A testimony of will, persistence and hard work

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2001, 22:14 [IST]
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Bangalore: In the short period of time that Waqar Younis has handled this Pakistan side, he has, sure enough, exhibited qualities that go to make a quality captain. Firstly, he appears confident of turning things around for Pakistan. Secondly, he has led from the front by being a top performer himself. The combined affect of the above two has, as a result, rubbed on to his teammates, who are now picking themselves up to meet the challenge ahead. That apart, he seems to be a good judge of the game.

What a testimony to a man, who, it seemed not too long ago, was doomed to fizzle out of world cricket, given his repeated injury and controversy problems. Nobody gave him much of a chance to be a regular member of the Pakistan squad, let alone captain. However, his belief in himself and the persistence to back his belief - no matter how bleak the chances, is what is paying Waqar dividends.

Given a small opening, Waqar has grabbed it with both hands. First at Sharjah, he inspired a weak and inexperienced Pakistan team to perform creditably. Later in England, although the dice was loaded against his team (given the short duration of the series, which means little time to adjust to the conditions and playing at the end of winter or early summer), his team came form behind to draw the series. A noteworthy achievement indeed!

It, then, saddens one that a player of such class could have been lost for reasons apart from cricket. Yes, he did have injury problems but one believes it was more than that which kept Waqar in the wilderness. Even after he forced himself back into the squad, he was often not found good enough to play in the eleven and when given a chance would immediately be dropped for lack of performance without being given a fair run.

However, as the saying goes, all is well that ends well.

It still is early days though, and he is bound to have a rough patch but given the early promise he has shown, it will serve Pakistan cricket good if they give him a reasonable lease at the helm and withhold themselves form any hasty decisions.

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