Ali has been a true revelation for the Test Side with his mental toughness and hard work. He has shown consistency and character in a highly successful career advancing series with scores of 56, 63, 90 & 28* against a potent bowling attack which contained a world class pace combination and decent spinners in order to help Pakistan draw the 2 Match Test Series 0-0 against the 2nd Ranked side in the world . A promising and deserving outcome for the men in green under Misbah Ul Haq who also demonstrated a great deal of determination and consistency and led from the front with his experience.
1)Trivia of the day: Azhar Ali played 632 balls, most by any batsman in series. None other than him played 600 balls. This represents his application with is applaudable.
2)We have drawn against SA, but wait and see what will happen now. SA will own India in the forthcoming 3 Test Match series. India are an overrated Test side in the bowling and fielding department specifically and I expect SA to win the series 2-1.
3) Out of a possible 80 only 52 wickets fell in the series. The pitches were lifeless, flat and not conducive from a bowling perspective. UAE is new to Test Cricket but nothing can beat England as a "home" for PK purely from a cricketing perspective in terms of quality and standards.
It's just a shame that the players can't behave themselves and the management don't take as much care of them that they always are seen indulging in controversies whenever they go along with some biased media coverage. UAE is a decent venue and a less controversial one. Both are special in their own ways nonetheless.
4) Pakistan in 2010 have played 10 Tests under 4 different captains in Yousuf, Afridi, Butt and Misbah. Both our wins came under Butt whereas our draws came under Misbah. Overall. Played 10: won 2/drawn 2/lost 6.
Overall, not bad considering the circumstances. We have had some historical moments in Tests this year as well as some shockers. The future is looking good on the whole.
Its our second Test Series we have drawn this year and we have also lost two. My most memorable cricketing moment in Pakistani Tests this year would be Gul hitting the winning runs in Leeds to give Pakistan victory after 15 years of continuous losses against Australia. That was certainly a special victory in several different shapes and forms.
5) It will help boost Pakistan's Test Ranking. They gain 5 points whereas SA gain only 3. Pakistan will undoubtedly be the happier of the two sides whereas SA would be potentially disappointed and frustrated as they were in commanding positions both times, but were unable to go on and finish the business by any stretch of the imagination.
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