World Cup 2011: The dream is over

Published: March 31, 2011
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India dump Pakistan out of the World Cup. PHOTO : AFP

India dump Pakistan out of the World Cup. PHOTO : AFP

MOHALI: 

The dream is over. The infuriating wait for the titanic India-Pakistan clash ended in anti-climax for the fans in green as India shattered Pakistan’s hopes for a 2011 World Cup final appearance courtesy a nervy 29-run win watched by thousands inside the stadium and billions in front of their television sets.

A five-wicket haul by Wahab Riaz, included ahead of Shoaib Akhtar as the team management chose mind over heart, restricted the hosts to a below-par 260. However, Pakistan’s batting crumbled in a chase under lights for the umpteenth time and, as Shahid Afridi puzzled all with his rigidness in delaying the batting Powerplay, the tourists were left needing a miracle.

Misbahul Haq, adapting a strange defensive strategy that allowed the asking run-rate to mount to unreachable heights, dreamt of a glorious end but poor planning and India’s effective death-bowling ensured Sachin Tendulkar plays his last World Cup match on home turf.

“I want to say sorry to my nation,” said captain Afridi who suffered a rare poor outing in the tournament with the ball, going wicket-less and contributing just 19 with the bat. “We tried our level best and we enjoyed ourselves at this

tournament.”

Afridi predicted his team to reach the last-four before the World Cup began – a notion shared by only a few – but the team’s dominance in the group matches, and the rise in confidence as it marched into the semi-final, gave birth to the dream of lifting the trophy.

However, four dropped catches reprieving man-of-the-match Tendulkar (85) allowed the hosts to scrape past the 250-mark and despite a reasonable start, Pakistan faded out, handing the screaming fans at the packed Punjab Cricket Association Stadium a perfect result.

Riaz, who would not have played the World Cup if it was not for the bans handed out to Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, grabbed a career-best five for 46, a haul that included the prized scalps of Virender Sehwag and India captain MS Dhoni. He dismissed Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh off consecutive deliveries with the latter bamboozled by a late-swinging yorker first-up. But the Pakistan batsmen failed to take cue from the left-armer and the momentum gained on the field was lost as they ended up agonisingly short of a dream finale against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2011.

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  • sania
    Mar 31, 2011 - 8:11AM

    No one believed in this team before the world cup began except for the Captain himself. Pakistan played an exceptional tournament, and for that, the nation should be proud. Sure, we lost to India, but I sincerely believe that if Pakistan had won the toss and elected to bat first, it would have been a guaranteed win for the Pakistanis. I’ve been hearing rumors that Zardari threatened the team to lose the match, hence the awkward moments/overs in the match ..but no one has cleared this up. I think it’d be awesome if the team was welcomed home with love and respect by the people and the media.Recommend

  • joy
    Mar 31, 2011 - 8:25AM

    I wouldnt have commented coz I understand how it feels after such a loss…..we in India also go through similar emotions…….but what really took me by surprise was a comment by two young Pakistani girls on CNN….they said India did not deserve to win as Indians are not good people and they ( the girls) did not like Indians…..

    such an attitude and that too from youngsters does not take any nation anywhere…

    peaceRecommend

  • sunil vohra
    Mar 31, 2011 - 8:37AM

    At the end of the day the team which held its nerves wonRecommend

  • aNu
    Mar 31, 2011 - 8:37AM

    We Love You Afridi You Really Worked Very Hard
    Better Luck Next TimeRecommend

  • Dia
    Mar 31, 2011 - 8:42AM

    Shahid Afridi was at his worst both as a captain and as a batsman. At least Misbah managed to reduce the margin of defeat. Pakistan’s batting is a nightmare and fielding is no better!!!Recommend

  • Rahul Singh
    Mar 31, 2011 - 8:50AM

    I can understand the feelings of my Pakistani friends but the better team won. Pakistani team lacked the confidence and they were overawed by the occasion. Recommend

  • moise
    Mar 31, 2011 - 8:50AM

    No need to apologize. Come back home and prepare for next matches. May Allah give you safe and pleasant journey. All the best.Recommend

  • Pakistan One
    Mar 31, 2011 - 8:52AM

    I was pretty sure India would win and it proved that their fielding was by far much superior than ours. Alhotugh I didn’t want the whole match (there was just no point) but the glimpses I had seen proved that India was much better at the game.Recommend

  • Imran
    Mar 31, 2011 - 8:57AM

    Apology? You must be kidding me… Sharifs have already made a joke of this word. Please have the courage to take the responsibility.Recommend

  • Mar 31, 2011 - 9:01AM

    this is seriously a stressful news, a huge amount of expectation have been throwaway by the Paki team, senior guns have to come up with positive attitude toward victory but they failed to delivered.Recommend

  • Imran
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:04AM

    Nothing but poor captaincy! If “winning combination” is not to be tinkered with, if batting order is not supposed to be changed depending on the situation on the ground, if power-play has to be taken as was done in the previous games, if bowling pattern remains the same, then what is the job of the captain and the coach?

    Above all, field placement was pathetic. No slip, no closing fielders to stop the singles!Recommend

  • Imran
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:07AM

    This reminds me of Nawaz Sharif. Because of his actions, the nation suffered for 9 years, and yet he had the nerves to say that he apologized and the nation had forgiven him.

    Note this time sir! Mr. Afridi you are professional cricketer. If your captaincy was not up to the mark, your head needs to be rolled.Recommend

  • Faraz
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:08AM

    Afridi is good captain, but i really dont know what younus khan is doing in the team, he is good for nothing .Recommend

  • reader
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:09AM

    “A rare poor outing”? Really? REALLY?Recommend

  • J.Oberoi
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:09AM

    No need to apologize Mr.Afridi. You led your team with pride and dignity. Nobody gave your team any chance to enter the semis. But you led from the front and you created a fighting from nothing in the midst of so much turbulence. You can go out with your head held high. I never thought much of you before this WC but now, I have a new-found respect for you.
    Better luck next time.Recommend

  • Shahid
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:10AM

    Our team played well and faced a very tough team who had experience of rich domestic as well as international cricket. Afridi dont dont be sorry we are proud of you. keep it upRecommend

  • NJ
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:15AM

    Pakistan! We Love You, Cricket We Love You !Recommend

  • Rahul Khare
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:15AM

    Gawdddd Almighty!!!!!!!!! No comments as yet…Chill out guys. It’s just a game.Recommend

  • praveen
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:21AM

    Ho Ho, No comments yet, all pakistanis still are not out of agony and depression. common guys better team won on the day. Life is just not cricket. Its has to go on.Recommend

  • KR
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:24AM

    Even though Pakistan team lost but Mr. Afridi and the rest of team has absolutely nothing to apologize. Believe me you guys did a good job, hold your head high and remember entire nation is proud of you guys. On behalf of the entire country thank you. Recommend

  • akmalcricketfan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:27AM

    misbah and umar gul pakistan will never forgive youRecommend

  • Maheen
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:27AM

    Lets not be so harsh about it, its insenstive to use phrases like ‘dream is over’ and ‘India dumps Pakistan’, come on now..our wounds are still fresh, lets not make it worse shall we.Recommend

  • Inasu Chirayath
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:34AM

    It’s just bad luck!Recommend

  • Jam
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:35AM

    These players are match fixers, who else can you explain tendulkar being droped so many times. what else can explain the silly shot selection, the drop catches and delayed power play. Pakistan was trying its best to throw the game. People like Kamran Akmal, Umer Akmal and razzaq should be fined and banned, and the fine should be substantial so it ensures that their fixing earnings are taken back. Younus should retire as he is now over the hill and a match fixer. Afridi should resign too if he has any honour. Recommend

  • rehan anwer
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:35AM

    well played india … hard luck men in green . although we are disappointed but we really want to thank you for all the entertainment you people provided to us . because of you the nation once again came closer and stand shoulder to shoulder with each other.

    we pray for your success in future . Green for life :)Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:37AM

    29 or 30 runs were not too much to make.

    The fielding our Pakistani players were below standard despite the fact that all the players practiced rigorously and were ready to face the Indian team.

    After winning the toss, Indian team opted to play and in the early overs, Indian batsmen scored high run-rate.

    Poor fielding and drop of several catches increased the runs for the Indian Cricket Team players.

    Pakistani Cricket players have made several mistakes which lead to their defeat although if Pakistani Cricket team had wickets in hands, it would have made the required score.

    Right from the beginning, Pakistani team was supposed to make high score but Indian fielding was very tight.

    In games it happens. I do not regret that Pakistani Team lost the match. World Cups Matches will come and go. They should prepare for future cricket matches and try to find out the short-comings.Recommend

  • Truth_Prevails
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:38AM

    Great Tournament played by my Team. Droping catches, poor run chase management etc. well, thats what my team is but I thank them for giving me all the pleasure and honor for topping the group and reaching the semis.
    Congartulations to India for winning a good game. The best part of the match was great sportsman spirit exibited by both the teams. No heated exchange of words, nothing bad at all.
    Lets welcome our boys back with honor and dignity which they truly deserve.Recommend

  • R. Khan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:42AM

    Dropped four catches of Tuldulkar & expected to win! Must be living in Lalaland!Recommend

  • Sumair
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:45AM

    That is ok team Pakistan. We will keep supporting you as far as you keep improving.. Recommend

  • bvindh
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:46AM

    Well, “jazba” can get you only so far.Recommend

  • SARA
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:48AM

    we are proud of our team, they’ve showed great performance throughout the tournament, even if they’ve lost yesterday, didint mean that they are not good. Playing in such situation when the crowd, country and the against team were so openly abusing us all the time isnt easy but still they’ve performed well. India played well and we played well too..
    Most important our team’s behaviour against other team was so pleasant, while other team were using slang all the time. WE ARE PROUD OF U, PAKISTANI TEAM. its not abt winning or losing its abt how you face such situation, n u faced with bravery n used all your strenght, skill and talent.Recommend

  • Imran
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:49AM

    Why everyone is accepting this defeat on face value – I hope someone looks into the possibilty of Match Fixing by some of Pak Players – I suspect Umer Gul, Misbah and those who dropped catchesRecommend

  • Abu Abdullah
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:50AM

    We lose our key players just before the world cup, decide upon the team captain at the eleventh hour, bank upon the likes of Misbah, Youbnis and Akmal Brothers not to mention that the board itself is being run by the most incompetent man by any account, I would say, making to the semi’s is a great achievement. we ended up in the top 4 and that is way beyond what was initially expected.

    Its time to put the “dinosaurs” to rest and induct some fresh blood into the team.Recommend

  • osama
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:51AM

    overall Pakistan played very well throughout the world cup if we compare the same team’s performance couple of tournaments back. No worries….. as the one had to win in the end and thats a game thing….
    Koi baat nai Shahid Bhai Koi baat nahi, next time INSHALLAH…. :)Recommend

  • Kaisar A
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:54AM

    Great cricket match. The best team won! Let’s celebrate the achievement of the team that it came this far. Playing under pressure is difficult and many players fumbled ….. same as we (the Pakistani nation) are also demonstrating in every field but at least, the players’ mistakes were honest ones . Let’s learn to be supportive, for a change. Let’s keep learning by playing…! Well Done Pakistan Team!Recommend

  • Kaisar A
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:56AM

    Congratulations India! Well deserving vitory. Best wishes for the final!Recommend

  • Aamir
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:59AM

    Pakistan surely under performed on the day where there was a need of raising performance level. We dropped catches and played awful shots to loose control of an easy target. Seniors also disappointed with very slow run rate. Captain himself was of color for reasons best known to him. I must say that India won because of us, otherwise their attack was too ordinary to defend such a small total. I think curse of Shoaib Akhtar destroyed Pakistan.Recommend

  • Zain
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:00AM

    Still Proud of My Team!

    With all the scandal and everything surrounding us, reaching the Top 4 places in the world cup! Is amazing.

    Shahid Afridi is a man of pure and utter class.

    Insha’Allah 2015 will be ours.Recommend

  • Ed
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:03AM

    We were better off than:
    i) Australia
    ii)England
    iii)Recommend

  • SARA
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:04AM

    our beloved team, we are proud of you, you all tried your best. It wasnt’ easy to play in a situation where crowd, and team were so rude n brutal, our team showed a very good behaviour while indians were using slangs from the beginning. They played with great efforts and showed their talent to the xtreme, throughout the tournament. its not abt losing or winning, its abt how you played n you played very well.Recommend

  • Naveed Javed
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:05AM

    We still Love you Boom Boom & the Team! You made us proud once again! God BlessRecommend

  • Ed
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:09AM

    We were better off than:
    Austrlia
    England
    South Africa
    West Indies
    and I’d argue even better than the Newzealand as we fought a better Semi-Final.
    What more can you expect from a team:
    – Which doesn’t play home series due to the 2009 attack in Lahore.
    – Which got thrashed big time in Australia and then underwent a period when two of its best batsmen, Yousuf and Younus had to sit for seasons.
    – Which lost the arguably the most potent pace attack pair in the world to the match-fixing saga just months before the tournament.
    – Which is governed by the most incompetent board member of ICC.
    – Which was unaware of its captain (with three contenders) till almost the start of the tournament. Even ICC was confused and posted the wrong person as Pakistan captain on their web-site

    I’d say… THANKYOU PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM AND SHAHID AFRIDI for all that you guys achieved.Recommend

  • Mar 31, 2011 - 10:10AM

    No need to apologize. I think they all tried their best, winning or losing doesn’t matter, one has to lose anyway, i still love my team, at least they have guts, they were the least favorite team in world cups 2011 and they played till semi finals , so what else we want ????Recommend

  • Naeem Siddiqui, Pakistan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:10AM

    Yesterdays Match was good and worth for watching. Better side won. No need to criticise Pakistani team they did best despite all those adversaries and crisis Pakistan cricket was facing since last three years.

    Good luck team Pakistan!Recommend

  • Kamal
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:11AM

    @Joy,take it easy.Muddai lakh bura chahey toh kya hota hai..wohi hota hai jo manjure khuda hota hai.Nursery of terrorism can never get a favour from almighty allah,never.Recommend

  • Agha Fahad
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:16AM

    Our country is whelmed by dark clouds of terrorism and Intl Cricket is over in our country, look at India lots and lots of Cricket and its a result of IPL that they skimmed out brilliant talent like raina, yousuf etc.

    I am proud of my team, even in that situation we turn top four in the world cup…

    the match has united whole nation once again to sit together and enjoy.

    Thank you Afridi and a our Cricket team. Recommend

  • VRojapu
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:18AM

    Shahid Afridi did a fantastic job in moulding the Pakistan team together; he does not need to apologize. He has won a place in our hearts with his performance.Recommend

  • M Bilal
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:20AM

    Afridi we love you…. Come back home and see what warm welcome you get… !!! No need for apologies… you were not suppored by senior goons of the team thats it, other wise you were through with your team to the final!!Recommend

  • osama
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:20AM

    Dia.. this is apropos to your comment. I am surprised to see some1 blaming the leading wicket taker of the tournament. Dia this is not one man show game, Afridi alone can’t take away the game all the time, you supporting Misbah for his batting than what about the catch he dropped? 5 catches were dropped and finally Afridi himself had to get it in the end to get Sachin out. Please open your mind with Lipton Tea Bag :)

    In the end, Afridi is well deserving captain and energetic Athlete. Pakistan played really well.Recommend

  • Bunny
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:22AM

    WE LOVE PAKISTAN……WE LOVE PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM…WELL PLAYED AFRIDI…..IT WAS JUST LACK OF EXPERIENCE…..INSHALLAH FOUNDATION HAS BEEN LAID FOR GOOD FUTURE….Recommend

  • SK
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:24AM

    yes it was a bad team performance overall during this match but we are still proud of you guys. India didn’t play excellent but of course played better so they deserved the victory. All the best to India for finals and thanks Pakistani team for putting smiles and respect to our faces.Recommend

  • Mar 31, 2011 - 10:24AM

    YUNUS KHAN AND RAZZAK SHOULD BE SHOWN DOORS WITH RESPECT. AFRIDI MUST RESIGN AS CAPTAIN CAPTAIN FOR 50 MOVERM MATCH.Recommend

  • Ali Malik
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:25AM

    India was a better team and they won. But my we should bring some reforms.

    1) Break the akmal monoply. If one brother is a worst wicket keeper the other one does “Finger Diplomacy”.

    2) We donot take you as a batsman but bring some maturity in your batting (Afridi)

    3) Forcefully retire Misbah ul haq. ( Apni fifty kay chakrun mein Pakistan ko harwa diya)

    4) We need one more world class fast baller.

    5) for God’s sake please Improve your fielding.Recommend

  • A. K. Zack
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:25AM

    Apology not accepted.

    Get Lost.Recommend

  • Cherish Raj
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:29AM

    I have watched all the India Pak WC matches. This was a match of very low skill level, maybe because the hype was a bit too much and the players might have found it too difficult to handle the immense pressure. Wahab Riaz was sensational and Sehwag played a mercurial cameo. Sachin played a horrible 87, especially against the high standards he sets for himself. Ironically the knock turned out to be very crucial at the end. But India used its limited bowling resources to the maximum and was backed by a disciplined fielding effort. Pakistan suffocated and withered under pressure. But Afridi won the hearts of the Indian fans by his charisma and gentlemanly conduct on the field. There was a great deal of bonhomie between the players of both the countries which is a good sign. The crowd was surprisingly very friendly- not the normal hostile Indian crowd. I hope to see Pakistani players in the next edition of the IPL, especially Afridi, Riaz and Ajmal. I also hope that international cricket returns to Pakistan in the near future. Recommend

  • M Bilal
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:39AM

    @Dia: Its totally the other way around… It is Misbah & Younus the so called backbone and most senior players of the team who should be held responsible for all this… Afridi deserves lot of applause for his leadersdhip!! Recommend

  • Mariam Khan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:40AM

    this time our team made us proud so no regrets….yup the dream is over but it was due to our team that we got an opportunity even to dream at that level…..we luv u Pakistan cricket team…..come back home….we r waiting to give u a good welcome.Recommend

  • M Bilal
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:44AM

    @Imran: Dude the Indian innings would had been over below 220 at max had the catches been caught… He made good bowling changes and right field placings also at most of the time but it was actually his best Bowler (Gul) safe fielders (Misbah & Younus) & best batsman (again Misbah & Younus) that made all he did look ugly. Recommend

  • Independent from UK
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:47AM

    Enough of the hype created by the media and the politicians. What lacked was sportsman spirit. It was folly to take it for granted that victory would be for Pakistan. What sort of unity was that just because Pakistan was playing against India and it became ‘mother of all’ etc etc. There was an utter disregard for rule of law. Hundreds of thousands of live ammunition was fired injuring many. What sort of spirit was that.

    Now back to the reality. Few days of diversionary tactics by the rulers have ended and back to square one. Target killings, suicide bomb explosions, ongoing atrocities against Balochistan and corruption. Pakistan should launch ‘mother of all battles’ against these problems which is eroding very fabric of the country.Recommend

  • Adeela Khan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:48AM

    I’m no expert but the DETERMINING FACTOR, in my opinion, was FIELDING. Had India faced their own (level/quality of) fielding, they would not have scored over 210. And had Pakistan faced their own (level/quality of) fielding, they would have scored over 300. Dropping Tendulkur FOUR times and two LBW close call was as bad as it can get. So in essence, we had to get Tendulkur out SEVEN times to get him out. India’s fielding was changing every moment, they were fine-tuning to every player i.e. they had a strategy for each player. Pakistan did not bother too much on that count. India made it seem as if 16 players were fielding for it and Pakistan made us feel as if it had only five fielders during the match. Recommend

  • Mar 31, 2011 - 10:49AM

    You know why Pakistan lost ..? Your useless Interior Minister’s comments put the boys under too much pressure …. Indian team was relaxed.. they knew nothing would happen if India loose… Most relaxed team won… Recommend

  • Abdul-Mughis Rana
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:50AM

    @Joy: Congratulations on winning the semi finals. As for the two girls, its a problem with both the countries that we have sensibles and at the same time there are others! Both the teams played their part but Pak team made more mistakes, whereas India played well we enjoyed the game! Recommend

  • T
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:50AM

    we reached the final 4, we gave our best, we should be super proud!!! thank you team green for an awesome event!! Recommend

  • sameera
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:51AM

    Pakistan Zindabad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • M Bilal
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:52AM

    @Jam: Lol.. bring on some thing new dude… Its the same thing that we hear every four years after WC… Change the captain, through away the senior players bla bla…. Give me one good alternate of Afridi in current scenario… Hope you donot want Asad Shafiq as captain.Recommend

  • Mahmood Shah
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:53AM

    Shahid Afridi did a fantastic job as Capt! I am not soo sure the rest of the guys ie Younis and Razzaq should be sticking around in ODI’s or T20 type matches! New Blood and a fresh perspective under Afridi should be the way forward.Recommend

  • ali
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:54AM

    Had it not been for Afridi’s captaincy throughout this tournament, Pakistan wouldn’t even have made it past the group stages. And to all of you who didn’t get the memo, Afridi is the leading wicket takerin the tournament-it’s been the batsmen that haven’t been performing. The top order batsmen never learn and our middle order batsmen think all they have to do is go stand on the pitch and look good. Pakistan was at best a lacklustre side were it not for Afridi’s belief and leadership. Recommend

  • Victum
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:57AM

    Corrupt Government, Illiterate Players with so much of Facilities and benefits, no urge for wining the match, suffering from leg pulling and internal conspiracies, greedy for wealth, plots, cars and material, lack of plans in the ground, the worst bating line.

    what can we expect from those who take semi final of world cup as a tape ball 10 over match.

    After spending Millions or Billions on PCB if this is the result then its better to ban International Cricket for 5 years and work on under 17 and under 19 teams. It have seen those young players they don’t have motor bike even on them but there performance is much better then them.

    Order of Modesty is Ejaz Butt, Shahid, Younus, Misbah, Kamran Akmal should immediately take retirement and PCB budget should be reduced to 50% from current. Pakistan Zindabad People are dying of hunger longing for shelter and our care takers are distributing land and money to those who dont need and deserve itRecommend

  • Mar 31, 2011 - 10:58AM

    One thing is sure, Lot of pakistani players will feature in IPL in future. Wahab, Ajmal, Afridi and Umar gul deserves credit for wonderful performance in the world cup.The whole India appreciates this wonderful talent and the gentlemanship showed by Afridi during the game was exceptional.Recommend

  • sana
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:00AM

    Had it not been for Afridi’s captaincy throughout this tournament, Pakistan wouldn’t even have made it past the group stages. And to all of you who didn’t get the memo, Afridi is the leading wicket takerin the tournament-it’s been the batsmen that haven’t been performing. The top order batsmen never learn and our middle order batsmen think all they have to do is go stand on the pitch and look good. Pakistan was at best a lacklustre side were it not for Afridi’s belief and leadership. Recommend

  • Mar 31, 2011 - 11:03AM

    Fortune and pressure cause of laid down

    we lose a toss on wicket where pitch is slow and entirely different in 2nd batting . chasing is pakistan weakness and pressure make it more difficult in review of schin out ball miss the wicket but in necked eve no evidence of such long break in stamp review of stamp it whisper again fortune our three best fielder miss the catch it is pressure normally they can not miss our two set young best man out on wrong shots ( hafiz and asad ) it is pressure younius and misbha can not preform in middle over normally dew factor come in mohali but last night no dew which is again fortune . Gul was get ball out side the leg but it marginal and third umpire can not change the decisions if filed umpire give it out or not out .

    above are not reasons of defeat .It is bad day for us and good day for India and India handle pressure well and avail chance they get . well played Indai and bad luck PakistanRecommend

  • F. Gill
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:05AM

    Had Afridi followed Imran Khan’s advice, he would not be seeking nation’s forgiveness today. He deserves no leniency. He should be sacked as the captain of Pak cricket. Coach Waqar, Razzak, Younis Khan, Misbah, Kamran Akmal should also be axed. As long as these players remain, Pakistan will suffer more defeats and humiliations.
    Pak cricket needs complete overhaul, starting from the chairman down. Ejaz Butt is the real culprit and the person responsible for demise of cricket in Pakistan. It is high time, he resigns to save cricket in Pakistan.
    It is shocking that these players are to be given 500000 for their pathetic performance in India by Punjab Government. Instead of rewarding these players, money should be spent on rehabilitating the flood victims. I have to objections if Sharif Brothers pay these clueless cricketers out of their personal accounts instead of paying out of government limited resources. Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:06AM

    Lost deliberately as proved our performance…
    6 catches dropped… no balls/wides/full tosses bowled… not taking power play on time… getting out on simplest and ridiculous of deliveries…
    It was all planned… we made sure we didn’t win.
    PM’s visit has something to do with this, not to mention the 40arab rupees from Pakistan…

    Afridi’s face said it all… he was completely helpless since he was instructed not to win the match… Our so-called “leader” obliged the Indians…
    If you saw Indian faces… you knew they also knew they were winning… not a worry on their faces.

    Aur hum pagalon ki tarhan duain maang rahay thay… ridiculous.

    Read the article today in Jang… Recommend

  • Hasan Sheikh
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:14AM

    Afridi, you need not be sorry – you were the one who planted the dream in our hearts n brains. We got here for the firm belief you and your unit had. For the first time ever, I swear, it did not hurt to lose. Disappointment over some mistakes and poor performance by Misbah and Younis, yes, but the new life in the team is phenomenal.Recommend

  • Mar 31, 2011 - 11:14AM

    india pakistan is the best treat to watch.well played pakistan but team india is better.even my pakistani wife sided with team india after pakistan lost4wicket:-)please take the match as a match.we would love to see india-pakistan series and pakistan fight.Recommend

  • Nasir
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:15AM

    Well… Congrats all Indians for such a great game. Better team always wins so is India. Our team well played and tried hard but they have weaknesses that lead them to lose. Anyhow, very good game after very long period of time. I wish we could have India-Pakistan series soon.Recommend

  • Zia Akhtar
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:17AM

    If we get rid of 4 players, Kamran Akmal, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi (for his poor understanding of cricket), and get 4 replacements, we are in the makings of a strong team!Recommend

  • Mar 31, 2011 - 11:19AM

    @sara↲what a pathetic response.where did you hear the slangs?Recommend

  • M Bilal
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:19AM

    @A. K. Zack: So what else you want Sir? Head of Mr. Afridi for bringing the Pakistani cricket team up from shembles to no. 3 slot? Yeah if Misbah or Younus say that, then perhaps we may ask them to Get Lost but Afridi desrves lot of pat on his back.Recommend

  • Amer
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:23AM

    In my book, Afridi is the best captain Pakistan has had for a looong time now. There is no need to apologies Shahid Bhai, we still love you very much. You have been the best bowler of the tournament and we will always remmember the effort you have put in to get to the semi-finals. May Allah bless you.
    I do wish that we get rid of players like Kamran Akmal, restrict Misbah to test cricket and get a world class batting coach who can make strategies for the team but then again when is anyone listened to in the PCB! We need a wicket keeper who can hold on to a catch. ONE CATCH can make the difference in the game!! ONE CATCH was all that was needed to get rid of Sachin earlier. Recommend

  • Adeel Ahmed
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:26AM

    Why is everyone blaming the team.
    Hum jaan booch kay haaray because our PM told us to do so…
    Afridi’s face in the end said it all…

    How can you have a final in Mumbai and not have India in it… its unthinkable…
    Indian crowd would have gone biserk and Shiv Sena would have launched a real attack on Pakistani team. It was obvious they were going to win… the PM was invited for this specific reason… bloody cricket diplomacy…

    and here we were praying the night away…Recommend

  • Karim Alam
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:27AM

    The team reached at the stage no one was expecting from them. But cricket is all about handling the pressure. We all knew in our heart that 260 was still going to be a tough target for our batting side.

    Wrong use of power play, poor fielding and some irresponsible shots caused the loss. Besides India bowled and fielded well and build pressure on the team.Recommend

  • Waqar
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:29AM

    No need to appoligise my frnd…had there not been a few hickups in the field this wud hv been a different result…best of luck for the future and time to test new blood…promote Umer Akmal up the order and leave limit younas khan to test cricket only…bring in Hammad Azam in place of Abdul RazzaqRecommend

  • Aninda Chowdhury
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:31AM

    I enjoyed India – Australia match more than Indo-Pak …this match was full of hype where India didn’t bat impressively and Pakistan batted horribly … Indian bowlers were really good this time which I didn’t expect to be very honest.

    And Tendulkar – you should have scored at least 150 after getting 4 lives.

    Anyways hope India wins the WC . BLEED BLUE !!Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:32AM

    The match is over. Let’s come out of this opium trance and now concentrate on all important bread and butter issues.Recommend

  • Jeet
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:32AM

    Dear Pakistani fans,
    You should feel proud of your cricket team. The way they have performed under so much of constraints. They don’t have proper first class structure. International cricket not happening in the country. Poor facilities.Poor payments. The overall situation of the Pakistani nation which is on the verge of being a failed state. These are not the circumstances sportsmen love. Despite all these, Pakistan keep producing wonderful talents especially in bowling. Batsmen lack technique and temperament because of lack of a competitive first class structure.Try to fix these issues and you will have a world beater team.Give your team the credit it deserves. They have in many ways performed beyond expectations. Recommend

  • Hassan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:34AM

    The Dream is still Alive Pakistan Now and Forever!!!!!Recommend

  • Karim Alam
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:34AM

    Once you are in semis against all expectations, infact u played really well and that’s why you won against Srilanka, Australia and west indies.

    We restrict them (claimed to be the best batting line) to 260 by dropping 5 catches, some sloppy fielding and with a few luck on Indian side as well during the first half of the match! And further things were going very well until Hafeez played a very rash and irresponsible shot and got himself out! That’s unbearable especially when you are hitting the ball with superb timing and the middle of the bat and asking rate was just around 5.5 per over. Then came the Misbah and Younis slowed the things too much by blocking and not rotating the strike

    I think some serious overhauling of Pakistan team is required (particularly this strong middle order which is exposed under pressure) besides exploring new faces and preparing them for the next world cup.Recommend

  • asad
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:39AM

    He took the team from the scandals to the semi final Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:39AM

    @Dia:
    No doubt Misbah scored 56 but was he playing TEST cricket??? He brought all others players under extreme pressure!!!!Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:43AM

    Better team(India) won but I am happy that Afridi kept his two promises: 1) Pakistan will play semi finals and it played. Secondly he said that Sachin Tendulkar will have to wait for his 100th. ODI century and he kept his promise. Wahab Riaz justified his selection, excellent bowling by him, rest everyone else was a BIG DISAPPOINTMENTRecommend

  • Hafeez.Indian
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:44AM

    Waiting for Comments for Loss from my Pakistani Brothers…. Match Fixing, RAW involvement, Indian Black Magic, Hindu Extremism, Inefficient PCB, Khafir land. My brother in Dubai told all the Indian Muslim Brothers there supported India through out the game. So our Pakistani brothers claim of All Muslim support to Pakistan is also a Day dream. Insaa Allah India will win World cup this time. So “Dream is Over”. Khuda Hafiz.Recommend

  • Saeed
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:45AM

    Any coward can fight a battle when he’s sure of winning; but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he’s sure of losing.Recommend

  • Blue BLOODED Indian
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:45AM

    <<<<<<<< BLEED BLUE >>>>>>>Recommend

  • Fahd K
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:55AM

    Thank you Afridi for getting us this far!!! Recommend

  • Disgruntled
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:56AM

    I HATE MISBAHHH!!!!!! but i love PakistanRecommend

  • M.Qasim
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:57AM

    I enjoyed the match. though our team lost in the end, but we must realize difference of experience b/w two teams. Our new and inexperienced players gave tough time to experienced players in opposition. Pressure on Pakistani team was natural and players in ground can only feel that, our suggestions in any respect are worthless, as we are not facing the situation the way it is. Luck do favor and yesterday was Tendulkar’s day.
    GOOD PERFORMANCE THROUGHOUT OUT THE WC PAKISTANI TEAM”Recommend

  • Imran
    Mar 31, 2011 - 12:05PM

    .@M Bilal:
    You got to be kidding me! Indians choked runs for Pakistan. Pakistanis, on the other hand, were content with giving them singles. No slip, no close fielders to put pressureRecommend

  • Afaq
    Mar 31, 2011 - 12:07PM

    I am staying in Dubai and my most of office colleagues are Indians. Pakis lost match in India and I am facing harsh comments here. Now feel like to ashame as a Pakistani…Recommend

  • Sumair
    Mar 31, 2011 - 12:08PM

    One should write an article on the topic ‘I witness, this match was fixed’.

    One can prove his point with many of the eye catching blunders which Pakistan did and still I am unable to understand and expect such from professionals!!Recommend

  • Khalid Rahim
    Mar 31, 2011 - 12:12PM

    @ Shahid Afridi and Pakistan Team; Regret not what happened yesterday for You cannot reverse it. But look forward with espirit de corp and aim to overcome your weaknesses. It is
    through failure that one builds strength to achieve success and as Martin Luther King said;
    The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience. But where he stands at time of challange and controversy.
    Welcome Home!Recommend

  • Adnan S. Khan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 12:19PM

    The Indian parrot that ‘predicted’ Pakistan’s win wasn’t killed for his prediction… It was killed for lying. Karsevaks aren’t heartless killers, they’re justice deliverymen. Liars like CM Shahbaz (No hand in Davis Release) should be handed over to the Sena boys!Recommend

  • Amer
    Mar 31, 2011 - 12:19PM

    @Hafeez.Indian: Educated Pakistanis who comment on these sites are much more mature then you would ever imagine. There are conspiracy theories everywhere, I saw them on Indian TV with the “black rock” bowling practice report of the Pakistan team…LOL.
    We love our team and have huge respect for our captain even though we are disappointed with the performance yesterday. As far as your “Muslim brotherhood” mantra is concerned, we don’t expect every Muslim to cheer for the men in green anyways… there were alot of Hindus, Sikhs and Christains praying for Pakistan’s win in Pakistan as well, we saw them on TV before the match….just grow up man.
    Pakistan team played very well throughout the tournament and the dream continues…WE WILL CHEER THEM ON. Recommend

  • Mar 31, 2011 - 12:19PM

    Having gone through so much of presure for match fixing allegations and banning our three cricketers, this team certainly had done some good to reach at semi finals. Our disgust is not losing to India, this is another factor, but, is non-performance. Nevertheless, in the final analysis, some of our players did not perform throughout the tournament. PCB must ignore ‘perchi’ players for now and thoroughly scan performance of each one of them. I don’t know them personally, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal these two are disasters for our national team and will always remain a threat to the winning combination – show them door. Hafeez got out due to very poor shot-selection. Younus, Misbah and Razzak must get honourable retirements and I request them not to desert the team any further. Moreover, Afridi’s performance has also not been up to the mark at all. I think this is time he along with Younus, Misbah and Razzak should consider honourable exit leaving positions for young and capable guns to takeover. Recommend

  • Mar 31, 2011 - 12:23PM

    Overall Pakistan’s performance in the whole tournament was good. We should give our team a warm welcome. We should also encourage them to devise a long-term plan for the future. Pakistani team should work on the following three areas on priority basis:
    1. Batting (this needs a lot of improvement; I think the current batting order is fine although Abdur Razzaq should bat before Afridi. Also, if possible, Pakistan should prepare fast pitches where batsmen (and of course bowlers) can practice. Perhaps some psychological training should also be provided to players (and especially batsmen so that they don’t throw away their wickets in pressure situations and can become agressive rather than defensive when the asking rate is getting higher and higher)
    2. Fielding (we need a specialist fielding coach and a lot of practice in this area; one dayers T20s can’t be won without exceptional fielding displays)
    3. While bowling is great, our bowlers need to train more and more to be able to bowl with good line and length and to abstain from giving unnecessary extras. Pakistani bowlers are way better than their Indian counterparts, yet in the semi-final Indians gave way less extras than Pakistanis. Something for Waqar Younis and Aaqib Javed to work upon…Recommend

  • allah rakha
    Mar 31, 2011 - 12:26PM

    @joy:
    We are fuelled by their conccoctation of history.We unfortunately need the hate india machine – We does not mean my muslim brothers but the our ruling class . For the elite to induge in their bourgise lifestyles the animosity needs to be fuelled.Girls are saying only what we have been brainswashed with through the Zia era and a warped view of our history. I would have loved Pakistan to win.I think more than anyone the region needed pakistan to win the worldcup.Coz it hadthe potential to being us (peopleofpakistan) together. Sad.Recommend

  • Sandeep Rana
    Mar 31, 2011 - 12:35PM

    Good Luck Next Time….!!!! India Rockzzz… Punjabis RockzzzRecommend

  • Abdul Ali
    Mar 31, 2011 - 12:39PM

    The team needs to re-build and some dead woods need to be retired.

    In addition to dropped catches, Misbah and Yunus Khan’s slow innings did the team in.

    But on positive side, no one expected the team to reach semi-finals and be where they are. They beat Australia.We ended up top of our league.Afridi was highest wicket taker.

    we need a new wicket keeper who can hold catches, and some young batsmen (bye bye Misbah, Yunus, Razzak).Recommend

  • Mar 31, 2011 - 12:41PM

    I am content with the progress of our team which was unthinkable before the world cup, it was a nerve shattering match and our boys did the best they could. Lets just welcome them back with open arms.Recommend

  • M. H. Hussain
    Mar 31, 2011 - 12:42PM

    After so many let-down moments and so many scandals, Green Shirts were able to do a lot better than what they did in 2003 & 2007 when the team was even stronger. Reaching the Semi Finals, in these circumstances, is an achievement in itself!!!! Recommend

  • Mar 31, 2011 - 12:47PM

    Salam Pakistani…!! Though he don’t need for apologies ….. But we as a nation accept his sincere apologies ……. May Allah bless our nation the real spirit to fight back the aggression of India in all walks of life with dignity…………………..Afridi yo are greattt…………Recommend

  • Abdul
    Mar 31, 2011 - 12:51PM

    We proud of Pakistani Team.Recommend

  • Jawad
    Mar 31, 2011 - 12:51PM

    It is rather simple, India had the more experienced team, won the toss and Sachin got lucky. Pakistan played the game in great spirit and has shown that this team will go places even with all that is weighing them down.Recommend

  • M Bilal
    Mar 31, 2011 - 12:58PM

    @Hafeez.Indian: Glad that you yourself said Khuda Hafiz… otherwise you would had been thrown out of this forum despite having a Muslim name and pronouncing your self as Muslim…

    By the way you can go through all the comments that say we Love Afridi & this team.. yes Misbah & YK innings had to do something with the defeat.. but then reaching so far from where they had started is victory in itself… now Khuda Hafiz from your Pakistani brother!! stay where you are and cheer for whoever you want.. !!Recommend

  • Zia Ur Rehman
    Mar 31, 2011 - 1:00PM

    Boom Boom We Love you.

    Zia Ur Rehman
    AfghanabadRecommend

  • pakfan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 1:03PM

    it was obvious misbah and gul were bought by the bookiesRecommend

  • Fizza
    Mar 31, 2011 - 1:06PM

    Our fielders and batsmen paved the way for India to the final. It was their blunders that brought them under pressure in the end and nothing else. Recommend

  • Saud
    Mar 31, 2011 - 1:16PM

    We did not lose to a better side.
    They just had a better day.Recommend

  • zaraafzal
    Mar 31, 2011 - 1:26PM

    Afridi u dnt need to say sorry , if anyone has to say sorry is Younis Khan and Misbah ul Haq …. Afridi u atleast fullfilled ur promise Recommend

  • Sumair
    Mar 31, 2011 - 1:36PM

    If it was fixed, but not by the Afridi.. So my bro you are still hero..Recommend

  • kevin
    Mar 31, 2011 - 1:39PM

    A Match fixed! such a poor performance by pakis concludes that they have heavily digested the match for monetary gains.Recommend

  • Nurmomad
    Mar 31, 2011 - 1:44PM

    What’s important is the fact that despite of all the odds, Pakistan made it to the semis, thrashing Australia in style.

    It would have been great to win against India, in India, but heavens have not fallen, if that has not happened. The problem is that we bring political games to the field, with idiot politicians from both sides, coming for pomp and show.

    I wish these corrupt politicians from both side could show as much enthusiasm, passion and “love” when it comes to bringing the tens of millions in our two countries who live below poverty level, in sub-human conditions.

    I saw around 3000 people in Islamabad dancing to every shot being played, till the last moment, despite of knowing that our team was losing. That’s the spirit we should live, instead of the war-hysteria created by media, disguised as “arch-rivals’-cricket-match”.

    The pride of Pakistan and India (of course many Indians would not like this coming from a Pakistani) should not revolve around a cricket match. Even if we win the world cup for 13 times starting 2015, we would not have achieved much when people sell their children because they can’t afford to keep them, when people can’t access clean drinking water, when thousands die because of small diseases like malaria and pneumonia.

    Enough of the delusional euphoria. wake up and see the realities and try to change our countries with the same zeal and zest.Recommend

  • Shahnawaz Khan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 1:46PM

    First of all congratulations to India and best of luck for the finals.
    Secondly i feel some sort of conspiracy among team members. Three captains were playing in the team i.e., misbha, yunus and afridi. All were playing their own game especially batting. it was weird and strange, something have happened and we might know later.
    Thirdly those Akmal brothers should be kicked out asap.
    Fourthly Pakistan team played very well in the previous matches. All cheers . Recommend

  • Faraz
    Mar 31, 2011 - 1:55PM

    No Fear No Tear … Pakistan Zindabad … we love you Afridi Recommend

  • nasim
    Mar 31, 2011 - 1:59PM

    can any one throw some light on following
    five dropped catches of tendulkar alone,
    why power play was not taken untill it was imposed
    when umar akmal hit two sixes and one four gloves were sent on to the field
    what was the message conveyed as a result of which he was forced to throw away his wicketRecommend

  • Moiz
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:04PM

    We should have won this match. Not we could have, we should have. We were in a very hopeful position, a powerplay in hand and an almost equal required runs to balls left ratio. Wins usually come from situations less than these, even for us.
    Misbah and Younus were pathetic. Bleeding balls from an already unsteady target, driving the required run rate higher and higher. We gave away wickets with stupid shots, and not our useless idle players like the two afore mentioned but our star strikers who were getting us runs, umar akmal and shahid afridi. Moreover, we absolutely REFUSED to use our powerplay and get us back into a situation where we can grab a single from every other ball and still be in a situation to win. If afridi had used the powerplay for his innings, he probably would not be caught out. Its like we forgot it was there. It was the ticket to an almost assured victory instead of the rapidly derailing train that misbah was trying for.

    This match was ours and we gifted it. Seriously, we dropped 6 catches. We literally dropped the match SIX times. We SHOULD have won.

    i hate u, misbah, younus and gul.Recommend

  • Syed Imran
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:07PM

    Very Very disappointing,especially when I saw my little kid who had all the day prepared Pakistani Flags and got the car decorated through his elder brothers to celebrate victory,started giving me such dejected, depressed and disheartened looks that I could not bear.
    This happened with thousands of kids all over Pakistan and my heart goes out for each one of them. Recommend

  • Semra Jalil
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:11PM

    I personally think that the Pakistani team was not unduly & exceptionally nervous contrary to that i feel the Indian team was edgy as well and their confidence in their batting not as aggressive as one would have expected exempting the initial overs by Sehwag. It was obvious in the way the Middle and lower order were batting, the fact that they were not able to score the runs they initially had in mind which was a 300+ total. Added to the fact that the pitch was designed specifically to enhance their batting ability.They were restricted inspite of Umar Gul’s miserable bowling stint. On the other hand Afrid did did not get the wickets he deserved due to dropped catches of Tendulkar but then by the expressions of the players it makes you wonder whether they were really nervous or just too casual? Lack of slips and a lack of aggressive field placement contributed ATLEAST 40 extra runs. I personally don’t think India played so well as much as Pakistan played carelessly and casually lacking the temperament and the commitment as well as strategy to beat India who were quite unhappy by their meagre total. Recommend

  • Much amused
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:14PM

    As a bunch of brainless village idiots they did well to get to the semis. However, dont expect them to learn anything for future games. They will not learn nor listen to advice. Thats their psyche. Unchanging.Recommend

  • -UmaiR-
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:17PM

    We still hope a charismatic character like Imran Khan to lead our team, Afridi is a good player and a master to encourage/motivate team members to fight and play out of the box, but leading a team is a bit tricky and ironic job. Selectors should judge the personalities along with performance before injecting new blood in the team. Despite of producing enormous big names in cricket history we haven’t worked and produced even a single good fielder. Still nation is surprise of Shoib’s presence in 15 squad of 2011 World Cup, Razzaq’s justification of bowling batting and fielding, Misbah and Younus’s approach in batting, Akmal’s domination at PCB, 2 bowling coaches and no batting/fielding consultants. We are among those few nations who initiated cricket and still our captains deliver speeches that we are in the team building phase. Why Srilanka has superseded us in such a little span of time, why Bangladesh is arising so fast. Do still we have dought that cricket is in the hand of people that it shouln’t be ! Once again the system has let us down, not the players ! Recommend

  • Khurram Nizami
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:21PM

    We still watch the game despite the fact we know what our players are involved in,I am not surprised with the result but surprised on the nation who still watches the game expecting that they ll play for the country,lets not forget the great players like Saleem Malik,Salman Butt,Mohd Ammir, Asif ,wasim akram bhai and so on and so forth.Recommend

  • RH
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:26PM

    HafeezIndian
    Are you smoking something you shouldn’t? Your words make you sound like an ugly person. Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:27PM

    @joy:
    Blame the institutional brain washing exercise, their history lessons teach from the primary school level onwards!!
    No wonder these kids and future generation of pakistan can not see the bigger picture of the world!!! They are brought up in the society which is cocooned in their ridiculous self beliefs, of deniability, and conspiracies all around them!!!
    The sooner they start acknowledging the reality, that in 21st century, the real power is not in having a bomb, but having economic clout!!! The better it will be for the future of the country and its people.Recommend

  • khalid
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:29PM

    Yousus khan was the weakest link in the team. if we had even Fawad Alam in the squaed situation would have been different. Recommend

  • Haris Ashraf
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:33PM

    one question comes to my mind is that why afridi is apologizing to nation. Despite all obstacles our team reached semi-finals. Its been a long time that we had reached semis. As a nation what else is required. Cricket is the only binding force for our nation. No one is bothered about ethnic background we stay united for this cause. So never mind Afridi you gave your best and we are proud of you and being PAKISTANI.

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.Recommend

  • Tariq Rishi
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:34PM

    People are being harsh on Afridi.

    There are many reasons for our defeat:

    Expensive Umar Gul spell, dropped catches and slow batting both by Younus and Misbah.

    Yes, we are sad that we should not be sorry.

    Someone sent me this email and I want to share with all of you..

    I am very sorry to my nation’. Shahid Afridi, Pakistan International Cricket Team Captain.

    Why sorry?

    You gave us all hope by reaching in the Semi Finals.

    Why Sorry?

    You built and created the separated team, and united them.

    Why sorry?

    A 6th ranking world team, beating and outplaying the top class teams and players in their home grounds.

    Why sorry?

    You and no International world team can play with you, on your own homes grounds, but you still create and develop world class players.

    Why sorry?

    You raised the Pakistan Flag in Mohali, India.

    Why sorry?

    Due to you, the Pakistani National Anthem was sung in the India infront of ALL Indians.

    Why sorry?

    Be proud, and welcome the Team home with honour, respect and dignity, they made us very proud. The world has seen the most electrifying, exhilarating and fascinating sports battle ever to be witnessed.

    Pakistan Zindabad.Recommend

  • ram
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:49PM

    Dear Pak friends. We Indians love Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Rameez Raja, the list goes on. It is unfair to blame Afridi who in my opinion has performed exceedingly well under the circumstances as outlined by Imran Khan in IBN-CNN TV channel. Some one like Imran should take the initiative in building Pak team that can win the next world cup.Recommend

  • Kashif k'
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:49PM

    Main Tenu SAmjahwan Ki >> Na tere Bajo LAG Da Jee >> Hy Tu ki JAnay Piyar Mera :(
    (Pakistani>> TEAM WE LOVE YOU Cricket) :( :)Recommend

  • -UmaiR-
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:52PM

    We still hope a charismatic character like Imran Khan to lead our team, Afridi is a good player and a master to encourage/motivate team members to fight and play out of the box, but captaincy is a bit tricky and smart job. Selectors should judge the personalities along with performance before injecting new blood in the team. Despite of producing enormous big names in cricket history we haven’t worked and produced even a single good fielder. Still nation is surprise of Shoib’s presence in 15 squad of 2011 World Cup, Razzaq’s justification of bowling batting and fielding, Misbah and Younus’s approach in batting, Akmal’s domination at PCB, 2 bowling coaches and no batting/fielding consultants. We are among those few nations who initiated cricket and still our captains deliver speeches that we are in the team building phase. Why Srilanka has superseded us in such a little span of time, why Bangladesh is arising so fast. Do still we have dought that cricket is in the hand of people that it shouln’t be ! Once again the system has let us down, not the players ! Recommend

  • zuhaib
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:53PM

    I think … green shirts did a brilliant job !!!! they lost it … bt I think they have done more than expected there.Recommend

  • zainy
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:53PM

    no need to apology AFRIDI,, we love u ,,u fulfill u promiss ,its our badluck.come back home n start preparation for the next matches….Recommend

  • zainy
    Mar 31, 2011 - 2:55PM

    AFRIDI we love u ,,no need to b sorry..come back home n back to work for upcoming matches…Recommend

  • Mar 31, 2011 - 3:10PM

    @Rahul Singh:
    absolutely what we expected from an indian. By the way
    thanks and congratulations.Recommend

  • Adil
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:12PM

    Well Done Pakistan Team and especially Shahid Afridi. All of you, especially Afridi has really proved himself worthy of respect. We love you all.

    For the future, we need some batsmen in the side. Javaid Miandad, Zaheer Abbass, Inzimam ul Haq please coach some kids in your extra time. This country needs it so bad… we just dont have batsmen at the moment.Recommend

  • Hammad Ali
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:18PM

    We played Pakistan Team. And no need for SORRY. You tried your level best and we are proud of you all.Recommend

  • Hammad Ali
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:18PM

    Well done Pakistan Team. And no need for SORRY. You tried your level best and we are proud of you all.Recommend

  • Indian
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:21PM

    LOL, So many people bashing the Pakistani team for not taking the batting power play earlier. You all are doing it with the benefit of hindsight and after listening to the experts commentary. It does not make you experts as such. You were not on the field. No team in the cup so far has taken the power play early. it is a risky proposition as you may end up having more than 3 fielders outside the circle in the last few overs if you end up taking the power play early. It is always a gamble. If Shahid had taken it earlier and it backfired, you all would be blaming him for taking the power play early. It is a game and some times your tactics pay off and some times they don’t. Players go with their instincts at the time.

    I think Pakistan played some good cricket, but India played better on the day, giving fewer extras, bowling a tight line and fielding exceptionally for a subcontinental team. Fielding has never been our forte in India but i was amazed by the Indian team’s performance yesterday. Yesterday the India bowling and fielding was not shielded by the strong Indian batting and they came through with flying colours.Recommend

  • Syed Imran
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:24PM

    @ Abdullah I agree with your observation.There are certian aspects of this game where one feels as if the Bookies have made their way through with certian players.

    Some sort of inquiry is certianly needed.Recommend

  • Afridi's Fan from India
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:26PM

    @SARA: Why are you spreading rumours,Can you tell me of the slang which you heard and no one else did.I haven’t seen in my life India and Pakistan playing so cordially ever.

    It was a good game, India had all the advantages,be it crowd, home ground,players form, even punters were favoring india, but Afridi’s team fought and i guess forgive me if i am wrong, this was the weakest pak team ever played the world cup and not to forget the mess created before the World cup ,Afridi did wonders with this team. Reaching the Semis is not a mean achievement. Its was Afridi who took the Team to semis which was actually a dream before world cup, I became a big FAN of Afridi, He deserves The BEST Captain award. I wish he would be our Captain.

    Afridi’s Fan from IndiaRecommend

  • Swati
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:27PM

    Nice to see how much the match fixers, and catch losers are loved by an equally corrupt country. What choice do you have ? Recommend

  • Nation Prevails
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:33PM

    No matter we lost the match but we should still cheer up and salute our good team that they made it to semifinal we lost the match only due to poor fielding and some poor performance by senior players like younis khan he should have no place in Pakistani team from now on and Now its time to also concentrate on Batting you can’t depend only on Bowling. We have now good batsmen. and it was too late for Misbah im pretty sure if They had taken powerplay sooner Paksitan would have won the match.Recommend

  • INDIAN
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:38PM

    NDO-PAK Clash, a very disciplined and clean game: Hats off to Afridi for having guts to first personally congratulate every member of Indian Team for the win; later congratulating every Indian for the same in award ceremony and feeling sorry for Pak. It is very easy to celebrate victory but very tough to concede loss and contain with …the atmosphere aroundRecommend

  • Mesamm
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:40PM

    @Imran:
    Why not to apologise if yuou triger out your mistake?? Although pak team performed well throught the tournament but that day everyone contributed onthe way the WIN but they are unable the finalized thier whole effir. Afridi ralises the mistakes and he apologise that thats the good gesture to know your flaws and admit and work to remove them…. best of luck Pak team.Recommend

  • osama
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:47PM

    @ victum…..
    dude plz be optimistic and try to see life positively, i think lot of things done in this world has some reasons… losing match against India in India may be a good sign for the prosperity of Muslims living at India, while wining? might put them in grave danger, as happened in past esp in Ahmadabad and about the Babri masjid scene.
    I think i have said the bottom line and very broad statement of yesterday’s event.

    in-line of the above, stop criticizing our Heroes, they did, what they suppose to do. The match wasn’t fixed by any of the player thats for sure.

    plz plz, i urge you plz see bigger side of the picture rather narrowing your vision.Recommend

  • haris f
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:51PM

    Though we fielded really bad but at the end the poor and ridiculous performance from the most experienced pair (Misbah and Younus) costs us the match. Younus (13 runs off 32 balls) and Misbah after firing a flimsy 50 has made the life of players at the other so difficult that they eventually couldn’t keep the required run rate down. Remind you the pair were among the players who dropped Sachin Tendulkar.

    Pakistan should seriously think about the development of team and they must mend 3 things within them;
    1. wicket keeper (For God sake plz stop supporting Kamram Akmal and find some decent WK who at least has safe hands. Has anyone analyzed Mr. Akmal has made no significant achievement with the Bat except against West Indies but yes, he actually costs us a match againsts Kiwis).

    Middle order has to reformed and I don’t mind Younus and Misbah retiring from ODI cricket. Against India they seemed to find no technique how to play their bowlers. this is a significant failure.
    To the PCB Chairman Mr.Butt: We as a nation, beg you to please go and leave the board. the embarrassment you have brought to our Cricket and Country is beyond the limit and we cannot absorb further.

    ThanksRecommend

  • Sana Iqbal
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:54PM

    @Joy
    Yeah. Even I saw that clip where Pakistani girls made that kind of a comment for India and being a Pakistani I will tell you why? You are hurt because two teenagers made that comment but what would you want to say about the whole Indian media and Indian crowd who were utterly humiliating towards team Pakistan. We Invited Times Now in a pre-match show (hosted by mandira bedi) in a cross border debate so that this game can only become more joyful and promotes peace but even your great Indian cricketers did not show the courtesy that they are on our national television and went on using extremely derogatory language “Pakistan an auto rikshaw and India a BMW”. On the contrary didnt you notice Afridi’s grace and dignity in the way he patted Sachin Tendulkar on field for his batting. Go and see the comments that all indians were and are giving for Pakistanis on Indian blogs and newspapers. After all that, what the hell did you expect those two girls to say “Indians are very good…they insult us and we love them” ? …huh
    @All Pakistanis
    For god’s sake stop blaming the team. The dream is not over. In fact Afridi and his team gave us a new start. Honestly speaking before the start of the tournament I wasnt even expecting to get to quarters let alone topping the group. Thank them for the patriotism and unity they taught us .Recommend

  • Bilal Naseer
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:55PM

    We all love you “Pakistani Team”Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 31, 2011 - 3:58PM

    I am very much surprised to see that why afridi didnt took power play after 40 overs as still 3 wickets were in hand. dont know why some body in the team advised him to not to take power play. and fielding of team was below standards as dropping 6 catches in such an important match looks like a joke. Any how better luck next time. and afridi should immediately be removed from the captancy.Recommend

  • SD
    Mar 31, 2011 - 4:06PM

    @Tariq:

    May Allah bless our nation the real spirit to fight back the aggression of India in all walks of life with dignity…………………..Afridi yo are greattt

    I am amazed at this belief amongst the Pakistanis. Why would India show aggression towards Pakistan ! It is baffling. What is in Pakistan which India or Indians want ?? Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 31, 2011 - 4:23PM

    Lets prepare for the next ICC tournament. Champions learn from their mistakes. We dream like champions – lets plan like champions too. We should make a think tank of former cricketers and give them 2 years to ‘design’ a formidable team. Recommend

  • Tony Singh
    Mar 31, 2011 - 4:25PM

    @Afaq:
    You feel ashamed because Pakistani cricket team lost to Indian team? What is there to be ashamed about? Only one team can win. What kind of mentality do you have? Grow up man.Recommend

  • Jadoon
    Mar 31, 2011 - 4:32PM

    You were without Aamir and Asif (world’s best bowling attack) and lost them in the most scandalous manner too……. you had the worst wicket keeper in the world, and very much average fielding, still you went on to beat Australia and Sri Lanka among others. You reached the semi finals despite the fact that the PCB is being run by a bunch of clowns. You deserve the highest level of praise my dear team. The dream is not over, it has just started. Recommend

  • Asad Baig
    Mar 31, 2011 - 4:38PM

    As a keen follower of Pakistan Cricket for last 30 years,I will not say the match was fixed, only God Knows but I have seen enough cricket in last 30 years to know Cricket Fact from Fiction.The Three Seniors,Misbah,Younis and Gul all had an OFF DAY!!!! Very Very Strange and Fishy. Its more than cricket, in the defeat. Wining and Losing is part of circket.Losing without a fight is condemnable. Under performance is criminal and should not be excused at all.It was Shahid Afridi whose bowling mainly took us to the semifinals.We almost lost to Canada,scoring just 184.Shahid saved us from certain defeat taking 5 wickets.Our senior Players Misbah and Younis did not perform as they should have especially in the big matches. Misbah and Younis both dropped Sachin along with Akmal Brothers.If I am correct,no Player in World Cup Semifinals history has been dropped 4 times and especially the best.Yuvraj got bowled first ball but he did compensate in bowling, if you have an OFF day in Fielding all those who dropped catches Mishbah,Younis and Akmal Brothers could have scored.Misbah was playing like he was trying to SAVE A TEST MATCH.Misbah was batting for himself rather than country. Kamran Akmal, the Worst Keeper Ever to Play for Pakistan and Still Playing…… as some one rightly said he can not be dropped from the team beacuse of his strong links…… who are they trying to fool.I like Younis but after his performance in World Cup I think, he should only Play Test cricket from now on.Its time we took some very strong decisions,nepotism should not take any part in selection. Old and Non Performing Players,Groups and Playing for Self should be shown the exit door, loyalty towards the team and country should be First if we are to succeed in Cricket or any other sport.Recommend

  • Mar 31, 2011 - 4:41PM

    Well played team Pakistan.
    Now we need to focus on work. And work like this team that they reached in semi-final out of no where and made us proud.
    Now just work for the betterment of Pakistan and show the miraculous behavior in every field of life.
    Best of Luck PAKISTAN. Recommend

  • Rizwan Maknojia
    Mar 31, 2011 - 4:43PM

    Its all because of MISBAH (42 dot balls) and YOUNIS (20 dot balls). I think it has to be inquired from them what they have thought and what they were trying to achieve by stopping the ball as like they were playing test inning.

    I also wish that media should call MISBAH and YOUNIS to answer the people of Pakistan.

    Rizwan MaknojiaRecommend

  • muhassan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 4:44PM

    ‘I am very sorry to my nation’. Shahid Afridi, Pakistan Cricket Team Captain.

    Why sorry LALA?

    You gave us all hope by reaching in the Semi Finals.

    Why sorry LALA?

    You built and created the separated team, and united them.

    Why sorry LALA?

    A 6th ranking world team, beating and outplaying the top class teams and players in their home grounds.

    Why sorry LALA?

    No world team is ready to play with you on your homes grounds, but you still create and develop world class players.

    Why sorry LALA?

    You raised the Pakistan Flag in Mohali, India.

    Why sorry LALA?

    Due to you, the Pakistani National Anthem was sung in on Indian soil.

    Why sorry LALA?

    Be proud, and welcome the Team home with honour, respect and dignity, they did us very proud. The world has seen the most electrifying, exhilarating and fascinating sports battle ever to be witnessed.

    Pakistan Zindabad.Recommend

  • owaise
    Mar 31, 2011 - 4:44PM

    Why is everyone being chauvanistic?? Four catches dropped, insisting on Umar Gul to bowl after his terrible spell, and not calling for power play when deserved…all this goes to show that the better team won. 261 was a doable target…lets not set our sights so low that we applaud just getting into semi-finals. Lets take stock of our faults and remedy them. Great nations and great people learn from their mistakes.Recommend

  • FZ
    Mar 31, 2011 - 4:48PM

    We should plan for the next tournament. We dream like champions let us also plan like champions. With the amount of talent we have we should never feel bad. Lets get some experts together and give them 2 years to design a formidable team for us. We have alot of experts and abundant talent so I dont see why we cant win the next tournament.Recommend

  • opinionated
    Mar 31, 2011 - 4:49PM

    KOI BAAT NAHI, THE DREAM ISNT OVER, IT’LL NEVER BE, JUB TUK HAIN DUM MEY DUM, HO GI KABHII HIMMATT NA KUM!

    pakistan zindabad!!! Recommend

  • mo
    Mar 31, 2011 - 4:51PM

    Watch out Lankan’s will thrash them in the finalsRecommend

  • Dr. Abhishek
    Mar 31, 2011 - 5:01PM

    Fantastic match.. Pakistan had their moment in the match.. say it Wahab’s yorker to Yuvraj or Ajmal saeed’s fantastic bowling and Umar Akmal’s fight, all were highly praised by fans all over in India. But in the end the Better team won. Pakistan’s Fielding and lack of Strategy were highly disappointing and lead eventually it to loss the Big game. Recommend

  • Ik
    Mar 31, 2011 - 5:05PM

    @sana iqbal
    Good justification for the 2 girls for hating india but then u had forgotten conveniently why the world doesnt look at pakistanis in good light. 9/11, 26/11, london tube, spain attacks are just a few instances linked to pAkistanis. So people all over the world and now you can hate the world. Blame it all on conspiracies and live in your shizo world!Recommend

  • Abu Huzaifa
    Mar 31, 2011 - 5:32PM

    Afridi and Co: nobody gave u a chance but bt u beat SL, the Oz, amongst the favourites…Yesterday was just a bad day at the office…U have won hearts of millions of fansRecommend

  • Sal
    Mar 31, 2011 - 5:56PM

    Phir bhi dil hai Pakistani. We love our team.Recommend

  • Vin
    Mar 31, 2011 - 6:00PM

    Why do Pakistanis and Muslims in general have to see everything through RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY only? Are you hearts so small? Strange and I wonder who teaches you guys so much bigotry…Recommend

  • M. Khan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 6:10PM

    @joy:
    well spoken! We have to stop thinking of animosity against India and start concentrating on improving our lot and broadening our outlook. India is steaming ahead and we have to catch up, not by pulling them down but to speed ourselves up as well. In India, the muslims are excelling in sports, films, music, etc so it appears there is not much discrimination against the muslims there. We have to develop similar broad mined attitudes to move ourselves forward. Recommend

  • joy
    Mar 31, 2011 - 6:21PM

    Thanks to all who responded to my commented especially Sana Iqbal….

    Sana ji..two wrongs dont make one right….if somebody criticises your country,,you must give it back to him/her right there…..I can understand ur anger..i respect your point of view but it does not necessarily mean that I have to agree with what u said in ur comment….

    Pray tell me where did u see Indian crowd being ” humiliating : towards Pakistani players….

    respected Sana ji….all I wanted to say was,,the anger/hate wont take us anywhere…..and I did not want the girls to say they love India…all I wanted them to say….that Pakistan did a great job reaching the semi-finals..when the so called cricket pundits had not given them even an iota of a chance

    and my message to other Pakistanis commenting here….pls for heaven’s sake dont degrade ur team,,they have done a wonderful job…stand by them and they will bring laurels to ur country

    peace

    joy

    indiaRecommend

  • goggi
    Mar 31, 2011 - 6:22PM

    In few months time some pakistani players shall be playing in the IPL, the price is paid in provoked defeat! There is no national spirit, it is all about big money!Recommend

  • Vinayak
    Mar 31, 2011 - 6:27PM

    @Rizwan Maknojia:

    Its all because of MISBAH (42 dot
    balls) and YOUNIS (20 dot balls). I
    think it has to be inquired from them
    what they have thought and what they
    were trying to achieve by stopping the
    ball as like they were playing test
    inning

    Hey why don’t you give credit to India for bowling well. It is only when you loose that you speak like this. It is because your pride makes it difficult to believe that you can loose, and so you search all kind of reasons. Recommend

  • Cosmo
    Mar 31, 2011 - 6:40PM

    @Kaisar A:
    Thanks man!!Recommend

  • sania
    Mar 31, 2011 - 6:49PM

    all i can say is that people who have mentioned above that some players might have engaged in match fixing – I 100% agree with themRecommend

  • Sana Iqbal
    Mar 31, 2011 - 7:02PM

    @lk
    I neither hate world nor any specific community. I have my relatives in India as well. and No I did not forget about the incidents that you mentioned. I just meant that how conveniently the world forgets their own faults and points fingers at Pakistan only. The war on terror and Talibanization was imposed on Pakistan by U.S on Pakistan for their interests in Afghanistan and USSR and yeah our corrupted leaders sold themselves. Its our own people who die every day more than anybody else’s. So Pakistanis would be the first people to want peace on earth.
    and by the way the whole world talks about talibans and 9/11 and 26/11 but no one talks about the Samjhota Express incident (Well! it was much talked about only until the world discovered that an Indian serving army general was involved). Why no one talks about Gujrat Riots and Tamil Tigers and Mauist Rebels. Terrorism must be condemned in all parts of the world. Every community has black sheeps. Why so many double standards with pakistan? When India and US make a nuclear bomb it is not called a christian bomb or a hindu bomb. Then why so much hype about “islamic bomb” when pakistan became a nucleur power. Double Standards. Recommend

  • Raja
    Mar 31, 2011 - 7:18PM

    @Sana Iqbal
    “Double Standards.”

    In your long babble you forgot to mention Pakistan is the ONLY country which produces terrorists who go to neighbouring countries to bomb, shoot civilians, bomb parliament, hijack planes and so on.

    So there are no double standards here, you will see this truth if you shed YOUR double standards.Recommend

  • Imran
    Mar 31, 2011 - 7:22PM

    Pakistan had full capability to defeat India — But it seems to me and many others some players deliberately did not do well – Misbah , Gul are are the main suspects ….Match fixing and bookies are very much involved with Pak Cricketers …Please Listen to Zulqurnain Haider – also do not forget how our players were involved in UK scandal ( I am sure more are involved) …I hope the get rid of of Mr Ijaz Butt and put Imran Khan as Chairman.Recommend

  • ram
    Mar 31, 2011 - 7:58PM

    @Sana Iqbal
    The Indian government does not sponsor terrorism. Post 26/11, Due to concerted efforts, the Indian Home minister has practically stopped bomb blasts. Indian democracy is tried and tested The military reports to the President of India and has no ambitions to call the shots. Most of the Indians don’t even know the name of the Chief of Army Staff who keeps changing upon retirement. For the sake of brevity, I don’t want to keep adding more. Unfortunately the world does not perceive Pakistan similarly and that is the problem. Accusing India, USA, USSR and all others will not make Pakistan prosperous. Instead, the intelligent lot of Pakistan should collectively decide a way forward to achieve peace and prosperity. Recommend

  • maynotmatter
    Mar 31, 2011 - 8:00PM

    Afridi you have the true sportsman spirit, salute. In the end it’s game and associating honor with it will just lead to heart aches. As I clearly see from this blog and others where Pakistani fans are voicing their angst on the loss and blaming many superficial factors as the reason for loss.
    @SARA
    You really have audicity to lie in public forum where some of the blogger (like me) were in the stadium watching cricket live and thankfully been among the lucky ones seating in front rows. Abuses you say ? Apart from fans ( both Indian and Pakistani) who occasionally do such acts I didnt hear, see or witness any players using foul language. This match was played with high spirits and I was so glad to see Indian and Pakistani players treating each other quite amiably. Why would you spew lies just to show the winning team down ? Is that the only way you will feel better of yourself?
    Good luck with that attitude. It is people like you which keeps our nation divided.Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 8:16PM

    @Rahul Singh:

    this is absolute indian nonsense at its best. india is only better than pakistan on paper, and the myth of some indian batting invincibility was shattered with a 5 wicket haul by young seamer wahab riaz. the indians def held their nerves, but pakistan shot themselves in the foot first by giving india perhaps 20 more runs that they were due, and then not taking the powerplay at the right time. it could have made all the difference. surely, pakistan dropping tendulkar 4 times helped their cause. no other batsmen threatened and india could have possibly not even scored 230. Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Mar 31, 2011 - 8:23PM

    @Vin:

    perhaps its because there are routine pogroms in your own and several other countries in which muslims are rounded up and butchered, and no one in the world dares to say anything. your indian army’s behavior in occupied kashmir is proof enough of this. but this isnt about politics. Recommend

  • Vinayak
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:01PM

    @hamza khan:

    To Counter You

    this is absolute indian nonsense at its best. india is only better than pakistan on paper, and the myth of some indian batting invincibility was shattered with a 5 wicket haul by young seamer wahab riaz.

    India shot themselves on the foot by giving 5 wickets to wahab riaz. They should have defended those deliveries instead of trying to hit shots. Surely batsmen are capable of doing that.

    the indians def held their nerves, but pakistan shot themselves in the foot first by giving india perhaps 20 more runs that they were due,

    Suresh Raina played well with the tail, intelligently rotating the strike and all. This made a difference of 50 runs to the score. So India played well here, Pakistan did not hit itself on foot.

    and then not taking the powerplay at the right time.

    India did not allow Pakistani batsmen to settle into partnerships, so they were not confident to take powerplay till the end.

    it could have made all the difference. surely, pakistan dropping tendulkar 4 times helped their cause.

    Each time the ball was hit hard and not directly to the fielder in concern.

    no other batsmen threatened and india could have possibly not even scored 230.

    Are you crazy, all the first 7 batsmen were threatening. They just hit themselves on the foot by getting out and not scoring.Recommend

  • Rakib
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:26PM

    @Sana Iqbal,

    Yes, it is all unfair & unjust. Why should it surprise? World is not a just place and double standards are common and faults are thin when love is thick and sins of one’s own are always less terrible. OTOH, none of them-including attackers on Samjhauta-try to seek any justification and divine approval for their acts by misinterpreting religion that transcends national-boundaries.. They are “local” terrorists with a “local” agenda or vendetta. If the Maoists or Tigers or whoever had carried out any attack on a target in London, Madrid, Bali, Moscow or NYC…..the global media-coverage would have been different. Unlike Gujarat Rioters, Lankan Tamil Tigers or Maoists that have hurt primarily their own countrymen, perpetrators of 9/11 etc have hurt others in foreign lands and that is the reason world media pays them much attention & very unfairly identifies them with the faith they swear by. Unfair & unjust, but so it is.Recommend

  • maynotmatter
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:33PM

    @Sana Iqbal
    Dear Sana, please don’t take this personally. But your comments are coming straight from a mind of an ignorant. I understand your pride for nation has been hurt, please understand we have pride too for our nation. As per your wonderful comments above, lets battle
    “The war on terror and Talibanization was imposed on Pakistan by U.S on Pakistan for their interests in Afghanistan and USSR and yeah our corrupted leaders sold themselves”
    The state of your nation went all down hill after Zia Ul Haq greedily decided to fall into USA trap to fight USSR. The religious fanatic Zia took this opportunity to push ahead his agenda to make Pakistan more of Islamic republic and impose Islamic Law. Zia is gone, his bad decision is still impacting Pakistan and the world as a whole”
    “Whole world talks about talibans and 9/11 and 26/11 but no one talks about the Samjhota Express incident”
    Please for god sake get your story straight. India is acting against perpetuates and is not in state of denial about their citizens involved in this gruesome act. India is at least coming fwd and solving the case. The world did not have to tell India to solve it. Until India declared that they found a man guilty for blast Pakistan did not even know who it was. And for 26/11 we have proof, we provided material, other nations provided proof, Pakistan is not even willing to let Indian team collect voice samples of terrorist to put the case to rest. How much more it will take for ignorant like you to start accepting that you do have bigger problems then India. Your pride lasts only while showing Indians down. We are definitely not perfect or even near to perfect, but we are slowly making progress improvising in world theater. What about Pakistan ?
    “When India and US make a nuclear bomb it is not called a christian bomb or a hindu bomb. Then why so much hype about “islamic bomb” when pakistan became a nucleur power”
    Are you serious? The name Islamic Bomb was fathered by your own leader Mr Nawaz Sheriff. Please go and dig your own news article. He wast he one who proudly pounced his chest after nuclear test warning India that now we have an “Islamic Bomb” and this Bomb will protect “islamic nations”. So my dear please for once again, you dont have to trust me, but please read something from free journals around the world to get your record straight. And I do have family in both countries so I don’t have any reason to hate Pakistan, I criticize India as much as I criticize Pakistan.
    PeaceRecommend

  • Vicram Singh
    Mar 31, 2011 - 9:35PM

    @hamza khan: ” … perhaps its because there are routine pogroms in your own and several other countries in which muslims are rounded up and butchered, and no one in the world dares to say anything. … ”

    Does East Pakistan/Bangladesh genocide ring a bell ? Muslims killing Muslims is ok I guess ?Recommend

  • JB
    Mar 31, 2011 - 10:40PM

    @Vin, Hamza, Vickram…. stop it now. its not the forum to discuss these things…better come to the topic or else hold your nerves…….Recommend

  • salman
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:08PM

    Go Pakistan. Wonderfully played. Thank you for showing us a great time. No worriesabout not being able to get through tp the finals.You guys got the whole nation together like nobody’s business. You make us proud. You rocked it all the way to the semis. Wish you all the best and welcome home.Recommend

  • Junaid.
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:10PM

    No Pakistani Player must play IPL. Pakistani Govt. must make that sure and Ministry of Sports After last year’s event. They must not give NOC to the players for what happened to them last year in India. At least for next 5 years. We must avoid such incidents in future for our players from cheapsters.. Recommend

  • Sid
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:11PM

    @akmalcricketfan:
    Why not include Younus Khan. Drop catch and a pathetic batting performance from such a senior player. I guess time for his retirement overdue. Recommend

  • Cherish Raj
    Mar 31, 2011 - 11:26PM

    @Sana Iqbal
    One of your former fast bowlers turned the whole match into a Hindu Muslim thing in ‘Capital Talk’- one of the Pakistani talk shows! I do not understand from where these people manage to fuel so much of bigotry against a particular community. The Maoist in India only attack the security personnels, not even civilians let alone other countries. And all the militant groups in India are strictly local. They do not wage a war against the whole globe by dividing them into believers and infidels. And that is a major difference. Back to cricket, the crowd in Mohali was very friendly. It was not the normal hostile indian crowd and I was surprised by their lack of vigor this time. Most of the Indian fans hold Afridi in high regard due to his friendly and gentlemanly conduct. Not surprisingly, I do not find a reciprocative gesture from the public across the border. Recommend

  • Meerza
    Apr 1, 2011 - 12:21AM

    @Sana Iqbal

    Has any of our Indian friends replied about Ravi Shastri’s arrogant rikshaw comments? I totally agree with what you have said in your first post. Recommend

  • Meerza
    Apr 1, 2011 - 12:25AM

    Afridi handled the defeat in a very dignified manner. Congratulating the Indian team and people was a very good gesture. Also, its really good to see that most of Pakistanis are taking this in a very positive manner, encouraging their team and acknowledging the fact that we are at least one of the top four teams.Recommend

  • XYZ
    Apr 1, 2011 - 12:54AM

    read this….very funny…
    before india pak match….p
    media asked afridi.”.Someone asked whether Pakistan, a team with a young average age, could handle the pressure of a big game”
    afridi misunderstood n replied.:”Average actually increasing is not such a big thing. It can increase any time. This is a match to increase averages.”Recommend

  • Afaq
    Apr 1, 2011 - 1:03AM

    Soon Pakistani cricket will be changed into entertainment industry like WWE…Recommend

  • Semra Jalil
    Apr 1, 2011 - 4:07AM

    @ Swati-match fixers? Catch losers? Look at overall history dear in terms of total matches won against Pakistan you are far behind-don’t restrict your limited vision to world cup wins like the public generally does and immediately launches in goading its stars to extravagant & ridiculous heights-look at the bigger picture you have a LONG WAY TO GORecommend

  • sania
    Apr 1, 2011 - 6:23AM

    @Dia:
    What the hell are you talking about? Misbah effed up the match BIG TIME considering he didnt play like 40 balls. Get your head on straight!Recommend

  • Shazily
    Apr 1, 2011 - 6:23AM

    Let’s not be despondent or angry with this team. For days it united this country, the shirts you wore said no one’s cast creed or religion. It said Pakistan. brought together friends, family and everyone u met on the street. If they were wearing the green shirt, you’d wave, smile and shout gibberish that defied the need for a common language. To our Indian friends, it’s a well deserved victory and every right to bask in the glory. It was great watching the two sides get along. The gesture our captain made is representative of our nation. Sure things are wrong but we’re getting there. Nobody wants to drop catches on purpose, nobody wants to under perform, we’ll have to admit the performance wasn’t up to scratch but in the process we won many battles. Thank u Shahid. Go Green! Always!Recommend

  • sania
    Apr 1, 2011 - 6:26AM

    @Cherish Raj:
    Who turned it into a Hindu Muslim thing?Recommend

  • sania
    Apr 1, 2011 - 6:35AM

    Why are people bringing up terrorism? My Indian friends, please stop talking about terrorists and terrorism in Pakistan. You make it seem like we ordinary Pakistanis support these terrorist actions when in fact we do not. The Pakistani people are as equally, if not more attacked and victimized by terrorism, so stop with the comparisons. What a disgrace to bring up terrorism while discussing cricket. If somebody starts the topic about terrorism, simply ignore the comment.Recommend

  • J.Oberoi
    Apr 1, 2011 - 7:05AM

    As one famous Indian writer put it, what gave him sleepless nights was not that India gets beaten by Pakistan but what would have happened if the Indian actress and model Gul Panag had been married to Umar Gul. Her name would have been changed to “Gul Gul”. Scary thought indeed.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Apr 1, 2011 - 10:19AM

    @Dia:
    you need to learn the ABC of cricket first. 8 runs on 42 balls and that too in WC Semis IS A POOR and suspicious performance.Recommend

  • Apr 1, 2011 - 10:28AM

    I feel proud to have a captian like Afridi. I wish we have Afridis in every fields of life who could gather scattered souls and assemble them to a team. Afridi did not need to say sorry for the filth of Misbah ,YUnus and others who look to fix match. I would not be surprising to find out later how Gillani and gang of thugs would have forced Afridi and his team to do bad for sake of so called “Friendship” with India. May All those suffer hell who made this moment worst for millions of Pakistanis and broke their hearts.Recommend

  • J.Oberoi
    Apr 1, 2011 - 10:44AM

    @Meerza, @Sana Iqbal:
    Does the phrase “tongue in cheek” mean anything to you? On that particular show, Arun Lal et al and Miandad, Sikandar Bakht, were making jokes about a lot of things and everyone were just having fun. Each side was trying to claim that their team was better – all in good spirit. The “rickshaw” statement was meant as a joke. It is a shame that Pakistanis have lost their sense of humour.
    The two girls who said that they hate India didn’t say it as a joke on international television. If they had, I’d take it as such. But even if a Pakistani says he hates India and meant it, I have no problems with it. Speaking the truth never hurts. It is time we faced up to the fact that the best relationship we can hope for is one without violence and peaceful coexistence. We don’t have to love each other.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 1, 2011 - 12:43PM

    @Junaid.:
    Yes I agree, as they are not of any commercial value to any IPL teams, in the present climate !!!
    Any way I don’t recall any invites to pak players! Nor there are any likely in near future too!! So stop self indulging in fanstasies !!!
    IN regards to refering indians as cheapsters, go do some home work on contracts and salaries of the players from india and pakistan !! perhaps you will have ability to grasp the realities on ground!!!! While you are at it also do some home work on BCCI and PCB, and see how they compare too!!! Idiot!
    Lastly if i were pakistani cricket fan. i would be very worried with the state of its infrastructure, lack of home games and development of the game in general in pakistan.
    Don’t be too surprised when in few years time the dutch and irish will also become more competative and start playing regular scheduales with test playing nations!!!!!
    The game is growing worldwide, while pakistan is disintegrating.Recommend

  • sania
    Apr 1, 2011 - 1:48PM

    @Hedgefunder:
    wow, your comment was a waste of a readRecommend

  • Abu Abdullah
    Apr 1, 2011 - 3:11PM

    @ All Indians commenting on this news story

    I do understand that you all come here(on Pakistani Forums) because you don’t have access to free media in your own country, it is oppressed and state run or at most does “Star plus soap operas ishtyle false Reporting ” with a dhain dhain dhain dhain music in the back ground and camera’s moving back and forth. Zooming in so close that even the nostril hair show.

    But I don’t understand why have you all started jumping like baboons over a single win, go check the stats. Overall Pakistan leads India in the number of wins in both Tests (12-9) and One Day Internationals (69-47).

    Go Get a Life!Recommend

  • Sana Iqbal
    Apr 1, 2011 - 3:50PM

    @maynotmatter and all indians:

    when I say our leaders sold themselves directly meant Zia and I totally agree with you there. As far as Talibans are concerned google is always there for you to research and find out that they are originated from Afghanistan and not from Pakistan but unfortunately Pakistan got into the mess ever since it allied with US on war on terror and since then Talibans have been penetrating in Pakistan through Afghan border. Now the world talks of Talibanization in Pakistan but does not care to mention that Pakistan is a frontline ally of US in War against terror. Everyday US Drones come in Pak territory and bomb homes of innocent people and then apologize for “miscalculation” . We all want peace. Most of us Pakistanis have their relatives and friends across the borders and its painful that we meet them once in 10 years. Before 2005 my grandmother cried for 12 years to see her brother in Surat, India.
    As for the fast bowler you are referring to, I would say there are black sheeps in every community. I strongly disagree with that man if he used those words. But at the same time Ravi Shastri was also arrogant towards Pakistan. Afridi originates from a small village in Khyber Regency yet he showed grace in defeat and Ravi Shastri and Dhoni didnt even bother to reciprocate his gesture.
    And I believe Indian cricketers are much more educated than Pakistanis ones who mostly come from villages. Anyway. May Peace Be To All. Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 1, 2011 - 4:03PM

    @sania:
    Thank you ! If my comment was waste than, why even bother to reply??
    Some people’s waste is other people’s knowledge !! Which perhaps you already possess ! So you find it wasteful !!!!Recommend

  • Sana Iqbal
    Apr 1, 2011 - 5:28PM

    @ J. Oberoi

    Well Even I want peace between the nations. And I admit beyond any doubt that India played better cricket and kept their cool in the semis. As for having fun about the rikshaw comment, well if it would have been said once, we would have laughed, twice we would have laughed again, but if you keep on cracking the same humor again and again and on different occasions, it turns into an insult. Dont forget the extent to which indian media ridiculed Afridi and Co. before the match yet he showed the grace on ground and after the match. Lets respect each others opinion and get into a healthy discussion and healthy humor so that the future becomes better for both of us. We Pakistanis do NOT “hate” India but at times we get hurt because of their attitude. When Afridi said that he wont let Sachin make his 100th ton in the semis, the Indian media made a mountain out of a mole hill. Were they expecting him to say “Oh! no problem even if he makes 2 centuries against Pakistan”…Get a Life Man. He was there to play and that was his job to defend his team. It is this attitude that we need to get out of and start accepting each other graciously.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Apr 1, 2011 - 5:32PM

    @Sana Iqbal:
    Firstly one does’nt have to google to find out about Taliban! Tell which govt was the first to recognise and acknowledge them ?
    In regards to so called war on terror, Its bit messy, you see when one’s own Army is complacent and ” sleeping with the enemy ” at same time making show of being actively involved in war on terror!!! Its a sham ! the americans and the rest of the world are well aware of this too! but are tolerating ! But one should be worried as to when they loose interest in this war, and return home! Because along with them all the aid wid go too, then what will pakistan do??
    Logic defies how one of largest armies in the world consisting of over half a million personal can not really deal with and route out few thousand jihadis in North Waziristan !!!
    The answer is very simple ! there is no will to touch these Jihadis by the Army. Period.Recommend

  • Ehsan
    Apr 1, 2011 - 11:30PM

    Rather the NIGHTMARE is over!!Recommend

  • Nazeem Barkat
    Apr 2, 2011 - 11:01AM

    @Jam:

    OK…now suddenly this match becomes fixed? It was not so when NZ thrashed Pakistan in one of the league matches. It was not so when India defeated Pakistan on 4 earlier occasions. When Pakistan beat Australia in one of the qualifiers, we didn’t see the Aussie press accusing them of fixing the match. Pakistanis are sore losers – they just don’t have a large heart to accept that the opposition was better. I have not seen a single Pakistani commenting here that Pakistan lost to a superior Indian side. Unless Pakistanis reach this level of maturity, I’m afraid, they may have to search for many such alibis for future losses.Recommend

  • Nazeem Barkat
    Apr 2, 2011 - 11:09AM

    @Junaid.:

    Case of sour grapes, Junaid? Its not a question of the Pakistani government allowing Pakistani players to participate in the IPL. The question is whether Pakistani players shall be permitted by the IPL to play in their league and if any franchise will be willing to bid on such “losers”. Meanwhile, Junaid, you and your fellow-thinkers can continue to live in a fool’s paradise.Recommend

  • Nazeem Barkat
    Apr 2, 2011 - 11:33AM

    @Sana Iqbal:

    If you say your “corrupt” leaders sold out to USA and USSR and helped create the Taliban, its saying indirectly that the Pakistani public created the Taliban. After all who does a government represent – doesn’t it represent its own people? Secondly, you say Pakistanis would the first people on Earth wishing for peace, where was this sentiment when your soldiers invaded Kargil? And after all this, your government had the audacity to say that the “raiders” were not Pakistani soldiers, a statement which, after eating the humble pie and being globally humiliated, was retracted by you. Double standards run in your blood and now everyone in the world knows that, which is why all over the world, Pakistan is dubbed as a failed state and dubiously finds a mention in the list of one of the world’s most dangerous places.

    Coming to the Gujarat riots, as a Indian Gujarati Muslim, let me make it clear that all of us have moved on. We all want to forget this as a bad memory and want to get along with our lives. We don’t want Pakistan or Pakistanis to play advocates for us and to plead our case – they are unwelcome to do so. Gujarat is the only state in India which has sports maximum employment figures for Muslims. That’s what we want – good secure jobs which will help in raising our families well. We don’t want baseless, hollow words of sympathy from the so-called “champions of Islam”. We have to forget what’s happened and progress ahead and not remain in a time wrap. Our fellow Hindus could have also borne a lifetime grudge for the riots in Naokhali during partition where thousands of Hindus were butchered. Recently, in Marad in Kerala, scores of Hindus were killed by rioting Moplah Muslim mobs. So, should they too hold these incidents close to their hearts and bay for revenge? Forgiveness & not revenge is the greatest human trait and that’s what separates them from animals. So, stop thinking about we Indian Muslims and start thinking about yourselves because if you don’t, very soon we shall have Pakistan joinRecommend

  • Nazeem Barkat
    Apr 2, 2011 - 12:05PM

    @Abu Abdullah:

    Try beating us in World Cups first and then speak. After losing, you are quick to say the match was fixed. Sore losers!!!Recommend

  • Salman
    Apr 2, 2011 - 12:51PM

    We love you Pakistan!!! Afridi and team made us proud!!!! Their performance through out the world cup was awesome!!! The men in green can beat any team any day!!!! With all the pressure, without any significant crowd to support at the stadium, with all the catch drops, with all the batting flaws, they did really good and made us proud!!!!

    INSHALLAH we will bounce back! And bounce back a lot stronger!!!Recommend

  • Rahul Singh
    Apr 2, 2011 - 4:18PM

    @hamza khan:
    nice way to console yourselfRecommend

  • Sana Iqbal
    Apr 2, 2011 - 10:42PM

    Woh Team World Cup Jeet Gai Faraaz…
    Jo Yeh Nahi Janti Knor Noodles Khaane Ke Hein Ya Peene Ke…

    (Kidding)
    Congratulations IndiaRecommend

  • Nazeem Barkat
    Apr 3, 2011 - 11:27AM

    Surprising no Pakistani says that the final was fixed too!!!Recommend

  • Sana Iqbal
    Apr 3, 2011 - 2:00PM

    @ Nazeem Barkat

    Thats because we think that India deserved it and we have the spirit to acknowledge that… For the semis we did not talk wrong of Team India. We talked about weaknesses of our own team and raised questions over their misfielding and poor batting. That doesnt mean we said that India was a bad team. Anyway Congratulations to you guys. Peace.Recommend

  • Apr 3, 2011 - 6:45PM

    Give A Great Tribute To Shahid Khan Afridi & Umpire Aleem Dar .
    In Cricket World Cup 2011 Our Nation’s Beloved & Great All Rounder Shahid Khan Afridi has declared best bowler of the World Cup 2011 . He took 21 wickets at an average 12.85 in 8 Matches. And Mr. Aleem Daar , a Sober & Gentleman Umpire has been achieved Great Tribute to Supervised World Cup Final 2011. Certainly these both guys have highlitghted the name of our country in the Cricket Record for World Cup 2011. They Should Be Deserved Great Tribute.Recommend

  • Abu Abdullah
    Apr 4, 2011 - 11:02AM

    @Nazeem Barkat:

    I never said the match was fixed.Recommend

  • Nazeem Barkat
    Apr 5, 2011 - 12:20AM

    @Abu Abdullah:

    When I say you, I speak for the Pakistanis on this forum but unfortunately, I cannot credit you with even this minimum common sense I guess. You guys carry on with your jingoism, heaping accolades on a losing team (read: Pakistan), bad-mouthing India, it’s press, people and so on. The fact is that whether its cricket, economy, industrialization or its status in the global league of nations, India’s march is unstoppable, while Pakistan is relegated in the dumps – a failed state grappling to control the Frankenstein of terrorism it created. Good luck to you guys!!!Recommend

  • Dr Priyanka
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:20AM

    @joy: agree with you. Pakistan cannot progress with this mindset. Recommend

  • Dr Priyanka
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:24AM

    @Junaid.:
    what kind of language is that ? We Indians are not cheapsters. The IPL is a private commercial organisation. They can hire anyone they want. How come such a poisonous and venomous comment ?Recommend

  • Dr Priyanka
    Apr 5, 2011 - 3:30AM

    @hamza khan:
    Grow up man! There are millions of muslims in India and doing very well also for your kind info. Nobody is butchering them sweety ! Don’t let your imagination run riot ! Save your country please please ! God helps those who help themselves. We Indians are not your enemies. Look in your own backyard ! You will find them aplenty !Recommend

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