INDIA vs. WEST INDIES 2011 WC ROUND MATCH

INDIA VS. WEST INDIES…………… GO INDIA GO

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 20, 2011 - 6:09 AM

    the size of the flags have not come in the right proportion due to whatever reasons, but the important thing is you please write your comments here for today’s match between India and West Indies. The last match of the first round games.

  2. #2 by Mohammed Munir on March 20, 2011 - 7:42 AM

    India’s Position for Quarter Finals …

    The good thing for India is that whether they win against West Indies or loose they will play their Quarter Final game in Ahmadabad (India). I know this sounds a bit unfair, but who said life is fair ❓ 😉

    This even to me, seems like ICC is under lot of pressure from India and they have given QF game to India, no matter whoever they play.

    Now the second point is that if India wins today (which they logically should) they will be placed no. 2 in their group and will have to face Australia in QF, who is third in it’s group. However, if India looses to WI today (which I think they will do), they shall play Sri Lanka, but still in Ahmadabad. 😉

    I think India will definitely prefer to face Sri Lanka, rather they angry Australians. My reasons for this are:

    – Australia will be surely tougher than Sri Lanka for India.

    – Lately, Sri Lankan team is not playing well against India and are under pressure from them.

    – Sri Lankan spin attack shall be more suitable for Indian batsmen to handle.

    – Australians have lost a World Cup game after 12 years and 34 consecutive wins, they will not like to loose another game so soon. 😉

  3. #3 by Mohammed Munir on March 20, 2011 - 8:11 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Liked your ‘Tor-Maror’ of the Sri Lankan players’ names. 😉

    On Pakistan’s Quarter Final game, well we are sure that Pakistan are playing the first QF match on Wednesday 23rd March in Mirpur, Bangladesh. This much is confirmed. 😉

    Our opponent, it will either be West Indies (if they lost to India today) or England (if India lost), which will be clear after India/ WI game today.

    I liked what Shahid Afridi said yesterday after winning against Australia and topping the Group A table. Afridi said from QF stage there is no weaker teams and each team will play their best cricket simply to win, and every team can win on their day.

    So this is what it really is.

    Good Cricket – On Their Day.

    That being said, I would love to see India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka in the Quarter Final stages as predicted by you and Varun.

  4. #4 by NOMI on March 20, 2011 - 9:07 AM

    hi
    remind ! remind !
    what pak did in champion trophy against aus,pak lost to aus and ind way to home.Here if ind lost to wi then pak will face eng instead of wi in Qf.
    will ind did somethng awful here,let see

  5. #5 by Mohammed Munir on March 20, 2011 - 9:18 AM

    Seems like no one wants to win todays game … 😉

    See the below comment from Cricinfo and then check how Tendulkar walks … this is not looking good. 😦

    Nikhil: “WOW, no Gayle, Roach, or Chanderpaul, WI doing everything they can not to win this match, hmmm.. i wonder why, perhaps India should have RESTED Tendulkar, Khan, Bhajji, Gambhir, and let Nehra and Munaf open the innings.”

    Now have a look at this one, and see how Tendulkar get himself out …

    0.6 – Rampaul to Tendulkar, OUT, Done in by the shortish ball that straightened just outside off. Ravi Rampaul has gone berserk. Windies said they had a plan. It wasn’t a bouncer, just leaped from short of length above waist and straightened outside off, Tendulkar stabbed at it by taking the bottom hand off the handle but the ball popped up to the keeper. umpire ruled not out, tendulkar walked, though.

    Wow what a game … both teams want to loose it. 😀

  6. #6 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 10:07 AM

    India’s body language is quite questionable in this match. They don’t look like they want to win this.

    Yuvraj has already been dropped twice, both times by Sammy.

    Gambhir looked in 2 minds and I don’t think he knew whether to attack or consolidate after Tendulkar’s dismissal.

    India has also appeared tentative against bounce. So even though India think Australia can perhaps be an easier opposition than Sri Lanka, Tait, Lee and Johnson can generate bounce.

    Plus there is always the question of mental toughness which I think India lacks when playing against Australia.

    Australia’s fielding and pace bowling is superior, their middle order on paper (Clarke, Ponting, Hussey, White, Smith) is stronger than India’s Yuvraj, Gambhir, Kohli, Raina and Dhoni but on form perhaps not as good. India’s advantages are spin and top order and Australia has superior pace and fielding plus players who can handle pressure than India.

    On this basis I think the odds are stacked in favour of Australia slightly more than India but it should be an interesting match.

  7. #7 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 10:46 AM

    Burying the hatchet: Imran calls up Altaf, agrees to work together

    ISLAMABAD:

    After years of political animosity, Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Altaf Hussain’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) appear to be coming closer as the two leaders held their first telephonic conversation and exchanged good will with each other.

    In a rare move, Imran Khan called Altaf Hussain on Saturday and appreciated the ‘bold’ stance taken by the latter on national issues, separate but identical statements issued by media offices of both the parties said.

    The two leaders agreed to bury their past differences and vowed to work together for the betterment of the country, the statements added.

    PTI and MQM have been considered staunch rivals in the past, at times holding public rallies and resorting to personal attacks against each other’s leadership.

    Recently, however, the two parties have come closer, mainly due to back-channel efforts by some common friends and political leaders in Pakistan, observers say.

    The second-tier leadership of the two parties prepared the ground that culminated in direct interaction between their leaders.

    During their conversation, both sides discussed common agenda points and vowed to work together to achieve their goals.

    Altaf Hussain has recently started taking a tough stance in public, on issues like unabated US predator attacks inside Pakistani territory, release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis and Dr Aafia Siddiqui.

    The same issues take centre-stage in Imran Khan, and several right-wing parties’, political agendas.

  8. #8 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 10:52 AM

    Imran Khan does not know how to win votes. I appreciate that he has seemingly abandoned his hostility towards MQM but this move to work together with them will make him lose votes in Punjab.

  9. #9 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 10:55 AM

    India in a comfortable position and enjoying themselves now.

    Kohli has proven to be a magnificent find for India and I am surprised how little support he gets because the Indian media and commentators tend to focus on the big 3 SRT, Sehwag and Gambhir.

    If you look across the border in Pakistan, Umar Akmal has been compared to Viv Richards and SRT but I think Kohli is a much better batsman than U Akmal. Kohli is a match winner, U Akmal is a facilitator.

  10. #10 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 11:03 AM

    So absorbed have I been in this WC that I overlooked it is Holi today.

    I wish our Indian bloggers a very happy Holi and hope that India beats WI on this occasion.

  11. #11 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 11:05 AM

    Yadi aggar Bharat vijayta nahi hua iss yudh mai toh hum is blog par khoon ki holi khelein gey…..

    🙂

  12. #12 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 11:23 AM

    Where are Varun, Newguy and Pawan?

  13. #13 by Mohammed Munir on March 20, 2011 - 11:46 AM

    LOL @ Khansahab Ki Hindi. 🙂

    Laggay Raho Khanna Bhai. 😀

  14. #14 by Varun Suri on March 20, 2011 - 11:47 AM

    Sorry guys, I went to take an afternoon nap once I saw that there is no Gayle, Chanderpaul and Roach and India won the toss and is batting first.
    India is also without Sehwag and once Tendulkar got out I went to sleep.

    I would still prefer to meet Australia rather than Srilanka because I feel the Indian batsmen can handle the Aussie bowlers better than the Srilankan bowlers.

  15. #15 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 11:52 AM

    Yuvraj hits a 100, good knock but he was dropped twice by Sammy earlier on.

    India looking to post 280+ here.

  16. #16 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 12:18 PM

    Javed A Khan

    You have pasted a quote from Afridi about Waqar not considering who is from Sindh or Punjab.

    If that is how Waqar is it is commendable but why does Waqar speak to players in Punjabi then?

    Recently Waqar gave an interview that he confronted Aamer after his no balls in the England spot-fixed match and spoke to Aamer in Punjabi.

    If he is speaking to some players in Punjabi, the players who are not from Punjab will not be able to understand him. It is rude and uncouth of 2 people to speak in a language the 3rd person cannot understand especially when all 3 can communicate in a common language- Urdu, which is also the national language of the country.

  17. #17 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 12:28 PM

    No need for Yusuf Pathan to play that, can’t smash every ball out of the park.

    Poor batting.

  18. #18 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 12:45 PM

    Good bowling by Rampaul.

    His 2nd best bowling figures are against India as well, this highlights India’s weakness against bounce.

    This Chennai pitch was bouncy, I don’t know how pitches are generally in Chennai but this was a very un-Indian pitch which is why some batsmen struggled.

  19. #19 by newguy on March 20, 2011 - 1:28 PM

    Hi Guys,

    Indian played pathetically again today after the top order set up the game nicely, once again!!! Dhoni said in press conference they have learned the lesson, doesn’t look like one bit though, again did not play 50 overs after crossing 200 once again in 40 overs.

    Top four have been among runs, it is very evident where the problem is, lower order led by Captain MS Dhoni. Dhoni has been the biggest culprit. After all his talk about playing for the country and not for the crowd and batting out 50 overs, he himself have been the problem.

    Lower order is expected to finish games set up by top. So far, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Kohli, and Yuvraj has scored runs. Where are the runs from Dhoni and Pathan? these are the finishers, and their form has been pathetic. There was huge expectations from Dhoni and Pathan before the WC, both have failed miserably in closing the games in last 10 overs.

    Today again they scored 56 runs in last 10 overs for the loss of 7 wickets. Teams have been scoring 90 to 100 runs, except India.

    I am done commenting on Dhoni and India after today. No matter they win or lose against WI. They may win today because the wicket is hard to score on and India is opening the bowling with Ashwin.

    But regardless, everyone knows India’s weakness, no matter what kind of opening and base they get in first 40 overs, they will lose it in last 40 overs.

    I don’t see Dhoni and Pathan picking form suddenly in next match.

    Sounds like one from top four should play out 50 overs, or may be Tendulkar should come down at #6 now, and let Gambhir open with Sehwag? A crazy idea it may sound, but given there is no one else to guide the lower order, it may not be that crazy. Besides what’s the point in Tendulkar or Sehwag scoring a hundred, if last 10 overs is going to go for 50 runs.

    I think India is done in QF, even if I am proven wrong that could be because opposition would have played equally pathetic. They will lose in semis at the most.

    I don’t understand why some of you still insist them making to last four, or even finals. I have seen a lot of cricket in my time and followed teams for years to understand that this India team do not cut it.

    Teams to follow are South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and may be even England.

    Like I said, I am done following India, I will comment and follow other teams. I am backing Pakistan to win the cup.

  20. #20 by Mohammed Munir on March 20, 2011 - 2:17 PM

    Newguy,

    Don’t loose heart on this useless game which obviously no one wants to win. India collapsed by planning today otherwise there is reason to loose to WI when half of the West Indian team is not even playing.

    India is avoiding Australia and would like to play Sri Lanka in QF.

    Today’s game is a Noorani-Kushti. 😉

    Simple as that.

  21. #21 by Mohammed Munir on March 20, 2011 - 2:19 PM

    Ooops ….. Noora Kushti 😀

  22. #22 by newguy on March 20, 2011 - 2:33 PM

    Munir,

    It’s not that I lost heart and disappointed in them not playing well and winning, I am disgusted at the lack of planning and pig headed team management that is lead by Dhoni. I find it no longer worth my time following this team.

    To make my point further, Munaf Patel is in team for bowling one would think, and he has not bowled a single over and we are in 20th over.

    That shows Dhoni’s pig headed thinking. He would rather make Sreesanth sit out because of personal vendetta, but play a mediocre player like Munaf who can’t bowl, bat, or field.

    Harbhajan bowled trash and got the treatment, even Zaheer is off color today.

    Not worth following. WI to win this game.

  23. #23 by newguy on March 20, 2011 - 2:36 PM

    If India lose this game, that means they have only beaten Ireland, Netherlands, and Bangladesh in league phase, making them the worst team from both groups. Every other team have beaten a top side, including WI if they win today.

    India should play only IPL and a WC that includes only them and the associates.

    IPL destroyed Indian cricket, evidence is there to see for all.

  24. #24 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 2:45 PM

    Newguy

    I agree that Dhoni should have used Sree as opposed to Munaf who is a match loser.

    Dhoni looks very passive to me in this innings. He does not look like he wants his team to win. Same for other players.

    Even Gavaskar and Shastri don’t seem too bothered by India losing- I think this is because they would rather take on Sri Lanka than Australia.

    I think they feel that Australia will come back very strongly. I think they ALL feel this way.

  25. #25 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 2:50 PM

    Munaf’s bowling reminds me a little of Ajit Agarkar, but Agarkar used to take wickets more regularly. He could also swing the ball more. He was also a better batsman. Come to think of it he was probably quicker as well 🙂

  26. #26 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 2:53 PM

    Newguy

    Dhoni has this problem of sending Pathan too lower down the batting order- Pathan’s batting is very unpredictable but I maintain that the impact he can make batting at no 4 is much bigger than when batting at no 7.

    But when it comes to bowling, he always gives too many overs to Y Pathan. Why is this? I know Pathan is a partnership breaker but this is over reliance on a bowler who is quite mediocre normally.

  27. #27 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 2:58 PM

    Newguy

    If India lose then whatever the benefit that might bring in terms of playing (for argument’s sake), a weaker opposition in Sri Lanka, India’s morale would be affected and the media reaction would be too negative. Then one starts pondering about whether the Indian players would be able to handle the pressure even if they are playing SL.

    Munaf has just bowled a shit ball as I speak and it has appropriately been dispatched to the boundary by Smith, who is being made to look like a match winner. Many other teams would just consider him to be a hit and miss kind of player, a mere notch above someone like Kamran Akmal.

  28. #28 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 3:20 PM

    Pollard gone, India will win and play Australia in the QF.

  29. #29 by newguy on March 20, 2011 - 3:37 PM

    Munir,

    India wants to set expectation so low by losing to everyone that the media and fans will write them off completely, then Dhoni and team will play like tigers in KO stage to win all three games 🙂 this is the cunning plan prepared by coach Kirsten and captain Dhoni .. LOL. This is the sucker punch strategy 🙂

  30. #30 by newguy on March 20, 2011 - 3:55 PM

    The way Sarwan is playing Gavaskar was getting tense as he looked like playing to break Gavaskar’s record of 36 not out from 1975 WC 🙂

    But now Sarwan woke up and hit a four .. Gavaskar can relax 🙂

    May be Sarwan thought it is a five day game and he doesn’t want to lose wicket at the end of the day 😉

  31. #31 by newguy on March 20, 2011 - 3:58 PM

    Big sigh of relief from Gavaskar as Sarwan went past 36 not out .. but can Sarwan survive the day and remain unbeaten? This is the only interest remaining in the game 😉

  32. #32 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 4:18 PM

    Congrats to India for this victory.

    Now India needs to devise a strategy against Australia which will obviously centre around spin.

    The curators at Ahmedabad will be busy preparing a low and slow pitch.

    Pathan will probably get the sack in favour of Raina.

  33. #33 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 4:21 PM

    If I were to do a Net Utility analysis of the Indian team, Zaheer would be top of the list probably. India relies on him virtually all the time to win matches.

  34. #34 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 4:23 PM

    Pakistan will not have it easy against WI because arguably their 2 best players, Gayle and Roach, were not playing today.

    Pakistan needs to watch out for the bounce that will be generated by Rampaul and Roach.

  35. #35 by newguy on March 20, 2011 - 4:31 PM

    Khansahab,

    Zaheer has been by far the most valuable player in Indian team for a while now, both tests and ODIs. If you saw how Indian bowling unit performed with and without Zaheer in the test series against SA, you will know how much difference he makes.

    This win should not hide India’s lower order batting weakness. Dhoni must find a way to form, or else it is curtains in QF.

    Australia will come hard, curator’s instruction for sure will be to create low and slow pitch. Australia are beatable if India bat first and put a 250+ score. If Australia bat first India must bowl then out for around 200. Anything over 250 and Australia will win.

    Pakistan should win against WI because WI is so weak against spin, and Afridi, Rahman should cut through their batting lineup line a hot knife through butter.

  36. #36 by newguy on March 20, 2011 - 4:39 PM

    Match loser Munna Patel finished with 20 runs in 5 overs, which means he will remain on the team for next game 😦 Australians will have him for cannon fodder. But then come to think of it, Aussies will likely prey on Sreesanth if he plays, knowing he gets under pressure if hit for few runs.

    Perhaps Chawla, Ashwin, and Bhajji against Australia with only Zaheer as lone seamer is a good strategy?

  37. #37 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 4:49 PM

    Newguy

    The Group B Table turned out exactly like how most people were predicting- SA on top followed by India, England and WI.

    Although we can say that the way Pakistan is extremely unpredictable, they have lost only 1 match so far. So from this view they should be able to beat WI. Sri Lanka should beat England and South Africa should be able to beat NZ.

    So on the basis that India win vs Australia will it be a Pakistan vs South Africa and India vs Sri Lanka semi final?

    Final between South Africa and Sri Lanka?

    South Africa chokes and SL winners? On paper you would think Australia, India and SA deserve to win the World Cup more than SL 🙂

  38. #38 by newguy on March 20, 2011 - 4:56 PM

    Khansahab,

    India vs Pakistan final 🙂

    I still don’t think India has it in them, today’s win against sorry WI is nothing. India’s intensity in the field today was appalling, it looked like they wanted to lose.

    I am still backing Pakistan, except of course if India meets Pakistan in final .. then I will flip 🙂

    Until then I will maintain Dhoni has it got wrong 😉

  39. #39 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 5:04 PM

    Newguy

    How good is your Hindi?

  40. #40 by newguy on March 20, 2011 - 5:05 PM

    Khansahab,

    My Hindi is quite good, what do you want to say? 🙂

  41. #41 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 5:06 PM

    No I was just wondering whether you understand what I write in Hindi occasionally.

  42. #42 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 5:12 PM

    I have just heard from someone who knows Mohammad Aamer, that Aamer had become rude and arrogant after he shot to fame and was ignoring his friends from his village.

    Recently he was at a petrol station in Gujjar Khan village when some locals saw him and they shouted at him in Punjabi and said, you have hurt our pride, get lost and if we see you again we will not spare you. So Aamer got scared and ran away.

    That guy deserves this life after what he the damage he has done to the team and the country’s pride.

  43. #43 by khansahab on March 20, 2011 - 6:50 PM

    Basit Ali’s quotes:

    “Pakistan will defeat West Indies in Dhaka”

    “India vs Australia will be an exciting match but Australia will win. India only has 2 match winning bowlers but a team can’t win on the basis of their 2 bowlers. Apart from Tendulkar none of their batsmen can play bounce. Tendulkar is not a match winner. India lacks match winners.”

    “In one year Afghanistan will gain Test status and it will become a strong team. Its coach is Rashid Latif who will take this team to another level.”

  44. #44 by Mohammed Munir on March 21, 2011 - 4:16 AM

    The Quarter Finals …

    QF – 1
    Wednesday 23rd March, Pakistan Vs West Indies @ Mirpur, Bangladesh.

    QF – 2
    Thursday 24th March, India Vs Australia @ Ahmedabad, India.

    QF – 3
    Friday 25th March, South Africa Vs New Zealand @ Mirpur, Bangladesh.

    QF – 4
    Saturday 26th March, Sri Lanka Vs England @ Colombo, Sri Lanka.

    Good Luck to All Teams, except Australia. 😉

  45. #45 by Ramiz raja on March 21, 2011 - 7:37 AM

    Congrats to all as pak qualified into quarters. but i think they shud give ajmal an oppertunity to expose his talent. amal is far better than rehman havng diffrnt varieties as off break , doosra and straightr one.on the other hand rehman is just compromising on hisoff spin. hope ajmal vl play.

  46. #46 by Mohammed Munir on March 21, 2011 - 11:34 AM

    Khansahab …

    A few days back you have said something about Shoaib Akhtar on his retirement. Although, I wanted to reply earlier but was tied-up and also missed it because of some important matches which were covered live here.

    You said, I am not judging Akhtar’s integrity either way but bookies and crooks do not fix matches with fast bowlers who are overweight and who have such fitness problems that there is no guarantee whether they will play even one match in a tournament or series or whatever.

    Shoaib was neither always overweight nor unfit, and if he was greedy like some other players then there will always be takers. Shoaib in the early days of his career was always included in the team and was a match-turner. Secondly, as we all know now, bookies are of different types and even if we say that Shoaib was not a top notch player to book the entire game, but he could have been used for ‘spot-fixing’ or ‘fancy-fixing’, just like Asif, Malik, etc.

    It’s not necessary that Shoaib Akhtar should be proved guilty but even if he was involved on a smaller level, then at least his name would have been associated with bookies or he would have been maligned to some degree, but luckily for Shoaib, this was not the case.

    Furthermore and most importantly, bookies would ‘love’ to get anyone and everyone on board and they are obviously paying huge monies even to grounds-men, officials and less known players, so why not a fast bowler.

    Criticism is all fine and a healthy criticism is good, but sometimes in life we have to give credit where it is due.

    “Husn-e-Zun’ is a very good thing and in Islam there is ‘Ajjar & Sawab’ for carrying good thoughts about someone.

  47. #47 by khansahab on March 21, 2011 - 8:25 PM

    Munir sahab

    Your comment seems to indicate that I have accused Akhtar of match fixing. I am not accusing him of match fixing.

    What I said was that I will be careful about believing his claim that he was always an honest cricketer.

    Akhtar came on to the international scene when Justice Qayyum’s report was either already published or was on the verge of publication. As such no one in the team dared to fix matches then because Salim Malik had been banned, and pretty much everyone in the team had received mention of dubious activities in Qayyum’s findings.

    So no cricketer would have then dared to fix matches.

    Over time Akhtar became totally unfit and overweight. There was never any guarantee when he would play. I don’t see why someone would offer him money when there is no guarantee he will be able to deliver or not. His bowling was an immense strain on his body and he was not willing to compromise on pace. Therefore he was a walking injury machine.

    I think there are sufficient grounds for saying that Akhtar being unfit and injured so many times, his place in the team was in question and he was not a “safe bet” for the bookies. Asif, Aamer and Butt were involved because once they were selected for a series, there was 100% guarantee they would play every match unless they got injured in the middle of the tour. But, over the past few years we know that even if Akhtar was deemed “fit” by selectors, in reality his fitness was always borderline.

    I am not totally negative about him, because in my previous thread I did say that the Pakistani players should be motivated to reach at least the semi final for Akhtar’s sake.

    In Pakistan it is common for people to become emotional and forget others’ mistakes and crimes. We have seen PPP and PML N governments being re-elected despite their incompetence and obvious corruption. Similarly in cricket, now that Akhtar is leaving, people are forgetting the pathetic attitude, weight problems, team morale-destroying behaviour, dope scandals, other scandals, genital warts, ball tampering allegations, questionable bowling action, assault on Asif, slapping Bob Woolmer on camera etc. Shoaib Akhtar gave the country very little compared to the fame and glory the country gave him. The damage he has done to the team is incalculable.

    This is like when Inzamam retired people forgot that he was one of the main culprits behind Pakistan’s humiliating exit from the WC 2007 because of his negative captaincy, reactive personality and Mullahgiri. I am not denying that Inzamam had a glorious career and was a super batsman, but hardly anyone criticised him for the role he played in weakening the Pakistan team. He left behind factions of the regional and religious kind, he empowered the mediocre Shoaib Malik, Rana Naved and Kamran Akmal and made a laughing stock of the Pakistan Test team. He left behind a team consisting of Malik, Misbah and Akmal which caused many defeats for Pakistan and this was in fact one of the worst Test teams Pakistan has ever had.

    Carrying good thoughts about people is a good thing, I agree with this and I reiterate that I am not accusing Akhtar of fixing. Perhaps Munir sahab you will also consider carrying good thoughts about Pervez Musharraf because it is Ajjar and Sawab?

  48. #48 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 21, 2011 - 8:59 PM

    khansahab

    As regards “Genital Warts”, I think it is a very, very trivial and petty thing, it is so personal that the PCB had no shame to talk about Akhtar’s personal life or his personal problems in public only to prove their point that he is unfit. It is really sad that this too happened during Ijaz Butt’s time.

    Shouldn’t someone be exposing Ijaz’s Butt full of haemorrhoids which is not owing to constipation but because of getting #%$%^&&*(((*)(*)))UP.

    Since no one has seen the medical report, we shouldn’t be talking about it. Who is so PAARSA in that country that he can talk about being HOLIER THAN THOU?

  49. #49 by khansahab on March 21, 2011 - 9:15 PM

    Javed A Khan

    I don’t care what Akhtar does in his private life or did in the past, but the country was disgraced whether the culprit was Akhtar himself or the cricket board which should have kept this information under wraps. They did something extremely unprofessional and uncouth and sadly it is the country that suffered.

  50. #50 by khansahab on March 21, 2011 - 9:39 PM

    Imran backs ‘talented’ Pakistan to bag World Cup following win against Australia

    Karachi, Mar 21(ANI): Following Pakistan’s impressive four-wicket win against powerful Australia in their last Pool A game, former captain Imran Khan has said that the team can go on to win the coveted World Cup trophy.

    Pakistan brought Australia’s 34-match winning streak in the World Cup tournaments to an end on March 19, thus topping Group A. It will now play against West Indies, the fourth-placed team in Group B, in the quarterfinals.

    Imran Khan, who led Pakistan to their only World Cup title in Australia in 1992, praised the team for their victory, saying: “I congratulate the Pakistan team for their tremendous win.”

    “It was a complete team effort and with the natural talent that the Pakistan team has, I think they can win this World Cup,” he added.

    Pakistan dismissed Australia for their lowest total since the 1992 World Cup before withstanding pace bowler Brett Lee’s burst of four wickets to win the game with nine overs to spare.

    “The mix of youth and experience is helping Pakistan,” said Imran.

  51. #51 by khansahab on March 21, 2011 - 9:45 PM

    Difficult to predict semifinalists, says Inzamam

    KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain and the country’s most capped ODI player, Inzamam-ul-Haq, reckons that the quarterfinals of the ongoing World Cup will be keenly contested affairs, and no team can be picked as favorites to make the last-four stage.

    “You look at the quarterfinalists and, on a given day, anyone is capable of giving a match-winning performance. So it is really difficult to predict right now who will make the semifinals,” Inzamam said.

    “I say this even though South Africa play New Zealand and Pakistan meet the West Indies in the last-eight stage,” he added.

    The former great pointed out that the group matches had shown that any team can be beaten on a particular day.

    “Once you reach the knockout stage of a World Cup, the team that holds its nerves wins. How well a team executes its plans is important, but I think keeping nerves under pressure is far more important in the knockout stage,” he said.

    Inzamam praised the Pakistan team management for lifting the morale of the players after the defeat to New Zealand.

    “I think Shahid Afridi and Waqar Younis did a wonderful job after the defeat to New Zealand. And believe me, it is never easy to lift the players’ morale after such a heavy defeat,” he noted.

    “But I always believed that the situation was not as desperate for Pakistan as it was being made out to be, and thankfully, by beating Zimbabwe and Australia, they have proved that,” Inzamam said.

    Inzamam backed the management’s decision to drop young opener, Ahmed Shahzad, after he failed in five matches.

    “One glaring weakness that has been hurting Pakistan, is the poor show put up by the openers so far. Young Ahmed Shahzad has clearly not come to terms with the pressure of playing in such a huge tournament. The management did well by trying out a new pair in Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez.”

    Promoting the wicket-keeper was a solution to Pakistan’s opening woes.

    Inzamam was also happy that the management continued with Kamran despite his poor show against New Zealand, as keeping, according to him, was a specialist job.

    “The management must stick to Kamran and give him full support as he remains a crucial player.

    “Afridi has been the only wicket-taker for the team, and thankfully now, Umar Gul is also back to his best but I still feel we need more wicket-taking bowlers like Saeed in the side for the knockout matches,” he stated.

    “Abdur Rehman does a decent job containing batsmen, but he is not as potent as Ajmal.”

    Inzamam said that Pakistan is a talented outfit and the team management must concentrate on the task at hand with full confidence.

  52. #52 by khansahab on March 21, 2011 - 9:46 PM

    Ajmal should have been tried against minnow teams so that he could regain his form.

    Rehman is fairly mediocre though; maybe an out of form Ajmal can perform the same way as an in form Rehman.

  53. #53 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 21, 2011 - 11:42 PM

    khansahab

    Pakistan’s match against WI is in Mirpur Dhaka and they have made the pitches suitable for their spinners. It is another matter that they couldn’t stand against the WI and got out at their lowest score of 58 runs. But, considering the wicket is spin friendly, Pakistan should go with 4 spinners, one fast bowler and one medium pacer. And, they are:

    Afridi
    Hafeez
    Abdur Rahman
    Saeed Ajmal
    Umar Gul
    Abdul Razzaq

    Abdul Razzaq should only be used for a few overs like he was used against Australia more precisely his job as a bowler should be that of a floater i.e., whenever or whichever bowler is not effective or giving away runs, then Abdul Razzaq should complete those overs or vice versa.

    To have 4 spinners would be an advantage especially since the WI players are not used to doosra. However, it could also be lethal if Gayle, Kieron Pollard and his likes take Ajmal to the cleaners. Bringing in Ajmal with the above combination means, exiting Wahab Riaz. Right now his morale is low and he has given away too many runs against Australia. So, whether it is worth trying Ajmal in place of Riaz is a good option or not, needs to be discussed.

  54. #54 by newguy on March 22, 2011 - 3:10 AM

    I have been reading from many blogs that Australia are favorites to win against India, and Pakistan are favorites against WI.

    So, it sounds, but beneath the surface one things I heard is that India and Dhoni has been conserving energy by not going all out, and not creating a huge expectation in league, they did enough to qualify through. It appears they have played down expectations and everyone has sort of written them off. If this is true, then we will see India coming to knockout with full force and intensity.

    I don’t think this is true, but something to fill in as time pass until Wed 🙂

  55. #55 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 22, 2011 - 5:39 AM

    newguy

    I sincerely want India to beat Australia.

    We have a new thread for tomorrow’s game between Pakistan and West Indies and hopefully everyone should be writing there. Thanks

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