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Pakistan morale lifted by India win - Misbah

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March 10, 2014

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Shahid Afridi is mobbed by his team-mates, India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 2, 2014
Misbah: "In this condition, we definitely have a chance [at the World T20]" © AFP
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While losing the Asia Cup final was a disappointment, Pakistan could take 'a lot of positives' from the tournament, captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said. Among them, was the 'morale-boosting' win against India in the round-robin stage, a victory which meant the team got a warm welcome at the Lahore airport on arrival, being showered with rose petals despite not bringing back the trophy.

"Losing the final was a disappointment, but overall it was a very good tournament and we move on with a lot of positives," Misbah said. "I think the team put in a lot of hard work, the way we won matches. As a team the performance was terrific, but at the same time no doubt it is disappointing that we didn't win the tournament.

The match against India, Misbah said, put Pakistan in the right frame of mind for the World Twenty20. "Winning against India was important because people have a lot of expectations and have lots of interest in it. With such performances, the morale of the team is very good. In this condition, we definitely have a chance [at the World T20]."

Misbah did not take questions on his "slow" batting in the final against Sri Lanka lightly, cutting off one reporter mid-way through his question by saying: "When you are 18 for 3, even big teams also bat like we did in the final to recover."

Pakistan had lost their top three by the fourth over of the game, before Mishah and Fawad Alam were involved in a 122-run stand. Misbah made 65 off 98 balls before being dismissed, while Alam went on to remain 114 not out off 134. Pakistan reached 260 for 5, before Sri Lanka eased home with close to four overs to spare after taking a toll on Pakistan's pacers.

Misbah defended his fast bowlers, saying that the spin- and batting-friendly pitches of the subcontinent made life tough for the pacers. "It wasn't an easy tour, especially for fast bowlers. You know in Asian conditions, it's difficult for fast bowlers.

"Overall if you look, barring one or two bowlers, fast bowlers struggled. Conditions are conducive for spin bowlers and it doesn't help fast bowlers."

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Posted by Litu_BD_Fan on (March 13, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

Misba is a tuk tuk player.His run fail pak win.If he do run must be pak lose.This world t20 cup must win Ind,Pak,WI,SRI,New Zeland,Aus,BD,RSA.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 12, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

@green_eagle. I can name 5-6 good players from that era who even beat Aus at that time. Do you expect them to beat Aus now? at least beat BD convincingly?

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

Our major concern is Fast bowling which might not come in spotlight in T20 WC because spinners will do 70% bowling and death over yorkers of Junaid r fine but both Talha and Gul looked hell mediocre throughout the tournament. Gul is not been able to bend his back and both bowlers r not able to maintain a line ! Instead of giving junaid new ball, misbah persisted with Gul who bowled only 8 or 9 good balls in the series. Coach M.Akram is a good for nothing chapter who is even ruining the current skills of the pace battery. Batting is improving as both Shehzad and Akmal have understood the talent they possess and r playing more dependable knocks thn ever. Fawad for me is the next big thing after Misbah in both tests n Odis as this person can build innings. Batting will only improve from this point but its the bowling which requires effort n I urge PCB to appoint Wasim Akram as waqar now is with bengal so that he may extrude the raw talent from grassroot n develop them under his expertise

Posted by t20cric on (March 11, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

Its when Misbah says these kind of things that I think he is the wrong captain for Pakistan. He needs to understand that beating your rivals (& just barely) doesn't mean anything unless its in the finals. In all 5 matches of the tournament Pakistan looked like losing at some point of the game. He also needs to understand that our fast bowling is declining & now we r nowhere near as good as Aus or SA in terms of fast bowling strength. Misbah obviously did not say that his slow batting in the final was the reason that they couldn't make 320+. The Pak team must come out of denial to strive cuz otherwise they have talented batsmen & bowlers but if they are satisfied by stuff like 30 runs off 50-60 balls or bowling figures like 1-30 then talent is being wasted. For Pak pacers to improve one of the 2 W's must become bowling coach. Also 1 thing I don't understand is why did Misbah play all 4 injured players as all 4 are key players in t20 & couldn't perform well in the final anyway.

Posted by Desihungama on (March 11, 2014, 20:04 GMT)

@Mohammed Shahid - Care to explain why asking someone who just scored a century to retire borders on lunacy? Here is why I suggested that. 1. 260 was never going to be enough as was proven on that flat track. 2. Fawad Alam is not a clean hitter of the ball, he maybe our best player. 3. He just scored a century with only 6 fours meaning he made his runs between wickets so he must have been obviously tired unless he is made of steel? 4. Afridi untill that point is your best player in the tournament so far. Tell me which captain in the world does not create an opportunity to utilize their best player in the team and that too in a Final? You talked about flat tracks. Didn;t we all know tracks were going to be flat? Akram, Waqar, Imran all bowled well on flat tracks. You mean to tell me PCB cannot identify fast bowlers who utilizes yorkers and good length balls well on flat tracks? Fact is wrong pace bowlers were picked and lackluster behavior of players cost the game with Hafeez coming 3.

Posted by kamilkhuwaja on (March 11, 2014, 19:28 GMT)

Misbah needs to come out of that dream win and concentrate on T20 World cup. He himself knows that Pakistan doesn't have any quality fast bowler at this moment. Gul is such a useless bowler who has forgot bowling yorkers even. Junaid was not even able to mark 140 kph in Asia cup. So, Misbah should start taking it seriously else his team would be in trouble.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

kindly make correction of my last post it was b/w thirmane and mahela

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 17:28 GMT)

Fawad is a beauty and so is Abdul Razzaq god willing and afridi & ajmal. {Back to the loss{ it makes perfect sense how Pakistan lost if the will of winning and honesty to play for your country is not there you will play rash shots & get out and collect your "easy" cash for an effort you never made for your country team. SO many cricketers are playing in domestic cricket level who just have passion their all life to just play for their country in international level; if you don;t have guts to do justice to yourself and cricket then let those hard-earned and hard working players play at the place as after your shameful acts you really don't deserve any longer this trust & honor that your country had bestowed on you god willing. This very carefully before cheating next time and remember what happened to amir and salman butt and just go and ask them as surely things can take sudden turn on you too like last time in case of amir etc. Just a piece of good reminder what cricket means.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

I think misbah need to be more creative and aggressive in his approach especially in modern day cricket.my question to misbah is that y he didn't utilized his part timer like shahzad and Alam who are more than useful bowlers in domestic circuit to break the partnership b/w mahela and synanyke...??

Posted by cricketkhan on (March 11, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

hey guys, why so many ppl sugesting and advising sudenly here, specialy Indians, that pakistan should have looked beyond and above, beating india,which I believe is right absolutley, but aint u guyz trying to hide u r own defeat in this positive argument? Pakistan lost in the final no doubt , but why there is so much of silence in ur media about ur teams defeat. dont u guyz take the defeat from pakistan more then any 1 else? so what if we are jublious over our teams win over indian team?

Posted by Rexton87 on (March 11, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

@ PPD123 Brilliant comment mate, Both Hafeez and Misbah had the tendency to gloss over the shortcoming and defeats with cliches, exucuses and promises. However a more accurate appraisal of self would have been much better for Pakistan. Team has set its goal fairly low. Their Asia cup camaign was nearly lost to Afghanistan, nearly lost to Bangladesh, scraped through for a win against India and beaten convincingly twice by Sri Lanka , I dont know where the postives are. A captain aiming and playing for a score of 220 - 230 should not be captain of ODI team at all.

Posted by SaudFaruqi on (March 11, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

Misbah is saying that conditions were tough for the fast bowlers. My question to Misbah and team management is why play Umer Gul, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Talha (all three fast bowlers) in the final of Asia Cup. Should have backed Abdulrehman (left arm spin) even though he had a forgettable game against Bangladesh.

Posted by green_eagle on (March 11, 2014, 11:25 GMT)

@ Fast_Track_Bully You mentioned pak loss to zim. India has more losses to Zimbabwe even at time of tendulkar

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

@Posted by wapuser on (March 11, 2014, 10:19 GMT): Agreed mate. I have been also saying this. M Akram is doing nothing. Bhatti , anwar and talha had good debut but after that their bowling has not improved. infact gone bad. He has poor stats for his career. there is a news that Waqar has been appointed bowling coach for Bengal Team. Why cant we have such great bowler as our bowling coach. He applied for head coach but they should have appointed him as bowling coach.

We are so much used to put everything on our batting in past. and fans have this " Best attack" tag on these bowlers. So it is really hard to realize the reality. Still many comments putting it on batting not bowling. they have been poor for past few months. Just now because of irfan's absence & junaid's form, they are exposed. Putting it on pitch & conditions is not right. there were 5 fast bowlers in top12 for asia cup but experienced gul is after them.

Posted by wapuser on (March 11, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

I think Pakistan should change its bowling coach because this coach doesn't know much, he himself was very ordinary bowler and doesn't have much experience. Since he started coaching, Pakistan's fast bowling attack has suffered. New bowler comes in performs well in first match and in very next match gets hammered. 260 score was a good score to defend and Pakistan has a history to defend below par score, even on Asian wickets. And Umar Gul doesn't have place in the team, he is not even braking 130 kph barrier, no speed, no swing, no Yorker, no incutter, no line and length, and he is giving away lot of runs. Its not that Umar Gul did not performed in one match or series, his performance is low since 2011. I'm not saying Umar Gul was not a good bowler, difinitely he had been a very good bowler for Pakistan in the past. We have a lot of other talented bowlers, who are waiting for a chance. We need to get rid of Umar Gul and this bowling coach for the sake of Pakistan teem.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 10:19 GMT)

pakistan you are the real winners. you can win t20 cup, and if u have pick kamran then please dont play him at 6 or 7,,, best number for him is 1 or 3,, but you have got good pair of openers then play kamran at 3, dont spoil him at 7 or 6.. hafeez is number 1 allrounder in the world, play him at 6,, so that he can finish games along with shahid bhai at 7,, and in bangladeshi pitches, you dont need more than 2 quickes,, play sohail and give him 3 overs at the start and play junaid instead of gul, and use him in last overs,, and ask him to bowl 4-5 yorkers per over, he can do so play this xi: 1:ahmed 2:sharjeel 3:kamran 4:umar 5:malik 6:hafeez 7:shahid 8:zulfqar 9:ajmal 10:junaid 11:sohail

as sohail and hafeez along with zulfqar in the 1st ten and saeed junaid and shahid in the last ten

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 10:16 GMT)

@shuja rehman talking about mentality of certain individuals does not necessarily mean the whole nation thinks like that. Lets say if i say you and your country treat cricket players as gods now how would u feel? their failure to register a significant win in their last three series should put doubts in your mind. Recognize the fact that hype does have its effects n dont deny their isnt a hype machine like india in the cricketing world. India lost they will be down so would Pakistan if they lost, So please stay true to facts and dont fictionalize this about anything other than cricket.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

It doesn't matter which team wins. The quality of cricket which people get to witness should be admired rather then arguing over which team is better or worst. It's about time people from both countries start acting like civilized spectators and enjoy the beauty of the game.

Posted by juzermb on (March 11, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

Many contradictions in Misbah's statements. If fast bowling were struggling, you could have taken a chance with Abdul Rehman. If fast bowling is difficult in Asian conditions, then Malinga is a spin or medium pacer or playing in Australia. If on one side you say it was a good tour for the fast bowlers, then on another side you say it was a very good tournament. And yes, winning against India put Pakistan in the right frame of mind for the WT20, the Asia cup finals did not matter.

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (March 11, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

@ Tafseer Khan: India may have lost the ODI series in South Africa but played an amazing Test series and lost 0-1 (it was a two Test series). Pakistan on the other hand were hopelessly whitewashed 0-3 by the Proteas the last time they played a Test series there.

Test cricket is the toughest format of cricket and India were clearly better than Pakistan on their last tour to the Rainbow nation, almost winning the first Test in Johannesburg (a game that was nothing short of a thriller and went down to the last over).

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 11, 2014, 9:09 GMT)

@Tafseer Khan . We won Ct2013, Three nations @ WI and thrashed ZIM with our B team. What you have achieved in away matches? I can remember your full strength team lost to ZIM only!

Posted by wscperera on (March 11, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

pakistan done enough than over rated indian team...!!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 11, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

@ Aaqib Ali Aamer .'out played'. Does it mean win by 1 wicket in the last over? You won the match - that's all. BTW, I am not making any excuses. It is a truth that a failed keeper (seems to be brother of ur K.Akmal!) and in-experienced players are responsible for the losses against SL and Pak. I found lot of 'excuses' like these for your final loss to SL, then what?

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (March 11, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

@ Fast_Track_Bully: I take exception to your comments directed at Ashker Anoon. As an Indian, I feel that the Lankans are our closest neighbours (from an ethno-cultural viewpoint) and therefore am disappointed in your words. The Lankan team used to regularly defeat us in the 90s. I still vividly remember those days. Even today the Lankan lions are very good as a limited overs side. Malinga and Sangakkara are among my favorite players!

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

@shuja rehman Yes outplayed! 103-4 and a fragile batting line up as all say and we accept and Mishra bowling exceptional with both Misbah and umar back in the hut, Indian bowling was played calmly safely and intelligently by Hafeez n Maqsood who is not good against spin. Then 40 odd required and an out of form afridi at that time signalled India a victory at start but like he plays brilliance once in a blue moon he delivered. Its not the margin of victory but the manner of victory which defines who outplayed who intelligently U call afridi innings fluke? Ok..Hafeez missed jadeja's easy catch and before that he was plumb LBW which was not given by the umpire and ashwin has also clearly edged to keeper..Had these all events not occured, Pak would had got a target below 210 and would had chased with 4 wickets down..Peace now? I also think lanka outplayed us in 1st game though the margin was 12 runs only but it was the manner thru which they made a comeback into a last game offlate

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

@Nitinn Singhal... Please leave the bullying cricket and come out of your country and play some natural venue series, even India beaten by south Africa where Pakistan won the series quiet well what India achieved in last 11 matches, check the record and what Pakistan achieved. don't check the record of your home land!

Posted by green_eagle on (March 11, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

Those who are saying boundary was short and rain and mad were no the there please try to remember that India too batted on the same pitch and boundary and did mad won you any match in south africa and NZ?

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

As usual, discussions going other way ( your team-my team ) on these forums. Bashing/comparisons. Will be a strange day when this doesnt happen on cric info. :)

Pakistan is an inconsistent team throughout its history. They played 2 big and testing games back to back against BD and India. And if you consider that Afghanistan also test them for 1st couple of hours then it is 3 tough game in a week. The way they approached the final, bowling effort, poor and lazy fielding tells the story that they are mentally not that strong and were completely drained by that time.

that is the reason they have reached to semis on almost all of the ICC events since 2007 ( except last CT) but couldnt make to finals because when knock out stage begins, and 3 back to back games required to win, they simply have no gas left for that.

beating india was good. But that doesnt mean thats the end of tournament for them. I would take a loss against india & winning the title more happily.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

@ashker enoon. if anybody needs the make up kit its your country men mate. the only thing uglier than the sl team names are their faces. I thought we were here to talk about cricket but as you were so intent on talking about vanity cases, thought should bring you to reality.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

He is not saying that it was more than the final. He is saying it helped to boost morale. and that is true . winning big and pressure games which are close definitely boost the morale of a team. you guys tell me that when was the last time pakistan won 3 testing games in 6 days? Afghanistan also pushed them well.

However, i dont agree with him regarding bowling. there were 5 fast bowlers in top10 of the events. Gul is at 12. they were poor throughout the tournament. and not in good shape. Last year it was hidden because junaid was in form and irfan was there. but exposed now.

Not the " Best Attack " as some say. and it hard to basically accept the fact. we were so used to put everything on batting that we are still not saying that bowling was issue. M Akram has not done any great at all.

But in paksitan its easy to point out 1 person or 1 thing so others stay hidden. Fielding was poor than Afghanistan. bowling stats are poor. & these bowlers will be in t20 with addition of sohail

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

@Aaqib Ali Aamer-'outplayed india'...r u sure?if winning by a solitary wicket is outplaying the opposition then I wonder what winning by a 100 runs,60 runs,50 runs,40 runs,6/7/8/4/5 wickets is!Wake up to the reality that ur team was eventually quite lucky to win a match which any other team like Australia and South Africa would have won rather easily chasing a modest target as it was of just 246 runs...Pakistan's vulnerability of chasing down even mediocre targets was once again exposed beyond doubt...As for the win being the most important to Pakistan i'am not surprised at all...they always place a premium on wins against India even if they don't eventually end up losing in the finals of a tournament or getting ousted from it before the final...that is the ultimate thing for a common Pakistani and it reflects in the comments that flow from current to ex Pakistani cricketers as well as ordinary public,not saying such a mentality doesn't exist among Indians but to a much lesser degree.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

Fast_Track_Bully: Dude, I agree with you completely :-) You should not lose your wits around a few frustrated followers of countries that have been beaten fair and square by India, many a times in the recent past. They should know that great teams are remembered for their few losses, while mediocre/average teams are known for their few victories over giants like India. As far as overseas tours are concerned, all these sub-continental teams are on an even keel-they all get walloped in Aus, SA etc-But then, India also returns the favor to those teams when they tour here-not something that perhaps Sri Lanka, Pak or Bangladesh have quite been able to do.

If we could get Pakistan down to their last wicket (with only luck pushing Afridi's second skied delivery beyond the ropes) with a team of relatively inexperienced players, just think what awaits them on March 21! MSD, Yuvi and Raina-the deadly trio will come together once again and fight them to the finish.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 8:03 GMT)

Wow, funny to read that some people still think that paksitan's bowling was ok. and it was just batting or slow batting of misbah was an issue. Should really see stats and pitch maps for whole tournament. fast bowlers 585/10 in 93 overs. Ajmal - 2nd, hafeez-10th, gul - 12, talha -15th , afridi 23rd, these are the positions on which pak bowlers are on bowling charts. 260 might not have been defend able. but it should not have been that easy. You guys should check pitch map that how SL bowled and how Pak bowled. You cant win games on 1 bowler. And not to forget 22 balls were still remaining & SL did not attack in last 10 overs so they could have easily chased 310.

Its just the case that we dont like some1 and we just want to criticize so we do that job with out any logic.

Misbah is wrong there. pakistan bowlers were poor. should check record. i think he is too soft on it. but the bowling was a real concern. & like this wct20 finals will be hard to win.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 7:58 GMT)

Thanks very much!! You made me :-) on an otherwise sad day!

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

So, finally it can be said that beating IND is bigger than winning a WC!!! What a great priority of PAK, still they are living in ancient times.........

WOW PAKISTAN WOW!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

All I can say is...that this loss better hurt the Indian team more than any other thing in this world. After all, Pakistan has been demolished by India in almost every other tournament of note (Asia Cup, World Cup, World T20) etc, except perhaps the blemish that we suffered during their tour to India in Jan'13 (India lost 2-1). This victory by Pakistan was just a flash in the pan, and, am backing my team to come back as wounded tigers on March 21 and clinch victory for the nation. Mark my words, it's going to be a CRACKER of a match-and will decide the course of action for the World Cup. Looking forward to see a good fight from Pakistan, and an even better fightback from the Indian team!

Cricinfo-Please do publish!

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

@Fast track Bully Pakistan was without Nasir Jamshed and shoaib Malik who scored heavily against India in the Past Our playing 11 were having Sharjeel and Maqsood who have played less matches than Rahane and Karthik We debuted a fast bowler in that match who could have gone either way in performance. If ur kohli didnt fired than 2013's highest run scorer (Misbah) and fresh from century (Akmal) failed too Stop giving illogical statements of young team bla bla...We out played India and thats reality

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 11, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

@Ashker Enoon. I never called Dhavan, Rohit, Jadeja as 'newbie'. lol. It is you head need to be examined! ha ha. India do not need to find excuses. What was you excuses in WC final, CT13, Tri-nations and much more? To find 10-11 excuses a year is really hard. Ask Mathew how he find them? :D Being a Colombo bully, you donot know that! Have you finished your celebration in Colombo for asiacup? Pity that you have got only one chance in the lifetime to celebrate! Go and play aginst Somalia and Ruvanda. But still victory is not guarenteed for your SL team. lol. First learn the names of Indian players and comment kid. Roger Binny. I can't stop laughing...ha ha ha ha

Posted by mzm149 on (March 11, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

Misbah is a good player but as a captain he is too defensive. He settled for 260 and was even happy with 230 on batting wicket of Asia Cup final. Bowling will not save us every time and this is what happened. Even in bowling, he started with Hafeez instead of Junaid Khan who might have got even a hint of swing if it was available. Our fast bowlers have disappointed too in the entire series.

In World T20, Hafeez will bring fresh ideas and new vigor. With non Asian teams Pakistan can go with as many spinners as possible like in the last World T20 game against Australia where Gul bowled just 2 overs. Pakistan should go with the following team:

1. Kamran 2. Shehzad 3. Hafeez 4. Umar Akmal 5. Maqsood 6. Malik 7. Afridi 8. Bhatti/ Gul 9. Tanvir 10. Babar/Junaid 11. Ajmal

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully - oh please.. we are sick of hearing these excuse of "young team"! These guys were in the Indian set up for ages now. Check when dhawan , rohit , raina, jadeja etc started their careers. In that case Malinga is still young for SL and Umar Gul for Pakistan too Lol. You guys need to get your head checked. Come up with something new will you? like your ROGER BINNY Without holding to the "settlement" i brought up. lol ! Its okay take your time away from the game to come up with something new, like what dhoni did and imsure he must have done his home work in finding excuses for T20WC.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

I also view Pakistan to be a strong contender for the T20 trophy since Misbah will not be around. However I strongly also support the claim of Windies and especially Australia who are riding on their recent successes against England and South Africa. They sure shot hold a good chance. I strongly bet for a non-Asian team to win this trophy also since because the Book Makers will find profit in that proposition.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully - I can feel u hurt bro.. Lol Raina and Yuveraj were dropped based on poor form, and you being an IPL bully you still didnt know that. Their inclusion in the T20 squad is not going to make any differences either. Once the IPL bullys are eliminated form the T20WC it will be your turn to cry. Just like kohli did. Hahaha.. shows the height of "Un-settlements" in you and your whole country bro. Go start Small 3 (IND-ZIM-KEN) and play with them. Take the vanity case too. Kohli needs it for his make up lol! And Roger Binny was Indias answer to a fast bowling all rounder hahahahaha!

Posted by The-love on (March 11, 2014, 6:11 GMT)

It was one of the best matches ever played between Indo-Pak.Afridi was able to hold the nerves and won it for pakistan.They earned hard-fought victory.But they deserve this success as not much cricket is played in pakistan.Against all the odds they are competing with the rest of the world and winning regularly.One more time we will see these two teams to renew the rivalry.All the best to both the teams.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 11, 2014, 5:56 GMT)

@Adnan Akram . I was there always. Check the Indian forums. We fought hard with our in-experienced newbie team. Don't they?How many games Rehane played? When did Karthik played last time or how many continues games for him? Still they did well. At least never slipped to 60-8 like Pak team. @Ashker Enoon . Seems like the ball hit your head than Indian batsmen. talking without sense! Does SCL playing this year? :P lol

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 11, 2014, 5:41 GMT)

@Ashker Enoon . Just like Kohli, Dhoni, Raina and Yuvaraj unsettled your players heads in the last Asiacup, CT2013, WC etc. and your head too! You are talking about kids winning the game...ha ha ha joke of the century!! It is nice to hear lot of cry for Pakistan as SL not able to beat us! Beware, it is WC, Pakistan too donot have a chance. They tried it over the years and failed. lol @ Colombo track bullys!

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully: Time will tell all. I had seen like you boasting the Asia cup match. and after the match, got vanished.... hahahaa.. I am not boasting for Pakistan. Both teams have equal chance. and one thing more. please dont say that your team was having half a newbis. Lol. Its a lame excuse only. Sharma, Dhawan, Kholi, Karthik, Rehance, Jadega, Kumar, Ashwin??? newbies??? P.S. Pak was also with a debutant Talha, and Sharjeel, Maqsood etc.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 5:26 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully: Time will tell all. I had seen like you boasting the Asia cup match. and after the match, got vanished.... hahahaa.. I am not boasting for Pakistan. Both teams have equal chance. and one thing more. please dont say that your team was having half a newbis. Lol. Its a lame excuse only. Sharma, Dhawan, Kholi, Karthik, Rehance, Jadega, Kumar, Ashwin??? newbies??? P.S. Pak was also with a debutant Talha, and Sharjeel, Maqsood etc.

Posted by Cricdew on (March 11, 2014, 5:26 GMT)

@prady5688..........Dont worry mate ...He is not South African..He is either Pakistani or Srilankan

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 5:23 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully: Time will tell all. I had seen like you boasting the Asia cup match. and after the match, got vanished.... hahahaa.. I am not boasting for Pakistan. Both teams have equal chance. and one thing more. please dont say that your team was having half a newbis. Lol. Its a lame excuse only. Sharma, Dhawan, Kholi, Karthik, Rehance, Jadega, Kumar, Ashwin??? newbies??? P.S. Pak was also with a debutant Talha, and Sharjeel, Maqsood etc.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

@Fast_Track_Bully - Just like how likes of Stayne, Morkel, Southee, and wagner unsettled your batsmans head, i think they have unsettled yours too. You guys are getting thrashed all over the world and still talking about actors winning games? Ha ha ha! Joke of the century !! Pakistan we are with you in the next T20 world cup. Dont worry about these IPL BULLYs.. A hardcore srilankan supporter.

Posted by CricActually on (March 11, 2014, 5:07 GMT)

I think the match was made and lost by Misbah at the same time. He started a recovery partnership with Fawad Alam, but then forgot when to start putting the step on gas paddle. Him getting out was blessing in disguise otherwise Pakistan would have not made 260. And yes Pakistan beating India was a high point, but winning the tournament was the ultimate goal in which Pakistan failed. By the way I am Pakistani fan, but lets just be honest, we are disappointed at the end. We cant be friendly to any apposition, it is the against the spirit of the game.

Posted by Sandasiri_Asitha on (March 11, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

Pakistan, the best T20 side when it comes to T20 world cup, every time they came to semis n 2 time for finals with one time Champs. So, it really familiar conditions for Pakistan in coming WC in BD. But, hopefully SL beat them again in T20s if they met each other.

Posted by prady5688 on (March 11, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

@albert cambell If the players like dhawan,rohit,raina are found on your Johannesburg street then u all would have won at least one world champion title.plz don't blame luck. For winning a big title u dont need big players but a team effort will make u a champion.i know that they are not great like ABD,Amla,Kallis but they are player who all are made for big occasions.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (March 11, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

I can see the fear of losing in the voice of Misbah. Wait for the first match. WC history will repeat as it is. Lot of +ves like 60/8 isn't it? And 1 wicket win against a team with half of newbies! ha ha ha. I can see the fear in the eyes of Gul, Junaid, Afridi etc. I saw them shivering when they bowl against Indian batsmen. Even a newbie like Rayidu or a tail end batsman like Jadeja can hit them over the rope.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 4:36 GMT)

Then Good luck for World Twenty-20

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 4:30 GMT)

@ Munafis810 what's your point?

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 4:30 GMT)

PAK has a good chance to win next WC since it will play in Aus & NZ. Their pace attack is really good. Do't forget their success in 1992 WC. SL too have a chance since they have good pace bowling all rounders such as Thisara and Methews. Malinga and Lakmal also impressive. Good luck for both teams. Sri Lankan fan.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 4:21 GMT)

Surely to win a tense game like that(India vs Pak)is definetly gonna boost the morale of Green shirts...

Posted by Albert_cambell on (March 11, 2014, 4:01 GMT)

At the moment Kohli and Dhoni are the only good batsman they have batsman. Kohli never performs well against good bowling attacks. He averages 34.4 against us and 33.25 against Pakistan. These are the two best bowling sides in the world. I always see fear in Kohlis eyes when he faces Steyn or Junaid Khan. Dhoni will try to stay till the end and inflate his average. Just get these two out then game will be over. The rest of the batsman like Dhawan , Rohit, Raina can be found on every streets of Durban and Johannesburg.

Posted by alipk52 on (March 11, 2014, 4:00 GMT)

Yeah it's fact, even I don't feel bad to lose against against my friend country, SL fans always gives us huge support like we saw in last t20 world cup in the game between India and South Africa, SL are and will always be our best friends, and this is the reason why we don't feel very bad about us losing to them, but on the other hand we don't ever want, infact Indian and Pakistani fans both don't want to be on losing side when playing against each other, it's understanable, one reason is we always see indian fans criticising Pakistan team no matter how good or badly they do, and SL fans are very well behaved, and always proved how good nature they have, yeah it's really good feeling to beat India, shame that such high intensity games comes in very few numbers, as a Pakistani fan, I love to see the joy on SL fans, that's why we are not feeling bad, since last year, the bilateral indo-pak series + CT + Asia cup, Pakistan won 3, lost 2 against India...1 step ahead of big 3.

Posted by Lakpj on (March 11, 2014, 3:17 GMT)

@Munafis810 Do you seriously think that India can win a T20 WC with that bowling lineup? 3 of the 4 fast bowlers in that squad have not even made their debuts yet. Even Ashwin is hugely inconsistent. Only chance that India have is to chase targets because they will not be able to defend any total. On the other hand 2 of the best T20 batting lineups in the tournament in Aus and WI are playing in the same group with India and not to forget Pak too.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (March 11, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

PAK are like DARK HORSES, you never know which side turns up on a given day.Suddenly Boom Boom will hit sixers and the very next 10 matches he goes out on single digits.How long does this trend continue with such unpredictability???Same goes to WI team too.In subcontinent sides Ind & SL seem to be consistent, if they win or loose they will go fighting not just fold up to 150 or less than 100.But Such unpredictability makes game interesting & brings crowds.cheers

Posted by Meety on (March 11, 2014, 2:58 GMT)

gotta love it! "Yeah we lost the final - but hey we beat India" - Misbah!

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 2:52 GMT)

pakistan vs india total ODIs 126 india win 50 pakistan win 72 message over :D

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 2:49 GMT)

wow some strange comments on this page. lets clarify for those in the dark, the pitches were completely flat and not conducive to pace at all. the chances of a fast bowler doing well, were well below average, malinga was the exception, not the norm. afridi clearly wasnt fit for the final, most likely probably kept in the line-up to retain morale more than anything. asking someone to retire while having just made a hundred is almost unheard of, too ridiculous to even consider. as for hafeez he averages 44+ at number 3, 14 runs more than any other position from 1-7. in ODI's. ia pakistan will go one step better in the t20.

Posted by wapuser on (March 11, 2014, 2:47 GMT)

I think Misbah should retire from oneday cricket as he is to old and he plays an defensive style of cricket. Afridi should be captain :)

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 11, 2014, 2:29 GMT)

See, this is where the problem lies - while India only plays well at home, Pak only plays well against India!! Under Imran Khan Pak was a side that won a WC in Aus. Now they lost to SL twice and Misbah is saying that morale is up after the win against India! I think Pak take the easy way by pointing to victory against Indis as opposed to overall performance. I remember Roger Federer being interviewed before a major tournament some years ago - The interviewer kept asking him on how he planned to overcome his nemesis Rafael Nadal. Federer's reply was, "I have come here to win the tournament, not just to beat Nadal"! Enough said, Misbah.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 2:15 GMT)

That's the problem. A win against India and a sense of complacency sets in. Even the former greats were praising the Pak team as if they had won the WC. Seems the sole aim is to defeat India and not to win the cup. Had it been a moral booster, Pak should have won the Asia cup, but the win against India seemed to be a distraction in the hindsight. Should also blame the erstwhile players for this.

Posted by Sheikasif on (March 11, 2014, 1:44 GMT)

Seems like the so called protectors of world cricket was just a farce. Sethi has just confirmed that Pak is going to support ICC revamp policy. I'm so pleased that Banladesh didn't side with the two faced pakis in the first instance and saw the good that the revamp was offering. Go Tigers Go...

Posted by class9ryan on (March 11, 2014, 1:23 GMT)

Nice to see people (atleast a few of them) realizing that its not Misbah wasn't always wrong and he's doing a fantastic job leading such a ercurial side.

Posted by Ozizim on (March 11, 2014, 0:16 GMT)

I am an Indian fan, but a big fan of Misbah. Why people call him slow, rather than consistent, is beyond me. He is calm and knows his players. This Indo-Pak rivalry is good. Creates excitement. Sure there will be joy at the failure of the othe, but that is natural. Or don't you remember how you felt when your school defeated another rival school at ANY sport. Let the child within enjoy. Keep the verbal bashing going, as long as there is some class in it.

Posted by gaindballa on (March 11, 2014, 0:09 GMT)

This is what our cricket has come to. It is painful. Like minnows captain , our captain is happy even when we loose to Sri Lanka in a final. He does not know of our cricket history otherwise he would not have made such a statement. Anything but a title win is a failure. Does not matter who we beat on the way to the final. The fact that our expectations have dropped so low that a team not having won the cup is showered with rose petals is disgraceful. I do not mind failure but celebrating it should be a cause for concern. With misbah it seems to be a pattern. We need a captain who does not accept failure. Does not look like we are going to get another imran khan however. These are not the cornered tigers.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 23:09 GMT)

Misbah do not fool yourself by implying that everyone else is a fool in believing in your lame duck excuses. There was simply no intention on your part to win the game. Perhaps you are best besuited to enlist your name in the Mars expedition.

Posted by getsetgopk on (March 10, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

I have to seriously question Misbah's knowledge of the game here. Bemoaning bowlers for the loss is not really understandable. That wasn't a 260 wicket at all. That was a bating paradise and at least 300 should have been scored. Non of the bowlers looked taking a wicket. Malinga in his early spell took 3 wickets but there wasn't anything threatening about him. Sharjeel gifted his wicket, Shehzad had an off day and Hafeez again showed he's a bits and piece player, never stands up and be counted when it matters even on dead pitches. Hafeez should bat below Afridi if he's in the team, he is not a proper batsman and if we keep thinking of him as a batsman, the most we'll be able to do is reach finals but wont cross the line. He's close to nothing on pitches with bounce and swing, might as well say goodbye to WC 15 if he's there in the team. So Mr. Misbah, your batting is your problem, not bowling.

Posted by shahnbej on (March 10, 2014, 22:37 GMT)

Without attacking fields how can a bowler takes wickets? Misbah didn't know how set fielding forr their bowlers. His defensive batting and also defensive fields setting cause the final.

Posted by kc69 on (March 10, 2014, 22:28 GMT)

I agree for any Pak fan beating India is an achievement (probably the other way around).But misbah should remember that this win was on the cards as team India was under an inexperienced side lead by a new captain.These chances wont come often to Pakistan...See you in World T20 opener.No other team can play so competetive cricket such as Indo-Pak matches.

Posted by slazenger on (March 10, 2014, 22:25 GMT)

As Asians we have produced best cricketers in the world. I am proud for that. Every world cup final India SL or PAK is playing. We have best bastman (Sachin) Best bowler (Murali) so something to cheer about.

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (March 10, 2014, 21:40 GMT)

As per Misbah - A win against India boos the morale of PAK team to win against BAN? Cause PAK lost finals with SL. He himself not playing WCT20 and how can he say the team morale is up because of a win against IND 1 week back? for T20 WC PAK squad right from captain and players are different from Asia Cup. Good old kamran AKMAL is back and good for nothing Shoaib Malik is back (dont know on what basis)

Posted by Desihungama on (March 10, 2014, 21:33 GMT)

@Khurram - Totally agreed! And that is why they have not been able to win major tournaments barring 2009 WT20 primarily due to Afridi/Amir heroics. They are not mentally up to par with other teams. But with the addition of Zaheer Abbas and Moin Khan, I see fortunes taking a turn for good. One positive was the return of Fawad Alam, fortunate enough not to go the way of Asim Kamal, let's keep fingers crossed there. It was a travesty to play him in T20's and then drop him based on that was even a bigger sin. I see this team being completed when Irfan returns followed by Mohammed Amir. Good luck to all the teams, specially our neighbors India.

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (March 10, 2014, 21:20 GMT)

@lovesanga - where were you when SL did not win a single game in 2012 Asia cup as it was the case for BD now, PAK did not win a single game in CT13. Empty vessels make more noise as they are doing now for their odd feat. SL won Asia Cup as they are deserving winners - but they did not thrash PAK and IND team in round robin stage but won narrowly. One Cup and Open air Bus parade for winners and runners (who won against IND narrowly) rose petals. Is the SL & PAK public expectation is that the team will get one odd cup or reach finals?

Posted by xylo on (March 10, 2014, 21:18 GMT)

The best thing that happened to Pakistan in this tournament was Afridi striking some good form. With the T20 WC scheduled to happen in Bangladesh, the opposition will be wary of him. The thing that should worry them the most is the ineffectiveness of their pace bowlers.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 21:03 GMT)

@Munafis.....Oh For God Sake, don't tell what your past was. Tell us what you are at present.

Posted by LateefLabeeb on (March 10, 2014, 21:01 GMT)

After this tournament we need Sami Aslam on the top as an opener to be groomed for a brighter future of Pakistan team...I think that he is the one for the future as he is in right kind of age and form at present and selectors need to show some confidence in younger players not in older players. Sharjeel is good but he is not consistant ,we need to consider Haris Sohail as well another bright prospect. In the fast bowling line up we badly need Irfan to be selected again without any delay and we need to try for once left arm fast bowler Sadaf Hussain to form a fast bowling trio Junaid,Irfan and Sadaf. Get rid of this guy Umer Gul...get rid of Shoaib malik..get rid of Kamran Akmal and play with young wicketkeeper Muhammad Rizwan. in the spin bowling Raza Hassan need to be groomed for the future not the Old gun Zulfiqar babar. Captaincy after Misbah straight away groom Sami Aslam for it,why the selectors of this era are reluctant to give chances to teen age players,just like 80's and 90's

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 20:51 GMT)

well played pakistan people just talk

Posted by SaraJahanSeAchha on (March 10, 2014, 20:49 GMT)

Shame on saying such a illogical statement. Their win with india was no special as it came in last over. He should have said morale boosted with BD win as they chased a difficult score to qualify. But for Afridis heroics Pak would not have qualified.

Posted by khanofpak on (March 10, 2014, 20:40 GMT)

I wonder what Misbah means by big teams!

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 20:24 GMT)

My countrymen are absolutely crazy. There was a time everyone was howling to bring Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Talha, Sohaib Maqsood etc as if they will become super stars overnight. With the injury to Afridi and Shahzad unfit, we were always going to struggle. 18 for 3 didn't help, not because Malinga became a spinner because all 3 played bad shots thus putting pressure on the middle order. Bowling was overall poor except Ajmal. Well played SL

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 20:23 GMT)

Lololololol Misbah!

"It wasn't an easy tour, especially for fast bowlers. You know in Asian conditions, it's difficult for fast bowlers." Aaaaand Lasith Malinga got two fifers in the two games played against Pakistan :D :D :D

Malinga is a fast bowler, if you didn't know, Misbah. So you are basically saying that the pitch doesn't matter to Lasith Malinga!!!

Please don't turn into 'one of those captains' (we all know which ones ;) ) who can't wait for the presentation ceremony and press conference to give ridiculous excuses for their losses.

Posted by sweetspot on (March 10, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

Come on bashers on both sides! The Indo-Pak rivalry has long since subsided into calm excitement. This is not war. As long as all teams play to potential, we should have a great WT20 on our hands. Let's hope injury doesn't play a part in any team's below par show, and let's enjoy this show together. Even the newer teams should put up some good performances. Let's hope there are no one sided games.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 19:39 GMT)

Misbah, Stop making excuses. If the pitch was bad for fast bowlers, how come Malinga got five wickets? Has he turned into a spinner? Well played Sri Lanka. Congratulations from a Pakistani fan.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

guys he is not saying that winning against india was our cup or anything, he is saying that winning such big games boost your morale and confidence,. and that is true. they won 2 testing games against BD & India and that makes you confident. he is not saying that we won from india so that was our cup. 

pakistan is inconsistent as they dont have mental strength. each series and tournament they play some good games and run out of gas. that happened in this event as well. 2-3 testing games but in the end the way they bowled in final, the way they fielding was even below the international standards. 

they never won 4-5 games in a row in any event or in tournaments. that is what happen every time. tough games followed by really poor one. this shows they cant handle pressure well. and whenever they play good for couple of games, they just fold away poorly.

Posted by LegSpinBowlr on (March 10, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

So pak fast bowlers cant bowl in Asian conditions ? Is that what i heard Misbah saying

Posted by santhoo24 on (March 10, 2014, 19:37 GMT)

to Misbah Ul Haq, you are welcome. Glad team India could boost your team's morale, but alas we could do only so much. You have to do somethings yourselves to win the tournament you know! To some Pakistani fans, I admire your class. I hope international cricket is played in your country soon. You guys have some serious talent. All you need is good mentoring and nurturing of talent. To the fans basing team India, what can I say, sour grapes??

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 19:37 GMT)

Morale of batting might be high because they did perform well. even after poor shots they managed scores above 245+ in all games. so batting was ok. 

But morale of bowling? especially fast bowlers? 10 wickets in 93 overs for 585 runs in whole tournament was expensive, ineffective. Bowling coach should work hard. Akram has below avg stats as a bowler. but his coaching is not going well as well. Last year it was hidden as junaid was inform & Irfan was superb. but exposed now.

They have lived long on " best attack" tag by some. but not any more.

 it is easy in pakistan to just blame 1 person & hide things under carpet. like many say that misbah batted slow. but that was 1 reason not sole. 260 against this attck should not have been this easy. they way they bowled & fielded 300 was easy. 4 overs were left & in last 10 overs SL didnt accelerate as they were going easy. poor feilding & bowling was major reason

Need to FIX IT otherwise their record in reaching semis in all will be broken.

Posted by Desihungama on (March 10, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

Missbah as much as I like you and adore you but you have no innovation as far as captaincy is concerned. Your best player Shahid Afridi sat out the batting in final. When Fawad Alam reached his century, you should have asked him to retire to give Afridi 2 overs. That might have tilted the game in your favor but no imagination there! Most importantly, every ordinary person knows Hafeez is not a No. 3 player so why haven't you demoted him to No. 6? Fawad Alam is the best player in Pakistan after Younis Khan. Had he come in at No. 3 and Hafeez at 6, we would be seeing a different result.

Posted by lovesanga on (March 10, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

next time there will be a second round in asia cup...form that only one team will qualify...for that IND,AFG,BD & NEPAL will play....wll play with SL & PAK..

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 19:25 GMT)

In India people feel very disappointed when we lost to Pakistan..but the whole country enjoyed the final because you lost...as misbah said win against India morale got high..so tit for tat

Posted by Munafis810 on (March 10, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

1983 World Cup. 1985 B &H World series. 2002 ICC Champions Trophy(Joint winners) 2007 Twenty20 World Chamiopnships 2011 World Cup 2013 Champions trophy 2013

and now soon to be added 2014 Twenty20 World Chamiopnships ;)

And these are just the major trophies where more than 4 teams featured.

India has 5 asia cup and about 15 triseries cups in its kitty

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 19:10 GMT)

Indian team will be under immense pressure. Raina & Yuvraj are struggling only MSD is now a player who can lift Indian team. Pakistan team is perfectly balanced now with hard hitting openers (Sharjeel & Shehzad), in form middle order (Hafeez/Maqsood/Umar Akmal/Malik/Kamran Akmal ) , dangerous late order (Shahid Afridi & Bilawal Bhatti) , some top class dependable bowling (Gul , Ajmal , Junaid). It will be tough for Hafeez & Moin Khan to choose the XI. Only concern is fielding now. If they field well they stand a really good chance to lift T20 trophy again.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 19:07 GMT)

This a cricket.. Not war.. Its just a game.. Who ever played Wll on a particular day..they won..so plzz people enjoy game.. Not ruin this wonderful sport by including politics or personal grudges

Posted by vish2020 on (March 10, 2014, 18:56 GMT)

India won against pak in 2010 Asia cup, previous Asia cup, World Cup, champions trophy so they get one win and morale is high and they forget they lost final haha what a mindset! This is why they haven't won anything since 09 t20 cup

Posted by shahnbej on (March 10, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

Sorry Misbah your were not there for a bilateral series against India. YOU ARE THERE FOR ASIA CUP and what we lost because of you.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

i dont agree that our bowling was ok apart from 1 off game. No pakistani fast bowler was in top11of the tournament bowling charts.

got only 10 wickets & given 585 runs in 5 games all together in 93.2 overs. fast bowling is a real concern and as these bowlers will play in t20, i think this will be tough going for pakistan.

Even spin bowling apart from ajmal was not up to mark.

Ajmal was 2nd in tournament bowling chart.. Hafeez at no 10. Gul at 13. afridi was 23rd. Talha at 15. Junaid got 1 wicket in 32 overs.

these bowling stats show that its not the "best attack" as some term it.

I think this will be the 1st tournament where pak will enter with ok batting form but poor bowling form. Previously other way around. M Akram is doing nothing with talha,bhatti,anwar. all have good debut games but faded away.

Misbah's Batting in final was too slow but it was minor reason 260 was not that easy . to me poor fielding & very poor bowling was reason. Cant even defend 325 with such.

Posted by FRpunk on (March 10, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster

An Indian Pakistan Dream 11 . ( Test) 1 . Gavasker 2. Sehwag 3. Dravid 4. Sachin 5. Inzamam 6. Dhoni 7. Imran Khan 8. Kapil Dev 9 Wasim Akram 10. Anil Kumble 11. Waqar .

It Would was Tough to Leave Miandad out Because he is such a Legend of the Game but i Went for Inzamam Because i have seen more of him .

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

@Dinesh Kumar: Dreams on buddy.. world cup is in bangladesh not in your own back yard. you better start praying for team India to qualify to final round stages. because they are gonna need it.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 18:42 GMT)

Pakistan is an inconsistent team throughout its history. They played 2 big and testing games back to back against BD and India. And if you consider that Afghanistan also test them for 1st couple of hours then it is 3 tough game in a week. The way they approached the final, bowling effort, poor and lazy fielding tells the story that they are mentally not that strong and were completely drained by that time.

that is the reason they have reached to semis on almost all of the ICC events since 2007 ( except last CT) but couldnt make to finals because when knock out stage begins, and 3 back to back games required to win, they simply have no gas left for that.

beating india was good. But that doesnt mean thats the end of tournament for them. I would take a loss against india & winning the title more happily.

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 10, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

yeah who cares about the shameful loss in the final, a victory against India is better than the finals, sickening mindset from misbah.

Posted by i_amVIVA on (March 10, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

Misbah contradicts himself by saying they're high in moral, of course by beating india and then Bangladesh in a record breading chase, where as, they lost the next game, the most important one, the AsianCup final. It does not add up to his team's moral boasting standing!!! We'll see...

Posted by Riverera on (March 10, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

I think Pakistan should look to settle its top order , because , i single error in the T20 can set back the entire match.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

This is the exact problem with Pak. Like it or not - they seem to be satisfied with a win over India instead of ruing the fact that they did not win the finals. The victory over India came before the finals - so they should have been motivated for the final. Shows how narrow-minded some people can be. Hope some sense prevails over Pak in general and they become world-beaters rather than being satisfied at a solitary win over India now and then. This is a fact from real life too. We blame others when the actual fault is within. So Pak must change (and vice versa any from India). Look at the Ashes rivalry - it is kept at sports level - not personal or political level. Avoid such irresponsible statements.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

@ cpt.meanster- agreed with your point. India and Pakistan put the hate aside and should start playing each other regularly. it will not only benefit Pakistan but also will beneficial for team India. I wish India and Pakistan could start playing each other like England and Australia do. peace!

Posted by PPD123 on (March 10, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

Pak lost the title... but were showered with rose petals ... only because they defeated India... wow... what insanity...it is like winning a small battle, but losing the war.. ridiculous... this is precisely the reason why Pak does not win as often as they should... Players and people are happy only by beating India (which is currently not a great team by any stretch of imagination) and nothing else matters... this mentality will not take the team too far...

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

Dont get excited misbah india will surely gng to outplayed in worldt20 the elecrifying raina magnificent yuvraj and one only power hitter msd they are back here to won a world cup

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 10, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

I am an Indian fan first but also a huge admirer of Team Pakistan for many years. I hope our countries come together in friendship through cricket. If India and Pakistan work together, there is nothing impossible in this world. I wish India and Pakistani teams best of luck for a memorable World T20. Please keep the hate away and value respect and friendship between our two nations. God bless.

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