Cricket: Pakistan laments perennial batting failure

Pakistan's chances of reaching the semi-final now hang by a thread.

Afp June 11, 2013
Only captain Misbah-ul Haq (55) and Nasir Jamshed (42) crossed double figures during Monday's match. PHOTO: BCCI

KARACHI: Former cricketers and fans Tuesday lamented Pakistan's woeful batting performance in their Champions Trophy defeat to South Africa which left them on the point of crashing out of the tournament.

Pakistan were bowled out for 167 in their crucial clash at Birmingham's Edgbaston ground, chasing a modest 234 against a weakened South African bowling attack missing the injured Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

Only captain Misbah-ul Haq (55) and Nasir Jamshed (42) crossed double figures, while top order batsmen Imran Farhat (four runs in two matches), Mohammad Hafeez (11), Shoaib Malik (nought and eight) and Kamran Akmal (two and nought) flopped miserably.

Pakistan's chances of reaching the semi-final now hang by a thread. They must beat arch-rivals India in their last group game on Saturday and hope other results go their way.

Former captain Zaheer Abbas told AFP the side's failings with the bat were all too familiar and urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to come up with a proper strategy to address the problem.

He said the batsmen looked nervous both against South Africa and in the first game against the West Indies, when they were skittled out for 170 inside their 50 overs.

"I don't know why our batsmen were in awe of the West Indian and South African bowlers, why fear set in is unfathomable," said Abbas, once dubbed the "Asian Bradman" for his prowess at the crease.

"Our batsmen play Tests like one-day and one-day like Tests," said Abbas.

"We have to change the attitude of our batsmen and for that we need to have a good and able batting coach. Batsmen get out but they should be taught to fight."

Former spinner Tauseef Ahmed said the batsmen lacked guts.

"We are now used to of defeats, used to batting failures because this has been going on for quite some time now," said Ahmed. "Batsmen not performing at international level is disappointing."

Fans on the street were left shattered.

"Our batsmen let us down, but this has been going on," said Saqib Murad, a student in Karachi. "We must do something otherwise people will lose interest in the game."


Fahad Hafeez | 8 years ago | Reply

Pathetic bating by Pakistan team, i would agree that we need to sack these players , but i would stay with Hafeez not for his batting but his bowling capabilities he is able to contain the opposition a lot and run through his overs very quickly this helps Pakistan to finish in the allocated over rate time. and is in the top bowlers in the ODI and T20 rankings. and please get rid of all the Parchis ! and i think you guys are completely forgetting Mizbah's earlier performances of tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk ...... which in the end always builds pressure and the team used to drown in it ! , but yah this series can be a good one for mizbah.

vickram | 8 years ago | Reply

Talking about the Pakistani debacle at CT everyone has talked about the wrong players selected in the team, but, no one has zeroed in on the real culprit: skipper Misbah.

From his body language and the way he plays and communicates, I can see that Misbah is the most timid captain ever. Pakistani players are not highly educated guys and they don't need motivation lectures with MBA jargon. They need an aggressive captain who is good at hurling choicest Punjabi expletives. (Punjabi is the only language that can give a verbal kick on the backside effectively.) Misbah seems incapable of administering such blows to Pakistani players.

Misbah also leads badly by example, always trying to protect his wicket for a late assault on bowlers, which has never happened. Unlike Dhoni, he never takes the team over the line. Taking cue from him, all players seem to be doing the same, all want to protect their averages, unmindful of the run-rate increasing. Even Naser Jamshaid, though bats well, has a poor strike rate. What is the use of scoring 50 out of 80 deliveries in each innings ?

Pakistan needs wholesale changes in the batting department.

But, bring in a captain who plays fearless cricket. Remember, timidity is contagious !

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