Stories about batting

Changing the team captain will not solve Pakistan’s problems; we also need to change the players

Pakistan entered the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy as the lowest ranked team in the ODI charts. Even before the tournament began, Pakistan had no hope of winning, or in more realistic terms, had no real chance of crossing the group stage, with India and South Africa being in the same group.

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India already decimated Pakistan in the match played between the two arch rivals this past Sunday. I think South Africa, which has top ranked bowlers and batsmen, will easily be able to win the match against Pakistan. In sync: Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja celebrate the wicket of ...

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Love him or hate him, it’s time we bid adieu to Pakistan’s Boom Boom

For more than 20 years, the name Shahid Afridi has been part and parcel of Pakistan cricket, so much so that Pakistan’s cricketing history would be incomplete without highlighting his contributions. Even the greatest of cricketers have found it difficult to dominate oppositions from the very beginning of their careers, but that was not the case with Afridi. The manner in which he announced himself on the international arena was beyond amazing. He made a mockery of the Sri Lankan bowling attack in the second ODI match of his career, scoring the fastest century off just 37 balls, a record ...

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Was it truly necessary to suspend Misbahul Haq right now?

Pakistan lost its first Test series in Christchurch after seven consecutive Test series. Tours to New Zealand and Australia have always been tough for Pakistan. After Pakistan’s unsatisfactory performance in Sharjah against the West Indies, there have been doubts regarding our batting line up against New Zealand and Australian conditions; thus resurfacing and strengthening the fear that the Pakistani team will struggle in such trying conditions. Misbahul Haq is a legend in the current team. He has played many match-saving and match-winning innings for Pakistan. His captaincy and batting ability is the reason why Pakistan is placed in the top half of the Test playing nations’ ranking charts. Misbah has ...

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What went wrong for Pakistan at Old Trafford?

Pakistan succumbed to a distressing defeat at the hands of England at Old Trafford. England was clinical in all three departments, Pakistan were equally mediocre and the disparities were embarrassingly obvious. Surely an anti-climax after the much-awaited restoration of honour at Lord’s, Pakistan was reminded that their honeymoon period was over.  Pakistan succumbed to a distressing defeat at the hands of England at Old Trafford.Photo: AFP While it would be sinful to completely downplay Pakistan’s valiant effort at Lord’s, Pakistan was bailed out by some individual brilliant efforts and Misbahul Haq had to come to the rescue, ...

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From terror to triumphs: Afghanistan’s scintillating rise in cricket

Let me tell you a bit about these men. The cricket bat is a two-year-olds’ play-toy once it meets their thick palms, and the ball once bludgeoned, stays bludgeoned. Even in defeats to big sides during recent world cups, such as South Africa in the 209 Wankhede game, they’ve succeeded in making powerful statements. Braving into cricket’s entertainment limelight from the war-torn turf of their native land, the team’s scintillating rise in cricket goes beyond just technical flaws and inexperience, to a developing world of enthusiasm, flair and competitiveness. Chasing 210 to win, Mohammad Shahzad scored ...

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Why has Pakistan forgotten how to bat in the shorter formats?

Some say, it’s a confidence issue. Others say that it is the lack of international cricket at home. Fingers are pointed at the flawed domestic setup or the nepotism in selection. Whatever the case may be; as far as ODI and T20 cricket is concerned, Pakistan batting is indeed at its lowest ebb ever. After watching the recently concluded ODI series between Australia and India, I was mesmerised by the batting at display. It was aggressive, belligerent, but at the same time poised and full of confidence. Chasing or posting scores in the proximity of 300 and above was the ...

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#PAKvsSL: A dominant series win well worth the wait

The Pakistan cricket team, under the supreme leadership of Azhar Ali, has wrapped up the series against Sri Lanka by outplaying the hosts with a superbly dominant performance, winning three out of four matches in the five-match ODI series. Photo: Reuters This was Pakistan’s first bi-lateral ODI series win in Sri Lanka since 2006. It has also boosted Pakistan’s chances of making it to the Champions Trophy as Pakistan is currently ranked eighth in the ODI rankings, slightly ahead of West Indies. The national team has given a great overall performance. Pakistan’s batsmen have batted positively with strike rates ranging from Azhar’s 82 to Shoaib Malik’s 125. Azhar’s technique ...

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Pakistan vs South Africa: It’s time for some smart cricket, boys

Pakistan is in a decent run of form and finds itself sitting not-so-pretty at the fourth spot in the World Cup. In relation to the Pakistan-South Africa match, which is to take place tomorrow, countless people in Pakistan believe that the team is not capable of winning against the Porteas, the only side in the history of the game to score 400 plus in two consecutive innings. Only the top four teams will make it to the quarterfinals and looking at the ranking right now, Pakistan either needs to move up the rank or maintain their fourth position to qualify. However, there is a lot ...

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Pakistan is not even prepared for New Zealand, let alone the World Cup

Openers getting out early, slow run rate, batsmen getting starts but not converting them into something substantial, a false ray of hope in between – pretty much run-of-the-mill stuff for Pakistan’s batting in ODI cricket. However, the more worrying factor is Pakistan’s fragile bowling attack at the moment. For years Pakistan’s batting has been spared its blushes by the bowling department, but, heading into the World Cup and the second ODI versus New Zealand, the bowling side looks as feeble as the batting one. With Saeed Ajmal banned, Muhammad Hafeez unable to ball, Junaid Khan injured and Yasir Shah as an unused weapon so far, Pakistan’s bowling side looks as flimsy as ...

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How else must Fawad Alam prove his worth, PCB?

Fawad Alam has been left out from the ODI squad, again. And right before the World Cup, again. The last time when he was dropped, in November 2010, his batting average was just below 40; currently his career average is more than 45 runs per inning with a decent strike run rate of 75.04 – despite batting under immense pressure most of the time. Leaving him out of the national team is something I just can’t understand. Not only has he performed above average, he has also given Pakistan some much needed wins over the past year. He is the second highest ODI ...

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