Pakistan no longer unpredictable: Misbah
Islamabad, Mar 24: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq says his team has shaken off the tag of being unpredictable after winning the Asia Cup.
Over the past 18 months, Pakistan has lost just one limited-overs series - a 4-0 whitewash by England in the United Arab Emirates last month.
Misbah says Pakistan has the "best ratio of victory, and unpredictable teams do not have such a ratio".
Pakistan defeated host nation Bangladesh by two runs in a thrilling Asia Cup final on Thursday. Bangladesh reached the final by beating both the winner and runner-up of last year's World Cup - India and Sri Lanka - in league matches.
Misbah dismissed claims of a slow, defensive batting style, saying most of his critics "have not played cricket ... it's better not to listen to them."
But Misbah said he was enjoying leading the side in any format of the game and the Asia Cup victory was a big boost for him and his team.
"It was a hard fought final and I thought Bangladesh played well throughout the competition. They were deserving finalists," he said.
Misbah said that he was satisfied to see everyone in the team was pulling his weight at crucial times which had helped Pakistan cricket lift its stocks.
He pointed out that in the last one-and-a-half years Pakistan had been consistent in Test matches beating all the major sides including New Zealand, Sri Lanka and England and drawing series against South Africa and West Indies .
"Our performances I think speak for themselves and even in limited overs cricket the performances have been steady except for the bad form we faced against England and we have learnt from those defeats," he said.
Misbah said he was well aware of the pressures of leading Pakistan and that is why he kept himself focused on his game.
"I know how important it is for me to perform as a batsman as well and I keep myself focused on my performances as well," he added.
Lastupdate on : Sat, 24 Mar 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 24 Mar 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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