Pakistan v Sri Lanka, ICC World Twenty20 final, Lord's

Cornered tigers roar once again

Andrew Miller at Lord's

June 21, 2009

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Pakistan fans back home after their team's win, Islamabad, June 21, 2009
Pakistan's victory brought joy in the streets of Islamabad and the scenes will be repeated all over the country © AFP
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A Pakistan with momentum is a beast that cannot be contained. England discovered that fact to their cost in 1992 at Melbourne, when Imran Khan's cornered tigers sprung at their throats to seize the country's first major global title. And now, a generation later but in a campaign of distinct and glorious parallels, Sri Lanka have also sampled the unstoppable alchemy that occurs when cricket's most emotional and temperamental participants find a way to meld their ambitions to their deeds.

It doesn't always end up this way. Two years ago against India, in the inaugural World Twenty20 final in Johannesburg, Pakistan blew their chance for glory when Misbah-ul-Haq choked on his emotions at the end of a stunning match-turning counterattack, and chose the wrong ball to flick over fine leg. And then, of course, there was Pakistan's last appearance in the 50-over World Cup final, against Australia right here at Lord's in 1999, when the conviction in the performance and the margin in the result - eight wickets - exactly mirrored today's effect and upshot.

In fact, it is a decade and a day since Pakistan's demolition at the hands of Australia, and only two players remain from that match. Abdul Razzaq bowled two overs that day for 13, having limped to 17 from 51 balls while batting at No. 3; Shahid Afridi flogged two fours in 16 balls, and wasn't called upon to put his legspin into practice. Ten years and a thousand memories later, Razzaq and Afridi rose to the needs of the hour and turned themselves into the game's critical performers. Like the identities of the teams in this poignant final, it was a detail that can only have been scripted by the fates.

"Me, Shahid and Razzaq, we were chatting with the guys: 'Please this time we will hold our nerves and make our final touch'," said Younis, who added how surprised he had been by the maturity of Afridi's batting. "He took singles," he said in admiration of a man who added calculation to his aggression, and paced the chase to perfection. Two lusty swipes into the stands thrilled a packed Lord's, but not half as much as the scruffy leg-bye with which the title was sealed. Rare is the Pakistan team that puts substance over style, but when it occurs, the overall effect is electrifying.

As for Razzaq, he had his own reasons to impress - his omission from the last World Twenty20 in South Africa was the catalyst for his defection to the ICL, which in turn led to his two-year exile from international cricket. He cut through the red tape last month, but only returned as a replacement for the injured Yasir Arafat last week. Nevertheless, he slipped effortlessly into his time-honoured utility role, this time as an under-rated old hand to balance the youthful aggression of Wasim Akram's acolyte, Mohammad Aamer. After nine deliveries of the final, old and young had claimed a pair of ducks between them. And those lead weights of expectation had been alchemised into gold.

Both the captain and his Man of the Match hail from the troubled North West Frontier Province, and Afridi himself from the Khyber Agency, the symbolic frontline of Pakistan's War on Terror. Chaos can seem at times to be embedded in the Pakistani DNA, but as both men showed in their performances in this tournament, it does not have to be this way

Younis has now stepped aside from Twenty20 cricket, much as Imran Khan bowed out on a high in 1992. For all his quiet insistence that this competition lacks the prestige of the 50-over World Cup, he knows that he and his players have achieved something wonderful, and every bit as lasting as the memories forged by Imran, Miandad, Wasim and Mushtaq, way back in the mists of time.

"I'm the second Khan winning a World Cup for Pakistan, so I'm very proud of my Khans," said Younis. "This is my dream. I dreamed all the time of lifting the World Cup. My thinking in all my career is that I will be remembered for a team like 1992. I was not in the Imran Khan team, and this is a dream come true. I'm really happy. Though this World Cup is Twenty20, at least we won our second World Cup. This is a gift to our whole nation."

He is not wrong. To get a sense of how much Pakistan needed this victory, you have to look beyond the bedlam in the stands at Lord's where a shimmer of bouncing green shirts gave a surface-level glimpse of the euphoria, and instead burrow deep into the parks and gullies of Karachi, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Peshawar, where a nation starved of joy has been given the timeliest succour. It is arguable, in fact, that there has been no more timely sporting victory since a newly unified South Africa won the Rugby World Cup back in 1995.

Where Francois Pienaar's Springboks drew a newly unified nation ever more tightly together, the achievement of Younis's men has been to help slow the fragmentation of a state that is rapidly being considered by the world at large to have failed. Both the captain and his Man of the Match hail from the troubled North West Frontier Province, and Afridi himself from the Khyber Agency, the symbolic frontline of Pakistan's War on Terror. Chaos can seem at times to be embedded in the Pakistani DNA, but as both men showed in their performances in this tournament, it does not have to be this way.

"If you see the whole nation, where law and order is not good, we are from them," said Younis. "How can we be consistent? With these kind of things going for us, if you see our cricket it is all the time suffering from a lot of things. After that we are still winning the World Cup. It is a great achievement for us. I am requesting to all of the countries you must come to Pakistan. Everybody knows law and order is not good but it is not our fault."

For the moment, any prospect of cricket resuming in Pakistan is futile, despite the joy of this occasion and the hope for the future that it generates. But in the shorter term, what we witnessed at Lord's today was the will of a troubled nation to pull in the same direction. From the fight within the team to the reaction around the stands, it was clear how much the notion of Pakistan still means. Next summer, the prospect exists of England hosting their "home" Test series against Australia. Today was a taster of the euphoria that would bring. It must be allowed to happen.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by Farhan020328 on (June 22, 2009, 21:53 GMT)

I'm a Bangladeshi fan. After Bangladesh, Pakistan is my favorite. You know, I'm not the only fan of Pakistan here. You can't believe the ecstasy, the happiness of general Bangladeshi people after the win. We were near to mad. Apart from all the common feelings like brothers, Muslims...bla bla, I like the Pakistan team for their unpredictability. I mean, it's not fun when the result is predictable. Yes, Pakistan looses game to teams like Ireland but they can win a world cup when their coach, their heartiest supporters or even a single commentator can imagine that.

I think that's the beauty of it. I bet you, Mr. Shahid Khan Afridi needs no form at all. It's, when he thinks that I'm going to win for Pakistan, he does it. There are no bowler in this earth who can get him, if he doesn't want to submit himself.

I can tell you one thing, Cricket will reign for this type of cricketers, who born once in a millennium. People will come witness how much they can produce from absolute 'nothing'

Posted by potter69 on (June 22, 2009, 17:55 GMT)

@ Pakistani fans Hi, im an indian ... and its hard to explain the emotion that i felt to see my brothers win it. Amidst all the chaos and problem between our nation, there is no denying we are brothers. im glad you guys have won the cup. You really deserved it.. and thanks for showing that sub continent teams can still smack south african spinners!! ( :-) :-) )... @ Adarsh Yes, if not for the partition we would be the best team. australia would never have dominated. imagine this line up. Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Inzamam ul Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Anil Kumble,Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Mushtaq Ahmed. .. WOW.. i mean WOW

Posted by Kumar77 on (June 22, 2009, 15:53 GMT)

Continuation to my prev comment: The pakistani team gave a great opportunity to believe in the power of unity and team work. I respect Allah as much as I respect Eeshwar. But take some concrete steps to rebuild your nation for good(I am the first one to admit we that we are not a perfect nation, no one is, but I can proudly say we did well in the last 50 years and are on the right path). Kick the religious fanatics out, annihilate the taliban/al-qaeda/LeT etc either Afridi style or Gandhi style.. you have to do it by yourself, as a people, there is not much others can do from outside, than offer support. And for God's sake find a stable govt/democracy, you guys have the ability, just do it. Just like the powerful lawyers lobby, there can a powerful student lobby or activist lobby with a die-hard positive attitude to rebuild the nation no matter what. China is expected to overtake the U.S by 2027. India won't be too far behind, and I don't want my beloved neighbors to fall behind as wel

Posted by Kumar77 on (June 22, 2009, 15:43 GMT)

Kaushik has said exactly what most of us Indians want to say to our Pakistani bros. I will add a little bit more. Lets not waste this opportunity to keep the brotherhood and spirit alive. We know that the majority of us want long-lasting peace, harmony and economic prosperity on both sides of the border. We know that the majority of us hate terrrorism in any part of the world, in any shape, way or form. But unfortunately, its the crooked rich, powerful, influential minority that always seems to have the upper hand, and achieves its purpose on the divide and rule philosophy. To be continued...

Posted by fadooo on (June 22, 2009, 15:39 GMT)

To my Indian brothers on this thread, your graciousness warms our hearts today ! Indeed these terrorists who want to destroy everything that we share can try everything, but cannot crush our spirits. I wish India had stayed in the tournament till the end and made it even more exciting, but inshAllah next time. As for the srilankan fans, i know dissappointment can be bitter, but it was a wonderful effort from sangakarra and his team. Yours is a courageous and colorful team but this cup was destined to be Pakistan's. To those who are talking about best of three finals, when was a world cup ever decided that way ?? You think India in 1983, Pakistan in 1992, and Srilanka in 96 would have won if it was a best of three final ? Playing on the big stage in a do or die game is what makes these elite tournaments what they are ! Pakistan were the deserving winners, having beaten the two best unbeaten teams in the semi and the final.

Posted by waheedch1 on (June 22, 2009, 14:34 GMT)

Pakistan needed that vitory because there was conspiracy going on to eliminate cricket from Pakistan and make it alone in the cricket world.Pakistan was suffering from terrorism and nation,s morale was needed to boost urgently.Cricket team has done this remarkable job and united pakistan nation and filledtheir hearts with spirit and will.they made the reason for the people to dance living in heat in the camps in troubled areas.This win showed the fighting spirit and determination of paistani lions.They defeated strong teams like south africa and sri lanka comprehensively.Younis khan guys defeated all conspiracy against pakistan cricket from neighbour country.I did not see the pakistani nation happy like that before.Every one chanting in streets PAKISTAN ZINDABAD in all over the country.We r proud to be Pakistani.Dil dil pakistan.

Posted by bivu on (June 22, 2009, 14:31 GMT)

UNBIAS-MOHOMADS...hey,do you remember how overwhelmingly srilanka was thrashed in the tournament in the australia just prior to the 1996 world cup?if best of three finals were held,your team would have been mightily thrashed.but did anyone including the aussies said anything like that then?so please just watch out for your sentiment!

Posted by jackie786 on (June 22, 2009, 12:09 GMT)

India should learn how to play cricket under pressure from Pakistan. Apart from Australia, Pakistan under Imran Khan used to be the only teams who enjoyed playing under pressure. But after this win Pakistan have again entered in to the big league. India won the T20 world cup in 2007 largely because there was no pressure on them and the Indian public did not expect anything from them. But when they were expected to win they showed their true colours. This win is even more special and satisfying for Pakistan as they lost out in the final of the last world cup. To come to the final again and winning the cup shows the true class and temperament of this Pakistan team. Champions are those who thrive under extreme conditions and adversity. Younis Khan has proved to be a superb captain and master tactician by sending Afridi at the top of the order and by targeting Dilshan with short pitch bowling. I salute the Pakistan team for their incredible achievement.

Suresh Krishnan

Posted by tripathiankit on (June 22, 2009, 11:10 GMT)

Awesome guys..u have done overall exceptional performance by the team..there were few hiccups but it does show if u r the world champions..i have always been a great fan of the pakistani side..esp was gr8 to seem him back.there shud not b ny religion gap to support the teams n neither shud one feel shy in doin so...nyways congrats again..great captaincy younis...u really showd the character.......

Posted by omaarr on (June 22, 2009, 11:01 GMT)

We do get knocked down, but we get up again like heroes. There's no one who's gonna keep a high spirited Pakistan team down.

Posted by Malikpwns on (June 22, 2009, 10:34 GMT)

Thankyou to all our Indian supporterz. this is the kind of response we would like to see from them-one that holds great respect for the Pakistan side. Truly, Younis and his men are deserving of it, as Nasir Hussain pointed out, this time the Pakistanis did not just rely on raw natural talent to win them the cup. The captain had a very strategic plan worked out to have the cup in his name. And why shouldn't he have? I think Pakistan could not have found a more worthier opponent to meet in the finals, it was a great honor just to play against them in the finals, let alone beat them at their best. Heartiest congrtaz to both teams (Sangakara and his men had a gracious end to the tournament, refusing to lose without a fight) and may the cricket in Pakistan prosper throughout the years to come! Aameen.

Posted by asi.ali on (June 22, 2009, 9:46 GMT)

It's not all about "luck", it's about "performance", it's about "enthusiasm", it's all about good "planning" and above all it's all about team unity and team work, which put Pakistan cricket team on top.

Posted by shams_padladka on (June 22, 2009, 9:23 GMT)

Congrats to Younis and his boys for the great victory. They really played well as a team and individuals. They deserve the victory as it was their 2nd Final and only Pakistan could reach all the two finals in T 20 World Cup. As a fan of Indian Cricket, I am proud of India for defeating Pakistan in the first very interesting final and learning from that, perhaps they, performed remarkably and outplayed Lanka. Abdul Razak's return has strengthened their confidence and Afridi has begun to play well with responsibility and it has been proved in the semi and final. Bowlers too dominated much and Amir would be their future asset. Hearty thanks to the winners. Well done! Thanks.

Posted by Fahad_Jawed on (June 22, 2009, 9:16 GMT)

@!unbias... y be a sore loser...the team which plays better wins...and in ur comment u just said that.."Though Pakistanis played great in the final," doubt the srilankans are a fantastic team..i relli a m a fan of ur spin duo, not to mention jayasuriya and sangakara, but it was our cup...and the finish just cud not prove my piont ny better....and pls dunt even say we lack was sheer talent and of course the zeal tht got us here....just accept it mate...Pakistan won...

Posted by DangerBoy15 on (June 22, 2009, 9:12 GMT)

Those who say it's luck...ur wrong..last time Pakistan lost and they said India was if Pakistan wins you guys say it's luck..i believe Pakistan played very nicely..THEY ROCK!!!

Posted by BoonBoom on (June 22, 2009, 9:02 GMT)

Andrew, you really know the art of splendid writing. Extremely nice article.

One question to organizers of IPL: so you think IPL is the end of the world, you did everything to keep Pak players away from IPL and Champions League. My advice would be to arrange two IPL every year, practice, practice and come back again to the next T20 WC, and you will still be thrashed by every team like what happened in 2009.

Long Live Pakistan !!!

Posted by XeekWild on (June 22, 2009, 8:50 GMT)

It was really heartening to see our team keeping the composure till the very end and ultimately winning it witout much fuss rather than the "Wham bam, thank you ma'am!" approach from ball one and making lives difficult for themselves sooner than later :)

This win is definitely an occasion of happiness and pride for the whole nation and I hope this is a sign of better things to come :)

@Koushik_Biswas, Thanks for sharing your feelings with us and I am thankful on behalf of my nation for the nice comments being put out so eloquently. Its really heartening to see the element of respect between the neighbours :)

Posted by True_tiger on (June 22, 2009, 8:26 GMT)

This is a moment we all waiting for almost 17 years and today we need this huge victory and it's better response to those people who dont want to see Pakistan in the world map. Great job younis & team specially Afridi who suddenly remember how to bat..... although he is a matuered player and can be a better captain in coming days for Pakistan. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD and i thanks to all my indians counterparts to show respect to our teams win.

Posted by AdarshV on (June 22, 2009, 8:25 GMT)

Even as an Indian, I'm so proud of this Pakistani team.

I've always been a fan of the Pakistan cricket team. I've even fantasized about the possibility of a combined Indo-Pakistan team (which might just have been a reality had the partition not happened.)... And what a team it would have been...!

The present team has always had lots of potential. It's good to see young Amer perform well and Afridi bat like we all know he's capable of. If only the team didn't have so many ups and downs...! :-)

Enjoy your victory, Pakistanis! Your team played very, very well!

--- A passionate team India fan.

Posted by Fahad_Jawed on (June 22, 2009, 7:59 GMT)

a gr8 win for pakistan which we really needed in these times...and thnk u for all da support shown by our indian brothers...we must come together to fight the menace of terrorism and cricket can really make tht difference...INDIA and PAKISTAN together we rule...all in all a fantastic result..PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

Posted by asimshamim on (June 22, 2009, 7:35 GMT)

Heartiest congrats to Pakistan side. Its a blessing for a peace-starved country where one hardly gets any good news in these days. Best wishes to Sri lankan side for the coming tournaments as well they also put up a great show apart from just losing too many wickets in the powerplay in the final especially the wicket of Dilshan set them back, a superb captain's knock from maverick Sangakara. Mohammad Amir would inshallah prove to be a sensation in the coming years. Hat off to Afridi, Gul, Ajmal, Razzaq, Akmal and last but not the least Younis. Razzaq's performance really proved the fact "Old is gold". Inshallah Pakistan will continue their good form in the forthcoming Sri Lankan tour and the champion trophy. I m quite optimist that we will hold the champion trophy as well which was supposed to be played in Pakistan but taken away from us as a part of conspiration . LONG LIVE PAKISTAN From Asim Shamim Lahore

Posted by Mansur_Great_Indian_Fan on (June 22, 2009, 7:17 GMT)

Congrats Pakistani team. Well you deserve this cup. consistently played well all through the tournment. but it would have been great if india had come to the final.

Posted by medio on (June 22, 2009, 7:14 GMT)

let's shake hand for the sake of cricket against terrorism & nagative diplomacy

Posted by Leggie on (June 22, 2009, 7:07 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan on this terrific win. The signals were ominous - if only people took notice of it. A cornered Pakistan cricket team can be the most dangerous - as Sri Lanka found out. Kaushik has almost summed up the emotions that are going on in me. Yes, a victory to our embattled brothers brings me great joy. Jai Ho!

Posted by AncientAstronaut on (June 22, 2009, 7:06 GMT)

Good win for Pakistan. Congratulations to them! Hopefully, India can reclaim the cup after 10 months!

Posted by -Harun- on (June 22, 2009, 6:57 GMT)

SRI LANKA - You Guys Played Superbly, especially Sangakkara, I want to share this world cup with you guyz , I wish the match was a draw as i really didnt want to see you guyz in the losing side

Well played Sri Lanka , Well Played

Posted by Crick-3t on (June 22, 2009, 6:46 GMT)

Hi Unbias_Mohomads It is right Sri lank is a strong team and Even South African team was one of the best but I think it's all to hold your nerves and handle pressure and if you are strong enough to beat the two best unbeaten teams of the tournament then Surely you are the Champion and We are now. Good luck next time

Posted by cricRus on (June 22, 2009, 6:43 GMT)

Reply to Unbias_Mohomads : Mate don't cry over spilt milk and make excuses. The better team won and it takes more than luck to defeat New Zealand, South Africa and then your favorite Sri Lanka. Pakistan's performance was clinical, mature and spirited. 'Luck favors the brave' is not just a cliche and in this respect Pakistan played like tigers. So grow up and give credit where it is due. WE are not taking away from the Lankans, they are a fantastic side but just not good enough against the Kings of T20..All I can say to you is Cheer up and better Luck next time !

Posted by alok_2307 on (June 22, 2009, 6:41 GMT)

Very aptly said by Koushik. Although I am an Indian, I really stand by the victory of a team which played the game out of no practice (unlike the millionaires Indians who played in IPL to their heart's content and still looked like total novice). The two teams in the final were truly deserving winners with one team playing clinical game till now and the other playing with passion and a desire. The latter won at last showing that no matter how many millions you spend on the game and splurge on the players, but real talent is always a winner. Unfortunately the entire bunch of jokers from the Indian team dont deserve to win any world title seriously....

Posted by pardesipakistani on (June 22, 2009, 6:39 GMT)

In response to Unbias_Mohomads' post of 6/22/09, 3:51 am GMT

Talent was on both sides. Its not the individual talent that wins or loses, it's the attitude, approach and hunger for the title as a team that pushes you to use your talent to get to the finish line. When I was growing up they said cricket is a game of luck, true to some extent, but you still have to play and perform. Talents falter sometimes and SL did today. The matches are decided on the field and specially in T20 version there is no time to display your talent. Half of Pak talent was sitting on the bench when they only sent 4 bats to the crease.The team that played better won!

Posted by A.R.Mughal on (June 22, 2009, 6:35 GMT)

Given the situation back at home and all what Pakistan cricket has gone through in the last year or so, I think this is even bigger than the WC'92. But I do feel that this has been made possible only by Afridi, and that is why I think that he deserved the Man of the Series award as well. Three cheers for Pakistan!!!

Posted by Crick-3t on (June 22, 2009, 6:29 GMT)

Thank u Vinod1815 and I wish your team good luck as well thanks agin

Posted by TurboKam512 on (June 22, 2009, 6:16 GMT)

ALLAH O AKBAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!____________""""""""""PAKISTAN""""""""_____ZINDABAD________------------_____---------CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NATION

Posted by Usman.Khan_True.Pakistani on (June 22, 2009, 5:46 GMT)

Congrats! Pakistan Team & Whole Nation for their marvalous victory in the World T20 Finale against Srilanka. This win gave us that pride which we lost somewhere due to many unfold reasons & terrorism. Younis Khan & his team makes our nation together & gave us reason to smile. I request onbehalf of all Pakistani to all the cricketing world that come & play with us although its difficult thing to do but thats life i think, you just can't acknowledge where life can move. And dont try to keep pakistan side ways because we always come hard everytime & everyday. Best of Luck Team Pakistan for near future......!!! Pakistan Zindabad.

Posted by Cementer on (June 22, 2009, 5:17 GMT)

"PAKISTAN is the champ" this is reality of the day. A big slap on IPL (Indian Political League) and so called champions league of t20 which will be played without the real Champions of Pakistan.... Shame on ICC...

Posted by nafzak on (June 22, 2009, 5:16 GMT)

Alhamdullillah! (Praise be to God), Congratulations to Pakistan and all Pakistanis. As a Guyanese, my first team is WI, and Pakistan is always next. We were all hoping for a WI/Pak final, but that was not to be. We all remember that Pak was the only team never to have lost a series against the mighty WI during the late 70's and 80's. That Pak can do this with after playing so little international cricket in the last year, just proves to the world how much talent there is in Pak. All of us salute you in Pakistan and we hope and pray that this moment of joy has a lasting effect and is a sign of better things to come in Pakistan. Ameen.

Posted by Zaheerahmed on (June 22, 2009, 5:04 GMT)

Another fairy tale coming to the climax. Pakistan has now started doing it with pleasantly surprising regularity. From no-hopers to champion in a couple of weeks. Well done Younis and boys. So the recipe is simple - a bit of controversy to start with like resignation of chief selector; playing like a club team from Gujranwala and losing initial games; come to a point with margin of error zero and then start showing the world your true caliber. You at times wonder if these boys knows the meaning of words easy sailing.

Posted by Unbias_Mohomads on (June 22, 2009, 4:51 GMT)

Can anyone say the winners are talented? Only the luck has struck. Real talents hav washed away and the luck held the trophy. Though Pakistanis played great in the final, it may not a talent, obviously its sri lanka's misfortune or poor cricket. Sangakkara havn't done the right things in the match, he was wrong to give the 18th over to Isuru Udana, not giving Sanath Jayasuriya. Mistaken also in sending Mubarak in up the order. Though Pakistani's held the trophy the real champions'r Sri Lankan's, Pakistan falls in to the third. As my opinion from a long time, its not fair to hold one single match as an all important final in any occasion, bcause it wouldn't blossom the real heroes, only the luck. Any veteran might fail once as humans but not always, so it wouldn't say they aren't great so this type wouldn't take out the real champions, because this was happened also in the T20 WCup in 2007, then the real heroes were Pakistan nt Indians, bcause they had a talent much more than Indians

Posted by mongo2vini on (June 22, 2009, 4:42 GMT)


You comments reflect your character mate. What a lovely reply you gave. Thank you so much. It takes a big heart to say what you said. And let me thank you back on behalf of all Pakistanis.

We also want to share our happiness with rest of the world not war. I wish a day comes that there is peace in the region and world understand that Pakistan is suffering the most and needs help, not isolation....beyond cricket.

I know India's performance in this tournament does not reflect their potential and talent. I can say this as we ourselves has gone through the similar time. But rest assured there will be better days.


Posted by wanderer1 on (June 22, 2009, 4:37 GMT)

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise: Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!

Posted by wanderer1 on (June 22, 2009, 4:21 GMT)

#Risin' up, back on the street Did my time, took my chances Went the distance, now I'm back on my feet Just a man and his will to survive

So many times, it happens too fast You change your passion for glory Don't lose your grip on the dreams of the past You must fight just to keep them alive

It's the eye of the tiger, it's the cream of the fight Risin' up to the challenge of our rival And the last known survivor stalks his prey in the night And he's watchin' us all in the eye of the tiger

Risin' up, straight to the top Have the guts, got the glory Went the distance, now I'm not gonna stop Just a man and his will to survive.#

Posted by Koushik_Biswas on (June 22, 2009, 3:48 GMT)

Congrats on behalf of all Indians. From the bottom of my heart, where the flame of pride that was almost extinguished by the dismal Indian team has been re-kindled by my embattled brothers. I am sure there are Indians who are feeling jealous - can't do anything about the rotten eggs in the basket mate - but the warm contented feeling that rests so peacefully in my soul now is surely shared by most Indians. Let cricket be the medium that we use to send out the right signals - just like you have used cricket to send a message to coward terrorists - a message that says we do not care how much you try to break us, we will win. Let us use the same platform to tell you no matter how much our ancestors have wronged each other, India and Pakistan have the same roots, and there is no good reason to continue the hate. Thank you for retaining the cup close to home.

Posted by TAMOOR.QURESHI on (June 22, 2009, 3:43 GMT)

A great victory for Pakistan over Srilanka which will be remembered for a long time. Tigers of Pakistan just set up a great show for us and play their role to bring smile back on Pakistani Nation. After their win response from Pakistani streets was amazing I have never seen any thing like that before in my life. Noise of people in crackers was really some thing that awaiting such win from quite a time. I congratulate Pakistani team especially Captain, Younis Khan and alrounder, Shahid Afridi for giving nation a great and unbelievable gift. I will never forget this moment in my whole life. This World T20 Cup win take Pakistani team as the favorites for any form of Cricket. I hope Pakistani Team will continue this form in Champions trophy too. Pakistan and its team Zindabad

Posted by mongo2vini on (June 22, 2009, 3:06 GMT)

Congratulations to the best team in the world .. Pakistan! Thanks a million to Allah Almighty.

What an excellent article. For the moment I thought it has been written by a Pakistani itself. Excellent job Andrew!.

To really understand what it means for us, Pakistanis, one really needs to look beyond the cricket fans, beyond the game, beyond what others think of Pakistan.

It reflects that character of Pakistan, the character that if everyone push us to the wall, we will act like "cornered tigers", which has no option but to attack to defend itself. And attack not in literal sense but to perform beyond anyone's expectation. This is just not true for cricket but in every sense of this phenomenon of the spirit of a cornered tiger.

Pakistan will rise above all challenges no matter what others say. Our isolation only makes us better. A curse can be turned into a blessing. We proved it earlier in 1992 when we had the worst start to the tournament and we proved it again today.

Posted by wanderer1 on (June 22, 2009, 2:53 GMT)

#Try to be best cause your only a man and a manĀ“s gotta learn to take it try to belive though the going get rough that you gotta hang tough to make it history repeats itself try and you succed never doubt that youre the one and you can have your dream

you're the best, around nothings gonna ever keep you down#

Posted by vinod1815 on (June 22, 2009, 2:51 GMT)

As an Indian I am so happy to see our brothers pick up the title.Kudos to Afridi and Pak team.At the end of the day some releif and joy for my brothers and sisters in Pak.Hope This triumph will change the overall attitude towards Pak and it's cricket.

Posted by Atif.Farid on (June 22, 2009, 2:47 GMT)

Thanks Andrew, way to go to you, who has chosen to speak truth. Atif Canada.

Posted by Dhitik on (June 22, 2009, 2:06 GMT)

what a comeback for pak team.........indeed a miraculous erformance..........keep up the good work pak team, wud like to see Shahid Afridi star in more such victories...............all the best

Posted by bluemickey on (June 22, 2009, 1:44 GMT)

"Chaos can seem at times to be embedded in the Pakistani DNA". ..... ha ha this is true .

Posted by dssqca on (June 22, 2009, 1:24 GMT)

I confess that i am not usually one to cheer for Pakistan in a cricket match. But it was great to see them pick up the tournament win. Not only did Pakistan win - but I think there a great boost for a country that is in some trying times and for the game of cricket as a whole.

Posted by zack11 on (June 22, 2009, 1:17 GMT)

Well it will be really funny...tht there will be a champions league of t20 in october...and there will be domestic teams from every country but not the Domestic champions(Sialkot Stallions) of WOrld t20 Champions Pakistan....and not to forget Sialkot Stallions have won 4 back to back domestic t20 cups and have a winnng streak of 20 games which is a world record and have players like Imran Nazir, SHoaib Malik , Rana Naved , Mohammad Asif , Abdur Rehman and the best domestic t20 talent of Pakistan.......

Posted by Khurram1974 on (June 22, 2009, 0:44 GMT)

Congratulation to all Pakistanis back home! Our team has shown great courage, skills and great mental strength to conquer the World Cup title. It was a team effort though several of our top guns (Misbah, Shoaib, Fawwad Alam) didn't even batted.

In this small city of Calgary, Canada, we had an awesome cars rally from downtown to North East with lots of flags flying high. I was not expecting such a jubilant crowd over here, small in number but emotions riding pretty high.

I believe Pakistan cricket quality was way better than expected. Younis Khan was one of the greatest captain in this world cup. He was never doubtful about the performance of his team. To sum up, I'd say "Thank you, Afridi".

Posted by mlhgja on (June 22, 2009, 0:27 GMT)

I can remember a young Inzamam take the 1992 world cup semi away from us (NZ) at Eden Park, and later Wasim Akram and Waquar Younis destroying our batting line up to defend a total around 150 in the mid 1990s... This win is AWESOME for Pakistani cricket after such a tough time over the last few months... They really needed this win - and I hope it helps more than just cricket over there!!! :D

Posted by wanderer1 on (June 22, 2009, 0:23 GMT)

*Solitary tear flows down my face*

#Aisy zameen aur aasmaan, in kay siwa jana kaha.... Dil Dil Pakistan!! Jan Jan Pakistan!!#

Posted by umairhuda on (June 21, 2009, 23:46 GMT)

Such a cool breeze in Pakistan cricket, Pakistan is T20 World champion. Thanks to Almighty ALLAH and congratulation to the nation. Great team work by Pakistan. It was a complete team effort , starting by Amir and ended by Afridi. At the end good display be Srilanka too. You made us proud Pakistani team.. Always be happy...

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Andrew Miller Andrew Miller was saved from a life of drudgery in the City when his car caught fire on the way to an interview. He took this as a sign and fled to Pakistan where he witnessed England's historic victory in the twilight at Karachi (or thought he did, at any rate - it was too dark to tell). He then joined Wisden Online in 2001, and soon graduated from put-upon photocopier to a writer with a penchant for comment and cricket on the subcontinent. In addition to Pakistan, he has covered England tours in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the World Cup in the Caribbean in 2007
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