Not a nice feeling when you lose: Misbah

By AFP
Published: February 19, 2012

Pakistan’s nine-wicket loss in the third match against England marked Misbah’s first ODI series defeat as captain. PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI: 

Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq heaped praise on England for their superb comeback to clinch the One-Day International (ODI) series after the tourists were routed in the preceding Tests.

England thumped Pakistan by nine wickets in the third match to take an unassailable 3-0 lead, leaving the fourth and final match that takes place tomorrow as inconsequential.

Misbah, who lost his first ODI series as captain after four wins since taking over charge, said England were the better side.

“It’s not a nice feeling when you lose,” said Misbah. “We need to give credit to England for the way they’ve come back after defeat in the Tests. I feel they have played much better cricket than us and were very disciplined.”

Fast-bowlers Steven Finn and Stuart Broad shared six wickets between them to help England restrict Pakistan to 222 despite half-centuries from Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal.

England then chased down the target in 37.2 overs with Kevin Pietersen ending his 36 innings century drought with an unbeaten 111 and Alastair Cook scoring 80 – narrowly missing a third consecutive hundred.

Misbah said England attained world number one ranking in Tests through consistent performance.

“We expected a comeback and they showed that they learnt from their mistakes.”

Misbah was also disappointed at Pakistan being unable to play in the country due to security concerns. “I feel the fact that we’re playing away from home can be a factor. Sometime you feel home sickness. It’s not that I’m giving an excuse but it happens when you’re not playing at home.”

Pietersen, Cook relish win

Meanwhile, Pietersen and Cook showed great delight in England clinching the series, saying a win in sub-continent like conditions was amazing.

“We got hammered in India,” said Pietersen of a 5-0 ODI defeat against India last year. “Sub-continent tours are not very easy for us and to be three nil up makes everyone happy.”

“Cook is turning out to be a very good one-day cricketer. His technique in Test cricket is sensational and he is doing well in ODIs.”

Cook, who took over as ODI captain last year, has been in superb form and was pleased with the way his side moved on from the Test defeats.

“It shows a lot of character to turn that around,” said Cook. When we lose three Tests in a row it is tough. You could be feeling down on yourself.

“But I think everyone has played a crucial part at some stage in the three games. It is very satisfying victory for us.”

Finn excited with progress

The in-form paceman, who has taken 11 wickets in the three ODIs, said he was bowling well since the start of the tour in January.

“I said at the beginning of the trip that I thought I was bowling well. I thought that I was capable of playing. It’s nice to just get an opportunity and helping the team win games really spurs me on.”

The two sides contest the final ODI before the Twenty20 series starts on February 23.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 20th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • shadi
    Feb 19, 2012 - 11:29PM

    Farhat should be removed and Shehzad brouht it. He is obviously a very potential player. Cmon Zaka! u have to make the right decision! u can’t let these parchis destroy cricket in country!

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  • Honest Observer
    Feb 20, 2012 - 12:10AM

    Seems like the whole test and ODI series is fixed…I heard a rumor at the start of the series that Pak will win 3-0 tests and lose ODIs 3-1….everything seems to be following the trend….and mind you this is not players fixing….this is ICC level fixing to keep game interesting and avoid giving one team too much of advantage….just like Eng thrashed India in England 4-0 in tests and then India clean swept Eng 5-0 in ODI in India….similarly AUS gave 4-0 to Ind and now they are losing to India in tri series…….this is not cricket by chance….this is cricket by design of ICC….
    nothing to take away from Eng or Pak…but in UAE conditions Pak spinners should be unplayable and all Eng can achieve here in reality is something like 1 draw or 1 win in tests and 1 win in ODIs at the most….so it is not England winning in ODI it is Pak made to lose…otherwise Zulqarnain or Amer/Asif scenario will creep up… believe me those episodes were only there due to the fact that thos eplayers went against designed results (* zulqarnain winning 4th ODI against SA which was to be lost by Pak and Amer Asif winning test against Eng, which was to be lost……..)

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  • Realistic
    Feb 20, 2012 - 8:44AM

    Its your genuine position, which you achieved. Wonder how you white washed English team in T- Series.

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  • Qasim
    Feb 20, 2012 - 9:58AM

    Well done England, congratulations.Recommend

  • Aamir
    Feb 20, 2012 - 10:43AM

    This seems welcome message for new coach. Team is already in no-cooperation mode. Mohsin Khan tried hard to keep team in winning mode but PCB’s willingness to appoint outsiders has given a negative message.

    The body language was not a winning one from the first ODI. Secondly PCB forced inclusion of Shoaib Malik terming it Misbah’s demand but all of us knows that Misbah was just saving PCB’s corrupt practice.

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