At this precise moment in the world cup no one is doubting the fact that the dark horse of the tournament team Pakistan has more than demonstrated their ability and prowess to win in their match against Srilanka. They have beaten one of the hosts of this world cup in front of a packed crowd of their own fans on their own turf.
Now since our captain has made it clear post-match that this is everyone’s team I feel that we as a nation need to give him a few suggestions and who knows perhaps he will hear the call of us rabid green fans.
First of all, to anyone who watched the Pak vs. Sl match it was more than abundantly clear that one person was involved in most of the mishaps that team Pakistan went through on the field that day. From the run out from a comic strip to the missed stamping’s to the dropped catch one akmal was always in the mix and it wasn’t the guy called umar. See its quite simple, with the Sri-lankan top order removed at 96/4 in a 277 run chase they should not have gotten as close as they did to the target in the end. They could have done what England did to India yesterday (had to mention it) For that to happen our team needs to bungle less in the field and finish off opponents quicker. Yes Akthar was brilliant in bursts, yes you our captain rocked the ground with your bowling but it was not totally our effort in the end when Srilanka lost but more a combination of chance and circumstance. Thus we need to remove the chief bungler, trust me he isn’t doing nothing for us lala!!
Secondly in this match Abdul Razzak who has the ability to knock any team out of the match with his straight batted cudgel of the norse gods faced four balls at the death. Now I do understand that this was due to the fact that Misbah and Younis had to play a Miandadesque effort to repair our innings and they did that to perfection I might add, but Razzaq should have come sooner than later after one of them departed. In fact here is an idea, since Misbah has picked up a hamstring strain (yes I have chewed all my nails off at this) why don’t we rest him for the next match which is against Canada and play Razzaq in his position. Imagine what he will do to the team from urbania? Who knows if he fires he can carry over his form to the next match?
Thirdly there is this guy in our dressing room called Junaid Khan, obviously the match against big gun srilanka demanded all the old heads at the table, however Gul is not firing at all. So why don’t we give Junaid a chance with Akthar? See if the phoenix to be can pass on some tips (cricketing one’s please) to the young talent as they bowl side by side? We will need someone for the future to spear head us too, a guy wearing a marijuana leaf T shirt at an ICC tribunal hearing deciding on his career has ensured us of that.
Last but not the least Lala we call you boom boom for a reason, and if you were wondering why the crowd goes nuts when you walk out, its in expectancy of what is to happen. So can it happen please, preferably in the semi final & the Final? Pretty please?
A version of this post has appeared on the Dawn blog on 28/2/2011