Pakistan Cruising to Quarter Finals…. What’s next?

Its first time that all four Asian test playing nations have qualified for the quarter finals. Pakistan team was the last team to register its position in Qualifying round today after winning against Ireland. They will play on the same ground where they give crushing defeat to Irish. However, they also lose on the same against there rivals in their very first match in the WC2015.

Pakistan start in the group match was so poor that every expert in the world said that theydon’t deserve to go ahead. It looks to be impossible for them as they have to win all the remaining group matches to qualify for the Quarters. Where every one around the world criticizing Pakistan poor batting and there fielding specially dropping catches; they start to win the matches.

First against Zimbabwe they defend an easy achievable total then they they hit UAE which was a bit easy. But there real test was South Africa which they win it by there superb bowling. Thanks to Sohail Khan who picked AB de Villiers and Sarfaraz who lift Pakistan by giving a steady start which they were lacking. Against Ireland they give the statement of being consistent and told every one that they deserve to cruise in the Quarter’s. What’s Next? there real test starts now…

As there last four matches were all do or die so as the next three. They have to win the next three to become the champion of 2015. But how they going to do it?

Shaheen’s encounter in Quarter Final is against Kangroo’s which becomes the most exciting Quarter final match among all the four. Both teams have great fast bowling line up specially excellent bunch of left arm fast bowlers. However, Aussie batting looks more consistent than of Pakistan. They have choked against New Zealand by impressive bowling of Tim Southee which is the best spell of the WC yet there bowling continues to impress specially Mitchell  Starc. Pakistan batting currently relying on Misbah and Sarfaraz. Umer Akmal can bat brilliantly which we are hearing but we have not seen a single match winning knock from his bat. Same applies with Sohaib Maqsood. You can expect some clean hitting from Ahmed Shehzad but he throws his wicket and gets choked. Shahid Afridi has still being the mystery for whole of the world. However, despite being wicket less he has been very consistent with his economical bowling. But I am not finding the same against Australia who are looking brave and are playing attacking cricket and will not let Afridi to go under 4 or even 5. Irfan who have been one of the best with new ball is injured and another economical bowler is out. Now they have to play with the bowlers who are bowling superbly but may leak runs. Wahab Riaz has bowl the fastest bowl of the tournament and will be treat to watch against Australia who plays fast bowl well. He has to deliver some great bowling in the next matches in the same way as he bowled today. It is to be worth mention that Sohail Khan has bowl and has shown great extravaganza of death bowling in this tournament has a great role to play against Quarter Final. However, if we look at the conditions we see that the batsman has big role to play as this is a batting pitch, runs on the board will be crucial. Final words regarding the match will be who ever bats well will go to Semi as both the teams have good fast bowling unit. They need to outclass each other from their batting.

Keeping that thing in mind; we may see hundred from….. Akmal??? As he plays Aussie well…

One thing to remember if Shaheen won they would face their neighbors.

Currently beating Australia should be their priority and focus. Next week going to be cracking for Cricket Lovers….

Pak vs India WC2015….. Match Review

6-0; the number changed from 5-0. Many were expecting to change in to 5-1 but what can we say it just did not happened and wait for WC2019 in England. But the chase behind the numbers is not finished and the big numbers are yet to be focused.


In this post lets talk about the match which started around 8:00 am Pakistan time and  only cricket can wake up Pakistanis on Sundays from their beds. India had won the toss and elected to bat first. They started with a defensive mode and make sure they don’t loose too many wickets; precisely not more than 2 in their first 15 overs which they achieved. They lost Rohit Sharma in 7th over but they manage to keep wickets in hands which was important for them I will tell u later why? Indian batsman was missing Sachin, Sehwag and Yuvraj as said in my previous post but their new ones have showed great character, discipline, and professionalism in high voltage game. For Kholi this match was very important; who was struggling to score runs and had not scored more than 20 runs in his last 6 inning. And Adelaide is just a perfect place to get back to his form. He scored well knock of 107 off 126 balls yet is still questionable because that has no sixes and strike rate was under 100 despite he was well settled in batting Power play. But the strike rate was makeup by Suresh Raina who is known as a T20 specialist and scored 74 off 56 balls which filled the gap and able Indian cricket team to put a total of 301 runs on board. It is worth mentioning that Dhawan also played run a ball long inning which helped India to put on a good total. Meanwhile Pakistan Team bowling did a good job, by giving only 82 runs in the last 10 overs of Indian Inning which is a recovery because Indian team had wickets in hand and can done more damage so many experts do believe that Indian batting were 20-30 runs short after playing solidly in middle overs courtesy off ineffective bowling in middle overs. Sohail Khan picked fifer and he bowled well in depth overs and has justified why he is taken there. Old ball suits him he might be more effective if there is only one new ball instead of two but that is another rule. It is also to mention that Umer Akmal dropped the catch of Kholi although he scored more than 70 at that stage but runs do matter. And he could be more damaging if he had been scoring and clicking before this match. Yet he did some great damage for the opponents.

Although Indians were 20-30 runs short but they were playing against Pakistan who have not chased more than 250 runs since last many years. The pitch was perfect for batsman who knows how to time the ball and has proved it in the art of Kholi. Pakistan team started with Younus Khan and Ahmed Shehzad and lost wicket of Younus Khan. Many think Younus should not be in the team I will discuss and try to defend why he should be in the team. Shehzad was unable to made to convert his 40’s in to 100’s courtesy of immaturity. Haris Sohail came in to pressure after playing lots of dot balls and was caught by Raina courtesy of fine spin of Ashwin. Wickets fumble in quick session Maqsood and Umer Akmal gone for duck and the middle order was certainly change in to one army i.e Misbah ul Haq. Afridi came and every one was expecting that he will do something which may change the history but it was just not enough from the top order that he could continue.Although if he keep his composure and if he and Misbah take the match till 40 which could make Indian bowling lineup to feel the pressure. And who knows history could change. Just like 2011 WC Pakistan chased poorly and it was Misbah who was playing till last and at last he gave up his wicket.

But the road to WC is not yet ended for Pakistan nor India will cruise it without any obstacles. There real test will be next week against South Africa where 300 will not be just enough to defend by Indian bowling in those conditions.



  • Pick a specialist Wicket keeper batsman from next match. Yes talking about Sarfraz Ahmed.
  • Use bowlers sensibly in middle overs. It can be done with giving short spells and variations.
  • Good placement of fielders and try not to give singles in middle overs. Make opponent to go for aerial approach which possess risk and can help to cash wickets in middle overs.
  • Younus can only play as an opener in these conditions so stop being annoyed with that strategy. Khan saab try to click the ball from the middle off the bat. I know, just like Kholi this guy can convert his 30 in to 70 and 100’s. And he is one of the few player currently in Pakistan who can do this. We see Shehzad who thrash his wickets after getting his well settle 40 and same with Akmal and Maqsood.
  • Use fit fast bowlers. If Irfan is not 100% fit he must not be the part of 11. Because if he become an asset with his bowling for Pakistan; he might become asset for opponents if he is not fit. Use Rahat Ali he can swing both ways.
  • Misbah should play at 4 as the way he did. I think if some one support him when he came; match could change for Pakistan. Pakistan team should do home work on this. I don’t know who should play at 3?? you tell……

I hope Pakistan qualify for quarter finals which is very important to keep WC dream alive. And to make that dream alive they need to win WI match else it would be very difficult to reach to the Quarter Finals..

Here comes the rivals.. Pak Vs Ind in Australia and New Zealand

Hey Cricket Lovers World cup is back. World cup is back in Australia and New Zealand and it comes once in a generation. The last time when it went  there; Pakistan team became the world champion by beating England in the finals under Imran Khan and blistering performances by Wasim Akram, Miandad and Inzamam ul haq.

Today was the first day of World Cup 2015 and it start with a convincing win from the hosting nations. About 85000+ were the attendees in the match of Australia vs England. But the real thing will happen when more than half a billion will be watching Pakistan vs India… of course they can’t come in Adelaide ground at a time, yes they will be having there eyes sticking with the TV at 8:00 am on Sunday when people are mostly in deep sleep.

If we see the history of WC between India and Pak clearly Indians are the champions with 5-0. Indians looking to make it as 6-0 where as Pakistan will be looking to make it as 5-1. Of course golden numbers for both the teams. Looking towards the recent performance of both the teams India is doing pretty badly they have been in misery in Australia since last four months and they looking restless; I don’t know how they will going to makeup and will stay there for world cup. Remember they are the defending world champion. They have no Sachin, Sehwag, Yuvraj, Harbhajan and Zaheer who played key role in WC 2011 yet Dhoni and Kholi are there whereas in Pakistan there are Afridi, Younus, Akmal, Misbah, Wahabb Riaz and Ahmed Shehzad present yet no Ajmal and Gul also. Both teams have not a convincing bowling lineup so you can expect that there will be a good total. I think Pakistan have bright chance of winning. But there are some things which I should not forgot India’s batting looks strong by having Rohit, Kholi, Rahane and Dhoni (he is not at his best). Pakistan  batting has got talent but not applied with their best. Out of them Misbah is the most reliable and for a team whose captain looks good is always booster for other players.

On paper Pakistan batting looks a bit fragile than India where as vice versa in bowling which always remained a trend. But you have to say that Indian team does not loose its composure even in WC 1999 and 2003 where Pakistan team had world’s best bowling line up still Indian batsman played a bit well than Pakistan team.

Let see what will happen on 15/Feb/2015 and we see who wins, but I am looking for a great start of World Cup. Remember this is the first match and many matches to come for both the teams and they must not forget there focus should be World Cup not just the offing match.

WC-2015 Pakistan 20 players

Hey guys the World Cup is just 90 days far and every body is excited. The bad news is for Asian people because the world cup is in Australia and New Zealand not because of the conditions but because of the odd timings. Remember Pakistan team has won their first WC in 1992. The big news is Pakistan team is on winning streak and they are one after the other of breaking records. Their fragile batting line up has declared all their innings in their last three test matches, The so called tuk tuk because of his low strike rate has scored the fastest fifty and equals the record with Viv Richards of fastest hundred by scoring in 56 balls. But the problem is they are doing in test matches which they still need to convert it in ODI’s and then it will  be entering on a winning note in WC….

Pakistan will play their group matches with India, West Indies, Zimbawe, Ireland, UAE and South Africa. So on paper they have to take care against three of the six but we can not take Zim, Ire and UAE as a poor team because it is World Cup and everyone works really hard. But to contest against these teams we have to bring the most suitable 11 against each team in different conditions. In Australia we need to take care about bouncy pitches yet New zealand they have small grounds so big runs will be on the board. Of course considering the condition we can not fixed the 11.

My 20 players for Pakistan team in #WC2015:


Ahmed Shehzad

Muhammad Hafeez

Sarfaraz Ahmed

Azhar Ali

Middle order Batsman

Younus Khan


Asad Shafiq

Suhaib Maqsood

Umer Akmal (as a second wicket keeper)

All rounders

Shahid Afridi

Anwar Ali

Bilawal Bhatti

Wahab Riaz

Sohail Tanveer

Specialist Bowlers

Junaid Khan

Umer Gul

Muhamamd Irfan

Muhammad Talha

Rahat Ali

Saeed Ajmal

Now they have to assess and pick the players according to conditions and opponents. If we look technically Afridi does not make in to team 11 in Australian conditions but his experience makes him to be considered over the players who are technically competent. I would pick Sohaib in New zealand instead of Asad Shafiq because of his hard hitting which will help in small grounds but go with Asad in Australian conditions. Younus, Misbah and Ahmed Shehzad will be my fixed players in batting. In bowling I am seeing Umer Gul and Muhammad Irfan leading the side. In New zealand I will go with Sarfaraz Ahmed as an opener because of his brave attitude and if he score fast it will be good for Pakistan. Muhammad Hafeez is not my favorite in Australian conditions and surely not against South Africans. Pakistan need to pick Anwar and Bhatti very sensibly. Wahab Riaz can bowl 145 kph consistently so he would be ideal in Australian conditions. But all things matter on the fitness level of these players. There are many players who seems to be lack in fitness. Also the case of Saeed Ajmal. If he is there I am sure we would have pick him against the tough three teams and we know he will deliver it there too. He has been awesome in England conditions when he was playing for county teams. Also PCB need to think about wild card entries; there may be a wild card entry in the face of Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Muhammd Sami and Imran Nazir. But who ever comes must be fully fit and on merit.

Moving to football from cricket for a while

Before doing that act I just want say congrats to India for winning comprehensively in Semi Finals and cruising to the finals of fifth T20 world cup.

Football is not as popular as Cricket in Asia. But it has a good amount of numbers following from Asian countries specially Pakistan. Football in Pakistan is a very popular game specially in the streets of Karachi. And in Karachi specifically in Lyari a very intense place of the city. As we all know that #StreetChildWorldCup is going on in Brazil and the team which has impressed the most is of Pakistan. Street Children from Karachi which were few months wandering and may get the tags of criminals have become the stars of Pakistan and has impressed everyone from their performances. They beat India defending champions by 13-0 and now at the top of the group stage. I hope they cruise to the final and won the Street football world cup. A year ago BBC came to the street of Karachi and saw street kids playing football and their passion. At that moment no one thought that these kids could do this much big.

They don’t have big inspiration like in Cricket we have they don’t have that much facilities the way Cricket in Pakistan have but it now looks to grow faster and the day is not far when Pakistan team will play in FIFA World Cup.

The Sports minister and government should think about the passion of football players else things will be rotten the way it had and we only left with sorrow in the end.

Best Of Luck to Football in Pakistan…



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