Poll: Most memorable moments in sports - Pakistan

Choose from among the 10 most memorable moments in Pakistani sports hand-picked by The Express Tribune sports desk


December 29, 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, The Express Tribune is running a poll for its readers to choose a sporting moment that they found the most memorable.

This is the poll for sporting events related to Pakistan; the poll for international sporting events can be found here.



 



The Kangaroos, despite their questionable record against spin, had always been Pakistan’s bogey team and went into the series on the back whitewash the hosts in the ODIs. But Pakistan, shorn of their entire bowling attack, produced a superb performance against all odds to win 2-0, breaking record after record along the way. Although, many credit Pakistan’s luck at having won both tosses, there was surely more behind the comprehensive manner in the way the hosts outplayed their opponents in all departments.



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They said he was old, they said he has passed the age of playing ODI cricket. But the 37-year-old wanted to show the selectors what he is made of. Three consecutive centuries in three innings against Australia was what he presented to the selectors as proof of his physical and mental strength. With that he also became the first Pakistani batsman to score Test centuries against all nations. And if that was not enough, he also overtook Inzamamul Haq’s record tally of most centuries for Pakistan.



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When Misbahul Haq walked out for Pakistan in the second innings of the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi, there were few who would have predicted what was to come. Twenty one balls later and he gets the fastest half-century in Test cricket and with 56 balls played, he equals Sir Vivian Richards’ record for the fastest Test century courtesy 11 boundaries and five maximums. With a 2-0 win against Australia, Misbah then equalled Imran Khan and Javed Miandad’s record for most wins as a Test captain with 14. And then a victory over New Zealand in the first Test made him the most successful Pakistan Test captain for Pakistan with 15 wins in 33 matches.



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With the attack on the Sri Lankan team still fresh in the mind of all international cricket teams even after five years, Kenya took the initiative to tour Pakistan in an attempt to revive cricket in the nation. Pakistan fielded their A team against the Kenyans with Fawad Alam leading the pack and won the five 45-over match series 5-0. With Pakistan termed as the fourth big power in international cricket after the ‘Big Three’, spectators are hoping that the upcoming year might liven up the cricket stadiums across Pakistan.



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The Pakistan women’s cricket team inspired and got themselves back on the radar after retaining their gold medal at the Asian Games in September, the only gold for the country at the event. The Sana Mir led side overcame China and Thailand before defeating Bangladesh in a rain-affected final. It was moment savoured and cherished by everyone; a moment for all the aspiring female athletes across the country hoping to one day make their mark.



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Pakistan may not have won the Champions Trophy, losing to Germany in the final, but they made sure their people were still cheering for them when they returned as they beat arch-rivals India 4-3 in a thrilling semi-final encounter. It was a long-awaited victory against a strong team and despite a troublesome year, the Greenshirts managed to make the nation proud and ensure that they maintained their record of not losing any semi-final match against India in the Champions Trophy.



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Pakistan’s debut at the Street Child World Cup in Brazil was nothing less than stupendous, with the children reaching the semi-finals of the event after beating India, Kenya, Mauritius and the Philippines on the way. The youngsters’ run at the World Cup ended with a 4-3 loss to Burundi, but there was still the third-place playoff to take place, with Pakistan and the US vying for the honour of grabbing the bronze medal. Much to the nation’s delight, it was the Pakistan team that emerged the winners. The children, who were sent to the World Cup through the efforts of Azad Foundation without any support from the Pakistan Football Federation, were given a hero’s welcome upon their return.



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The scoreboard read 82 all out as 2007 finalists and 2009 champions Pakistan went on to chase West Indies’ 167-run target in the super-10 match of World Twenty20, crashing out of the tournament for the very first time before the semis in the fifth edition. Dwayne Bravo scored 46 off 26 to set up a challenging total while Muhammad Hafeez (19) was the highest scorer for Pakistan. Sri Lanka were the eventual winners who defeated India by six wickets in final at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Mirpur.



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Saeed Ajmal became a casualty of International Cricket Council’s breakdown against bowlers, to be more specific, off-spinners in August before the Test series against Sri Lanka. While Pakistan tried to fill his shoes, Muhammad Hafeez, another off-spinner and a mainstream bowler was reported for suspect action in the series against New Zealand after the first Test. Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah were brought on to seek a replacement for Ajmal and boy did they perform well against Australia in the Test series. Pakistan still await the duo’s clearance as the 2015 ODI World Cup is just around the corner.



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It was a new low for Pakistan hockey, and perhaps the last nail in the coffin for the struggling side, as they failed to qualify for the 13th edition of the World Cup, the first time ever in the country’s 60-year history of the game. They failed to make a place for themselves among the top three teams of the 2013 Champions League, which served as qualifier for the mega event. It was a dark, dark day, being Pakistan’s national game, and it took a long time for hockey to recover; in fact, it’s still in the process.



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COMMENTS (2)

Jibran T. Siddiqui | 7 years ago | Reply

None of them. The best was the Test chase led by Misbah ul Haq and Azhar Ali against Sri Lanka. That mustache-celebration by Misbah still gives me goosebumps.

WHAT!? | 7 years ago | Reply

I don't get HOW a 'low' moment can be referred to as a 'memorable' moment .. a highlight, yes! but NOT memorable -.-

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