Stories about batsmen

Master of the bat: AB de Villiers may have retired, but he will never be forgotten

A few months ago, it was confirmed that AB de Villiers would be a part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and will play for the Lahore Qalandars. Although I wanted Islamabad United (my favourite team) to draft him, given that they picked their players last, it was obvious that Lahore would pick him instead, as they had the first pick. After all, we’re talking about de Villiers, and he has to be your first pick. That’s just how great he is. This is also probably a good time to reminisce how my love for him began in the first place. It was ...

Read Full Post

As PSL comes home and the stakes run high, who will join Islamabad United in the final?

It is not easy for Pakistanis to make peace with the fact that a majority of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches are being held out of Pakistan. However, this is a bullet they need to bite with a glimmer of hope, as soon the entire event will take place on their home soil. There are no doubts about the excitement level of the feverish fans in Pakistan, presenting the picture of a nation which can put aside its differences for a game of cricket. This is why restoration of international cricket in the country is essential in the ...

Read Full Post

Three reasons why Pakistan crumbled at the hands of Sri Lanka

Recently, the Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi hosted two teams, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, who are currently in transition. There were only a handful of spectators, which was hardly a surprise, and although there was a lack of support for their team, the islanders edged ahead. For the first three days, the game was moving at a snail’s pace. However, during the final days, the game swiftly changed its gears. It seemed as though the match was heading towards a draw, but on the fourth day, Pakistan began to ascend. Although many believed that Pakistan had a good chance ...

Read Full Post

It’s #PakvsInd in the Champions Trophy once again, but can India equalise the score of 2-1?

The Edgbaston cricket ground will be the pinnacle of attraction for the entire cricketing fraternity as India and Pakistan renew their age-old rivalry this coming Sunday. Although the elusive International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy commenced yesterday, you can be assured that the tournament will dive into fifth gear when these two arch rivals lock horns. Champions Trophy is the only major ICC event where Pakistan has the upper hand over their nemesis. The green shirts have claimed victory twice and suffered defeat just once in a total of three matches. Both Sarfraz Ahmed and Virat Kohli are coming into this mega event (ICC events) with their first major assignments as captains of ...

Read Full Post

The ones that could’ve been for Pakistan’s cricket team

The dilemma of selection is nothing new for Pakistani cricket. Our selectors have always had difficulties in choosing the right players for the right formats, and whilst some players went on to cement their place permanently in the team – others weren’t lucky enough to prolong their careers. One could argue that they were dropped rather unfortunately, and after being dropped, they somehow disappeared from the international arena. Here is a list of some promising players that could have been stars for the men in green. 4. Yasir Hameed In 2003, a young batsman emerged onto the international arena and broke records ...

Read Full Post

I fell in love with cricket because of our legendary fast bowlers

Fast bowling is obsolete now. This phrase is difficult to comprehend for every cricket enthusiast of my generation. Honestly, it was the deadly fast bowlers of our country that made us fall in love with the beautiful game of cricket, in the first place. No doubt fast bowling has always been Pakistan’s trump card. We had the best pace attack in the history of cricket spearheaded by the great Imran Khan in the 80s, Wasim Akram-Waqar Younis in the 90s and the speed star Shoaib Akhtar in early 2000s. This trio was one of the most celebrated lots of fast bowlers in the history of the game. ...

Read Full Post

Which of these young talents will become the next batting legend?

There is nothing better than watching a brilliant cover drive or a solid defensive push from a high-quality batsman. But it seems cricket has lost all its excitement and enthusiasm with the retirement of world-class batsmen such as Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis , Rahul Dravid, Michael Clarke, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. There are exceptions, of course, such as Younis Khan, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers who still know how to swing a bat impeccably. But all hope is not lost. A few noteworthy youngsters have repeatedly proven themselves and may end up becoming some of the best batsmen ...

Read Full Post

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 ...

Read Full Post

Is it fair for England to blame pitch conditions for their performance?

Historically, cricket pitches in Asia had the tag of ‘lifeless’ and ‘flat’ associated with them. They’re usually considered as batting paradises where scores of 500 are considered as decent and taking 20 wickets is akin to climbing Mount Everest. While this may be true in some cases, despite the notion that they’re flat, some non-Asian touring teams have often been found struggling in these batting-friendly conditions. Pitches on which Pakistan is able to score in excess of 500, touring parties like England and Australia have repeatedly been bundled out for less than 300. For instance, when both these teams were ...

Read Full Post

Shoaib Akhtar – the legend, the sensation, the enigma

Cricket has certainly evolved over the years, and when you see someone like AB de Villiers hitting bowlers out of the park and teams scoring 300+ runs so easily, you tend to think about how this game has changed its gears and has become more batsmen friendly. AB de Villiers. Photo: AFP The days of batsmen fearing bowlers have gone. I remember how lanky fast-bowlers from West Indies used to produce terror amongst batsmen in the 80’s. Today, their legacy is almost dead. Only the likes of Dale Steyn and Mitchell Johnson have somewhat preserved the art of the fierce fast-bowling, as it was once known. But personally, ...

Read Full Post