Our elders always told us to keep our mouths shut and speak or argue only after the work is done. Their teaching has again been proved effective by the mighty Bangladesh players, who held their nerves and defeated Pakistan in a nail-biting encounter.
Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik had said, “We will meet India again in the finals and defeat them”. He gave this statement before recognizing the fact that they had to win against Bangladesh to reach the finals. There (Pakistan cricket team’s) words were put to shame when Bangladesh defeated them in a close encounter, thanks to their speed star Md Sami (who bowled two big no balls in his last over).
With all due respect, it’s a humble request to Pakistan to perform and deliver results, rather than relying on making an impression through big statements to the media. This is not the first time Pakistan has been proved wrong in terms of statements (only referring to sports). The Pakistan Cricket Board has always been a big mouth but no show. It has hardly ever relied on new talent. Instead, it seems to be more interested in players making a comeback.
What they forget is that a player who has been out of form for a while cannot come back and start hitting wildly and get you back on the winning terms.
Having stunned defending champions Sri Lanka, Bangladesh is a win away from entering the Asia Cup T20 final at home. With big-hitting Tamim Iqbal expected to buoy the Bangladesh batting, the hosts could not have asked for a better boost. If Bangladesh batsmen could ward off Pakistan’s telling pace attack, half the job will be done.
Interestingly, Bangladesh has won the only T20 international played against Pakistan. In April 2015, Bangladesh, chasing 142, won by seven wickets with 22 balls remaining to underline their expertise in the shortest format of the game.
Cricket has been a very lively game and has been followed by fans worldwide. Making these kind of statements and getting proved wrong is amateur stuff. This is not a cup of tea for players who represent nations and the fans rely on them.
I know it might be a very bold and stupid statement to make but the player should not be allowed to make such proclamations and end up acting foolish in front of the world.