Pakistan v England 2012 February 6, 2012

Younis raises Pakistan's standard

Misbah-ul-Haq's Pakistan worked a miracle to inflict a whitewash on the world's top side, only the fifth occasion that a Pakistan team has achieved that landmark
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Pakistan cricket lived a dream beyond its wildest imagination in the stadiums of Arabia. Misbah-ul-Haq's Pakistan worked a miracle to inflict a whitewash on the world's top side, only the fifth occasion that a Pakistan team has achieved that landmark. England were expected to be formidable opponents, likely to expose Pakistan's progress as superficial. England improved with the series but not enough to challenge Pakistan's dominance. The rapid progress that Pakistan have made in the last 12 months was sealed with an English kiss.

Determination and tenacity are trademarks of this new Pakistan, although there is no shortage of skill in the spin attack, the best in Asia, or the pace of Umar Gul, a threat with new ball and old. In Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, Pakistan have young batsmen of sound temperament, a trait often lacking in emerging Pakistani talent. At the helm, Misbah, the mild-mannered miser of Mianwali, has galvanised his troops in a fashion unseen since the days of Imran Khan. Mohsin Khan, a flashing blade in Imran's team, has been just as sharp in his astute handling of Pakistan's progress.

In a series dominated by Pakistan's spin bowlers and the DRS, batsmen have been befuddled, embarrassed, even shell shocked. This mysterious art of spin has left some of the world's best players tortured wrecks; a mental monster devoured confidence and frazzled nerves. Indeed, both sides struggled at the crease; the batsman's series we expected was a bowler's paradise. In these unexpected circumstances, Younis Khan's innings in the final Test might just be the performance of the contest.

Younis is a happy cricketer, a smile super-glued to his Pathan features. He treats success and failure with equal levity, as demonstrated by a jovial acceptance of his status as former captain. Beneath that pleasant exterior is a fearless man of dignity and deep principles. Fate has been unkind to Younis in his personal life; deaths and tribulations have visited regularly, offering perspective to any trifling punishments and banishments meted out by his erratic employer, the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Younis has been an unassuming warrior, overshadowed by Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf, a third man in Pakistan's great middle order of the last decade. Perhaps he struggled to create a career-defining moment despite a mighty record and a Twenty20 World Cup win to his credit? His batting style lacks the stubborn clout of Inzamam or the fluent grace of Yousuf. His love-hate relationship with the Pakistan captaincy alienated supporters, when Bob Woolmer groomed him to lead. But dignified patience is finally earning Younis the rewards his class deserves.

Much of the series was a disappointing one considering Younis's recent form, although failure would have been lost amid the wasteland of poor batting that both sides inhabited. Younis, however, rose above his peers, delivering a lesson in the lost art of playing spin bowling. His feet hurried like those of a tightrope walker balancing without nerve down every line the England bowlers chose to bowl, bat twirling in front of pad. He read turn from the bowler's hand and watched it fizz from the pitch. He danced down the wicket, he swept and manoeuvred, but above all else he dominated.

It was the innings of the series and Azhar was swept along beside him, urged to produce a career-defining knock of his own, learning from the master, imitating, supporting, and growing in stature. In a decade's time, when Azhar reflects on his career, he will remember this partnership with Younis as the moment that an earnest youth won his international spurs. For the genius of Younis's innings wasn't simply in its brilliant execution, it was also in the way that he inspired a Man-of-the-Match performance from Azhar, demoralised England's bowlers and reminded their batsmen that mastering high-class spin is an art that is currently beyond them.

A whitewash covers blemishes, and this Pakistan team is a few coats from perfection. Dominating in home conditions is a world away from global success. A vigilant cricket board will have observed that Pakistan didn't convince at the top of the order and struggled to find a gear change until Younis broke free. The best international teams possess an accomplished wicketkeeper batsman and a bowling allrounder. Adnan Akmal didn't do enough to win a long-term place and the second fast bowler was a passenger in each Test.

For these reasons, Misbah's Pakistan team isn't the strongest the country has produced but it might just be the team that makes the most of its attributes; a whole greater than the sum of its parts, an example of the value of unity when a nation yearns to be one. These are critical days in the history of Pakistan, times of damaging uncertainty and grave insecurity, with politicians, soldiers and lawmen playing with people's lives, a persecuted population looking for a way out. Out of this storm, Pakistan's cricketers have done what politicians, soldiers and lawmen have failed to do: they have united a nation and shown that adversity is no barrier to the hopes and dreams of their embattled countrymen.

A whitewash against England is satisfying enough but Pakistan's success in cricket is a clarion call to a nation, a faithful testament to unity and discipline.

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

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  • shahrehman on February 22, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    yes younus is the worst player shoaib malik is better than him he scored 7 century in ODI but younus scored only 6 and shoaib malik is good in twenty 20 tooo sialkot has win 5 tournament because shoaib malik was the captain

  • SN Qazi on February 16, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Well written . However, in reviewing the performance of Younus Khan in recent years or for that matter the matches against Sri Lanka , Bangladesh and England we need to keep in mind that in Tests he tended to score in one inning in about four or five . His record in ODIs is really dismal . He is so slow and needs to pace his innings and can never bat at the pace the situation demands . The result is that too much pressure is placed on players coming after him to score at faster pace . He may have a year or two left for Test cricket but he simply is not good enough for ODI s .

  • Saleem Nasir Qazi on February 16, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    As was expected , Pakistan lost the Second ODI against England . The lesson to learn ( we never seem to learn from our defeats )is that the Team Selection for Pakistan's Teams particularly for ODIs and T 20's is flawed . For more than a decade now we have not identified , groomed and developed Openers . Our premier and senior batsman is said to be Younus Khan . He performs in about one inning in five or six ( see his record in recent Tests as well ) . He has a good capacity for making a big score against sides such as Zimbabwe / Bangladesh . He is incapable of scoring at the required rate the situation demands . Most of the time all he succseeds in doing is putting pressure on the latter batsmen to score nine to ten runs an over . Misbah is going down the hill as well . We need a specialist wicket keeper . Umar Akmal played a very important role in Pakistan's defeat ( as he has done very often ) by dropping the catch of Englands's Captain and his fumbled stumping attempts .

  • Mohammad Nawaz Janjua on February 13, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Good Tribute to deserving Younis Khan.

    "Younis has been an unassuming warrior, overshadowed by Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf, a third man in Pakistan’s great middle order of the last decade"

    But, what are we doing with our Heroes, praising them when they perform good and kicking them out when they are not in good form. Today, we know the name YOUNIS KHAN, but I fear what we shall do with him tommorrow. The same what we did with MOHAMMAD YOUSUF? We have not even given him a chance for retiring honourably?

    Be careful YOUNIS KHAN, your turn is very near now. PCB shall not spare you because of your good form, rather its waiting for a bad time.

    Thanks Kamran, at least, you have mentioned Mohammad YUSUF's name. This is the time you must write an article about his contribution to Pakistan cricket. He is still playing county cricket and can play Test cricket for few more years to come.

    I don't know why everybody is keeping quite on this subject?

    Best Regards.

  • hussain on February 13, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    No doubt, YK is the best player of spin bowling in the present team. His century on debut against spin wizard Murlitharan & again a triple hundred against the same side plus an over 250 score against Ind in India speaks for itself.

  • HUS on February 12, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    The Akmal Brothers. The one who played as a WK looked more as a batsman & could have been used so instead of Malik. The one who played as a batsman is keeping today in ODI,s & is facing difficulty in finding a place in the tests as a batsman. The latest addition Adnan seems to be a WK,who can bat as well. He should concentrate more on his keeping rather than batting to remain in the side. But one thing is for sure, they are a talented lot with a genetic tendency towards Wicket keeping & be channelised properly.

  • Ammar Ashraf on February 11, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Seeing is believing my fellow PAK fans but for many years I used believe and not see, however, I am so glad that this day has come and I am very proud to say the least.......I will always believe!!!!!!!!

  • AH on February 11, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    White washing ENG in the backdrop of Pak visit to Eng in 2010,is as sweet a victory as WC 92.

  • rameez on February 10, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    he is a good player but should play only test match

  • Zubair Abbasi on February 10, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    article is so good......younis and other players also play against spin very nice

  • shahrehman on February 22, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    yes younus is the worst player shoaib malik is better than him he scored 7 century in ODI but younus scored only 6 and shoaib malik is good in twenty 20 tooo sialkot has win 5 tournament because shoaib malik was the captain

  • SN Qazi on February 16, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Well written . However, in reviewing the performance of Younus Khan in recent years or for that matter the matches against Sri Lanka , Bangladesh and England we need to keep in mind that in Tests he tended to score in one inning in about four or five . His record in ODIs is really dismal . He is so slow and needs to pace his innings and can never bat at the pace the situation demands . The result is that too much pressure is placed on players coming after him to score at faster pace . He may have a year or two left for Test cricket but he simply is not good enough for ODI s .

  • Saleem Nasir Qazi on February 16, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    As was expected , Pakistan lost the Second ODI against England . The lesson to learn ( we never seem to learn from our defeats )is that the Team Selection for Pakistan's Teams particularly for ODIs and T 20's is flawed . For more than a decade now we have not identified , groomed and developed Openers . Our premier and senior batsman is said to be Younus Khan . He performs in about one inning in five or six ( see his record in recent Tests as well ) . He has a good capacity for making a big score against sides such as Zimbabwe / Bangladesh . He is incapable of scoring at the required rate the situation demands . Most of the time all he succseeds in doing is putting pressure on the latter batsmen to score nine to ten runs an over . Misbah is going down the hill as well . We need a specialist wicket keeper . Umar Akmal played a very important role in Pakistan's defeat ( as he has done very often ) by dropping the catch of Englands's Captain and his fumbled stumping attempts .

  • Mohammad Nawaz Janjua on February 13, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Good Tribute to deserving Younis Khan.

    "Younis has been an unassuming warrior, overshadowed by Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf, a third man in Pakistan’s great middle order of the last decade"

    But, what are we doing with our Heroes, praising them when they perform good and kicking them out when they are not in good form. Today, we know the name YOUNIS KHAN, but I fear what we shall do with him tommorrow. The same what we did with MOHAMMAD YOUSUF? We have not even given him a chance for retiring honourably?

    Be careful YOUNIS KHAN, your turn is very near now. PCB shall not spare you because of your good form, rather its waiting for a bad time.

    Thanks Kamran, at least, you have mentioned Mohammad YUSUF's name. This is the time you must write an article about his contribution to Pakistan cricket. He is still playing county cricket and can play Test cricket for few more years to come.

    I don't know why everybody is keeping quite on this subject?

    Best Regards.

  • hussain on February 13, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    No doubt, YK is the best player of spin bowling in the present team. His century on debut against spin wizard Murlitharan & again a triple hundred against the same side plus an over 250 score against Ind in India speaks for itself.

  • HUS on February 12, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    The Akmal Brothers. The one who played as a WK looked more as a batsman & could have been used so instead of Malik. The one who played as a batsman is keeping today in ODI,s & is facing difficulty in finding a place in the tests as a batsman. The latest addition Adnan seems to be a WK,who can bat as well. He should concentrate more on his keeping rather than batting to remain in the side. But one thing is for sure, they are a talented lot with a genetic tendency towards Wicket keeping & be channelised properly.

  • Ammar Ashraf on February 11, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Seeing is believing my fellow PAK fans but for many years I used believe and not see, however, I am so glad that this day has come and I am very proud to say the least.......I will always believe!!!!!!!!

  • AH on February 11, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    White washing ENG in the backdrop of Pak visit to Eng in 2010,is as sweet a victory as WC 92.

  • rameez on February 10, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    he is a good player but should play only test match

  • Zubair Abbasi on February 10, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    article is so good......younis and other players also play against spin very nice

  • Hus on February 10, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    YK was the difference between the 2 teams in the 3rd test. He was not over awed by the situation & continued his fluent strokes,which no body did from both the sides in the match.

  • taimoor on February 10, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    what a player he is been for pakistan....test average almost 53 is just amazing...

  • ATTIQ FAZAL on February 9, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    it was the only pakistan we can expect to make a huge milestone like the way they played and remain un chaseable in all the fields of the game.

  • Vasin on February 9, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Ahsan Rana Yes Yes Pakistan cricketers would amaze with their skill or at least by fixing it. Pakistan will never be taken serious or credible.

  • Navin Francis on February 9, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    Well written article. Keep up the good work.

  • Dravid_Gravitas on February 9, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    An absolute masterpiece of the highest quality by Younis bhai and very well described by Kamran bhai.

  • Omer Faheem on February 9, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Great Article. The real test of any batsmen is how well he performs under pressure situations and younis's record is the best when it comes to performance in 3rd and 4th innings - where it matters the most. Many people say that he is not a great player but I am afraid they have not looked at his stats.... He is one the best middle order batsmen we have had.

    Keep pounding runs younis....

  • Waseem Rasool on February 8, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Loved reading it, emotional indeed. Great Work

  • shahzuman on February 8, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    we want younis in t 20 squad .younis is verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry good player in all formats.His smile is very nice.INSHAA ALLAH he will succeed

  • maszh on February 8, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    mr. Rizwan ,is correct in his saying that if this same ,team would have been playing in oveaseas ,they would have been overeolled easily by the likes of aus ,sa ,engletc as in these guys baring youns and asad ,no one can face chin music of steyn ,philander, cummins,pattison and starc, s.maliks inclusion in team is just pathetic ,he is not even fit for galli ckt. how can he face steyn and co. if pak team has to improve ist they should include the great yousf in team ,and find two good pace men of express pace , pinch hitters like hafiz will do no good to this team , malik who thinks he is best thing that have ever happened to mankind,is just fit for gali ckt , it may hurt you guys , as well, but unfourtunately it is fact. [ MASZH kashmir]

  • Haji Maruf on February 8, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    A very good topic about Younis khan loved it long life Pathanz

  • Saleem on February 7, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Younis is a class rare to find in today's cricket world!!!

  • asindaze on February 7, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    whenever Younus and Misbah takes the responsibility of the team, they have just won, I just remember when they were playing against India in Asian series, be cause of some reason just for one match the responsibility was on Misbah's shoulder, the Indian set a target of 300 above for chase when Pakistan came to bat Misbah and younus take the match easily from India.

  • Mansoor on February 7, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    As a matter of fact Pakistan won the test serries. Some issues may be addressed like fielding lacks. batting disasters n Top order failour in the pakistan side THOUGH they kept eyes on da target " to win the test match, to win the serries and finaly to go for whitewash. Hey salute u guys coz u won the targets under pressure n proved that you are hungery of sucess.....keep this spirt n learn from misshappens in the game .

  • m khawaja on February 7, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    I got goosebumps reading your article Kamran bhai. I then went on to read my fellow pakistani brothers/sisters comments. I read all of them & i want to say this. I love u all for what you have written. This feeling is going to resonate across the whole pakistani nation & I hope that it will shake the foundation of these corrupt politicians. Faith Unity & Discipline can never mix with corruption, politics of hate & greed. I wish there was a way to have pakistan run by people as sincere & as hard-working as team misbah. They have been homeless for years, away from families at lenghty periods, earn least when compared to other overpriced players in the world but yet, they are apologetic when they lose, dignified when they won. I am a proud pakistani today (well till i get home & switch on the tv to find politicians pulling more wool over peoples eyes).

  • Abdul Azim on February 7, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Kamran,

    I must appreciate your letter, very well done

  • Usamah Khan on February 7, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    If this was a Facebook article, I would have totally "Liked" it.

  • Lanjay Seela on February 7, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    You know. I've often watched Khan play over the years and I can't say that I like his 'one leg in the air' chancer shots. But, I've never wanted Younis out of the team because he brings a lot more other than just runs to the team. He has an awesome character and plays his cricket with a bit of fun - I like to see that. I just wish he was a bit more of a grafter - in for the tussle. Put up a hard fight. There's no doubting his calibur as a test batsman, he may not be as sharp as he once was - but every Pakistan supporter knows that's not always down to the player's own commitment. He still comes a notch below Inzi and Yousuf (whom he played with) but he definitely holds his own in their prescense - that's no easy thing to do. I hope this innings serves as a catalyst of revival for Younis because he surely deserves it. Time is on his side...

  • sehal zaidi on February 7, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    younis khan is a high class batsman , with excellent technique and an good power to control the nerves in tight situations. He is a strong pillar in pakistan middle order. His careful and calm style can stablize any batting line up.

  • ilyas on February 7, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Watching Younis bat reminded me of the great days when Miandad used to play and score hundreds on wickets when every other batsman looked like they were batting with a bamboo cane. Younis's second fifty was magical - dominating the bowling like no other batsmen in the series. The downside is that he is nearing the end and Pakistan's batting still looks light. Pakistan need another opener and should be grooming Umar Akmal and one other to take over from Misbah and Younis.

    The other problem is that the tail starts at no.7 and when we play on seaming wickets abroad the tail needs to score runs otherwise we will leave our bowlers with hardly any runs to defend. We also need a good young quickie (forget Amir until he has done his 5 years, he did wrong and should serve his time).

  • Farouk Khan on February 7, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    This team is like the Pakistan cricket team which toured England under Kardar. Most players are not world beaters but work as a team.

  • Jibran on February 7, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Very good article Mr. Abbasi.

  • Usman Ghani on February 7, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    A very well written article for a great and the most unsung hero of all others who enjoy the same stature.

  • Zafar on February 7, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Defining moment? really Kamran? I would never forget that Bangalore 287... It was that day when I fell in love with his batting..

  • Riz-pk on February 7, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    here once again Mr. Abbasi with awesome article .... We proud our team the way they played against England ... Its really a gift for whole Nation in hard times and I salute to My Heroes .... This not enough ... They should concentrate on One Days and T20 ahead.

  • Osama Bin Liaqat Mir on February 7, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    The best article I've read...even better than the one you wrote on Pakistan's semifinal win against the Proteas in World T20! I can literally feel it and the first line was too amazing! I wish I can ever come close to your writing skills!

  • Gerry_the_Merry on February 7, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Indeed. Wholeheartedly agree. Am cheering for Pakistan much more than for my country, India, whose team should learn a thing or two about how to play tests from Pak.

  • Nayyar Iqbal Raza on February 7, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    The ON THE JOB training Yonus provided to Azhar is something that any lad would dream off. Its something which Imran did to Waseem Akram.

  • Prof. M SAJID HAI on February 7, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    Younis is one of the finest middle-order batsman Pakistan has ever produced.An ever-smiling,a genuine team-mate who always thinks for Pakistan and has helped the team on a number of demanding situations before.He is a unlike a book-cricketer, improvising at every stage of the game.He is perhaps one of the very few cricketers of our country who guide and advise the other players sincerely and professionally. He has been mis-treated a number of times in past despite his heroic effort of bringing T20 world cup to Pakistan.I wish him every success in the coming years of international cricket.

  • Jeevachandran on February 7, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    As usual Kamran Abbasi means business.....everything exquisite there. Wish Pakistan Cricket the very best and, in general to cricket itself. Its been absorbing cricket in the desert. As you said, they are a tad short of an alrounder and a wicketkeeper. That said, disappointed with the Englishmen; they didnt show the teeth to fight or the perseverance to learn from whatever. They were simply overawed just as they were in dismay. Just hope that Pakistan cricket team can stand united, focus on the job in hand, play for their national colour with pride and make cricket a hot contest for any team. It can change the complex of not just cricket but even the pulse of an entire nation and Pakistan just needs it. And me as an Indian, and like the millions of my countrymen in India would love to see that.

  • nasim khan on February 7, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    well this pakistan team is deserving to be congratulated, but lets talk some negative, because remember there is enough scope to improve the performance all the time, the problem i can see and there will many who agree with me on this point that, pakistan scored their runs too slowly, ok when the situation was demanding then it can do so, but remember the 3rd day when azhar and misbah batting, every body can see and sense that this England team is on mat, but despite of all these, the pakistan team did not exhilarate the run rate, as they should have scored, at least, little more aggressively, although while defending only they lost all their wickets in the end. hope people will understand this point. Let me once again congratulate the pakistan team for their unbelievable achievement.

  • Shahid on February 7, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Very well written Kamran sahib. I like the English Kiss the most.

  • Harindranath on February 7, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Younus Khan is a widely respected cricketer and every international team knows that he has nerves of steel. But he is mostly respected for his integrity and honestness and that is why the way he is treated sometimes by the PCB surprises all. Harindranath from India

  • Kamran Zaki on February 7, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    WoW. Very well written Mr. Abbasi. As always adversity did bring Pakistan team together and I can only hope they remain focused on the game and honest and humble in their approach. My prayers are with Pakistan.

  • Muhammad Shah on February 7, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Well a great article.... Younus khan is a fighter, very simple, and a never giving up attitude. It was on the cards only required a start from him. He helped Azhar Ali by showing the way to play spinners, credit must be given to Azhar Ali for his brilliant display of batting. We were praying for another Shoaib Muhammad in the era of 20 20....

    About Younus Khan, he is Pakistani GLADIATOR....

  • Haroon on February 7, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    I've always considered Kallis and Younis Khan to be the unsung heroes of world cricket, good to know people have now started to see the world from the same angle as I do.

  • stn on February 7, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Younis is one of the all time pak greats in test matches but he should never be there in the pakistani ODI squad.He plays too many dot balls. He averages 15 against Aus 28 against Eng 26 against SAF 28 against WI 27 against NZL All with very ordinary strike rates!! Dont know why is he always included in the Pak ODI squad. And plz Kamran its a request from me to you and all other cricinfo writers plz plz write n article on imran farhats inclusion . He is always there in the squad just because of his father in law. His ODI and test records are pathetic against the major teams. He averages 14 against Aus 15 against Eng 17 against Ind 17 aginst SAF 29 against WI 27 against Bang Even tailenders have better batting record than him. God knows why you people dont write on this issue...

  • adnan khan on February 7, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    this is my 1st ever comment on any kinda website... and who else could it be for other than Mr Younis Khan. i am 24 and i have loved this sport to an extent that i pretty much lived around it. for all those years Younis is serving the nation i have been standing for him, justifiying his place in the green team. a day before this test match started i told it would be younis who would make a mark to my cricket club mates and you done me proud once again. not much has been said for what you have done but out there, their are few like me who respect the game and down to earth yet hardworking people like younis khan. thankyou

  • MURTAZA on February 7, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    woww sir....what an article....your words have surely defined the character and maturity that YOUNUS KHAN holds....he is a fantastic human being along with a fantastic cricketer....still remember when he got run out on 199 and went smiling in the dressing room....

    These type of men dont have to be the captain to lead the team or do good for the country....there presence is good enough to make sure the nation has a reason to cheer...GOD BLESS YOUNUS KHAN. LONG LIVE PAKISTAN

  • absar ahmad on February 7, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    I have seen many of Younis's knocks but this one was really impressive and special as he had not contributed much in the series and Pakistan desperately needed a person like him to perform. This knock also helped Azhar to bhild his inings!! Love you Younis.

  • Salaar Shamsi on February 7, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Brilliant article, Pakistan have been absolutely brilliant in this series but consistency is key, its great to see youngsters like Shafiq and Azhar rising to the occasion against the best test team in the world. However, Pakistan need to address the wicketkeeper issue with consistency. They have to chalk out 4-5 realistic options and give one of them enough time to prove his potential, a minimum of 2 full test series is required to fully establish one's presence in the side.

  • Faraan on February 7, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    What a great read. I myself never rated YOUNIS very highly, but he is a cornerstone of our team atleast while playing spin.

    "Pakistan’s success in cricket is a clarion call to a nation, a faithful testament to unity and discipline"

  • Shams A. Sheikh on February 7, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Well written! This latest outstanding success in a game has shown us how direly, as a nation, do we Pakistanis need the principles of unity, faith, and discipline, the first lesson taught to us by the Father of the Nation.

  • Fahad on February 7, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    He is a classic player.

  • azim on February 7, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Kamran, Well done,Goood!

  • NLS on February 7, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Well done, Pakistan! It was a pleasure seeing them dominate this series over the cocky English team. I cannot remember a better spin attack in Pakistan anytime in the recent past (3 quality spinners including Hafeez) - they always had a good pace attack. So their bowling attack is looking superb now. If Pak can strengthen their batting a bit, they should be able to challenge SA, Australia and England away too and ascend in team rankings quickly.

  • azim on February 7, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    vey well written,great job

  • Anees khattak on February 7, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    You got it right buddy

  • qutbuddin on February 7, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    excellant article as usual from kamran. celebrate for few days more, enjoy the feeling of conquest and then its time to iron out the flaws which look small but are quite serious in the long run...uncover the blemishes this whitewash is hiding...keep bringing the laurels to the country...pakistan zindabad!

  • Sekhon on February 7, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Being a Punjabi(India), I really like this man always smile on his face. Great to watch. Good Luck Younis Khan, you have lot of cricket in you. Also thanks to Kamran Abbasi for sharing these valuable articles.

    Thanks Bikram Singh Sekhon

  • SAGA on February 7, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Very well written article. I love how the Misbah team fought and did a miracle which was not expected. Congrats to Pakistan!

  • Mehlam Surti on February 7, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    Excellent words written by Abbasi, these are the few gr8 moments we want to see for most of the times in our country, Pakistan is the Nation where a lots of talent are waiting to show their skills but unfortunately due to lots of tensions created by our government they cant do anything....... but Pakistan played excellent throughout the series and they deserved to won. Geo Pakistan, Geo Misbah's Team

  • Moin on February 7, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Excellen article

  • Hammad Ahmed on February 7, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Excellent article!!!

  • Meety on February 7, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Great blog. The 2nd last paragraph absolutely awesome. I've always liked Younis, I appreciated the fact he had a stint with Sth Australia, I think to improve his batting against pace. == == == Misbah is easily the best Paki captain since Imran. == == == Can't wait for Oz v Pakistan!

  • Razaq on February 7, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Brilliant article by Abbasi, I too rate YOunis'innings as the best of the series, despite the heroic of Azhar Ali. In fact the great one.

  • rao amjad ali on February 7, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Brilliant piece!

  • Faisal Khan on February 7, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Pakistan has yet again proved that they are the most talented and god gifted team in the world. Well done Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • faisal on February 7, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    great article

  • Moody on February 7, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    frankly said i dnt like pk wktkeeper. His batting is pathetic. He has kept his family tradition of droping catches alive. He should b dropd. Pak needs to find another quality seamer alongwith gul. And last bt not least pak players shud get out frm that self imposed restriction of not making quick runs (as yunis did).

  • Azeem on February 7, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    Adnan Akmal did drop a few in this match. still I think hes doing just enough to keep his spot. Wahab Riaz should have been the second fast bowler. The extra pace he has would be useful in any sort of conditions.

  • MannyK78 on February 7, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Brilliantly written as always Kamran!!! especially the last two paragraphs, the parallel b/w Pak Cricet and the country is brilliant! Kudos to you!

  • Morad786 on February 7, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    Well written and it is true that we do not really appreciate the calibre of Younis Khan.

    Younis has an excellent averaga above 50 however does not get as much praise as some of the Old Pak Batsmen or Even the Modern days greats like Lara, Tendulkar.....

  • Azee on February 7, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    "a faithful testament to unity and discipline!"

    The essence of the whole dizzying experience of the last few weeks... very well said indeed.

  • Hussain Shabbir on February 7, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Awesome article Mr. Abbasi! I've been an avid reader of your column but am posting for the first time! I can't contain my joy of the 3-0 whitewash! Take a bow Pakistan!

  • Nadeem Altaf on February 7, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Greaaat article....I am the biggest fan of Yunis Khan and congratz to Pakistani nation for a remarkable victory

  • Noman on February 7, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    a great call to unity and discipline indeed!

  • Sourav P on February 7, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Respect to Younis Khan - he is one of the rare Pakistani players who never cheated , never losses his cool , his name never came in any betting issues. I am an Indian and I respect this great player.

  • Addas Khan on February 7, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    They should make me a cricket pundit on TEN Sports, Sky and the BBC! I called it here first about Azhar Ali being the next Younis Khan!

    Awright, he aint there just yet, but in a few more years he will be.....I still think the jury is out on Asad Shafiq....Dont think he has all the shots to be an accomplished player, but I could be wrong!

    Umar Akmal???? very good player....but until he head starts to shrink and gets rid of his ego...he will forever be just a showpony with a few tricks.....does he think he is inzi already?? far from it mate!

    This test team will be found out unless we produce 2-3 worldclass batsmen.....why was wahab riaz not played at all....the second seamer should have sat down near the boundary and smoked a cigar or something!

    OK my details are at the top....willing to work asap for any reputable network....my fees are generous!!!

  • Sakul Gupta, Jammu, Hyderabad on February 7, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Brilliant Article, Kamran bhai, Very well said. Yes, May these lessons learnt and rather these Grand lessons taught, as you so rightly outline, prevail on alls minds before they build fortresses for their personal protection when people are goind without electricity , without software engineering jobs, without a peaceful place to thrive. Though the 4th day of this test wasn't as enigmatic as the last day of the 2nd test, but none-the-less, yes it defines wha the whole can do, when individual brilliance is a bit out of form. Rehman bhai, was still brilliant, poor lad had 3 catches puffed, well taht's one for the improvement list. Ball to Pietersen by Saeed bhai was as engmatic as it could be, depicted by his breast thumping junoon. Ofcourse Younis bhai showed how it is done, rising to the occasion, and at a fast pace too. Maybe Misbah & Azar Ali, need to learn that instead of only blocking the ball can be with just little more effort be manevoured to the gaps for singles & twos That can

  • majid on February 7, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    A masterpiece from Mr. Abbasi...very wll written

  • Raheel Ahmed on February 7, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    I was really disappointed with the performance of Younus Khan till the 2nd inning of 3rd test as he is the best player of spin on show and I was expecting him to be leading the runs chart in this series due to the type of pitches on which this series was played. But what a hundred that was. His dancing feet were a joy to watch and he literally bamboozled Monty n Swann with those fantastic sweep shots especially Monty who after being hammered by Younus wasn't sure which length to bowl. Credit must also be given to Azhar Ali who has shown immense maturity n temperament in his short test career. I reckon that inning of 60 odd in Abu Dhabi has instilled great belief in him and I know our Indian friend may not agree to this but he has the making of a "Pakistani wall". I truly believe that the Ban of Pak players in IPL n the spot fixing saga was the blessing in disguise for the Pakistan cricket. As George Dobell rightly said that "Perhaps the darkest hour really is just before the dawn

  • Amir Shahzad on February 7, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    I agree with the viewpoint of the writer. A well written article. I believe the two Akmals will do much better in the longer, shorter and T20 version of the game. Opening has always been a problem with the Green Shirts and will take some time to settle. Some time back Pakistan had formidable middle order the Yusuf, Yunus and Inzamam, wow what a combination that was. But now the young players are replacing them by playing some great cricket.

    In the end i would suggest that Afridi be made Captain for the One day and T20s and may be for the tests as well if he decides to do so by taking his retirement back. Because Pakistan lack a leg spinner in their team and an all rounder.

  • Amir Shahzad on February 7, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    I agree with the viewpoint of the writer. A well written article. I believe the two Akmals will do much better in the longer, shorter and T20 version of the game. Opening has always been a problem with the Green Shirts and will take some time to settle. Some time back Pakistan had formidable middle order the Yusuf, Yunus and Inzamam, wow what a combination that was. But now the young players are replacing them by playing some great cricket.

    In the end i would suggest that Afridi be made Captain for the One day and T20s and may be for the tests as well if he decides to do so by taking his retirement back. Because Pakistan lack a leg spinner in their team and an all rounder.

  • SAJN on February 7, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Excellent Article! In few words you have said a lot. Your characterization of Team Pakistan'attribtes of Unity & Discipline is spot-on. And of course it is rather difficult to describe in true perspective the value of Younus Khan as a player and as a team man. In him as a individual and in Team Pakistan as a collective force the nation can take a genuine pride alonwith some concrete lessons for a brighter future.

  • Malik on February 7, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    A very good article. Pakistani nation need to learn from their cricket boys. How unity, hard work, team work, honest effort can bring fruits. It is important to high light our weaknesses when we are winning. Very rightly mentioned that we need a good wicket keeper a good fast bowling all-rounder and good left handed batsman in the middle order. Taufiq Umar needs to lift his game, otherwise, one might have to give chance to a young left handed opener. Long Live Pakistan.

  • Dr. Talha on February 7, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    Younis is a great test batsman but Plz Plz stop playing him in ODIs just because of his test match performances. He is a very very average ODI player.

  • Wakil Khattak on February 7, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Well Well Well........ Kamran your analysis is as brilliant as Pakistan's performance in this series!!!! Keep it up!!!

  • usman on February 7, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    its one of best articles about pakistani cricket team in recent times.. great work n koool way of expressing pakistan win.

  • shahid latif on February 7, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    detirmination,commitment,will power and unity lead Pakistan to win the series 3-0,otherwise England batting line was very strong.

  • Dr. Amanullah on February 7, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Weldone Younis Khan, the best test batsman in the world today

  • Saad on February 7, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    As you say in your last paragraph, there are lots of lessons for us Pakistanis to learn out of this. The biggest for me is that we do not need 'great leaders' we just need a lot of us to be better individuals and work hard. This team at least this last year and on paper has done what no other Pakistani team was ever able to do with all its super stars and highly talented individuals.

  • Zaidazim on February 7, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    Alls well.the only worry is the batting.pitches in uk,southafrica.4 tat v need whatmore.mohsin can sit above him

  • walji on February 7, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    Wow what a avictory, unbelieveable.Congratulation to whole nation.

    Is this the result of unity and discipline.I think beside lagan this

    honour is from God. And above all what i am relishing is slap big

    slap on the faces of critics of Misbaul Haq.But these people are

    shameless they will wait for one failure and than attack like

    wounded tiger and start blowing their trumpet at high note.but at this time iam very happy and relishing every moment. Pakistan zindaabad

  • Rashid on February 7, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    You need player like Younus and Yousuf[Especially his style that is fun to watch one who understand cricket] to teach youngster.Misbah is doing very good , Please head of PCB whoever it is keep out of Pakistan cricket.Until Imran comes in power do not destroy the country.

  • Rao on February 7, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    Great article. Really enjoyed reading it.

  • M Sadiq on February 7, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Excellent article Kamran, well thought out and written. Pakistan have achieved a great victory on a neutral venue against all the odds. Now the real test awaits playing in English, Australian or South African conditions. I believe we are hyping up Pakistan too much, what if they lose the next series badly. Ours memories are very short and we are very selective of these memories. Let's enjoy the victory on it's merits but keep our feet on the ground.

  • Eli Manning on February 7, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    2 great team wins in 24 hrs -- great weekend! Go Pakistan! Go Giants! Congrats to Misbah and Eli Manning! We love you!

  • Kashmd on February 7, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    Most Indians won't agree but that's what is missing in sachin's greatness, scoring hundreds in last innings to win it! Younis you after this hundred belong to the category of those Greats where even 99 hundreds can't elevate you to!

  • Asif on February 7, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    Brilliant article, really well written. Congratulations to Pakistan team for an amazing performance. Hope this continues.

  • faisal khan on February 7, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    great article Kamran...

    this is happiest day for us since WC 92!!

    as i said before this might be the greatest turnaround in sporting history. A team disgraced, shunned, ridiculed and nearly banned was turned into world beaters by Misbah! I have never seen a pakistan team play with this kind of unity and national pride even in the Imran days.

    I think he might be much less of a player than Imran but as a captain he is already above Imran in my book... perhaps one of the greatest of captains. Imran was driven a lot by his own personal ambitions (as was evident in his WC final speech)....it did work in Pakistan's favor though.... Misbah however is a modest person and everytime he talks its about team work, hard work, discipline and national pride...

    Misbah for prime minister....move over Imran!

  • Mamun on February 6, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    T20 made us forget about the nature of spin attack and how batsmen can develop a mindset to combat against the longer version of the game. Thanks kamran for the article.

  • Irfan Rainy on February 6, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    Yes Kamran, it was a historical victory that will be amongst Pak's greatest victories in any of their cherished sports. The damage done to their rep post spot fixing was incredibly damaging, losing 2 of the top bowlers in the world via v harsh sentencing would have hurt most teams for plenty years. But this turnaround shows the tenacity and spirit of a country in grave disarray in normal life. I don't think people in the world of cricket and politics outside actually understand how desperate the reality for the majority of the suffering poor in the 'corrupted' nation in the world. I wholly agree the openers have serious flaws against seam, the wicket keeper and tail cannot bat and the second seamer is not up to par. The fielding is only slightly improving but we do not produce athletes we produce street cricketers. The key word is 'discipline' something that never quite existed in Pak's short history. If only the country could understand this it could perhaps give the world hope.

  • a.khawaja on February 6, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    m r.kamran. Very well written artical. I wish pakistan team succes in future. hope to see them repeat in o.d.i. All the best. pakistan zindabad

  • Manoj on February 6, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    Extremely well written, Kamran. World cricket is richer and more interesting thanks to Pakistan.

  • zahid Sheikh on February 6, 2012, 23:32 GMT

    well said, if this victory could be reflected to wider political arena of Pakistan we will emerge as No1 nation.

  • emil khan on February 6, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    this pakistan team should go to australia instead of srilanka, i want to see someone giving something back to australia because the indian team isn't that good enough

  • Wasim I on February 6, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Very well said Mr. Abbasi. Younis has been highly underrated perhaps because of his jumpy style but he is very effective, especially against spin & his test average is above some of all time greats. That knock in Abu Dhabi was a very special one. If you watched closely, you would think that there were so many deliveries that would hit his pads but despite the sharp turn they never did but they cleanly hit the bat only confirmed in slow motion. That is a great skill from a great player.

  • Sridhar on February 6, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    Pakistan-hats off! What a comeback, what a turnaround to erase memories of the previous years. This was brilliant test cricket and one of the greatest wins in modern times. I wish the country and the team all the best. It is really unbeliavable that a country can have so much talent. Just imagine, once Aamer comes back and the pace attack will become even better. For test cricket fans, all this is mouthwatering.. A year back an article compared the fortunes of India and Pakistan and showed India favourably ( when India was test no.1). Well, Indians, my fellow countrymen, what do we have to say after 2 humilating series whitewashes?

  • Saad on February 6, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    Excellent article. I also believe that this team comprise of fighters who never give up and are clean cricketers. But am concerned about the fragility of batting quality. If Pakistan has to dominate all over the world, we would need 2-3 Younis calibre batsmen in the team who are not only consistent but also technically very sound. Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Hafeez can be developed in to world class batsmen if given the right direction and coaching. In terms of Pakistan coaching I would suggest to appoint Dave Watmore as Head Coach (Bowling, batting and fielding). Mohsin Hassan Khan should be made Assitant Coach and Team Mentor (with his coaching duties fully integrated with Dave Watmore).

  • Ashar Siddiqui on February 6, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    I can't explain the joy this series whitewash has brought to me as an individual and I am sure it would be same for the 18 million odd there..the way Pakistan played through the series was remarkable. I cannot forget that gloomy morning of 2010 and I will never forget today as how this team rose up and delivered without even having a home to play Cricket. Well done Pakistan. I want to some up on this Iqabl Stanza (in Urdu):

    Nahee hai Iqbal na umeed apne Kishte-wiran sey Zara nam ho tu ye mitti bari Zarkhaiz hai Sakhi

  • fatafati on February 6, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    Not to discredit Azhar's talent and grit, but I believe it was Younus's innings that gave Azhar such confidence to stay in the middle and fight. It can't be denied that Azhar hasn't learned anything from this innings with Yunus. However, Azhar's inning was phenomenal.

    I think allowing Yusuf to comeback and be a guide to these youngsters will improve Pak cricket. Yusuf is not done yet. In the last decade of Pak cricket, he stood in a whole different category all by himself. the likes of Shafiq and Azhar will gain a lot from playing just an innings with Yusuf and Yunis.

    On another note, Cheema should not be in the team. He's just an average bolwer. Riaz should be given a chance.

  • sherazi123 on February 6, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    they are heading to the no.1.well done pak

  • Zulfiquar Sayeed on February 6, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Loved your writing. It has verve, a call to action - it empowers and emboldens the reader. Many wishes of good luck to you and the Pakistani nation from a Bangladeshi. This was a memorable series. I loved every moment of it.

  • Amir Baig on February 6, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Great piece Kamran! Specially the 2nd last para, this series really shows the potential of the youngster when they are united for a great cause.

    On the same token, it gives the chance to politician, soldiers and lawmen to have some shame as they have screwed up this nation.

  • Rif Kamil on February 6, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    A wonderful tribute to this remarkable achievement. Perhaps the politicians, soldiers and lawmen need to simply be still and take a sharp lesson from this outstanding team of warriors. Wow... I am still taking it in. Thanks for a great blog.

  • Touqir Awan on February 6, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Very well said kamran bhai!! cant agree more...congrats to Team Pakistan and whole Nation..Pakistan Zindabaad.......Pakistan Paindabaad

  • terry007 on February 6, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    The whitewash result over England was made possible by wiping out corrupt players from the playing arena. Now wipe out corruption amongst the "politicians, soldiers and lawman" and see the country progress. Remember "Unity, Faith and Discipline".

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on February 6, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    A whitewash against any team is extraorodinary, & very special against the best test side in the world. Pak team is basking in this success at this moment. The boys deserve to be proud. The team and the management should be congragulated by all. This is a time for celebrations. Also a time to regroup & plan for the next step. The management should assess the team. The batting has been fragile. The pace attack less consistent & lethal. Unlike the teams with the two W's and Shoaib Akhtar. Pak should plan for playing in overseas conditions. Pak Wicket keeper is average, inconsistent with the bat. Our second pacers Cheema/Junaid/Wahab are not in the same standard as GUL to form the pace attack. Pak lacks a test class all-rounder. Though Hafeez is a good, but his spin won't be very effective in overseas conditions. PCB should look for a test class wicket keeper/batsmen,a genuine quick and a good all-rounder. PCB must encourage boys to play overseas to play efficiently in foreign conditions.

  • riaz on February 6, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Very well said and written. in my opinion you should be adviser to Pakistan's presides or Prime Minister, became your analysis is always to the point and it make sense to read.

  • Anirudhdho Alo on February 6, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    What a fantastic article. It is as good as the brand of cricket Pakistan played in the Arab Peninsula. The unity in Pakistan is something that is so important not only for the people of Pakistan. Hope the politicians, military and the general people will be motivated by this fantastic team cricket and rally behind them. Build a strong, united and powerful Pakistan that all other countries in South Asia and the Muslim World can depend on! Bravo Moshin, Bravo Misbah and bravo Mr Abbasi!

  • Osama Barkati on February 6, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Truly Younis Khan has been an unsung servant of Pakistani cricket. A man who has always played the game by putting the team above himself. Misbah's captaincy has been praiseworthy also.Well done Pakistan team.

  • terry007 on February 6, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Brilliantly written.

  • SMA Kabir on February 6, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    Very well said..

  • Muhammad Umair on February 6, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Well written. Younis khan deserve such praise indeed.

  • Omar Hussain on February 6, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    First the very best of my heartfelt Mubarakbad Kamran.What a fantastic and unbelieveable achievement!Your article is as usual up to the point.The way Younis took charge in the post tea session on the 3rd day was the turning point of the match; this was probably the innings of his lifetime.Superb!Azhar responded well and he and Shafiq are our future investments.Rarely have we seen pakistan play with such discipline and purpose.They might not be the best team in the world but they have shown that application and patience can conquer all odds.United we will overcome divided we fall.We have just witnessed history.Thank you team Paklistan and may Allah bless you.

  • IRAZA on February 6, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Younis khan is a legend player, well said kamran.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg VA USA on February 6, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    Having been bundled for 99 in the first innings,even the most loyal fans had counted Pakistan out of the game. It was an uphill task. In the 2nd innings, Taufeeq & Hafeez departed in a hurry. Young Azher Ali was joined by the veteran Younis. It is hard to imagine, what went through the minds of these two. Younis rose to the occassion & played a brilliant match winning knock. Younis complimented Azher, put the pressure back on England. YK inspired Azher to score his highest runs in Test Cricket. Younis was good against Monty & Swann. He used his feet well to negotiate spin. Azher followed suit. Strauss did'nt persist with pace from Broad & Anderson, to trouble Younis when he had just come on the crease. YK has weakness against pace. As the innings progressed, Younis grew in stature and confidence. When younis was dismissed the next day, Pakistan was in a comfortable position. A chase of 300+ in the 4th, on a deteriorating pitch is a challenge - The platform for Pak victory was in place.

  • Asif on February 6, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Nice article. Great work. Congrats to Pakistan and excellent batting display by Azhar and Younis.

  • AM on February 6, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    A well written article Mr Abbasi. This team has shown that playing as a team, with not the flamboyant and talented players of previous years, is a far greater recipe for success than 11 of the most talented players in the world, all playing for themselves and their own agenda rather than the team. I am especially happy that Misbah-ul-Haq adopted a formula for success which is exactly the same that I would have adopted given the state of Pakistan cricket at the time he took over. I salute this man and others in the Pakistan team for playing for the team and their country first and themselves later. I hope Misbah can play a few more years for Pakistan. Pakistan needs exactly individuals like him and Younus Khan for their selfless services to Pakistan cricket.

  • asad javaid on February 6, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    thats beautifully written.......

  • Jahangir Kabir on February 6, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Good article. In 70's and 80's, and also numerous times more recently, pakistan was in winning situations only to end up on the losing side, breaking million hearts. In 1973, Pakistan touring Australia, lost 2 tests from the wining positions. Greg Chappel said Pak had "everything but the art of winning test matches". Nice to see they did not squander any opportunity this time. Sometimes you need a little luck too, like Pak did not have to chase any target over 100+ or 150+, which presented quicksand for PAk timeand again. But a lot of works remain to make it an all conquering team, and it is not going to be easy.

  • mohsin on February 6, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    a very fine writings for a very player indeed...Pakistan has always managed to produce worlds finest players in the cricketing arena...tribute to all these cricketing legends,actually gives us (youngsters) a motivation to do something for our nations and earn respect and to be servant for our nations ...a great victory against England team ,,,can't wait for one day matches and t20's ....well i hope to see a really fighting contest and great cricket to watch ....Pakistan zindabad ..:-)

  • Imran Khan on February 6, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Very good article Kamran Bhai. Two people who have had a great impact on this team over the past year: Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq. Afridi delivered and showed the path that "yes we can do it" at a time when the cleaning process just began (because of the dirt caused by the three black sheeps where 1 was a young innocent fool who just got released). Misbah-ul-Haq on the other hand steadied the ship and though we are still in the rebuilding phase but with these performances we can shine anywhere. After all England are still World No.1 but Pak teared them apart on good batting surfaces which didn't have much spin and keep in mind they were chasing 145 in 2nd Test and bowled Pak out for 99 in 3rd Test so the momentum was with England at that stage but Pak really got into them. And who cares about the ICC Rankings,the team that delivers on the field shows the difference which Pakistan have shown.

  • Amran Yousaf on February 6, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Brilliantly written, Kamran Bhai.. I will not criticise our team. They have fought, mesmerised and ultimately delivered the most superb result of our great nations cricketing history. We have also exorcised the ghost of 2010 and we have done it in great style. No matter how much our neighbour may try to influence things against us, we are the best team in Asia and arguably one of the best in the world..?? Pakistan Zindabad.

  • T. Aftab on February 6, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    I was very pleasantly surprised by the Pakistan's performance. However, before everyone gets carried away, I remind everyone that, if Pakistan is to be taken seriously, it would have perform well in Australia, South Africa, and England. I have a feeling that they will do as poorly as England perfromed here. Other than Younis Khan, and maybe Azhar Ali, there are no other batsman who can handle batting in those conditions. I think Pakistani batsmen will be exposed and embarrassed. Can you imagine opening with T. Umer and M. Hafeez in those countries. Scary thought. I see alot of two digit totals. The only reason that Pakistan won this series is because they possessed to great spinners. I am not sure that will be enough when playing in Australia, S.Africa, and England. Pakistan should have developed young batsmen, and their failure to do so, will be costly in the future. Still enjoyed winning the series.

  • Saddique Ahmed on February 6, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    A great day for team Pakistan I almost cried today. 21 years in waiting for the success for the Pakistani team well done all involved

  • fhs on February 6, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Very well written Mr. Abbasi! 3-0 against England! This is wonderful! Good job Team Misbah! You are writing history! We salute you! We support you! We love you!!

  • Ahsan on February 6, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    one word. Emotional...

  • Umair Dar on February 6, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Beautiful words Kamran - just beautiful.

    Misbah's (and Afridi's World Cup team) have provided so much joy over the last 18 months, but never in my wildest dreams did I expect a 3-0 greenwash! Just astounding.

    I really hope the likes of Azhar and Asad go on to become future greats, they really have shown the guts and determination in this series.

    Agreed about our shortcomings too - a good bowling allrounder in the 2nd seamer's spot and a better keeper batsmen (whether it's Adnan or someone else) are the key areas to improve

  • Pro Mal on February 6, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Absolutely top-notch article, Kamran. And truly fitting that the best innings of the series came from the best batsman of either side, albeit at the last possible opportunity! The series was great to watch, but the lack of quality batting made one cringe (and laugh!). But it was well worth waiting 3 weeks to see two superb hundreds from one of Pakistan's all-time greats and his protege!

  • ajay on February 6, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Is this an article or a poem. Kamran should be more objective then poetic.

  • Shaheed Faiz on February 6, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Well said. But unfortunately Pakistan’s schedule has not been kind to them. I would have loved to see them play more test series against stronger teams. ICC Ranking system is a shame. After being unbeaten in any series since last 12 months, regardless of opponents, Pakistan doesn’t deserve to be number 5. Good luck to Team Pakistan for One Day Series, Twnety20 and then the Asia Cup. It’s time everyone takes Pakistan Seriously. They are no more unpredictable.

  • zealous on February 6, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    He is a classact...Its so embarrassing to say but he is underestimated by many people....he is always there for the rescue and yet again proved that he is a legend!

  • Raheel Hussain on February 6, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Salaam To All,

    Lovely piece and shows how Pakistan have come on leaps and bounds over the last 12 months. PCB should now build on this progress and ensure continued stability by allowing the youngsters the opportunity to showcase their talents.

    What this series, aside from the previous tests against SA, Bangladesh and SL, have demonstrated is a resilience par excellance. Its has boosted a broken nation and given the masses some joy to replace the hurt. Well done lads, you have made a lot f people extremely proud and done it against a terrific England team, who were simply blizted

  • Mohammad Azhar Shah Manchester UK on February 6, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    I agree with you brother Kamran and would like to add that this win is a tribute to all those Pakistani who always believed in team Pakistan and have supported the players during all the ups and downs. I remember reading the English Newspapers in 2010. The British media was blaming all team members, the Pakistanis and Pakistan. Today we prove them wrong that you cannot blame everyone for the fault of few. Pakistan is a great country full of talented people and Pakistani Cricket team is part of this nation. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Danny on February 6, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Agree with most of what you said, except for the points about not having a wicketkeeper batsman or bowling allrounder. Adnan might be young and impulsive, but he put in a superb performance, and is maybe the most capable wicketkeeper we've had in decades. And as for bowling all-rounders, I would say Hafeez is one of the best. He's made a complete transformation from being a part-time bowler to fast becoming one that Misbah can go to for a breakthrough.

  • Zee on February 6, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    I enjoyed the article. I think it's important for Pakistanis to remember the good when things are not going your way.

    Win or lose, I am extremely proud of Afridi, Misbah, Younis, Gul, Fawad Alam and Rehman. There will always be flashy players like Aamir who are so called "match winners," but the players mentioned above have never been involved in any scandals and day in and day out, they just serve their country and do the best they can. No matter what country you support, you always admire players and people like that.

  • Shahid on February 6, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    What a beautifull piece of writting. Its as good a masterpiece as Younis' innings. Pakistan team has done wonders but a success always hides the weaknesses which otherwise become talk of the town. Some of the issues to be looked in to are; need for a longer batting Line, a couple of fast bowlers of Mohammad Amirs stature, a wicketkeeper batsman, a bowling alrounder and some thing about Taufiq Umar.

  • Waqas Raza on February 6, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Awesome article! Younis's contribution with the bat was the most crucial one because he was the one who truly broke free from the stigma of mediocre batting performances. Before his sublime innings in the third test we had not yet seen quality batting in this series. It was Younis who paved the way for Azhar Ali and set the bar high for him to also get his century. Younis is and will always be one of Pakistan's greatest.

  • Omer on February 6, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Excellent article, younis deserves every bit of praise. i have always been his supporter, to me he is the most consistent batsman for pakistan in the last decade

  • Yasser on February 6, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    You need to lay off Adnan Akmal. His performance behind the stumps was outstanding. Much better to have a tidy keeper than a poor keeper batsman.

  • younus siddiqui on February 6, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    The hair stood on the back of my neck with your narrative of Younus, I doubted him, I under estimated him before this knock,I made the same mistake as the English team made about the Pakistan Team.Who could blame me, how many times have they let me and a nation down.One phrase always come to mind "cornered tiger".PAKISTAN ZINDABAAD

  • Ravi on February 6, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    he truly is a legend player like Dravid.He is an unsung hero.

  • Awais on February 6, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    This was a true master class.right up there with anything the mighty Yousuf and inzamam,and for that matter tendulkarvor David have ever played,and of course,was the single biggest factor in pakistans win.as of now the English will be taking the video of this innings as a benchmark for them and for future English generations in the art of thriving in Asian conditions.

  • Taimur on February 6, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Yes very well said. An innings to be talked about for years to come. It strengthened Younis Khan's credibility as an amazing batsmen. And an innings for Azhar Ali to remember too!! Pakistan has experimented with a few opening combinations and as well as wicket keepers. In Hafeez they have found someone who can be relied upon. Taufeeq on the other hand has done nothing in the last few months apart from the double century against the Sri Lankans. Adnan should be given a few chances and showed be helped in brushing up his batting skills. Both Misbah and Moshin have done something which was lacking in the team - unite them. I just wish our law makers also realize the potential of this nation and use it in the best possible way !!

  • muhammad zahid on February 6, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    nice article,pakistan's performance in just concluded series was awesome.i love our team

  • Saddam on February 6, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Azhar and Asad must learn from Younis's innings. That innings was a good example of how to pace an innings. After his fifty when the English bowlers were defensive and looking for an opening, he attacked them and took the game away from them. That was like striking when the iron is hot. The way Asad and Azhar play, there is always a chance for other teams to come back into the game.

  • Sohail Khan on February 6, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    very well saif Kamran, I wish and pray many more successes to this team. Ameen.

  • Abdul on February 6, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    WHAT A SERIES!!! WHAT A BLOG!!!

  • Muhammad Akif on February 6, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    very well said, Kamran. I still believe that Younis helds the key even for the one-dayers to come

  • Nasser Ali Khan on February 6, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    No Pak captain compares with Misbah; not even Mushtaq, the first attacking Pak captain.

    This Pak team is actually a weak time, compared to 70s,80s,& 90s. It has only 2 strengths; its bowling attack, both spin and pace, is arguably the best in the world. And then it has Misbah as its leader and inspirer and who is non-political. Weaknesses are: 1.highly corrupt,inept, and non-accountable PCB, still? 2.probably the worst fielding side 3.arguably, the worst batting side 4.definitely, the worst tailender batting side.

    What this team has achieved is 80% credit to Misbah, with balance credit to Waqar/Mohsin/the players themselves.However, Pak can't go beyond third ranking - at best, if the above is not seriously and effectively tackled.

  • Omer T on February 6, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    Last two paragraphs made my day. Bravo Mr. Abbasi. Pakistan Zindabad!

  • Saud Faruqi on February 6, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    I agree, Younis Khan doesn't get the global recognition he deserves. I still believe that he is a better captain than Misbah can ever be.

  • saad on February 6, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    great ining..now his critics shoud shut their mouth...

  • Zahir Shah on February 6, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    We love Younis, he is an experienced cricketer, his catches are brilliant :) , love his fielding as well as batting style..... Thank you for the nice post on him !!!!!!!!

  • Shah Ji on February 6, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    How sweet ,Nothing taste like this. For success follow our Quaid"s , Unity ,Discipline and Believe(or Faith)

  • Amarjeet Nayak on February 6, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    England has never been competitive on Asian pitches, ever. The fact of the matter is irrespective of the rankings, there is no team which can lay claim to be the undisputed no. 1, and it's not a bad time to be a cricket enthusiast. in spite of their genius, the WI and Aussie teams of the past were responsible for one-sided matches since 80's till early 2000's. Now is a good time...am loving it.

  • dr. Adnan on February 6, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    like most ppl i dint think we cud do it. i thought we wud lose 2-1. but im glad these guys proved me rong.after 99 all out i still dint think we cud do it.but they proved me rong again. im a realist and these have been wonderful results for us as a cricketing nation but plz mr abbasi, i wud like to urge u and my fellow countrymen not to get too far ahead of themselves. i read mohsin khans comments that we cud be no 1. today he said that these guys proved they r best in world. comments like these rnt going to help us but infact undo all the good work done by our team. india boosted too much n look at them. y go far, english came here thinking they wud make us eat dirt and look at wht happened to them. plz plz my countrymen lets be humble in our victory, lets not make immortals out of our good team. they r still not greats. horrible batting all series. we only won becoz enlish batted worse. long live Pakistan. still long way to go. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Saqib on February 6, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Well said, an article written from the hearts and minds of the entire Pakistani nation.

  • dr. Adnan on February 6, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    like most ppl i dint think we cud do it. i thought we wud lose 2-1. but im glad these guys proved me rong.after 99 all out i still dint think we cud do it.but they proved me rong again. im a realist and these have been wonderful results for us as a cricketing nation but plz mr abbasi, i wud like to urge u and my fellow countrymen not to get too far ahead of themselves. i read mohsin khans comments that we cud be no 1. today he said that these guys proved they r best in world. comments like these rnt going to help us but infact undo all the good work done by our team. india boosted too much n look at them. y go far, english came here thinking they wud make us eat dirt and look at wht happened to them. plz plz my countrymen lets be humble in our victory, lets not make immortals out of our good team. they r still not greats. horrible batting all series. we only won becoz enlish batted worse. long live Pakistan. still long way to go. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Hasan Jafar on February 6, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Kamran - I think you've correctly identified most of the shortcomings of the Pakistani cricket team despite the whitewash of England. For example, the second fast bowler and the absence of a genuine all rounder. At present Adnan Akmal appears to be the best prospect. At least one of the two openers looks a bit suspect even though he has scored big against other teams. The big question I have is does Pakistan necessarily need a foreign coach?

  • Asif Rehman on February 6, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    "In a decade’s time, when Azhar reflects on his career, he will remember this partnership with Younis as the moment that an earnest youth won his international spurs. For the genius of Younis's innings wasn’t simply in its brilliant execution, it was also in the way that he inspired a Man-of-the-Match performance from Azhar, demoralised England’s bowlers and reminded their batsmen that mastering high-class spin is an art that is currently beyond them."

    What a fantastic article Kamran! the best I have read from you!

  • Prime on February 6, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    As always... very well said Sir! very well Said!

  • Wakeel Ahmad on February 6, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Till when Younis Khan will remain under rated player in Pakistani Media.....He's the among the list of the Pakistani Batsmen whose batting averagee are more than 50 but nobody consider YK as one of the great batsman of Pakistan except his triple hundred.

    I love to watch his batting.

  • Nasir Ulhaq on February 6, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Another great analysis by Kamran. Should not the politicians start learning from the cricket team, how to unite and work closely for the country.

  • shoaib on February 6, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Many congrats to Pakistan. thumbs up to the article. very well discribed..

  • Saket on February 6, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Great job Pakistan!!! I figured it would be 1-1 before the series. Finally, Younis Khan scored when it mattered.....people criticize Tendulkar and Dravid, but before today, when was the last time Younis Khan played a vital knock in Tests against a major opponent? He's a good guy, so all credit to him. Misbah too is a likeable captain, without the "watch-me-I-am-too-good-for-anyone" antics of Afridi or Akhtar. I hope Pakistan realize what a good captain they have, and don't throw him by the wayside because he will be 37. It's good to see that this is a team w/o all the controversies and all the other stuff. Now if only they would stop making annoying statements like "We can be the best" or "XYZ is the best batter/bowler" etc., they will be even more respected....your opponents should say this about you, it looks stupid and immature when you keep saying that to everybody yourselves....As for England, at least India were No. 1 for a couple of years, and beat opponents away...

  • Owais on February 6, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    So true "Out of this storm, Pakistan’s cricketers have done what politicians, soldiers and lawmen have failed to do: they have united a nation and shown that adversity is no barrier to the hopes and dreams of their embattled countrymen."

  • Dr. Jafri on February 6, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    As usual a beauiful article, this is the time of happiness, as well looking for the possible improvements required, as you said, few of the guys are no good i.e, Taufeeq umar, Imran Farhat, as well wicket keeper, our feilding, and we need a definite pair of fast bowler, good thing is they are all available but need some grooming. I believe the reason of winning 1- The Captan 2- absence of match fixers 3- Playing out of Pakistan (though it is neutral ground, but the home ground and the home pitch is very different ball game).

  • Pathan on February 6, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    A great achievement by Pakistan considering what has happened to them over the past few years. However, there are a few areas of concern for me in this team. Firstly, I fear for this team in English or Australian conditions where the ball is swinging and seaming. The batting is brittle and will probably collapse frequently outside the UAE if they dont improve their techniques. Having said that, these players are mentally stronger than many of their predecessors and look capable of learning and, more importantly, fighting for the team. Secondly, Adnan Akmal is a good keeper but his batting is poor making Pakistan's tail very long. Pak management need to put him through intensive coaching if they want to persist with him or groom Umar Akmal for the role in all forms of the game. Thirdly, the debate on the second seamer. I think Junaid Khan is best suited to this. Unlike Cheema and Riaz, he can move the ball both ways at good speed which is essential at the this level. He must return.

  • haseeb on February 6, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    absolutely brilliant kamran bhai absolutely brillianty depicted

  • pakfan on February 6, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Couldn’t agree more…… This team has proved how much Pakistani teams of yesteryears under achieved. With the greats such as wasim, waqar, Inzi, yousuf, saeed anwar pakistan should have dominated world cricket as the likes West Indies and Australia – shame it took a discredit British tabloid newspaper to bring our sportsmen together rather than national pride.

  • qasimraza on February 6, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    younus has already played a career defining innings of 267 at bangalore in 2005.How can we forget that?

  • Dr.M F Dar on February 6, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Absolutely fantastic.Kamran you done it once again. Brilliantly summed up everything

  • Nadeem Khan on February 6, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    I was expecting a brave call by the jury to give MAN OF THE MATCH award to Younis, instead of Azhar. In my opinion, Younis' innings let Azhar to settle his nerves in this match.

  • Faisal Mahmud on February 6, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi and I couldn't stave myself off from crying when I read this piece. I am a big big fan of Pakistan cricket and it really hurts me that this team can't play in its own soil.

  • Rameez on February 6, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Thanks Kamran,

    You've written a gem. The last line should string a cord in every Pakistanis' heart as it is the Message of our Quaid-e-Azam aswell. For some reason, I never considered Younis in the Class of Inzi or Yousuf but this inning has changed my opinion. Azhar and Asad will surely have bright careers, that much can be said at the conclusion of this series.

  • H.Malik on February 6, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Well Said and Very Very Well ended with the ending line. One of the best from your pen on the topic I have read for past many months and years. I am obliged to take back that notation of mine I used to subscribe in my comments on your write-up about the Pakistani cricketer "Bunch of YOYOs " Well done Team Misbah to borrow from your description few weeks ago .....

  • NR on February 6, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Excellent! Unity, Faith and Discipline. Lessons given by the founder had been forgotten by the nation. Thank you Team Pakistan for reminding us those. It's time to celebrate!!!

  • CricFan on February 6, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Well said Kamran...

  • Irshad on February 6, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Great article I have ever read,This article sums up every thing, glorifying character of Younis khan,a message to the Pakistani citizens,through the waves of cricket.. long live Pakistan.

  • farhan on February 6, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    While younis and azhar deserve the credit, we must not forget the lone battle waged by Asad Shafiq in the first innings. From 44-7 he more than doubled the score and that was every bit as important as Azhar's century and Ajmal's five-for.

  • Jawed on February 6, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Pakistan team deserve all the accolades for trouncing the top seeded England, (making mockery of test rankings). Bowling remains our “strong suit” while the batting is still “fragile/brittle”. After the shattering events of last year, results are glowing/music to ears. Future look rosy!

  • Sohaib Alavi on February 6, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Beautiful article....particularly the final paragraph!well done kamran!

  • SAJJAD MALIK on February 6, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    awsome wwriting about YOUNIS KAHN, a great efort by PAKISYANI team to go for whitwash..... its revival for paksiatni cricket...

  • Rukhman Ejaz Malik on February 6, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    V nicely written especially the last few lines. I hope the Pak nation can white wash the so called champions of democracy. Congratulations to Pak team and best of luck to the entire nation against the corrupt leaders. May Allah bless us with what ever it takes to get rid of them. Ameen

  • haseeb niazi on February 6, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    nice.

  • Nasir on February 6, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Jeetay ga bhai Jeetay ga...Pakistan Jeetay ga...Younis Khan played an absolute beauty innings. Unfortunately for England, no english tabloid media present here to support them indirectly...:)

  • NK on February 6, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Totally agree,Innings played by Younis Khan ranks alongside his very best, coming in at 28 for 2, still trailing England score at a critical time & under pressure and short of runs in the series,he played an outstanding knock, Graeme Swann has already come out to say "it's the best he has seen in recent times", set up the win today. Pakistan have been fantastic throughout the series and the most pleasing thing is that they have won the last 2 test matches when they were really up against it and fought like real "cornered tigers", which shows that the boys are totally united and can handle pressure. Who would have thought we can defend 146 & get out batting 1st for 99 and still come out victorious. Well done to the M's, Misbah & Mohsin who have rather kept a low key in their respective roles and let the results to all the talking!, Onwards & Upwards from here!

  • Anees Ghouri on February 6, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Well said Sir. You are a wounderfull whriter. I am always glad to read you. I think the last paragraph was the best in your artikel. Carry on. Maybe you missed to say something about Asad. Pakistan Zinda Bad...where r u India.. be brave and come to Pakistan to play with us.

  • M.Tahir on February 6, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Excellent analysis, "Pakistan’s cricketers have done what politicians, soldiers and lawmen have failed to do" absolutely correct. I wish you have praised English players sportsmanship attitude when they clapped for Younis on his century.

  • rahat on February 6, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    I always think that Younis Khan surely is one of the modern great of game. He is highly skillful batsman who scored runs all around the world and in most bowling dominating conditions. I still remember when Mohd. Yousuf was struggling against Warne in second innings of Melbourne Test 2003-2004 series. Mohd. Yusuf couldn't pick Warne from hand and was struggling whereas Yunis was reading everything from Warne hands and playing him without any trouble. That was the day I realised how good Yunis is playing at spin.

  • Rizwan on February 6, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Oh c'mon Kamran, dont get carried away so quick. Reading this article, it sounds like everything has fallen in place and team is working like charm including Umar Gul's wayward bowling LOL. Now that we've won the series, no one's bothering to bring up the obvious fallacy of this Pak team - that their batting is still as fragile and technically weak as it has ever been. Take the case of M.Hafeez, that pathetic excuse of an opening batsman, even after 8 yrs of playing international cricket, all he's to show is miserly average of 24. Younis? just cuz he produced one knock doens't make him the Bradman suddenly. Same with Azhar & Asad. Care to share what's been Mohsin's contribution as coach? Whats been his coaching credentials before this stint? Lets not get carried away and focus on the batting flaws. Put this same team in the seam & swing conditions of English or Aussie pitches and they'll be falling down like pack of cards.

  • Imran Khakwani on February 6, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    well written, especially last paragraph where big three, The army, the politicians and the lawmen are told to learn lesson from Misbah's team. I agree with you that Misbah's team need a talented bowling alrounder and wicketkeeper batsman. I think Misbah knows lot about domestic cricket so he is the best man to press forward the case of few talented cricketers.

  • D@@ on February 6, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    amzing lol england pakistan at top

  • Amin Rehman on February 6, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    I fully endorse Kamran Abbasi's analysis of this wonderful team which may not be the best talent wise but best by attitude and discipline. I would also appreciate the Chairman PCB who has declared Misbah as the General who has to be followed under all circumstances. People at large may not agree but we definitely need another wicket keeper batsman in the mould of Gilchrist, Haddin or recently introduced MS Wade. We definitely need couple of express bowlers with the ability to bowl 150s K regularly. The snail approach may be successful in the batting conditions of UAE or Pakistan but Australia, South Africa and even NZ may roll us easily in their conditions. I wish Dave Whatmore all the best in his new assignment and hope that he will take this Pakistan team to new heights.We may need to invest in Azhar as a possible future Captain.There were some outstanding performances in the U/19 team that played in South Africa last month. Let's invest in them as well.

  • asifindaze on February 6, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    nice article sir, very well saying that they have united a nation and brings all thoughts together at the same point

  • Pervaiz on February 6, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Well said Kamran.

  • Dr Masood on February 6, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    A wonderful article , befits a medical man of great repute , kudos to misbah and his team , but a frail batting order lower down and frequent collapse does not augur well for future , Wahhab riaz has to be groomed into a bowling all rounder or Hammad azam , same chances for recovery given by a demoralized English team will not be gifted by more solid teams , even when prior and broad attacked in last stages , Pakistan was at sea for few minutes

  • Mithilesh on February 6, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Pakistan needed this win. More than them world cricket needed this win. The Pakistani method of playing is not only exciting and all the other cliches attributed to them but is also a way of more fulfilling way of life. Not for them the arrogant ineptitude of Indians (I am an Indian so no jingoist comments please)but one with daring, flamboyance of a Warrior Prince. And it is only fitting that a Khan embodies it all. And Kamran Abbasi comes close to them in the art of writing about Cricket.

  • Salman N Malik on February 6, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Agreed with the last two paragraphs...This team has shown their own countrymen what happens when one is united and throws corruption from their bodies/minds like a dirty rag. This team is one that Quaid-e-Azam M.A. Jinnah would be proud of. Every Pakistani should be proud of it. Imperfect yes! Hardworking you bet! Determined sure! Blessed by the Almighty..it would seem so! Corrupt..No! It just shows what Islam preaches....keep your Niyat clear and Almighty will bless you! Truly one of the greatest moments in Pakistan cricket history and a lesson to our public, politicians, military-men and lawmen. Deride and take leave of corruption, even if imperfect we can be great! Pakistan Zindabad

  • Syed on February 6, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Well Said; Lesson for all of us is that good things will happen you put your heart and mind with honesty. Your biggest enemy to overcome is yourself... don't worry about real or fictitious conspiracies

  • Shaz on February 6, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Excellent tribute to the team. Team Misbah has a long way to go as correctly pointed out. Team now needs to keep this winning comibination of Misbah and Mohsin. Our boys donot understand foreign coaches, I donot know why PCB wants to put an axe by its own hands on its head by alienating the players via a foreign coach. Same happened previously when Miandad built the team twice as a coach. we must learn from our mistakes.

  • Mohsin Masood on February 6, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Your tribute to Younis Khan was well deserved. A very balanced article, loved every bit of it.

  • A Kamal on February 6, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi, I enjoyed the series, and the beter team won at the end. Congrats Pakistan. I hope test cricket will be back to Pakistan with Bangladesh visiting in April. Although it was 3-0, last 2 tests were hard faught. England gradually improved and they will play better in Sri Lanka, as currently shown by visiting England Lions. Pakistan need a good technically sound opener to partner with Hafeez, and also a fast bowling all rounder. All the best to PAK for ODI series.

  • Yunus on February 6, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Love U Younus Khan.........

  • Rashid on February 6, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    I always enjoy reading your articles. Wonderful tribute to Pakistan team, Pakistani nation, and in particular Younus Khan. Thank you.

  • Asad Afzal on February 6, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    very good prose. often our cricket is a direct reflection of our nation (politics and economy). it's nice to see the pak boys step up beyond that. would be nicer now if india stopped being snobby and invited us to the ipl, champions league and maybe played a couple series against us. sport bridges gaps. pak cricket helped bridge the fan back to a temporary state of jubilance today.

  • saffer on February 6, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Abbasi should take a leaf out of misbah's book and not get carried away. Drivel could have been written by bhogle, with its exaggeration

  • Ali Rizvi on February 6, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    A great moment for a Nation in crisis. On the paper this team does not look like as stronger as the Old Pakistani teams, but they already have achieved a lot more than the most of us would have expected. This their consistency clearly can show us how much Pakistani cricket was indulge in curruption because eversicnce the episode of Spot fixing occur, our team is performing consistently as ever. Hope they continue to perform like this even outside the subcontinent.

    cheers

  • Viciam on February 6, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Best article you have written so far!

    Haven't felt proud to be a Pakistani for a long long time!

    Thank you team misbah

  • aftab on February 6, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Good job there! You picked the right topic. Younis is da man! So, effectively, Pak team played with 10 players,still hoping the fast bowler spot to be occupied by deserving one, like Aamir. For the first time, PCB is also doing the right thing - it's doing something for one of its own, disgraced may be by circumstances. Aamir has been an overkill of ICC justice system, who for years saw things happening and kept mum. All of a sudden, Pakistan provided the right prey. Let's hope it will help Cricketers every where avoid the fate of three.

  • Amer Hussain on February 6, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    I still can't believe it - sheer brilliance from the spinners and Umar Gul and Younis and Azhar showing batsmen of the calibre of Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Bell and Strauss how to play. This was one for the fans who have been through the dark days, and I am one of those for whom 2010 was horrible, as was the 2007 World Cup. So onwards and upwards - could do with a series in Australia or England soon to test the team even more. Also, if now isn't the best time to bury the hatchet and play India, when is. After their performance in Aus, we should comfortably show them the way to play Test Cricket. I am now going to go and scream from the rooftops - PAKISTAN ZINDABAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ahsan Rana on February 6, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Kamran - very nicely put!! Team Pakistan never ceases to amaze its viewers...EVER !!

  • Faizaan Qayyum on February 6, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    I don't think the entire blame for the captaincy debacle should be laid on the shoulders of Younis Khan. The previous PCB administration was not doing wonders with its job; on the contrary, it was doing wonders spoiling what little existed of good cricket. Similarly, the new administration has an appreciable role in the recent successes of the team.

  • waheed ahmad on February 6, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Real Show of Pakistani Power to All test Cricketing nations now we have to face australia and South Africa only if we want to show that we are really best side in world

  • Sheraz Ashraf on February 6, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Magnificent piece of writing, a really glowing tribute to Team Pakistan (AKA Team Misbah). They deserve every single word of admiration that is written in this article. They have done what only Team Pakistan could do, coming out of absolute darkness with such valor, grit, and determination. They were bound to succeed. I have no doubt that this is one of the proudest moments of my life.

    Pakistan Team is far from being a finished article though. There are some wholes in the batting department that are to be addressed if we are to extend our period of success. Nevertheless, a victory richly deserved, a proud moment to savour. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Riz Majeed on February 6, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Bravo! Younis has far too many detractors from with Pakistan setup & supporters alike.

    Cricketers similar to him from other nations are lauded for being calm & unflappable when faced with intense pressure from the opposition, yet in Pakistan with mock them.

    He never gets baited, he is 'sledge-proof' & remains a smiling, calming influence on his team mates.

    His innings was the difference in this test match. He was batting for 2 - Azhar Ali learning from the master to produce his own career-defining innings when it was needed most.

    Great article!

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  • Riz Majeed on February 6, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Bravo! Younis has far too many detractors from with Pakistan setup & supporters alike.

    Cricketers similar to him from other nations are lauded for being calm & unflappable when faced with intense pressure from the opposition, yet in Pakistan with mock them.

    He never gets baited, he is 'sledge-proof' & remains a smiling, calming influence on his team mates.

    His innings was the difference in this test match. He was batting for 2 - Azhar Ali learning from the master to produce his own career-defining innings when it was needed most.

    Great article!

  • Sheraz Ashraf on February 6, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Magnificent piece of writing, a really glowing tribute to Team Pakistan (AKA Team Misbah). They deserve every single word of admiration that is written in this article. They have done what only Team Pakistan could do, coming out of absolute darkness with such valor, grit, and determination. They were bound to succeed. I have no doubt that this is one of the proudest moments of my life.

    Pakistan Team is far from being a finished article though. There are some wholes in the batting department that are to be addressed if we are to extend our period of success. Nevertheless, a victory richly deserved, a proud moment to savour. Pakistan Zindabad

  • waheed ahmad on February 6, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Real Show of Pakistani Power to All test Cricketing nations now we have to face australia and South Africa only if we want to show that we are really best side in world

  • Faizaan Qayyum on February 6, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    I don't think the entire blame for the captaincy debacle should be laid on the shoulders of Younis Khan. The previous PCB administration was not doing wonders with its job; on the contrary, it was doing wonders spoiling what little existed of good cricket. Similarly, the new administration has an appreciable role in the recent successes of the team.

  • Ahsan Rana on February 6, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Kamran - very nicely put!! Team Pakistan never ceases to amaze its viewers...EVER !!

  • Amer Hussain on February 6, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    I still can't believe it - sheer brilliance from the spinners and Umar Gul and Younis and Azhar showing batsmen of the calibre of Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Bell and Strauss how to play. This was one for the fans who have been through the dark days, and I am one of those for whom 2010 was horrible, as was the 2007 World Cup. So onwards and upwards - could do with a series in Australia or England soon to test the team even more. Also, if now isn't the best time to bury the hatchet and play India, when is. After their performance in Aus, we should comfortably show them the way to play Test Cricket. I am now going to go and scream from the rooftops - PAKISTAN ZINDABAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • aftab on February 6, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Good job there! You picked the right topic. Younis is da man! So, effectively, Pak team played with 10 players,still hoping the fast bowler spot to be occupied by deserving one, like Aamir. For the first time, PCB is also doing the right thing - it's doing something for one of its own, disgraced may be by circumstances. Aamir has been an overkill of ICC justice system, who for years saw things happening and kept mum. All of a sudden, Pakistan provided the right prey. Let's hope it will help Cricketers every where avoid the fate of three.

  • Viciam on February 6, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    Best article you have written so far!

    Haven't felt proud to be a Pakistani for a long long time!

    Thank you team misbah

  • Ali Rizvi on February 6, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    A great moment for a Nation in crisis. On the paper this team does not look like as stronger as the Old Pakistani teams, but they already have achieved a lot more than the most of us would have expected. This their consistency clearly can show us how much Pakistani cricket was indulge in curruption because eversicnce the episode of Spot fixing occur, our team is performing consistently as ever. Hope they continue to perform like this even outside the subcontinent.

    cheers

  • saffer on February 6, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Abbasi should take a leaf out of misbah's book and not get carried away. Drivel could have been written by bhogle, with its exaggeration