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“I think Dav (Whatmore) has done well with us and he has brought about a change in our attitude. The most positive thing about him is that he always backs the captain and players.” -Photo by AFP

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has credited coach Dav Whatmore for a change in the attitude of his players, adding that the Australian was one of the main reasons the team kept their composure during the high-pressure tour of India.

“Playing in India is all about handling the pressure and I think we did very well as a unit with the support staff also working well with the players. I thought Whatmore did well although it was the first time he was involved in a bilateral Indo-Pak series,” Misbah said upon his return from India where his side drew the T20 series 1-1 before winning the ODI series 2-1.

Misbah rubbished criticism against Whatmore who, according to some former players, did not seem ‘too involved’ with the team.

“I think Dav (Whatmore) has done well with us and he has brought about a change in our attitude. The most positive thing about him is that he always backs the captain and players.

“A coach must be judged by his work professionally as the onus is on him to improve the team's performance, get results and groom players. It really doesn't matter which country he belongs to as long as the team benefits from him,” the skipper said of Whatmore, a former Australian Test cricketer.

Whatmore’s tenure with Pakistan, which will complete its first year in March, has been a mixed bag and the critics have never been too far away from developments.

Whatmore's first big test came in last year's Asia Cup which Pakistan won after beating Bangladesh in the final. A tour of Sri Lanka followed where Misbah’s men lost both the ODI and Test series.

It was a similar tale against Australia in the ODI series in UAE but under Hafeez’s captaincy, Pakistan beat Australia in the T20 series that followed and also reached the semis of the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka.

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Dilawer Jan 09, 2013 04:37pm
Agree with the assessment. Results speak for itself. Dav Whatmore has done a good job.
Muba Khan Jan 09, 2013 05:24pm
Dave must not have drunk the chai of Lahore :)
Farooq Mogul Jan 09, 2013 05:35pm
Hope Whatmore will not return the favor by supporting Mishab to stay in ODI team, Misbah has no place in ODIs, he must go. Misbah's batting has cost many important matches to Pakistan.
GreenOval Jan 09, 2013 06:02pm
Not sure what change is Misbah referring to, it was the Tuk Tuk yesterday and it's the same Tuk Tuk today. It's the same brainless batting by Umar Akmal yesteryears and it's the same reckless batting by Umar Akmal today. It's the bowling all over again that has been winning us the game. Fortunately the fast bowlers came to the party in India and took lots of load off of Ajmal. Junaid is crediting Wasim Akram for his improved performance so where is the merit of Misbah's statement.
Wally Jan 09, 2013 07:41pm
Pakistan did not lose the test series to Sri Lanka under "Misbah's Men" . Pakistan lost one test match under Hafeez's captaincy and almost won the other under Misbah's captaincy where Sri Lanka was saved only by rain while the third was drawn under Misbah's captaincy.
sraz45 Jan 10, 2013 01:30am
Everything takes time, character building the most. Coaches are human beings we expect them to be super humans. It is an enormous task to transform the attitudes of a bunch of people who have a mind of their own and do not.even speak your language! Hat's off for Coach Dave Whatmore for helping the Pakistani side achieve this win. he is a great leader, Pakistan cricket has hugely benefited from his coaching skills. God Bless!
S.S. Jan 10, 2013 12:42pm
Raza Khan Jan 10, 2013 05:33am
I believe Dev Whatmore needed sometime to deliver and now the change is visible. The upcoming series against South Africa will be a challenge for the coach, captain and selection committee. If the team plays as unit over there as they did in India recently, no critic would say a word.
Khurram Jan 10, 2013 06:31am
We defeated World Champions on their home ground under his coaching Whatmore you want? :)
Subterraneo Jan 10, 2013 06:44am
Dav Whatmore is skilled in uplifting morale and producing better performances from his charges. He had done it Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and is now doing it in Pakistan. If anything, India need him more than ever at this point.
Rafi Jan 10, 2013 08:59am
D Whatmore is the most worst coach for Pak team and fan. How he take S Malik in team. He should change his own attitude first. It is time to pick new new batsmen from 1st class.