Pakistan v England 2011-12 December 31, 2011

Mohsin defends Misbah's safety-first approach

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Mohsin Khan, the acting Pakistan coach, has come out in defence of captain Misbah-ul-Haq's tactics that have been perceived as defensive by some, saying that his safety-first approach is due to the fear of failure. Misbah, 37, was handed the reins after the spot-fixing controversy, and while his methods did not always make for attractive cricket, they shephered Pakistan through one of their most successful years across formats.

"I think you have to understand that at his age he still worries about the fact that if he fails in one or two matches the critics will be after him and he could be dropped," Mohsin said in an exclusive interview with television channel Geo Super. "That is why he at times tends to play it safe. But he has gained in confidence as a captain, and I have been trying to tell him to not think about these things and just focus on doing what he is doing best at the moment: leading the team by example."

Misbah's stint as captain began with a tough Test assignment late last year against South Africa in the UAE. Few gave the depleted Pakistan side - sans Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif - a chance, but they held South Africa to a creditable 0-0 draw. Misbah then oversaw a 1-0 Test series win in New Zealand, and played an integral part in the ODI series triumph on the same tour, under Shahid Afridi's captaincy.

Pakistan exceeded expectations to reach the World Cup semi-finals, and continued with their winning ways in the West Indies, though Shahid Afridi had a fall-out with the team management. Pakistan won the one-day leg and came back to square the Tests 1-1. After that tour, Misbah was handed the reins of the limited-overs side as well, and led Pakistan to victories in all formats against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

The winning run in Tests was set up by the solid, if unexciting, methods of Taufeeq Umar, Younis Khan, Azhar Ali and Misbah himself, with Mohammad Hafeez the only free-flowing scorer in the top order.

Mohsin was full of praise for Misbah's leadership methods. "I think Misbah is an intelligent player and composed captain, and he communicates well with the players. He has also quickly picked up the confidence to push for victories, plus he is batting extremely well. I tell him to just go out and get runs and don't waste any innings. He has served Pakistan cricket very well."

Mohsin also explained that his role as coach was to focus on the mental aspect of the game and ensure he got the maximum out of the side, rather than spoon-feed his players on the skills front. "I think I have got along well with the players in the team. People need to understand that nowadays the job of a coach is to mentally make his players stronger, and just guide them and discuss strategies with them. A coach is a planner. I don't think you can teach anything more in batting terms to Misbah or Younis at this stage.

"I have told the players that being professionals we are also supposed to deliver; no compromises on that. My mantra is to give your 100% on the field; win or lose, that is part of the sport. Millions of people pray for our success and we shouldn't let them feel we let them down or didn't try hard enough."

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  • Cricket_Live on January 3, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Expect England to come agressive at you Mr. "I am the best coach" and the poor tactics of aged captian/coach will be tested extensively. The current methods are good for par and below par teams but not for top 5 test teams. If they even get a hint of your weakness they will hunt you down. Cricket is no longer just a gentlmen game its more of smart and tactical gentlemen game.

  • on January 2, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Pakistan-India are my two favourite teams, until they face each other. Shahid Afridi is the best all-rounder one can have in the side, I will play in all formats, and utilize him well in bowling as well. Good Luck, Pakistan.

  • on January 2, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    While Mohsin has done a great job for Pakistan team, I don't agree with some of his statements. No matter how experienced a player is, there always exist room for improvement. Yes coach should be a planner but in my opinion making players mentally tough should primarily be a psychologist's job. Coach should focus more on the skills and planning domain.

  • cric_fan__ on January 2, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    with this mindset its hard to beat england.... if pak plays with this mindset they'll draw the matches that could be easily won(first test against lanka).. they can beat england only if they play good,aggressive cricket......

  • ExplicitPlatinum on January 1, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    @b_imtiaz19 Afridi is the right choice to have as a captain in ODI's and T20's. I disagree with someone like Hafeez being a captain in tests as he isn't much of an encouraging player. For tests, let Azhar Ali captain Pakistan against a weak team and see how it goes. Younis is the best choice but Azhar could be the future. I would think that Taufeeq could be a good choice as well as he knows what's going with the team and what could be improved. What do you guys think about Azhar leading Pakistan?

  • on January 1, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    people please stop criticizing the pakistani team.instead support them for the joy they have given to the fans in 2011.

  • cricket_pak419 on January 1, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Many people think that Misbah is a bad captain and Afridi is better. They both are good captains, but we have to look at age. Misbah is 37 and has a high average. While Afridi is 31 with a low batting average, but a great bowler.The best choice right now for odi and twenty20 is afridi, and test is youinis. Any other options?

  • wrenx on January 1, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Still think it's far too optimistic to think Amir will ever play international cricket again - I don't see it happening. Is anyone else concerned about the new delivery Ajmal's supposed to be unveiling? I mean, from a Pakistan perspective, not for England. The last time this happened with Saqlain's 'teesra', Sehwag pretty much ended his career.

  • mrhamilton on January 1, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    @Lillian Thomas....are you serious? Recall Umer Akmal and Shahid Afridi?.....Afridi does not have the temprament to play a test innings and his bowling would be sub par in the test forum where batsmen arent under pressure to make runs at a fast rate and hence make less mistakes. Umer Akmal is not a test quality batsman...this whole story that is circulating about all of a sudden Pak batsmen dont score runs fast enough and misbah is safety first is just pathetic nit picking by people better off watching 20/20 and leaving test cricket to the test fans and test batsmen like misbah, taufeeq, azar and younis

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Whatever, I am glad this big mouthed person is soon going to be sent packing. His incessant need to stroke his own ego can be noted in all those sentences where he speaks about his personal coaching style. As if that's what has brought the team success.

  • Cricket_Live on January 3, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Expect England to come agressive at you Mr. "I am the best coach" and the poor tactics of aged captian/coach will be tested extensively. The current methods are good for par and below par teams but not for top 5 test teams. If they even get a hint of your weakness they will hunt you down. Cricket is no longer just a gentlmen game its more of smart and tactical gentlemen game.

  • on January 2, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Pakistan-India are my two favourite teams, until they face each other. Shahid Afridi is the best all-rounder one can have in the side, I will play in all formats, and utilize him well in bowling as well. Good Luck, Pakistan.

  • on January 2, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    While Mohsin has done a great job for Pakistan team, I don't agree with some of his statements. No matter how experienced a player is, there always exist room for improvement. Yes coach should be a planner but in my opinion making players mentally tough should primarily be a psychologist's job. Coach should focus more on the skills and planning domain.

  • cric_fan__ on January 2, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    with this mindset its hard to beat england.... if pak plays with this mindset they'll draw the matches that could be easily won(first test against lanka).. they can beat england only if they play good,aggressive cricket......

  • ExplicitPlatinum on January 1, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    @b_imtiaz19 Afridi is the right choice to have as a captain in ODI's and T20's. I disagree with someone like Hafeez being a captain in tests as he isn't much of an encouraging player. For tests, let Azhar Ali captain Pakistan against a weak team and see how it goes. Younis is the best choice but Azhar could be the future. I would think that Taufeeq could be a good choice as well as he knows what's going with the team and what could be improved. What do you guys think about Azhar leading Pakistan?

  • on January 1, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    people please stop criticizing the pakistani team.instead support them for the joy they have given to the fans in 2011.

  • cricket_pak419 on January 1, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Many people think that Misbah is a bad captain and Afridi is better. They both are good captains, but we have to look at age. Misbah is 37 and has a high average. While Afridi is 31 with a low batting average, but a great bowler.The best choice right now for odi and twenty20 is afridi, and test is youinis. Any other options?

  • wrenx on January 1, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Still think it's far too optimistic to think Amir will ever play international cricket again - I don't see it happening. Is anyone else concerned about the new delivery Ajmal's supposed to be unveiling? I mean, from a Pakistan perspective, not for England. The last time this happened with Saqlain's 'teesra', Sehwag pretty much ended his career.

  • mrhamilton on January 1, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    @Lillian Thomas....are you serious? Recall Umer Akmal and Shahid Afridi?.....Afridi does not have the temprament to play a test innings and his bowling would be sub par in the test forum where batsmen arent under pressure to make runs at a fast rate and hence make less mistakes. Umer Akmal is not a test quality batsman...this whole story that is circulating about all of a sudden Pak batsmen dont score runs fast enough and misbah is safety first is just pathetic nit picking by people better off watching 20/20 and leaving test cricket to the test fans and test batsmen like misbah, taufeeq, azar and younis

  • on January 1, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Whatever, I am glad this big mouthed person is soon going to be sent packing. His incessant need to stroke his own ego can be noted in all those sentences where he speaks about his personal coaching style. As if that's what has brought the team success.

  • Pak_Guru on January 1, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Misbah's calm nature is definately the best & most impressive thing for Pak cricket. I think the credit also goes to the selection committee as well, for 1st time they have been able to give a superb bench strength to any Pak captain. Its a very balanced side, though i miss Mohd Yousuf, if in good form he should be in the test squad. Pak cricket should learn from Indian, how they have used Dravid and Laxman for test only. Inzi wanted to continue as a test player but the Pak authority did not approve of it, how stupid of them, Inzi was the laziest oneday player i have seen in cricket, but one of the best in test. PAK just wasted his experience, his focus would have been the best had he continued with only test cricket. DO not repeat the same mistake with Yousuf. Also use Imran Nazir for T20's. May the best team wins, hoping its Pak.

  • LillianThomson on January 1, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Misbah is a breath of fresh air, and probably is the only person Younis Khan could happliy be reintegrated under. And he is old enough to remember that the first task in Test cricket is to lay a sound base to avoid defeat. So far, so good. But the refusal of Afridi to play Tests as an all-rounder leaves a very long tail with a vulnerable wicketkeeper. That, in turn, means that the top order need not only to be secure but also need one or two players who can keep the scoreboard ticking over. As such, I think Umar Akmal ought to come in ahead of Misbah at number 5, because both Azhar and Younis score at a leisurely pace. As for Shafiq, his job should be a the back-up in case a batsman is injured or out of form. I fear a nasty shock for Misbah. The bowlers looked pretty ordinary at times against Sri Lanka and even Bangladesh, and the 3.5 years until the return of Amir just can't go fast enough.

  • on January 1, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    i believe misbah is bringing pak cricket on right path, we should incrough him instead of critisiging.

  • MalikAnasAhmad on January 1, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    @Ali Abbas, Absolutely right , i totally agree

  • wakaPAK on January 1, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Sorry Mohsin khan but there is no end to improvement. even if Yunus and Misbah are at the top of their game but they still can improve. so this is very backward thinking on your part. you should watch them and notice their weaknesses and try to discuss and sort out those weaknesses and try to work out your strategy according to your research. A master can learn from a student. As the saying goes in Pashto 'A spectator hits the bulls eye'. Spectators are good judge and so is the coach.

  • Sarf1955 on January 1, 2012, 1:46 GMT

    In the last year and a bit, first Misbah/Waqar combination and now Misbah/Mohsin combination has provided much needed stability to Pakistan cricket at a time when it reached it's bottom. For once, the performances can be termed as professional and technically sound within the abilities of available resources. We no longer have five or six super stars in the team to count on for their brilliance and flamboyance. This has been a blessing in disguise as the entire team is now taking the responsibility to deliver. Only criticism of Misbah 's captaincy can be the ability to increase the tempo and the batting run rate after the top order has given a solid start. In the field, his field placings are generally good and imaginative and nota like what we witnessed from Dhoni in the recent test with Australia. To succeed against England in tests, they will need to continue with the same approach and hope to squeeze in one victory and draw the other two games or draw the series 1-1.

  • on December 31, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    For some reason Mohsin has fallen in love with coaching. He must understand that he has nothing to do with the good results coming from Pakistan team and he is totally wrong in defending himself by saying that players just need mental strength from a coach. Players do need particular strategies against particular players and different drills for different purposes and for different minds and different bodies and only a professional coach can do this. Coaching is not just giving a speech and shouting at players. its more than that. Mohsin has underestimated the role of a coach and that shows his incapability and narrow thinking. If Pakistan lose comprehensively against England then i will ask Mr. Mohsin what happened to your psychological speech. Why didnt it work.

  • wrenx on December 31, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Those that are critical of the defensive cricket of Younis/Misbah are clearly those who don't actually watch cricket, they only see scorelines and read articles. Those of us who've actually seen them play know that they are perfectly capable of shifting through the gears and scoring runs swiftly - in the one-day game, Younis and Misbah can play just as fluently as Hafeez and U. Akmal when the situation demands it. Even in the WC semi final where they left it too late, Misbah showed that he could pull out the big shots. What they are doing now is exactly what's needed, they are staying at the cease as long as possible. This was the exact problem last time against England: wickets tumbling cheaply and 3 innings scores under 100. They should play steady cricket and make England work to take wickets - runs will come once they apply themselves. If they bat the way they have been this year, and hold their catches, then they can provide a good contest against England.

  • on December 31, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Mohsin Khan and Aqib Javed forget everything first correct the wrist position of Wahab Riaz and Junaid Khan so that they can develop an inswinger to the right hand batsment. Similarly tell Misbah to rotate strike when he is not hitting hard. There are countless matches in which Misbah put pressure on other batsmen because of very slow start which is synonymous with Misbah. Those days of "keep wickets in tact and then go for the kill in the last 10 overs" are gone.Pakistan does not have batting class of other teams and need to keep taking singles and doubles to maintain a healthy run rate.Its time Pakistan get out of shell and start registering wins in every condition,be it in England, Australia or South Africa. They can do it. Its just a matter of knowing your limitations and going around them to make most ot your ability.Take quick singles. Keep the score board ticking.Keep the wrist position right. Make the ball talk.Peace.

  • on December 31, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    Can the ones who keep praising Misbah tell me the role he has played in recent Pakistan success? Statistics always deceive unless they are read in context. All Pakistan's victories have either been at dead wickets or against weak teams. Yes SL is a better side but the team they played against Pakistan was very thin on bowling. And due to Misbah's defensive approach they snatched draws from the jaws of victory in 2 tests. Just look at the 2nd test against Bangladesh. Where only Pakistan bowling and stupid Bangladesh batting in their 2nd innings won the match for Pakistan. Otherwise batsmen had burried the match by scoring slow. And then look at Misbah's age and his inability to win matches on his own which can never motivate or inspire any youngster in the team. It can only happen in PCB.

  • Toescrusher on December 31, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    When your are going through rebuilding face you don't hit "three pointers" suggesting 3.3 RPO will have reverse implications at this time; when a team has at least four to five "Match Winners" only than 3.3 RPO is a more realistic approach!! Present Pakistani team falls somewhere between India and West Indies going aggressive will only allow the opponent to dominate the game. The other very critical thing to keep in mind is Pakistan don't have the backup available as we had till the middle of the 2000.

  • Sinhaya on December 31, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    As a Lankan fan who admires Pakistan, I must say that Pakistan's scoring rate in tests has been slow. They better make it 3.3 RPO to ideally win test matches against England next month,

  • arsalanam on December 31, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    I think Pakistan Coach himself needs extensive coaching.Being coach does not mean you become a psychologist and talk out all technical problems boys face...it needs analytical skills to focus on individual player issues , specific drills and work out sessions as well as very good training regimes. e.g. if Younis Khan goes out of form , he will need coach help to do specific drills for how to get feet moving again fluently and how to keep bat straight again. Pakistan needs a professional coach ASAP

  • AsadCricFan on December 31, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    As a captain or a coach you first aim should always be to make sure your team DOES NOT lose and the second aim should be to make your team win. As unattractive as that sounds, that is the only way a team can make it to the top. Playing aggressive, attacking cricket is good in chunks and pleasing to the eye but a team shouldn't go into a match planning to play aggressive cricket from A to Z. And that's why Andrew Strauss has done so well. Take a look at England's road to being the number 1 test side. It consists of A LOT of draws and that's why they have become the best in the world. They play simple and smart cricket and also take calculated risks when required and Misbah is doing much of the same. Kudos to Misbah for supplying stability and sanity to a side that really required it. Bottom line, Misbah is getting the results and is turning out to be one of the most successful captains Pakistan has ever seen and no one can argue with that.

  • on December 31, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    misbah is probably the best man to lead the team at present! the only person who thinks before doing something! the man has control over his nerves! it would be better if the tactics are praised or criticized after the england series! it's not doing any good at the moment! and yes i would call hafeez and younis as the free scorers in the team! by replacing asad shafiq(very liable to short deliveries) with umar akmal we can get a good combination of 2 aggressors, 2 moderate scorers(younis and misbah) and 2 defensive(taufeeq and azhar)

  • AcrossTheSeam01 on December 31, 2011, 16:23 GMT

    People think Misbahs captaincy is bad; They would prefer Afridi- Its usually the typical amateur Boom-Boom obsessed Pakistani fan who would want Misbah kicked off. He has had heaps more success than Shahid Afridi, who was a very ordinary captain in his short stint. Misbah has only lost one match and won or drawn the rest. In ODIs Misbah has an even better record 24 matches won and 1 lost in 25 total. He is a better captain than afridi and a more, MUCH more consistent player than Afridi too.His average is gone up to 46 in tests and 42 in ODIs. Another advantage is that he never feels pressure, that he is the most pressure free captain I have seen from Pakistan. And Afridi, compared to Misbah he is much worse- He has a batting average as a bowling average and a bowling one as a batting average- A batting average of 23 and a bowling average of 34 is hardly ''legendary''.

  • on December 31, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Misbah has been super defensive against the likes of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh (there should be a little sense of shame here). This series against England is slightly tougher than the one against SL and NZ, and perhaps put Misbah's captaincy to a slightly harder test. Since the series in UAE, it dilutes the contest. I think Misbah and his captaincy will be miserably exposed if he plays a series against Australia in Australia, against SA in SA and against England in England.

  • Pak121 on December 31, 2011, 14:53 GMT

    i dont understand why people think younis khan bats slow- he has a strike rate 51 for the year- thats better than most of the england team and has a strike rate of 53 overall which is among the best in the world- better than dravid, laxman, hussey, kallis, chanderpaul, Jayawardene and its just bellow tendulkar so sayin younis can is slow and not a free flowing batsmen in test is wrong!

  • on December 31, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Assalam O Alaikum Misbah approch i cant understand iam frm pak but i dont like his approch he's a defensive charracter.and thats why pak team drwas so many matches in misbah's captincy but pak need a attacking/aggresive captin like shahid afridi.

  • on December 31, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    He is doing an excellent job for Pakistan. He knows what he is doing. He is indeed very defensive but PCB should have faith in him and give him enough confidence to allow him to some experiments here and there.

  • Fayad007 on December 31, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    @Muhammad Naveed Saeed, Congratulations for being a typical Pakistani who sees problems in everything and is unhappy with the team no matter what. This is the first time in a very long time where Pakistan has had a steady captain who is as mature as Misbah. This is also the first time in a very long time that Pakistan has had this much success in cricket. My take on this is this: I don't care if the leader is afraid of failure, this attitude has served Misbah and the Pakistani team very well. Their 2011 record is proof of that. And far as people criticizing Misbah for the defensive approach and unexciting cricket is concerned, well my answer is, to hell with all of you. In the international stage, fans want to see their teams win. period. It doesn't matter to me if watching Pakistani team bat puts me to sleep, as long as I get to see them hoist the match winning trophy!

  • Morfi on December 31, 2011, 13:41 GMT

    @muhammad Naveed - I think the quote is taken out of context. The team has been winning so far, n that shd tell you how fearful they have been. What Mohsin is saying is a typical Pakistani trait that the moment they list one or two games the guns will be loaded for misbah. But hats off to him for leading so well. The PCB shd let him play n give him extended captaincy for another couple of years. Let's take a new leaf from the good teams' books n focus on long term stability, continuity n predictability.

  • on December 31, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    Pakistan badly needs an aggressive mindset, if they want to improve their rankings they will have to play more attacking cricket. I support Misbah's approach against SA last year but after worldcup they had come out of turmoil and there was a need to start a fresh.

  • noplay on December 31, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Mohsin does not have a clue about this team. He is still coasting on Waqar's work. You cannot teach Misbah and Younus to score faster but there is work to do with other players. You cannot just tell players to give 100% on the field. What is 100% of something that needs to be improved worth? This is England, get real! I wish you success anyway

  • noplay on December 31, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Mohsin does not have a clue about this team. He is still coasting on Waqar's work. You cannot teach Misbah and Younus to score faster but there is work to do with other players. You cannot just tell players to give 100% on the field. What is 100% of something that needs to be improved worth? This is England, get real! I wish you success anyway

  • 14.08.1947 on December 31, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Iam very proud, when i see the team spirit of Pakistan. I think it will be very difficult for England to beat us.England are the favourites,no doubt about that! But if you compare this Pakistani team with the team who played in 2010 against England,then i must say the discipline is much much better now. That will be the key factor,even Asif/Amir are not in the team.Now Ajmal/Rehman will confuse England. But we should experiment in the T20's format. I mean we need a future squad, who can play in the T20 format like: 1.Shahzaib 2.Shezad 3.Jamshed 4.U.Akmal+ 5.Khalid Latif 6.AFRIDI* 7.Mansoor Amjad 8.Anwar Ali 9.Prince Abbas 10.(Young FAST Bowler) 11.Raza Hassan....Pakistan is maybe the most talented Cricket Country in the World!!!So every good player should get a chance.....I wish to everyone who visits CRICINFO a Happy New Year. And thanks to Cricinfo for this website,because it is the BEST ONE of the World. Let us pray for PEACE...

  • Aragorn_11 on December 31, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    @Muhammad Naveed Saeed...."So this team can win?" They have...they've been winning all last year...if this tactic gets results....why try and stop it!? Like trying to fix something that aint broke!?

  • on December 31, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    yar they are atleast winning dnt criticize them too much support them

  • on December 31, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    they are doing there best hope they will play better against england best of luck pakistan team we proud you

  • shahbazhussain on December 31, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    The main reason behind Pakistan's success is that the Chief Selector is the Coach of the team. The selector sits with the team every minute they play in the ground and watches each of them how they are working. He also watches the way players communicate and coordinate with each other in the dressing room. Since he knows everything on tour during every match makes his next selection easier to form a combination of players who match the harmony and do well together. I think Coach should be the Chief Selector like Mohsin. This is the only key that is giving rise to Pakistan Cricket. Good job guys. No matter if it works by hooks and crooks, keep doing it. Its giving good and desired results!

  • Zohaib.R.Q. on December 31, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Mohsin khan is already making excuses

  • shahbazhussain on December 31, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    @MN Saeed, I think the fear of being dropped after 3-4 failed attempts is the only one that kills the skills of any player in the world cricket. See how Ponting is on decline, Gibbs also suffered the same. In fact there were times when Mohammad Yousuf was the most run scorer in a calendar year for Pakistan but now he is no longer playing to due decline in his batting consistency. I think having fear is the only key to make professionals perform more professionally. If they dont, then there is always space for new and best available talent. If Mishbah has the fear, it is not bad for him neither for Pakistan Cricket in fact it is serving well. The way Mishbah plays is the true spirit of Test cricket. Good job dudes, you are going great. We know the next assignment is tough, it is not always easy to fight with the #1 in the world. You can see how Indians were brutally crashed by the world # 1... It was really very very worse defeat ever of being a World Champion in limited span game.

  • JustIPL on December 31, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    I think it is undue criticism of such a successful captain who is great figher for Pakistan cricket. Being cautious is not a bad thing as long as it results in the desired result. Pakistan were winning the inaugural t20 world cup just because of his herioics. Secondly, with bowling resources Pakistan have there is no need for the batting to be defensive. Pakistan bowling combination is one of the best or simply the best and whoever has experienced playing against them trying to avoid them as much as possible. In short at many times Misbah has steered his team clear many times and deserves tons of accolades. He never looked clueless and his bowling changes have been result oriented.

  • on December 31, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    "I think you have to understand that at his age he still worries about the fact that if he fails in one or two matches the critics will be after him and he could be dropped," Mohsin said.

    So our leader always have fear of failure so how can he lead from front?means he is also passing this fear to other team member hence a team with fear of failure. So this team can win?

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  • on December 31, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    "I think you have to understand that at his age he still worries about the fact that if he fails in one or two matches the critics will be after him and he could be dropped," Mohsin said.

    So our leader always have fear of failure so how can he lead from front?means he is also passing this fear to other team member hence a team with fear of failure. So this team can win?

  • JustIPL on December 31, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    I think it is undue criticism of such a successful captain who is great figher for Pakistan cricket. Being cautious is not a bad thing as long as it results in the desired result. Pakistan were winning the inaugural t20 world cup just because of his herioics. Secondly, with bowling resources Pakistan have there is no need for the batting to be defensive. Pakistan bowling combination is one of the best or simply the best and whoever has experienced playing against them trying to avoid them as much as possible. In short at many times Misbah has steered his team clear many times and deserves tons of accolades. He never looked clueless and his bowling changes have been result oriented.

  • shahbazhussain on December 31, 2011, 12:16 GMT

    @MN Saeed, I think the fear of being dropped after 3-4 failed attempts is the only one that kills the skills of any player in the world cricket. See how Ponting is on decline, Gibbs also suffered the same. In fact there were times when Mohammad Yousuf was the most run scorer in a calendar year for Pakistan but now he is no longer playing to due decline in his batting consistency. I think having fear is the only key to make professionals perform more professionally. If they dont, then there is always space for new and best available talent. If Mishbah has the fear, it is not bad for him neither for Pakistan Cricket in fact it is serving well. The way Mishbah plays is the true spirit of Test cricket. Good job dudes, you are going great. We know the next assignment is tough, it is not always easy to fight with the #1 in the world. You can see how Indians were brutally crashed by the world # 1... It was really very very worse defeat ever of being a World Champion in limited span game.

  • Zohaib.R.Q. on December 31, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Mohsin khan is already making excuses

  • shahbazhussain on December 31, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    The main reason behind Pakistan's success is that the Chief Selector is the Coach of the team. The selector sits with the team every minute they play in the ground and watches each of them how they are working. He also watches the way players communicate and coordinate with each other in the dressing room. Since he knows everything on tour during every match makes his next selection easier to form a combination of players who match the harmony and do well together. I think Coach should be the Chief Selector like Mohsin. This is the only key that is giving rise to Pakistan Cricket. Good job guys. No matter if it works by hooks and crooks, keep doing it. Its giving good and desired results!

  • on December 31, 2011, 12:41 GMT

    they are doing there best hope they will play better against england best of luck pakistan team we proud you

  • on December 31, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    yar they are atleast winning dnt criticize them too much support them

  • Aragorn_11 on December 31, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    @Muhammad Naveed Saeed...."So this team can win?" They have...they've been winning all last year...if this tactic gets results....why try and stop it!? Like trying to fix something that aint broke!?

  • 14.08.1947 on December 31, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Iam very proud, when i see the team spirit of Pakistan. I think it will be very difficult for England to beat us.England are the favourites,no doubt about that! But if you compare this Pakistani team with the team who played in 2010 against England,then i must say the discipline is much much better now. That will be the key factor,even Asif/Amir are not in the team.Now Ajmal/Rehman will confuse England. But we should experiment in the T20's format. I mean we need a future squad, who can play in the T20 format like: 1.Shahzaib 2.Shezad 3.Jamshed 4.U.Akmal+ 5.Khalid Latif 6.AFRIDI* 7.Mansoor Amjad 8.Anwar Ali 9.Prince Abbas 10.(Young FAST Bowler) 11.Raza Hassan....Pakistan is maybe the most talented Cricket Country in the World!!!So every good player should get a chance.....I wish to everyone who visits CRICINFO a Happy New Year. And thanks to Cricinfo for this website,because it is the BEST ONE of the World. Let us pray for PEACE...

  • noplay on December 31, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    Mohsin does not have a clue about this team. He is still coasting on Waqar's work. You cannot teach Misbah and Younus to score faster but there is work to do with other players. You cannot just tell players to give 100% on the field. What is 100% of something that needs to be improved worth? This is England, get real! I wish you success anyway