Oh when the greens go marching!
The men in green have done it! They have defied whatever obstacles that stepped in their way! From having no international cricket at home, to losing their star spin bowlers like Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan have defied everything that stood in their way, and they defied it in warrior like fashion.
The first Test against England in Abu Dhabi was a close contest, with the Pakistanis having been deprived of the services of their Talismanic leg spinner Yasir Shah, who dropped out due to a back injury. Shah made his much awaited returen in the second Test, and was the main man behind Pakistan’s bowling charge on the English. Despite a late scare, Pakistan ended up taking a 1-0 lead in the Dubai Test.
The Sharjah Test always seemed like a mountain to climb for the three lions. Team Pakistan dropped on the backfoot, thanks to a brillaint first innings battle by the English, but Mohammad Hafeez led their charge into the second innings with an amazing knock of 151. The men in green were back in the ascendancy, leaving England to chase 284 in the final innings.
The English were never going to go without a fight, but the efforts proved too futile at the end, as hosts Pakistan registered a crushing 127 run win. With that, the mighty men in green not only confirmed a 2-0 whitewash of the visitors, but also cemented their place in the 2nd spot of the ICC Test Championship rankings. Many congratulations to the whole Pakistan staff, and the fans in particular! For a country without any home international cricket, this is quite a massive achievement!