India is going into the tournament as a top team with home advantage

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Piyush Chawla, R Ashwin, Sreesanth

India has enjoyed a fantastic time in international ODI cricket of late. India is currently ranked 2 in the ODI ratings just behind Australia. Kohli, Gambhir and Dhoni (not the more prolific Tendulkar and Sehwag) are in the top 10 ODI batsmen in the world according to official ICC rankings. However none of India’s bowlers are in the top 10.

No other team will benefit more from the conditions as India due to the obvious home advantage. Today India has beaten Australia in a warm up match. India’s spinners have taken the

The spinning pair of Harbhajan and Chawla can be deadly

majority of the wickets.

The Indian spin attack will be a force to reckon with in this World Cup. India is playing three specialist spinners in Chawla, Harbhajan and Ashwin. However India’s Sehwag, Yuvraj and Pathan can bowl as well as any spinner on their day. India is therefore probably going with the most depth in its spin attack. India’s preferred line up will probably feature 5 spinners at least- Harbhajan, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Pathan and either one of

The Master Blaster averages 58 in World Cups

Chawla or Ashwin.

Key Players: India’s experienced players are the key for obvious reasons. Tendulkar is the leading run scorer in World Cups, averaging 58. Sehwag averages 35 in India at a strike rate of 107 with 4 centuries. Gambhir averages 40 in India. India is probably going in with the strongest opening pair too. Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan have changed the Indian team’s fortunes over the past few years.

Wildcard player: Yuvraj Singh has faced a lot of criticism from his fans for inconsistent form and careless approach to batting. But, Yuvraj is a match winner on his day. He enjoys batting in India and averages 42, about 6 runs more than his normal average. This discrepancy shows that Yuvraj can be a destructive force on home soil.

Yusuf Pathan couldn't have emerged as a match winner for India at a better time

Watch out for: Yusuf Pathan and Virat Kohli. Kohli averages 70+ when India is chasing. Yusuf Pathan has shown explosive form over the past year and is now one of the most feared Indian players. Pathan has the potential to score in boundaries and sixes under pressure. His bowling has also become penetrative. If Pathan sticks around for long he will destroy the opposition in no time. The opposition can only hope he will hit in the air vertically rather than horizontally.

The downside: India still faces problems of inconsistency. The Indian pace bowling is overly reliant on Zaheer Khan and if he gets smacked for runs, the rest of the pacers lose heart. India’s fielding has shown steady improvement but is still not at par with South Africa and Australia. Worst of all, India is still dependant on Sachin Tendulkar. If Tendulkar gets out cheaply the team starts to panic. Fortunately for India players like Kohli and Pathan are mentally strong and able to withstand the loss of Tendulkar.

In conclusion India can win this World Cup if their spinners fire in big matches and if they get out of his mental block of over reliance on Tendulkar. They are a spirited team with home advantage and some explosive players and there is little doubt they will reach the semi finals at least.

Imran Khan has backed India to win World Cup 2011

  1. #1 by khansahab on February 13, 2011 - 6:42 PM

    We have a new thread

  2. #2 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 13, 2011 - 10:41 PM

    I don’t want to disagree with Imran Khan just for the sake of disagreement but, that is his way of throwing up an opinion and then let everyone talk about it. Be it about a team or a player, Imran had done this in the past and he has done it again.

    After today’s warm up match between India and Australia everyone will agree with Imran Khan that India is going to win the world cup. Yes, the chances are there but, you never know. I haven’t heard or seen Imran’s interview on TV but, I heard from friends that he was so full of praise for Asif. Once again the same thing, same shosha that he talks so high about a player and I have never seen any of those players coming up to that level of expectation or standing out as an exceptional player like Imran sees him. One example is of Mohammad Sami, the second was of Younus Khan as THE CAPTAIN (dummy captain) of Pakistan. And now the third player is Mohammad Asif, Imran said, he has never seen any bowler in his cricketing career who is so talented as Asif who could bowl both ways with same action. We all know that Asif is not going to play cricket for the next 7 years so in all practicality Asif’s cricketing career is a maiden over now!

    Although Australia has lost this warm up game today, but you cannot write off Australia, imo 4 teams will be in the contention i.e., Australia, SA, SL and India and this is my prediction based on the consistency. Pakistan team is LAGAA TOU TEER NAHEE TOU TUKKA wali team hai. After the first round, only 3 matches are needed to be won and Pakistan can surprise any team but, there is no guarantee. England, West Indiea, New Zealand/ Bangladesh are in the same category whereas, Pakistan has an outside chance. So, let us see what’s gonna happen in the coming weeks.

  3. #3 by newguy on February 13, 2011 - 11:11 PM

    This is a timely thread as it comes in the back of India’s first warm up game win over defending champs Australia. The win has value since it comes after being down in the dumps, just like couple of games they won in SA. It shows the team can fight back. But it’s not a good idea to read too much into warm up games, since they are just that, warm up. Players are trying to get their rhythm and form. Also it should be noted that Dhoni correctly said after the game that he do not prefer pitches like this, because it could very much have been other way had India was chasing. Consider a semi final or final chase against a team like Sri Lanka with high quality spinners, it’s game over.

    So many experts are predicting 5 teams with chance to win the WC, namely Sri Lanka, India, Australia, England, South Africa. This is all pointless anyway since the end result will almost certainly be somewhat different.

    Not a single expert other than Harsha Bhogle said Pakistan can win the WC. I am in minority view that Pakistan is a team that can win the WC. We all know the inconsistency and all that, but in terms of pure caliber, Pakistan has the players and I don’t get it how anyone can rule out Pakistan team with the likes of Afridi, Razzaq, the two Akmals, Misbah, Younus, Umal Gul, Saeed Ajmal, etc. Harsha Bhogle was again stating this today in the commentary that Pakistan is a dangerous team and no one said anything.

    Anyhow, many things can happen between the cup and the lip. I somehow don’t think South Africa and England can adapt enough to the situations to win the cup. To me, Sri Lanka is a very dangerous team, although they no longer have the fire power and lone match winner in Sanath Jayasurya at the top. He could single handedly win games for them, and he liked creaming Indian bowlers especially. Mahela and Sangakkara and Dilshan are good, but not as dangerous as Jayasurya. This will make them beatable.

    India has chances, but lots have to work out well, Tendulkar still has a big influence on the team, so it will be very important how his form is. Then so many things like injuries to key players and mental strength will play big role.

    Pakistan certainly has chance, but they need to find some team work and the can win attitude, right now they are making the correct sounds off the field about winning the cup, but that spirit needs to be shown on the ground.

    Australia certainly can come back, but they will miss Hussey very badly in the lower order, he could have won the match today since he is a good player of spin and can soak up pressure.

  4. #4 by Mohammed Munir on February 14, 2011 - 11:55 AM

    English Can Be Fun…. GREAT FUN

    Spotted in a toilet of a London office:

    In a London Laundromat:

    In an London office:

    Outside a London second-hand shop:

    Notice in London health food shop window:

    Spotted in a safari park:

    Seen during a London conference:

    Notice in a field:

    Message on a leaflet:

    On a repair shop door:

    People in other countries sometimes go out of their way to communicate with their English-speaking tourists. Here is a list of signs seen around the world.

    At a Budapest zoo:

    Doctors office, Rome :

    Hotel, Acapulco :

    In a Nairobi restaurant:

    In a City restaurant:

    In a Calcutta Coffee House:

  5. #5 by Mohammed Munir on February 14, 2011 - 12:05 PM

    A well timed fresh new thread. Good to see the Indian perspective and wish India well for winning the World Cup (that is if Pakistan couldn’t win it) 😉

    India today is the Super-Power of the World Cricket and they are not at all ashamed of fully enforcing that power, in any which way, to squeeze maximum advantage.

    If it is morally right or wrong is another debate, but I give India full points for making pitches which suits them well and so they take full benefit of their home grounds.

    I would like to give the highest probability of winning this World Cup to India, not only for of their well talented team, but equally important because of India’s many ‘other advantages’. India have won the first warm-up game against Australia after scoring a very low (by Indian standards) score of only 216, and this for me sets the theme for the entire World Cup that India has decided to win it, come what may. Those who have seen the live game, are confirming that during the second inning the wicket was behaving (and looking like) a fifth-day Tests match pitch.

    The Australian captain was definitely not satisfied with the wicket while even the Indian captain was also not happy (in spite of winning the game). Indians used three pacers (Nehra, Sreesanth and Munaf) who all bowled only 9 oves among them. India got all out in 44 overs and Australia in 38 overs. Below are the after match comments of both captains:

    Ponting : “It was hard to bat on right through the day. It spun a lot in the second innings. Hopefully as the tournament goes on, we will get better wickets than this one. This one looked a bit under prepared. We know that as the tournament goes on, we could get wickets like this, we will have to find a way to do well. It was nice to spend time in the middle. I had a 3-4 training sessions before this game and it was nice to spend time there.”

    Dhoni : “It will be difficult to chase anything over 230 odd on such kinds of tracks. I would be pleased if the wicket turns slightly less in future matches. Piyush has a good googly and nowadays we see that the umpires give more lbws. He turns the odd one and has a very good wrong’un. When we have players who have a few niggles, we have to be careful. It’s not about winning these warm-up games.. the real task starts when we get into the tournament. Stumping is quite a rarity in odi format, may be the wickets are too placid or the spinners not good enough. in my reading that the wickets are too placid and its an indication that the spinners have bowled well. Sachin will definitely play next game. The Chennai crowd love him. As for Zaheer, he has a minor groin strain; so we will have to wait and watch.”

    India is going with three specialist spinners (Ashwin, Chawla and Bhajji, while they have at least three more part-spinners in Sehwag, Yuvraj & Pathan) so a total of may be around 40 odd overs can be expected from spinners. 😉

    There is a rumor that Afridi has requested for 1/2 more spinners in the squad. Similarly, a few days back the South African captain, Smith, has also raised some concerns about the quality of pitches.

    I know it was just a warm-up game and may-be I am giving it unnecessary importance and getting worried for nothing (I hope it is so), but this warm-up game is showing us what to expect for reminder of the tournament.

    I also heard an ‘unconfirmed’ news that although in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka the tournament will be played with Kookaburra balls, while in India BCCI has refused to allow using Kookaburra because it have more chances of reverse-swinging in the second part of the innings and make help fast-bowlers. I know this is ICC event, but it is happening under “BCCI” in India and so this news can’t be fully discounted.

    Another mishap which went without much-fuss was that Kolcutta stadium was unable to be ready in time and so the venue had been shifted to another city.

    One major anticlimax to the World Cup seems to be the day-night games where dew factor will play decisive role not only in India but also in Bangladesh as well as Sri Lanka. We have well over half of the total games to be played in day-night format and so toss will not only be crucial but a huge advantage will go to team winning the toss.

    Good Luck to ICC / BCCI for earning more money, while on cricket, well who actually cares. 😦

  6. #6 by Mohammed Munir on February 14, 2011 - 12:07 PM

    Javed Khan …

    I will reply you on Imran Khan’s predictions laters. 😉

  7. #7 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 14, 2011 - 1:45 PM


    I think most of the one-liners posted by you above seems to have been written by Desi’s. 😀

  8. #8 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 14, 2011 - 2:00 PM

    newguy, Munir et khansahab

    I think too much emphasis on Indian team and too much expectations from them about winning this world cup could lead to a sudden disappointment and the emergence of a total sadness which could be possible in case India exits from the KO stage. Cricket is a game and anything is possible. A billion Indian fans could suddenly go from the hype and euphoria into despair, disappointment and depression. And, this hype is being created by the media and the pundits, which imo is wrong. Because, one bad game during the KO round could lead to total disappointment which is a sort of bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation. Don’t expect too much – as I do in case of Pakistan team – then every win makes you feel happy and takes you to the edge i.e., the feeling of what happens next?

    Therefore, my advise is not too expect too much from Indian team because, the pitches suits them or, the crowd supports them or, their batsmen are the best in the world (at least on paper) or their spinners can extract the maximum spin out of the pitches etc. etc., these are all the possibilities and probabilities but, the X factor of luck and a single bad performance is also there, so be realistic.

  9. #9 by khansahab on February 14, 2011 - 9:24 PM

    Onus is on Afridi to show maturity and lead from front: Abbas

    Karachi, Feb 14 ( Former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas reckons that the batsmen will have to fire consistently,and skipper Shahid Afridi will have to lead from the front, if the team harbours hopes of reaching the last four stage of theWorld Cup.

    Reviewing Pakistan”s batting line-up, Abbas said that Afridi needs to shed his “boom boom” tag and bat more consistently and sensibly.

    “The World Cup is taking place in the sub-continent, so baiting will play a key part in how Pakastan fare in this event,” Abbas said.

    Asked about Afridi, Abbas, without any hesitation, said that he has never regarded the pathan as a specialist batsman.

    “He”s a hitter. Some have opined that if he’s pushed upthe order, with the added responsibility of captaincy, Afridi would do better. However, I’m averse to this idea,” he said.

    “He can’t control his natural instincts. He has never been able to do that in his career. Moreover, Afridi was a failure with the bat in all his three previous World Cup appearances. He did hit a wonderful century in Sri Lanka against the hosts in last year’s Asia Cup but remains inconsistent as ever.

    “Even as a hitter, I rate Abdul Razzaq higher than him in terms of reliability,” he said.

    The former captain hoped that Afridi bats with lot more responsibility during the mega event.

    He asked for the captaincy and got it. Now the onus is on him to show maturity and, for once, plane innings as per match situation. A captain has to lead from the front, and our baiting is inexperienced compared to most teams,” he noted.

    On the opening pair of Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad,he felt they had performed reasonably well in New Zealand.

    “Shehzad is quite raw and inexperienced but remains talented and has an array of strokes at his disposal. However,whether he stands tall at the biggest stage in world cricket remains to be seen. If he manages a big innings early in the tournament, I believe he should have a good World Cup.”

    As for Hafeez Abbas observed that he has been around for quite some time without cementing his place in the team.

    “However, his batting, of late, has shown increased consistency and maturity. The duo is definitely not an ideal choice for Pakistan but, in my opinion, the best among the available lot.”

    Abbas said the under-fire Umar Akmal might not have performed very well recently but he is capable of coming good in the tournament.

    “He’s now a senior player and has an excellent strike-rate. We need experience and class in the middle-order and that is where he can help.”

    He said the way Misbah ul Haq batted in New Zealand should be a lesson to all the other batsmen.

    He clearly demonstrated that even in ODIs, it is important that at least one batman should strive to stay aslong as possible. Hope the rest learn from him.”

  10. #10 by khansahab on February 14, 2011 - 10:07 PM

    LOL this is what Shoaib Akhtar (Tired Bull) said in an interview:

    Dafinitely, if the deciyen [of the board on his appeal] is not one I like, I will consider the ICL offer.”

  11. #11 by khansahab on February 14, 2011 - 10:16 PM

    This man Afridi, he is a good captain BAKOZ:

    – he has controlled Shoaib Akhtar better than Inzamam, Malik and Younis

    – He has brought out the best in Hafeez

    – captaincy has not affected his batting

  12. #12 by khansahab on February 14, 2011 - 10:21 PM

    Looking forward to duel with Tendulkar: Akhtar

    Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has lot of reasons to look forward to the upcoming World Cup, having missed the previous edition due to a doping ban, and one of them is the possibility of a duel with Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar.

    “We all know he is a great player. Every bowler gets hit. Even Brett Lee gets hit a long way, so I am not worried about being hit for sixes by Tendulkar. I have got him off the first ball too,” Akhtar told reporters.

    “Not only Sachin, we will try to get other key players early because they can single-handedly win matches. Put them under pressure, and get them out early – that’s what I will like to do,” he added.

    India and Pakistan are placed in different groups for the event, starting 19 February. The top-four from each group would advance to the quarterfinals and it is only from here on that the possibility of an Indo-Pak clash arises if the two teams move ahead from their respective pools.

    “Pakistan need to win this World Cup at any cost. It will bring the charm back for people in Pakistan,” said Akhtar.

    “We have the bowlers who can bowl at the death and we can restrict the sides. The main thing is that the ball is going to reverse swing as the match progresses. That is where I think Pakistan’s strength lies,” he added.

    The 35-year-old said despite his age, he can still bowl at 150 kmph.

    “I still bowl 150 kph (93 mph). Obviously when you are 26 and 36, it’s a bit different. I will try to do as well as I can with whatever ability I have. I am going to push my limits and give it all to the team.”

  13. #13 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 14, 2011 - 11:58 PM

    CHENNAI: South African skipper Graeme Smith has criticised the wicket prepared for their World Cup warm-up game against Zimbabwe and called for better tracks during the tournament.

    The pitch caused worries to Smith despite his team cantering to an eight-wicket win in the day-night game at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.

    “I don’t think it was a great wicket,” Smith said afterwards.

    “It probably suited them (spinners). The wicket probably helped them a little bit being, I think, maybe a bit under-prepared.”

    South Africa’s frontline spinners Imran Tahir (3-35), Robin Petersen (2-21) and Johan Botha (1-18) benefited as Zimbabwe were bowled out for a paltry 152.

    Smith called for better tracks once the actual action started in the tournament. South Africa are set to play England in Chennai on March 6.

    “The wicket was pretty slow and dead,” he said.

    “I hope the wickets are better prepared for the World Cup proper as coming to those games the wickets will get a lot more attention.”

    Smith’s worries may stem from an earlier experience in India during a crucial Test at Kanpur where his side were bowled out for 121 in their second innings, handing India a series-levelling victory.

    South Africa open their World Cup campaign with a game against West Indies on February 24 at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.

    The World Cup, being co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, begins on February 19 in Dhaka.

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 15, 2011 - 12:01 AM

    After reading Shoaib Akhtar’s dream about his duel with Tendulkar, I thought of this:

    “Two dead men woke up in the middle of the night
    back to back they faced each other
    drew their swords and shot each other.”

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 15, 2011 - 12:06 AM

    If Dhoni plays Chawla in the regular matches, who is he going to drop? Can he beat Harbhajan Singh? Obviously not. Then who is going to replace with? I mean part time spinners like, Yuvraj, Sehwag, Yousuf Pathan, Raina? They all have established themselves in the team, can Chawla compete on batting as well? I doubt. Then there will certainly a problem for Dhoni to chose his playing 11 against big teams.

  16. #16 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 15, 2011 - 12:14 AM

    Bangladesh has to provide tight security while accommodating foreign teams by giving them a safe environment i.e., preventing them from any kind of terror attack, also they have to keep them safe and away from MOSQUITOES. They have launched an all out effort to kill mosquitoes in and around the stadiums to keep a mosquito free environment for the spectators and the players, which could not only cause a nuisance when a swarm of mosquitoes attack but, the results could also be deadly from Malaria to Dengue fever. So, the poor nation is struggling hard to keep the terrorists and the mosquitoes away !

    My concern is about rain in Sri Lanka, I wonder how many matches would be washed out due to rain! In India there are problems with dew and teams playing day and night matches will have to deal with this problem especially the team fielding second will have problem gripping the ball. Therefore, the team that wins must impose a BIG and DAUNTING total which should be easy to defend and difficult to chase.

  17. #17 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 15, 2011 - 9:41 AM

    This is the way Pakistan team plays. After winning the toss, elected to bat, 43 for no loss and now 70/3 in 17 overs. The moment Mohammed Hafiz was out, Kamran Akmal and Younus Khan came in and went out as if they were paying a flying visit to Sher-e-Bangla stadium. So far Ahmad Shahzad is the lone fighter with 42 not out.

  18. #18 by Mohammed Munir on February 15, 2011 - 11:25 AM

    Javed Khan …

    I agree with you on putting too much pressure on India and raising expectations on them winning the cup. The problem is that in India, media is the ultimate driver of the people’s thinking and with over a Billion population media is also doing driven by greed and hunger-for-cash so they show what satisfies the masses and gives them returns. If India looses, the same media changes colours faster then a chameleon and starts criticizing and cursing them. Again in doing so, the winner is surely media, as they play with the emotions of masses.

    I think this is exactly what happened last time, when India could not even qualify to second level and were out in the initial stages. Media still was money-happy.

    BTW, 3rd March must be an important date for YOU, as Canada is facing Pakistan, where your ‘old home’ is pitched against your ‘new home’. 😉

    I wonder, which side will you be cheering for ❓ I hope you are not wishing for rains for this game, are you ❓ 😉

    PS: Your favourite Misbah performed again. 😉

  19. #19 by Mohammed Munir on February 15, 2011 - 11:45 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Referring your comment no. 02.

    Predicting four teams out of a total of 14 (or let’s say only 10 real teams, minus the 4 minnows) to win the cup is much easier than predicting only one team. 😉

    By probability, you have nominated around 40% or even 50% of the total 8 teams who can seriously have any chances of winning the World Cup, while on the other hand Imran Khan had to pick just won. (Bohoot Na-Insaafi Hai Yeh) 🙂

    Another point is that if Chappells, Bhogles, Akrams, and many other Ex-players and criket Pundits can nominate any team they deem fit, then poor old Imran Khan is also a free man and he too can form his opinion.

    The fact is that no one, absolutely no one, can predict the future with certainty and so all we do is to give our own opinions based on probabilities.

    I don’t want to go out of the way in taking sides with Imran for anything and everything, but the thing is that nobody can be 100% accurate with their predictions, however, the experts in the field and ex-players of higher standing are always regarded and given due importance. I accept that any general fan who have good cricketing knowledge, foresight and is following the game can very well predict better then most of the players, but public will still listen to what these stars think.

    On Asif I must say that he still is a very fine bowler (player) and his technique and game performance is proven, he is just not a good human being and there is no way anyone can predict that. Similarly, Younis Khan is an excellent player (not captain) and his record speaks for itself. See, for example when Aamir came everyone said that HE GOT TALENT, but no one could ever predict that this uneducated, dishonest and untrustworthy teenager will be involved in match-fixing.

    The point is that we can all talk about any player’s talent, performance, game, technique, etc. but no one can and no one should form an opinion on one’s integrity unless he had done something bad otherwise it will be considered prejudiced.

  20. #20 by Mohammed Munir on February 15, 2011 - 11:53 AM

    Why Pakistani Players are Obsessed on Defeating India …

    There are 13 other teams in the World Cup beside India, and Pakistani players should also try to concentrate on them rather then passing threatening comments to India and Indian players. From captain, to Shoaib Actor to will-be-debutant Junaid Khan and everyone in between, it seems they are ‘eying’ only India. Further, they should also not forget that Pakistan NEVER defeated India in World Cup games EVER.

    India / Pakistan encounter is just a rare probability and both teams may never play a game this time round, but still our guys are all worked up over Indian game. Whereas, I am yet to read even a single comment from any Indian players regarding their excitement in facing the arch rival Pakistan.

    What Pakistani players are overlooking is that before playing a game against India (if we ever played one), we have to face two very strong teams in Australia and Sri Lanka.

    The ‘boys’ should concentrate well on job-in-hand rather then wishing-on-a-dream.

  21. #21 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 15, 2011 - 12:36 PM


    I will definitely support Canada for sure. Go Canada Go. Not because they are underdogs and cannot beat Pakistan but, I am with Team Canada in every sport be it hockey, skiing, snowboarding or even the “Maasees & Jamadaars” game called Curling. 😀 So, why would I not support my country, Canada?

    As regards Indian players or even fans not obsessed talking about beating Pakistan, it is because Pakistan has never beaten India in any world cup. This is probably the 9th event, in the first four they never encountered each other but, since 1992 they even when Pakistan has won the cup, they have defeated them each time, perhaps that is the reason they may not be talking about it. They know that empty vessels make more noise.

    If you want me to predict the winner, it would be South Africa. But, that is not what I want.

  22. #22 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 15, 2011 - 1:47 PM

    I am writing this comment during the innings break and I would say that even if Pakistan wins, 285 is not a very convincing total. They should have capitalized on the century of one of the openers and scored 320 at least. Only Misbah scored 100 after that but, everyone else failed. So, typical of the so-called powerful late middle order batting line up comprising of Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq. Time and again they are failing to post a big total from a platform that was laid for them on solid footings.

    Mostly the openers fail and once in a while when one of them scores a century the immediate middle order fails. When one of the middle order batsmen scores, the late middle order fails. So, the consistency is not there. And, this is the biggest weakness in Pakistan batting line up. Same is the case with their bowling. Umar Gul or Abdul Razzaq and sometimes both give away too many runs and the rest are novices or, inexperienced so their success and failure is obvious. Among the spinners too they lack in consistency in taking wickets. There is no Shane Warne or Muralitharan in the team. Afridi being a leg spinner is expected to give more runs and if he takes a wicket in his first or second over he bowls well and if he fails to do that, he ends up giving away too many runs. I wonder when Ajmal would be match fit?

    Bangladesh will definitely chase this total and they don’t go defensively even if their wickets fall, so Pakistan should pray that they don’t lose the opening warm up match.

  23. #23 by khansahab on February 15, 2011 - 6:19 PM

    ” Sachin is the most accomplished player in the World Cup “: Imran Khan

    Legendary Pakistani fast bowler Imran Khan on Tuesday refused to compare Sachin Tendulkar with Don Bradman but said the Indian maestro was the “most accomplished player in the World Cup”.

    Imran declined to compare Tendulkar with Bradman as he had not seen the Australian playing.

    “Sachin is the most accomplished player in the World Cup.
    He should open Indian innings and with Virender Sehwag. They can give solid start to the team which will be difficult for other teams to match,” Imran said.

    He said Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s squad is the best ever Indian World Cup side and it has the most formidable batting line-up among the teams participating in this edition starting in the sub-continent on Saturday.

    “I played the first World Cup in 1975 and have been following it since then. According to me this is the best ever Indian side playing in a World Cup,” said Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning captain.

    “This is the best batting line-up in the world. You have Sachin, Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan and the batting depth will play a crucial role,” he told IBN7.

    He predicted that Harbhajan Singh will be the key bowler for India given the conditions, and if he were the captain he would have asked the off-spinner to play the attacking bowler’s role.
    Asked about the Indian pace battery, the former all-rounder said,

    “When I saw Ishant Sharma bowling initially, I felt that at last India has got a genuine pace bowler who can run through any batting order. But two years since then when I saw him, I could see flaw in his bowling action.”

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 16, 2011 - 3:07 AM

    “When I saw Ishant Sharma bowling initially, I felt that at last India has got a genuine pace bowler who can run through any batting order. But two years since then when I saw him, I could see flaw in his bowling action.” Imran Khan

    Kya Imran pehla andhaa thaa ya aankhaon par putty bandhee hui thee? And, what new he is talking about Sachin Tendulkar? The whole cricketing world knows that Sachin is the THE most accomplished player in the world.

  25. #25 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 16, 2011 - 11:21 AM

    Btw, Sehwag is playing cricket for the last 12 years and Imran Khan has never ONCE pronounced his name correctly. He keeps saying SHEWAG instead of SEHWAG.

    Today, India is doing OK so far, they are 163/3 in 33 overs despite Sehwag and Tendulkar’s departure, Gambhir and Kohli has taken the total to some respectability. I have noticed that Jacob Oram since his recent return has been taking wickets, he did that against Pakistan in the recent series. So, they are going to keep him in the team and as a batsman he is one of the most dangerous player around. His batting form is a bit questionable these days but, if he clicks he will explode the stadium with sixes and fours. So, watch out opponents.

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 16, 2011 - 4:30 PM

    The difference between India’s batting line up and Pakistan’s is obvious from today’s match between India and New Zealand. Their middle order capitalized on a good stand from the openers especially that of Gambhir and then, Dhoni et Raina blasted in the final overs to take the total to 360 which created a psychological pressure for New Zealand batting second. The run rate was very important which Misbah cannot provide, he plays for himself, scoring 50, 80 or a 100 but at what strike rate? When you are batting in the death overs the strike rate should go up to 180-200 otherwise the total remains in the 280’s that is what happened in case of Pakistan against Bangladesh.

    If Pakistan plays like this against good teams, they will definitely lose all the matches. Batting first in day and night matches you have to score 320-330 at least. And, 350 plus is a bonus. The so-called HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPIONS viz., Umar Akmal, Afridi and Abdul Razzaq score once in 10 matches and their fans keep bragging about it for an year or so.

    Since Abdul Razzaq scored that match winning 100 against SA in Abu Dhabi, people like Zaheer Abbass & Co., have mentioned it at least 10 times in the past 2 months. There is a need to get out of the past and think of the future. A man with pebble in his shoes cannot look at the stars, meaning when you are supposed to be looking forward you are looking backwards. Past glories, past achievements, like Shoaib Akhtar says, I am the one who clean bowled Sachin Tendulkar on the first ball. You may have been Rawalpindi Express yesterday What are you today? Rawalpindi Maal Gaari? Come on guys stop this attitude of living in your past, there is a world cup ahead of you, talk about it rather than what you did 10 or 20 years ago.

  27. #27 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 16, 2011 - 4:38 PM

    Finally the ICC has officially objected to Salman Butt’s appointment by a private TV company in Pakistan as a TV Pundit. We have been raving and ranting since the day this news appeared in the newspapers that Salman Butt should NOT be allowed to commentate, and his appointment negates the bans and suspensions, therefore he should not be allowed to go about airing his views as a Ponga Pundit.

    Click on the link below and see Salman Butt’s arrogance ! This is called, ” CHORI OOPER SAY SEENA ZORI.”

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 16, 2011 - 10:44 PM

    Canada gave England a scare in the warm up match. They fought bravely and Rizwan Cheema scored a brilliant 93 in 71 balls with 10 fours and 5 sixes. Imagine England being thrashed like that? They came closer to win the match but, inexperience let them down. Their top order collapsed initially 28/5 but, Cheema played brilliantly along with Khurram Chohan. I have a feeling that one of the minnows will surprise a big team, if Pakistan takes their opponents lightly perhaps they will be the victim like 2007 WC. One bad game against West Indies and then Ireland doing the rest. Now, they have Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand, they have to beat two of them besides the minnows.

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 17, 2011 - 5:19 AM

    Shoaib Akhtar’s performance and fitness is a worry for the coach, jaisay koi nayee baat hai?

  30. #30 by khansahab on February 17, 2011 - 7:22 AM

    Pakistan are known to rise like a phoenix

    Pervez Musharraf

    Pakistan cricket is passing through a major crisis, with the spot-fixing controversy involving three young players yet to die down. But I believe the team will put it behind once the tournament begins. I can stick my neck out and say that Pakistan is going to win the World Cup. This is one team that can beat any team in the world on its day. If they play to their potential every day will be theirs. Rising like a phoenix and winning tough matches is what Pakistan cricketers are known for.

    The odds are stacked against us, but we have defied them in the past. Pakistanis are resilient and are known to come out of dire situations. The World Cup win in 1992 and the T20 World Cup win in 2009 are instances when the cricketers excelled and brought great joy to the people back home.

    In 1992, Pakistan was totally down and out and every match was a must-win. I remember the semi-final, which we had to play against New Zealand. It was the most nail-biting match of the tournament, at least for me. Inzamam-ul-Haq’s swashbuckling innings is what I remember the most. I nearly fell off my seat when Moin Khan hit the ball for a six and then for a four.

    Throughout the tournament, we played like cornered tigers and won it all. Pakistanis shine when they hit rock bottom. And I see no reason why we cannot do it again.

    All the team has to do now is to unite and back its captain. The Pakistan Cricket Board and its selectors must come out in support of the team. The media needs to stand behind them and create a positive atmosphere that will help propel our players towards winning the final.

    Of course, I am also a big admirer of Team India and their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, albeit not of his latest hairstyle. I am heart broken to see him in the short crop, fauji style. I loved watching him kill the ball while his hair flew about the place. He’s like Samson. But he is doing well even without his hair. Maybe the secret to his prowess does not lie in his hair!

    Like him, his team also has passion for the game and really know how to get the crowd excited. Whatever the scenario, their fans never lose hope. Indian cricket, in general, is well-organised and their team is well-marketed. They have improved with time and have been quite consistent. However, I feel they lack the killer instinct and don’t have tearaway pacemen.

    I wish for an India-Pakistan final. Nothing will please me more to see them play the final. It will be like the clash of the titans. And I also wish to see Pakistan lift the cup and the smile on the captain’s face.

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 17, 2011 - 2:47 PM


    DHAKA: England fast bowler Stuart Broad admitted he was keeping his distance from Pakistan as the teams prepared for their first meeting since the ‘spot-fixing’ scandal.

    Friday’s World Cup warm-up match in Dhaka will see the two countries resume cricketing rivalry following last year’s controversial series in England which were overshadowed by spot-fixing allegations that led to bans for Pakistan trio Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.

    Relations between the sides plumbed new depths when England’s Jonathan Trott and Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz were involved in a physical confrontation ahead of a one-day international at Lord’s in September.

    “We’ve not seen a huge amount of them in the hotel – we’ve not been going out for dinner with them particularly,” Broad told reporters on Thursday.

    “Obviously it was a tough summer for us last year, all England players will say the same.

    “We enjoyed playing the cricket, but off-the-field incidents did damage our wonderful summer of cricket,” admitted Broad, whose maiden Test century against Pakistan at Lord’s was called into question when it was alleged Butt, Asif and Amir had conspired to deliberately bowl no-balls as part of a betting scam.

    “You’ve got to move on, it’s international sport. You’ve got a job to do to prepare for our World Cup campaign, that’s our sole focus,” Broad insisted.

    Broad returned to action with a five-wicket haul in England’s narrow 16-run warm-up win over outsiders Canada on Wednesday following a stomach injury that cut short his part in the Test side’s victorious Ashes tour of Australia.

    He’d recently also been suffering with illness but showed few effects in taking five wickets for 37 runs against Canada.

    “I was a bit nervous before the start,” Broad said. “It was great to get back on the pitch and take some wickets.

    “We weren’t overly happy with the performance but there are positives we can take out of the game.

    “I hadn’t had as much bowling as I’d have wanted. A few of the lads have had it (illness) — that happens in this part of the world and hopefully I’ve got mine out of the way.”

    Broad was forced home after tearing an abdominal muscle in the second Test in Adelaide and so missed the team’s recent 6-1 one-day series thrashing by Australia that followed the Ashes.

    “We have some points to prove after the last seven or eight games of our ODI form and it’s important we start that tomorrow (Friday),” Broad said.

    England surprised many observers with their 2010 World Twenty20 triumph in the Caribbean and Broad believes that experience will be invaluable at the World Cup.

    “What we learnt from that tournament is that we gained momentum throughout.

    “That’s one thing we have to do here. It’s a long tournament and we have to gain momentum.

    “Going to that T20 no-one outside the set up believed we could win. But inside we had real belief. Everyone knew their roles and when you have that confidence, it’s a very powerful thing.”

    England start the tournament proper against the Netherlands — who dramatically beat England in the 2009 World Twenty20 at Lord’s when Broad’s wild overthrow sealed the upset — in Nagpur, western India and the seamer said: “There is no time for slip-ups when we play the Netherlands on Tuesday.”

  32. #32 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 17, 2011 - 11:12 PM

    Afridi, Waqar and Inti Alam have been talking about winning the world cup BUT no one is talking about the plans and strategies. Pakistan team never had any plan, so there is no back up plan and there is NO strategy either. This is the time when all the teams are sitting and working on a plan on how to counter the opposition. In my opinion the Pakistani team has not liberated themselves from the shackles of management influence over the team captain. And, the reason is, since Inzamam ul Haq left, the management has taken over a more dominant role in influencing the team selection and keep the captain and the coach under their arm and shadow. Therefore, the captain no matter how aggressive he may be will not think out of the box for the fear that if it works against the team i.e., if they lose because of the aggressive decision taken by him, that is the end of his career.

    In shorter version of the game it is a different planning and we all know that T20 is different from 50 overs ODI, yet the Pakistanis do not make bold decisions in attacking from the top. They prefer a slow start and keep wickets in hands, let the middle order creep slowly and then go for the attack. But, the kinda batsmen they have in the late middle order have a BIGGER NAME TAG and less consistency. They perform once in ten matches. I am talking about Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and Umar Akmal. I dunno why there is so much dependence on Abdul Razzaq that some ex-players rely more on him than Afridi and Umar Akmal. If you look at the averages, apart from the brilliant match winning century Abdul Razzaq made in Abu Dhabi against SA, his remainder performance in the recent past is pretty mediocre.

    I think instead of sending Mohammed Hafeez to open the innings, either of these three must open the innings with Ahmad Shahzad. Because, even if the plan backfires, the remainder of the plan can remain unchanged. Because on the sub-continent pitches making use of the first 15 overs of power play and scoring brisk runs is easier than anywhere else. The reason they don’t want to try is because, if Afridi opens with Shahzad, he would be under scrutiny for being the captain and if he fails he would be criticized heavily by everyone. Abdul Razzaq would not prefer to open because he hasn’t done that in a long, long time. And, Umar Akmal – if he fails there will still be criticism that an aggressive youngster was sacrificed and this is poor captaincy. If everything works well, then there is no problem. However, the fear of failing and performing is robbing Pakistan from what they are at their best.

    I suggest they should GO for it and try in these initial matches otherwise it would be very difficult for them to play with this old traditional plan of the eighties i.e., to keep wickets in hand and then end up with a total of 250 or 260. That is not good enough, batting first means a total of 320 plus is essential.

  33. #33 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 18, 2011 - 3:14 AM


    DHAKA: Pakistan’s mercurial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was among three team-mates who were taken for random dope testing ahead of the World Cup, a official confirmed on Thursday.

    Akhtar, 35, wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal, 29, and seamer Umar Gul, 26, were tested after a practice session on Wednesday by the International Cricket Council’s drug inspectors, team manager Intikhab Alam told AFP.

    “These are normal procedures and players from every team will be tested,” Alam said.

    Akhtar, recalled for the World Cup after being out of action for a major part of the last three years due to a spate of injuries, tested positive for a banned drug nandrolone in 2006.

    There was further trouble for Akhtar after he and fellow paceman Wahab Riaz were fined 3,000 Bangladeshi taka (42 dollars) each for returning late from a private dinner on Wednesday night.

    “We want players to follow team rules,” said Alam. “The two have been warned not to keep late nights in future.”

    Pakistan face England in a practice match in the Bangladeshi town of Fatullah on Friday, a game the ageing Akhtar needs to perform in to make the team for their World Cup opener against Kenya on February 23.

    Akhtar did not bowl against Bangladesh on Tuesday with coach Waqar Younis admitting the fast bowler had yet to regain full fitness.

    Akhtar, who last played a Test match in 2007, has claimed 244 one-day wickets in 160 matches at an average of 24.78.

    He was picked for the recent tour of New Zealand where he “improved in patches,” according to Waqar.

    “Shoaib is not in touch at the moment,” the fast bowling great said. “It is important he gets into full throttle before we get him into the side.”

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 18, 2011 - 3:18 AM

    Shoaib Akhtar YES, but Wahab Riaz, why was he late? He already has made friends in Bangladesh? I don’t believe this, this is more than what meets the eye. There is always another CHAKKAR when they return late. I think Wahab Riaz should consider himself lucky for not getting penalized and fined for wearing that Bookie’s jacket. Also, his brawl with Johanthan Trott, I understand it was not his mistake in case of that brawl with Trott but, he chickened out, not only him but the whole team chickened out when they could have easily protested that manhandling by Trott and should have demanded his ouster from the team plus, heavy fines. But, they chickened out because Salman Butt did not want things to go out of hand and wanted to make more money somehow that didn’t go in his favour.

  35. #35 by Sagaat on February 18, 2011 - 4:30 AM

    Javed Khan,

    Pakistan should definitely move Abdul Razzaq up the order, as an opener or one-down. Razzaq averages in the 40s when he plays one down. Also, Razzaq is a better player of fast bowling than spin bowling. On the other hand Younis Khan should move down the order as he is a much better player of spin bowling than fast bowling in one days.

    Hafeez is pretty much useless up the order, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to tinker with the batting line up in the practice match. They should try to go with more attacking players up the order to utilize the power plays as well.

    I think this should be the batting order: the lower and top order being attacking, whereas the middle order should be used for consolidation:

    Kamran Akmal
    Ahmed Shehzad
    Abdul Razzaq
    Younis Khan
    Umar Akmal
    Wahab Riaz
    Umar Gul
    Shoaib Akhter

  36. #36 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 18, 2011 - 6:03 AM


    My point was, rather it still is, like I have said earlier that, either of the so-called THREE BIG or Heavy Weight batsmen, or hard hitting batsmen whatever you may call them, should utilize the power play i.e., the initial 15 overs. The Pakistani openers seldom go berserk and produce a partnership of 100 runs in 12-15 overs – it is a rare commodity when it happens.

    Therefore, bringing up Umar Akmal in place of Misbah would be even better if both the openers are gone or Abdul Razzaq fails. So, if I choose a team or the batting order I will bring Umar Akmal before Younus Khan and Misbah. The position must remain fluid that is, if the going is good, then Afridi should come in earlier.

    What I see from your team is, there is no Saeed Ajmal or Abdur Rahman in the side and there is noJunaid Khan either. I cannot be depending solely on Akhtar, Gul and Wahab. Akhtar’s form is questionable and Gul has been wayward in ODI’s, I dunno what exactly happened to him.

    Hafeez and Afridi needs an extra spinner to try out when they both cannot get any wickets and this has happened before so many times, I would like to bring in a specialist spinner in the team and it is a dilemma in team selection.

    Let us see what Pakistan will do in their second warm up game against England which is going to start in 2 hours and 30 minutes from now. It will be 3:30 a.m. my time which is EST. I have read on cricinfo that Kevin Pietersen is going to open the innings with Trott. See, they are making the same move what we have been suggesting earlier i.e., to play attacking – aggressive cricket. Pietersen if he gets going, there is no stopping. And he will make Shoaib Akhtar disappear in the stadium unless he gets him in his first over.

  37. #37 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 18, 2011 - 11:48 AM

    Kevin Pietersen scored 66 as an opener and already gave England the edge, Collingwood can take on the Pakistani bowlers in the last 5 overs, at the moment the score is 235/5 in 45 overs. I guess Afridi and Gul are not playing in today’s match to give a chance to some other youngsters. This NEVER happened during Shoaib Malik’s time when he was the captain. He played in every single match against the minnows and, even when it was a dead rubber against India. Both spinners Ajmal and Abdur Rahman are playing both have bowled at a better economy rate than Shoaib Akhtar. Under Misbah’s captaincy Hafeez is never utilized for the full quota of his overs.

  38. #38 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 18, 2011 - 12:51 PM

    Soon after Collingwood’s departure, England crumbled and Akhtar fumbled. He should be sidelined and Junaid Khan should take over the lead role from him. He bowls fast and in my opinion Junaid and Wahab should open the bowling attack and NOT Abdul Razzaq. Both, Razzaq and Gul should bowl as 2nd and 3rd change bowler, especially Gul who can reverse swing the used ball should be the 4th one to bowl. My question about the inclusion of a specialist spinner remains unanswered. Because, someone needs to be dropped and who would that be?

  39. #39 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 18, 2011 - 1:02 PM

    Vow, Hafeez came and, Hafeez saw and, Hafeez laid an egg and, Hafeez gone on a DUCK! That is Mohammad Hafeez, he is so vulnerable against good fast bowling that he always give away his wicket on a silver platter. There comes Pakistan under pressure. This was my point, now Younus Khan is in and, Pakistan are 12/1 and all those runs scored by Kamran in boundaries. Let us see if they prove me right, I would hate to see that because that means Pakistan will lose the match. No new plans, no new strategies, same old traditional and conventional cricket of the ’80s. Wake up Pakistanis and adopt new aggressive style batting and play aggressive cricket.

  40. #40 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 18, 2011 - 1:37 PM

    Pakistan is playing real good cricket, now they are 34/3 in 10 overs. Chota Akmal gone for 2 … what a shame, Pakistan does not deserve to win. They threw away their wickets at the mediocre bowling of Broad, who claimed all 3 wickets. Ask Yuvraj and he would say Broad is not mediocre but, pathetic. The only reason Pakistanis cannot play him is either they try to be very creative and play unnecessary shots or, they do not like tall bowlers and get intimidated easily.

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 18, 2011 - 1:45 PM

    The cricinfo is updating the scores of the warm up matches on their website and whoever those guys are, they certainly have no clue of who is playing. When the third Pakistani wicket fell, the name of the new batsman was written (along side Younus Khan) was Misbah ul Haq and two minutes later they changed it to Ahmad Shahzad and then 3 minutes later they changed it to Asad Shafiq. I hope they have finally discovered who the other batsman is besides YK and not change it to Abdul Razzaq? 😀

  42. #42 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 18, 2011 - 5:52 PM

    Bravo Pakistan! This is the way you should play after winning the toss you decided to field and yet you lost the match. Was this Afridi’s ploy to give Misbah the mantle against a strong side to test his abilities? Or, was it Pakistan’s think tank’s specialty to give back England the confidence they needed after they were thrashed at the hands of Australia in Australia and a near defeat at the hands of Canada in their first encounter? Whatever it is, a poor and pathetic display of professionalism by Pakistan. Pakistani fans should give up hope of seeing their team in the quarterfinals.

  43. #43 by khansahab on February 18, 2011 - 7:10 PM

    Tendulkar must bat at least 40 overs: Wasim Akram

    Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels Sachin Tendulkar is the key to India’s World Cup chances and the veteran batsman has to play the sheet-anchor role for his team by being there at the crease for at least 40 overs.

    Akram said Tendulkar, playing in his sixth and probably the last World Cup, is the rock around whom the Indian innings would revolve.

    “Sachin (Tendulkar) is key to India’s chances. The team has to rally around him to get a big score on board. Tendulkar likes batting for a long period of time. He should stay in the middle for a minimum of 40-45 overs,” Akram told a website.

    Akram said if the 37-year-old manages to play good knocks, India would most definitely post 300-plus scores on the board in every game.

    “If Tendulkar bats for long, India will get over 300 runs every time. With Sachin in the middle, it gives players like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh opportunity to play their natural game,” he said.

    Apart from Tendulkar, Akram said flamboyant middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh’s form would be crucial.

    “Yuvraj is a very dangerous player. His fielding has certainly improved and is looking a lot fitter after a spate of injuries. He comes from my part of the world – Punjab. We Punjabis are always ‘hot and cold’. I know his form is a bit cold right now but with his talent, he needs one good innings,” Akram said.

    He also said that this was India’s best chance to clinch the trophy they last won in 1983.

    “India have really been playing good cricket. I was the first one to say that India are favourites to win the Cup and then everybody joined the chorus.

    “They have the right combination, confidence and have defeated every good team in world cricket. According to me, they are the No.1 team in the world,” Akram said.

  44. #44 by khansahab on February 18, 2011 - 7:33 PM

    This table highlights the education of Pakistani children in the UK.

    How pathetic that Pakistani/Bangladeshi boys are at the bottom of the table.

    Indian girls are the highest achievers in the UK.

    I have seen a more recent table where Indian boys and girls are ahead of White boys and girls in education whereas Pakistani boys have fallen below Bangladeshi boys.

  45. #45 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 18, 2011 - 10:37 PM

    Wasim Chakram go and eat HAY, ghaas khao, ghaas! Your mouth is bigger than Ijaz’s BUTT. It is better you keep your trap shut and chew the cud.

    1. He is asking Tendulkar to play 40 overs in every match, how is that possible?
    2. He is spreading Punjabi Jingoism even in India, he is a real Ch2So4.
    3. He thinks he is the first one to utter that India are favourites, Khush Fehmi isi ko kehtay hain. He wants to please his Masters, he is HIS MASTER’S VOICE PUPPET IN INDIA.

  46. #46 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 18, 2011 - 10:40 PM

    Here is my 2 cents based on Wasim Chakram’s analogy:

    I. If Shahid Afridi opens the innings and play till the 40th over, alone he will score 300 runs.
    2. He is a Pathan and he is hot and hot all the time so, don’t expect he will play for 40 overs, what if he does?
    3. Pakistan are the underdogs, so don’t write them off.

  47. #47 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 18, 2011 - 10:46 PM

    HAMBANTOTA: Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera described Pakistan as World Cup dangermen on Friday, praising the 1992 champions’ game-breaking firepower.

    “I think Pakistan are really dark horses who can change the game any time. They have the firepower,” said Samaraweera of their rivals in Group A which also includes defending champions Australia and New Zealand.

    Canada, Kenya and Zimbabwe are the other teams in the pool. Sri Lanka open their World Cup campaign with a match against minnows Canada here on Sunday.

    Four teams from each group will qualify for the quarter-finals. Besides India and Bangladesh, South Africa, England, the West Indies, the Netherlands and Ireland complete Group B.

    Samaraweera, 34, who was one of seven players injured during the terror attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Pakistan in March 2009, said Australia cannot be ruled out from winning a fourth consecutive title.

    “Australia have won the tournament three times in a row and they can still do lot of things and even New Zealand are good, but at the moment we are planning for the Canada match, the other teams will come later,” he said.

    Samarweera, who lost his one-day place in 2005 before being recalled two years ago, said his role is to anchor the Sri Lankan innings.

    “I think my role is to control the innings in the middle and I did that last year and also did well in the last warm-up match,” said Samaraweera, who scored a half-century in the four-wicket win against the West Indies on Tuesday.

    “Not only me all the other players know their roles individulally, but most importantly it will depend on the situation you are facing and after that you have to play your natural and normal game,” said Samaraweera.

    He also believes that teams will find it hard to put up big totals in Sri Lanka.

    “Lots of people talk about 300-plus totals, but that could happen in India because the wickets there are flat and the grounds are small,” said Samaraweera.

    “In Sri Lanka we have long boundaries and it would be difficult to post 300-plus totals here.”

  48. #48 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 12:44 AM

    Inability of PCB to rein in players has proved their downfall


    Pakistan’s preparation for the World Cup has been completely over-shadowed by the match-fixing charges that have hogged headlines over the last few months. The overriding emotion in Pakistan is anger and sadness.

    That three young and talented cricketers have let their country down fills cricket fans with a feeling of humiliation, but if one thinks about it, the verdict pronouncing Salman Butt, Mohammed Aamer and Mohammed Asif guilty reflects the chaos and lack of direction within the Pakistan cricket establishment.

    What saddens me further is that this news could not have come at a worse time for Pakistan. There have been devastating floods, the war on terror has denied the country any major sports event, including this very World Cup. This makes the conduct of the three cricketers even more inexplicable – they have not only let themselves down, they have let their country down.

    In all the doom and gloom of their circumstances, the performance of Aamer and Asif in England had filled the Pakistanis with pride and hope. What’s more Butt looked like an assured opener and had the potential to become a good captain.

    It’s unbelievable to see how everything unravelled so rapidly, and how from being possible contenders for the title, Pakistan is considered a no-hoper.

    Deadly duo

    I know it’s pointless to repeat this but Pakistan had the most lethal bowling combination in the form of Aamer and Asif.

    I have seen Wasim Akram at 18 and I have seen Aamer at the same age. I would say this youngster had as much potential as Wasim. Asif too is a very talented bowler, but the inability of the management to handle him and rein him in has cost Pakistan a very promising cricketer.

    Today, the main hope of Pakistan rests on the fact that they are still an unpredictable team and the quarter-final format means they just need two incredible matches to be in the title match.

    The other factor they have going for them is the fact that they still do possess some very talented cricketers. The team was impressive against New Zealand.

    However, the team would have been served better if Shahid Afridi had been announced captain earlier. Considering the team is on awash with leadership options, there was no need to have kept a two-week gap between announcing the team and naming Afridi captain. A cricket captain needs to be prepared and ready when he is leading his side to a World Cup.

    Afridi does not have that luxury, and while he is a flamboyant and energetic player on the field, he needs to do more with the bat to stamp his authority.

    The other problem I have with his being leader is that he does not lead the side in Tests. The pressure and challenge of Test match cricket is so intense, it prepares you for anything and everything that the other versions of the game throw at you.

    In 1992, I had planned my side for a long time because I knew that I would be captaining the team for the World Cup. I started identifying young cricketers, like Inzamam ul Huq, Saeed Anwar, Aamer Sohail from April 1991.

    Unfortunately, Anwar and Waqar Younis got injured before the tournament and we had to do without them. We started the tournament on the most disastrous note possible, and there was a time when we were staring at the exit door. It was at that the preparedness of knowing I would lead and the experience of having captained before did help.

    A huge challenge confronts the Pakistan team ahead of the World Cup. It would be fair to say that India and Sri Lanka are favourites, but thanks to the quarter-finals anything is possible.

    I remember we were favourites in 1987, but were eliminated by a less-fancied Australian side in Lahore. Similarly, when the World Cup returned to the subcontinent in 1996, Pakistan had the strongest team in the competition but lost at the quarters.

    This time round, Pakistan is not one of the favourites, but knowing their penchant for the unpredictable I hope they spring a surprise. Pakistanis are due some good news from their cricketers.

  49. #49 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 19, 2011 - 6:17 AM

    “I have seen Wasim Akram at 18 and I have seen Aamer at the same age. I would say this youngster had as much potential as Wasim.” Imran Khan

    Such statements by these ex-players has poisoned the minds of these young players, even before they have achieved something remarkable or extraordinary they started thinking high as if they are almighty. All these so-called ex-great cricketers are simply idiots. They want to be in the limelight by giving such stupid statements. There is no need to talk about their talent when they don’t deserve to be in the team. Aamir was once willing to cooperate with the authorities and expose Butt and Asif, but he changed his mind because, he thought people would trust him if he says he is innocent. It was a very stupid move from Aamir. Instead of condemning that, Imran Khan is praising the talents of these rogue players. Just let them go to hell, they are the ones who have disgraced the nation, so why talk about their talent or their heroics? Najam Sethi has rightly said, that Imran Khan has no brains.

  50. #50 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 9:44 AM

    I don’t know why Imran is saying that Butt looked like an assured leader and potentially a good captain.

    Butt was so inconsistent that he never looked like an assured leader to me, and we saw too little of his captaincy to determine whether he could be a good leader.

  51. #51 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 9:51 AM

    Javed A Khan

    I think Wasim Akram does not see any difference in Indian Punjab and Pakistani Punjab bakaouz Punjab was one before independence and people on both sides of the border have roots on the other side.

    In fact I pointed this out way back on Pakspin that Pakistani players were always hostile (until recently) towards players like Tendulkar, Ganguly, Pathan brothers, Gambhir, Kumble etc but they were always pally with Yuvraj and Harbhajan because of common ethnicity.

    It used to look so odd that on one hand nasty words are being exchanged with non Punjabi players and dirty looks are given, but on the other hand there is such camaraderie with Punjabi players.

    I remember once during Younis Khan’s knock of 267 at Bangalore, he hit a few boundaries off Harbhajan and then Harbjahan got frustrated and asked him in Punjabi, “Why are you doing this on my bowling?” Harbhajan was so stupid that he thought everyone in the Pakistani team was a Punjabi. Younis did not understand him and just raised his hands as if to ask, “What the hell are you saying?”

  52. #52 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 9:53 AM

    Sehwag is murdering the Bangladesh bowling at the moment and Tendulkar was run out on 28. India are looking to post 300+.

  53. #53 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 9:56 AM

    Lion of Lahore to King of Karachi?

    The class of 92 were in geneal an average team, a mixture of players who were passed their sell by dates and players who were relative uknowns in international cricket.

    Imran and Miandad were at veteran stage with both legends having seen better days in terms of fitness and form. Salim Malik and Ijaz Ahmed had poor tournaments, whilst the likes of Amir Sohail and Rameez Raja were solid rather than spectacular.

    Whilst Javed and Imran provided the stability in the middle order, it was left to the younger squad members to provide Pakistan with the spark. Mushtaq Ahmed, Inzamam ul Haq, Wasim Akram and Aaqib Javed raised their game when it mattered and eventually this proved crucial.

    However the inspiration behind the effort was the skipper Imran Khan. The Lion of Lahore absorbed the pressure, and took it upon himself to lead from the front. He ensured his team were 100% behind him, he ensured that they played with an attacking attitude and plenty of flair. The whole mindset for the team seemed to become all out attack and the fear of losing just did not exist. The team gelled as a unit, the longer the tournament went on and got better and better with each game.

    It would be totally unfair to compare Shahid Afridi with Imran Khan or indeed say that he is the same type of character, but there is one thing that Shahid can do and that is to inspire his team to new heights.

    Afridi has always divided Pakistani fans on his approach and his leadership and the World Cup presents Afridi with the ideal opportunity to silence his critics.

    His own form has been patchy and during the tour of New Zealand he showed in one innings what a destructive batsman he can be on his day. His bowling form also has been inconsistent, but now is the time for Afridi to raise his game, now is the time for Afridi to lead from the front, now is the time for Afridi to lead his team into battle and take on the World.

    The World Cup presents Afridi with an opportunity to become the King of Karachi, whether he can grasp that opportunity with both hands remains to be seen.

  54. #54 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 9:59 AM

    Pakistan’s chances look bright: Moin Khan

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan skipper Moin Khan reckons that Pakistan’s unpredictability will be their key weapon at the World Cup.

    “All predictions made against Pakistan and not counting them amongst top title contenders, doesn’t make me write off their chances for a successful campaign at the World Cup,” Moin told PPI.

    “I feel they (Pakistan) have all the potential to prove that all the predictions made against them were incorrect.

    “Although critics say India, Australia, South Africa and England are favourites, but I consider Pakistan to be a big threat to all of them and you never how they perform at the end of the day.

    “I am very excited and I feel that for around five years Pakistan have not been in as good shape as it is now. I feel they would enthrall everyone at the World Cup.

    “I think the team is a combination of the best possible lot. Shahid Afridi is doing well as a captain and the body language of the players is also very positive. These are the reasons that I feel that they have the potential to claim the title.”

    Moin, who was the wicket-keeper of the 1992 World Cup winning squad, said that winning a title for the country is the best incentive for any cricketer.

    He advised the team to stay united and perform and if they manage to win the World Cup then they would always cherish the taste of World Cup victory.

  55. #55 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 10:03 AM

    Everyone knows India is a strong team and a favourite to win the World Cup, and Tendulkar is a legendary batsman, but Wasim Akram can’t stop writing about India. If you search him on Google all of his recent articles or comments are about how good India and Tendulkar are.

    There are also other teams playing in his Cup, Wasim Akram.

  56. #56 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 10:34 AM

    The World Cup has started with India destroying Bangladesh.

    Sehwag has sent a signal and this kind of start from India will unnerve many teams.

    I feel sorry for Bangladesh and I wonder if they will be able to recover from this downfall.

  57. #57 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 10:41 AM

    Amir Sohail rates Gambhir as India’s most important player

    Former Pakistan captain Aamer Sohail rates Gautam Gambhir as India’s most important player maintaining that the reliable opener can give India the edge over other title contenders in World Cup 2011.

    The former Test opener said Gambhir is the vital cog in India’s star-studded batting line-up because of his ability to play long innings.

    “The most important player for India is going to be Gautam Gambhir because he has the ability to anchor an innings and allow the other players to play freely,” Sohail wrote in his column for The Newson Saturday.

    Sohail is expecting India to be at its best in the World Cup, stressing the fact that it will be Sachin Tendulkar’s last World Cup and his teammates will go all out to give him a great farewell.

    “Sachin Tendulkar will be playing in his last World Cup. Tendulkar can inspire the Indians. He is a great cricketer and a demi-god in his country.

    “The Indian team is going to rally around him and will try its best to make it Tendulkar’s World Cup in a bid to give the legend a befitting farewell,” stressed Sohail.

    Sohail warned the top teams to beware of Pakistan and West
    Indies. “Four teams – Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and India – seem to have the best chances of reaching the semifinals.

    “But personally, I believe that Pakistan and West Indies can really be dangerous teams. They’ve got experience. They’ve got talent. They’ve got match-winners. The only point is how hungry are they?

    “The West Indians should feel at home playing in the sub-continent because the playing conditions will be pretty similar to that in the Caribbean. If they play as a team, anything is possible.

    “Same is the case with Pakistan. If they can gel together and the players manage to give their best, they can go all the way.”

  58. #58 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 19, 2011 - 12:43 PM

    LOL@ Shahid Afridi to be THE KING OF KARACHI. Shahid Afridi is a Pathan and his only mistake is, his parents decided to live in Karachi. Besides, Afridi considers himself to be a Pakistani first. Why on earth these “FartPassion” guys create jingoism for nothing? These are the people who divide Pakistan by creating such slogans of Lion of Lahore and bloody blah. Like Nawaz Shareef created the slogan and distributed brochures, “Jaag Punjabi Jaag.” He thought the whole of Punjab is sleeping like him after eating Nihari, Shab Degh and gulping Badaam Doodh.

  59. #59 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 19, 2011 - 12:58 PM


    Aamir Churail is another big mouth tindoo, he wants to say something different so he chose Gambhir and ignored Sehwag. Sehwag played a great innings today, I am watching live on TV but I saw on the computer that the, cricinfo commentators soon after the innings break, wrote this: “Whoah, that was not what the huge crowd in Mirpur expected. Sehwag had talked of this being a ‘revenge’ match for the 2007 debacle, and he delivered in style.” First of all neither Sehwag nor any of the players said that or may even have thought that so why these people write such comments? Secondly, this is an innings break and Bangladesh has not yet started batting, what if they bounce back and beat India? (I don’t think it is possible but it is just a game) Are they going to eat a humble pie, chew their words?

    There you go, the match started a few minutes ago and BD are 21/0 in 2.2 overs

  60. #60 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 1:11 PM

    Sreesanth is getting hammered by the Bangladeshi batsmen.

    If Bangla score 300 then in my opinion that is a defeat for India.

  61. #61 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 1:15 PM

    I hope this World Cup doesn’t produce matches where every team is scoring 300+.

    It will be a slap on the faces of the South Asian cricket boards and the ICC.

    The BCCI is so dominant on ICC, why can’t they produce sporting pitches?

    This is pathetic by the BCCI, they don’t realise they are taking the excitement away from cricket.

    No wonder India has only one sporting pitch- the Mohali ground.

    The Pakistani pitch management is better than India’s- despite being batting pitches the curators often leave something for the bowlers in Lahore and Karachi. The Multan ground is also alright for bowling.

  62. #62 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 1:19 PM

    Patel gets Kayes.

    Has India applied the brakes on Bangla?

  63. #63 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 1:48 PM

    This man Yousaf Pathan, he is not a good bowler and not a good batman, butta the only reason he is a keep in the team is because of his fielding

  64. #64 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 1:53 PM

    Team spirit can go a long way. Bangla has average players but they play as a team and are united which is why they often spring a surprise and worry the opposition, even if for one session in a match.

    Pakistan has many talented players but the team spirit is poor. The players perform only when they want to perform.

  65. #65 by newguy on February 19, 2011 - 2:12 PM

    Hi Guys,

    I am up from 3.30 AM this morning and watching the first WC game live in HD quality on big screen TV, this is awesome.

    India came out determined and put up a huge score, Sehwag batted with more composure as he seems to be wanting to bat longer now. Even though he played an amazing innings, he did not look like he could make 200 today, since he was on 175 on the 47th over. That goes on to show the genius of Tendulkar when he made that 200 look so easy, that too against a top quality bowling attack like SA. Nothing taken away from Sehwag though because it was a wonderful innings.

    India would have thought they had done their job and now can relax, but boy were they wrong! Bangla openers with crowd roaring behind them took the attack to India’s bowlers, especially Sreesanth was taken to the cleaners. But that was also because Sreesanth was bowling with good pace and swinging the ball, at times he bowled rubbish trying too much. But this is what is needed for an attacking opening pair, some luck, some boldness, and some aggression. I am glad that Bangladesh openers came out with positive mind set and took the attacl. Of course I do not want them to win and it is very unlikely to win chasing a target like that. I am happy that they did not give up and make the match exciting. This what World Cup need, every team to compete, and Bangladesh is no longer minnows.

    India has some worries with their bowling, imagine defending 250 or 270 odd runs against a top team in a knockout stage.

    This is why I think India will stumble in the knockout stage, they may very get through the league by dominating sides, but come the knockout their weak bowling will give them up. They can’t score 300+ every match and especially in a big game, then the bowling weakness will give them up.

    As for all the experts and TV pundits drumming India up, well, they are after the money, they know this what will sell the news and put wine and champagne on their table. Wasim Akram is very blatant in going after what Indians want to hear and he knows which side of the bread is buttered. Earlier when you guys, especially Javed Khan kept saying he is after monmey, I used to think this is OK as a professional. But now I see how blatant Akram is in giving Indian media what they want to hear, praise Indian team without any restraint as if no one else is paying the WC.

    This is disgusting, I do wish to see India win the WC for sure, but I can’t stand the Indian media going overboard with jingoism and the average Indian fan going hyperbole. They won’t tone it down, and if India loses in the knockout then I think they deserve all the taunting they will receive from neutrals and their opponents.

    Back to this match, I don’t think it’s really that bad if Bangla score 300 in this game. First, India will still win by a good margin, so from points aspect they are fine. Second, it will put Indian bowling and fielding weakness in focus and that will make them work on it to improve for next game, whenever Indian has done poorly in a game in recent times they always work harder and come back. Winning easily will make them complacent. Third, it will tone down the hyperbole media and fans a bit. Finally, it will make the game interesting.

  66. #66 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 2:36 PM


    Good analysis.

    As long as Harbhajan bowls at less than 5 runs per over India will be in a comfortable position.

    Bangla has clearly improved. However they should have taken more risks when Harbhajan was introduced. If Harbhajan is allowed to settle India will always be able to subdue the opposition.

  67. #67 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 2:45 PM

    Bangla can’t make 216 runs in the remaining 126 balls by playing singles. The time for big hitting has come. If they can’t hit big now they will struggle in every match.

    Dhoni did an excellent stumping of Siddique. India is doing alright and they should win the way they are playing.

  68. #68 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 4:04 PM

    Wahab Riaz becomes latest Pakistani bowler embroiled in no-ball controversy

    A third Pakistan fast bowler was said to be ready to bowl deliberate no balls during the Test series against England last summer, Sportsmail can reveal.

    The plan failed to materialise, but Wahab Riaz – who played against England in yesterday’s World Cup warm-up match in Fatullah – was referred to by a businessman in telephone conversations with News of the World reporter Mazher Mahmood as one of ‘the three ones that we could get no balls off’.

    The other two – Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer, along with former Test captain Salman Butt – are already serving bans imposed by an independent tribunal for their parts in the spot-fixing.

    Riaz, who played in the last two Tests of the four match series, was interviewed by Scotland Yard in September before being released without charge.

    But in a conversation between the businessman and Mahmood, transcribed in a redacted version of the tribunal’s report, Riaz’s name is mentioned as the pair discuss plans for Pakistan’s bowlers to send down deliberate no balls on the fourth morning of the third Test at The Oval.

    According to the transcript, the plan fell through because Pakistan coach Waqar Younis had lectured his bowlers on the need for discipline at the start of the fourth morning.

    The businessman also explained Pakistan would in any case be bowling two spinners instead of the seamers. He said: ‘They’re not even going to be going with Asif, yeah, Wahab, or Aamer – so with the three ones that we could get the no balls off…’

    In the redacted version of the report, the words ‘Wahab’ and ‘three’ have been blacked out. In the event, Pakistan needed only four deliveries to take the last wicket on the fourth morning and they were all bowled by Aamer, who was completing an unfinished over from the night before. None was a no ball.

    Wahab was photographed by the News of the World allegedly looking at cash in the businessman’s jacket pocket. There is, however, no suggestion Wahab deliberately bowled a no ball in the 2010 series.

  69. #69 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 4:18 PM

    Bangla managed 280 odd which is a great score by their standards.

    It was largely a one man show for India with Sehwag smashing 175. I think India will welcome the victorious start to the campaign but they will have some goosebumps about how they managed to let Bangla score about 300.

    I don’t think India will play 3 seamers in the forthcoming matches.

  70. #70 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 19, 2011 - 4:51 PM

    Shucks!! Even Sehwag told Ravi Shastri after receiving the man of the match award that, it was a REVENGE GAME. Why???? Why do they have to say this when they have already won it by big margin? I don’t like this revenge business in sports. In that case there will be revenge between India and Pakistan, between England and Australia, between South Africa and West Indies, so on and so forth.

    I have taken the entire WC package of 49 matches and like newguy I was also watching it on big screen HD TV the only thing wrong is the timing. The match starts at 3:30 a.m. I didn’t sleep the whole night, next time I have to sleep early and get up early otherwise it would be very taxing.

    newguy, congratulations and you must thank Wasim Akram for predicting correctly that India will win and India are hot favourites, otherwise this wouldn’t have happen. I am glad that you can see what we have been seeing here for a long time. Almost 5 years ago I used to tell things about Shoaib Malik that he is a meesna and he is like a dog in the manger, he plays dirty politics etc., etc., and people used to argue with me, later Intikhab Alam, Abdul Qadir and a few others started talking openly in front of the media that he is like a termite etc. etc. Thank God he is out of the team. I am also glad to see the back side of Salman’s Nikki Butt.

  71. #71 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 19, 2011 - 5:01 PM

    I was telling my friends here that, Bangladesh made a wrong decision to field first after winning the toss, they should have batted first but, the experts opinion of dew factor scared him and he thought, BD would be better off chasing but, then they let India loose and a total of 370 is very daunting and despite a good start it was never seems like a reality to achieve it.

    Sehwag got tired that is why he could not reach the magical 200 despite staying on the crease for 47.3 overs. Last night on CBN they were showing Pakistan vs. Zimbabwe WC 2007 match in which Imran Nazir scored 160 and was out in the 44th over. He too was not focusing on 200, there was a possibility for him but, he is one of those characters who can hit without thinking.

  72. #72 by newguy on February 19, 2011 - 5:44 PM

    Well, India won comfortably in the end, which I never suspected, and they did not concede 300 runs which is important psychologically.

    JAK, thanks but no thanks to Wasim Chakram, he is just pandering out to India TV people who are even sleazier, because all they care is selling news and all Chakram cares is getting paid. Those fools who cannot see through this are simpletons, or “paindoos” as you say 🙂 They must be thinking, oh here is Chakram the great fast bowler who tormented us in the 90’s coming back and praising us, so this means our team is really good. Well, fact is Chakram was a great fast bowler, but off the field and post retirement his character is really “paindoo” LOL .. did I say that correctly?

    Same goes for folks like Sehwag who talks like a simpleton when asked by Ravi Shastri, Bangladesh is an ordinary team, this is a revenge match, they could not win today, so on .. there is a disconnect between their cricket skills and their think before you speak skills.

    No need to be cockahoop over this win, since there are tougher teams and India have weakness in third seamer, neither Sreesanth the Bander, nor Ashish Nehra are bowling well, they are leaking runs. It might be better for Dhoni to take R. Ashwin or P. Chawla in the team for next games, just go with two seamers in ZAK and Patel. Today all 3 main bowlers did really well, Ashwin / Chawla could have been way better.

    On to the next matches, I am not happy tomorrow’s games are against minnows for both SL and NZ, it’s a Sunday and I was hoping for a much better game.

  73. #73 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 19, 2011 - 7:11 PM


    agreed about Indian bowling, they should have got in Chawla or Ashwin, I am glad that the Bander got thrashed because he thinks too much of himself when he takes wickets. He has not learned his lessons yet, he keeps snaring and snarling at the opposition. When Imrul was hitting him for fours one was an inside edge which was a lucky four for him, he bowled a line no-ball and then got thrashed and then he bowled a huge wide for 5 runs and he was looking up into the sky, the commentator said, the help is not going to come from heavens you have to do it right yourself. He gave away 24 runs in that over and BD raced to 51 in 5 overs. But, for BD players to sustain that run rate till the end was next to impossible and I knew that the moment one of the openers gets out they will not be able to score at the same run rate and that is exactly what happened.

    Its a shame that Ashraful is out of form and not in the team and so is Mashrafe Murtaza and their problem is fast bowling department just like India. ZAK bowled well and he seems to have lost some weight and got a new hairstyle with some gold streaks but, in general he was looking more fit to me than what he appeared a few months ago. Munna Bhai, when he takes wickets he laughs and when he gets thrashed he yells at the fielders even when it is not their fault but he expects them to stop that boundary. Talking of boundary my name is YKP got a nasty one from the advertising hoardings. I think they must remove those hoardings because they are dangerous for players. They should simply be made of plastic banners and other soft material to provide cushion for the players if they fall.

  74. #74 by newguy on February 19, 2011 - 9:34 PM


    Yeah, I was scared that YKP broke his neck with that fall, it looked very dangerous to me, but the guy is tough, someone on the commentary said his name, Pathan, sounds tough. Anyway, I agree these boards are dangerous.

    Speaking on the Bander, he needs to get a few more slaps, I wish one of the spectators or opposition players will do that, so that no one in India team need to undergo a ban for slapping him. The guy has some skills when he does well, but brings so much baggage that it’s better not having him.

  75. #75 by khansahab on February 19, 2011 - 10:09 PM

    There has been so much hue and cry about Umar Akmal, who averages 34 in ODI’s with a strike rate of mid 80s. India’s Virat Kohli averages 49 with the same strike rate.

    Umar Akmal is a better strokemaker, but Kohli is better temperamentally. Kohli is also more educated and refined than Akmal.

    I think the PCB management has mistreated Akmal recently and he has been dropped once or twice for apparently no good reason which must have dented his confidence. But, there was no reason for people like Abdul Qadir, Zaheer Abbas and Amran Khan to compare him with Viv Richards and Tendulkar.

    I have hardly ever heard anyone praising Kohli who is certainly one of the best young batsmen in the world.

  76. #76 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 20, 2011 - 12:59 AM


    That was Sanjay Manjrekar who said, he is a Pathan and they are meant to be tough. I agree with you that the Bander needs a few more slaps.


    This is what I said earlier about Imran Khan when he was talking so high about Asif and Aamir and comparing him with so and so….. he did that before for Sami, Younus Khan, Umar Akmal and now he was praising these 3 rogue players.

    Tonight matches are not that important, Kenya vs. NZ starts at mid-night EST and Canada vs. SL starts at 5:00 a.m. EST. I am not sure I will watch the whole 2 matches, because of sleep deprivation last night. May be the beginning of the first match and then sleep and watch the second half of the second match. The timings are awful and we are so used to watching T20 which is a shorter version of the game and this 50 overs seems like unending game.

    Adolph Hitler after hearing that a 5 day test match ended without any result, said, “what kinda rubbish game is this. It must NEVER be played in Germany and let the English suffer from the agony of playing such sport.” 😀 But, the story that Hitler killed his German cricket team is absolutely nonsense.

  77. #77 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 20, 2011 - 6:01 AM

    I missed the whole bloody Kenyan innings! I was talking to some friends and they were not interested in cricket besides, the match is not so important so, I said never mind and I sat with them for 50 minutes after the match started and then, I went to see the match, Kenya all out for 69. If this is the standard then I better not worry about the second match that starts at 5:00 a.m. it would be better to sleep.

    What a waste of a match. Is it the same team Kenya that played the semifinals in South Africa?

  78. #78 by Mohammed Munir on February 20, 2011 - 10:53 AM

    Canada is playing superbly and they have really restricted the Sri Lankan batsmen so far. Not only are the Sri Lankan finding it hard to score but they are also two down with a much slower overall run rate.

    As on the spot, the Sri Lankan after winning the toss and selecting to bat first are only 104 in 22 overs with 2 wickets. Sangakkara has scored 19 off 34 balls. 😦

    If Canada has to stage an upset, I guess this is the time and the chance for them.

    Good Luck to Javed Khan. 😉

  79. #79 by Mohammed Munir on February 20, 2011 - 10:54 AM

    I tried to post a few comments in the morning but nothing was posted :confused:

  80. #80 by Mohammed Munir on February 20, 2011 - 10:56 AM

    LOL @ “FartPassion”. Are the Farting with Passion ❓

    LOL @ “big mouth tindoo”. 😉

    I am also glad to see the back side of Salman’s Nikki Butt . … No wonder. 😉

    On Wasim Akram … Well if it was Wasim’s choice then I think he would have opted for a World Cup Final between India and India–A teams. 😀

  81. #81 by Mohammed Munir on February 20, 2011 - 10:57 AM

    On Bangladesh / India game …

    It seems as India was really waiting for this ‘revenge’ game for four long years. 😉

    I am happy the way Bangladesh has been crushed and reminded about their real place among the league of top teams.

    I know it’s a bit unfair from Sehwag to call it a ‘revenge’ game, but if anyone wants to see the real colour of Bengali team then you should see them playing against either Ireland or Netherlands.

    When and if Bangladesh team is ever winning a game, not only their supporters are hooting but even the Bangladesh players humiliate, taunt, tease and ridicule the opposition in the ground. I have seen them doing that to UAE players many times, and after beating Zimbabwe and New Zealand they started believing themselves as serious contenders for the WC.

    On a different note, I agree with Javed Khan had Bangladesh opted for batting first after winning the toss and posted something like even 280/ 300, it would have been a different ball-game.

  82. #82 by Mohammed Munir on February 20, 2011 - 11:01 AM

    Khansahab …

    @ Your comment no. 50.

    Bhai Sahab, Imran Khan had said, “assured OPENER” about Salman Butt and NOT ‘assured leader’, as you have ‘observed’ it.

    Although, you have promptly highlighted Imran Khan’s comments by marking them in bold, but it seems you forgot to read them. 😉

    Whereas about Salman-the-Butt’s captaincy, Imran had only said that Salman “had the potential to become a good captain”.

    Only potential.

  83. #83 by Mohammed Munir on February 20, 2011 - 11:02 AM

    This is also one of my earlier comments of the day.

    Kenya bundled out for 69 against NZ.

    Javed Khan good luck for Canada’s game against Sri Lanka.

  84. #84 by Mohammed Munir on February 20, 2011 - 11:05 AM

    Big Shame on ICC …

    Although, there are 14 teams playing in the current World Cup, but the forthcoming World Cup will have only 10 major teams, because (the inside news is that) BCCI wants ICC to exclude the minnows.

    I agree there are 4 minnow teams and these games are of less importance to major countries, but just look at the positive side, how much invaluable exposure these smaller teams/ players are getting by playing competitive with their big–cousins.

    There goes the chances of Canada, UAE, or Afghanistan to ever play a World Cup again. 😦

    It seems, BCCI is not happy with so many ‘dead-rubber’ games due to inclusion of these minnows because in these games the TV rights and incomes are low (All they care about is MONEY). So BCCI has influenced ICC in scraping 4 teams for the next World Cup and have only top ten teams.

    The information is that they (BCCI/ ICC) may be reducing less-important and commercially unviable games, but the actual fact is that they are grossly hurting the game of cricket from by restriction it’s growth and development.

    It’s a big shame on ICC’s face that even after hundreds of years of it’s inception, the game of cricket is having around 8 (at the most 10) teams who can play competitive cricket. While on the other hand, Football World Cup under FIFA has at least 32 teams of almost equal standings and still so many other good teams from Europe, South America and Africa can not make it.

    Have read of this Cricinfo article:

    Players and coaches round on ICC Associates decision

  85. #85 by khansahab on February 20, 2011 - 11:56 AM

    Munir sahab

    I was just testing you there to see whether you really always skim read everything or only do it when the comment or article is about Musharraf 😉

  86. #86 by khansahab on February 20, 2011 - 12:12 PM

    Why can’t they leave Woolmer alone and let his soul rest in peace?

    Why the need to remind the players about the 2007 World Cup and Woolmer?

    Woolmer was a good coach and he was loved by the players and this is evident, but it is time to forget him and focus only on positives.

    Win it for the late Woolmer, Inzamam tells Pakistan

    Karachi, Feb 20 (PTI) Pakistan”s most capped ODI player, Inzamam-ul-Haq has urged Shahid Afridi”s men to put up a steller show in the ongoing World Cup for late coach Bob Woolmer who, the former captain said, always believed in the team”s ability to be the best in the world.
    Pakistan should try to do well in this World Cup not only for the country but also for our late coach Bob Woolmer, who always believed we had the potential to be the number one side in the world,” Inzamam told PTI.
    “It will also help ease the pain of crashing out in the first round of the last World Cup when we had a fine combination that was disturbed by injuries,” he added.
    Inzamam also reckoned that senior batsman Younis Khan has a pivotal role to play for his side in the tournament
    Younis, who played many a splendid knock under Inzamam”s leadership, gave up captaincy in November 2009 to focus on his batting.
    “He is a key member and has the capability to anchor the innings and play out the full 50 overs. He must bat at number three, a position he is most comfortable in, and has scored most of his runs in Test matches,� Inzamam, who played 375 ODIs and 120 Tests, told PTI.
    The former batsman noted that Younis now have the experience to be the line-up”s mainstay.
    “The good thing is that Younis has lately been getting back his form and seems to be enjoying his cricket. I think for a player of his calibre, he will love to perform on the World Cup stage,” Inzamam, who had played a stellar role in Pakistan”s World Cup triumph in 1992, said.
    He pointed out that experience was crucial in a high pressure tournament like the World Cup.
    “Younis, Afridi, Razzaq, Kamran and Shoaib have played in World Cups and must now show the way to the others. They must perform and guide the others,” he said.
    Inzamam also felt that Pakistan”s strength lies in their attack, especially considering the sub-continental conditions.
    “Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar and Wahab Riaz they can all bowl at good pace and can reverse swing the ball. In the conditions in Sri Lanka and the two other host countries, these three have the ability to bowl out any side.”
    The former great noted that Pakistan”s strategy must be based on attacking bowling.
    “This plan worked well for us in 1992 and 1999 (Pakistan reached the final). The bowlers should be told not to worry about giving away runs in the powerplay, which that can happen to any bowler nowadays. They must be told to look for wickets.
    “In any form of cricket, wickets keep the batting side under pressure. The good thing for Pakistan is that it has the pace and spin bowlers with the ability to take wickets.”

  87. #87 by khansahab on February 20, 2011 - 1:36 PM

    Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Fined | Rehman Malik Thanks Chidambaram

    New Delhi: Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and his manager have been slapped with a penalty of Rs 15 lakh each under the Customs Act for carrying over $ 1 lakh undeclared while boarding a flight from Delhi to Dubai last week.

    The artiste and his manager Maroof who were charged under the Foreign Exchange Management Act and Customs Act, will have to pay the fine immediately to have Khan’s money, passport and other documents returned.

    On Saturday, Rahat was charged with violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) and Customs Act.

    His manager Maroof was also charged for similar offenses.

    Rahat Fateh Ali Khan fined under Customs Act

    Earlier Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was questioned on Friday by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence officials for allegedly carrying $ 1.24 lakh (about Rs 60 lakh) of undeclared foreign currency.

    The investigation was against Rahat and four of his associates.

    The DRI officials had also interrogated two foreign exchange dealers in Mumbai on Friday in connection with the matter.

    Besides Rahat, his manager Maroof, owner of an event management company Chitresh Shrivastava, and two employees of Mumbai-based Foreign Exchange firm were detained and questioned at length about the source of the money.

    Rahat was detained when he, along with his 16-member troupe, was on his way to Lahore via Dubai.

    Soon after their detention, searches were conducted simultaneously on the premises of “Eyeline Telefilm and Events” in Mumbai, owned by Chitresh, elder brother of bollywood singer Aadesh Shrivastava.

    Sources privy to the investigations claimed that the sleuths found Rs 51 lakh in cash which was seized besides some documents.

    As per norms, no one can carry beyond $ 5,000 in cash and $ 5,000 in other instruments. The person has to declare the amount if he is carrying more than this to the Customs Department.

    Khan is rated as a one of the top playback singer of Hindi film industry who has several hit numbers to his credit. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer this year for ‘Dil To Bachcha Hai Ji’ from the movie ‘Ishqiya’.

    Pakistan interior minister Rahman Malik on Tuesday thanked home minister P Chidambaram for the release of renowned singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who was detained by revenue enforcement authorities at the IGI airport here for allegedly carrying foreign currency beyond permissible limits. Meanwhile, the Pakistan singer is expected to be fined for the violation of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) violation, provided the investigations don’t unearth further links, government sources indicated. The jail term comes into picture only if the singer fails to pay the fine.

    Malik also assured Chidambaram of Khan’s full cooperation in the matter in accordance with the law.

  88. #88 by newguy on February 20, 2011 - 2:08 PM

    On the Bangla behavior that Munir commented. There is something similar that I wanted post.

    I have noticed that they behave like small people, not physically, even though they are physically also smallest of the sub-continent people.

    I mean in behavior they act small minded people. It’s not only their players but even the crowd act so small minded, it is one thing to cheer for your team and support them all along, but it is another thing to ridicule opposition when and if they win or hit a few fours and sixes. They are really poorly behaved in appreciating the opposition, not only that, they cheer sadistically when an opposition player is hurt. This happened during the India game yesterday.

    When Sehwag and Kohli was massacring their bowling the ground went into a shocked state and not a single clap was heard except from Indians who flew in to watch the game.

    What was more worse was they cheered when Sehwag inside edged onto his own body and was in pain, they did this again for Kohli when he inside edged into his private parts. This really shows how small minded they are.

    Surely, some parts of India also this happens, when opposition is dominating some Indians go silent, but not to the extend of small mindedness shown by the Bangla crowd yesterday. Especially cheering when a batsman hit the ball on to his own body and hurt himself is really viscous, there is a decency that is expected.

  89. #89 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 20, 2011 - 2:22 PM


    1. On Inzamam calling Pakistan to win for Woolmer: He would like to say such things because now he is a PIR and he has no basic school education, reportedly he has become filthy rich from Peeri Mureedi and also from the hospital in Multan he has built. When people have no education and such bent of mind towards religion without much faith involvement, they talk like Inzamam.

    2. On Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, reportedly the amount is $124,000 in total. It is good that they (Indian customs) have arrested him for not respecting the laws of the country. How can you take such huge amount of money undeclared money out of the country? It is believed that he makes about 5-6 million rupees per show and there are dozens of shows every year and, he pays ZERO INCOME TAX. So, it is good that he is getting a lesson now. This should also end his future tours to India and a lesson for other culprits from Pakistan who go there to make money and declare nothing to avoid taxes.


    I missed the Sri Lankan innings but, I am watching the Canadian batting which is not very good. The Indian umpire Tarapore seems to be in a hurry to give the decisions in SL favour. Initially he gave an LBW decision in a hurry which was a border line case and that should have not been given out and the Canadians did not challenge for a review. The second time in case of Bagai @ Murali‘s bowling he gave him out whereas, the ball was hit above the pads and the review confirmed it was at least 9 inches above the wickets and the decision was reversed. Again, for the same batsman and same bowler another review took place in the second over and the umpire was reluctant and gave not out and it was a marginal decision which remained as not out. So, what I mean is Taraporing is not allowed in international matches such as the WC.

  90. #90 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 20, 2011 - 2:34 PM


    I have also noticed that one sided behaviour of the Bangla crowd which is not new to me, I have seen that in Eden Gardens Kolkata and I don’t want to sound like a racist here but, people say that, Bangla crowd and Bangla mob on both sides of the border is the most dangerous and difficult mob to control. As far as the crowd behaviour is concerned, the partisan crowd is seen in many parts of the sub-continent. I remember when Afridi was playing in Kanpur and scored that 42 ball 100 there was a pin drop silence in the stadium and a young girl quickly scribbled this message on a play card: ” Afridi please spare us, Dosti Ki Khatir.”

  91. #91 by khansahab on February 20, 2011 - 3:21 PM


    It is amazing how one country can produce such diverse crowd. I remember the hostile Indian crowd of Kolkata and UP/Bihar areas whereas the crowd in the South is generally more tolerant.

    I remember how the Indians cheered Saeed Anwar when he made 194. He got a standing ovation when he reached his 100 and also when he was dismissed.

    I have never seen a match in Mumbai but I think they would be more tolerant.

    In Pakistan the crowd of Karachi is pathetic but they do cheer and support the Indian team.

  92. #92 by khansahab on February 20, 2011 - 5:05 PM

    Sourav Ganguly throws in sledge at Australia by claiming that Pakistan will beat Ponting’s men

    Sourav Ganguly has done it again, taking a swipe at Australia on the eve of their World Cup opener against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad.

    The former India captain twisted the knife by labelling Australia worse than crisis-stricken Pakistan.

    And Ganguly went further, saying he hopes to see someone torpedo Australia’s bid for a fourth consecutive Cricket World Cup crown.

    Ganguly is renowned for his verbal jousts with opponents and he was at the centre of the ugly racism storm that marred India’s last trip to Australia three years ago.

    Australia go into this tournament as the world’s No 1-ranked one-day side, but Ganguly believes their World Cup reign is about to come crashing down.

    “The days of Australian dominance seem to be over,” Ganguly said.

    Ricky Ponting has not dropped a game as captain. But this current team doesn’t look as formidable and their confidence seems to have taken a beating, especially with the heavy Ashes defeat.

    “Their performances in the two warm-up games have been very ordinary.

    “It’s going to be a huge cricket extravaganza for the next 45 days and I hope we see a new champion.”

    But Ganguly’s most stinging barb is his belief that struggling Pakistan, rocked by the match-fixing saga last year, are a better one-day team than Australia.

    Currently ranked sixth in the ICC rankings, Pakistan have won just eight of their past 26 one-day internationals and were thumped 5-0 last year in Australia.

    “This World Cup is an even platform and, as of today, the three best teams, along with India, are South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan,” Ganguly wrote in his Indian newspaper column.

  93. #93 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 20, 2011 - 8:02 PM

    Javed Mianadad warned the Pakistani team to shrug off the sense of complacency when playing against minnows, he said Pakistan should be extra careful when playing against Kenya, Canada and Zimbabwe. Just like Sri Lanka did today against Canada, they literally crushed the Canadian team in all departments. Even if Pakistan wins against these teams but with a low margin it dents their reputation and affects their performance against big teams. Therefore, it is imperative that they take the minnows seriously.

  94. #94 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 20, 2011 - 8:11 PM


    Ganguly is a master of controversies and mischievousness, he love to tease Ponting and his team. Whatever he wrote is possible but, this does not mean Pakistan can easily walk over Australia. They have to beat them by working very hard. There is no Nathan Hauritz and Mike Hussey in the team and Saeed Ajmal should be a relieved man because Hussey is not there. He cannot claim that it is an opportunity lost to take revenge. There is no revenge in the game, it is a matter of opportunity and Pakistan must consider themselves as lucky that he is not there in the team, he is a finisher unlike Misbah who is the opposite of Hussey. Misbah builds up the innings and ends in a fiasco. Hauritz will also be missed by the Australians especially on the spin friendly pitches he would have bothered the opposition a lot.

    For Pakistan, Shaun Tait, Brett Lee, Mitchel Johnson and Bollinger are enough to trouble them. And, in their batting line up they have, Clarke, Ponting, Watson, Cameron White, Brad Haddin and David Hussey even the young Tim Paine is a Pain in the whatever for them. So, beating Australia is not easy especially with this Pakistani team which performs well only once in ten games.

  95. #95 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 20, 2011 - 8:14 PM

    I have just noticed that Shahid Afridi and Abdur Rahman were born on the same day, same month, same year.

  96. #96 by Varun Suri on February 20, 2011 - 9:12 PM

    Hello Friends,

    Now that the World Cup has started I could not resist writing in here.

    I am back in India for good…umm for now…and in the process of settling down after 8 years of a (what it feels now) Vacation abroad.

    A lot has happened since i last wrote here but I had been following most of the threads here.

    In this World Cup I would love to see an India-Pakistan Final because they might not meet each other earlier!

    But I am not a man of predictions so may the best team win the Cup!

    It was good to see Sehwag trying to bat out 50 overs, I hope he can do it more often, Kohli seems to be in the form of his life but still the only weak link in Indian Team is their bowling which could let them down during key moments.

    I can sympathise with the Bangladeshi fans because it could be quite frustrating to follow a team who is still struggling to make a mark in Cricket after so many years of playing it.

    I have never been to a Cricket stadium in India but “I am agree” with khansahab in that the Northern India is more agressive as compared to South or even Central when it comes to Crowd behaviour. Our extravagant and over-agressive behaviour is not only limited to Cricket but also to much wider aspects of life from Driving on the roads to Wedding Ceremonies or to show off in whichever way you can!

    I do not know much of the east as I have never been there but it seems the Bangla fans being such Football crazy fans also bring that kind of behaviour into Cricket. In Calcutta there is a very celebrated rivalry between two Football Cubs Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. Everyone remembers what happened when Kambli cried in 1996 the bongobandhu were at their best, having said that my fav player Ganguly is also a bengali and I am fully agree with whatever he said.


  97. #97 by JAVED A. KHAN on February 20, 2011 - 9:25 PM


    Welcome back to the blog at the right time, we have a new thread now with the same caption but, THE PAKISTANI PERSPECTIVE. So, please comment there, I am copy pasting your comment over there for our readers. Thanks.

  98. #98 by ankur on March 29, 2012 - 9:21 PM

    your blog is very nice and use full information that u have shown it.I realy like Ur Blog Man

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