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Victory against India is gift for the nation: Hafeez

Published Dec 25, 2012 08:24pm


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KARACHI: Pakistan Twenty20 captain, Mohammad Hafeez, praised his side’s effort in the first T20 match against India which Pakistan won in a dramatic finish by five wickets in Bangalore, adding that the win was a gift for the whole nation.

"It is a great effort, we wanted to do well at the start of the series. Irfan was the surprise package for us and everybody. We knew that we had a good attack. They restricted India where we wanted them to,” Hafeez, also the man-of-the-match for his 61 runs off 44 balls, said.

The historic match coincided with Christmas and the birthday of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

“Once the spinners came on after the new ball, we knew we had a chance, we took a risk at the right time. It is a gift for the whole nation, it is Quaid day back home," he added.

Shoaib Malik, who hit the winning runs, said the pressure of playing against India was there but the team managed to handle it despite the initial jitters.

"We were struggling when the debutant bowler, I don't remember his name, took those early wickets, Hafeez played a brilliant innings. You are playing against India, pressure is always there, but you have to play according to the situation,” Malik said.

India captain MS Dhoni, meanwhile, rued his side’s shortage of runs, saying the hosts were about 15 runs short of what would have been a good target.

"If we would have got more runs. We got a good start, fantastic effort by the openers, we kept losing wickets after that, 10 or 15 more runs we should have got easily. 145 would have been a safe score,” Dhoni said.

He added that India had taken a gamble to have a fast bowler for the last over as Pakistan were scoring at a high pace.

“You have to pitch it up, not bowl short. That gamble was done three or four overs before that. At that time, Pakistan were scoring at a high pace, we had to take that gamble," he said.

The two sides are playing the first bilateral series after five years. Relations between the two countries have been tense since the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which also lead to a suspension of cricket ties.

The second T20 takes place in Ahmedabad on Friday.


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Ahmad K. Dec 26, 2012 11:41am
Feels good to win but let us not go too far. It is possible you might lose next match, then which gift you will send to the nation ?
Syed rizvi Dec 26, 2012 12:10pm
CongrTulation to the team and it is a good news after long time.Keep it up, pleasewe need more news like this in futurevalso
ARSLAN Dec 26, 2012 04:01pm
bravooo! team Pakistan
Alex Dec 26, 2012 02:22pm
Shuaib...there you your life revolves around INDIA the magnet. The statements of your cricket captains, politicians prove this time and other window to the world outside....
Muhammad iftikhar Dec 26, 2012 01:59pm
Lets de politicize the game. enjoy it and learn tolerance. well done both the teams. cricket is victorious.
Capt C M Khan Dec 25, 2012 10:36pm
Just imagine if the extremists in Pakistan had shown respect to HUMANITY and SPORTS...and not tried to kill Sri Lankan cricket team....Pakistan Cricket team would have been among the top three...Sad. Anyway well done TEAM EFFORT...Dave some More Good Job.
ammariftikhar Dec 26, 2012 12:54pm
Truth is Bitter! I am sure you have not checked out comments on Time of India & other Indian sites and you will find out the hurdles in the friendship-if you really want to!
Khan Dec 26, 2012 01:18am
Congratulations to team Pakistan, keep it up.
Yawar Dec 26, 2012 03:29am
Thank you team Pakistan. We are proud of what you achieved. And thank you Hafeez for reminding those present in the stadium and watching on TV that Dec 25 is Quaid's day.
MOHAMMAD Dec 26, 2012 03:43am
well done PAKISTAN. mr hafeez i m surprised why you asked india to bat first after winning the toss.
Atif Dec 26, 2012 01:30pm
yes it is true.. but what can be done? Indians are Indians and Pakistanis are Pakistanis. two different nations both have their +ves and -ves.
nayyar51 Dec 26, 2012 04:47am
The Pakistani nation salutes its cricket team, for giving a very befitting victory gift to the nation, on the eve of the 136th birthday anniversary of the father and the founder of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah Sahab. This is not an ordinary T20 win. Rather, its the 1st T20 victory ever, against India. And the icing on the cake is, that it was achieved on Indian soil. The gist of the victory can be found in the excellent leadership of the captain Muhammad Hafeez, who led the team by example and from the front. Bowling was up-to the mark with bare minimum extras. However, the fielding was exceptionally improved, with three direct run outs. However, the batting failures of Nasir Jamshed, Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal needs immediate attention of the team management and the PCB. In the end, I will repeat that victory has many fathers (which hides all the weaknesses) and defeat is an orphan (which turns even positives into negatives). As such, our team must not sit on its laurels of Today's win. Rather, it should concentrate to overcome the short comings of this match, to focus on a clean sweep during the Indian tour. Last but not the least the team management and the PCB must ensure to immediately work on for improving the very low fitness levels of Nasir Jamshed, Shoaib Malik, Suhail Tanvir and Kamran Akmal. Best of luck to the Pakistani cricket team, its management and the PCB.
Ather Dec 26, 2012 04:55am
Hafeez and the entire team are heroes! Bravo!
Saleem Dec 26, 2012 03:09pm
I am surprised by the immaturity of the comments from both sides. We all need to grow up and enjoy the game.
Saleem Dec 26, 2012 03:05pm
There is a no reason to fight. It is a game. Rivalery is good, but let the best team win. I will enjoy the game regardless whoever win.
Khurram Dec 26, 2012 02:34pm
Well done! team PAKISTAN. I am very disappointed by Indian spectators and commentators behavior, though Indian players were better to accept their defeat. Indian spectators need to grow up and come to see cricket not India's victory all the times - they can pray and expect it but it doesn't happen all times. We in Pakistan always pray for our team but at the same time we appreciate good cricket at any moment - even when the new guy was taking wickets with some beautiful swinging deliveries at very crucial moment of the game. Please "grow up".
Ekone Dec 26, 2012 02:26pm
Why PCB keeps selecting Umar Akmal and Nasir Jamshed. Enough is Enough.
Alex Dec 26, 2012 02:25pm
Nothing has been so special thus far in proving Quaids Ideals ...just like islam is mentioned everyday but the opposite ie violence... is done daily ...hypocrisy ....
Zahid Dec 26, 2012 07:59am
I rather lose every game against everybody in the world but NEVER want to lose against Indians. Did you see how there was no support for Pak team in stands? As cpmpare to many shameless Pakistani always wear goofy indian flag on their faces to support the the enemy when they play in Pak. Shame on those people and God Bless the Pakistani Players.
Nasir Magsi Dec 26, 2012 08:00am
Muhammad Hafeez as captain performed very well.Best of luck for coming Matches....
raj Dec 26, 2012 08:31am
Grow up buddy!
Nivit Kumar Yadav Dec 26, 2012 08:36am
Congratulations my friends in Pakistan your team played well yesterday
shuaib Dec 26, 2012 08:37am
Infact, it is a great win against 35,000 Indians minus 200 Pakistani spectators, 11 revenge series players, 3 upset umpires and 2 hostile commentators (shastri and sunny). We all in Pakistan await, tOwEet by Raina's nephew!!!!
tarun Dec 26, 2012 08:49am
its people like you due to which this two countries can never become friends......
ch.Subba Rao Dec 26, 2012 03:50pm
congrats pakistan,well done,played better than india
Zahid Dec 26, 2012 09:38am
You grow up. Do you see how your crowd and politicians behave towards Pakistan? BTW, get off of our board and go check out comments on Time of India. See all the "Grown ups" there.
philosopher Dec 26, 2012 09:40am
I think sports should be without the regional or international politics. Indians are one of the finest cricket teams in the world, and it was a pleasure watching the two sides competing against each other. Healthy competition is always good, and the history has proven it again and again that war has never done good to humanity. Peace on the other hand brings prosperity for every one. PEACE
saad Dec 26, 2012 09:47am
historicaly teams chasing have won more in india because of the dew factor
hamid Shafiq Dec 26, 2012 10:28am
long live my country pakistan and i think media should behave gently not showing its war. its a game in which both player fight for winning a game not killing in war.
shuaib Dec 26, 2012 10:33am
spot on to raj, the grown up or down
Oz Dec 26, 2012 11:09am
Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have a new problem to deal with.. Memory Loss. One forgets who is in the squad at the start of the match, the other forgets the name of the man who played hours against him(B. Kumar) and got three amazing wickets.. No sarcasm or pun intended, this is pure fun. Oh.. and Big Dave, cheer up will you ?? LOL
raam Dec 26, 2012 11:56am
I think the match was fixed
indian Dec 26, 2012 07:28pm
well played pakistan...u deserved to win...but picture abhi baki hain mere doost...let us see how many can you win from the next 3...btw, i sincerely apologize to all pakistani sports lovers on behalf of ishant for his bad temper to a guest cricketer from another country, he should not have done request to all sports lovers - game ko game rahne do aur maaza lo...
Salman Dec 26, 2012 08:59pm
Win series first
Ali abbas Dec 26, 2012 11:44pm
Why are Indians our enemies? They treat us lot better than our so called "Arab brothers ". And "afghan brothers" the one we supported in million and now they hate us. You think Iran and Turkey are our friend? Grow up. It's hate filled people on both side of the border who are the real enemies of both countries.
Ali abbas Dec 26, 2012 11:48pm
Like I wrote earlier, there are people who are filled with hate on both side of the border and they are the real poison destroying two nations, Pakistan more than India though. So we pakistanis need to realize that our future is tied with Indians and not with Arabs as they are the people who really hate our guts. Just ask someone who works in Arab countries.
Ahmed Sultan (India) Dec 27, 2012 06:40am
Why didnt you came to support your team?? Anyways the match was fixed.
backtoearth Dec 27, 2012 06:44am
Hooray! We won a cricket match!! Now back to work.
Ahmed Sultan (India) Dec 27, 2012 06:45am
I feel sorry for Shoaib Malik. If he performs well then wife is now happy, if he doesn't performs then his entire nation is not happy. Bechara kisko khush rakhe begum ko ya mulk ko..
Naved Dec 27, 2012 07:09am
Pakistan can never win against India .. It was fixed.