21 September, 2020

Give Pace A Chance

We toiled away, our teeth drawn out in Lahore. Inshallah, Faisalabad will be better.

Give Pace A Chance
Before the Indian cricketers landed in Pakistan in the first week of this month, I had spoken of having some unfinished business to attend to in the series. It wasn't just a remark made in jest, I meant every word of it. After all, I had not done well when we lost the last series 2-1 in 2004, and am keen to deliver a good performance against India. I guess the batsman's paradise on which the first Test was played in Lahore has only served to strengthen that resolve.

Although some of that Test was lost to bad light and rain, the fall of just eight wickets—including two run-out decisions—is a fair reflection of how much the batsmen enjoyed themselves. I am sure I will not be the only bowler to remember the Lahore Test match as one made for batsmen, while we were destined to merely toil away, our teeth drawn out.

I overheard my friend Harbhajan Singh tell someone in jest that the pitch must be dug up and all the bowlers buried there. I can see where he is coming from but, while the contest was alive, we had to stay positive in our pursuit of Indian wickets. I must...


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