The entire Pakistani nation is over joyed, in the manner our young cricketers have carved out the victory, in an extremely professional and clinical manner, against the highly experienced England’s team, whose one batsman had cumulative score of over 12000 runs, which was more than the total score of six Pakistani batsmen in the team.

The icing on the cake was that Pakistani team beat England in the first Test match at Lords, in exactly one and half hours and three days, out of the allowed five days playing time.

Another factor which must be appreciated was that it was one of those rare Test matches, in which a Pakistani cricket team did not drop a single catch and its bowling discipline was also excellent, wherein, in 140.3 overs (843 balls) only a single no-ball was bowled. However, three wide balls delivered in a Test match, needs improvement.

Here, it will not be out of place to mention about the scrupulous  bowling discipline of Mr. Imran Khan, who rarely bowled (although he was a fast bowler with fearsome speed)  no-balls in his whole cricketing career of 88 Test and 175 ODI matches. His averages (37 with the bat, 22 with the ball) put him at the top of the quartet of allrounders (Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee and Kapil Dev being the others) who dominated Test cricket in the 1980s. And whereas, Botham declined steadily, Imran Khan just got better and better: in his last 10 years of international cricket, he played 51 Tests, averaging a sensational 50 with the bat and 19 with the ball. At his peak, Imran Khan the bowler was easily among the best in the world, while his skilful batting and inspirational captaincy made him the complete package.

Well done boys your performance has made us really proud of you.

Keep up your good work and give to the nation the Ramzan gift of a series win against England after a gap of 22 years.

Mr. Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad: A Lahore based free lance person who writes on cricket affairs and current affairs. He also appears on TV and Radio as an analyst on varied national and international topics particularly cricket.
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