So far 46 matches have been played in this World Cup but, there is one match for which over a billion people are anxious to see, still there are 4 more days to go and it seems like the time has halted and each day is the longest day of the year. Everyone is impatiently waiting for this Mega Event at Mohali.  Predictions, forecasts, betting, emotional statements, angry statements, taunting, sarcastic comments, sane and insane suggestions all are flying like kites on a Basant Day. The days are longer than ever, it seems there is no dusk, kids are women are asking when is the India Pakistan match starting? Four more days, ‘oh gosh why so long?’  Such is the anxiety, enthusiasm and excitement that some people are getting insomniac and spending sleepless nights already. Questions are being raised like, will this be a bigger match than the final itself?  Of course it is, and this is not just one voice of an individual but, it is one voice of a few hundreds of millions of people echoing together.



What is at stake, money? Definitely not, it is the pride and vanity of two nations that is at stake, these two nations are not just neighbours but, they are friends and foes, they are rivals as well as associates of peace and friendship. The rivalry on the cricket ground may be harsh and fierce yet it brings the people closer to each other. They love to hate each other and hate to love each other, it is a kind of relationship which is hard to find in the political arena or even in the diplomatic channels. It is cricket that bring the people of these two nations together.

The stage is set on Wednesday March 30, 2011 at Mohali and the two teams are already there practicing hard, planning and making strategies on how to tackle each others weaknesses and how to utilize the strengths they have. India has advantage of playing in front of home crowd at their home ground and on paper their batting supremacy is undoubtedly better than Pakistan. Yet, matches are not won on the basis of paper it is the mental strength of the teams that differentiates between a winning team and a losing team. This Pakistan team does not have heroes like Tendulkar the all time cricket legend from India, or even their own past heroes such as Javed Miandad the Pakistan batting legend, yet the team has players who can turn the tables in their favour on their day and it could be their day on March 30th.  In terms of bowling Pakistan team has an edge over Indian bowlers in all departments.  Besides both teams have good wins under their belt and are confident of beating each other.

Shahid Afridi the Pakistan team captain has so far silenced all his critics by leading from the front and he is the leading wicket taker in this tournament also by far the best captain who is aggressive and positive.  The team he is leading does not have any known heroes also Pakistan were underrated before the commencement of the tournament and they have surprised almost everyone by reaching to the semifinals and they are only two steps away from lifting the cup.



What Shahid Afridi needs to do now is to focus on his own batting as well as his own decision making, he should not worry about what Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja are saying?  They will not be accountable if Pakistan loses the semifinal against India, the people, media and even the officials will blame him for anything that went wrong.  They are all pressurizing him to include Shoaib Akhtar in the team by saying he should be given ONE LAST CHANCE.  This is not a charity organization it is a national team and the selection is based on performance and fitness.



It is very clear to everyone that Shoaib is a spent force, he cannot bowl his allotted quota of 10  overs, he is neither mentally nor physically fit. Therefore Shahid Afridi should not pay heed to their blabbering and big mouthing. They had their day when they were captain and they never bothered to pay any attention to anyone’s advise, especially Imran Khan who was a dictator captain.  Wasim Akram was and still is morally corrupt and dishonest so why should anyone listen to him now?  Ramiz Raja was a mediocre player and on top of that he has become very biased and his suggestions, comments and statements are always jingoists, hence Afridi should not even care to listen to this sinister old man.



He should play Wahab Riaz, rather he should play the same team that beat West Indies in the quarterfinals and Waqar should talk to Riaz about his line and length and sort out the anomalies that he has and 3-4 days should be enough to work out these small niggles that he has, otherwise he is a young strong man and he bowls at a very good speed and has the ability to take wickets. Secondly, against India he would be a new weapon and Tendulkar has the tendency to get out at the bowling of new bowlers, so Riaz has a chance and if he gets Tendulkar’s wicket  his morale would be sky high.

Afridi must also think out of the box and must be brave enough to come out and open the innings at Mohali where the wicket is flat and bouncy, it is the right kind of wicket for him to play shots during the first mandatory overs where there is field restrictions and even his miscued shots will go over the top of the infield fielders. Historically, Afridi has scored more runs as an opener and he can do that. Besides, Indian fast bowling is not like the express pace of Shaun Tait and Brett Lee, he also faced the spin bowlers in the earlier stage and Kanpur innings is an example of that. He scored 22 runs of Balaji’s over followed by 23 of Kumble and another 23 of Dinesh Mongia and a couple of sixes and a few fours to frustrate Zaheer Khan who is the most dependable and reliable Indian bowler.  Therefore, Afridi should keep this in mind and must not hesitate in opening the innings.



I know that the traditionalists and conservatives will hate this idea and if it backfires they will murder him through the media but, realistically speaking his utility as number 7 or 8 is zero, considering him as an opener is like playing a wild card, yes it is a big gamble but, that should be the plan that they can sacrifice his wicket without taking any pressure if he gets out.  If he stays for 15 overs then the match is over. He demoralizes the opposition so much that it becomes impossible for them to lift the game after that carnage. Once again the same slogan is being used here   GO AFRIDI GO.   And, remember don’t listen to these so-called ex-greats.




  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 27, 2011 - 6:16 AM

    Till the India / Pakistan semifinal is over, please comment here on this new thread. Thank you

  2. #2 by Mohammed Munir on March 27, 2011 - 8:22 AM

    Yes, now we are talking business. 🙂

    A great new thread on the all important India/ Pakistan encounter.

  3. #3 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 11:03 AM

    My appeal to the nation is to please pray that we win: Shahid Afridi

  4. #4 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 11:53 AM

    Lawson predicts Pakistan-New Zealand final

    KOCHI: Impressed with their consistent showings in the tournament so far, former Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson on Sunday backed Shahid Afridi and his men to emerge winners in the much-anticipated World Cup semifinal against India.

    “Pakistan have played some good cricket, their guys look really good… and it could be a Pakistan-New Zealand final” Lawson, who coached Pakistan for 15 months since July 2007, told reporters.

    Pakistan, who thrashed West Indies by ten wickets in the quarterfinal, are set to take on India in a high-voltage clash in Mohali on Wednesday, while New Zealand play Sri Lanka in the other semifinal a day earlier.

    Lawson, who is presently the coach of Indian Premier League team Kochi Tuskers, pointed out that Pakistan had defeated India in Mohali in 2007.

  5. #5 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 11:55 AM

    Hafeez in awe of superb Sachin

    MOHALI: Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez insists no praise is too high for India great Sachin Tendulkar, but it won’t stop his side from targeting the legendary batsman in the World Cup semifinal.

    Adding to Wednesday’s hugely-anticipated clash is the knowledge Tendulkar needs just one more century to become the first batsman to score a hundred international hundreds.

    “You can say anything you want about Sachin Tendulkar, but whatever you say in praise of him will be inadequate. He is a great player,” said Hafeez.

    “Obviously, on that day, whoever the opponent might be, you have some strategies for him.

    “Whatever the captain will tell us in terms of strategy, we will follow that,” added off-spinner Hafeez, who could find himself bowling first up at Tendulkar if he is given the new ball.

    “I think Sachin is at the top of his skills and I think we all should admire how he has maintained his standards throughout a long career.”

  6. #6 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 11:59 AM

    So Ramiz is praising Afridi here, it is not that he does not praise Afridi, the problem is that he has some favourite players like Misbah and U Akmal and he praises them too much. Anyhow I hope Ramiz can become unbiased and I hope his commentary is fair on Wednesday.

    Pressure will be more on India: Ramiz

    Karachi: Former Pakistan captain, Ramiz Raja, has backed the national team to put up a spirited fight in the World Cup semi-final against India in Mohali on Wednesday.

    “It is very difficult to convince me on something. But, as far as this Pakistan team is concerned, I am totally convinced that even if it loses the semi-final it will not do so without putting a big fight,” Ramiz said.

    “One thing I am convinced about is that I have not seen a more well gelled, motivated and united Pakistan outfit and the credit goes to Shahid Afridi who has led the side well and turned them into a 15-member unit instead of a 11-member playing eleven.”

    Ramiz said the spirit in the Pakistan dressing room was the driving force and would serve them well in the semi-final.

  7. #7 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 12:57 PM

    Players food choice at Mohali

    Mohali: India and Pakistan may be arch rivals on the cricket field but when it comes to food, the players seem to share similar tastes.

    Both the teams are here for the eagerly-awaited semifinal match of the World Cup on Wednesday and while they sweat it out in the nets, they are also enjoying the delicacies of the city.

    Shahid Afridi led Pakistan team reached here Friday while the Indian team arrived here yesterday. Both teams seem to be having common choice for cuisines served by Hotel Taj here, where the two teams are staying.

    “Peshawari Chicken Tikka is a great hit with many players of both the teams. They are relishing it,” Hotel Taj’s Executive Chef Neeraj Chaudhry told PTI here.

    He said mutton and chicken biryani was also in high demand while some players seem to have fallen in love with the Tandoori chicken.

  8. #8 by newguy on March 27, 2011 - 1:22 PM

    Hi Guys,

    Good thread. There is a lot of hype going around. All of it coming from fans and media. Good to see cricketers are staying away from making outlandish statements.

    As far as I am concerned this is a WC Semi Final game, that’s all, doesn’t matter opposition is Pakistan, Australia, or any one else. Motivation here is win and go to the final.

    Fans and media are putting pressure on themselves because for most of them the pain of losing is far greater than the joy of winning. In the sub continent most people want the “other” team to lose even if their team don’t. This is stupidity.

    Game should be enjoyed and focus should be on the joy of winning, not on getting jealous about other team winning and going to final and eventually winning cup.

    Most Indian / Pakistani fans cannot tolerate other team winning cup, more than their team not getting it, they would rather have another team win if they cannot. Once again this is stupidity. But that’s the way uneducated and ignorant people think, even some educated people think this way.

    For me, India has the opportunity to win if they focus on this being another team and play to their potential. India do not have to worry about opposition fielding better than theirs, if this were Australia or SA then the fielding pressure would have been greater.

    On a lighter note, will all this hospitality, food, and fun they are having in India distract easily corrupted players, like Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Akhtar and may be some others .. and take away their mind from the game? This complacency is something Pakistan team management will have to worry about.

  9. #9 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 27, 2011 - 1:33 PM


    Hafeez may have praised Tendulkar but, Tendulkar does not need anyone’s praise he is above all the trivialities. One thing I admire about Tendulkar is, he never boasts, at least I have never seen him doing that instead he let his bat speak. Among all the India players, Tendulkar and Dravid are the most humble and sensible players they never give any statements to the media which makes them look like they are boasting. Perhaps it is one of the reasons that God has given them this honour, especially about Tendulkar. Not only on self-praising or any self-proclamations he seldom criticizes any opponent or target them by saying we will do this to so and so or attack so and so like this. That is true humility.

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 27, 2011 - 1:40 PM


    Kya baat kertay ho? I heard that Mullah saying on TV that: “England is going to win the match and I see Peitersen and Collingwood will score big runs.” We were laughing at him because, Pietersen has gone back long ago and Collingwood is not playing since the last 3 matches at least because of his poor form. In the previous match he was saying VICK-TORY will perform whereas, Daniel Vittori did nothing exceptional in that match against SA.

    About India Pakistan match he is saying that Pakistan will win “aur India ki batting nahee chale gee, I don’t see them scoring.” He may have said, “Mera Mahdood ilm.? Or, my limited knowledge but, to add authenticity to his claim he said, “Zaat ka Syed hoon mai aur Hussaini Khoon daur reha hai meri ragon may.” To which I said, “Jaisay hamari ragon may bakri ka khoon daur reha hai.?”

  11. #11 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 27, 2011 - 1:48 PM


    Talking about food, they need seekh kebabs, kebab to enjoy and the seekh to bring their feet on to the ground. 😀 I dunno why this suddenly happens when the teams come to Mohali or, Pakistan. They all start talking about good food. I remember Balaji’s statement in 2004 he said, Sachin Bhai told me that the food in Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar is amazing and I am really enjoying it. Anyways, they can enjoy the food but, we want to enjoy the game and I hope they both play real good cricket.

  12. #12 by newguy on March 27, 2011 - 2:46 PM

    Rumor is that it is almost certain Shoaib Akhtar will play on Wednesday. There is intense pressure on Afridi from all quarters including many influential people that there is no other option left.

    Should be an exciting contest between him and Sehwag / Tendulkar, one of these three will come a cropper and the other will go to glory.

  13. #13 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 27, 2011 - 2:59 PM

    Le Equip Al-Youm or, The team of the Day.

    That is the motto of the Pakistan team. They want to think only about the DAY and not beyond. It may sound like one has blinkers over their eyes or they are not visionaries, but the truth is, they are trying to be practical and not setting high goals or imaginary goals. Like they say if you take care of the seconds the minutes will take care of themselves. No one can reach at the top of the mountain in one giant leap, you have to take one step, then the other and so on – ONE STEP AT A TIME. That is practical and pragmatic. They don’t have to build castles in the air or be a Shaikh Chilli. I like this kinda approach from the team also, they are very positive in replying to questions such as:

    Stats: They say we are not bothered about the stats, yes Pakistan has not beaten India in any of the world cups, but so was Australia unbeaten in the previous 34 matches but, we broke that record.
    Toss: Toss doesn’t matter, one team wins the other loses but, you have to have positive frame of mind to win.
    Wicket: We really don’t care how the pitch will behave on that day, whatever the conditions are we have the resources to handle the situation.
    Batting: Our batting is not very strong on paper and we do not have century makers but, what really maters is when needed our batsmen have delivered the required runs to win a match.
    Bowling: Our bowling is definitely better than others, perhaps we have the best bowling attack in this tournament so far, with so much variety in it.

    ALL these are positives coming out of a team which went through a hell of a time in the recent times with terrorist attacks, no foreign teams visiting the country, the key players involved in spot fixing and match fixing scandals and two best bowlers banned from the team and the board is literally screwing the team from right, left and center by not appointing the captain till the last moment, giving them threats and warning them for no reasons. The so-called ex-greats are criticizing their own captain, team and team management in the middle of the tournament, which they should have NEVER done that. YET, the Pakistani team has topped their group table and reached the semifinal. To harass them the ex-greats are pressurizing them to include work-horses and spent force in the team because, they want to sympathize with a bowler who was good once upon a time and who showed sporadic brilliance and was never consistent but, it is the fast bowlers club, brotherhood and for old times sake they want him to give a spot in the team and sacrifice the career of a young player. How many times we have seen this happening in Pakistan team that the young players have been sacrificed for old blokes.

    I think the positive attitude of Pakistan team must be appreciated, lauded, praised and supported. This is not the time to criticize the team or experiment with changes just because, one crazy person thinks nothing and blabs and the others follow his pursuit. Stop this “Bher Chaal” following the herd policy and think out of the box, be creative and be positive.

  14. #14 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 3:00 PM

    I want to be the Man of the Match in the Semi: Ajmal

    Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has promised to give a match-winning performance against India if given a chance to feature in the much-awaited World Cup semi-final in Mohali on March 30.

    Ajmal, who replaced left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman in the quarterfinal match against the West Indies on Wednesday, justified his selection with bowling figures of 2-18 in Pakistan’s thumping ten-wicket win.

    He now hopes to retain his place in Pakistan’s playing-eleven for the mouth-watering clash against India.

    “It’s a big match and hopefully I’ll get to play in it,” The News quoted Ajmal, as saying.

    “I want to give my best for Pakistan against India and help win it. I want to be the man-of-the-match,” he added.

    The Mohali clash is expected to be a high-voltage encounter, but Ajmal, who has taken 47 wickets in his 37 One-day International (ODI) appearances, said that there would not be any pressure on him.

    “I won’t take any pressure. I have played against India two times in the past and know what to expect against them,” said the off-spinner, who took 1-47 in Pakistan’s Asia Cup match against India in Karachi in 2008 and then finished with 2-31 in Centurion against them in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy.

    Meanwhile, sources in the Pakistan team management said that a decision on Ajmal’s selection in the playing eleven for the semifinal match will be taken after captain Shahid Afridi, coach Waqar Younis and other officials take a look at the playing conditions there

  15. #15 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 3:02 PM

    Afridi’s men will defeat arch-rivals India: Rashid Latif

    MOHALI, India: At a time when most experts are tipping India to win their mouth-watering semifinal against Pakistan here on Wednesday, Rashid Latif has declared that the Greenshirts are the favourites to grab a place in the World Cup final.

    Pakistan will beat India,” predicted the former Pakistan captain. “They have a very good bowling combination that’s much better than India’s attack as Pakistan excel both in pace and spin,” stressed Latif in an interview with ‘The News’.

    Latif, who was a member of the Pakistan team that lost to India in the quarterfinal of the 1996 World Cup in Bangalore, said that the fact that Shahid Afridi’s men are performing well as a well-oiled unit boosts their chances of beating India.

    “Everybody knows that as far as individual players are concerned India are stronger than Pakistan,” he said. “But Pakistan, because they are so united and so motivated, are playing better as a unit and that their biggest strength.”

    Latif believes that Afridi, the Pakistan captain, will be the key player for Pakistan.

    “Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and Younis Khan will be key players for Pakistan,” he said. “Also the Akmal brothers (Kamran and Umar) should play important roles for the team in the semifinal.”

    Latif urged Pakistan to recall retiring pacer Shoaib Akhtar in their playing eleven for the March 30 semifinal in Mohali.

    The former Test wicketkeeper said that Pakistan have a good chance to avenge their 1996 quarterfinal defeat, adding that Waqar Younis, the Pakistan coach who was a member of the losing team, in Bangalore, has an excellent opportunity to wipe off the bitter memories of the past.

    “Pakistan have the strength to beat India and avenge their Bangalore defeat. No one can understand the agony better than Waqar, and he is lucky to have another chance to wipe off the bitter memories of that defeat.”

  16. #16 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 3:05 PM

    It is good that Ajmal is saying he wants to be MOM.

    If every player says that then it will give an incentive for everyone to perform to their best.

    There is definitely a buzz of positivity coming from the Pakistan team- now they need to carry this positivity on to the field on Wednesday.

  17. #17 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 27, 2011 - 3:11 PM


    There was a meeting going on between the heads of the G5 or G7 whatever and their wives at the camp David had nothing to do so they played games by asking questions i.e., what do you call a man’s tool?

    The British PM’s first lady replied, we call him a gentleman because whenever he sees ladies he stands up.
    The Russian President’s wife said, we call it a curtain because, it drops after every act.
    The US President’s wife said, we call it a terrorist, because we don’t know from which side it would attack?
    The French PM’s wife said, we call it a RUMOR because, it goes from mouth to mouth.

    So, are you talking about Shoaib Akhtar or THE RUMOR? 😀

  18. #18 by newguy on March 27, 2011 - 3:13 PM

    Hi Guys,

    I am hoping that all these hyped up and pumped up messages coming from Pakistan camp will eventually make them play overly aggressive and cause combustion on the field. I am taking about trying to hit every ball for four, underestimating Indian bowlers, overly aggressive on field body language, so on ..

    Sorry guys, but this is probably the one time you are seeing comments from me expecting a Pakistan collapse, but that is the way it is.

  19. #19 by newguy on March 27, 2011 - 3:16 PM

    LOL @ Javed Khan for RUMOR .. in case of Shoaib I think it is safe to say both are apt 🙂

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 27, 2011 - 3:22 PM

    Ghalib has said:

    Ranj say khoo gar ho insaan tou mitt jata ha ranj
    Mushkilain mujh pay paree itni kay aasan ho gayeen

    Therefore, if the team stops worrying about winning it will come to them. AND, if it doesn’t then it is not the end of the world.

    Sitaraon kay aagay jahaan aur bhee hain……………..

  21. #21 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 3:51 PM

    The above is a video of some banter between Ravi Shastri and Aamer Sohail.

    I am surprised that Shastri, who I consider to be one of the best commentators, is getting provoked into making pseudo-jingoistic statements. He should control himself.

    This Pakistan India match is seeming to bring the worst out in people.

    I think people need to control this aggression on both sides of the border. Pakistanis can implode when they become overly aggressive and if Indians put too much pressure on their players then they will just crumble under pressure.

    I don’t have a great deal of respect for Aamer Sohail (although he is a better visionary than Imran Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Wasim, Qadir etc) but Shastri is someone whom I have never seen succumb to this jingoistic pressure. He is the man who attached this slogan “Boom Boom” to Afridi, and after this Afridi’s stardom just elevated to unprecedented heights.

  22. #22 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 4:05 PM


    Have you noticed how whenever India and Pakistan are playing, it appears that Pakistani players are the ones who make aggressive statements against India, but in India it is actually the media and ex cricketers who make such statements?

    Isn’t it weird?

    Like this video I have pasted comes in the aftermath of someone calling Pakistan team an “auto rickshaw” and the Indian team a “BMW”.

    I have hardly ever heard an Indian cricketer say that, “I will target XYZ in Pakistan” or “I want to MOM” but I find the Indian media extremely aggressive to the extent of being just ridiculous.

  23. #23 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 4:06 PM

    Bomb hoax call throws security into a tizzy

    Mohali: A bomb scare at the PCA stadium following a hoax phone call on Sunday sent the security agencies in a tizzy ahead of the high-voltage World Cup semifinal match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on Wednesday.

    An anonymous caller claimed that a bomb had been placed inside the Punjab Cricket Association stadium here, which is hosting the much-anticipated match, police said. The call was made to Chandigarh police, who informed their Punjab Police counterparts.

    Punjab Police personnel then searched the stadium, including the building at which the caller claimed to have planted the bomb, with anti-explosive equipment even as the Indian cricket team was having training session at the grounds. Sniffer dogs were also pressed into service.

    A cop with the sniffer dog, who was checking the stadium premises, confirmed that he had been told to check thoroughly as some call had been made to the police. Mohali`s Deputy Superintendent of Police (City) R S Sohal said that the call had been received by the Chandigarh police.

    Police sources said that four calls were made, from the same mobile number, to Chandigarh police control room this evening. Police said they had traced the caller, who hailed from a slum colony in Chandigarh. However, as the security personnel kept checking the stadium for any explosive, most of those inside remained unaware of what was happening.

  24. #24 by newguy on March 27, 2011 - 6:00 PM

    Hi Khansahab,

    I see the clip and it doesn’t look like Shastri said anything out of the ordinary or over the top, he is simply responding to Amir Churail’s taunting that India will never provide a green top to Pakistan. I agree with Shastri that India will have the upper hand on a green top on a 5 match or 10 match sequence, simply because Indian batsmen will play pace better than Pakistani batsmen, regardless of the bowling on both sides. It is a known fact that Indian bowlers will do really well in pitches that offer assistance, but are not effective on flat pitches. We can argue whether the advantage is 80/20 or 60/40, but over a sequence of many matches Indian team will have better result.

    However, on a one off like what we are going to have now, all bets are off, both teams have equal chance.

    Besides why are they asking India to provide a pitch, it is not in BCCI control but ICC directions. ICC has given directions to make pitches where runs can be scored and ball is coming on to bat. ICC is supervising the pitch preparation.

    Coming to Churail, this is the guy who lost is head and his off stump to Venkatesh Prasad in the 96′ QF and I am not surprised at his taunting. Shastri is simply defending that India has no problem in playing on green tops. I don’t expect any ex-cricketer or current cricketer to take it lying low when someone makes a taunt like that, be it from Pakistan or South Africa.

    I agree all this hype and media stunts should stop.

    In fact, I wish this game was never played, seeing how it is bringing all the bad things in people.

    I wish India not play Pakistan in a high profile game like this ever.

    Cannot wait for this thing to get over and move on with other things.

  25. #25 by newguy on March 27, 2011 - 6:21 PM


    I think the Autorickshaw / BMW comment is totally out of place, and the guy that made it is an idiot, I don’t know why the Indian media will ever such a comment to be aired. On one hand, Indian PM is showing diplomacy, but on the other hands such failed cricketers are making foolish comments to get cheap fame. This guy Atul Wassan is a failed ex cricketer, he was a wanna be fast bowler in the 90’s and after playing a few ODI games and a couple of test matches he just faded away. He is getting some cheap fame with this comment.

    This type of comments will come back to bite everyone very badly if India lose, and there is a 50% chance of India losing, why make such comments that could put the entire nation and cricketers into shame.

    Important for everyone to understand these type of cheap idiots are talking for themselves, and not for every fan or cricketer.

  26. #26 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 6:31 PM


    Aamer Sohail was responding to Shastri’s taunt that India is BMW and Pakistan is an auto rickshaw. The video does not show Shastri saying this but this is what he said. In the circumstances I think Sohail’s retaliation was proportionate. Even though there is a difference on paper between the two teams it is not like India is unbeatable- South Africa proved that and England nearly proved that.

    They might be saying all of this in light banter- we don’t know. But you seem to be really concerned about all this and I don’t know why you have commented so drastically saying that you wish Pakistan and India would never play a high profile game.

    I agree with you that in this match it is 50-50 and any discussion about the teams’ calibre is futile because India we know is a strong team and Pakistan are unpredictable. I don’t know if you remember but on this blog we have had a discussion in that past that India is NOW a stronger team than Pakistan and they are likely to win more matches now (in contrast to the ODI record of both countries playing together where Pakistan has won something like 69 ODI’s vs India but India has won 45 or something). This time round Pakistan has surprised everyone and are playing good cricket, so this has made Pakistan fans excited and they fancy their chances. There is nothing wrong with that as long as they don’t make insulting or taunting comments.

    Whatever the outcome of this match, nothing will change. For the short term there might be heartbreaks and animosity, but as time goes on wounds are healed.

    You have to realise that Pakistanis and Indians can never take this lightly. For a lot of people this is just entertainment so let us enjoy the banter.

    I don’t know whether Varun and Pawan are also this emotional about the issue?

  27. #27 by newguy on March 27, 2011 - 6:41 PM


    That particular comment was not made by Ravi Shastri, but a failed ex cricketer Atul Wassan. Shastri would never say such a thing about Pakistan team.

    The reason I commented drastically is that a lot of people on both sides are going over board, and when one team loses and other wins, the passions will run over, and let me tell you not all of it is light banter and in good spirits.

    As for me, I really won’t have too much of a problem one way or other, I will be disappointed if India lose, but will get over it just like if India lost to any other team in Semi. If India wins also I will not go overboard and taunt anyone, or claim Indian team is superior or whatever.

    All of us here are sane, and will respond in that manner.

    But many people over in other blogs are going hyper, that is why I said this clash is bringing worst in people and it’s probably better for a whole lot of them if this game wasn’t played.

    People of sub-continent need to mature take it in right spirit. Just like USA vs. Canada Ice Hockey game in Winter Olympics was played in great spirit, but with a lot of passion on both sides, when Canada won people on this side was disappointed, but said OK that’s their game and they are better at at it than is, so it’s better they won.

  28. #28 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 6:49 PM


    I accept all that you say, but from the Pakistan point of view you should have some sympathy that they have reached a semi final which not even their keenest supporters were contemplating. This is part of the reason why they are getting excited. It is a bit like rags to riches whereas with India almost everyone was of the view they would reach top 4. I don’t think you would have been so concerned about the Pakistan side of it if the circumstances had not been as unique as they are in this WC.

    There is animosity and hatred on both sides of the border, but it is something people should get used to.

    This TV programme that I quote Basit Ali and the Mullah from, on this programme they discuss everyday that people should not treat this match as war and it should be treated as a game. They even make fun of some Pakistanis who have been sending text messages to everyone saying that this match is going to be a war between Islam v Hinduism.

    So you can see that this kind of idiot behaviour is being made fun of in that programme, although Basit Ali and the Mullah both want Pakistan to win and they actually offer advice to Pakistan cricketers as to how they can defeat India.

  29. #29 by newguy on March 27, 2011 - 7:27 PM


    Surely Pakistan’s success in this tournament is to be appreciated and lauded. Also needless to say how much it means to the people of Pakistan. I you remember I was one of the few people who supported the idea that Pakistan has the ability to go on and win the cup, when even you and Javed Khan did not believe it was possible. I made that based on sound understanding of the potential of players in the team, that if they can unite behind the cause they could do it.

    But what I meant is that the hype in media is too much, if it is all in good spirits then good. I don’t follow everything, so I really don’t know except what is read from internet and some clips.

    Let’s hope the game will live up to the hype and we will have a good contest.

  30. #30 by Sagaat on March 27, 2011 - 8:03 PM


    I agree with you in that commentators like Ravi Shastri shouldnt et carried away with the hype. But they have a brand and are selling themselves, and it is market-yourself-time.

    On a green-top Pakistan would have a slight advantage. India has one good pace bowler, Pakistan could have played three in Wahab Riaz, Akhter, and Gul. But it will not be a green-top.

  31. #31 by Mohammed Munir on March 27, 2011 - 9:01 PM

    Hum Pakistanion Sey Dushmani Mut Karo, Aey Hamaray Hindustani BhaiO

    Kion Kay, Munni Tumhari Budnaam Hai, Sheila Tumhari Jawan Hai Aur Captain Hamara PATHAN Hai. 😉

  32. #32 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 9:04 PM

    Munir sahab

    ………..Aur Pakistan ka common pronunciation “Pakastan” hai…………..


  33. #33 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 9:44 PM


    Apnay vichaar buthlaiye iss rurnaiti par:

    Pakistan key kaalay pathar ki choonothi:

  34. #34 by Sagaat on March 27, 2011 - 10:28 PM


    LOL it seems that Pakistan will win this match with that sort of practice 😀

  35. #35 by khansahab on March 27, 2011 - 10:28 PM

    Must watch video about corruption in Pakistan:

  36. #36 by Pawan on March 27, 2011 - 11:43 PM

    Hey guys,

    Here are my two cents on Indo-Pak match. On paper India should win this match. Following are points in favor of India:

    1. Pakistan’s main weapon in this WC thus far has been the spin bowling – agreed Gul is in the form of his life, but without spin of Afridi/Rehman/Ajmal, I won’t give them a chance in this WC. Akhtar is a spent force – we all agree to this. Riaz is not a threatening sort of bowler – lets agree that. But almost all except Yuvraj and to some extent Raina, of the Indian batters bat well against spin. Sachin/Sehwag/Gambhir/Kohli all can play the spin as well as any there have been in one single squad. This is the single most important reason why I think India has got a chance not only against Pakistan but also against SL, if they meet in finals.

    2. Pakistan’s batting is not the strongest, even against Zimbabwe they couldn’t score heavy. Now Indian bowling isn’t strong, but it isn’t as bad as the Zimbabwean. Not a single Pakistan batsman has scored a century in this WC. That says a lot about the batting. This will be the biggest test yet for the Pakistan batting and bowling. They haven’t faced as strong opponents in terms of facing their spin bowling and this is going to be it for them.

    3. People have talked about Afridi being the game changer and the driving force – but that is because of his bowling going strong. All this can change very quickly if he is being hit around the park. We all know about his batting – the less said and expected from him, the better. Also there are too many people in the squad itself that want Afridi out of the squad not only as captain – Akmals, Misbah to name a few.

    4. Pressure – talk about pressure on the Indian team, well that’s there, but what about pressure on the Pakistan team? Last world cup when Pakistan lost in the round robin they didn’t go back for a week almost, fearing the reaction from public. Imagine the pressure this time on the squad – they know what will happen if they lose to India or wait – they don’t know. Agreed passionate people are there on both sides of Wagha, but Pakistani people are a notch above – may be because this is all they have for looking forward to in the country.

    Ways Pakistan can counter India –

    1. Don’t think too much about who you are facing/bowling to and where you are playing. Stop, absolutely stop thinking this is a semi-final. Get the brash Afridi attitude and do your job relentlessly and never give up at any stage.

    2. Get quick wickets – Sachin and Sehwag wickets are a MUST. There is no way they are going to win without taking out the openers early.

    3. When batting, keep wickets in hand early on. We have Razzaq/Afridi/U.Akmal coming on later, so don’t worry about the run-rate. Never mind even if it is 3.5 – 4 in the first 30 overs. but don’t lose more than 2-3 wickets.

    4. Keep out Zak. He can be and IS deceptive. He is the single most dangerous bowler for them, if he is in rhythm. Go after Harbhajan – it is a must. He is a softie. Once you go after him, he goes into a shell. But if you give him respect he thinks highly of himself – don’t let it happen. Milk Yuvraj and Ashwin initially, and then take on if needed.

    5. One more important thing while bowling – take wickets, because that is the only way you are going to win against India. I know it is quite clique. But it has never been so true. BE AGRESSIVE and TAKE WICKETS.

    Lets bring it ON guys! This is it! It will never get bigger than this! I am on a HOLIDAY on March 30, so will be following this EPIC match. Let it RIP!!

  37. #37 by newguy on March 28, 2011 - 12:26 AM


    LOL @ the black stone video .. I watched the whole things and the commentary is very hilarious .. it’s almost like satire, in fact I am not sure whether this is all satire or they are serious 😉 I wonder who watches these type of shows? I guess when you have a country of a billion plus there are always a few millions available for every sort of show.

  38. #38 by newguy on March 28, 2011 - 12:33 AM

    Hi Guys,

    Tell me one thing about Umar Gul .. it sounds like he is the main threat for India, but Gul’s record against India is not so great, could be because he was not bowling well and he is a much improved bowler now.

    Is this true? how much has he improved? If so, how? what is he doing now that he wasn’t doing earlier – pace, swing, accuracy? is it something he has developed this WC, or on previous NZ tour as well?

    I think Afridi also do not have a great record in bowling against India, but he has improved quite a lot it seems according to every source I hear. But then again, even the great Abdul Qadir wasn’t successful against India, and we all know about Warne.

    I think the threat is that Gul, Afridi, and Ajmal combined can take 3-4 top order wickets, not about any one of them running through. This is what India have to plan for.

  39. #39 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 2:39 AM


    I’d say Gul has been more consistent in this tournament. Gul is not the sort of bowler who will take 4-5 wickets and win a match on his own, but on a good day he can do a pretty decent job. The only difference between the old Gul and the new Gul is that he is having more good days. It is not that his good days got any better, it is just that he was very inconsistent before.

    Akhter has a very good record against India (averaging 25). The vibe I am getting so far from the team management is that he will play. I would think it is the correct decision.

  40. #40 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 28, 2011 - 3:05 AM


    I am not sure if it is a good idea to play Akhtar, but if they do then there is nothing one can do except for praying that he bowls sensibly and Kamran Akmal holds the edges.


    When Gul first played against India it was in Lahore test where he took 5 wickets + 2 and was Man of the match, but then he hurt his back, he was more injury prone than Akhtar but, now he has improved physically and mentally he is much stronger than before and has been more consistent. So, I hope he plays a big role. If he can get the openers that is a job well done. Or, even if Akhtar takes those two wickets before 10 overs, India’s aggressive batting will come to a halt they will play cautiously unless a big partnership is built for Yuvraj, Raina and Dhoni to slog.

    The stone practice is similar to that of cemented pitch, but the only difference is they are targeting a stone whereas on cemented pitches they used to make a circle with chalk and used to pitch the b all in that circle. This is nothing but a media hyped story.


    Your analysis are pretty realistic and predictable there has to be something out of the box and for this WE want Afridi to open the innings, but because Hafeez and Kamran played well against WI, they will not disturb the combination. This is the first time the opening pair from Pakistan scored a century in this WC. They are Lakeer Kay Faqeer and they will not disturb this, even if Afridi wants to, Waqar, Aaqib and Inti Alam will use VETO. If he still goes out using the Captain’s triumph card it is a double edged sword, if he scores 70-80 runs in no time he will be a hero and if he gets out under 10 Phir Uski Khair Nahee. So, most likely that will not happen, it is khansahab’s and I who wants him to open the innings for Pakistan especially if Pakistan bats first.

  41. #41 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 28, 2011 - 3:09 AM


    Sheila par yaad aya:

    A gene was under the control of a guy and this is how it goes:

    The Man:
    The Gin: Hukam kero Aaqa…
    The Man: Meri Sheila say shaadi kerao…
    The Gin: Aaqa, Hukam kero Harami Pun Na kero, Sheila Tumharee Bhaabi hai. 😀

  42. #42 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 28, 2011 - 3:11 AM


    Masla tou yehi hai kay Kaptaan Pathaan hai.

    Wo pooochta hai, Munni Ka aur Sheila Ka total kitna bhai hai? 😀

  43. #43 by Mohammed Munir on March 28, 2011 - 4:10 AM

    LOL @ “Munni Ka Aur Sheila Ka Total Kitna Bhai Hai ?”

    I know what you are talking about.

    BTW, a few days back you mentioned that Wasim Chakram was Imran’s TOTA ….. I haven’t heard this word ‘tota’ before in this sense. What I have heard the word ‘tota’ is as in ‘cigarette Ka Tota’, or ‘Film Ka Tota’. 😉

    But did you mean …. Koka as in Tota ?

    LOL also at your Gin Ka Joke. 😀

  44. #44 by Mohammed Munir on March 28, 2011 - 4:18 AM

    NewguysI guess when you have a country of a billion plus there are always a few millions available for every sort of show.

    Well said Bhai Sahab … Very well said.

    There always are a few crack-heads everywhere, in all countries.

  45. #45 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 4:44 AM

    ” It is war hahaha” coming out of the very minute brain that Sania Mirza seems to possess, going by this statement.

  46. #46 by Mohammed Munir on March 28, 2011 - 4:45 AM

    Batting track expected in Mohali Nagraj Gollapudi in Mohali.

    “It is a good batting wicket. I don’t think it will turn much,” a Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) official said.

    History suggests that captains prefer to bat first on calling the coin right and both MS Dhoni and Shahid Afridi will do well to follow convention. It is better to bat first because the wicket tends to lose pace as the match goes on. But if there is heavy dew things could change. “A 280-plus total would be really difficult to chase,” the source said. Over the last five years, in the nine matches played at the ground the 300-run mark has been breached only twice. Incidentally, on the first occasion, Pakistan successfully chased India’s 321 in a day-night game, with Younis Khan’s 117 overshadowing Sachin Tendulkar’s 99.

    In the past five years, seven out of the nine matches have been won by the side batting first. Also, there were seven day-night matches with five won by the side batting first and only two by the chasing side. Wednesday’s semi-final would be the first match to be played under lights since November 2009 in Mohali.

    Of the 137 wickets taken in those nine matches, fast bowlers accounted for 105, while the spinners claimed just 29. Even though the seamers have predominantly controlled affairs here, slow bowlers like Harbhajan Singh, who relies on bounce, have always got good purchase from the Mohali pitch. At the same time the hard clay in the pitch tends to make the ball skid rather than spin, so a spinner like Afridi would do well to push the ball rather than spin it.

    Another talking point in the build-up to the match has been the dew.


  47. #47 by Mohammed Munir on March 28, 2011 - 4:52 AM


    Gerald Majola, the Cricket South Africa chief executive, has admitted the team will struggle to shed their chokers’ tag after the collapse which cost them the World Cup quarter-final against New Zealand in Mirpur.

    “We’ve always had this chokers tag with us; unfortunately we’ve allowed it to stick. We haven’t applied ourselves,” he said in Colombo, where he will watch the semi-final between New Zealand and Sri Lanka on Tuesday. “We have to accept the problem and then deal with it.”

  48. #48 by Mohammed Munir on March 28, 2011 - 6:30 AM

    A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

    A lot of peoples have started saying that Pakistan team will have pressure and if they lost to Indian in semi-final, this will be it for many of their players because the cricket-crazy fans back home will go for their heads.

    This, to me, seems totally unjustified and unacceptable.

    Pakistan started this tournament as underdogs and nobody gave them serious considerations of making so far. I don’t remember many experts/ ex-cricketers, including Pakistanis, saying good things about this team a few weeks back. In fact Harsha Bhogle and Ganguly were among a very few guys who gave some chance to this team. Back home in Pakistan, even the fans on the streets didn’t expect any miracles and qualifying to semis stage would have been more then enough for them.

    But this team has already achieved more than people’s expectations including beating Sri Lanka and the so-called mighty Australians, and from now on whatever comes should be considered as a bonus.

    Shahid Afridi and his team have ACHIEVED and I am sure they will receive a hero’s welcome, even if they could not win against India on Wednesday.

  49. #49 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 28, 2011 - 9:36 AM


    Enjoy the ICC World cup with Veena Malik:

    No slip, no cover, no extra cover, 2 fine legs, 2 silly points, deep gully and helmet is a must.

  50. #50 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 28, 2011 - 2:50 PM

    KARACHI: Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi accused the Indian media on Monday of conducting a negative campaign against his team before Wednesday’s eagerly anticpated World Cup semi-final in Mohali.

    “There is so much negativity in the Indian media. There is nothing positive to watch on the channels and we are just sticking together as a team and it is just the hotel and ground for us,” Afridi told a Pakistani news channel.

    “The only answer we can give is with our performance. We will try to give 110 per cent in this big match.

    “Everyone knows how big a match this is and the pressures that come with it. But we will just do our best whatever the result. After the match we just want to be content in our hearts we gave our best.”

    Afridi also said Pakistan were considering playing their controversial fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar.

    “I also want him to play but we have not taken a final decision as yet. And we have to take into consideration his match fitness and his form which we will see in the nets,”Afridi said.

    “We want him in such a high-profile match but we don’t want him for just four or five overs, we want him to bowl his full quota of overs,”

    Pakistan have not played Akhtar, who has announced his decision to retire after the World Cup, since they lost to New Zealand in the pool matches.

    Afridi played down his remarks about not allowing Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar to score runs in the semi-final.

    “The Indian media has treated this negatively. There is never any doubt about Tendulkar’s greatness. But if someone approaches me and asks me about him (Tendulkar) obviously as Pakistan captain I will not say we will allow him to score runs I will say we will ensure he doesn’t get his 100th international century,” Afridi said.

    The Pakistan skipper felt the dew factor would play an important role.

    “Yes, there is a lot of dew in the evenings but they are using chemicals to counter it. But it is a factor we will have to take into consideration at the toss,” he said.

    He also expressed disappointment at remarks from Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik about the government keeping a close watch on the players in the semi-final because of last year’s spot-fixing scandal.

    “I don’t think he should have said such a thing at such a time,” Afridi said.

  51. #51 by Mohamed Anfaal on March 28, 2011 - 4:58 PM

    Pakistan will win

  52. #52 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 6:00 PM


    After SO long you have come on the blog and only 3 words 🙂

    But maybe there is a qabooliath ki ghari in those 3 words

  53. #53 by Mohamed Anfaal on March 28, 2011 - 6:17 PM


    huwallahu alam

    How I wish he proves me wrong,

    but if not will still be happy for you

  54. #54 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 7:14 PM

    Has anybody thought about Pakistan playing three pacers?

    90 out o the 120-dd wickets at Mohali have come to pace.

  55. #55 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 7:52 PM

    Its good news that Rehman Malik has warned Kamran Akmal on match-fixing before the fact. If he still does it, then he will reap the results.

  56. #56 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 7:55 PM

    So it is about Islam v Kufr then at the end of the day? Team is back praying namaz on the ground just like the Inzamam days.

  57. #57 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 7:59 PM

    I am pasting the below from an Indian news article. I am absolutely appalled by Sunil Gavaskar for saying what he said. I always had a bad feeling about him and he is a thorough jingoist. His mind is the size of a pea. Shame on this MF.

    In this context, it would be pertinent to note what Sunil Gavaskar, himself a mumbaikar, had to say on a talk show when he was asked whether Pakistan would lose the semi-final.

    He said, “I doubt whether Pakistan would lose the Mohali game; Pakistanis have a special fascination for Mumbai. They keep sneaking into Mumbai by whatever route they can find and which is available. So I would not be surprised if they do it again and reach Mumbai again.”

    He is sneakily referring to the Mumbai terror attacks. What has that got to do with the Pakistan cricket team? Why is he mixing politics with sport yet again?

  58. #58 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 8:01 PM

    Do not fix the semi final: Rehman Malik

  59. #59 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 8:04 PM

    If Imran Khan wants to become Prime Minister he should realise that he needs to say the same statements whether he is in India or Pakistan: Aamer Sohail

  60. #60 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 8:07 PM

    Shahbaz Sharif will Reward a Marahba Zameen to every player if Pakistan beat India

  61. #61 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 8:11 PM

    Yuvraj needs to keep his cool on home turf: Ganguly

    KOLKATA: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday said in-form Yuvraj Singh will have to keep his cool when he comes out to bat in front of his home crowd in the high-voltage World Cup semifinal against Pakistan in Mohali on Wednesday.

    “He has been in outstanding form throughout the tournament. Semifinal is a big game and he needs to keep his cool. He will be playing in his home ground, so there will be pressure on him,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of an Election Commission campaign shooting in Eden Gardens.

  62. #62 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 8:13 PM


    I don’t understand that either, why are they praying in the gound, and not in the hotel. Pakistan team is again going down the demonstrative path when it comes to religion.

    Gavaskar’s comment is very unfortunate. Not only him but Ravi Shastri also got carried away with emotional fervor. On the one had there are so many Pakistanis going in India, on the other hand they have to bear with this.

  63. #63 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 8:16 PM


    The only thing left is for something untoward to happen. And, supposing if Pakistan wins, what would happen, cosidering the final is in Mumbai, and the people there have always resented the team’s presence?

  64. #64 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 8:17 PM


    I hate this psyche when they start showing off religion. The world doesn’t give a shit about their piety, they see it as a promotion of thrusting religion into everything. This shows that the players are being conditioned into thinking that this is a battle of Islam vs Hinduism.

  65. #65 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 8:18 PM


    If Pakistan wins I doubt that something serious is going to happen in Mumbai because the Indian government and ICC will be very concerned about India’s global image.

    The crowd may be hostile against Pakistanis and they might support SL or NZ whoever the opponent is.

  66. #66 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 8:23 PM


    The crowd may be very hostile in Mohali as well, especially if Pakistan start winning. If you recall Sri-Lanka- India quarterfinal in 1996. But this is Pakistan we are talking about. Anything can happen.

  67. #67 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 8:25 PM


    I am not too sure about Islam versus Hinduism. This is more like if they pray in the ground, fortune will be with them because the match will be played at the ground.

  68. #68 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 8:27 PM


    There was an awful lot of praying on the ground in Inzamam’s time and that seemed to produce Malik, Misbah and Akmal.

    The crowd in Mohali will not be hostile because they are mostly Punjabis who are not as anti-Pakistan as other Indians.

  69. #69 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 8:31 PM


    Inzamam destroyed the team, no doubt. What was unbelievable was how people applauded his captaincy and his Mullah role in the team.

  70. #70 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 8:40 PM


    I realize what you mean. Ravi Shastri and Gavaskar are both from Bombay.

  71. #71 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 8:47 PM


    Don’t you think Pakistan should simply play three fast bowlers? 75 percent of wickets at Mohali have come to pace. If it will not be a spinning track, and considering India plays spin well, why not play another pace bowler?

  72. #72 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 8:59 PM


    I am really unhappy with Shastri. I have seen genuine happiness on his face when Pakistan and particularly Afridi has played well. I can imagine he will support his own country if it has a clash with Pakistan, but watching him getting too worked up was an unpleasant sight.

    3 fast bowlers may be useful, but it depends on the track. At the moment there is confusion because the curator says the pitch is a bowling pitch but there is other news coming that it is a batting track. If they end up making a seaming track why not play the 3 fast bowlers at the justified expense of Misbah?

  73. #73 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 9:04 PM


    The Mullah psyche may have had short term benefits but in the long term it proved to be a disaster.

    You saw Shoaib Malik, Rana, Misbah etc becoming Mullah but what did that bring to the team and how did these individuals damage the team?

  74. #74 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 9:07 PM


    Misbah has a pretty good record against India. That is why he has played in the team for the past 4 years. And, I am not sure about playing a batsman less, Pakistan may be chasing a hefty total. Can Ajmal trouble India?

    Btw have you seen Ajmal’s interview with Nasser Hussain?

  75. #75 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 9:13 PM

    No haven’t seen it. Interesting? I have seen his interview in Pakistan when he says, “I done”.

    Misbah has got a high average against them but he does not look match winning material to me, I will not trust him even if Pakistan is playing Kenya.
    He is such an overrated player and yet he has failed to win a single match for Pakistan.

  76. #76 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 9:16 PM


    This one:

  77. #77 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 9:24 PM


    Yes not only have I seen it, but also pasted it on the blog and we remarked that he was speaking English in Punjabi 🙂

  78. #78 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 9:26 PM


    I agree that Misbah is a very selfish player. Nevertheless changing him at this time would be counter-productive. Simply because Pakistan is short of batsmen who can make runs. You know how unreliable Akmal brothers are. Younis is out of form. Hafeez, as always, is goog for 20-30. Therefore, someone will have to make the runs.

  79. #79 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 9:31 PM

    Ramiz Raja can hand Umar Akmal MOM upon MOM awards. But untill he starts making 60s, 70s, 100s on a regular basis, he would remain a slightly better version of Kamran Akmal. Besides, Umar Akmal has this tendency to choke under pressure, such as he did in AUstralia on a consistent basis. I have never seen him win a match so far, by making a 100 so to speak. Whether a test match or a one day. He has raw talent but isnt living up to the hype. This is the problem when gods and demi-gods are created as soon as a player”s career starts.

  80. #80 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 9:32 PM


    One thing I am worried about is the performance of Afridi and Ajmal vs India because they are such good players of spin.

    They play Afridi pretty well.

    It is a huge dilemma because Akhtar does not perform to his best vs India either, and he gets too worked up and loses line and length.

    This is all the more reason for Pakistan to attack with the bat and put pressure.

    Zaheer Khan is more dangerous with the old ball as opposed to the new, they must play cross batted shots on his bowling if he bowls wicket to wicket. He will not give room and he will also swing the ball both ways and I hope they have devised a strategy to counter him. He is not quick, so they can afford to play the ball on its merit better than say if they were playing a quicker pace man.

  81. #81 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 9:35 PM


    U Akmal seems to me to be a very good facilitator but not a match winner.

    To win matches you need to put your mind over matter but from an early age he has involved himself in politics.

    That said he is an exceptionally skilled batsman when the team is not under pressure. I think he should bat at no 4, before Misbah.

    I think a major problem with him has been that he is being played too low down the order. Fine, he has got himself out many times when batting higher up but he is not going to learn how to bat at no 4 if he is being played at no 5 or 6.

  82. #82 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 9:42 PM


    Akhter has a pretty good record against India. He averages 25-26. Against Indian batting and on subcontinental pitches, that is a very good average. I think in 2003 it was the occassion that got the better of him. He thinks of himself as a showman and gets carried away. If he plays with more common sense, he may do well.

    I agree that he is probably batting too low down the order. But I don’t think they reckon that he has the technique to bat higher up and play a tough innings.

  83. #83 by newguy on March 28, 2011 - 9:45 PM


    Did I not tell you yesterday that I do not wish to see a high profile India-Pak match again, and you ask me why. Well, you see all the craziness going on from both sides you know the answer, and just wait till one side loses … the pre-match craziness won’t be anything.

    I am talking about Amir Churail / Bakvaskar type of characters going insane and the over the top namaz on the ground stunt by Pak team .. I thought Afridi had some sense, well I guess I was mistaken. What’s up with the prayer on the ground, India has 170 million Muslims too, this is an insult to them.

    It appears that the Pakistan team is rattled even before the game, they should take it easy and play to their potential and have some fun, instead of going overboard.

  84. #84 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 9:45 PM


    That is what I am worried about to, that the spin attack may become impotent. In that case you need a couple of pace bowlers who can take wickets. Which is why I think Akhter should be played. Simply can’t defend against this Indian batting line-up, they will have to take wickets.

  85. #85 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 9:54 PM


    Well India does have the 2nd biggest Mullah in world cricket 🙂 After Hashim Amla…..

  86. #86 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 9:55 PM


    Well this Akhtar issue is giving the team management sleepless nights it seems.

    I think they will ask Akhtar whether he is feeling 90% or not, on the morning of the match. If yes then they will play him.

  87. #87 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 10:01 PM


    It depends on how you think about the prayer thing. They are probably just praying in the sense that that space will have good luck for them. Hopefully, there is not any symbolism involved.

  88. #88 by amir on March 28, 2011 - 10:05 PM

    hey guys
    whats going on by the media and governments of both countries is so unfair to the both set of players. And also creating madnes in both countries public. And now i think it wil not be about talent and ability on march 30 it wil more b about mental strength and holding ur nerves. Khatmals keeping wil b crucial as we cnt give any of indian batsman another chance. No one is talking about afridi’s batting but i got feeling that he wil score in this match and actualy his innings wil decide the match its due from him and remember 2009 t20 he was out of form in whole cup matches and scored only in semi and final and pakistan won. I hope same wil happen here as wel.

  89. #89 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 10:06 PM

    We are here to play cricket and not to fight a war: Shahid Afridi

  90. #90 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 10:10 PM


    They did not pray when the match was against Australia which at that time was a very crucial match.

    I will be very surprised if no symbolism was involved. They can pray in the dressing room, in the parking lot, in the entrance hall or wherever of the ground. Praying on the ground itself reeks of symbolism.

  91. #91 by Sagaat on March 28, 2011 - 10:18 PM


    Maybe this is common practice. Usually, no-one would make a video, but this time someone did because of the occassion?

  92. #92 by amir on March 28, 2011 - 10:32 PM

    this is all saeed anwer and inzi’s influence on team. And its more of showing of then practicing islam. Did u guys noticed that in every match presentation our captain and mom have to thank ALLAH specificaly and than start interview. Now i m nt saying that dnt thank ALLAH but what i mean is that is it necesary to bring in religious matters on to cricket field. U got plenty of other forums to do that if u want to do. I cnt forget shoaib malik in jhb after t20 final in which he said that he thanks al muslim for supportin pakistan.

  93. #93 by khansahab on March 28, 2011 - 10:40 PM


    Yes it is definitely more about showing off then being a true Muslim.

    None of these guys are actually as religious as they appear to be.

    If they were as religious then Rehman Malik would not be warning them to refrain from match fixing.

  94. #94 by newguy on March 28, 2011 - 11:27 PM

    Hi Guys,

    Hashim Amla is one of the most religious Muslims in world cricket, it is evident that is has helped him, but he is very calm and never show off his religion on the ground or in front of interviewers.

    Anyhow, I am going to cut some slack for Pakistan cricket team on humanitarian ground, these guys are under tremendous pressure, so whatever they are doing is now will not be same as what they have done before. They are also possibly feeling they are in hostile territory because they are in sort of a holding area inside the hotel and ground with armed paramilitary and commando ring.

    I am sure people of India would love see this guys in action, but surely not defeat India, but I have no doubt many of these cricketers are well liked based on initial reports on reaction from crowd when they appeared out of Air Port and into the Bus.

    I think Indians are also under so much pressure, but at least they are in home comfort.

    I agree that people should leave these 22 men alone until game day.

  95. #95 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 28, 2011 - 11:28 PM


    Rahman Malik is a CHOORA, there was no need for him to say we are watching them closely. WTF does he think of himself? Imran Khan retorted by saying: “One should keep an eye on Rahman Malik because he is the biggest culprit.”

    Anyways, being the Minister of Interior this is what he has done in the Cabinet Meeting, watch it:

    On top of that he was accusing that it is a conspiracy against him because, the script was wrongly written for him. Laanat hai Salay par. A 3 year old kid can recite Surah Al Ikhlas correctly, he made 4 attempts and still could not recite it properly. Rahman Malik Chullo Bhur Paani May Doob Murr.

  96. #96 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 28, 2011 - 11:32 PM


    I don’t see anything wrong in Gavaskar‘s statement about Pakistan sneaking into Mumbai. Perhaps it is hard for him to say Pakistan will beat India at Mohali. As regards Ravi Shastri this BMW and Auto rickshaw comment was undesirable.

    Btw, in the organization I used to work for, there was a girl with XXXXtra large B(.)(.)Bs and guys used to refer her as BMW, meaning Baray (.)(.) Wali. It is upto India to be referred as BMW then it is fine with Pakistani team fondling with them 😉

  97. #97 by newguy on March 28, 2011 - 11:32 PM


    I can guarantee that nothing will ever happen to any Pakistan cricketer while on Indian soil. They are being given top presidential level security and the same will continue after the match as well as if they go on to final in Mumbai. Shiv Sena will not be allowed anywhere near enough to cause physical harm. There won’t be riots wither, if there is, it will be quelled quickly. There is too much at stake for Indian government at a global level if any incident where to happen, even a stone throwing like in Bangladesh. This is not just about BCCI, or ICC, Indian govt cannot look bad at a global level. They will do everything to secure Pakistan team.

  98. #98 by newguy on March 28, 2011 - 11:33 PM

    Hi Guys,

    While physical damage will not happen to Pakistani cricketers, I cannot assure mental damage will not happen after they lose the game to India 🙂

  99. #99 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 12:10 AM

    Those who think that Pakistani team IF they lose the semifinal against India shall be booed when they return home, are wrong. They are making references to the 2007 WC by saying the team stayed in the Caribbean for one week to avoid the angry home crowd. Yes, they stayed because the police asked them to stay for the investigation.

    There is a big difference between that team and this team. This team, no one was expecting them to reach even the quarterfinal, they thought Pakistan may not even qualify for the QF or max. they will reach QF and will get booted out. But, the way the played in QF they were marvelous and secondly they remained on TOP OF THE TABLE IN THEIR GROUP. So, Pakistan’s performance was and is better than expectations of the people in general. The only thing the nation wants from them is to put up a hard fight till the end and it should not be a one sided match. In any case one team wins the other loses. That is why I said earlier I hate to see India Pakistan playing in this WC before the FINAL.

    I don’t think people will boo at them or throw stones at them in case they lose. And, if they bring the Cup home, it will be a celebration from Karachi to Khyber. So, newguy there won’t be any mental damage for sure. Think of India how they will cope up with their own crowd if they lose the match against Pakistan on Wednesday? The crowd and the frenzy media will turn against them. The Indian Income Tax Commissioner Mr. Gupta is already predicting that India will lose because there is HUGE betting involved in it and bookies have invested Billions of Rupees. Even if this statement is far, far away from reality yet the public will be made to believe “Salay Paisa Kha Gaye.” Will Dhoni go for another hair cut with 10000 fans or will they be pulling his hair? 😀

  100. #100 by newguy on March 29, 2011 - 12:30 AM

    Javed Khan,

    My comment abut mental damage to Pakistani cricketers is in good humor .. to lighten up the mood a bit.

    In reality I expect they will get a very good welcome as they have already done wonderful things and went beyond much fancied teams like Australia and SA. Like you said one team will lose and one team will win.

    India on the other hand will not have it easy because, it is expected that they should win, for many reasons. Number reason one is that they have had much better resources at their disposal compared to Pakistan, or any other team, they have an army of high paid coaching and support staff. They also have had much better success than Pakistan in the last two years, and they are the #2 ranked ODI team and #1 ranked Test team. Therefore it is expected that they must have a place in final, especially since they are playing a team like Pakistan who are extremely talented but undergoing a lot of turmoil and have no support from an inept the board.

    In my view, if India do not win, depending of the manner of defeat, there will be serious changes in the team. They have had the resource and planning, as well as the right environment, if they lose because of the obvious weaknesses everyone knew then they will have to be taken accountable for not planning for rectifying it. Pakistan on the other hand never had the chance since PCB was doing one mismanagement after another in last four years. India has had the chance to everything right, and if they haven’t then heads must roll. It is natural.

  101. #101 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 2:36 AM


    ALL my comments are in zest and light humour. 😀 You see I took Gavaskar’s “sneaking” comment lightly even Ravi Shastri’s BMW for that matter. I am even writing jokes in between my comments and they are spontaneous sticom jokes. I am not taking this semifinal seriously and this way I enjoy the game more than others without getting hypertension and a high BP.

  102. #102 by newguy on March 29, 2011 - 2:52 AM

    Javed Khan,

    The Gavaskar “sneaking” comment is a spin by the media, because I saw the video and what he said is that “knowing Pakistani cricketers as I do know them, I know that they enjoy coming to Mumbai” or something along those lines .. he was responding to a question how will they like to come to Mumbai or similar. I think he meant it in right spirit as he is from Mumbai and of course understandably might be proud of the fact that some Pakistani cricketers he has known like the city.

    As for Ravi Shastri BMW comment, it was not Shastri, I pointed out yesterday that it was a guy called Atul Wassan.

    Also all these twisted media comments are for selling news, like a report that says “Gul wants to rip through Indian top order”, where as all the guy said was when asked what do you think is the best way to contain them, he said if I can get the top three wickets then we can limit them.

  103. #103 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 3:54 AM


    Ricky Ponting, like Graeme Smith steps down as Captain. Likes to continue as a batsman.

  104. #104 by Sagaat on March 29, 2011 - 4:00 AM

    From what I understand now, Gavaskar never made that remark. The media twisted his words.

    Waqar would have said,

    The media is on a rampage here.

    One thing is for sure, the team that loses is in for a smashing from their fans, though both teams have done well to reach the semi-finals, and one has to lose.

  105. #105 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 4:02 AM


    On Gavaskar, knowing him as a player since a long time and as a commentator since 1992, even then he was backing Pakistan as winner of the 1992 WC and I guess he said that in the same spirit and nothing to do with Mumbai as a city or with reference to Bal Thackery. My guess is, what he meant is Pakistan will be in the final and I won’t be surprised. He couldn’t have openly said this in India that Pakistan will beat India.

    As regards Ravi Shastri, I did not see the whole programme but just the clipping posted here and I dunno whether it was Atul Wasan who said that first or Ravi Shastri said it. But, Ravi has always been very fair and square he praised Afridi so much and he is the one who gave him this BOOM BOOM title.

    And, yes I have read that media report on Gul’s statement being twisted to sound like its a war. And, that black stone news is also a very stupid piece of journalism I wonder how many Indians believe that story that Pakistan is trying to break Sehwag and Tendulkar’s rib cage. The language that is used in that video is not sensation but it is really very, very cheap and disgusting.

    Even Shahid Afridi’s statement that he will not allow Tendulkar to score his international 100th century. He clarified by saying that the journalist came to him with a question: ” Will you allow Tendulkar to score his 100th International century?” Afridi said, being a Pakistani and captain of the team I would have never said, yes we will allow him. I replied, NO we will not allow him to do that. The question itself was a stupid one so why blame Afridi?

  106. #106 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 4:05 AM


    Exactly, one team has to lose and the media is going MAD. This is the worst kinda journalism I have seen so far.

  107. #107 by Mohammed Munir on March 29, 2011 - 5:59 AM

    Talk about Home Advantage … 😉

    Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, is not impressed with the use of the same pitch for Tuesday’s semi-final as the one that was used for the quarter-final against England on Saturday. “They’ve told us we’re playing on the same one as England, which is very surprising for us,” Vettori said on the eve of the first semi-final against Sri Lanka. “Playing a World Cup semi-final on a used wicket; we would have thought it would be mandatory to prepare a fresh wicket, but obviously not.” Sri Lanka won their quarter-final easily, strangulating England’s scoring through clever use of slow bowlers and Lasith Malinga at the death, and went on to win comfortably by 10 wickets.

    Ominous for the Kiwis. 😦

  108. #108 by Mohammed Munir on March 29, 2011 - 6:00 AM

    Ricky Punter steps down as captain

    “I have resigned as captain of both the Test and one-day Australian teams. I will continue to play and am available for selection in both the one day and Test teams,” Ponting said. “I have thought long and hard about what Australian cricket needs. Now is the right time for the next captain to assume the responsibility for both the Test and one-day teams. We have to be doing everything we can to win back the Ashes in 2013-14 and the World Cup in 2015. It is highly unlikely that I will be still playing so it is the right decision for Australian cricket that the next captain now be appointed. This will give him the opportunity to create his own direction and legacy”.

  109. #109 by Mohammed Munir on March 29, 2011 - 6:00 AM

    Thrill-seekers …

    India and Pakistan have played many memorable ODIs against each other; we dug into our archives to bring you four of the best, as recounted by players involved in them

    Help yourself … 😉

  110. #110 by Mohammed Munir on March 29, 2011 - 6:04 AM

    Gul – The Diplomat …

    This is what he has to say:

    “The first three wickets in the top-order are very crucial for us. They are depending on the top three. I am looking for these three batsmen.”

    “Our bowling is very good. Afridi is the leading wicket-taker. I am happy with my performance and form. We have a bit of an advantage with our bowling but I am happy with the way the batsmen played in the quarter-final.”

    “I’ve only fully understood in this World Cup how much help I have got from them (Coaches Waqar & Aaqib).”

    “He (Shoaib Akhtar) is our most experienced bowler and he has done very well in the past, especially against India. A little bit of pressure will be lifted off me too if he plays because in the last couple of matches, when Shoaib wasn’t there, all the pressure was on me.”

    “A semi-final can’t be bigger than a final but it’s a big match, a high-pressure match.” Whether it is a knockout game or a league game, “any match against India is a big match always,” Gul said, and then, for the first time in the press conference, he smiled.

    “It brings both countries closer, it’s very good not only for the players but also for both countries. People from both countries want us to play each other often. Both fans enjoy the cricket because the more we play each other, it’s better. I hope it will be a good match and both countries play well.”

    “Always, whether you are the Indian or the Pakistani team, there is pressure. The supporters of both teams absolutely cannot bear a defeat. But we’ve done well in the World Cup, we’ve won six of our seven games. The kind of support we have got from Pakistan, we are very happy. Whether we win or lose is not in our hands, Inshallah, we will try and play good cricket .”

  111. #111 by Mohammed Munir on March 29, 2011 - 6:41 AM

    Indian Media …

    In this age of Information-Highway, Media today is playing a very doggy role in all maters and the world over.

    Be in Sports, Politics, Commerce, Entertainment, or any other field, the heroes are made from zeros and vice versa in matter of minutes.

    But when it comes to our third-world Asian countries, media is the worst ever and not only they twist and turn information to suit their audiences but they ‘invent’ news out of nowhere.

    Pakistani media is no saint, but the Indian Media definitely takes-the-cake, when it comes to ‘masala-dar khabrain’ and sensationalizing of the normal stories. Anyone remember, Shoaib-Sania episode ❓

    India have to manage at least over 6 times the population of Pakistan plus their education rate is surely higher then Pakistan result in higher media-dependence, therefore, the number of Journalists, Anchors, TV & Sports channels, Newspapers, Sports personalities, expert commentators, etc. etc. are much much higher in India then Pakistan can ever imagine.

    The thing is that end-of-day these media-guys also have to earn their livelihood and fill hungry stomachs of their poor families (Apnay Baal Bachoun Ka Bhuka Pait Bharna Hai). 😉

    So all is fair in Love, War, and Media.

    BTW, I don’t know how many here have seen the Indian movie, “Phir Bhee Dil Hai Hindustani”. This is Shah Rukh Khan/ Juhi Chawla starring movie and it tells the storey of Indian media’s unbridled power, when a simple Indian criminal is turned into an ‘outsider terrorist’ for political gains and protecting the bureaucratic hierarchy. It was a light commercial movie, but with a very very strong message.

    I recommend this movie for all to watch it after the World Cup is over and before the IPL is started. 😆

  112. #112 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 8:15 AM


    On the internet you will find videos and news items about Dhoni calling Shoaib Malik a gay! Whatever the media or the individuals who made this video have to talk about Malik, the truth is, officially and on record he has sealed and stamped his authority over 2 Indian girls, one being Ayesha Siddiqi and the other is a famous celebrity Sania Mirza. Over whom the media went berserk and created stories. So, all these media hyped stories are not sensationalism but, cheap journalism. We don’t know the details about Malik’s affairs with Siali Bhagat and Wasim Akmram’s affairs with Sushmita Sen. Last week at a friend’s place I met a Sardarji who is his client and he was saying this jokingly: “BC O 2 (plural of BC) Mooslo, tusi 600 saal saaday ooper Hakumat kittayO, jab saadi baari aye, tusi Pakastan bana day baag gayeO!” He further added: I am saying this in a lighthearted manner but, the reality is most of us hold this grudge against you guys! 😀

  113. #113 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 8:23 AM


    Which player on the winning side most often in one-day internationals, which man has lost in the most ODIs?

    The reluctant leader on this list is Sachin Tendulkar, who had finished on the losing side in 195 one-day internationals before the World Cup semi-final.

    Sanath Jayasuriya ended up losing in 192 of his one-day appearances, while next come Aravinda de Silva (163),

    Rahul Dravid (162), Mohammad Azharuddin (157) and Arjuna Ranatunga (150). Zimbabwe’s Grant Flower played 221 ODIs and lost 149 of them.

    It is strange that in this list there are 3 Indian and 3 Sri Lankan batsmen topped the list.

  114. #114 by mehmudah on March 29, 2011 - 8:48 AM

    Hi all! great thread! if you have a moment pls read my two pence on the match…

  115. #115 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 8:49 AM

    New Zealand has won the toss and elected to bat first.

    The pitch is the same on which England played against Sri Lanka. This is not fair because, the pitch is all cracked up and broken and favours spinners and of course, SL spinners and Murali is playing, the SL team is unchanged as it was against England.

  116. #116 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 8:58 AM

    Mehmoudah Rehman welcome to the blog, I have read your thread and already commented on your blog but, you shouldn’t act so miserly by writing just one line. Be generous and express your feelings a little more. Also, be a frequent visitor here.

  117. #117 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 8:58 AM

    Mehmoudah Rehman welcome to the blog, I have read your thread and already commented on your blog but, you shouldn’t act so miserly by writing just one line. Be generous and express your feelings a little more. Also, be a frequent visitor here.

  118. #118 by mehmudah on March 29, 2011 - 9:51 AM

    haha definitely, i’ll be commenting up here often! thanks for coming to the blog…

  119. #119 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 10:09 AM

    New Zealand batsmen after McCullum’s departure are being over cautious against Murali and Mendis, they must play their natural game because 250 is not enough total to defend on this pitch. The ground is big and the outfield is slow so not easy to score boundaries. They are scoring around 4 an over. Hopefully if this pair of Guptil and Ryder stays up to 35th over their run rate will improve.

  120. #120 by amir on March 29, 2011 - 10:19 AM

    cnt concentrate on sl vs nz just want it to b over quickly 2morows match seems lyk 2 far hope it wil b a close match whoever wins but real winner is going to b our love for cricket. BUT HOPE GREEN SHIRTS WILL MAKE US PROUD. GO PAKISTAN GO.

  121. #121 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 10:19 AM

    Murali strikes, Jessy Ryder gone.

  122. #122 by Mohammed Munir on March 29, 2011 - 10:21 AM

    I have been reading or rather skimming through most of the comments above. Like all others here, I too have a point or two to share and this is what I think:

    Shahid Afridi Opening the Innings. 🙄

    For the captain to open the innings and take the opposition head-on sounds a good and aggressive idea. As we all know by now, the Mohali pitch will be a flatbed full of runs and Afridi coming out all guns blazing seems like a nice plan. Afridi today is the powerhouse this Pakistani unit where he is not only an ideal of the younger players, but even the seniors look up to him. He is the live-wire of this unit.

    On the contrary, like all good plans, this one will also have chances of backfiring. In case the worst happened and if Shahid Afridi got out in first/ second over on a zero, then the entire tempo will go down and players morals take a dip. The team will not like to see their ‘source of energy’ getting out cheaply and even the seniors like Younis and Misbah may go into a shell.

    Furthermore, if this plan didn’t click then all the Pakistani fans will start blaming Afridi to have disturbed a set opening partnership of Hafeez & Kamran. This will also give a chance to the regular ‘Afridi haters’ to start picking up on the captain.

    There definitely are pros and cons to this idea but frankly speaking, seeing Afridi’s current batting form, this will be a gamble worth not taking.

    Shoaib Akhtar or Wahab Riaz

    No team can afford to make a single mistake in this all important semi-final.

    Where India have their own share of worries to choose from Munaf, Sreesanth or Nehra, Pakistan is also facing a vital question to either play the experienced and ‘soon-to-be-veteran’ Shoaib Akhtar or the young, energetic and left-armer Wahab Riaz.

    Almost all of the Pakistan’s ex-cricketers and experts as well as a few international gurus are unanimously voting for the retiring Shoaib to be allowed his ‘last-hurrah’, whereas the team management seems to be inclined toward young Riaz, who could well be used as a surprise-package as most of the Indian players haven’t faced him.

    Although, the Mohali pitch shall supposedly help the pacers, but be very sure that Indian grounds-men shall make every effort to neutralise this factor beforehand. I know, their life will be at stake.

    Secondly, the 2003 World Cup encounter of these two titans in South Africa, bring back painful memories of Shoaib being hit all over the park by none other then Sachin, and although Sachin was halted from reaching his century as he got out at 98, but by that time most of the damage was done and in the end Pakistan lost the match.

    Peoples who remember that game, may not opt for Shoaib and prefer to play new-guy Riaz, and I am one among them. 😦

    Saeed Ajma or Abdul Rahman

    This question seems a bit easier than the previous one, “Shoaib Akhtar or Wahab Riaz”.

    Saeed Ajmal, who had been kept out for 6 out 7 games so far, has played well against West Indies when given an opportunity and proved his worth in the squad.

    Ajmal, no doubt, is a better, attacking and wicket-taking bowler, however, some will argue that his fielding or batting may not be to as good as Rahman. But the counter argument will be that if Ajmal gets us a few wickets upfront then this may well compensate his on-field lethargy, whereas for batting, I think Pakistan is lucky to play with 8 regular batsmen followed by a handy Umer Gul at no. 9, so if these 8 batters couldn’t do a job, Ajmal may also not be able to do it anyway.

    I would prefer Saeed Ajmal, any day.

    Seniors to the Vanguard … Please

    It’s unfortunate but it’ true, not many of our seniors (read Misbah, Younis & Razzaq) have contributed enough in the seven wins of Pakistan in this tournament.

    Majority of the matches were won by our bowling department (specially Captain Afridi), although we play with only 3 fulltime bowlers, whereas even in batting it was sporadic performances of Umer Akmal, etc. but nothing really match-winning from the major guys.

    Big games call for big roles to be filled in by big names.

    This one will be a pressure game more then a test of cricketing skills of players on both side of the ground. The players who handled pressure and kept their cool in these times will stand tall at the end.

    We can not place our hopes on the younger lot who are not well equipped to handle the tensions of these high voltage Indian-Pakistan matches.

    This one will not be an encounter for the fainthearted.

    I am hoping on Younis Khan, Misbah, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Akhtar (if played) to shoulder the humongous responsibility and lead from the front. The younger lot may chip in.

    In conclusion, I hope and pray that Pakistan team management makes all the correct choices and their decisions payoff well in this ‘mother-of-all-finals’, because as a Pakistani Cricket fan, I definitely want Pakistan to be in Mumbai on 02nd April.


  123. #123 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 10:21 AM


    You are not the only one who is anxious for tomorrow’s match there is a whole world out there impatiently waiting for that match to begin.

  124. #124 by Mohammed Munir on March 29, 2011 - 10:25 AM

    Javed Khan …

    Is there any game going on today ❓

    I thought the nest match was on 30th March. 😀

    Who is playing whom ❓ 😉

  125. #125 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 10:35 AM


    On Shahid Afridi opening the innings, what you are saying is ‘very obvious’ which everyone is saying. What khansahab and I have been saying is that he should think out of the box and open the innings.

    Like you ALL say it is a game of mental strength right? Then Pakistani team should be mentally prepared to sacrifice Afridi in the opening stage, because as it is in this WC he is not scoring at that number 6 or 7 so, it is worth trying him up the order where the field restrictions will allow him to score freely and if he gets going, imagine the morale of the team sky rocketing. If he fails, they should stick to the original plan which should be the backup plan. I have a feeling that in a big match he will play a big innings, especially if Pakistan bats first he MUST open the innings.

  126. #126 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 10:37 AM

    CHUCKERS AND SUCKERS ooops……… I mean Salingers are taking wickets for SL, Guptil gone clean bowled, he kept his bat high up and also a little angular and the yorker just skidded under his bat. No matter how many wickets Murali and Malinga may take, in my books they are chuckers and Javelin throwers. Ask Bhishen Singh Bedi about Murali.

  127. #127 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 10:39 AM


    Is Dubai capital of Timbuktu or Mogadishu? I really don’t know what day is today? BAKAOZ, mentally I am in Mohali 😀

  128. #128 by amir on March 29, 2011 - 11:10 AM

    i think no.3 is better position for afridi. Then we dnt have to break our opening pair and also we can give afridi chance to play more balls. But i got feeling that afridi’s batting wil win the match for pakistan 2morrow. A good score is long overdue frm him.

  129. #129 by Mohammed Munir on March 29, 2011 - 11:55 AM

    LOL @ Javed’s “Is Dubai capital of Timbuktu or Mogadishu?”.

    BTW, I am still in office and no interest in today’s game, except that with whom will we play the final in Mumbai ❓ 😉

  130. #130 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 12:16 PM


    The point of Afridi opening the innings is to make the best use of mandatory power play and not at number 3 if it is after 15 overs or even after 10 overs. Because from 10-15 overs it is the bowling sides prerogative and they may or may not take the next 5 overs power play. Just one partnership between Kamran and Hafeez does not warrant a solid, reliable, consistent opening pair. It is one out of 10 times that the Pakistani openers score a partnership of over 50 runs. Afridi’s big innings are also infrequent just as the opening partnerships are, so better take a chance with Afridi.

  131. #131 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 12:43 PM

    New Zealand 217 all out in the 49th over.

  132. #132 by Mohammed Munir on March 29, 2011 - 12:49 PM

    Sri Lanka seems to continue their “Cake-Walk” to the Finals. 😦

  133. #133 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 1:28 PM

    Indians spectators in Sri Lanka are already displaying banners and posters, INDIA vs. SRI LANKA IN MUMBAI.

    ‘There are many a slip between the cup and the lip’. In case of India there is a big hurdle to cross at Mohali, which at the moment is every Indian’s dream. Some of them dream for a living 😀

  134. #134 by Mohammed Munir on March 29, 2011 - 1:55 PM

    And a lot of dreams are sure to be broken in Mohali. 😉

  135. #135 by newguy on March 29, 2011 - 4:27 PM

    Does anyone still think NZ is an easy opponent. They are squeezing the SL middle order, they are short of 20 – 30 runs, otherwise this match is theirs. Still, SL is going to sweat to get over the line.

  136. #136 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 4:54 PM

    Well, the match is almost over now. Angelo is running away with the match with a six and a four only 4 runs needed. Yes, they are at least 20-30 runs short NZ. But, whatever it is the Lankans are in Mumbai now.

  137. #137 by Mohammed Munir on March 29, 2011 - 5:00 PM

    At least we are now sure that the Cup is Asian.  😉

  138. #138 by Mohammed Munir on March 29, 2011 - 7:02 PM

    Tees March KHAN. 😉

  139. #139 by khansahab on March 29, 2011 - 7:10 PM

    Dear bloggers

    There were heavy thunderstorms in Mohali today and there is a chance there will be rain tomorrow.

    If the game is washed out tomorrow the reserve match will be played on Thursday.

    I can only cover the match tomorrow and will be absent on Thursday if this happens.

    But whatever happens Javed A Khan will be here along with Munir sahab & Co.

    I hope you all enjoy the match whenever it happens.

  140. #140 by Mohammed Munir on March 29, 2011 - 7:38 PM

    If the rain continued on Thursday and the game could not be played, then Pakistan goes to final because they had higher points in their group.

    This is just one possibility. 😀

  141. #141 by Varun Suri on March 29, 2011 - 8:23 PM

    ” As a gesture of peace and reconciliation, the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, and the Pakistan president, Asif Ali Zardari, have agreed to swap jobs for the week. Mr Singh will take the reins in Islamabad, whilst Mr Zardari will attempt to steer Singh’s government through the choppy waters of the Wikileaks scandal.The leaders also announced that, as a consolation prize, whichever nation loses the semi-final will get to keep both of Shoaib Malik and Sania Mirza. There will also be a ceremonial handover of ex-cricketers. India will donate Sunil Gavaskar to Pakistan – he becomes Pakistan’s all-time top Test run-scorer – whilst India will receive Javed Miandad. This also means that it was in fact Gavaskar who faced Chetan Sharma’s last-ball full-toss in Sharjah in 1986. He tucked it neatly into the leg side for a single, and India have now won the Australasia Cup.”

    I found this extremely funny worthy enough to quote here, taken from Andy Zaltzman’s latest column:- Is there a game in Mohali on Wednesday?

    Seriously, I have had enough of this hype, now just want to get over with it. May the best team win!!!

  142. #142 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 29, 2011 - 8:25 PM


    There was thunderstorm today but, the forecast for tomorrow is clear and sunny the temp will be fine too, between 18°C to 31°C. So, don’t worry about the weather and Munir it is not a matter of winning with a walk-over against India, there will be no fun.

  143. #143 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 2:39 AM

    MOHALI: Paceman Shoaib Akhtar is unlikely to play in Wednesday’s World Cup semifinal against archrival India, according to a source close to the Pakistan team.

    Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi raised expectations of a return for Akhtar when he said he knew the bowler wasn’t fully fit, but would to have him in the lineup to offer something different against the powerful Indian batsman.

    But a source, who was not authorized to comment to media, told The Associated Press late Tuesday that Pakistan team management was not in favor of disturbing a winning combination.

    The 35-year-old Akhtar has already announced he’ll retire from international cricket after the World Cup, but has not played in four of the seven matches in the tournament.

    In his absence, Pakistan has defeated Zimbabwe, handed three-time champion Australia its first World Cup loss since 1999 and also thrashed the West Indies by 10 wickets in the quarterfinals.

    The only likely change (for semifinal) from the quarterfinal team is that leftarm spinner Abdur Rehman might come in place of offspinner Saeed Ajmal,” the source told AP.

    Several former Pakistan players have called for Akhtar to be reinstated in a bid to unsettle India’s batsmen, who are comfortable playing spin but could be vulnerable against all-out pace.

  144. #144 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 3:45 AM

    Semi-final on Thursday if rain continues

    MOHALI: International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that the second semi-final between India and Pakistan would be held on Thursday if it could not be played on Wednesday due to rain.

    Torrential rains and thunderstorm lashed Mohali Tuesday night, a day before the World Cup semi-final showdown between arch rivals India and Pakistan at the Punjab Cricket Association stadium.

    The ICC further explained that if rain continues on Thursday then the 50-50 match would be reduced to 20-20 overs and even if this too could not be possible then Pakistan would go into the final on the basis of better positon in the group stage.

  145. #145 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 3:51 AM

    Although I have responded to Khansahab’s comments about rain by saying that the weather forecast for Wednesday is good. I saw that on cricinfo in front of the match fixture there is weather report. However, the other media is talking about heavy rains on Tuesday and possible rain on Wednesday. I have quoted above the possible result in case of further rain that how a 50/50 match could be converted into a 20/20 match and even if that is not possible then Pakistan would go into the final on the basis of better position in their group stage.

    IF that happens everyone will be very unhappy, I will definitely be very, very unhappy because, I want a much awaited India Pakistan encounter. But, imagine how India will feel if they are left out in this fashion, and how their fans will feel? Therefore, it is better that people should not be talking BIG and boasting about their teams till such time the match is played and it is over. There is a bigger force than all of us and that is God. No one predict the future, because future is in the hands of God. People take this game like a game is taken into consideration, this is NOT a war.

  146. #146 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 4:14 AM

    Good Morning All,

    Couldn’t sleep well whole night. 😦

    This match thing is getting too much, Balkay Three Much. 😉

  147. #147 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 4:19 AM

    In the Semi Final stages, three out of four teams were from Pakistan’s Group (Pakistan, Sri Lanka & New Zealand), while from second group only India could make it. So it mean that given the conditions, Pakistan were in tougher group.

  148. #148 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 4:38 AM

    This below is to keep us all a bit relax … 😉

    * Most ‘First Class’ students get technical seats, some become Doctors and some Engineers.

    * The ‘Second Class’ pass, and then get MBAs and become Administrators and control the ‘First Class’.

    * The ‘Third Class’ pass, enter politics and become Ministers and control both the above.

    * Last, but not the least, The ‘Failures’ join the underworld and control all the above. 😀

  149. #149 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 5:24 AM

    Tougher or not Munir, they were in a group of fighters and they fought their way up here, we hope they will come out as winners because, they fight better when they are cornered.

    And, you think you are the only one who cannot sleep? It is 1:30 a.m. here and still 210 minutes to go !

  150. #150 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 5:31 AM

    Heavy storms, lightning and rain lashed Chandigarh late on Tuesday evening, immediately adding a light shroud of doubt over the game. For the whole day there were no signs, not even a hint of rain playing a spoil-sport but around 9PM, there were rumbling sounds of thunder accompanied by high-speed winds. The velocity of the winds were so strong that the heavy iron barricades manning the team hotel were blown away.

    The weather forecast for Wednesday suggests sunshine during the day with minimal chance of heavy rain. Punjab Cricket Association officials said that they had studied the forecasts for the period ending March 31 and there was “zero precipitation” expected. In simple terms, there were no strong rains expected on the day of the match.

  151. #151 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 5:48 AM

    Welcome Javed …

    Yes, I really feel for the players, specially the younger ones. 😦

  152. #152 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 5:51 AM

    The Facts & Figures …

    World Cup win/loss record of India vs Pakistan:

    Total matches played: 4

    India cricket team won: 4

    Pakistan cricket team won: 0

    Overall one day international (ODIs) win/loss record of India cricket team against Pakistan:

    Total matches played: 119

    India cricket team won: 46

    Pakistan cricket team won: 69

    No result: 4

    Second semi-final of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup will be played between Pakistan and India on March 30, 2011 at Mohali, India. Pakistan cricket team defeated West Indies while India cricket team defeated current champion Australia in the 1st and 2nd Quarter-final respectively. Road to the semi-finals has been steady for both the teams. Here’s the analysis of strengths and weaknesses of both teams.

    India’s Batting Strength and Weakness:

    India possesses world’s best batting line-up. The top order has performed well in the Group round of 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup but there had been middle-order collapses in earlier stages. With the start of knock-out stage, India’s middle-order has realized its responsibility and has done well in the match against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh are the leading run scorers in this tournament and performances are expected from trio in the semi-final. India doesn’t have any recognized batsmen after 6th position, so Pakistan will be looking to expose Indian low-order earlier.

    India’s Bowling Strength and Weakness:

    Though, India doesn’t have the best bowlers in the world but their current bowling line-up is ideal for the sub-continent pitches. They have the much needed variety. They have fast bowlers (right hand/left hand), off-spinners and slow left arm bowlers. Zaheer Khan has been the most successful bowler for India in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup; he has taken 17 wickets in just 7 matches. Yuvraj Singh has also contributed well with 11 crucial wickets.

    Pakistan’s Batting Strength and Weakness:

    Batting has always been a problem for Pakistan in big matches. Openers have failed many times and then there is sudden collapse of middle order. Till Quarter-finals, Pakistan’s batting has been steady if not the best. There was a problem with openers but they were outstanding in the quarter-final match against West Indies cricket team. Chasing might be a problem for Pakistan but they will manage anything around 250 runs in the semi-finals.

    Pakistan’s Bowling Strength and Weakness:

    Bowling has been the main strength for Pakistan in this world cup. Shahid Afridi is the leading wicket taker in 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup with 21 wickets. They have the best combination; they have Abdur Rehman, Muhammad Hafeez, Shoaib Akhtar, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul in their bowling line up who can demolish any strong batting side. Moreover, Pakistan’s bowling has the capability of defending the target and also of restricting the side batting first to a low score. So, they won’t be hesitating in any situation they are put in.

    The stage is all set for the match between the biggest rivalries of cricketing world. It will be jam-packed crowd there in Mohali. Pakistan has never won a match against India in the world cup till now, and Pakistan has never lost any match against India in Mohali. Pakistan cricket team will try their level best to stretch the winning streak at Mohali and to improve the world cup record books as well.

  153. #154 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 6:31 AM

    This excerpt is from Cricinfo:

    Sachin Tendulkar v Abdul Razzaq: Bowlers like Hansie Cronje and Razzaq, more than the Umar Guls and the Shoaib Akhtars, have been reasonably successful against Tendulkar. Cronje used to tease Tendulkar with deliveries shaping away from a length outside off while Razzaq specialises in the opposite: he slides the ball back in, looking for that lbw. He hasn’t always had success, but it will be a mini-battle worth watching. Will Tendulkar opt for all-out attack or will he bat with relative care against Razzaq?

    I agree with what has been said above, because I well remember Razzaq disturbing Sachin’s furniture on many occasions. So much so, that a few years back some ex-player or may be an expert mentioned that Sachin should get his eye-sight tested because of the way he is getting clean-bowled by Razzaq more often.

    Opening the bowling with Razzaq for a few overs may not be such a bad idea.

  154. #155 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 6:35 AM

    Shoaib & Sachin … Arams in Arms. 😆

    This is funny.

  155. #156 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 6:37 AM

    LOL look at this advertisement …………… They are showing the live match on big screen and where? At BAMBINO CINEMA which belongs to whom? ASIF ALI ZARDARI.

    The cinema belonged to Hashim Ali Zardari, father of Asif Ali Zardari where, Asif during his youth used to spend every single evening at the cinema, doing CUT BAZI. 😀

  156. #157 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 6:45 AM

    LOL @ Jaali Tendulkar and Naqli Akhtar.

    Btw, Shahid Afridi’s brother Mushtaq Afridi looks exactly like him, take a look.;page=1

  157. #158 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 6:54 AM

    Shoaib & Sachin … Arams in Arms. 😆

    PS: This is the correct picture.

  158. #159 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 7:37 AM

    Saeed Ajmal is a must, and I think we should NOT play Abdul Rahman.

    Because, India have a few left-handed batsmen and Saeed Ajmal will have an edge.

  159. #160 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 8:02 AM


    According to reliable sources Ajmal and Akhtar have been dropped in favour of Riaz and Rehman.

  160. #161 by amir on March 30, 2011 - 8:07 AM

    hey guys
    stil almost 1 our to go time is nt pasing very nervous any sugestion to ease the nerves.

  161. #162 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 8:18 AM

    GO GREEN ………

  162. #163 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 8:32 AM


    Start posting on the blog to ease nerves

    Hum tumharay saath hain….

  163. #164 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 8:35 AM

    Dear bloggers

    Tensions may run high during coverage and if we use strong language or curse or feel spirited if our team is playing well, please do not take it personally.

    Enjoy the match.

  164. #165 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 8:35 AM

    Dhoni wins the toss.

    India will bat.

  165. #166 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 8:37 AM

    Both Dhoni and Afridi looked nervous to me.

  166. #167 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 8:38 AM

    Ajmal and Akhtar dropped, Nehra playing in place of Ashwin.

    Come on where are you all???????????

  167. #168 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 8:39 AM

    Nick Knight thinks India should have fielded first.

  168. #169 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 8:40 AM

    Varun, Newguy, Pawan, Salman, Anfaal, 420 etc

    Jaada jujbaati nai honay ki jaroorat hai

    blog par aa jao


  169. #170 by Varun Suri on March 30, 2011 - 8:45 AM

    Batting first, Atleast 300 Runs required. Dhoni has opted for Nehra instead of Ashwin another example of his obstinacy. Ashwin looks like a match winner it doesn’t matter even if the Pitch suits Medium and Fast bowlers.

  170. #171 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 8:49 AM

    Good Morning All .. or good afternoon or good evening ..where ever you are.

    Finally the day has arrived.

    Let me wish everyone here a happy game watching .. whatever team you are supporting.

    I am supporting India of course.

    All I hope is a good fighting match from the Indians.

    I will be commenting very little or almost nothing during the match.

    Once again my best wishes and happy viewing to all of us 🙂

  171. #172 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 8:49 AM


    Ashwin looked pretty mentally strong to me.

    Dhoni is just relying on the fact that Pakistan is weak against seamers.

    The way the pitch is, batting 2nd may be more difficult than batting first.

  172. #173 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 8:52 AM

    I don’t have too many complaints over team selection, they have decided for three seamers, which isn’t too bad option in a big game, except for poor quality of two 😉

    But, Pakistan will play spin much better, and the ball will seam under the lights early on, so it’s all equal.

  173. #174 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 8:53 AM

    First time a national anthem of another cricketing nation other than Indian that I can understand.

  174. #175 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 8:53 AM

    Javed A Khan

    I’ve met Mushtaq Afridi.

  175. #176 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 8:54 AM


    I can’t understand Pakistan’s national anthem- how can you?

  176. #177 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 8:55 AM

    How dramatic, the anthems of the 2 nations being played.

  177. #178 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 8:58 AM


    Not Ramiz Raja!!!

  178. #179 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:01 AM

    Javed A Khan??

  179. #180 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 9:01 AM

    Ok guys all set now.

    Good that Ajmal is in and Akhtar out.

    There you go …… started.

  180. #181 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:02 AM

    Wide-ish ball from Gul, just nerves,

  181. #182 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:03 AM

    Ball races away, Gul will have to do better than that.

  182. #183 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:06 AM

    Doesn’t look like a great bowling track to me this.

  183. #184 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 9:06 AM


    I can’t understand the Pakistani national anthem, how can you?

  184. #185 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 9:09 AM

    Sachin gifted his prized wicket to Abdul Razzaq 6 times.

  185. #186 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:09 AM

    Who was the genius who thought that Pakistan’s national anthem should be in Persian as opposed to Urdu?

  186. #187 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 9:11 AM

    Khansahab …

    Only cricket please. 😉

  187. #188 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 9:12 AM


    I have no clue. Can you undersand the national anthem?

  188. #189 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:13 AM

    Bad bowling, why bowl on Sehwag’s pads?

  189. #190 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:15 AM


    I understand some words. In school I was taught what it means but I have forgotten. I understand words like “awaam” “sar zameen” etc

    But it was a bad idea to have the anthem in Persian.

  190. #191 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 9:15 AM

    There is Gul for you. The most overated bowler of the tournament.

  191. #192 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:16 AM

    Gul has lost confidence.

    Is this the turning point of the match?

    Gul looks completely ineffective.

  192. #193 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:17 AM

    Gul has lost Pakistan the match.

    He will never have the new ball again.

    WTF is going on, gives free hit.

    Chutiya sala

  193. #194 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:18 AM

    If Pakistan can’t get these 2 batsmen out soon Pakistan has lost the match.

  194. #195 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 9:19 AM


    Gul is having a bad day. This is what his bad day looks like. On a very good day he takes 2-3 wickets at maximum.

  195. #196 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:20 AM

    LOL slow and steady doesn’t win Razzaq the race.

  196. #197 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:21 AM

    Pakistan completely on the defensive here.

  197. #198 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 9:21 AM


    Understanding is all relative, I didn’t say I understood all of it, some words 🙂 rest in filled in myself 🙂

  198. #199 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 9:22 AM

    This is not playing Akhter for you. There was a greeater need for Akhter precisely because of Sehwag and Tendulkar.

  199. #200 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:23 AM

    Dream start for India.

    Time for a bowling change.

    Afridi should have opened with Riaz, no way Razzaq was going to create wonders on this pitch.

    It’s a pure batting track, nothing in it for pacers.

  200. #201 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:24 AM


    I will have to disagree. This pitch has next to nothing for the pacers and Akhtar is now only marginally quicker than Gul.

  201. #202 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 9:26 AM

    Bad start for Pakistan. 😦

    Need a wicket to control things now.

  202. #203 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:26 AM

    Was Gul trying a yorker there?

    There is zero margin of error vs Sehwag.

  203. #204 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 9:27 AM


    I guess we disagree on this. Its not he pace, Gul has always been an average bowler in India and Razzaq is a par-timer who should be used sparingly.

  204. #205 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:27 AM

    It was a wrong move to persist with Gul.

    He is losing the match for Pakistan.

  205. #206 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:28 AM


    Was it a good idea to bring Gul in for the 3rd over?

    Would you have changed the bowler?

  206. #207 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 9:30 AM

    Anyway lets see how this goes. India are clobbering Pakisan so far.

  207. #208 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:31 AM

    Didn’t look out to me.

  208. #209 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 9:32 AM

    Gone. Sehwag Gone.

  209. #210 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:32 AM


    Looked high to me.

    But that’s out!!!

    Riaz should have been brought earlier.

  210. #211 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 9:35 AM


    Its a tough call to replace Gul. Because Razzaq also needed to be changed. Now Gul is in a better position to pull things back than Razzaq that Sehwag is out. Three pacers would have been fine. Unless spinners can pull magic against India.

  211. #212 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:36 AM

    Immediately you can see the difference in Gul’s confidence

  212. #213 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:37 AM

    Gul will keep leaking runs as long he bowls on the pads.

  213. #214 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:40 AM

    Field is so fast, anything off the sweet spot of the bat is running to the boundary

  214. #215 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 9:41 AM


    Yes, Gul has bowled half the balls on the leg side. Maybe Hafeez can be tried now.

  215. #216 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 9:41 AM

    Gul should be removed now and bring back with old ball.

  216. #217 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:42 AM

    Pakistan hasn’t got a Steyn now unfortunately, that is just an unfortunate reality of the team, no one who can bowl penetratively consistently at 90 mph.

  217. #218 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:43 AM

    What a shot.

    Superb shot.

  218. #219 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 9:44 AM

    Hi Guys,

    I have said it before, Wahab Riaz is the danger man for India. He is new commodity to Indians and Indians tend to take it lightly with change bowlers, often overconfidence, resulting in wickets.

  219. #220 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:48 AM

    The way Indians are running ones and twos here, Pakistan will not be able to do that with Kohli and Raina in the circle.

  220. #221 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:51 AM

    LOL why is Ganguly calling Wasim, “Wasim Bhai”?

  221. #222 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:54 AM

    The ARY Moulvi was predicting that India will not score more than 200 and none of India’s batsmen will score 50.

    He predicted India will bat first.

  222. #223 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:55 AM

    SRT out


  223. #224 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:56 AM

    Looked out to me

  224. #225 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:57 AM

    Missed by a whisker.


  225. #226 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 9:58 AM

    Overurned. Tendulkar needs one chance, that is it 😉

  226. #227 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:58 AM

    Ajmal is bowling beautifully.

  227. #228 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 9:59 AM

    SRT is lucky man, 2 lifelines in 2 balls.

  228. #229 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:00 AM

    Lousy fielding by Pakistan, shit fielding side.

  229. #230 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:01 AM

    Now Pakistan’s Player of the Tournament comes out to bowl.

    Afridi should be Player of the Tournament for his bowling and captaincy.

  230. #231 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:04 AM

    Why are Pakistanis not diving?

  231. #232 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 10:04 AM

    What game …..

    Sachin lucky to be still there. 😦

  232. #233 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 10:05 AM

    I still can’t believe how that lbw shout was not out.

  233. #234 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 10:07 AM

    Khansahab …

    LS is alive with you around. 😉

  234. #235 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:08 AM

    Thanks Munir sahab 🙂

    You can see Gambhir is under pressure, otherwise how would he dare coming out of the crease to attempt that shot?

  235. #236 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:09 AM

    Misbah dropped the catch

    His fielding has been lousy

    He has been lousy today

  236. #237 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:10 AM

    Misbah’s fielding the whole tournament has been pathetic.

    The intent has not been there.

    He has dropped catches, misfielded, or otherwise not even attempted to field.

  237. #238 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 10:10 AM

    Droppped by Misbah..

  238. #239 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:11 AM


    Have you noticed how Misbah’s fielding is pathetic in this tournament.

    The intent has not been there.

  239. #240 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 10:11 AM


    How many lives Sachin will get today. 😦

  240. #241 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 10:12 AM

    Sachin not looking his best today .. good bowling from Pakistan, only made to look ordinary in the beginning by that Sehwag assault on Gul.

    I have the feeling Sachin will not score big today ..

  241. #242 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:13 AM

    Afridi could have dismissed SRT, how good that would have been for his confidence.

  242. #243 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:14 AM


    The ARY Moulvi predicted none of the Indians will score 50 today

  243. #244 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 10:15 AM

    Hey guys, the reason I cannot post too many comments is because my computer is slightly away from the TV and I have to turn around to see and type at the same moment. I am watching the match and I cannot believe how Misbah can drop that catch? Earlier in the same place he misfield an easy ball and gave away a run. How come Ramiz Raja is not criticizing Misbah? How can those bucket like hands can drop such a simple catch?

  244. #245 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:16 AM

    Only SRT could have played it so perfectly.

  245. #246 by Ali Ahad on March 30, 2011 - 10:16 AM

    I don’t care…Pa ji can stay at crease for the whole Indian innings as long India is on the losing side… 🙂

  246. #247 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:18 AM

    This score should have been 99/3 now, unlucky for Pakistan.

  247. #248 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:18 AM

    Ali Ahad,
    SRT will stay there if Misbah keeps fielding poorly

  248. #249 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 10:19 AM

    I was thinking that Gambhir will get stumped out as he was coming out trying to play Ajmal but, he did not miss the ball whereas, Tendulkar did and was lucky the second time. Ajmal is definitely bowling well but Akmal dropped it off and it was an edge. Tendulkar’s luck is definitely smiling at him. The Sehwag effect demoralized Umar Gul and the Pakistanis.

  249. #250 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 10:20 AM


    If everything this Moulvi had said comes true today, then will you start believing everything he says?

  250. #251 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:21 AM

    By his standards SRT has played poorly today, should have been out.

    Misbah is a match loser, I have been saying this time and again.

  251. #252 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:22 AM


    I am very reluctant to believe in superstition and predictions etc, but this Moulvi has impressed me.

    He said that SL vs England would be a one sided match in favour of SL and everyone was laughing at him.

    But no, I will not believe in everything he says if his prediction comes true.

  252. #253 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 10:23 AM

    Indian bowling is certainly poorer than Pakistan who are in fact bowling well now… this will be a fact when Pakistan chase.

  253. #254 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:25 AM

    Umar Gul vs Sehwag and Misbah dropping SRT- will this cost Pakistan the match?

    Akmal’s performance is substandard as usual, but Pakistan has got used to it.

  254. #255 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:27 AM

    Pakistan’s fielding has looked very strange today.

    They have not dived properly and the intent is not there.

    I don’t know why this is so.

  255. #256 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 10:28 AM

    Gul’s comeback will be a crucial period. He bowls much better with old ball and in the final phase, this will be important period. I think he will come back strong.

    Pakistan fielding is not up to standards today. But with Munaf and Nehra in the field today, Indians will return favor 😉

  256. #257 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:30 AM


    Gambhir’s overconfidence gets the better of him.

    Confidence is okay but overconfidence…….

  257. #258 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 10:30 AM

    Thats what I said, Gambhir was coming out and he was bound to miss one and luckily Akmal stumped him OUT

  258. #259 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 10:30 AM

    Excellent bowling from Pakistan, on this pitch, spinners doing that much. Wonderful, this match has long ways to go.

  259. #260 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:31 AM

    I don’t know what Gambhir was thinking trying to come out of the crease to every bowler, but it is a welcome wicket for Pakistan.

  260. #261 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 10:32 AM


    If SRT was out then you would have certainly believed the Moulvi, SRT is going to prove him wrong by scoring a 50 and I don’t see India being restricted under 200

    So clearly the Moulvi is a hoax

  261. #262 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 10:33 AM

    Gambhir was overconfident there, coming out to spinners when they are bowling so well ..

  262. #263 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 10:33 AM

    Pakistan’s fielding in this match is pathetic. YOUNUS KHAN DROPPED TENDULKAR

  263. #264 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:34 AM

    If I was to do a Net Utility analysis of Pakistan then Misbah’s fielding would would be taken into account.

    Younis drops a catch.

    Come on Younis this is shit.

  264. #265 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:35 AM

    They are dropping a guy who can anchor this Indian innings to 350.

  265. #266 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 10:35 AM

    It is Tendulkar’s lucky day today. Cant believe what is going on with old horses, like Misbah and Younus Khan? Shahid Afridi is definitely frustrated by his fielders, two simple chances and that too of Tendulkar

  266. #267 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 10:35 AM

    Will the decision not to play Ashwin come back to bite Dhoni big time in the rear? Spinners are getting assistance.

    Pakistan bowling is looking like getting a wicket every ball .. no one has looked comfortable out there .. fielders not supporting.

  267. #268 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 10:37 AM


    There will not be 350 score today .. 250 is a possibility if they bat out well, bowling is really good, it’s a 50 over game, long way to go.

  268. #269 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:37 AM

    Javed A Khan

    Younis Khan is a different class to Misbah, Misbah I would expect to drop catches and perform poorly because he doesn’t play for the team, but Younis playing like that is just horrific.

  269. #270 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:39 AM

    That is what SRT will do.

    Afridi giving flight and he lifts it over cover.

    Similar shot except this time he connected well.

  270. #271 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:40 AM

    I think Pakistan should outsource its fielding to South Africa.

  271. #272 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 10:40 AM

    There you goes the prediction Khansahab, 50 up for Tendulkar .. but Moulvi did not account for Misbah and Younus missing easy catches, so he is still partially correct 😉

    I still think it will be really hard for Indians today …

  272. #273 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:40 AM

    Masterful shot, how late did he play that.

  273. #274 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:41 AM

    Didn’t look like an inside edge to me, was it?

  274. #275 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:43 AM


    Mouvli is fraudiya 😦

  275. #276 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 10:52 AM

    Kohli gone
    Riaz Strikes

  276. #277 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 10:53 AM

    Kohli gone. Lets see how long Tendulkar rides it.l

  277. #278 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 10:54 AM


  278. #279 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 10:54 AM

    Moulvi was right

    Pakistan has found a new star

    Riaz turns it around for Pakistan.

    Wahab Riaz take a bow.

    Match winning performance.

  279. #280 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 10:55 AM

    Yuvraj gone on the first ball. What bowlikng by Riaz

  280. #281 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 11:01 AM

    So then, are we back in it yet ❓ 😉

  281. #282 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:02 AM

    I would bring back Afridi for Dhoni, Afridi will test Dhoni here.

  282. #283 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:03 AM

    SRT has been made to look like an average player by this spirited Pakistan attack.

  283. #284 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:05 AM

    LOL Gul just helps it to the boundary.

    Gul just unable to handle the pressure

  284. #285 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 11:05 AM

    Fielding is BAD.

    Sachin is very lucky to be still there.

    I think Afridi should bring Gul now.

    Better not ….. FCUK Gul. 😦

  285. #286 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 11:06 AM


    I said it, you can thank me for Wahab Riaz. Afridi read my comment from few days back and included him in the team 😉

    Honestly, Pakistan has the bowling attack to take on anyone and I don’t see how they can be stopped, even with the poor fielding they have taken four.

  286. #287 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:06 AM

    I would not persist with Hafeez.

    Time to take wickets, Afridi should come back asap.

  287. #288 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 11:08 AM

    What a ball to get rid of Yuvraj, the in form batsman, I kind of knew something was going to happen the way Kohli was playing careless and then Yuvraj is always a suspect first up, and he got a terrific ball from Riaz.

  288. #289 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:08 AM

    Come on Dhoni is comfortable playing Hafeez, get Afridi back into the attack.

  289. #290 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:09 AM

    Here is Afridi now 🙂

  290. #291 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:10 AM

    Akmal drops another catch.

  291. #292 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:11 AM

    Akmal- 2 missed catches today.

    Misbah- 1 dropped catch, couple of misfields

    Younis- 1 dropped catch

  292. #293 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 11:12 AM

    Kamran Akmal dropped one more off Shahid Afridi and it was once again Tendulkar. What are they doing?
    All luck going Tendulkar’s favour and nothing for Afridi.

  293. #294 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 11:12 AM

    What the FCUK is this ……

    How many chances Sachin will get ❓

    Now Kamran Akmal dropped him.

  294. #295 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:14 AM

    Akmal has dropped 2 catches off Afridi, Misbah one and Younis also one.

    These figures don’t reflect Afridi’s bowling

  295. #296 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:14 AM

    Munir sahab

    Akmal has dropped 2 catches and counting

  296. #297 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 11:15 AM


    Not only you, but I have been ALL out for Wahab and against Akhtar, read the comments earlier I have been taunting at Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja for the pressure they have been putting on Afridi to include Akhtar in place of Riaz. And Riaz is the pick of the bowlers today.

    What can Afridi do now? Clean bowl the Indian batsmen?

  297. #298 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:15 AM

    Why the fu*k do they play this shit keeper?

    He has a 25% chance of taking a catch.

  298. #299 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:19 AM

    I am quite sure fireworks will happen if Dhoni takes strike to Afridi.

  299. #300 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 11:29 AM

    Cat Sachin have 9 lives today. If he still couldn’t get 100, then it will be a shame.

  300. #301 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:30 AM

    Munir sahab

    There will be no great achievement in him scoring 100 today- Pakistan should have caught at least 3 of those 4 chances.

  301. #302 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 11:32 AM

    Kamran Akmal and Gul are the biggest culprits so far.

    Misbah and Younis also try hard to be there.

  302. #303 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:35 AM

    Correction this is the FIFTH time SRT has been dropped.

    Commentator said it is four times, but it is the 5th time.

    U Akmal the so called brilliant fielder.

  303. #304 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 11:35 AM

    NOW AFRIDI dropped one of Tendulkar
    What a shame

  304. #305 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 11:35 AM

    Hats off to Hafeez. He is the best all-rounder.

    Sachin dropped again off Hafeez. 😦

  305. #306 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 11:36 AM

    Oh was it Umar Akmal?
    I thought it is Afridi

    The reason I thought it is Afridi is because the camera was on Afridi and I missed that shot by a second, replay confirms it is Umar Akmal, Ramiz Raja’s favourite brilliant fielder

  306. #307 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 11:37 AM

    Umar Akmal dropped one, too.

  307. #308 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:37 AM

    Fielding is just shit across the board.

    Apart from one or two suspect fielders like Misbah and Razzaq, who make errors in every match, the rest of the team is just pretty bad.

  308. #309 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:39 AM

    This is the worst batting performance I’ve seen from SRT.

  309. #310 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 11:41 AM


  310. #311 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:41 AM

    Afridi takes the catch.

    He had to take it.

    I knew he would take it.

    Go Afridi go.

  311. #312 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 11:42 AM

    Sachin GONE.

    Ajmal bowled and Afridi took the catch finally.

  312. #313 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:42 AM

    Who else would take the catch?

    SRT droppd 5 times.

    Make it headlines folks.

  313. #314 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 11:42 AM

    Tendulkar dropped 5 times
    Close stumping chance
    LBW decision reversed.

    Lucky 7 times but not beyond that, Afridi cannot trust anyone in fielding.

  314. #315 by amir on March 30, 2011 - 11:43 AM

    hey guys
    seems lyk india wil score around 290 plus. Pathetic fielding is destroying the excellent work of bowlers. As i m writing tendulkar is finaly caught by afridi.

  315. #316 by varunsuri on March 30, 2011 - 11:43 AM

    writing from a friends place. what a match it has been so far. still even stevens for both the teams. but i am sure india will miss ashwin

  316. #317 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:45 AM

    Javed A Khan

    If they had taken their catches India would not have reached 200+.

    And none of their batsmen would have scored 50.

  317. #318 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 11:46 AM

    Last batsmen pair.

    Hafeez gave only 34 runs in his 10 overs. 🙂

  318. #319 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:50 AM

    Afridi deserved to get 2-3 wickets today, he has bowled well but unfortunately the fielders didn’t support him.

    it is Pakistan’s poor fielding that will prevent Afridi from breaking McGrath’s record of 26 wickets.

  319. #320 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 11:51 AM

    Dhoni & Raina are both dangerous and we need to get them out now. 

  320. #321 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:51 AM

    Looked out to me………

  321. #322 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:52 AM

    When Dhoni brought his foot forward it looked like the ball hit his shoe, but it was an edge

  322. #323 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 11:58 AM

    Akmal drops his 3rd catch of the match.

    Kamran Akmal is back in business folks.

  323. #324 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 11:59 AM

    Kamran Akmal dropped another catch
    Dhoni this time off Riaz

  324. #325 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 11:59 AM

    Kamran Akmal drops the third one.

  325. #326 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 12:00 PM


  326. #327 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 12:00 PM

    Dhoni gone.

    I thought India had taken 2 reviews already??

  327. #328 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 12:01 PM

    The beautiful girl in the crowd is wearing a Pakistan shirt

  328. #329 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 12:01 PM

    Dhoni gone.

  329. #330 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 12:01 PM

    This was plumb, you cannot challenge Simon Tauffel
    I wonder why Afridi asked for a review when there was a clear edge of his own bowling.

    Anyways, if Pakistan wins, it will be Wahab Riaz MOM

  330. #331 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 12:01 PM

    6 catches dropped:

    3 from Akmal

    1 each from Misbah, Younis, U Akmal

  331. #332 by Ali Ahad on March 30, 2011 - 12:03 PM

    Now Pakistan should for a KILL…they should tell the batsman they are going to ball the yorkers….as they say in punjabi…’Phur do jar key’…

  332. #333 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 12:03 PM

    WE supported Wahab Riaz’s inclusion and he is doing a great job, Akhtar wouldn’t have done this for sure. Oh he almost got Harbhajan…….

  333. #334 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 12:04 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Yes, the LS team (Newguy included ;)] get it right again

    Akhtar would have been decimated by Sehwag.

  334. #335 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 12:06 PM

    Misbah’s shit throw means Raina is back in his crease.

  335. #336 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 12:06 PM

    See how slow Misbah is

  336. #337 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 12:07 PM

    I am extremely suspicious of Misbah, he should be investigated for this.

    His effort in the field is pathetic

  337. #338 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 12:21 PM

    Gul is just not with it today.

  338. #339 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 12:23 PM

    Gul has forgotten the difference between a yorker and a full toss.

  339. #340 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 12:26 PM

    Gul’s worst bowling performance ever.

    Pressure getting to Gul.

  340. #341 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 12:29 PM

    Gul is playing for India today. 😦

  341. #342 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 12:31 PM

    If we lost this game, it will be only because of Gul & Kamy Harami.

  342. #343 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 12:35 PM

    Munir sahab

    I would also say Misbah is half-responsible, simply because of those 2 misfields and then slow throw back to the keeper.

    Gul and K Akmal are of course most responsible.

    For Akmal it is usual to play like this. Gul biggest disappointment, almost single handedly lost the match (if they lose).

  343. #344 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 12:38 PM

    Afridi should bowl Razzaq the next 49th over and not Gul.

  344. #345 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 12:39 PM

    Risky, I would have given the ball to Razzaq.

  345. #346 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 12:40 PM

    Why Gul again ❓ 😦

  346. #347 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 12:43 PM

    Sehwag made 38 only but he was the best batsman for India today.

  347. #348 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 12:44 PM


    Agreed with you

  348. #349 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 12:48 PM

    5 wickets for Riaz.

    Every team should play a new bowler against India, someone Indians have not faced before 🙂

  349. #350 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 12:51 PM

    The score of 260 is fine and Pakistan should get easily, unless they do something really stupid.

    India will give it their best shot, but our long batting should take us to Mumbai, Inshallah.

  350. #351 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 12:54 PM

    Fantastic bowling by Wahab Riaz
    Pathetic bowling by Umar Gul

    Pakistan should win this match from here onwards, 260 is not difficult to score, they should play sensibly as the run rate is just over 5 and those who dropped catches must make up for their mistakes by batting and scoring well.

  351. #352 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 1:00 PM

    India is still 60 ercent favorites as per the odds. I think chasing will be very difficult just because of the pressurre.. Evens stevens.

  352. #353 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 1:00 PM

    Hi Guys,

    Very good come back from Pakistan after that pasting from Sehwag early on. I always knew in a 50 over game a few runs initially is not going to do much.

    260 is a fighting score, Indians should consider lucky they got so much, teams have won Semi Final matches with 260 runs before, so this is by no means an easy thing for Pakistan.

    But of course we all know the weakness in Indian bowling, they really need a miracle in their bowling performance, and their fielding has to be very sharp.

    I can only hope as an Indian supporter that Pakistan self destruct itself in batting, as is the case sometimes. Pakistan seldom gives up in bowling which is their strong suit, but batting is where Pakistan gets under pressure.

    If Pakistan win today chasing 260, I will say they throughly deserve to be in the final.

    I will be disappointed if India cannot defend this total in a WC Semi Final.

    But I will be here to congratulate you all even if that happens.

    May the best team win.

  353. #354 by amir on March 30, 2011 - 1:05 PM

    par score pakistan should get this easily. But i think first 10 overs wil b critical we musnt loose wickets in them and play carefuly then match is ours for taking. GO PAKISTAN GO.

  354. #355 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 1:19 PM

    Hafeezulkar on strike now.

  355. #356 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 1:20 PM

    Afridi should have opened.

  356. #357 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 1:26 PM

    Hafeezulkar plays that like his idol Tendulkar, all timing, excellent placement, good looking shot

  357. #358 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 1:29 PM

    Hafeezulkar plays a Tendulkaresque drive, Hafeez is all Tendulkar tonight 🙂

  358. #359 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 1:33 PM

    Khansahab …

    Hope he also get as many chances as Tendulkar tonight. 😉

  359. #360 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 1:43 PM

    Keep wickets in hand early and the match should be good.

  360. #361 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 1:49 PM

    LOL Hafeezulkar is showing his role model Tendulkar how to bat 🙂

  361. #362 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 1:56 PM

    Hit and miss Akmal gone.

  362. #363 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 1:56 PM

    If Akmal isn’t dropped after this WC…..

    He should be charged with treason.

  363. #364 by Mohamed Anfaal on March 30, 2011 - 2:09 PM

    Ashwin will be missed,

    very surprising this, the visiting team goes in with three spinners and the home team who are supposed to read the pitch much better with the information at their disposal goes in with just one specialist spinner,

    but I hope we do not miss him too much

    Pakistan doing well at the moment, should be OK unless they do something really silly

  364. #365 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 2:11 PM


    Come on you are Muslim you can’t be that upset if Pakistan win 🙂

  365. #366 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 2:15 PM

    Hafeezulkar and Shafiq quite content to play slowly.

  366. #367 by Mohamed Anfaal on March 30, 2011 - 2:20 PM

    Nice try Khansahab

    I am all smiles,

  367. #368 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 2:23 PM

    Hafeezulkar plays a stupid shot.

    Pakistan under pressure because Shafiq is slow.

  368. #369 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 2:27 PM

    Bad shot this.

    Hafeez has undone all his good work. 😦

  369. #370 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 2:32 PM

    Younis Khan is due for some solid performance today.

  370. #371 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 2:37 PM

    Kamran Akmal has been thoroughly dissapointing in this world cup.

  371. #372 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 2:39 PM


    Hasn’t K Akmal been disappointing for most of his career?

  372. #373 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 2:41 PM

    It all depends on Younis.

  373. #374 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 2:43 PM


    I can’t disagree with you. We can’t undersand how he ends up in the team.

  374. #375 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 2:45 PM


    It must be sources and personal connections.

    His brother came into the line up after only 1 good domestic tournament. This is not to undermine his brother who is a good batsman but other players aren’t so lucky.

  375. #376 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 2:54 PM


    I thought U Akmal was in the squad as a replacement keeper, but what the management didn’t realise that if K Akmal would be dropped U Akmal would mysteriously become injured or unavailable.

  376. #377 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 3:01 PM

    Match winner Misbah at the crease.

    Are we going to see a match winning century today?

  377. #378 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 3:02 PM

    Asad Shafiq is out. Mehinks Pakistan is sinking.

  378. #379 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 3:06 PM


    Yeah, this is what happens when the management sticks to the same batting order and is not willing to think outside the box.

    Pakistan are chasing 250+, with a poor batting line up they could afford to change the order of batsmen.

    You just have to see the calibre of these players in how much respect they gave to Munaf and Nehra, India’s 2 genuine match losers.

  379. #380 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 3:08 PM

    Absolutely pathetic shot by Younis.

    Younis played shit, this is one of his worst knocks.

    Younis Khan should retire from ODI’s, his career has come to an end.

  380. #381 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 3:08 PM

    In the end 6 dropped catches cost Pakistan the game…220 was probably a competitive score on this pitch. Younis gone too.

  381. #382 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 3:17 PM


    With this line up who could expect Pakistan to chase 200?

    Therefore they had to field well and restrict India to below 220.

    Umar Gul just gifted the match to them and 6 dropped catches, and 2 unforgivable misfields by Misbah.

    And then the stalwart Younis Khan looked completely detached. Poor team effort.

  382. #383 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 3:19 PM

    How come they are giving so much respect to these bowlers?

  383. #384 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 3:21 PM


    Not only Younis Khan but Kamran Akmal should also retire. Pakistan need to realize once and for all that Gul is not a lead bowler, just a support bowler who should bowl around a lead bowler. Gul is very, very inconsistent with his bad days being this bad.

  384. #385 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 3:30 PM


    They should build a line up around Riaz being the strike bowler, Gul and 1 other fast bowler being support.

    Riaz has bowled this well in India, surely he has super potential on other kinds of tracks.

    The spin department is okay.

    But if they get another fast bowler who will they have to drop from the current line up? It would have to be Misbah.

  385. #386 by amir on March 30, 2011 - 3:37 PM

    wel khansahib this khatmal is curse for pakistan cricket i dnt how many careers and matches he had cost pakistan. But what whole world can c idiots at pcb cnt c. Anyhow small khatmal is playing wel may b he can take us home.

  386. #387 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 3:40 PM

    Misbah’s extra slow batting will put all the pressure on Umer Akmal.

  387. #388 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 3:41 PM

    After Younus Khan’s pathetic batting, Misbah is giving away this match on a silver platter to India by blocking ball after ball. If Pakistan loses this match it will be because of these two.

  388. #389 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 3:43 PM


    It is because they think his 5 or 6 centuries in however many matches he has played means that there is always a century around the corner.

    But they don’t factor in that in the middle of getting those centuries he has lost many matches and cost Pakistan many potentially great careers.

    So his “net” effect is very poor and there are many more negatives to derive from his performance.

    If you look at Sami, I have always criticised his performance but he had everything- pace, age, aggression, physique etc on his side. His performance started deteriorating when Akmal started dropping catches off his bowling.

  389. #390 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 3:44 PM

    Javed Khan …

    If Pakistan looses this then a lot credit will also go to Umer Gul and Kamran Akmal.

  390. #391 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 3:45 PM

    Javed A Khan

    This is not the first time Misbah’s negative batting has affected those who come after him in the line up.

    U Akmal bowled and Pakistan are collapsing.

    Shame on Misbah ul Haq for playing selfishly.

  391. #392 by amir on March 30, 2011 - 3:45 PM

    i dnt hav any hopes frm misbah afridi has to play innings of his life cause smal khatmal is also gone.

  392. #393 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 3:46 PM

    Make no mistake about it, Misbah is batting to score 30 and cement his place in the next international assignment for Pakistan.

  393. #394 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 3:54 PM

    I think Pakistan has decided to loose this match and Misbah is given the responsibility to do the job for them.

    Misbah …. 30 Fcuking ball for his 10 runs. 😦

    Younis Khan also scored only 13 of 32 balls.

  394. #395 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 4:00 PM

    Can’t blame Razzaq, match already lost and he is not a proper batsman.

  395. #396 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 4:02 PM

    The bowlers West Indies made look like club level bowlers have been made to look like world class by Pakistan.

  396. #397 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 4:03 PM

    Curtains …….

  397. #398 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 4:03 PM

    Misbah has shown up here for the big match. He should definitely be investigated for matchfixing.

  398. #399 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 4:06 PM


    This entire tournament Misbah has been extremely negative whether in batting or fielding.

  399. #400 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 4:21 PM

    Pakistan paying the price for defensive strategy- playing Younis and Misbah above Razzaq and Afridi.

    Also U Akmal should definitely play before Misbah.

  400. #401 by varunsuri on March 30, 2011 - 4:25 PM

    can’t belive what i am watching. this match was given on a platter to Pakistan but the Indian bowling and fielding has performed above expectations and Afridi sure has to play the innings of his life to win this one from here..

  401. #402 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 4:31 PM

    Hi Guys,

    I said it at the innings break that 260 is no small score in a Semi Final to chase. Also don’t underestimate how difficult it is to bat, looking at how Sachin played, how can anyone else not struggle. There hasn’t been a 50 in either innings, except for Sachin.

  402. #403 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 4:39 PM

    It’s not over yet till the fat lady sings ….

    Misbah, 2007 T20I WC, anyone remember that ..

  403. #404 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 4:48 PM

    What is the point of hitting now?

    Misbah should have done this when he had played 10-15 balls and was settled.

  404. #405 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 4:48 PM

    Powerplay has finally been taken by the umire as Misbah clenches his teeth and stylishly spits his chewing gum.

  405. #406 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 5:00 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS to all Indian bloggers on winning this semifinal. The match is not officially over yet, 3 more overs to go but, the writing is on the wall loud and clear. Misbah and Younus Khan have given this match on a silver platter to India in fielding and also while batting at that pathetic slow run rate. Their careers must be over along with Shoaib Akhtar.

  406. #407 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 5:12 PM

    SHOAIB AKHTAR is such a negative FACE on the site, he is seen clearly upset since the start of the match. He did not clap when Wahab Riaz was taking wickets. Also when Kamran Akmal started the innings with a four Abdur Rahman sitting next to Akhtar was clapping and he was sitting with a glum face. He is clearly not happy that he is not included in the team for one last time.

    Last over to be bowled by Zaheer Khan and now 30 needed in in 5 balls, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE.

  407. #408 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 5:16 PM

    Misbah gets he whole team out and then tries to become a superman.

  408. #409 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 30, 2011 - 5:17 PM


    Toaday Moulvi di khair nayee! Pakistan’s pathetic fielding and Younus et Misbah’s batting has let them down. The Pakistani bowlers especially Wahab Riaz was excellent and the main strike bowler Gul gave away too many runs.

    Anyways, well played India and you deserved to win.

    Afridi should not be ashamed for this defeat because it is the senior players who have let them down.

  409. #410 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 5:18 PM


    This is the time to take strict action and remove the match losers.

    We can’t get swayed by emotion any more and keep these people in the team.

    Ijaz Butt must go and these players must go.

  410. #411 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 5:20 PM

    Younis Khan and Misbah should retire from ODIs and Kamran Akmal must be axed from ALL forms of the game.

  411. #412 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 5:26 PM


    I am watching Nick Knight’s independent analysis of the match.

    He is saying he is a neutral in the match and he has been following the game for so long but he cannot understand why Misbah and Younis played like this. He is totally flabbergasted.

    I think someone will look into this and investigate the team for match fixing.

  412. #413 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 5:30 PM


    I completely agree with you. When it counted the known match losers turned up on their day

    Meanwhile, congragulations to the Indians for winning this game.

    I should add that it wasn’t so much good cricket from India but poor cricket from Pakistan that cost them the game. 6 dropped chances, poor shot selection rather than very good balls, and poor planning on how to construct the innings were the reasons why Pakistan lost. Sri Lanka is a complete team and are favorites to win the final.

  413. #414 by newguy on March 30, 2011 - 5:40 PM

    Hi Guys,

    Thanks for all the well wishes.

    The match lived up to India – Pakistan hype and standards as usual. There are no easy games between these two teams, and I can’t tell how tense I was until the last ball.

    One thing I will tell you is that don’t consider that Pakistan played poorly that is why they lost and India did not play well. We all always think like that for the team we support. But the issue is pressure, I think here India had better ability to overall handle pressure, both in batting and bowling / fielding.

    But, don’t lose heart, tremendous game played by Pakistan. Your team gave Indians a real run for the money. What bowling performance by Wahab Riaz.

    Misbah .. well .. I just get him, something is wrong with his brain. Why wasn’t he taking singles? was he thinking of hitting six sixes, very selfish game from him.

    One got to feel for Shahid Afridi, he gave his everything, and looked every bit engaged in the game. To take this team this far was a super human effort. Hats off to Afridi.

  414. #415 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 5:52 PM


    India were calm, methodical, and played well under pressure. Pakistan wilted under pressure. Dhoni made good bowling changes, wasted time on purpose between balls to stall momentum, the bowlers didn’t give any extras, the fielding was very good, and generally everything was very effecient. But it wasn’t either a very good batting or bowling performance, neither incisive nor flamboyant. The much famed batting order was exposed despite the numerous dropped chances. Going on this basis I think Sri Lanka is a more complete team who will be more prone to brilliance. And, they will also be effecient. My choice is Sri Lanka to win the final.

  415. #416 by Pawan on March 30, 2011 - 5:55 PM


    That was a gr8 match! Watched every ball.
    Good effort from Pakistan and particularly from Misbah.
    I don’t know why you guys are criticizing him.
    He took his time to get in and then launched himself.
    Someone should have stayed with him.

  416. #417 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 5:58 PM

    Surrounded by conterversies, home venues taken away, critics claiming us as underdogs, and yet we came so far.

    Well done team Pakistan.

    Pakistan Zindabad.

  417. #418 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 6:04 PM


    Angry fans protest in Multan, accuse team of match fixing.

  418. #419 by Mohammed Munir on March 30, 2011 - 6:22 PM

    Congratulations to all our Indian bloggers on this big win, and good luck to them for the final against Sri Lanka.

  419. #420 by Varun Suri on March 30, 2011 - 6:34 PM

    India has won when it looked like it would be easy for the Pakistani batsmen at the break. 260 was chasable but someone had to stay at the wicket till the end.

    surprisingly Munfa and Nehra bowled pretty well and above expectations and did not let us miss Ashwin.

  420. #421 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 7:13 PM


    You should have said anyone should have stayed at the wicket but Misbah!

  421. #422 by amir on March 30, 2011 - 7:18 PM

    congratulation to all indian people for this win and advancing to the final.

  422. #423 by Sagaat on March 30, 2011 - 7:29 PM


    Generally speaking, pakistan performed well. Yet after every world cup there is time for introspection. Don’t you think the glaring weakesses in Kamran Akmal, Misbah, and Younis in one days should be noted by the media?

    What was surprising was the co-ordial atmosphere the match was played in and not a word was exchanged on the field.

  423. #424 by amir on March 30, 2011 - 7:38 PM

    we lost the match after we dropped so many catches but stil 260 was chasable and in batting too same people batted poorly who had fielded badly i mean kamran, younis and misbah. Y and m both plays game of 80’s in 2011. I dnt knw why when misbah and younis were playing slowly management never send them mesage to score bit fast. Its very unfair to guys like afridi, riaz, hafeez, ajmal because they played thier heart out but because of these culpruts they end up in loosing side and missed a great chance of winning world cup.

  424. #425 by khansahab on March 30, 2011 - 7:40 PM

    new thread

  425. #426 by Ryan Karhut on March 31, 2011 - 3:29 PM

    Great game viewed by a third of the world! Check it out

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