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Didn't Misbah Much!

A Sharjah repeat it wasn't to be. Also, Pakistanis and their media have mostly laid off the blame game.

Didn't Misbah Much!
Didn't Misbah Much!
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It's one moment Pakistanis are now doomed to recall with horror: the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup final in Johannesburg, six runs required for Pakistan to clinch an incredible victory, Joginder Sharma runs to bowl the third ball of the final over. Those with weak hearts have turned away from their TV screens. Misbah-ul-Haq takes a step or two forward and plays the inelegant paddle stroke. The ball soars high. For that one nanosecond, the long-forgotten image of the April 18, 1986, match in Sharjah returns in a rush, of Javed Miandad despatching the last ball of the match for a six— and an improbable win. Then too, a Sharma (Chetan) had been the bowler. Couldn't history repeat itself 21 years later?

On the TV screen, the ball begins its downward spiral. Below stands Sreesanth, the heart stops, the catch is taken. And now, we Pakistanis know: history repeats itself, first as victory, then as tragedy. Lahore plunges into gloom, as do other cities in Pakistan. Disappointed cricket lovers burn the effigies of Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan in...
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