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India v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, Group B, Edgbaston

The day the laughter died

Pakistan were cheered fanatically to three defeats and an embarrassing Champions Trophy exit

Jarrod Kimber

June 15, 2013

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Virat Kohli takes a catch at leg slip, India v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, Group B, Edgbaston, June 15, 2013
Pakistan's batsmen produced another disappointing display © AFP
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Pakistan can be such a romantic team. They're essentially homeless. Have a giant. Are captained by a nice human piƱata. Coached by an aged cherub. Have a yoda-like spinner. The Jamshed. And, as always, have a quality kit.

But, they've lost three from three.

It's hard to fault their bowlers. It's easy, and utterly correct, to blame their batsmen.

It's hard to see how Imran Farhat would play in any other team in this tournament. Or even for Ireland, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh or Japan. Yet he played twice. TWICE. Mohammad Hafeez faced 61 balls, had a high score of 27 and an average of 12.66. Shoaib Malik faced 53 balls, had a high score of 17 and averaged 8.33. They had three players score over 27 in three games.

Nasir Jamshed and Misbah-ul-Haq aside, it's almost unfair to call them batsmen. Their batting is essentially rotten fruit sitting in rancid milk in the bottom of a rusted can. Even the rats wouldn't eat it.

It's not really a surprise that their totals were 170, 167 and 165. If they played against India again, it would only be fair if India had just 25 overs in which to chase their total. You could also suggest that Pakistan could have 100 overs, but the evidence suggests they can't last 50, let alone 100.

Their coach, Dav Whatmore, said, "I thought he did a very good job." He was referring to Trent Woodhill, Pakistan's batting coach. If by 'did a very good job' he refrained from beating any of the players with their own bats when they were dismissed, he is correct.

Against India, with Misbah and Jamshed failing, they seemed as likely to score 200 as any of them are of ending up 200 years old.

They even managed to lose the game on a ball they should have got a run-out from. By the end of the game the holes in the crowd were where the people in the green shirts, with the green face paint, wearing green scarves had been earlier.

The real shame was that the Pakistan supporters deserved so much better. Every time Pakistan have played in this tournament there has barely been a spare seat. They've travelled to the grounds in novelty green double-deck buses. They've stood and waited for their heroes for ages after the game. At The Oval, Ramiz Raja walking out on the ground was greeted like he was a god. Wasim Akram walking out was treated like the god of gods. They've come to each game, and even sat and watched their team bat. Which must have hurt their pride, and their eyes.

It's amazing that they even had the pride, or energy, to dance to the repeated playings of the catchiest song ever, "Dil Dil Pakistan". In fact, "Dil Dil Pakistan" was played more often in this tournament than Pakistan hit boundaries. By the final group game, if a Pakistan batsman managed to not be dismissed on a delivery, they would play the song. Because they couldn't actually wait for one of them to doing something good.

The only truly great thing the Pakistan team managed this tournament was a Pepsi ad starring Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan. The ad features someone removing a room service tray only to see Irfan's head: a painted Irfan pretending to be a water feature to trick Dav Whatmore. And Saeed Ajmal in an afro. The ad was meant as a comedy, and is quite funny.

Unlike the Pakistan team, which was meant to be serious and played for laughs.

As Whatmore said: "We're one ODI victory from having a good series." Or to put it another way, they were one ODI victory away from being thrown out of the tournament with one win.

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Posted by   on (June 17, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

Why are they carting Malik around? Hafeez is a good bowler as a batter he is over rated. I think Mumbai team has more batting depth than Pakistan

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

I believe that pakistan cricket is without future. Ask these questions below and you will get the answers in auto mode 1. Why a 39 old player leading a side when he was about to retire had he been not selected by his national team ? 2. Pakistan batting not in this series but for long time is dependand on keeping wickets in hand & just forget about run rate. How this gonna help when teams play strike players first and then select rest players. Unable to see any strike player 3. Pakistan are not playing cricket in home soil and they should give chance to themseleves by wining major tournaments and not by getting kicked out of tournament in first round. 4. Can you take any one of them to australia ? Batsman only 5.If u r steuggling in homely friendly conditions of England then u r in deep trouble. Making major changes will spoil the team. So romove players carefully and replace them gently as if they belong thr and not being formal as they are (un)fortunatly a test playing nation.

Posted by huhohuhohuho on (June 16, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

i personally believe that we should drop shoaib,kamran,Farhat and Misbah. I know he played well but he's 39 years old we should look towards the future and he may not even be there for the 2015 world cup. We should bring Ahmed Shehzad and other players who performed well in the domestic circuit like sohaib maqsood, muhammad rizwan and haris sohail. make hafeez captain because hes younger and he can serve for more years. My eleven would be Ahmed Shehzad,Nasir Jamshed,Hafeez,Shafiq,sohaib,haris,rizwan,wahab,ajmal,junaid and irfan. i did not add umar amin because he himself says he is a test player

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

As a fan of Pakistan cricket since 1967 I am feeling so hurt being let down by all involved not just the batsmen who failed. It was obvious to anyone with a bit of knowledge of cricket that this batting line up was the worst in the whole tournament. In fact I commented on ESPN Cricinfo when the squad was first announced that this was the worst team ever to visit UK since I have been a fan of Pakistan cricket. I also predicted TEAM PAKISTAN will loose all three games. I am surprised that the pace bowlers did so well given their limited experience. I just hope the people who were involved with selecting this batting line up (key personnel in PCB, selectors, captain, coach etc) should do the honourable thing and resign. If they don't they should be sacked along with Farhat, Hafeez and Malik who should never again represent Pakistan.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

well being a supporter of pakistani team,i am very disappointed by this performance by missbah 11,but this is not the end of world,we should remember india's performance in 2009,2010 and 2012 's in icc world t20 and their performance in last champions trophy,they were also very pathetic in these tournaments but comparing that indian team with this indian team will show us that they have improved their cricket a lot,so we should hope that one day pakistani team will also bounce back.so i am very hopeful that this team will show goodperformance in future.

Posted by ALI_A on (June 16, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

One of the most honest articles written.

Its pretty simple POLITICS POLITICS POLITICS. YES 3 TIMES.

The team selection is very wrong and Jarrod Kimber rightly picked out the three main problems which is approximately a 1/4 of the team. Hafeez, Malik and Farhat have all had many chances but still slide into the team like snakes.

None are willing to take responsibility for the faults however claim to represent the team and a huge supporting fan group are disappointing time and time again.

The fans would have been more content with the likes of Afridi and Nazir who could have atleast put up a show in one of the games. Where as the trio always fail to impress with the test cricket style pathetic batting.

Things need to change and the selection and politicians involved need to represent the country instead of chasing money.

Finally regarding yesterdays defeat India beating Pakistan was no surprise making the whole excitement dying out.

Personally it isn't nothing achieved for India.

Posted by JaDeD_INDIAN on (June 16, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

@Saad Amjad -UAE is not a neutral site anymore i think UK or Aus would be a neutral site and we should have a test series there even i'm interested to know the result.

Posted by manopriya on (June 16, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

One of the best article written about Pak team performance vs their fans support. "It's hard to see how Imran Farhat would play in any other team in this tournament. Or even for Ireland, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh or Japan. Yet he played twice. TWICE." Is there no one who could go to Pak selection committee and ask this question in an interview? though the answer is quite clear in Imran Farhat's cricinfo profile's relation section.

Posted by EddieKhan on (June 16, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

@ Lach-Ferragh agree with you friend... this result reflects the failure of PCB Selection committee and some showstoppers who are not promoting young legs whom are really performing way well in domestic circuit as compare to the guys in team mainly Imran, Shoaib and Kamran... I am surprise how this batting order justify the talent Pakistan have ...where is Haris Sohaill, Umar Akmal, Babur and Hammad Azam...really a shocker for pakistani fans

Posted by intcamd on (June 16, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

I don't like articles like these. I am an India supporter, but Pakistan can be a strong side. So they had one bad tournament. India has disappointed so often too. Their tours of England and Australia in 2011 are so abysmal and etched in memory. Who cares about a meaningless one day tournament - it is tests that matter, and until India can reverse their horrible and putrid result of those tours IN Australia and England, Indian fans have no business celebrating all that much. As for Pakistan, their batting has never been that good historically, but their fast bowlers wow, that is another matter altogether

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

i still beleive if india and pakistan had a test series(best form of the game) in uae which is a neutral venue and has plenty of support of both countries. then pakistan would come out on top.

Posted by Lach-Ferragh on (June 16, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

I was there at the game yesterday. The Pak crowd, bless them, despite being outnumbered by their Indian contingent were vocal excluding the last hour. Anyway, a resolution from me. I've decided NEVER to go watch a Pak game again until they've sorted out their batting. That means, permanently dropping Farhat, Kamran, and Shoaib. I hear Fawad is doing really well at domestic level. I never knew I'd be saying this, but bring back Umar Akmal. At least he showed initiative, aggression, and most importantly, intent.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 11:36 GMT)

agree with every word of this article.... except the first game pakistan lost the two matches without a fight even in the first one it was bowling which had put up the resistance. I really feel sorry for the fans in england supporting pakistan. PCB should bring in a local coach who can understand them. Seniors shouldn't be in the team anymore and bring in an aggressive captain like afridi

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 10:04 GMT)

Talk about being honest! by far the most honest assessment I've come across. Kudos Mr. Kimder

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Pakistan's failure is due to insufficient match practice at intl level..India's success is due to IPL...With the talent pool in India, even A or B team can easily beat Pakistan if they dont wake up before the next major tournament. Times are gone and let us hope some new Miandad, Zaheer, Asif, Imran,Akram and many more emerge in Pakistan to give a solid international impact...

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

pakistan didnt have any chance to win because the selection comitee didnt give the team a fair chance. this was not pakistans first tram it was they second batting line up. what was the point drastically changing the batting line up from the one that went to indiacand won quite comfortably and the team tht went to s africa and lost 3.2. still managed to win 2 games against a strong a africa team. it wasnt the time to change it. u cant blame the players in the current team as they are not capable anyway. looks like the pak cric board has been told by outside influences to not give pakistan the best chance of winning.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

I feel sorry for the massive crowds that turned out to support Pakistan. Sitting on my couch here in Islamabad, the only solace I found in Pakistan games was the energy in the stands. On an honest note, based on our performances over the last two years, I was expecting this Pakistan. Even in the ODI win in India, our middle order was pathetic to say the least and in one of the games we were restricted to 250 after being 130/0. Hafeez was always going to be a hit and miss in UK conditions, Farhat, Malik and Akmal had powerful friends thus their consistent inclusion in the team so to expect them to post good totals on the board was a far stretched imagination. Atleast I am hopeful that we might get to see he inclusion of some young legs such as Shahzad, Umar and Hammad but given the nature of Pakistani cricket politics, I won't be surprised if we see most of the same faces again in the WI series.

Posted by best4gotten on (June 16, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

One of the best article written about Pak team performance vs their fans support. "It's hard to see how Imran Farhat would play in any other team in this tournament. Or even for Ireland, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh or Japan. Yet he played twice. TWICE." Is there no one who could go to Pak selection committee and ask this question in an interview? though the answer is quite clear in Imran Farhat's cricinfo profile's relation section.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

Really feel bad for Pakistan considering the talent that has been left out in the cold...Umar Akmal, Afridi, etc....they would do well to search their under 19 teams for fresh batting talent....

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (June 16, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

Agree with Jarrod, Pakistan's fans deserve better. The current side is pulling off a pretty accurate impersonation of India circa 2011-12. I just hope its just a passing phase and not a long term trend.

Posted by FAB_ALI on (June 16, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

Whenever this Pakistan batting line-up fails, I think of those old days when I would just start reading from top as Saeed Anwar, Aamir Sohail, Ijaz Ahmed, Salim Malik, Inzamam, Youhana, Moin, Afridi, Razzaq....my hair would stand up!!!! I literally feared how will we be able to get them out? And today we say- dont worry, they will get out themselves!!!

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

Dav's coments shows it all. had they won from india this type of mentality will say oh see we are back online. and we can do it. what type of comment is this that batting coach doing great?. 1 match will not change much which is happening for past 1 year. under Dav.

It will be same old story, instead of major changes, we will see 1 or 2 changes. or all blame on misbah. Likes of farhat, kamran, malik, will make it back in couple of month. And with likes of recent failures like younas and Afridi. thats not the way to go.

They need some hard decisions now if they want to succeed. should give more games to Ahmed shehzad, fawad, haris, hammad azam, usman, m rizwan, even i would say azhar ali & umar akmal. Umar amin doesnt look like that much of talent they talk about. Asad also need some more work to do.

BAtting keeper & medium pace batting allrounder required. Hafeez should play down at 6 or 5.

Posted by MFNadeem on (June 16, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

One of the best articles written about Pakistan, especially Farhat.

Posted by jokerbala on (June 16, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

Pakistan have to get an Indian or even Srilankan batting coach, sure if India can use Wasim Akram's services for KKR then why not Pakistan? Indians or Lankans would understand and change their defensive mindsets better than the foreign coaches. VVS Laxman or Aravinda Desilva are two people I can think from the top of my head- technically sound but positive players.

Posted by getsetgopk on (June 16, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Nice one Kimber, its very funny and I genuienly agree that Farhat wont make it to the Japan cricket team even. What Amir, Asif and Butt did, hurt Pakistan but what Hafeez, Malik and Farhat did in the space of two years for being in this Pak side will eventually destroy cricket in Pak. A very dangerous situation indeed but the damage has already been done i'm afraid. The team is in tatters, ridiculed, booed and has absolute zero confidence left in them. I bet our batsmen will have panic attacks when they just see a cricket bat, let alone picking it up, going out on the field and playing shots with, making runs and then making 50's and 100's, oh boy, that now looks like asking a blind and deaf person to climb Mt. Everest, solo, with no food and water. I dont see us ever getting out of this one, rest in peace Pak cricket, you have been one fine and beautiful thing once, not anymore.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 7:19 GMT)

Feeling bad for the captain of Pakistan. Cricket is a team game and that's where India has upper hand. Members of the Indian team knows that their position is not for granted. There is no option but perforn. Or the bench is waiting for other to fail so they can get in.. Gambhir for Dhawan, sehwag/vijay for Rohit, Zaheer for Bhuvi, irfan for Yadav. Mishra for jadeja/ashwin.

Posted by soumyas on (June 16, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

they haven't recovered after the retirement of mohammed yusuf and yunous khan. one of them should have been in the team untill they build new team. Also why did they leave out Afridi ? whether he bats or not, he is an X factor...

All the best....... - Indian fan

Posted by La_Bangla on (June 16, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

@Raghuvir Khanna, I really think India's bowling has been one of the better unit in this tourny. They're the only team to get Jamsed and Misbah out cheaply in this tourny and dismissed Aussies for 65.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

Their poor batting let them down very badly. Just cannot believe how this team has declined.

Posted by GRVJPR on (June 16, 2013, 6:21 GMT)

@Raghuvir Khanna If you are talking about maintaining perspective then why ony go back to one ODI series in India. Look at last 50 ODI's between India and pakistan and you'll know that India is far more consistent and better team among the two. There is a reason why Indian is ranked number 1 and pakistan number 6.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

It is just matter of time that Pakistan team will bounce back against all criticism they are hearing. They have done it in past and no iota of doubt that they cant do it once again. So wait and watch, Pakistan has always given world cricket best cricketers from its den and there is no doubt why they cant do it now, Just wait, there bowling is world class, fielding unit too is better if not best, Just requirement is one or two good batsman, they can do it once again. Good luck Pakistan team.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

now is this time some one really neeeds to start a petition to actually boot out failed players like shoaib malik, kamran akmal and imran farhat to an extent also mohammed hafeez because he only plays good against minnow teams and usually gets out early against stronger contenders but the rest three they got too many chances one can ask for!!!!!!!

Posted by jokerbala on (June 16, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

Wow! some very harsh language but nothing unparliamentary I see.common mate, why are you guys stirring up already hurt emotional cricket fans of pak. Sure I know you guys had Pakistan as the pre-tournament favourites but the wickets have not been as bowler friendly as you would expect normal english pitches nor have they been flat enough for the short of confidence Pak batsmen.That contributed a lot to their downfall. I hope the 2015 WC in Aus stays pacy and bouncy and not become a subcontinentalised version of it.

Posted by sweetspot on (June 16, 2013, 5:30 GMT)

I feel really bad for Pakistani fans, no doubt. Indian and Pakistani fans all came out in numbers to support their teams and it is almost like we are feeling rude for having to send our Pakistani friends home without anything in their hands. It was great to see them turn up in big numbers for a game that had little consequence in the tournament.

I also think this condemning and ridiculing of the Pakistani team is not really necessary. Everything seems to go wrong sometimes, and there is nothing we can do. It is not as if Misbah and the boys are thick skinned and lazy. Just look at the bowling and how much they're putting into it. Won't the batting be inspired by that? It's just a matter of time before things get sorted out. Pakistan fans, please support your team when they need it most - it is easy to cheer when they're winning.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

It's very suprising a team that beat India in india can't win other matches. To me the culprit is lack of international matches at home..

Posted by squarepeg on (June 16, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

Indians must be happy that there are no Saeed Anwar, Salim Malik, Javed Miandad, Inzy, Moin Khan... leave alone Imran, Waqar, Akram, Shoaib and Saqlain... to torment them. This Pakistan team is short of the prodigious talent that Pak cricket had for 30 years. This can happen to any team- look at Australia now or the West Indies who were in wilderness for two decades. Continuous political strife is a new problem to the old one of coterie dominance of the PCB. World cricket is a lot less exciting till Pak, WI and Sri Lanka find their true flair.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

this Pakistani team defeated india in india in an ODI series just a few months back.lets maintain some perspective.their batting is the same as our bowling.our bowling needs helpful conditions and their batting needs flat tracks.

Posted by FaninPA on (June 16, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

Loved the humor in the article... will be following your articles henceforth..

Posted by cheguramana on (June 16, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

I was laughing after every sentence, Jarrod ! But not too much - after all, I remember earlier years, when the shoe seemed to be on the other foot - when Indian fans wud despair of their team losing so often to Pakistan.

Posted by the_blue_android on (June 16, 2013, 1:49 GMT)

Jarrod - Please spare the players. They did not select themselves into the team. The selectors did even though everyone can clearly see that they are not up to International standards. The selectors are to be solely blamed or ridiculed like in your case. Never kick a man when he's down.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 1:13 GMT)

Wow. Scathing stuff. Cricinfo has turned into the Pitchfork Media of the cricket world!

I do feel sorry for Misbah-ul-haq. He gets a lot of stick for supposedly scoring too slow and not getting big scores, but he's done all he can with the team he's got. He builds an innings and plays responsibly, and hits boundaries when needed. Plus, he makes no excuses for himself or his team - I think he's a role model for Pakistanis myself.

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 0:53 GMT)

Well said. Our hearts bleed right now. Time to take the trash out. Farhat, hafeez, akmal and any other dead weight needs to be thrown overboard. This, when ahmed shahzad, abdul razzaq, hammad azam, taufiq umer, imran nazir and afridi are sitting at home !!

Posted by svenkateswar on (June 16, 2013, 0:16 GMT)

Overall theme the article is right but some strong words used. Agreed Pakistan team played badly and didn't look like a top 8 side, but to say Imran Farhat cannot fit in any international side is an exaggeration. Quite recently Imran Farhat guided couple of touch chases against South Africa in South Africa.

As for India, they continue their good form and seem to have all bases covered. Maybe Vinay Kumar could get a look in in place of either Umesh Yadav or Ishant Sharma.

Finally, I hope ICC rethinks their decision on the Champions Trophy. With the quality of cricket and the crowd/TV viewership response there is definite room for this tournament in future in place of 5 or 7 match bilateral odi series' (3 match bilateral series is sufficient to determine the winner instead)

Posted by sportofpain on (June 16, 2013, 0:15 GMT)

Hard to fault the players though. It may be that the system needs to be changed - from what little I know, in Pakistan cricket is run by the corporates so there may not be a grassroots level under 15 etc talent spotting and nurturing program. As a junior cricketer in India even way back in 1979 the grassroots level administration and coaching was very good, run as it was by folks who were dedicated to the game. That system has produced these cricketers. Pakistan seems to have relied on raw talent just bursting through - Wasim Akram comes to mind. Howver I may be completely wrong. Will some knowledgeable Pakistanis tell us something about how cricket is administered at the grassroots level?

Posted by   on (June 16, 2013, 0:12 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I am sorely dissapointed at the state of the pakistani team , I always look forward to India Pak matches , primarily because they USED to be very competetive , with nail biting moments almost till the final ball , they left one feeling exhilarated and pumped full of adrenalin , this team is doing a disserviceto the teams of the past . I hope they improve and show some pride , I look forward to better matches and more competetive matches, not this farce.

Posted by SouthPaw on (June 16, 2013, 0:05 GMT)

This Pakistan team lacks the exposure of international Cricket as a team. Pretty sure that when that happens they'll be able to bounce back.

Posted by Haider on (June 16, 2013, 0:00 GMT)

The fans of pakistan crickert deserve a lot better.

Posted by pkfan_duh on (June 15, 2013, 23:48 GMT)

Great article Jerrod. You put into words very well many things true about this sorry group. I must need therapy myself because I cant get being their fan out of my system. Truthfully I did want them to lose bad to India because this the only only hope for them to improve. I also get a feeling that the coach had been preparing his statements well in advance. Still have hope for the future, don't know why.

Posted by Attractivue on (June 15, 2013, 23:47 GMT)

I'm 29 years old and probably have watched every India Pakistan match from the age of 9 or even younger (but I couldn't remember) but last night's game, I only watched first 15 overs or so and I knew the result!

Not in my 20 years of watching cricket, I've seen Pakistan in such a poor form, on all three occasions, they couldn't manage to score more than 170.

I'm really excited to see who does the axe fall on when they come home? Poor Misbah was still the best player and captain and doesn't deserve to be punished for the abysmal performance of the batsmen!

Posted by IAS2009 on (June 15, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

keep selecting these players they will give you very consistent poor result. the state of affairs is no different than the state of nation.

Posted by asalampasta on (June 15, 2013, 23:19 GMT)

I can understand the pain aamer21 got. If someone phones me during match and I cannot ignore the person, I use to pickup and tell them that I am busy with customer, will call u later but now during match I call my wife and ask what u gonna make for dinner, and my wife, who never watched a single match before our marriage and now never miss a Pakistan match, imagine she even took my 6yrs son to watch Pak v WI match at oval last week. We all are sooooo disappointed but still a hope that our hero Imran khan is coming in Pakistan Parliament and hopefully will recommend something good for PCB. Maybe Javed Miandad or Mohsin khan as coach .. so aamer21, hopefully we will see changes within PCB in 6-8 months.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

Very very dispointing performance by Pakitan team . All to be blamed the team,coach,manager......

Posted by Dicky306 on (June 15, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

Aamer21 bro i understand how u r feeling, i cried so many times when india lost , 2003 wc, england tour, but you know what thats the beauty of life, there is no laughter without tears, no happiness without sadness, Cricket is a game which gives us a distraction from a reality of us being a bag of cells with a expiry date( that is what life is), it gives meaning to our day to day life, it puts a a momentary smile on people faces which makes them forget about their daily troubles, even a person suffering a fatal illness for that one moment when team has a brilliant moment will forget all about his life and just smile, for that one moment he is same as anyone else, a happy soul , take care, never stop supporting

Posted by Zubair on (June 15, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

This has been one of the worst tournaments for Pakistani team, I am really feeling sorry for the fans who wasted their money on tickets, spent the whole day at the stadium and watched their team's embarrassing performances throughout the tournament. I just want to ask the PCB, why the hell have they appointed Whatmore and Trent Woodhill? What good have they done to our team?? Can anybody has the guts to show them the door and let Mohsin Khan take over as our coach? Mohsin did a fantastic job as a coach for Pakistan, check his record, I dont know why on earth was he replaced by Whatmore in the first place? There are thousands of questions to be asked and we need not only answers but solutions as well!

Posted by   on (June 15, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

Jarrod understands the emotions between an India Pak match, or any match involving one of these 2 teams very well. A heartfelt article, the pain felt by an indian/pak fan seeing his team fail is a very deep one, but we always bounce back as has been seen before.

Posted by BnH1985Fan on (June 15, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

No fun in kicking someone that's down already! All teams go through cycles of being good and bad; perhaps Australia are in the same rut as Pak. A team that is down needs to take the positives from the losses. Pak knows now that their batting needs to improve. They likely missed Younis; the veteran would have definitely fared better because he puts a fair price on his wicket. But hindsight is 20/20. India is experimenting with young players and it is playing dividends for them (opening with Rohit -- genius, and Shikhar, where'd you come from?). Perhaps Pak should do the same; bring in youngsters who are eager to make an impression and put some pressure on the veteran players.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

You were right for each and every word you said. I know how badly I'm hurt or any other Pakistani right now.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2013, 22:08 GMT)

Excellent Article Jarrod.. Good read

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (June 15, 2013, 21:59 GMT)

Thanks Jarod put putting it exactly how it feels. It hurts and burns. If this is the best they can bat, they might as well consider going into a self imposed ban from cricket till they get a hold of things.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

I think we are being a but hard against Pak....they do not have Afridi and Younis in the team. Yes, I agree these two haven't contributed much in the recent past, but so was Shoaib aMali,....what's he in the team for??? I reckon it will take Pak another year to build up....they will be a threat in the 2015 ICC WC....TRUST ME.

Posted by   on (June 15, 2013, 21:52 GMT)

Brilliant article Mr Kimber! As a Pakistani fan, you need to read things like this to soften the pain.

Posted by Sulaimaan91 on (June 15, 2013, 21:52 GMT)

A very deserving article for the Pakistani batsmen.As an SL fan, I feel so jealous of their bowling resources and one wonders what Pak could achieve if they had even a half-decent(no, they arent even half decent) batting lineup to backup their bowlers. I have seen many Pak fans blaming Misbah but I think Pak needs more of his like plus Jamshed,Shafiq types and less of the Afridi,U Akmal types.Too many hot heads in the Pak team is the problem.

Posted by ruffi on (June 15, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

good article its time to give replace all the batsmans even captain and openers we need someone can bat like afridi aggressive and calm like mohammed yousaf

Posted by Vilander on (June 15, 2013, 21:42 GMT)

Dude you going to play with emotions of already very emotional pak cric fan? utterly evil of you. Pak have an excellent bowling attack, their batsmen have lost form together, Misbah and Jamshed are good batters, they just need to find two more in form and it would be good to go fro 230+ score which their bowling can defend against most teams barring Ind,Full strength SA and possibly Eng atm.

Posted by Rubic on (June 15, 2013, 21:31 GMT)

"We're one ODI victory from having a good series." ..and will remain one victory away as long as PCB selectors, he himself, Misbah, Hafeez, Farhat, Malik and Kamran stay stick to the Pak team...

Posted by aamer21 on (June 15, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

This is the first time ever in my 23 years of watching cricket that I did not watch the India-Pakistan match. I was, until before this tournament, what you call a truly die hard fan of the Pakistan team. I ate and breathed cricket. I never imagined that I would ever miss an Ind-Pak match in my life. But today I didn't feel like watching our batsmen embarrass themselves and their whole country. Our cricket is in the sorriest state in history, much like our country is these days. Every word I write is with a lot of pain. From an ex-pakistani cricket team supporter :(

Posted by   on (June 15, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

What an article Jarrod! Love it. The way you put across your thoughts is brilliant man!

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