In 2016, Pakistan conquered England on the day of their independence. It was a historic moment for Pakistan. After the embarrassment from 2010 England, it was an emotional sight to see Pakistan’s flag flying high and the Shaheens celebrating proudly.
Pakistan started off the tour in an emphatic fashion where they defeated England in Lord’s and shown the world a new manner of celebration, by performing push-ups. It was the same ground, where three of Pakistani players were caught for being involved in spot fixing on the previous tour to England. The world was mesmerized by the way Pakistan made their comeback six years later and moreover, the way they celebrated.
The world was mesmerized by the way Pakistan made their comeback six years later on the same venue.
This was not just any cricketing tour for the Men in Green, they wanted to reinstate their integrity, they wanted to hover their flag high, they wanted to show the world who Pakistanis really are.
England made a brave comeback and won back to back games in the four-match Test series, they were leading the campaign by 2-1. Pakistan had to win the last Test of the series, they had no other way out and they did exactly that.
On a fine morning of 11 August 2011 in London, England won the toss and elected to bat first. Pakistanis were looking to get their glory back and they were ready to put their heart and soul in there to achieve it.
Pakistan dominated England in all three aspects of the game. All players put in their contributions, especially the senior pro, Younis Khan and the solid batsman Asad Shafiq.
Younis Khan, who struggled throughout the series, struck a jaw-dropping double ton. Earlier in the series, he was jumping and hopping in the crease, cricket fans and experts were questioning his place in the side. However, he once again proved that he is one of best batsmen Pakistan have ever produced.
On the other hand, Asad Shafiq, who scored a pair of ducks in the previous game, scored a brave century in the final Test that steered Pakistan to a mammoth total of 542 runs.
Later, Yasir Shah displayed his magic in the second inning and took another five-for his team, which restricted England to a small target of 40 runs that Pakistan easily chased in 13.1 overs without any loss.
Pakistan had packed up the Test on the fourth day, on 14th August, which is their Independence Day. The stadium had the most electrifying atmosphere, the crowd was chanting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’, they were singing ‘Dil dil Pakistan’ and ‘Jeevay jeevay Pakistan’. It seemed like they are not playing in England, but play on their home ground. They had leveled the series by 2-2, a few days later, Pakistan was top ranked Test team.
The series that Pakistan started with historic push-ups celebration, ended it in the most convincing fashion.
The last tour of England in 2010 proved to be a forgettable one. But, this time, Pakistani players held their heads high, Pakistani flag was once again flying high with glory, it was simply the perfect script for the Shaheens.