Stories about runs

Was it truly necessary to suspend Misbahul Haq right now?

Pakistan lost its first Test series in Christchurch after seven consecutive Test series. Tours to New Zealand and Australia have always been tough for Pakistan. After Pakistan’s unsatisfactory performance in Sharjah against the West Indies, there have been doubts regarding our batting line up against New Zealand and Australian conditions; thus resurfacing and strengthening the fear that the Pakistani team will struggle in such trying conditions. Misbahul Haq is a legend in the current team. He has played many match-saving and match-winning innings for Pakistan. His captaincy and batting ability is the reason why Pakistan is placed in the top half of the Test playing nations’ ranking charts. Misbah has ...

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Five amazing batting stints we got from the PSL

Pakistan Super League (PSL) surprised many people like me who are of the opinion that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) can never organise a successful tournament like this. It is time that we give credit to the organisers of PSL for their great effort. There are many reasons that made it a huge success in the cricket world. One major reason is the presence of the top players from all over the world like KP, Gayle, Watto, Afridi and Russell (to name a few). Another reason is the involvement of certain media houses that created hype amongst people for example ...

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India, you will have to #GiveItBack now

It couldn’t have been any other team than Australia who could knock the unbeaten defending champions out of the 2015 World Cup. And when the time came in the semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Kangaroos made sure they did so. Before presenting the review of Australia’s magnificent World Cup campaign, I would like to clear that this defeat does not mean that India were not challenged in the tournament and came till the second last stage without any serious threat. But they were only pushed to the limit once against Zimbabwe while chasing a 288-run target. In the ...

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India needs to stop complaining

The second Test match between hosts Australia and India was another tale of flop for the Indian captain MS Dhoni, outside their home grounds. The wicketkeeper-batsman, leading the men in blue, wrapped up a box of complaints and presented it in the post-match press conference by saying that the Decision Review System (DRS) is not accurate, umpiring decisions were not consistent and the practice pitches at Gabba were ‘uneven’ for practice which resulted in Shikhar Dhawan’s injury on the fourth day of the match. While pointing out the not-so-important stuff, the Indian World Cup winning captain forgot that his team has a habit of falling like ...

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Winning at the Blind cricket World Cup but being beaten in Lahore

Putting on over 400 runs in a one-day international game is at best a distant dream for Pakistan’s national cricket squad. However, the country’s blind cricket team made it look like child’s play as they accumulated a mammoth 418 runs in just 40 overs during their match against Sri Lanka. Sadly, the performance went largely unnoticed. Had it been Misbahul Haq and his band of brothers who accomplished something similar, the chequebooks of prime ministers and presidents would have lost a few leaves. One can only imagine the score they would have ended up with had they been given a full 50 ...

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How else must Fawad Alam prove his worth, PCB?

Fawad Alam has been left out from the ODI squad, again. And right before the World Cup, again. The last time when he was dropped, in November 2010, his batting average was just below 40; currently his career average is more than 45 runs per inning with a decent strike run rate of 75.04 – despite batting under immense pressure most of the time. Leaving him out of the national team is something I just can’t understand. Not only has he performed above average, he has also given Pakistan some much needed wins over the past year. He is the second highest ODI ...

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Captain Shahid Afridi: Out with the new and in with the old?

On September 16, 2014, the stars once again aligned themselves for 34-year-old Shahid Afridi who was appointed as Pakistan’s T20 captain. It is believed that he will retain this position until the T20 World Cup in 2016. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), in true Pakistani fashion, has decided to adopt the ‘live for the moment’ mentality with absolutely no regard for the future of T20 cricket in the nation. What is the point of employing the same individuals in the same positions time and again and expecting different results? Was it a lack of better options that forced the board to make this decision and ...

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Education will not end wife beating, Pakistan needs a cultural shift

Domestic violence – a truly horrific term, to which only its victims can truly relate, is another one of the many plagues Pakistan suffers from. Honestly, I had never thought much about it. I knew what it meant and I knew it existed but that was the extent of my thoughts on the matter, probably because I have never experienced or witnessed it and so I could not relate to it. Or probably because, like so many of us, the bubble of my privileged social setup never gave me a window into this terrifying reality that engulfs many women. But the biggest ...

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So what if Gul won the T20i Performance of the Year Award, we still need to bring back our yorkers!

There was a time when yorkers used to be the favoured delivery of every seam bowler, especially in those matches that had limited overs. This was usually played when the opposing team was looking for quick runs, towards the end of an inning. If played perfectly, the yorker is a delivery that is almost impossible to hit. Even the most accomplished of batsmen face difficulty trying to get a yorker bowled at a fast pace. Pakistan had bowlers who could deliver yorkers almost at will. Sultans of Swing (Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis) had mastered the art in the ‘90s and, then we had ...

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When Pakistan beats the world’s best, you know Misbah is captain

September 14, 2013 was the day when Pakistan faltered in a Test match, succumbing to a shocking defeat against Zimbabwe. This was Pakistan’s first loss to Zimbabwe in almost 15 years. Scenes of joy in Harare, and of despair and humiliation in Pakistan were prevalent. Whatever could have gone wrong did go wrong and all the blame and acrimony fell on the shoulders of Pakistan’s beleaguered Test captain, Misbahul Haq. The daggers were out. The hyenas were moving in to slay the aging lion once and for all. This time there would be no way back. The defeat would leave a definitive ...

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