*TGN Special* England whitewashed by high-flying Pakistan

Image Credit: ESPN Cricinfo

Written exclusively for Goodnews.pk by entrepreneur and blogger, Safwan Umair.  

Dubai, UAE: In the midst of a myriad of depressing news, something truly amazing has happened. Misbah’s Men became the first Pakistani side ever to inflict a test match whitewash on the colonial masters and inventors of the game. And in winning the third and final test match in Dubai, Team Green became the first side since 1907 to win a test match after being bowled out for less than 100 runs in the first innings!

Remarkably, the last time these two sides met was in the controversy riddled English summer of 2010. Not only did Pakistan get routed 3-1 in the test match series, three of its frontline cricketing careers including a fantastic fast bowling duo were lost to the pangs of spot fixing. Preceding these terrible events was the terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. How Pakistan cricket has staged a grand recovery from such deep piles of rubble is a topic alone worthy of a doctoral thesis!

Coming into the England series, Pakistan had enjoyed a very fruitful 2011. Under the tutelage of an oft dour yet a reassuringly calm Misbah ul Haq, impressive victory percentages were recorded in both the test match and ODI cricket arenas. Yet the litmus test of the progress made was always going to come against a top ranked test side.

Many critics had been questioning Pakistan’s ultra-defensive approach to test match cricket and the lack of aggressive on the field decision making. Yet by thrashing England, Misbah and his team have conjured up a befitting response. Some of the chief architects behind this stirring performance were the usual suspects themselves; Younis and Azhar shone with the bat, and Ajmal and Abdur Rehman weaved magic with the ball. Add useful contributions from Hafeez, Misbah, Shafeeq and Gul to the mix and a brewing recipe for success was duly completed.

The camaraderie amongst the team has been unbelievable too; previously Pakistani teams were famous for inciting controversy, breaching discipline codes, infighting and perpetually hinging on the verge of an implosion. This current bunch of boys seems to greatly enjoy each other’s success and their collective object is Pakistan’s victory. As a result international stature and rankings have vastly improved and most of the lost pride has been salvaged.

Now before we embark upon the limited overs leg of this bilateral series, let’s pause for a while and congratulate our team for surmounting all odds and delivering a great knockout punch.

Very Well done Team Pakistan!

Image Credit: ESPN Cricinfo

Written exclusively for Goodnews.pk by entrepreneur and blogger, Safwan Umair.  

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