Is Chaos a New Norm for Team Pakistan?
Pakistan cricket team is no stranger to chaos and it seemed like they were in thick of things before the first T20 game between Pakistan and New Zealand, highlighted by the much anticipated return of Mohammad Amir.
Another controversial player who attracts Pakistani fans wrath is Mohammad Hafeez. This time around the Pakistani fans were vilifying him, when he spoke his mind and let the world know that Mohammad Amir shouldn’t be on the national team. Controversy be damned, he again showed he is the best timer of the ball in the current cricket setup and it was quite evident in his well-composed inning of 61 runs. Also he used to be a sitting duck against the moving ball and it was quite evident that NZL bowler were moving the ball quite appreciably in the first couple of overs but he weathered the storm and took them on quite well.
Secondly, the much maligned coach Waqar Younis had a game plan for a change against Kiwis even without any practice games on the tour. Both openers took their time to get on with the game without panicking and they targeted certain bowlers at the right time. Imad Wasim as an opening bowler was a nice ploy against Martin Guptil, and the field placing specially against Ken Williamson to take away his dabs and cuts from Point to keeper area was masterful. Also, it was nice to see quick bowling changes so the batsman won’t get into the rhythm.
Lastly, a typical game for Shahid Khan Afridi game where he played a gem of a cameo, two wickets with his hustle and bustle bowling and a flashy catch to boot. This all came in after his brush in with a reporter during a press conference in which Afridi did not like the line of questioning from the reporter.
The point I’m trying to make is that for whatever reason Pakistan cricket team is at its best when there is chaos around them and they showed by winning the game by 16 runs.