Stories about Pakistan vs India

England is home to international cricket, despite terror attacks, but Pakistan isn’t?

It will be difficult to forget Pakistan’s ascendancy in the recent ICC Champions Trophy, given the perpetual celebration that has ensued since the country’s improbable victory against India. Mohammad Amir will be one of Pakistan’s bowling mainstays in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Photo: Getty In addition to waxing nostalgia about his personal prowess on the field, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif embraced the national cricket team in Islamabad with all the expected pomp and pageantry. This seems justified in a country whose cricketers flourished in England despite the limitations of the system that produced them. Thus, we revelled in Fakhar Zaman’s audacity to challenge premier pace attacks despite inexperience; in Hassan Ali’s guile ...

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#PakvInd: With history, stats and rankings decked against us, can #TeamGreen keep the dream alive?

We’re a nation of pretenders. We pretend we want consistency when actually we’ve never witnessed it. We don’t live for boring one-sided matches, we crave victory from the depths of defeat, it’s who we are, it is what we understand, it is our brand of being Pakistani. Pakistan was a team that stumbled into the Champions Trophy at number eight with no hope of making it through to the semi-finals – it was all going according to the script. In 2017, you’re supposed to have your batting back your bowling. Chasing 300-plus scores is a norm and here we have Pakistan ...

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#PakvsEng: The beauty of Pakistan cricket lies amidst its glorious uncertainties

“Pakistan will play the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017!” A little over a month ago, the aforementioned statement would have made you laugh till you cry, but tables have turned now. Who would have thought that a team which was down for the count after a demoralising defeat in the opening match of the Champions Trophy against India, would end up in the final a couple of weeks later? Virat Kohli gives Ahmed Shehzad a send-off after Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets him lbw , India v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, Group B, Birmingham, June 4, 2017. Photo: Getty Images But unquestionably, the ...

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Betting on Pakistan after #PakvsInd was a madman’s bet, but our team is predictably unpredictable for a reason

When the eighth ranked cricket team met the top ranked cricket team, there was little doubt about the outcome of the game. Being optimistic after Pakistan’s appalling performance in its last match against India was surely a madman’s bet, but team Pakistan is predictably unpredictable for a reason. Wahab Riaz went off the field with a twisted ankle. Photo: AFP In a match where everything (except Imad Wasim’s laser sunglasses) was different about the Pakistan team, South Africa was defeated by 19 runs through the Duckworth/Lewis Method (D/LS) in 27 overs. Was this down to the performance of ...

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Virat Kohli gifting Shahid Afridi a jersey proves that cricket transcends boundaries

The thing about sports is that it is always at the mercy of politics. However, individuals always find a way out. It is hard to believe but Indian and Pakistani cricketers don’t really get involved in slanging matches off the field, although between players from India and Australia, it is a possibility these days. So when we hear that Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team gifted Shahid Afridi a jersey as a farewell gift on his retirement, it was a gesture that even the tough-to-please Twitterati applauded. “To Shahid Bhai best wishes, always a pleasure playing against you,” wrote the Indian ...

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Misbahul Haq, the man who broke cricket beyond repair

As ungentlemanly as it is to castigate someone in the aftermath of a retirement, such is the rage I harbour for the man named Misbahul Haq that I’ll break this sporting code. Before I tear into my vitriolic rant, I’ll start by saying that I have nothing against Misbah ‘the person’. In fact, as a captain, he did a stellar job staying clear of any controversies a la the Salman Butts and Wasim Akrams of these shores. I’ll give him that. Statistically speaking too, Misbah, I’ve come to know, was better than some of our better ones. He also deserves some ...

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Afridi’s comments in favour of India were not a “national shame”, Miandad!

It has been a trend that whenever Pakistan tours India or vice versa, there are elements in both the countries that come up with preposterous statements to vitiate the atmosphere.  It was, therefore, not surprising when a few ex-cricketers of Pakistan took umbrage to the innocuous comments made by Shahid Afridi during a press conference. In an attempt to create a cordial atmosphere, before the start of the marquee match with India, and also to pre-empt any possible hostility from the Indian crowd during the match, Afridi had stated that, “We have always enjoyed playing in India and have been loved ...

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Out with the field umpires, in with the technology

Technology should replace field umpires in cricket. This is not just an idea, it is a proposal.  In 1992, when the concept of a neutral umpire was introduced in cricket, it was unanimous and a need of the time. Indeed, it was a turning point in the history of cricket as before the concept of neutral umpires, there had been controversies in every other match, especially in matches between rivals playing on their home grounds. Pakistan’s skipper, Imran Khan, realised that neutral umpires can play a significant role in gaining the trust of cricket players and fans and both the teams would accept ...

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Even Ayyan would be a better choice than Azhar Ali

Not satisfied with having had a poor World Cup campaign and an average limited overs cricket record during their reigns, it seems that both coach Waqar Younis and retired ODI captain Misbahul Haq have decided to leave us with a parting gift. This parting gift exemplifies their horribly defensive mindset which has been a major factor in the Pakistan ODI team’s mediocrity. Various reports state that it was the duo that influenced the PCB into naming Azhar Ali as the new ODI captain. It almost seems like a joke where Pakistan cricket is the punch line. PCB phones Azhar Ali, "Congratulations, you're the new ...

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When India’s loss became Pakistan’s revenge

India’s dismal performance in the World Cup semi-final was a huge disappointment. India lacked strategy against the mighty Aussies and their performance was shocking for many. However, what I found more harrowing was how Pakistanis revelled in the misery of the Indians, some even claiming that this was Pakistan’s revenge. Mood #WeWontGiveItBack pic.twitter.com/TkdK8aXz4l — ≟ (@Ya5ir_) March 26, 2015 India trolled! #indvsaus pic.twitter.com/GpLzVEFWNE — Life-o-holic (@K_Gwalani) March 26, 2015 KHUSHI IS SEEING INDIA LOSING #AUSvIND — Danish khursheed (@kk_Deekay) March 26, 2015 Misbah, what are India's chances of winning now? pic.twitter.com/LKHYaA9Hmp — Talha. (@OyeTalha) March 26, 2015 Pakistanis and Bangladeshis right now. #INDvAUS #WC2015 pic.twitter.com/Sy4kaE4Z6e — Achilles ! (@Akkyllees) March 26, ...

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