Browsing All posts tagged under »Shahid Afridi«

Misbah’s Day of Reckoning

October 20, 2011 by

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There have been many divisive players to represent Pakistan in recent memory:  Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi, Wasim bhai, even Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal. These are players who can boast some combination of bombastic personas, inhuman ability, odious morals, or at least—in the case of Malik—instant hate-ability. Misbah-ul-Haq, on the other hand, has nothing. The man […]

A Not-So-Much-A-Preview Preview of the India-Pakistan World Cup Semifinal

March 29, 2011 by

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Right, it’s almost here. It’s only a matter of hours. The Greatest Match Ever (TGME), The Mother of All Games! And, if you believed what you saw on desi TV, the war that will prevent any future wars! There have been several well thought out previews of this game and there is almost no way […]

Sachin Tendulkar and The Clutch Conundrum

March 29, 2011 by

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Three years ago, I spent an evening with a couple of passionate Indian sports fans in a pub in Chicago. A couple of drinks down the line, the conversation veered towards Sachin Tendulkar and that’s pretty much where it remained for the rest of the evening. While all three of us were in complete agreement […]

Pakistan: A reprise of 1992 or 2007?

February 11, 2011 by

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Brian Philips, in a recent post of his (which is perhaps the kind of blog that pays off all that money wasted on your liberal arts degree), asked if “story [is] something a lot of sports-writing struggles with? I mean story at the simplest level is, the this-happened-and-then-this-happened level, the level of basic immersion and […]

The Case for Afridi’s Captaincy

January 30, 2011 by

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The grand pursuit of the economist should be to fine tune a system that in the long-run insulates its population from aggregate negative outcomes during troughs in the business cycle, while increasing aggregate benefits during peaks. Agree? Well tell that to this guy: The problem with our dear Chacha here (Chacha is Urdu for Uncle, […]