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Nothing is impossible with Pakistan

india Updated: Sep 14, 2012 12:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

What is the one thing that defines volatility? The answer depends on who you ask the question.

But a die-hard cricket fan is sure to point to Pakistan, the erratic sub-continent giants whose defining trait is oozing talent one day and lacking in temperament the next.

But three hours isn't all that long to set aside ego clashes and gel as a team.

No wonder they are the team with most T20 international wins and a success ratio that is second only to South Africa's.

Maybe that's also why Pakistan are the most successful team in World Twenty20 -they are the only team to reach the semis in all three editions, winning once and missing out the first time in 2007 against India because Misbah-ul Haq miscued a scoop.

With the fourth edition approaching, for Pakistan to remain consistent, though, a lot will depend on the individuals who sparkled in the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) and in their recent limited overs series win over Australia.

The form of Kamran Akmal - the wicketkeeper-batsman was SLPL's third-highest run-getter and followed it up with a couple of good knocks against the baggy greens - will offer some respite to a notoriously fickle batting line-up. The bowlers, though, will have to deliver.

That the traditionally slow pitches in Sri Lanka are likely to provide more assistance to seamers can only be music to the ears for the likes of Sohail Tanvir. The wrongfooted left-armer, who starred for Rajasthan Royals in the inaugural IPL in 2008 and was the leading wicket-taker in SLPL, goes for plenty but, much like his pace partner Umar Gul, makes up for it in the wickets column.

But the one who, quite literally, can turn it in their favour is Saeed Ajmal. His deadly doosra has proved to be the bane of many a batsman, even those from the sub-continent.

And if the series against Australia - his returns in the three-match T20 series win (2-1) were 2/13, 2/20 and 2/19 - is anything to go by, being ignored by the ICC for the Player of the Year shortlist has not gone down well with this tweaker. Expecting them to do anything usually ends in disappointment.

And often for their opponents, writing them off also brings grief.