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The Dortmund Revolution

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There’s a myriad of reasons why one falls in love with a team. It could be because your favourite player plays for them; it could be because they were the best side, or played the sort of game that attracted you, when you were an eight year old. Or it could simply be because you have to make lemonade out ... Read More »

South Africa v. Pakistan: A destiny fulfilled

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Ah, the ‘positives’. You know a tour has gone pretty damn badly if an assessment of it centers not on what the losing team could have done to alter the outcome but on what scraps they can take from it which could possibly promise better returns in the future. Debating positives and saving graces and the like is an inherently ... Read More »

A Culture Shock

Photo: Hassan Cheema

Watching a Test match in South Africa, and what Pakistan could learn from it Read More »

Younis Khan’s Guiding Hand

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The last time Pakistan were in South Africa playing a test series, they managed to come back from a 1-0 deficit to level the series in a riveting second test. That was a long time ago. A time when it was arguable Kamran Akmal had some redeeming qualities; when Mohammad Asif was rightly hailed as Glen McGrath’s heir apparent; and ... Read More »

Guardiola’s summer

By: Tsutomu Takasu - CC BY 2.0

In many ways 1995 was the year that defines modern football. The passing of the Bosman ruling, and its subsequent repercussions, meant that a team like Ajax – a club from a smaller country, comprising overwhelmingly of its youth products – could never again be the Champions of Europe. It also meant that collecting the best possible players – a ... Read More »

Djokovic & Murray – The Great Non-Rivalry

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The final of the 2013 Australian Open featured pretty much everything we are gradually coming to expect from an encounter between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray: jaw-dropping athleticism, explosive power, relentless defense and indefatigable spirit. When you stack those particular ingredients against each other, the victor cannot necessarily be considered the better player but merely the one able to outlast ... Read More »

Five Thoughts on the Third ODI

Junaid Khan is excited to be with his Bunny(s).

Sustained brilliance: At what point does a good bowler become great? There are many different permutation to that step up, but invariably if his brilliance is ignored as being part of the norm then surely he has to be considered a great. That is precisely what Saeed Ajmal is experienceing right now. One over against Yuvraj aside, he has had a typically good series with ... Read More »

Five Thoughts on the Second ODI

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Campeones: When Pakistan won the first T20, it was the first time EVER we had beaten India in the format. When we won the first ODI, it was our first win in the format over India in over three years. Yet after last night’s victory, Pakistan became the first team in three years to defeat India in a home ODI ... Read More »

Five Thoughts on First ODI

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KEEP CALM AND YOUNIS KHAN There was a time before this Younis Khan existed. There was a time when his only international 100 was against Hong Kong, and he would get out far too early in his innings, hopping and flapping. There was a time when he was bad enough that our hostel-wing cricket team had christened him Penis Khan. ... Read More »

Five Thoughts on the Second T20

Ashok Dinda towers over Rio de Janeiro

O Captain, Where Art Thou?: Two innings, two blinders. Hafeez’s 60-odd in the first innings was obviously instrumental in winning the match, but his brazen assault this time around was far more breathtaking. Yet you have to wonder whether he would have needed to make 55 at 211.5 if he had used himself for more than one over, instead of  Kukri. ... Read More »