Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Misbah Against India

To the typical Pakistan fan:-
MUH is useless against India. Only scored 2 marathon test centuries against them, an unbeaten 70 as stand-in-captain in 2008, quick fire innings at the death in the Kitply tri series final 2008, half century in the first Pakistan-India T20 2007, a List “A” century against India in 50/50 cricket in 2004, 2 50s in tri series finals with Pakistan "A" against India “A”, quick fire innings towards the end at the
Pakistan-India sell out match at the Oval 09, stunning catch of the year at point to dismiss GG in 08, vital 49 in a successful 300+ chase during a one day international in Mohali 2007, but all of this does not matter because we did not win in Mohali and Johannesburg and all the blame goes to Misbah for those 2 matches because he top scored in the pressure matches which is not good enough. We do not appreciate that he fought to the end to keep them in the contest when they could have self destructed, closed an end down while wickets were falling around him, batted with the tail as the last man standing like an alone warrior, put a price on his wicket when others were guilty of being reckless, took the game deep where it seemed as if they would have had a higher chance of pulling it off, made the most noteworthy score on the match summary, reconstructed the chase from an improbable situation & reduced the margin of defeat significantly. We don’t want to blame the top order who played some irresponsible strokes, but want to blame Misbah because through his spirited approach he kept our hopes up to win.

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