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My Pakistan XI for India Match in World Cup 2015

Pak XI for India’s match:

Muhammad Shehzad

Younus Khan

Haris Sohail

Umer Akmal

Misbah-ul-Haq

Sarfaraz Ahmed

Shahid Khan Afridi

Wahab Riaz

Sohail Khan

Yasir Shah

Muhammad Irfan

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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.

Mighty Moustaches Making Strong Come Back in Cricket

Currently it is moustache trend in cricket.From Mitchell Johnson of Australia to Pakistani middle order batsman Fawaad Alam this is now getting popular and popular.  

Now let us have a type of Moustaches in Cricket:

Dangerous Moustache:

MJ

Australian had glories with moustaches in the past. Johnson Moustache had made the Ashes Series nightmare for English players.

Come Back Moustache:

FA1

SD

One of the strong come back from these moustaches. Fawaad Alam played superbly against Srilanka and Shekhar Dhawan has been great after having a moustache.

Reliable Moustache:

RJThis guy has become one of the most crucial player of Indian team not only from his bat not only from bowl but also from his fielding and that is making him the most reliable player for Indian team.

Pakistan Team Cruises in to the final of Asia Cup in Style

Since I start writing blog again, Pakistan team has started playing well. Pakistan team won the match against the Indian rivals in a very dramatic way, and we need just to avoid an embarrassing loss against Bangladesh. But it was changed in to dramatic and historical win against the Bengali tigers.

Pakistan team who lost the toss and bowl first there bowling. There bowling was not the 50% of what they put effort against India in the previous match. Sunil Gavaskar said about Pakistan Cricket team that ” Pakistan team is an exciting team because they are unpredictable” They could lose the match which no one thought they could and they could do it vice versa.

Today it was not the orthodox way of Pakistan winning the match it was there batting who did it for Pakistan Cricket team. Hafeez and Shehzad give a great start then once again a cracks came up in Pakistan cricket team Misbah and Maqsood (!!! He was given wrong out!!!) went out early. Then it was an unsung hero Fawaad Alam. The person who got his place in the team after 1200 days( more or less 4 years) has shown his talent and told everyone what he could do is really beneficial for Pakistan. And in the last but the greatest the show of the Match Mr. Shahid Khan Afridi who was given license to Boom as hit some powerful raining sixes and took it from the Bangladesh team. Yess Shehzad scored a century.

Crucial and Exciting Moments:

Pakistani Bowlers and fielders were ordinary

Fawaad Alam and Ahmed Shehzad played with responsibility.

It was Shahid Afridi’s day (I think that’s enough)

Misbah gone out on 4 off 4.

Pakistan team will play the final match against Srilanka and will defend the title of best team in Asia.

Why CL-T20 May Beat ICC T20 World Cup In terms Of Popularity?

The two biggest T-20 tournament in the world, Champions league and ICC T20 world cup are competing indirectly with each other without being on the same standard. This time it is looking more clear as Champions league got started soon after the end of T-20 world cup.

Although Champions league is far  less important for a nation as compare to any type of world cup but the attraction of superstars in the form of giant players are creating a sense of rivalry between both of them. Both the tournament are organized under the platform of ICC but in terms of finance there is about 70% share of Indian cricket board.

The ICC T-20 world cup ends with a stylish dance of Gayle and the winning performance of West Indies on Srilanka unfortunately the two srilankans suicide on the loss of Srilanka in the final against Windies. The tournament although is not as fruitful for teams like Pakistan, India and Australia who were looking hot for this tournament. In the champions league it is not about the nation it is about star power.

Star Power Dominates In CL-T20:

Sachin Tendulkar will be looking to perform in this year edition of CL-T20 for Mumbai Indians besides not being the greatest hitter in T-20 but his few minutes on the crease will be most entertaining and has no comparison in front of ICC-T20 world cup player power.

Similarly, Murlitharran and Brett Lee will be performing for Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Night Riders respectively as they both are retired from International format and is having millions of fan following like Tendulkar. Also you will find some experienced T-20 players like Azhar Mahmood and other domestic T-20 players which have a tons of experience of T-20 which is rare in the T20 world cup team players.

Cheer Girls Creates the Effect:

If you adopt it so you have to take it seriously. Besides the dance of Chris Gayle there was nothing entertaining found in the ICC T-20 world cup on the ground. The cheer girls were adopted in cricket format by seeing in NBA and other sports so ICC should take it seriously. As the tournament was approved for Entertaining and  for generating wealth but they didn’t take the enter- -tainment part seriously. 🙂

On the other hand the cheer girls of CL-T20 are looking confident and have good co-ordination in the dancing.Although the cheer girls of NBA are quite professional and have no comparison with the CL-T20 but still they keep up an entertaining environment.

Either this should be eliminated completely from the tournament or if it is adopted should be given special attention by ICC. As if eliminated will not create any difference as there are lots of chachas, superman and other supporting icons. But if it will continue in this way will not create any fruitful result only apple of discord for tournament.

Advertisement And Commercials:

There is found few commercials in the CL-T20 up till now between  overs and bowler looks ready on the screen to through on the other hand. Whereas, in ICC-T20 there were a lot of commercials between  overs and if a wicket is fall, it creates irritation for viewers specially in the crunched matches. Although interval between two innings was longer in Cl-T20 as compare to ICC-T20 world cup but it doesn’t create a sense of irritation for viewers too much.

Wealth:

In short, it is completely dominated by CL-T20 and more discussion is useless.

Some things which can create problems for CL-T20 is the proportions of teams as first time a Pakistani team was playing a qualifying round in the CL-t20 despite of its 3 tournaments completed and unfortunately the result rely on a single match which they lost. Despite of Pakistan performance in the ICC T20 world cup, no Pakistani domestic teams have been in to the CL-T20 matches. The idea of promoting and adopting new teams should be promoted by CL-T20 to get more flavor in this tournament and to induce more teams all around the world and make the tournament more stable.

Another major thing which can create major negative effect is the match fixing. This should be avoided as much as possible as this can shadow all the hard-work of super player power and affluence.

The other problem for CL-T20 is not having rivalry matches like India and Pakistan but who knows in future we may find Mumbai Indians Vs Karachi Dolphins or Delhi Dare Devils Vs Lahore Lions which can create exactly the same environment likewise Indo-Pak match does or may be a bit less.

What you think about both the tournaments?

Give your views on it…

West Indies will play against Srilanka In the Final

The two teams are all set to compete against each other in the finals of the fourth T-20 World cup on Sunday. West Indies and Srilanka are playing out in the finals. Srilanka who outplayed Pakistan in the semi final in which Srilankans placed a total of 140 which was unable to score by Pakistani Batting line up against Srilakan bowlers.  West Indies who thrashed Australia by placing a winning score against Australia in the semi final of 205. Gayle put a thunder performance of 75 which comprises of 6 sixes and 5 fours. Also in the bowling department they from the start created pressure on Australia by picking wickets in short interval.

Both the teams have never won a T20 world cup in the past. Srilanka have qualified for the second time in to the finals, last time they were unable to play well in Lord’s against Pakistan but this time they are looking a good side to pick the trophy. West Indies who have never came in to the semi finals in the past yet  this year they are in to the finals and their performance against Aussies making them more favorite then Srilankans.

It will be a big task of Srilanka to pick Chris Gayle early so to create a huge pressure on West Indies. It will be nice to see how West Indian Bowlers create strategy against Dilshan, Sangakarra and Jayawardane- the top order of  Lanka batting lineup? Also cameos of Pollard and Thissara Perrara will be of huge importance. The importance of fast bowlers can’t be shadowed as Ravi Rampaul and Malinga can create a huge difference from their economical and wicket taking bowling. In spinning department Srilankans have more edge than of West Indies as their both spinners look fascinating Mendis and Herath; whereas Sunil Narine can create some problems for Lanka batters. Considering about the fielding, Srilanka is the best fielding unit of Asia whereas many athletic fielders are in West Indies team such as Sammy, Pollard, Gayle and Bravo which can create difference.

Let see who create more pressure on the opponents and won the trophy of T20 world cup.