PAKISTAN vs. AUSTRALIA IN THE UAE

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IF you ask this question why Pakistan lost the ODI series against Australia? There could be a thousand reasons and a million different views on this subject. So, whoever wishes to express his views here is most welcome to agree or disagree with my views:

FIRST ODI

There was a collapse in the top order thereby giving Misbah and his rookies a free licence to start their tuk-tuk Battery. Even though the middle order sustained because of two partnerships, first between Misbah and Asad Shafiq putting up 49 runs together followed by a 61 runs partnership between Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal both scoring 50 odd runs, it wasn’t enough to put on a decent score, they were bundled out for 198.

The slide started in the batting power play when Shafiq departed. Pakistan were 159 /4 and they were 198 all out, losing SIX wickets for 39 runs and that is not new. A couple of decades ago under Imran Khan’s captaincy, Sri Lanka and New Zealand used to get out like that against Pakistan. Even Lara’s West Indies was in the same league. Now, its Pakistan’s turn to get out in heaps and bounds within a space of 25-30 runs.

Australia were able to achieve that target of 199 in the 49th over which wasn’t an easy sailing for them despite Clarke’s 66 and Bailey’s 57 they seemed to have some difficulty in facing Ajmal who got rid of both Hussey’s and Maxwell as well. Australian win wasn’t that convincing.  IMO things would have been very different had Pakistan scored 30-35 runs more.

SECOND ODI

Australia scored 248 which wasn’t a bad total to defend, thanks to Ajmal again for his 4 wickets haul supported by Junaid Khan’s 3 wickets otherwise OZs could have scored 280+ runs. The onus was on the Pakistani openers to score quickly and Nasir Jamshed played a good knock, unlucky that he fell 3 runs short of his century. His partnership of 101 with Azhar Ali was the key and Pakistan won the match comfortably in the 44th over.

THIRD ODI

This was a crucial match and the series decider. Pakistan lost it because of their own stupidities and serendipities. First, when the opening pair added 129 runs at a good strike rate, they did not capitalize it and ended up adding only 115 runs losing all 10 wickets after that. This is so weird, when are these batsmen going to learn from their past mistakes? It seems like a “NeverEndum” conundrum for Pakistan, showing sporadic brilliance and then back to mediocrity the next moment.

Secondly, it was the unpardonable blunder by Ajmal. Out of all the players, Saeed Ajmal the bowler himself unexpectedly refused to call for a LBW referral for Hussey and no one knows why he did that? Most of us, including myself when we saw the ball in real time said, “Its Plumb LBW.”  But, Ajmal thought the ball wasn’t hitting the stumps, OR he was over confident that he will get Hussey the next ball or in the next over and disagreed with his colleagues to call for a referral.

However, the slow motion replay and Hawk-Eye revealed that Hussey was OUT. The match would have taken a big turn from there, Hussey went on to add 50 odd runs to his personal total. To add fuel to the fire, Azhar Ali dropped a sitter of Maxwell, who went berserk after that to finish off the game in no time, he added 26 runs to his personal score.

To talk about the performance of Afridi or Misbah’s captaincy to play a half fit Afridi or, sending him at number 3, or questioning Misbah’s decision to remove Ajmal after 3 overs when he gave only 11 runs for 3 wickets or finger pointing at the Akmals once again for a suspected conspiracy or, blaming Billy Bowden for not raising his crooked finger when Hussey was plumb, these are all lame excuses and an exercise in futility.

The fact is, the over all batting, fielding was “disgustipatingly” pathetic there wasn’t any discipline in the team to focus on their follies, Misbah as usual was seen disconnected with the team members, not going near them or talking to them except for standing alone with a #FacePalm and hoping for the match to end (i.e., when Azhar dropped Maxwell’s catch). Anyways, this ended the role of Misbah, he must be back home to watch the 3 match T20 series in Dubai from his living room on a TV set.

Hafeez, the Captain of the T20 team and, the so-called Professor has not been so good and effective as a captain and it seems that he has lost the ability of flying. After a long time he played a good knock in the 3rd ODI but, his bowling was pathetic. The sixes scored off his and Junaid’s bowling by the Australian openers gave them the confidence they needed, once again Ajmal was unplayable and bowled very well.

Afridi, is not likely to play the next two T20’s because of the split web injury he got during the 3rd ODI. Without Afridi, there is more vulnerability in the bowling department because, Afridi is good in his first 4 overs and, one can hope that Ajmal will mesmerize the OZ’s? IMO, its asking too much from the magician to get half the side out in his alloted 4 overs.

Its very likely that Shoaib Malik will play in Afridi’s absence. Imran Nazir and Abdul Razzaq have also joined the T20 garrison as reinforcement, with all this once again the question arises about the team selection and what is the playing XI for tomorrow’s T20? I think, Azhar and Asad should sit out as Nazir and Razzaq are more suitable for this format and Malik to replace injured Afridi.

Hence the playing XI will be:

Nasir Jamshed, Imran Nazir, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul (His name is in the T20 squad, but not sure if he is joining the team?) Otherwise, it will be Yasir Arafat who will be the player to fill in the 11th spot.

Pakistan has 7 batsmen in this team which is more than enough, and in T20 you really don’t need so many batsmen, even 6 are fine. If six batsmen cannot score 150-160 runs then they should no play at this level.

Lets see how they play the first T20 tomorrow?

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  1. #1 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 4, 2012 - 11:06 PM

    Please write your comments here. Thank you.

  2. #2 by MUHAMMAD UZAIR on September 6, 2012 - 4:50 AM

    Good to see the thread after a long time, u have mistakenly included junaid in t20 bt he is nt even in the squad(Real shame, he shd be in place of arafat) && I nt agree wd u bcoz hafeez was very impressve as captain in sri t20, sri first test & also in 1st t20 yesterday, rzlt doesnt always show that, he is best choice at the moment as Malik has nt been in team regularly, afridi presence was nt felt as Raza Hasan was outstanding, and in this tour , pak has only win when Afridi is nt in the team!!! (just incidently or big hint??)

  3. #3 by MUHAMMAD UZAIR on September 6, 2012 - 4:55 AM

    In my opinion ,LBW which was refused to review by ajmal, was seeming to be going down the leg, so from the naked eye it was nt bad frm ajmal, bt result came out was the loss of series

  4. #4 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 6, 2012 - 11:55 AM

    Uzair

    We always respect others opinion here on this blog and replying to queries or disagreeing with anyone does not mean you are wrong and I am right. In that spirit I am replying to your comments.

    1. Yes I know Junaid Khan is not in the squad and I noticed that after writing the thread and did not bother to change it, because it was an error on my part and no need to prove it to anyone. I thought he was in because there was no news on Gul (Gul’s name was in the squad for T20 from the beginning) the media reported arrival of Nazir and Razzaq and no mention of Gul. Hence I assumed that Junaid is retained. Anyways.

    2. Abdul Razzaq was in yesterday’s match, did not bat because of the obvious situation but did not bowl either, which is a bit surprising forme. There were many bowling options and its right because in T20 you don’t need too many batsmen, if 6 regular batsmen cannot take the score beyond 150-160 then they aren’t worth (exception pitch) playing for the country.

    3. Mohammad Hafeez: IF you look at his career, he has been in and out and almost forgotten for years, it was Shahid Afridi who spotted his talent and used him as an opening bowler and batsman. IMO, he is OK if he opens the bowling but, not as an opening batsman esp. in T20. PK shud use Jamshed and Nazir as openers left and right combo is always good. Both are aggressive players so they must play as openers. Followed by Akmal Brothers on no. 3 and 4 then, the rest doesn’t matter and Hafeez can play at any number five or six.

    4. As regards Hafeez’s captaincy, you may check the records his batting and bowling performance went down since he became captain. Don’t take just one win as a yardstick to measure his performance i.e., first T2o win yesterday and say Afridi’s presence was not felt. Saeed Anwar’s absence from 1992 WC wasn’t felt either ‘coz PK won the Cup. So, does that mean Anwar is or was inferior to Ramiz or Aamir Sohail (who played then) ?

    5. Same thing for Raza Hasan, I wish him good luck and I hope may he become a regular player for Pakistan but, just one performance and ppl are comparing him with Afridi, rather talking about replacing him with Afridi, is absurd. There is absolutely no comparison between the two of them. Secondly, if you do that you will ruin the kid’s career very soon, his brain will rot like Aamir, Asif, Tanvir and others who became famous and rich over night and were called as future Wasim Akram and Pakistani McGrath, and Pakistani Thompson and that is real BS.

    6. Those stats that PAK won when Afridi did not play is also a BS because he is only 2 MoM awards behind Wasim Akram’s record of 39 MoM awards others have achieved that much less they are in their 20’s and Malik got that award only 14 times. And, what about Afridi being the only Pakistani player to score 7075 runs, taken 347 wickets and 298 sixes in ODI’s and the THIRD PLAYER IN THE WORLD after Jayasuriya and Kallis. No ordinary feat and no respect for that and thats a real shame. There wasn’t any player like him and there won’t be any like him when he retires.

    What I fail to understand is why do people have such high expectations from Afridi that they want him to score at least a 50 in 18-20 balls and hit a few sixes each time OR, take 4-5 wickets? 37 times MoM is not enough for one player? Akmal brothers played badly in the ODIs and no one talks about it. Yesterday Kamran Akmal took one catch and hit one six, he got $500 cash award for each, he scored 31 not out he got cash award, total FIVE (5) awards. WHY? Because Pakistan won and that was a completely one sided match. Hope the second and third T20 will not be one sided.

  5. #5 by MUHAMMAD UZAIR on September 7, 2012 - 2:53 AM

    In the same spirit my reply to u is:

    1- Pak winning ven afridi nt playng is nt in serious terms, only in this tour

    2- I agree no comparison of Raza wd Afridi, only in that match he covers his absence

    3- When afridi will return frm injury, who will u dropped? Only razzaq could be dropped

    4- Good to see finally that Ahmed Shehzad & Imran Nazir batting sensibly, bt when will Afridi & Umer Akmal will gain their senses while batting & taking responsibility?
    (Probably never)

    5- If u believe in stats as u tell me abt Mom, then Afridi has worst w/l ratio among pak captains in t20

    6- Afridi has played so many Odi’s that he will definitely makes lots of runs & wkts bt he has the worst avrg & is to take most innings to gt there among anyone who have made 7000+

    7- Razzaq is nt impressve recently, he now should retire, even in the t20 leagues in the past few months, he has nt performed, he cant fields , he gave too much runs & cant hit a few (20 avrg & below -120 s.rate) & international cricket is even more tough.

    8- Rzlt cant alwayz tell the truth, by looking on his onfield tactics, Hafeez would be the best captain after Younis Khan (Already way ahead of Afridi & Misbah)

  6. #6 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 7, 2012 - 10:07 AM

    Actually I don’t need to reply to this comment of yours because you are asking questions to which you have the answers and you have already answered them yourself by saying in no.2 who will you drop? Only Razzaq could be dropped.

    I don’t really need to work out stats to prove W/L ratio of Afridi’s captaincy vis a vis Misbah’s or Hafeez’s because, there are many things that are not covered by stats alone, no one writes in record books how a captain handled his team during a tough situation? Whether the captain is interacting with his team mates or sitting on his haunches and making faces?

    The best example of Afridi’s captaincy is, he took that crippled team to the ICC WC in 2011, the team members were emotionally drained and exhausted after the horrible experience of England tour where Asif, Aamir and Butt ruined and tarnished the image of the country and never before in the history of world cricket such a thing happened where 3 of their players including THE Captain were not only charged of match fixing but, proven guilty (admitted guilt) and JAILED in a foreign country. Do you think it was easy to build a team from there and lead them up to the semifinals? Especially beating Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka and then Australia in India and taking the highest wickets in the tournament until the semifinals. (Zaheer Khan leveled records with him by playing the final i.e., one extra match)

    What happened in the Mohali semifinals is not a secret every kid in the sub-continent knows the truth. Afridi comes back to the country and the mafia that is against him clubs him down to zero and strips him off the captaincy role and give it back to the culprits and conspirators who plotted the conspiracy against him. Him being an emotional pathan fall for it and took some stupid decisions which they knew he will and they succeeded in their naa paak azayems.

    Neither Younus Khan was a good captain nor Hafeez is. YK in his own words is a DUMMY captain, he has a feather in his cap for winning the 2nd T20 WC because, ALL the last THREE BIG MATCHES were single-handedly won by Afridi. If you wish to find out details, dig out the info on this blog from the archives. I cannot repeat them again and again.

    And, Hafeez is the same player who was discarded by Wasim, Waqar, Inzamam and Younus Khan because they considered him as a nothing player. And, who groomed him and who brought him to the limelight? It was AFRIDI. Hafeez got a nick name of Professor and even that too was given to him by Afridi because, Hafeez is a Andhaon May Kaana Raja in terms of speaking English and blabs all the time, so Afridi jokingly remarked that, “Tu Professors Ki Tarha Baat Karta Hai”. But, he is basically a pseudo, a mediocre player. Just because the team won this first T20 in this series doesn’t mean he is an excellent captain.

    Btw, your point no. 4 needs correction, its not Ahmad Shahzad but, Nasir Jamshed.

    As regards Afridi’s batting average of 24 in ODI’s, there is one thing about averages, the more you play the less your average gets in the long turn. Remember Mike Hussey’s average was close to 100 initially and now? Secondly, Afridi is a leg spin bowler and not a batsman, so why compare him with regular batsmen? Wasim Akram aka as an all-rounder, he played 7 more ODIs than Afridi and his batting average is only 16 and he scored 3717 runs which is about half the runs Afridi had scored in ODI. Afridi’s test batting average is 36 as opposed to Wasim’s 22 runs.

    Anyways, both Wasim and Afridi are different class of players comparing them with each other makes no sense and it is no justice, and one needs to acknowledge and respect them as great players. I consider Wasim Akram as one of the greats but, personally I don’t like him because he is not patriotic. Also, he was involved in accepting bribes and match fixing from 1996 onwards. Read Justice Qayyum’s report why he was pardoned? And, even today he does nothing for Pakistan but, a lot for India because of money. I have no respect for him from that aspect. Whereas, Afridi’s record is clean, he may have done stupidities such as pitch scuffing and ball biting but never got involved in match fixing or accepting bribe.

  7. #7 by Muhammad Uzair on September 8, 2012 - 5:50 AM

    I have never followed anyone blindly, it seemed that u r following Afridi blindly, I also don’t have respect for w.akram bt some other comments r only ur opinion, no need 4 argueing that, bt younis & Hafeez r the best tactical captain, (afridi being too emotional & misbah defensive), & Aamir sohail has the best cricketing mind along wd Shoaib Akhter in pak and he is must less arrogant than afridi

  8. #8 by Muhammad Uzair on September 8, 2012 - 6:07 AM

    No i m rite Ahmed Shahzad showed it in his last t20i in srilanka, Jamshed has been sensible from the beginning in 2008, & 36 mom from over 400 matches is nt extraordinary from afridi, he is lucky in that no other perform well in whch he performs, many others perform consistently bt coudnt gt mom like misbah & ajmal, ajmal has only gt 3, can u believe it? He has perform in 100 matches.

  9. #9 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 8, 2012 - 8:06 AM

    It seems you have not read ALL the threads and the comments here, hence you are saying I follow Afridi blindly. It may appear to you or to those who disagree with our views but, me I never followed ANYONE blindly, be it Afridi or Imran Khan. And, whenever Afridi played badly or, he did stupidities he was bashed here on this blog by me and by others too, coz no one is above the game. I am not like those ppl who only worship the rising sun and forget about the class act of the heroes. I still talk and admire about Miandad, Inzi, Anwer etc., whereas ppl are now calling Hafeez a tactical captain whereas he is pretty mediocre. IMO, YK was never a good captain. If wish to believe so, its your choice and your views and no one is arguing or under-mining your statements. If you and I cannot express our views on a blog and it is considered as arguments then there is no need to write for both of us.

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 8, 2012 - 8:51 AM

    As regards 36/37 times total MOM awards in ODI and test matches means nothing to you? And you think Afridi is lucky because no one else performed? During that time it was Saeed Anwar, Aamir Sohai, Inzamam, Wasim, Waqar and they are all behind him in this list. Inzi played 30 more ODI’s than Afridi. However, in my opinion Inzi was a far better and reliable batsman than Afridi and Afridi is a bowling all-rounder. Like, whenever Inzi scored a test century 18 out of 22 times 100’s he scored, Pakistan won. Similarly whenever Afridi performed at the top Pakistan won 29 times. They kept yo-yo-ing his batting order or kept dropping him off and on.

    In 2009 WC in England when PK won under YK’s captaincy, all the last three BIG matches including semifinal and final were single-handedly won because of Afridi. The player of the tournament award went to Dilshan for scoring 317 runs, why? Afridi scored 176 runs and took 11 wickets and the catch of the tournament in semis to dismiss Styris of NZ. In T20 cricket, generally one wicket is considered as equal to 20 runs scored by a batsman. By that standards 11×20 = 220 and 220+176 = 396 runs. Because Afridi was declared player of the first ICC T20 tournament in South Afridi, so the ICC thought its too much to give the same award to the same player from the same country, whereas he actually deserved it big time. It appeared that they did that to please SL and gave the Player of the tournament award to Dilshan who was OUT ON A DUCK in the final. Which also proves my point that when Dilshan was expected to deliver for his country he failed to rise on that big occasion. Whereas, Afridi scored and delivered for Pakistan.

    In India at Chennai, Pakistan beat India in that 1999 test match when Miandad was coach and Afridi scored his test hundred 141 and took 3 wickets, the man of the match award went to the losing side player Tendulkar who scored 136 and took 2 wickets. Just because Tendulkar is Bhagwan he got that award – I am quoting this example to you because you think there was no one else at that time. There were players like Saeed Anwar, Ijaz, Salim Malik, Youhana, Inzi, Wasim, Waqar Moin Khan etc.

  11. #11 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 8, 2012 - 10:19 AM

    In the 2nd T20 Pakistan won in the super-over or eliminator and won the series. I am very happy to see that Pakistan is winning T20 matches before the T20 world cup but, Australia is the number 10th ranked team in this format and beating them is no biggy and Pakistan shud not get complacent.

    However, I am not so pleased with Hafeez’s selfishness and his sinister biases as a captain. No one seems to take notice of what he did because, the end result was PAKISTAN WON. But, at whose expense? It was Abdul Razzaq’s shoulder that was used to fire the missile and that could have almost finished Razzaq’s career had that move backfired. Abdul Razzaq was selected for T20 and played both matches, did not get opportunity to bat or bowl in the first match coz it was a low scoring match and Pakistan won.

    Hafeez gave one over to Shoaib Malik in the 1st T20 and that was a very safe situation for him to bowl, and Malik has always been used sparsely to save his ass, whereas Abdul Razzaq was thrown in the deep sea mercilessly and he was given the last over to bowl in the 2nd T20. Because, Hafeez himself got thrashed in his first 3 overs. Now, most pundits would disagree with me by saying, he took a good decision. They always say that coz, all is well that ends well. You shud have seen the reaction from the very same ppl had Pakistan lost that match despite Abdul Razzaq bowling the last over. In fact some of the ppl who were watching the match started to yell and curse at Hafeez when on the 2nd last ball Cumin smashed the biggest SIX of the tournament to level the score they started abusing Abdul Razzaq. But, they changed the moment the match was tied and praised even more when Pak won the eliminator.

    Hafeez being a mediocre player did not plan or even thought about how to use his bowlers. He was thrashed from the first over. (Does anyone remember that the same thing happened to him in the third ODI also?) When he saw that he was being thrashed he did not think of Abdul Razzaq then. He bowled his 2nd and 3rd over later and still got thrashed. When he realized that the last over could be very risky for him, he turned to the only fast bowler ~ Abdul Razzaq because, Malik as always chickened out others had completed their quota, either Hafeez, Malik or Abdul Razzaq? So, Abdul Razzaq became the SCAPEGOAT or the ONLY HOPE?

    We all know that Abdul Razzaq’s career is at the brink, prolly this is a last chance but, now he has some hopes to play for the WC in SL especially if he plays the 3rd ODI and scores/bowl well to prove his worth. Otherwise, the same ppl who are praising him now were against him until yesterday by saying he is finished, he is a shadow of his past etc., etc.

    The point is not about Abdul Razzaq there are many who will replace him (Not Arafat for sure, he should not even be in the squad) but, the point about Hafeez’s sinister moves and selfishness. Had Tendulkar been in Abdul Razzaq’s place, he would have never, never bowled the last over. Bowling the last over in a situation like this where only 10 runs are required, one needs guts and courage and Abdul Razzaq had no choice but to accept the challenge. Now, Hafeez can get credit for using him but, he used him only when his own position was in jeopardy, this is cowardice and this is what makes the difference between a brave captain and a mediocre one. Hafeez will never be in the league of great captains, he is a mediocre and shall be remembered as a mediocre player.

    Everyone makes mistakes, Imran Khan made a mistake in the WC semifinal at Lahore against Australia and instead of himself bowling the last over Salim Jaffar had to bowl the 50th over due to miscalculation or whatever. Steve Waugh thrashed Jaffar for 18 runs in that last over and that was the same margin i.e. 18 runs, Pakistan lost to Australia, even as of today ppl talk about the same thing. Lucky for Hafeez that Pakistan won and no one will remember this sinister move.

  12. #12 by Muhammad Uzair on September 8, 2012 - 2:30 PM

    Haha
    MOHAMMAD HAFEEZ is mediocre bcoz he is leadng run scorer in every format since 2 yrs among pakistanis, he was top rated odi bowler,2nd rank odi allrounder(afridi 4th), 4th in t20 AR, 8 in t20 bowlers
    & Afridi was dropped due to poor form some yr earlier, still he has groomed Hafeez (really funny) he debut under Rashid Latif, great tactical captain & deliver early.
    While wc performance as a team was due to waqar younis, afridi being ball biter,pitch destroyer,fighter wd former greats etc. can never be role model for young cricket

  13. #13 by Muhammad Uzair on September 8, 2012 - 2:37 PM

    Afridi is lucky in getting mom bcoz many great performng regular couldnt gt more, ths da fact, whether u accept or not, doesnt matter
    & Hafeez was brave enough to gv it to razzaq, any other wd have gone wd spin and would have lost wd atleast 2 bowl to spare, whether we like or nt Razzaq is finished as a bowler, bt he gt bonus to prove himself, otherwise no one was expectd that pak would remain undefeated
    younis-a great captain claimed by all pundit of the world, Hafeez will INSHA ALLAH follow his example & no matter wht the team rank, Australia are a mighty team u cant beat them easily

  14. #14 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 8, 2012 - 6:58 PM

    Umair, I can also say “Haha really funny” and ridicule you for your views and even delete your comments, can’t I? The point is if you don’t agree with others don’t try to ridicule them (you can do that to players for their performance but not to people with whom you are interacting and exchanging views on the blog) you can express your views and substantiate your claims with facts, figures and stats without getting personal. If you continue to do that I won’t be replying to your comments.

    We all know that Hafeez first played for Pakistan in 2003, the time when Inzi was captain and he never got a permanent place in the team because he never used to focus and always used to throw away his wicket and there was nothing much in his bowling. But it was only in 2011 that he finally became a regular in the side in all formats. And, who was the captain? Afridi. He always used to say Hafeez is my man and gave him enough chances. Even Younus Khan did not give him any chance to flourish and, Malik tou phir Malik hai, he always used to blow his own trumpet by saying he is the best all-rounder in Pakistan.

    Its a fact that Hafeez failed to create a regular place for himself in the Pakistan team in his first 7 years in international cricket. Mainly due to lack of focus and his inability to convert his starts into substantial scores. So many times we saw him scoring 30s and 40s and when did he score his first maiden hundred? Very Recently.

    He was NEVER used as an opening bowler by Inzi, YK or Malik, only Afridi used him as an opening bowler. IMO, he is not good as a batsman to open the innings in ODI and T20 where you need more aggressive players. It was obvious in yesterday’s match that Jamshed was playing same shots with power and even Kamran when he came in he scored freely and because of Hafeez’s batting as an opener, Pakistan were at least 20-25 runs short. If he was that aggressive and forceful batsman he would have come to bat in the eliminator instead of Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq. His captaincy has affected his batting for sure.

    As regards his sinister move to use Abdul Razzaq in the last over, you don’t have to agree with me, its my opinion and its not for anyone to agree or disagree with it.

  15. #15 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 8, 2012 - 7:02 PM

    If luck is the only factor to get most man of the match awards then Danish Kaneria would say: I can also hit 300 sixes in ODIs and break Afridi’s record of most sixes.

  16. #16 by Muhammad Uzair on September 9, 2012 - 2:41 AM

    Two things are irrelevent, hitting 300 is some feat, u cant alwayz hit sixes by mere luck, while MOTM can include quite a big luck factor. Afridi is the match winner bt nt ideal for captain, and winning MOTM is nt necessarily a sign of a great.
    As for the hafeez, u don’t need all hitters even in t20, some has to bat long, there was no need for playng more aggressve & 2nd wkt partnrshp was a decent one in 2nd T20.
    Hafeez was a economical bowler from beginning, having less off-days than any other bowler, first played under Rashid Latif captaincy & improve later in all department bt was forgotten was so long, 2-3 days in a yr dont make a bad bowler, he is among the top ranked for his consistency.

  17. #17 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 9, 2012 - 9:07 AM

    “Afridi is the match winner bt nt ideal for captain,”

    You have said this right? So, after all this discussion, one thing is clear now that Afridi is a match winner. And, I wonder what one can do besides winning a match? He doesn’t need to prove his haters about his captaincy because, he already proved to the world that after 10 years Pakistan team reached the ODI WC semifinals which great Inzi, YK and others could not do so. Why PK lost is another story so lets not delve deeper in it.

    Hafeez is an improved bowler since the last 2 years YES also improved his batting a little bit but, as a captain he has no clue what he is doing. BukBuk aur TurrTurr karna aur baat hai which he loves to, aur abhi tou he will be exposed more during the WC in SL. Aage aage dekhiyeh hota hai kya?

    If he is a good captain then he should not play tomorrow’s T20 and try experimenting opening with aggressive players. I don’t agree with tuk tuk players in T20 they can join Misbah’s Test Brigade.

  18. #18 by Muhammad Uzair on September 9, 2012 - 11:49 AM

    Afridi is the match winner in 1 out of every 10-15 games & had most off-days even as a bowler than any other pak bowler in history of ODI except who don’t played regularly.
    As for Hafeez, I agree wd ur 1 point, agay agay dekheye hta hy kya!

  19. #19 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 10, 2012 - 11:24 AM

    Its neither 10 nor 15 it is 12, still much better than Wasim Akram’s 16 who even played more matches than Afridi. Secondly, he was out of the team many, many times just because he could not perform according to Captain’s expectations i.e., did not score a whirlwind 50 or did not take 3-4 wickets in every match. India’s tour to PK in 2004 March is a classic example. He was not selected in the first ODI at Karachi which at that time was the highest scoring ODI and PK lost by 4-5 runs, thanks to Malik, Rana, Moin Khan for playing like sissy and Pakistani 3rd umpire (Zamir Haider) for the blunder. In the next match they included Afridi and he smashed some 80 odd runs in his style and PK won. Two matches later he was dropped in the series decider at Lahore which PK lost the match and the series. This kinda treatment he got a lot of times, in fact more than any other player.

  20. #20 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 10, 2012 - 9:02 PM

    Today’s “disgustipatingly pathetic” defeat confirms the mental strength of the team, especially the pseudo prof. captain Hafeez who when he won the toss for the first T20 game opted to field by saying its a good pitch to field first. The 2nd T20 was played on the same ground, same pitch and after winning the toss he said, it is a good pitch to bat first. Dunno which one of his statements were correct and no one remembers what he said because on paper Pakistan won both T20 matches. Today, the third time he won the toss decided to field first. So, in every match playing on the same ground same pitch he had three different ideas and still not convinced because at the post match presentation he was saying something else! Basically its like “Bander Kay Hath may DuggDuggi” Pseudo Kay Hath may CaptaaNy.

    Still the team and supporters are happy that WE HAVE WON THE SERIES? Sure you do on paper but their morale is low and Australia’s confidence is high. After losing the first T20 they almost won the 2nd losing in the eliminator is not bad because they fielded well and even batted well till the end. Then they proved in today’s 3rd T20 that they have won the emotional battle and won the match with a HUGE Margin. That is a shame for Pakistan, the team that is always lacking in consistency and never learn from mistakes.

    The idiot captain should not open the innings in T20 when there is Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal, they shud do the honors and not this ullu ka charqa. Also, at number 3 Umar Akmal shud play. Once again Shoaib Malik proved that he is good only as a 12th man or a substitute fielder. He gave away 20 runs in one over and was clean bowled on a duck on 3rd ball. No one talks about him, had this been Afridi, he would have hit the headlines and his haters would have demanded his head. Imran Nazir and Abdul Razzaq had a hopless series. Esp Nazir did nothing and for the WC, he should be replaced by Shahzad. And, Razzaq is too slow, slower than Misbah in 27 balls he scored 13 runs in fact just before that he had scored 9 runs in 25 balls. So, its over for him.

    Mr. Chairman Zaka Ashraf was shown on TV several times he should now realize that the team despite winning the series is still a bunch of novices and simpletons. Bring back Ahmad Shahzad and Fawad Alam at least they are better than these sirfarish pittooz.

    Aage Aage Dekhiye Pseudo Professor Karta hai kya?
    Ye tou IbteDayee Matches hai tu Rota hai kya?

  21. #21 by Muhammad Uzair on September 11, 2012 - 5:21 AM

    Kal wapis wohi kya pak ne jsky leay mashoor hen *Collapse*
    koi b captain, coach ho, collapse krna adat hochuki hy wo defence pr, Razzaq ko akhri me thora score krlena chahye tha, 27 pr srf 13 runs, tk tk kra rha,
    aor Imran nazir ka intl pr chalna mushkil hy uper se wo natural game ni khel rha, ab wc me underdog bn kr ja rahy hen, agay dkhty hen kya hota hy!

  22. #22 by Muhammad Uzair on September 11, 2012 - 5:32 AM

    Captain can do nothng if batsman play like ths, he done to well to restrict aus after the opening prtnrshp,
    I m saying this months that razzaq & nazir r finished, Shehzad and Hammad/Umer Amin shd be in, bt ths s nt possible before WC, junaid khan is also missing.
    People thought that razzaq has prove in super over bt I tell u he is already exposed

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 11, 2012 - 5:49 AM

    Its a shame that almost the same team that lost yesterday’s match shall be going to Sri Lanka to play the T20 WC without Junaid Khan, Hammad Azam and Shahzad because the squad has already been announced long time ago.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-world-twenty20-2012/content/squad/572771.html

    The changes can only take place IF Razzaq, Shafiq and Nazir are declared unfit due to injuries or whatever. Malik is the Silent Slimy Creeper in the team, no one talks about him, no one criticizes his continuous pathetic performance and whenever he does anything tiny thing like stopping a certain four or taking a catch we hear so much from the commentators that Malik is a “naychurail athlete” and Ramiz Raja goes gaga over his inciwinsy teenimeany achievements. And, people have some how accepted that Malik will remain in the team no matter how he performs. Just like Misbah will remain test captain, Malik will remain in all formats of the game. Like he is a Tennis Ball Boy, he should be given the role of Cricket Ball Boy too. Keep him and Sami as substitute fielders and 12th man.

  24. #24 by Muhammad Uzair on September 11, 2012 - 7:06 AM

    I Hope some one useless gt injured for good, & misbah is the sole choice as test captain, great rzlts under him, keep him going

  25. #25 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 11, 2012 - 7:13 AM

    yeah keep him going till eternity and keep players like Hammad Azam and others out forever.

  26. #26 by FAIZAN KHAN (@AfRiDi_37) on September 11, 2012 - 7:50 AM

    so the MATCH LOSER was not playing and YET we lost the match 😀 😛 (THIS SERIES)
    and once again MALIK proved himself.
    what a captiancy by prof. 6 bowlers in first 7 overs of a t20 match and our struggle started there bcoz of so many bowling changes.
    m not against HAFEEZ but yesterday he made blunders like MISBAH did in 3rd ODI.

  27. #27 by Muhammad Uzair on September 11, 2012 - 10:05 AM

    Yeah, first decide on replacement(player and captain) then kick out anyone, bcoz Afridi is not to solution to every problem

  28. #28 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 11, 2012 - 8:55 PM

    Sure that is the Pakistani way to decide put the cart ahead of the horse. Also, they are champions of suspense like they did in the previous World Cup, team was announced and no captain. Only at the 11th hour when the world was laughing at them, they finally decided to make Afridi the captain because they had no reason to remove. He was removed coz of Ijaz Butt’s personal grudge against him and his successors following his decision whereas on other matters they say Ijaz Butt reign as Chairman of the PCB was like DARK AGES of cricket in Pakistan. Wherever they wanna suck the money out from the PCB coffers building and re-contracting the projects coz first DNA made wrong decisions then Ijaz Butt made wrong decisions (except removing Afridi from captaincy) now Zaka Ashara is the most wise and honest man. Whereas, the whole of Pakistan knows that he has 2 corruption charges against him and the case is being heard at the supreme court level, he he is holding this post. The most lucrative organization in Pakistan ~ The Cash Cow called the PCB. So, who can expect a fair decision from them?

  29. #29 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 11, 2012 - 9:03 PM

    No Faizan they are happy that they have won the series without him. Like Misbah has won the test series. And, please do not talk about Malik varna kaheen Bhabi ko bura lag jai ga tou Zardari kay pas pahonch jayengi.

    Hafeez cannot make blunders because he is a Professor of “Patheticology”. Do you remember he used to ruin the referrals when he was not captain? And, I remember at least 3 times in one series he went up for an LBW referral while he was batting and that too without consulting his partner on the other end and lost the referral. Because he thinks he knows more than others, that pseudo prof title has gone into his head.

    Sri Lanka may Allah he khair karay! I have been raving and ranting that he should not open in the T20 instead he shud send Kakmal and Jamshed and send Uakmal at no.3 but, he is keen to perform and make numbers like Misbah. For him, its his personal ego that he puts ahead of the team interest. Tou phir ye tou hona he hai.

    If you seriously analyze the T20 series, Australia played badly the first match but, the second they played very well and third was extra-ordinary effort to humiliate Pakistan. The OZs will go to the WC as underdogs and have nothing to lose and they will play better than most teams, dekh lo. We will come back to this blog after the WC is over. Although I hate to see Pakistan losing any match but, reality is far from different than what our players and selectors think of. Still I would say GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN.

  30. #30 by Muhammad Uzair on September 12, 2012 - 4:31 AM

    In T20, Misbah is one of best pak have produce yet, whether like it or not, He has more runs, more 50’s, more 4 & 6’s, better avrg & s.rate , better best score than

    mS dhonI
    WHO is so called a match-winner in T20
    and dhoni has atleast loss when he remain nt out till the end.
    In pak, people r understandng now & in social media, afrdi is being thrashed at for his pathetic consistency, whether u like it or not, doesnt matter, face the reality.!

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 12, 2012 - 9:15 AM

    Yes, only a handful of disillusioned people.

  32. #32 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 12, 2012 - 11:49 PM

    On this blog we are generally the first ones to call a spade, a spade. We have raised voice against Malik, Misbah, Akmals and Salman Butt. The later is a traitor and its history now, everyone knows and agrees that he is corrupt. A lot of people now are against Malik for his pathetic performance and Kamran for his wicket-keeping and dubious and shady instances when he dropped so many catches.

    Also, everyone started talking about Misbah’s tuk, tuk. Whereas, we have always remarked that he is a selfish player and he plays for himself and not for the country or even for the team. The reason is very obvious, his career! He never managed to establish himself as a reliable batsman hence none of the captains or the coach ever considered him to be a regular member of the team. His luck changed when he went to SA for the 2007 T20 WC. Thanks to Shoaib Malik who discarded Mohammad Yousuf’s inclusion from the squad on the pretext of his AGE? LOL and chose Misbah over him who is OLDER than MOYO. Never understood that logic.

    We have been raving and ranting about Hafeez and his absurdities as a captain and some of his supporters are very cross at us, assuming that we are Hafeez Haters? aNO, we are not. In person we have nothing against ANY PLAYER. Criticism is mainly related to the game. But, now some pundits have started echoing the same rants which we have been raving in the past. Here are a few excerpts from a so-called Guru :

    “Mohammad Hafeez whose international debut is well-nigh a decade old. But throughout his career, he’s never established himself as a staunch batsman. Save Zimbabwe and West Indies, and he averages 23 with bat in 86 ODIs. Zero in on the stats to this year, you find the average is 25 in 15 ODIs. Playing in the countries where life is difficult for batsmen, it further dips to 20.48 from 43 matches. You could fit him atop the batting order in Twenty20s for his cameos of 20s and 30s, but not in ODIs.”

    The so-called Pundit/Guru is being a little conservative here and suggesting him to play in the top order in T20 but, not in ODI’s. Come September….. meaning the results of the WC prolly he will change his views about T20 also, because he is hinting:

    “That he (Hafeez) is the only Pakistan player to have not missed their last consecutive 91 internationals does not license him to make a hash of an all-important opening slot. Time has arrived that he should revitalise his batting duties if he is to stretch the 91-match streak.”

    Further more he is saying:

    “It will make some sense if he is dropped down and slotted in late down the batting order so that if they are to extract only 20s, 30s or 40s off him then they better come at end of the innings with some brisk pace.Putting him down the order will also fine tune the current batting order seen in the first ODI against Australia.”

    The Bottom Line is: Most people are REACTIVE TYPE they react only when they see the obvious and join the masses. Whereas, some people have the ability to see beyond the obvious and for that you don’t have to be an Einstein but, a little bit of cricket background and common sense. No need to be some Duddoo ex-player / commentator who are simply croaking and basically they are nothing but ~ mere Paindoos. This is the reality of Pakistani ex-cricketers that they all think they are ex-greats and experts.

  33. #33 by FAIZAN KHAN (@AfRiDi_37) on September 20, 2012 - 2:54 PM

    Shahid Afridi in his last 11 T20 innings: 52*, 1, 3, 25, 7, 8, 22, 12, 14, 7 & 20 at an average of 17.10 and 10 wickets
    while
    Umar Akmal scores in his last 11 innings in T20s: 0, 20, 0, 19, 22, 12, 5, 13, 2, 2, 10. at an average of just under 10.
    but PAKISTANIs are lobbying against afridi..
    why…?
    hafeez is miss-using afridi and he is made sacrificial goat in every tough situation….

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on September 21, 2012 - 3:41 PM

    Faizan no one checks the stats of Umar Akmal or Malik, and Malik he scores one time they highlight his efforts so much jaisay duniya me iss jaisa player nahi hai, his recent 37* against India is being hailed as a 100/37 balls. Also about Kamran no one talks about his “droppings” but speak very high of 92* against India. Haterz hain sab!

  35. #35 by FAIZAN KHAN (@AfRiDi_37) on September 22, 2012 - 7:36 AM

    hahahaha may be not haterz but LOTAS 😀
    will start liking him after one good inning…and then start hating after one failure 😛

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