Winning the league or even retaining a Champions League spot might be ambitious, miraculous if he achieves it, but Mourinho could do well to overturn their wretched form, bring back order and tactical freshness and reinstate the faith of their faithful.
Sarfaraz lacked the charisma Pakistan cricket-audience is fixated with. Pakistan cricket, since its early days, has been obsessed with the charismatic captain narrative, a team formed in the grander qualities and image of its leader.
Kohli’s bizarre tactics allowed Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj stitch a century stand; while it is unlikely to have an impact on the result of the match, India’s inability to dismiss the tail is worrying
A raft of South African legends having retired, they are bereft of big names for their trip to the subcontinent. But it could be the coming-of-age series for a number of Proteas personnel, relatively unknown but wizened domestic performers.