sqaud is able to bounce back as they have well balanced team. Absorbing cricket series, thanks to both teams.

  • Vish on February 1, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    I still believe that Pakistan has some dull batting line-up. Every team has batsmen who naturally can score briskly like AB de Villiers from South Africa, Dilshan/Sanga from Sri Lanka, Sehwag/Sachin/Kohli from India, Warner/Watson from India and Kevin Petersen from England. Pakistan's batting line-up is very predictable with slow guys. No surprises for opposition!!

  • tahir saeed on February 1, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    I read all comments but at the sametime being a pakistani we all praised to allah and prayer for betterment good future for pakistan at whole.....GOOD WISHES FOR ALL PAKISTANI

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Zain Siddiqui on February 2, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Although it's the truth that English players struggle in Asian conditions and Asian players struggle in English conditions, but if you recall the series in 2010, despite of the spot fixing scandal that took place, Pakistani bowlers did their job there as well, especially young Aamir and Muhammaad Asif. World class batsmen like Petersen, Strauss, Ricky ponting, Clarke they all were uncomfortable against us in their own conditions as well. So what I believe is Team Pakistan is a better performer than English. But unfortunately the English media and global media is following Pakistani players to just bang them up with any case.

    GEO PAKISTAANIEEES.. :)

  • Prince Rajpal on February 2, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Well done Ajmal and Rehman... Specially congratulate to twins of pakistan cricket Azhar and Asad..... Pakistan was on top when Two Doublews "W" were in action (Waqar and Wasim) ... And nowadays once again pak on top... not because of two "W" s But because of "Double A" (Azhar Ali and Asad Shafigue). Keep it up.

  • zain toronto on February 2, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Pakistan has truly been a soul of this game. In every aspect of Cricket there are Pakistanis who keep the blood running in heart of Cricket. There are some astonishing and mind-boggling world records held by Pakistan. Some of those overwhelming records are : Bowler Sayed Ajaml--- off Spiner- Inventor of Tesra Saqlan Mustaq- Off spinner- Inventor of Dusra Abdual Qader-Leg brake- Inventor of Guglee Sarfraz Nawaz- Inventor of reverse swing Great Wasim Akram- King of Swing – Master of Reverse swing- most hat-tricks by any bowler in world, Most “Sixes” by batsman in an innings of a Test Great Waqar Younas- Fast and furious-Master of Reverse swing Yorker Shoaib Akhtar- Fast and furious – Broke the 100 mile barrier-Fastest delivery 161.38 km/h (100.3 mph) Aaqib Javed-- Youngest bowler to take hat-trick in ODI Cricket Bating: Shahid Afradi --- Most “Sixes” in ODIs and International Cricket – 367 SIXES Fastest century in ODI Cricket Mohammad Yousuf --- Nine centuries in a calendar year of Test Cricket Most runs by batsman in a calendar year of Test Cricket Javed Miandad-- Nine consecutive fifties in ODI Cricket youngest player to score double-century in Test Cricket Great Hanif Mohammad’s-- Only triple-century in second innings of the team And list goes on never end for Pakistani Cricket

  • mohson rasool on February 2, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    At last we found a hero someone who has pummeled England and thus at least it has proven to the world Pakistan and and Pakistanis have talent and are equals and if not better than most on a cricket field and know i point out that Pakistan has all the skills and the temperament to be a successive nation all we need is may be 11 MISBA"S. I say their is hope for us. yes we all agree with Kamran bahi PAKISAN ZINDABAD.

  • hassan on February 2, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Keep it up team Misbah...Still! long way to go...

  • Mohammad Daniyal on February 2, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    This post would make any Pakistani proud. Glad to finally see Pakistan being counted as one of the top sides in the world again.

    Hope the team continues to play positive cricket in the future

  • Tansah on February 1, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Excellent win! Ignore politics and money, and just keep playing cricket for Pakistan! May Allah give you more success, Ameen.

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

  • Kashif on February 1, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    Excellent performance Team Pakistan but it is just the begining, can you continue an upward curve and consolidate your batting/fielding? We will get to know by end of ODI series, if Pakistan take ODI series as well then I can say with hand on my heart that this team can become one of greats - Don't forget England sqaud is able to bounce back as they have well balanced team. Absorbing cricket series, thanks to both teams.

  • Vish on February 1, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    I still believe that Pakistan has some dull batting line-up. Every team has batsmen who naturally can score briskly like AB de Villiers from South Africa, Dilshan/Sanga from Sri Lanka, Sehwag/Sachin/Kohli from India, Warner/Watson from India and Kevin Petersen from England. Pakistan's batting line-up is very predictable with slow guys. No surprises for opposition!!

  • tahir saeed on February 1, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    I read all comments but at the sametime being a pakistani we all praised to allah and prayer for betterment good future for pakistan at whole.....GOOD WISHES FOR ALL PAKISTANI

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Saltin on January 31, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Dear Abbasi, There is a need for people like you to advocate for more A-level cricket for our young talent. Normally a visiting team plays a couple of side match where hosts can have their youngesters tested but for a long time that not has been the case for Pakistan. It was after 3 years that we got a side match played in UAE against England. Other boards should at least help us in giving our young talent an exposure to international cricket. Players like Usman Sallahudin, Afaq Raheem and some others are scoring century after century but need that last touch before being tried in the national team.

  • M. Kashif on January 31, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Pakistan has proved its mettle in the ground and outside the ground to show the world that they are always at their Best whatever is condition.

  • Meety on January 31, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Man, only Pakistan could of won from a position where England were 0/18 chasing 145 & still had 70 odd runs to spare! Misbah is the first Paki captain since Imran to unite the team with a single purpose. IMO - Pakistan is in the top 4, now all they need to do is win a series outside the Middle East/Asia & they'll confirm their quality. When is Aamir back?????

  • Dr MK Aslam on January 31, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Many Congratulations Team Pakistan and All Pakistanis BUT I am extremely concerned and worried about the foreign coach appointment business. PCB in its usual stupid policies would simply wreck the whole thing and nip the budding and rejuvenating Pakistani team if it changes or appoints a foreign coach at this juncture. The perfect Chemistry between the Captain-Coach and the team can be seen even by the blind. There is absolutelty no need for the current combination to be tampered with. They are on the up. Let them take their flight to achieve their maximum potential. If Watmore or any other foreign coach is brought, Pl NOTE my words.. Divisions would arise in the team. Close understanding, warmth, respect and rapport would give way to pseudo relationship. Effective mutual interaction would be a distant story... and so on.. ALl these would be detrimental to the team. PLEASE PLEASE somebody tell the Board to make sensible decisions above their personal and vested interests.

  • jahir on January 31, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    i am jahir ,i hope pakistan coming soon number one position test cricket .I am Bangladeshi but Pakistan cricket team my first choice.

  • STN on January 31, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Plz Plz Plz...Get M Yousuf at number 4 in Pak team. He still has atleast 2 years cricket left. Put Azhar ali as an opener with Hafeez. But Hafeez also needs to be consistent, and needs to score runs against biogger oppositions as well. Otherwise get Fawad Alam in. He averages 43 in test matches, then y is he dropped. He is always played in T20, which is not his game.

  • Nusrat Hussain on January 31, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Let us take it easy and keep it simple. Do not expect a lot, just enjoy every win as it is unfolded. History tells us that we behave worst when tables are turned. So, let us take it easy and mature with the time.

  • james on January 31, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    still cannot erase the smiles from my face and the tears of joy from my eyes........today is the fourth day of the win.......an advise to misbah bashers. Pls see the four sixes he hit on day one, i was lucky enough to be at the stadium then....pure clean hitting without any dancing down the pitch sort....pls do not disturb the captain-coach combinations and let us enjoy their winning formulas....PAKISTAN ZINDABAD...

  • shaeen_indian on January 30, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    @Vijay_R1965, I totally agree, and very well said. India perhaps does not have something called an "impartial" pool of talent selectors in the first place which leaves us with the very ordinary bowlers, other than the g8 Kapil Dev and maybe Roger Binny.....As far as the Pakistanis are concerned, their bowling outfit is intense, be it with seam, genuine pace, reverse swing (G8 Imran/Sarfraz Nawaz invention), the googly (Abdul Qadir's invention)you name it!...and I was immensely wasted and sad when Md Asif and Md Aamir were taken away as a big loss for Pakistan in the seam bowling unit, yet I was wrong, Wahab Riaz (Dis you see how he bowled out Yuvi Singh, first ball in the WC semis??...with an unplayable reverse swinging yorker??) and Gul and several others already in the selection pool will never run PAKISTAN out....What really saddens me as an indian is that these great pakistani greats from Afridi to Gul and Akmal to Ajmal are not a part of the IPL? NOT FAIR !

  • fhs on January 30, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    This is an excellent opportunity for Pakistan to complete the whitewash (3-0) but we have to think little unconventionally here – which is bring Umer Akmal in place of Junaid Khan in Dubai Test. These are the reasons:

    1) Strengthen batting (it would be a low scoring game) 2) Effectiveness of fast bowling is minimum (Pak perspective in this series) as our real strength is spin - which will be decisive (both sides) so why wasting the fast bowler when he is going to bowl few overs. 3) Younis can bowl medium pace and Azhar Ali can bowl leg spin – have them start practicing. Why not? 4) Team is 2-0. Why not take a chance?

    Remember, if Pakistan lose 3rd test, it would be our batting (or fielding) but I highly doubt it, if it would be our bowling!

    My two cents...

  • fhs on January 30, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    This is an excellent opportunity for Pakistan to complete the whitewash (3-0) but we have to think little unconventionally here – which is bring Umer Akmal in place of Junaid Khan in Dubai Test. These are the reasons:

    1) Strengthen batting (it would be a low scoring game) 2) Effectiveness of fast bowling is minimum (Pak perspective in this series) as our real strength is spin - which will be decisive (both sides) so why wasting the fast bowler when he is going to bowl few overs. 3) Younis can bowl medium pace and Azhar Ali can bowl leg spin – have them start practicing. Why not? 4) Team is 2-0. Why not take a chance?

    Remember, if Pakistan lose 3rd test, it would be our batting (or fielding) but I highly doubt it, if it would be our bowling!

    My two cents...

  • Zahid on January 30, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Great victory which brought rue enjoyment to all Pakistan. Well done Mohsin, Misbah and all players.Thanks for make us proud and hope you be playing with the same spirit in future.

    We love you all guys and congratulations for great work in the groud.

    Good luck and all the best for future.

  • HAMID ALI on January 30, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    PAKISTAN IS THE BEST TEAM!!!!!!!!! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD MISBAH IS AN AMAZING CAPTAIN GOOD LUCK TO PAKISTAN

  • Rana Mudassar Khan on January 30, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Its the Niazi genes! Find a Niazi now to run the country as well!

  • fhs on January 30, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Congrats Paki team!!! we just need one thing which is a good fielding coach. Thats it!

  • aftab on January 30, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    I hope the English Press is investigating possibility of throwing a match.

  • ibraheem on January 30, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    well done

  • Khalid Pervez on January 30, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    As a pakistani rejoicing the win, the only sad part was watching Mushtaq Ahmed sitting on the England bench, it was not long ago when it was him running around the pakistani team after bowling another england player, and today he must have had to control his emotions whilst all other pakistanis around him were going mad. He must have thought back to his time when he was part of a team made up of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and they too destroyed many a team in similar fashion! Spare a thought for mushy .. regardless of the colours he wears on the outside, he will always be green on the inside .. :)

  • Faheem on January 30, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    well i think Pakistan was always number 1.I think everybody knows what i am trying to say ;)

  • Dr. Tabassam Nawaz on January 30, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Well true enjoyment to PAKISTANIS. Now we have to aim for our rankings. If PAK beat england 3-0 then PAK has 108 rating with INDIA has 111 AUS has 111 and then SA 117 and England come to 118. So we have to win next test then BANGLADESH series and then SRILANKA series to be in top 4 GOOD LUCK to PAKISTANIS Also if we beat all 3 20/20 then we go to 2nd place that will be fascinating

  • Muhammad Imran on January 30, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    pakistan is great great victory by england. pakistani peoples hapiness this victory. love you pakistan cricket & cricket team. which you all the best. pakistan zindabad. pakistan cricket zinda bad.

  • Muhammad Rizwan on January 30, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Fantabulous....Great Win Pakistan.....Keep it up..God Bless you

  • RAJ on January 30, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    As an Indian my sincere request to the pakistani selectors and PCB, please dont make any stupid changes in this present team, they can be world beaters. We need a strong pakistan team in workd cricket. Congrats to my dear pakistani brothers I love the way your team is playing credit must be given to Moshin Khan and Misbah

  • Fahad on January 30, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    I still want to see pakistan fighting for Mohammad AMIR, the kid deserves a second chance, definitely.

  • Tanzeel ur Rehman on January 30, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    What Bob willis will says about Abdur Rehman's Bowling Action.

  • Ferhan on January 30, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    NO words to Express. Pakistan ZINDABAD....

  • Dr. Talha on January 30, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    I still believe Pak has a batting line which wont perform well in Aus, Eng and SAF. N thats the real test. Pak dont have batsmen who can get big hundreds except Younis. Hafeez did got a few but that was against Zim and Bang and that too after dropped catches. If they are unable to score in emirates than they will surely have problems outside asia. i hope this team wont prove to be like India of 1990's. Very good in asian conditions and pathetic outside the sub continent.

  • Dr. Talha on January 30, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    I still believe Pak has a batting line which wont perform well in Aus, Eng and SAF. N thats the real test. Pak dont have batsmen who can get big hundreds except Younis. Hafeez did got a few but that was against Zim and Bang and that too after dropped catches. If they are unable to score in emirates than they will surely have problems outside asia. i hope this team wont prove to be like India of 1990's. Very good in asian conditions and pathetic outside the sub continent.

  • rashid on January 30, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    It speaks volumes for the resilient performance by the team.. they were down n out for almost throughout the match.. but they hung on.. dug deep n hit back really hard (for some to swallow).. This Pakistan team reflects honesty, love n respect for their country who has blessed them with the chance to showcase their talent. Bravo for the rare intent n quality to seize the opportunity... "well done u deserve all the praise"

    In response to the comments by St. John at January 28, 2012 "This win says more about England than it does about Pakistan"

  • Nasser Ali Khan on January 29, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Very well-written, Kamran.

    I have always maintained that batsmen, who want to try to hit out of trouble are weak batsmen, who believe that grind wouldn't work for them as they shall get out any way - hence Afridi. Misbah and Mohsin have made Pakistan TENACIOUS, for the first time in its history. Hope we never go back to blow hot and cold modes. But our batting is brittle although improving. We have at last fixed 1 opener problem as Hafeez is now permenant, being a very effective bowler as well. And we have strenghtened our middle order with Azhar and Asad. We need to improve our lower order batting (worst amongst the 10 test teams). Our bowling is arguably the best, with SA the other contender. MOST OF ALL WE NEED TO IMPROVE OUR FIELDING if we want to get to no 1 and stay there for a long time. Real cricket is test cricket. The shorter forms are just a bit of fun and no more, simply because of restrictions on time, players, field placings, and innings; and use of powerplay.

  • BoomBoom on January 29, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    I don’t understand why there is such a need to say Pakistan Zindabad "Long live Pakistan" unless there is a real insecurity its gonna die or something.

  • md ibrahim on January 29, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    i think this is one of the grtst win for pak as they wre defending the total of only 145 .. well done pakistan and misbah he is the only man who changed the pakistan team in tests cricket he has a nice approach of slow and steady win the race its no matter how u win the race winning is only impatant. well for england team they dsnt deserved to be no 1 as they can play in sub continetnt. look what australia has done in past how they defeated iindia sri lanka and pakistan in ther home..........

  • Shahid on January 29, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    I think PCB is in a dilemma as they already had commited to David Watmore and made him resign from SRK's IPL frenchise. But in the present situation they should find a way out to keep Mohsin as coach may be by compensating Watmore financialy. Secondly, I think Pakistan need to start grooming a few upcoming players by playing them in ODIs and against weeker teams. Usman Sallahuddin seems to have a lot of potential to become a big star. Pakistan also needs to unearth some quality fastbowlers matching our traditions. Present stock of fast bowlers are all of similer quality and no one including Gul stands tall on international Arena.

  • Vijay_R1965 on January 29, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Kamran, can we Indians please borrow Ajmal/Gul/Junaid Khan for a couple of years? Can they be enticed if Indian gov allows dual citizenship to Pakistan bowlers?

    On a serious note, somebody should do a doctorate thesis on the amazing regularity with which Pak produces world-beating bowlers. It's really worth looking into, especially when the neighbor, with a much bigger pool and better organized first class structure, can't find one decent bowler in one decade. HOW DO YOU GUYS DO IT? I'm tearing my hair out with frustration :-)

  • Omar Hussain on January 29, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    I can see from ome people like Ashley Simmons and Enigma that they think Pakstan are easy meat for English and Australian pitches.Dis anybody give this team any chance before the series?How is that England have suddenly become 'the worst players against spin'? What ever happened to their No.1 status? This not the first or last time the Enlish fans start squealing because the got beaten by the better side on te day.I will take my hat off to any team that succeeds in any conditions in any part of the world,THAT is what being no.1 in the world is all about.When Pakistan's present team goes to Australia or England so will we see; it i unfair and prejudiced to say they are in the same league as the previous sides.Grow up you world cricket fans and accept the truth as it is....England are beaten and that's that!

  • osia_murree on January 29, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Congrats to all Pakistanis. great victory for us but i am sure you all agree that when three Pakistani cricketers were convicted we were all heart broken and in shock, thinking Pakistan cricket is destroyed. but it was blessing in disguise as our cricket now flourishing without those corrupt individuals who gave our country nothing but bad name. Remember no individual is bigger then country PAKISTAN ZINDABAD...

  • Umar on January 29, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    This team is playing great without a single super star. The innings of Azhar and Asad deserve lots of praise. This is perhaps the most mature team ever to play for Pakistan, with no one less than 25 and many above 30. Misbah made this team united. Praise is also for Waqar and Mohsin Khan.

  • Vishwa on January 29, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    In terms of Test-class temperament, Misbah is one of the few most capable batsmen in the world today...

  • Vishwa on January 29, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Great victory for Pakistan! No doubt... It also proves that there is no team in the world that can claim the absolute supremacy as Australia did few years back! Play a team in unfamiliar conditions, and they break! This England team defeated India in Test+ODI by 9-0, and they lost by margin 5-0 when they came to India for ODIs. Same India then went to Australis, and lost badly (in Test as of now)... Familiar conditions rules!

  • Shamshair Ali on January 29, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    All the best for Misbah and his team. We strongly believe that if Pakistan time play up to their potential, they can beat any team in the world.

  • Q,Islam on January 29, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    When Dhoni won the world cup,everyone in India said he is the best captain India ever had. Now after a year a mjority indians are asking for his removal. Misbah, be careful. You have tough job ahead after this series . Great win of course. I hope you will replace your good for nothing pacers and bring back Umar in place of his brother for the 3rd test. BEAT THE ARROGANT BRITISH one more time.

  • Ali Nawaz on January 29, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    First of aal thanks allmighty allaha,

    Excelent job done by team Pakistan, Excelent work by Misbah and Great job by Mohsin , what doese meaning to geting watmore can he done anything morethan this,no no no......, i am 100% sure to spend the dollers on watmore will be useless,

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • jawad on January 29, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    test cricket at its best, pakistan will clean sweep the series INSHALLAH,

  • Rasheed on January 29, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    This is how tewmwork, commitment, dedication, honesty results. Pak politicians must learn lesson from this win.

  • Syed Basharat Aziz on January 29, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    A very well written article, this win has brought joy and happiness to entire nation ... Long Live Cricket Pakistan!

  • Faraz on January 29, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    well done Misbah's team, you really made us proud, this shows when there is no corruption in our team then its hard to beat them ..tx to england for spying on our players, engl must be regretting now ..

  • Mohammad Aslam Kuwait return...... on January 29, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Well done green shirts and Team Misbah/Team Pakistan.At the end of Pakistan batting with a small total on the score board.I prayed to And ALLAH SWT THAT ONLY MIRCLE CAN MAKE PAKISTAN WIN.And ALLAH SWT accepted my prayer.I have not seen such awfull batting of any team in the world specially NO ONE.pakistan is No.OnE..........INSHALLAH ICC SOON AEW GOING TO CHANGE THE RATTING,PAKISTAN ZINDA BAD AND TEAM PAKISTAN PAEEND BAD.

  • Abaid-Ur-Rehman Bhatti on January 29, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Great Test Match. Great for Cricket. great for Pakistan. great for Sub-Continent. India/Sri Lanka to get lesson how to play outside of homeland.

  • Zanier on January 29, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    While this victory is pleasantly surprising, and also much deserved for the fans that have had to ensure the pit of shock that engulfed pak cricket in the lest 5 years, we have to remember context! Every team is beatable at the moment which is what makes test cricket so exciting currently. Pakistan have a number of other top teams to challenge and must start winning in foreign conditions.

    They have to develop reliable batters that can take over from khan and ul hav when they retire soon, let's smile, but no one team can truly relax at the moment.

  • jojo_khan on January 29, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    good article but i have a suggestion for the pakistan team think tank that victories apart but we will have to take a serious look on the ageing factor of two of the senior batsman younas and misbah ,more foreign tours should be provided to the A team of pakistan so that we can have good substituts available at time when they will be retiring ,usman salahudin ,fawad alam are the two strong contenders for the place so it will be better to groom them coz fawad alam specially has a good temperament and also have internatioanl exposure .

  • Balaji Krishnamurthy on January 29, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Interesting, Kamran. Not so long ago you were criticizing Misbah's safety first approach. Well you have to learn to walk before you learn to run. A few worries for Pakistan. The batting is still a little suspect. England lost as much to a good Pakistan attack as to the demons in their own minds. In these posts a lot of people back Umar Akmal. He is talented, but he needs to get his priorities right. He has thrown his wicket too many times after getting the start. He needs to learn the primary lesson from Misbah; put a price on your wicket. As for Pakistan, they need to look at their batting, which is still brittle, and a successor to Misbah, maybe two years from now. The next guy has to be as sober as Misbah is, otherwise Pakistan will lose whatever they have gained in the post spot fixing period.

  • Shami on January 29, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    We need Mohammad Yousaf in the team to be consistent. Hafee, Azhar,Yousaf, Younas, Misbah, Shafeek,U.Akmal,Rehamn,Gull, Riaz, Ajmal, Try this, you will love it.

  • Noor on January 29, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    do u guys think there is any role of Waqar Younus in this team build up , coz before Mohsin he was the coach for more than 1 year, i think so, well played Paksitan keep it up.

  • Observor on January 29, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Test cricket has been given a new life and zeal by this excellent series. Paksitan has always been playing beautiful and fascinating cricket; be it Test, One day or T20. Didn't click at number of ocassions though. England has never been an easy side; they were just outclassed by spirited and uniquly talented 11. My request to English media and nation is to accept the result instead of finding excuse and conspiracies.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on January 29, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Assalamulaikum Kamran vhai,fabulous spirited one of my mind blowing, remarkable, memorable matches has been ever seen,which I Still can't believe, how Pakistan had been become the authentic winner? Because, they have again honestly proved their rightful & justified of unpredictable honor by the help of the Almighty Allah.It was stunning greater team's true disciplined effort by combined Pakistan players. It seems to us that Pakistan came back in similar old fashion of past-time bowling attack by Abdul Kadir, Saqlain Mushtaq & along with Mushtaq Ahmed.Mashallah, the best heartily warmth wishes, congrats & blessings to all Pakistan current squad of united fighting players. May the Almighty Allah help all the Pakistan players from various kinds of miseries. Amin, Summa Amin.Just few changes essentially required for Pakistan team to be enhanced. Umar Akaml & Wahab Riaz must be included to replace over Taufeeq Umar & Junaid Khan in the last test match but never underestimate the England.

  • Shahzeb on January 29, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Great game, great series. this series was meant to be a test of pakistan's progress as a team in test cricket. Pakistan has passed the test with distinction. Pakistan always had the talent and potential to be a formidable force in cricket but unfortunately their cricket was ruined by bad administration. Now they need not to mess up all this. They will go forward and forward but please don't disturb them.

  • Mohammad Nawaz Janjua, Jeddah. on January 29, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Yes, Kamran, Pakistan Zindabad. We have to have believe in Pakistan and it is needed more in a situation when you lose a match. This win is fantastic and the result of mere hardwork of Pak crickters. No doubt, Misbah ul Haq's approach is the key to this win. I personally have never criticised him even at the loss of Semi Final match against India. Because, I always beleive that he is a fair and serious batsman & captain. Look at all his First class games. He has been so composed, calm and result oriented player and away from show bizz. Abdul Rehman's (Sialkoti) brilliant performance has proved to be too good for England players. He just spelled them with his bowling. Azhar Ali & Shafiq put the foundation for Pak vicotory in fact by putting a sound partnership for Pak innings. They are fast learners. In my opinion, Junaid Khan should be rested and another fast bowler should be given chance. Also, Umar Akmal may replace Adnan Akmal. Hope that Pakistan win this series for 3-0. Congrats.

  • TARIQ H BUTT on January 29, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    RIGHT ON THE MONEY, PERIOD.

  • Omar on January 29, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    I didn't think I could forgive him for his tuk tuk machismo in the world cup semis that possibly cost us the game. But then again, I couldn't have predicted a win like this in my wildest dreams. This is a beautiful game!

  • Azhar Shah, Manchester, UK on January 29, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Well said,,,Pakistan Zindabad. I agree with Kamran and many others, why change winning formula? Pakistan needs this win to show the world that a nation cannot be barred from entering the arena of the world cricket because some of its team members went beyond the ethics and believes of true sportsmanship.

    I remember Sir Ian Botham suggested after last year's bad incident that Pakistan Cricket should be thrown out. Well Sir, what would you say now...The world of Cricket cannot do without the wonderful talent and magic of Pakistani Team. As Mohsin Khan said, a team without home can do wonders in the desert of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Good luck for the third test to my Pak Team heroes.

  • farhan on January 29, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    thanks to ALLAH TALA and congratulations to team misbah for the success,after a long time pakistan has shown commitment with their profession and all the credit goes to team managment , the coach and especially the captain who is always calm under pressure.

  • Vaughan on January 29, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Great article Kamran. Pakistan have certainly issued a lesson to the other sub-continental teams (and others) in how to play successful test cricket against quality opposition. Application, patience and skill when necessary were applied by Paki's relatively unheralded middle-order, ready and waiting to be supported by attacking and masterful spin bowling to the minute and all at the behest of a potentially great leader in Misbah. A great step forward no doubt for Pakistan and surely a 3-0 whitewash must now be the aim. On current form, would absolutely love to have seen a 4-test series on Aussie soil between the clear No's 1 and 2 in the world. Pakistan zindabad!

  • shakeel on January 29, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    THANKS TEAM PAKISTAN..

  • PakCric8 on January 29, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Exceptional team effort! This is what we've waited for and the team delivered with style & gusto. Form is temporary but class is permanent. Go you Pakistan warriors!

  • Sameer on January 29, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    Pakistan cricket zindabad!

    Misbah's Pakistan zindabad!

  • Muhammad Raheel on January 29, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    This series win is like Red Blood for Pakistan Cricket and its Fans.. and I like the Last Sentence... Pakistan Cricket always Zindabad.

  • Usman on January 29, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    I would agree with you Mr. Abbasi regarding Moshin Khan... he is a better choice for coaching... In his supervision Pakistan has been brilliant

  • Syed A.R. Adil on January 29, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    I think, the Writer is bang on. The unsung, unheralded bunch of impressionable boys have suddenly turned into men of steel and character. Hats off Pakistan, keep it up. As for Misbah and Mohsin, all I can say is, Wow!

  • Faisal on January 29, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Kamran, your post is always a treat to read. Excellent job on this one too. A very careful, calculated, and eloquent analysis. Keep it up.

  • cricketlover on January 29, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Alhamdulillah! This was a game that England literally had within their grip and sights, but, eventually, Pakistan emerged victorious in an unprecedented manner by crushing their opponents for a paltry 72.....exactly half of the target. This amazing feat from the underdogs has put Pakistan in different class altogether. This is no mean achievement by any standards. We all hope and pray that the green shirts keep the nation's flag flying all around the world for a long time. Aameen!

  • Shazam Ali on January 29, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    congrats pakistan.. today is one of the happiest moments of my life. i have suffered when pakistan lost 2007 worldcup t20 final and also when pakistan lost 2010 t20 semi final and 2011 worldcup semi final but at those moments i supported pakistan team and today i got better result.. well thats the beginning .. still there's a lot to conquer

  • karwan on January 29, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    One of the most studding test match victory by pakistan i have ever watched.

  • Jonathon on January 29, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Misbah = the New Arjuna Ranatunga. He is going to be very successful

  • haseeb on January 29, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    There is no point to change Mohsin Khan anymore. Every time Pakistani team gets into rythm, something happens which breaks it. So the new PCB chairman shouldn't repeat the mistakes of Ex-PCB Chairman by not breaking their momentum.

  • Sumair on January 29, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan!!!!What a great test match and a wonderful victory for the nation! This should put an end to any notions of the first test victory being a fluke! Also, it is a befitting reply to England that if we don't have Asif, Aamir or Salman, doesn't matter! Pakistan has enough talent and gumption to rise again from the pits! Alhumdulillah!

  • Asim Mehraj on January 29, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    “I think it was a thorough professional performance and I am really happy ... :) .. pakistaan RuleZ .. \0/

  • Umer Toor on January 29, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    the victory for me, who couldn't bear the pain of watching tv with a target of 145, is surreal...

  • Noman Yoausuf on January 29, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad! Marvelous effort from our boys; forget the rankings, we're on top of the world!

  • Anil on January 29, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Dear Dr. Abbasi, I still remember one of your previous posts criticizing Misbah for his defensive attitude, for not being aggressive in seeking wins; and you pretty much summed him up as a pretty un-Pakistani captain. I had argued in the contrary. I am glad that you say now "When captain and coach combine in such spectacular fashion, why change the formula?" He knows what he is doing; he saves his team first, and then goes for the kill. This trend will build a platform of consistently winning performances which can be aggressively exploited by the next captain once Misbah goes. Go Pakistan! Just remember to not emulate your eastern neighbor!

  • A. Hasan on January 29, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Congratulations! Hard work always pays off! Great Team work. Give Mohsin full time job. Mohsin-Misbah chemistry is working well.

    Who is number 1?

    Ratings are deceptive.

    How can quality be quantified?

  • Nabeel on January 29, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad, indeed. Pakitan's obliteration of England's batting yesterday had a Dexter-on-meth like demeanor to it; asphyxiating its opponent, slashing it right through the middle, cracking its spine, ripping out its guts and leaving the carcass out to dry in the desert sun (although Dexter would prefer putting it in a black bag). The Pakistani media will (rightly) shower praise on the nations pride and a politician or two will come out in a champions rally or announce a few gifts or so. India's will try and compare our vicotry against their fallen giants. Everything else will be good for a nation that has had very little to cheer about in the last few years. A realistic fact is that these matches though is that we need to bat as well. Batting has never been Pakistan's forte in the recent past, but with the emergence of Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal,(re-emergence of) Hafeez and Taufiq Umar in this format has give us hope for the future. And now for the whitewash.

  • Ali Shah on January 29, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    brilliant article.

    So much love for Misbah today throughout PAkistan. Such a gun individual. Great piece of writing

  • Adnan Ayub on January 29, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Wonderful Victory... of Cricket World in Pakistan.

  • Abdul Malik on January 29, 2012, 5:32 GMT

    Kamran is right. Mohsin & Misbah's combination is doing wonders. Bringing a change in this, would be like messing with a winning combination, one which Pakistan has never witnessed before. Mohsin should remain as the Head couch without any political interference. He sould be ably supported with a very strong batting coach like Miandad, Saeed Anwar, Inzimam or Yousuf. The team would also need a very strong fielding and fitness coach who could be one from the cricket playing countries like Australia or England.

  • Addas Khan on January 29, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Well Well Well.....what can you say? England overated or are Pakistan back with a vengeance?

    Like all Pak supporters I am overjoyed at their stunning victory, BUT.......WE NEED TO PRODUCE 2or 3 world class batsmen to be the force in Test cricket that we can be!!!!

    Azhar has the potential, but really needs to improve that RUN RATE of his.......Bit early to comment on Asad

    Younis Khan, well his time is coming to an end

    Where is the next Inzi, Mo Yousuf and Younis Khan from a few years ago!!!!!!!! Cant rely on spinners all the time now can we?

  • M & M on January 29, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Thoughtful Planning, Exceptional Performances, Team Efforts, Motivating Leadership, Flawless Execution and a Remarkable Finishing with a Perfect Result.

    A Great Win All The Way !!

    I think, Pakistan team should seriously consider about making U.A.E. (Dubai/ Sharjah/ Abu Dhabi) their permanent base for as long as international teams are reluctant to visit Pakistan, and play as much cricket as possible.

    Good Luck To Team Pakistan.

  • Marghoob Jamil on January 29, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Misbhul Haq's Team has made the whole nation proud. A very balanced analysis. I would like to see Yunus Khan living upto his reputation and stay at the crease long enough in the final test to justify his continued inclusion.

  • Abbas on January 29, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Bravo Pakistan...Bravo Team Misbah...we love you....Pakistan Zindabad...

  • Saeed on January 29, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    I love Pakistan and Team Misbah the way they catch english Team

  • Yousaf khan on January 29, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    Awsome article kamran bhai! It brought tears to my eyes.but these are tears of joy and satisfaction.misbh has done wondrs to pak team no pak team is no more unpredictble.mohsin khan also deserves to be permanant coach.love team misbah,love pakistan

  • PakFan on January 29, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Rahman bowling here reminded me of Iqbal Qasim in Bangalore test against India played under the captaincy of Imran. Even though I do not remember Qasim stats, if I recall correctly that match had the same test of nerves that we saw today. This performance also proved that once every individual in Pakistan team play as a unit there is no stopping them – sky is the limit.

  • farhan on January 29, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Its a real classic performance Pakistan perform with a real professionalism and build a strong pressure in the field on to the opposition. congratulation Pakistan you deserve it.

  • Abdur Rahman on January 29, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    Hi to K.Abbasi and all of you! I would like to tell Mr.Kamran Abbasi to write a request letter to PCB that not to change the Coach. Because Mr.Mohsin Khan is doing well. And also Mr.Misbah is keeping team mates like they all are from one FAMILY! So Keep Going and Moving Forward! *Believe in YOU! *Go for YOUR dream! *Show YOUR talents! *Feel the success!

  • wirasat on January 29, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    It was a treat to watch this unforgettable test. I am sure the victory is going to revive the falling sprits of Pakistani fan. Hope they continue this journey and get on number one spot.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on January 29, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    The game reminded me of a roller coaster ride. England was on the verge of victory. The chase for 145 did not seem difficult for the mighty English batting side. The best in the business did not give Misbah's Pakistan an outside chance. Misbah and his Spinners had plans of their own. Rahman, Ajmal & Hafeez bowled their hearts out and ultimately bamboozled the mighty England batting side for 72. With this upset Misbah's boys exhibited a rare self belief and determination to prevail. The 11 green guys did not give up till the game was over. Team Pakistan was good enough to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and in the process won the test series against the #1 test side in the world. Hats off to Misbah and Pakistan. Shafiq & Azher should be credited for batting intelligently to give a 145 runs lead for their bowlers to defend. Strauss and England played brilliant cricket in patches, came out on top in most sessions, but they have to confess that the best team won.

  • Mir yaseen on January 29, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Well done pakistan.England walo,ab kya rehman ki action bi suspected hai?

  • Raheel on January 29, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • Zaid-SL on January 29, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Allahu Akbar! Its d batting lineup which worries.how about opening with umar akmal instead of taufeeq

  • Umar on January 29, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Grear article.....

  • Adil Chatha on January 29, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Pakistan team is the best if they play united. Misbah is doing great job.

  • Force on January 29, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Agreed, Pakistan Zindabad!!!!!

  • Mohammed Amdani on January 29, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    INDEED. Pakistan Cricket Zindabad - Pakistan Paindabad!

  • ssdpa on January 29, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    It is just a luck of Pakistan cricket team, otherwise they were down every day in this test match, in first test Pakistan batting was not up to the mark scoring 350+ in a tension less innings is not enough, win is a win but we have rethink about our batting please.

  • Tahir Khan on January 29, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Pakistan played very well,defeat looked quite imminent and would ve raised questions about the victory in first test. I think they would ve been better off by selecting Umar Akmal instead of junaid khan, because the wicket is not for him and he was hardly used in the whole test match. In a desperate situation they can even go with Umar Akmal as a keeper and play some one like Shoain Malik and make batting strong though Malik,s form ve been poor but he can play spin well, especially we know Pakistan have been opening with Hafeez with new ball, I m sure with this selection Pakistan would ve won the series with even a bigger margin, and ofcourse you can change the team again depending on the wicket.I must admit I was almost disappointed in Asad Shafik but he played very well in this match although I think he could ve done better, and I also believe we do need some one like Omar Akmal in the team he can take the match away from the opposition in just a few overs.Especially on such wickets

  • Mangut on January 29, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Well said, Pakistan Cricket Zindabad. Team Misbah have made us so proud. Team Misbah Zindabad.

  • Uzair on January 29, 2012, 1:55 GMT

    Even though I am not a big fan of Misbah (specially after the semi-final innings he played - broke our hearts), I have to agree with you Kamran! This guy has done what we thought was never possible! Bringing calm and cool to "Pakistan cricket"!!! Well written article.. Go Pakistan..Go green!

  • Qader Saeed on January 29, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    An excellent write-up. The existing Pakistan team cannot be better. Status quo with an elevated position for Mohsin Khan is recommended. I agree with him and strongly recommend that he cannot be taken for granted. There is no need for a Selection Commeittee unless it is so designed that it works directly under Mohsin Khan and that too if he so approves. Pakistan Cricket has just come out of a very difficult political entrap. Please leave them alone to achieve more laurels.

  • Kashif Mast on January 29, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    This is a very very good win for Pakistan cricket and the whole nation.The only point to raise after this series whatever all says Pakistan is very good off course they are in this instance but there are some points in which they need improvement and they have shown the sign of worries is their batting...i dont agree that their batsmen are worldcass at the moment...the next thing i demanded as pakistani fan that Pakistan team should improve in batting so when they have to play in Australia or South Africa nation do not want to be disappointed....My vision is 2015 World cup in Australia....Pakistan zindabad...Pakistan Paindabad.

  • Zain on January 29, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    it's the England batsmen's reactions that are suspect rather than the Pakistan spinners' actions.

  • Sufian Javed on January 29, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    This article barely touches the surface of how I feel as a Pakistani cricket fan right now. This feeling of elation has been gone too long and for a good part of the last decade has been marred even further towards nonexistence. Really really proud and happy after witnessing revival of Pakistani cricket; the ultimate culmination being of course our hub of controversies, England.

    But the work isn't done. A white-wash, and then a subsequent thrashing of England in the ODI's would be really nice. We're back, and back with a bang!!! Pakistan Zindabad!

  • terry007 on January 29, 2012, 1:10 GMT

    OK Team Misbah, make it 3-0 and your beloved coach will lose his "interim" status. Dave Whatmore will disappear from PCB radar. Zaka Ashraf will have learned his first management mistake. Don't mess with a winning formula.

  • terry007 on January 29, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    No team can perform in the field if the captain-coach chemistry is lacking or the dressing room atmosphere is split for lack of teamwork. PCB under Butts (both of them) destroyed Pak cricket and the current willingness of the players to perform for themselves, their captain, their coach and the nation must not be forgotten. No foreign coach will be able achieve this as has India seen under their English coach with a 0-8 record. Any appointment of foreign coach at this stage will destroy the team spirit to win. Keep up this teamwork with an attitude that no one is above the team.

  • Nasir Khan on January 29, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    A vey well written article. Pakistan's recent success goes to prove that unity & harmony are the secret ingredients for an always talented team like Pakistan. Down to earth players like Saeed Ajmal, Misbah-uh-Haq, Abdur Rahman etc are my heroes.

  • hasan bro (rashid flex) on January 29, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    what a performance from cornered tigers, it was an unbelievable stuff beyond imagination.This is a great victory for pakistan. I really hope England will come back as lions but they need to start recruiting ENGLISH BORN players and please leave South African and Zimbabwean alone. Best wishes for next test match.

  • Mohsin on January 29, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    Well said!

  • Abid Umar on January 29, 2012, 0:15 GMT

    Rightly said, unbelievable stuff from the side that was tormented and degraded and came back like Newyork Jiants, has no doubts created a history. What a resolve, hardwork and committment shown by this unit. But I dont believe it has any share of coaching by Mohsin khan. He is like a go with the wind type of coach, not certified and does not know how to tackle batsmen mistakes. This is all about unpredictability and extra molded iron in pakistani nature which make them very hard to defeat. Once Imran khan, the great captain of pakistani team said, whoever the coach is or not, team will win.

  • Rai ally on January 29, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    Kamran as much as I loved the way we won I am still very worried , we are getting trapped into a shell just like Indians where we will win around sub continent type pitches and the manner of our victory was a norm as whenever we have won anything it's always been bowlers but our top 6 comprise of batters who don't have the fluency in them like the Aussies of last decade or west Indians of 80's ..it's a matter of one series in England south africa or Australia and we will e brought back to ground reality :) Cricket has changed a lot now and though I am sure people wouldn't agree but we need to improve our game plan as a one good delivery can count for any great batsmen and then these strike rates of early 30's will hurt us badly . Anyways congrats team Pakistan you really made me proud here in England :)

  • Adnan on January 28, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    Still remember gloomy evening of 6th Jan 2010, when Pakistan fell short off 175 target,in sydney. i felt too embarrassed. But today words from my English colleague made me proud "I am too embarrased to be an English man, today" i felt like crying k how hard it is to earn respect and Pakistni team has done in a fashion that was never expected from them. Pakistan Zindabad. No matter what , we love u!!!

  • Whirling Dervish on January 28, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    Bob Willis and Steve Harmison's comments made me laugh regarding DRS maknig Ajmal better and that Warne would have taken more if DRS was around for him. They conveniently ignored the grand daddy of them all Abdul Qadir! He who spun England into a tis only for the Umpires not to give the right decisions as they too did not know what he was bowling. England should accept that they have never been good in Asia and UAE and try to rectify it. Well done to the Pakistani team and I hope this is something that they will build on. Perhaps all the detractors who sneered when they beat Sri Lanka and BD can now eat their words.

  • asif on January 28, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Hats off to Misbah, a good captain with actually a brain unlike the past rubbish ..... Butt, Afridi, Malik , Yousuf. Just shows you just because you were a good player does not mean you will be a good captain automatically. Sadly the PCB think tank miss managed as usual in the past and this cost Pakistan. Well done green shirts you have made us all very proud, keep it up.

  • Mehdi Ali on January 28, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    Well Said Kamran. Indeed it's team Misbah. Slow like tortoise but keen to conquer everything in the way.

  • JK on January 28, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    As usual Kamran, an excellent piece! You have captured the essence of how the PK supporters feel. You have done it again without bashing a superb turnaround and resolve by the English team at Abu Dhabi. Pakistan just were better fighters at the end. The fighting spirit was always there in Pakistan. Previously, it resulted in unpredictable wins as the aggression came out in an ostensibly lavish display of nerves. Under Misbah, the same resolve is getting channeled into a more Marathon fight of nerves. Sprinters are now long distance runners. And the display of brashness has been replaced by discipline with unity, and faith in the ability to win. Long live Misbah's team, Long live Pakistan!!!

  • Ahsan on January 28, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    It is absolutely delighting just to think of the results of "Renovate Pakistan Cricket" project. Things have been completely non-Pakistani (as compared to flamboyance in the past), but results are wonderful. Long may it continue...

  • Syed on January 28, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    "Forget rankings, Pakistan cricket and its supporters are feeling on top of the world." says it all.

    Lesson from this we can take home: Good things happen when you apply yourself with all your heart and hard work, forget conspiracies, bad luck etc. When man endeavor's God deliver

  • Ganda Bacha on January 28, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    4 the 1st time u've written something like a pakistani, 4 the 1st time u've written a whole article without mentioning spot fixing, or doubts over ajmal's action, congrats.

  • AM on January 28, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    All I can say is Well Done Team Pakistan!!!! Playing as a team and for the team - we all knew years ago was a recipe for success - is what separates the current team from its immediate predecessors. I have special praise for Misbah for bringing stability to the team on the field. Instead of a cavalier approach, he has followed in the footsteps of Nasser Hussain who laid the platform for England's success by adopting safety first tactics. Once a team achieves a platform for success, attacking cricket can follow later.

    I hope Misbah has finally answered his critics who had no idea what they were talking about when they constantly lambasted his go-slow and safety first approach to Test cricket. Well done Misbah. Pakistan is very lucky to have you as a player and Captain. Please tell your players not to lose their focus and in the manner of Imran Khan (who swept Australia 3-0 in Pakistan in 1982)go for a clean sweep in this series.

  • Feddy on January 28, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Great writing by you Mr. Kamran Abbasi. By reading this I literally got goose and bumps!! Long Live Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket. How many Amirs Asif and Butts will this world take from us, we will produce as many Ajmals, Rehmans, Misbahs, Azhars & Asads and many more!!!!

  • Asif Chaudry on January 28, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Fantastic ....never had any doubts this day would come ....LONG LIVE PAKISTAN CRICKET was an absolute joy to wake up earlyevery day of both tests and watch the No 1 Team in the world be completly destroyed !

    Carry on the same way and make me proud ! Need a complete whitewash followed up with T20 and the ODI's

    Asif

    London

  • Umer on January 28, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    Well Said Kamran !!! This victory has not only boosted a morale of our cricket heroes but most certainly provided the most deserved joy to the entire nation. We PROUD of you TEAM MISBAH !!!

  • Amir Iqbal on January 28, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    great article, now only if Misbah can pull off a one day series win with a much better run rate

  • Umair Khalid on January 28, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Nice Article! There's nothing good happening in our country these days but this win will certainly be a source of joy and happiness for the entire nation. Thank you Team Pakistan!

  • Nasir Ulhaq on January 28, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    As usual, good article by Kamran. You are right, its time to stop criticizing about the way Misbah or his team score and why to change the proven formula, Whatmore is not going to do any miracles.

  • Najib Khan on January 28, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    First of all, many congrats to all in Pakistan; this wonderful win really brought tears to my eyes. Secondly, I fully agree with Kamran, why change the formula when the team has been consistent under the current coaching staff; after all, if the end justifies the means, then why not stick to Mohsin and company. At least extend the trial period for this combination to another six to nine months, and if the performance keeps improving, fine, otherwise we can always hire another coaching staff. No rush please, Mr. Zaka Ashraf Saheb! Finally, Pakistan cricket Zindabad.

  • paresh on January 28, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan on a fantastic victory. THe world cricket does need Pakistan for it provides such an exciting cricket at this level. I don't agree with unpredictability term given to pakistan team which has over the years produced mostly consistent results of beating best teams. If it wasn't for the decade of fixing and irregularities that invaded the subcontinent, i have no doubt in my mind that Pak team would have achieved many more laurels than they have. Pakistan team produces more talents than any other team in the world and it is a welcome sign to see them play to their true potential. The ranking system in the world is far from perfect and victories in the subcontinent pitch is as important as bouncy swinging pitches elsewhere. Hopefully, the cricketing ties between India and Pakistan will resume soon and that Cricket would return to the home grounds of Pakistan.

  • Remnant on January 28, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    I feel that pakistan's domestic turmoil has had an unintended positive benefit to its cricket.

    While all teams play and blood youngsters on domestic wickets, it has been rebuilding its team on foreign soils due to issues back home. So I think that gives it an edge in toughening up its cricketers and making them more adaptable to foreign conditions. This could even make Pakistan the team to beat in years.

    Perhaps India and England too should start playing their home matches in alien and non familair conditions, more often so that it will develop more versatile cricketers.

  • Faisal on January 28, 2012, 21:05 GMT

    Absolutely brilliant posting there. Thanks and yes! Pakistan Zindabad !

  • Syed J. Ahmed on January 28, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Pakistan needed a savior after 2010 and Misbah appeared out of no where. Lets not forget it was Misbah who discovered saeed ajmal back in 08-09 and he brought ajmal to the test team. Well done misbah, well done now if he can get another 2-3 years in as a captain Pakistan will enjoy more victories like this one.

  • Faheem on January 28, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Congratulation to Mibha and Pakistan Team.Best part of this team is unity,getting along very well,complementing each other and no politics in the team. There was one bad decision to pick Junaid Khan instead of Wahab Riaz.Misbha is the reason for this turn over or making of this team.This team should have a Foreign coach for various reasons one of them is fair selection of the team.Pakistan should groom Usman Salahuddin,Harris Sohail and Fawad Alam for future batsmans and hasan raza,Sadaf hussain, Mohammed Talha,Anwar Ali and Tabish Khan for Future bowlers. Congrats once again, keep going make it 3-0 of the Series,Already won the series so test the bench strength,by the way iam an Indian living in USA,ardent & great fan of Pak team.

  • ashfaq on January 28, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    Well done TEAM PAKISTAN, maybe Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and abdur rehman are pehla, doosra and teseera.

  • Salman on January 28, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Brilliant bowling, good catching, exuberant fielding, excited appealing, fine leadership-ing, hearts throbbing, nerve-wracking, eventual hugging and a lot of smiling... a great day of watching cricket... Just miss Aamir - it still hurts - but the love is returning :)

  • Syed Hamdani on January 28, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    I cant say it enough it was by far the most magnificently played game of cricket i have witnessed in the past few years, who said tests are dead? =D

    Misbah is the fast turning out to be the cement we need to keep a team working together the spirit / celebration at the end was the perfect indication of this fact.

  • hasan jawad on January 28, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Has anyone noticed that England were 90 odd for 7 in both innings in Dubai and bowled out for just 72 runs in Abu Dhabi?In 3 out of four innings to barely reach 100 runs is truly astonishing- so well have Pakistan bowled.All that Pakistan bowlers have done is to eliminate the English batsmens favourite strokes, the cut and the pull by bowling straight at the stumps and giving them nothing to hit.And England have folded on pitches that were basically good for batting.

  • Faisal on January 28, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Pakistan is still missing likes of Mohammad Ammir and Asif in fast bowling department. With pacers swinging ball like these two and with quality spinners and supporting batsman , Pakistan would be the new world order in cricket world :)

  • saleem on January 28, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Just goes to show what having unity in the team can do, which is who Pakistan won. Its been a long time coming. Also not having a single superstar in the side such as shoaib Akhtar or afridi type character also helps. Would be better to stick with same coach now

  • Satish on January 28, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    A mind blowing performance entire Pakistan team esp. Rehman and Ajmal and Alia & Asad... Congrats to the whole Pak fans all over the world... Hope it will be a whitewash

  • Mehdi on January 28, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Pakistan cricket zindabad indeed. Hope they can keep it up in the 3rd test. 3 nill, is much sweeter than 2/1

  • dmqi on January 28, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    I firmly believe that the coach should not be changed at this point. You have to depend on your own resource, why do you think imported brand is always better. We need to change this mentality.Why do foreign countries recruit us in many areas if we are inferior?

  • Imran on January 28, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Great article, really captures what Pakistani cricket fans are feeling right now. Misbah's flourishing as a batsman right now as well, he looks the most assured out of all the batsman in both teams, and only losing his wicket to close calls. Pakistan zindabad!

  • dmqi on January 28, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    I firmly believe that the coach should not be changed at this point. You have to depend on your own resource, why do you think imported brand is always better. We need to change this mentality.Why do foreign countries recruit us in many areas if we are inferior?

  • Asif on January 28, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Pakistan is looking great under Misah's leadership but one thing about Pakistani they will never be happy cause they don't like hard workers they just like corruption in every field.. They don't like misbah they like some one corrupt like Salman butt, Shahid afridi, younas khan, and shoib malik wasting all their talent for being a hero. they all played cricket for themselfs not for the country but one thing about Misbah:) he is just playing for country:) he knows how to play aggressive how to play boundaries but he is not doing that for himself

  • Imran Zia on January 28, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Fascinating cricket being played like it should be played. Now pakistan is the team to beat for any team who dreams to be number one.

  • Ali majaz on January 28, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Finally kamran is talking sense nd now understanding Misbah as a player

  • Shaheed Faiz on January 28, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Your comments on Twitter right after the match and this blog shows your emotions towards this win. Yes! it is a great surprise to see Pakistan among the top teams and after the series win other teams can't brush aside Pakistan anymore. And yes! Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Faisal Khan on January 28, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    happiest moment since the 92 world cup! Misbah's achievements are bigger than Imran's. He has rejuvinated a team in ruins, a team humiliated, a team devoid of 'stars' into world beaters! I hope can stay fit for another few years.

  • Carl McNmara on January 28, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    No No No! you better not bring those Tuk Tuk Rhetorics, When you are going for perfect recipe, you have to have some thing very ductile that can carry lots of brittles in it. When you lots hardcore cricketers in ere you gotta have something very flexible to fill in those gaps. He was an iconic example of disaster when he played that silly shot in 20/20 or semifinal of WC2011 against india . . . but questions is how many have stayed on the pitch that far ... how many have been precise and decisive . . . they had a plan, they sticked firm to it ... patiently they did it. His body language is powerful. Not very crickters are capable of triumph he can produce.

    Rest is agreed!

  • Shah on January 28, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    A very well deserved win to Pakistan, an eye opener for England, (being # 1 in the world in any field is a tall order and takes "Perfection", so rankings and ratings are mere statistics. There have only been two real # 1 teams, Windies and Ausies in their hey days. These days, the slot is EMPTY), a great boon for test cricket, (I think cricket starts and ends at "Test" level. Without tests, cricket shall die), and a milestone in Pakistani Cricketing History, an event comparable to World Cup 92, and all those big wins that maintain Pakistan's status as one of the leading "important" cricketing nations and today, Pak Cricket has been given a new life.

    Now, I think, is the time, for us all Pakistanis, to start demanding internaitonal cricket in Pakistan. Its a shame that we are depriving a whole generation, their right to witness Pakistan Cricket live, in stadium and get INSPIRED.

    Go Team Pakistan! Go Team Misbah!

  • Imran Khan on January 28, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    A lot of these Pakistani youngsters haven't had a taste of home advantage, yet they are still successful at neutral and lets not forget Pakistan gave England a hell lot of tough time in 2010 had it not been for....(well lets forget that) we would have won that series too.

    This test match really showed that Test Cricket still has that impact, I mean we saw 4 days of shiftin momentum in this match and the better one came out as the winner. Everyone was bored watching the Indians getting whipped by Australia without showing any fight and even Kiwis overwhlemingly outclassing Zimbabwe but this Pak-Eng match was an instant classic.

    Pakistan did not give up and fought their way through this irrespective of the pathetic display from England particularly in batting.

  • Ashar on January 28, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Loved your article!! Hats off to Ajmal and Rehman.. As these two spin kings did the job for Pakistan..It seemed like good old days are back where Saqlain helped Pakistan to defend low totals..

  • Irfan on January 28, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Being a candid critic of Pak team I must say that THIS team has the substance. It has what it takes to fight. They have the heart of a lion, the will fight when chips are down. Their heads are always in the game regardless of the situation. They have found a leader who always shows the way and instills the cubs with some of the qualities which if used properly will go a long way aka patience. So I must admit that this was by far the best show I have ever seen from a Pakistan eleven - period. Congratulations to young and old of them alike!

  • Nadeem Ahmed on January 28, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    This is good sign the way Pakistan is playing since last one year. Cricket fans in Pakistan are directly effected due to discriminatory treatment of ICC towards home series and less matches compared to other good teams. The only solution of this problem is instead of begging countries to visit Pakistan for home series keep the performance continue for another year and put the team in top three position. I am sure if Misbah & team mates will be able to do so then all the teams will come to Pakistan and the problem of home series will be solved. We all feel proud of the team performance in this difficult period when they have to play all the series outside of country away from home crowd. We all love to see Pakistan in ICC top three rankings in Test, ODI and 20-20 besides a good number of players in individual top ten rankings then will see how ICC will defend their case of not giving enough cricket to Pakistan. Congrats to all the team members of Team Pakistan on such marvelous win and look forward for similar performances in future from them.

  • khawaja.a on January 28, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    I liove pakistan cricket. You are right on. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • manzoor raza on January 28, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Let mohsin remain the coach. Best wishes for the team misbah. Pakistan paindabad...

  • PAKISTANI on January 28, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    To whom Bob Wills is going 2 blame,Rahman was wearing half sleeves shirt. I don`t understand why all these pundits of cricket & media people don`t give credit to Pakistani cricketers whenever they won particularly against white teams,what they do they start playing blame game in one way or another.Pakistani team team proved without any doubt that they are the #1 because they are winning in most unfavourable conditions by all means in international cricket.My SALUTE TO PAKISTANI TEAM 4 THEIR SPIRITED PERFORMANCE.

  • Faakhir on January 28, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Excellent narrative, your article overwhelmed me with emotion. We need all these small moments of joy so badly. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Sulu on January 28, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    'Comes around goes around'. The time finally arrived for Pakistani players who suffered the mounting crisis in 2010, paid their dues with patience and slammed it awesomely. ECB and ICC now speechless with the memorable series win by Pakistani team. The time frame popped little earlier than anticipated to slam it back to those concerned. Pakistani team should remain vigilant now and can do far better in the areas of batting especially by those remaining veterans. This win was the team work and should continue and focus in future games. ECB and ICC now should reflect on the issues of 2010, the most damaging in the history of cricket, that arrogance and aggressiveness dont prevail. Well done Pakistan. Kamran, undoubtedly Misbah is the ambassador and credit goes to the players for their joint effort in this win. It looks that 2012 is the pay back time for Pakistani team. Good luck Pakistan.

  • bhaiya on January 28, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    England were good in Abu Dhabi? boy Kamran..... you sure know how to play both sides of a coin.... no wonder you are able to get here.....

  • faraz ahmad on January 28, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    well said mr kamran, i think it time for those ppl who criticised pakistan team in thier difficult time now they shup stop criticising pakistan team and support them with all thier heart.

  • Tariq Razi on January 28, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Kamran, a very honest, heartfelt, and well-written write up from you.

    An exciting victory to say the least with the english bowlers leaving the pitch feeling let-down by their batsmen. No matter what critics say about Pakistan's batting run rate, Misbah's team has proven it to be inconsequential. And he's got the results to prove against the top ranking test team in the world.

    Interesting to listen to Bob Willis praising Ajmal and Rehman, especially after his accusations on Ajmal's action, which sounded disconnected from reality anyway. Maybe the POMS should focus on Pieterson who has an been out to left arm spinners 21 times in his last 57 odd dismissals. Strauss, who has a batting average of of 28.72 in 2011. And Morgan, who is pertpetually in a double mind when playing spinners. POMS better look within first before rubbishing others.

    A cheerful and happy day for Pakistan cricket. Question is whether we need a new coach at this juncture or not?

  • Thinker on January 28, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Well i think pakistan need a good swing bowler to assist umer gul or more probably take his place to complete their attack .They should improve their fielding and saeed need to focus on his - regular outbreaks and develop spin variation from same length ( b/c as long as batsman is confused how much ball is gona turn it will more of a problem for him to suvive ) - Use the crease as well as angle of delievery - less use of doosra b/c overuse of it ruin saqlain career. - use arm delievery like rehman with regular offspin and then use doosra.

  • AR ZAKI MASUD on January 28, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    This victory is all the more important because Misbah and Mohsin Khan have shown that despite being low key they are in the limelight for their achievements. They are getting accolades from all fans of cricket irrespective of nationality. What a great feeling when you win based on hard work then a fluke or bad judgement by an umpire. Pakistanis need to be recognized as a hard working team that boasts of camaraderie ,plays with confidence and so far devoid of match fixing. One might think that the best thing that happened to Pakistan cricket was the conviction of Aamir, Asif and Butt. Let us hope the team continues to play great cricket under Misbah. Cograts Pak Cricket team.

  • Aybec on January 28, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    What a great game!Pakistan gave another life to test cricket with Doosra and Teasra. Who knows Chotha might be coming soon. In case you do not know What chotha is, it means the forth one and teasra means the third one where as Doosra means the second one. Lets not forget England will be a tough match in the third test so STAY FOCUSED PAKISTAN. Lets go for the white wash now.

  • Rana Mudassar Khan on January 28, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    If Pakistan teams of Yore were unpredictable, extremely talented Misbah's teams may not be as talented but one thing's for sure they have a steeliness about them that is not associated with Pakistan.

    Amazing how when you take out the talented but corruptible and bring in desire, steel and focus how pakistan can snatch victory from the clutches of defeat.

    England in 2010, Mazhar Mahmood the News of the World did not destroy Pakistan Cricket they gave us a new life free from corruption, free from the individual and free from ego. We now have a team that is simply focused on results. One things for sure we are still as exciting as before and no matter what the likes of Willis think we are focused on victory.

  • Aamir Ahmed on January 28, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    Amen to that!

  • Pakistan Supporter on January 28, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    I dont think pakistan should get carried away with this win. No doubt it was a good win but they need to complete the white wash and then move on to their next task, the odis. England are a very good side they just had a bad week in the office. Pakistan are by far from the finished article. They need to concentrate on the weaknesses e.g. seam bowling Broad and Anderson whenever they had the ball always looked threatening. Whereas Gul and CO didnt. Our Opening batting, Taufeeq Umar needs to be axed, Azhar Ali needs to be promoted to and asad shafiq in at number 3, that will allow Umar Akmal to come in at 6 and strengthen the batting. The batting needs to make more of a contribution if they are to make an impact abroad. Indian fans need to realise that it was your country that refused to tour Pakistan that started the rot, Pakistan need to remember the BCCI tried it hardest to isolate and destroy cricket in pakistan. Dont sell out. Unlucky England you will better against India.

  • Ashley Simmons on January 28, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Come and play us in England lads. We will bowl you out in 2 days.

  • Usman Afzal on January 28, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Well said. i agree with ur term Misbah's Pakistan.

  • Mike on January 28, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    I am sick and tired of Indian posters trying to dominate the various articles during the England and Pakistan series comparing their teams abject surrender in Australia to England losing on the subcontinent. Nice try but no cigar. No comparison. Pakistan have been made to play overseas albeit on similar pitches in dubai for the last two years have most of their best players not available but have gelled into a unit. The spot fixing case was the best thing to have happened to them. It made them try their best and play as a unit.

    England at least fought hard and almost won the abu dhabi test. Shafiqs missed runout turned it around. HOwever, credit to Pakistan as they never lost their belief and will to win . They fought hard when others would have surrendered. India have all the sponsorships their precious IPL, their batting legends yet got humiliated 8-0 by both england and aus. Deal with that criticise your own team rather than the english.

  • Taufeeq Umar on January 28, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Kamran Bhai - I happy. But don't know how long we perform. We cheated with spot fixing. I don't wanna support cheater even if they win or lose. Support Imran Khan.

  • Faraz Bilal Ahmed on January 28, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Well, played Pakistan. But I am sure we will lose in bouncy conditions. But for now, enjoy becoz we will surely lose in England, Australia, and South Africa in under three days.

  • PakistanZindabad on January 28, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Where are all the hardcore mizbah haters now? Go Misbah! & Go Pakistan!!

  • Hassan Ali on January 28, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Please Please Please stop calling the Pak cricket team, "Team Misbah". We did that when Afridi was captain and it caused rifts in the team. It's best if we give equal credit to all of Pakistan's players because they've beaten England as a team and not as individuals.

    Hats off to Pakistan <3

  • Faisal on January 28, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Good job by Pakistan team. Still we are playing at neutral venue and winning unlike other teams who just winning on their home soil and became # 1 team in world and get thrashed in other part of world:-). After Australia there is no team who has any right to pronounce themselves as world # 1 because they didn't rule the world like Aussies did. As far ranking concerned then it would not be easy for Pakistan team to climb up the ladder very quickly as we will not be playing any test after this series for many upcoming months. But winning is a good habit and we have to keep this habit going on. Best of luck for final test. We want Whitewash. :-D

  • Syed Sajid ul Islam on January 28, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Dil Vil Pakistan! Pakistan's series victory should shut up the mouth of former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Akram who had predicted in December that Pakistan would find it tough to corner and beat the Pommies ; hopefully now he ubderstands the true worth of the outstanding talents of his native country. Moreover how does Mushtaq Ahmed feel? is his heart with native Pakistan or professionally adopted England?

  • Faisal on January 28, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Good job by Pakistan team. Still we are playing at neutral venue and winning unlike other teams who just winning on their home soil and became # 1 team in world and get thrashed in other part of world:-). After Australia there is no team who has any right to pronounce themselves as world # 1 because they didn't rule the world like Aussies did. As far ranking concerned then it would not be easy for Pakistan team to climb up the ladder very quickly as we will not be playing any test after this series for many upcoming months. But winning is a good habit and we have to keep this habit going on. Best of luck for final test. We want Whitewash. :-D

  • Divyanand on January 28, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Good to see pakistan back in full form...

  • Naeem on January 28, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Kamran, watching this series from Canada, I share your sentiments and emotions. I have never kept awake all night to watch cricket game. This was the most exciting test matches that I have ever seen and I kept awake till morning to watch Pakistan triuph over England. Misbah's team is fanatstic!! yes , i have been critical over the run rate in the past especially the semi final WC. but I think Misbah has a winning strategy and also has made Test cricket exciting to watch!! Ajmal, Rahman and Hafeez are passionate players. Good luck Pakistan!!

  • Shafait Sheikh on January 28, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Well said Kamran, heart warming words for hearts already bubbling with joy. I would love to read comments from our next-door-neighbor friends, whose team unfortunately is on a downslide, wish they recover and rediscover its form soon. Congrats to Team Pakistan. PCB should abandon idea of hiring a foreign coach, MK is doing a great job, jet him continue as permanent coach.

  • No_Bias on January 28, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Keep Mohsin as the coach. Don't ruin the synergy. Pak players need positive menatal attitude. If he is prviding it, then he is the right man for the job.

  • sameen on January 28, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    sorry kamran, extremely poor article. what kind of title you selected for your article" team misbah"? its not a team misbah its a team pakistan . learn few things from indians, when ever the won they don't not call it team dhoni or team tendulkar . i think you are on vacation and writing this piece without thinking. bad job

  • Saj Abbas on January 28, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Kamran you always bring a smile to my face whenever I read your articles but today I am so proud of my green-team that a tear came out of my eyes. MashaAllah.

  • Noman on January 28, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Incredible Pakistan!! All the emotions in the world in one test match. Spinning out of control were Pakistan and England had no answer. Awesome display of teamwork. Seniors didn't perform juniors put up their hands. The trusty seemers were not having a good day the spinners responded. Do I dare say 3-0, two weeks ago, I would be happy if played competitive cricket and performed well. Today I feel like Pakistan is on top of the world. Atleast for a day the boys gave a gift to the nation we can all be proud off. Thank You PCB!!! YES I said it, never thought I would but I did.

  • Hussain on January 28, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Hard to describe the feeling...absolutely superb performance MashaAllah. After seeing Pakistan team perform in the first test, and fight shown by the them in the 1st & 2nd innings of this match, I can safely speak for most of Pakistanis that like Misbah and his team, we had faith and belief that they will be able to defend any total that they put on the board. What was most impressive was the mental strong hold Pakistan team had on the English team - and this alone didn't let their team break the shackles...really proud of their Performance and wish that they keep performing like this as a unit for matches to come, InshaAllah. I would also not worry too much about their scoring rate, because I am sure as they grow in confidence & experience, they will be able to command better scoring rates IA. Wishing for their success, and hoping/praying that they keep their feet on the ground...

  • Shahzad Javed -USA on January 28, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Congrats to Pak team. May you be blessed for all the joy you bring in our natian. I am little confuse, no word from English yet to complain about Rehman's action yet .. it has been more than few hours ..

  • Asif Noor on January 28, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Salaam, World cricket is a more exciting place with Pakistan cricket a powerhouse again. Well said Mr. Kamran. Cricket is boring without Pakistan. Team Pakistan Zindabad & Pakistan Paindabad !

  • Zahid on January 28, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Wonderful win. All credit to Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq for a testing partnership and those precious small contributions from the lower order. Rehman and Saeed Ajmal were expected to do what they did but may be not in so devastating manner. Inspite of this unexpected win Pakistan must sort out a few peoblems. One of them being toothless fast bowling and second being lefthanded Taufiqs opening up gates for Swann to get through to the stumps. Like many others, I rate Umar Akmal to be a better player of spin than some others. Could we move Azhar to open with Hafiz and let Umar come at 3.

  • Javed Hason on January 28, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Before this series I thought claims of Pakistan's revival were overhyped after wins against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and a Sri Lanka side in transition. But after these two wins against England I am a believer.

  • Murtaza Samma on January 28, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Well said sir. It was another one of "those" Pakistan matches which would be an eye opener to the non-believers of Misbah's team. Pakistan zindabad.

  • Adnan on January 28, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Kamran why did you changed the caption from Pakistan Cricket Zindabad ????

  • Zamin on January 28, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    I wonder what this team could have achieved if, Aamir, Asif & But were part of this Attack!!!! However suggest to use Umer instead of Adnan or Kamran as batsman instead of Taufiq........But of course not all three brothers at the same time

  • abbas on January 28, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    we i mean pakistani cricket team have lot of work to do ok we won we spun them but in a test if hamare farst bowlers get one wiket it is shame we are fast bouling nation we got big names like you know imran .waqaar wasim shoaib .ok some are serving the penelties what they did but personaly.we have lot of quikiis in pakistan good ones.just go to schools get them to akademy.please no safarshiis .then pak cricket can be no1 after few years.

  • ali on January 28, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    credit goes to the whole team for sticking together

  • ad on January 28, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    I watched most of the two tests and was mesmerized by the high quality spin bowling. I always support Pakistan against any side except India.

    Pakistan needs to add the dimension of fast batting at number 6/7 and one opener who can bat a bit faster or ask Younis to bat a bit faster. They look good for more success and climb to number 3.

  • Waleed Khalid on January 28, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    well said... I think we should not forget Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali's performance. Had they not played well, the results would have been different. now i'll just hope now for Younas' back in form right now to stable the middle order.

  • Muhammad Saad Mehmood on January 28, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad!!!

    Such a performance by Pakistan. It is heartening to see that team Pakistan is not giving up under any situation and they kept on fighting. Misbah's fighting inning on day one, fight back by Pakistani bowlers late on day 2, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq's fight on day 3 and a special fight by Pakistani spinners on Day 4. I wish, hope and pray that this new quality in Team Pakistan stays for long time. Such quality exists only in very special teams. Australia used to be like this when they were on top of world.

    Congratulations to every Pakistani rather to every person in the Sub-continent. This is the moment to celebrate.

  • muhammad iqbalKhan on January 28, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    we congrats to Pakistan for his great victory

  • Junaid on January 28, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    as per ICC future tour program, pakistan was scheduled to play india (in india) after the england series. would have an excellent series and a mouth water contest to see pakistan spinners battle the indian batting legends. unfortunately due to politics, india has choosen to play their favorite ipl and not indulge in a contest with their arch rivals pakistan.

  • Anas on January 28, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    I will really appreciate if some one criticize Pakistan's mistakes right now, i know he will be bullied by Pakistan's supporters but this is the right time to do this.Like Adnan's mistakes, review taking Issues and some of fielding issues too.

  • Ali Khan on January 28, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    its a great victory to give a little smile to my people of pakistan. Pakistan cricket zindabad

  • Shamshu Ajani on January 28, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Kamran Great artilce and an honour to a pakistani and to share the joy of beating the best team in the world. Playing away from home in foreign conditions, almost empty crowds can shake your spirits but our boys in green are holding our Flag high and proving to the cricket faternity that when it comes to share talent we are best in the world and with a skipper like Misbah who can calm the boys down we can be at the top for a while. Dont forget Mohsin Khan has done a commendable job and deserves plenty of praise. Great victory, great fightback and lets hope we can show some of our fellow asian counterparts how cricket is to be played especially away from home. Long Live Pakistan and Go Boys in Green

  • Sarmad on January 28, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Wow. Such flow of emotions by a medical professional; Pakistan zindabad et all. Now that is an achievement by Team Misbah!

  • farhan on January 28, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Well done pak team well done misbah this win is slap to the face of them who said that pak team is performing against lower teams what they can say now. Is england play bad i think....

  • umair on January 28, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad !

  • SMA Kabir on January 28, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Very well said..

  • Hassan on January 28, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    As always... Well said Sir! Well said!

  • mumtaz on January 28, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    We must salute this Pak side as they are showing us their true spirit and unity,class and temprament.Misbahul haq might not be the fastest scorer of runs on this planet but see his results.His self-discipline and modelling for the team is examplary.He has led this team with pride and sobriety and brought such calmness in its ranks which was hard to see before.We must also get one more good batsman and one good fast bowler to strengthen the side.Pak zindabad ...and Usman Samiuddin also zindabad for great article...

  • Umer on January 28, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    All I have to say, AWESOME!! An amazing display of cricket, sportsmanship and teamwork. Stay hungary, determined, spirited, hardworking, teamplayers and most of all remain humble. I have always cheered for my Pakistan Cricket Team, even in the depths of despair and darkness; thank you for bringing in light and joy. On a personal note, I do not care if you win or lose guys (although winning is always nice), just that you give it your all.

    Thank you again and I look forward to many more enjoyable days of Pakistan Cricket.

  • Mansoor on January 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    What happened to the 3 Pakistani cricketers in england was unfortunate. No host (in this case English media) would plan a covert mission to destroy careers of guests!!! Who gave them this authority to plan such operations, who are they? Scotland yard? Subsequently what happened to NOTW is a catharsis and what a humiliation for the newspaper!! Pakistan can beat any team in the world and that is what makes them different. Long live Pakistan cricketers.

  • Amran Yousaf on January 28, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Kamran bhai, beautifully written as usual. I am one of those that has always even through adversity loved Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket. Today I have not stopped smiling. I dont think I will for a long time. Our team is steady, classy and well balanced. If our spinners dont get the opposition then our quicks will. We still have Umar Akmal in the wings... I can see why I am still smiling..

  • aftab on January 28, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    What Misbah has been able to do is manage the Cricket talent (I am not aware of Mohsin's real role, but PCB is only a villain in this fairy tale). That's the capability in great want in all things Pakistani. The capability to manage the talent.

  • Azhar Khan on January 28, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Couldn't agree more. I'm sure The Men in Green have added a few more fans to their roster. Rolling over England - World # 1 - for 72 is no mean feat. I'm sure teams will take Pakistan seriously from here on. I hope Misbah stays on as captain for another 2 to 3 years. Though I still feel Whatmore would give us an edge on away tours - thats the acid test for any team. South Africa is the next frontier; Win there, and we'll have truly arrived on the big stage. Onwards & upwards from here on.

  • Moodi on January 28, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    CONGRATS to all Pakistanis on this great test and 2-0 series win against England what a way to answer the team which disgraced the Pakistan cricket teams last summer. Lets go Pakistan for a clean sweep, Insh Allah!!!!!!!

  • Muhammad Iqbal on January 28, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    we congrats to Pakistan on his great victory

  • InswingYorker on January 28, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Exactly right Kamran. What a team effort! Apart from the brillance of the spinners, Misbah and Mohsin have inculcated in this team a winning and never-give-up spirit epitomised in this test match by Asad and Azhar's fighting partnership. World cricket is without a doubt a more exciting place with Pakistan cricket contributing at the highest level again. Congratulations to the fans of Pakistan cricket.

  • pak __fan on January 28, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    "World cricket is a more exciting place with Pakistan cricket a powerhouse again. Success has come on pitches reminiscent of home, but the same could be said of all the countries above them in the Test rankings. The first of these countries that begins to dominate abroad will emerge from the pack. It is a pleasant surprise to count Pakistan among them."-The Best

  • Abdullah on January 28, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Awesomely written, thumbs ups for writer.

  • pak __fan on January 28, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    "World cricket is a more exciting place with Pakistan cricket a powerhouse again. Success has come on pitches reminiscent of home, but the same could be said of all the countries above them in the Test rankings. The first of these countries that begins to dominate abroad will emerge from the pack. It is a pleasant surprise to count Pakistan among them."- The best

  • Muhammad Iqbal on January 28, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    we congrats to Pakistan onhis great victory

  • Nabeel Godil on January 28, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Excellent, good use of words with some cracking irony.

    RESPECT!

    Nabeel Godil

  • shaheer sid on January 28, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    it is such a momentous occassion that it has given me energy as i im high on ten monster drinks at the same time. instead of seeing ten patients, i have already seen twenty. I am high and rejuvinated, soaring like an eagle. Team green has been me a proud man today...........GO TEAM GREEN.........PAKISTAN ZINDABAD....TEAM GREEN PAINDABAD....... AUBURN HILLS MICHIGAN USA

  • Khalid on January 28, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    having followed pakistan for nearly 40 years have this feeling in my gut that its going to implode again soon but will enjoy this series win as the best ever.

    out of adversity .........

  • Hassan Shah on January 28, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    I just expected them to fight with the bat which they did. Even the likes of Abdul Rehman and Saeed Ajmal when came to bat knew that they needed to take the lead past 150 to have a slim chance. Adbdul Rehman shined today when it was required. I am not too concerned about run rate but I am hoping that Younins will start getting runs soon otherwise it may be time slowly bring Umar Akmal into the fold.

  • mj on January 28, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    it was a great victory pak beat no 1 eng down and out pak zindabad

  • fahad chishti on January 28, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    the day which will never fade away in the memories of all cricket lovers what a win luv u Pakistan luv u team Pakistan though eng play very well in most of the game but last two sessions of 4th day r nothing less than a bad dream for eng n dream come true for pakistan.

  • usman sabir on January 28, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    as imran khan said in 1992 final .. we will fight as cornered tigers .. and so is current pakistan team .. we have no cricket on pakistan soil .. cornered hard .. and this result should've been predicted for england :D as they played a main role in cornering pakistan on the controversy last year...

    well done Mohsin Khan .. you are the best coach .. you have the potential to make any team a strong fighting unit .. and well done misbah .. sometimes i dont like you .. but most of the times i do .. may be because you presented your image as t20 specialist turned into test specialist .. but it's great ..

    Pakistan Zindabaad

  • asmax on January 28, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Spot Fixing "everyone was doing it" they wanted to put some brakes on it and pak players had to be sacrifice for being a black sheep. Only mistake they jailed Fast bowlers and forgot about the Spiners.

  • Azhar on January 28, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Yes Kamran, Pakistan cricket zindabad :)

  • AfridiFan_MUFC on January 28, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Just amazing. The spirit shown by this side has not been witnessed by many Pakistan sides of the past. The way Azhar and Asad played was just awesome to watch. I for once am really enjoying this "tuk tuk" approach from Team Pakistan. Do not care what others say as long as we continue to win. Thank you Misbah. Thank you Team Pakistan. We love you all. Thank You Very Much again. #WeLoveYouTukTuk

  • zahaib on January 28, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Very well written! Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq will blossom into aggressive batsmen, they just need some time! At the moment 250 plus scores are enough to make a contest!

  • Z Habib on January 28, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Shahid Afridi said a while ago that Pakistan team doesn`t need a coach.. I think thats true partially.. they need a mentor. May be this is the time to re-think about Brigade of coaches Pakistan is supposed to have in near future.

  • shahid on January 28, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    This match was the replay of popular 1993 Hamilton test that were Waseem and Waqar shows but today Rehman and Ajmal shows

  • shah ji on January 28, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    PCZB....Pak Cricket ZindaBad

    They have tasted ,We have tasted. There is nothing sweeter than

    Victory. We need more

  • kamran j on January 28, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi as you said, "When captain and coach combine in such a spectacular fashion, why change the formula?" Cannot be a better way to portray the present state. Coach is there to help team getting desired(winning) results. To earn respect a good coach teams up a bunch and support his players. To get result he analyzes the team and tries to find answers for the issues. Simply, If result is positive he is achiving the goal. Mohsin Khan and Misbah has found all the answers required to WIN with a team having strengths and weeknesses. Mohsin Khan being a successful batsman himself, suits to coach the team. Also local coach suits better to the majority of the players because of language difficulty. No offence but with foreign coach, language will remain a BARRIER...

  • Hakeem on January 28, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    salam..my first comment here..well i believe that if we go with same team for one more year run.rate will not be issue then.At this stage all players are acquiring the art of fighting in tough situation as we all saw today,after this they will be much more confident and will cover up their run.rate issue..i like fighting spirit of this team

  • Shakeel on January 28, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    I woke up today in US and as I watched cricket news, the first sentence came out of my mouth was:

    Pakistan Zinda Abad !!!

  • jawad on January 28, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    I dont buy this stuff about England in Asia. This Strauss-Flower team would thump India in India right now. Sri Lanka too.

  • explorer76 on January 28, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Mohsin hasn't been with pakistan team long enough to have a significant influence on proceeding. It is too early to start giving him credit for the success.

  • Muhammad Yousaf on January 28, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Pakistan outplayed England.A shame for so called number 1 team.The rank turners have just shown that they earned number 1 place on home advantage.Bamboozled by lovely pakistani eagles.Speak up English media and come up with disgusting bullshit comments that rehman's action is suspected and Azhar Ali was not the man of moment and he just played with luck,that's all you can do because you know your team is not worth of winning and cricket is not made for you.

  • Dr Masood on January 28, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    At last , even the ardent critique of Misbah slow and at times irritating batting , has given credit to his style and methods , Misbah has finally being admired by all , he deserves much more

    i wish to point out a few negatives about him and mohsin too , they cannot get away like the did here in seaming conditions and good grassy wickets , neither on flat beds , batting needs some pace to come into it , his bad reviews , his loosing of the plot when broad was firing with bat , all needs closer look

    Taufeeq selection in next match , so also junaid , junaid dropped a vital catch , hope they play Wahab or cheema , better still Ya sir shah , it they can rope him in , as replacement for Talha

  • walji on January 28, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    This is marvellous victory and will be rememberd for a long time.

    Everyboy in pakistan you can say 80% were not happy when Misbah was

    appointed captain and some critics were really hitting hard even for

    his selection saying he over age. but today every critic is licking their pie. I think he is the most successful captain of Pakistan.congrats. Pakistan Zindabad

  • an indian on January 28, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Congratulations to pakistan and its cricket team for winning the test series 2-0. Hopefully they can pull of a series whitewash. I will be praying for it. I am an indian

  • Nadeem Sharifuddin on January 28, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    My heart was broken was Azher Ali got out in 3rd innings because the lead was 100 only and 50 more would win us a match but tailenders stuck to plan and gave pakistan some thing to bowl.

    Today is one of the greatest day in pakistani test cricket history. We won a series against world #1 team in difficult conditions.

    Winning the toss and batting first prove to be great decision by Misbah, luck is favoring misbah and he has turned the fortunes of pakistani cricket in 1 year.

    I am so happy to see this win today. Best wining in last 10 years of test cricket.

  • zealouszee on January 28, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    I just wanted to add one more thing to people who are using the word "Home Conditions" for Pakistan that you must think before you speak. These grounds are no way near the home-conditions for Pakistan. The world knows that Pakistan-India have flat batting tracks. They are known as the batting paradise and grave for bowlers. Do you think these surfaces are flat batting tracks? No, Not at all. Look at the scores scored by these two teams? Look at how much each player has to apply himself to score runs. Broad got 4 wickets in these conditions with movement, few batsman scored well and spinners exploited the conditions. It had everything for everyone. Fast bowlers who had patience and stuck to the line length took wickets, batsman who were patience made runs and spinners outperformed everyone else as well. So, people should do research before speaking. So, the team that played better cricket won and credit must go to Pakistan cricket team!

  • Zahoor on January 28, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    World cricket needs a strong Pakistan team. Like to see Pakistan perform well in the future too.

  • Nabeel47 on January 28, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Very Right Very True Kamran, I cant think any More Conflicts or Miseries Nature can Put Pakistan Cricket into but V again Prove how much any 1 Corner US v comes Harder & more Harder than the Last Time. Pakistan Paindabad!!!

  • tahir on January 28, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Team Pakistan Zindabad, nice blog Kamran, Keep the moral up...

  • Saddam on January 28, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Awesome win. Keep it up team Misbah

  • Zahid Ashrafi on January 28, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    This win brought tears to my eyes. Team playing in exile. Rag tag team rolling all over the world like a tumble weed. Kudos for misbas boys. We don't need Amers, Asifs and Butts. Godspeed Team Pakistan!!!

  • Hakeem on January 28, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    salam..my first comment here..well i believe that if we go with same team for one more year run.rate will not be issue then.At this stage all players are acquiring the art of fighting in tough situation as we all saw today,after this they will be much more confident and will cover up their run.rate issue..i like fighting spirit of this team

  • wajahat mian on January 28, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Well said, well-done,high five for the team, the captain, the coach and the staff,and every one else who played any part in this success. But ... its not over yet. The politics and the political gurus have to stay out of it keeping their ' dirt ' to themselves and let the boys handle their own business the waythey feel. In my view they deseve that liberty. Zindabad!

  • Lan on January 28, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    So are the Brits going to question Abdur Rehman's action now. Oh no wait. His shirt's sleeves are 0.267 inches longer than ajmel's. Oh he must be referred to ICC. but wait. His pants are shorter than other players. His action its fine then.

    :-)

  • Proud to be a Paki on January 28, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Once again a masterpiece by Kamran bhai. The entire nation is proud of our team, everyone stood up to the challenge (young guns & the veteran war horses). The way this win was scripted, it feels like someone up there (waaay up there) scripted it, and no man could change the outcome. This truly is a Misbah's team, a team that breaths fire at will while stay ice cool during tough situations. I am a Pakistani living abroad, and I am oozing with pride and happiness for the team that has come back from the abyss to show everyone that you can never and i mean NEVER COUNT OUT THE CORNERED TIGERS, since they thrive on proving their critics and cynics wrong. I also would like to acknowledge the wonderful work of Mohsin Khan, for most part none of us exactly what he has done with this team, but whatever he did, for what its worth, he has done an admirable job. Finally, KUDOS TO THE BEST SPINNING TANDEM THAT THE WORLD HAS EVER WITNESSED, PAKSTAN ZINDAAAABAAAAD!!!!!!

  • Adnan Haider on January 28, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    We do not need a foreign Coach(irrespective of his reputation). I suggest Mohsin should stay, and after him Misbah should be Pakistan's coach. Save some money PCB. May be we can arrange more away tours for young Pakistani Batsmen with that money, or may be hier a swiming coach and produce an OLympic gold medalist. Pakistani should use this surge to uplist their morals. I hope Pakistan gains momentum and soon things transform in to revolution...I suggest we call it Cricket revolution. Go Misbah..Go Imran.

  • ghummann67 on January 28, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    A few hours ago we read Mr Broad that they were capable of achiving any total around 250 runs. However, his tally of 2nd ball duck in the second Inings portrays the sad side story of End. bating. Now it is once more proved to be careful before making any tall claims.We have replied them for thier Egboston 2010 Question. Yet in a befitting manner. Let lips be silent and willow and ball to Speak from our end.

  • Aamir Hussain on January 28, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Team Pakistan is not only wining in home like the top ranked teams. Just follow the track since spot-fixing controversy... What they did when they facing England in England with Scandal, and in WI, Zimbabwe, NZ, and after it what they did in WC(India & SL) and then with SL and so Bangladesh...

    If you follow the track record so you will find that they perform all around the globe not only in so called home(Home Series).

  • Vinay on January 28, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Such a nice young team that knows how to handle tough times in a test. Very encouraging to see lower middle order stand up when needed. The wicket keeper did it last game and the two young batsmen in this one. Congratulations to Misbah, coaching staff and pakistan fans! I think fans and the author are used to see attacking stroke players hit it out when the team is down. This never worked in test cricket before, you cannot win games like that (Referring to misbah-ly statement). This team can put hard yards when needed to win a game and that's what you want a team to do, win!

    I like to read comments on the mood in pakistan is on this win. This team needs support now and more importantly when the chips are down.

  • Enigma on January 28, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Don't get carried away, pakistan only won on their dirt tracks against the worst players of spin bowling ever. May I remind you of pakistan's tour of australia when you guys lost all your 11 games.When you guys start touring you will start losing again.

  • Ishrat on January 28, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Zindabad, the young guns and the older veterans are forging a great combination. My only tinkering would be to have umer Akmal somewhere in the middle order, he is an exciting talent and would also up the ante as far as the run rate is concerned. Wahab Riaz should be included as even though the rookie Junaid is exciting but he is not the finished product. The team is actually gelling well and under the management of Eagle Mohsin is learning how to win matches.

  • St. John on January 28, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan, but England's batting was truly pathetic today. This win says more about England than it does about Pakistan: most Test teams would have chased down 145 on this pitch, except for Zimbabwe and maybe Bangladesh. How bad England were is shown by some stats: only once in the last 100 years have we failed to chase down 150 or less to win a Test; this was England's lowest ever innings score against Pakistan in Tests. So this was one of the most calamitous English Test batting performances in history. It's great that Pakistan are doing well, but I'm not quite sure how much we can read into this win because England lost it as much as Pakistan won it (and to be fair, England had the upper hand for most of the match). But one thing is clear: England don't deserve the no.1 Test ranking after this.

  • Naveed Iqbal on January 28, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad. Today Team Pakistan win sensacionally

  • Mash Khan on January 28, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    This win should silence any doubters of the effectiveness Misbah's brand of cricket has fostered in the Pakistani Cricket team. True, this may not have the same measure of the past swagger, but the steel, resolve and tenacity is sure trumping those past attributes, which earned Pakistani team the unenvious "unpridictability" tags.

    I will not be the one to ever bemoan banshing of the word swagger attached to our team and would welcome, any day, of being described as tough,circumspect, tancious and a team that belives in itself and plays to its strenghths.

  • Cricampion on January 28, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    I wonder what Misbah's critics have to say now ?

  • Hussain on January 28, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabaad!!!!! Thanks everyone for mAking our team mentally strong. Hostality against our nation have made us complete. Weather its american war against terrorism or hostile baised Redneck media. That is on continous move to d d shape image of cricket of pakistan within and Out side our nation. But all their efforts turned into our favor. Spot fixin is common these days but we got the spot light. But thnx anyway these guys got the right treatment. The bad guys are behind bars and team pakistan is clean. Now face the heat. And stop the bullsh..t of spot fixing controversy. Challenge us in the ground.

  • PakisFani on January 28, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Feeling so PROUD to be a Pakistan cricket fan, after so many years.

  • Badshah Khan on January 28, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    hnmm nice work Kamran

  • shahid minhas on January 28, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Wow a really rememberable test matc 1993 in Hamilton test against N.Land Pakistan bowling were awesme a fine Display of fast bowling to defend 127 Waseem and Waqar but this victory is lot beter then even Hamilton test victory but today a fine bowling display of spin bowling this is a quality of test cricket.

  • Atif on January 28, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Love the last line :) Pakistan Zindabad

  • Ali Bakhtiar on January 28, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Awesome, amazing, brilliant, mesmerizing ... no word can do justice to the feelings of Pakistan fans like myself today. This is the greatest test match I have ever watched.

    Well done to Pakistan team!! Not to be arrogant but seems like England are headed for a 3-0 whitewash .... Keep it up boyss

  • Noman on January 28, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    JazakAllah brother, well said:) Pakistan Zindabad

  • Aatif Naziri on January 28, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Well thought out and well written article, yes the M&M combination is working wonders for Pakistan. I logged onto cricinfo this morning just praying for good news and I am ecstatic when I read,spinners script stunning win, wow! jeeway, jeeway Pakistan. This is from a Paki who has been away for 27 years, I can just imagine how it must be for our people in the streets of Karachi, Lahore and every little town and village. When I was growing up, Imran, Javed, Mohsin, Zaheer Abbas and Co gave a lot to cheer about and be proud of. I was really worried that the new generation has seen nothing but corruption and dirty politics, not just in the county but also on the cricket fields. But now one man from Mianwali has resurrected Pakistan cricket, is it time time for the "other man" from Mianwali to ressurect Pakistan???

  • sultanj on January 28, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Pakistan cricket zindabad indeed.

  • SaeedKhanNiazi on January 28, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    ContD. Continue to silence the critics and provide the youngsters and the team with consistent stability and maturity in cricket through great leadership and professionalism. Allah is the best of the providers. -SaeedKhanNiazi

  • Iqbal (CricTune) on January 28, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Nice article Kamran bhai. What a great effort by Pakistan to finish off the match in style. England dominated the test match for most of the four days but they couldn't finish it off and succumbed to pressure.

    Mr. Sanjay Manjrekar, who I have immense respect for, made a statement after the spot-fixing controversy that Pakistan should be given an extended break (in other words, ICC should ban Pakistan until they bring order to their house) from cricket. Mr. Manjrekar, I hope you retract your statement after seeing Pakistan's recent performances especially against the No. 1 team in the world. You can't keep a team of such talented players from playing cricket just because a few guys brought disrepute to our nation. Way to go Pakistan... You have everything that is required for a team to become a formidable opponent not just in subcontinent conditions but in testing conditions outsite subcontinent as well.

  • BoomBoom on January 28, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    An excellent and stunning series win for Pakistan. It just goes to show that after all Misbah’s relentless grind has its virtues. I think Misbah’s best trait has been team unity; a rare for Pakistan. The second test win is much more pleasing than the almost one-sided first test. The result was hard to predict throughout the match as each side’s advantage kept swinging but still England were generally on top more often than Pakistan.

    Those who had written-off Pakistan team and in Particular Misbah before the series started against the number one side still cannot unshackle their prejudice against Misbah. That still doesn’t allow them to admit that he is doing something right for the team. It’s always a captain’s team. A lot of credit goes to the captain when a team is winning; even though it’s the bowlers who played the major part in this win which is nothing new for Pakistan. It’s mainly the bowlers that have been winning matches for Pakistan in the past too. The ones who say “Afridi built the team from the ruins” don’t know the difference between test and an ODI. Not only Afridi has not been part of the test team for a long time, but also there are different sets of players for the two formats and different strategy, tactics and game plan for different formats. To highlight the difference in two formats, where England is ranked number one in tests its lowly 6th in ODI rankings.

  • Habib ullah on January 28, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    What a victory! Congratulation to pak team and pak public for this historic win in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan showed the english that how a match can be won.pakistan should include Umar Akmal inplace of Junaid khan and Wahab inplace of Gul. Wahab is a good batsman as well as fatest bowler and pak should go with the one seamer

  • SaeedKhanNiazi on January 28, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    First of Congratulation to Pakistan for winning the series! A very hard fought match and was a test that would go down in history as one of the most entertaining and, nerve wrecking , and unpredictable we have ever been given. And second, I can only remember a few years back when Misbah was introduced to the national team and was dropped during the deep turmoil and the horrible state the country and the cricket team was in; He was immediately dropped and reading an article on Cricinfo.com when Misbah stated deep regret that the PCB did not select him. And when he questioned their decision by mentioning that apart from Yonis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf, he was the only one with an average of 40 in test cricket, so why was he dropped. Those words brought tears to my eyes and now my soul is at ease. A great last year as a captain and bright new year to lead once more. I wish you all the best and the Pakistan team as well as PCB. ContD.

  • cric~crazy on January 28, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    if anybody was in any doubt, Pakistan cricket zindabad! Absolute reflection of team work!

  • Ali Razvi on January 28, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    yes indeed Pakistan ZindaBad. Love Live Pakistan

  • Anujah on January 28, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    MISBAH! you are great! God bless you & team pak. Continue to play for pakistan.

  • Fahad on January 28, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Pak spinners were hunting in pa(c)ks, funny such a win against a country that was smurking after the spot fixing scandal. 3-0 will be icing on the cake and put England in disarray even putting Strauss job at risk.

    For Pakistan, they have to build up the seam attack and find another youngster like Asad Shafiq or Azhar (get rid of younas his technique is poor). Momentous win.

  • Rohail Ahmed on January 28, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    BEAUTIFUL article just Beautiful I think I have a tear in my eye..:P

  • nasir hameed on January 28, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    what a wonderfull anwer of all contrivercies pakistan has faced over last 14months.thankfully expactations were not high this time. this is victory of a united team and sensible nation, test cricket is test and we are happy for our team and cricket that it came through all roughs and toughs. good luck boys.

  • Omar Chaudhry on January 28, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Fantastic article abbasi saab. What a game!

  • Hussain on January 28, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Congrats. Pak Team & Nation for an outstanding victory. Pak has once again proved it to be the most mercurial outfit in the world of cricket. Pak is as unpredictable as the game of cricket itself. Well Done Pakistan. All praise for Azhar & Shafique But Misbah & company has to think something about their batting !

  • PakiWazi on January 28, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    I think you are bring too humble. England should not be disappointed, they should be EMBARRASSED!

  • ms-khan on January 28, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    "World cricket is a more exciting place with Pakistan cricket a powerhouse again" well said kamran... :)

  • Atif Subhani on January 28, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Misbah Ul Haq - Tujhey Salaam! I ve always been a proud supporter of You cuz You are the MAN. You ve done what nobody else could have. Examplory Leadership Skills, Hard working to the core. I shall always be a proud supporter of You and this nation has finally realized that khel Josh se nahin Hosh se khela jaata hai :) Thank U Skipper for taking Pakistan team to another level. Yes We are Un Beatable :) Alhamdulillah !

  • S.M Arsalan Arif Khan on January 28, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    This what a winning team does. From Ajmal to Shafiq to Misbah in the first innings to Azhar Ali to Asad Shafiq (twice) to Abdur Rehman ... Everyone performed. Pakistan Zindabad. We are coming back with a storm. Go green!

  • juan on January 28, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    very well written and the best way to explain Pakistan's victory. It was a great win. One for the history books.

  • David S on January 28, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Has anyone checked his place of birth ? Surely Misbah is far too chilled to be a Pakistani ! (that's a compliment, by the way)

  • AJS on January 28, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Lovely article...."Misbah’s Pakistan, of steel, unity, and joy, has given the whole nation a cause to celebrate." So true and touching.....Hats off to the Pakistani team and I pray that they continue to be blessed.

  • The Salmanator on January 28, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    In the famous words of Pakistans famous British Mascot "IFTI"...ERRR PAKISTAAAAAAAAAAN ZINDABAAARRRRRRDDDD!! Great article, it truly shows how far Pakistan have come from the summer of 2010. This series was going to test whether Pakistan have what it takes to beat a a good test side, barring the England series 2010, they have drawn 1-1 with the Aussies, 0-0 with the Saffas, 1-0 with the Lankans and now 2-0 up against the Poms. These results have shown that Pakistan can compete and it has proven one thing, the ICC rankings are not entirely accurate. Pakistan should go for the kill and finish Englnad off 3-0,but dont get too carried away with this series win my Pakistani chums. There are alot weaknesses in this team, the keeper is still an issue and Sarfaraz Ahmed should be brought in. Umar Akmal should be playing too, we need to accomadate him somehow in the team. Taufeeq cannot play off spinners, Dilshan exposed him in the previous series and now so has Swann. But Great WIN!!!!!!!

  • Mohsin on January 28, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Glorious days are here again...maybe. For now, complete unrestrained joy is a great feeling. Please keep Misbah and Mohsin together at the helm.

    Pakistan Zindabad indeed.

  • Shehryar Khan on January 28, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    As a Pakistani-Brit living in the UK I am hugely proud of the manner in which the Pak cricket team won today. They fought hard throughout this match and not since the days of Imran Khan as skipper have we see this resolve. Young batsmen Shafiq and Azhar deserve huge credit for the win as they gave us a fighting chance. Greater is the satisfaction that the anti-Pakistani venemous British media who played a leading role in the match fixing affair got a big SLAP IN THE FACE. Now Pakistan cricket has to be taken seriously again and Pakistan are once more a force in world cricket to be reckoned with.

  • MUQUARRAB on January 28, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    I concur fully. I guess Geoff Boycott will now give away his house that he cunnigly put on bet that Pakistan will lose and England will surely win this 2nd test. Pakistan Cricket Zinadbad and Pakistan Paindabad.

  • Ray on January 28, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Can a Mohsin / Whatmore combination work. If so, then why not use Whatmore's superb cricket knowledge and Mohsin's peculiar ways of dealing with a peculiar nation :-)

    Hopefully people realize the importance of staying at the wicket and back Asad and Azhar - these guys if backed and played will only get better.

  • Farhan on January 28, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    "Misbah’s Pakistan, of steel, unity, and joy, has given the whole nation a cause to celebrate." Great article. Happy days are here again . Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Abdul Waheed Khan on January 28, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad! What a win, we can rate this victory after the controversies surrounded Pakistan cricket for last 2 years the best in world cricket. No other nation could have come that hard back then Pakistan. Nice article Mr. Abbasi.

  • Mujtaba on January 28, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    I agree...Mohsin and Misbah are in the form of their life....PCB, please keep it simple and do not change the winning combination....

  • Yousuf Inam on January 28, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    What's wrong with you ? (NEWS OF THE WORLD) ,ENGLAND packs your bags AND wait for the next time!

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

    Beautiful written. Brought tears to my eyes.

  • Observer on January 28, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Wow ... i mean seriously wow! To beat the number one team(read whiners) in test cricket is refreshing to say the least! I wonder what the sky sports commentators have to say about Abdul Rehman. Anyway, the team as a whole played brilliantly and are deserving winners. I'm ecstatic. Truly Pakistan Zindabad :)

  • khurram on January 28, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    splendid article!

  • Kasyap on January 28, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Superb performance from Pak. The partnership between Shafiq and Azhar was very impressive. Their spin attack, as Hafeez claims, appears the best in world cricket right now. Can they forge an attack that can be consistent and superb for an extended period of time? We have to wait and see. Credit should also be given to Misbah. Though I am down because of my team's performance in Aus, tests like these - where a rising team challenges the world no.1 - make us follow and appreciate the beauty of test cricket. The immediate aim for Pak should be to continue the strangle hold and sweep 3-0.

  • Dr.Naved Hasan on January 28, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Higly encouraging performance by Pakistan....The teams arround the world have adapted to a new or a changing face of cricketing skills dominated by aggressive style only....it has yet been proven again that the older version of the game with a balance between aggression and defence is the best approach.....So for Pakistan its a welcome back to the old traditional form of cricket..... Hope they will keep it up

  • irtiza ahmed on January 28, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    England washed by pakistan without (RAWALPINDI XPRESS), AFRIDI is still hungry!

  • Salim Sachedina on January 28, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    One more feather over Misbah's hat! He is a motivating leader and a good mentor to the younger and impressionable cricketers who will indeed be around for many years to come. A.H. Kardar, the great no-nonsense, first captain of Pakistan, must be simling in his grave.

  • khawar hasan on January 28, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Misbah has silenced all his critics. Gone are the days when we use to shut our TV's and walk away from such and empathic run rates and scores in a test matches. Pakistan has reignited the fire and with it the warmth of success and victory that was missing after the cold period of spot fixing, jail times, and suspensions. They have shown depth, courage, and the fighting spirit all at the same level. My hats off to Misbah and company, and the "interim" coach Moshin Khan. Thanks for a great article Kamran, indeed Pakistan Zindabad.

  • adnan aziz on January 28, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    hair raising match watched after eons. glad that i stayed home for it. team pakistan believed!!!!! Hail to the greatest team in the world

  • Muhammedh on January 28, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    PCB is in very difficult situation over the Coach as they might have finalized offer with Dav Wat. Its really tricky, Mohsin must be retained for PAK crickets future and Dav Wat can be explained.

    Misbah's Tuk-Tuk formula is the winning formula, please allow him to continue.

    Very solid team, don't have words to praise the team.

    by Indian.

  • Syed Alam on January 28, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Who would have thunk this. Great job to all Pakistani Cricketers. Keep it up and keep your heads high.

  • Stephen on January 28, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Greetings from Cape Town. Congratulations Pakistan, well played.

  • Noman on January 28, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Well it was truly unbelievable that Pakistan won that test match. It doesn't matter if England now comes back in the series and beat Pakistan by 2 innings in the 3rd test.

  • Salman N Malik on January 28, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Allah-o-Akbar! What can one say! Great victory born out of hard, honest and straightforward work. Goes to show that "stardom" that Ian Chappell alludes to (in say for instance Indian cricket debacle)...is actually the bane of most teams....just because Australians in their pomp were "aggressive..egoistical" doesn't mean every World No 1 team has to show that attitude. Pakistan...for all it's illustrious "superstars" of yesteryears could not string together 8 Test victories one after the other....Goes to show the biggest problem in any country's cricket fortune can be "stardom status". It fosters a sense of invincibility, disregard for hard work and humility follows. Pakistan's greatest assets in 2011-2... Pakistan Cricket Test Team (1)...The A Bomb(2)...Imran Khan (for Prime Minister)(3)....the worst assets....Mr. Zardari/Mr. Rehman Malik....fractionated qom (learn from Team Pakistan people)....foreign aid dependence. May the last three go down in blazes. Indeed Pakistan Zindabad!!!!

  • Nasir on January 28, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Absolulu...Pakistan Cricket Zindabad...England does alright as they shown the fight earlier but didnt capitalise..beauty of Test Cricket...

  • talal on January 28, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    They supported there biggest supporter I love my country and admire this team spirit jeevay jeevay Pakistan

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on January 28, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Fabulous spirited one of my mind blowing, remarkable, memorable matches in my life which I Still can't believe, how Pakistan had been become the authentic winner? Because, they have again honestly proved their rightful & justified of unpredictable honor by the help of the Almighty Allah. It was stunning greater team's true disciplined effort by combined Pakistan players. It seems to us that Pakistan came back in similar old fashion of past-time bowling attack by Abdul Kadir, Saqlain Mushtaq & along with Mushtaq Ahmed. Mashallah, the best heartily warmth wishes, congrats & blessings to all Pakistan current squad of united fighting players. Just few changes essentially required for Pakistan team to be enhanced. Umar Akaml & Wahab Riaz must be included to replace over Taufeeq Umar & Junaid Khan in the last test match. May the Almighty Allah help all the Pakistan players from various kinds of miseries. Amin, Summa Amin.

  • khan34 on January 28, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    what a preformance from pakistan, h ae no playing a home, and sill hey beat the no 1 team. toally unbelieveable.

  • Omair Subhan on January 28, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    A very well written article !! Keep up the good work .. This victory is a hard-hit slap on all the people who were writing off Pakistan before the beginning of series. The last one and half year performance shows, no matter how much world will corner u with controversies, the Cornered Tigers know how to claw back & attack ... Good Going Pakistan. Keep up the good work. The Nation is behind you. Go Green Shirts, thrash them 3:0 !!

  • Aftab Qureshi on January 28, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Well said, Kamran....a true reflection of how Pakistanis feel at the moment. Congarts. to Mohsin, Misbah, and the team, and thanks for making us feel good in times of gloom.

  • Fayzee on January 28, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    All tributes to the Pak spinners, but don't forget the combined efforts of Team Pakistan, especially Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq. Marvellous partnership in trying conditions. They had their heads down just to lift at the end of the match. A true test match. Enjoyed every second of it.

    Go, go for the kill and sweep the series, Inshallah.

  • Zohair on January 28, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    I went to sleep last night wait for news of a Pakistani defeat this morning. I woke up and the frist thing i naturally did was check cricinfo. The headline put a smile on my face which 2 hrs later hasn't diminshed.

  • Asif on January 28, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    wow whata! game Five wickets in last eleven balls. I couldn't disagree "Pakistan Cricket Zindabad"

  • Ali on January 28, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Bring Cricket Back to Pakistan's Grounds

  • Omar Hussain on January 28, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Yes Zind Paindabad the land attained in the name of its real creator!Patience and resilence,discipline and soldiarty were the virtues which gained us independence and these traits are abound in our team and especially Misbah-ul-Haq.May Allah further enhance our boys faith in each other,in their own abilities and bless them with the strength and vigour to endure adversity.Mubarakbad Kamran and all Pakistanis,home and aboard.This victory will live long in memory like the win at the Oval in 1954.

  • Faisal Shahzad on January 28, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Fantastic article Kamran Abbasi!!!!!...this victory may even be one of the best ever achieved by Pakistan...and yes indeed..Pakistan Cricket Zindabad!!!!

  • Arshad Khan on January 28, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Today Hole world was seeing the magic of Pakistani spinner. Pakistan have many world class spinner who can win the match.

  • adnan on January 28, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    cric info commentary feels like one side when england lost if you read the commnetary it feel like those guys dint want to write anything more

  • Zain on January 28, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    This was a fantastic series win over England, its has undone all the hurt felt over the two series defeats in England and all the controvesy that the fixture brings.

    I would like to point out that this is a perfect riposte Bob Willis,Andy Flower and Swann Et al for their comments surrounding Ajmal.

    The best team won.

    Finally I endorse Misbah's brand of cricket, The results are the proof.

  • waterbuffalo on January 28, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Hi Fellas! We did it! Congrats to Mohsin, Misbah and the Team. Especially our 'slow batsmen' Azhar and Shafiq. I knew they were right for Pakistan, these boys will fight to the death. Let others win the ODI's and the 20/20, let Pakistan be a tough team to beat in Test Cricket. Test Cricket is the only cricket that people respect. I hope you are celebrating, leave India alone, just let's celebrate our boys. We beat the Number One team in the world and that is the only thing that matters. Keep the squad together. Keep the team together. We finally have the right balance, I like Cheema, we will see him and Riaz again. No need to cry about Asif and Ameer anymore. Pakistan did it without them. Onwards and Upwards.

  • Imran Lalika on January 28, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Thanks a lot, sir! This piece has my heart in. "Pakistan Zindabad" #TeamMisbah

  • Anas on January 28, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Kamran bhai, I suggest we should stop repeating stories of turmoil,,, every one still remembers it.

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  • Anas on January 28, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Kamran bhai, I suggest we should stop repeating stories of turmoil,,, every one still remembers it.

  • Imran Lalika on January 28, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Thanks a lot, sir! This piece has my heart in. "Pakistan Zindabad" #TeamMisbah

  • waterbuffalo on January 28, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Hi Fellas! We did it! Congrats to Mohsin, Misbah and the Team. Especially our 'slow batsmen' Azhar and Shafiq. I knew they were right for Pakistan, these boys will fight to the death. Let others win the ODI's and the 20/20, let Pakistan be a tough team to beat in Test Cricket. Test Cricket is the only cricket that people respect. I hope you are celebrating, leave India alone, just let's celebrate our boys. We beat the Number One team in the world and that is the only thing that matters. Keep the squad together. Keep the team together. We finally have the right balance, I like Cheema, we will see him and Riaz again. No need to cry about Asif and Ameer anymore. Pakistan did it without them. Onwards and Upwards.

  • Zain on January 28, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    This was a fantastic series win over England, its has undone all the hurt felt over the two series defeats in England and all the controvesy that the fixture brings.

    I would like to point out that this is a perfect riposte Bob Willis,Andy Flower and Swann Et al for their comments surrounding Ajmal.

    The best team won.

    Finally I endorse Misbah's brand of cricket, The results are the proof.

  • adnan on January 28, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    cric info commentary feels like one side when england lost if you read the commnetary it feel like those guys dint want to write anything more

  • Arshad Khan on January 28, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Today Hole world was seeing the magic of Pakistani spinner. Pakistan have many world class spinner who can win the match.

  • Faisal Shahzad on January 28, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Fantastic article Kamran Abbasi!!!!!...this victory may even be one of the best ever achieved by Pakistan...and yes indeed..Pakistan Cricket Zindabad!!!!

  • Omar Hussain on January 28, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    Yes Zind Paindabad the land attained in the name of its real creator!Patience and resilence,discipline and soldiarty were the virtues which gained us independence and these traits are abound in our team and especially Misbah-ul-Haq.May Allah further enhance our boys faith in each other,in their own abilities and bless them with the strength and vigour to endure adversity.Mubarakbad Kamran and all Pakistanis,home and aboard.This victory will live long in memory like the win at the Oval in 1954.

  • Ali on January 28, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Bring Cricket Back to Pakistan's Grounds

  • Asif on January 28, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    wow whata! game Five wickets in last eleven balls. I couldn't disagree "Pakistan Cricket Zindabad"