Captaincy

Did Pakistan fail?

Given the circumstances, they did the opposite in the World Cup, bringing fervour back to their fan base

Misbah in the context of Pakistan's lifesavers

Like medics who go beyond the call of duty in trying circumstances, Pakistan's captain inspires his side to victories while dealing with less-than-ideal situations

New Zealand cricket

Daniel Vettori, back from the burnout

A World Cup win could be the prefect farewell gift for Daniel Vettori, much like how it was for Glenn McGrath in 2007 and Sachin Tendulkar in 2011

The vices and virtues of Misbah

The debate about whether Misbah-ul-Haq is holding Pakistan back or holding them together is obscuring the team's real problems

A Test match for the ages

The Adelaide Test was pulsating, dramatic and poignant, and threw up questions about India's captaincy, and the absence of the DRS

Pakistan cricket

Misbah, the unobtrusive hero

Misbal-ul-Haq may not have the inventiveness of Javed Miandad or instantly-recognisable presence at the crease, like Inzaman-ul-Haq, but he is rock solid, an attribute valued highly in Test cricket