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Many critics and fans alike may term Pakistan’s backdoor route into the semifinals of the Twenty20 World Cup as a travesty of justice, a lucky break, a gross coincidence of errors, maybe even a cardinal sin. I wouldn’t begrudge anyone who is of that opinion. In fact, I’d nod my head in solemn agreement if an incensed non-Pakistani cricket follower got in my face and spluttered his discontent about how we hadn’t even earned our place in the second round, let alone the semis.

Pakistan’s ascension to the semifinal has been a story of failure, desperation, kismet, and fortuitousness. In getting this far, we have defied the bookmakers’ odds, as well as our own meagre form, and confounded most analysts. By refusing to go away despite several attempts to slam the door in our faces we have probably irritated and upset a lot of people.

And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Let me tell you something: merit is way overrated. “You get what you deserve,” “you reap what you sow.” Whatever. We won the last Twenty20 World Cup on merit and where did that get us? I’ll tell you where.

For one thing, we were publicly humiliated by being excluded from the Indian Premier League. I mean, couldn’t the franchises have just told us that we were too much of a security and political risk to invest in? Why make us go through a farcical auction process. They had to embarrass the Twenty20 champs by laughing them out of the auction house and telling them that none of their franchises had a place in their squad for the men who mastered the format.

“No Shahid bhai, Rajasthan would rather bank on the explosive talent of Aaron Finch.” “Sorry Razzaq, Delhi feel that Andrew McDonald is the next Richard Hadlee.” “Can't help you, Umar Gul. Kolkata would rather spend its vast reserves of cash on keeping the redoubtable talent of Ajit Agarkar in the team.” By the way, how did the season turn out for you guys, then?

So if you’re looking for a travesty of justice, look no further than our snubbing at the hands of Lalit Modi’s circus. Which is why I’m quite pleased at the manner we’ve stumbled into the semi-finals. It’s like our team collectively slapped the rest of the cricketing world in their faces. Earn ICC silverware? Not on your life. We’ll play club cricket and still manage to outlast the better teams.

Secondly, you know another problem with success based on merit? Once you achieve it, you start to expect more of it. You begin to think that the momentum earned through hard work is going to pay off in this future. You’re on cloud nine and brimming with confidence. And then Australia happens and you get smacked back down to the bowels of the earth. It still hurts to reflect on what the country expected from the team in that series in Australia and what we ended up getting. Our massacre down under will leave a scar on the national psyche so deep it will take years to erase.

Or perhaps just a potential final or semi-final victory.

Does anyone still believe that to be unlikely? Unlikely is our middle name, apparently. And now that fate has conspired to put us in a position we don’t deserve to be in, it is only fair that we return the favour by eliminating a team that is rightfully entitled to be in a similar position. It’s not like we haven’t done it before.

You’ll hear a lot of 1992 World Cup references over the next few days, a tournament in which we weren’t the masters of our own destiny and were counting on various permutations to progress to the semi-finals. We also weren’t a good team by any stretch of the imagination over the first three quarters of that tournament, but managed to pull it all together when it really mattered.

Things have come full circle since then. Now, we’re coming off a string of three successive losses and our most recent victory was against a puzzlingly uninspired South African side. Umar Akmal and Afridi may have impressed with the bat, but 140 odd wasn’t a competitive total by any means. Yet, against all reason, it proved adequate. There was a point when AB DeVilliers threatened to make a game out of it in the space of one over and the Pakistan team’s hearts were in their mouths. However, AB played a needlessly cute ramp shot into Kamran’s flimsy hands and suddenly we had toppled a giant.

Then came the waiting and praying game. The freedom fighters who gave their lives for liberation from British imperialist hegemony in 1947 must have turned over in their graves upon feeling the aura of pro-English sentiment emanating from Pakistan. Luckily for us, our prayers were answered and we managed to sneak into the semi-finals like a bunch of thieves.

So I say merit, justice, and logic can go to hell. Been there, done that, don’t want to go through the repercussions again. It's time we turned back the clocks and attempted to win a tournament like the good old days of 1992. Back in those days, no one had high expectations and yet we ended up winning the whole tournament. Face it, unpredictability is in our blood. We have madness down to a science. If our players are going to be accused of being 'retards', might as well win the trophy in as retarded a fashion as possible. Here’s to a Duckworth-Lewis technicality taking us to the final.

Farooq Nomani is a Karachi-based lawyer who is willing to represent the PCB for free. He blogs at

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mansoor May 12, 2010 08:07am
Rightly said so, Farooq! unpredictability is the order of the day for Pakistani cricketers, but let's say that this a God gifted opportunity to prove their worth and from here on the team must play to their true potential to defend the t20 crown. As regards IPL, I personally feel it is high time that we stop whining on being rejected from IPL, so long as we are T20 champions. Have we not seen the fate of the Indian cricketers at the hands of IPL.
Zulfiqar Ansari - USA May 12, 2010 08:18am
Dear Mr. Nomani. Well done !! What a wonderful article, I loved reading it, especially the humor in it. everything you said here is true to the teeth.. I clearly remember the 1992 World Cup and I have this strange feeling that history is about to repeat itself. I wish my team good luck and I wish you keep these well thought out and 'Mazedaar' articles in the future.. All the best to you.. Regards Zulfiqar Akbar Ansari
100 May 12, 2010 08:22am
A treat to read!
aneela May 12, 2010 08:22am
Love your writing, you deserve an award for it seriously man, nobody could have wrote about Pakistani cricket better then you have, its great.
Bilal Farooq May 12, 2010 08:23am
I sincerely concur with your sentiments and express my greatest gratitude in putting forth in the most layman terms Pakistan fortitude into the semi-finals to all those who have been bluntly opposed our accession to the throne of T20. We are, after all, the champions in this format and I believe our being labeled as the champion does outright justice to the format of the games, in terms of unpredictability of the game and our team. However, I do believe that it is inevitably our merits that have brought us here. We are deserving, if not completely, yet more than most of the teams that didn't make it. And InshaAllah once we overcome the Great Australian Scare on Friday, successfully it would savour us the much refuted glory we had been yearning for.
Sardar Mohkim Khan May 12, 2010 08:34am
Impressive gist and quite intelligently put. Whatever has been happening lately with our team and management, we have returned the favors bestowed upon us by 'others', quite appropriately.
Ahmed Omair May 12, 2010 08:34am
Out of the four teams that crashed out of the tournament which team deserved a place in semifinal instead of Pakistan. I believe none as all played worst cricket than Pakistan.
Qasim May 12, 2010 08:37am
As a nation we tend to rely more on HIM (the Almighty) than our own talents and hardwork. Remember HE only helps those, who help themselves.
ARIES99 May 12, 2010 08:45am
Inshallah, we will WIN it again this time. But we will have to really play like champions to win the title again. Let the team Management do some proper planning on how they want th players to execute their strategy against Australia and England or Sri Lanka, and what will be their assigned roles to each player and their plans and contingency plans for various scenarios. What if we win the toss and then if we are 50 for 1 at 5 overs mark, what will be the roles and strategy and similarly what will it be if we are 38 for 3 at 5 overs stage. Same applies if Australia bats first. Lets select the right team for each match depending on the ground conditions and lets have the right fielder at the right place. Some one who can't catch lofted hits need not be fielding at lon-on or long-off. Our players also need to really believe, in their hearts and minds, that they can beat Australia. Let us not experiment too much with new players at this stage. Should we drop Hafeez and Misbah?
TARIQUE A.MUSTAFA May 12, 2010 08:45am
Wonderful and absorbing article indeed . Well done Nomani . Try to write in future aswell. Tarique A. Mustafa
Zed May 12, 2010 08:48am
Are you serious with this? The bottom line is we dont even play the game like professionals- you glorify that!? and want the trend to continue?
Faraz Zafar May 12, 2010 08:58am
Loved the last line, that should be a tag line for our team
Hina May 12, 2010 09:00am
Brilliant piece of writing. Instead of always criticising our Cricket team we should be proud of how far they have reached in all the T-20 World Cups. For three years we have made it into three semi-finals! I think that alone shows that we are the champions!
Pak_Crazy May 12, 2010 09:10am
Loved the article. Here is hoping that we can win against Australia on Friday. Australia have a hold on this team and a win in the semis is urgently needed. It will be a bouncy pitch .. so need to bat maturely. Unfortunately, this word means nothing on most days for this team .. Leave out the short balls, don't lost more than one wicket in the PP's and a target of 75 after the first 10 overs would be good. 85 can be scored in the last ten if we have wickets in hand. 160-165 should be enough hopefully.
Shahid May 12, 2010 09:11am
What a nice article!!! You wrote exactly what was going through in my mind. However, I do believe that we are in the semis because our cricket team deserve it. Our team talent is crude, does not look good in its outer look. But underneath the surface lies one of best jewels of cricket. I am expecting them that they will shine in their future matches. Shahid
Abid May 12, 2010 09:12am
Mr.Nomani, Australia has won the 50 over world cup 4 times, they were the no.1 test side for over a decade. Do you think it was due to merit and hard work or a happy-go-lucky attitude. Its high time now that we shift from being mercurial to being consistent. Flukes result in occasional success. As far as IPL is concerned, just look at the 3 semi finalists. Pakistan had no representation, while many high profile Aussie and English players snubbed it. It is apparent that Indian players looked jaded and main reason was IPL. This aspect will be discussed in the cricketing fraternity and i think IPL will lose its appeal in the near future.
Rizwan May 12, 2010 09:18am
You have given words to the thoughts. Excellent! Thanks
Shaiban May 12, 2010 09:41am
What an expression! I loved the punch line which came right at the end. Just wonderful :)
mansoor May 12, 2010 09:43am
you are so very right in your analysis, Mr.Abid
Sidra Khan May 12, 2010 09:44am
Well said! We earned our spot in the semi finals by acquiring a better run rate then the other teams and fate conspired to put us in that position. What happened with our players in IPL was unfair and this is how we give everybody around the world a message. May we retain our title!
Kamie Lee May 12, 2010 09:45am
Nice article Farooq, i could not have said it better myself.
Ahmad May 12, 2010 09:48am
syed makki shah May 12, 2010 09:51am
wasn't it some German General who once said 'I would rather be a lucky general than be a clever general'. South Africa were poor, New Zealand were ridiculous, and all that rubbish the Indians are spouting about being burnt out from their IPL, is just rubbish. another excuse to go home and count their money. Sri Lanka are gaining momentum. Please God let it be Sri Lanka in the final again and not those Australians.
bilawal bhutto May 12, 2010 10:20am
Hahaha brilliant article man haven't laughed this hard in forever. I was rolling on the floor when I read this Face it, unpredictability is in our blood. We have madness down to a science.
Kamran May 12, 2010 10:22am
Wow! Absolutely loved it. Read a great piece after such a long time!
Sunil Gautam May 12, 2010 10:29am
very well written. Teams need luck and make their own luck too. So full strength to the Pakistani team for marching on despite so many issues and battles going on. As for Indians, IPL or no IPL - they have been beaten by 3 teams in a row. Thankfully, our captain doesn't mince words and takes it on the chin. Now the question is - who will stop the Aussies?
Osman Ali Khairi May 12, 2010 10:41am
Well put, Farooq. Very well put:) Hope all is good at your end.
izaz haque May 12, 2010 10:50am
Love the article. I'm glad someone pointed out the racism that kept Pakistani's out of the IPL and the huge moral gap on the part of those International players who played with nary a thought towards those left out on the basis of prejudice and national origin. Well, the IPL is now being tainted in more ways than one. On the semis-berth, a lot is being made of Pakistans undeserved entry into the Semis? The question remains, which undeserved team do you prefer. Again, a lot unjustified attention being given to Pakistanis because, well they are "playing while Pakistani".
HST May 12, 2010 10:51am
There is NO rocket science here. Before being bitter and all, look at the facts. Pakistan is better on the points table than anyone else. There is NO conspiracy of nature at work. Geez, give 'em a break. We are talking about qualifying for WC semi-finals here. Everyone is giving there best or atleast trying to and everyone is dependent on someone else to win or to lose to reserve their spot in the semis. It happens to every team and in every sport. Its all by the rules folks, we performed better than the rest BY THE RULES. Earth didn't swallow other teams to get us into the semis so stop being so cynical guys.
Ahmed Ali May 12, 2010 10:55am
See.. this is classy journalism. Well thought out, and well processed thought. Seperate from the usual people who write in the name of journalism. thumbs up!
Samee May 12, 2010 11:04am
Really wonderful article Farooq. Keep it up. Just when you think that you can't stand this team for a moment more, they pull of another surprise and keep you interested. If we can only get out of the rut of losing to Australia in every format in so many inexplicable ways, we do stand a good chance. Man to man, the Pakistan team did not match well against South Africa but we still won. Here is to hoping that Pakistan has a good day and Australia, an equally bad one, so that we pull of another minor miracle!!
YOUSUF SHAKOOR May 12, 2010 11:06am
Have you ever heard the word ' DUA '. My brothers whatever you write in this article, I am not going to comment on that but I would tell you that they are lots of sisters, mothers, fathers and sons, they are constantly making dua for Pakistan to win. And I as you know Allah subhanahu wa tallah ' SEES AND LISTENS'.
Raj May 12, 2010 11:21am
Hi, All teams need luck to become a great team,especially in T20.Hence I feel that you guys have all the reasons to celebrate should you win.Regarding the Indian side,its simple the team as a whole was knackered after so many sleepless nights during IPL :)
mehwish May 12, 2010 11:41am
Loved reading it!! it was very well written and the positivity is reflected quite brilliantly... its no doubt heard every no and then that it was sheer luck through which Pakistan reached the semis... reminded me of the quote I once read: "Dont take rest after a success...because if you don't succeed next time so many lips are waiting 2 say.. "your previous victory was just only a luck " Thats what happened with Pak Team... they lost a few matches and people started saying that it was luck the last time when we won it!! but Team Pakistan has to show some pretty good performance this time to silence this criticism... All the best to them!! our prayers are with them!! Go Pakistan!! :)
macho May 12, 2010 11:41am
Emotional well done
Yawar Khan May 12, 2010 11:46am
What an amazing writeup...thoroughly enjoyed it!!! Congrats!
Kamran May 12, 2010 11:46am
Dear Farooq, Very nicely written. This is true journalism indeed. Write what you feel and you think. Keep it up.
Farhan May 12, 2010 11:51am
That's why its "first of all thanks to Almighty Allah" and then "the boys played well" =D
masood May 12, 2010 11:53am
A lawyer can write like this? and a Karachi one to boot. I must say I'm impressed.
Owais May 12, 2010 11:55am
FAROOQ - you are the man. I enjoyed every bit of passion and sarcasm in your piece. Keep going dude. My Indian friends need not take it personal, he is just trying to make a point - that allegations that we did not deserve it might be correct, but in the end it is result that matters.
Owais May 12, 2010 11:57am
Farooq Nomani - you are the man. I enjoyed every bit of humour, sarcasm and passion in your piece. keep these coming in.
Abdur Rahman May 12, 2010 12:02pm
Loved it! Brilliant piece of writing. :D
Faria Khan May 12, 2010 12:09pm
I second people who said we earned our place. Even when we were playing miserably, all our matches were competitive. For example, we threw the one against Australia with terrible fielding. Look at the results Australia got against everyone else. The match against NZ, we should have one. Silly shot selection on last ball cost us. All in all, we deserve to go through. Reminds me of 1992!
Md. Fahmuddin Hasan May 12, 2010 12:13pm
Just too good! Thanks :-)
Parveez Shafi May 12, 2010 12:20pm
Great, light hearted,but thats Pakistan team. With all those millions of prayers,that Pakistan or the Pakistan team can not do with out. It would be nice if we defeated Australia, and then defeated india in the final,iceing on the cake. London
Amer May 12, 2010 12:23pm
Just Love it!!! 'Unlikely is our middle name' Go PAKISTAN!
Farhan May 12, 2010 12:50pm
Great reading !
Dr Mashhood Qazi May 12, 2010 12:58pm
Exceptional piece of writing farooq....keep up the great work...was a very inspirational piece of work...'Our boys made it through'..........come on Pakistan
Wamiq Ansari May 12, 2010 12:59pm
We can do it! I can feel it.
Asif May 12, 2010 01:05pm
Chuck Knoll the head coach of the Pittsburg Steelers in their dynasty decade of (I think '80's) said "We are always accused of being lucky and I will take that over good any day". But I feel "good" plays a huge role in luck and Pakistan plays clutch ball when needed. I am sure SA just didn't score because they did not want to. A lot of it has to do with bowling and fielding. How many chances did we blow? I feel we bring home the Cup to the massive celeberation of the die-hards and none more deserving. Go Guys Go!
G.A. May 12, 2010 01:06pm
Pakistan did put a stop to runaway Kiwis in 1992. Let's pray they can do the same to the Aussies. After all, it's the defending champions we are talking about!
Mohsin May 12, 2010 01:07pm
Hats off to Mr Nomani. Expressed the sentiment of all Pakistanis.
striker May 12, 2010 01:10pm
Well done mate.....though we have lost a couple games but our moral is certainly running very high, and inshALLAH we will be able to defend our title.
Ish from panama May 12, 2010 01:11pm
Farooq,apparently is a very gifted individual. Wonderful piece of writing! I'll look forward to more such writing from him.
Daniyal May 12, 2010 01:12pm
We are through to the semis, probably due to the fortitious concurence of events. However, as a nation/team, we have to realize that flashes of brilliance are not enough. Our cricketers, should perform consistently, their behaviour on/off field should be impeccable, as they are representing Pakistan at the highest level and for that we need a robust mentality nurtured by sound facilities, education and manners.As a unit, Pakistan team should win, because it has a lot to prove, especially after IPL saga.
Sarah Qadir May 12, 2010 01:13pm
Loved your writing! It should be said like it is!
Ummer May 12, 2010 01:26pm
Great Mr. Farooq. It was a nice master piece. Enjoyed it. I think You can use this example to your home country also because same situation prevails with your country but still it survives. I think it is the character of Pakistan or people of Pakistan that they are unpredictable.
Ayaz Noor May 13, 2010 06:44am
Good piece of writing Mr. Farooq, really appreciate the explanations you gave, not always possible and appropriate to do the right thing the right way, infact, when INSHALLAH we will win the world cup again, people won't take anytime to forget how we qualified for semi's. the same people who say that we don't deserve to be in semi's will be dancing with joy with the rest of us. its gonna be another golden moment in our lives. and to tell you honestly, we played a lot of do or die matches yet we survived without DO-ing. and if it isn't a miracle or gesture of support for us by the Almighty, then what is it? go for it Pakistan. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD
MUneeb May 12, 2010 01:27pm
Nicely written. I am your fan.
Asim Hameed May 12, 2010 01:35pm
Mr. Farooq Nomani, That was just what the doctor ordered. We have been long condemned the cricketing-pariahs. Its such a good feeling when despite our lack of international exposure we go out there and manage to turn a few necks and even have a few eye-brows raised. For all I care one slogan said it right in the stand, "PAKISTAN: cornered tigers - sometimes unreliable, mostly unpredictable but always unforgettable!" I'd be the happiest man if they kick the pompous aussies out of this edition like they did in 2007...
Imran May 12, 2010 01:37pm
:) that was good!
RM May 12, 2010 01:39pm
I would like to point out that Pakistan deserved to win the first edition of the World Twenty20. We, however, lost to India in the final and did not get upset over the loss. Instead, we praised our players for putting a good fight against over arch-rivals. Moreover, our players vowed to continue their winning streak in this format of the game. They proved their worth in the second edition of World Twenty20. I would also like to point out that even with some luck, Pakistan did not go down easily in all their losses. Compare their losses against the losses of other teams, it shows that Pakistan batted the full twenty overs or made a chase difficult for other teams. In other words, their losses were close as opposed to losses of other teams. It shows their competitive nature and not surrendering against difficult situations. So all this discussion over luck or not does not make sense. Pakistan played well, even when found themselves on losing side. The bottom line is that Pakistan team worked hard and Allah is paying them for their efforts. We will defend our title successfully, Inshallah (God willing). If do not qualify for the final, then at least we had good run in this tournament like the two previous Twenty20. Good Luck Pakistan!!!
imran May 12, 2010 01:45pm
Can't stop laughing, all those Indian soap opera, those 1000 episode family drama rating will be down the only channel who's rating going up are news channels specially star news watch live three day mourning telecast and lough your head off even we can't bash Indians like these guys on star news.
Khurram Ali May 12, 2010 01:58pm
Excellent piece of writing! Pakistan team is talented, and is fully capable of beating Australia to reach the finals. The key will be high run rate. We must score 180-190 runs to win. Good luck Pakistan !
M Atif Khan May 12, 2010 02:04pm
Sweet article man!!! My fav part "And now that fate has conspired to put us in a position we don
Abbas May 12, 2010 02:11pm
Excellent writing Farooq!! Pakistan Zindabad
Khalid May 12, 2010 02:16pm
Good work Noman. Spoken like a true Believer (even though on a serious note its nothing to feel proud of, yet we glorify it, thats us, turning madness into a science). Madness and confusion all around; yet we are successful when it counts. Go Green! Our prayers are with you.
Imran May 12, 2010 02:18pm
I dont know why you have to come up with this lambi chori explanation Farooq. Pakistan team is in the semis because it has performed better than the teams which have not made it to the semis. End of discussion.
Fazal May 13, 2010 07:02am
A Brilliant article indeed. hats off & all the best to Pakistan.
Miranda Em May 12, 2010 02:35pm
most dependable to take
Mahmood May 12, 2010 02:40pm
Superb piece!
Abbas May 12, 2010 03:01pm
One of the best cricketing articles i've read in a while. Good Job :)
aa254 May 12, 2010 03:04pm
na jaane kon duaoon main yaad rakhta hai............. main doobta hoon samundar uchaal deta hai Lovely piece of writing......esp unpredictability, unlikely and world cup 92 ref...... also love for being positive........ not like all those writers........ who might be good for nothing...... but believe that since they are writers so they got the right to put any body to sword.
Kundan from India May 12, 2010 03:06pm
All Pak cricket fans, congrats from India. yes, I would have loved to see my country and PAK in final but we took early exit on the pretext of long and tiring IPL. This is ridiculous. This year, we had the worst team selection and riding high on IPL money and fame. We just deserve not to be in semi.. as simple as that. I am a big fan of Pakistani cricket team. in 1992, I used to tell my all friends in India that Pakistan would lift the cup. Even in this T20 tournament, I knew that Pak would make it. now, I live in the USA and, on Friday, match starts at 4PM local time. I am leaving office early to watch this match. If Pakistan takes batting first and scores 150/160, there is no way Aussies can make it. GO Afridi GO..
Osman May 12, 2010 03:13pm
We deserve to be in the Semis with England from our Pool, as we were better than both SA and NZ... We beat SA comprehensively, we should have beaten NZ if it wasn't for an umpiring error (Nathan not given caught behind) that cost us 6 extra runs on the last ball we bowled, we barely lost to England (Saeed Ajmal by mistake had washed his hands with baby oil that day) and we gave away the game to Australia (it seems everyone in the Pakistan team helped themselves to Saeed Ajmal's baby oil that day!!). I am not too sure what is the fuss about and why we are calling it "Pakistan sneaking through or Gatecrashing anyone's party". In my honest and ojective view, we are in the Semis coz we deserved it more than SA and NZ. Simple.
Amir Khan May 12, 2010 03:18pm
I'd rather play like Australia, any day. To me, revelation of the tournament is England. We may go on to win the tournament (inshallah), but shouldnt we look back at those dropped catches! Accepting blemishes as our fate is too easy. it is inspiring to pull yourself from the lowest point but we get there too regularly, I am afraid.
Shahzad Javed May 12, 2010 03:24pm
Oh Come on! What a load of nonsense. A win is a win. I think it is public humiliation for those who cannot make it to final stage after beaten by Pakistan. South Africa, NZ have all the resources in the world. No tension, no war, no Macho enemy ready to swallow them as soon as it get a chance. Pakistan made it against all odds. The match with NZ was even. Australia beat India by 40+ and Pakistan by 30+. Here is even comparison who is better team. Australia beat SL by 80+, if Pakistan does not deserve it then does SL? Pakistan Made to Final round all three T20 World Cups. If this is not consistent, what it? Yeah yeah One day and test matches .. We are talking about T20 here. It is tough in world out there. Lot of competition. We need to support and encourage our team. Don't take it personally, I do not see this article winning any thing on world stage .. so maybe author need to concentrate some where else .. Lot of Congrats to all players of Pakistan Cricket Team. Wish you all the best going into finals. Bring home the hardware .. and thanks for making Pakistan Proud .. something, none of us can do.
Hassan May 12, 2010 03:26pm
We can be as hopeful as we like but the fact of the matter is that it will take some miraculous batting, fielding and bowling to beat Australia which is no NZ of 1992. I do think that Pakistan deserve to be in the semi final because all of their games have been close encounters, barring an onslaught from David Hussey and some poor catching against England lead to their downfall. If Pakistan is to somehow beat Australia then they would have to make some changes like bringing in Hammad Azam in place of Hafeez and play Fawad Alam at number 3 because I really think he gets a sour deal batting at number 8 with 10 balls to go where he bats at number 3 or 4 for his domestic team. Good luck Pakistan and make us proud once again!
Saad May 12, 2010 03:27pm
Excellent piece! Kudos Farooq.
van kirk May 12, 2010 03:40pm
Grow up people. It's a game and there will always be an element of chance along with skill. Pakistan earned its place- sure the team is a bit unpredictable in terms of performance but no one disputes the ability of Pakistan's team when they are at their best. Let's give our boys the support they deserve and wish them well. Someone has to win and someone has to lose. We of course want Pakistan to be victorious always! Win or lose, they represent us.
Nadeem I. Khawaja May 12, 2010 03:44pm
Yes we agree- ALLAH is with Pakistan and hope the best Australia not win T20
Usman May 12, 2010 03:45pm
Just loved it.... still smiling.
Bilal Gaba May 12, 2010 03:52pm
Awesome article. I thoroughly enjoyed it. "Unpredictability is in our blood" and this will lead us to win another T 20 WC INSHA-ALLAH.
Javed Hayat May 12, 2010 03:59pm
Very rightly put, but that what our team and country as a whole we are
noumi1971 May 12, 2010 04:08pm
excellent article... a must read..... good luck Pakistan...
Mushtaq May 12, 2010 04:08pm
LUCK in sports is different than luck winning a lottery ticket. We confuse them together. Luck is sports is TALENT. In sports,whether one misses by inch, centimeters, or makes in, or quite makes it,winning and losing is decided then. That's the name called sports. Pakistan never sneaked into semifinals. They deserved it with hardwork. To grasp Luck in sports is using best of one's TALENT with hard homework by each sport man.
Baqar Hasan May 12, 2010 04:10pm
We have slippery hands right from the wicketkeeper to Salman Butt and the rest of Pak 11 Team. But this time against Australia we will put glue in our hands to catch the ball from distance and we will show the Aussie Quicks what we are made of.
Hameed Malik May 12, 2010 04:12pm
Also know these if possible. 1. If you do not drop, Misbah who is temporarily out of form, Pakistan might lose to every team in Semi final; please write it down in golden words. If they win you will never be able to catch me. 2. With a joke and humor I would like mention the truth, if we do not drop out both Fawad and Misbah then Pakistan may lose with inning defeat in this 20/20 world cup. 3. Remember every Pakistani cricketer is there to protect the honor of his country and not his honor. If you lose you will be demoted to play in IPL as punishment. 4. Every player must believe, it is his responsibility to perform with cool head and he is the last man who needs to score 20 runs in two overs or
Dr. Tariq Syed May 12, 2010 04:13pm
I usually dont like to read big articles like this, but your writing force me to read this article till the end. Excellent work Mr. Farooq.
Syed May 12, 2010 04:19pm
Dude that was amazing read! i feel like reading it over and over again. I love your writing style. I have been reading your blogs for quite some time, first on your site and now here on Dawn. I say keep up the great work and best of luck to Pakistan.
Nausheen May 12, 2010 04:20pm
Loved it... and agree with every single word !!!
Atif Zaheer May 12, 2010 04:25pm
Great feel good article..Unfortunately, incompetence doesn't take you very far and it has hurt us far more than the few flukes here and there.
Nasr KiKi May 12, 2010 04:36pm
Hi But why should we wail and rely only on kismet, only because it has become the order of the day for the whole nation. We have to peep in ourselves do some soul searching develop some patriotism, play for the money but also play for the nation. Now come on! Dropping seven eight catches and winning a world tournament is of no distinction and pride. Performing and winning and then losing or wining the final is still pride. Thanks
mir hasan May 12, 2010 04:36pm
T20 is an unpredictable game! Australian fast bowlers are too much for Pakistanis.Remember, the way they wrecked Sri lankan batting! Odds are against Pakistan but you never know!
Akbar May 12, 2010 04:37pm
Loved your article, very original and "in the face" of our doubters! Together we must, and together we will. Every player needs to die on the pitch now!
Hasan May 12, 2010 04:49pm
Brilliant article Mr. Nomani! I look forward to reading more inspired stuff from you.
Mushtaq May 12, 2010 04:50pm
A Captain who made this comment'failed to play to its potential'.Give me a BREAK!This simply means we you guys have no potentials.The whole purpose of hard training is to best grasp LUCK by inches,by centimeters when challenges comes.One run less is losing,one run more is winning.Simple
ZAHID May 12, 2010 04:54pm
Just do it Pakistan...... Love my Pakistan
Ejaz May 12, 2010 05:09pm
I find it totally absurd to say that Pakistan did not deserve to be in the semi-finals or they did not get there on merit, which is completely opposite of the reality, they did get there on MERIT, i.e., on the basis of superior net run rate, which is the second tie-breaker after points earned. If Pakistan did not deserve to be in the final four, then who did and why? Let's look at the other two teams who missed on in Pakistan's group, i.e., SA and NZ, how were they any better than Pakistan? Both of them won a solitary game like Pakistan did. Pakistan beat the superior of the two teams, i.e., SA comprehensively; the other team, NZ, beat Pakistan merely by one run, by luck, and because of brain freeze of Salmat Butt, who should have kept the strike instead of taking a single bye on the panultimate ball to give the last ball strike to a tailender instead of having confindence in himself to finish it off after being at the crease for all 19.5 overs of the Pakistan innings. And then, all three teams, i.e., Pakistan, NZ, and SA lost their games to England. Pakistan was the only one to 'lose' to England, whereas England 'won' the other two games. Enough said.
Maestro96 May 12, 2010 05:12pm
Awesome writing Farooq. You are right on the money. Here is to Pakistan beating the Aussies in the semis!! Come Friday, we will do the Aussies. Only need one of our stars to really FIRE!!
Waqas Haider May 12, 2010 05:13pm
Like you said unpredictability is in our blood. And inshallah we will prove it against OZ's. Go team Pakistan you have a golden chance to bring some happiness to the nation that deserves it more than any one else.
Mughees May 12, 2010 05:22pm
Indeed a great read....thanks man!!! And May we win the semi and then the final...Ameen
Maliha May 12, 2010 05:41pm
its brilliant! we have always defied the popular notion of merit then why not now! and rightly said its only fair that we return the favor to the fate.
azima May 12, 2010 05:43pm
Everything you've written is so True ! Classy piece of journalism .
hammad May 12, 2010 06:20pm
brilliantly written article, yes we are unpredictable and we will win this world cup
Waqas Aftab Khan May 12, 2010 06:26pm
We can bat and bowl. We have the talent. Guarantee we win if we field well and dont drop catches.
John Doe May 12, 2010 06:28pm
What utter rubbish. Pakistan's in the semifinal because they beat South Africa and fell by one run against New Zealand. It's all in the numbers. Do the math and forget about this silly talk,
Rao Farid Ul Haque Khan May 12, 2010 06:31pm
Appreciated. Really enjoyed. Thank you for lifting our morale against Australia. And in the end I must say that WE ARE GOING TO WIN THIS WORLD CUP (Insha Allah). And even if we don't, which is very unlikely, we still love our TEAM PAKISTAN. Thank you once again.
Leena May 12, 2010 06:32pm
Absolutely love it! "Merit is over-rated" and "Unpredictability is in our blood" - you got it spot on!
Faizaan Munim May 12, 2010 06:40pm
I love the article ... especially the ending :-)
Faizaan Munim May 12, 2010 06:48pm
I love it! especially the end :-)
Talha May 12, 2010 06:48pm
Brilliant writing !!! keep up the good work !!
Fawad Siddiqui May 12, 2010 06:55pm
Brilliant piece of writing !! Enjoyed a lot !! Pakistan will win this T20 World Cup InhALLAH !!
LB May 12, 2010 07:02pm
Absolutely brilliant piece - and like everyone 'keep it up'! And yes agree with it all .. Ha-)
ammar May 12, 2010 07:07pm
Dear Nomani, Very well said its wonderful article to read inshallah we will win the semi and hopes again we are the champions.......!
quratul ain May 12, 2010 07:24pm
You have fan write here....excellent piece of writing ....and its right their from the hear of 160 million Pakistanis. "Here
Noman May 12, 2010 07:29pm
I don't understand why Pakistan's progress to semi-finals is called undeserved. Of all the eight teams in super-8, Pakistan is the only team other than England and Australia to have net positive NRR. That was the result of few very close defeats that could go either way. They also lead Nzl, South Africa, WI or India because of either winning more games or a same number with better run-rate. Put another way, Pakistan performed collectively better than South Africa, WI, India and NZL and rightfully progressed to semi-final.
Turab May 12, 2010 07:33pm
Farooq Mian, you have wirtten a master piece and no one could have said it better!! Kudos to you and the Pakistani team all the way from Calgary Canada... now Google my city... hehehe
Kashif May 12, 2010 07:38pm
So, let me see if I get your premise right: you believe it is better to ride our luck as opposed to actually showing some real performance to get into the semis? I am as happy as anyone else that we made it to the semis but let's not kid ourselves. It would have been a slap in the face of all those IPL owners if we had performed like champions, like real 20/20 experts that we are and had stormed into the semis. Instead, we have limped and stumbled into it, mainly thanks to those who are still trying to learn how to bowl a reverse-swinger. Let's not celebrate the inconsistency and un-professionalism. Let's try to be thoughtful for a second. Look where it got us.
sara May 12, 2010 08:00pm
Inshallah WE will WIN again..Also I noted that NO Indian comments were found...I guess they were really ASHAMED of what they did to our players and just realised that. A very well written article.
desihungama May 12, 2010 08:29pm
Luck only favors the brave.
ahmed mustafa May 12, 2010 08:36pm
Congratulations to PAKISTANI. A real good read for the whole past week/month in the midst of mayhem all around! WE CAN be PAKISTANI. Ahmed
syed May 12, 2010 08:38pm
Farooq, Excellent article! With your writing style and an impressive academic background, you are a genuine contender for the leading writer/contributor to Dawn, which seriously needs better writers. Good job. (I am going to share your article with my friends now).
Jasheen May 12, 2010 09:18pm
Let us see how far luck takes Pakistan team. Australia and England are the only two teams who won the matches on the basis of their merits rest all is like snake and ladder game. Just being lucky at right moments. Australia outclassed all the teams it played by a wide margin so if winning T20 has to do anything with cricketing skills it should be Australia winning the championship this time.
the.true.knowledge.seeker May 12, 2010 09:23pm
Sad to know that as a nation we are finding excuses to justify and even encourage unprofessional and inconsistent behavior. What is the big deal if Pakistan wins one tournament after 18 years and gets humiliated throughout rest of the year. And reason is nothing else but our disgraceful performance on and off the field. The person who was caught eating ball in the field is our captain? Merit is not overrated. Our winning the last Twenty20 WC is overrated. What is our status in Test cricket and 50 overs format? It is time to wake up. Why is it that Australia wins three WC and keeps on raising the bar by playing professional cricket? Don't all of us wish for similar qualities in our team? Rather our nation.
Raza May 12, 2010 10:04pm
Totally loved it....This one says it all "We have madness down to a science. If our players are going to be accused of being
Obaid May 12, 2010 10:14pm
Getting supernatural help ? C'mon thats not fair.
me May 12, 2010 10:31pm
You are right! But as an audience we can only pray to Allah.....the rest is out of our hands. The team's job is to work hard and perform
Talha May 12, 2010 10:37pm
INSHALLAH Our team will win the World CUP!
Izhar May 12, 2010 10:52pm
Loved it. Hilariously True. Keep up the good work.
Pakistani May 12, 2010 11:09pm
Awesome piece of work!! simply loved reading it and absolutely agree with every bit of it! Keep up the great job Mr.Nomani.
Khalil Qureshi May 12, 2010 11:15pm
I feel the 1992 story is going to be repeated. Pakistan VS England.
Mushtaq May 12, 2010 11:25pm
Not we can do it.We have Done it.Can't you imagine BEST FOUR in the world.Thanks ALLAH!
Anj May 12, 2010 11:31pm
I had quite a good impression of you, until I visited your blog. As for this article itself, for the first time, the bitter truth seemed good to read. We are unpredictable, unlikely IS our middle name, and yup, to hell with it and let us get the back entry into the way of life. Nothing else pays.
Syed Rafat Ali Jafri May 12, 2010 11:45pm
What a fantastic peice , great analysis and reality based. I think if we win the toss, bat first and score a total of 160 plus only then we stand a chance with our spinners, otherwise Australians are playing like a thrashing force, buldozing every thing coming in their way. But they also need to face a bad day in the tournament, will it be this Friday. Frankly speaking Pakistan does not have much chance against aussies but this luck factor may prove to be deciding factor. you need to be lucky to win too otherwise Misbah's shot would not have been gone in the hands of harbajan in the final of first world cup. Win or loose , Pakistan need to improve their game to compete with good teams in future. May Allah Almighty give us the victory on Friday and then on Sunday.
Nadeem Abbasi - Texas May 13, 2010 12:10am
Looking at the performance & history of unpredictabilty from the Pakistan Cricket team and even the country itself, even the staunchest of Athiest will start believing that there is a Supreme Being out there, who is making it all happen for Pakistani Cricket Team and the existance of the country itself. It boggles ones mind that with the mentality of the team and our parasitical political school, both the institutions have managed to survive even though barely.. I say more power to them...Although a die hard staunch supportor of Pakistan Cricket Team, I believe that the Team did not deserve the Semi Final spot...The performance over the past week has left me heart broken and added 10 years to my stressed life
omer May 13, 2010 12:26am
Go Pakistan !!!!!!!!!!, who cares about IPL (indian players lost)
Surinder Puri May 13, 2010 12:33am
Congratulations to Pakistan on qualifying for the semi finals. I do hope their good luck continues because they deserve it. This is an even bigger achievement because of the recent overhaul of senior players and the sickness of Umar Gul and Yassar.
Shanawar Hashmi May 13, 2010 12:34am
Great article. Passion, strategy, focus and above all, nerves will be the key for our boys in green. May Allah help them in reclaiming the honour. Go Champs! 160 million Pakistanis will be praying for you!
A.N. May 13, 2010 12:51am
Great read! an amazing article
Musaddiq Nawaz May 13, 2010 01:09am
Loved every bit of it. Nice work!
Maria Muzammil May 13, 2010 01:29am
Absolutely amazing ...... I love what you conveyed and they way you conveyed it ! Can anyone tell me how can you become a blogger at DAWN?
Hameed Malik May 13, 2010 01:51am
I have read some of the comments of my Pakistani brothers, I have a question for them, since when Allah has become interested in cricket. It is not a good idea to mix sports and religion or sports and politics. India is the only country that mixes sports with politics and Pakistan may be only country believes Allah is definitely supporting them in cricket. By the way India lost all three games, because clearly the reason was IPL, not only they have low standards in IPL but also were very tired and nonchalant cricketers. They had no enthusiasm. All countries knew their weaknesses specially Siri Lanka.. Please note as long there is IPL going on, they will never win a T20 tournament. Pakistan almost had both Australia and New Zealand. Pakistan lost to Australia due to action of our super patriot great catcher of the ball of all time in cricket history one and only Saeed Ajmal. I don
ahmed mustafa May 13, 2010 02:12am
Dua and Dawa goes together. ALLAH does listen but the team needs to be consistent. Ameen
khan May 13, 2010 02:12am
Good stuff, but even if we loose now we made it to the semis, doesn't matter what people say, we better than India is what matters to me. LETS SHOW THIS UNPREDICTABILITY to our leaders in a way that they can be a little predictable for good in the future, JEEVAY THE GREAT PAKISTAN WITH PRIDE, AMEN
Puneet May 13, 2010 02:17am
Australia will surely show Pakistan what pace bowling is all about. All the subcontinent teams India, Sri lanka and Pakistan are simply not good enough when it comes to playing quality pace bowling. Dont celebrate too early. Flukes dont happen everyday..
Puneet May 13, 2010 02:27am
What has Pakistan done better than India in this tournament ? Pakistan has won two matches and so has India.
Himayun May 13, 2010 02:37am
Well I have to ask only one question. Did Pakistan look like a champion and number one seeded team? If not Pakistan then which team looked like a real champ? Usually the aim or objective is not to get a degree or hardware but to look like deserving it and have won it fair and square, without any crutches, prayers or pure luck. I only wish Pakistan win it in a style!
A. Ahmad May 13, 2010 02:51am
I would like to see Pakistan a more consistent team. Rather than relying on probability, math and performance of other teams, they should define their own luck. You can't always bank on Kismat. I say it is about time that our team shows maturity, consistency and professionalism. It is long due.
Ayesha May 13, 2010 02:55am
Luckily for us, our prayers were answered and we managed to sneak into the semi-finals like a bunch of thieves. Everything is fair in love, war and, CRICKET :D I hope Pakistan can have 2 more flukes. Yes, cricket in general, and Pakistan cricket in particular is all about flukes.
XYZIndia May 13, 2010 03:09am
This article talks about how Pakistan is relying on miracles to win the tournament. And i am wondering why everybody is liking this article. The writer does not spare even a single line on how mighty Australian team is. No i am not talking about South African team because they are chokers. So a win against them does not mean that it is easy to sail through against Australia. Come on talk some sense. I remembered 2003 world cup when India lost to Australia in final. People back in India were relying on 1983 event but nothing like that happened because Australia deserved the cup. The team's hard work showed in the match. Only passion does not give you success. It needs to be supported with good hard work.I would advise Pakistan not to have high expectation to lose their heart in the end. By the way if Pakistan can defeat Austraila against all odds then nothing like it for me also !
Nabil May 13, 2010 03:32am
Agreed! Although Pakis won the least number of matches as compared to its Semis competitors, still Pakis managed to defend their title. All the matches played were competitive enough and it was apparent with NRR. Atleast we didn't lost to Australia miserably. Good Luck Pakistan !!!
Muhammed Ahmed May 13, 2010 03:48am
Nice piece
mir hasan May 13, 2010 04:09am
Let us see who Australia plays the final with on 16th!!!!
zeke May 13, 2010 04:19am
What is so brilliant about this piece that every one seems to be commending?
N. Pervez May 13, 2010 04:24am
God be with you Pakistan Cricket Team "Go PAKISTAN Go"
Dr Sahab May 13, 2010 04:28am
Very well written...I am praying that we repeat what we did in 1992 inshallah
Karim Javed May 13, 2010 04:38am
GO Guys GO we can repeat our History Again :)
Imran May 13, 2010 04:40am
Man you are good. Excellent writing.
Ayush Srivastava May 13, 2010 04:47am
Congrats to pakistani team for making it to semis...we did not played well in the last two editions of T20 WC and deserved the result. As obvious, the team who will play good cricket should win. But Dhoni's team is the best cricketing side the world has, we are number1 team in TEST CRICKET and THE REAL CRICKET IS TEST CRICKET and we are 3rd to reach that peak....a great achievement (which has never been even touched by Pakistani team...hahaha) Also in ODI's we are number 2 ...
Mehnaz May 13, 2010 04:49am
Amazing right up, I wish all the T20 teams, Ramiz Raja, PCB.Ejazz Butt can all read this. Any player or any Captain does anything its all justified, but if our teams regardless the torment and past difficulties does anything, we become immediate culprits................... IPL (International Paid loosers) thank God we were not a part of it. Pakistan Cricket will live forever and that is our oath as Pakistanis..........Karlo jo karna hai aur kehlo jo kehna....... Pakistan Zindabad...........
Syed Bilal Ali May 13, 2010 04:54am
Wonderful article !!! You are right on the money about everything you said. I know you say this because our team can NEVER be consistent and never be predictable. Its not in our blood. We've been lucky before but then luck favors the brave. We did it back in 92 and we can still do it. Only a miracle is required to unsettle Australia but then again, only PAKISTAN can do it. We are truly underdogs in the semis and have nothing to lose. Australia unlike South Africa, hardly ever choke when it comes to big matches so Pakistan will have to play out of their skins to be a challenge for them. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst ! Pakistan Zindabad !
Syed Bilal Ali May 13, 2010 04:59am
You are right about what you wrote. We didn't play THAT badly as some ppl/commentators are portraying specially Ian Chappell. All we need to do is hold it up together for 3 hrs and that should do it.
Md Ismail May 13, 2010 05:04am
Forooq Nomani, India lost 3 and won 2 so has Pakistan lost 3 and won 2...They don't deserve to be in semi-finals....that is for sure.....I am Pakistani but people like you don't look at their own country but put fingers on other countries to make article interesting....This is absolutely non-sense you have written not sure what you are trying to communicate here....
Muhammad Irfan May 13, 2010 05:11am
Wonderful article. predictably unpredictable, thats it what we are. Pakistan and Pakistanis Zindabad
Shahid May 13, 2010 05:13am
Kismet? we had a better run rate than two other teams. We were able to beat one of the giants. We lost to new zealand only by one run. I dont know why we give all the credit to kismet. We were better than other teams on run rate and points so we got into the semis. Way to go!!!!!.
Raza May 13, 2010 05:14am
I couldn
Fahad Zahid May 13, 2010 05:26am
Nice Article Farooq. I think that IPL fever is off and Due to India Worst performance in Super 8. Now it remains to see how Pakistan Performs against Australia in Semi Final... Last Words... Yeh Cup Kahin Nahi Jaay Gaa..... :)
AMoeedMudassir May 13, 2010 05:28am
I may not agree with the content and underlying presumption of the blog, but its a beautiful read. Very well written. Thanks.
Saad Omer May 13, 2010 05:41am
Long time since I see good crazy thoughts explained so comfortably! :-)
salim taj May 13, 2010 05:48am
For me Pakistan biggest problem is bowling not batting, as some experts think, we are getting regular scores around i.e 140 -- 160, however bowling is weaker link, specially fast bowling is very weak , as it holds no threat for opposition, Pakistan would have done well by including some young fresh fast bowling talent for the tournament, all said and done, out of selected players, we should put our faith in spinners, as we have no other choice, same winning team against South Africa is best choice, hope tour selectors stick to winning combination, making changes in semi final is not advise able, as we have a good chance to win another T-20 title.
Mohammad Amir Khan May 13, 2010 05:56am
Lovely reading...concur with every word written.
Durrani May 13, 2010 06:24am
Its a brilliantly written light reading, loved the wit and the sarcasm at times as well. But agree with a few comments above that this article is a light hearted feel-good attempt, and it should be taken as that. When it comes to serious commentary on what the Pak Cricket team should be like, we all agree that nothing beats consistency. Well done Farooq. Was definitely worth sharing within ones circle of cricket lovers.
nazir ahmad May 13, 2010 06:28am
This is from Srinagar, Kashmir. I have always believed that Pakistan have always had the best cricket team in the world. why do I believe so? because ------- cricket is one of the most unpredictable games and the Pakistani cricketers have always been the most unpredictable than any other players from anywhere.
Azme Alishan May 13, 2010 06:46am
All the best..Pakistan
Osman May 13, 2010 07:04am
We deserve to be in the Semis with England from our Pool, as we were better than both SA and NZ
Junaid Siddiq May 13, 2010 07:29am
Wow absolutely amazing and very well written.....Inshallah this time too we will win the world cup.
Kublai Khan May 13, 2010 07:45am
Cricket is actually about performing on the day so whoever will perform on the day is the winner. Cheers, Kaleem
ovais May 13, 2010 07:48am
Very well said aneela! that's what you call a master piece in writing....................... Well done faruqi
Kublai Khan May 13, 2010 07:52am
Why we are forgetting last year when we won T20 WC and keep talking about 1992 WC. Last year win was as memorable as was of 1992. This year only thing we don't have is Cool and Calm but in 'Complete control' postures of Imran and Younus Khan. Afridi is OK as long as there is no stress but the moment situation becomes going out of hands, Afridi starts biting. I am hoping the situation remains 'in control' Cheers, Kaleem
shoaib May 13, 2010 07:56am
I still see that Pakistan came in semis on merit !! comparing with other teams in their pool ! they managed to get through run rate higher ..... this is the merit ! , third consecutive time we entered in semis ! this is consistency .... we need to pray from depth of our hearts for our team and boys ! they will lift the trophy Inshallah. Pakistan rules !
Coder May 13, 2010 08:05am
I think its high time you woke up and smelled the stench that is reality, lady. There is a big void between what should ideally be and what in reality is. Ideally all of Pakistan's Champion playing eleven should've been auctioned at the highest bid at the IPL, but in reality did it happen NO! Ideally Umar Gul on any day should fetch a much higher bid then Ishant Sharma (of all the players on this blooming earth infact i would say then most pacers in the world), but in reality did it happen NO! ... its a pretty long list and i can go on.... But at the end of the day when it mattered the most we came out with our A game we beat SA and almost beat NZ hence our superior run rate. It was out of our hands and the ball was in NZ's court they needed to win and guess what, as they have proved in the gazillion semis that they have played before that they are chokers, and choked again and could not follow up a brilliant performance with another when it mattered the most. Australia is no doubt on merit the best team in the tournament but the law of averages has to catch up, and on any given sunday the team that plays the best wins, so do ur best team Green. Paki Power & God Bless.
Owais May 13, 2010 08:05am
I have some serious concerns on this article... 1: "Luckily for us, our prayers were answered and we managed to sneak into the semi-finals like a bunch of thieves." why dont we take pride in whatever good is our way? It was all fair, no body cheated, then why are they bunch of thieves? Its humiliating to brand them like this. Think by wearing their hats, would you prefer to be called a thief? For example, does it matter as a team how a wicket was fallen, either by a poor shot selection or a brilliant delivery, results are the same at the team level, but different at individual level. In a scenario where team pride is more than personal pride, i think a wise man should celebrate the team pride because that's more healthy and morale boosting for everyone. I hope our media gets mature enough to get rid of this masala journalism. 2: "
Javid Shirazi May 13, 2010 08:20am
It's the fielding. Difference being that the team held on to the catches against South Africa, while the opposite was the case against Australia, England and New Zealand.
Riaz Tanoli May 13, 2010 08:25am
Pakistan reached in the semis as they played well & narrowly lost to England & Newzealand, and comprehensively won over SA. How come we say that Pak reached only due to good luck.I totally disagree that. Also not playing in IPL is good as huger for win remains intact, as Wasim Akram said before the start of the world cup that Pak is favourite; as they have the huger to win. You could have seen from the reaction of Salman Butt and other Pak players. This was not the case with team India, their reaction after disqualification was as if they have achieved all their goals and lost nothing:)
shoib akhtar May 13, 2010 08:35am
Good luck Pakistan
shoib ali May 13, 2010 08:36am
Good luck
ikram May 13, 2010 08:39am
Nobody can beat Australia on this planet expect Pakistan.
ARIES99 May 13, 2010 10:08am
At this stage without going into any arguments or counter arguments, we all want PAKISTAN to WIN the T20 world cup by playing better cricket then the other 2 teams in the semi-final and final. Both in terms of strategy and planning and also in the actual execution of these plans. Plus, the team should have the self belief in the depths of their hearts and minds that " WE CAN BEAT AUSTRALIA".
Barrister Rehman Aziz Malik May 13, 2010 10:27am
You just cannot make comparisons with professionals such as the Australians of a team which is in all sorts of turmoil on and off the field coming from an unstable background which no other cricketing nation has to put up with. "Shifting to consistency" well that has to be applied to the circus co-ordinators first and to the politicians including the President, I have not seen John Howard or the Queen of England making enquiries about the results of their respective national teams. They might fall perfectly under the defination of fluke but that they are not, they are the glimpse of brilliance, magical talent which we can produce and tend to produce when the chips are down so often, at times it works and at times it doesn't. Nevertheless for Pakistan to be consistent on the green field of cricket a lot needs to be fixed off the field first and perhaps then you may make comparisons to the side which was at the perch of test cricket for over a decade.
Haroon Rashid Khan May 13, 2010 10:55am
The pitch for the semi finals resembles more of a south Asian pitch. no big bounce no huge pace. we have good spin attack as well and good pinch hitters. at st Lucia, Sri Lanka chased India's big score hitting 30+ in the last 2 overs. I think Pakistan stands a very good chance there. Once more, a lucky equation for team Pakistan.
Nasser Ali Khan May 13, 2010 10:44am
I do not agree with the article as I feel that the facts are not correct, as pointed out by others. Pakistan sneaked in, yes; but deserved it 100% none the less. You only need to look at the final league tables of the super 8. The other 2 teams in Pakistan's league also won only one game out of 3. They lost out for having a run rate lower than that of Pakistan. Pakistan's strength does not come in its batting (it has been overall poor. definitely since the early 80s). And do I need to discuss fielding. For the Pakistan team and many Pakistani supporters fielding is not part of cricket (one respondent mentioned that if we hadn't dropped catches, we would have won the games that we lost). Bowling is definitely our strength, more because of its variety and the quality of spin bowling. Selection is awful and stinks of nepotism, with some players continuing to fail and remain in the team. The selection of Sami instead of Asif is mind-boggling. Sami's test average is a continuous decline from the first test onwards, when he performed very well. Captaincy is usually not a strong point although I feel that Afridi managed very well in the last game, but we need to be more aggressive batting-wise by ensuring more runs scored by individual batsmen, just as our bowlers are generally aggressive as they aim to take wickets rather than concentrate in containing the batsmen. Finally, some home truths: 1.Please check the performance of Pakistan v Australia in all forms of the game pre 1999 and post 1999. 2. We fool ourselves if we talk of talent in Pakistan - just compare the population of Pakistan's 160 million to New Zealand's 4 million (and they beat us). Mr Farooq mentions that the way Pakistan plays is the way he likes it. Not for me; I want Pakistan to win, not lose, or at least win a lot more than lose. While they can snatch victory from defeat, they tend to snatch defeats out of victories a lot more. Pakistan has every chance of progressing and winning the world cup once again. All Pakistani supporters hope that this will happen Inshaallah.
Adnan May 13, 2010 10:47am
Very Pakistani :)
FB May 13, 2010 11:02am
Well Pakistan is in the Semi's and India's not....good enough eh!!!!!!...IPL was good practice for loosing T20 World cup.....they wanted to learn the trickeries of other teams and ended up giving their own...
Asif Zafar Durrani May 13, 2010 11:52am
Brilliant piece of writing. Thoroughly enjoyed it all the way from the start to the end :-) My feeling about this article is irrespective of the fact that I AM a Pakistani
Wasif May 13, 2010 11:08am
I agree with some contents but hey look we didn't deserved to be in semi final but than who does, India, New Zealand, South Africa, we were among top 4 because other were not that good.
FB May 13, 2010 11:14am
Wonderfully written....way to go Mr. Farooq......Yeah that
Saqib Jabbar May 13, 2010 12:05pm
I am amazed that even after such bad performance Pakistan was selected for semi-finals. Pakistan didn't deserved it but if he's in finals, no one will be able to defeat them. Hoping for the best!
Ayush Srivastava May 13, 2010 12:14pm
This is not correct
Himan May 13, 2010 12:26pm
India is the only team who has made highest runs against Australia in this T20. Let us see tomorrow how much Pakistan will made.
SOS May 13, 2010 12:37pm
They were not selected :)
Himan May 13, 2010 01:03pm
Yes three months before whole world has seen it. Very Good
Basharat May 13, 2010 01:19pm
There is no chance of improvement if we don't admit our mistakes and look into it. Yes India has problem with playing on bouncy pitches and so does Pakistan. In fact my biggest worries tomorrow would be how are they going to handle Australian's bouncers? Anyway we are not celebrating yet and we know realistically Australia has high chances to get to the Finals but yaar hope never dies :)
Puneet May 13, 2010 02:31pm
Even Indians are not as fantasized about IPL as Pakistanis. :-) Every second comment here on this forum is about bashing IPL ! :-) If you guys hate it so much why even think and talk about it :-) If IPL doesnt carry any meaning why discuss it ??? Why are Pakistanis also clamoring about IPL ? If its a dead and meaningless league then let it be. I suppose the IPL snub has really really hurt the egos of Pakistanis. Anyways I am sure Pakistanis will be bid for next year and there would be no player, none of your cricket stars who would say no to it.. You guys will have to eat your own words then.
Sara May 13, 2010 02:34pm
Though witty and attention grabbing, this article overlooks a critical fact that if we were indeed 'thieves' or 'cheaters' we would not have progressed into the semi-finals. The fact that we did reflects the superiority of our team's run-rate. I do NOT believe in luck, but in probability. We had a slim probability of making it through to the semi-finals, but slim probability does not mean a non-existent probability. If some other team did not make it through and underwent a similar situation, it was because the factors that make teams progress, in this case combinations of wins and run-rate, was not in their favour. Having said that, our sloppy fielding, and numerous other 'bad' of 'retarded' factors are a reality and these need to be critically evaluated and worked upon. But everyone needs to stop whining about HOW the Pakistani team got to the semi-finals. No one cares about what the score was at half-time, everyone remembers who won.
Puneet May 13, 2010 02:40pm
People here are saying Pakistan is better than India and that what is more important to them..May I know one area where Pakistan is better than India ?? Even in cricket India is NO1 team in tests and No 2 in ODI..where is Pakistan , I am you remember 5-0 ODI, 3-0 Tests and 2-0 T20 whitewash in Australia :-) No team has performed as poorly ever.. Anyways I would like to hear which area have Pakistanis dominated the Indians????
PakCricket May 13, 2010 03:18pm
Congrats, your team made the most runs against Aus. But where are Team India now..?
Fatima Nasir May 13, 2010 03:22pm
Yeah.......number 1 team in test cricket....but T20 is a completely different ball game altogether!! And if T20 isn't "real cricket",then why does India have anything called IPL,,,which is entirely centered on T20 and Indians are crazy about it!!!!
jkpakistani May 13, 2010 04:31pm
To Indians, please do not mix Politics with Game. We Pakistani takes game as a game, and we believe strongly that without support of Allah (swt) nothing happens. So hold your pants and watch the game, you might be surprised :)
ASAD ABBAS May 14, 2010 06:20am
Pakistan white wash in Australia in last tour but what about India in super eight its red wash my dear.Pakistan almost won with NZ just for 1 run and won against SA, but India lost against Australia, Sri Lanka and WI. And celebration is our right Inshallah we'll play with England in Final.
Satire May 13, 2010 05:05pm
I think you missed the point of the article. Mr Farooq didn't mean that he doesn't care if Pakistan wins or not. This ENTIRE piece is a satire. If you missed that, then you missed the entire point of the article. Learn to read things in context before getting so worked up.
syed May 14, 2010 06:44am
Well said.
Saima May 13, 2010 07:15pm
Whatever score Pakistan makes, the truth is India is out while Pakistan is still in the game.
maryum May 14, 2010 06:53am
Well I really enjoyed all the Indian comments.. what a jealousy...... Yes Pakistan did not played very well but we believe we can do anything with support of Allah.. you can see Indian team performance in big ICC events like last T20, Champion Leagues and Now T20 2010..... we are not jealous with Indian team performance:) but praying for our team...
Haseeb May 13, 2010 08:44pm
Pakistan was through to the super eight stage...good for them and then we lost from England in the first super eight match on the second last ball....second match of the super eight we lost against New Zealand on the last ball by just one run....third match of the super eight stage we won it from South-Africa and then pray for England to win....we through to the semi-final but one thing to note is that we were bit unlucky to win in the first two matches of the super eight and by losing on the last balls and hence our run-rate was far better than others; if we compare our team's way to the semi-final then we can easily say that Pakistan were unlucky by losing just in the end but on the other hand other teams lost their matches by big margins and hence their run-rate were saying that Pakistan is lucky so its true but by saying that Pakistan didnt play good is in no manner correct.
Anonymous May 13, 2010 08:58pm
Finally someone comes out with the facts. The Pakistani team has my full support, but supporting it blindly would be wrong. If anyone says that the Pakistani team deserves the trophy more than any other team, then they are wrong. With the current situation, England team deserves it because of its 100% winning record (in this tournament) or even the Aussies, but not the limping Pakistani team. However if they do win the tournament, I would be more than happy, but if they loose, I wont be dis-hearted because they were about to return home in the first round. I wish the green shirts all the best and I 100% back your comment Mr Nasser
no religion May 13, 2010 08:59pm
Good one!!
abid May 13, 2010 09:13pm
Barrister sahab, in your opinion should we compare Pakistan with Bangladesh or Kenya or Zimbabwe. West Indies ruled the world of test cricket for 15 years. In 1983-84 Australian cricket was in shambles due to rebel cricketers playing in apartheid South Africa. Well what happened after that. Allan Border transformed the team and they became world champions. Mark Taylor knocked out West Indies and Steve Waugh continued his legacy. Every system has its own set of problems. The weak use circumstances as an excuse while the strong use them as an impetus for success.
Himan May 13, 2010 09:32pm
Mr Farooq Nomani, So far in this T20, it is Pakistan's success, talent and luck that help them to reach semifinal, It has nothing to do with India. So my question is why you have raised and involved the Indian cricket and its IPL with this article? I guess you are not able to write good article w/o involving India. If you look at the blog written by Indian about Indian cricket team' success or horrible performance. They never discuss or mentioned anything related to Pakistan. Try to write article about Pakistan cricket w/o involving others.
Azhar Hussain May 13, 2010 10:59pm
What kismet are we talking about! We had a better run rate period, no question about it. Apart from England and Australia, six teams were dependent on some else's defeat. Even Sri Lanka altough they won 2 games, if West Indies had beaten Aussies by more than 24 runs, Sir Lanka were out. As far as India is concerned, these white boys have over rated them too much, just to make themselves dollars. Its all about money.
Abbas Haidery May 13, 2010 11:12pm
Brilliant piece Farooq..always enjoy your style of writing!
jibzy May 14, 2010 07:06am
@Ayush India went out and Pakistan made it, so what? accept the defeat my friend its okay, it happens Dont talk about records and rankings, stay on topic twenty twenty because records dont side with India Pakistan (Tests) Matches Won Lost 346 104 95 India (Tests) Matches Won Lost 437 104 137 Pakistan (1Day) Matches Won Lost 715 382 312 India (1Day) Matches Won Lost 740 359 344 Pakistan (20/20) Matches Won Lost 35 24 10 India (20/20) Matches Won Lost 25 12 11
Jasheen May 14, 2010 01:05am
Do you think if Pakistani players were allowed to play at IPL India would have made it to semifinals ?Pakistani players exclusion from IPL is not being regretted by anyone except by Pakistani players who didn't make money and Pakistani public whose patriotism got hurt.I think you are still sulking. but thats OK. Winning and loosing is a part of the game and India is finding fault with its players and not treating it as a national shame nor do we feel downgraded. This Pakistani team is little better than a club side and relies heavily on others' mistakes and can do very little to make things happen. Its entry into semifinal is an evidence of the same. Do you remember white wash in Australia ? 3-0 , 5-0 and 1-0. Compare it with India's last tour of Australia. You can also compare India's performance against SA both at home and in SA with your performance.I don't even remember if in last 5 years Pakistan won any series against any team with an exception of Zimbawe. So no wonder you have to scream to remind the world that you are T20 champs because no one really really gives importance that you look for.
Jasheen May 14, 2010 01:14am
Don't be a victim of self pity and bring in conspiracy theories. Did Pakistan care for South Africa when it was being boycotted because of Apartheid for several years ? Didn't Pakistan boycott 1980 Olympics held in Moscow ? This world knows much more than what you think you want them to know.
Mansoor Iqbal May 14, 2010 01:45am
@ Ayush LOLS man!!! Dont worry We Pakistanis will win it for you Indians :-D
Mansoor Iqbal May 14, 2010 01:54am
@ Puneet "Flukes dont happen everyday" Well this is the reason India won the T20 world cup in '07 against Pakistan. It was a BIG fluke! "Dont celebrate too early" Yeah right! atleast we wont cry like your Indian media does!
Jawad Usman May 14, 2010 02:30am
Excellent article!! Except for a few things mentioned, these have been my feeling for a while. But given the fact that we don't have the likes of Imran Khan and Wasim Akram, I wouldn't have admitted even to myself. For me, the only thing missing here was to mention a payback for the treatment PCB has faced from nearly every other board (Zimbabwe and... See More Sri Lanka are the only exceptions I can think of). I'd love for Pakistan to win a final and throw the trophy away on the stage. That dream, I doubt will ever come true. We might get great players, but probably never one with that kind of a spine.
Amal Zehra May 14, 2010 04:18am
I completely agree with what you have written. Here's to a retarded victory! Pakistan Zindabad!!
N. Pervez May 14, 2010 04:28am
Hey Ayush, We Pakistanis are happy for the Indian Cricket Team's achievements and we congratulate all the Indians for this......... however getting back to the topic! GO PAKISTAN GO!!!!!!!!! Good Luck & God be with You..
Naghmi Shad May 14, 2010 04:29am
Love you man every bit of what you have written there is true and I agree with you. Hope Pakistan beat Australia on Friday. InshaALLAH we will respond like corner tigers again and repeat the 1992 world cup win.
Ahmad May 14, 2010 04:49am
Dude, stop moaning, India's out, deal with it, what happens tomorrow will happen, and you know what Pakistan has done that India hasn't, actually won a super 8 game......
sana yasin May 14, 2010 05:15am
Nice!!!!!but one thing I want to ask. Why we discuss alot on cricket. Its a game take it as a game. Acknowledge those nations who appreciate their players even if they are at 3rd and 4th place. Players are not our public property, We comment on them as we like? that is totally unfair. I am very passionate for cricket, but be a sports lover please.
Tuba Jamal May 14, 2010 07:48am
Best wishes to Pakistan
shahid mehmood May 14, 2010 05:30am
I will take strong exception to the views of the writer that cricket-team-Pakistan has sneaked in the semi-final stage like thieves. One thing should be kept in mind that it is format of the tournament which has accommodated team Pakistan. I would say that the article with reference to entry of the team in the semi-final is simply a criticism for the sake of criticism. I would rate the article simply a mudslinging exercise. One must appreciate the team that they have entered the semi-finals.
Sabir Ayub Rabbani May 14, 2010 05:38am
Well your team is out of the tournament...and we still have a chance to win the why dont you keep your thoughts to yourself and think about your team.
Ahmad May 14, 2010 05:54am
Excellent article. specially that bit about removing the scars of defeats in the hand of Australia through a win in the semis. good point. it should do the trick.
green May 14, 2010 06:08am
Haha good one. Go Pakistan go!
naeem May 14, 2010 06:37am
Hum hain Pakistani hum to Jeeten Ge. *(We are Pakistani's we will win).
syed May 14, 2010 06:47am
Ball-biting Afridi will definitely take Pakistan to the finals . lol
Maha Khan May 14, 2010 07:21am
Best wishes to Pakistani team.
Zia Naqvi May 14, 2010 07:29am
I think this article best represetns us. No matter how we came into semi finals what matters where we are heading towards.....................
ANWAAR MALIK May 14, 2010 08:12am
As a nation we always under estimate our potentials & are defeated being impressed and suppressed by European teams.
ANWAAR MALIK May 14, 2010 08:19am
As a nation we always under estimate our potentials& are defeated being impressed and suppressed from the European teams.
Paki May 14, 2010 07:43am
Yes you are right India is much batter team .... But funny thing is Indians didnt qualify for semifinal in T20 this year ... last year .. ICC champions trophy ... We are very happy that we dont have such 'better team' :)
Arif Kazmi May 14, 2010 08:02am
What the hell ! I love this article. And remember today's venue is where the wicket is slow and we beat even Bangladesh there. If the ball comes up just a little slower, the Aussie projectiles may be hit for a six. And if it spins, we could drill holes through their bats.
Moiz May 14, 2010 09:16am
Win or loose...we all support our team. Pakistani team has the talent of giving something to be happy about and this is the sole reason that even after seeing our team loose in the initial phases of this T20 tournament we expect that they will WIN!!! We have our fingers crossed Afridi....go go go BOOOMMM!!!
Sultan May 14, 2010 10:03am
I believe they qualified for the semi finals.
M. Asghar May 14, 2010 10:20am
We are having an all-around arm-chair fuss. As to the game, we shall see how consistently the team will perform in their coming matches. Moreover, for the future of the quality of criket, India and Pakistan should organise annual or even semi-annual test and one-day series as intelligent rivals instead of cursing each other.
dan May 14, 2010 10:27am
Mr. Puneet please take out some time and have a look at the stats, please check out the total no of ODI's and tests played between India and Pakistan!! I am sure you going to see that Pakistan has got way more no of wins!! So now you know where and how Pak is better than India!!
dan May 14, 2010 10:57am
Thanks buddu thanks, appreciate this gesture of yours!!
jahangir May 14, 2010 12:26pm
Zabardast !
Eman Khan May 14, 2010 12:46pm
Let's bring back 92 (: Good Luck to Pakistan (:
Ayush Srivastava May 14, 2010 12:59pm
But in-spite of those wins have you ever reached the peak of test you go check the rankings...We are there where you have never reached Aur itni wins kis kaam ki....aaj tk ek bhi match WC me(ODI's or T20) to hara nai paaye...aur 1985 ki World series bhool gaye....???
Ayush Srivastava May 14, 2010 01:06pm say IPL is a bogus...but then why did your players played in the league for 1st year and applied for this year's auction....they shouldn't have opted to play in it. And only Indians are not crazy ...the whole world is crazy about it
Sunjoy May 14, 2010 02:43pm
Let us see...after all it is just a game which can go anyway on any given day. Its plain and simple that Pakistan got into the semis due to its luck (no complaints or jealousy for it), while India is out of the tournament due to its overrated and tired players due to IPL. But there is also another saying that "Kaath kee haandee baar baar nahin chadhtee". Pakistan cannot afford to be so lucky everytime. Beating Australia would be a real challenge and the current Pak team and its form does not inspire much confidence.
Sunjoy May 14, 2010 02:49pm
You are fully right. It is no secret that the current team does not deserve to be in the T20 WC and has been rightly shown its place, and it is nothing wrong for us to analyse our mistakes.
Sunjoy May 14, 2010 03:00pm
Why bring IPL in the context of Pakistan T20 WC. If at all it is for the Indians to complain about the IPL for its poor show in the WC. Looks like it is still hurting you that Pak players were not allowed to play in the IPL. Come next year and if the IPL allows bidding for the Pak players and everybody will come crawling for the money it offers. What do you say. Better enjoy the games that Pak team is winning on its capabilities backed by luck.
Sunjoy May 14, 2010 03:05pm
You write so well, but your last statement is a let down. We in India want to bash the IPL for creating all hype and no substance and you want to prove a point in the IPL. As of now you Pakistani's have reached the semis and may as well go on to the finals and possibly win the WC, but you are still stuck at the IPL. It is like you are studying in the MA and still you want to prove you are 5th passed. Don't degrade yourself.
Sunjoy May 14, 2010 03:12pm
Rightly said, Rather than wondering/expecting that Pakistan comes up with a real good performance against the mighty Australians, all the Paks are happy flogging a dead horse (the IPL). I am also a Pakistan team fan (ever since Imran, Waseem, Miandaad days) and after India is out of the WC want them to win, but this team does not inspire confidence to beat the Australians.
Sunjoy May 14, 2010 03:16pm
Rightly will win the T20 WC just like you have another ODI WC since 1992. Kaath Kee haandi baar baar nahin chadhtee. Wooden pot cannot be put on the fire again and again.
Sunjoy May 14, 2010 03:19pm
All your criticism about the IPL is fully right. But come next year all your players will come for the money on offer.
Khurram Ali May 14, 2010 03:32pm
Puneet, what makes you think Pakistan was lucky to make the semi
Madhu Sreedhar May 14, 2010 03:53pm
Good luck Pakistan.. Back door or front door does not matter at the end. Even the 1991 team under Imran had their share of luck to qualify for the later rounds. So focus on the game and grab the opportunity with both hands and keep the T20 title in Asia. Cheers.. Madhu Sreedhar
Hamza Dhedhi May 14, 2010 05:23pm
Good stuff. Only if the critics are watching the match right now.
Khurram Ali May 14, 2010 05:41pm
Puneet, Did you check out Pakistan score against Australia "191". Unlike Indians Pakistani's can play under pressure !
Nasr KiKi May 14, 2010 07:17pm
Down and out. It is sad; a cliffhanger that we Pakistanis thought will be won by us. The close end shows that Kismat is not always Meharban. I will go for an English win let us see the final Thanks
Sunjoy May 14, 2010 07:35pm
Keep on dreaming......
Sunjoy May 14, 2010 07:36pm
Pakistan played really well against Australia , but ultimately Australia proved why they are the real champions.
Sunjoy May 14, 2010 07:42pm
Pakistan played really well, but ultimately Australia has beaten them. All your hopes are grounded now.
Puneet May 14, 2010 08:29pm
I like Himans comments here...Why you guys are also criticizing IPL ? Even Indians dont talk about IPL as much as Pakistanis !!! Has it hurt you guys so much ? I will see what will be the reaction of Pakistanis next year when Pakistani cricketers will be selected for IPL.. Will you start watching IPL and start praising it all over again ?? Coming back to the World Cup T20 and India and Pakistani team. What I really mean is that neither India nor Pakistani teams are any good. They cant play on genuine bouncy tracks. India got to number 1 in tests and no 2 in ODI by playing on dead sub continent pitches. Here in t20 again. India played its super 8 matches on the deadly barbados pitches which really bounced them out of the competition. Pakistan lost its super 8 matches on bouncy pitches and won again at the dead pitch in St Lucia..Somehow that proved to be good enough to get them to semis. Semi Final was again at st Lucia and Pakistan managed 191. It i the same pitch where a very poor Indian side also managed 180+ against SA and Srilanka. Pakistan if it wins over Aus on deadly pitches of Barbados can it deserve to be called a champion. Anyways enough said..sorry guys it wasnt a repeat of 1992 world cup but a repeat of 1999 world cup for Paki :-)
Indusonian May 15, 2010 12:14am
For today's semis. All I can say, well done Pakistan, even though the game was lost, but, there is no other better way to loose.
Ayush Srivastava May 15, 2010 12:55am
Very well said....a good one
gopakumar May 15, 2010 01:15am
Pakistan came to semifinals by winning just two matches. T20 is all about unpredictability and Aggression. Aggression nothing but personifies a typical Pakistani.
Supriya May 15, 2010 01:42am
Good one
Faraz May 16, 2010 07:48am
Sahab, Ye hamari Muhabbat hai app ke liye ke ham har waqat baas aap he ki batain karte hain ;)
Analytical Engine May 15, 2010 06:30am
Sorry for gatecrashing a Pakistani blog. It seems I am not everyone's favourite. But that's the way it goes. And yes didn't Mr. Cricket Michael Hussey gatecrash you party?
Sommer Mathiason May 15, 2010 07:31am
Great stuff as usual...
Essaarr May 15, 2010 07:33am
Pakistan played absolutely brilliant cricket yesterday. Congratulations from many Indian admirers. Does not matter that you ultimately lost by a few runs. Your team lifted the standard of the game and we enjoyed greatly.
PThind May 15, 2010 12:38pm
A very average article. I didn't really get the point except that ,'Pakistan may have got into the semis by luck, but who cares'. I think they got there b/c they deserved it. An article on these lines would have been better. Pak is a strong 20/20 side. Also, article is needlessly inciting an India/Pak debate with respect to IPL.
Sam May 15, 2010 01:52pm
The deserving team won yesterday, don't think Pakistan could have done any thing more. They were totally outsmart by Mr Cricket.
Abid May 16, 2010 11:45am
"we ruled for 38 overs",everybody had that view except for White and Hussey. Anyway, well played Pakistan! Lets hope we will achieve an unbelievable victory like this in future.
jssidhoo May 15, 2010 03:06pm
Watched the match till the end last night but it was not to be so close yet so far don't know what happened to Ajmal in the last over he had bowled so well but well played Pakistan would have been great if the Aussies had been put in there place.
tarun May 15, 2010 03:50pm
They way Pakistan played in Semi Final has impressed me a lot. Pakistan was winning in 39 overs out of 40, only last over changed the game. That was the best match I have ever seen. If two teams are playing like this then winning or loosing does not matter. Playing with such caliber matters. If there is any other team that deserves T20 champs then it is Pakistan. Even after loosing that match Pakistan has won in many Indian eyes. Here is my Salaam to entire population of Pakistan on behalf of Entire population of India.
Vivek May 15, 2010 04:18pm
A very fitting reply. Pakistanis were outdone in last over and we Indians were outdone in first over, that's the difference, anyway Indians played the matches on pacer friendly pitches while Pakistan played it on spinner friendly ones. This is just a forum and we need to post our opinions without letting anyone hurt. Pakistani people just talk about T20 and we have seen in the IPL T20 that any side can win this game. World cup in one day international where Pak won once was also fluke because rain came to help you. I understand the bowlers like Akram, Younis and Akhtar were impressive, but no fun nowadays with the Pak bowling. Have fun and enjoy the cricket. Indians are chokers while playing cricket, that's it.
Aslam May 15, 2010 04:23pm
Why are we so obsessed with IPL ? Are we being greedy for Indian money ? Let us note that at the end of the day IPL is Indian Domestic Tournament and we should not be interested in playing any other country's domestic tournament. We must bury our 24X7 obsession with India and concentrate on our own team. Farooq is fulfilling his duties to spread venom instead of suggesting how to set ourselves in order.
Muthu Kumar - Chennai India May 15, 2010 06:06pm
Amazing performance by the Never say die Aussies. Just couldn't believe Pakistan lost this match. Well, atleast the Ball Biter did not apologize to the whole Muslim world for the loss like Shoaib who mixed religion with sports.
Zohaib R.Q May 15, 2010 10:58pm
"So I say merit, justice, and logic can go to hell." haha-- you rock!! Though we lost,, we ruled the game for 38 overs, gave them nightmares... no worries next time inshAllah..;)
Mohd May 15, 2010 11:47pm
As you mentioned, we lost another game which we should have definitely won ....
Sheikh Chilli May 16, 2010 01:48pm
We ruled the game for 38 overs!!! "dil ko bahlane ke liye galib ye khayal achcha hai "....
R S JOHAR May 16, 2010 02:37pm
An incredible performance by Pakistan in the S/F. One can only but feel sorry for them on losing this match which they richly deserved to win being the underdogs.
Akshay May 17, 2010 05:50am
Common, God is god. Its no muslim/non-muslim god.... So if you think God would favour you over the more deserving...then you got to be kidding!!!
Sunjoy May 17, 2010 08:43am
Mansoor, You are right. Pakistan lost the semis, but won the admiration of the Indians and the world for putting up a brave fight.
Pravin May 17, 2010 11:53am
Thank you Faraz for your muhabbat ;-) Well received your light heartedness :-)
Nikki May 17, 2010 07:54pm
To all Pakistanis, The Bottom Line is you lost too. Period. To the author. Please stop being churlish and write good articles from now on. Atleast try. Wins and losses are part of the game and the best team in this tournament won. All hail to the English for winning.
Iqbal May 18, 2010 07:44am
Ian Chappel's comment that "Pakistan Played dumb cricket in Australia" continues to ring in my years. We played a bit more intelligent cricket in the SF but there were still many errors committed. Misbah should have been thrown out much earlier and we should have played Sami. Even the young Azam would have been a better option to Misbah whose total score in last 2 matches prior to the SF was 3 in 18 balls! Moreover Afridi forgot the record breaking last over spell by Aamer against the Aussies in the qualifying rounds. No matter how many runs were required, Aamer should have been kept for the last over. The Aussies would have been less daring! Afridi also forgot to do his "advice run" to the bowler after every ball, in Ajmal's last over, the time when it was needed the most!!!!!
Abid May 18, 2010 09:09am
Yes Pakistan lost, but as a deserving semi-finalist. Pakistan was not eliminated from the tournament from the super 8 stage. Even the mighty Australians lost the final, so did they perform below par in the tournament?