21 September, 2020

Karachi Firing Squad

We bent our backs, and won. Is there a law against bending your back beyond 15°?

Karachi Firing Squad
I don't think too many teams will have escaped from 39-6 in the opening hour of a Test match to secure a 341-run win inside four days. I am proud that I have been part of such a never-say-die outfit, that too for the second time. Shahid Afridi, Mohammed Yousuf and I were at the Eden Gardens back in '99 when we pulled the rabbit out of the hat after being 26-6 on the first day. Wicketkeeper Moin Khan gave our score some respectability then and it was his successor Kamran Akmal's turn to play a super counter-attacking innings now.

Honestly, with the series hinging on the showing of the final innings, the difference between the two teams boiled down to who was more physically and mentally fresh. We scored significantly there. It worked in our favour that the Indian bowlers were weary from the heavy workload at Lahore and Faisalabad. On the contrary, we were relatively fresh and able to give our best. It was critical, on a track that was just a shade more sporting than what we'd got earlier.

The Indian bowlers had a fantastic start to the Test when the ball did a bit off...


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