Monday, December 19, 2005

Congratulations Pakistan

Congratulations to the Pakistan team on a fine bowling performance in the 4th ODI to wrap up the series 3-1, with one ODI still to go. The bowling has been superb, the batting has matured as well and there have been a lot of positives and good things about the new Pakistan team.

Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt have both been good mainstay opening batsmen for Pakistan and it seems the opening pair problem might have a solution at hand. Both play with maturity beyond their years and are a good prospect for the team. I hope they continue to develop and give Pakistan crickets years of more service. On the other hand, Yosuf has been inconsistant and is still prone to getting out via LBW. Younis Khan has had a poor form in the ODI's with two successive ducks in the last 2 ODIs. They need to raise their game a bit if they are to be ready for the World Cup.

Shoaib Akhtar, Rana Naveed-ul-Hasan, Danish Kaneria, Soaib Malik and Sahid Afridi have been great with the ball during the tour. Shoaib especially has proved a lot of people wrong. I hope he continues to keep himself fit and firing for the World Cup. Danish is also maturing and would be a welcome addition to the ODI squad just like he is in the Tests. Soaib Malik and Shahid Afridi bowl well together too. Rana Naveed might just as well have cemented his place in the ODI squad with his thrilling ODI performance this series. The guy has control and can bat a little as well.

Last in all, Inzy has been a great captain. He has a talismanic effect on the other members of the team. The way he directs his field placement, his composed and calm body language and his experience, have all lent a hand in the development of Pakistan cricket. IF and when Pakistan manage to win the World Cup, it would be the cherry topping to the desert that is Inzy's career. InshAllah.
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