Chokers?

With last night’s defeat, Pakistan have departed from yet another world cup after losing yet another semi final.

In the last few years, Pakistan has amazingly always been able to make it to the semi final….only not to be one of the finalists. I have concluded that we are now the new chokers, after South Africa. Talent and skill does not matter any more, the Pakistani team, just like the rest of Pakistani nation, does not have the confidence to win in situations where it really matters. Its been long since Pakistan won a BIG match. We know they are talented. Just a few days back they won against tams like South Africa and Australia comprehensively. Its like winning against India in a World Cup: not about skill or talent, but about mental toughness. We have never been able to win against India in a world cup, not in one day, not in T20. We did not win wen Zaheer Abbas and Javed Miandad batted for Pakistan, we did not win wen Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis were bowling for Pakistan, we did not win wen Amir Sohail and Saeed Anwer were opening for Pakistan…we just never won and I think we cannot win against India in a World Cup. It is a mental block and we need to find a way to tackle that somehow.

I think the team needs a psychiatrist more than anything else. They need to know how to be confident enough to win big matches without being over confident.

And I dont hate Shahid Afridi, I have always loved him as a player, always respected him. But its not his time anymore i guess. I am not even doubting his commitment. I just think that his career should end now….like all good things, this must also end. He can do well with his Kurta line. He also has a great career ahead of him as a cricket expert if he can brush up his English. But he needs to understand that he should now when there are still people who love him, respect him and wish him well.

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9 thoughts on “Chokers?

  1. n their strategies during the match!! Abdul Razzaq was replaced by Sohail Tanveer which was a blind decision i guess… the sequence of players was set randomly while batting n bowling(as it seemed)

  2. Oh the team selection is a mess. Malik and nazir must b kicked out. Afridi shud retire. I have failed to understand why asad shafiq was not playing. In an over populated cricket crazy country, I am sure their replacements can b found easily. I dont know why it has become a tradition in Pakistan that players do not want to retire even wen they know there is no cricket left in them. Even legends like miandad and akram took too long to retire

    1. NO!!! he is not a T20 player, he should stick to test where he has 5 days to stay on the crease. T20 is not only about staying on the crease which seems to be his main talent.

      1. Lets see how the statistics stack up in this case.

        Misbah ul Haq:

        Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s
        2007-2012 39 34 13 788 87* 37.52 715 110.20 0 3 2 45 26

        Mohammad Hafeez:

        Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s
        2006-2012 40 38 0 811 71 21.34 742 109.29 0 2 3 93 16

        I have taken above statistics from cricinfo.com

        It is clear from these stats that Misbah is a much better T20 batsman in comparison to Hafeez. Misbah has better strike rate (110.20) which is IMPORTANT in T20 moreover he has better average! which means he makes more and faster runs than Hafeez in T20!

        Again Misbah has won 6 matches out of 8 as a captain for Pakistan T20 and lost only 2 whereas Hafeez also won 6 matches but out of 11!

        Going through these statistics, I have no idea what makes them not to choose him. To me this is very strange, as so many other things in our lovely Pakistan…

  3. oh i dont like hafeez at all esp his captaincy. things were so haphazard during the world cup under his captaincy and i have failed to understand why ppl call him professor. he has no strategy watsoever. i

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