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Pakistan win Team of the Year award

Pakistan was named as the Best International Cricket Team in the 2011-2012 season at the CEAT cricket awards on Friday while India batsman Virat Kohli bagged the International Cricketer of the Year award.

Kohli, also the vice-captain of the side, beat the likes of Australian captain Michael Clarke, former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara and consistent South African opener Hashim Amla to clinch the top honour at a glittering function. Kohli, however, could not make it to the event and former Pakistan captain and bowling legend Wasim Akram collected the award on his behalf. “He is a special player. One of the best batsmen and fielder in the world cricket. He should be groomed as the next T20 captain of the Indian team. He is the right choice for the position,” said Akram of Kohli.

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Akram also collected the award on behalf of the Pakistan team and said: “It’s an honour for me to collect this award on behalf of the team. They really played some good cricket this season and I congratulate them for emerging the winner.” Former Pakistan batting great Zaheer Abbas received the Lifetime Achievement Award. In the special India-Pakistan award category, legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar lifted the Best Test Batsman trophy while former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq was honoured with the Best ODI Batsman award. The 1983 India’s World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev was adjudged the Best Test bowler, Akram received the Best ODI bowler award.

CEAT Audience Choice Awards 2011-2012 went jointly to former Pakistan opener Saeed Anwar and Indian opener Virender Sehwag. Kapil, while awarding the International Best Cricket Team award to Pakistan said: “They deserve the award as they played good cricket.” Asked about Indian team’s dismal show against Pakistan in the ongoing series, Kapil said it would be better to not talk on the issue.

“If we don’t talk about it, it would be better for us. I just hope that on Sunday (third ODI at the Ferozeshah Kotla) we see better cricket. The Indian team has the reputation of making a comeback so I just hope they play well. I would just like to congratulate the Pakistan time for playing a fantastic cricket. They have a fantastic bowling line-up and there batsmen are also coming good. You deserve to win,” he said.”

Kapil, while getting nostalgic about the Indo-Pak rivalry, said: “Whenever you entered the field, you just wanted to win. It was like just go there and win. I can’t explain in words the rivalry between the two nations. Sometimes the pressure situation, the tense atmosphere didn’t let you to play the natural game.” The first-ever CEAT young Indian cricketer of the year award was received by India U-19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand, who collected the trophy from Gavaskar. “I am happy to have been chosen for this award. That was a special win for all of us. That particular day when I lifted the World Cup trophy was a special moment.” Former Pakistan captains Saeed Anwar, Rameez Raja and Inzamam along with Kapil, Ajay Jadeja, Gavaskar and Yashpal Sharma graced the occasion.

Ramiz and Shonali Nagrani played perfect host to the evening reminding the present dignitaries of the excitement attached to the Indo-Pak rivalry over the years.

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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in CRICKET

 

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Congratulations To Pakistan Team On Historic White wash

Pakistan cricket team continued their superb performance and beat England in third test by 71 runs .

Man of the series one and only Saeed Ajmal .

Man of the match Azhar Ali for classic 157

Pakistan duly completed their first clean sweep against England in a Test series, an extraordinary achievement for a side with no home to call its own, a side that lives out of a suitcase and does it rather well. Along with the socks and the toothpaste they certainly unpacked quite a shock for the No. 1 ranked side.

 

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in CRICKET

 

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West Indies crushed ,Pakistan in Semi Final

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Intent of the day

Devon Smith started the first quarter-final in smashing fashion. He was offered a delivery that was a little shorter and a little wider than Umar Gul would have intended and he unleashed the square cut. It flew, razor sharp off his bat, past point and gave the West Indies a boundary. Smith’s stance, tall, upright and authoritative, indicated that the West Indies meant business. It’s a pity that the team’s actions after that, didn’t follow through.

Bail-breaking of the day

For years the cricket world has scratched its head collectively when Shivnarine Chanderpaul has come to the crease and taken guard. Off comes the bail, to be hammered senselessly into the spot where he takes guard with the top of the bat handle. Other West Indians, most notably Ramnaresh Sarwan, have started following suit. The ferocity with which they hammer the bail in, it’s surprising what happened today hasn’t happened before: Ronnie was hammering away in the 4th over of the innings, when the bail actually broke. Last we heard, the ICC hadn’t sent out a code of conduct disciplinary breach notice for violence against cricket equipment.

Over of the day

There was little surprise when Saeed Ajmal was picked in the XI today to counter West Indies’ battery of left-handers. There was probably more at the decision to open not with him but with Mohammad Hafeez, though he has long been a clever Powerplay operator. He began tightly against a restless Chris Gayle but the pressure he built in the first two overs told in his third. Devon Smith was so plumb he decided not to review it. Three balls later, Darren Bravo went lbw and though he was probably right to refer it, the decision went against him. A double-wicket maiden set the tone for the rest of the innings.

Referral of the day

No one is ever more convinced in asking for a fielding referral than Shahid Afridi. Off his own bowling he often doesn’t even ask anyone else, like the wicketkeeper, for an opinion, making the T-sign a part of his appeal. He asked for one today, a leg-before against Sarwan, which went against him but the best was a cheeky request for a referral to Billy Bowden after a leg-side wide was given in the 27th over of the innings.

The mini-scare of the day

Near the middle of the innings break, just as twilight was approaching, the time when lights are most needed to bridge the gap between day and night, the floodlights at the Shere-e-Bangla stadium went off. At the same time, a message appeared on the scoreboard “In the event that this match is not completed today, the players will return tomorrow. Please retain your tickets.” With the ground swiftly descending into darkness, some fans may have been searching for their tickets, crumpled up in their pockets or bags somewhere, just in case the lights never came back on. A few minutes later, the globes started twinkling again and the field was bathed in light in time for the second innings.

The one-handed slip dropper of the day

Younis Khan was made to practice his reaction time at first slip. First, was when Saeed Ajmal got Darren Sammy to get a leading edge off a regular offspinner. Younis put in a solid dive to his left and even got a hand on the ball but couldn’t hold on. Nine overs later he was tested again. This time by Wahab Riaz‘s attempt to dismiss Kemar Roach. Riaz angled one across the West Indian quick, who tried to steer it past slip. Younis dived to his right this time and got fingertips to it but the catch evaded him again. He did make up later with a nicely-judged catch at short midwicket to send back Roach.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2011 in CRICKET

 

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Proud Australian Streak ended by Pakistan,History recalled

Finally the history recalled,Pakistan have ended the australian winning streak in cricket world cup since 1999 when they were last defeated by Pakistan.

Extremely great bowling performance by Pakistan.Umar Gul sensational ,Abdul Razzaq in great touch and every other contributed to make this happen in favour of Pakistan.Pakistan were considered under dogs before world cup and now they have topped their group with 10 points.

Three matches more to win the world cup , if they bowl like this the cup is there for sure.



Group A

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Pakistan 6 5 1 0 0 10 +0.758 1312/275.1 1155/288.0
Sri Lanka 6 4 1 0 1 9 +2.582 1336/218.4 882/250.0
Australia 6 4 1 0 1 9 +1.123 1181/218.5 1030/241.0
New Zealand 6 4 2 0 0 8 +1.135 1257/241.3 1156/284.0
Zimbabwe 5 1 4 0 0 2 -0.669 980/238.0 1042/217.4
Canada 6 1 5 0 0 2 -1.987 1054/295.3 1582/284.5
Kenya 5 0 5 0 0 0 -3.005 785/250.0 1058/172.1

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Finally, after 34 games without defeat in the World Cup, Australia have been toppled. Intriguingly this sets up a likely clash between Australia and India in the quarters, while Pakistan will probably play West Indies.


Ill mannered Ausies continued to be ill mannered .

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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in CRICKET

 

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Tribute to legendary Shoaib Akhtar(Rawalpindi Express)

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Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
World Cup 19 18 893 765 30 4/46 4/46 25.50 5.13 29.7 1 0 0
ODIs 163 162 7764 6169 247 6/16 6/16 24.97 4.76 31.4 6 4 0
List A 221 10627 8522 338 6/16 6/16 25.21 4.81 31.4 13 7 0

.The legendary Shoaib Akhtar will retire after cricket world cup 2011.I will miss you and I have no others words……….The cricket world will miss you …………Pakistan cricket will miss you a lot.

In short

  • aggressive
  • Patriotic
  • Fast and furious
  • Fastest bowler ever on earth
  • Accepted the challenges
  • Afraid of no one
  • History maker
  • Fighter

I Salute you for serving Pakistan !

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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in CRICKET, Uncategorized

 

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Pakistan quites the Critics

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What a match that was, between Pakistan and Srilanka .The most interesting match till now in cricket world cup 2011.Great victory by Pakistan defeating one of the favorites by 11 runs ,two in a row.

By this thrilling contest Pakistani cricket team has shown the Critics that they are underrated .Pakistan team is not dark horses.A collective team performance by Pakistan.Awesome bowling by Captain Afridi once again ,very very impressive Shoaib Akthar , Younis and Misbah great batting.

Bowling O M R W Econ
View wickets Shoaib Akhtar 10 0 42 2 4.20
Abdul Razzaq 5 1 23 0 4.60
View wicket Umar Gul 9 0 60 1 6.66 (1nb, 2w)
View wicket Mohammad Hafeez 6 0 33 1 5.50 (2w)
View wickets Shahid Afridi 10 0 34 4 3.40 (1w)
View wicket Abdur Rehman 10 1 63 1 6.30 (1nb, 3w)

But there were also flaws in Pakistan’s performance.Poor wicket keeping by Kamran Akmal , worst bowling ever by Umar Gul ,bad fielding and very low score in batting power play only 36 runs.In next game Wahab Riaz should be used instead of  Umar Gul.

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Posted by on February 26, 2011 in CRICKET

 

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