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Hook, line and stinker

Kamran Abbasi
Younis Khan pulls Shaun Pollock on his way to 68, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Centurion, January 11, 2007
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Pakistan's attempt at measured aggression was a sensible approach in the first innings but half the team perishing to hook or pull shots was a display of misplaced ambition. Australian batsmen showed admirably how it is wise to eschew this exhilarating stroke in favour of longevity, even on home bouncy wickets that they are familiar with.

Pakistan may have done enough in the first innings to dominate from here on--and Mohammad Asif helped spare the blushes of his batting colleagues--but this obsessive compulsion with the hook shot cost Pakistan a hundred runs or more.

Such sins have often cost players their international careers and the younger batsmen need to rein in their impulses. At least, for them, you might put it down to experience. But from Younis Khan and Inzamam it was almost criminal. No wonder South Africa laughed every time they fell for it hook, line and stinker.

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Posted by 2cents on (January 19, 2007, 16:30 GMT)

I want send these comments to Pakistan Cricket Board and Selection Committee. PLEASE DROP IMRAN FARHAT and KAMRAN AKMAL and give chance to some other players who deserve more. They have been given enough chances but they are don't learn fromm mistakes. Or shall I say they don't even want b/c of surety that they will be in the team regardless of performance. Look at the stats for both the players. Imran Farhat, a slip or gully fielder, how many catches he drops. Don't even check the stats for Kamran Akmal we all see during matches. Thats his primary role "Hold the damn ball in your gloves". I really hope somebody from Pak Team, PCB, or Selection Committee reads this and take some serious considerations.

Posted by pete on (January 19, 2007, 0:17 GMT)

They all should give Ricky Ponting a call, he can give them lessons on how to play a REAL pull or hook shot, because no one in world cricket is even close to him!

Posted by Pieter Boersma on (January 18, 2007, 11:53 GMT)

This South African side are still to play to it's full potential. I am sure if Andre Nel were from Pakistan, he would have played this last test. This is a profesional game, and players should play that way. SA were a more profesional unit. Batting first at Centurion, you have to control the game, bad shot selection, lost Pakistan the game. It were really funny to see profesional players go out to the same shot, when they are in control of things. Stop blaming the coach, the umpires and racism. The bowling attack were also really weak.

Posted by 2045RadicalMan on (January 17, 2007, 0:57 GMT)

Imran Farhat has lots of critics because he is not a good player full stop. The problem is that when Inzi or Yousef are at the crease...you can drive From Melbourne to Sydney and back with a piece of mind that the Paki innings is under control...the issue with Farhat is that your not even at peace from the lounge room to the toilet and back when he is at the crease. He has the shots and talent but the reason why he is critisised all the time is his lack of consistancy and also the urge to smash a stupid shot after making 20 or 30 thats the problem with him and in my opinion there are alot more better batsman to choose from. I mean Farhat keeps on getting chances..why is his father or someone an influence on decisions in the team...and for some reason Azhar Mahmood gets no chances...which is weird considering Bob Woolmers praise of Mahmood when he scored those centuries on debut...Maybe the author of this blog can do some research and find out why Mahmood who plays successfully in England cannot get a go in the Paki team im not saying he should get a go straight away but if we keep on giving people like Farhat who never learn from their mistakes for over 3 years now then surely Mahmood and other players deserve a chance....so common Pak Spin write an article on players who get too much chances against players who seem to not get achance maybe cos some board member has a grudge against them or something..and we can also get that Numbers Game dude to put some stats on how many chances Farhat has had in the Paki team and the method of his dismisals and if he has learned anything at all.

Pakistan should have a setup like Australia where everybody gets an equal chance regardless of race, religion and background....In Australia if Mahmood was aussie he would have at least been given a few more chances than in Pakistan....i mean Aussies persist with Watson who is nowhere near a Mahmood.

Posted by Mawali on (January 16, 2007, 21:48 GMT)

Kamran sahib, I have to side step you here for a moment.

Euceph, I have to tell you that was the first post I read from you that had a hint of humor. Hope there will be more to follow.

Now, I also want to mention that I thoroughly enjoy reading Javed Khans post's for two reasons 1- He never starts his posts saying "Kamran I think... " as if the rest of us were sitting back with a bated breadth just to hear that. 2- His posts are well researched and written.

I like to post on this forum however, I will refuse to do any sort of research on cricket.

To my good buddy Khansahab, aray bhai qun naraz hotay hain. Hum to mazak kar rahay thay. But seriously to answer your question whether I was drunk when I wrote my earlier post. Let me ask you Khansahab, why in the world would I be sitting at my computer writing a post on this forum if I was drunk? Heck, I would be doing much better things, need I go into the details.......AMF!

Posted by Lynel Mendonca on (January 16, 2007, 12:59 GMT)

I feel they have to think before hooking and pulling. SA wickets are not flat wickets as those we find in Asia. Probably it might take some time get used to the wicket. And hopefully we can see some controled cricket from pakistani team.

Posted by Hassan Right on (January 16, 2007, 11:48 GMT)

The treatment that Wasim Bari is giving to Asim Kamal should be loathed.

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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