Misbah’s men eye T20 glory

ABU DHABI - Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq was brimming with confidence after their emphatic 4-1 victory in the one-day series over World Cup runners-up Sri Lanka. The middle-order batsman is now confident of doing well in Friday’s one-off Twenty20 international against the Lankans in Abu Dhabi.

By James Jose

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Published: Sat 26 Nov 2011, 12:14 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 6:35 PM

“I am confident that we will do our best in the Twenty20 to improve our ranking,” the Pakistan captain said after Thursday’s win.

Misbah was also pleased with his squad that they won the Test series 1-0. “I am really pleased to have a mixture of junior and senior players. They are understanding their roles and responsibilities, and I am very happy with the way they are fulfilling the duty. Now you can say that it’s an experienced side, and I foresee a good future for my team,” Misbah said.

Pakistan have been on a roll this year, having won all their ODI series against New Zealand, West Indies, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Misbah said that the key was a good combination of playing XI and a solid bench strength.

“Our bench strength and the playing XI are outstanding, and this is the main reason that the team is performing well. It’s a tough competition in the bowling department as whoever is handed a chance to play, is performing. The idea is to rotate the circle and try out every one accordingly, and so far everyone is taking the opportunity well,” he said.

He said that a long run together for this team has been the reason for them performing so well. “It is good to see us beating a top-ranked side 4-1 and I congratulate my side for this. I am happy because the team is improving and performing so well. The goal is to improve day by day and we want to extend the victory succession. This team has now been playing together for almost a year and a half, so it is now getting good experience and developing into a good team,” said Misbah.

The 4-1 series win over Sri Lanka saw Pakstan move to fifth spot in the ICC rankings.

Former captain Shoaib Malik has been going through a lean run after he was handed two opportunities in the series. He got scores of two and nought. But Misbah backed him by saying that everyone goes through a lean patch and one big score is what it takes to get back. “Malik came in after an outstanding performance at the domestic level in Pakistan. But he is going through a tough time and this happens sometimes in your career. He is batting well at the nets as well but it happens that sometimes you aren’t able to score runs at the top level. But he is still a good batsman and a match-winner for the team. So, he still has a lot of cricket in him and just needs one innings to get back in touch,” he said.


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