Muneeb Farrukh

Muneeb Farrukh

The author is a freelance sportswriter based in Karachi. He tweets as @Muneeb313_ (twitter.com/Muneeb313_)

#PakvsSL: The men in green bring home a gleeful dream

Pakistan was on top of their game during the ODI series against Sri Lanka, and the trend continued in the T20 series that followed. Winning eight international matches on the bounce is supposed to be good enough, right? The Islanders were not able to unravel the knot Pakistan had tied around them in the first T20, as Pakistan’s domination stretched into the shortest format of the game. A packed crowd at the Gaddafi Stadium welcomed Sri Lanka in their return to Pakistan after eight years. Photo: Getty Images Sri Lanka lost wickets at regular intervals and could only ...

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Liverpool needs to tweak its defence, otherwise it’ll be another trophy-less season, thanks to Jurgen Klopp

‘Liverpool can’t defend!’ – This just sums up Liverpool’s situation over the past couple of seasons under Jürgen Klopp. Even watching them from a neutral perspective makes it so frustrating due to the repetitive nature of the mistakes which makes you wonder how the fans must feel after seeing their performances. Klopp’s obsession towards attacking and high tempo football, while clearly neglecting the defensive aspect of the game, has resulted in an end product which is a lot of chaff and not much wheat. Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester City vs Liverpool – Manchester, Britain – ...

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#PakvsSL: Pakistan has won 5/8 ODI matches so far, but it must not be complacent yet

Pakistan picked up from where they left in the first ODI against Sri Lanka after a triumphant International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy campaign. The men in green were clinical in all departments of the game as they strode towards a convincing win at the ‘Ring of Fire’ in Dubai. Pakistan’s commanding display in the first of a five-match ODI series was just the kind of response that Sarfraz Ahmed would have hoped from his side, after being whitewashed in the Test series at the hands of the Lankan side. Before the second ODI, it is apt to take a look ...

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Will red cards in cricket prove to be useful?

Over a period of time cricket has evolved, which is natural. The game is not as simple as it once was due to the constantly changing dynamics that continue to have a significant impact on how the sport is played. In order to stay in line with the progress on the field, it is appropriate to amend the laws in order to keep up with modern-day cricket. Thus the International Cricket Council (ICC) has come up with a few new rules that were implemented from 28th, 2017 Red card We are well aware of the red card rule in football, but cricket has now turned a corner ...

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Three reasons why Pakistan crumbled at the hands of Sri Lanka

Recently, the Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi hosted two teams, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, who are currently in transition. There were only a handful of spectators, which was hardly a surprise, and although there was a lack of support for their team, the islanders edged ahead. For the first three days, the game was moving at a snail’s pace. However, during the final days, the game swiftly changed its gears. It seemed as though the match was heading towards a draw, but on the fourth day, Pakistan began to ascend. Although many believed that Pakistan had a good chance ...

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Without Ronaldo, and with Bale and Benzema’s recent performances, will Real Madrid lose the La Liga title?

Heading into a fresh season, football fans had little doubt about the impervious Real Madrid side. Such was their dominance last season which was carried into the pre-season matches as well, including their thumping win over FC Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. Real Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday after a 5-1 aggregate win over bitter rivals FC Barcelona over two legs. Photo: AFP But things have not gone according to plan for the Spanish powerhouse since then. Their performance at the beginning of the season has raised questions over whether the team can ...

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Is Roger Federer the greatest player of all time?

In 1998, at Gstaad, a 16-year-old Roger Federer appeared for a press conference with a toothless grin on his face, thus making his professional debut into the tennis world. However, little did the world know that this was the first of many press conferences that the Swiss player would be a part of. Federer had already showed signs of belonging at the highest level by winning the Wimbledon boys singles and doubles title before heading for the Swiss Open. Photo: Getty From the outset, Federer wanted to make this game his own but the beginning of his tennis career was not ...

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PakvsWXI: One victory down, will we be able to conquer the other two?

After eight long years, international cricket came home and we couldn’t be happier. Lahore was abuzz and cricket fans could be seen grinning from ear to ear, ready to cheer their team on. The atmosphere Fuelled by uncharacteristic silence and desertion, Gaddafi Stadium has portrayed a picture of despair more often than not for almost a decade. But much to the delight of the fans, it has finally sprung to life once again. Pakistani fans came decked up in all shades and colours, Pakistan v World XI, 1st T20I, Independence Cup 2017, Lahore, September 12, 2017. Photo: AFP A ...

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Maria Sharapova, the phoenix who rose from the ashes, is still a force to be reckoned with

This might sound silly but the first thing that struck me about the Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova was not her technical or tactical prowess but in fact the ’grunt’ which was part and parcel of her game and particularly, the serve. Although grunting is normal to an extent in tennis, but when you crank it up to 100 decibels, it is bound to attract attention and this is precisely the reason why it caught my eye. Little did I know that this young lady will go on to become one of the finest players of all time. Young Sharapova Her interest in the ...

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Is it fair for host countries to prepare pitches favouring their conditions?

The 22-yard-long cricket pitch has been of pivotal importance since the inception of the game. The nature of the strip has a bearing on the outcome of a cricket match and will continue to do so in the forthcoming years. In the shorter formats of the game, particularly since the advent of T20 cricket, the general trend has been to prepare flatter pitches in order to neutralise the result of the toss. But the pitch still plays an extremely crucial role in cricket’s purest format, Test cricket, which is why surfaces used all over the world tend to vary according ...

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