New Zealand v Pakistan, 4th ODI, Napier February 1, 2011

'Afridi is doing a good job' - Misbah

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Misbah-ul-Haq has come out in support of Pakistan's current ODI captain Shahid Afridi amid uncertainty as to who will lead the team during the 2011 World Cup. Pakistan have not yet named a captain for their World Cup squad, and there has been speculation that Misbah, who has led the Pakistan Test team in their last two series, is being considered for the role, but he said he was happy to play under Afridi.

"The team has gelled well. Whoever is the captain, everyone will play for the team and for the country," Misbah said. "I think Shahid Afridi is doing a good job. We have no problems and whoever is the captain, we will go out there and play our game.

"Everybody is in good form. That's a good thing for the team. Everybody's contributing and getting scores; even the bowlers are doing well, so these are good signs [for the World Cup]."

Misbah has been in supreme form in New Zealand. In three innings in the one-day series so far, Misbah has made 178 runs, including the match-winning 93 not out at McLean Park on Tuesday. In the Tests, he notched up 231 runs at an average of 115.50.

On Tuesday, Misbah came in to bat with Pakistan facing a collapse at 84 for 3, chasing New Zealand's 262. He rebuilt alongside Younis Khan with an 89-run partnership to lay the foundation for the Pakistan innings, before accelerating with the tail to haul in the rising asking rate and topple the hosts with an over to spare.

"It's really good for me, I'm really enjoying playing in New Zealand," Misbah said. "My performance is going well and I'm doing a good job for the team."

Misbah credited the faith the selectors and team have displayed in him. His run of form began in the two-match Test series against South Africa in the United Arab Emirates, in November, when he scored three half-centuries and helped Pakistan draw the series. "A lot of things are behind it [my form]. I've taken a lot of confidence from the team management and a lot of confidence from the selectors, the coach and the captain and that makes a big difference. Cricket is all about confidence. At the moment the confidence is high and that's why I'm scoring runs."

In his innings in Napier, Misbah was cautious to begin with, playing simple, risk-free cricket during the middle overs to ensure Pakistan had a solid foundation for the lower-order hitters to launch from, before taking it upon himself to raise the run-rate when Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi failed to make an impact. Misbah was on 64 off 78 deliveries when the batting Powerplay was taken in the 43rd over, but had raced to 93 off 91 by the time Pakistan reached their target.

Two consecutive boundaries through square leg in the 43rd over kept Pakistan in touch with the asking rate and Misbah's six and four off the first two balls of the 48th over swung the game decidedly in favour of the visitors. "My idea was that I should stay till the end since the other guys coming in were good hitters, so I was confident that we would get the total. In close situations like that, if you panic there are problems. But if you relax, you can get through."

The innings was Misbah's highest ODI score, eclipsing his 79 not out against West Indies in 2008. Sohail Tanvir walloped 14 runs in the 49th over to finish things off and leave Misbah seven runs short of a century, but Misbah claimed he wasn't disappointed at being denied a maiden one-day hundred.. "The win for the team is important. Personal goals aren't that important, so I'm happy."

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and blogs here

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  • JUJU1000 on February 4, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Amir and akhtar is a must in worldcup as bowlers.........and imran anzir neep to keep opening with kamran.....inshah allah amir will be coming to team very soon...

  • on February 4, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Perfect Combination, I just want Younus Khan Out of this Squad, as he is making things difficult for the Team. He cant Hit a Six and find it difficult to rotate strike. On the Other hand, Umer Akaml must be Promoted up the order. He is a genuine Batsman, but he always been thrown, when Pak desperately need fast run rate due to Younus and Misbah's Slow bating. Hafeez and Ahmad Shahzad must Open, Kamran Akmal must come if wicket has fallen inside 10 overs, Umer Akaml come in Next. Misbah should bat at Number 5, Asad Shafique/Azhar Ali should bat at number 6, Razzaq Should come at 7, And next Afridi, Sohail Tanweer, Wahab Riaz and Umar Gull.

    ** Asad Shafique and Azhar Ali must be given chance and preference should be given to one who performs well consistently. GOD Bless Pakistan..

  • on February 2, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    I think this is the best combination we can have in these circumstances but i will prefer saeed ajmal aur abdur remhan in the remaining two matches.

  • on February 2, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    We really need AAMIR BACK!!!! Everyone plz pray to God he comes back. He wud be great inclusion in the team. He was such a cheerful and happy guy,and he wud help keep others dedicated, and the team spirit high. So everyone please make dua he caomes back!!!! Missing him for world cup not good!!!:(

  • sasidev on February 2, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Pakistan has a good team. They have 50% chance in any match. Afridi & Razzak are the key. If the team bat well to reach 180 from 40 overs with wickets in hand they will put 300 with any bowling attack. Cool head at the top is required. Bowling is ok. Waqar need to plan it for the youngsters. Shoaib need to fire at the top.

  • Chona on February 2, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    I am happy at seeing Pakistan taking the lead....but I am perplexed at the critics on show at Pakistani media...All they were trying to do was to bash Shahid Afridi for his so called irresponsible dismissal...Just 3 day ago he hit 65 off 25 balls and took match from 171 off 40 overs to 293 off 50 overs....it was match winning inning...but today he failed and everyone started criticizing....He is NO BRADMAN....So much so even Bradman did not score 20+ in every inning. I think it has become a part of match analysis to criticize AFRIDI.....If he does well then that will be due to bad bowling of opposition...if he does wrong then it will be due to his own folly....If you go through replay of Afridis dismissal then you will see that it was an arm ball at almost yorker length with no change in action...so it was more a case of variation by bowler than batsman doing all the wrong things..!! Afridi is a hitter and Misbah is anchor so evaluate each player with respect to their roles in team!!!!

  • KYZA on February 2, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    IMRAN NAZIR DESTROYED IT TODAY 114 RUNS OFF 68 BALLS 19 FOURS 3 SIXES, DOES HE WARRANT A WORLD CUP PLACE?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • KiwiRocker- on February 2, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Boys are peaking at right time.!I am especially enjoying it as I can see matches in the ground. However, there are some issues.First of all, Sohail Tanvir seems v. average compared to what he used to be. It probably would have been better to include Tanvir Ahmad or what about that Under.19 all rounder Hammad Azam?..never the less, Sohail Tanvir offers something in batting however his core role is a bowler and he shud improve that & his fielding as well.Other issue is Pakistan does not have any left handers at all in the top six. Left handers can be highly useful. I wonder if Fawad Alam deserved a chance?Asad Shafiq is defintely good but he has been selected because of one inning. Fawad should have been in the team.Furthermore What is Shoib Akhtar's role?I was disappointed to see him flop in first ODI as really he has done well in last year or so.I hope he gets atleast one more match in the series.It does not matter who the captain is as Misbah and Afridi both offer sumthing different..

  • on February 2, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    good win for pakistan but they should have won it much more easily but hey that is what makes pakistani team what it is. they should bring asad shafiq in place of kamran akmal (asad shafiq can keep as well if rameez raja is to be believed) and bring shoaib akhtar or abdul rehman in place of sohail tanvir to give more teeth to the bowling attack which is a bit thin on wicket taking. even if aamir is not cleared pakistan will do well inshallah in the world cup and reach at least semi final

  • fkhatri123 on February 2, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Misbah played a great knock.. but world cup captaincy should go in favour of afridi because misbah doesn't have any expereince for ODI's captaincy.

  • JUJU1000 on February 4, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    Amir and akhtar is a must in worldcup as bowlers.........and imran anzir neep to keep opening with kamran.....inshah allah amir will be coming to team very soon...

  • on February 4, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Perfect Combination, I just want Younus Khan Out of this Squad, as he is making things difficult for the Team. He cant Hit a Six and find it difficult to rotate strike. On the Other hand, Umer Akaml must be Promoted up the order. He is a genuine Batsman, but he always been thrown, when Pak desperately need fast run rate due to Younus and Misbah's Slow bating. Hafeez and Ahmad Shahzad must Open, Kamran Akmal must come if wicket has fallen inside 10 overs, Umer Akaml come in Next. Misbah should bat at Number 5, Asad Shafique/Azhar Ali should bat at number 6, Razzaq Should come at 7, And next Afridi, Sohail Tanweer, Wahab Riaz and Umar Gull.

    ** Asad Shafique and Azhar Ali must be given chance and preference should be given to one who performs well consistently. GOD Bless Pakistan..

  • on February 2, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    I think this is the best combination we can have in these circumstances but i will prefer saeed ajmal aur abdur remhan in the remaining two matches.

  • on February 2, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    We really need AAMIR BACK!!!! Everyone plz pray to God he comes back. He wud be great inclusion in the team. He was such a cheerful and happy guy,and he wud help keep others dedicated, and the team spirit high. So everyone please make dua he caomes back!!!! Missing him for world cup not good!!!:(

  • sasidev on February 2, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Pakistan has a good team. They have 50% chance in any match. Afridi & Razzak are the key. If the team bat well to reach 180 from 40 overs with wickets in hand they will put 300 with any bowling attack. Cool head at the top is required. Bowling is ok. Waqar need to plan it for the youngsters. Shoaib need to fire at the top.

  • Chona on February 2, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    I am happy at seeing Pakistan taking the lead....but I am perplexed at the critics on show at Pakistani media...All they were trying to do was to bash Shahid Afridi for his so called irresponsible dismissal...Just 3 day ago he hit 65 off 25 balls and took match from 171 off 40 overs to 293 off 50 overs....it was match winning inning...but today he failed and everyone started criticizing....He is NO BRADMAN....So much so even Bradman did not score 20+ in every inning. I think it has become a part of match analysis to criticize AFRIDI.....If he does well then that will be due to bad bowling of opposition...if he does wrong then it will be due to his own folly....If you go through replay of Afridis dismissal then you will see that it was an arm ball at almost yorker length with no change in action...so it was more a case of variation by bowler than batsman doing all the wrong things..!! Afridi is a hitter and Misbah is anchor so evaluate each player with respect to their roles in team!!!!

  • KYZA on February 2, 2011, 12:03 GMT

    IMRAN NAZIR DESTROYED IT TODAY 114 RUNS OFF 68 BALLS 19 FOURS 3 SIXES, DOES HE WARRANT A WORLD CUP PLACE?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  • KiwiRocker- on February 2, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    Boys are peaking at right time.!I am especially enjoying it as I can see matches in the ground. However, there are some issues.First of all, Sohail Tanvir seems v. average compared to what he used to be. It probably would have been better to include Tanvir Ahmad or what about that Under.19 all rounder Hammad Azam?..never the less, Sohail Tanvir offers something in batting however his core role is a bowler and he shud improve that & his fielding as well.Other issue is Pakistan does not have any left handers at all in the top six. Left handers can be highly useful. I wonder if Fawad Alam deserved a chance?Asad Shafiq is defintely good but he has been selected because of one inning. Fawad should have been in the team.Furthermore What is Shoib Akhtar's role?I was disappointed to see him flop in first ODI as really he has done well in last year or so.I hope he gets atleast one more match in the series.It does not matter who the captain is as Misbah and Afridi both offer sumthing different..

  • on February 2, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    good win for pakistan but they should have won it much more easily but hey that is what makes pakistani team what it is. they should bring asad shafiq in place of kamran akmal (asad shafiq can keep as well if rameez raja is to be believed) and bring shoaib akhtar or abdul rehman in place of sohail tanvir to give more teeth to the bowling attack which is a bit thin on wicket taking. even if aamir is not cleared pakistan will do well inshallah in the world cup and reach at least semi final

  • fkhatri123 on February 2, 2011, 9:24 GMT

    Misbah played a great knock.. but world cup captaincy should go in favour of afridi because misbah doesn't have any expereince for ODI's captaincy.

  • cricinme on February 2, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Abdul Razzak shoud have been the man of the match, for his economical bowling and vital partnership with Misbah.

  • wnwn on February 2, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    I think captaincy has brought out the best in afridi and this is why he should continue. However, i am concerned about the bowling because Sohail Tanvir is not the same bowler since his injury and Umar Gul has become inconsistent. Although Abdul Razzaq went for 2 runs an over he has always been inconsistent and Shoaib Akhtar at 35 can no longer play every match. This is why Tanvir Ahmed should have been picked.

  • on February 2, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Misbah should lead as a Captain in WC. Afridi should become mature in his batting & must concentrate in his part-time spin bowling. Misbah has all the leadership qualities. I don't know why people are saying it will create tension in the team if Misbah leads. Were there any tension in test matches? Misbah has led as a captain vs India in 2008 4 one ODI match where he chased a target of 300 plus with a captain's knock. He solves the problem analytically not emotionally. There are two practice matches before WC against bangladesh and england. There is enough time for someone of misbah's calibre. Remember misbah became captain when he was dropped from the test. but he did a splendid job. He can handle that pressure and can unite the team at anytime. similarly he was dropped from odi's last year but returned in form and won matches. so with these abilities he can win matches for pak as a captain in WC. Razzaq or Afridi should be his deputy.

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on February 2, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    We Dont Think Who will lead to Pakistan in WC.. But V Want Result as They are Playing Now they Should to Play same as in WC... Go Ahead...

  • vivrichards82 on February 2, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Misbah is cool as a cucumber!!Glad to see therez no politics involved between Afridi and him..its our board thats messed up..Misbah is a real mature selfless professional who takes pride in playing for our beloved Pakistan!! go Pakistan go! Paki power!!

  • on February 2, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Afridi -> Imran Khan... Misbah -> Miandad...???? :) :)

  • on February 2, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Does the Pakistan team management read comments here???

    Please do NOT waste our best batting talent; Umar Akmal by sending him at No. 6 For Heaven's sake, he should bat at No. 3 Why are you sending Kamran Akmal at 3?? Why can't he come down the order and let Umar Akmal be given a chance to bat most of the overs. Certainly he is a proper and better batsman than his elder brother and knows how to craft his inning. He has the potential to turn a match on his own. Give him some confidence and a bit of freedom to play his natural game; let him flourish and believe me our team will do wonders in the WC Insha Allah :-)

  • on February 2, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Well done Pakistan for winning this match and i am hopeful they'll win the next 2 as well. Afridi should continue as Captain as otherwise it'll creat a lot of tension, but it won't be good for the next captain (other than Afridi) to start anew,a sthere isn't enough time to settle into the captaincy, with the WC less than a few weeks away. I would question afridi as to why he continued with Sohail, who was so expensive, and not with Razzaq and Hafeez, who had given less than half the runs, than Sohail. I am sure these two bowlers would have, most likely, not allowed NZ to score more than 220 or so. Good job Misbah/Younis for again helping out in stabilizing the innings. Great Work, overall. Afridi continue to do a good job, but do use all your weapons judiciously. May You all and Pakistan have great WC winnings, insha'Allah.

  • on February 2, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    well done pakistan.there is a chance for pakistan to win the WC if misbah continuing his form.if aamir come back in squad ,then it wil be thread for other countries.riaz,aamir,gul destructive pace attack and afridi,hafeez,ajmal/rehman will build pressure on opposition.shezad,misbah,uyounus,razak,akmal brothes can snatch any game at any time.it may be surprising but pak going to win the WC

  • Daniel_Cartwright on February 2, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    @lankan_neutral : I would love to see that, Sri Lanka vs Pakistan in final specially, I wouldn't know who to cheer for. That would be the best show.

  • El_Toro_Loco on February 2, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    +1 @ sunnymachoo. My vote still goes to Captain Misbah as stated in the previous article posted few days ago. Misbah is a cool customer & handles pressure quite well. Up coming ODIs will definitely give Misbah more practice & confident to score at higher strike-rate. Now Younis has to shine & start scoring 50s regularly. K Akmal & Sohail Tanvir must be dropped and replaced with a left-handed batsmen & Rehman/Ajmal.

  • Nadeem1976 on February 2, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    Good job, series is wide open and both teams need to play good to win it. Well played Misbah once again. you are having a great time in cricket.

  • spellbinder76 on February 2, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    This is my guess:

    Ijaz Butt will make Afridi the Captain on 4th February. ICC will clear Aamir of all charges and he will replace Shoaib Akhtar. Between now and the date the group leaves for World Cup, PCB will get one more changes to the team. That will be our wonder player.

  • on February 1, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    am so happy to see pakistan team as a team not comenting against....plz zguys if WC is in our luck we will get for our country,our people but plz dont try to break team by asking for captaincy change....now afridi should be captain and misbha should be his supporter thts it no other captain .....we want world cup Inshallah we wil won....just pray

  • sunnymachoo on February 1, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    and yes, someone please convey Misbah's words to Tendulkar: "Team win is important, personal records are not!"

  • on February 1, 2011, 22:47 GMT

    @USAPakCricFollower: Afridi is an asset in the team, just going by his bowling abilites alone. I don't think he could be a good captain though. He doesn't have as good a cricketing brain as Misbah. His captaincy record isn't that great either.

    It doesn't matter now. They'll have to keep Afridi as captain, otherwise it'll cause all kinds of tensions within the team. But as long as senior players like Misbah and Younis are there the atmosphere in the team should be fine.

  • wc1992 on February 1, 2011, 22:08 GMT

    A Great victory .. a very good plan to give sohail as musch bowling as possible (i thnk its team decision rather then 1 person,,, well done waqar younis ).. younis batting is exectly what javad miadad did in 1192 WC and he should be praised greatly for this .. mishbah what a man ... underpresure cool as javad miandad ... misbah and younis did what Imran and Javad did in 1992 WC Final ... yes Umar Akamal could bat higher but i think its not the position, its the attitude he is a good bats man not just hitter that how he should bat ... he either going block and waite to bring big hits or just big hits .. he needs play normal cricket for few over than may be up the anti ........ please be + and enjoy ... remember Pakistan is playing with the best new bowling pair in the world Amir and Asif....

  • on February 1, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    @ USAPakCricFollower: You completely ignored his bowling abilities. Over the past couple years it's only been his bowling that has kept him in the team. There isn't another spinner you can use as effectively other than maybe Ajmal. Although I do think Misbah has a better cricketing brain, Afridi should be retained for the WC now that the team is doing well under him. It's unbelievable how PCB changes their opinion of a good captain in a matter of days.

  • a.syed81 on February 1, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    Mr Khalid Hussain : The way i see it why Afridi continued with Sohail is because for sure he needs more match practice and find form as of now he looks rusty. Obviously this game was an ideal because there was no pressure on our blowing line. I urge you to celebrate this moment of victory and true not to over criticize Afridi.

    However one thing i agree that our blowing line is not a serious thread on A class teams(like Indians, SA and Ausies.) Shoaib need to learn to bowl full and wicket to wicket in no time. In case if Sohail Tanvir doesn't fire up.

    Gul and Riaz are good though

  • cricket_for_all on February 1, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    The bottom line is all sub-continental teams are doing extremely well except India's bowling (well This will not effect much in subcontinent pitches). To be honest I won't even write off Bangladesh. Is there any chance that all subcontinental teams can play in semi final?

  • umkhan on February 1, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Afridi misusing Umar Akmal. he should use umar akmal one down b/c give a chance to get his form right. many matchs umar akmal is coming 4th down and lot of pressure on him to perform( due to upper order collapse or batting power play or not to much over to get himself set on pitch).

    it would better for pakistan if he bats as a Number three bastman. and they could use akmran akmal before shahid afridi.

    they should also experiment with abdul razzaq like sending him as opener or middle of the inn.

    and sohial tanvir balling totally out of form. give a chance to shoib akter

  • on February 1, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    Thank You Aay-Jahaz Butt!! U Really Proved That When There Is Competition For Captaincy Between Two Players, Each Of Them Try To Become Hero!

  • on February 1, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    Though Iam a huge Shahid Afridi a Die Hard kind, but dont think Afridi should lead the team in the wc, the way he leads seem as though he has written the whole strategy before the game and applies the same no matter what, though captaincy suits him a lot but as we all are pretty aware that he is not a great thinker of the game, and too arogant to listen to others, so it would better if misbah leads or even better if Afridi works with misbah and other seniors when taking decisions, less arrogance plz, because no matter what the cup will look great in Afridi's hands.

  • USAPakCricFollower on February 1, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    I disagree with all those who think Afridi needs his form back. What form? The way he is playing is what he has done all his career. Come in, swat at a few balls and leave. That's why his ODI average is in the 20s. Numbers don't lie. He rarely gives a winning performance and if you count the number of times he lets the team down, the negatives far outnumber the positives. Consistency, like Misbah or Younis have shown, is what wins tournaments. Not occasional flashes. We are better off finding a better allrounder with more consistent performance.

  • on February 1, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Only worry with the team is the bowling which is very fragile. The ability of the current bowling lineup to defend 260-270 totals in sub-continent is highly doubtful. But wish them best of luck , for me there are right up there with Aus ,India and SA for the title race.

  • on February 1, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    I think the only person who is away from controversies and just plays cricket is Misbah in Pakistan team. So, if at all, Pakistan wins the worldcup. It would be good to see it in Misbah hands rather than in Afridi hands. I hope some understand what I mean.

  • ejsiddiqui on February 1, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Today Misbah played very well also he has a very good brain as well.

    Also Today, Afridi captained very well he took the advices of Misbah as well in the crucial moments.

    I would vote for Afridi as a captain. Afridi-Misbah can be a great combination like Imran-Miandad combination.

  • Crazy4cricket40 on February 1, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    good reply to all critics abt his SR and not rotating the strike. good to see people actually accepting (hasan, unbiased22) their mistakes. since we don't have mhd.yousuf we need someone like him who can stay their and play 50 overs. we don't have anyone. younis played good tooo but he is not consistent. well played misbah and younis. all the best for the remainig tour and wc. if amer come we will have very strong chances for wc. afridi needs to be matured now and if he does not now should be thrown out of team. malik should be included as he can also bowl and play big shots when needed. if misbah and yunus keep playing innings like this our batting dept. should b ok for at least few years with hafeez, shahzad and kamran at the top misbah yunis n umar akmal in the middle and razzaq,afridi at the lowerorder wahab,gul and tanvir can also bat. malik will really streanthen middle order. at the moment we desperately need amer or someone like him. our bowling is week.

  • cricket_lover25 on February 1, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Nobody is wanting to drop misbah now lol. Last match everyone was saying he is to slow and selfish but he has now proved what a match winner he really is. I have always believed in him and been surprised when has not been selected. Misbah is performing and is confident in his own performance at the moment. This is why Afridi should remain captain as if misbah takes over I believe it will effect his performance and also the team. Afridi should remain captain but he should let the bowler bowl instead of encouraging him and telling him every single ball what to do. Believe me as a fast bowler myself this can be very annoying as a bowler wants to bowl to his own plan and someone talking in your ear every delivery can really disturb your rhythm.

  • on February 1, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Misbah is very good player... i wish him best of luck for his future and yes a biggie ( a maiden century) soon

  • Jerukhan on February 1, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Great performance by Pakistan particulalrly in a tight game. Misbah was world class in his ability to handle the pressure. Hopefully this is a good sign for the World Cup. Furthermore it is good to see team unity.

  • sunnymachoo on February 1, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    All those people who were yesterday talking against Misbah's place in team, are they still stuck on their stance? If yes, then I really doubt they are suggesting in favour of Pakistan Team. And as I have repeatedly said prior to match, Misbah has always proved to be a match saver for us, and he has yet again proved to be one today! We badly need both Younis and Misbah at the middle order. We cant have any better middle order. Welldone Misbah!

  • on February 1, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Oh yeah, just wanted to say about captaincy. I think Afridi should still be captain for WC, u might say he has bad average and stuff, but hey since he became captain, his game improved, and now that Misbah is playing under Afridi, his and the rest of the team's game improved, especially Misbah's. Things are going good, so why not keep Afridi as captain? :)

  • on February 1, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Afridi is still way behind other captains.The bowlers who bowled briantly couldnt complete their spells wheras he persisted with sohail even though he was being pelted all over the park instead of handing over ball to razzak or hafeez who were really bowling well

  • on February 1, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan and Misbah, but surprising he has no 100's even with high average, but just shows his consistency. Anyone know how much consecutive 50's he got, before his 35 in the last game? Plz answer.

  • on February 1, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    @ abhinand thanks for your words pakistan has played well. But real worry is the bowling it looks weak. Being a pakistani best of luck for the world cup

  • ali145 on February 1, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    good 2 see chacho of 2007 back!!

  • khurramsch on February 1, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    1 more thing is wht is kamran doing at no 3 if he is not opening?

  • khurramsch on February 1, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    pakistan played well in the end to win this game but it shouldnt be so close game. there are few errors made which could have cost pakistan this match. 25 of 20 bals & razak is hiting every thing? 13 of 15 bals, misbah on otherend in 90s & riaz hiting for sixes?power play doesnt mean to hit everything out like umar did. these erors have cost us. & in bowling some poor display from gul & sohail. they both shared only 17 overs for 116 runs. & overall no dicipline in bowling. 21 wides & 3 no bals means giving 21 runs & bowling 3.3 xtra overs that is very damaging when ur coach is bowler & ast. coach is bowler, manager is spiner. afridi should have made some good bowling changes. when gul & tanvir r not geting right. hafez or razak should have bowled some more instead of continuing with gul & tanvr.

  • khurramsch on February 1, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    well personaly i think afridi is not a good captain BUT for UNITY & just 2 Weeks to WC there is no need to change captain & it wil b beter that misbah & all others back afridi. & afrid should also do some sensible decisions & batting.

  • on February 1, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    It was a nice job by Misbah and should continue this form till the world and soo on...... Yafor sure Afridi is good captain and should continue as a captain he just need some form back which will be back soon and togther pakistan team can do and get any thing even Another 50 over World cup too...:)

  • Zahidsaltin on February 1, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    GOING IN TO THE WORLD CUP, pakistan has some problems to be resolved: (1) Sohail Tanvir doesn't look to be a good choice as after his surgery he is bowlling at a speed which varies between 122-127, his line and length is gone and he doesn't deliver wicket taking balls (2) Shoaib is as fast as Wahab is but his bowlling has no address. He has no control over line & length. (3) AKMAL brothers are both out of form and as they have some major batting spots in the line up their failiur is putting a lot of pressure on the other guys. THEY SHOULD only play Umar as keeper and add Asad Shafiq inplace of kamran (4) NOBALLS & WIDES should be controlled otherwise if they stay as last night match, then this may be the difference between win & loss. (4) using batting powerplay properly is a major task a captain has while his team is batting.

  • RAAJ101 on February 1, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    THE BLIND HITTERS MUST NOT BE BURDUNED BY CAPTAINSHIP. THE CAPTAIN MUST BE A PLAYER WHO HAS COOL HEAD AND LEAD BY EXAMPLE. I HOPE PEOPLE CAN JUDGE WHOM I AM REFERRING TO FOR PAK CAPTAINSHIP.

  • on February 1, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    Good to see Indian fans comming in support of Pakistan, I agree with Shokat Shah our pace attack is really weak in the absence of Asif & Amir. But if Pakistan plays as a unit then no doubt we are the best team.

    I appreciate Misbah backing Afridi for captaincy. Afridi as (attacking captain)+ Misbah as (planning vice captain) will do good, & we can't forget Waqar's role as a coach.

    Good Luck to Pakistan

  • on February 1, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    intresting to see pakistan doing well in new zealand. but Afridi shuld be the caption. he is the only player who have the ability to lead the team in a very good way.

  • Koushik_Biswas on February 1, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan! You make us proud when you beat a non-Asian country. Misbah is a good person, and Afridi just needs one good innings to return to destructive form. Wish you all the best in WC. Wishing an India Pakistan final! - Well wishes from India to all Pakistani fans, including Suhail Akhtar :)

  • dmqi on February 1, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    I did not understaand one point about the bowlers. Razzaque had the best bowling performance ie economy of runs, but why did he not bowl full 10 overs(7)? same is true for Hafiz. can someone give me some light why did expensive bowlers got full 10 overs in game 3?

  • braindead_rocker on February 1, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    Congrats to Misbah for a good performance...Surprising to see no hundreds yet for him...But it will come soon...An Indian fan.

  • on February 1, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Afridi should keep it cool out there, for a captain to be nervous like this is not a good sign, i am very much against his captainancy but its too late now. Also, I think our pace attack is very weak,and doesn't pose any threat to good teams in WC, and its making everyone nervous.

  • cricketeria on February 1, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    WELL DONE Pakistan. And well done Misbah-ul-haq! Winning this series will give them a lot of confidence for the World Cup. Even though Misbah is batting well, I think Afridi should still be the captain in ODIs. Afridi can be the Imran Khan, attacking captain leading in the field. And Misbah should be the Miandad, playing vital middle order knocks and bringing his know-how. We have the team to win this Cup!

  • on February 1, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Am a Indian and am really glad to see the resurgence of Pakistan . Pakistan cricket in good health is vital for the progress of cricket

  • on February 1, 2011, 16:27 GMT

    Congratulations Team Pakistan for brilliance and well planned game. Misbah and Younis played very well and we need their form till the final of worldcup. Afridi should immediately be announced captain for world cup. He can handle the pressure and he can understand psychology of players.

  • on February 1, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    Wow it's so nice to see Misbah getting back into form. Hopefully the team plays like a unit and tries to win every match in worldcup. Fighting is the main thing, winning or losing doesn't matter.

  • happyvally on February 1, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    misbah done great job and team is looking good for the worldcup afredi and akmal want to finish thing in hurry in cricket there is only one life once u gone u gone so they should always think safty first and while build up the score.

  • Nuur on February 1, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Misbah is a great player...Truly showed his class today

  • MRNASIR on February 1, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    as i said let these guys ( misbah and yunis) play their game. they will bring results brightly

  • Hamid403 on February 1, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    KUDOS MISBAH ! GREAT TO SEE UNITY BACK IN PAKISTAN. U HAVE GOT TO SUPPORT YOUR LEADER

  • longlivepakistan on February 1, 2011, 15:38 GMT

    ofcourse he's doing good job and we hope he performe good in world cup to......he played very responsible nock today.......but it not mean if one player performe good than make him captian.........and pakistan decision to play with 8 batsmans is very good becouse hour batting is weak and hour 3 special bowlar akhtar,gul,ajmal with afridi,razzaq, and hafeez make good bowling unit.....but someway i'm also think that wahab shoud play.......

  • on February 1, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    brilliance from misbah, and and afridi need the support from senior players like him,,,BEST OF LUCK PAKISTAN for the rest of the series

  • Dr.Hasan on February 1, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Firstly Congrats to Pakistan team for a well fought victory and commiserations to the Kiwis. It was a very close game and could have gone either way. Misbah once again proved that even with hitters like Umar akmal, afridi and A. razzaq we still need guys like him and younis khan to anchor and build the innings as these hitters can have a brain freeze and completely lose their bearings when under pressure. Pak MUST address their extras in this match, it was ridiculous the number of extra runs they gifted to the NZ team! Almost 10% of their total score and in a close game that is a LOT esp with the bowling and fielding discipline of the Kiwis Pak should try and limit these extra runs to a minimum. In bowling Tanvir and Gul need to improve considerably and in batting the Kamran Akmal needs to get a move on instead of slashing everything to point region. Good Luck Pakistan !!!!

  • cricket_fan_1980 on February 1, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    I agree that Afridi should remain captain for this series, the world cup, and definitely be nurtured and considered for the future. Misbah is in great nick and should be given the freedom and lack of responsibility in ODI's to concentrate on his very very important middle order job for Pakistan. Afridi is a very aggressive ODI captain and that is good for Pakistan. He has delivered in pressure situations before (T20 semi and final '09) and he has countless roles in the team. He is exactly the captain that Pakistan needs and it is clear he is passionate about taking Pakistan to glory. Pakistan is looking good warming up to the World Cup and subcontinental pitches will do them much justice.

  • on February 1, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    great knock from misbah he shown exact class of a midle order batsman

  • on February 1, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    i hope... by seeing this performances misbah doesnt get captaincy pst........ hes not perfect 4 dat post..... a guy who cant control himself... how u xpect him 2 lead a side?????????????(remeber his shots whic cost pakistan very dear specially in t20 w.c against india)

    afridi must be given captaincy...........

  • saqi_eng on February 1, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    PCb should announced Afridi as WC captain without anymore delay, Sooner the Better :)

  • Cricket.Nellore on February 1, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    What a fantastic player and sportsman. This is very unique statement which we rarely listen from somebody where everyone are egoistic of their desires.

  • on February 1, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    Afridi has demonstrated some good captaincy skills in this series. True it was not that loud from his batting performance but as a bowler, fielder and a captain he has done well. It would make no sense to remove him as a captain just when the WC begins. Till now when he has done a lot after going through scandals, disappointing team losses and what not, it would be really inconsiderate from PCB's behalf to kick him out.

    Afridi for captain !!

  • dark_jinx on February 1, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Bravo Misbah!!! Hope the confidence keeps running high in the world cup!! and it's soo great to hear that the players are more interested in a team victory rather than a personal one :)

  • on February 1, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Well done, now go and win the series for the people back home in Pakistan.

  • on February 1, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Wonderful comments by Misbah

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  • on February 1, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Wonderful comments by Misbah

  • on February 1, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Well done, now go and win the series for the people back home in Pakistan.

  • dark_jinx on February 1, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Bravo Misbah!!! Hope the confidence keeps running high in the world cup!! and it's soo great to hear that the players are more interested in a team victory rather than a personal one :)

  • on February 1, 2011, 15:06 GMT

    Afridi has demonstrated some good captaincy skills in this series. True it was not that loud from his batting performance but as a bowler, fielder and a captain he has done well. It would make no sense to remove him as a captain just when the WC begins. Till now when he has done a lot after going through scandals, disappointing team losses and what not, it would be really inconsiderate from PCB's behalf to kick him out.

    Afridi for captain !!

  • Cricket.Nellore on February 1, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    What a fantastic player and sportsman. This is very unique statement which we rarely listen from somebody where everyone are egoistic of their desires.

  • saqi_eng on February 1, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    PCb should announced Afridi as WC captain without anymore delay, Sooner the Better :)

  • on February 1, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    i hope... by seeing this performances misbah doesnt get captaincy pst........ hes not perfect 4 dat post..... a guy who cant control himself... how u xpect him 2 lead a side?????????????(remeber his shots whic cost pakistan very dear specially in t20 w.c against india)

    afridi must be given captaincy...........

  • on February 1, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    great knock from misbah he shown exact class of a midle order batsman

  • cricket_fan_1980 on February 1, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    I agree that Afridi should remain captain for this series, the world cup, and definitely be nurtured and considered for the future. Misbah is in great nick and should be given the freedom and lack of responsibility in ODI's to concentrate on his very very important middle order job for Pakistan. Afridi is a very aggressive ODI captain and that is good for Pakistan. He has delivered in pressure situations before (T20 semi and final '09) and he has countless roles in the team. He is exactly the captain that Pakistan needs and it is clear he is passionate about taking Pakistan to glory. Pakistan is looking good warming up to the World Cup and subcontinental pitches will do them much justice.

  • Dr.Hasan on February 1, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Firstly Congrats to Pakistan team for a well fought victory and commiserations to the Kiwis. It was a very close game and could have gone either way. Misbah once again proved that even with hitters like Umar akmal, afridi and A. razzaq we still need guys like him and younis khan to anchor and build the innings as these hitters can have a brain freeze and completely lose their bearings when under pressure. Pak MUST address their extras in this match, it was ridiculous the number of extra runs they gifted to the NZ team! Almost 10% of their total score and in a close game that is a LOT esp with the bowling and fielding discipline of the Kiwis Pak should try and limit these extra runs to a minimum. In bowling Tanvir and Gul need to improve considerably and in batting the Kamran Akmal needs to get a move on instead of slashing everything to point region. Good Luck Pakistan !!!!