"Younis Khan's press conferences have been one of the delights of the tournament. No one has enjoyed the cup more, it seems, than the relentlessly chipper Pakistan captain, every bit as cheery in defeat against England and Sri Lanka as he was in victory against New Zealand, Ireland and Netherlands"
That is Andy Bull describing the Pakistan captain in his semi final preview over at the Guardian.
Last week I wrote about how Younis Khan's "silly" smile and "absurd" statements may have been misinterpreted by many.
In a country where everything is misconstrued, almost, and where a harmful statement can be turned into a malicious one by the media, I believe Younis has accomplished something not many Pakistan skippers have.
Getting on the right side of the media, despite the team not being at its best against England and Sri Lanka.
Saad Shafqat over at Cricinfo calls it Younis Khan's master stroke!
And it very well may be just that.
Andy Bull also talks about Shahid Afridi and says,
"The heart of the side, though, is Shahid Afridi, a comic book creation who bowls leg spin with the cunning of Cardinal Richelieu and then bats with the foolhardy panache of all three musketeers rolled into one"
That is one of the best descriptions of Afridi that I have come across since Andy Zaltzman summarized his career in a few lines.
If Pakistan are to come out on top in their world twenty20 semi final against South Africa tonight, both Younis and Afridi will have to stand up and be counted for.
Younis has been their best batsman and Afridi, as Andy Bull says, their heart.
When Afridi is on song and chirping away in the field, you know Pakistan is on top.
It is a big game tonight. Most of the Pakistan fans I have spoken to have said, "I don't have a good feeling about tonight".
They are jittery. So is the team I'm sure.
But I am confident, but then that is just me. I always am. It says nothing about the team.
I have plans to watch the match with a large group of Pakistan supporters on a big screen. Usually when I am part of a plan like this, Pakistan fail to live up to their potential.
For our sake, and Pakistan's sake, I hope this trend does not continue.