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    DAILY TIMES EXCLUSIVE: Pakistan’s young guns make Windies look bad

    DAILY TIMES EXCLUSIVE: Pakistans young guns make Windies look bad

    By Ramiz Raja


    The West Indies were able to stretch Pakistan in this last one day. However the sheer weight of 303 runs took its toll and the heroic pursuit culminated 23 runs short. The result confirms the opinion that there is a difference of class and talent between the two teams. The other difference is in the mental make up. Pakistan appear to be more street smart than their counterparts, especially the young guns. The team did not panic and weathered the tough sessions better than the Windies who faltered and lost ground. Some of the home teams young batting talents and reserves are hopeless.

    On the other hand, Pakistans bench strength was put to the test and it did a fair job. Shahid Afridis blitz did help to release the pressure off the new comers. The head start provided by his brilliance in fact allowed the entire middle order a period of rest and recreation. They played basic cricket and when the moment came to turn it on, it was Abdul Razzaq and Kamran Akmal who flogged the horse past the post.

    In this win, there were lows as well. The fielding was so ragged that there were scenes of altercations between the bowler and the fielders. It at times reached a point of embarrassment. In fact Yousuf Youhanas ego was so badly bruised by Razzaqs query that he left the field, disgruntled, like a spoilt millionaire. He should thank his stars that he did not play with the Pakistan team of the 80s. A return ticket would have been waiting for him in the dressing room. Why our cricket has not gained the respect of the world after achieving so much in this field is because of such moments of madness. Our role models have failed to recognise the significance of responsible behaviour. A lack of athleticism is some of the young players will be a cause of concern for Bob Woolmer. Younis Khan is the only outstanding fielder we have got in the pack. And he obviously cannot field for others. His catch to get rid of Sarwan will be remembered for a very long time. The bowlers were also at sixes and sevens against Chris Gayle. A wholesome strategy is required against him or he may otherwise turn out to be a Sehwag for us.

    Younis Khan has still a few stretches to go as a captain. He is yet to understand the benefits of staying aggressive and positive in the face of adversity. And more importantly he has to instill this mantra in the mind of his bowlers, especially the spinners. Our spinners eat into the major portion of the bowling innings and if you get dominated by a spinners thought, which is usually defensive, then you can say goodbye to your chances of a win. Some of the defensive field positions did not make a lot of sense either.

    Pakistan must also push to play Danish Kaneria. He is an attacking option. He may go for runs but he will also give you wickets. Besides, he is the only spinner we have got that actually spins the ball. Variation and change of pace are poor substitutes for spin.

    The only way Pakistan can lose a game on this tour is by being complacent. They, like any top team in the world, need to be ruthless. When the opposition is on the mat, a team must go for the kill. And that is how Pakistan should be thinking. The bunch looks happy and focussed. The batting, however, has to be improved if Pakistan are to compete with better sides in the world. The time is now when the going is great!

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default...4-5-2005_pg2_2
    Oh, everything's too damned expensive these days. This Bible cost 15 bucks! And talk about a preachy book! Everybody's a sinner! Except this guy.

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    The ODI clean sweep a historic event

    Col (r) Rafi Nasim

    Our teams consecutive victories in the two one-day internationals played at the picturesque island of St Lucia gave Pakistan a clean sweep in the three match series against the West Indies, the one-time mighty black storm of cricket. This is an event of historic importance.

    By breaking the drought of Pakistan having never won a series in the Caribbean, the victory has provided immense pleasure to the cricket lovers in the country. The triumph is more significant because it has been achieved by a young team with limited calibre and a modest reputation.

    However depleted the strength of the hosts may be, the overall performance of our boys in the three matches is evidence of their superiority over their rivals in all branches of the game. In addition, the vital ingredients of morale and fighting spirit were also superb. The boys were competently led by the acting skipper, Younis Khan, who used the bowling resources at his disposal in the most effective manner. The two distinctly visible features of improvement were good fielding and the bowlers having learnt to maintain the desired line and length.

    Shahid Afridi, whose talent as an excellent all rounder could never be challenged, has proved his mettle by emerging as the most important member of the team. The previous Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) set-up jeopardized his valuable career by dropping him from the side and then by making him a rolling stone in the batting order. His ability as an effective spin bowler was never valued. He cannot possibly curb his natural instinct of playing high flying shots. These are the type of shots which provide the team quick runs and also get him out. Coach Bob Woolmer has only to teach him to hit the shots some distance away from the fielder. There is no one else in the team playing such a delightful game, especially from the spectators point of view.

    The opening stand is always important for building up the innings. With Shahid Afridi and Salman Butt opening the innings, the vacuum that existed has been almost filled. Not only does the team get a reasonable stand, the attack bowlers also lose their sting through the beating that they receive from Shahid Afridi, a factor extremely helpful for the batsmen who follow. Shoaib Malik can be counted as another suitable find for the one down slot. After coming out of the shadow of a doubtful bowling action, he will be able to show his full potential as a bowler thus playing a really effective role as an all rounder.

    The second ODI of the series in which Pakistan posted a challenging total of 258 runs showed a definite improvement over the first one. Pakistan commenced their batting on a pitch that was basically slow but had a little grass to add some pace to it. Though Pakistan lost the opening pair of Shahid Afridi (12) and Salman Butt (16) with only 33 runs on the board, the batsmen who followed them compensated. Among them both skipper Inzamamul Haq and Shoaib Malik were conspicuous by scoring half centuries (51 each) while Younis Khan added a fighting 48 to build up the winning total.

    Taking quick runs may be a part of one day cricket but taking risky runs is not. During the innings our batsmen displayed a tendency of taking risky runs which caused two important run outs. There is, however, no doubt that the Windies fielding was excellent, especially the throws directly hitting the stumps. Since our team had won the first ODI by dismissing the hosts for a paltry score of 133 runs, they were fully confident of not letting them come near the victory target of 259. The were able to dismiss the hosts for a mere 218 runs to clinch a comfortable victory by 40 runs.

    Runako Morton was the top scorer with a fighting 56 while Chris Gayle (43) and Courtney Brown (36) followed him. It is sad that Shahid Afridi who brought victory to Pakistan by routing the West Indies with magical figures of four wickets for 38 runs, was not declared Man of the Match. The award was instead given to Shoaib Malik, whose innings of 51 was one of the three top scores of the Pakistan total.

    By winning the second ODI Pakistan had clinched the series and were left with no worries for the third encounter the next day. Among the significant changes that Pakistan made to the side were Yasir Hameed replacing Salman Butt as opener and Bazid Khan taking over the one down slot. With Pakistan hitting a formidable total of 303 for 6 the changes had worked well. Out of the eight batsmen who took the crease, seven made it to double figures. As usual Shahid Afridi scored a breezy 56 in 30 balls, Yasir Hameed a useful 41 and Yousuf Youhana a fighting 50. Bazid Khan, who made his ODI debut in this match, emerged with the highest score of 66.

    The Windies were able to drag their total to 281 before they collapsed to award Pakistan a victory by 22 runs. Chris Gayle, who was the most consistent of the Caribbean batsmen, worked hard to save the match by scoring a magnificent century (124), but failed in the end.

    By breaking the Pakistan record of not clinching a victory on West Indies soil, this young team has done a marvelous job. As acting captain in two matches, Younis Khan has proved his ability to hold the mantle for the first Test. Test match cricket being a different game, let us hope our boys face the opponents with the same amount of confidence, determination and fighting spirit and not be afraid of Brian Laras magical power.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default...-5-2005_pg2_11
    Oh, everything's too damned expensive these days. This Bible cost 15 bucks! And talk about a preachy book! Everybody's a sinner! Except this guy.

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      #3
      Re: DAILY TIMES EXCLUSIVE: Pakistans young guns make Windies look bad

      Originally posted by homer_j_simpson
      DAILY TIMES EXCLUSIVE: Pakistans young guns make Windies look bad

      By Ramiz Raja

      In this win, there were lows as well. The fielding was so ragged that there were scenes of altercations between the bowler and the fielders. It at times reached a point of embarrassment. In fact Yousuf Youhanas ego was so badly bruised by Razzaqs query that he left the field, disgruntled, like a spoilt millionaire. He should thank his stars that he did not play with the Pakistan team of the 80s. A return ticket would have been waiting for him in the dressing room. Why our cricket has not gained the respect of the world after achieving so much in this field is because of such moments of madness. Our role models have failed to recognise the significance of responsible behaviour. A lack of athleticism is some of the young players will be a cause of concern for Bob Woolmer. Younis Khan is the only outstanding fielder we have got in the pack. And he obviously cannot field for others. His catch to get rid of Sarwan will be remembered for a very long time. The bowlers were also at sixes and sevens against Chris Gayle. A wholesome strategy is required against him or he may otherwise turn out to be a Sehwag for us.
      Yusuf Yuhana reaction is worrisome for three reasons, (1) sour for losing vice-captiancy and (2) lack of discipline (3) double standards, had this ben Shaibee there wud hv been such a ruckuss key asman phat partha (sky wud hv fallen)...

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        #4
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        ^
        remind the writer that bazid was not making his debut in this match....
        Both Halal & Haram r evident but between them r doubtful things, most ppl have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from suspicious things saves his religion & honor, & whoever indulges in suspicious things indulges in Haram.

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          #5
          Re: DAILY TIMES EXCLUSIVE: Pakistans young guns make Windies look bad

          Originally posted by armughal
          ^
          remind the writer that bazid was not making his debut in this match....
          Col (R) Rafi suffering from makhanlagaophobia....

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            #6
            Re: DAILY TIMES EXCLUSIVE: Pakistans young guns make Windies look bad

            can someone tell me what this whole thing with Yoyo-Razzler was about? I missed that in the match. Hua kya tha?
            For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining - and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction - Khalil Gibran

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              Re: DAILY TIMES EXCLUSIVE: Pakistans young guns make Windies look bad

              ^
              i think its the incident where yoyo dropped a catch off razzaq's bowling....
              i dont recall properly but i think it was gayle who offered the catch, and yoyo did not take the chance....
              Both Halal & Haram r evident but between them r doubtful things, most ppl have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from suspicious things saves his religion & honor, & whoever indulges in suspicious things indulges in Haram.

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                #8
                Re: DAILY TIMES EXCLUSIVE: Pakistans young guns make Windies look bad

                It wasn`t a drop catch but Razzaq thought it was .. It fell short of Youhana and later both players were exchanging some harsh words .. and the article says , Youhana left the field after that.

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                  #9
                  Re: DAILY TIMES EXCLUSIVE: Pakistans young guns make Windies look bad

                  Originally posted by armughal
                  ^
                  i think its the incident where yoyo dropped a catch off razzaq's bowling....
                  i dont recall properly but i think it was gayle who offered the catch, and yoyo did not take the chance....
                  well razzler bowled a slower to get Chanderpaul miscue his shot ..... the ball hit high on the bat held a bit in the air and looped towards Yoyo but fell well short of him ..... Razzler thought yoyo didn't try good enough to get to the ball ...... yoyo argued (is that a word??) that it fell well short of him ..... so that had a little heated exchange of words ..... Younis ran to Yoyo to help him up and gave him a pat on his back and tried both to calm down ......

                  i think this is the differnce between Younis and Inzi ..... Inzi almost never needed to calm if two of his team men coz they're mostly quite or atleast no that loud/obvious ...... Younis is regarded not as elder one (as is Inzi) but another team member who is skipper ...... I think this will be the toughest challenges Younis may face once he is captain for longer terms

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                    #10
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                    Originally posted by fartguru
                    Yusuf Yuhana reaction is worrisome for three reasons, (1) sour for losing vice-captiancy and (2) lack of discipline (3) double standards, had this ben Shaibee there wud hv been such a ruckuss key asman phat partha (sky wud hv fallen)...
                    It has been said that Youhana left vice captaincy to concentrate on his batting. So no sour grapes here.
                    The will of Allah will not take you where the Grace of Allah will not protect you.

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                      #11
                      Re: DAILY TIMES EXCLUSIVE: Pakistans young guns make Windies look bad

                      ^ are you forgetting Inzi's statement that he told PCB not to change VCs for Indian tour? why'd Inzi want Youhanna to be VC if he didn't want it himself?

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                        #12
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                        Originally posted by Captain1
                        ^ are you forgetting Inzi's statement that he told PCB not to change VCs for Indian tour? why'd Inzi want Youhanna to be VC if he didn't want it himself?
                        Thou speaketh the truth Captain....

                        Issue here is of discipline, managing yourself in front of cameras and on ground behaviour. Had Pakistan lost this match, things wud hv been different, and Yuhana wud hv been the target of all critics for showing poor character. Things can and do happen in the heat of moment, but then again these guys are paid professionals who hv been around fr quite a long time and must know how to behave. Poor performance by Yusuf Yuhana and well said Rameez Raja.

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                          #13
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                          ^ but I still doubt it was "sour grapes", it seems like "heat of the moment" which is still condemnable anyway. I didn't watch the game, only came to know after reading this article. Bad Youhanna bad boy!!

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                            #14
                            Re: DAILY TIMES EXCLUSIVE: Pakistans young guns make Windies look bad

                            I saw the match but I didn't see Yoyo leave the field. Did anyone see that?

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                              #15
                              Re: DAILY TIMES EXCLUSIVE: Pakistans young guns make Windies look bad

                              Originally posted by Captain1
                              ^ are you forgetting Inzi's statement that he told PCB not to change VCs for Indian tour? why'd Inzi want Youhanna to be VC if he didn't want it himself?
                              Yes I am forgetting that. Remind me. I remember Inzi's statement that he wants continuity in the team and even if Inzi said that does not mean that Youhana wanted that. I am quite sure Youhana was consulted.
                              The will of Allah will not take you where the Grace of Allah will not protect you.

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