Dr Amyn Malyk

Dr Amyn Malik

The author is a PhD student at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. He is a former Fulbright Scholar who likes to write. He tweets as @amynmalik

Indian Premier League: Six weeks of pure delight

The fourth season of the Indian Premier League – the most glamorous league of cricket – kicked off on Friday. The game went down to the wire and confirmed Dhoni’s reputation as one of the shrewdest captains in the world of cricket today. You gotta love the IPL IPL was the brain child of Lalit Modi, and was born out of the commercialisation of cricket. The club design was adopted from football, where it has been successful for decades, and is now making money for players and the sport alike. Although it is a domestic league, IPL promises to bring players from different ...

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I am proud of you, Lala!

Even though Pakistan cricket has been kicked in the gut for the last few years, our players are ever-ready to put up a fight. Afridi and his men gate-crashed in to the semi-finals against all odds, topping their group and sending home West Indies with a 10-wicket win – the first ever in the knockout stage of a World Cup in the process. No sane person ever writes Pakistan off. The semi-final against India saw vintage Pakistan. Our bowlers restricted a strong Indian batting lineup to a below par score despite six dropped catches! The Mohali crowd was stunned into silence when ...

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Pakistan is ready for India!

Pakistani juggernauts marched into the semi-finals with a clinical win against the West Indies. It was a win so massive and so spectacular that it gave goose bumps to all those watching. And now arrives the moment we have all been waiting for: a Pakistan India semi-final. Who is under pressure? On paper it seems that the pressure will be on Pakistan playing against the home team in their own backyard with a hostile crowd. But in reality, India will be under pressure to perform and secure a final spot. Here, I would like to point out that no team hosting the ...

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Pakistan vs Canada: Notes from an unhappy fan

After a tie with India and a horrific loss to Ireland, England were all over the news. Being the spoilt brat that it is, the Pakistan team couldn’t take it; how could it watch silently as England stole the limelight? They wanted the attention back on themselves, and their match against Canada did just that. Electing to bat first, Pakistan put up one of the worst batting performances by a top ranked side in this tournament. In their match against Zimbabwe, Australia also went slow but eventually put an above par total on the board and kept wickets intact. But Pakistan ...

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World Cup anthem: Two thumbs down

With the cricket World Cup days away, a frenzy has set in and no one seems to be talking about anything else. Radio and TV channels have shows where analysts evaluate different teams and predict who is going to succeed. Another constant feature is Pakistan’s World Cup soundtrack Jazba by Ali Zafar. Pakistan’s World Cup song is suitably titled Jazba considering the presence of young players on the team and has been written, composed and sung by none other than Ali Zafar, the prince of pop himself. The title of the song draws comparison to the ever green song Jazba Junoon that still reverberates ...

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Yusuf Pathan: A man to fear

A brutal innings by Yusuf Pathan didn’t manage to score a win against South Africa in yesterday’s match, but it did signal intent from a side aspiring to make it big once again in limited overs cricket. Obviously, Pathan is a man to be reckoned with in his current form. Ball meets boundary Anything in his hitting zone clears the boundary, and South Africa learned that the hard way during the third ODI where his blitz won the match for India, who were again on the back foot in the final ODI when at 119 for 8, Pathan decided to make a ...

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Kiwis tour: Finally, a series win!

Pakistan drew the second test against New Zealand on Wednesday and claimed their first series victory since 2006. Just when it looked like Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan would make a win or draw for New Zealand inconceivable, the demise of Younus changed the setting; he had held the innings together with a superb and confident 81 runs. But unpredictability is what makes Pakistani cricket truly delightful; the opposition always has a chance. They are rarely locked out completely, and this makes for exciting cricket. What Younus’s dismissal meant – apart from a chance at victory for New Zealand – was ...

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Ponting, it’s time to hang up your boots mate!

There was a time when bowlers would shudder and captains would hold their heads in their hands as this man would walk in. Ricky ‘Punter’ Ponting was at one time the most feared one-down in the game. After the carnage left by the Australian top order, Ponting would just hurt the bowling side more. He would upper cut or pull with contempt anything short from fast bowlers, dismissing the deliveries with disdain from his presence towards the boundaries. If it was full, he would drive. Even spinners rarely stemmed the run flow. He was a majestic sight to behold, an ...

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South Africa vs India: Battle for supremacy

If India had won, lost or even drawn the series there would have been no change in the ICC Test Ranking. It would remain on top and South Africa would be number two. However, since India has never won a series in Australia, England or South Africa, the team could not truly call itself the ‘best Test side’ in the world. Hence, this series in South Africa was the unofficial Test Championship for the best test side. The series lived up to the expectations with some exhilarating cricket being played by both sides. It will be remembered for Sachin Tendulkar scoring ...

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Five must-haves for the urban professional

I recently came across a list of ‘essential gifts for a surgeon’ and decided to make a list of my own. However, I expanded it to cater to all professions and not just doctors. 1. Sony Vaio 14/15 inch and a laptop bag An absolutely gorgeous laptop which combines aesthetic beauty with functionality. Now, you may go for a cheaper brand but there is no replacement for the beauty of this gadget. Also, the keyboard and the touchpad on this machine are simply brilliant to use. The 14 inch, or the 15 inch for that matter, is not very heavy and gives ...

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