Sunday, June 21, 2009

What Pakistan is About

For a country that has created its own niche in the world by not conforming to any cliches, today is a day that we will cherish. We seem to hold our own special place in the world when it comes to matters related to cricket or otherwise.

Just the other day I was discussing some business opportunities with someone here in Seattle and he said: "We know India is a great place to visit and we also know that we must stay away from Iran. But we really have no idea about Pakistan, we just see negative things in the media - thats enough to keep me away".

Where have we heard similar things before? Do labels like "gali-cricketers", "mercurial", "most talented", "underperformers", "unperedictable", "hot and cold" ring a bell? The ambivalence of being ordinary and spectacular at the same time is the cliche that the Pakistan team and the nation live with.

Today was all about breaking free of the shackles of labels. There was no mysterious reverse swing, no allegations of cheating, no implosions nor explosions - just a smooth, consistent performance to seal the win. Did we just see Pakistan play according to a plan and execute it to clinical precision?

Congratulations to the Pakistani people and all Pakistan fans. Congratulations to the team for a job well done! Let the celebrations begin.

Make your pitch on this post...


3 Pitched:

  1. Wasim said...

    Obaid, Q, and Sledge

    Congratulations to all of you.

  2. Obaid said...

    Thanks Wasim... same to you!

  3. Q said...

    Congratulations Wasim!

    Congratulations Obaid and wonderfully written.

    You're right. Pakistan did turn out with a plan and it worked!

    What a win. My voice is gone and I'm still buzzing with the win. Feels so damn good!

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