Pakistan vs England: Sweet Vengeance for Aussies at Lord’s: Every Pakistani remembers the year 1992 – ot was the blessful year that our cricket team nabbed the Cricket World Cup and astounded the world. Every cricket fanatic used to be glued to their channels. After a dull draw in the first Test of the 1992 series, Pakistan won a thrilling encounter at Lord’s to go 1-0 up in the series. Pakistan’s next tour of England was similar to its previous encounter. After Pakistan took up the lead in the first test, victory came in the form of outstanding innings from Inzamam and Saeed Anwar paired with the destructive bowling by Mushtaq Ahmed.
PAKISTAN DOES IT – AGAIN
History repeats itself … 24 years later, Pakistan did it again. While this team does not equal to the staggering Pakistani team of 1992, their hard work and determination has made them victorious again. Misbah’s captaincy, his batting along with that of Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah’s skillful bowling scripted the downfall of England. Unlike the individual brilliance that reigned supreme in 1992 and 1996, it was a combined team effort that did it this time.
MISBAH BREAKS CRICKET RECORDS
Our Captain Fantastic, Misbah has made his name in the history of cricket and broken 7 records in total:
- He broke Inzamam’s record of most centuries as a Pakistan Cricket Captain by scoring 8 centuries.
- At 42, He became the oldest captain to hit a Test century.
- It was the first Test century by a Pakistan captain in England in 24 years, after Miandad’s century in 1992.
- This win at Lord’s was Misbah’s 21st Test victory as captain, which places him in the company of captains with over 20 Test wins.
MISBAH’S UNIQUE CELEBRATION
Misbah celebrated his victory with pushups and a salute to the Pakistan army training camps as a token of thanks. All in all, it was a team effort that made the win at Lord’s possible. If anyone had doubts about Yasir Shah’s significance, it was dismissed after his exceptional performance at the test series. He took 10 wickets and became the first bowler in the sub-continent to achieve this. Yasir Shah now has 86 wickets after 13 Tests, which is the most number of wickets for any bowler after 13 Tests in the 139-year history of the game. With his 82nd wicket, Yasir broke Turner’s record of 81 wickets, which had been standing for 123 years. If Pakistan thought that they would not be able find someone as good as Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq, or Saeed Ajmal, they were so wrong. They have discovered a rare gem in Yasir.
So far Asad Shafiq has been called the best number six batsman Pakistan have ever had. Asad’s 122 runs in both innings was the highest contribution by a batsman in the Lord’s Test; in both innings he played a crucial role in ensuring that Pakistan does not collapse. While these three definitely stood out for Pakistan, it was a true team effort with Sarfraz Ahmed, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Amir, and Wahab Riaz also chipping in with valuable contributions.
People need to realize that Pakistan’s team is arguably the best Test team and surely the best prepared Test team that Pakistan has sent to these shores.