England v Pakistan, 3rd npower Test, The Oval, 4th day August 21, 2010

Pakistan find their mojo

Incredibly, what had seemed to be a summer of growing discontent for Pakistan on the eve of the third Test has now transformed into a summer of hope
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It had been feared that Pakistan might stumble in what appeared to be a simple chase today, and that's just what happened. Pakistan started with a swagger, abruptly plunged into a brief freefall, followed by a phase of uncertainty where the batsmen acted as if all roads to victory had been closed, before bursting into life in the nick of time to sneak onto the victory podium.

In the end, though, Pakistan not only won the match, they won every one of the four days at The Oval. Before this series Andrew Strauss suggested, correctly, that inconsistency from one session to the next was Pakistan's weakness in Test cricket. If this win has taught Pakistan anything, it is the importance of retaining focus for every session in a Test; keeping a poker face in tense situations, and patiently drilling the opponent's door open with persistence and cunning. Many youngsters in Pakistan cricket, primarily the batsmen, are tempted by Twenty20 cricket. They need to realise that if Twenty20 is a brash western then Test cricket is a Russian novel, offering rich rewards only to those willing to invest plenty of time and concentration.

From the first day of this Test, Pakistan set about correcting their myriad mistakes over the summer: they fielded vigorously, Kamran Akmal atoned for most of his mistakes by taking catches with more assurance and confidence (holding one less than the record nine he held at Kingston in 2005). The batsmen showed more resolve and positive intent, resulting in more partnerships than at any point on the tour and allowing the tourists to log 300 in an innings for the first time in two months.

Pakisan's success was not incidental. It was well planned. The coaching think tank of Waqar Younis, Ijaz Ahmed and Aaqib Javed persuaded Butt to drop one rung in the batting ladder to introduce a right/left opening combination in Yasir Hameed and Imran Farhat. Hameed's aggressive knock in the first innings instilled a belief that both the pitch and bowlers could be countered with the right will.

Of course, it helped that Mohammad Yousf re-discovered his mojo almost straight away on return to Test cricket after his controversial retirement earlier in the year. His presence gave Pakistan stability. His experience lent direction to the other batsmen. He made batting easy rather than burdensome. The youngsters flocked to him in the dressing room and on the pitch for enlightenment. A fine example was Azhar Ali, the main architect behind Pakistan's taking of a first-innings lead for the first time on the tour, who was unfortunate to miss out on a maiden century in his fifth Test. He took over the baton from Yousuf and made sure Pakistan did not collapse.

On the second afternoon, with the new ball just a few overs away Umar Akmal launched a furious attack that brought a valuable 38 runs to dominate the 56-run stand with Azhar for the sixth wicket. Then Azhar stitched together a 38-run stand with No. 11 Mohammad Asif to bolster the lead. Such minor alliances were the bricks that built Pakistan's momentum and frustrated England.

Today as the sun pushed its way past the corrugated iron sheet of cloud to smile on the tourists, Farhat and Butt set about chasing the small target fervently in front of another noisy and partisan crowd. The two southpaws gathered singles feverishly, their feet and their bats moving automatically into the right positions. Perhaps, that is what a positive mind does. That is what the sensing of victory does.

But Pakistan need to thank another man for this momentous victory. Saeed Ajmal may already have established himself as Pakistan's premier spinner, pushing aside the woefully out-of-form Danish Kaneria. Importantly, he has tormented the English batsmen with his doosra, which Butt admitted was difficult even for the Pakistanis to pick because Ajmal delivers his straighter one and the other 'un with the same hand action.

At Edgbaston he made an immediate impact with a five-for in England's first innings. Here, he completed a match haul of five wickets, with four vital scalps in England's second innings as he and Mohammad Amir combined to all but bundle England out in the final session yesterday. Graeme Swann is clearly the best spinner in the world but on present form Ajmal is not far behind.

Suddenly, Pakistan have more than one matchwinner in the bowling department, with Asif and Amir joined by Ajmal and Wahab Riaz, the left-arm quick who bagged five wickets on debut. Incredibly, what seemed to be a summer of growing discontent for Pakistan on the eve of the third Test has now transformed into a summer of hope.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Vilander on August 26, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    bring younis back , this is silly, as much as i want to see Eng win, what is pak thinking by not playing their best 11.

  • sonjjay on August 24, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    @Faisal Mashood Afridi India have won a test series in Sri lanka in 1994 please check the facts before making comments, its they who not even managed a single win in India in test matches and a lot of other countries but their fans talk like they have achieved more than even the aussie team...

  • cric_fan12 on August 23, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Since there are a lot of Indian brothers poking their noses here, I am going to let slip a top secret indian belief out today ...being an Indian myself I admit on behalf of ALL the INDIAN fans that it is more FUN and EXCITEMENT watching pakistan play than our own team. Even a pakistan loss is more exciting than a boring Indian win..sorry guys I had to say this out loud :)

  • nivek123 on August 23, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    @Faisal Mashood Afridi... the first part of my comment didnt come out. If it comes out and you are not a biased supporter, then you will get what I mean. Cheers.

  • LeftBrain on August 23, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    I would like to thank you Nagraj Gollapudi for your enthusiastic columns and comments for all summer. Pakistan needed this positive and enthusiastic support from some one outside of the country and you helped fans like me a lot. Pakistan's perofrmance was good in patches, but your columns sure kept me going and kept my faith in the team. Your columns always focus of the half full glass. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that. I hope you will keep writing with your usual positive approach.

  • on August 23, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    @ nivek123: that loss depended on certain factors. There was a lot of infighting in the team. We dominated that series. We needed 80 to win with 8 wickets in hand but lost and we were leading by 150 with 8 wickets in hand and managed to get out with a lead of 192. Plus there was Murali present in all 3 games. That was an unstable team, if you want a really want a fair comparison, try the team that toured there in 2006. We won that series, which is something India has never ever done.

  • klobania on August 23, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    @hindh88 i never mention that pak is no.1 team and wins every other match like most of u guyz claim time n again. it is really big thing that u ppl are still in position of commenting something after shameful defeat against srilanka. and anyway pak batting although not as strong as indian (over hyped by its fans) but believe me will never destroy by someone with parera's pace. dambulla pitch may be unpredictable but current srilankan n kiwis attack is no more than mediocre so hopefully now u will realize that who speaks n comments rubbish

  • on August 23, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Well I must add the brilliance of English cricketers, fans, commentators and officials, I guess they are the only nation that love to see close combats and enjoy genuine good cricket, that is the spirit of cricket at its best...

    And a real shame on BCCI for involving politics and their strong cricket economy in each and every series they play, bullying other boards, hiding their cheats, interfering in every team or ground matter and on a mission to destroy cricket itself, the result after Australia they are another hated side despite on the top these days... and I think the cricket journalist should appreciate MCC and English Cricketing entities hats off to you guys ... cheers

  • imran_k12 on August 23, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    hope our selectors will include Imran Nazir in the WC. I miss u Younis Khan in this seires.

  • nivek123 on August 23, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Pak lost 2-0 in Sri Lanka. So when its India who are so obviously better in the last few years, I really don't understand what you are talking about. Ireally understand there are some Indians coming here and writing un-needed comments and you guys are getting agitated, but this is a public site. So just ignore them, there are so many Indians who are proud of you win too. I really didn't want to bring the teams respective records into it, but you made me do it. Anyways I kind of feel sorry for fanatics like you though. Cheers

  • Vilander on August 26, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    bring younis back , this is silly, as much as i want to see Eng win, what is pak thinking by not playing their best 11.

  • sonjjay on August 24, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    @Faisal Mashood Afridi India have won a test series in Sri lanka in 1994 please check the facts before making comments, its they who not even managed a single win in India in test matches and a lot of other countries but their fans talk like they have achieved more than even the aussie team...

  • cric_fan12 on August 23, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Since there are a lot of Indian brothers poking their noses here, I am going to let slip a top secret indian belief out today ...being an Indian myself I admit on behalf of ALL the INDIAN fans that it is more FUN and EXCITEMENT watching pakistan play than our own team. Even a pakistan loss is more exciting than a boring Indian win..sorry guys I had to say this out loud :)

  • nivek123 on August 23, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    @Faisal Mashood Afridi... the first part of my comment didnt come out. If it comes out and you are not a biased supporter, then you will get what I mean. Cheers.

  • LeftBrain on August 23, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    I would like to thank you Nagraj Gollapudi for your enthusiastic columns and comments for all summer. Pakistan needed this positive and enthusiastic support from some one outside of the country and you helped fans like me a lot. Pakistan's perofrmance was good in patches, but your columns sure kept me going and kept my faith in the team. Your columns always focus of the half full glass. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that. I hope you will keep writing with your usual positive approach.

  • on August 23, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    @ nivek123: that loss depended on certain factors. There was a lot of infighting in the team. We dominated that series. We needed 80 to win with 8 wickets in hand but lost and we were leading by 150 with 8 wickets in hand and managed to get out with a lead of 192. Plus there was Murali present in all 3 games. That was an unstable team, if you want a really want a fair comparison, try the team that toured there in 2006. We won that series, which is something India has never ever done.

  • klobania on August 23, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    @hindh88 i never mention that pak is no.1 team and wins every other match like most of u guyz claim time n again. it is really big thing that u ppl are still in position of commenting something after shameful defeat against srilanka. and anyway pak batting although not as strong as indian (over hyped by its fans) but believe me will never destroy by someone with parera's pace. dambulla pitch may be unpredictable but current srilankan n kiwis attack is no more than mediocre so hopefully now u will realize that who speaks n comments rubbish

  • on August 23, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Well I must add the brilliance of English cricketers, fans, commentators and officials, I guess they are the only nation that love to see close combats and enjoy genuine good cricket, that is the spirit of cricket at its best...

    And a real shame on BCCI for involving politics and their strong cricket economy in each and every series they play, bullying other boards, hiding their cheats, interfering in every team or ground matter and on a mission to destroy cricket itself, the result after Australia they are another hated side despite on the top these days... and I think the cricket journalist should appreciate MCC and English Cricketing entities hats off to you guys ... cheers

  • imran_k12 on August 23, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    hope our selectors will include Imran Nazir in the WC. I miss u Younis Khan in this seires.

  • nivek123 on August 23, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Pak lost 2-0 in Sri Lanka. So when its India who are so obviously better in the last few years, I really don't understand what you are talking about. Ireally understand there are some Indians coming here and writing un-needed comments and you guys are getting agitated, but this is a public site. So just ignore them, there are so many Indians who are proud of you win too. I really didn't want to bring the teams respective records into it, but you made me do it. Anyways I kind of feel sorry for fanatics like you though. Cheers

  • Hindh on August 23, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    @kiwirocker U r just jealous of INdian cricket thats it. FYI india is joint winner of ICC champs trophy 2002 which pak has never came close to.India in 2008 chased down 387 on a fifth day pitch against eng with Sachin making century. Even with swann eng cud not defend such a huge total, if it was pak on such a pitch they wud have folded for 120. JUST dont blindly accuse Indian team just becoz Pak have won 1 match.

  • Hindh on August 23, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    @ klobania U speak like as if Pak wins each and every match on sub continent . Dambulla is not a flat asian pitch , which behaves differently with each passing hour. Pak has lost 8 and won just 3 on this pitch . just check the records before talking rubbish.

  • akskada on August 23, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    I can't believe Pakistan has reached such a low stage where merely winning a test match is being considered a major achievement... team deserves a pat on their back but its still shocking to see the level of expectations from Pakistan team going down so low...

  • on August 23, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    would just like to say that Graeme Swann is not CLEARLY the best spinner in the world. Dan Vettori is right up there amongst the best, and IS clearly ahead in the shorter forms of the game

  • KiwiRocker- on August 23, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    My mate Dr.Cardio talks sense! Anyway this article is about Pakistan's excellent win. Why are Indian fans here? They should be watching India being bundled out for 103 against Sri Lanka.Now that is a No.1 team in world that has won nothing. Poor Indian fans hype themselves so much for four years that when it matters, they come home in first round. Pakistan at least was in semis of ICC champs trophy.Where was India? India lost series against Australia. India barely drew in Sri Lanka. India lost last series in Pakistan. India has not won in South Africa and England either.What is all this fuss about? Tendulkar is not in league of Ponting, Yousaf and Sanga. Tendulkar has won nothing and was a useless captain! Now let's get back to the business, big thumbs up to Pakistan's fighting stars Amir and Ajmal. I think Pakistan cricket is on rise again..Its a right time to get rid of dead wood (Akmals) and bring back Younis. Pakistan's substitutes worked everytime..Ajmal, Zulqarnain,Yousaf,Yasir..

  • Hrazapak on August 23, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    Well this website is better than YOUTUBE becuz it inspects the comments made by the people and doesnt let them fight ,, like Indians and Pakistanis do

  • k-shoxx on August 23, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    i just can't figure it out. and i am absolutely sure about it that no one in this world can give an answer against the fact...."y salman butt's mentality is so defensive when it comes to field setting, y "pathetic technic holder IMRAN FARHAT is given so many chances" y..they are not kicking Kamran Akmal out for his betraying Behaviour...?....there is no UNity what-so-ever...other than the bowlers...and new guys...just are friends...they don't recongnise the respect factor while playing for a national side these seniors...Y our Coaches dont help them out...

  • Ayaz1 on August 23, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Incredibly soon after this important win inspired by the return of Mohammad Yousuf, BCCI has come out with a statement that they will ask PCB to force Yousuf to return the one crore rupees he took from them to part ways with the ICL. I wonder if this timing is purely incidental, or it has a purpose, maybe to distract the premier Pakistan batsman from performing well in the all-important fourth and final Test of the series

  • klobania on August 23, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    @faisal mashood afridi i did not claim that mohammad yousuf has won major tournaments for pakistan or he is such legend which world will never ever be produced it was one of indian fan here who claimed so abt sachin n dravid. i was just replying to him n tell me one thing if u ppl really think that t20 and 50 overs cricket is rubbish then why on earth india organises ipl and champions legeau each yr and the grounds are crowded with ppl like u. man u r claiming so bcz last night indian team were thrashed by young slow pacer prera n faced their worst ever defeat in terms of deliveries left and not to surprise it was sub continent pitch

  • rovar on August 23, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Rocking man, I certainly think that Pakistani got good attack in England condition where conditions are really favouring their swing bowlers. Real test of their bowling will be in India, Srilanka & Pakistan where pitches are not really suited to their style of bowling. But but but how about their batting? Isnt' that really pathetic (except for Yousuf & Younis)? Butt, Farhat. Malik, Akmal bros, Hamid all r having batting avg. of just 30 after playing more than 30 test each. They are just basking on their bowling attack to bundle the opposition out for lower scores everytime, which is to much to ask? This is just by fluke they have won the match. Just imagine if Pakistan bats first on the first morning & i am sure another distraus batting display was on the card. So, i firmly believe their bowling is doing good only because of the seamers friendly condition which even avg. bowling side of England is also doing with pakistan batting. I am sure another pathetic batting display is on card.

  • true_cricket_fan on August 23, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan team on their victory. I really enjoyed this particular test match and kudos to the players of both the teams for their gesture of donating a part of their match fee to Pak flood victims. @drcardio: In last four years, our Indian team has won at least one test match in ALL the test-playing nations, including Australia and South Africa. That justifies our ranking at the moment. To say that current Pakistani team is better than Indian team is a HUGE overstatement.

  • mualis on August 22, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    It was heart warming to see Pakistan pull an amazing win. If we look at their performances at major tournament (T20 WC, Champions trophy), it is obvious that they have performed consistently well. Inspite of terrorists issues, limited international exposure at test level, major flood and loss of life these young kids have drawn against Australia and may possiby draw the series with England. I can only imagine what this team will do once they mature and gel together. Its always fun to watch raw talent from pakistan compete against the worlds best.

  • mcheckley on August 22, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    The Pakistan team, unable to play cricket in their own country, come to England, to English conditions, and go straight into TWO test series ..... and they hit political problems...... and the wheels fall off. Then it takes them half the tour to deal with those problems and get the proper squad together, properly organised - by which time they are behind in the series and playing catchcup. If they had been on a PROPER tour, starting in April and going right through the season with a lot of firts class games before any Test Matches, then they would have sorted out their issues - political and selectorial - before reraching the Test Arena, and we would have seen all summer what we are seeing now - a series between two closely matched although different teams, tightly fought. This is the consequence of having such SHORT tours these days, where teams have no chance to bond internally, sort out their issues and get used to English conditions before playing international cricket.

  • on August 22, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    @ klobania: Forget about Sachin for a second. What about Yousuf? What big tournament has he ever won? Does that make Shoaib Malik better than him? Do you really think in the end these petty 50 and 20 over World Cup wins count for anything over Test Cricket? If you do, you are seriously mistaken. Test cricket is an old assessment of skill. Following your big tournament logic makes Michael Bevan more valuable than Lara, Tendulkar, Dravid, Yousuf, Crowe, Kallis, Walsh, Ambrose etc. Conversely, it makes Yuvraj and Sharma better than Laxman and Ganguly. Please stop embarrassing your country men with this rubbish argument.

  • klobania on August 22, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    @sachin i think if someones geniune appreciation dies by bitter truth than it is better to die now then later. i strongly believes that even kallis is rubbish if he fails to rise in bigger occassions.

  • on August 22, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    This pakistan bowling attack is rocking!!! We can already see the impact that yousuf has made to the team. Its a shame that salman butt didnt want yousuf or younus back in saying that we lost the last time around even with those guys. But last time round, pakistan batting scored over 300 in almost all the innings, it was the bowling that was smashed. I really think we need younis back, hes my favourite player and the gutsiest batsmen in the pakistan team. Also i cant believe that akmal held onto 8 catches, now even if he has10 bad games, he will be safe for another 2 or three years.

  • AhmadSaleem on August 22, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    @hindh88. Asif averages 10 with ball in Srilanka, 22 in Asia, 18 in Africa, 26 in Oceania and 25 in England. He performs everywhere. How many Indians average even 20 in Srilanka?He hasnt played in India yet but he would perform there if he gets a chance to play there. As far is Pakistani batting is concerned MoYo averages 62 in England and Younis Khan averages 52 there and England is supposed to be a tough place for batting.

  • tim3237 on August 22, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Test cricket's being kept alive by unpredictable teams like pakistan. LAGE RAHO PAKISTAN...........Special kudos to Mohammed Aamer for his brilliant performance..............

  • on August 22, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    very good victory but Younus Khan must come back from the 4th test.

    thanks

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 22, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    @ klobania If winning the major tournaments is the criteria how many major tournaments has SA won? Isn't kallis one of the best allrounders? Haven't you seen AMIR's lone battle in first test match? Wasn't that match winning performance despite your loss? Anyways i came here to congratulate Pak team but your comments (not just in this forum but also in india-sl even when india won )have made my genuine will to appreciate your team' performance die. Good luck for the rest of the series and condolence to the flood victims.

  • AhmadSaleem on August 22, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Pakistani batting has Younis and Yousuf but Indian bowling has not even one respectable name

  • itsjustcricket on August 22, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    @davo47...I was responding to someone else's post. I like Pakistan cricket but to say that they are better than Ind right now is so far off. You can take Paks last series in eng if you like, though one test was marred by controversy of course. Just compare the records of both teams last 3-4 yrs against all opponents. Congrats on this win as tghey really played well, bowling is awesome, but keep it in perspective.

  • jawana on August 22, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    Welldone PAKISTAN. They are improving day by day. As regards India Pakistan discussion, I don't think that INDIAN batting is so strong. They are just overrated. Look at their performance in SL tri-series. They were bowled out for mere 88 against NZ, again, they finished at 103 against SL on the same pitch where NZ scored 288 and SL chased 103 in 15 overs. IS THIS STRONG BATTING? I bet Pakistan can beat them with current batting and bowling. Just they have to add Younis Khan.

  • itsjustcricket on August 22, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    @drcardio..no hard feelings, just healthy debate. Agreed India's bowling is weak but we beat SL, a good batting side, twice by an innings at home recently and have won consistantly abroad as well. ICC rankings aren't perfect but contrary to what some may think they were not designed by Indian fans. At least it is an objective measure therefore better than opinions like yours and mine, and by those rankings we are #1. If u want to say we are not a dominant side like aus from a few yrs ago or WI of the 80's that is certainly true...but to say we are not No. 1 now is wrong.

  • Balumekka on August 22, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    @Talha Kausar: What about having an Ind-Pak united team with Pakistani Batting and Indian Bowling (Fielding anyway no difference in the two)............LOL :)

  • klobania on August 22, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    @sachin_vvsfan i didnt say that sachin n dravid has not contributed in away series i just mention that they fail to win any major tournament like world cup, champions trophy or t20 cup (as both were not part of indian team when they won t20 cup) then how come they r legends and again i replied to indian fan who believes that world can never produce players of their calibre i strongly believe no country in the world would ask for sachin or dravid if that results in failure in all major tournaments. n i m not even trying to widen the rift that has already widened enough 63 yrs back

  • nivek123 on August 22, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    @Davo47. If you haven't noticed vaisamir's comment was a reply to another guy who was insulting the Indian team when there is no need to. So if someone else insults the Indian team and we give some back, it is bad sportsmanship in your country . Its just like when Indian "fanatics" belittle other teams and you guys tell them off(notice that I called them fanatics not fans).

  • on August 22, 2010, 17:30 GMT

    Well, I am a Pakistani and I would say that Indian batting and Pakistani bowling are the weapons of sub-continent that no country have ever been able to produce. Surely a combine team with Indian batting and Pakistan bowling would give birth to a team that would be the best. It would be far superior to the australians and south africans. We will become indestructible. Think positively people that the sub-continent have produced the best cricketers there ahave ever benn. We should be proud of ourselves.

  • Winfried on August 22, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    Congrats, Pakistan on a fine win! My family and I were rooting for Pakistan all the way!

    Nitin (Indian fan)

  • Hindh on August 22, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    If indian batsman r flat track bullies then Pak bowlers are SEAM track bullies, They cant bowl on flat tracks, But indian second string bowling got 20 wickets of SL in the third test. For pak batting Indian bowling is more than enough.

  • Hindh on August 22, 2010, 17:01 GMT

    How can people say sehwag is a flat track bully when he has scored 300 against so called great pak bowling in multan, 195 against aus in aus and centuries in england, check the records before commenting. I want to see where these people were when pak was getting thrashed earlier this month. This pak team has not even won a test series since 2006 and they r saying this the best team and saying India dont deserve No1 . India have not lost a test series since 2007 and have won the last time in england.

  • on August 22, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    oh you people with all your dreams. If the Pakistan had never gained freedom, then who is to say we would have fast bowlers? Fast bowlers is still, as far as the subcontinent is concerned, exclusively a Pakistani thing. I mean the best Asian fast bowler from outside Pakistan is Kapil Dev, and he was an 85 mph outswinger with an average of 29... If you really want to dream then what if India was still part of the British Empire? Just imagine it, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan and Ian Botham in the same team.... more depressingly imagine.. Boycott, Gavaskar and Mudassar Nazar in the same team...

  • on August 22, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    i m hoping even better performance from pakistan at home of cricket.....best of luck salman butt.

  • amir-test-cricket on August 22, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    entertainer ... rightly said ....

    what argentina is for football ..pakistan is for cricket ...

    just love the way they play their game ....

    so many oooohz n aaaahz ... whatever .... they will kepp everyone involved in the game .... the cricket played this summer in england is so much vital to the test cricket ....

    this is exactly why we love test cricket ....

  • AhmadSaleem on August 22, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Why do you all people start thrashing Indian bowlers? They don`t get supporting pitches. Its simple as that. Its not their fault. Similarly their batting is way too much over rated especially youngsters. Sachin, VVS and Dravid have performed everywhere but their new generation is flat track bully

  • sachin_vvsfan on August 22, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    @klobania It is because of fans like you the rift is widening between india and pak fans.We enjoyed the game between pak and engalnd and it was a treat to watch AMIR. But man you seem to be searching for every opportunity to ridicule indians. We won test series in ENG and WI and beaten AUS in AUS and SA in SA. Don't just blindly say Sachin and Dravid cant win the matches in away series.Agreed India got a raw deal today against srilanka (not to forget some bad umpiring) who bowled really well and deserved to win. If we have the right team composition we will be hard to beat any day Just don't spread your hatredness towards indians here.

  • Desihungama on August 22, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    WOW Saleel. You amuse me. Never seen a Cricket fan before taking such pride in dead pitches. Why waste time watching game on tv when you could see old war footage of Pak surrender of 71? Good for self ejacualation.

  • SONIAAFZAL on August 22, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    im from bangladesh & im a strong supporter of Sub continental cricket. i feel so sad that every time i read a coment on cricinfo i see al the indians talking about TENDULKAR, DRAVID, LEXMAN, SEHWAG etc but they never say a single word about the batsmans like GAVASKAR, AZHARUDDIN(1st person to score 9000 runs), GANGULY(most sucsessful captain india ever had, tendulkar & dravid scored most of theyer career runs by bating with him & just have a look to his bating records u'll find him on top 5 in al odi bating records) i know they are retierd but they gave so much to theyer country so people should remember them and try to emulate aswell. they were legend they are & always wil........AND PLEASE PEOPLE STOP FIGHTING ABOUT PAK IND & THE RANKINGS(its al joke by ICC) ITS NOT NICE AS PEOPLE FROM AL OVER THE WORLD WILL LOUGH AT US end of the day WE ARE ALL NEIGHBOURS & we should be happy & proud for our teams sucsess

  • sidsinha on August 22, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    @boom boom i do not agree with abt idea of combine team of indo pak i mean pak bowling attack is so good it should only be combined with good n responsible batting line up likes of south africa or australia . i m indian cricket fan but i know our team is so over rated and after todays dismal performance we have once again proved that we r only dead pitches heroes. i would ask pak can u lend us ur under 19 or A teams bowlers as we r tired of nehra and sharma

  • sha720 on August 22, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan Cricket team.To be Honest I was not expecting them to win a test match against both australia and England this summer but pleasantly team has proved me wrong twice.For me this match was complete team work, dressing room is together and players want to do well.I believe whenever Pakistan team has played together as a unit then only outcome is to win. @Dr Cardio I am die hard fan of Pakistan cricket team as most of Pakistanis are.At present India is the best or may be comparable to South africa who are second in ranking.India's top 5 batsmen are averaging above 50.Give them due credit.

  • kriketneutral on August 22, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    It is indeed commendable what pakistan has acheived against massive odds stacked so high against them. It took a while for the fielding and batting to click and yousaf probably was the glue which was missing all thru. As we all know that their bowling has been top class right thru the summer. I, however , want to highlight one fact which England missed out and still wants to overlook when they tom tom about the heavy defeats inflicted on Pakistan in the initial 2 tests - that fact is that English batsmen were more than lucky - many times over in some instances, to score runs - had it been any other fielding side catching - the results could have been drastically different - not even a single English batsman played a chanceless knock ; there was nothing to be proud of or to draw strength from. It was more like Pakistan losing rather than England winning. England ! go back to the drawing board and assess youselves honestly otherwise be ready for a very harsh winter in australian summer

  • NabeelUsmani on August 22, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    The comments of Mr.Nagraj Gollapudi commenting about Greame Swann being the best spinner in the world makes me laugh my ass off. I mean let him first play 75 or 50 tests. Or at least wait and watch what happens to him during the ASHES in AUS. This guy has hardly played against India and Srilanka or even Pakistan in the Sub continent. He might well be a fluke!!!

    And Well Done Pakistan, keep your consistency going....Always PROUD TO BE A PAKISTANI!!!

  • on August 22, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    wow, this is really funny - the Rank #6 (Test) & Rank #7 (ODI) pakistan team is talking smack against the Rank #1 & Rank #2 Indian team after one win against England. this is too funny to digest, because this same pakistan team was thrashed like they deserved in the first 2 matches by 354 runs and 9 wkts respectively. why so much insecurity to suddenly compare and downgrade the indian team and its players?!?!?! the uneducated, low-minded, and spontaneous players of pakistan will be going no where this world cup as they play all matches on crappy pitches of SL where matches are decided at the toss. and even if you do cross the group stage, we will welcome your so-called pace "PAK ATTACK" to the batting friendly wickets of India where hammering you out of the world cup YET AGAIN will be a pleasure to watch.

  • nivek123 on August 22, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    contd. @Tiger-Khan. Sorry just one more point. India with their club level bowling attack did win 3 series against the Aussies including 2 matches in australia. So I think we arent doing too badly with them. Thanks for your concern anyway. Cheers

  • usman_nile1994 on August 22, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Rajindian has forgotten how Akram Waqar Akhtar Saqlain and others have bowled to Sachin and he looked like a baby against them. Even Amir got his wicket early in Champions Trophy. All the runs Sachin has scored against Pak are on batting conditions. And except Sachin all Indians have faulty technique and are bowled under 100 by Sri Lankans (without Vaas Murali) and Newzealand (without Bond Vettori). If PCB and BCCI are successful in organizing series in England then Indian batsmen would be out at less then 100. And about your bowling i would say "Did India ever produce a GREAT FAST BOWLER?" Please don't say Kapil with a poor average of 28. Even after 78 years of cricket Indians could not find a great fast bowler. All test nations have produced even Sri Lanka was has been playing only since 1981. You lost your 1st match against us and we have always defeated you. See the record books.

  • nivek123 on August 22, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    @klobania. Seriously Do you think India will collapse like this in Tests when Sachin, Dravid etc come to the team. The Odi team is full of posers like dhoni,yuvraj etc For the record India won their last test series in England. Guys like Tendulkar average more in England (62) than your entire teams career averages. Ok I understand some of you are getting agitated with some Indians talking bout team India over here. But hey don't look at their comments there are so many Indians over here who are proud of your team's win and guys like Amir, Asif. Cheers

  • nivek123 on August 22, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    Guys like Kiwirocker And Drcardio1980 should seriously get a life instead of being such trolls. Anyway congrats to the pakistan team on a great performance. Amir is surely destined for greatness. Lets hope he has many more matches like these@Tiger-Khan Oh really you guys took care of the best. Keep talking ONE win against the Aussies in 12 and 11 Losses Even with your incredible bowlers like Wasim etc speaks volumes about your taking care of the best. Rejoicing in your teams win is good but going overboard and thinking they are the best side in the world after ONE win is just lame Don't You think. Cheers

  • SONIAAFZAL on August 22, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    to all of u indians before u make a coment here just go and see how ur so called strong batting line up getting thrashed by srilankans weak bowling attack............ AND WELL DONE TO **klobania** and REH223. NO TENDULKER INDIA IS DOWN UNDER>>

  • imran_k12 on August 22, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    @ blue_angel but this what called cricket. and this what called spirit dude.if you look your Past then you can't do your best in present. Chill dude.

    Pakistan WIN by playing good thats great. Pakistan bowling is strong and i am vey happy about that.WIN or LOSS doesn't matter but how you play really matter. BEST OF LUCK !!!

    and to people, stop comparing Pakistan to India because India is N0.1 team of Test Cricket.

  • on August 22, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    OMG u people just dnt spare any chance to hava dig at each other. grow up guys and enjoy each others success. we should be happy that our teams are tasting sucess on foreign soil that has been always a dream for former players. well the sucess of pakistan shows that how inexperience one might be, a method of correct approach can take them places. just have to be desciplined and believe in themselves.. i am highly impressed with youngsters specially Aamer.. he is the man.. mature beyond his age.. but still there are places where they needs improvement and i.e solidity in batting order.. butt, hameed,farhat, umar all r talented but shd be more cautious in shot selection.. otherwise its always entertaining to c pakistani players in action.. and yeah in the end i want to say that enjoy the beautiful game of cricket with neutral view and c the difference to ur mindset... : )

  • poderdubdubdub on August 22, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, nervy or whatever you call it they crossed the line and thats all that matters. Pakistan were made to forfiet the last oval test through poor umpiring, this time an even stronger English team were defeated by Pakistan, well destiny has its own ways of passing the verdict. Hopefully Pakistan will not become complacent and level the series at Lords, they can do it, believe me. Now coming to some comments which involved our Indian friends, I humbly request all the fans to abstain from these slanging matches, lets talk only the positive things about each other.

  • Shanel.Sira on August 22, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    watch the Indians fall to the ground

  • on August 22, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    Graeme Swann is not the best spinner in the world. Im not saying Ajmal is Either. Come to the Sub-Continent Mr.Graeme then we'll find out how great you are.

  • klobania on August 22, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    @rajindian i really do not think pak need any of name u mention here even tendulkar or dravid (who anyway fail to win any major tournament during the prolong career of 20 yrs and 14 yrs respectively) n by the way ur so called dhoni, raina, sehwag, yuvi have once again failed to score 100 runs against srilanka and not more than a week ago these guyz were bundled out for 88 against second string bowling attack of new zealand. n today they r failed to score anything against slow pacer prera i think u should be thankful to indian board for not playing anything big like england tour or else they might got out on 10 or even less runs

  • REH223 on August 22, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    @Indresh47 Well just look at indian batsmen struggling against the 'LIGHT MEDIUM PACE' sri lankan attack in dambullah (86-8 at the time of writing). Just imagine Indians bowled out less than 50 against strong 'PAK ATTACK'.

  • drcardio1980 on August 22, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    @kiwirocker U rock buddy.@vaisamir take a break mate...... Indian bowling skills are suffering & all the dead wicket batting masters are aging & nearing to their their end.Good luck for the future.Thanks for the compassion about my patients,they are fine with me.Cheers.

  • SyedArbabAhmed on August 22, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    There is a problem in selection criteria specially in batting, they don't give chances to some extent polish players like Asim Kamal, Khalid Latif etc and did not dropped kamran akmal for his poor batting and keeping form same should have been done with him as happened to Danish Kaneria.

  • Mussi on August 22, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    @rajindianhurrey: they why dhoni XI collapsed rite now against srilanka.....ahah

  • on August 22, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    IT IS SOMETHING PAKISTAN SHOULD DONE BEFORE BUT ITS NEVER TOO LATE BRINGING THE STAR BACK IN TEAM . YOUSUF BRINGS THE JOY IN THE DRESSING ROOM THATS GREAT TO SEE

  • on August 22, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    EVerytime Pakistan wins a match the indian supporters just try to compare their team with Pakistan and prove that they are better. It just shows their insecurities about losing from Pakistan which naturally happens as winning and losing is a part of game. if India won in the Asia cup against Pakistan they lost in the champions trophy as well. You cant win always .. enjoy the game .. dont politicize it

  • blue_angel on August 22, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    pakistan cricket is so good......that is the spirit.....they win one and forget all about last five humiliations...............i am happy that they managed to win this one.....god only knows what lies ahead for them

  • Tiger-Khan on August 22, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    @ RajINDIANhurrey: granted Sachin is hard to match for Pak but he would be for any team in the world...so when do you guys produce a good fast bowler worthy of being considered @ international calibre??? let me guess .....emmm...NEVER...dont tell you think zaheer khan to be anything better than club level?? or kapil dev for that matter who took centuries to get whatever wix he had...now on another note BCCI is very wise to try and not play PAK in the near future..as @ this stage looking @ our bowling line-up Amir will just EAT sachin and co like biscuit dipped in tea!!!! so you guys keep working hard in srilanka & NZ while we take care of the best like we have always done...

  • on August 22, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    @Indians: Yea, I think we could get the balance right as bringing in Younas would certainly make the balance right And yea, there is no need to drag India here as they are the number one ICC test team (even if most of us disagree with the ranking system) Yes, Pakistan has not had the rub of the green as far as playing under home advantage is concerned but still we have some way to go in order to have a captain as settled and mature as Dhoni and the batsmen to bank upon... Raina, Sehwag, Gambhir, Dhoni are the batsmen that have done well against all sides and we envy them but surely, for India to be really the number one team, they have to have a better bowling attack... Hope this is a more balance set of comments :-) Peace!

  • Indresh47 on August 22, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    @liaqatmohsin Obviously its easier to get results on seaming tracks then dead ones !! The hugely inconsistent results versus Aus and Eng show how suspect Pakistan's batting lineup is versus how good their bowling attack is.

    @Amir Hanif. India just won the last match vs SL getting 20 wickets with a 2nd string bowling attack. I think for a team to do well you have to balance experience with youth. I dont think India is doing it well enough but players like Sehwag, Gambhir have a while to go and you someone like Raina and Vijay emerging. Considering how cheaply Pakistan was bowled out so many times, dont you think it was bad to just drop Younis, Yousuf and play with such an inexperienced lineup (despite how talented someone like Ali, Akmal is) ? Why don't you go look at Statsguru and see Sehwag's overseas/away record ?

    But still want to say well done to Pakistan and hope they play India soon :)

  • RajINDIANhurrey on August 22, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Well done Pakistan.... well played.... u got gr8 victory against 2 big team in thr own cave..... but i m scare to say keep it up..... coz i m not sure tht is this team will continue without controversy or not,.... but u all have to do a lot to touch even feets of Dhoni XI. I m really appreciate the performance of Amir & Ajmal....Pakistani bowlers are always good even frankly speaking one of the gr8...... u need atleast one batsman of standard of Sahwag, Laxman, Raina , Gambhir, Yuvraj or Dhoni..(Sorry i can't take Sachin and Dravid name....... coz its imposible to touch even thr nail by u guys)

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on August 22, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    @Amir Hanif, Where did India come into this? Get over your inferiority complex.

    Anyway since you ask we did not need to lose 12(or is it 16?) consecutive tests to Australia before beating them. And we have won a series in England - not floundering just to stay alive with a chokey chase.

    So put all this where convenient and light it. Since you are anyway burning I doubt if it will make much a difference though!!

  • popcorn on August 22, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    I am delighted that Pakistan has punctured the bloated egos of the Pommies. The bitterness in Michael Atherton's voice was so obvious - I thought he would break out in tears! He told Andrew Stauss that this defeat was a jolt to the system,and that this is not the first timeEngland have had a batting collapse this summer. Sour grapes,Athers?

  • sobank on August 22, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    I could say that bowlers won the match but I wont. Yes they have a very incredible share in the win but I wont discount the batting. It is very easy to get lost in the shinny figures but reality is that bowler on both sides had no challenge whatsoever. The whole game was about who could stand the bowling. Seaming pitch and weather were the real enemy and tools of bowlers that all the batsmen had to face. So yes, the bowling was great by Pak attack, but it was the pakistani batsmen who showed much more defiance.

  • Nerk on August 22, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    @Ali Zafar. Don't get me started on Amir. What an absolute champion! Loved watching him during the summer in Australia, as he charged in wearing that head band. Now loving watching him terrorise England, albiet without a headband. I have to say it is great watching old fashioned fast bowling grace our screens again. Long live Amir!

  • ahmadhk on August 22, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    @vaisamir: all the series that you ve mentioned were played by a depleted pakistan batting line up. in fact we still arent complete without younis khan. and as far as the bowling department goes, i guess everyone in the house would agree that even pakistan's fifth tier bowling line would outclass india's premier bowling line up on any given day.

  • on August 22, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    l am so glad Mohammad Yousuf proved his critics wrong. He's such a great player and technically so correct, (a rarity these days) Aamir Sohail and a few other 'experts' were almost degrading Mohammad Yousuf everyday when his name was announced for the team.They called him a has been, out of form guy more interested in tableegh (what yusuf does on his time is his business not Aamir Sohail's)

    Great job Pakistan, well done Mohammad Yousuf. We love you...everyone has to retire eventually, but you will always have your place in Pakistan cricket's history! And you will never be a has been.

  • israr155 on August 22, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan @drcardio are u serious.. last time pakistan won a test series was in 2006 against westindies & India have not lost a test series in last two years, so they deserved to be at no1.

  • liaqatmohsin on August 22, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    congrats to pakistan.they deserved to win because they dominated all the sessions.well i see lot of indians say that indian team is better than pakistan.well they have been playing on dead pitches and still only manage draw whereas pa played on seaming conditioins and have defeated two best sides of the world.

  • on August 22, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    I absolutely love this kid Aamir. He gives me the sensation of the 90's when myself as a kid used to wake up early in the morning and listen to radio broadcast of destructive spells of wasim/waqar from newzealand and australia. and the fact that he is humble and willing to learn is heartning for a change. i would love to see pakistan winning the next test and squaring the series.

  • asim900 on August 22, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    very well written article....Guys please avoid comparing India with Pakistan right now...We are very young side and Indians are at their peak right now..They have brilliant batting line up.Their batting greats are not equal to our childs...But I am happy for our bowling as in this test match our total test match experience of bowling was merely 44 approx which is less than total number of matches played by Anderson alone.So with this experience still we were able to rattle th Englishmen.As we play more and more test matches we would turn into gold and hopefully our batsmen will shape up better...Really happy to see umar akmal using his brain today....

  • KiwiRocker- on August 22, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    May I remind that this good article is about Pakistan's excellent win. Silly comments about a united India team etc are irrelevant. Pakistan can surely claim to have one of the best bowling attacks in world but suggestion that India has strongest batting line up in world is absured. Indian batting took a hammering from an above average Sri Lankan attack. On other day NZ thrashed them for less than 100. India has a flat track bully opener(Sehwag). An over rated batsman Tendulkar.(won nothing). Out of form Dravid and over the hill Laxman. Indian middle order is empty. What is this non sense about Indian batting? I am not even going to mention Indian bowling that is worse than Bermuda.! Australia is still the top team in the world by a distance. ICC ranking a butt of joke. Back to Pakistan's win..PCB should do next right thing and get Younis in team. Pakistan is a team on the rise. K.Akmal did better than usual but his useless batting almost cost Pakistan a match. Time for Sarfraz...!

  • khan2306 on August 22, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan, in test a win never can be accidently. Pakistan played well and win the test match against england in england with young team. remarkable performance from yousuf, azhar, ajmal and amir. i dont agree with all those comments that Pakistan chase the target in nerves. it was simply great bowling from england as did pakistan on day 3. disapointment to see some negative bowling from england especially from anderson. a combine team of pakistan and india. if you see the record od indian team they played well only in india. i believe both teams having enough players to play for their countries. at the end it was great vicotry for Pakistan.

  • landl47 on August 22, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan. They used the conditions very well. Yousuf steadied the middle order, AzharAli played well in the first innings and Mohammad Amir showed why he is the most exciting young cricketer in the world. England collapsed twice and the failure in the second innings was especially unacceptable after getting to 194-3 and seeming on the way to setting a good target. This sets up a great finish to the series at Lords.

  • on August 22, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    hey indians what do u think? u are playing at ur homeland. with dead pitches. while pak are playing away. ur bowling attack is not able to get 20 wickets in a test. where is ashant swing? u have all the seniors in the team sehwag,dravid, tendulkar, laxman, dhoni, ghambir..... while we have only yousaf, not younas in the team. and sehwag that is the player of dead pitches in asia. i have never see him to score against australia , SA,ENG,& NZ at their land.see back the karachi test in 2006. what u think about that........? ANd at last i wanted to remember indians that, IS the DHONI XI reach even in the semi finals of last three icc events, 2 T20 & champion trophy, while pakistan has reached and almost near to win them (not win due to umpires).

  • on August 22, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    Graeme Swann is clearly the best spinner in the world.

    Funny: Nowadays it does not even take 25 test matches or not even 50 ODI's to regard a guy as best spinner in the world. I am sad that we all lived in the world of murali , warne and kumble too.

    I believe that we should wait and see his performance in subcontinental pitches or good spin batsman before even calling him a spinner. I dont mean against weak subcontinental teams or young teams at home.

  • HabeebRaja786 on August 22, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan Cricket team.To be Honest I was not expecting them to win a test match against both australia and England this summer but pleasantly team has proved me wrong twice.For me this match was complete team work, dressing room is together and players want to do well.I believe whenever Pakistan team has played together as a unit then only outcome is to win. @Dr Cardio I am die hard fan of Pakistan cricket team as most of Pakistanis are.At present India is the best or may be comparable to South africa who are second in ranking.India's top 5 batsmen are averaging above 50.Give them due credit.

  • on August 22, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    hey indians what do u think? u are playing at ur homeland. with dead pitches. while pak are playing away. ur bowling attack is not able to get 20 wickets in a test. where is ashant swing? u have all the seniors in the team sehwag,dravid, tendulkar, laxman, dhoni, ghambir..... while we have only yousaf, not younas in the team. and sehwag that is the player of dead pitches in asia. i have never see him to score against australia , SA,ENG,& NZ at their land.see back the karachi test in 2006. what u think about that........? ANd at last i wanted to remember indians that, IS the DHONI XI reach even in the semi finals of last three icc events, 2 T20 & champion trophy, while pakistan has reached and almost near to win them (not win due to umpires).

  • satanswish on August 22, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Nervous win by Pakis but England collapse on 3rd day Post-tea session triggered this loss. Paki batting was lesser pathetic in this match which won this match for them.

  • on August 22, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    Well done guys.As usual was nerve wrecking in the end.Must have lost some weight in the last 30 mins.Waqar,Ijaz and Aqaib doing a great job.(Ijaz Butt please move out!!!) Pakistani cricketers can be lethal,they have all the ingredients to become the best in the world.Combine youth with experience ( Two Y'S) and see the results.Get a good opening pair (Like Saeed Anwar and Ameer Sohail) Waqar,Aaqib and Ijaz should go around all over the world where Pakistani origin cricketers play also in Pakistan ( Surely you can find them) and then you will see the results.Best of luck Pakistan for the next test. Mehdi Singapore

  • dmqi on August 22, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    What a nice article, just 100% fair analysis. The bowlers have indeed won the match. Azhar and yusuf were the contributors for the runs and the stability needed. If they would fail, Pakistan would surely loose the match. If Pak can overcome the batting weakness, they can beat any team. They need Yunus for sure.

  • David47 on August 22, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    @vaisamir - before you go commenting on the skills of others on this blog, perhaps you should look after your own?? "Pak lost this series in Eng"?? Ummmm - there's still another test to go - this is a 4 match series, not 3. Using my uncanny reasoning powers I take it that you're yet another biased Indian supporter, which would explain your comments re the Sydney test. If Aus lose in India in the upcoming series, I will be the first on this site to say "well done India", regardless of the circumstances. That's called a SPORTING gesture in this country. But if it goes the other way, what will we hear from Indian supporters like you?? - EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES.........

  • Turrab on August 22, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Mr. Nagraj, well writen article once again but I would like to make a request to Cricinfo team to interview Mr. Hair the umpire now that Pakistan have won the test that it should have 4 years ago. I read his recent interview before this match began and he still is not sorry and instead is going make money off a book regarding this. At the end of the day he is a disgrace to all umpries and World cricket in whole.

  • on August 22, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    Good to see Pakistan back. Cricket has missed a strong Pakistan side. Congrats to all the fans. I would love to see our boys taking on Pakistan (with Shoaib Akhtar) soon.

  • itsjustcricket on August 22, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    @drcardio...I hope your cardiology skills are better than your cricket knowledge, otherwise I pitty your pts. Pak lost this series in Eng, Ind won their last series in Eng. Ind drew in SL, pak lost. Pak drew in NZ, Ind won. India had a creditable 2-1 loss in Aus (should have been 1-1 but for umps at Sydney), Pak were thrashed. I can go on and on. I am a fan of Pak cricket and it is great that they are so dangerous despite the adversity they have faced, but give me a break... Ind are better now.

  • Balumekka on August 22, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    Im a Sri Lankan and a strong supporter of Sub continental cricket. I am so much pleased with the Pakistani performances. Younis and Yousuf must be continued in the batting line up and that will balance the team. Aamir seem to be the next Wasim Akram and PCB must take care of him without treaingt him like how they treated to Akthar. As kids, we always wanted to be like Wasim and Waquar. Lets hope that there will be a similar Pakistani era in cricket.

  • Jim1207 on August 22, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    @BoomBoom: If Indian batsmen and pak bowler come together as a team, in what basis Shoaib malik would come in :-) May be, to bring about another Ind-Pak partition again! Btw, whoever questioned Pakistan's test status would be ashamed for the second time this year. Pak people must be finding some solace in midst of troubles due to floods. And, whoever questions India's talent citing one dead pitch here and there are ashamed already but they wont accept come what may. Apart from one or two dead pitches, Indians are playing well in all pitches - swing or bounce or turning. Which team can boast like that, thats the reason India are no1 now. It requires talent to beat opponent's total of 650 even in a dead pitch, some people never seem to learn. However, India's younger talent too never seem to learn anything, the day Indian seniors retire, India would be in a terrible situation.

  • on August 22, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    pak win this match bcoz bowler did the good job on the 3 day evening session othetwise pak lost the grip this match especially amir or ajmal. but pak batsmen are nervous to chase small target.

  • on August 22, 2010, 2:16 GMT

    I still sometime wonder.. had there been a United India.. The Pakistani bowling.. and Indian batting.. HOLY COW! .. mouth-watering and equally destructive! :-) .. A very well deserved victory for Pakistan and a much needed lift to a Nation in woe. Heard the news from back home that some of the flood victims were gathered to watch the game.. Im glad they got something to cheer about..

  • on August 22, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    "Graeme Swann is clearly the best spinner in the world but on present form Ajmal is not far behind." ^Woah woah, that's a pretty biased statement, more like a sad excuse of a statement and in reality barely an opinion. Anyhow, well done Pakistan, I think we a lot of credit to the coaching think tank too, you could see they're trying hard to cover up the weaknesses like the weaker batting department and exploit the team's strengths like that of the match-winning bowlers. Hopefully all keeps going well like this Insha'Allah :)

  • smalishah84 on August 22, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan and to you too Nagraj. You are increasingly becoming a very very good writer. I am beginning to like your writing style more and more. Well played Pakistan.

  • haseebPAKISTAN on August 22, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    jusss wana sayyyyyy hipp hipp hooorayyyyyyyyyy lolx PAKISTAN ziNDAbaddddd simply awesumeeee and i loved the way umer akmal celebrated after hitting the winning run that was prolific waoooo n once again congrajulation to PAKISTAN team and camizration to ENGland team n they damnn faught well bt in the end PAKISTAN was winners so PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • on August 22, 2010, 1:23 GMT

    Congratulations to PAKISTAN ! we all are praising Amir and other bowlers but it is Waqar who has polished this young talent.I think some players must be considered for test matches in future i.e Younis,Asim kamal,Faisal Iqbal & Fawad alam.Younis has already proved himself,Asim has real temprament for tests ,faisal has been wasted by some of our ex-playes & not given proper chance he must be given proper chance as given to Azhar Ali.Fawad will be handy as he know how to rotate the strike and will add some variation by his offspinners.

  • ArtPakistan on August 22, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    Great article. Thanks Nagraj for writing positive about Pakistan Team. You are one of the few sports writers who dare to do so. Congrats everyone on Pakistan's great victory. Team Pakistan kept their nerves before a noise making narrow-minded crowd, showed them how not to give up fight till the end...and silenced them. Keep up the spirit Team Pakistan, Lords is yours.

  • raheem030766 on August 22, 2010, 1:04 GMT

    Before the start of the third test we knew there were three good bowlers in the team, Asif, Amir and Saeed but nobody expected Gul's relacement, Wahab to perform as well as he did on his debut both with bowl and bat. Furthermore, with the return of Mohammed Yusuf and Yasir Hameed the young batters, Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal were able to relax and play their natural game with encouragement and guidance from the master himself, Mohammed Yusuf. Combined this with high standard of fielding and wicket keeping from Kamran Akmal it was no surprise Pakistan won the test. In fact all eleven players contributed to the victory. I now understand from reading Dawn news that Yunus Khan may also be available for Lords test. I hope Yunus Khan does play at Lords which wll further strengthen the batting and the possibility of drawing the series. In my opinion either Farhat or Hameed should be dropped in place of Yunus. Well done TEAM PAKISTAN inspite of incompetent and inefficient PCB and Ijaz Butt.

  • chinmaypatil on August 22, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    This is really exciting! Pakistan is playing and winning test matches! England and South Africa are currently the best places to play test cricket.

  • nafees on August 22, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    Furthermore i would like 2 add 2 my earlier comment,THE THINGS THAT PAKISTAN GAINED IN THE SERIES,,,apart from azhar ali,we found a good backup wicket keeper in Zulqarnain Haider,just incase kamran doesnt find his batting form soon we needn't worry,now we have a backup &The performance of saeed ajmal,he has proved his test credentials,10 wickets in 2 tests,swann has more but he has played 1 more match as well in the series. His after tea spell which destructed england in the partneship with amir reminded me of Saqlain mushtaq in india in 99 when he along with waseem akram won pakistan the match(if my memory is serving me well i think it was the 1st match,the 1 in which Tendulkar scored 136 but got out to saqlain when india needed just 15 to win), SO YES,,,LOOK OUT ENGLAND,,,THE EDGBASTON WIN WAS 6th CONSECUTIVE MATCH THAT ENGLAND WON & THERE WERE TALKS IN ENGLAND MEDIA ABOUT GOING TO ASHES IN A WINNING STREAK OF 8 CONSECUTIVE MATCHES BY BEATING PK IN LAST 2,WELL THATS NOT GONNA HAPPEN

  • PatrickJM on August 22, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Mohammad Amir looks like a superstar and Graeme Swann the same. Warne has poured praise on Swann and Holding has said of Amir that he has seen nobody better at his (Amir's) age. Test Match cricket should be a bowlers game, and the batsmen - Cook, Yousuf - should be made to work for their runs. Looking forward to a good game at Lord's.

  • Itchy on August 22, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    A lot of comments here from chest-thumping Pakistan fans as to be expected. What I don't understand is how any of you can confidently predict a 2-2 scoreline - wouldn't that imply a level of consistency that is currently just not in the Pak team? I would love to see it happen (believe me, I would love to see England drop a peg or two in confidence prior to the Ashes later this year) but I just don't think it will.

  • pakfan2010 on August 22, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    pakistan should bring younis, you cant rely on yousef ever innings. pak team should be butt, farahat, younis, yousef, azhar, umar, haider, amer, gul, ajmal, asif. If farahat fails bring in hammeed or another opener. I feel if pakistan had this team from start the would be winning this series as younis and yousef can handle swing conditions and also would have guided the youngsters. why do pakistan always have to be loosing to bring changes, the batting weakness was obvious in the australian innings and the two y's should have been picked in first test against england.

  • on August 21, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    Amir, a serious talent, destroyed English Batting line up in the 2nd innings..for me that was the turning moment....really amazing to see how could a bowler who is just 18 have such a great bowling brain...he bowls like an expert speedster .... Yousaf also strengthened Pakistan's batting line up...so now everything has been changed....Good Luck Pakistan for the next test :)

  • Desihungama on August 21, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    Thank you Waqar, Ijaz and Aqib and Well done Pakistan.

  • SONIAAFZAL on August 21, 2010, 23:14 GMT

    once again pakistan won a test match because of bowlers.if amir & ajmal didn take some quick wickets on day3 after lunch den da result would have been diferent great bowling by FUTURE LEGEND MOHAMMAD AMIR he was briliant so was asif, ajmal & wahab riaz(wat a debu for him) great come bak by mohammad yusuf he was excelent so waz azhar ali he played realy wel for his 92 sad dat he couldent get hundred.stil time to learn a leson for ijaz butt & yawar saeed you 2 just open your eyes & see da batting boost of pakistan by yusufs comeback azhar ali is da example & just imagine how strong bating line up it would be if yunuis khan comes bak to squad,in every sport u need EXPERIANCE as wel as talent & new bloods!australia & india is gud example they produce plenty of top clas batsmens but just think y dey don get rid of theyer veterans even sometimes if dey don perform wel because da team needs EXPERIANCE specialy in test match. in my opinion u 2 DEVILS of pak cricket needs to get kicked out..

  • aftabk on August 21, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    BoonBoom, you got to be kidding, Shoaib Malik does not even deserve to bre in the Pak team. The only reason he has been in so long is because of Ijaz Butt, who should be kicked out. He is responsible for the sad state of Pak cricket team.

  • on August 21, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    Not all players are created equal in talent and that's why Amir is my favorite player in this squad. When he came to bat today chips were down but the strong conviction with which he blocked 15 deliveries proved to me that he is not just a great bowler but a complete cricketer who is born for a contest. Given his tremendous talent at the age of 18, I have little doubt in my mind that he can become a very accomplished allrounder. He will be compared with great Wasim for some time but I believe he has the potential to leave his own mark on Pakistan cricket. But teams don't win matches due to heroics of just one player and as such I congratulate the whole Pakistan team for standing shoulder to shoulder for a great win. Thank you Waqar, Ijaz and Aqib! For making me feel for the first time in a very long time that our team is once again in the makings of becoming a truly great team.

  • tksami on August 21, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    Asif Hafeez : you make a great point.

    Next match play Mohammad Irfan. That would be awesome.And people will will say how does Pakistan comes up with such "dangerous" bowlers.

  • nafees on August 21, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    When the team was leaving for England to play 6 tests against to of the best test playing teams in the world,there were talks about loosing 6-0 in total,but they have silenced the critics & to a certain extent have exceeded the expectations.I mean beating aussis after 15 & beating England in England after 9 years,,,IT MATTERS. To me regardless of what happens in lords next week,IM PROUD OF THIS TEAM. & if u go deep,i think the biggest mistake was not sending either Younis or Yousuf initially,@ last some common sense prevailed & they sent "MOYO" .Pakistan has gained a lot in these matches, A NEW RELIABLE BATSMAN IN AZHAR ALI.The 2 tests which pk has won Azhar ALi has a very importnat part in both.Both his fifties have come in winning matches.I must give credit to the management for keeping faith on him after failures in the 1st 2 test against England.WELL DONE WAQAR & CO.

  • drcardio1980 on August 21, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    well done .Younis still deserves to be part of the team.Pakistan is a better test team than India whose no.1 position is laughable hahaha............thanks to ICC & dead pitches.

  • poderdubdubdub on August 21, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    Well written Nagraj. Well done Pakistan, nervy or whatever they crossed the line and thats all that matters. Pakistan were unfairly made to forfiet the last oval test, well destiny has its own ways of passing the verdict. Hopefully Pakistan will preserve the current momentum and level the series at Lords, they can do it.

  • Hagi on August 21, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    @BoonBoom... yeah you are right if India and Pakistan team combine then there is no team that can beat them...but i would luv to see YOUNIS KHAN as a captain...

  • Salman.cricinfo on August 21, 2010, 21:16 GMT

    yousaf comeback gives vicotry to pakistan

  • on August 21, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    Again I have to say, UMAR Akmal should bat come up the order. Playing him in no. 6 position is ridicolous! and the reason of all the batting collapses. He is a talent, although he is attacking player but he is the only young player who is capable to play against tough teams, he showed in Australia. If he bats at no. 4 alongside yousuf. Pakistan batting will look strong. In all the last 2 tests and 2 tests with Australia Pakistan managers was Stupid. They put Azhar Ali & Umar Amin at no. 3, 4 but kept a quality player like Umar akmal in no.5 or 6. Please Please, last test please Umar Akmal shoud bat at no.4 or top of the order NOT no.6. Pak is making a mistake to waste this new talent like they did with Imran Nazir long time ago. Any Pak coach reading my comment pls change the batting order. Thanks, Peace.

  • SajidMirza on August 21, 2010, 21:00 GMT

    Many many happy return of the day to my dearest Pakistan Cricket Team. I would like to thank to our chairmen Mr. Butt actually thanks is advance for his resignation. ieeeeeeee for God sake mr. butt, take retirement, its ur time stay in home with your grand childerns. Mercy on PCB. Butt eleven played really well and i am agree that pakistan collapse not by their bad batting techniques actually it collapse bcz of great bowling by swanny and jimmy. I am proud on our bowling attack, we have world class bowling attack even other team stay miles away, but our attack need solid pairs of hand to hold the catches and specially our dear WC kamran, he played 1 test very well with bad and also with gloves and secure his place for the rest of the tour, history shows this. and wao wao wao imran farhat wait a min, why he is side,he is an opnner and for a lond time he not go in 3 figure. he is uselless totally also as a fielder. Continue your spirit troops ...

  • on August 21, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    I was pleased to see Umar Akmal's knock in both innings. Aggression and responsibility. I believe induction of Yousaf is more than his batting. It is a message and direction to youngsters. They need to show responsibility and the message is that they could be dispensed with. Mr. Ijaz Butt should either resign or dispense with his over bloated ego and bring Younis Khan back. I agree with the commentator here that right/left combination had an adverse effect on Chris Broad. He proved ineffective in initial overs of first innings and it let Pakistan set the platform for 300+. Younis Khan deserves a return to the National Team.

  • TalhaKhalid on August 21, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    Pakistan thoroughly deserves this victory especially after the Inzi-Hair Ball controversy at this very same venue.....Good all-round performance from the boys.....

  • BoonBoom on August 21, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    Imagine a combined India Pakistan team - all batsmen from India and all bowlers from Pakistan - and I bet this would be very difficult team to beat at any surface. However, I would love to see Shoaib Malik as the captain of this combined team -;)

  • TalhaKhalid on August 21, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    Pakistan thoroughly deserves this victory especially after the Inzi-Hair Ball controversy at this very same venue.....Good all-round performance from the boys.....

  • Asif_123 on August 21, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    I think we shouldn't be too critical of what happened to Pakistan in the End. It's kind of a double standard. If Pakistan takes the last 7 wickets of England in in the span of 20~30 runs, then people mostly call it the brilliance of Pakistan Bowling not the failure of English Batting. But when it is the other way around and Pakistan loses a few wickets in quick succession then all of a suddan Pakistan is nevry, uncertain, unpredictable etc. Swan and Anderson were bowling very good and in the fourth innings of a test match if any team loses a couple of quick wickets, they can behave just like Pakistan did

    But in the end, finally Pakistan won. Yousaf was brilliant and so was Azhar Ali. I still don't like Imran Farhat. I think we should open with Butt and Yasir and Bring fawad Alam down the order.He is a much better option. He can also bowl part time off spinners. He is playing well in county cricket. Rest of the team seems fine. Brilliant game by Yousaf And Azhar by the way

  • David47 on August 21, 2010, 19:50 GMT

    Well done Pak - really good job. Now win the remaining test.

  • OT12 on August 21, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    I still believe that Pakistan needs Younis Khan, well Imran Farhat should be dropped now he has been playing for last 10 years,and still he plays as if he made his debut in this series. Kamran Akmal kept well but again i think he was lucky neither both Akmal and Zulqarnain are good keepers Pakistan need a strong person behind stumps. Shoaib Malik is not a test material at all and he should realize that, someone should tell him that he can never be a captain again, he is just sitting and waiting for the day when board will ask him to be Captain again, unluckly his Wise Misbah is out and so as Kamran his master mind for Politics is struggling for his place, its time for Pakistan to drop Malik, and if possible Kamran, and bring back Younis Khan, and not forget the brain behind the Pakistan cricket downfall Yawar Saeed (Manager) he should be asked as well to leave. Well Played Pakistan keep the spirits high.

  • AhmadSaleem on August 21, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    Pakistan have found their mojo in moyo but Younis should also be given a chance now. Bowling is already world class and this move will make our batting world class.

  • on August 21, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    You are right, there is a lot to like about this team. Like Butt said, they are young and will make mistakes, putting Azhar Ali at 3 was a mistake, making the top 3 batsmen play as if they were playing for a draw a mistake, making Farhat abandon his natural attack in favor of a role he doesn't have the technique for was a mistake. But it takes real character to come back from being slaughtered twice, including the successive scores of 72 & 80 and these guys have shown they have the will to fight. Miandad, Inzamam and Yousuf all struggled in their first tour of England, so these guys can't be blamed too much. They have already done something that more experienced and seemingly much better Pakistani teams could not do, not lose a test series against Australia and something Inzamam's no.2 ranked test team could not do in 2006, win a test match against England. This team has the potential to become one of the best, if only we didn't have those Rhesus Monkeys running the PCB.

  • Behroz on August 21, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    There u go, people who were comparing Pakistan with Bangladesh So take that and that is Pakistan for u at there Best so anymore complains and now think if they add Younis in this side anyways England was lucky to take 2-0 lead first now we r coming to level it next week.

  • goodman4504 on August 21, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    Congrats to Salman n co! Excellent match to watch. Keep it up Pakistan! Make the series drawn 2-2.

  • on August 21, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Now Pakistan will understand how valuable Mohammed Yusuf is. Stop playing with good players..PCB Pakistan is becoming strong day by day..great to see..

  • on August 21, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    very nice said indeed...it has really transformed into something we havent expected from the pakistanis

  • Cric_PasntLvr on August 21, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Hmmmm......Winning taste is ofcourse a lil diff thing.....and as expected the calmness and the maturity that was badly needed to boost this batting line up...in the form of Mohammed Yousuf......eagerly waiting for Yunus Khan to join ...so that it would be the perfect menu to level the series 2 -2...hows that........:)...Well..i would like to congrates the coaching staff..Waqar, Ijaz, Aquib and each n every team memb. and the staff ..who took part to win this test match..Salman Butt is handling his bowlers very well specially Mohammed Amair...and i hope Zulfeqarnain finger gets well and i wish he could play the 4th test....Kamran contineously proving to b hopeless for his batting....but his younger bro. showed some maturity in batting... i hope it would improve...and i wish him to b paks sachin...all the best to level the series

  • Daniel_Cartwright on August 21, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    The day Waqar Younis got appointed coach I expected this change to come into the Pakistan side. But i expected a smooth unnotived transition but its clearly visible how the youngsters are maturing and the team is coming togather to be a well performing unit.

  • S.M.Kamran on August 21, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Thank God! at last after 9 years nervous Pakistani team won the test match on the English soil. Cheers! Team Pakistan.

  • on August 21, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    Had PCB and Selection committee acted in good faith and with honesty by sending Yousaf and Younis with the team right from the first test against australia am sure at least they would have had 2-1 lead in this test series if not 3-0.

  • on August 21, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Pakistan should try to be consistent in their catching and at least 3 of the top order batsman should try to score 50+ runs... then they can beat Aussies or Englishmen...

  • shahabworld on August 21, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    awesome win..proud of the team.... now, can we also have younis khan back..

  • sarkar_ayan on August 21, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    boss...this one performance by pakistan will give hope not only to few members of the pakistaniu squad...but to an entire nation devasted by flood, terrorism and poor governance....these young men have made a massive statement...one the all the fingers are closed to form a fist...nothing can stop it from giving a strong punch...i hope the 11th finger "kamran" joins in and form a even stronger unit!!...well done...even though i m an indian but i m happy that this young side has shown some tremendous tenacity...which will inspire many people from the subcontinent..!!

  • faisalthemaverick on August 21, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    well done pakistan, typical pakistan cricket with lots of twists and turns till the very end just like a classic thriller.pakistan are to world cricket what argentina is to soccer adding another dimension to the game. I wish they just bring back younis khan and have faith in zulqarnain haider instead of the sloppy kamran akmal then they really will have a world class team ready to compete for the best place, also they should drop farhat for yasir hameed who may fail occasionally but will change the game on its head the day he gets going

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  • faisalthemaverick on August 21, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    well done pakistan, typical pakistan cricket with lots of twists and turns till the very end just like a classic thriller.pakistan are to world cricket what argentina is to soccer adding another dimension to the game. I wish they just bring back younis khan and have faith in zulqarnain haider instead of the sloppy kamran akmal then they really will have a world class team ready to compete for the best place, also they should drop farhat for yasir hameed who may fail occasionally but will change the game on its head the day he gets going

  • sarkar_ayan on August 21, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    boss...this one performance by pakistan will give hope not only to few members of the pakistaniu squad...but to an entire nation devasted by flood, terrorism and poor governance....these young men have made a massive statement...one the all the fingers are closed to form a fist...nothing can stop it from giving a strong punch...i hope the 11th finger "kamran" joins in and form a even stronger unit!!...well done...even though i m an indian but i m happy that this young side has shown some tremendous tenacity...which will inspire many people from the subcontinent..!!

  • shahabworld on August 21, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    awesome win..proud of the team.... now, can we also have younis khan back..

  • on August 21, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Pakistan should try to be consistent in their catching and at least 3 of the top order batsman should try to score 50+ runs... then they can beat Aussies or Englishmen...

  • on August 21, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    Had PCB and Selection committee acted in good faith and with honesty by sending Yousaf and Younis with the team right from the first test against australia am sure at least they would have had 2-1 lead in this test series if not 3-0.

  • S.M.Kamran on August 21, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Thank God! at last after 9 years nervous Pakistani team won the test match on the English soil. Cheers! Team Pakistan.

  • Daniel_Cartwright on August 21, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    The day Waqar Younis got appointed coach I expected this change to come into the Pakistan side. But i expected a smooth unnotived transition but its clearly visible how the youngsters are maturing and the team is coming togather to be a well performing unit.

  • Cric_PasntLvr on August 21, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Hmmmm......Winning taste is ofcourse a lil diff thing.....and as expected the calmness and the maturity that was badly needed to boost this batting line up...in the form of Mohammed Yousuf......eagerly waiting for Yunus Khan to join ...so that it would be the perfect menu to level the series 2 -2...hows that........:)...Well..i would like to congrates the coaching staff..Waqar, Ijaz, Aquib and each n every team memb. and the staff ..who took part to win this test match..Salman Butt is handling his bowlers very well specially Mohammed Amair...and i hope Zulfeqarnain finger gets well and i wish he could play the 4th test....Kamran contineously proving to b hopeless for his batting....but his younger bro. showed some maturity in batting... i hope it would improve...and i wish him to b paks sachin...all the best to level the series

  • on August 21, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    very nice said indeed...it has really transformed into something we havent expected from the pakistanis

  • on August 21, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Now Pakistan will understand how valuable Mohammed Yusuf is. Stop playing with good players..PCB Pakistan is becoming strong day by day..great to see..