Pakistan in India 2012-13 January 3, 2013

New bowlers' game is made for Pakistan

A motorised parade of great heroes of India's past, including Wasim Akram, failed to inspire heroes of India's present and future to overcome Pakistan's competitive, albeit faltering, total of 250 runs
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India's Eden Gardens is becoming a Pakistani paradise. A motorised parade of great heroes of India's past, including Wasim Akram, failed to inspire heroes of India's present and future to overcome Pakistan's competitive, albeit faltering, total of 250 runs. As much as Pakistan backed themselves in the one-day series, the ease of victory, culminating in MS Dhoni's futile rehearsal of a Test innings, was a surprise. The new regulations have wrenched one-day cricket from the grip of batsmen, and Pakistan's bowlers seized the moment in Calcutta.

Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan sparkled in Pakistan's opening overs in a manner unseen since the dread days of 2010. Junaid did little more in this series than perform to the standard expected; a routine top-class performance that leaves you baffled how easily he has been overlooked by Pakistan's selectors. Irfan, by contrast, was a revelation compared with his uncertain debut. He remains ungainly, the roughest of diamonds, but added pace and control produced frightening bounce even on these Indian wickets.

India's strength is in batting, their players some of the best in the world and rajas in home conditions, but even such genuine talents struggled to find a composed response to Irfan's mighty deliveries. His figures were nothing extraordinary but the psychology of putting India's batsmen on the back foot was worth every wide, full toss, and four overthrows. Meanwhile, Nasir Jamshed was faced with the tamer challenge of India's opening bowlers, establishing himself as the rarest of commodities, a Pakistani batsman with a temperament to match his skill.

But the difference in this series is in the bowling, aided by ICC's new rules. Fewer boundary riders allow better bowlers to prosper. Two bouncers per over restore the value of high-quality fast bowling. In combination, these changes reward superior bowling attacks and will lead to a readjustment in achievable one-day totals. The gulf between Pakistan's and India's bowling is no secret but it was horribly exposed here. India face a worrying challenge to assemble a threatening pace attack, a prerequisite for future success in one-day cricket.

These rule changes help the game, not just Pakistan. Cricket has to be an even contest between bat and ball. The supremacy of batsmen has been dull and tedious, even mediocre international cricketers have plundered great bowlers. It is rare that the ICC earns credit but it should for these tweaks to the one-day format. One day cricket might just have been rescued.

Dav Whatmore and his backroom staff are helping with an even more hazardous mission - the preservation and revival of Pakistan cricket. Success is important to win people over to your ideas and buy time, especially when that success is supported by improved performance. Pakistan's fielding on this tour has begun, perhaps for the first time, to resemble international class. Fielding is the finest indicator of the commitment of players and coaching staff to preparing for a contest. Maturity and good sense in executing cricket's other disciplines have been evident too. Professionalism is traditionally in short supply in Pakistan cricket but Dav Whatmore, in consort with Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafeez, has begun to show how a touch of discipline might transform results.

In the end though it is the players who are the harbingers of hope. Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, and Nasir Jamshed have added fresh fascination to Pakistan's cricket story. And for the bowlers, at least, the new one-day game is made for them and Pakistan.

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

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  • akb on January 31, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Great worry. Batsmen of same technique and not having a batsman at 6 to turn the game on its head. I mean a batting all rounder. Left hand bats have been a success vs SA as per history. Try as many left hander as available.

  • Javed Hasan on January 29, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Pakistan,s batting is OK . The real problem is our batting. The golden oldies , Younis and Misbah are not performing in any version of the game . Misbah performs in one inning out of five and Younis one in eight . They are both long overdue for retirement . Another point Pakistan,s performance is not because of Misbah,s captaincy . It is inspire of it.

  • ScarboroughSpin on January 20, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Junaid is the real deal. I saw him play for Lancs 2 years ago.

    Confident (bordering on cocky) but with a lethal armoury.

    This guy will more than fill the vod left my Amir & Asif.

  • Shezad on January 8, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Great to see Junaid and Irfan perform so well, finally some support for Umar Gul. However why wasn't Anwar Ali given a chance? The way Kumar was swinging the ball for India, it reminded me of Ali vs India in the U19 World Cup in 2006. 18 years of age and bowling banana's, I thought he'd have been fast tracked into a team famous for blooding players young, especially fast bowlers. 7 years on and we still wait. The annoying thing was he was taken and sitting on the bench. Granted the other bowlers were performing, but having won the series after the 2nd ODI, why not rest Gul and give Ali a chance. Ali can also bat, he has one century and four 50's in first class cricket. Finally, the last ODI was evidence that Misbah is past it for ODI's, too old and too slow. He's also not going to feature in the next World Cup, so why play him. Misbah can continue in Tests, but Hafeez take over the ODI's as well.

  • Nwaibzaeed Chisti Jam on January 8, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Always interesting to read but i think championing Irfan as the latest 30 something bought in too late is a little premature. I would prefer to see Aizaz Cheema in the side consistently he has that rare commodity in world cricket these days raw pace even at 32/33. Junaid is a good prospect but he has a very long way to go and perhaps he shouldnt be so open mouthed about telling how he saw a ""weakness" in some of the indian batsmen and than explaining in detail his method as next time he may be crushed by them. The best Pak test team attack right now is cheema,Junaid,Gul,Ajmal and Haffezz with the very capable Rahman on standby with wahab riaz. Aaamer and asif are still very badly missed especially with the decline of gul

  • basophil on January 7, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    I advise all the Pak fans not to be carried away by a win against an India going through a transition worsened by senior players going out of form while much of the bowling attack was new. However, I'm curious to know whether this same Pak unit can survive in South Africa. Would any of the Pak batsmen score against steyn, morkel, and philander? these guys embarrassed the english and aussie batsmen in their own backyards; the only batsmen who did reasonable well were KP and Clarke. Are there any batsmen of that calibre in this Pak team? Also remember that the Proteas had knocked out an aussie batting unit made of Clarke, Ponting, and Hussey for 47 in Cape Town. Also, Could the Pak bowling attack really take down the South African batting powerhouse with batsmen with 45+ averages?

  • Abdul Rahmann on January 6, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Pakistan,s real problem for a long time now has been it's very poor batting . Our Bowlershave won thematchesforus when we have won . In batting while in Nasir Jamshed and Hafeez we may have finally got a good opening pair , the middle order,s performance remains very poor . It is high time we got rid of the nonperformingmiddle order - Shoaib Malik , Misbah and Younus Khan .

  • Sardar Aslam Khan on January 6, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    In the last three years Pakistan,s bowling has been steadily improving and is nowa world class one. The fielding was very poor and has shown some improvement .the real weakness had been batting both atopening level and middle order . In recent month the opening batting has shown very good improvement . However , the middle order consisting of Younis Khan , Misbah and Shoaib Malik has remained veryweak and inconsistent ,. Misbah , Younis and Shoaib Malik find scoring such a challenge and mostly can only score in singles . Their averages and their run rates are verylow. Itishightimethey are retired . Misbahin addition is a very poor fielder .Pakistan cricket ,s improvement in recent years is not because of Misbah itisinspite of him . All three of these oldies should now be retired .

  • Sajjad on January 6, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    The way Wasim Akram has been commentating lately, he seems more an Indian than a Pakistani. :P

  • Shahid Jamil on January 6, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Pakistan biggest weakness was and continues to be its middle order batting - Younis Khan , Misbah and Shoaib Malik . I'f you look at their performance in the last two years the record is dismal and specially in ODIs they appear no longer able to score and more importantly score fast when needed . They have been overdue for retirement for a long time now .

  • akb on January 31, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Great worry. Batsmen of same technique and not having a batsman at 6 to turn the game on its head. I mean a batting all rounder. Left hand bats have been a success vs SA as per history. Try as many left hander as available.

  • Javed Hasan on January 29, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Pakistan,s batting is OK . The real problem is our batting. The golden oldies , Younis and Misbah are not performing in any version of the game . Misbah performs in one inning out of five and Younis one in eight . They are both long overdue for retirement . Another point Pakistan,s performance is not because of Misbah,s captaincy . It is inspire of it.

  • ScarboroughSpin on January 20, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Junaid is the real deal. I saw him play for Lancs 2 years ago.

    Confident (bordering on cocky) but with a lethal armoury.

    This guy will more than fill the vod left my Amir & Asif.

  • Shezad on January 8, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Great to see Junaid and Irfan perform so well, finally some support for Umar Gul. However why wasn't Anwar Ali given a chance? The way Kumar was swinging the ball for India, it reminded me of Ali vs India in the U19 World Cup in 2006. 18 years of age and bowling banana's, I thought he'd have been fast tracked into a team famous for blooding players young, especially fast bowlers. 7 years on and we still wait. The annoying thing was he was taken and sitting on the bench. Granted the other bowlers were performing, but having won the series after the 2nd ODI, why not rest Gul and give Ali a chance. Ali can also bat, he has one century and four 50's in first class cricket. Finally, the last ODI was evidence that Misbah is past it for ODI's, too old and too slow. He's also not going to feature in the next World Cup, so why play him. Misbah can continue in Tests, but Hafeez take over the ODI's as well.

  • Nwaibzaeed Chisti Jam on January 8, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Always interesting to read but i think championing Irfan as the latest 30 something bought in too late is a little premature. I would prefer to see Aizaz Cheema in the side consistently he has that rare commodity in world cricket these days raw pace even at 32/33. Junaid is a good prospect but he has a very long way to go and perhaps he shouldnt be so open mouthed about telling how he saw a ""weakness" in some of the indian batsmen and than explaining in detail his method as next time he may be crushed by them. The best Pak test team attack right now is cheema,Junaid,Gul,Ajmal and Haffezz with the very capable Rahman on standby with wahab riaz. Aaamer and asif are still very badly missed especially with the decline of gul

  • basophil on January 7, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    I advise all the Pak fans not to be carried away by a win against an India going through a transition worsened by senior players going out of form while much of the bowling attack was new. However, I'm curious to know whether this same Pak unit can survive in South Africa. Would any of the Pak batsmen score against steyn, morkel, and philander? these guys embarrassed the english and aussie batsmen in their own backyards; the only batsmen who did reasonable well were KP and Clarke. Are there any batsmen of that calibre in this Pak team? Also remember that the Proteas had knocked out an aussie batting unit made of Clarke, Ponting, and Hussey for 47 in Cape Town. Also, Could the Pak bowling attack really take down the South African batting powerhouse with batsmen with 45+ averages?

  • Abdul Rahmann on January 6, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Pakistan,s real problem for a long time now has been it's very poor batting . Our Bowlershave won thematchesforus when we have won . In batting while in Nasir Jamshed and Hafeez we may have finally got a good opening pair , the middle order,s performance remains very poor . It is high time we got rid of the nonperformingmiddle order - Shoaib Malik , Misbah and Younus Khan .

  • Sardar Aslam Khan on January 6, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    In the last three years Pakistan,s bowling has been steadily improving and is nowa world class one. The fielding was very poor and has shown some improvement .the real weakness had been batting both atopening level and middle order . In recent month the opening batting has shown very good improvement . However , the middle order consisting of Younis Khan , Misbah and Shoaib Malik has remained veryweak and inconsistent ,. Misbah , Younis and Shoaib Malik find scoring such a challenge and mostly can only score in singles . Their averages and their run rates are verylow. Itishightimethey are retired . Misbahin addition is a very poor fielder .Pakistan cricket ,s improvement in recent years is not because of Misbah itisinspite of him . All three of these oldies should now be retired .

  • Sajjad on January 6, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    The way Wasim Akram has been commentating lately, he seems more an Indian than a Pakistani. :P

  • Shahid Jamil on January 6, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Pakistan biggest weakness was and continues to be its middle order batting - Younis Khan , Misbah and Shoaib Malik . I'f you look at their performance in the last two years the record is dismal and specially in ODIs they appear no longer able to score and more importantly score fast when needed . They have been overdue for retirement for a long time now .

  • Peter D,Souza on January 6, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    It is very surprising that Misbah,s performance in thelast three years has not received the scrutiny it should have done . For ODIs his performance is dismal . Notonly he does not score his run rate is very poor . He puts the batsmen coming after him under great pre sure to score very fast when he cannot achieve a run- ball even when it is desperately needed . He should be retired along with Shoaib Malik and Younis Khan .

  • Shamshad Ali khan on January 6, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Pakistan missed a good opportunity to try youngsters for the 3rd ODI . Instead of senior mediocre non performers such as Misbah , Younis and Shoaib Malik . Pakistan has been posoning it's Team Building as far as batsmen are considered. The Pakistan middle order has been under performing for a very long time now . This is bad for the future of Pakistan cricket.

  • Shah on January 6, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Junaid was not missed, He was under performing for the last 2 years according to Iqbal Qasim (Chief Selector). We should be straight in our analysis.

  • Faridoon on January 6, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    It was so satisfying to see Pakistani pace bowlers dominate once again. For a period of time it seemed we had begun relying solely on our spinners to lead the bowling, which they did with a big heart. Gul had become the lone pacer and that brought his form down. To keep the Pak bowling legacy alive we need attacking pacers and spinners. Gul has found able company in Junaid and Irfan and the results in his performance are very telling. Ajmal, meanwhile can continue to bowl with clever aggression, with less pressure now that the pacers are back in the picture.

  • ahk on January 6, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Success of pak team can very truly be attributed to physical fitness of the team. We should have Zero tolerance towards this aspect. Look at Aus,as far as their players are fit & performing they are in the team. Players like Boon , Merv Hughes and Darren Lehmann didn,t even look like cricketers on 1st sight but AUS extracted much out of them. So do not compromise on physical fitness.

  • Asad Ahmed Khan on January 5, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Misbah,s bad patch has lasted three years now , he is a non performing Captain . The Team will be greatly strengthened if he is retired very soon.

  • salman on January 5, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Very good article once again... must appreciate Pak cricket team to win 2 straight games against on paper strong side India but here if you conclude you will come to know that Pakistan always had great bowling side and still carrying it with them in the form of Young Junaid,Irfan,Gul and ajmal,On thier day they win matches for you easily and on the other side if you see indian batting line up it is very strong on paper most of the batsmen avg +40 but against pakistan i am sure they were under huge pressure specially thier media is the main source of downfall...You must agree before match they present thier players like lions match winners bla bla all good things adds every where every time but once they lost then they criticise them so heavily that no one can even thinkoff that what they were saying before the match.....So keep the balance Indian Media is always shouting only no real stories at all your players are only good on the papers..

  • Nabil on January 5, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Very Much Agreed ... the new rules do compliment Pakistan's All Attack pattern, & misbah even wantedly can't be defensive. Also a great step tht paid dividend is dropping afridi from the ODI's else we will be short one Pacer or had to drop Malik/Azhar .. which would not make a perfect team .. Great to see cricketing minds are making decisions rather thn Politics. .. Good Luck to Team Green fro SA tour (the REAL Test) & the champions Trophy onward, (it is the last one so Bring it Home Guys) .. :)

  • Vikram on January 5, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Indian nation and selectors must reallize now that their team no more in need of MS... a very clear and evident repeated show off by all senior players. Dhoni block seems to have Sharma, B.Kumar, Ashwin and Dinda.... all pbowlers putting thier hear out there but no top order batsman has shown any signs of committment and resistance to Pak bowelers. All these top batsmen have huge expereince of palying some nicest fast bowling of Aussi's and S.Africans. Lets take these things aeriously...

  • hasan on January 5, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Though the recent changes in ODI regulations will help fast bowlers, i believe the factor that contributed the most to Pak bowlers' success on this tour so far are the surprisingly overwhelming bowling conditions in India. Out of the 4 outtings so far, 3 matches (with exception of Ahmedabad) were played in conditions which were not ideal for flashy batting, something that we dont associate with ODIs in sub-continent. 1st T20 in Bengaluru had grass on the pitch. 1st ODI in Chennai had rain prior to the game and overcast conditions. 2nd ODI in Kolkata had muggy conditions under lights and pitch just kept getting slower with every over like a day 4 Test wicket.

    Though there is no room for excuses in professional sport, conditions were indeed not ideal for batting. Indian batsmen were not expecting this, were layback in thier approach, targetting thier usual 300-350 scores as they are so used to on dead Indian wickets and were brutally exposed by a superior bowling of Pak.

  • Usama on January 5, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Having read some of your previous articles, I am suprised that you didn't allude to any "conspiracy" against players from Karachi. It's time we accept that with the exception of Anwar Ali and Asad Shafiq, there are no good cricketers in that city.

  • Abde-Ali Bohra on January 5, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Team is something as follows 5 specialist batsmen 5 specialist bowlers 1 specialits wicket keeper

    do we have and will they continue. Nasir Jamshed age 20 something number one slot is settled. Mohammad Hafeez age 31 something, few years worrying side Azhar Ali age 20 something, will come to terms pls retain him. Younis Khan 34 something , almost gone, replacement Asad Shafiq Misbah----37 something, GONE, replacement Haris Sohail, Umar Akmal Wicket Keeper : Kamran Akmal 31 something, few years worrying side Saeed Ajmal----34 something---few years worrying side--replacement Junaid Khan ----Continue no problem --- has all elements with him, age is just 22 something, and great speed for a fast bowler. Umar Gul---30 something, almost gone-- worrying side Mohd Irfan---30 something, keep him till he gives up, bought in too late Mohd Amir --- coming in 2016 inshallah So, i guess 50% players will be gone soon, therefore right replacement a must.

  • ob on January 5, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    Agreed, Mr. Abbasi! In this series, I do want to mention 2 innings by two individuals – their side ended up losing the game but the performance was breathtaking and I will remember it for a long time. 1)Dhoni’s century in 1st ODI 2)Hafeez’s 55 runs (26 balls) in 2nd T20

  • asad on January 5, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    Green Shirts are on a roll! Congrats Pakistan!

  • Sentient on January 4, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    Pakistan can succeed more if it can look beyond the Akmals, who usually let it down at big moments. Those points of inflection where the momentum is either seized or given up. That's a pattern that just jumps out of the screen everytime I see them.

  • Ejaz on January 4, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    I am not very happy with new rules. The two new balls might have removed the Art of reverse swing.

  • gullkhan on January 4, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    indian team now 100 % proved fake world champs. with the cooperation of ICC+pak govt+ SL teams ++ IPL$$ factor involved with ICC as ICC did all its attention on cornering pak payers but they can't stop pak from playing cricket the more bette/exciting/entertaining cricket .. than any other team on earth just like u cant;t remove brazil from football world!!

  • aftab from VB on January 4, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Okara's Babar for 3rd ODI. It's heartening to see this team preserve the fast bowling. It looked history only recently. I agree that the new rules have a role to play in what we are seeing a dynamic ODI series. However, your criticism of Dhoni's innings is uncalled for. He, Misbah and England recently retired Stuart are the sages of modern cricket. They are brining the new concept of facing it and losing in stead of wrecking it and let it get on their nerves later. Dhoni is the most dangerous batsman even in loss.

  • suresh on January 4, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    first of all greatly appreciated to pakistani team effort and well done jamshed and junaid. indian players are playing only for the money not for the nation.

  • Abbas on January 4, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    @Naveed Malik wrote "Pakistan Mohammad Irfan appears to have weak legs or very long legs something need to be measured and must be identified"

    I'm sure you don't mean it literaly, but these legs should definitely be measured :) Is he really 7'1?

  • Jack on January 4, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    You're having delusions of grandeur... you won two measly games against a team that has been on a losing streak and without a couple of its world-class batsmen (and bowlers).

  • Altamash on January 4, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Even though Pakistan won they need to strive for a more clinical performance (as mentioned by Misbah after 1st match). This was the 2nd time in the last 3 ODIs Hafeez and Jamshed's 100+ start was wasted. A more confident team would have reached closer or may have won the match (like Aus did in UAE recently). We r going to SA next and they will do there best not to give us a start so batsmen should learn to capitalize big time.

  • Bilal on January 4, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Eden gardens kolkata, can never forget Shoaib Akhter's fast yorker to Tendulkar getting him out first ball where thousands of people waiting to watch Sachin bat were silenced by Pakistan's fast bowling brilliance! faces and names may have changed but still its our fast bowling making strong Indian batting look so fragile and little! thank you team Pakistan!

  • lady in green on January 4, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    great effort by men in green, looking forward to them to make it a 3-0 equation... there real test would be the series against SA.. i hope it turns out to be a cracker.. just wondering what would irfan do at those pitches...

  • mughal jazim on January 4, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    pakistan displayed a better show than other series against india. the fielding is up to the mark as it was not expected from them, junaid khan and mohammad irfan added spice to the bowling attack both have capabilities to bowl at any surface. i also think the hunt for the opening slot have ended as nasir jamsheed and hafeez are playing better.

  • Indian_fan on January 4, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    India is not playing good, after world cup they have fallen.. And all of sudden Pakistan look like champion.. current Pakistan team is a very average team.. Junaid and Iran are recycled bowlers and they look pretty good against this poor Indian team.. they will not get single wicket if tey play against Ausies..South Africans..or Engaland..

    Only I can see Saeed Ajmal, Malik, Mohammad Hafeez , Umal Gul are very talented other than that this is a average team…

    Afridi is not there…? It is shocking to me..? Whatever success they have so far all goes to Afridi….

    Wining against India they should not think they win the championship.. see Indian team record after world cup..

    even Ireland and Bangladesh can beat Indian team hands down…

    Can pakis win against SA and Australia or Engalnd? I guess not…

  • karthik on January 4, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    I agree that paki bowlers are more than world class..They are very good...but they were made to look even extreamly deadly because of ongoing poor batting form of indian team...real test of these pacers comes in SA..hope they withstand the SA...but i do not think pakistan should look much into india series..

    pakistan in 2012 won 7 and lost 10 odis

  • Jagdish Chopra on January 4, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Pakistan team is not good but India is playing very bad. The new rules should help India and suits Virender Sehwag's batting style but he is playing against India these days or may be against Dhoni so he is not making runs and making batting more difficult for other batsmen. It also seems that Gambhir and Kohli are also helping Sehwag's cause.

    Moreover, Indian bowling is also playing not with full potentials. Take Bhuvnesh Kumar, it seems that his mission was only upto make it to the Indian team and that has fulfilled so he has also become complacent.

    About Dunkan Flatcher - I think, England had promised him for double salary under-ground what he is getting from India. He was aksed by England to make Indian team weaker, India was the only team that can prevent them to becoming no. 1 side in the world. and I don't understand why cricket board is delaying his sacking from the post.

    I don't understand why people are writing/commenting against Dhoni, while he is still the best.

  • Waseem on January 4, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Does Misbah really have a position in the team?

  • Merchant on January 4, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    A very good article.We have prepared well for this tour.Credit should. Go to all.Selector,coaches and players.Specially bowling and batting coaches have prepared players to face any situation.Bowlers bowled as per weakness of opposing batsmen.Our batsmen have shown maturity and temperament. Our fielding is improving. We should not satisfy with this. We should looked for young alrounders,Leg spinner and wicket keeper batsmen.We should also look for genuine openers who can face good swing bowlers.We are lucky to have intelligent captains.I suggest Harris shohail,Umer Amin,Hammad Azam should be given a chance.We need technically sound attacking batsmen for our T20 side. Harris shohail,Zulfiqar Babar should be included in last ODI in place of Azahar Ali and give rest to one of the fast bowler.

  • Salman Khan on January 4, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Well I said Pakistan won the series because Shahid Afridi was not playing.

  • Hassan on January 4, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    I hope court of arbitration give some relief to the banned players and Amir could be returned in 2013. Another genuine fast bowler, Ihsan Adil is also ready to go, hopefully will be the part of the team in SA tour. Suddenly Pakistan is feeling coming out of drought in terms of Pace-bowlers arsenal.

  • Girish Hemrajani on January 4, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    While many may not realize, Misbah is the glue to the team and is the main reason for the revival. He is clinically astute and highly professional in his training. He quickly figured that he needs a solid opener who can play in all conditions and he got one in Jamshed. Except for Azhar Ali, this team is quite solid and well balanced. Misbah will work out whether Azhar fits or is replaced. If Misbah continues till the next World Cup, I see Pakistan as serious contenders for the finals.

  • Tariq Butt on January 4, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Dear Abbasi sb,,hailing new talent in bowlers and Batting is well and good but we are masking some of our weaknesses,this Pak team is not balance,,how on earth they can justify including Azhar for Umer Akmal,,beyond me,,and I think the time has come for Misbah to give it up for Hafeez,,we should think about next world-cup and I can't see Misbah in the team.

  • Surya on January 4, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Pakistan played well but India lost due to 2 problems : 1.Can't bowl 2.Can't bat

  • Velvet on January 4, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    As a Pakistani fan I am of course delighted with the result and am eagerly awaiting the final match. Hopefully we can make it 3-0.

    But as a cricket fan and self proclaimed fast bowler, I would like to have seen India bowl their fastest men, who, in comparison with the Pakistani line up would have made for a much closer contest. I am referring to the likes of Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron. But there is one more character I am looking forward to, his name slips my mind but he has been training with Ian Pont (a guru to all us Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar wannabees) and has been recorded at 105mph - release speed that is.

    These new rules favoring the faster bowlers is an excellent move. As much as I loved watching Shane Warne bowl, teams are now relying to much on spinners and they just don't bring the excitemnt a genuine pacer can. Maybe, just maybe these new rules will result in a plethora of fast bowlers - something we all want!

  • Ahmad Abbas on January 4, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    @N. Subramaniam: Just for correction, Pakistan won that 1999 WC match against Zimbabwe by 148 runs. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65229.html

  • Hasan on January 4, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Great Effort from the Pakistani Boys.... Well done u hv made us proud all ...

    To India, end of your generation of good players, start replacement or it will be too late..

  • F.F on January 4, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    India is a team in free-fall and one really wonders how they even won the world cup...Just because of Pakistan...they had not played well and lose semi final..... BCCI have some healthy hand in FTP where all cricket they stolen and Pakistan get minimum match in a year....where Indian team play more cricket...and take window for their dummy IPL..... indian team is now going to be down and down just because of BCCI bad policies..........

  • Adnan on January 4, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    As a pakistani fan, the format change in the one day game has allowed a team like pakistan to be able to fight out totals that are below par. Everyone knows that Pakistan have a fragile batting line up however, we do make it up by having a great variation in our bowling. A prime example is the 2nd one dayer whereby we were on course for 300 and fell short by 50. The bowling changes have enhanced our chances to make that 250 still feel like 300... well done to the pakistan team!!!

  • Laldin Bhatti on January 4, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    I didn't know that Wasim Akram was a hero from (India's) past.

  • Wasif Minhas on January 4, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Also it is good to see pakistan returning to their strength, fast bowling is again winning matches for them. Last two years were spin heavy though it helped Pakistan test its depth in spin and it was a success too. With tours of SA and champions trophy as immediate committments its good to put the focus back on fast bowling. A problem though is lack of quality all-rounders in the team.

  • Umer on January 4, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Pak always rules and will rule!

  • fowzul aleem farook on January 4, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Pakistan have started well with rousing win against their arch rival and this series should continue and both Country's should forge ahead to resume bilateral relation once again.

  • H.Malik on January 4, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    before the start up of the tour , the TV Ads where The top 4 so called Big Guns of the Indian team , the flat track ponies , were showing their arrogance with the ending words " Aanaydo i.e let them come!" , The T20 tie series ( mainly thanks to Pakistani errors ) did not give the Indians any snese of waht was comming next so their hyped up arrogance continued even after loosing the 1st ODI ! I hope we will NEVER EVER SEE that TV Ads again , Instead we saw Kapil & Sidhu showering praise "a bit tained one specially from Kapil's sarcastic remarks where he mentioned the country and the nation in trouble , a small team with commitment over powering Big Names / Big team in their back yard !" Ramiz Raja tried to rub more salt into the wonds by asking them the question " are the indians big names wrongly over rated " Kapil did not answer this question But Sidhu did clarify that hight strike rate and ratings are based upon being the Flat track players in home conditions .

  • azhar on January 4, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Abbasi sahab: All the credit goes to bowlers specially Junaid Khan. Him swinging the ball both ways has nothing to do with the rules. It is just pure talent. He made Sehwag looked foolish at times. After Amir, I am excited about this young prospect. I hope I am wrong about Irfan but I think his fitness is going to be his weakness. Let's hope that Pakistan use him intelligently.

  • CricketFan on January 4, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Rightly analyzed...Bowlers need some cushon to show their mettle and add beauty to this wonderful game of cricket

  • K. Zaman on January 4, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Yes, it is the stupidity of Pak selectors that did not include Junaid and did not use Razzaque in the T20 world cup, which they could have won. No Afridi is better, it has been proved this time beyond doubt.

  • NLS on January 4, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    That Pakistan deserves the series victory is not even contestable. What is worrying from the Indian standpoint is that, even as the previous golden generation is fading away, new stars aren't emerging on the horizon. There does not seem to be any worthy talent coming through with temperament & skill, thanks to IPL. The recent games bear testimony of not only lack of reasonable spin talent but even proper batting talent. Fast bowling has always been a precious commodity in India. All in all, one has to concur with Intikab Alam's comment that it may take India 10 years to produce another good side.

  • Ali Shan Aslam on January 4, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Great Great Greate Column. In Sha Allah the news rules are here to stay and help all the cricket being played all over the world.

  • Shwet on January 4, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    India needs to bring back Umesh Yadav and Varun aaron. Not long ago Umesh outbowled and outpaced English seamers in Ahemedabad. Unfortunately his injury meant India was without a potent 145 + bowler in the test series against England.

    The same problem is manifesting itself against Pakistan. There are two or three good fast bowlers like Yadav, Aaron and Shami Ahmed. The number of very quick bowlers is not high in Indian cricket but guys like Yadav and Aaron need to be preserved and nurtured. Unfortunately we do not have a culture of nurturing our fast men and that's why they fade away due to injury.

    I would still state that the situation in bowling is not as grim as is made out by some clownish experts. We need to ensure that two of our quickest naturally well built guys like Yadav and Aaron are not lost to bad handling.

  • StoneRose on January 4, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    Hi Kamran, as an England fan I would like your thoughts on why Pakistan have (always, seemingly) produced better bowlers than their near-neighbours India? Pitches usually get brought up as a factor but pitches can't be that different between India and Pakistan surely?

  • Xeishan on January 4, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Nice article Kamran dont think this will go down well with Indian fans though but truth be told India has always relied on their batting to bail them out of tight situations bowling has never been a force with which they can overcome challenges on a cricket field and BCCI should realise its time to empty the shelve from old relics and admit that they are in a transformation phase the quicker it is realised the quicker they can put something in place for future. As for Pakistan "Tum kitnay Amir maroo gay har ghar say Amir niklay ga" there's no drought of talent time after time the fast bowling factories have churned out a gem and by the looks of it seems these factories are not even on full tilt :)

  • Danish Moid on January 4, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Paradoxical Pakistan come of age! This column of yours made me read your earlier post of Paradoxical performance of Pakistan. Indeed, the way Pakistan is moving ahead is really great. Perhaps this time only, we have the right people in the right roles, not only in the team, but also in the board too. Zaka has been awesome and the way he has managed to turn around from the blunderous era of Ijaz Butt, has been just plainly awesome. However, the test would be at the South African tours, I am sure, bowlers would do well there, but the likes of Jamshed, Hafeez and co, will be tested for their batting against the likes of Dale Steyn and Morkel.

  • Umair on January 4, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Really Heart Warming Article for any Pakistani Fan. Can't wait for the return of Amir and then Pakistan creating havoc in all formats of game, especially in Tests, with combination of Amir, Junaid, Irfan, Gul, and Ajmal. I know we would be potentially playing 3 no 11's but what a bowling attack it would be...even currently, I see great potential in combination of Junaid, Irfan, Gul and Ajmal...and on slow pitches bring in Rehman for one of seamers... exciting times for any pakistani ardent follower... Batting is still a concern because old veterans like Younis, Misbah, Malik, Afridi are running out of steam but young crop of batsman arent quite stepping up to the plate...especially the likes of Umer Akmal, highly talented but highly impatient.. Now the next much awaited step is to bring cricket back to Pakistan and challenge the likes of South Africa, Australia, England, to see where we lie....

  • Akhtar on January 4, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    It's amazing how Pak keeps on finding this exceptional bowling talent one after another. But one thing we all should NEVER forget is Misbah's contribution since 2.5 yrs. Don't know where Pak team would have been without him, as we all know it was all down hill before Misbah took over the responsibility. He has been the best captain since Imran Khan.

  • Rashid Pasha on January 4, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    As always, an insightful write up. Team Pakistan looks solid and the selectors have finally got their act together. Misbah may not be very expressive but I admire his leadership skills and humility in victory. Yes he sometimes takes the ' We will see in the last 8 overs' approach and delay the kill but over all he is what brings sanity to the team. Team Cohesiveness is the clear difference between the two teams. Dhoti the once King of Indian cricket is now struggling to squeeze a drop of team spirit from the indi boys. It even appears as if the rest of the team has a vendetta against him and have decided to deliberately succumb to make him look bad. Sad state.

  • Mushfique on January 4, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    This article ignores the fact that there is a gap between Indian and Pakistani batting as well. In fact, in both the ODIs, it is the batting of India that was let down. Bowling did reasonably well in both matches. Indian batting has been suffering for more than a year now, and that is the issue. 250 is a reasonable score to chase for any team, and the batsmen failed to do it. Blaming it on Pakistani bowlers is just ignoring the problem.

  • asad on January 4, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Want to see Pakistan beating India with 3-0 :D

  • arsalan on January 4, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Fantastic article such as the last match against india ,, loved the performance of our bowlers not just fast bowlers even the spin bowlers likes of hafeez and malik seemed unplayable few times , and we all know wht is ajmal capable of even though he was not in good form but in yesterday match he shown grt character and troubled most dhoni was lucky to survive against him and i loved the captaincy of misbah how he rotated his bowlers and his late introduction of ajmal also worked even though i was against his decision of introducing him late but it worked, at last but not the least mr nasir jamshed u rocked again

  • arsalan on January 4, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    awesome article

  • omair on January 4, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Awesome article... love Pakistan cricker team :-) Proud to be a Pakistani

  • shadman on January 4, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    i love to watch pakistan cricket team to play ... good writtings

  • Sriram on January 4, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Due credit to Pak selectors for shunning Afridi out who is a senior pro with great ODI records but not performing. And also for picking new lads in Nasir, Junaid and Irfan. Who knows even Babar has a trick or two at this age. And Dav for his methods to make sure Pak was not rusty after 2 non playing months!! Thatz Andy flower stuff..While on the other side of the border, selectors are still mulling over senior pros, still showing faith on failed candidates (no need to say its Rohit) and still believe Jadeja is next best allrounder after Kapil Dev. Its not IPL stupid...its just money and power that is runing BCCI just like this country.

  • farrukh on January 4, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    irfan was a surprise package for india and you are right that he won the psychlogical warfare against the openers but failed to bag wickets. india has been beaten in all departments. i am surprised with Dhoni knowingly that he is in a good touch and the rest are not performing, he should have come in 2nd or 3rd down. but it looked like he was more interested in not getting out instead of winning. Match winners are not selfish. Like Razzaq against South Africa where pak needed 75 to win with 9 wickets down and he scored 74 out of 75 to win the match.. unlike Dhoni.

  • N. Subramanian on January 4, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    A good summation, not only of yesterday's game but also, and for this BCCI must thank Kamran Abbasi, of the fool's paradise which has been the residence of Cricket India for decades. Slow and flat pitches have encouraged flat-footed strokes and in the hunger for a win, the lack of technique is overlooked and in batsmen like Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh, it is hailed as "hand-eye coordination" by the team of past players who, presently as commentators, are careful not to offend either players or selectors. That was why not a word of surprise or criticism was uttered when Dhoni batted lengthily blocking half-volleys and refused to take singles, as though to draw the game and share points. When Wasim Akram experimented with a second-string team for the game against lowly Zimbabwe in WC 1999 and lost, Ravi Shastri as MC at the Awards function asked "So, Wasim, experimentation over?". Shastri was the MC yesterday but failed to tell Dhoni he played a Test innings in coloured clothing.

  • Saleem Basit on January 4, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Good points Kamran Sahib.

    I would also like to highlight the sporting tracks in the first 2 ODIs. As Dhoni said, these were good ODI wickets, having something for everyone.

    And, kuddos to Pakistan attack, as they exploited the conditions better than Indians. Well done Pakistan.

  • Shafaqat Ali on January 4, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Excellent read! Pakistan indeed is setting the basics right. We are a team which should bank mostly on its fast bowling rather than spin. We must promote fast bowling through improved quality of domestic cricket. Unearth young, raw talent.

  • Habib Shinwari on January 4, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Well done Pak tigers. We proud of you.keep it up.Azhar Ali, Muhammad Irfan,misbah ul haq should be dropped for third odi Umar Akmal,Haris sohail and Wahab Riaz should be given the chance

  • Effy on January 4, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    Pak should try Anwar Ali and Harris Sohail in the last one dayer at Delhi....

  • Morad Mir on January 4, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    Credit must also be given to all the Pakistan Players, whether stars or just playing domestic cricket for NOT fading agsinst all the stresses and conspiracies (including Corruption, Militancy, IPL refusals, Regional or International Politics).

    Pakistan Cricket will remain strong because the ordinary Pakistanis are hard working, tenatious and respectfull.

  • Danyal Manzar on January 4, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    For the first time in a long time I think ICC has made the right decision with the change in rules. Its great to see batsmen get runs when they put their minds to it but also give the chance to bowlers to shine. Before it was a batsmen game with bowlers just trying to minimize the runs per over. In my opinion a low scoring chase is more fun then an high scoring one.

  • Mansoor Khan on January 4, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Winning a series from India on their home soil is like a UNIVERSE CUP for Pakistanis, and much much better than winning a World Cup.

  • Haider on January 4, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Nice Article about Present Cricket Situation. Love to see pakistan producing such talent but I am very much concerned about Pakistan's Senior players like Misbah and Younis Khan. How much more cricket they will play ?????

    When youngsters will not get chance then how they will become senior cricketers ?

  • Rashid Ansari on January 4, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    I agree with Mr. Abbasi comments as he always has a unique style of writing and explore the best out of the games and results. However, he has perhaps forgotten to highlight the two important factors for Pakistani team. Their fragile middle order batting and three batsmen of the same style of test match batting display. Azhar Ali - is he suitable to occupy the position as a number 3 batsman? then folowed by Younus Khan and then Mr Misbah!!! That is the problem now to be sorted out.

    I think they should bring in Umar Akmal at number three position and train him to realize his responsibilities. Your number 3 batsman should be an attacking player and not defensive. Misbah should now take retirement form one-day cricket as he is now a burden on the one day team. His performance is pathetic - dropped Dhoni's easy catch, did not score in either of the one day matches. Hafeez can take over as one day captain and one good player can replace Misbah.

    Best regards, Dr. Rashid Ansari

  • zs on January 4, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    "Fewer boundary riders allow better bowlers to prosper" - that doesn't make sense. All bowlers, good or bad, will suffer with these rules, not "prosper". It's just that better bowlers won't suffer as much as bad bowlers will. The game is being rigged in favor of the batsmen more and more: shorter boundaries, more fielding restrictions etc. This will result in abnormally high scores and run chases, and will favor good batting teams; once they settle in (and better batsmen will settle in more often), they'll find it easier to get boundaries by just placement of the ball and good timing. They can overcome good bowling by keeping their heads, and not relying on just power hitting at the death. This doesn't really favor Pakistan at all.

  • pratheek on January 4, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Definitely the ODI rules has bought a balance between bowlers and batsmen. Time to enjoy some good old fast bowling against batsmen who doesnot know how to grind out the runs.

  • Amaresh Jha on January 4, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    It is good that pakistani team is shaping nicely. It would be good for world cricket. As for India i think, the team is jaded, tired and looking disinterested. The present crop of players has made enough for themselves and now the time has come for them to be replaced by new bunch of players who will be much keen to make a mark. Also i am amazed by the courage of Misbah in dropping Afridi...he is another player who should go back home and take care of his kids. Buck up BCCI for new team India...and Good Luck to the New Pakistani side....

  • TLP on January 4, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Excellent piece. I agree with the author that the ICC must be given due credit for finally giving the bowlers something to work with. It was a shame seeing bowlers like Steyn being left handicapped so that people could watch teams rack up 300+ scores. Contrary to popular opinion, especially in India, bowlers are more exciting to watch than batsmen. World class bowling can leave one in awe. Some of Junaid Khan's deliveries reminded me of a certain Wasim Akram. T20 has given batsmen a paradise to stack up runs and money in. It's only fair that ODIs give bowlers a fair chance to prove their worth.

  • Rana Saad on January 4, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Awesome article by my favourite writer. I believe Pakistan has not played that well, but india has played poorly , revised condition have helped pakistan no doubt. we often see a world cup winning team being performing badly like india is.Any how Irfan was exceptional his speed, line/lenght , bouncers were too hot to handle, i wonder if we had Amir, Asif,Junaid & irfan bowling as pack with hafeez, afridi n ajmal d spinners....it would be the best ever attack v could have.

  • Omer Emran on January 4, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Good article Kamran! Pakistan needs to firm up its ever faltering middle order. Azhar Ali doesn’t seem to have the 'One-dayer' attitude, he has been given ample chances to display his batting skills in limited overs cricket but has failed. Keep him to Tests for the time being. Asad Shafiq on the other hand is a gritty fighter, and an equally good improviser. In my opinion, Kamran Akmal doesn’t deserve a spot behind the stumps (and definitely not in front of them!), we should have a strong wicket keeper batsman for 2015. Next biggest worry for Pakistan (within 1-2 years) will be quality all-rounders - or the lack of them. Hammad Azam should be given enough chances to prove himself. If a non-performer such as Imran Farhat can barge into the line up every other tournament, then, why not Hammad Azam.

  • Naveed on January 4, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    I am still curious to what happened to rehabilitation of Mohammed Amer? He showed contrition for was role in spot fixing, served a jail sentence and even figured in a ICC sponsored ad campaign/tutorial admonishing youngsters on pursuing the wrong path. Could someone comment on his status. Mohammed Amer, Junaid Khan, Irfan could make a very potent pace attack assisted by Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz.

  • Tony on January 4, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    Well If you come to faster conclusion about how the game is changed towards a well-balance between bat and ball, especially after the routine below par international standard Indian batting, you cannot be a good commentator of this game. Actually the way Pakistan batted in the first half showed how easy it could be for good batsman to make runs. But I do believe that more wickets could fall, albeit it is at the cost of runs.

  • Saad on January 4, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    good win. but our middle order also have to admit that they are not capable of scoring 6+ runs in overs in last 10-15 overs. so they have to be realistic now and play natural game to capitalize on strong opening stands. I think they targeted 300+ that day and this got them bowled out. if they had played their proper game they would have easily achieved 270.

  • getsetgopk on January 4, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Onwards and upwards, march on team Pakistan, in the wake of adversities and calamities and the bombs going off, bring on the Aussies and the Poms and the Indians, beat them we will. The story of Pakistan cricket has only just begun.

  • bhushan on January 4, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Well said , and i hope this might be over for Afridi in one day international cricket.How solid pak batting and bowling looks without the likes of fragile afridi/nazir.They just need to find the good wicketkeeper batsman.

  • Muhamamd Irfan on January 4, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    aoa Dear Abbasi sb Great analysis of your about Paksitan team, you are the person who point out the weak point of team and give important suggestion to improve these thing. I wish u for the victory of Pakistan Cricket team against India. regard

  • Aamir on January 4, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    We knew, before the start of series that the actual contest will be between Pakistani bowlers and Indian batsmen, both of which are considered world class. Pakistani batting is not exceptional but still is much better than Indian bowling which I believe is pretty mediocre.

    This advantage over Indian bowling allowed Pakistan to allocate energy and resources to their bowlers to master the techniques of conquering the Indian batsmen. Which they did and was quite evident in almost every match.

    Never seen Pakistani bowlers exploiting, so cionsistently the weakness of opposing batsmen. A good sign for Pakistan cricket.

  • pir qaisar shah on January 4, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Excellent articles. In Pakistan cricket history rare batsmen have won games, it is always their fast bowlers who are contributing with spinners. from Imran khan till to junaid how much talent this country has given. if we look to the early days, Fazal a swing master the Muhd hussain and Gul Muhammad all these great men fought against quality players like Keith Miller, Ritichi Beanud, etc.I wonder why Indians are not producing quality fast bowlers? Now looking to this fresh crop of genius new talent will emerge very soon. I see future of Pakistan cricket is great despite not playing in home grounds.

  • Umair on January 4, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Pakistan is in urgent need of a good finisher at No. 7, since tail is a bit long with number 8,9,10,11.

  • Khan on January 4, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    I disagree with Abbasi's opinion. I didn't see Pakistani bowlers using 2 bouncers in an over. Many times, when they tried to use them, they were called wides. I don't think that rule change has favored Pakistan or India. BTW, I don't think that winning couple of matches made Pakistan far superior side than India. Pakistan played better. Both sides have lot of weaknesses. India has the capability to bounce back in any game.

  • ishtiaq on January 4, 2013, 2:32 GMT

    what a bowling unit for pakistan,new blood delivered the punch.good to see pakistan on top

  • Rizwan on January 4, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Well said Kamran - one thing I would like to add to the discipline part of not playing U Akmal in the two ODI's to show nobody is bigger than the game. Keep up the good work Men in Green. Good luck for the year 2013 and more :)

  • Talha on January 4, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    Well said!!! This article says it all. The revival of Pakistan cricket!!! The so called tide which was in India's favour in the last 10 years is no more in their favour, and its back to Pakistan. Pakistan zindabad!!!

  • fawwad on January 4, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    Thing which surpirses me the most is identifying coach's role in Indian team's success/failure. How a coach like Duncan Fletcher, with proven track record, could not ignite the hunger for success in Indian team?

  • Dolan on January 4, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    I think Pakistan did well because of a strong mind frame developed by the coach and the background staff. They showed competitive abilities even in the toughest situation.This was an absence even in the days of Wasim and Waqar. We are all praying that they show the strengths to tame the no. 1 side in South Africa.

  • Irfan Khan USA on January 4, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    Well Said. I hope and pray pakistan will repeat the same performance in SA Tour....

  • Haroon on January 4, 2013, 1:26 GMT

    Excellent article Mr.Kamran. The weak link in the middle order has been Azhar Ali and Younis Khan. Next Challenge is South Africa. How would our battling line up cope with South African attack. Hafeez cant prosper on bouncy strips his technique has flaw.

  • Sajeev on January 4, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Nice article. I think it's good that there are 2 bouncers per over now. Like you rightly mention it's about time, things swung in the bowler's favor after being so long with the tedious batsmen.

  • hummayun Butt on January 4, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    Pakistan bowling attack is developing as a world class one . Our opening batting Team in Jamshed Nasir and Hafeez is shaping up in the same class as Saeed Anwar and Aamie Sohail one more than a decade back . Fielding isimroving a little . However , the middle order in Misbah ,Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik is not performing with a minimum degreeof consistency required from middle order batting .they need to be retired along with Afridi which is long overdue for Team Building. If thisis done , Pakistan will be truly a challenge for Australia , England and South Africa .

  • Khan on January 4, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    I would like to add something which analysts haven't talked about it. The confidence Pak team has shown to chase the score, basically, put India under pressure. And that confidence is there because of Mainly openers (obviously our middle order as well). So India is keep on getting confused, should they make decisions according to their own capabilities or opposition's capabilities? This whole situation is been created because Pak believed in themselves that they can chase

  • Zahidsaltin on January 4, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    Do I have a right to dream, dream of watching Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan opening the bowling for Pakistan and a refined Irfan coming on first change. I still need a Shaib Akhtar or Waqar Younis to fill the fourth spot added by Said Ajmal. 5 bowler attack with 5 batsmen and a wicketkeeper batsman playing in a match against England at Lords. Oh God!!

  • Venkat on January 3, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    It is always a greater pleasure to see good quality pace bowling beat the bat than to see bat whack the ball. This Ind-Pak series has shown some awesome bowling from Pak! Great to see such spirited bowling. Well done Pak! I hope you restore Pak bowling glory to the era of Imran Khan.

    India needs to bench out Sehwag, Gambhir, Raina, Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma. And Kohli after maybe 1-2 more chances. Get in Rahane and Pujara. Do NOT get back Tendulkar as a knee jerk reaction. Even if we keep losing for a few years, we have to give chance and groom these youngsters.

    As regards the noise about removing Dhoni, thats akin to treating the wrong disease. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Dhoni or his captaincy. Leaving aside the cliched talk about leader motivating the troops, there is only so much he can do if the troops are simply not delivering.

  • Vijayanand on January 3, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    I understand wanting to make bowlers job more even in a one day international. I am all for it. The game of cricket required both batting and bowling to be make it real joy to watch. I also dont want to see overinflated batting records. Are we though only thinking of fast bowlers? How does the 2 new ball help spinners? How does the new bat technology where edges are sixes help the bowlers? How does the boundaries brought in 10-20 meters in helping the bowlers? Why is there no minimum spec of the size of the ground? Bowlers like Saeed Ajmal will be taken to the cleaners. Let us see when he bowls in Australia, SA and England. I am not sure how these rules are made and why they experiment at the international level without trying it out at first class cricket. If I put my conspiracy hat on, I see the tinkering of the rules similar to how hockey rules were tinkered with. Negating the glorious artistry that defined the south asian teams. I hope that is not the case.

  • Shahid on January 3, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    No doubt Junaid is a class act and has proved his worth on a number of occasion but revelation of Mohammad Irfan is fascinating for for whole the world of cricket. I just wish, that some one like Sarfraz or Wasim had polished his art to a finished product. I am sure, his pace and hight will do wonders in South Africa but only if he could develope an in-swinger for the right handers.

  • Hameed Malik on January 3, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Abbasi You are genious you can make mountain of molehill in good way. I'm from Pakistan but India need to find new blood soon, in fact both teams should introduce three or four new young emerging players in the third ODI. It does not matter who wins the game but it matters for both teams to find some new talent, as series is over, so don't worry about broom and sweep of the series etc.

    Pakistan Mohammad Irfan appears to have weak legs or very long legs something need to be measured and must be identified. He should be preserved as a fast bowler and if possible he should be used in slip or where he is not running after ball. Use him as second wicket keeper as too many bye runs are being scored against Pakistan. Byes and overthrows are bigger threat than current Indian batsmen for Pakistan. An 8 footer bowler should be captured from Wagha border( I saw plenty of those there) and trained to keep stand by as replacement of Irfan just in case we need more bounce in Australian pitche

  • Thoughtfelon on January 3, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    "A motorised parade of great heroes of India’s past, including Wasim Akram,"

    Kamran, When did Wasim play for India? :D

  • Mayur Shah on January 3, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    I am hard core Indian fan, but Mr. Abbasi, you are absolutely right. Pakistan did play really good circket against India in India. Dave Whatmore was mis-used by Indians when he was in India and they bought this old guy who Fletcher who was completely failed in England. I do not understand the vision of BCCI as far as Indian coach is concern. I can guarantee that this Pakistan team can even beat Australia in Australia...Bravo Pakistan team, you deserve this series win and even third one day.

  • Asif Noor on January 3, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    Salaam,

    Nice to see to left arm fast bowlers attacking relentlessly. Umar Gul's come back is superb. Spinner should be credited for their clinical show. Kamran Akmal surprised almost everyone with his keeping. Long Live Pakistan

  • Ali on January 3, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Another great article by Kamran Abbasi and great line "One day cricket might just have been rescued"

  • Rajeev on January 3, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Not even a mention of Dhoni's gritty innnings.

  • ARSHAD on January 3, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    Great article ,no doubt about pakistan player,s telent,there is line of fast bowler,and batsman,they just need to correct there technic,s.

  • Muhammad imran on January 3, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    I agree Kamran that it is a much improved and committed performance by Pakistani team. It is perfectly acceptable and reasonable to enjoy and celebrate this rare success in recent times but in the process we must not forget repeated failure of middle order, specially Kamran Akmal's batting performance as he is primarily been selected for his added advantage of batting. We must re-evaluate the role of Azhar Ali and try to nurture a young attacking allrounder as a replacement of Razzaq and Afridi. Misbah can enjoy a long run as he is one of the stakeholders in the re-shaping and remodeling of Pakistan Cricket team.

  • Faisal on January 3, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    Well done team

  • Raja Khurram on January 3, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    Very well written, indeed.

  • f kamran on January 3, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    well done pakistan you are really champion.india pakistan game are always fasinate to watch

  • sajid on January 3, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    I think the changes in ICC rules are same for all cricket playing teams. its not favouring one nation only. To me the biggest factor was the bowling difference between two nations. I think indian team took it too lightly and some great bowling from pakistan bowler change the expected results. I would admire Dhoni's performance. He is a great performer. I think all the criticism at different places is not fair with him.

  • imran on January 3, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    How unfair was it to make him to sit outside and get below avg bowlers like Sohail tanvir (& Yasir Arfat) to play in the side. Paksitan losses in odi and t20,s has been because of wrong selection. Even now they are playing azhar ali who is a very good test batsman in odi side and making Umar Akmal an odi specialist sit outside. I think Haris sohail should be given a chance as well along with Anwar ali and Ehsan Adil as soon as possible.

  • anony on January 3, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    Well written article sir. It was a treat to witness Pakistani players perform so well. They made us proud :-)

  • Qazi Hassan on January 3, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    It seems that the darkest era of Pakistan cricket that started with Ejaz Butt, has ended with him. Now is the time kick out his leftovers.

  • Jibran Baig on January 3, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    Good job but batting still need some work and the best solution to improve the batting has been given by Inzamam. "Pakistan should play more test cricket". At least 10-12 test matches a year. That will help build temperament in our batsman and help in the odi game as well. I think the toughest test is on Pakistan. 3 test matches in South Africa the number 1 test side would dictate how good Pakistan's bowling really is.

  • Ali Shah on January 3, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    awesome article Kamran. Agree with you on almost everything

  • chandy on January 3, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Got to say Irfan bowled way better than what his figures show and i hope the selectors give him a fair go..

    Some of his deliveries i saw, the way they took off reminds me of Curtly Ambrose. He is a asset and with experience and bit of help he could turnout to be an unplayable bowler.

  • Noman on January 3, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Great article to summaries Pakistan's success in India Wait till 2016 then Amir will be joining dangerous pace attack.

  • weirdo on January 3, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Wasim Akram isnt an Indian Hero:P

  • Muhummud Usman on January 3, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Asalamualaikum,

    Mashala what a performance from the Pakistan cricket team. Loved the bowling of Junaid, I expect him add more pace as he matures, if batsmen can't play him know how will the cope then.

    I think Pakistan should be very careful with Mohammad Irfan, they should try to bowl him in 2 spells in most games and get a sub fielder in for him as I think his build is very susceptible to injury. They should also not try to play him in every game or wear conditions do not suit him e.g very cold or very hot days or an extremely flat track.

    Nasir Jamshed played extremely well, he should continue to work on his game, work is required on his offside play especially cutting spin bowling and also that bat needs to come down straighter so he can combat big inswingers like Kumar bowled to him in the first T20 game. Also running between the wickets and fitness.

    Pakistan should keep the pressure on India in the 3rd game.

  • Hassan on January 3, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Nice article Kamran. One thing if you could suggest Misbah is the announcement of retirement at least from on-days. At this moment he will earn a big honor and an ideal farewell after winning a series from India. As a batsman he is probably the most useless in the team and his sticking to the elven actually is very harmful for the future of the team because several talented players are just knocking the door but are not getting opportunity.

  • Hasan Tanvir on January 3, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Sir, you have written an awesome article. I like the way you have measured the new rules of ODI. Timing of the article is superb as well!!

  • Hamid on January 3, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    It is a pity how talent like Irfan and Junaid has been neglected. Irfan being 30 and then given some serious chance shows how things worked in Pakistan. Dave Whatmore though seriously deserved all the credit. Hopefully evil eye (Bad Nazar) would spare Pakistan cricket.

  • Omar Mansoor on January 3, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Although I am a big fan of Nasir Jamshed's batting but I think in this series while performing credibly he has come across a little shaky at times and hopefully it'll go away with more exposure. Being happy with winning the match and the series is understandable but one must also learn from not just losing but winning as well.

    Junaid has bowled beautifully with the new ball but thought touted as somewhat of a specialist death over bowlers in county t-20 championship he has to learn that internationa cricket is a different animal altogather and he has to raise his game and learn how to contain and or take wickets in his second spell.

    Irfan's fitness is too poor to last a full match. He starts off all pumped up and at good pace but as the game progresses he becomes lathergaic and the zip goes away from his bowling.

    Umer Akmal is a wasted talent for Pakistan. Personally with Misbah and Younis in the team Umer should come in for Azhar Ali.

  • Faakhir on January 3, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Pakistan must try the untested talent sitting on the bench in the 3rd ODI

  • Israr on January 3, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    Oh Kamran, what have you done? You let the secret out!! Now lets see how long these rules can rule..........

  • Mohidin Gundroo on January 3, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    For next one day why not to give other youngsters a chance too resting players unlikely to play in next world cup like youns Khan, misbah,shohaib malik.I think we need to give other younger pacers,batsmen and spinners a chance too.You never know we may discover other stars too

  • Nadeem Mirza on January 3, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    right on !!!

  • Mohidin Gundroo on January 3, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    For next one day why not to give other youngsters a chance too resting players unlikely to play in next world cup like youns Khan, misbah,shohaib malik.I think we need to give other younger pacers,batsmen and spinners a chance too.You never know we may discover other stars too

  • Ahsan on January 3, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Pakistan should try Asad Ali, the 24 yr old fast bowler with 300 plus first class wickets in the next game. Give chance to Anwer Ali if he can fit in the side, also try Haris Sohail in place of Misbah ul Haq (oops but he is the captain :O)

    Most important thing is that Pakistan should start looking an equivalent replacement for Saeed Ajmal he is already 35 probably with 2-3 yrs of cricket left in him.

  • Faisal on January 3, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Assalam o Alaikum, congratulation to pakistani team and the whole pakistani nation on this fantastic victory over india after so long. i want to share my view that pakistani selectors must exclude Azhar Ali from one day team because he is a test match player and do not fits to the demand of ODI cricket , it will also be helpful for Azhar to concentrate on test cricket and become a more solid test match player.

  • Adnan Khan on January 3, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    I could not agree more Kamran Bhai. To me what's interesting is that genuine fast bowling still has the capacity to rattle the nerves of even the most solid of batsmen. I think Pakistan have a genuine chance to be a rock star team going into 2013. This is one Pakistani fan that is excited.

  • Adnan Ahmed on January 3, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    Wonderful article. I concur that the rule changes will make for a more balanced contest. As a Pakistani supporter I am delighted with the team's success. Our bowlers proved there is indeed a huge gulf between the two teams when it comes to bowling skills, though india are still a formidable batting line-up on paper for the best of bowling attacks.

    Pakistan though still are not quite balanced as far as batting goes. I think Misbah needs to give way (Hafeez should be captain) for Asad Shafiz and Umar Akmal should replace Azhar Ali.

    While our cricket future looks bright, India needs to bring in new blood to their top order. For bowling, they just dont seem to have anyone that is even close to a fully fit Zaheer or Kumble and will continue to struggle in that area for a while. Even the young Kumar is going to struggle when there is no movement to be found.

  • Saiyed Rizvi on January 3, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Excellent article Mr. Kamran Abbasi. Great to see that Pakistan team despite of all uncertainties and hurdles can survive, a nature of the Pakistani nation that is rare to find. It feels great to see Pakistani team is earning respect from opponents. I am sure Indians have realized that they need to walk the talk as Indian players and team have been extremely over rated. They need to learn from no one but Pakistani team, no big names or slogans but a top notch performance that speaks for itself.

  • Fahad on January 3, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Its great to see Pakistan getting back on the track. I still remember the 98-99's amazing Pakistani team under the leadership of Wasim Akram, and this team has that kind of potential. However Azhar Ali has been a concern in the tour. I would also like to remind the authorities of Mansoor Amjad, whose only ODI performance has been impressive and thus i beleive that he shall be given a chance.

  • naveed ahmed on January 3, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Waah, mazaa aa gaya parrh k!

  • Muhammad Aleem Mushtaq on January 3, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    A perfect new year gift for us. Thanks team Pakistan to give us the same joy and happiness of 2009 T20 world cup. Yes Mr. Kamran Abassi I am totally agreed with you. The new rules perhaps support the quality bowlers. Pakistan always have good fast bowlers. Yes the coaching staff also now proving themselves. But in my opinion its a complete team work. Before we are just like Brazil in football and now we are like Manchester United (a good coach and team work). Good luck team Pakistan for rest of the year.

  • Najib Khan on January 3, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Congrats to Team Pakistan and the people of Pakistan. This nation is blessed with so many 'roughest of diamonds'; all we need is someone with sincere leadership to steer us in the right direction. Thanks to cricket, we may have found that leader in Imran Khan. As for your article, Kamran, MS Dhoni will really appreciate this, bolstering his bundle of excuses!

  • Umar Riaz on January 3, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    New ICC regulations is the best thing that could happen to Pakistan. Other countries with strong bowling attacks like Autralia and South Africa will also prosper with these new rules. Pakistan certainly has the best bowling combination with spin and pace and not part timers. On the other side it is bad news for the teams that rely on the part timer slow bowlers. India and Bangladesh are on top of that list.

  • Zulfikar Khan on January 3, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Please don't get over excited Mr. Abbasi, Pakistan is still way behind compare to other international teams. They have shaky batting line up and poor fielding. Not convinced? Look at your captain Mibah, who dropped Dhoni in first ODI, look at your batting that looked like the US weather temp in FH [10,2,24,17,0,7,0,0 etc]during deep winter apart from Hafeez and jamshed's knocks.Pakistan was having trouble chasing 225. If they want to be better team, they must show it on field with bat and ball not with mouth.

  • Ateeq on January 3, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Good to see Pakistan's fielding is improving and in bowling junaid is looking in a great shape. Irfan is supporting him very nicly at the other end and then umer comes. Pak need to concentrate on his batting side too Bcoz the position of 3rd man is still a question. Opening is doing well for Pak. Good to see hafeez is back in form and Nasir is in remarkable touch too. May Allah bless Pakistan and cricket

  • Mohidin Gundroo on January 3, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Dr.K.Abbasi,yet another delightful peice of writing from a delightful writer,as expected.

  • jilani on January 3, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Junaid may have needed that extra sheen that his absence provided him. Regardless of the outcome of the 3rd one dayer, Pakistan may benefit by the inclusion of an extra pace right arm bowler.

    Also let us not forget the speed with which Pakistan lost wickets in both ODIs. In the ODIs, the middle order remains very shaky.

    Azhar has been very poor and he needs to step up. The Akmal bros are hit and miss. We are not world class completely.

  • Asad Ali on January 3, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Well said. Another thing is the 5 mandatory fielders inside the circle. I believe the ICC put this in place to encourage boundaries over the top but this is going to force defensive minded captains to attack even when they don't want to, ultimately making for a better contest.

  • amjad zia mughal on January 3, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    thank you india ....we want more game .more cricket to play with you dose not matter who is winner but cricket is winning ..you r winner of our hearts thank you INDIA

  • Kams on January 3, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Well said Kamran, new rules have finally balanced the battle between bat and ball and Pakistan in this case has been the beneficiary as their bowling has always been their strength. Very well played Pakistan who deserve to enjoy the ascendancy to become the very best again.

  • LFCPAK on January 3, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Mubarak ho Kamran Bhai, 3-0 last night and now 2-0. Let's hope we make this 3-0. YNWA

  • aftab qureshi on January 3, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Much that I relish this series victory, I remain worried at the brittleness of Pakistan's middle order. I hopr too that the openers carry their good form and performance into the next encounters.

  • Ahad on January 3, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Lets not get carried away with just 2 ODI games Mr.Abassi. Our real test will come in South Africa. Yes, Junaid Khan is a rare talent and quite capable of filling the void left by the exit of Muhammad Amir. But Irfan's fitness leaves a lot to be desired for. Lets see how hard he works to improve that. Jamshed's temperament is, no doubt, a rarity for a Pakistani batsman. But his technique will surely be thoroughly tested out by Steyn and co. For me, his footwork isn't the best, not even in the Pakistani team. Only time will tell how he performs on pitches which are more supportive of quality seam bowling.

  • Mohsin on January 3, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Thank you mr Abbasi , for another well written article , really enjoyed it.

  • Pakistani_Fan on January 3, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Watching last night's game reveals that Pakistani batsmen face more of a psychological challenge than anything else - as highlighted by your praise for Jamshed's temperament.

    Going into the 21st over, it was clear that Hafeez and Jamshed will look to accelerate the scoring. By the 22nd over it was clear that the accelerated scoring will come at the price of bigger and needless risks. And then in the 24th over, Hafeez lost his wicket to a wayward sweep - I'm not taking anything away from Jadeja's bowling here.

    After that wicket, and the lack of batting ability on display from Ali, it was clear that Pakistan will struggle to reach 300. Younis and Misbah both fell to lbw's, one to a better delivery than the other, but they both looked uneasy. Malik and Jamshed both got out trying to accelerate but God knows what Akmal was thinking, facing only his second ball.

    It then seems to me that Pakistan should hire a full time sport psychologist to help the team become more patient ...

  • alex on January 3, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Pakistan is not good , it is just that india is bad because of internal politics and a BAD COACH.

  • SA on January 3, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    A lot of people are applauding the new changes but these changes are not neutral. All the recent rule changes favour pacers instead of spinners. (More bouncers, two new balls, fielding restrictions) Only change to help spinners is the elimination of the bowling power play

    While this is good for Pakistan who always appears to have a stable of fast bowlers who can come in, it ultimately favors AUS, ENG and SA. Teams who struggle against quality spin bowling and rely on pace. (England now has G Swann who is a quality spinner but he is a rare commodity)

    Pakistan supporters, such as myself, might be happy with current rule changes. But as we all know, our batsmen struggle against quality fast bowling attacks.

    In my opinion, the attitude in the subcontinent is to make the bowlers earn their WICKETS while in AUS, SA & ENG, the batsmen need to earn their RUNS

  • Umair Maqsood on January 3, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    A great read. I still remember that Aamir and Junaid Khan coming up in Pakistan's Cricket together. Aamir was quick to grasp a place and unfortunately Junaid Khan was looked over. I still remember Wasim telling that Junaid has better pace than Aamir.

    I don't know why he was overlooked but whatever happens, happens for a better reason. I can't wait for that day when Aamir will be bowling with the likes of Junaid, Irfan, Gul and Ajmal. The captain will have serious issues in making up the final 11 and on that day Pakistan will be ruling the Cricket World. InshALLAH. Pakistan Zindabaad!

  • Saud on January 3, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    I think the rule does not help Pakistan as much as it will help Aus/Eng/SA/WI if there are any teams that are impacted its sub continent teams because of the impact on spinners / swingers of old ball. Pakistani bowlers will do well with most changes but I think the impact of these changes need to be seen against better teams ( my bad better players of swing england/aus maybe ? no one is really good they are ok).

  • anil on January 3, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    There is no doubt the better team won. But better team need to remind themselves this is not even a shadow of the one that lifted the world cup or that defeated Pakistan in WC SF. Pathetic 4 feet bowlers, batsmen who are lethargic because they have been playing ever since they won world cup without a break, all these have contributed hugely towards India where it is. Find for pakistan are not its bowlers but Jamshed. scoring back to back centuries against even this pathetic attack is commendable effort. Bottom line, Pakistan can look forward, India needs to give break to Dhoni,Raina, Kohli. Retire Viru. If Sachin can retire why not Viru. Gauti be dropped with very stern warning. Bring in Ajinkya, Ambatti (he should be asked to control his loud mouth). Give serious warning to Irfan, Tiwary, Aaron, munaf,balaji,praveen and Umesh on their fitness. Zaheer should be asked to retire.

  • Salman Ali Rai on January 3, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Really a fascinating display from our bowlers. Junaid and Irfan totally out-bowled their Indian counterparts. Fielding was impressive but our middle order still remains to be a huge concern. Yes we totally out-played India but in these exciting times we must hide over our mistakes. We need to rope in Umar Akmal at #4 and give him an extended run at that position. Also for the upcoming SA tour we can have Younis and Misbah in the same team but post SA series Harris Sohail should also be given a run. Looks to be a decent #3. Furthermore, keep Hammad Azam with the squad in SA. That guy has everything to be the next Razzaq. He has got sound technique, powerful hitter but needs to improve his bowling. Bowling looks great. Exciting times for Pakistan. We just don't need to get complacent. SA tour would be the real deal.

  • Badar on January 3, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    It's great to see Pakistan thumping India in its own backyard but the lackluster performance of the hosts is taking all the spice off the series, making it looks so one sided. Whatever is cooking inside the Indian team has surely absorbed all the steam from them barring their ever-cool captain Dhoni. The Indian think tank needs to sit down ASAP to sort out all the challanges facing them from within or the English will fancy their chance as well. I wonder why the Indians are not considering Ojha for the ODIs given Pak's troubles against left arm spinners and then there's no left arm pacer as well. For Pak, Misbah is in the team until he's the captain otherwise he's surely blocking a youngster's place in the team. He also needs to drop his buddy Azhar and play U.Akmal at 3 where he truly belongs. Misbah should handover the ODI reign to Hafeez for future's sake. Pak must induct backup players in the 3rd ODI like Wahab, Imran and Harris. K.Akmal shines only at the top order. G'luck Pak.

  • zeeshan malik on January 3, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    pak played realy well without ny fear of losing,but indian players were playing for their places,this indian team if not the weakes but not a strong side,they dont have world class players,like sachin,dravid and ganguly,sehwag's hand and eye cordination is gone now even on flat tracks,gambhir one of the most selfish player,yuvraj good for t20,kohli thinks that he is don bradman,and everyone knows that indian bowling and bangladesh bowling is the same.ishant sharma= mushrafi murtaza ,ashwin=shakib dinda =shadat hussain...this is a strong pak team they have beaten england 3-0 in test series,and after the inclusion of tall irfan and player like jamshed i reckon next 5 years india wont be able to win against pak ,same like in 1990s...well done pak,and mr dhoni play for yr team not for yr average.

  • Mirza Hanif Baig on January 3, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Very Well Written Mr Abbasi there is no doubt that Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, and Nasir Jamshed are real gem for Pakistan’s cricket

  • Don Baker on January 3, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Kamran , I watched glimpses of this series and I am not surprised . Pakistan with its history of bringing the finest and the fastest men on the planet lived up to it . Just sheer pace! Congratulations men in Green - you deserved every bit !

  • fhs on January 3, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan on their brilliant performance and winning the ODI series in India. It is a 'ganagnam style' celebration time!

  • zohaib on January 3, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Some nice analysis here, these new regulations will be really interesting for the game. Especially when there is a little something for the bowlers; IPL and other limited overs matches are killing fast bowlers & good bowlers in general.

  • Sharjil on January 3, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Sorry but your comments on fielding are totally contradictory. You say basically forgive the overthrows and poor fielding and wide bowling and then at the end of the piece, you say our fielding is top-class. The reality is that fielding has always been the difference between teams with talented individuals (e.g. Pakistan) and champion teams (e.g. Aus, RSA). Imagine if the fielding was sharp and just one of those many potential run-outs was executed? Imagine if there had been no overthrows? Akmal's catch was great but as a team, there is no point blowing hot then cold then hot then cold. I admit that for some games we have been outstanding in the field...today was mediocre. Afridi is actually an under-rated asset in the field as when he is around, the whole team seems sharper.

  • Fayyaz on January 3, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    After new ODI rules it's become difficult to win matches with part time bowlers. India use to rely heavily on part time bowlers. The problem with India is they do not adopt quickly. In Australia they lost 4 tests but not able to change the playing eleven, not even their batting positions.

    In recent past Dhoni is the only consistent batsmen in Indian team, if he bat at no 4 position today the result of the match would be a close finish.

  • Asim on January 3, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    great work by the team Pakistan aided by some great team work and a great change in mindset, it is so evident that leaving behind over defensive and back to the shell approach by the pakistan captains and team mangement has paid the dividends, they have gone all out against indians and surprisingly they were not afraid of chasing... go Pakistan...

  • Amit on January 3, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    India is a team in free-fall and one really wonders how they even won the world cup...

    Pakistan is a team on the rise and should have a serious shot at being ODI world champions if they're able to build a consistent batting line up (like India had). Nasir Jamshed is a class act.

  • Ilyas on January 3, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Absolutely Mind blowing sir. As usual brilliantly written.

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  • Ilyas on January 3, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Absolutely Mind blowing sir. As usual brilliantly written.

  • Amit on January 3, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    India is a team in free-fall and one really wonders how they even won the world cup...

    Pakistan is a team on the rise and should have a serious shot at being ODI world champions if they're able to build a consistent batting line up (like India had). Nasir Jamshed is a class act.

  • Asim on January 3, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    great work by the team Pakistan aided by some great team work and a great change in mindset, it is so evident that leaving behind over defensive and back to the shell approach by the pakistan captains and team mangement has paid the dividends, they have gone all out against indians and surprisingly they were not afraid of chasing... go Pakistan...

  • Fayyaz on January 3, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    After new ODI rules it's become difficult to win matches with part time bowlers. India use to rely heavily on part time bowlers. The problem with India is they do not adopt quickly. In Australia they lost 4 tests but not able to change the playing eleven, not even their batting positions.

    In recent past Dhoni is the only consistent batsmen in Indian team, if he bat at no 4 position today the result of the match would be a close finish.

  • Sharjil on January 3, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Sorry but your comments on fielding are totally contradictory. You say basically forgive the overthrows and poor fielding and wide bowling and then at the end of the piece, you say our fielding is top-class. The reality is that fielding has always been the difference between teams with talented individuals (e.g. Pakistan) and champion teams (e.g. Aus, RSA). Imagine if the fielding was sharp and just one of those many potential run-outs was executed? Imagine if there had been no overthrows? Akmal's catch was great but as a team, there is no point blowing hot then cold then hot then cold. I admit that for some games we have been outstanding in the field...today was mediocre. Afridi is actually an under-rated asset in the field as when he is around, the whole team seems sharper.

  • zohaib on January 3, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    Some nice analysis here, these new regulations will be really interesting for the game. Especially when there is a little something for the bowlers; IPL and other limited overs matches are killing fast bowlers & good bowlers in general.

  • fhs on January 3, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan on their brilliant performance and winning the ODI series in India. It is a 'ganagnam style' celebration time!

  • Don Baker on January 3, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Kamran , I watched glimpses of this series and I am not surprised . Pakistan with its history of bringing the finest and the fastest men on the planet lived up to it . Just sheer pace! Congratulations men in Green - you deserved every bit !

  • Mirza Hanif Baig on January 3, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Very Well Written Mr Abbasi there is no doubt that Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, and Nasir Jamshed are real gem for Pakistan’s cricket

  • zeeshan malik on January 3, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    pak played realy well without ny fear of losing,but indian players were playing for their places,this indian team if not the weakes but not a strong side,they dont have world class players,like sachin,dravid and ganguly,sehwag's hand and eye cordination is gone now even on flat tracks,gambhir one of the most selfish player,yuvraj good for t20,kohli thinks that he is don bradman,and everyone knows that indian bowling and bangladesh bowling is the same.ishant sharma= mushrafi murtaza ,ashwin=shakib dinda =shadat hussain...this is a strong pak team they have beaten england 3-0 in test series,and after the inclusion of tall irfan and player like jamshed i reckon next 5 years india wont be able to win against pak ,same like in 1990s...well done pak,and mr dhoni play for yr team not for yr average.