South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd Twenty20, Centurion March 3, 2013

Criticism of Whatmore was unfair - Hafeez

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Unless it is the World Twenty20 final, winning a match in the shortest format is seldom the cause for massive celebration. Today, it was.

For Mohammed Hafeez, Pakistan's thumping of South Africa was as much an individual triumph as it was a team one. It showed that he has not lost his touch even after the Test series brought that up for debate. It showed that the team is not incapable of competing with and beating an opposition that continues to be talked up as better than them. And it showed those who have called for heads to roll, their words came too early.

Hafeez animatedly defended everyone in the Pakistan setup, specifically the coach Dav Whatmore, with even more gusto than he celebrated their victory. He thought it proved the criticism they have copped from home was unreasonable and this would put an end to some of that.

"It was unfair. If the results of one format do not come in your favour, it does not mean the boys are not working hard or the coach is not good enough. Those are all premature statements from people sitting I don't know where," he said.

"And it does not mean that if we win the coach is working harder. He was working the same way with us throughout. We are all behind him and we've all been working hard."

Although it was not specifically mentioned, Hafeez's comments were an obvious rebuttal to former captain Moin Khan's call for Whatmore to be sacked. Moin called Whatmore "overrated" and said he was "fighting for survival." Hafeez scoffed at all of that.

Instead, he said his team had simply shown what he always knew they were capable of. He also asked for people to remain patient with them because of the difficulties of their circumstances, which includes not playing at home "for the last four years but still doing good things for Pakistan cricket."

A trophy from South Africa is one of those achievements. Even though it came from a format that is brushed aside as a small boys' game and a contest in which one match was washed out, it means something. "We really wanted to do something good in this format because of the ODIs coming up. We knew the importance of this game," Hafeez said. "Tests require a different discipline but here everyone just played without fear."

Hafeez led by example in that regard. His 86 was a fluent innings, punctuated with classy strokes and calculated risk-taking. After a lean Test series, it will go a long way to boost his confidence. "I knew that I was playing very well in the nets, it's just that I was getting good balls in the Test series and that was disappointing," he said. "But I stayed positive, the coaches kept me positive and worked hard with me."

The move to No. 3 also seems to have worked and Hafeez will likely stay there. With the youngsters Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad upfront, he was required to drop down to provide experience and although it is not his first choice, he can see the benefit in doing it. "I always prefer to come as an opener but this is the requirement of the team. We are looking to the future and Ahmed Shehzad has been doing well domestically and we wanted to give him a chance. I will do whatever I have to for the team."

For the first time on this tour, the team Hafeez so passionately talks about have a reason to smile. It is largely because of him and Umar Gul, who Hafeez said was "outstanding," and is "always good in this format."

They also have a reason to be hopeful ahead of their five-match ODI series in South Africa and Hafeez hopes they continue in this vein. "We've got a great feeling in the dressing room now. It's a feeling that has been missing for 42 days and it's great to have it now."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on March 3, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Surprising thing though is, that stars of this match were most talked about Pakistan players in the test series mainly due to their poor performance. ODIs will provide a more even contest with Amla, Smith, Steyn and Morkel back in the team. Pakistan needs to get their combination right for ODIs as it is still not clear that who will open and who they are gonna play in middle order. Shafiq at no.6 is good choice with kamran opening the innings (if he doesn't open then there is no use of him as he is very poor late order batter and even a worse keeper) with Jamshed and Hafeez coming one down.

  • BnH1985Fan on March 3, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    A win is a win .. however, 1 victory does not overcome 3 convincing defeats in tests. With the kind of money and exposure modern players get, they need to accept criticism with the same poise as they accept praise. Hafeez's comments are simply an expression of frustration -- he was waiting for a victory to speak his mind. I am sorry, most people cannot overlook Hafeez's non-performance in tests: 43 runs @ 7.16; just not befitting an opener in such an important series. I'd have preferred if he'd kept quiet after the victory, letting fans decide the value of his performance in today's victory.

  • bigshotplayer on March 6, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    I think we should give credit to South African bowlers in test series. Pakistan was up against best team in the world cricket right now, with the best bowling line up in the world. To me Pakistan did decent job against those best bowling line up. They should have done it better but still this is decent. Pakistani fans should have much more patience coz Pakistan side is full of youngsters.

    Hats off to Gul and Hafeez for their T20 performance. Congrats Pakistan..

  • spellbinder76 on March 5, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Whatmore cannot be judged on one series alone. What i a selection committee, if they have to take approval from the chairman. Moin Khan and Rashid Latif who runs the training centers, should recommend a list of players. The captain and the coach should select the players according to the condition. Sending 15 players was not necessary for the T-20 series in South Africa when the ODI team is already in SA. The selectors could have sent 13 players for the T-20 series, in case of injuries the captain and coach could have taken a few players from the ODI team already there. For ODI also, 13 players are enough and the captaion and coach could add one or two from the T-20 players who did well in those matches. Shahzad Ahmad should replace Imran Farhat. Abdul Rahman and Asad Shafiq should be sent home.

  • on March 5, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    blame captain and players for the loss not coach, some stupid former Pakistani player including moin khan and mohsin khan gave statement that we need local coach because it's easier to communicate with players. Thats a worst statement i ever heard teach our players how to speak english rather then going against coach

  • PakoP on March 5, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Pakistan needs to bring some Test Match Specialists for their Test team, and SA needs to bring some better T20 players; as a Viewer I would like to see a good contest but not in Tests and nor in T20 I have seen it.

    Bring some specialist players for each format so that we can see a good contest, a Thriller, no one likes to see One sided matches ...

  • on March 4, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    Oh NO!!!! Now Hafeez and Gul will continue to play based on their T20 performance, regardless of how poorly they performed in tests. This is outrageous.

  • Desihungama on March 4, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    There is not a Twenty20 match where Ahmad Shahzad has not taken a spectacular catch and often shines with his seamless hitting. This guy should have always been part of the ODI team.

  • Moblicious on March 4, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    People like Moin Khan are like Vultures who are sitting out there and waiting for anything wrong to happen so they can start munching on the opportunity. Look around Moin Khan India,SL, Bang all with the similar cultures have forign coaches to avoid the favouritism factors from the teams. At the same time I think Hafeez was a little too quick in taking on all the critics, may be he should have held it off till the ODI's. May be he is not convinced and motivated enough to carry this short burst of Twenty20 Victory against the SAfrican trial team to the ODI's. Mr. Hafeez allow the performance give the shup-up call to the critics.

  • on March 4, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and if there is any other team I like the most after Pakistan is South African cricket team, perhaps because I consider them very unfortunate that despite having full potential they have never won any T20 or ODI World Cup so far. Let's come to the point. I know very well humiliation that we suffered by 3-0 defeat in the test series cannot be overshadowed by this huge victory of 95 runs, but Pakistan has gained some pride back by lifting the trophy of T20 series. Apart from bowling South Africa out in their lowest total of all time in T20, Pakistan can also cheer about they sent all the entire team of South Africa back to the pavilion in just 12.2 overs specially in a bitch which was a batting paradise. Can someone please tell me if there is any other major test playing team who was bowled out in just 12.2 hours or less in T20 before? This shows T20 is NOT just about hitting randomly; you have to choose your shots wisely or you all may be bowled out in just 12 overs

  • on March 3, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Surprising thing though is, that stars of this match were most talked about Pakistan players in the test series mainly due to their poor performance. ODIs will provide a more even contest with Amla, Smith, Steyn and Morkel back in the team. Pakistan needs to get their combination right for ODIs as it is still not clear that who will open and who they are gonna play in middle order. Shafiq at no.6 is good choice with kamran opening the innings (if he doesn't open then there is no use of him as he is very poor late order batter and even a worse keeper) with Jamshed and Hafeez coming one down.

  • BnH1985Fan on March 3, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    A win is a win .. however, 1 victory does not overcome 3 convincing defeats in tests. With the kind of money and exposure modern players get, they need to accept criticism with the same poise as they accept praise. Hafeez's comments are simply an expression of frustration -- he was waiting for a victory to speak his mind. I am sorry, most people cannot overlook Hafeez's non-performance in tests: 43 runs @ 7.16; just not befitting an opener in such an important series. I'd have preferred if he'd kept quiet after the victory, letting fans decide the value of his performance in today's victory.

  • bigshotplayer on March 6, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    I think we should give credit to South African bowlers in test series. Pakistan was up against best team in the world cricket right now, with the best bowling line up in the world. To me Pakistan did decent job against those best bowling line up. They should have done it better but still this is decent. Pakistani fans should have much more patience coz Pakistan side is full of youngsters.

    Hats off to Gul and Hafeez for their T20 performance. Congrats Pakistan..

  • spellbinder76 on March 5, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Whatmore cannot be judged on one series alone. What i a selection committee, if they have to take approval from the chairman. Moin Khan and Rashid Latif who runs the training centers, should recommend a list of players. The captain and the coach should select the players according to the condition. Sending 15 players was not necessary for the T-20 series in South Africa when the ODI team is already in SA. The selectors could have sent 13 players for the T-20 series, in case of injuries the captain and coach could have taken a few players from the ODI team already there. For ODI also, 13 players are enough and the captaion and coach could add one or two from the T-20 players who did well in those matches. Shahzad Ahmad should replace Imran Farhat. Abdul Rahman and Asad Shafiq should be sent home.

  • on March 5, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    blame captain and players for the loss not coach, some stupid former Pakistani player including moin khan and mohsin khan gave statement that we need local coach because it's easier to communicate with players. Thats a worst statement i ever heard teach our players how to speak english rather then going against coach

  • PakoP on March 5, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Pakistan needs to bring some Test Match Specialists for their Test team, and SA needs to bring some better T20 players; as a Viewer I would like to see a good contest but not in Tests and nor in T20 I have seen it.

    Bring some specialist players for each format so that we can see a good contest, a Thriller, no one likes to see One sided matches ...

  • on March 4, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    Oh NO!!!! Now Hafeez and Gul will continue to play based on their T20 performance, regardless of how poorly they performed in tests. This is outrageous.

  • Desihungama on March 4, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    There is not a Twenty20 match where Ahmad Shahzad has not taken a spectacular catch and often shines with his seamless hitting. This guy should have always been part of the ODI team.

  • Moblicious on March 4, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    People like Moin Khan are like Vultures who are sitting out there and waiting for anything wrong to happen so they can start munching on the opportunity. Look around Moin Khan India,SL, Bang all with the similar cultures have forign coaches to avoid the favouritism factors from the teams. At the same time I think Hafeez was a little too quick in taking on all the critics, may be he should have held it off till the ODI's. May be he is not convinced and motivated enough to carry this short burst of Twenty20 Victory against the SAfrican trial team to the ODI's. Mr. Hafeez allow the performance give the shup-up call to the critics.

  • on March 4, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    I am a Pakistani and if there is any other team I like the most after Pakistan is South African cricket team, perhaps because I consider them very unfortunate that despite having full potential they have never won any T20 or ODI World Cup so far. Let's come to the point. I know very well humiliation that we suffered by 3-0 defeat in the test series cannot be overshadowed by this huge victory of 95 runs, but Pakistan has gained some pride back by lifting the trophy of T20 series. Apart from bowling South Africa out in their lowest total of all time in T20, Pakistan can also cheer about they sent all the entire team of South Africa back to the pavilion in just 12.2 overs specially in a bitch which was a batting paradise. Can someone please tell me if there is any other major test playing team who was bowled out in just 12.2 hours or less in T20 before? This shows T20 is NOT just about hitting randomly; you have to choose your shots wisely or you all may be bowled out in just 12 overs

  • Runnaway on March 4, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Really really impressed with Ahmed Shehzad ... with the bat .. in the field ... He has a great future ahead !! All the best ! Hope to see him in the next matches !

    And i`m rooting for the SA .. :)) ... before hafeez came to bat i was thinking 'a duck is most likely for him .. again' .... a big 'bravo' to him ! Yap .. playing all that time away from home ... and they are still good and winning matches ! The next Test Series between these 2 will surely be closer !! Looking forward to that games also !!

    All the best !!

  • on March 4, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    Criticising when the team is on a tour is not the best time, i think Moin Khan should know this better. The test side lacks batting quality, T20 is a different ball game so a lack in one form does not compensate for the other's loss. But this issue of batting woes can be best addressed after the tour, not to sensationalise it. This is why a friend and i agree on this, not every khan is "Imran Khan".

  • on March 4, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Hafeez needs to be only playing T20, if he thinks he has not technical flaws. He needs to overcome his flaws instead of hiding behind excuses. Also, nobody is mentioning Poor Ahmed Shehzad performance who put down the very foundation for good score. He was the anchor that Hafeez supposed to be in Test Matches where Hafeez failed miserably, but Pak cricket fan are wiser now and won't let it off that easily this time Mr. Hafeez. You need to shape up or ship out since pakistan has abundance of talent in all rounder department to name few Hammad Azam, Haris Shoail , Anwar Ali and many more. I still believe have three teams one for Test , ODI and T20 to keep things simple.

  • on March 4, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    I feel they never played according to their nature in tests, instead they played tamely. Yesterday they played their own way and result is here... So Mr. Whatmore enhance these boys' skills but please don't tame them! There's a lot of difference between improving and taming skills. Peace!

  • Ghost-117-16 on March 4, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    I will not give my team (PAK) much credit for winning a T20 after losing a test series... @Hafeez, if you think this makes up for it, you haven't understood cricket... which is unfortunate for us all, and should be especially concerning for you. If you can't accept your weakness how are you going to overcome it?

  • on March 4, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Pakistani Batsmen played poorly in tests. That is a fact no one can deny. But its not only the cricketers or the coach who are to blame. The blame goes mainly to our infrastructure, lack of fast and bouncy wickets and so on. As far as criticism from former players is concerned, Moin Khan was a second grade cricketer at best and an even worst expert. To perform oversees especially in Australia and south Africa or even England, we need similar wickets not only for our home series but more so for our domestic cricket. Unless that can be done result will always be similar on away tours.

  • SamRoy on March 4, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Honestly, Pakistan didn't have a chance in two of the three tests. Even if you bring back Pakistan batting lineup of 90s or even 80s they would have been rolled over. The last time when Pakistan lineup consisted of 6 technically correct good batsman was way back in the 70s when Asif Iqbal, Zaheer Abbas, Mushtaq Mohammed, Miandad, Sadiq Mohammad and Majid Khan were there. At that time fighting spirit and bowling depth wasn't there. Technical deficiency in batting is the biggest issue why Pakistan are yet to a win a series in SA, Australia and WI. Their bowling has always been by far the best of all sub-continent teams (except for a period between 2002-2004 when India had a better attack and between 2006-2008 when SL had a better attack) always since the 1950s.

  • kingpathan on March 4, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    i think kamran and nasir should open...then younus,misbah,asad and then hafeez because hafeez can play spin well and he he can utilise the batting powerplay as well.then shahid,saeed,junaid,irfan,wahab...umar gul should be dropped..if one of misbah and younus dont perform in first two odis then shoaib malik should be played

  • on March 4, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    Yes test cricket is the real cricket but as long as t20 is recognized internationally and an ICC event every 2 years, it is a game then and win is a win even some call it school boys game, some call it t20 jiggle, or show off as some comments suggests. there is no comparison between test and t20 but its also a format so you cant say that this means nothing.

    about this article , hafeez should come down the order, he isnt a proper batsman remeber. pak have to put test loss behind and think about ODI. kamran should open and hafeez down. they still need to figure out what combination they are playing.

  • SamAsh07 on March 4, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Who cares if Pakistan lost Test Series? Fact is that Pakistan's Test batting line-up is messed up, look at it this way - Younis, Misbah & Azhar, how many Test matches they play in a year? Right barely 4-5, then comes the massive gap between the Test matches for Pakistan, so who in their right mind expects a unit to perform after laying low for 3-4 months on the trot? Think first, speak second.

  • on March 4, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    i read the whole column because of the title but couldn't find the Whatsmore's criticism. It seems from the title that Whatmore has criticized M. Hafeez but actually other people from outside are criticizing Whatmore.

  • Rahul_78 on March 4, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    The victory hasnt changed anything. The fact is that Pakistan is an ordinary test match side outside subcontinent and an excellent champion T20 side anywhere in the world.

  • The_impartialobserver on March 4, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Mr Writer. Please read out the heading before you print it. What your heading suggests is that what/who Whatmore was criticizing was unfair. But what your article suggests is that the people who were criticizing Whatmore were unfair.

    If this was an honest mistake then fair enough. But if it was not, I don't think espncricinfo needs sensational headlines for readers to read an article. The site and the article were good enough anyways.

  • on March 4, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Common guys. Hafeez & Gul have won Pak a game here. Let's commend the world class effort. Besides loosing the tests didn't mean they played badly. Pak were very good in the 1st two tests. Its only there batting was a worry there. They need to work on that. Playing in changed conditions againts quality bowling. Also they didn't have Junaid. This Pak team has a long future. Its a team we haven't seen for years. Don't forget they beat India away recently. That's one hell of an effort. Keep calm.

  • getsetgopk on March 4, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Hafeez got the brains but not the technique to back it up. Winning a T20 giggle means nothing when you go out on 6 innings in test cricket and come back with only 43 runs. Hafeez and Gul should be removed from the test team ASAP. Statements like "The team showed great character" are mind boggling. What happened to your character on those 6 test innings? It aint about character as I see it, its about the type of player that you are, useless against the moving ball, character has nothing to do with it as the pitch provided was rolled for 50 hours, essentially a flat pitch.

  • on March 4, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    @short_cover. LOL. Wake up dude, Pakistan is still playing in South Africa :)

  • on March 3, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    the problem with our selecters is that they dont know which player is for hich format please selecters hafeez .umer gul 20/20 and 50 overs nasir 50 overs and test matches ..

  • short_cover on March 3, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    cricinfo seem to block my comments but lets see about this one.... This is what I've been saying these players Hafeez, Gul etc are at best good first class players and go totally flat when it is about high quality test cricket. Pakistan need to look for more serious cricketers and less 'show-off' cricket players. This current crop may do well in local conditions but against stiff conditions/bowling they dont have a prayer....

  • MRPakistani69 on March 3, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    its good thing to be positive mindid. its also the coices to made by the team management and the capiton. i do thing they mis still likes of razzaq at the end of the inngs who can play pace. in test pakistan is having problems to play pace on pacy pitches. but job wel done and play positives for one day.

  • Shani005 on March 3, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    Well Played Team Pakistan... All credit goes to "Positive Mindset and Approach"...

  • psu19976 on March 3, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    just goes to show if u are good in one format that u are good in evey format. Hafeez and Gul should be limited to T20 and ODI. Seems like they use test match for practice and t20, ODI to perfom. T20 is exactly a child's game if you can't prove yourself at the hightest level.

  • imranmujtaba on March 3, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Hafeex is good on flat wickets - 20/20 Pak much more capable. Test and ODI Pakistan is simply loses because of Misbah and poor team selection. Selection team to blame ---- Test and ODI pakistan can only win because of bowlers or Openers and Umar Akmal/Afridi performs good in middle order (actually in lower order as middle is order is high jacked by selfish Mr. tuk tuk, Younis khan and Azhar) ------ Zaka Ashraf was looking good but it seems like he is not making big decisions or he is scared of making big decisions perhaps due to political pressure :$.

  • haq33 on March 3, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Completely agree that the test disaster was nothing to do with any of the backroom staff. Do you honestly suppose that Dav Whatmore told the top order to flail comically at every delivery for the first 15 overs of each test match and just sort of hope for the best? I expect Hafeez to flop for the next 2 innings now.

  • uzairamir on March 3, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    umar gul needs to be dropped because i dont think he can keep up in odi or test format hes just good for t20s

  • uzairamir on March 3, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    someone tell hafeez that he need to be positive in tests if he does this only then will he prosper in seaming conditions

  • agent001 on March 3, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    With 4 wickets for 4 runs in 2 overs, Hafeez should have allowed Gul to continue with a straight 4 over spell, if not the third straight. He could have come out with 6 or 7 wickets the way he was bowling today. Captains need to be generous with their "hot" players on their day. Those two overs decided the outcome today.

  • InsideHedge on March 3, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    @KingOwl: Keep fooling yourself. Had Pak lost this game, you would be agreeing with the sentiment that it's a boy's game. Truth is, it's a game where average players - such as Hafeez - can excel. We saw the real Hafeez in the Tests, completely clueless. Moin Khan is correct, Wahtmore has a lot to answer for, esp. his selections. It's tough enough to win a Test Match but made even harder when you can't use common sense to pick you best XI, just ask Australia.

  • on March 3, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    I still believe that the Test combination needs drastic changing. Misbah, Sarfraz and a couple of players need to go now. New players should be injected. Coach did not do justice with his job during Tests, that is quite evident. Sacking however should not be demanded; he should take the responsibility of not advising the players, especially opening pair suitably. Let us see in ODIs.

  • on March 3, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    42 days!! So long that they were feeling miserable. I dont know if it was because of mindset transfered by the test captain or because of \lack of encouragement from the team management, whom he so laudly appreciates

  • Cricket_Man on March 3, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    I wonder whether it would have been a boys game had South Africa won the match. It's only not worth it when you lose the game. Firdose you've written better and this wasn't one of those. Kyle Abbott is an over-hyped bowler and he proved it today. Gul performs well when his place is at stake in the side. I'll be more interested to see how he performs midway in the ODI series, when his place will be assured. Credit goes to Hafeez, Gul and Shehzad for this win. Credit must also be given to Kamran Akmal for not dropping a Du Plessis sitter, a catch which only Kamran Akmal can make look extravagant.

  • Cricket_Man on March 3, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    What is this comment all about "It showed that the team is not incapable of competing with and beating an opposition that continues to be talked up as better than them". Pakistan T20 team is a way better team than the current SA T20 team. I don't know who talks about the current SA T20 team to be better than the current Pakistani T20 team. Even the thought of comparing the current SA T20 team with the current Pakistani T20 team is outrageous. Pakistan is miles ahead of South Africa in this format. Most people agreed that Pakistan is strong in this format and that they go in as favorites but some people were certainly confused.

  • on March 3, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    atlast gul came up with a good spell.. he doesnt seem to be a threat recently..

  • Shani005 on March 3, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Well Played Team Pakistan... All credit goes to "Positive Mindset and Approach"...

  • KingOwl on March 3, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    I would not call T20 a boy's game. It is more for players who prefer flamboyance over accumulation; for those who have less patience than that demanded by test cricket; and of course for fans who have or appreciate the same characteristics. Of course test cricket does require more concentration and maturity. But to say that T20 is a boy's game is like saying test cricket is old man's game.

  • KingOwl on March 3, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    I would not call T20 a boy's game. It is more for players who prefer flamboyance over accumulation; for those who have less patience than that demanded by test cricket; and of course for fans who have or appreciate the same characteristics. Of course test cricket does require more concentration and maturity. But to say that T20 is a boy's game is like saying test cricket is old man's game.

  • Shani005 on March 3, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Well Played Team Pakistan... All credit goes to "Positive Mindset and Approach"...

  • on March 3, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    atlast gul came up with a good spell.. he doesnt seem to be a threat recently..

  • Cricket_Man on March 3, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    What is this comment all about "It showed that the team is not incapable of competing with and beating an opposition that continues to be talked up as better than them". Pakistan T20 team is a way better team than the current SA T20 team. I don't know who talks about the current SA T20 team to be better than the current Pakistani T20 team. Even the thought of comparing the current SA T20 team with the current Pakistani T20 team is outrageous. Pakistan is miles ahead of South Africa in this format. Most people agreed that Pakistan is strong in this format and that they go in as favorites but some people were certainly confused.

  • Cricket_Man on March 3, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    I wonder whether it would have been a boys game had South Africa won the match. It's only not worth it when you lose the game. Firdose you've written better and this wasn't one of those. Kyle Abbott is an over-hyped bowler and he proved it today. Gul performs well when his place is at stake in the side. I'll be more interested to see how he performs midway in the ODI series, when his place will be assured. Credit goes to Hafeez, Gul and Shehzad for this win. Credit must also be given to Kamran Akmal for not dropping a Du Plessis sitter, a catch which only Kamran Akmal can make look extravagant.

  • on March 3, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    42 days!! So long that they were feeling miserable. I dont know if it was because of mindset transfered by the test captain or because of \lack of encouragement from the team management, whom he so laudly appreciates

  • on March 3, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    I still believe that the Test combination needs drastic changing. Misbah, Sarfraz and a couple of players need to go now. New players should be injected. Coach did not do justice with his job during Tests, that is quite evident. Sacking however should not be demanded; he should take the responsibility of not advising the players, especially opening pair suitably. Let us see in ODIs.

  • InsideHedge on March 3, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    @KingOwl: Keep fooling yourself. Had Pak lost this game, you would be agreeing with the sentiment that it's a boy's game. Truth is, it's a game where average players - such as Hafeez - can excel. We saw the real Hafeez in the Tests, completely clueless. Moin Khan is correct, Wahtmore has a lot to answer for, esp. his selections. It's tough enough to win a Test Match but made even harder when you can't use common sense to pick you best XI, just ask Australia.

  • agent001 on March 3, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    With 4 wickets for 4 runs in 2 overs, Hafeez should have allowed Gul to continue with a straight 4 over spell, if not the third straight. He could have come out with 6 or 7 wickets the way he was bowling today. Captains need to be generous with their "hot" players on their day. Those two overs decided the outcome today.

  • uzairamir on March 3, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    someone tell hafeez that he need to be positive in tests if he does this only then will he prosper in seaming conditions