When Misbah started he provided much hope to Pakistan cricket fans

When Misbah was reintroduced in the Pakistan team, the bloggers on Legslip criticised his reselection. The basis of this was that instead of grooming younger and more talented batsmen, the PCB made a strange decision of entrusting Misbah with the responsibility of leading Pakistan’s batting attack. As a batsman Misbah never performed assertively against good teams or on bowling pitches. If the lack of sheer batting skill was not enough, Misbah also showed on occasions that he was not a pressure player. Many people claim that Tendulkar is not a pressure player as well, but when it comes to sheer batting skill disassociated from whatever the match situation may be, Tendulkar is probably the best batsman of our generation and he has this quality of scoring plenty of runs at a very consistent rate. Misbah is pathetic at scoring runs because he is a sitting duck when the ball is moving and even when the ball is not moving he just cannot score quickly.

When Misbah was appointed captain I exclaimed that Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal or Umar Gul (whose form has worsened since then) would have made better choices. This is of course assuming Afridi, the captain who took a broken, demoralised team into the WC semi final (which was lost primarily due to Misbah’s poor batting and secondarily Younis’s slow innings) was unavailable for whatever reason. A 10 year old kid can tell you that Afridi, with his proactive and motivational approach to his players, is a better captain than Misbah; however for some reason some commentators are hellbent on stating what is just not obvious.

Recently I researched players’ averages in Tests won, lost and drawn and came up with the following:


Kallis, 65-34-80

Sangakkara, 76-35-57

Jayawerdene, 63-30-72

G Smith, 64-28-52

Ponting, 59-36-58

Lara, 61-42-71

Sehwag, 58-37-60

SRT, 68-38-67

Dravid, 66-30-65

Laxman, 53-27-64

Misbah, 42-23-83

I did not include Inzamam then but Inzamam averages a whopping 78 in matches won, 28 in matches lost and 47 in matches drawn, providing some credibility to the claim that he was perhaps Pakistan’s greatest match winner.

Is Misbah a match winner or is he part of the controversial match losing brigade of K Akmal and Malik?

Whereas this research is not comprehensive, and does not take into account Sagaat’s arguments about standard deviation, for argument’s sake I will proceed on the basis that these statistics have considerable credibility, for the mere reason of how they illustrate the match winning prowess of players like Inzamam, Sangakkara, Smith and Dravid.

Do these statistics not back up what we have consistently complained about Misbah, that is batting his selfish and he is not interested in winning matches? The next worse ratio of average in matches won and drawn is Kallis’s, who is universally considered to be a selfish player, but his ratio is 1:1.23 whereas Misbah’s ratio is 1:1.98. In other words Misbah averages nearly twice as much in those matches which Pakistan has drawn as opposed to in those matches which Pakistan has won. This is where Misbah surely beats Tendulkar and Lara because those two substandard batsmen don’t even come close to averaging 83 in drawn matches!! 

What is this nonsense and why is Misbah being treated as a batting legend? He is a totally mediocre player who only performs against poor teams or when the conditions favour batting. Even on batting pitches he has looked helpless against good teams. His captaincy is negative and you can see how pathetic he is at planning the team’s approach to posting a target, chasing a target, motivating his players to improve their performance etc. As a fielder he drops many catches, he misfields and his picking and throwing is lethargic.

Misbah’s supporters in the PCB and beyond need to stop dreaming that this tenure will provide some confidence or stability to the Pakistan team. Batsmen will not improve their game by gaining inspiration from someone who can’t score quickly, who can’t play seam and swing and who just crumbles under pressure. Bowlers and fielders will not gain any inspiration at someone who does not know how to make his bowlers perform consistently or who is not interested in raising his own fielding standards.

Pakistan may end up winning every match in this Zimbabwe tour under Misbah’s captaincy, but will this really be a victory for Pakistan fans and Pakistan cricket?

This is what Misbah has given Pakistan cricket and this is likely to be the future as well unless PCB starts thinking sensibly

  1. #1 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 11, 2011 - 1:34 PM

    new thread

  2. #2 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 11, 2011 - 2:00 PM

    The caption of this thread certainly makes you smile on a lazy Sunday morning.

    khansahab, I think you have done “some” research to bring this valuable information to surface which only an educated person would understand, for the “Butt Management” and “Paindoo Supporters” you wrote something in Algebra and Geometry and for them it is Gibberish.

    The irony is if Shahid Afridi had some Akhroat Brain left in his upper chamber this would not have happened that they chose Misbah over him and Malik got a second wife, oooops I mean second life. Imran Farhat is going to make a 50 after his Grand Zero and he will remain in the team. Mohammad Hafeez is good against minnows but, he is a mediocre against good bowling attack and on fast tracks. So, the opening conundrum will continue despite this 140-0 plus partnership between the two openers. The Butt Management considers this opening partnership as a great achievement because, in the last 15 years a hundred partnership by the Pakistani openers in a one day match is a rarity. So, for them these are gems. And, that ugly and uncouth father in law of Farhat must be proud of his Gun in Law.

    Its a shame that the Pakistani cricketing standards has reached to a mediocre club level and on top of that there are players like Misbah, Malik, Farhat and 2 Khatmals in the team and they are proud of them.

    I wonder when that Ch2So4 Asaf Zardari will go and take his NUTHEE, BUTT along with him?

  3. #3 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 11, 2011 - 7:06 PM

    LOL @ this comment:

    “This is the way we want to play.” MISSED-BAH

  4. #4 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 11, 2011 - 9:48 PM

    Don’t be fooled by Misbah’s ODI average of 43.

    The following is to show Misbah’s dependency on Younis Khan and other batsmen who have batted before him in the order. Notice how he seems to perform when others have laid a platform for him. Following is a list of all of Misbah’s half centuries:

    1) vs Kenya- Afridi makes quickfire 31 and Younis makes 87

    2) vs Zimbabwe- Nasir Jamshed makes 61, Younis makes 79, Yousuf makes 72, Malik makes 63

    3) vs Sri Lanka- Malik makes 52, Younis makes 47

    4) vs India- Jamshed makes 53, Younis makes 123

    5) vs West Indies- Younis makes 34

    6) vs West Indies- Younis makes 101

    7) vs Australia- K Akmal makes 116

    8) vs Sri Lanka, Younis makes 76, Yousuf makes 43

    9) vs New Zealand- no significant score but Pakistan team bundled out for 124 runs in total

    10) vs New Zealand- Shahzad and Younis both make 42

    11) vs Kenya- K Akmal makes 55, Younis makes 50

    12) vs Sri Lanka- K Akmal makes 39, Younis makes 72

    13) vs India- Hafeez makes 43

    14) vs West Indies- Hafeez makes 54, Shafiq makes 61

    15) vs West Indies- no significant score, team chasing 170 runs though

    16) vs Zimbabwe- Younis makes 78

    17) vs Australia- Malik makes 37

    Notice how Misbah has always relied on top order batsmen scoring 34+ to lay a foundation for him and also to see the new ball off. Also, notice the anomalies where he makes a 50 when no one before him as scored- only two occasions, one where the entire team was dismissed for 124 and the other occasion where the team was only chasing 170. Both of these feats were performed against weak teams.

    10 out of Misbah’s 17 half centuries have come against New Zealand, West Indies, Kenya or Zimbabwe.

    He has no century in ODI’s.

    The reason why I have not produced Test stats here is because generally the top order batsmen see off the new ball in Test cricket.

    These stats again are not conclusive nor comprehensive, but do they indicate very well that Misbah is a very mediocre batsman and he is considerably overrated.

    In 11 out of those 17 half centuries, has Younis done the hard work for Misbah to lay a solid foundation. I don’t know whether Younis played in all of those 17 matches but he has obviously played in those 11 matches at least.

  5. #5 by Sagaat on September 12, 2011 - 5:36 AM

    Haha, Khansahab, you have done solid research to back up your points. You have really dissected Misbah and taken each of his 50s apart. In another country Misbah would have been dropped from the team based on that one innings in Mohali only. Yet he has been rewarded and made captain. Pakistan should appoint Mohommad Hafeez as an interim captain. What this will do is, prepare him as a future captain in case someone captain material doesn’t arise, and, secondly, do more justice to that one innings that Misbah played in Mohali. PCB is too soft when it comes to player power and performance. They need to harden the players up. Misbah should have been punished to have compromised team spirit in the biggest stages of them all– at Mohali. As Kamran Akmal should have been dropped prior to the SA series years ago– when our great writer Kamran Abbasi issued a pardon to his “namesake”. I know it was Mr.Abbasi evoking humor, but it reveals something: The soft-handed approach towards the players. Pakistanis lionize and laud their heroes, yet that thing called expectation has now died. Essentially, players are having a free ride, performing without any consequences. Had Pakistan lost to Zimbabwe, still no-one would have questioned the defeat. The players have stolen something from the fans and the board certainly isn’t constructive enough to resurrect the team from the heap of ruins it is buried within. It is time for the board and the people to ask the right questions and in time the right answers will be found.

  6. #6 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 12, 2011 - 10:21 AM


    I agree that Misbah should have been dropped after that match losing innings at Mohali.

    But what I don’t understand is how can one player who seems so mediocre to one group can seem heroic to another?

    If a risk must be taken, which is to appoint this player as captain, who plays slow, selfishly and is such a poor fielder, then why could the risk not be taken with a younger, fitter player?

    They didn’t look at the whole picture and it was an emotional and biased decision, like all of their decisions. My point is that why is the risk of using Misbah as captain (who has not won any match yet) lesser than the risk of appointing Hafeez, Ajmal or U Akmal as captain. U Akmal guarantees 35 runs consistently and Ajmal guarantees 1 or 2 wickets a match. Surely they have more in their favour than Misbah.

  7. #7 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 12, 2011 - 10:26 AM

    For pace, Indians need to change DIET: Holding

    LONDON: West Indian pace legend Michael Holding is sure that Indian team won’t do well in Test cricket consistently if they don’t have good fast bowlers.

    “Champion teams have always had good fast bowlers. You can’t win Test matches or remain on top without real pacers. If you look at history, you will find that the top teams of different era had top fast bowlers,” Holding told TOI during the India-England fourth one-dayer at Lord’s.

    “The Indian team did well in Test matches in the recent past because they had a quality bowler in Zaheer Khan. He is missing and so the team is struggling. You have to generate some pace to make it count. Otherwise you can’t dominate world cricket like the way the West Indies and the Australian teams did in the past,” he added.

    What does he think has gone wrong with the Indian pacers? “When they join the team, they come with a lot of reputation. But by the time they have played two to three years of international cricket, they lose the appetite to bowl fast. Munaf Patel is the prime example. When he burst on the scene, he was a tearaway fast bowler but after a few years, he lost his pace and is currently know for his good line and length.

    “When I saw Ishant Sharma in Australia in his debut series, I was very excited with the way he bowled there. But after two years, he is not the same bowler. He has lost a bit of pace. I was surprised but I have understood what is happening with the Indian bowlers. They are unable to take care of their diet and that affects their body in the long run,” Holding said.

    “There is nothing wrong with their technique. If you don’t take care of what you are eating, then you are bound to lose your strength.”

    Holding praised Parveen Kumar and Ishant for their bowling in the Tests against England. “In absence of Zaheer, they had too much on their shoulders,” he said.

    Holding, however, asserted: “If Pakistan can produce fast bowlers, why can’t India?”

    Before he signed off, Holding took a dig at Indian cricketers. “Injuries to some of the key players were a big blow to the Indian team. But how come they never miss the IPL with injuries?”

  8. #8 by tom on September 12, 2011 - 10:27 AM

    Wow! this blog now looks like a stats website; maybe it should be named STATSLIP. Mean, standard deviation, ANOVA etc all tools being used here.

    Khansahab misbah doesnt qualify in a statistical analysis because he has played very few tests (25 odd). Even if his average was 70, he couldnt be statistically compared with SRT, dravid or lara. In the previous blog when you and Sagaat were comparing tendulkar and bradman, I did some backup research and i found Inzimam having third highest average in winning matches which you have mentioned in this blog.
    Misbah was mainly made captain to blunt the threat of Afridi and now a tennis player will take captaincy from misbah and destroy Pakistan cricket. All these steps are stop gap measures to prevent Afridi from coming back as captain. Sagaat is spot on that no one now now seriously cares about pakistani cricket. misbah or malik- its M time; Murder time.

  9. #9 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 12, 2011 - 10:28 AM

    We tend to complain so much about the likes of Misbah who lose matches.

    But, on the Indian front, how many matches must Munaf Patel, RP and Nehra would have lost?

    One bad spell and a fast bowler can lose you a match.

    I think it is ridiculous that India does not rotate its fast bowlers more often. They need to seriously start thinking about 90mph bowlers if they want to make an impact on the batting friendly pitches of the modern day.

  10. #10 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 12, 2011 - 10:34 AM


    I think Misbah has played enough Tests for us to assess his performance in draws. That was the main objective of that research.

    I don’t see Misbah playing more than 40 Tests in his career anyway. Does that mean he should not be compared with other batsmen?

  11. #11 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 12, 2011 - 10:39 AM


    Also, Misbah was brought in to replace the likes of Inzamam and Yousuf.

    But, he is nothing compared to those players.

    U Akmal and Hafeez are better batsmen than Misbah.

  12. #12 by tom on September 12, 2011 - 11:01 AM


    Definitely Misbah is nothing compared to younus, yousuf and Inzimam. Thats what is perplexing that the two Y’s are not considered for either selection or captaincy. Infact, it would require a lot of research to find pakistani batsmen worse than Misbah.
    Comparison is either statistical or non-statistical. statistical comparison places certain limits for comparison but you can still compare players using their record without subscribing to statistical principles.
    His selection as captain and player clearly violates merit. I still remember the way he lofted his bat in WC semifinal when he compiled a 50 when the match was doomed. In soccer when a team is losing say by 3 goals we see that if the losing team scores, they dont celebrate but quickly send the ball to the centre so that the match should resume and time be saved. That was a super cheap act but cheapness gets rewarded and sincerity gets rebuked in pakistani cricket. But he will remain captain and his successor will ensure match fixing continues.

  13. #13 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 12, 2011 - 11:06 AM


    You think he is involved in match fixing?

  14. #14 by tom on September 12, 2011 - 11:13 AM

    If you are referring to Malik, my simple reply is that this guy is ultra attracted to money, whether it comes by selling his marriage cards, cricket etc. He was being investigated for some unexplained money in his bank account. The matter remained under investigation for many months and then he gave some evidence and everything was hunky dory. Compare this with kaneria- he was acquitted by British court yet PCB still doesnt select him and a lawsuit is filed by Kaneria which was also mentioned on your blog.

  15. #15 by Pawan on September 12, 2011 - 7:44 PM

    How come Mailk is allowed to play for Pakistan MEN’s team? lol
    Javed Khan, Malik didn’t get a second wife, he is the second wife of Sania Mirza, lol

  16. #16 by tom on September 12, 2011 - 8:00 PM

    LOL @ Sania’s second wife

  17. #17 by Mohammed Munir on September 14, 2011 - 5:05 AM

    Pyaasi Aatma (Piya See Aatma) … But what I don’t understand is how can one player (Misbah) who seems so mediocre to one group can seem heroic to another?

    Could this be because both the “GROUPS” are somewhat bias ❓ 😉

  18. #18 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 14, 2011 - 5:09 AM

    Munir sahab

    I can only answer to your comment using Sagaat’s logic/rationalisation arguments……….

    I like to think my group is unbiased and enlightened.

    But I am sure if I go into “Sagaat mode” you will not want to argue with me 😉

  19. #19 by Mohammed Munir on September 14, 2011 - 6:03 AM

    I liked Michael Holding since early days, not only for his fast ‘whispering death’ bowling but also because of his smooth action, down-to-earth attitude, calm & quiet nature, and worst batting. 😉

    But what he said (in above interview) about Indian fast-bowling is a bit harsh and actually rude. Holding also sarcastically pointed that if Pakistan can produce so many fast bowlers then why can’t India ❓ This is surely not a nice thing to be said by a commentator and someone who is respected as fast-bowler of his own era. 😦

    A few years back young Shoaib Akhter was asked by a commentator what why Pakistan keep producing regular quick pacers whereas India was lacking in this area, Akhter bluntly said that fast-bowling requires power and we eat a lot of meat. These comments by a younger uneducated bowler were criticized even in those days, so what is said by a mature commentator today is absolutely unacceptable.

    Secondly, although no matter how true it may be, but being a third-party Holding is also wrong in saying that ‘How come they (Indian Players) never miss the IPL with injuries?’.

    If Holding is so worried about IPL and T20 cricket spoiling the game, then he should go and ask this question to Kevin Pollard who have openly refused to play for his West Indian domestic team and opted to play for Mumbai Indians for the forthcoming Champions League T20.

  20. #20 by Mohammed Munir on September 14, 2011 - 7:34 AM

    Pyaasi Aatma …

    Yes, you guessed it right, I surely wont like the ‘Sagaat mode’ of arguements. 😉

    In fact I tend to agree more with your thoughts when you said a few days back something like that ‘everyone is somewhat biased’. This is very mature thing to say and accept.

  21. #21 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 14, 2011 - 12:54 PM


    You have answered your own question on bias by agreeing with khansahab. But, the point is whether one is biased or not, the reality does not change, Misbah is a mediocre player and he plays selfishly for himself. Because, he lost his entire career sitting outside and now he got a chance when no quality players like, Inzamam, Yousuf, Miandad etc., are in the team he has become Andhaon may Kana Raja. Even that title is a bit too much for Misbah.

    See my friend, I do criticize players in general and even others and I also appreciate their qualities irrespective of where they come from. For example, I have always said, that FAZAL MAHMOOD was the most handsome cricketer in his hey days and I am yet to see one like him. He is from Punjab and it never bothers a bit to me when I say what I have said above. Same like I always say, no one looked as beautiful as Firdous (the actress) when she played the role of Heer in Heer Ranjha whereas, Ijaz looked like an idiot. Mohammad Aamir is from Punjab and I have no bias against him he is a very good bowler but, on principles I hate him for ruining his career by listening to Salman Butt and Asaf.

    Believe it or NOT ! Because of the nature of my work in the past when I was extremely busy, I never knew Musharaf Parvez was a Mohajir, I used to think he is from Punjab because, not a single Mohajir Gen. from Pakistan reached to that level and it never occur to me about where he comes from? It was only much later during the Lal Masjid case I was told that he is a Mohajir. But, without knowing that I had supported his views and policies, no one is perfect (except Allah) he paid a price for his mistakes. But, the point is I was not biased here.

    there are so many cases like the ones I have mentioned above and there is no point in writing all of them, but the point about being bias is a very debatable one and lets keep this subject for Misbah only.

  22. #22 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 14, 2011 - 1:15 PM


    On Michael Holding, I differ with your views that he was “calm” you may not have seen him kicking and uprooting the stumps when the umpire denied his appeal. He got away without any punishment because the rules were not as strict as they are now. Shahid Afridi’s waiving the bat at an spectator cost him a ban on 4 ODI’s. Inzamam got away in Toronto when he manhandled a spectator who was calling him Aloo. In 1980 – During the Fourth Test between Pakistan and the West Indies Sylvester Clarke throws a brick into the crowd, seriously injuring a spectator.who was rushed to the hospital for brain surgery, Clarke got away unpunished.

    Anyways, Holding has become more popular as a commentator for his so-called straightforward comments but, I think it is more because of his funny accent. Anyways, this is the same Michael Holding who tried to ridicule Shoaib Akhtar by making a video of his arm and showing it on TV to the whole world that he has a hyper-extension arm and that is why he ‘jerks‘ whereas, at the same time he showed RP Singh’s arm too which was exactly like Akhtar’s and he said, it is a bit strange that both have same type of arms and one jerks and the other doesn’t. He was actually bad mouthing against Akhtar by saying in order to increase his speed, he jerks.

    As regards the meat eating comment, its not just him (he was neither young nor uneducated, he was a Uni graduate even then.) even Ramiz Raja as a commentator used to say that on a few occasions and, I remember once he was replying to Manjrekar’s similar question by using the same analogy as Akhtar’s. It is not rude, because it is the truth, if you don’t take too much protein then you are not so strong.

    There was an Urdu commentator and writer Munir Hasan, during his time when Manzoor Elahi came to bat he said in Urdu, “Ab aa rehay hain Lahore kay Shaher say, Doodh Aur Dahee may Palnay walay jinkay Shano (shoulders) may itni jaan hai kay ba asani yae chakkay pay chakka laga saktay hain…………. aur yae hain MANZOOR ILAHI.” What was the need for that introduction? Also, when he hit a couple of sixes, Munir Hasan said, “Wohi Hota hai jo Manzoor-e-Elahi hota hai” Another unnecessary accolade. Where is Manzoor Elahi and Saleem Elahi now? Gone with the wind? Ya unki Bhains nay DOODH dena bandh ker diya?

  23. #23 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 14, 2011 - 1:35 PM

    Munir sahab/Javed A Khan

    I have just looked at the match score now, when Zimbabwe have already started batting. I have not seen the match but you can see that Misbah has again played selfishly, he has scored at a run a ball or something at the end of the innings. He does this in EVERY match. The point is that he CAN hit, he is not like Fawad Alam or Mohd Yousuf who were not big six hitters. He showed his hitting prowess in his first T20 Cup when he hit lots of sixes. But, he plays for his average because he knows that he has nothing going in his favour except his average of 43 odd.

    Malik and Misbah have left a legacy of selfish batting and youngsters like Asad Shafiq, U Akmal and A Akmal are only interested in making 30 regardless of the match situation.

    One of the reasons why I don’t wholeheartedly accept SRT as a selfish player or as someone who is not a match winner, is because he barely ever plays slowly in limited overs cricket. He is so skilled that the boundaries will come, the gaps in the field will be exploited but his intention may not be to win the match. The problem with Pakistan players is that not only are their intentions wrong, they also lack the skill of scoring runs.

  24. #24 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 14, 2011 - 1:46 PM

    What will happen to Malik now?

    Failed completely on his return tour.

    Future captain?

  25. #25 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 14, 2011 - 1:50 PM

    Look at the BARHAM of Malik saab.

    Umar Akmal needs to be dropped to accommodate him.

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 14, 2011 - 6:42 PM

    The general tendency of the people in general and particularly among the sub-continent people is “Worship The Rising Sun” that is exactly what most people with herd mentality are doing to Misbah ul Haq. What an achievement? A clean sweep against Zimbabwe? A moment to celebrate, an occasion to rejoice and distribute sweets on the streets, because The Tiger Niazi’s team has beaten Zimbabwe, which were beaten by all the teams in the world, except, very recently they’ve beaten Bangladesh at their home ground and that makes Misbah Niazi and his brave men so great that the whole of GAWAL MANDI AND HEERA MANDI would be opening their doors for them for FREE lunch and free whatever. They have achieved something monumental and huge that no one will ever achieve it. What a shame to those Peanut brain Paindoos who think Misbah is the best thing to have happened for Pakistan. A lousy, selfish player whose tactics are always negative and he is hailed as a hero? What kinda people are these who worship him? Ch2Sor’s !

    If Indians worship Tendulkar they have a reason, even though he is getting a lot of flak from his supporters, admirers and worshipers for not performing, so there lies the point of worshiping the rising sun.

    Mrs. Sania Malik is another big time liability in the team and he has been cleared by the PCB loonies whereas poor DANISH KANERIA’s case is still pending in court for a decision. Doesn’t it highlight the facts that not only the PCB is biased but,. also bloody RACIST? They have discriminated against him for being a Hindu, a minority whose voice cannot be reached as far as Shahid Afridi’s or as far as Butt’s fart and that is why he is ignored and even if wins God knows in how many years, his cricketing career would be over.

  27. #27 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 14, 2011 - 8:58 PM

    On a hunch I checked Misbah’s ODI record of remaining not out. He tends to remain not out a lot because he does not want to risk losing his wicket. Although Pakistan has won 65% of matches in which Misbah has batted, how many matches do we remember Misbah winning?

    57% of Misbah’s matches have been played against non-Test playing nations and West Indies, Zimbabwe, NZ and Bangladesh. A lot of that 65% “success rate” is due to this 57% of playing minnows.

    38% of Younis Khan‘s matches have been played against the above mentioned teams. 36% of Yousuf’s matches have been played against the above mentioned teams. 39% of Inzamam’s matches have been played against the above mentioned teams. This is just to highlight just how many minnow matches Misbah has batted in.

    A look at some other batsmen who have batted at positions no 4-no 6 in their careers and analysis of how often they remained not out. Misbah has remained not out in 25.3% of matches he has batted in:

    Inzamam- 15%
    Younis-10% (agreed he has batted at no 3 mostly so has a higher chance of getting out)
    Yousuf- 15%
    Michael Clarke- 23% (most of these would have resulted in successfully chasing scores)
    Michael Hussey- 30% (best finisher in the world)
    Kallis- 18% (renowned selfish player but still manages to get out 7% more than Misbah!)
    AB de Villiers-14%
    Chanderpaul- 16% (another selfish player, does 9% better than Misbah)
    Bravo- 18%

    I only added Hussey and Clarke for completeness, but their “not outs” result in victories for their teams.

    After you have digested this analysis, please consider whether Misbah remains not out because of his excellent defence or because of his selfishness?

  28. #28 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 14, 2011 - 9:00 PM

    KCCA reluctant to play T20 cup in Lahore

    As authorities in Lahore are fighting against Dengue epidemic, the Karachi City Cricket Association has demanded from PCB to postpone or relocate this month’s national T20 cup from Lahore.

    Sirajul Islam Bukhari, president KCCA confirmed that “top” Karachi players are concerned with the situation there.

    “Yes, some players have contacted me and they’re concerned, few parents are reluctant to send their young children to Lahore for the tournament,” He said.

    Bukhari said the KCCA has written a letter to PCB and has also offered that they’re ready to host the event in Karachi, if PCB shifts it.

    He also revealed that he had a telephonic conversation with PCB’s director domestic Zakir Khan, but the board official was helpless and suggested that any final decision will be made by Ejaz Butt.

  29. #29 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 14, 2011 - 9:01 PM

    Munir sahab

    Now please tell me, I have come up with so many statistics and comparisons with other players.

    Am I speaking the truth or does it still look “bias” to you?

  30. #30 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 15, 2011 - 2:27 AM


    IMO, you are not biased because you are quoting the facts and supporting and substantiating your claims with figures but, others who praise him are biased because they are blind and cannot see everything because they are wearing blinkers or they do not have the ability to see beyond the obvious.

    Is it not a fact that whatever we talked about Malik 4-5 years ago, others are realizing now, is it not a fact that we used to say that Kamran Akmal, Salman Butt are not loyal and honest people, now people are saying the same. Is it not a fact the day Ijaz Butt was appointed, we said, this is a BIG disaster. And, now people want to get rid of him. For some people it is instant, for some it takes some time and for others they are perpetually blind like the nocturnal and do not have the ability to see the sunshine and blame the sun.

  31. #31 by Mohammed Munir on September 15, 2011 - 5:08 AM

    Javed Khan / Pyaasi Aatmi …

    In my above comment no. 17, when I said Could this be because both the “GROUPS” are somewhat bias?

    Well, it was more of ‘teasing’ statement and I don’t actually believe that any of you both is bias because I was not seriously blaming you guys. Moreover, I used the word ‘Groups’ so I was not even pointing to any single person.

    I know you both better than this. My apologies if it came out like that. 😦

    Misbah as Captain …

    On Misbah, my stand remains that he is definitely not the best thing to have happened to Pakistan cricket, but he ‘logically’ seems to be the right choice among the available lot. I agree with Javed Khan that he is ‘Andhaon may Kana Raja’. So in spite of being a ‘Kana’, he is still a ‘Raja’. 😉

    A few days back I was chatting with a friend and he was cursing Imran Khan saying that he is not suitable for any major position in Pakistan, so when I seriously asked him as to who do he thinks should be our next President/ Prime Minister, this guy was totally out of answer. Other then Imran Khan, all the crap we are left with is Nawaz, Zardari, Chaudries, Gilani, Zulfiqar Mirza and the likes. So no matter how bad a choice Imran Khan is, he is still our best hope.

    The situation about Misbah as Captain is also somewhat similar. Call is an irony, misfortune of Pakistani cricket or our bad luck that all we are left with is Misbah, but the fact remains that, for whatever reasons, we don’t currently have a better choice available.

    Younis Khan refused captaincy twice (if I am not mistaken) and announced his retirement from T20 without thinking and this is what he said yesterday about T20 from which he retired since few year back …. “If I am given the chance I will contribute again for my country,”. Secondly, Younis no doubt is our best available batsman, much better then Misbah, but as a leader he was weak and he proved it a few times already. All his life, he has been doing thing for ‘others’ and never takes full responsibilities for his actions, whether right or wrong. Even now, when he wants to return to T20 ‘for his country’ and doesn’t want to own his decisions.

    Shahid Afridi, well I feel betrayed by him. Afridi has let his fans and country down big time. Even then if he is ever back in the team, I would vote for him being a captain, but since he is not playing, we can not have a team without any captain, or can we ❓ 😉

    Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, etc. are all hopeless contenders for captaincy, and the only serious option other then Misbah is, may be, Hafeez, but most of his career he is been in and out of the team and except for last 1 or 2 year when he is in good form, he was never a permanent member.

    And I am sure, you would not like Tauseef Umar or Imran Farhat to lead anyway. 😉

    Lastly, one question to both of you, if not Misbah, then who do you think is a better choice from the available players to be our captain ❓

  32. #32 by Mohammed Munir on September 15, 2011 - 5:15 AM

    Javed Khan …

    That Urdu commentator you mentioned in your comment no. 22 above was not Munir Hasan, he was Munir Hussain and he used to be an editor of a cricket magzine called “Akhbaar-e-Watan”. BTW, I think he was from Karachi and was a big fan of Javed Miandad too.

  33. #33 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 15, 2011 - 10:36 AM

    Munir sahab

    U Akmal and Saeed Ajmal can lead the team. They are selected for every format and they are bigger impact players than Misbah.

    A captain needs to justify his place in the team. It is wrong to select a player who may appear to have captaincy credentials and then slot him into the team on the basis of that, regardless of how poor his performance might be. This is similar to playing a wicketkeeper for his batting ability rather than keeping ability which we saw was the case with K Akmal.

    U Akmal finds it difficult to score beyond 35, but he is not a minnow basher like Misbah and Hafeez. His problem is temperament which might well come with responsibility. If India can take a risk with Dhoni and if SA could take a risk with Smith, why can’t Pakistan take a risk with Akmal? Plus U Akmal will score 35 runs quickly whereas Misbah will take more time.

    Ajmal can also be used as captain. He has decent credentials- he is respected in the team and is known to be a team player.

    If Umar Gul was consistent he could have been made captain.

    There is no point in playing Misbah who plays to draw matches and is not good enough to win them.

  34. #34 by tom on September 15, 2011 - 11:06 AM


    Iam in sync with you regarding captaincy issue of Misbah. Its a stupid decision with no consideration of future. Captain should be one who has a guaranteed place in the team. Adhocism is doing no favors.

  35. #35 by Mohammed Munir on September 15, 2011 - 11:19 AM

    Pyaasi Aatmi …

    Umar Akmal ❓ ❓ ❓ I wish you didn’t say this, I mean you can’t be serious. The guy is characterless cheater who faked injuries to make space for his ‘Pai Jaan’. You want Kamran, Adnan and their father back into the team or what ❓ How many more risks PCB need to take with these corrupt cricketers ❓

    Saeed Ajmal … He can be a better choice that Umar Akmal at least, but when was the last time Pakistan (or any other team for that matter) had a specialist spinner as a captain ❓

    If Umar Gul was consistent … This my friend is a very big IF

  36. #36 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 15, 2011 - 11:20 AM


    Why do you think they appointed Misbah is the first place?

    When he made such a huge impact with T20, I was a fan of his and I was also impressed by his standard of education. However, his performance changed drastically and in ODI and Tests he appeared to be very lacking. Even now in T20’s his batting has become very selfish.

    He builds pressure for himself by not wanting to take risks and then he hits a stupid shot to get out.

    I am not saying that he is as bad as Imran Farhat or even Shoaib Malik. His defence is better than theirs, but he is not good enough to play as a middle order batsmen. Umar Akmal, Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Hammad Azam- these guys are better batsmen than him and they are also better fielders.

  37. #37 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 15, 2011 - 11:23 AM

    Munir sahab

    It is also a big IF to see if U Akmal would definitely want elder brother back into the team. If that happens, surely everyone will realise what his intentions are and he will be removed.

    I am not saying U Akmal is the ideal captain, all I am saying is that it is better to make U Akmal captain and bank on the guaranteed 35 runs which will be scored QUICKLY and against GOOD TEAMS rather than playing Misbah who can’t score quickly or against good teams.

  38. #38 by tom on September 15, 2011 - 5:03 PM


    Iam aware of Misbah’s past exploits- thrashing shane warne in his debut test series, T20 WC 2007 but they are “RELICS OF THE PAST”. This guy is now a liability and he’s blocking path of emerging players and future captain. I don’t see him playing for more than two years and how that’s going to benefit Pakistan cricket is beyond me. It’s not only that he’s selfish but there are huge question marks over his performance as captain and player. But if policy is to resort to “OLDIES” due to lack of new players then why not stick with M yousuf, shoaib akhter, Rana Naveed, Rao iftikhar etc. He is a pawn of a certain lobby who doesnt want certain players in the team and want to damage Pakistan cricket. The litmus test of his skills will become apparent against England early next year and maybe Sri lanka also to an extent.

    Jonathan Trott wins ICC player of the year, Ali cook best test player and Dhoni (some consolation for him and India) best spirit award. Aleem Dar gets a hatrick of best umpire award while Bishoo wins best emerging player.

  39. #39 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 16, 2011 - 9:51 AM


    My answer to that leadership and captaincy issue in Pakistan is, ‘why is that people are restricted to only a few people when it comes to choosing a leader and a captain?” Like Yousuf Gillani said, “We have a hand picked of terrorist” likewise, it appears that we have a hand picked of leaders and captain in a country with a population of 170 million? Can’t there be anyone else other than these two NIAZI’S ??? (Amran Khan Niazi and Masbah ul Haq Niazi) I am not trying to answer your question with a question but, this is how most Pakastanis think that there is no one else other than them as the best available choice from the present lot. Only 4-5 names among the 170 million? Come on, this is really a tunnel vision and a biased thinking, I am not saying you are biased but, that is how most people think.

    The culture has actually killed the leaders and politicians – the word politician – is used to make that person look mysterious, suspicious, dishonest, disloyal, insincere and what not, and this is not just in Pakistan but everywhere else in the world, and more so in Pakistan because, not a single leader has been sincere, honest and loyal with the country. However, one still need a politician and a leader. Honest, sincere and capable people have no place in the country to lead it, you have to be crooked and dishonest. By saying this I am not implying that Imran Khan is dishonest or disloyal. I like Imran Khan and I have supported him as a cricketer from the beginning but, his political abilities are zilch, even when he is approaching 60 years of age he gives immature statements and more often contradicts his own statements and in my opinion he is not suitable to lead the country. From among the available lot of politicians I can give a name i.e., of Shah Mahmood Qureshi former FM of Pakistan. Not only he is more experienced than Imran Khan but, more qualified and more dignified person and he is no less charismatic than Imran. Both are from Punjab and you can see I am not biased here in suggesting a name, you may not agree with me about Shah Mahmood but, that is my choice.

    As regards captaincy issue, khansahab has just mentioned a name which I have been raving and ranting since almost a year now and i.e., of HAMMAD AZAM. That young man has a lot of talent and he is a victim of politics in the team, once again he is not from Peshawar or Karachi that I am supporting him, he is from Punjab too. I am totally against any of the Akmals, Malicks or Ajmals to be nominated as a captain. Akmals are chor and dishonest and so is Malik, actually the team would be better off without Malik. And, Ajmal in my opinion is a good bowler but, he does not have that captaincy material in his personality. The Board has to appoint a captain with a long term view and call the players in a meeting and tell them that so and so will be your captain for the next five years or so and you have to put up with him, if you can’t, then you better stop playing politics in cricket, join a political party and hone your skills in that “siyasi akhara’ or become a protege of Zulfiqar Mirza.

    As regards Taufiq Umar and Imran Farhat, forget about captaincy, they should not be playing cricket at national level, PERIOD.

    On the Indian front they have this stupid policy of giving titles to their players. Recently Tendulkar was awarded an honorary post of Sqn. Leader or Group Captain’s position by the Indian Air Force and now it is being talked about that the Jarkhand ka Gawali is going to be awarded the honorary post of a Lt. Colonel.???? WTF>>??


    There is no need to discuss anymore about the Old Pyjama called Masbah to lead the country or even play for the country. He is a liability and a drag and needs to be jettisoned to save the young players from going into oblivion.

  40. #40 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 16, 2011 - 10:04 AM


    To me Hassan and Hussain is just the same …. no difference, 😀 And, yes I know he was the editor of Akhbaar–e–Watan, I don’t care if he was from Timbuktu but, the point is you got him.

    Talking of Urdu commentators, there were a few in the hockey dept. as well like, Farooq Mazhar and SM Naqi. FM was an entertainer like Waqar in the commentary box. I remember he was commentating for a big game against India and he started like this,

    Sami ullah, Sami ullah, Sami ullah, SAMI ULLAH, SAMI ULLAH….. WO aagay barh rehay hain SAMI ULLAH….. AUR SAMI ULLAH GOAL KO LAY KER GAIND MAY DAAKHIL HO GAYE.…….. GOAL……………

    Once the umpire was a bit picky, when the player placed the ball on the ground for a free hit, the umpire came and moved the ball just an inch away from where the player had placed the ball, Farooq Mazhar said, LAGTA HAI YAE UMPIRE NAHEE BALKAY GEOMETRY KAY TEACHER HAIN.

  41. #41 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 16, 2011 - 10:57 AM

    Rahul is and will continue to be a role model for all of us’: Sachin Tendulkar

  42. #42 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 16, 2011 - 2:17 PM

    Mohammad Aamir has pleaded guilty against the spot fixing charges in a London court.

    What was all this drama about his so called innocence then?

    Why is he pleading guilty?

  43. #43 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 16, 2011 - 2:50 PM

    Javed A Khan

    Imran is broadly considered to be the most principled politician in Pakistan today. I admire some of his policies but I agree with you that he is not mature and he has some double standards.

    For example, he claims that PPP and PML N’s corruption is the biggest problem in Pakistan, yet he supported PML N and assisted them in having Musharraf removed, whose government was nowhere as corrupt. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Now he blames Musharraf for agreeing to the NRO under which PPP and PML N leaders were allowed to contest elections, but why doesn’t he blame himself for actually playing a part in creating a situation which led all of this to happen?

    His slogan is “self esteem, justice and humanity” but he made a very classless comment when describing Babar Ghouri’s “African” looks. That sort of comment should not even be made in secret, but Imran said that in front of thousands of people on camera. Again, if he was doing this in defence because Ghouri said that Sita White’s daughter looks like Imran, two wrongs don’t make a right and this kind of retaliation is just below the belt.

    He blames MQM for trouble in Karachi and says that the other parties took up arms because MQM took them first. But, he has not once shown any sympathy towards the hundreds of MQM workers killed in the past 3 years. He does not comment on the long list of criminals of other parties who are in Karachi.

    He criticises the military operation against Taliban. But, he has no sympathy for the thousands of Urdu Speakers killed in the Karachi military operations. A person who believes that taking action against Pushtuns in KP to eliminate terror is wrong, but taking action against Urdu Speakers in Karachi to eliminate terror is right- is that person not biased?

    He has criticised the American administration for its anti-terror policies and abuse of human rights etc against Muslims in Guantanamo Bay, but he has never criticised the Taliban regime where barbers’ shops were destroyed, schools are bombed, women are forbidden from stepping foot outside the house. He has never criticised the religious extremists in Pakistan who attack Christrians, Hindus and Sikhs.

    So, Imran needs to learn a lesson in humanity, justice and self esteem- the slogan of his party, before actually dreaming about being the next PM of Pakistan.

  44. #44 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 16, 2011 - 2:57 PM

    “Lahore is as much my home as India“: Pakistani singer and move director, Ali Zafar who has directed an Indian film and sung songs in India

  45. #45 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 16, 2011 - 10:42 PM


    “EXACTAMENT” c’est correct!
    That is my point, he is not only immature but, he has double standards and he is biased. And, you are right that he should first practice what he preaches.

    Being a cricket icon is different from being a leader of the country. So, no comments on Shah Mahmood Qureshi?

  46. #46 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 16, 2011 - 10:45 PM

    Poor India, they once again failed at the hands of DL method after surpassing 300 plus total. I think Gawali’s run ran out. Or, is he NBW? (nuts before the wicket)

    This Indian team and the tour of England has demoralized so many Indians that, our regulars such as Pawan, Bichoo and Varun (lost in India) has stopped commenting on the blog.

    Please, don’t lose hope, see we Pakistani supporters are still here to criticize MASBAH & CO. …. Kuch Nahee Hai to Adawat Hee Sahee!

  47. #47 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 16, 2011 - 10:46 PM

    Who is Ali Zafar?

  48. #48 by Pyaasi Aatma on September 16, 2011 - 11:29 PM

    new thread on blog

  49. #49 by Bichoo on September 17, 2011 - 2:32 AM

    Javed Khan,

    I am not demoralized or anything, but I simply don’t back or follow pathetic losers. I have been saying for a long time that India do not develop good bowlers, and with match losers like Munaf, Vinay Kumar, and RP Singh, you can’t even win against club side. But the WC winning kaptan says they are the future. So be it. I am very different from a lot of Indian supporters. From very early on, I was a fan of fast bowling, and to this date I simply don’t see eye to eye with Indian way of not developing fast bowlers. My favorite bowlers when I watched cricekt were the likes of Marshal and Ambrose. When I played cricket I used to try and bowl fast, even if I get hit for runs, I try to bowl yorkers on their toes and pretended I am like Ambrose. Of course I wasn’t, but at least I had the aggression and the mindset. Not like these losers like Munna and RP Singh.

    I have simply split ways with the Indian team until a captain and team management that possibly see my way with things come along.

    Oh, and BTW, India deserved this beating. I was hoping they lose today, and not take this victory as sort of things coming back. Dhoni would have found an excuse. Thanks to England and D/L for making sure it didn’t happen.

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