In the recently concluded Cricket World Cup, while we witnessed some of the most outstanding performances from different cricketers, one which overshadowed the rest was of Kumar Sangakkara hitting four consecutive centuries. That the veteran was playing in his last World Cup, made the feat all the more special. While most of his contemporaries found it difficult to shine in cricket's biggest extravaganza, Sanga, who is one of the most underrated cricketer in world cricket, showed yet again why he deserves to go down as one of the finest cricketers to have played the game.
Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi has ruled out any chance of making a comeback to One-day International cricket, insisting the new players needed proper time to settle down in the national team.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and head coach Waqar Younis wanted the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to sideline Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal from the national team for atleast a year to force them to improve their attitudes.
It's time to appoint new Pakistan captains in all three format says former skipper Mushtaq Muhammad, who also suggested that Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi should quit international cricket completely.
Pakistani all-rouner Shahid Afridi followed the steps of Sri Lankan stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and fellow teammate Misbah-ul-Haq in retiring from ODI cricket. The Pakistani icon finally bid farewell to a glorious 19-year-old career but it ended on the wrong note as his side lost a crucial quarter-final encounter against Australia in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2015 on Friday.
The reactions from former players to Pakistan's defeat to Australia in the cricket World Cup quarterfinals was a mixed one with some of them blaming captain Misbah-ul-Haq, head coach Waqar Younis and the Pakistan Cricket Board for their failed campaign.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi's ODI careers came to an end on Friday following their World Cup quarterfinal defeat against Australia but the two players will continue to play Test and Twenty cricket respectively.
Misbah-ul-Haq and all-rounder Shahid Afridi bowed out of one-day international cricket with their dreams unfulfilled on Friday as Pakistan crashed out in the World Cup quarter-finals against Australia in Adelaide.
He doesn’t have the aura of legendary Imran Khan. He doesn’t have the spark of Javed Miandad. He is not even a dynamic all-rounder like Wasim Akram. He is not as gifted as Inzamam-ul-Haq or as talented as Waqar Younis.