Pakistan v Australia, 2nd Twenty20, Edgbaston July 6, 2010

Afridi's spirit the difference for Pakistan

There was no drama. No last minute dash past the tape. Instead it was a compelling performance from a confident team led by a spirited leader
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There was no drama. No last minute dash past the tape. Instead it was a compelling performance from a confident team led by a spirited leader. It is funny that despite being the world champions in the format twelve months ago questions were being raised at the outset today about Pakistan finishing on top of this two-match series against Australia. Yes, there is no denying the fact that, like Roger Federer or Rafa Nadal, Australia possess the skill and mental discipline to crush any opponent any day but based on Pakistan's aggressive performance Monday evening there was never a doubt about who entered the arena more positive.

Australia seemed cagey from start to the finish. Pakistan seemed more sure and precise in what they did. In the end Michael Clarke fell short of reasons behind Australia's defeat. Shahid Afridi, his opposite number, glowed with pride in the gloaming, as he was more decisive on both evenings while defending a par score. He was the single biggest reason behind Pakistan's self belief and it is easy to forget his tactical nous considering the enfant terrible he has been in the last decade.

For Afridi, in addition to his own performance, the biggest challenge was to get every player in the squad to read from the same page - something Pakistan teams have never been famous to do. But once the Pakistan Cricket Board had dealt firmly with the happenings in the aftermath of the disastrous Australian tour and given Afridi the captaincy; he has not wasted time to make his mind clear. Together with his coach Waqar Younis and the selectors, Afridi charted a plan which encouraged the inclusion of youngsters. And despite his eccentricities, Afridi remains a good mentor.

Importantly, Afridi knows his winning unit. Shoaib Akthar might not be completely fit to consistently feature in all the three formats but Afridi has shown faith in the maverick speedster. Hence it did not matter that Shoaib had been taken to the cleaners by the Davids - Warner and Hussey on Monday. He returned today charged by the vociferous crowd and steamed in with a renewed vigour that brought back memories of the bowler who once could hold an entire stadium enthralled. Today Afridi did not break Shoaib's rhythm with a three-over first spell. Though Shoaib managed just one wicket, he troubled the batsmen with bounce, with movement with changes of pace.

At the other end the exemplary young talent of Mohammad Aamer continued to flourish as the left-armer got a wicket in first over for the second evening in a row. With his ability to control the swing and also bend the ball at will at optimum pace Aamer is easily one of the most destructive bowlers in cricket. Afridi had worked out his plans precisely where he knew he would save his three best bowlers - Aamer, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal - for the final five to six overs. These are his go-to men.

Australia needed 52 runs off the final six overs with the Hussey brothers looking dangerous. Ajmal straightaway got in his most favourite weapon - the doosra - which the younger Hussey (David) failed to read and returned a simple catch. Afridi was unhappy when Ajmal sent a long hop to debutant Steve O' Keefe, who duly smashed it past the cover boundary. But O' Keefe was involved in a run out a ball later and Ajmal finished with impressive figures of 1 for 26. Next over Gul kept his nerves, despite being hit by Michael Hussey for two fours off the first two balls, bouncing back with a a lethal yorker from round the stumps and wide off the crease, which the Australian erroneously tried to reverse sweep and was declared plumb. Aamer took his second three-wicket haul in two days first delivery of the next over, trapping Mitchell Johnson leg before.

Like a babysitter Afridi never left the bowlers alone - he walked towards them virtually after every ball, cajoling them, patting them and at times directing them what to do when the bowler failed to carry out the instructions. Obviously the twin victories have now put Pakistan in a positive frame of mind ahead of the two-match Test series, starting at Lord's next Tuesday. But this result will hardly have a bearing on that, something the Pakistan think tank is well aware of. Waqar was understandably guarded. "[It is] still early days. It is a good start. A win always gives us the momentum," he said. Still the opponent will be wary now.

"We can learn a lot form the way they bowled at the death," Clarke said in praise of the Pakistan bowlers, before going on to single out Gul who he felt was "outstanding". "They missed him during the World Cup. You have to be at your best to beat a team like that," he said.

It takes a lot to stir Australia. For the moment, without getting carried away, Pakistan can be proud.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • on July 12, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    I am from Bangladesh and enjopyed watching cricketers like Zaheer abbas, Asif Iqbal, Inran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram and these are the greatest cricketers. Simialrly, India has produced many great cricketrs and probably all time greatest (Tendulker). It will be foolishg to compare Umar Akmal with Tendulker. It is almost impossible until one palys 20+ years and achieve what Tendulker achieved. I lkie Omar and I agree has has skill and talenet but it will be pre-mature to compare him with any great player. Pary that he can play 15+ years without injury and only then you should compare him with other great players.

  • imtiyaznoor777 on July 10, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    go afridi go..........................................

  • imtiyaznoor777 on July 10, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    i love shahid afridi captaincy till now,,and i wants to be more aggressive in field as welll in character...................

  • Samad2010 on July 10, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    Truly Afrid's spirit the difference in Pak.. Afridi is a very good leader and his enthusiasm and energy make him a great leader, he is the only one whi can change the current scenario of pak cricket and could get some help from Waqas Younis, This test series will be a good test for pak temprament, then only we can rate them in the "Spirituals of Cricket"

  • on July 8, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    I am sorry but it's too early to compare Umar with Sachin. Give this kid few years to prove himself. We have seen where Irfan Pathan is now days although he was compared with Great Akram during his Aus tour. Not just Umer but Aamer is also very good prospect and any team would like to have such talent.

    As an Asian I suppuort not only Pak but SL and Bangladesh too against likes of Eng and Aus but there is a fact that I am a proud Indian and always support my country in all sports whether we win or lose :)

    Jai Hind .... Kamaljeet Singh

  • Talha.Asif on July 8, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Oh come on people, stop the rhetoric. Pakistan is the number 1 team in T20 and India the number 1 Test team, PERIOD. There's skill involved in all the formats, so please don't say it's a fluke. I agree that test matches are the pinnacle and only when Pakistan beats a good side like India, Australia, South Africa or England in a test series can we call ourselves a team for all formats. Until then please be humble and accept the realities.

  • on July 8, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Being an Indian, I dont have problems in comparing Umar with Sachin, He def possess some of the characterstics of Sac, He has fearless attitude against best bowlers, got a great technique & spirit, he plays all around the wk, for me he is the next sac. He is yet to play in his home ground, he has played all around the world the world & scored runs. I would like to see more of him in future

  • on July 8, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    @ wanderer India have last won an away series against Aus in Aus in 2008 in CB series and not in fluke T20 format like pak. And when was the last time Pak won a match not sereis against Aus at home or away in ODI or Test? think about it. India have last beaten Aussies 2-0 in 2008 in India test series. So we have beaten them in both test and ODI.

  • fadooo on July 8, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    To all you Afridi bashers, check out his test record. A batting average of 37 with a strike rate of 86 with 5 centuries in 20 odd tests already. On top it he has a bowling average in the low 30s. Dont you remember that bashing he gave you indians in the bangalore test last time he played against you !

  • on July 7, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    @Mohammad...We definitely are not jealous of Pak for a simple reason that we rate our team much higher...And it is not necessary to accept a fact when it is not...Pak is a really good 20-20 side...Accepted...Nothing more...Atleast until they sort out all the issues. lets look at the test results after the 2 test series ! I really want to see your comments here after that...I like pak team but not the politics...I am an Indian but my fav bowler till date is Akram and my fav all time all rounder is Imran Khan..But current pak team has a long way to go and this 20-20 doesnt matter at all

  • on July 12, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    I am from Bangladesh and enjopyed watching cricketers like Zaheer abbas, Asif Iqbal, Inran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram and these are the greatest cricketers. Simialrly, India has produced many great cricketrs and probably all time greatest (Tendulker). It will be foolishg to compare Umar Akmal with Tendulker. It is almost impossible until one palys 20+ years and achieve what Tendulker achieved. I lkie Omar and I agree has has skill and talenet but it will be pre-mature to compare him with any great player. Pary that he can play 15+ years without injury and only then you should compare him with other great players.

  • imtiyaznoor777 on July 10, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    go afridi go..........................................

  • imtiyaznoor777 on July 10, 2010, 19:00 GMT

    i love shahid afridi captaincy till now,,and i wants to be more aggressive in field as welll in character...................

  • Samad2010 on July 10, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    Truly Afrid's spirit the difference in Pak.. Afridi is a very good leader and his enthusiasm and energy make him a great leader, he is the only one whi can change the current scenario of pak cricket and could get some help from Waqas Younis, This test series will be a good test for pak temprament, then only we can rate them in the "Spirituals of Cricket"

  • on July 8, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    I am sorry but it's too early to compare Umar with Sachin. Give this kid few years to prove himself. We have seen where Irfan Pathan is now days although he was compared with Great Akram during his Aus tour. Not just Umer but Aamer is also very good prospect and any team would like to have such talent.

    As an Asian I suppuort not only Pak but SL and Bangladesh too against likes of Eng and Aus but there is a fact that I am a proud Indian and always support my country in all sports whether we win or lose :)

    Jai Hind .... Kamaljeet Singh

  • Talha.Asif on July 8, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Oh come on people, stop the rhetoric. Pakistan is the number 1 team in T20 and India the number 1 Test team, PERIOD. There's skill involved in all the formats, so please don't say it's a fluke. I agree that test matches are the pinnacle and only when Pakistan beats a good side like India, Australia, South Africa or England in a test series can we call ourselves a team for all formats. Until then please be humble and accept the realities.

  • on July 8, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Being an Indian, I dont have problems in comparing Umar with Sachin, He def possess some of the characterstics of Sac, He has fearless attitude against best bowlers, got a great technique & spirit, he plays all around the wk, for me he is the next sac. He is yet to play in his home ground, he has played all around the world the world & scored runs. I would like to see more of him in future

  • on July 8, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    @ wanderer India have last won an away series against Aus in Aus in 2008 in CB series and not in fluke T20 format like pak. And when was the last time Pak won a match not sereis against Aus at home or away in ODI or Test? think about it. India have last beaten Aussies 2-0 in 2008 in India test series. So we have beaten them in both test and ODI.

  • fadooo on July 8, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    To all you Afridi bashers, check out his test record. A batting average of 37 with a strike rate of 86 with 5 centuries in 20 odd tests already. On top it he has a bowling average in the low 30s. Dont you remember that bashing he gave you indians in the bangalore test last time he played against you !

  • on July 7, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    @Mohammad...We definitely are not jealous of Pak for a simple reason that we rate our team much higher...And it is not necessary to accept a fact when it is not...Pak is a really good 20-20 side...Accepted...Nothing more...Atleast until they sort out all the issues. lets look at the test results after the 2 test series ! I really want to see your comments here after that...I like pak team but not the politics...I am an Indian but my fav bowler till date is Akram and my fav all time all rounder is Imran Khan..But current pak team has a long way to go and this 20-20 doesnt matter at all

  • on July 7, 2010, 21:56 GMT

    @wanderer1 Exactly my point. Pakistan 'may be' good in 20-20 and thats it (atleast in the current scenario) And if you are a true cricket follower you will sure agree and 20-20 isnt the game's greatest test. Pakistan have very good bowlers and bowling has always been the strength. but you can have best bowlers or even best batsmen(which Pak dosent have now) but what really matters is team spirit...No one in the world has anyone told that I wantedly underperformed like Rana Naved did....Or no board has a leaked out video that was so pathetic as a fish market. And reminding you about India winning in Australia...the last time we went there was in 2008 and we lost the test 2-1 thanks to Sydney test and we won the CB series 2-0 in the finals. And when Aus came to India last year we won the test series..So please look at what you are talking. We sure lost major tourneys but we dont jump for one off victories in t-20...We hold the no1 test ranking and 2 odi ranking for a reason..consistency

  • khicoach on July 7, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    I wish we had Umar Gul during the T20 world cup.... that surely would have shut up a lot of detractors. Was also great to see Saeed Ajmal's excellent bowling.... he's turned out to be quite a find for us and it should give him confidence for the remaining matches.

    Now that the smash and bang of the T20s are over, let's hope we can discharge ourselves honorably in the tests. We have the right team (albeit that Younus and Yusuf would have been welcome additions to the lineup). The Aussies are going to come hard as they always do.... we'll blow hot and cold and probably lose more often than not.... and the world will go on (the key is, short expectations) :)

    Some of the comments from the Indian side are icy cold as ever, and i cant resist the temptation to slip in a retort. To the ones who have praised our boys, thank you for your magnanimity. To the ones myopic in their outlooks, let's meet on the cricket field, and let us burst your bubbles... :)

  • the_blue_android on July 7, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    I'm Indian and my excitement knows no bounds when I see Pakistanis play. I have seen all recent Pakistan matches for Mohd Aamer and Umar Akmal. These two are the brightest young stars in world cricket today.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on July 7, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Watching these two 20/20 matches, one thing became clear. Pak is good at the short game. If you see their performance pattern, you will notice that they do fight like tigers for the first 10 or 15 overs after every break in a test. But over time, they lose their focus, faces droop and they let winnings go by. Let's say that the last 20/20 WC was a fluke win by Aus against Pak. But, we have seen that Pak team loses focus even in a 50 over game (recent Asia cup match against India - while Ind is batting under lights...supposed to be the most difficult thing to do in SL at that time)...need any proof? They made Bhajji into an alrounder for crying out loud.

    Didn't Afridi retire from Test cricket some time back? Why is he back..and that too as Captain??? No one can understand which way Pak cricket swings mates!!! We will see how these Short Term Attention Spanners, can sustain their focus in tests ( and even in ODIs). Good luck. Funny to read that Afridi is Imran re-incarnate.

  • on July 7, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    @ jagdish this is showing nothing but ur jealousy, accept the fact that pakistan r still no.1 team in cricket and specially in that fromat which is the only watchable these days nobody loves 1day and test if we compare it from t20... i proudly says my pakistani team is at no.1 position in t20. itna he nahi gul and afridi r top two bowlers too in t20.... AND DEAR MIND U M INDIAN LIVES IN NEW DELHI....

  • Umair_umair on July 7, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    It is so funny. We Pakistanies and also Indians appriciate each other's players stealthy (and even openly). But why do we need to bring India or Pakistan in each discussion even if we are talking about the match with AUS?? Like pakspin did in this thread in first comment and then Indians responded and then Pakistanis.

    Why so narrow thought? Also I wrote in one previous thread that we should not get carried away , like we said in Asia Cup that Shoaib wil break the Ribs of Indian players. It games, some time Sachin will star, sometimes shoaib will star. So What?

    Finally, Hope all of these guys who are praising Afridi and team so much, hope they don't stat abusing him, after he looses 2-3 matches. Support should be Unconditional. Thanks to ALL. Please Think for a while.

  • Talha.Asif on July 7, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    @Godfather: Umar Akmal is no Tendulkar but there is a reason why all the commentators in the world have not stopped praising his talent and skill. All of them have acknowledged that there is something special about him, please admit that at least. I am a Pakistani but i can't help but admire Rohit Sharma. In my opinion he will be the next great batsman for India. So please try to give credit where it's due. And please Pakistanis, stop comparing Umar Akmar to Tendulkar and Aamer to Wasim. One can only make that comparison at the end of their careers.

  • Talha.Asif on July 7, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Being a Pakistani, i would like my fellow countrymen to stop thrashing India. They are the number 1 test team in the world and that takes some doing. Dhoni is the real difference between the India of today and the India of yester years. So until our team gets to the top of the ladder, bashing India would only make ourselves look stupid.

  • Talha.Asif on July 7, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    It's just amazing how Pakistani and Indians love bashing each other's greats. I am a Pakistani and i love to watch the current Indian batting lineup, it's a powerhouse, just like Pakistan's bowling lineup. The bottomline is: Pakistan produces great fast bowlers while India produces great batsmen. Wish ICC would form a team made of Pakistan's bowlers and India's batsmen and let it take on a Australia in a test series. I'm sure it would be a great spectacle!

  • wanderer1 on July 7, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Look at some of the Indians coming to dish it out after a Pakistani victory. Remind me Indians when was the last time you won a series against Australia away from home? Remind me how the 2009, 2010 T20 World Cups and last Champions Trophy (all major tournaments) went for you? It's easy playing teams in your own backyard month after month, how about going tourning once in a while even to NZ or WI and see how they BOUNCE your batting line-up (with the exception of Tendulkar) out of the game.

  • wanderer1 on July 7, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    @Jagadish Kumar: erm, who exactly is calling Sachin a fluke? He has more respect than any other Indian player in history in Pakistan? ................. And winning T20 matches isn't luck, as much as many of you would like to believe it is. It's a game of limited overs cricket where different disciplines and game plans flourish. Take a look at Pakistan's record in this format, that isn't being lucky. They know how to bat in this format and moreso than any other team know how to BOWL in T20 cricket. That's skill, not luck. There aren't many guys in world cricket that can reverse the ball so early in the innings as Gul can.

  • BSLICK on July 7, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    i dont know know why u indians r talking smack, seeing as u didnt make it to the semis of the world cup and got whooped by ZIMBABWE. I openly admit that India is an extremely good team but not as good as u say. As for Pakistan being at the bottom of the rankings, well rankings dont matter seeing as we JUST beat a team much higher than us in the rankings.

  • Desihungama on July 7, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    To heck with Pakspin. Sachin is a great great player. He is talked in same breath as bradman and that seals the greatness. I wish his family had migrated to Pakistan in 1947. Though there is substantial Indian support in the blogs but some are really Pakistan bashing (most probably Mumbai crowd as we know they have vowed never to let a Pakistani play there, we do no thave that in Pakistan anywhere) and not recognizing this feat? Anyhow, good Indian support and it'll be intesresting to see the last of Akhtar steaming toward the likes of Yuvraj/Sachin/Dhoni.

  • ArishaG on July 7, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    Being a Pakistani fan, I am delighted about beating Australia (finally!!) but don't agree with the article as it was Afridi's spirit that was the difference inth is game. He had almost the same team and coach on hand at the world cup. The main difference is the inclusion of Umar Gul!

  • SRSS on July 7, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    ya you are right and i think so afridi is a leader to gave a win against australia in test because pakistan not defeated australia in a test match since 1995 , so lets hope for better and time is right now for the pakistanis to make a history to defeat australia in a series .

  • on July 7, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    One series victory, that too a 20-20 and suddenly the ball eater becomes the captain of the decade and makes the difference....and my fellow brothers start bashing India for no reason and call Sachin a fluke....LOL....grow up brothers....Your comments made my day LMAO!

  • EngineerKhan on July 7, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    Best thing was the confidence Afridi gave to the Shoaib Akhtar whose career was all but over after hammering just a day ago, even Nasser Hussain was rightly saying that "It was looking as if he is never gonna get there(at wicket to deliever the ball). It was very risky, but a bold and brave move by Afridi. Otherwise all the past Pakistani captains have the first preference of dismissing the controvesial characters like Shoaib Akhtar out of the side.

    Thumbs up to Afridi as he really proved his leadership skills by leading a team comprising of youngsters as well as two Shoaibs (least-favourite of every captain) and still proving that I am the skipper here.

    @Hibs: You are right man. I myself like Tendulkar, Dravid and youngsters like Yuvraj, Ghambir and Dhoni a lot. And surely Indian people also like the Imran Khan, Wasim, Miandad and current players like Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Gul as well. Game is Game..They are not soldiers. Appreciate whoever plays well!

  • kaala_bhaloo on July 7, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Why you pakis are so happy..oh cuz you won after getting ypur hinds kicked by australia 13 consecutive times. Need I remind you that its not how you start but how you finish. If there is one bet I am willing to take, it's Pakistani team in turmoil at the end of this tour. Your players are half-wit degenerates who will implode if there whims and fancies are not provided attention (remember Umar Aklmal crying for his brother). We will see at the end of tour where you all hide your faces.

    It's good to be happy for your team but don't be arrogant cuz you guys are somewhere at the bottom of cricket rankings.Now go suck on that losers

  • MFNadeem on July 7, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    The Two man of the match awards show the whole story. U.Akmal and M.Aamer are the only players who will be key for the upcoming summer series.

  • Nadeem1976 on July 7, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    I like Afridi becuase he has the Khan flair in him. Pakistan sports is always blessed with great Khans and their mental toughness and good thing is that afridi is not disrespectfull to seniors. and he is not deffensive captain.

    I like afridi to be captain of Pakistan in coming worldcup and for next five years.

    If Malik, Shoaib Akhtar, Razzaq, Younas give support to a captain like Afridi we have a chance to win worldcup.

    Good to see flair in pakistan team.

    Keep on giving chances to new players and get rid of oldies becuase cricket is no more for old 37 year old players, its young players like Umer Akmal and Aamir who are charged up and talented, we as pakistani team always relay on talent so bring on new talent and get rid of oldies. Becuase in Pakistan old is not gold.

    Go ahead afridi, you are the man.

  • cric_lover007 on July 7, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    yep, it will be pretty stupid to talk abt ind-pak here....i'm an indian but i loved watching paki beat the crap out of aussies...afridi seems like a great captain...i read a comment from one paki here that dhoni is the best captain which i'm not sure i agree after our performance in the world stage....he seems to be a good IPL captain :)

  • Godfather007 on July 7, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    For Pakistan the sterner tests lie ahead when they face 2 quality oppositions in 6 test matches,that is where we would get to see the temperament of these young "TALENTED" blokes especially "more hype less substance" category like Umar Akmal.Some of the Pakistanis have crossed the border by calling Afridi world class.Dudes a batting avg in mid 20's,bowling avg in mid 30's,a 37 ball hundred can't make u world class.He is more of a "bits and pieces" type category who likes to smell & bite the cricket ball.It is just that Pak has failed to produce world class captains(barring Imran Khan)and a captain with few victories under his belt becomes world class for u.

  • Godfather007 on July 7, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Just 2 wins & the Pakistanis r jumping like anything!! Seems like they r inspired by the mentality of the Bangladeshis who taste victory occasionaly.Some of them even comparing the great Tendulkar with Umar Akmal.Pakistan(or even the rest of the world) can never ever produce a batsman of Tendulkar's stature,the burly Inzamam tried his best but he is nothing against him so the "KIDS" better stay away.Tendulkar as a 19 year old smashed sensational hundreds at Sydney & Perth on his first Oz tour,what Umar Akmal did was nothing rather than being a mere spectator when his team was in the doldrums and didn't produce a single match winning knock when the Aussies thrashed the Pakistanis not once but 13 times!!!! Don't insult the God by comparing him with that trundler who has joined the race recently.He has a long long way to go.To be cont....

  • mintin on July 7, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    There is no doubt that Afridi's captaincy seems to have revived the whole team. What I am especially glad to see is the encouragement shown to the youngsters like Umar Akmal and Mohammed Aamer by allowing them to play to their strengths. Proud of the boys in green!!!

    @To the cricinfo team - The second last paragraph says "We can learn a lot form the way they bowled at the death"

    I think it should be "We can learn a lot *from* the way they bowled at the death"

  • kool_Indian on July 7, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    @ Haroon n all other guys who think its 'SrPrev' who started - just go to the first comment on this page by pakspin. When your team has won against aus, why is he talking about our country India. Simply bcoz he is jealous and u cant improve ur standards with jealousy. First ctrl the rogue elements like pakspin then everythg else will be better for you guys.

  • on July 7, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Kudos to Pakistan for there series win. There are many positives to take from the series, especially Umar Akmal, Mohd Ameer and retun of Umar Gul. They are turning out be a formidable unit and I wouldn't be surprised if they start as favourites for the 2011 WC because conditions suits them very well. Great job guys. They've started to win there fan base back which was eroding with there recent slump in form.

  • S.N.Singh on July 7, 2010, 14:41 GMT

    "CRCKET LOVELY CRICKET." PAKISTAN PLAYERS ARE NOT DECIPLINED PLAYERS. LOOKING WHAT THEY DID TO THEIR CAPTAIN IN AUSTRALIA, HALF OF THE TEAM GOT PENALTIES. THIS WILL HAPPEN AGAIN.ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY START TO LOSE. AFRIDI WILL "EAT THE BALL AGAIN, OR THE WILL TRY TO FIX THE BALL AGAIN ( ENGLAND vs PAKISTAN). THIS WILL NOT BE 202/20 GAME, "LASHING THE BALL." ALTHOUGH AUSTRALIA DID NOT SHOW GOOD RECENTLY. I THINK POINTING SHOULD BAT AT # 5 TO SEE IF HE CAN COPE THERE. POINTIN IS A SUCCER TO HALF SPIN. PAKISTAN HAS MORE BALANCE SIDE BUT I THINK THEY WILL GET A HARD TIME WITH THE YOUNG LEG-SPINNER SMITH. AND BOLINGER TAIT JHONTSON , HARRIS ETC. GOOD CRICKET. S.N.SINGH

  • poderdubdubdub on July 7, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    @SrPrev: Fortunately the majority of Pakistan and Indian cricket fans appreciate and support each other, I know a lot of Pakistanis who are proud of Sachin being an Asian genius, and similarly the admiration Indians had for Imran, Zaheer and Waseem. Dont forget the great support PCB received from BCCI in past, and PCB itself has always supported BCCI. So stop the slanging match you small minority from both sides, and enjoy the game of cricket.

  • on July 7, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Pakistan team did a fabulous job, everyone sees that and agrees. There is no reason to say bad about India team or especially Sachin, who I think is a dedicated batsman. Just imagine someone who batted in the nets 3-4 times a day during school days ... that is some dedication. My point is if you have to say anything about Sachin, it has to be good because he is all class. I am not comparing anyone to Sachin or vice versa, my point is just enjoy the moment while it lasts, hope that it will last longer than it has in the past and don't talk bad about anyone else. PEACE.

  • asim900 on July 7, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Guys dont criticize Sachin atleast.He is a proven genius.I am a Pakistani and I would like to advice my Pakistanis to accept the one who is the best in business.At the moment India is the best team in test cricket as they have the best captain in shape of Dhoni and no one can emulate what Sachin has done in coming century or so.As far as Pakistan team is concerned they really played like tigers and I am proud of them for a while.Although in test matches I believe only a miracle could save them as they have no batting resources to cope with the aussies.Still I will support them as they are the pride of nation.

  • maddy4cricket on July 7, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Someone mentioned that India winning Against Pakistan is a fluke.That is riduculous. India did a great job chasing under the lights. Dont just talk because you can.

  • on July 7, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    i totally agree with kvirdi...y do u bring india in between when australia is defeated here...y do talk about the history when we should think about the future....like pakistan being good in 1990's...or sachin hitting 200..please stop talking about the history...go ahead..lets c who wind..!!!!(HOPE INDIA)

  • funsuk on July 7, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    It is great to see Pakistan winning after so long against team like Australia. Obvious Afridi's captaincy and Umag Guls return is plus point here but they Played like a team that more important than anything else. They played really well in Sri Lanka too despite of loosing after all it was a good team. Without any controversy if they continue to play well they will be the biggest contender of the 2011 World Cup in India.

  • Pathiyal on July 7, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    When you have young players like Umar Akmal, Mohd. Aamir you cant afford to have sleeping captains, know what i mean. these 2 youngsters especially are powerhouses of talent...and if what they need is a captain who is loud, inspiring, bold and unconventional its worth giving it. They just lost the Asia cup by a whisker...nothing to brood about that. Only Afri can take them to great heights....but i hope the whole team continues to give him his due respect.

  • on July 7, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    Pakistan should play their series here more often, particularly if the summers in the future are as warm and dry as this one so they good batting conditions on dry wickets, reverse for the seamers and a bit of turn for the spinners. It's a secure venue (although everything's relatively these days) and a nice place to tour that other countries should be happy playing them in, and it's hardly a "neutral" venue for them, particularly in cities like Leeds, Birmingham and Nottingham - I doubt they'd get better crowds in Lahore or Karachi. Plus the ECB need the revenue and Sky get more cricket to show on telly rather than endless county T20 - everyone's a winner.

  • cskfangg on July 7, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    Its good to see the team spirit on Pakistan team and its good to see anyone beating Australia,,but since pakistan has won one series..it doesn't mean like you need to pull India and talk like creating world records against India.. Just pray that no new dramas should happen soon and no one should get hungry soon in the cricket field and eat the cricket balls in public or show any dance shows in the mid pitch with the dance shoes..

  • on July 7, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan, well played, need to be consistent big challenge ahead when Pakistani team will meet Australian team in test. Just a request to my Pakistani country man, that we keep our character high and don't waste our energy on giving response on negative comments, good and bad people are everywhere, we don't need to comments on Indian team or their player while we are celebrating our victory. Thanks

  • on July 7, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    @kvirdi.. dude we really do not have any problem with an indian team.... being personally i am a big fan of indian players like dhoni and shewag.. its not we brought india team in discussion... in brief, i would just say go back and read who started it.. we never hate indian team or a player... is just we replied.. but i do appreciate wht you tried to said.. any wha cheers

  • kvirdi on July 7, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    Well guys, I enjoyed Pak beating Aussies but why you always bring India in between. I appreciate your team performance but you have no rights to comment on our team, especially Sachin. FYI, if Sachin took 20 years for a double in ODI then fans have to wait for 40 years for a double in ODI history. So, enjoy good cricket, stop pointing fingers on others as Afridi has to go long way ...

  • on July 7, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Congrats pakistani team... it is great to see that pakistanis are playing well on the field of ground and comment list... keep it up..

  • Uzi-Khan on July 7, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    To srprev: Have u forgotten the Champions trophy match where ur 'God' was playing - oh yes, you've forgotten how ur whole team was outclassed by a side whose bowling attack was led by a 17 year old.

  • on July 7, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Clark was crying after the match and tearing his hairs. I am happy these Aussie commentators will not talk rubbish any more about other teams... Australia is beatable now !!!

  • amit_mangal30 on July 7, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    @Riz.Khan - It took 20 years, coz it requires that much effort and dedication. You would know if you would understand cricket. And by the way, how much are you gonna take?...This is absoutely hopeless. I dont understand this. It was an awesome win by Pakistan against Australia, and we have people in the comments busy with India, and Sachin. He is the target, whether he gets a 200 or a 0. Leave him alone if you do not understand his contribution or are not sporty enough to appreciate it. He doesn't need your support. I am too an Indian, and was still happy to see Pakistan win, as they played better cricket and also because of two more reasons. Firstly, after what Pakistan has been under for the last 12 months, this wold have comforted the true supporters back in the country. Something to cheer for after so much misery and shame. Secondly, I feel the Indo-Pak rivalry has been ovetaken by Ind-Aus rivalry in cricket at least and we would love see anyone beat them, even a Pakistan team.

  • on July 7, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Great to see Afridi's Captaincy he has got the same fire and enthusiasm as Younis Khan when your skipper is pumping you up every ball of the match and setting examples on the field it does wonders

    good to see the team boom boom heading towards positive track lets keep it going till next year maybe just maybe we might get another shot at the big trophy

  • MrFahd on July 7, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    after pakistan performance in Asia Cup i was atleast satisfied that they lost all the matches by fighting till the end, and i knew if they would keep on playing like this then the taste of victory on consistence basis wont be very far away! T20 are just what we naturally are born to play! it would b really tough though to even match the aussies in the test series... Good luck to men in GREEN Do us Proud!

  • srprev on July 7, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    AH1947 : Bhai.. its not about getting painfull seeing pakistan victory.. Its good to see the team spirit on Pakistan team and its good to see anyone beating Australia,,but since pakistan has won one series..it doesn't mean like you need to pull India and talk like creating world records against India.. Just pray that no new dramas should happen soon and no one should get hungry soon in the cricket field and eat the cricket balls in public or show any dance shows in the mid pitch with the dance shoes..

  • Qman14 on July 7, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    Two down rest of the summer to go! For Tests it is important that Pakistan dont play safe with team selection. Shoaib Akhtar must must be in the team. In fact the only change i will make to T20 team is bring in Fawad alam in place of shazaib. People have doubts about Afridi in Test team but i believe no one could be more knowlegable than late Bob Woolmer and if he had full faith in Afridi for Tests then there is no reason for us to doubt. I still remember Afridi's brisk fifty in test in West Indies. And that is how he should approach the test. he should play the same role Flintoff used to play. Shatter the calmness of a test innings and score brisk fifty-75 runs. If we havent scored more that 300 in any test innings for while then after Afridi's fifity there is not much left for rest of the batting to push towards 400.

  • Talha.Asif on July 7, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    I think Pakistan has the bowling attack to effectively use the English conditions. All they need is discipline in their batting and fielding departments and they'll definitely give a tough fight in the test matches to come. It is time that Pakistan forgets all the tried and tested stalwarts and move on with their youngsters, build them into a formidable and disciplined lineup. Pakistan is the only country to produce highly talented youngsters on a consistent basis but it's the lack of discipline that prevents them from being consistent. That's what Afridi needs to instill in the youngsters.

  • dipankar_das02 on July 7, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    The funniest part in all these comments is that Pakistanis r unnecessarily bringing India out of nowhere, as if Pak won against India yesterday not Aus. Get over that Asia cup fiasco, lead a healthy life and look forward to the future.

  • poderdubdubdub on July 7, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    @AH1947,India is better than us at the moment, lets answer Sprev by racking up more victories as actions are louder than words, better not to indulge in war of words.

  • Birenbi on July 7, 2010, 9:32 GMT

    Great feelings seeing Afridi's team winning!!! Pakistan has produced supremely talented players and its nice to see the team perform as a unit. Umar Akmal is undoubtedly the best talent to emerge and he is bound to rewrite history books provided his feets are grounded over next 10-15 years, just like Sachin Tendulkar

  • jamrith on July 7, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Come on, 20/20 is a low-IQ form of the game, let's see how the Pakis do in the Tests, they will disintegrate for sure.

  • Saqib_Sheraz on July 7, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    wow, hats off for Afridi and whole Pakistan team. this win will boost their confidence and helps them in test series against Australia.

  • on July 7, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    SRPREV, 1st of all, don't forget that Pak due to some circumstances, could play enough cricket..... While india has played a lot more, they have beaten Pakistan but it doesnt mean that Pak will b an easy target for the indians in the future ,,,, Don't u remember a decade of 1990s n early 2000s???? Where was ur god ???? lolz stop being rubbish and stop being offensive ..... If u dun have mind, dun type here ......... juz stay away ............

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on July 7, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Great to see Pakistan play well. As a neutral viewer who grew up in the 90s, I can attest to the joy of seeing Pakistan sides when in full flight. Let's hope this team can recapture some of the magic from the Wasim-Waqar era.

  • AH1947 on July 7, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    @srprev: VOWWWWWWWWWWWW Pakistan's victory is that much painful for you, I never know but be prepared you would get more and more pain in the future hopefully as Paksitan unit is looking very dangerous with their spirit and body language under the leadership of a wonderful man!!!

  • Pratik_vodka on July 7, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Its Great to see that Pakistan looks slightly back on track. I have always loved the way Afridi played his cricket but he was far too inconsistent to be thoroughly enjoyed by a fan. But since he was given the role of a captain he has been unbelievable. He has finally settled down as good steady bowler and a decent lower middle order batsmen. Previous Captain couldn't make up their minds as to what really Afridi was in the team For dasher opener/ Late order smasher/finisher/bowler/ or WHAT ? But i guess not that he himself is the captain he understands where he suits well in the team. He is neither their best batsmen nor the best bowler but he is a crisis man which i think suits him. Hope we can see Pakistan back to their best in test so if the asia cup game was anything to go by ... India V Pak games .. and specially bring back the '99 series drama ... and nothing can beat that! The world of test cricket needs the two teams to compete to survive !

  • on July 7, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    @ srprev: Yeah Clarke is the worst T20 captain ever.... unless he's whuppin Indians huh? Remember the T20 WC just last month when this exact same Australian team completely humiliated India? If it hadn't been for Sharma India would have lost by more than a 100 runs, as it was you lost by 50!!!!! In that whole tournament Pakistan and England were the only teams that stood up to Australia.. India, among others was just swept away like garbage. In the Asia Cup you were without Sachin.. so? We were without Younis, Yousuf, Rana, Gul... you were facing a team with no middle order to speak of and still only just managed to win by fluke.

  • Nameez on July 7, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Afridi is showing great Responsibility. Good sign for him and Pakistan. PAKISTAN ZINDABATH!!!!

  • dr_salman on July 7, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    btw one more thing...wat do u ve to say now michael clarke?? were the winds blowing again, takin the pak hits across the ropes?...the ball got older early n pak hit it well? the boundries were shorter once more?? or something else??

  • shaantanu on July 7, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    @pakspin:i m so afraid......why bring in India out of the context?u cant live without mentioning india can u.free urself frm this India centric thinking n just enjoy ur teams performance.they played well which have become very few n far in between......anyway congrats on ur teams good show.

  • Riz.Khan on July 7, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    @srprev:

    just wait for another 20 years for sachin 200 in odi b'coz he scored first 200 in 20 year s now for the second double hundred need another 20 years.

    best luck 4 future meetings PAKISTAN

  • on July 7, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    To srprev: its not like that sir. India held on to their nerves to win in asia cup. However, i think, like most Indians, u r getting a bit toooo emotional for no reason at all. Sachin is a great batsman, but i doubt that he can score a double century against him. Just a reminder, amir got sachin out to a gorgeous out swinger in the champions trophy!!

  • Adeel-17 on July 7, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    WELL PLAYED AFRIDI XI...!!! KEEP IT UP BOYS...!!

  • AchillesBounce on July 7, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    Though I'm suprised at Afridi's leadership, I'm happy that Pakistan has found some form. Now, I want to watch India tour Pakistan or the vice-versa and see which team is up to. Hope Mr. Pawar keeps his word. Cheers - Vivek

  • mani199 on July 7, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    @ SRPREV,, Hey why you cant see the records dear. What is sachin. A match looser.. A real match looser. And you were talking about to see us soon., But dear just see track record.. Hey cmon just see that head to head record. Pak is much better than India. So what it suggest,. we are lot more better than you dear,. Just check head to head,, then i hope you will not sleep smoothly

  • on July 7, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Assalam o Alaikum.

    First of All thanks to Allah Almighty.. It was really an amazing and fabulous performance from Pakistani cricket team. Specially Shahid Afridi, Amir and Umar Akmal and S.Ajmal as well. Inshallah they will continue the journey of Successes in the upcoming series. Our prayers are always with You. My dear Team.

  • Ahmed81 on July 7, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    @Aditya S Mainkar. Where did this comment come from and what is its relevance with the article ? Brother, lets accept a good performance and appreciate whenever any team plays with good spirit. We have cameras to look for the cheats, its better not to bring up the past mistakes of few to degrade the current performance of any team. I understand that you didn't say anything bad directly, but your comment implies indirectly something that shouldn't be brought up unnecessarily, when we have technology to help us out. Thanks for your consideration.

  • on July 7, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    BOOM BOOM AFRIDI proved himself that he is the LEADER for pakistan now for the glory in 2011 Worl cup. on his T-shirt the number is 10, but soon it is going to be opposite of it.

  • dr_salman on July 7, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    At last something to cheer abt regarding pak cricket...way to go afridi n boys...v well done..we ll head into the test series with a psychological edge...but our team shdnt forget that test is a whole new ball game...n will have to play accordingly n show some character n temprament...but for the moment great achievement...!!

  • sherishahmir on July 7, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Ideal start for our national team to get its self belief back and prepare themselves for the main encounters against the world best side.Hopefully in coming matches our team shall carry on the same spirit of fighting till the last moment and make this tour of England very competitive to crcicket lovers..All the v best for Pak team.

  • on July 7, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    awesome captaincy by Afridi and what a team effort by green machines. I must say Go Go Go Go...... and crush the opponents, love you May ALLAH bless you

  • Shahraz_London on July 7, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Continued from above LESSON 3 - Long term, being professional and having stable structure is the KEY to success. In Pakistan when something goes wrong every tom dick and harry wants their say. You must set up a system that people agree is the best - then STICK WITH IT. The only time in recent history that I can remember the system working well was when RAMIZ RAJA was head of PCB and AAMER SOHAIL was selector (Junaid Zia aside!). LESSON 4 - Keep it simple! When you have sharp educated mind you can pursue complex coaching. When you have uneducated mind, you have to keep it simple (BOB WOOLMER realised this and kept it simple!) LESSON 5 - These lessons are never going to be learned, so just enjoy the roller coaster ride.

  • srprev on July 7, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    Mr.Pakspin.. u forgot the match against India soo soon.. India was able to beat Pak without the service of our GOD(sachin). Just one series have gone by mate... so don't start to get too much over confident.. Australia had the worst captain ever in Clarke.. so it became much more easy tooo for pak....

    India are there waiting for u guys..come on....lets see who makes the world record.. sachin wants to score his 2nd double hundred soon.. so soon come and play with us..so we can have our master's wish come true..

  • satish619chandar on July 7, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Yes.. He is the difference.. Uually when he was a player alone, he used to be a hit or miss and directly slog the first ball mostly with eyes shut.. Now appointed as captain, he is far more sensible and tries to bat sensibly.. Thats surely a difference.. His approach is being seen on Akmal brothers.. Kamran has always been a good batsman and leave his keeping aside.. Umar is a relevation i nthe team and his fearless approach keeps the team going.. Amir's success as bowler reduces pressure on Umar gul and Ajmal shares the workload of Afridi the bowler.. If they can be united as the same and perform as a team, they ll continue to be a force to reckon with!!

  • on July 7, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    umer gul and ammer fight angaist aussies batsman ..any other batsman or bowler didnt fight.....credit of win goes to ammer cuz he hit 3 sixes whn pak needed it

  • on July 7, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    The big difference is the way team responded to Afridi's attitude. He is very positive in his approach and decision making. The way he used shoaib, amir and gul was treat to watch. This is what Pakistan requires from a captain. Pakistan needs a leader with example. The way he performed in Asia cup and now in England is v. good so far. Its early to say but I think Pakistan got right man for this slot. More hard work and commitment is required for test match.

  • on July 7, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    I hope that his ball tempering and pitch doctoring things dont get habitual to players....

  • Pathiyal on July 7, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Afridi!!!!!!! is not 'afraid' of any situation.....when he is too hungry on the field, he eats the ball, the bat or the stumps, anything within his reach and doesnt care of him being monitored........but can anyone deny his brilliance and his presence of mind on the field????? Great to watch him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • manizee on July 7, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    It was top class entertainment from Afridi's Team. Pakistan is probably the worlds most talented team but the challenge was how to best extract and utilize its potential. I think Afridi's got the answer... the skill.

  • on July 7, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan! These 2 wins were as sweet as drinking water for a thirsty crow....

  • on July 7, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    Nagraj - excellent article. please keep up the good work.

  • on July 7, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    it was team effort. can't believe that shoaib akthar can 95 mph at this age..... He is still dangerous.. doesn't matter if he gives runs... the batmen use his speed for runs..... he will get his rhythm back...... it's just a new beginning for him ....... the faster blower ever. shaun tait will never break his record InshAllah........ he has the Best run up for a faster blower. Afrdi's captaincy is very good for PAk because he backs up every player. he knows what to get out of every player. he believes a lot in shoaib akthar. shoaib akthar is kind of blower who can scared the batmen. like he in today's match.

  • on July 7, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    afridi is the right choice.. better than yunis khan.... with all due respect afiridi can inspire much better....go brother....

  • GreenCrazy on July 7, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    I think Afridi is the right choice.. Very very good decision maker. His captaincy must continue.... Good lluck shahid.

  • americancricket.org on July 7, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    I enjoyed when Ramiz commented about Afridi's act of walking to the bowler virtually after every ball, he said "Afridi's a habitual hyper". Currently Pakistan can benefit a lot from a hyperactive captain than the likes of Younis and Yusuf. It appears that the bowlers are not disturbed by it and as long as Afridi maintains a balanace - it'll be a success and you will see other captains eager to try it out.

  • on July 7, 2010, 2:21 GMT

    Right on the money, sir! Couldn't agree more with the Afridi concentration you've done. He surely was THE man! I was there yesterday in the 1st encounter and oh boy, that man was going up to the bowler's mark every single ball. You got it right there, like a baby-sitter. And this is crucial and extremely important for a captain of a cricket team who's always known to have culprits, either too egoistic or too immature to perform to their full potential. I see Afridi as the most vital factor right now, not only because of his all-rounder abilities, mainly because of his attitude and aggressiveness which has a sense of maturity in it. He's a fighter and with wonder boys like Amir and Umar Akmal around, be ready to get more fascinated this summer, which is supposed to be the biggest summer of Pakistan cricket. We have owned Australia till now, and we will do so in the tests too, God willing. England, start feeling us now!

  • on July 7, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    congratulations pakistan, they really played well.

  • Mohammad_Imran on July 7, 2010, 1:06 GMT

    Awesome Captaincy....Fantastic individual performances (most notably, Umar Akmal, Aamir, Gul and Ajmal)... excellent catching... Pakistan team has never looked more united!

    All the Best for the future, I am very proud of the trashing this team provided Australia on OUR Home Ground!!!

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!!!

  • on July 7, 2010, 0:59 GMT

    That's the team I know. Go green.

  • on July 7, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    The name of the T20 series sponsered by MCC which the better Greens won 2-0 'Spirit of Cricket' was ...very well showed by the Pakistanis; Amir apologizing straightaway after accidentally colliding with Clarke, Ajmal's thumbs up to O'Keefe and even Akhtar acknowledging White's play except the Australian Tait reacting to Butt's refusal to play one of his deliveries ...

  • AneesRazzak on July 7, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Its about time afridi is captain. Only true warriors deserve the captaincy such as Imran Khan or Steve Waugh, that are willing to put their neck on the line for their country (i.e. ballbiting) and stand up and be counted for! Lets hope this translates to Test matches!

  • sAm2sAm on July 7, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    no doubt about that...Afridi is the iota of difference in the whole equation of Pak team.

  • on July 7, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    Nagraj has good point. Leadership made the difference. Even Kamran Akmal is keeping well. One of his stumping was delightful. I can visually see that they are playing for the country. Shahzaib is an excellent find. He needs to read the bowlers more before unleashing his strokes. I hope they keep him for one day/T20. He deserves the confidence and support. Pakistan plays exciting cricket and I hope they keep playing with passion, I do not care about consistency, I want to see passion, fight and excitement, win or loose.

  • sachin1bradman2 on July 7, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    Indeed, Afridi has injected an incredible amount of optimism, energy and unity into the Pakistan team. Because of the pressure that subcontinental crowds put on their respective teams, it's not always easy for them to be gracious in defeat. But Afridi is different, he smiles, stays positive, and shows dignity even when results don't go Pakistan's way. He's got excellent body language on the field at all times, and you can see it rubbing off on the rest of the team, as well. Even though he scored only 20 odd in yesterday's match, the thunderous straight six off Tait epitomised his fearless approach to the game. In that moment, whatever starpower Tait had accumulated over the last couple of weeks , just disappeared, the pressure was right back on Australia and everyone knew it was game on. Hope he can successfully modify his batting style so it can be considered more responsible for Test match cricket! Boom Boom rocks!!!

  • Attractivue on July 6, 2010, 23:58 GMT

    IM glad that not only Pakistan is back but Shoaib Akhtar is back too. His average speed was faster than Shaun Tait's speed! Now, thats some talent!

  • hoodbu on July 6, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    Why isn't Osman Samiuddin reporting?

  • on July 6, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    Congratulation to my pakistani team to beat australia they deserve it.For Allah Sake let them play freely.They know what they are doing.Don't change the team.Pls let have our opner play togather for two three series.Salam Butt and Shazaib Hasan are good for t/20.We should cherish this moments and look for positive side.World cricket need pakistan without pakistan cricket is tasteless.Let we all celebrate our victory.Nation need this kind of victory.We should stand tall.

  • on July 6, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    Afridi is a great leader of his team. His enthusiasm & courage coupled with exemplary performance (man of the tournament in Asia cup) has brought fun and team spirit to the team. Afridi is very encouraging to his team mates and carries a mettle of invincibility that his mates have embraced. The coach also deserves lot of credit for his input. I think Pakistan is an exciting team in limited over games and now we know that Gul was the missing ingradient in 20/20 World Cup and Asia Cup.

  • UmairTariq on July 6, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    Good start to the tour but the real challenge remains ahead. Pakistan has to muster a performance in the test series to show that they are a cricketing force. Because the historical performances of Pakistan have been courtesy of Yousuf and Younis's good form. Where these two have failed, the team has failed. So lets see how pakistan do without the duo. Some young guns need to fire and fire big time.

  • tanvir1974 on July 6, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    Absolutely there has a bit difference in Pak team under afridi captaincy. u can see unity,hard work, better fielding, and good effort to finish the match.we wish and expect the same spirit in test too. nice to see 2 consective win against Aussies.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on July 6, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    Who would have thought, (be honest now), that the brainless slogger from a few years ago would have transformed himself into a world class limited overs player. Consistent with his bowling, destructive with his batting and catching is as safe as there is in the Pakistani team. And be honest who would have imagined he could ever control himself let alone captain a team? Someone, one day, will write a book on Afridi. If it's half as multi-faceted and irony laden as the man himself it will be a bestseller (well as far as cricket books go anyway).

  • Amaan2004 on July 6, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    Well played by both teams but spirits has played great roll in pakistan's victory...very close to say that Aussie's got schooled by Pakistan:) GEO PAKISTAN!

  • SaintsFan on July 6, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    Way to go Afridi!!! Way to go Pakistan !!! You and your fans truely deserved this series win after what the country's cricket has been through in recent past. I still suggest as I've done in the past, (not that the board would pay attention), Kamran Akmal should open the innings in T-20 & ODI along with Butt, making room for an extra solid middle order player/allrounder. May be a Fawad Alam or Umar Amin or a promising all-rounder. Not much time left before the World cup so the think-tank should start paying some attention to it. Serious attention that is. Please leave the parchi home (Imran Farhat). Doesn't deserve to be in the team after struggling for the past 6-8 years to establish his position.

  • SaintsFan on July 6, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Way to go Afridi!!! Way to go Pakistan !!! You and your fans truely deserved this series win after what the country's cricket has been through in recent past. I still suggest as I've done in the past, (not that the board would pay attention), Kamran Akmal should open the innings in T-20 & ODI along with Butt, making room for an extra solid middle order player/allrounder. May be a Fawad Alam or Umar Amin or a promising all-rounder. Not much time left before the World cup so the think-tank should start paying some attention to it. Serious attention that is. Please leave the parchi home (Imran Farhat). Doesn't deserve to be in the team after struggling for the past 6-8 years to establish his position.

  • on July 6, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Good Job guys! keep it up!we all know its hard to beat Aussies in tests! but even a draw against them will be enough to cheer us up!

  • on July 6, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Well Pakistan always had the strikers.. it was a matter of aggressive captaincy .. n who else can more aggressive than Shahid Afridi ..!! Keep going Pakistan..!!

  • M_Faisal on July 6, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Well done... Pakistan Team, I thought Birmingham crowd also played a major role in today's win, the way they roar behind every ball and support the bowlers to charge them up! It was a fantastic atmosphere there!

  • amirhamzas on July 6, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    Under Afridi,,,Pakistan seems to know what it is doing...Lets hope it continues...Good Luck Afridi!

  • on July 6, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Great Performance indeed! Pakistan and t20 are made for each other.

  • pakspin on July 6, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    India needs to watch out. Afridi is firing up again. I think he is due for another smacking of indian bowlers all over the park and making a world record while he is at it. India needs to watch out.

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  • pakspin on July 6, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    India needs to watch out. Afridi is firing up again. I think he is due for another smacking of indian bowlers all over the park and making a world record while he is at it. India needs to watch out.

  • on July 6, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Great Performance indeed! Pakistan and t20 are made for each other.

  • amirhamzas on July 6, 2010, 22:22 GMT

    Under Afridi,,,Pakistan seems to know what it is doing...Lets hope it continues...Good Luck Afridi!

  • M_Faisal on July 6, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Well done... Pakistan Team, I thought Birmingham crowd also played a major role in today's win, the way they roar behind every ball and support the bowlers to charge them up! It was a fantastic atmosphere there!

  • on July 6, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Well Pakistan always had the strikers.. it was a matter of aggressive captaincy .. n who else can more aggressive than Shahid Afridi ..!! Keep going Pakistan..!!

  • on July 6, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Good Job guys! keep it up!we all know its hard to beat Aussies in tests! but even a draw against them will be enough to cheer us up!

  • SaintsFan on July 6, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Way to go Afridi!!! Way to go Pakistan !!! You and your fans truely deserved this series win after what the country's cricket has been through in recent past. I still suggest as I've done in the past, (not that the board would pay attention), Kamran Akmal should open the innings in T-20 & ODI along with Butt, making room for an extra solid middle order player/allrounder. May be a Fawad Alam or Umar Amin or a promising all-rounder. Not much time left before the World cup so the think-tank should start paying some attention to it. Serious attention that is. Please leave the parchi home (Imran Farhat). Doesn't deserve to be in the team after struggling for the past 6-8 years to establish his position.

  • SaintsFan on July 6, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    Way to go Afridi!!! Way to go Pakistan !!! You and your fans truely deserved this series win after what the country's cricket has been through in recent past. I still suggest as I've done in the past, (not that the board would pay attention), Kamran Akmal should open the innings in T-20 & ODI along with Butt, making room for an extra solid middle order player/allrounder. May be a Fawad Alam or Umar Amin or a promising all-rounder. Not much time left before the World cup so the think-tank should start paying some attention to it. Serious attention that is. Please leave the parchi home (Imran Farhat). Doesn't deserve to be in the team after struggling for the past 6-8 years to establish his position.

  • Amaan2004 on July 6, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    Well played by both teams but spirits has played great roll in pakistan's victory...very close to say that Aussie's got schooled by Pakistan:) GEO PAKISTAN!

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on July 6, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    Who would have thought, (be honest now), that the brainless slogger from a few years ago would have transformed himself into a world class limited overs player. Consistent with his bowling, destructive with his batting and catching is as safe as there is in the Pakistani team. And be honest who would have imagined he could ever control himself let alone captain a team? Someone, one day, will write a book on Afridi. If it's half as multi-faceted and irony laden as the man himself it will be a bestseller (well as far as cricket books go anyway).