By Saif Ur Rehman.
“Up in the air – gone, Pakistan cricket at its best, one min down, next min up” these lines will go down in Pakistan cricket as the most epic moment. 2017 marked the most blessed year for cricket fans of Pakistan. After 4-1 fiasco in Australia in January Pakistan was placed at 7 spot which was a humiliating for one time world champions. After winning in Caribbean, Pakistan bagged direct qualification in world cup supposed to be held next year in England.
Pakistan was written off by the cricket experts except Ramiz Raja but Cricketing world was stunned by the prolific turn around, when men in green were handed champions trophy after downing the hot favourites South Africa and the hosts, Icing on the cake was ripping apart mighty Indian batting line up in the much anticipated Final at Edgbaston. This tournament is also called the “mini world cup”. World X1 toured the land of the pure in September, giving a silent message to the world that this country is not only passionate about the sport but also a safe place to play.
Pakistan is rightly said to be predictably unpredictable and for me no pundit on globe can predict when Pakistan will turn up the game on a particular situation. At the end of the year Babar Azam is the highest run scorer for the team in limited format with sparkling average of over 67. Right arm pacer from Gujranwala Hassan Ali, who had captured the audience eye for his celebration has ended with highest wickets in limited format of the game.
Pakistan is ready to take off as a cricketing force to recon with if it played with same zeal and potential.
This year awaits Pakistan cricket with thrilling challenges which includes the tour to Kiwiland this month. Sarfaraz and Company had to do extremely well in order to book there places in the heart of emotional Pakistani fans round the globe.
Saif Ur Rehman is Law Student at Quid e Azam University, Islamabad.