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    Magic in Multan (2005) as Shoaib Akhtar and Danish Kaneria stun England with 7 wickets between them

    Just watching highlights of this Test on sky, am so pumped watching Akhtar run in; he was like a Boeing 747 on after burners and oh my god in heaven! that delivery to ashley giles what a spell from him on a surface like that, no one quiet like his breed.

    Danish Kaneria was an extremely special bowler, he had every trick in the book and we forget his match winning spells so easily; it was unfortunate that Kamran was his keeper but he had one hell of a career beyond that and is arguably Pakistan's best leggie ever.

    Really enjoyed watching this clip today, from Akhtar/Kaneria stunning England, Inzi unleashing with emotion and the smile on Bob Woolmers face, made me heart feel happy

    Those were the days, really enjoyed that run. And it was one hell of a Test series victory, England were coming off their greatest triumph in that famous ashes series in 2005.

    What are your favourite memories of the Test Match in Multan and the Test Series in general ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    Just watching highlights of this Test on sky, am so pumped watching Akhtar run in; he was like a Boeing 747 on after burners and oh my god in heaven! that delivery to ashley giles what a spell from him on a surface like that, no one quiet like his breed.

    Danish Kaneria was an extremely special bowler, he had every trick in the book and we forget his match winning spells so easily; it was unfortunate that Kamran was his keeper but he had one hell of a career beyond that and is arguably Pakistan's best leggie ever.

    Really enjoyed watching this clip today, from Akhtar/Kaneria stunning England, Inzi unleashing with emotion and the smile on Bob Woolmers face, made me heart feel happy

    Those were the days, really enjoyed that run. And it was one hell of a Test series victory, England were coming off their greatest triumph in that famous ashes series in 2005.

    What are your favourite memories of the Test Match in Multan and the Test Series in general ?
    Afridi dancing on the pitch


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    And man what an incredible atmosphere enjoying a Test Match in the subcontinent ! we took those crowds for granted, those fans in Multan were awesome


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil_cric View Post
    Afridi dancing on the pitch
    Didn't England draw level with you just after that


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    I remember watching this live. It was pure magic

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    Is this the match where Kaneria stumbles and falls while celebrating a wicket? That was definitely an iconic moment. Remember watching this as a kid. Such a glorious match, man I miss Shoaib so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Devil View Post
    Is this the match where Kaneria stumbles and falls while celebrating a wicket? That was definitely an iconic moment. Remember watching this as a kid. Such a glorious match, man I miss Shoaib so much.
    I think so lmao then he got up and we saw those big teeth even more shiny but not as shiny as Kamran Akmals though after dropping yet another catch. Same here, Akhtar was one of a kind @Chief Destroyer


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    Quote Originally Posted by adzzy786 View Post
    I remember watching this live. It was pure magic
    Indeed my friend indeed, nothing quiet like watching these certified mega stars perform at the elite level live. I had the pleasure of watching Akhtar bowl when he was over here in England 8 years ago, easily the highlight among all the international games which I've attended in my life time


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    Yeah it was a crazy game - we were well below par with our 1st innings score on a flat track.

    I think Trescothick scored 190 odd before we set England a tricky 4th innings total.

    Akhtar and Kaneria were magnificent, especially Akhtar with his subtle changes of pace, taking the pitch out of the equation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    I was on pakistan vacation before eid in 2015. It was the last ashra. I remember the first day of multan test, Flintoff had taken many key wickets and inzamamam had to grind out a marvelous fifty under pressure. Also Shaun udal made his debut

    The second innings was awesomebowling wise . We talked about that 150 kph yorker by shoaib for weeks after that. Also Salman butt hit a very good century in the second innings.

    The second test is very memorable for me in this series as it is the only match i have seen in a stadium in my life. I was in Waqar younis stand & lucky to see my hero Inzi get to his 23rd test 100. My throat was extremely hoarse after cheering nonstop for hours that day.

    But the fans were more disappointed at Afridi getting out at 92( He hit lot of sixes hitting the commentary stands walls were adjacent to waqar younis stand) & lot of folks started leaving after he got out. I never was an Afridi fan and still am not but that incident opened my eyes as to how popular he was always been among the regular joes of pakistan.

    Everybody was ****** about the harmison throw as it was a very paindoo type of stadium. There were no screens or shades, so nobody had clue whether inzi's feet was inside the crease or not. We had to see the highlights on ten sports in the evening to understand what had happened. We left after about four hours during which there was a cylinder blast in the stadium which gave fans & english players a hell of a scare.

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    Any highlights?

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    Also another memory of series is of shabbir ahmed's bowling action being reported which got him banned and Hassan raza's return after long time which saw him get out at 0 & 1 respectively.

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    It was a spectacular match to watch. I think Akhtar introduced his deadly slower ball in that series. The English bats were so early on the slower ball that they could have played their shots twice and the ball still wouldn't have arrived. I just loved this series.


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    That was a fluke win 👍👍👍.

    One of the few series where Shoaib was fully fit through and kept coming at the opposition. Loved every second of it!

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    This is probably one of the best cricketing memories I have had in my life! Cricket was my only escape back in those days and boy oh boy did we put on a show in this Test!

    I just wish I could go back and relive that entire experience all over again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    Just watching highlights of this Test on sky, am so pumped watching Akhtar run in; he was like a Boeing 747 on after burners and oh my god in heaven! that delivery to ashley giles what a spell from him on a surface like that, no one quiet like his breed.

    Danish Kaneria was an extremely special bowler, he had every trick in the book and we forget his match winning spells so easily; it was unfortunate that Kamran was his keeper but he had one hell of a career beyond that and is arguably Pakistan's best leggie ever.

    Really enjoyed watching this clip today, from Akhtar/Kaneria stunning England, Inzi unleashing with emotion and the smile on Bob Woolmers face, made me heart feel happy

    Those were the days, really enjoyed that run. And it was one hell of a Test series victory, England were coming off their greatest triumph in that famous ashes series in 2005.

    What are your favourite memories of the Test Match in Multan and the Test Series in general ?
    I remember Inzy scoring centuries in both innings of the 2nd test!

    I was hoping we could win that Test too but England held on for a draw.

    I was soo nervous for the 3rd test in Lahore and was skeptical we might lose and draw the series. We were in a spot of bother at 200/5 and Inzy had to be retired hurt but MoYo and Kammy just blew them away!

    I believe MoYo's 223 in the 3rd test was his highest score in Test cricket and we on that Test by an innings defeat.

    Amazing memories bro!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TQ89 View Post
    Also another memory of series is of shabbir ahmed's bowling action being reported which got him banned and Hassan raza's return after long time which saw him get out at 0 & 1 respectively.
    I believe that series was also the last of Asim Kamal.

    He never played for Pakistan again after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    Just watching highlights of this Test on sky, am so pumped watching Akhtar run in; he was like a Boeing 747 on after burners and oh my god in heaven! that delivery to ashley giles what a spell from him on a surface like that, no one quiet like his breed.

    Danish Kaneria was an extremely special bowler, he had every trick in the book and we forget his match winning spells so easily; it was unfortunate that Kamran was his keeper but he had one hell of a career beyond that and is arguably Pakistan's best leggie ever.

    Really enjoyed watching this clip today, from Akhtar/Kaneria stunning England, Inzi unleashing with emotion and the smile on Bob Woolmers face, made me heart feel happy

    Those were the days, really enjoyed that run. And it was one hell of a Test series victory, England were coming off their greatest triumph in that famous ashes series in 2005.

    What are your favourite memories of the Test Match in Multan and the Test Series in general ?
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    There hasn't been a more entertaining fast bowler than Akhtar. The current lot is really bland in comparison.


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    Where's Kaneria these days? Four years plus since the charges levelled against him

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    Wonderful memories. This and India 2005 away and 2006 home are legendary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingusama92 View Post
    There hasn't been a more entertaining fast bowler than Akhtar. The current lot is really bland in comparison.
    We tend to think back to days gone by as the "good ol' days" and only remember the good bits, however, with Akhtar's entertainment and excitement there were plenty of heartbreaks as well. Such as often bad performance where his own pace worked against him and he was crazy expensive, or disciplinary issues such as drugs or fighting with teammates/PCB, or partying too much during test matches resulting in him not showing up "ready" for the match the next day or the constant injuries that allowed him to hardly play a few series on the trot.


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    Got this series on DVD, iNZAMAMS Invincibles..Loved this series..the crowd at Faisalabad in the second test was amazing..Loved the way we just surprised the english again and then beat them in the final test with Moyo and K.akmal hitting massive runs. England were coming off the 2005 ashes and were all cocky etc but we as usual taught them a lesson. I think we won the ODI series too..I watched this on Sky, waking up in the morning and getting that nervous feeling..seeing us at 181 odd for 4 and then tresco's hundred was ominous..Great great series!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingusama92 View Post
    There hasn't been a more entertaining fast bowler than Akhtar. The current lot is really bland in comparison.
    Bhai Akhtar was a very big heartache in those days. I don't think we have had a bad boy worse than him our history. To be honest, he was lucky he played in pakistan so he got chance to extend his career to 15 years. If he were playing for some other country, they would have moved on from pretty quickly.

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    Remember watching Akhtar bowl Giles just prior to school early in the morning. Wish I didn't have to go in because this was an incredible game.

    For those who want to relive it should consider getting the Inzamam's Invincibles DVD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    After the euphoria of getting the Ashes back after those sixteen horrible years, this was down with a bump for England, then a more powerful side than the current mob.

    Duncan Fletcher showed inflexibility there - Monty should have come in for Giles / Udal. He was out-planned by Woolmer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TQ89 View Post
    I was on pakistan vacation before eid in 2015. It was the last ashra. I remember the first day of multan test, Flintoff had taken many key wickets and inzamamam had to grind out a marvelous fifty under pressure. Also Shaun udal made his debut

    The second innings was awesomebowling wise . We talked about that 150 kph yorker by shoaib for weeks after that. Also Salman butt hit a very good century in the second innings.

    The second test is very memorable for me in this series as it is the only match i have seen in a stadium in my life. I was in Waqar younis stand & lucky to see my hero Inzi get to his 23rd test 100. My throat was extremely hoarse after cheering nonstop for hours that day.

    But the fans were more disappointed at Afridi getting out at 92( He hit lot of sixes hitting the commentary stands walls were adjacent to waqar younis stand) & lot of folks started leaving after he got out. I never was an Afridi fan and still am not but that incident opened my eyes as to how popular he was always been among the regular joes of pakistan.

    Everybody was ****** about the harmison throw as it was a very paindoo type of stadium. There were no screens or shades, so nobody had clue whether inzi's feet was inside the crease or not. We had to see the highlights on ten sports in the evening to understand what had happened. We left after about four hours during which there was a cylinder blast in the stadium which gave fans & english players a hell of a scare.
    Great insight mate


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    We tend to think back to days gone by as the "good ol' days" and only remember the good bits, however, with Akhtar's entertainment and excitement there were plenty of heartbreaks as well. Such as often bad performance where his own pace worked against him and he was crazy expensive, or disciplinary issues such as drugs or fighting with teammates/PCB, or partying too much during test matches resulting in him not showing up "ready" for the match the next day or the constant injuries that allowed him to hardly play a few series on the trot.
    They were the good ol days, Akhtar had his flaws but it makes no sense to remember him for the negatives. No one thrilled like him and he made cricket fans out of millions of people. He did underachieve given his exceptional talent but he was an elite performer with pedigree and genuinely world class ( a word thrown around so easily by the bacha party in this era, note @Chief Destroyer) 178 wickets in Tests (A lot more then Shane Bond) and 247 wickets in ODI's is still a fantastic achievement; that too when you look at the stress his body was constantly under and the physical limitations he was born with. He may have been naughty at times but he never sold his country for a few quid and bowled his heart out. People are throwing around various theories about him not playing at the highest level for another nation, rubbish ! he would have taken at least 300-400 wickets under a more professional set up during the early part of his career and Bob Woolmer vindicated that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    After the euphoria of getting the Ashes back after those sixteen horrible years, this was down with a bump for England, then a more powerful side than the current mob.

    Duncan Fletcher showed inflexibility there - Monty should have come in for Giles / Udal. He was out-planned by Woolmer.
    I don't remember who but during that period one of the English pundits mentioned that England can never be considered the best in the world unless they win in Pakistan / India


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    Quote Originally Posted by msb314 View Post
    No man or woman born from their mother can ever tell me that Akhtar was not special


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    Quote Originally Posted by kingusama92 View Post
    There hasn't been a more entertaining fast bowler than Akhtar. The current lot is really bland in comparison.
    Exactly, they run in as if they are in constant pain and don't really want to be there. I wouldn't be surprised if they have their mommy on speed dial in between overs ' Umi ji I have a pain in my leg, help ' absolutely sharamful if you ask me, no damn passion or fire. None of these blokes give me the impression that they can turn a game on its head with a brutal spell of searing fast trademark Pakistani bowling.


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    I'm glad Shaun Udal has been mentioned

    England really pull out some random spinners when on these Asian assignments. Reminds me of Gareth Batty going on that Bangladesh tour a couple of years ago.

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    Great example of why Kaneria might have been our greatest ever Test Spinner. Such an underrated part of our sides. And what more needs to be said about Akhtar. Pure sporting theatre and AAG

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rishta Aunty View Post
    Great example of why Kaneria might have been our greatest ever Test Spinner. Such an underrated part of our sides. And what more needs to be said about Akhtar. Pure sporting theatre and AAG
    Rishta Aunty knows the deal, a real MARD, no sissy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    I'm glad Shaun Udal has been mentioned

    England really pull out some random spinners when on these Asian assignments. Reminds me of Gareth Batty going on that Bangladesh tour a couple of years ago.
    I remember when he was selected they always plunged some random clubby out of oblivion lol Will be a while before some one like Graeme comes along and even he should have played more Tests then he did but unfortunately was just too weak mentally


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    What a great match and great series. Akhtar steaming in bamboozling the English batsman. The Pakistan players doing the kukar dance against Kevin Pietersen. Just the whole atmosphere of that series was great.

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    England were the top dogs after beating Aus and back beat them back down to Earth.

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    A very memorable series indeed ... Also Asif took 10+ wickets in the side match against England prior to the start of tests which marked his return to the team for ODI leg of the tour and eventually his return to test cricket after having played one solitary test against Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    I'm glad Shaun Udal has been mentioned

    England really pull out some random spinners when on these Asian assignments. Reminds me of Gareth Batty going on that Bangladesh tour a couple of years ago.
    That move paid dividends for them in the india tour that followed this series. He took key wickets in the Mumbai test match and cleaned up india's middle order to tie the test series.


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    The days when MEN played cricket


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