Razzaq makes us proud!

Published: November 1, 2010
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Razzaq was declared man of the match for his outstanding performance at the pitch.

We all saw it last night. We all saw why Pakistan cricket is so special.

Most of the special wins that Pakistan have achieved during their cricketing history have been at the result of outstanding individual performances.

Yes, it is a team game and Australia and South Africa have time and again shown how a good team effort can bring you wins consistently.

For Pakistan, however, it has always been about the Imran Khans, Javed Miandads, Wasim Akrams, Waqar Younis’, Shoaib Akhtars, Inzamam Ul Haqs, Saeed Anwars, and Shahid Afridis that have brought them victories single handedly.

And last night Abdul Razzaq did exactly that!

He single handedly destroyed South Africa’s bowling attack to notch up a brilliant match winning century that led Pakistan to victory by a mere one wicket with only one ball to spare. The belligerence of Razzaq’s innings is demonstrated by the statistic of 10 sixes and seven fours in an unbeaten innings of 109 that took him only 72 deliveries. The magnificence of Razzaq’s innings is demonstrated in the fact that he came to the crease in the 30th over with the score on 136-5. Pakistan still needed another 151 runs in 20 overs with half the team back in the pavilion.

The best part is the wizardry that Razzaq showed at the crease. With 5 overs remaining, Pakistan required a near impossible 54 runs to win with 3 wickets in hand. Out of the next 29 balls that were delivered, Razzaq faced all but 8 of them!

Out of the final 17 balls that were delivered, Razzaq faced all but 1 of them!

Last night, Razzaq was a wizard at the crease. He toyed with the South Africans, hogged the strike, smashed boundaries and sixes with abandon, and did as he willed.

South Africa probably still don’t know what struck them. How many of you did not bother to watch Pakistan’s chase, knowing that traditionally we are bad chasers?

How many of you turned the TV off when Afridi fell in the 30th over, knowing that there was no more hope?

I bet the majority did.

But the beauty of Pakistan cricket is in the fact that we can notch up victories from situations that seem impossible and when there is no hope left. Those victories have become rare in recent times, but when they happen, it really feels damn good. As it did last night when Razzaq produced a dazzler out of no where. The emotions that Razzaq showed at the end of the match show what this victory means to him and to Pakistan.

And it is those emotions that keep Pakistan cricket fans like me, and many of you, waiting for the men in green to show the world the beauty of Pakistan cricket.

This post was originally published here

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Umair Qazi

An investment advisor in Dubai who blogs at www.wellpitched.com/ and tweets @WellPitched

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Irfan Hussain

    Those victories have become rare in recent times, but when they happen, it really feels damn good.

    Very well said Bro!!
    It sure does feels DAMN GOOD……Recommend

  • Fahad

    Damn I missed it. I thought it will be another disaster! And you are right, when victories of this sort come, you feel damn good about it and so did I!

    But let’s hope we perform good in the remaining matches. I do not expect them to win more, but at least play good cricket.Recommend

  • http://syedaabidabokhari.wordpress.com The Only Normal Person Here.

    Whoa… whata match.

    And what a comeback by Razzaq.

    10 on 10 for him.

    Best of luck GreensRecommend

  • Riaz Ahmed

    I agree with all the sentiments.
    I really A. R is a much winner and best hitter of the ball and not nonbelligerent. It is about time that either starts as an opener as he was with county cricket or a one down batsman. By far he is the best batsman in the team right now and i am not surprised that bone headed PCB has relegated him to No. 7! so what else is new.
    I think he should partner with Hafeez and start the innings. We have two match winners Afridi who still lacks maturity and AR who is always cool and collected and lets his bad do the talking. I say give him freedom to play as he wishes. He has the technique so let him teach others as well how to play the ball.Recommend

  • Amer

    Abdul Razzaq has been an inpiration for many Pakistanis around the world today because of his performance last night. I got two copies of sports 360 newspaper this morning here in Dubai with a huge picture of Razzaq’s winning moment and put one of them on my Indian friends desk. :) It was a symbolic gesture ;)
    The world has thrown so much crap at the Pakistan team this summer that it even felt criminal at times to be talking about our cricket team. People told us to play teams like Zimbabwae etc to get our mojo back but last night proved that we can stand up to anyone in the world. Long Live Pakistan! and Razzaq Zindabad :)

    P.S: I don’t agree with the notion that A.R should open the innings for Pakistan for the simple reason that we need someone to bat like a winner at the end of the innings and finish off matches for us. Razzaq is the best guy to do that in the present set up. Younis Khan can surely open the innings for Pakistan, now that he is back and he should be kept in the team for at least the world cup and possibly beyond.Recommend

  • ASHFAQ Ahmad

    Tonight Razzaq DID EXTREMELY WELL MY ALL GOOD WISHES WITH IN PAKISTANI TEAM INSHALLAH WE WON THE WHOLE SERIES ALLAH HELP THEM Recommend

  • RhyMe

    hope they will continue playing the game with same spirit! Recommend

  • http://weblogs.com.pk/jahil/ Masood Ahmad Shah

    the best innings I have every seen in my life.. well done Razaq.. May you have many more such innings. Recommend

  • Waleed khan

    Yes – I agree. A new era has arrived in dominating the world cricket. It is Pakistan’s TIME !!

    PAKISTAN – BEST BEST BEST team in the world. Mr. Ejaz Butt should continue as the Life Time chairman of PCB .

    Forget that this was Razzaq crossing 50 runs for the first time in 4 years. and that the team won by a partly 1 wicket. Recommend

  • parvez

    We win one match out of ten and we go bonkers.
    I think the cricket people have the right formula – lose nine times, make big bucks get abused and accused, then win the tenth game (one has to get lucky after nine flops) and all is forgotten. Then the cycle starts again.
    People watch Pakistan not because they are good as a team but because they are unpredictable.Recommend

  • Maryam

    I was one of those ppl who switched to another channel thinking we are going to lose…but woahhhh wat an innings , wat a matchh!!!Recommend

  • Naeem Siddiqui, Australia

    We are giving undue importance to this world most third class game called cricket. cricket is the game of colonial master Britian and their slaves India, Pakistan, srilanka and Bangladesh.

    Governemnt should divert these valuable resources to other games like football, tennis and hockey.Recommend

  • rocket

    why do we always flip the channel when chips are down?Recommend