Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st semi-final, World Twenty20, Colombo

Unpredictable Pakistan become regular semi-finalists

Despite numerous uncertainties that have shrouded their cricket, Pakistan have made it to their sixth consecutive semi-final of an ICC tournament

Abhishek Purohit in Colombo

October 3, 2012

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Mohammad Hafeez is delighted after picking up David Warner's wicket, Australia v Pakistan, Super Eights, World Twenty20 2012, Colombo, October 2, 2012
While they have all the subcontinental traits, the ability to raise the game on instinct is distinctly Pakistani © ICC/Getty

The Premadasa Stadium, in its refurbished avatar, shimmers in the Colombo afternoon heat, its near-vertical stands staring coldly at the tattered outfield, large patches of brown spread like a rash on the green. Last evening Pakistan's fielders, faced with a win-or-depart situation, threw themselves around on it, without a care for their bodies. Their spinners squeezed all the power and fight out of Australia's batsmen. The reward was a sixth successive semi-final in an ICC tournament since the double blows of tragedy and disappointment in the 2007 World Cup.

For a side that is called unpredictable, inconsistent, mercurial and the like almost by rote, that is an achievement beyond belief. Even more so, given that they have been reduced to a life lived perpetually out of suitcases for a majority of that period. You wonder whether someone like young Umar Akmal, who started his international career after Pakistan's international exile began, even knows what it is like to have home advantage.

It has to be one of international sports' more fascinating stories, if only for the demands the situation places on a group of men to remain largely away from loved ones and the comfort of familiarity, and perform at their peak, every series, every game, every innings. Perhaps, one day, an expressive and thoughtful man like Mohammad Hafeez will be able to reveal just what it takes, mentally and physically, out of him and his players.

For the moment, Hafeez is just proud of what Pakistan have done. "For the past three years we have been away from our home grounds and home crowd," he said. "We are very much used to it now. It has been a very difficult time for our team. It is amazing and special what we have been able to achieve despite all that, and credit should go to all players and the management."

Do the six consecutive knockout appearances signal a break from the past - a new set of beliefs, a new method of operation, an end to the chaos, the intrigue, the flux? Far from it. Just sample the number of captains Pakistan have had since the 2007 World Cup: Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Salman Butt, Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq, Hafeez. Seven. This is without counting the permutations within the seven. The controversies, bans and investigations continued to happen, among them being the attack on the Sri Lanka team, the Sydney Test fallout and the spot-fixing fiasco.

It is tempting to see the latest semi-final appearance from the point of view of what happened after the previous one at the 2010 World Twenty20. Pakistan appear to have regrouped completely and convincingly from the incidents in England that it is easy to view the possibility of another title simply as a break from the recent past, as a final stamp of vindication.

That could be an important undercurrent but the larger picture is that Pakistan have achieved consistency in global tournaments without abandoning the traits that make them so moving to watch as a team, and so infuriating as a system. While the controversies continued, Pakistan also found inspiration from the unlikeliest of quarters at world events.

The standout instance is probably that of Afridi, as volatile with the bat as he is dependable with the ball, producing two bursts of all-round dominance in the semi-final and final of the 2009 World Twenty20. While nowhere close in magnitude, but equally crucial to Pakistan's chances, was the unexpected burst from Umar Gul the batsman, who stunned the South Africa pace battery a few days ago at the Premadasa. Gul's cameo was vintage Pakistan, in that it came out of nowhere. Premier fast bowler, under pressure and out of form, comes in at 76 for 7 and starts blasting sixes like nobody's business.

As the tournament progressed, it seemed as though a team performance similar to Afridi and Gul's individual freakish brilliance was not far away. And it arrived against Australia, in a match where uncertainty was at its peak. With India slated to play after them, Pakistan had no determinable safe goal to aim for. Except for the requirement that they had to win, and win big.

Pakistan sides somehow find direction in vagueness. While they may have a lot in common with fellow subcontinent teams, such as the ability to play spin, wristy batsmen, susceptibility against genuine pace and swing, the ability to explode from one spark of instinct is decidedly Pakistani. On the day they rediscover it, they are a compelling sight They may find it again in the semi-final, they may not. But watch we must.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 15:13 GMT)

beautifully written!!! abhishek , I am a huge fan of our articles!!! keep it up mate!!

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (October 4, 2012, 14:18 GMT)


Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Best Wishes for a High Quality Match to both teams. Thank you to Sri Lanka for being wonderful hosts. I am cheering for Pakistan but if we lose, I will be cheering for Sri Lanka in the final.

From Pakistan.

Posted by WideBat on (October 4, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

Pakistan were also not practicing in IPL.

Posted by kamiCric on (October 4, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

Sri Lanka have an edge after winning the toss, but a win in this tournament will do a world of good to Pakistan cricket!! Badly needed and couldn't come at a better time in the history of Pakistan cricket. Good luck Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

very well-written article, enjoyed reading it and learned many facts from it. As for the home-crowd missing factor for team Pakistan, crowds at UAE and even Toronto, Canada (game against Sri Lanka) were no less then home crowd.

Also, I just dont understand, how come all 4 winning teams ended up in same group??? what kind of rules ICC used in making 2 groups in Super Eight round? can some one help me and explain , please.

Thanks for the atrical Mr. Abhishek Purohit.

Posted by KarachiKid on (October 4, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

All the best to both the teams. Sri Lanka is one team that I wont mind losing against !!! But go Pakistan team go ;-).

Posted by fareeduetian on (October 4, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

go pak go .....lala celebrate ur 16th aniversary of fastest hundred with man of the match performance today :)

Posted by Ajamalh on (October 4, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

Excellent article. A win today followed by Sunday's will definitely open doors to international cricket in Pakistan which is badly needed.

Posted by Abbas_G on (October 4, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Aprat from all positivety & negativety, lets not forget that this is a game, at the end of the day if one wins then the other loses. so cheer up and enjoy the game. Best of Luck to Team Pakistan

Posted by AnIndianCricketFan on (October 4, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

An excellent and an articulate article by Abhishek. Although I am an Indian, I'll support Pakistan in this encounter. Not coz i've any kind of soft corner towards the country or coz I support their ideologies but simply coz they've have an excellent 'TEAM' & the word team is of utmost importance out here. In spite of all odds and limited resources they've actually played like a team and have shown true grit & determination. Their mediocre fielding & average batting is compensated by their world class bowling unit. I hope they perform well in the semis. Have a feeling we might be witnessing a quite & sad Premadasa today by around 10:30 pm IST with an exception of some jubilant men in green :-)

Posted by DrZeeshanMustafa on (October 4, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

@Abhishek Purohit (The Editorial Assistant).... I, my friend, am a FAN of your work from today onwards!!! :-) Excellently written article. Well Done. (P.S... GOOD LUCK TEAM PAKISTAN!!!)

Posted by asifbudy on (October 4, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

go go go Pakistan, get in final. best of luck team.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

My two favorite teams are battling it out. Wished this was the FINAL. All the best guys. Want SL to win though. sorry. But more importantly want to see a TIGHT pulsating game with a super over thrown in !!

Posted by shazzar on (October 4, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Great article. Maybe pakistan mecurial, volatile nature is what you need in this short format of the game. Pakistan sure have a lot of players who on there day can rip teams apart single handed, Nazir, afridi, razzak, gul, malik etc. Good luck to both teams.

Posted by klds.desilva on (October 4, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

I have been scrolling through some of the comments that our Pakistani brothers have made, and it is really good to see two countries join together before a Semi final. Really whoever wins today have to lift the trophy and I'll be proud of it. From a Sri Lankan fan

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (October 4, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Beautifully written, Abhishek, and I am not saying it because I'm a pakistani fan.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Good luck Men in Green, you have done wonders over these yeasr inspite of being kept away from the home crouds and home grounds. We still admire ur achievements.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

Beautiful article.Afridi will perform in batting if he is sent one down and does not try to hit a 'SIX'.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

yeah i have got the same gut feeling as if today is Imran Nazir's day in sha ALLAH...

Posted by Sha2gr8 on (October 4, 2012, 11:20 GMT)

Very nice write by Abhishek Purohit, not only talking about the positives but also highlighting the negative points that continue to haunt Pakistans camp everynow and then. Not playing home is one big disadvantage but not big enough to keep Pakistani team any trouble at all. Best Wishes to Pakistan

Posted by ZAB2121 on (October 4, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Raza Hasan and Afridi should open the bowling attack

Posted by Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on (October 4, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Great Article... Let C What Gone Happen Today. Best Of Luck to Both Teams...

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

well written.Good luck for both teams..............

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

Very nice article and well written ,Best of luck for both the teams as who ever win we love the both....from a pakistani

Posted by Narbavi on (October 4, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

I can see lankan and pakistani fans are confused whom to support, lol, that's the funniest thing ever!!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Pakistanis are a beautiful Nation and one must appreciate the way Pakistan team played after the controversies Pakistan as a Country and Pakistan Cricket team went through. It is really tough and I congratulate Pakistani Nation and Pakistan Cricket team for bringing joy to us. I am from Pakistan and would like to wish best of luck to both Pakistan and Sri Lanka. I am sure whoever wins today's match; Cricket will be the winner today. Both teams are joy to watch, Sri Lankan Players like Dilshan, Sangakara, Mahela & Malinga, from Pakistan Nasir Jamshed, Akmal Brothers, Shoaib Malik, Saeed Ajmal & Umer Gul are joy to watch. All of them are big stars. Best of Luck for Sri Lankan Fans as well as Pakistan Fans.

Posted by afzalhusain on (October 4, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

Amazing article!!! hope for another win today..............

Posted by on (October 4, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

I am really impressed by the Srilankan cricket fans, they love to play with Pakistan and same with the Pakistanis fan. Both nations respect each other. So there will be no war in the ground but true skills. Best of luck for both teams. GOD Bless Pakistan.

Posted by Love4Pak on (October 4, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Brilliantly written...brought tears to my eyes and I have never wanted Pak to succeed more given the boys show up. Good luck PAK!

Posted by afzalhusain on (October 4, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Amazing Article!!!!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Pakistan would need high resolve to play against one of the pre tournament favourites, against a very strong team which plays spin very very well, which has excellent spinners of their own in the side and a team which will be having huge local crowd support with them. it is all about holding the nerves now. in my opinion, despite all the hype about the bowlers, i think the trump with SL is the batting of Dilshan and Sanga. these are the two guys, specially the latter, against whom Pakistan has struggled traditionally, and both of them have excellent T20 experience owing to IPL appearances. In case of Pakistan cricket team, i have a feeling that Saeed Ajmal might come alive today, i sincerely hope that he does. Afridi...he always has been, and would remain, a 50 50 today. all i can do is to keep my fingers crossed

Posted by WAHABA on (October 4, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

It really doesnt matter who wins this game, both teams are like our home team. Sri Lanka are literally our cricketing brothers. Hoping for a good game tonight.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

Brilliant article by Mr. Abhishek Purohit ... scatched a very true picture of team Pakistan.

Posted by asjadazmi on (October 4, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

Superb article.hoping fr a crunch game and a win fr pakistan.go green go

Posted by KhansSyed on (October 4, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

Good Luck to Pakistan Vs Srilanka match today.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

I have a feeling that today Imran Nazir will play a very good knock

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Nice article and I love both teams.Best of Luck team PAK and team SL.I m really impressed from the respectful nature of SLankan people.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

i think till now pak team had performed where it need to. in the match against india, pak is not in the do or die situation dun knw y ppl say pakistan unpredictable although Pak is the only team qualify in all semis !

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

@sunny next T20 worldcup iz in bangladesh :P so we will InshaAllah reach the semis again :P and btw Pakistan won T20 WC in England and played the final of WC T20 in so correct ur facts and secondly we will surely going to produce another amazing fast bowler by the next WC.. watch out for Zia-ul-haq the 17 year old left arm fast bowler..

Posted by CriticallyCricket on (October 4, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Beautifull Script!

Pakistan should go ahead to the Finals......

Posted by Yousufosman4u on (October 4, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

Good Luck to Pakistan Vs Srilanka match today.

Posted by kamaldeepSing on (October 4, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

Good Write... All the best to Team Pakistan. For all the Pakistani fans wanting changes in the team selection, please support your team and believe in their abilities. It is not ODI cricket; on their day any of the current players being criticized can make the opposition look lean. It would be a sight to see Hafeez lift the cup. Way to go Pakistan…from an Indian!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

wow amazing article, i would describe it "Pakistani team CONVICTION at its best"

Posted by Hamdard786 on (October 4, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

If Pak team is unpredictable so My prediction is that they are gonna win today Inshallah and it will be an interesting match to watch. All the best Pak

Posted by sunny346 on (October 4, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

Pakistan has no world class fast bowler or swing bowler then cant play away from subcontinent pitches ..lucky they need to play in srilanka 2012 T20 ..So by this prediction pakistan cant reach the next T20 world cup knock outs ...So we can say out of 7 world cups pakistan reaches six semis .. What u guys say

Posted by WildAmigo on (October 4, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

May the best team wins.. Want tight n close finish.. Cheers

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

Today the pressure will be on both sides, home ground and home crowd will be the big advantage for SL but after beating Ausies Pakistan came in semis with very different mood the. Both opponent know each other very well both are very similar teams in all aspects, both teams will be depend on their spin attacks but here Pakistan need to be careful to handle Lasith Malinga, But it is the time for Imran Nazir for do or die and if He will do then that will be a very different story. Good Luck Pakistan.

Posted by F4r33d on (October 4, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

i think everyone will witness another thriller match from Pak and Sl. Good luck to both teams and may the best team win.

Posted by CRW123 on (October 4, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

SL WIN TODAY 10000000%

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

Inshallah, Pakistan beat Srilanka today and reach Final 3rd time.

Posted by Shauzm on (October 4, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

Very nice article, Pakistan should keep Gul in side because he is a match winner genuine Fast Bowler. I think at this stage we can't do experiment. They should Keep the same squad and Batting Order also. They should give a chance to Shafiq as Imran Nazir is continiously failed to perform but now its too late so keep the same squad and give your 100%.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

I am shocked to see how many people are hoping that Afridi or Imran nazir should be given waem bench in semi final. Have we forgotten Afridi performqnces against Sri Lanka? Or are we too naive to have a fresh off the seat player like Asad Shafiq try to win this match for us. Asad Shafiq is a gteat player, but at this point of T20 WC it will be a huge mistake to play him.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

Great article

t is unbelievable the team which has no home but has home in the heart of cricket fans around the world. I am a Pakistani and Sri Lanka is also my favorite team. I must admit I love Australia and WI also. Australia and Pakistan almost have similar style and passion. Shane Watson is a gift to the world of cricket I am not sure whose fan am I but since my origin is Pakistan I will say if Pakistan wins then Cricket fans around the world will win. Bangladesh and Afghanistan are both by product of Pakistan, Sri LAnka and Pakistan has always great love for each other. Australian and British loves daring type players so their public is also inclines towards Pakistan. Talking about West Indies here it is reverse situation, Pakistanis loves West Indian cricket. India has no choice to love anyone but Pakistan because they are twins. So now we end up with a unique team Pakistan which probably represent cricket fans around the world.

Posted by cricket_fan_1980 on (October 4, 2012, 4:40 GMT)

Pak will probably lose, Sri Lanka is a stronger, more professional team. To be honest, I don't really like their cricket that much, as in, their wins can be too methodical and they're always silent, like adding up the points in quiet series. When Sri Lanka come to the big stage, they don't shake things up and frighten the opposition. They turn up thoroughly professional and solid at group games, and silently annihilate a majority of opposition teams. But usually, its just enough to scrape through till the knock-out stages. They never have games that shape the tournament. They have either comprehensive wins or dull scrape throughs. Then, they get knocked out. They haven't won a world tournament since 1996. India has won two. They need to really rise up to the occasion. I will be humbled and will remain in awe of them if they comprehensively beat Pakistan tomorrow. But then, I would expect them to put up a bigger fight in the final. If they win it, hands down I'll be a re-born Lankan fan

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 4:09 GMT)

Abhishek Purohit, congratulations excellent article. This Pakistan Cinderella Eleven is very interesting cricket team,though Homeless team but they have made home in everyone's heart in the world. I must say Cricket fan around the world will enjoy much more if Pakistan wins final against Australia.

I also always thought Pakistan is most unpredictable team and many time when they lose you feel for them . It is a treat to watch Pakistan's wild talent along with amazing cricketers like Nasir Jamshed, Raza Hasan, Afridi, Ajmal, Umar Akmal.Imran Nazir, Hafeez Every ball they play or pitch it is just mesmerizing. Personally I like all these "7 Gladiators of Pakistan". Out of 7 if one clicks that alone can defeat any team in the world. I must say Imran Nazir and Afrid both are great talant but very careful in shot selection they should never try hit a six or uppish shot as that should come as natural instinct after they scored 20 safe runs.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (October 4, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

Tough Pak reaches semifinal it loses, as happened in the last 4 ICC tournaments. So Pak will lose today also

Posted by bMike on (October 4, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

Being a fan of SL cricket I use to watch SL matches a lot. Anyway when it comes to a battle against our own nation my heart always supports our nation. Insallah Pakistan win today. Pakistan Zindabad... (In case SL win I expect them to lift the trophy)

Posted by yakironi98 on (October 4, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

This should be such an exciting game, hopefully it wont be one sided!

Pakistan are 55-45 to win the game for me, but Sri lanka are playing amazing cricket recently so it could go either way.

Do love the positive comments from Pakistani and Srilankans fans towards each other

Posted by davidatlas999 on (October 4, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Great article a pakistani always love pak winning sure sri not letting pakistan easy win.i know the team will be same but i would like Sami in place of malik or afridi.Because we have too many spin.anyway good luck pak.

Posted by Adil_Pak on (October 4, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

Nice Article. Pakistani team is unpredictable but effective in T20 cricket. It should be a good contest, on paper Srilanka may look to be a better side but you never know about Pakistan. The only change i would like to make would be to replace Imran Nazeer with Asad Shafeeq and open batting with Nasir Jamshed and Asad Shafeeq. Afridi would be needed on these pitches as a bowler and Sohail Tanveer has a pathetic bowling record in recent matches. Pakistan Zindabad.

Posted by JBerger on (October 4, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

Quite an insightful article about one of the most exciting team. Abhishek you got quite a talent, keep writing. No disrespect to others but it would be a fitting to see PAK vs AUS as a final to get every penny's worth.

Posted by Farhan020328 on (October 4, 2012, 3:30 GMT)

Awesome article, mate. You are such a fine student of cricket! Each and every thing you told is true and backed up by evidence. I must rate your articles much higher than those of the boring and replicating newspaper ones :)

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 3:28 GMT)

Great article and obviously you have made many fans in Pakistan with this great unbiased analysis of Pakistan Cricket in recent years. Thanks to our friends from India, WIndies, Nepal, Srilanka for their nice comments. Obviously I want Pakistan to win but believe me loss will not hurt as we love Srilanka team as well.

Posted by joseyesu on (October 4, 2012, 3:16 GMT)

Both are equally skilled and experienced. PAK are mainly into SF because of spinners and SL reached with poor batting by NZ and WI. I expect 170 run clash.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

All the very Best to Pakistan. - Priyank, New Delhi. :D

Posted by DaCricketFan on (October 4, 2012, 3:08 GMT)

cricket_lover777, Many thanks for your wishes mate. We too wishes your team all the best & being a SL fan, I love to see my team win obviously. But when Pakistan playing against any country except SL, I always pray for your win as we(SL) haven't forgot that your country/people have helped us in various ways in various occasions. Eg : Massive cheer given us in 1996 finals @ Lohore by Pak people. Yes we all know that you Pakistan fans love SL always. God bless your team !! Cheers. Dosen't matter who wins today.

Posted by ottoflick on (October 4, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

Many would disagree but afridi is time is now in d crunch time. That is when he shines ia. West indies Australia and sri Lanka are much dependant on their top 3 batsmen unlike pakistan most of the batsmen are performing.

Posted by PAKISTAN_2012 on (October 4, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

Good luck to both teams. Sri lanka is my second favorite team after Pakistan. I do not care who wins tomorrow. Best of luck to Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 2:14 GMT)

People has given wonderful comments. Best one was " Cricket must come back home to cricket loving nation of Pakistan. Any step forward of help and support will always be remembered and regarded. I would like to thanks all the pakistan cricket team fans for support and love". ICC can take step forward.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

Mr. Abhishek has very eloquently voiced the sentiments of many pakistanis. Thank you for such a wonderful article. Looking forward to a great match tomorrow. Win or lose, we love Pakistan cricket!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

Feeling proud being a " unpredictable, inconsistent, mercurial" Pakistani :)

Thanku Mr. Abhishek Purohit for an articulately putting Pakistani cricket into words!

Loved each and every word of it

Posted by Anam on (October 4, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

One of the best articles i read in a long time on cricinfo...keep up the good work Abhishek!

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

Best wishes for Pakistan to win the semi today and finals two days from now and lift the cup. Considering their eternal sprouting of talents talents and relatively forced isolation, they deserve to win . Affectionately. From India.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 23:05 GMT)

From West Indies, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka it was amazing to read the Article and the comments. I wish i could read all 103 comments. But thank you guys, thank you from the deepest core of every Pakistani heart. At Least you guys understand the truest passion of cricket and players. May Allah Bless you all, especially the Writer.

Posted by Dove_Mission on (October 3, 2012, 23:05 GMT)

SL team look stronger and better suited to win. Thats my prediction. But the beauty about the game with Pakistan is that you cannot predict anything based on previous performances and statistics. So hold tight for an excited game.

Posted by binojpeter on (October 3, 2012, 22:22 GMT)

All the best for both teams. I think Srilanka should play: Mahela Jayawardane, Tilakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Matthews, Jeevan Mendis. Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekhara, Akila Dhananjaya, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis

Posted by cric4world on (October 3, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

@youbasherscreatedme . can u tell me any team among top 7 that is not better then pakistan on the papers? yes on the papers. when on field pakistan has the ability to beat anyone and they have done it consistently n 6 knock outs out of 6 is a comprehensive enough proof. all the sri lankan players u just mentioned were all there in england in 09 n were in much better form as a team n pak was less powerful then today but who won? it doesnt matter who is playing against pakistan, the only thing that matters is that which pakistan is playing. i can feel why u r in pain but bashing others wont help u . be positive and try to love the game instead of hating the teams. good luck

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (October 3, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

Very nice article. You can't ask better than this from a teams who just plays away games. I am very pleased with their test and t20 side progress. They have some selection issues in odi's but hopefully they will sort out soon. I love pakistan cricket and only other team i really enjoy watching is australlians. Cricket must come back home to cricket loving nation of Pakistan. Any step forward of help and support will always be remembered and regarded. I would like to thanks all the pakistan cricket team fans for support and love.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

lolz.. real nice comment from Lokendra Khadka .. Here in pakistan every one was curiously watching Ind - SA match. Having seen indians out of tournamnet was Great. They outclassed Pk in thier match having better nerves but actually PK is a better team.

Posted by Aax1m on (October 3, 2012, 21:27 GMT)

Guy's !!! thank ya very much for all your support, from every corner of this world, it seems emotional n surprising at a same time that we aren't alone n we have supporters all around, our cricket is not dead but we have enemies who succeeded in thr mission to abolish a game from our land. It hurts that few players in Pakistan team doesn't even know what home advantage really is ?? but when we have a supporters like ya thn every ground is an home ground, every game is a home game. I'm sorry I don't wanna hurt any lankan fans feelings, but we deserve to win this tournament for the sake of cricket, for the sake of country which is in deep state of cliche. go PAK* made us proud !!

Posted by Sanawana on (October 3, 2012, 21:15 GMT)

What the heck man? some of Pak fan think Tanvir is better than Gul and Afridi should be dropped as a bowler... First tanvir always get thrashed and he's not accurate, he has no variety, not a match winner! never seen him win man of the match; Afrid's bowling good, He always create a chance and ruffle the oppsoition ; most of the time he's being edged to third man which sucks but he's not being mauled like tanvir.. Afridi is a must in the field as a bowler; batsmen show respect to him...

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

I am an Indian fan, but i totally believes that this Pakistan team deserves to be the champions. Srilanka are no where near pakistan. Pakistan Vs Australia in the finals will be a treat to watch. Not ignoring Gayle and parties storms. SL are over rated and are into semi by facing waek teams and by the help of luck. All the best pakistan.

Posted by crictruefacts on (October 3, 2012, 20:58 GMT)


Posted by kashankhann on (October 3, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

Pakistan should go with the same team in semi....why drop afridi n raza?...sri lankans are not only gud players of spin bowling they are also fantastic players of fast bowling..!! Pakistan fast bowlers Gul..Tanvir..Sami..Arafat..all are out of form...Pakistan's spin attack is in great form except afridi hope he will do gud in semi..!! @Abhishek Purohit: great article sir..u'r fantastic..!!

Posted by cricket_fan_1980 on (October 3, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

Great article. It really is delightful to see Pakistan cricket rise so valiantly since the 2010 debacle. They have completely turned around in the most positive and professional way. Not allowed to play at home and having to move forward after possibly the worst allegations any cricketer can face, the Pakistani's have rallied and really put their talents and skills on display. The only team to make every semi-final in World events since 2007 is quite remarkable. SL is a quality side and will be difficult to beat tomorrow, but Pakistan is well positioned to take them on. What the Pak team lacks is another genuine, quality pace bowler. Umar Gul is really the only one and beginning to look a little rusty. Pakistan has to find 2 solid pace bowlers soon. With that sorted, this squad is very, very strong. Hafeez, Jamshed, Shafiq, Azher Ali, Umar Akmal and even Kami have the ability to be very high calibre batsmen in the next 3 - 5 years for Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

Super article really.. Gl to both teams

Posted by king anas 1023 on (October 3, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

this article is really wonderful..

Posted by ultrasnow on (October 3, 2012, 20:37 GMT)

Indian fan here and I'm just about recovering from the elimination shock. I think Dhoni should just have been a sport and admitted to Pakistan being more deserving semi finalists than India. If you look at how Pakistan qualified, they seemed to have the more difficult path where they had to beat the in-form Aussies keeping in mind that India had the advantage of playing the last match later on against SA. Good luck Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

good article....loved it......writer is quite fair

Posted by BattosaiXX on (October 3, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

@psu19976 and you should drop your brain. Arafat and tavnir have gotten many chances. Drop the ones perfroming right?

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

many odds but never ending love to pakistan cricket...I want any of these to win the final SL or thing is india is out...... cheers from NEPAAAAAL

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

Remove Imran Nazir ,,,Open Innings with Shahid Afridi and Put Asad Shafiq in The Playing 11

Posted by SS_JJ on (October 3, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

Pakistan has the ability to get through to final. It has young and talented players who can perform against any team under crucial circumstances. But, some time they play like a street boys. They have to be patient and organized like Sri Lankan team. I quite surprise when i see many people from different countries supporting Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 19:48 GMT)

Wonderful Article, thank you for displaying true spirit of Pakistan cricket team

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

Pak vs Srilaaka: Pakistan should rest Afridi and replace him with Asad Shafiq. Also as Srilankans are better player of spin bowling hence they should be resting Raza and replacing him with Yasir Arafat/Sohail Tanveer/Sami

Posted by Ammdex-tro on (October 3, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

From the neighbouring, small island nation Maldives, Good luck Pakistan! Proud to be a fan of the Pakistani cricket team, despite the controversies and downs over the years!

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

Lets hoping to see a good game tomorrow...!! Hp the best team wins,and go to the finals and lift the thropy..!!! All da best to both SL and PAK...Do your best....!!!

Posted by UK_Chap on (October 3, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

psu19976 : You have got to be joking, Tanvir and Arafat are the biggest load rubbish rubbish. If it was up to me I would have got rid of Afridi and Gul a long time ago alongside Mohammed Sami.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

Wonderful article Best of Luck to Team Pakistan

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

@-ottoflick- Sir Thank you so much for all ur love and support to Pakistan and i must say Pakistan r very lucky to have a fan like you really you won our hearts! Love for west indies people and specially ottoflick :) ... from Pakistan

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

The first time as a Sri Lankan i am not nervous at all , i know one of my favourites will get through anyway, either Sri Lanka or Pakistan deserve the cup ..Good luck to both the teams ..

Posted by ammar7may on (October 3, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

@ ottoflic: Thanks for your love. We are proud to have such a dedicated lover seven seas away for our nation. There is no return possible to you for it, but I assure you that we love West Indies for all the quality players it produced, and also beyond it. Love you ottoflic, and love you West Indies.

Posted by psu19976 on (October 3, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

drop afridi, gul; give tavnir, arafat chance

Posted by haseebmehmood on (October 3, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Mr Abhishek! What a wonderfully well written article. I hope Pakistan play well and give a good account of themself. Wish they can lift the trophy for a second time. However, an unbiased part of me wants SriLanka to win as they are a good and grounded team with exciting players. They also quite regularly reach the semis and finals, yet are unable to take that final plunge required to win a trophy. Maybe home crowd will have an advantage for them this time.

Posted by voyager on (October 3, 2012, 18:50 GMT)

You writer guys are good! Had India qualified you would have been saying that even though they had not reached the knockout stage in most of the tournaments but when they do they win the championship! and they are the only team to won both ODI and T20 championship in last 5 years:) Admire your writing style.

Posted by kickassPakistan on (October 3, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

Great article and even a greater comment @ Ottoflick. appreciate your support champ. it was good to know in an interview that the great Usain bolt also supported Pakistan team as a young boy and Waqar younis was his idol.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

no doubt about that pak played amazingly under difficult circumstances........ gug luck team pakistan......

Posted by AttaGirl on (October 3, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

SL is a more organized team, but Pak has raw unorthodox talent.

Posted by Rexton87 on (October 3, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Cricinfo's feature writers are the best in the world, these two artciles by Abishek Purohit are a joy to read . His class depth and mastery of expressions are just perfect.

Posted by bouncer1021 on (October 3, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

Good article. Let's see how many teams can remove three top world class bowlers (Amir, Asif and Shoib) and two top class batsman (Salman & Yosuf) from the team within one year and accomplish what Pakistan did. How could they be unpredictable? They just play a brand of cricke that rides high on emotion and when it doesn't come off, it looks terrible.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

best of luck pakistan from india

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

A treat for any Pakistani to read.


Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

@ Haris Arshad Champions Trophy 2009 @ South Africa .. 5th semi final !!

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

Excellent article! Well written summation of Pakistan cricket and our T20 campaign this world cup.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Commendable! You have portrayed emotions of Pakistanis beautifully. God bless you! :)

Posted by EngineerKhan on (October 3, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

I know most would be enjoying the stat of 6 consecutive ICC semis but its disappointing to me that despite making semis so successfully, Pakistan still managed to grab one title.

Posted by Zinnooran on (October 3, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Great Article Abhishek. You just added one more fan to your long list. Hats Off. This achievement is perfectly marked by beauty of your words. Best of luck for both of teams in the semis. May the best win

Posted by ottoflick on (October 3, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Nice article. Btw to all pakistan citizens and the pakistan cricket team u must know that not only pakistani people supports pakistan cricket team. You have supporters all around the world. Me for example, I am from the west indies and have been supporting pakistan for the past 20years. I am Probably the biggest pakistan fan in the west indies. Good or bad times i never supporter any other cricket team.

Posted by cisco420 on (October 3, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

Pakistan should make one change that is to remove Imran Nazir and play Asad Shafiq. Nasir Jamshed and Hafeez should open.

Posted by ScoreField on (October 3, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Very well written.... excellent

Posted by Surajdon9 on (October 3, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Pakistan is the super team not like other over-rated, under-performer...Well done PAK...Entering sixth time in a row in SEMI FINAL OF ICC MEGA event is really historical achievement..

Posted by No1_Jon on (October 3, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

The next time a commentator, match presenter or pundit says "you just don't know which Pakistan will turn up" this statistic should be put before them. It seems to be a standard protocol to label Pakistan 'consistently inconsistent'.

My question is however, just how good would they be if they were consistent?

Nice read BTW :]

Posted by sardar52 on (October 3, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

I commend Mr. Purohit for writing such a loving tribute to the Pakistani team.Thanks for understanding the constraints pakistan team has to endure to lack of home series. Hats off to you Sir. Sardar52

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Wow.. very well Described.. Nothing I should add more ... !!!!

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (October 3, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

O Abhishek you baeuty... what a splendid piece you have written.. YUP thats US, Pakistanis

Posted by sherazahmed on (October 3, 2012, 17:06 GMT)

Excellent Article.... At first I tought it was written by any Pakistani but I amazed to know when saw the writer name... It means it is not only us who think that every one is behind us to write off but our Team produced something out of the blue despite many problems which we are facing since many years.... No IPL,,, no home series,,, No players to be selected for IPL... But what a team and what a players. SALUTE you all the times.... Our Players are in top ranking which is also a thing to be proud... In last very good article... Keep it up buddy....

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Very well written,, loved every bit of it.

Posted by Muttee on (October 3, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Good Article, very well written

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

I think the writer has his stats wrong. Pakistan plays very well in high pressure games, which most international tournaments include. From 1975 World Cup to 2011, Pakistan has appeared most times in the last four, after Australia. So its not a break from the past, it is the continuation. Hopefully, Pakistan will make it count this time around to make it the fifth final appearance (1992, 1999, 2007 T20, 2009 T20)..

Posted by RAQ on (October 3, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

Yes next match will be close one, but pak has advantage as they have worldclass bowling and their batting has become stable in this tournment , nearly every batsman has given atleast one match winning performance in this series

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

Excellent piece of writing! A joy for any Pakistani to read!

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

Brilliant Article Mate really well done

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

goosebumps goosebumps goosebumps

Posted by itsali on (October 3, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Beautiful piece! I highly doubt if any other tam would have been able to keep the consistency going after losing the two top fast bowlers at the time. Mind you, that's two top fast bowlers of the world, not just the country's. Leaves one only to wonder in regret - what it could have been!

Best of luck Pakistan. You have it in you! When you have that fire in your belly, it's almost too hot to contain!

Posted by maksumbal on (October 3, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

Beautifully written Abhishek! Love your articles

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

Pakistan u make us already proud. Entering 4th time in semi final just wowwwww LOVE just play good cricket and let the better team win.

Posted by AP_88 on (October 3, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

Fantastic article. The fact that Pakistan play on instinct more than any other team in world cricket (maybe WI to a certain extent as well) makes them the least predictable side, a trait which keeps us Pak fans perpetually on the edge of our seats. This WT20 has seen the rise of Raza Hasan and Nasir Jamshed and along with Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Junaid Khan and Azhar Ali, Pakistan has a strong nucleus of young players who can be part of the side for the next 5-10 years.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

This article moved me heavily.

Posted by sfhr on (October 3, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Abhishek Purohit -- you beauty

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

Has anyone else noted that with the exception of Umar Akmal and Nasir Jamshed replacing Younis Khan and Misbah, it is the same team that played 2007! Only 2 new players found in 5 years, and T20 is supposed to be the game for the young ones only.

Posted by Owais1209 on (October 3, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

After reading this, Who don't want support Pak?

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

what is good about this team is that it consists of average players producing results much better than what their seniors who had far better quality and status delivered. This team consisting of good players but no one of star ststus and have achieved more in all three formats despite all odds.

Posted by cricket_lover777 on (October 3, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the two most consistent teams for the past 5 years. Pakistan hold a slight edge, as they have played all their Super 8 games in Colombo, but having said that Sri Lanka have the home advantage and crowd backing them. Nevertheless a great contest lies ahead.

I would also like to add that Sri Lanka has been a wonderful host and a great team this tournament. As a Pakistani, I would love to see Pakistan win the world cup. But if its not Pakistan I wish Sri Lanka takes the cup :P... GO LANKA !

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

Credit squarely goes to Misbah for laying the foundation of this team. Theres nothing unpredictable about Pakistani team as opined. Look at Afridi, you know hes gonna swing the first ball he faces. Thats the height of predictability actually. Raza Hassan is a star performer and to let you in, he is Hafeez's find. Hafeez actually recommended him to the academy 3 years back. Must be very pleasing for Hafeez to see him delivering beofre his eyes on the International stage now.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

this Pakistani spark of instinct is born directly out of a desire to prove the naysayers wrong. When fallen heroes are pushed into a corner (for reasons deserved as well as unfair reasons) then what you get is this type of individual brilliance. It is the embodiment of the cornered tiger...

Posted by Mr.Blacksmith on (October 3, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

now it is up to the world that they give pakistan the respect they deserve........ international cricket should be played in pakistan........ international teams should come in pakistan....... Pakistani fans wants to see their players to play in front of them in pakistan....... and i think international cricket will soon come in pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

Excellent and unbiased article from Abhishek.. loved it

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

very well written and summerized article.

one needs nerves of steel to be a pak cricket fan. this team is not for faint hearted fans. although its exciting to watch their brand of cricket. best wishes for pak team going into next matches.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

This is all due to our genuine love for cricket and individual hard work which shows miracles of individual brilliance on its day. I am sure that the errors in fielding and rash-slogging will never go away and same will be the passion and desire to show their dominance at the cricketing stage the world over. Long live Pakistan, long live Pakistan cricket.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 3, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

As an Indian supporter, I heartily congratulate the ONLY consistent team in the history of World T20s - Pakistan. Unlike many Pakistani supporters who know only to laugh at the Indian team, I am sure many Indians will agree that Pakistan, in spite of many difficulties politically, and economically back home are simply a good team in this format. If they go on to lift the cup, it will be a special achievement and it's not that easy to win in T20 given the unpredictable nature of the format. Having said that, Pakistan as a team are unpredictable themselves haha so it's not surprising they have taken a liking to this format of the game.

Posted by stormy16 on (October 3, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

I must its nothing short of astonishing what Pakistan have achived given the chaos around their cricket scene. They have been unbeaten in tests for a long time till they lost their series. The T20 performances and the non stop production of quality young cricketers - and discard them just as fast - its simply amazing. Its such a shame that international circket cannot be played in Pakistan. As for the semi-final, i feel Pakistan have had their run and battle to beat SL - not even sure if such a things applies to Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

Beautifully written article

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

Best of luck Pakistan! Well done we are with our team

Posted by criccrazybil on (October 3, 2012, 15:27 GMT)

superb piece Abhishek..this run of consecutive semi-finals is extremely refreshing in its consistency. and ironically, Pakistan has done it with some of the least talented cricketers to play for them in the last 3 decades. speaks volumes about the commitment of the current lot!

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Hi, I can only think of 5 tournaments that Pakistan has made into the semis of from 2007. The 2011 World Cup, and every edition of T20 WC, and there's been 4. Which one am I missing?

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

plz don't praise us that much cuz it jinx us.;) lol but on a serious note yes everything u wrote is right and our cricket team made us proud. hope for a good match and thrilling match against srilanka even if (god forbid) the result is not in favor of pakistan i will be happy.

Posted by Rjmaahii on (October 3, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

when it comes to Pakistan its always gonna be some thing interesting.. and if not interesting then it gonna be very interesting..... the biggest entertainers.. the mercurial.. the cricket lovers.....the Pakistanis....i always remember the days when i was in the school.... cricket was my passion then ... the days passed but one thing that remain the same in all those days despite of all the bad days we have faced is the passion of cricket... the nation that skips a heartbeat as a whole when a nail bitter ends.. the nation that prays unlimited for their players....the nation that misses the cricket that is at halt in their backyard... Qaddafi stadium Lahore and many more misses it... i miss it ....we miss it ..our kids that are being brought up without international cricket being played in their beloved nation... are determined to keep the flag of cricket up.... if we r down now ..we will rise again ..if we cant live without cricket ..believe me cricket will not be cricket without us

Posted by cricketkhan on (October 3, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

very well written article, summarizes all the aganies, problems, contravorcies,fiascos,troubles home and away,highs and lows, and offcourse despite all this, one nation and one team has somehow overcome all these to be among the best in the bussiness. I just wonder, just a crazy thought, had even half of what Pakistani team has faced over the years,happned to any other country and its flag carrier team what would have been the results then? Salute to my boys and and good luck for the semis and offourse the grand finale !!!

Posted by vkypak on (October 3, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

great article mr purohit well said.....thts y we love pakistan thats y we proud to b pakistani.....thats y pakistan always has been a dangerous side...continously playing away, lots of difficuilties, but our country full of talent , we know how to overcome problems we love challenges we love to b alone we love to face difficuilties thats y we r continously impressing the whole world.....classic example of yesterday's match . we didnt know the figures,we didnt know the numbers ,we didnt know the situation... we just knew that we have to win match no matter india won or loose against africa we have to win and we won that to big margin ....thats y we r dangerous...............once again truely appreciate u for this article......

Posted by Return-of-Sinhaya on (October 3, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

Any of SL or Pak shd win the title.Because It wud be a good motivational award for two teams that wud be at the verge of quitting cricket due to their continuous and never ending defeats against IND.

Posted by Abidmashwani on (October 3, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

Well said and yes "But watch we must". I think this WC have two contrasting but evenly matched semi finals. Pak v SL both teams got good spinners and can play spin, and WI v Aus both got fire power of likes of Gayle, Pollard, Russel, Watson, Warnerin batting and both can play pace, but spinners of WI will be a deciding factor. Pak v SL the deciding factor will be which Pakistan team show up, nothing else will decide the semi final. Pak must bring S Tanvir for Razzaq.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Yes that is "Pakistan Team".. One day they will disappoint their fans and followers and next day they make the fans proud ..... Their success lies in their very 'predictable unpredictability'. Team also seems to enjoy this label as this makes them go out and play with their natural instinct and their natural game as if they have nothing to loose. M sure Srilanka would be happy as well as worried at the same time, as they do not know which Pakistan side will turn up for the semi final. One has to wait and watch and enjoy !!!!

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Pakistan Will Won Insallah...No one beat pakistan because allah will helped Pakistan cricket team..Jeet K ana hai Pakistan... We love you

Posted by loveumycricy on (October 3, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

Abhishek you look thoughtful and investigative. Its good to read your views as i go passionate .Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

though i am indian. i would wish my neighbour to win this tournament.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Yupp.....Totally Agree with the points made in the article! Pak. is highly unpredictable but that factor also puts them in trouble more than often...which is not a very good thing to be proud of..But still Luv Greens! nd InshAllah we will fin this tournament! :)

Posted by Mohammad_Imran on (October 3, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Absolutely wonderful read! Perfectly sums up the thrill ride we call Pakistan cricket :)

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Cricket as a whole and T20 in particular is very unpredictable so everytime starting an article about Pakistan with the word "Unpredictable" is a little unfair. In the T20 format I think Pakistan is the most predictable team if you look back the records which you have mentioned in your article as well. Lets show fairness. Cheers!

Posted by Ahmedaq on (October 3, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Superb article Abhiskhek. One of the best I have ever read. The last para is the punchline! Keep up the good work.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Pakistan, the most unpredictable are predictable against Sri Lanka (my second favorite after home nation), SL are always lucky for Pakistan to give them big titles. Good Luck Team Pakistan. May Almighty bless you with victory.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (October 3, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

to be fair it was THAT knock by umar gul which provided entry for pakistan to semifinals .

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Very Well written, Specially the last para. bravo :)

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

Brilliantly done Abhishek, you have done a remarkable job defining a Pakistani team and their achievements! Hats off..

Posted by Rehman_Dakait on (October 3, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

Pakistan has the fire power to advance through to the finals. They are riding high on confidence after their big win against Australia, so they aren't going to be pushovers. I expect Srilanka to put up a brave fight but I have a feeling that the spinners and Nasir Jamshed will again win it for Pakistan!

Posted by engryahya on (October 3, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

Pakistans unpredictability and there rise according to occasion says that they will win tomorrow.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

hopefully Afridi will find the touch in this game INSHALLAH.

Posted by AshrafGul_FU on (October 3, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Bye Byeeeeeee Pakistan. 'Pak' your Bags ! SL will thrash you. No offence but this is true ! SL - The kind of form they are in, you guys NO CHANCE ! We all saw how your spin bowling (Your Strength) got exposed against Classy Indian batsmen. India had only Kohli but SL have Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan - and the problem is they are all in good form and are excellent players of spin bowling. Until Gul realize that he is in playing XI for his bowling not batting, Pak have no chance. And The Worst news is Malinga is BACK in form ! In fielding too, SL are way way ahead of Pak. I'm sure SL will win but hoping for a good contest as I'm a Fan of Good Cricket too.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

"The reward was a sixth successive semi-final in an ICC tournament since the double blows of tragedy and disappointment in the 2007 World Cup." I have to do some research on this statement.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Just say they are unpredictable - shine someday and then go out another. The same team was terribly disappointing not long ago against India. I wish them luck against SL.

Posted by ZAB2121 on (October 3, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

Looking forward to see how Sanga bats against young Raza Hasan.

Posted by Saad.Navaid on (October 3, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

gr8 piece of writing... Best of Luck Pakistan may u make us proud...(Ameen)

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