A 17 year batting like pro.
These boys showed the earlier batsmen who all gifted away their wickets, how to bat. Believe me it was a sterling performance. What we saw was incredible a 17 year batting like pro. But what went wrong with our batsmen? Barring Salman Butt and Razzakh who were unlucky, all of them gifted their wickets basically chasing wide balls and playing unnecessary pull shots. None of them got out to a good delivery.
Where was the hurry? The target was small, you guys could have easily cruised along. As a friend said are these guys drugged or what to be so foolishly gifting away wickets? Had they become zombies?
Don't they value their cap? Just see millions don't ever get to wear the Pakistan cap and we have our players wasting their opportunities. Who so ever does not perform and gets out to a loose shot by sheer carlessness or bowls erratic must be dropped for the next match however great the player he is, even if he is the captain. They must know it is not easy to don the Pakistan cap. They better value it or be prepared to be unceremoniously kicked out.
With world class bowlers like Shoaib Akhtar, who our PCB had not the talent to manage, Mohammed Asif the line and length bowler la McGrath, if only we had as great batsmen equally committed, there is no team in the world that we cannot consistently beat. They better learn from Amer and Ajmal how to concentrate and bat.
Non Cricketing Shots don't take you far...
Do our batsmen need to be told that they should not play non-cricketing strokes? Is the highly talented Afridi listening? You don't necessarily have to make a non-cricketing stroke to score and in doing so you always get out cheap. For God's sake please value your cap.
I was hoping and praying they will repeat the performance of DL Murray and Andy Roberts when they defied us victory in the semi final of 1975 World Cup when we had run out of bowling options. The boys today tried hard but sadly could not give the final push like the Pathan brothers once did for India against Srilanka. They are still young and will learn with time. But I loved their spirit.