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And don’t worry, this post is not because they beat Pakistan. Pakistan beats Pakistan.
They don’t require other teams to beat them, they just know how to do it. It clicks with them, because that’s what they are. When they win, you see Afrdi’s shampoo sponsors happy, Younis makes jokes that make you laugh, and the world is good.
Now New Zealand on the other hand know exactly what to say.
Sample Southee recently:
“Pakistan have proved they’re a great Twenty20 outfit – they’re the world champions – and they’ve got the wood over us in the last few outings.”
Now I’m no Southee fan, I think he’s a New Zealand Broad but that’s me but I love how he’s completely removed all the attention from New Zealand and thrown it on Pakistan.
Sure Pakistan wins, no big deal, they’re meant to. They lose, hell New Zealand were the odds on favourites to lose miserably.
And this is what the Kiwis do so well, they just know what to say and when to say.
Something the South Africans and the English could learn to do so. You hear Swann making ridiculous statements all the time, Mickey Arthur is on another planet altogether where he gives advice to every team except his.
Australia really have toned down the talking now. They appreciate others now, what a dampener.
If there was an award for smooth talkers in cricket, I would give it to the Kiwis, from Fleming to Vettori and nearly every other Kiwi cricketer.