Monday, June 4, 2012

Top 5 Reasons to Look Forward to Pakistan vs Sri Lanka ODIs

With the T20 series shared between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, all eyes are now on the ODI series that begins on 7th June.

Here are 5 good reasons, why this should be an exciting series for the Pakistan fans.

5. There will be a Winner

I never really understand the point of 2 or 4 match series. Be it Tests, ODIs, or T20s, why have an even number of games when you are having a series to determine a winner. 1-1 in the T20s might be an apt result for the two evenly match teams, but it would have good to have a deciding third game. We won't have such problems during the 5 ODI games.

4. Imran Farhat

No, seriously! With Nasir Jamshed out injured, Imran Farhat has now more chances to re-appear at the top of the order. Oh what pleasure to see him again. I'm sure the rest of you will enjoy watching him fail inning after inning, just like I would.

3. Rahat Ali

The left arm pacer has been selected for the first time for the Pakistan team. He is coming off a successful domestic season and those who have seen him talk about his vast potential. A number of left arm pacers - Mohammad Aamer, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Talha, Junaid Khan - have come into the team in the past few years with none really cementing their place. Will Rahat Ali be up to the challenge?

Here's a preview of what he is capable of:

2. Shahid Afridi

No Pakistan series is complete without Shahid Afridi. He has already made an impact on the T20 series and you can surely expect a lot more fireworks from him during the ODIs. What makes this series exciting for his fans is that he is 6 wickets away from becoming the 8th bowler in ODI history to reach 350 wickets. If he manages those during the series (ek game ki baat hai yaar!), he will become the 3rd person to achieve the feat for Pakistan, after Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

Just FYI, Muralitharan is the only spinner who has more ODI wickets than Afridi does.

1. Misbah Ul Haq

Pakistan has been blessed with several cricketers with generously sized posteriors. Remember Ijaz Ahmed? Not sure about you all, but some people are definitely excited to see Misbah in the new kit that the Greens have been sporting for this series!

On a more serious note, the man returns to captain the side in the ODIs and the following tests. He has arrived in Sri Lanka along with the other members of the team who were not part of the T20 squad.

There were many fans who were not happy with his removal as T20 captain and would be excited to see Misbah take the reins of the team again.

Remember, under Misbah, we are near invincible. Watch out Sri Lanka !

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