India v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, Group B, Edgbaston June 14, 2013

Misbah says India game 'like a final'

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So important is any game between Pakistan and India in its own right that there may be a temptation to allow the result of Saturday's game at Edgbaston to obscure the evidence of all that has gone before.

If, for example, Pakistan prevails, there may be those who conclude that the issues with their batting line-up that have dogged them throughout this tournament have been solved and no changes are required.

Equally, if India win, there may be those who conclude that the Pakistan bowling line-up is inadequate and more changes are needed.

Neither conclusion would be correct. When Pakistan bow out of the Champions Trophy on Saturday night, they must do so knowing their batting has been exposed as hopelessly lacking at this level. There must be no attempt to mask that and no attempt to snatch at miracle solutions. The road to improvement will be long and painful, but only by accepting their failings will Pakistan embark upon it.

Misbah-ul-Haq knows all this. Pakistan's captain knows that he has a bowling attack the rival of any team in this competition and a batting line-up that has been found wanting. And while his comments on the eve of the game were as calm and measured as ever, there was a theme to them that suggested that several Pakistan players, notably Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik and perhaps Kamran Akmal could all be playing their last games. Well, their last games for a while, anyway. Little is permanent in Pakistan cricket.

"After this performance, clearly everybody can see where we need changes," Misbah said. "The batting is an issue. We need to think about that and how we go further in the future.

"Changes should be done very sensibly. You see what you need in the team and how you can improve your batting line-up, especially. You can't just take decisions in a panic situation.

"The biggest plus for us is our bowling line-up, especially the fast bowlers, and we've got two of the best spinners that are really performing well. And it's good to see Nasir Jamshed scoring runs. There are a few things which really are going well in this tournament."

Even Misbah's time may be ebbing away. It is not that Misbah's personal performance has dipped - quite the opposite, really - but more the issue that, after this event, the next global limited-overs tournament is the 2015 World Cup. As Misbah will be well past his 40th birthday by then, it seems unlikely he will still be playing so there is an argument to suggest now is the time to make the change and allow his replacements time to grow into the role.

For the time being, though, Misbah is urging his team not to worry themselves about the future and to enjoy the opportunity of playing such a high-profile match against India. While Pakistan, at their best, play brave, positive cricket, in this event they have looked timid and diffident. Misbah is hoping they can rediscover the confidence and joy that has typified the best of Pakistan cricket.

"Players should not worry about that selection," he said. "They should not worry about what's going to happen. You should think every game is your last and just try to give your best shot. They should take this match as an opportunity, go out there and just prove how good they are.

"There's no pressure on us now. It's one game. It's a chance for us to prove ourselves; to go there and just get something back. We should just express ourselves and go and try to win.

"It's still a very important game. Everybody knows that India against Pakistan is a huge game in terms of viewers. It's an important game for both teams and both teams want to win that game. Whenever we play each other it's like a final for everybody.

"But, even if we do win, the disappointment will remain somehow. Every team wants to win the ICC Champions Trophy. It's the second biggest tournament in the world."

As things stand, Pakistan are scheduled to travel to the Caribbean before the end of the month, for a series of games against West Indies. While rumours abound that the tour could be cancelled or rescheduled, it seems fair to presume that, the next time Pakistan play, several of the old guard will have been replaced.

While Misbah's role as a player may be coming to an end, he has shown the foresight and vision to suggest he could have a role in the administration of Pakistan cricket in the future.

Following Pakistan's defeat against South Africa, Misbah argued once again for more Pakistan players to travel abroad in order to gain experience of playing in different conditions and against different opponents in order to broaden their games. It is an idea that makes a great deal of sense.

"If you want to really improve your nursery of batsmen, you have to plan," Misbah said. "One suggestion is that you send your players to Australia, South Africa and England to play first-class cricket because whenever the Pakistan team comes to England, South Africa or Australia, they struggle because of the different conditions.

"And we can arrange more A team tours. These are areas we really have to look at otherwise it will just keep on happening."

Whatever happens at Edgbaston on Saturday, Pakistan would do well to heed Misbah's words.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    MaruthuDelft said "Batting is no game to compete with West. Even a big belly can score runs if you give him a bat. Bowling a side out aggressively is what counts"

    you gave a good example of self-contradiction.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | June 15, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft: Your comments are so random and so ridculous that they make me laugh. You just disproved yourself - India has already bowled out Aus and SA in this series. Your team on the other hand cannot even defend 334 against India. I only see jealousy in your comments because India is the ONLY unbeaten team in this competition so far.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Bring In Players like Ahmed Shehzad,Haris Sohail,Shoaib Maqsood,Asad Shafiq,Umar Amin,Hammad Azam,Fawad Alam.Usman Salahuddin in team.. If you cant play all of them atleast pick some of them...Rizwan a best replacement for shitface Kamran Akmal.. We need to give young Raza Hasan in playing 11 in t20s even if Ajmalx there....! For time being i see Pakistani Cricket in Bad Hands...!

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | June 15, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Pakistan plays great cricket even if they loose; they are like hunters when they bowl. India is pathetic when they bowl. Batting is no game to compete with West. Even a big belly can score runs if you give him a bat. Bowling a side out aggressively is what counts. Only Pakistan in Asia do that.

  • POSTED BY bbnn on | June 15, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    I am an Indian i know one thing Malik and Kamran always good against India They may hit 50 or 100 against India all the pak fans and selectors will forget the past again they will be in the team But they will not score against other teams

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | June 15, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    It is going to be history in the making when a team which has lost all of it's matches still thinks that it has reached the finals. I am a Pakistani fan but I want Pakistan to lose because if Pakistan wins then everyone (including emotional Pakistani fans) would forget our team's miserable performance in the tournament. India takes matches against Pakistan normally now a days. However, these days, India finds matches against England and Australia more enjoyable just because they are more competitive. On the other hand, Pakistani team only performs wholeheartedly against India and doesn't focus on other matches, for e.g matches against W.Indies and S.Africa. Pakistan needs to take every match like any other game and they should go all out in every game.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | June 15, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    While others look at it like a final, I feel it does not matter who wins, Lets just see an interesting game. You win some and you lose some.Without a doubt Pakistan bowlers are amongst the best - if not the best in the CT. Let there be a good game between bat and ball. Rivalry only exists when playing in India and Pakistan. Indian fan

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    P4KIST4N_7. Those are the only moments for pakistan to cheer about. India always remains ahead......... World Cups- 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and T20 world Cups- 2007, 2012. Such a long list. Isn't it?

  • POSTED BY SRISESH on | June 15, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    No, Misbah, Pakistan might take this as a final , but India goes to this match only as a practice match. Especially with Captain Cool there is no place for emotions. We play Cricket as game.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    It is time that Pakistan follows the way shown by India.. India had been found out when its tried and tested players and legends in wane were off colour. The change began with a positive note in the Test Series against Australia where the selectors and management was ready to test the rookies and they performed exceptionally well. Same has been the case with Champions Trophy. While the likes of Sehwag and Gambhir have been off steam right now, the fresh faces like Dhawan, DK, Rohit (in opening position) are giving us good times. The bowling have always been a worry but English conditions do favour the bowlers. So it all boils down to batsmen. And Indian batsmen have stood up. Pakistan needs to reassess its batting line up and infuse some new blood like Umar Amin, Shafiq, Jamshed etc instead of the likes of Akmals, Malik. Misbah needs to be replaced, no matter his form and the resurrection and rennaissance needs to begin immediately. Else Pakistan may be found out in 2015 WC.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    MaruthuDelft said "Batting is no game to compete with West. Even a big belly can score runs if you give him a bat. Bowling a side out aggressively is what counts"

    you gave a good example of self-contradiction.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | June 15, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft: Your comments are so random and so ridculous that they make me laugh. You just disproved yourself - India has already bowled out Aus and SA in this series. Your team on the other hand cannot even defend 334 against India. I only see jealousy in your comments because India is the ONLY unbeaten team in this competition so far.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Bring In Players like Ahmed Shehzad,Haris Sohail,Shoaib Maqsood,Asad Shafiq,Umar Amin,Hammad Azam,Fawad Alam.Usman Salahuddin in team.. If you cant play all of them atleast pick some of them...Rizwan a best replacement for shitface Kamran Akmal.. We need to give young Raza Hasan in playing 11 in t20s even if Ajmalx there....! For time being i see Pakistani Cricket in Bad Hands...!

  • POSTED BY MaruthuDelft on | June 15, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Pakistan plays great cricket even if they loose; they are like hunters when they bowl. India is pathetic when they bowl. Batting is no game to compete with West. Even a big belly can score runs if you give him a bat. Bowling a side out aggressively is what counts. Only Pakistan in Asia do that.

  • POSTED BY bbnn on | June 15, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    I am an Indian i know one thing Malik and Kamran always good against India They may hit 50 or 100 against India all the pak fans and selectors will forget the past again they will be in the team But they will not score against other teams

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | June 15, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    It is going to be history in the making when a team which has lost all of it's matches still thinks that it has reached the finals. I am a Pakistani fan but I want Pakistan to lose because if Pakistan wins then everyone (including emotional Pakistani fans) would forget our team's miserable performance in the tournament. India takes matches against Pakistan normally now a days. However, these days, India finds matches against England and Australia more enjoyable just because they are more competitive. On the other hand, Pakistani team only performs wholeheartedly against India and doesn't focus on other matches, for e.g matches against W.Indies and S.Africa. Pakistan needs to take every match like any other game and they should go all out in every game.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | June 15, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    While others look at it like a final, I feel it does not matter who wins, Lets just see an interesting game. You win some and you lose some.Without a doubt Pakistan bowlers are amongst the best - if not the best in the CT. Let there be a good game between bat and ball. Rivalry only exists when playing in India and Pakistan. Indian fan

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    P4KIST4N_7. Those are the only moments for pakistan to cheer about. India always remains ahead......... World Cups- 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and T20 world Cups- 2007, 2012. Such a long list. Isn't it?

  • POSTED BY SRISESH on | June 15, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    No, Misbah, Pakistan might take this as a final , but India goes to this match only as a practice match. Especially with Captain Cool there is no place for emotions. We play Cricket as game.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    It is time that Pakistan follows the way shown by India.. India had been found out when its tried and tested players and legends in wane were off colour. The change began with a positive note in the Test Series against Australia where the selectors and management was ready to test the rookies and they performed exceptionally well. Same has been the case with Champions Trophy. While the likes of Sehwag and Gambhir have been off steam right now, the fresh faces like Dhawan, DK, Rohit (in opening position) are giving us good times. The bowling have always been a worry but English conditions do favour the bowlers. So it all boils down to batsmen. And Indian batsmen have stood up. Pakistan needs to reassess its batting line up and infuse some new blood like Umar Amin, Shafiq, Jamshed etc instead of the likes of Akmals, Malik. Misbah needs to be replaced, no matter his form and the resurrection and rennaissance needs to begin immediately. Else Pakistan may be found out in 2015 WC.

  • POSTED BY cricketistheway on | June 15, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    ".. Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal may be playing their last game..."!! For the umpteenth time?How many times before have they failed and selectors decided to drop them? But our selection committees beleive that by staying out of intrnational cricket players become good. The truth, though, may be that there are no good batsmen in the country. In which case we should accept the sour truth that this is our real standard today. Pakistan cricket is dying.

  • POSTED BY Vishal_07 on | June 15, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    India should use this match to test other players. The top 3 players have played but not so for the middle order. May be they should play it like a warm up match where the openers play and then retire to get other players a chance before the high pressure semi finals.

  • POSTED BY on | June 15, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    @Sports4Youth...very sad to read your comments. Every team has its ups and downs..Pakistan is just going through a bad phase..Don't forget who beat India in India recently, and they still may come on top again in this match. As an Indian, I would love India to win, but don't want any disrespect for the opponents

  • POSTED BY TMuhammad on | June 15, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    I believe its high time to re organize the whole Pakistani team. I suggest that make 2/3 teams and have them play with each other for a while lets say 6 games each. There are a lot of players waiting for their turn that have performed very well in domestic as well as in Australian, English, South Africa and Bangladesh domestic games. Please pick them and have them play with each other. All those players who are playing in other countries are playing under good coaches and that is why they are being paid. We have lots of Players at home too to name a few: (batsmen)Azhar Ali, Younus Khan, Ali Waqas, Ahmed Shahzad, Khurram Manzoor, Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Hassan, Sharjeel Khan, Rafatullah Mohmond, Shoaib Maqsood, Harris Sohail, Babar Zaman, (bowler) Zulfiqar Babar, Asad, Raza hasan,(bat alrounder) (Spin)Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi (Fast) Akber ur Rehmani, (bowling alrounder) Anwar Ali, Yasir Arafat (wkt) Sarfraz, Adnan Akmal. You can also see the ranking of Pakistani players from PCB site.

  • POSTED BY Daredevil123 on | June 14, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    @Sports4 Youth u r really biased with malik performs the most against india

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    India is at the stronger position, and their bowling in underestimated. the young bowlers are doing very well in this ICC Trophy. Asad Ali should play this game to provide more exposure, i am seeing something in him.....great line and length and good pace. In the long run, prepare Wahab Riaz as a geniun bowling all rounder like Abdul Razzaq or Waseem Akram, and play with four quick bowlers including Asad Ali.

  • POSTED BY P4K1ST4N_7 on | June 14, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    @Sports4Youth, when you say Pakistan has not won a match against india in any major tournament look at these Pakistan-india encounters in C.T:

    ICC Champions Trophy 2004 England. 12th Match: India v Pakistan at Birmingham - Sep 19, 2004 India 200 (49.5/50 ov); Pakistan 201/7 (49.2/50 ov) Pakistan won by 3 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

    ICC Champions Trophy 2009-10 South Africa 6th Match, Group A: India v Pakistan at Centurion - Sep 26, 2009 Pakistan 302/9 (50/50 ov); India 248 (44.5/50 ov) Pakistan won by 54 runs

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    With the current form of the team i dont think they stand a chance. At the moment they dont know where they are. Pak bowling can ristrict indian batters to 250 only if they play very bad and if Pak bowlers bowl very well. And it would be a huge task for Pak batters to get that. It will be a repeat of the same sorry performance from Pak batters. I really doubt if they will be able to make a match of it.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 14, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    If Pakistan keep picking players like Farhat, Mallik, Kamran & Waha Riaz then the same results will be repeated time and again. Somehow Pakistan have a policy of recycling old failures. That is the reason why fresh younsters dont Come through in Pakistan. Players like Harris Sohail keep waiting for their opportunity.

    Even Hafeez's time is over, I think even he should go.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    Misbah should refrain himself from giving such a childish statement. He needs to take a deep look at his batsmen and then talk. Sport4Youth! I guess you fogot about recent PAK-INDIA series in which Dhoni himself admitted that we were playing with top five bowlers. Our bowlers troubled Indian batsmen in the past and they will give hard time to Indian batsmen tomorrow. It is our ailing batting which needs boost. I hope we are not playing with the same batsmen tomorrow

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 14, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    In the past Even the best Pakistani teams have failed to beat India in any major tournament. Then what do you expect from this team?

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 14, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Nonesense. India will thrash Pakisan like a small boy being kicked around by a bigger bully. Indian Batsman will be ruthless, espcially after they are assured after their semi-final berth. The likes of Dhawan, Virat & Dhoni will pulverise the over-hype Wahad Riaz. (I am sure Misbah wont give a game to Asad Ali).

    Farhat, Mallik, Kamran etc are going to be pathetic against India. I expect a lot of heads to roll after this humiliating all loss venture of Misbah & Co.

    Mohammed Irfan is the only shinning light in the whole team.

  • POSTED BY TheProfPak on | June 14, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    @Mesmerizing: Pakistani batsmen must be mesmerized to make 270+ runs against anybody. It would be better to have a 20/20 match (may be due to rain interruption) instead of 50 over match. They (Pakistani batsmen) can only save their faces in this way. 50 overs, and they will be bundled out, as usual.

  • POSTED BY mainul079080 on | June 14, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    @ Khurram S Chaudhry-spot on ccomment mate,same old story will prevail. Its not that Pak weak batting has been exposed for the first time in CT.It did repeatedly in the past. But Pak think tank persisted with the same dead batters.I was hurt with some comments in cricinfo by some fans who said that there were no better talent in Pakistan than the trio of Farhat, Shoib, Kamran. I want to believe those fans were the relatives of these players.Then its OK. Otherewise they dont know anythiong about Pak cricket.I can bet- Fawad,Shehzad,Babar,Haris will do far far better performance than these current batters.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    misbah is very sensible man and good person and player. he was pakistan's top scorer in SA and again now in CT. what can he do when his batsman play like this.

    i also hope that after this CT. they get rid of Imran farhat/ malik /umar amin ( doesnt look like he belong intl level) and kamran ( as soon as batting keeper found) if batting keeper not available , kamran should be opening . he is worse that what he plays down the order.

    hafez should bat down. no 4 or 5. He was no3 in CT but came in 1st 2-3 overs so like a opener.

    they need a good medium pace batting allrounder, with pakistan's poor batting line up they cant go with bowlers who cant bat.

    they should give chances to Ahmed shehzad, Umar Akmal , Haris sohail, Azhar Ali/asad shafiq, Fawad Alam, & hammad azam or any allrounder medium pacer.

    But it will be same old story, all blame on misbah, farhat, malik, kamran stay in team and they will bring more recent failures like Afridi & younas back. thats how pak team goes.

  • POSTED BY short_cover on | June 14, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Very well said words by Misbah and at this stage one has to say that he has led the side as well as anyone could have, if not for better selection of players. But kinda dont agree totally with his comments on players playing abroad to learn those conditions. I am not sure how many players from India/Sri Lanka play abroad regularly but still produce better batsmen. It is the domestic structure that is hurting. It is the lack of proper cricket facilities. Gali (street) cricket and T20 mentality is also hurting batsmen. It is one thing to have 1 Afridi in the team (x-factor or something) but 2 or 3 Arfidi's in a team is one too many to play against good teams and tough conditions. Mentally mature players can manage the various formats but Pak lacks there big time. High score at domestic level is not the only factor to look at but also how they are getting out, what shots they play (even if they dont get out) and technical weakness/strengths MUST be looked at before selections.

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | June 14, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    This match is NOT a final, especially from India's point of view. Misbah wants to desperately win against India to avoid the inevitable. Frankly, if India defeat Pakistan, it will be good for Pakistan since they can work on corrective action. India obviously want to continue momentum, Pakistan want to save face. Frankly, Misbah's thoughts would hold true for any team not just India, to avoid 3-0 humiliation.

  • POSTED BY achilies11 on | June 14, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    I believe that pak batsman will find it easy to score runs against India, but it will be difficult for their spinners to contain Indian batting line-up.

  • POSTED BY Mesmerizing on | June 14, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Pakistani batting will define the outcome of the match, they should score 270+ to stand a chance.

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  • POSTED BY Mesmerizing on | June 14, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Pakistani batting will define the outcome of the match, they should score 270+ to stand a chance.

  • POSTED BY achilies11 on | June 14, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    I believe that pak batsman will find it easy to score runs against India, but it will be difficult for their spinners to contain Indian batting line-up.

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | June 14, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    This match is NOT a final, especially from India's point of view. Misbah wants to desperately win against India to avoid the inevitable. Frankly, if India defeat Pakistan, it will be good for Pakistan since they can work on corrective action. India obviously want to continue momentum, Pakistan want to save face. Frankly, Misbah's thoughts would hold true for any team not just India, to avoid 3-0 humiliation.

  • POSTED BY short_cover on | June 14, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Very well said words by Misbah and at this stage one has to say that he has led the side as well as anyone could have, if not for better selection of players. But kinda dont agree totally with his comments on players playing abroad to learn those conditions. I am not sure how many players from India/Sri Lanka play abroad regularly but still produce better batsmen. It is the domestic structure that is hurting. It is the lack of proper cricket facilities. Gali (street) cricket and T20 mentality is also hurting batsmen. It is one thing to have 1 Afridi in the team (x-factor or something) but 2 or 3 Arfidi's in a team is one too many to play against good teams and tough conditions. Mentally mature players can manage the various formats but Pak lacks there big time. High score at domestic level is not the only factor to look at but also how they are getting out, what shots they play (even if they dont get out) and technical weakness/strengths MUST be looked at before selections.

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    misbah is very sensible man and good person and player. he was pakistan's top scorer in SA and again now in CT. what can he do when his batsman play like this.

    i also hope that after this CT. they get rid of Imran farhat/ malik /umar amin ( doesnt look like he belong intl level) and kamran ( as soon as batting keeper found) if batting keeper not available , kamran should be opening . he is worse that what he plays down the order.

    hafez should bat down. no 4 or 5. He was no3 in CT but came in 1st 2-3 overs so like a opener.

    they need a good medium pace batting allrounder, with pakistan's poor batting line up they cant go with bowlers who cant bat.

    they should give chances to Ahmed shehzad, Umar Akmal , Haris sohail, Azhar Ali/asad shafiq, Fawad Alam, & hammad azam or any allrounder medium pacer.

    But it will be same old story, all blame on misbah, farhat, malik, kamran stay in team and they will bring more recent failures like Afridi & younas back. thats how pak team goes.

  • POSTED BY mainul079080 on | June 14, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    @ Khurram S Chaudhry-spot on ccomment mate,same old story will prevail. Its not that Pak weak batting has been exposed for the first time in CT.It did repeatedly in the past. But Pak think tank persisted with the same dead batters.I was hurt with some comments in cricinfo by some fans who said that there were no better talent in Pakistan than the trio of Farhat, Shoib, Kamran. I want to believe those fans were the relatives of these players.Then its OK. Otherewise they dont know anythiong about Pak cricket.I can bet- Fawad,Shehzad,Babar,Haris will do far far better performance than these current batters.

  • POSTED BY TheProfPak on | June 14, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    @Mesmerizing: Pakistani batsmen must be mesmerized to make 270+ runs against anybody. It would be better to have a 20/20 match (may be due to rain interruption) instead of 50 over match. They (Pakistani batsmen) can only save their faces in this way. 50 overs, and they will be bundled out, as usual.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 14, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Nonesense. India will thrash Pakisan like a small boy being kicked around by a bigger bully. Indian Batsman will be ruthless, espcially after they are assured after their semi-final berth. The likes of Dhawan, Virat & Dhoni will pulverise the over-hype Wahad Riaz. (I am sure Misbah wont give a game to Asad Ali).

    Farhat, Mallik, Kamran etc are going to be pathetic against India. I expect a lot of heads to roll after this humiliating all loss venture of Misbah & Co.

    Mohammed Irfan is the only shinning light in the whole team.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 14, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    In the past Even the best Pakistani teams have failed to beat India in any major tournament. Then what do you expect from this team?

  • POSTED BY on | June 14, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    Misbah should refrain himself from giving such a childish statement. He needs to take a deep look at his batsmen and then talk. Sport4Youth! I guess you fogot about recent PAK-INDIA series in which Dhoni himself admitted that we were playing with top five bowlers. Our bowlers troubled Indian batsmen in the past and they will give hard time to Indian batsmen tomorrow. It is our ailing batting which needs boost. I hope we are not playing with the same batsmen tomorrow