We’ve been MIA for a very long time. Part of the reason for this is our abysmal performance in the Champions Trophy (which by the way doesn’t deserve a post) and our top order’s love for the pavilion.
To be honest, nothing worth talking about is happening really. Nothing except …..SHAHID AFRIDI. His dip in form since the end of 2011 was beginning to test the faith of even his most loyal fans (us). No wickets since late August 2012 and hardly a notable score for the past one and a half year or so was worrying not only the lovers but also the critics. Shahid Afridi probably adds the un- to the unpredictability in the Pakistan team.
His performance on Sunday, 76 off 55 balls with the bat and 7 for 12 with the ball, set and broke numerous records for both Afridi and cricket. The critics (we know a few of them) that wanted Afridi dropped either silenced or quietly changed sides. I, for one, do not have the vocabulary or the ability to pen down what I feel about Afridi as a cricketer, as a team member, as a Pakistani and as a human.
Besides his unplanned, unpredicted launch at the West Indians, there wasn’t much to look at in the match. The rest of our batsmen were way below average, bowlers were their usual and the match was fairly one-sided.
The second ODI, on the other hand, was a little more competitive (followed by a serious drag toward the end), but the result was kind of unpleasant. Anyway, the good thing is that there are five and not three ODIs. And honestly we know better than winning the first three and making the last two dead rubbers.
So yeah, that’s about all the cricket that is happening for us at the moment. There is obviously the Ashes but we’d rather watch and enjoy than cover it on the blog. After all, this blog is biased and it’s impossible to cover a series when you dislike both the sides equally (I joke).
As for the West Indies tour, all we ask for is our top order to do something more than scoring in single digits.