Saad Shafqat November 5, 2009

Why Mohammad Yousuf never learns

Mohammad Yousuf has had ample experience in making mistakes while running between the wickets, but the only mastery he has shown is in refusing to learn from them
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Getting run out is a habit Mohammad Yousuf cannot seem to shake © Getty Images
 

If you watched the first ODI between New Zealand and Pakistan sitting somewhere in Pakistan, you would have heard a collective national groan when Pakistan’s total was 57 for 2. At that point, Mohammad Yousuf tapped a ball straight into the hands of short cover and took off for a single. That’s “short” cover, mind you – meaning that the fielder was well within the circle and ideally positioned to block the single. Nor was the fielder some uncoordinated slack. Yousuf has picked out the spry Martin Guptill, who nailed the stumps at the bowling end with a direct smash.

The groan preceded the run-out, because we all understood in a flash what was about to happen. The one person who appeared not to have grasped the moment, from the looks of it, was Yousuf himself.

The theory of running between the wickets is straightforward, and it has not changed in a hundred years. “One point in which many otherwise excellent cricketers fail is in the matter of judging runs,” wrote Ranjitsinjhi in The Jubilee Book of Cricket, published in 1897, anticipating the likes of Yousuf by over a century. The general idea is to play the ball into a gap and call your partner. If you play the ball towards a fielder, then the fielder should be some distance away for you to risk a run. Your vocabulary should be limited to “yes”, “no”, and “wait”.

Yousuf’s interpretation of running between the wickets represents a variation on this theme. His baffling strategy is to play the ball straight to a close-in fielder and take off. His vocabulary appears to consist of “yes”, “no”, and “wait” and “let us discuss when we meet in the middle of the pitch”. The result has been enough heart-wrenching run-outs to leave permanent psychological scars on an already jolted fan base.

A run-out is such a needless death. Why a highly accomplished batsman would keep throwing away his wicket like this beggars belief. It is clear, though, that it is a habit he cannot seem to shake. With Yousuf, this suicidal act has happened so often that you keep dreading the imminent whenever he is at the crease.

The typical scenario is a full-length delivery pitching just outside off. Yousuf bends forward and taps the ball towards cover or cover point. His action ends up almost being a lunge, in which Yousuf’s weight shifts so far forward that the process of standing up forces him to take a stride. The act of playing the stroke and setting off for a run merge into a seamless continuum.

Normally, a complex mix of variables goes into the decision of whether or not to run. Shot trajectory, field placement, fielder quality, consent of the non-striker, and indeed even the match situation enter into the calculation. In Yousuf’s case, it seems, the only real consideration is how far forward his centre of gravity has shifted. Now that I’m already afoot and out of the crease - he seems to be thinking - I might as well go for a run.

Out of 222 completed ODI innings, Yousuf has been run out 38 times, which amounts to 17% of all his dismissals. Put another way, every 6th dismissal for Yousuf is a run-out. If you want a comparison, this figure is more than twice the rate for Sachin Tendulkar, for whom only every 12th ODI dismissal is a run-out. The best way to master any endeavour is to learn from the experience each time something goes wrong. Yousuf has had ample experience in making mistakes while running between the wickets, but the only mastery he has shown is in refusing to learn from them.

Saad Shafqat is a writer based in Karachi

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  • Elias on September 8, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Never would have thunk I would find this so indispsenbale.

  • Intikhab Khan on November 23, 2009, 17:59 GMT

    I m looking forward to tomarrows match i love pakistan team

  • chidambaram on November 11, 2009, 9:49 GMT

    This is a good blog. I totally agree with the writter.yusuf is a big potential batsman, but this limitation makes his success small

  • chidambaram on November 11, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    Yousuf is a good senior batsman

  • HHT on November 10, 2009, 15:59 GMT

    every great batsmen had some weaknesses but if we talk about younis khan he is the most rigid person i have ever seen in cricket history never learns from his mistakes, he left yousuf behind and kept shoiab malik in the last odi eventhough his own last 5 matches have proved that he cannot bat even at no 11 since saeed ajmal is already making more runs at that order. i dont know where this will take pak cricket?

  • MundaPunjaby on November 10, 2009, 10:29 GMT

    he was best player in world . 2009 is not good year for them i think he make century & runs in against new zealand test series and australia inshallah

  • Salim Nasir Kazi on November 10, 2009, 10:05 GMT

    If instead of Yousuf at the 3rd ODI in Abu Dhabi , Younus had been dropped Pakistan could have won the ODI series in Abu Dhabi . The way Younus ran after nudging the ball towards a close in fielder and ran out Salman Butt and at the very next ball he threw away his wicket was simply pathetic . With his pathetic form in 2009 , it is time he was sacked . Pakistan needs to re -build its team for the 2011 World Cup . We have a dismal future ahead unless " Chalay hua Kartoos" like Younus are weeded out .

  • Zafar Ahmed on November 10, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    Its high time for Younis Khan to say goodbye to atleast to ODI. He failed miserabily with bat and as a leader of the team. Droping Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal & Mohd Yousuf is a laughing stock, where as he should have prefered to drop himself due to poor batting form.....

  • ali on November 7, 2009, 19:24 GMT

    well... these run outs r the main obstacles for yousuf in his career if there werent these run outs he surely could have got more runs and centuries than tendulkar

  • waterbuffalo on November 7, 2009, 8:46 GMT

    Pakistan has serious problems at opener, a number three who is useless, terrible fielding and you choose to highlight the run out problems of Yousuf, the only world class batsman Pakistan has. First of all, we knew this ten years ago, secondly, at least he can hang around for an hour unlike Younis Khan, thirdly, he makes shoaib malik look like a club player who can only play on dead wickets. You and Kamran seem to have an obssession with Yousuf, I used to think Kamran was the worst blogger by far on cricinfo, but you are fast catching up with him, sir. I'll tell you this, Yousuf will average more than 50 on the tour of Australia, while Younis and Malik will average less than 20. Then maybe you will have something to say about them, but it will be too late, as usual.

  • Elias on September 8, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Never would have thunk I would find this so indispsenbale.

  • Intikhab Khan on November 23, 2009, 17:59 GMT

    I m looking forward to tomarrows match i love pakistan team

  • chidambaram on November 11, 2009, 9:49 GMT

    This is a good blog. I totally agree with the writter.yusuf is a big potential batsman, but this limitation makes his success small

  • chidambaram on November 11, 2009, 9:36 GMT

    Yousuf is a good senior batsman

  • HHT on November 10, 2009, 15:59 GMT

    every great batsmen had some weaknesses but if we talk about younis khan he is the most rigid person i have ever seen in cricket history never learns from his mistakes, he left yousuf behind and kept shoiab malik in the last odi eventhough his own last 5 matches have proved that he cannot bat even at no 11 since saeed ajmal is already making more runs at that order. i dont know where this will take pak cricket?

  • MundaPunjaby on November 10, 2009, 10:29 GMT

    he was best player in world . 2009 is not good year for them i think he make century & runs in against new zealand test series and australia inshallah

  • Salim Nasir Kazi on November 10, 2009, 10:05 GMT

    If instead of Yousuf at the 3rd ODI in Abu Dhabi , Younus had been dropped Pakistan could have won the ODI series in Abu Dhabi . The way Younus ran after nudging the ball towards a close in fielder and ran out Salman Butt and at the very next ball he threw away his wicket was simply pathetic . With his pathetic form in 2009 , it is time he was sacked . Pakistan needs to re -build its team for the 2011 World Cup . We have a dismal future ahead unless " Chalay hua Kartoos" like Younus are weeded out .

  • Zafar Ahmed on November 10, 2009, 9:08 GMT

    Its high time for Younis Khan to say goodbye to atleast to ODI. He failed miserabily with bat and as a leader of the team. Droping Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal & Mohd Yousuf is a laughing stock, where as he should have prefered to drop himself due to poor batting form.....

  • ali on November 7, 2009, 19:24 GMT

    well... these run outs r the main obstacles for yousuf in his career if there werent these run outs he surely could have got more runs and centuries than tendulkar

  • waterbuffalo on November 7, 2009, 8:46 GMT

    Pakistan has serious problems at opener, a number three who is useless, terrible fielding and you choose to highlight the run out problems of Yousuf, the only world class batsman Pakistan has. First of all, we knew this ten years ago, secondly, at least he can hang around for an hour unlike Younis Khan, thirdly, he makes shoaib malik look like a club player who can only play on dead wickets. You and Kamran seem to have an obssession with Yousuf, I used to think Kamran was the worst blogger by far on cricinfo, but you are fast catching up with him, sir. I'll tell you this, Yousuf will average more than 50 on the tour of Australia, while Younis and Malik will average less than 20. Then maybe you will have something to say about them, but it will be too late, as usual.

  • mqi on November 7, 2009, 5:26 GMT

    My comments after reading most of yours is simple: Pakistan cricket is in a state of mess. Management, coaching, captain, player selection, ex-players involvement, politicians high handedness, public outcry and in what not? But one thing is true, they produce the most exciting young cricketers. Why can the management not able to train them right? Why Yousuf's and Inzi's run out habit was not corrected, not completely, but partly at least. I hope that the management will take a close look at how to improve their basic skill first in governing. That will take care of all the problems. Younis wants to play 20/20 again, what a joke he made recently. Basic question is does he deserve a place in 50 over after his recent show? The same question will come for yousuf if he does not correct his habit of his own run out and partner's run out. Give some games to young players and rest these veterans to send a signal that they must improve. Then competition will grow and they will learn.

  • anil on November 7, 2009, 4:44 GMT

    He is one of the best batsmen in the world and the records to prove he is a legend and after lara a delight to watch. Even though i fear his batting when playing against india, i love to watch him bat. his beautiful backlift and the placement and power of his shots is really breathtaking to watch. I hpe that the coach gives him a good knock on his head and makes him rectify his mistakes. Lets hope taht we can see more innings of his without the stupidity of runouts by him.

  • amit on November 7, 2009, 3:48 GMT

    Pretty hilarous article.

  • salman on November 7, 2009, 3:36 GMT

    where is salman butt, yousuf gets runout very often true but atleast he scores and a good batsman he is no doubt but lets talk about salman butt POOR FEILDING, POOR BATSMEN he looks like a 1980's batsman isnt it? Need Imran nazir for sure

  • Nadeem Mirza on November 7, 2009, 3:28 GMT

    Mr. Saad- You should have save this article for rainy days. Pakistan team has lot bigger problem then this. Naming few if you forgot are:

    - Opening problem for long time. - Captain out of form - Captain throwing tantrums to cover for his bad performance/form - Middle order that has been experimented and moved to sometime to top and sometime to bottom. - Dropping of players like Malik, Misbah, Fawad, Imran Nazir, and Umer Akmal points that all is not well. - Shahid Afridi being the stable all-rounder in the team dropped from the on-tour selection committee. (he is breathing on the neck of Younus Khan for captaincy)

    With all this drama going on it is funny that you have time for targeting Mohammad Yousuf. Remind you he still is the most reliable and experience batsman in the team. He is the only world class batsman we have now. So please get real and lay it a rest. If you are very interested and have guts, write about the real issues my friend.

  • shah faisal on November 7, 2009, 2:28 GMT

    No East No West Yousuf is best . But the time is over he cant improve this skill now.No one is perfect. So please.........let him play , he is still the best.

  • Omar Mir on November 7, 2009, 2:23 GMT

    So this entire article was based on mohammed yousafs running, which amounts to 17% of all his dismissals in his celebrated ten year career. I was impressed how you went into every detail while criticizing what goes through his mind every time he is set to run. I would love to see an article by you elaborating the way Mohammed yousaf can make batting look like sheer poetry not only when he majestically drives through the covers but even when he nudges the ball the focus and stillness of his hand eye co-ordination can be an example for future cricketers on how to bat. Its been a Pleasure to see his career evolve over the years, Mr.yousaf i wish you the best of form for your twilight years. Thank you for being a world class ambassador of Pakistan cricket...!

  • george on November 7, 2009, 1:58 GMT

    he is about to run himself out of the game

  • Tony Lyall on November 7, 2009, 1:57 GMT

    And you think Shahid Afridi does?? I think there is no word as "consistency" in Pakistan's dictionary.

  • sheryar on November 7, 2009, 1:06 GMT

    While yousuf has been run out 38 times, he has been involved in 78 run out altogether. That works out to one run out every 3rd innings. The fact that yousuf and his partner realise that their partnership has a 33% chance of ending in a run out must have an effect on the teams overall performance everytime yousuf bats.

  • Visvesh on November 7, 2009, 0:33 GMT

    I have enjoyed watching yousuf play always, he is a natural stroke player that plays all the shots around the wicket.. But over the years he has curbed his shots and tries to play himself in and that has lent more solidity to the pak batting line up... his lazy elegance reminds one of Zaheer and the solidity of javed... i believe yousuf should either open or come in at no.3 in one dayers for Pak for he is technically the most equipped batsman in the side... his tendency to run himself out notwithstanding..

  • Abdul Basit on November 7, 2009, 0:13 GMT

    They question is why Younus never learns... He doesnt fit in the team

  • Ali on November 6, 2009, 23:31 GMT

    It has been a norm for most of Pakistani players. Except Javed and to some extent Imran, no one has the capability to learn from their mistakes.

    Inzi takes the cake!

  • anser azim on November 6, 2009, 23:28 GMT

    Its too late for him to learn. Time to retire from ODI.!!!!

  • Azz on November 6, 2009, 23:21 GMT

    Ricky Ponting gets run out very often as well. I wonder how his stats is compared to Yusuf's

  • vivek on November 6, 2009, 22:48 GMT

    The issue here I dont think is with the running but more his batting position he is not mentally position at no 6 he is more a No 3 where you come in and get your eye in. At no 6 you need to get it rolling immediately so the cheeky singles are a must and you need a eye for it similar to Bevan from Australia. He needs to Bat at No3 as he is consistent too Younis Khan is just wasting that spot.

  • Prasad on November 6, 2009, 22:13 GMT

    Thats Unfair man!! Yousuf DID learn something...he ran out his partner instead of himself in this match lol.

  • Irfan on November 6, 2009, 22:09 GMT

    In addition to the number of times he got run out himself, it would be interesting to look at the statistic of how many times his running partner got out. I bet that is worse because of his habit to go through a few steps, he essentially calls for the run and when the partner is fully committed he sends him back with no change to recover. Case and point - what he did today with salman Butt.

  • Salim on November 6, 2009, 21:57 GMT

    Yousuf is a class act without a shred of doubt but not really good enough to be considered a 'great'. He has tendencey to follow in the footsteps of Zaheer Abbas and Saeed Anwar, who were a delight to watch when in full flow but never quite capable of handling pressure and carrying the side.Yousuf's poor running is indictive of his careless and somewhat irratic mind-set. I hope he is not too old to alter his attitude to the art of batting.

  • sajid on November 6, 2009, 21:26 GMT

    As i said earlier in my post. Yousuf ran out Salman Butt today. He does that all the time. If he is not the one out the other guy is for sure. He cant make up his mind.I dont why our management is so dependent on Afrid's batting. He has only batted 2-3 good games this year and what about the past 3 years. Who will take that into account. Afridi is the most inconsistent batsmen and still he is promoted to number 4. All his fans please go look at his average. Some people never learn and our management is one of them. I dont know why players like Fawad Alam and Umar Akmal are sitting outside and all these old fools playing.

  • Qamar Khan on November 6, 2009, 20:53 GMT

    Well i dont see any technical problem in Yousuf's batting. His technique is perfect & he has corrected earlier mistake of planting his pad infront of bat. He is the most talented batsman i have ever seen. Silky stroke maker. A master batsman who can play any shot with elegance.

    I think he has been batting with so many different players at other end, which sometimes can create problems with runner like yousuf. There hav been so many changes in Pakistani team that i cant remember even all players names. If he has been playing with regular partner at other end, i dont think there will be any problem. As regular players knows about yousuf running & they will not risk their wicket with yusuf calls :)

  • nasir on November 6, 2009, 20:00 GMT

    it's easy to critisize as watching dogs.yousuf will soon became pakistan best batsmen ever.anyway in this match pakistan can't win.all four main batsmen after openers failed.how many matches won by salmanbutt.bullshit.

  • masood on November 6, 2009, 19:49 GMT

    I have seen some live net practice sessions in karachi and am surprised that coaches/managers don't pay any attention to basics of running between the wickets. You did mentioned that he got himself runout 38 times but if you look at the other side of the coin, he runout more batsman than just himself; adding to the misery. Hope he will learn one day after his retirement

  • Mubashir on November 6, 2009, 19:38 GMT

    Being a die heart fan of pakistan i suggest that that gone are days for ODI for Yousaf. We should be looking for a replacement of him like Umer akmal

  • KM on November 6, 2009, 19:13 GMT

    Yousuf still performs, and does NOT waste a million balls for a few runs, and so does NOT leave the remaining team members in dismay and under immense pressure. I wonder who were the Pakistanis that wanted Younis Khan back when he resigned. He should be abolished from the team along with Salman Butt.

  • Yogesh on November 6, 2009, 18:42 GMT

    And Yousuf gives some more ammuntion to his detractors by running out Butt today !! Typical, Yousuf run-out ! And this is a sub-continental attitude where the emphasis is on flair and flamboyance not on the basic things !

  • Engle on November 6, 2009, 18:14 GMT

    Amazing, as we speak, MY runs out Salman Butt

  • shazvi on November 6, 2009, 18:10 GMT

    I'm watching the 2nd odi as i write this, and i've just witnessed first hand what you mean. Yousuf just got Salman butt runout by calling him for a single and changing his mind about it. Poor Butt, not the way to go when your struggling with form and needed some runs. Anyway, hope he learns the art of taking singles someday

  • RamiReddy on November 6, 2009, 17:53 GMT

    haha.. Just now In 2nd ODI, he made Salman Butt Runout... He called for a single and changed his mind very late.... One more victim....

  • Sidhanta Patnaik on November 6, 2009, 17:03 GMT

    What is the percentage for Inzy by the way? Number of times he has become run out and the number of times he has ran out his partner!

  • Engle on November 6, 2009, 16:16 GMT

    You dont need coaching to teach you how to run. If you've played competitive cricket, even local matches, you should know this by now.

    All MY has to do after playing his stroke is take a few steps forward. If the fielder picks up the ball cleanly, move back towards the crease. If the fielder stumbles, run like mad.

  • Anas on November 6, 2009, 15:44 GMT

    well i believe that with every positive there is a negitave. Even Sachin and Pointing have flaws but if you look at the overall tally he is not that bad of a performer that he can be labbled as a person who never learns after all he has a 40+ average in both forms of the game

  • waspsting on November 6, 2009, 15:43 GMT

    its strange how something seemingly as simple as funning between the wickets... can be a strenght or weakness. Inzamam was the same, and so they say was Denis Compton. Guys like Jack Hobbs was said to be a master judge of a run. Yousuf is, however, a truly great player, one of the most under-celebrated of his generation. If Tendulkar or Lara had done some of the things he has... they're fans would never shut up about it. with Yousuf, its just a footnote. @Usman Quresh... IMO, Yousuf's technique has its strenghts and weakness' and you can't seperate one from the other. By getting so far across, he's less of an LBW candidate than those who put their legs straight down to the ball pitching outside off stump (e.g Inzamam-Ul-Haq). The only time that leaves him vulnerable is to the ball straightening down the line from the left-armer (not many such bowlers), because he can play the straight ball coming in from outside off stump just fine. I don't see his technique as a problem.

  • CricketIsMyPassion on November 6, 2009, 15:29 GMT

    Yousuf has been one of the most prolific scorers for Pakistan over the past few years. Yes, his run out frequency is a bit too uncomfortable for world class batsman of his stature. One posssible reason for this could be his anxiety to keep the score moving as he is not one of the fastest in strike rates. Another reason could be that a sense of security about his place in the side. Yousuf has often been the easy victim of the Pak selectors search for a scapegoat for the team's batting failures. Hence the coach and the captain need to talk to him to make the necessary technical adjustments and assure him of his place for an extended period of time. Look no further than the neighbouring Sri Lanka where Marvan Attapattu was persisted with despite repeat failures and this faith was repaid handsomely later.

  • Qaiser Jafri on November 6, 2009, 15:21 GMT

    He cannot even run around in the field anymore let along between the wickets and his performances are now few and far between !

  • zaheer on November 6, 2009, 14:01 GMT

    Yusuf is a talented player no doubt about it, but as you said after completing 222 innings if he is still struggling to get the basics right then something is seriously wrong either with his playing technique or his thinking process. I wonder why PCB is spending money on hiring Coaches every year one after another when the result is still 17% run out for player like Muhamamd Yusuf.

  • Asad Ahmed on November 6, 2009, 13:56 GMT

    Actually, the case of M.Yousuf is less technical but more mental. The format of one day cricket is entirley different than test cricket. Every dot ball increases pressure on batsman which often compel him to take risks. Javed Miandad was the best example for Pakistanis to follow. He was a quick runner and a most suitable batsman in both form of cricket. Many questioned his batting technique but always appreciated his mental strenght. Yousuf need to show more attention in one day.

  • Khurram on November 6, 2009, 13:23 GMT

    For all of you saying Inzi was the worse culprit for run out, maybe you people have not really analysed the reason why Inzimam got run out most of the time. It was Muhammad Yousaf! Im sure more than 50% of the times Inzimam was run out in tests or ODIs was due to MY running ability as he always starts his run and aborts, while Inzi thinking that MY is calling for a run, set off.

    It's time someone else has also identified that. I always used to notice how terrible MY running ability is. He just had 17% of dismissals for run out, but the number of times he got his partners out is more than double.

  • KRHasan on November 6, 2009, 12:44 GMT

    Surprisingly, Inzamam was run out 40 times in 350 ODI innings. Compared to Yousuf's 17%, Imzamam was run out only 11% of the time!

  • Sunil P V on November 6, 2009, 12:36 GMT

    Why pick on Mohammmed Yousuf when there are people like Inzi who did the same?Let us not forget that yousuf is a wonderful batsman to watch!There are some bad things and faults in everyone's game and so we should look at the good things as well.Positive vibrations are good for the game and the followers of this great game of Cricket!! Sunil from Kochi,kerala

  • hamid hafeez on November 6, 2009, 12:22 GMT

    100% agreed.Yousaf has this weak point.After playing the bowl he leaves his crease and also disturbs his partner.Batsmen like Inzamam got out many time because of him in the past.

    But he is the best batsman in Pakistan right now.Younas, Shoaib Malik, Misbah or Afridi cant match his brilliance.

  • Riaan on November 6, 2009, 11:50 GMT

    I reserve the right to read this with a pinch of salt until I know how many of those career run-outs happened while batting with Inzi :-)

  • Ali on November 6, 2009, 11:34 GMT

    Although Yousaf is one of KEY Players of Pakistan Team and has played a lot of innings under pressure yet his tendency to learn the art of game apart from his natural talent is less then world class players and his casual attitude make him vulnerable.

  • Nipun on November 6, 2009, 11:29 GMT

    You are spot on.Pakistan should wonder whether his clumsiness in the field & between the wickets is sufficient for the runs he scores.Plus,apart from that splendid 87 against India in the Champions Trophy & a ton against Sri Lanka in the 1st test in Sri Lanka this year,I can't recall him playing a significant innings against the big teams for quite some time now.Maybe it's due to the lack of cricket played by Pakistan,but I don't think that's the sole reason.

  • R.Balasubramanian on November 6, 2009, 11:08 GMT

    Even to those who watch Mohd Yousuf on Television, he would appear to stride out of the crease to play the ball and threaten to take a single almost every time he plays a forward stroke. By this, even his non striker would be confused whether to run to the other end or get back to the safety of his crease. Many of the modern day Batsmen need to learn the basic principle of dragging the bat towards the crease while trying to reach the crease rather than plonking the bat from the air into the crease to minimise the chances of getting run out. One other player who comes to my memory on the issue of peculiar run out, is Misbah Ul Haq who was declared run out in a match against India in the recent past when he was in mid-air (though within the crease) trying to avoid a throw from a fielder.

  • GemsBond on November 6, 2009, 11:04 GMT

    Whatever is the case but Yusuf remains their best batsman in recent times.And they have never given him what he deserves. He should have been appointed Pakistan captain instead of Malik.

  • Naveed on November 6, 2009, 10:42 GMT

    whatevr, it comes to an end that he is a classic player..as nobody is perfect so every1 has to keep on learning in life!! thanks gud luck for today's match njoy :)

  • Fiaz Hussain on November 6, 2009, 10:35 GMT

    Yousaf Bhai. Plz overcome this weekness. We wait to see ur classic batting and it hurts to see u runout. My best wishes are with u.

  • usman sohail on November 6, 2009, 10:30 GMT

    most of us tend not to note that most of Inzy's run outs were caused by none other than Yousaf.

  • shabkhaiz on November 6, 2009, 10:27 GMT

    I fully agree with what is said about his running between the wickets. Despite himself being run out so frequently, he has been responsible for getting Inzi out far too often.We do not have any doubt about his superb rather matchless batting talents, but running between the wickets is also integral part of art of batting and unfortunately our Yousuf seriously lacks in this regard. He not only is a bad judge of singles, but also he is always running away from the stumps, leaving himself with more ground to cover...would he ever learn that by only managing to run straight towards the other end, he would have decreased his rate of run out to at least half. Inzi was not a bad runner between the wickets, and yet he got notorious for this but the major culprits for his problems were (despite himself) our Yousuf bhai and Moeen Khan...(one too insane and one too swift). It surely would have been a different story for Inzi as well had these two been little more sensable

  • M. Kashif ishaq on November 6, 2009, 10:03 GMT

    I do agree that he is not quickest in running between the wicket, but that is sure that he is world class batsman, no doubt about that. But as he is a great batsman so he should overcome on his mistakes and he can do as great players usually do. Wish him very good luck for rest of his remaining career and wish to see a wonderful inning in the today's match.

  • Saad Usmani on November 6, 2009, 9:47 GMT

    Regardless of his run-outs and poor fielding, he is an extra-ordinary batsman! That's all thats required from him. If he plays a long innings, his strike rate is also 90% above!

  • Saad Usmani on November 6, 2009, 9:47 GMT

    Regardless of his run-outs and poor fielding, he is an extra-ordinary batsman! That's all thats required from him. If he plays a long innings, his strike rate is also 90% above!

  • Haroon on November 6, 2009, 9:40 GMT

    There's no man in the whole history of cricket who had no weakness. No one knows better than the greats themselves of their weaknesses, who have been quoted here. But looking at screen is very different than on ground. Great Saeed Anwar's giving a catch on a short pitch on off stump at any time and in any circumstances can never be forgotten by those who have seen him often. I would strongly agree with Sivasubramaniam that this is in fact beauty of the game. When there's no mistake, there's not much taste to look these people and this game. Haroon from Berlin

  • Imad on November 6, 2009, 9:34 GMT

    I agree with the writer's comments that Yousuf should improvise upon this basic however very important aspect in the cricket world. Am surprised that though we feel frustrated despite of not being on the field, why Yousuf doesn't feel anything and learn from his mistakes. I am a very big fan of Yousuf and believe he is definitely the most elegant and stylish batsman in the cricketing world today however 38 run outs is not a very good way of justifying it. And when a batsman like Tendular could be criticized when he was not performing well, Yousuf is no exceptions. In addition something very surprising, the PCB doesn’t seem to bother about or done something to assist Yousuf in getting rid of this problem. I request the Media to question PCB regarding this issue and wake up before Pakistan suffers un-necessary defeat due to this talented batsman’s error. Thank you

  • Jacob Del Porto on November 6, 2009, 9:33 GMT

    Agreed with the columnist. I also personally think that Yusof has got great talent and a wide variety of strokes. Couple it with the experience he has under his belt, it looks like sort of a 'non-go-away' habit of his. This kind of running style just goes over my head when I think about the years he had been a regular with the Pakistani team. I think that he should now have developed a chemistry with his fellow players and know their running styles like the back of his hand. He might be a great back there in Pakistan...but I don't consider him as a "complete" cricketer. And it should be said...keeping in mind his deadly run-out inflicting record. Because cricket has now turned out to be such a close game that sometimes a single runout or a single missed run draws the line between the winners and the losers.

  • shahjahan on November 6, 2009, 9:16 GMT

    its because pakistan has always been bad in running between the wickets.

  • Subramanian on November 6, 2009, 9:10 GMT

    Too bad we cannot relive the moments Moin Khan and Youhana would put so much pressure on the opposition with very fast and slick running alone. People forget history too quickly. May be he doesn't have other runners with the same mindset in the curent crop of players.

  • Xeeshan on November 6, 2009, 8:44 GMT

    And the new one coming in the list is poor Ravindra Jadeja =)

  • R Sivasubramaniam on November 6, 2009, 8:43 GMT

    It is quirks like this that make cricket an exciting game. In the days when I was a boy it was Denis Compton - my hero - but his running between wickets showed that he did not take Ranji's advise seriously. Later on there was Inzamam. Instead of harping on theirfaults, let us see the bigger picture and the joy they bring when 'on song'. Compton had that effect, Inzamam had his greatness and Yousuf - I am sure there are cricketers who would like to score 10% of the runs he has scored in Tests. Let us appreciate them, because very soon they will disappear from the scene. Siva from Singapore

  • pradip on November 6, 2009, 8:43 GMT

    On a lighter vein, Inzi's influence is apparent. Please give us his stats as well, as well as others like him.

  • Love to see yousuf play on November 6, 2009, 8:37 GMT

    I think yousuf is the batsman who have the most experience in the team. I think he needs to practice on her running, then i think Pakistan would be stronger.

  • Samuel on November 6, 2009, 8:36 GMT

    according to another article i recently read on yousuf, he is the ninth best fielder in ODI based on number of caused run outs. so he makes up for his own poor running by getting people out

  • Anwar Shahzad on November 6, 2009, 8:34 GMT

    Well, it is his habbit. There are many other runouts which are caused because of his poor running between the wickets. No doubt he is talented but getting run out at crucial stages is his trade mark. He and misbah have so many ways to get out of a poor delivery. Otherwise i think its difficult to get them out because of their class of batting. I think only inzy is ahead n the number of run outs in ODIs and tests. But if we look into the inzy's runout Yousuf is involved in many of thosse. Any how Good Luck Paksitan today.

  • Nauman on November 6, 2009, 8:34 GMT

    M. Yousaf is truly a class player but I have seen on numerous occasions that he lacks sense of responsibility. He needs to improve on that. Pakistan needs him to show maturity.

  • Nauman Malik on November 6, 2009, 8:14 GMT

    Please dont compare yousafs fielding with inzi. has was an excellent catcher and had a very strong arm which made him an above average fielder,i dont remember inzi giving away runs in the field. his running was a worry but his running between wickets improved dramatically in later stages of his carrear. inzi got run out most of the times trying to get on stike with his partners always strugling to get offstrike.

  • roomi on November 6, 2009, 7:58 GMT

    Poor Inzi used to get a lot of flak for his run outs but he played and batted alongside yousaf for many years and I was always thought Yousaf's running between the wickets was worse than Inzi's and when they were togather a runout was waiting to happen. It would be intersting to know how many of Inzi's runouts were down to Yousaf!!!? Yousaf is great player indeed but somehow he never also assumed the role of the "Finisher" Inzi did for Pakistan. When Inzi scored a ton mostly he saw Pakistan through to a victory.

  • Khalid on November 6, 2009, 7:44 GMT

    There is no doubt that he has got immense talent but it is also a fact that he is ruining this talent by himself.Getting run outs on few occassions can be termed as bad luck or good fielding but getting run outs on so many times is simply termed as sillyness or non professional attitude.

  • Asif Ali on November 6, 2009, 7:11 GMT

    It is agreed that Yousuf has lacked in running between the wickets but at the same time the singles taken during any of his major innings is his strongest success. Now at the age of 35 if you're criticizing him for running between the wickets, I think probably its too late. He has been the most stylish batsman to watch when he is playing and can make look it so easy. Good job done till now M. Yousuf and best luck for future.

  • karachikhatmal on November 6, 2009, 7:06 GMT

    i guess its too much to ask yousuf to fix his running, when even his fans are bristling at the mention of his most obvious flaw. getting out lbw to the ball moving in when you are new to the wicket is something that both ponting and sachin are vulnerable to, so that is acceptable.

    run-outs are another matter. what hurts even more is that yousuf can be quite a good runner when batting with someone like inzi or MYK. so i don't get how he manages to be so terrible other times. he could have been an all time great if he was more professional, rather than just a great pakistani batsman.

  • Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqui on November 6, 2009, 7:05 GMT

    Agreed he is not good in running his running technique needs some imporvement as recently it proved. He has a lacking of common sense too, an excellent batsman and very poor runner, unable to understand the mistakes of him.

    He can take tips from Javed Miandad that is how to improve his running abilities. He has a great abilities but unable to transform it 100%. In recent team, he is the best of us so he should take of every aspects regarding his batting. As we know that he is the best of us.

  • Anonymous on November 6, 2009, 6:47 GMT

    I think its time for Mr. yousuf to get retire from ODI and T20 cricket as he never seems to improve on running between the wicket and will never improve on that I guess so he should be giving a chance to guy like Umar Akmal, fawad Alam as they are the future of Pakistan cricket

  • sheikh danish mazhar on November 6, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    when it comes to basics of cricket,pakistan team lags far behind other cricketing nations.The reason for this is players are picked from such an early age in pakistan that they are not matured in terms of cricket learning.At international level they play solely on their talent,but habits that they develop dont go and they make mistakes again and again.i dont think mohammad yousuf will ever learn.

  • Dr.Tam on November 6, 2009, 6:30 GMT

    He needs a bit of structured Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (psychotherapy) to help improve his running skills ,I reckon , or is he too 'old' to learn any new skills....huh?

  • Theena on November 6, 2009, 6:20 GMT

    Imagine if Yousuf and Inzi turn to coaching. The advice they'd give to young cricketers on running between the wickets would be hilarious.

    Your "let us discuss when we meet in the middle of the pitch" had me in stitches. Reminded me of school yard cricket games I played in )

  • muhammad qadeer on November 6, 2009, 6:14 GMT

    Yousuf is the best player of the pakistan team he is senior and very talented batsman as well as good fielder as well.

  • khawaja Usman on November 6, 2009, 6:01 GMT

    i agree that he has tendency to get runout. every individual has its own strength n weakness. but he is one of the all time great player of the world. he should be in the team atleast till worldcup 2011

  • Rizwan on November 6, 2009, 5:26 GMT

    Sometimes I am surprised at how many people are against this great player. He is the best batsmen Pakistan has avg wise and at good strike rate and best technically. Avg of 43 after 200plus ODIs, show me another one in the side. No one talks about how come Butt gets so many chances despite failing again and again. Take away captaincy and Younis does not deserve to be in the team. Look at others batsmen and then come to Yousuf last. Him getting dropped mistreated the year he broke the record. Give me break, so what if the guy has a long beard (Same thing might have reduced Saeed Anwars career, another great)

  • Raheel Ahmer on November 6, 2009, 5:21 GMT

    Batsman of Yousuf's caliber donot needs criticism He is one of the finest player pakistan ever produced. Runout is also part of the game but he needs to improve his calling of "yes" & "No".

  • basu on November 6, 2009, 4:51 GMT

    The anguish is so clear in your article, and I dont fault you. But as a keen watcher of Pakistan cricket from across the border in India, I think he is an incredible talent. And just for that, I overlook this one, admittedly crucial fault that Yousuf bhai exposes. Anyways, I am keenly following today's game too, and I bet he will do great! Good luck to Pak

  • Jawad on November 6, 2009, 4:30 GMT

    I recommend Tim Galloway's book "the inner game of tennis." The book has nothing to do with tennis. It was first recommended to me by professional pool players. I teaches how to stop making mental errors, and how to stop being on auto-pilot.

  • Muhammad Nasir on November 6, 2009, 4:26 GMT

    I think this is the time for yousuf to show more responsibility being the most senior pro in the side and should avoid too risky singles it is like making suicide

  • Hasan on November 6, 2009, 3:35 GMT

    Why we find flaws in players who perform best overall and deserve in team. What about player like Afridi who played 300 ODIs and has average of 35 bowling and 23 batting, people say he is allrounder but for me he is not even bowler/batsmen just fielder.

  • Mohsin Malik on November 6, 2009, 2:13 GMT

    There is hardly any justification in that notion of equating Yousouf's good talent with this deficiency of exhibiting bad judgement and getting run out repeatedly.

    Mind you, he is in his thirties now and would hardly dash or dive at the last minute to save his life and limb. Also, during fielding and in particular while chasing the ball and retrieving from near the boundary rope, he clearly can be seen to possess a distinct handicap, overall. The yester years of such sluggishness have now given way to crisp and clean daring dives in the outfield. The saying "A penny saved is a penny earned" applies as well to runs saved during sprints to the boundary. Yousouf needs some physical conditioning apart from trips to the gym. Under these circumstances, the team physio and management must impress upon him to go for some weight reduction. In many cases, this last resort provides the necessary tonic and helps overcome the handicap identified above.

    Mohsin Malik San Francisco Bay Area

  • Rahel on November 6, 2009, 1:31 GMT

    I agree with Saad ,Pakistan always had one player who likes to get run out or make his partner run out,Lucky for yousaf heis not having Inzi at the other end anymore.

  • Eric M. on November 6, 2009, 0:31 GMT

    Completely agree but he does make up for it with his batting although that should not be reason to let him off the hook. Also, you statistics does not include how many run outs he has been involved in. I am sure the percent will be much higher than 17 :)

  • aubm on November 5, 2009, 23:25 GMT

    There are quite a few bad runners in international cricket at the moment, which is really surprising considering the coaching and training that goes on these days. There are several obvious offenders like Owais Shah and Yousef, and Ponting has an uncanny knack of running himself out at crucial moments.

  • sattar on November 5, 2009, 23:07 GMT

    what about Inzy..? he has been Run Out more times than Yousif..? he also never learned

  • kashif Jan on November 5, 2009, 23:04 GMT

    The difference between a "GREAT" and good player is their ability to work on their weaknesses not add on to them. He is an embarrassment who never learns and will always be a mediocre player

  • Adnan on November 5, 2009, 22:56 GMT

    Inzamam is often regarded as the worst runner during his time. I truly believe Mohammad Yousuf has been the worst runner for Pakistan during all this time. If you count the number of run outs he (yousuf) has been involved in (also counting when he ran his fellow batsman out), I bet Yousuf would be at the top of your charts. And I totally agree. He doesnt seem to be learning from his mistakes. On one incident we witnessed him being run out to a silly mid-off fielder in a test match. Only Yousuf is capable of pulling that off.

  • Dr.Naveed Haider on November 5, 2009, 22:50 GMT

    I am a die hard fan of Mohammad Yousuf and such articles hurt me a lot. But after all, truth is always bitter. The fielder was well inside the circle and he was there to stop an easy single. Yousuf's bat started flowing nicely with 2 fours already in that over he didn't need to take that risk. May be he wanted to keep the strike at the end of the over but he paid a heavy price in form of his wicket. I hope that he doesn't repeat such a mistake again. He can easily time the ball between the gaps and place his shots nicely so no need to take such utter risks.

  • Amer Ahmed on November 5, 2009, 22:50 GMT

    A batsman of Yousuf's caliber needs not criticism on his foot work. He has a very healthy record and the entire world plans to bowl at him as they know Yousuf is world class. Lack of judgment in running between the wickets is definitely a topic of discussion along with his fielding and throwing. -Regards.

  • sajid on November 5, 2009, 22:16 GMT

    Its time Yousuf Apa to retire from oneday cricket. He either gets himself out or he gets the other guy out playing with him which does not come in the record books. Inzi also had similar issues judging his singles. Yousuf Apa needs to stop crying and let the young kids play now. He plays and score his runs but the team loses 90% of the time because his run rate is for him self not for the team. Great players dont play till the end and the team loses. Yousuf apa is one of them. If Miandad or even Inzy were playing till the end they will go to win not play for their 100.

  • ash on November 5, 2009, 22:13 GMT

    I suppose its part of who he is like Inzi and his running, it seems you can't have one without the other. If he could sort out his running then perhaps he could have another golden year and perhaps give us another 1,788 runs at an average of 99. Run outs or any form of dismissal - I still love this batsman.

  • Osamah Perveze on November 5, 2009, 21:48 GMT

    With the Avg of 50+ in test and 40+ in Odi and lets not forget his performance in 2009 year. How many times he has saved Pakistan and guided them to victory. No Player is perfect everyone has some flaws. He is a great player and will retire as one.

  • hasan on November 5, 2009, 21:23 GMT

    The statistics would be even more terrible if you take into consideration how many run outs he has been involved in and not just how many times he himself has been run out. His partners have suffered during his career as well.

  • Jahanzeb Zafar on November 5, 2009, 21:20 GMT

    I think we should just learn to live with the fact that Mr. Yousuf will never be a good runner between the wickets. However as a team the other guys need to be aware of that fact and be extra carefull while running with him. However he more than makes up for it with sheer talent. His record speaks for itself. The man has a couple of years of one day cricket left in him so we should just let him be and let his talent flourish.

  • Deep on November 5, 2009, 20:22 GMT

    Sure, he is a gifted player with an array of strokes which is a treat to sore eyes. Equally however, his running is more of a "sore thumb" which sticks out. I also wouldn't agree its got much to do with age. Players like Hayden, Tendulkar, Jayasuriya or Bevan are proven ODI greats not just because they have all the shots to attack the bowling , but also because they keep attacking the field with sharp and well judged runs. As any international bowler and he'd possibly agree ... it's far more disheartening to bowl to batsmen who don't just put the bad balls away, but milk the good balls for runs. Most of all as you rightly pointed out - this is more about picking up your lessons and hard work than talent.

  • Muhid Zakaria on November 5, 2009, 20:18 GMT

    very rightly pointed out mr.shafqat. see, its not a matter of just yousuf, its the general pakistani phsyche, defiant, 'y should i change, y should i?' inner defiance of people giving advice, a matter of the ego. He will never learn. And by the way, he doesn't even really run when there is a chance, specially when there is a double available, he 'jogs and walks' to the other end. Quick singles? uh uh, not in mohammad yousuf's book.

  • Roamer on November 5, 2009, 20:16 GMT

    Goodone Saad, I think you should include the figure of how many of his batting partners were runout because of his attimes strange calling .... he is no doubt a class act as a batsman, but his calling and the initial few steps when he takes after playing a shot is always a mystery for nonstriker, will he continue running or will he stop? :) .... but the elegance and consistency of his batting is really worth watching specially in the last decade .... this is one of the main reasons he has the test best average in 2000-2009 .... better then the socalled and discussed greats like Ponting, Tendulkar, Lara, Kallis and Inzamam

  • Azim on November 5, 2009, 20:07 GMT

    A handicap player is an overhead in the team no mater how good he is! If this would have not been true, than Hemayon Somar would have been a test cricketer in Pakistan. Yousuf is unable to blend in with the team, I think, it is fair to say that – it is the time for him to say goodbye to International Cricket in respectable manner.

  • Uzer Ahamed on November 5, 2009, 20:01 GMT

    Yousuf is an Excellent batsman of Pakistan.I am Bigfan of Yousuf.I don't know why Yousuf is not learning from his mistakes.Its not good for such an experince batsman to be a victim of such non-sense thing(run-out).he may be future caption for pakistan.He should know his responsiblities in the field and to learn from his mistake to become a mature player like Sachin.Still there is too much time to learn.

  • Sajid Khan on November 5, 2009, 19:55 GMT

    Yes agree this is one weakness of Yousuf. though He is gret player. But I would rather suggest that Yousuf et al. have now to give chance to the new players in ODI's & T 20. Cheers....

  • Shabbir khan on November 5, 2009, 19:04 GMT

    Ya of course its a big problem with him and not only with but he also creates problems for others on non strick end. So i am totally agreey with you and hope that will try to improve his record of much run outs

  • Mans on November 5, 2009, 18:59 GMT

    Getting run out so frequently seems to be a Pakistani specialty. I wonder how he stacks up against Inzi, both great batsmen who lost their wicket in such a wasteful manner....

  • Naveed on November 5, 2009, 18:56 GMT

    Agreed he is poor in judging the single and his running technique needs to imporve too as in this latest runout he should have been running inbetween the feilder and stumps to avoid any possiblity of getting out even if you could bw short of crease ..... BUT BUT in the runout it was not his call by the time Yousaf realised that there is no single that other guy (I don't know why is he in the team in place of Imran Nazir)was half way down the pitch and forced Yousaf to go for the single hence the little pause that made all the difference amoung other things....

  • Kashif Islam on November 5, 2009, 18:43 GMT

    I totally agree with you, because his run out mostly in a crucial situations not only we lose him but also the match. I think 17% of run outs in his career is insane.

  • Faisal on November 5, 2009, 18:43 GMT

    The point is, he is an amazing player....yes he is not perfect...and the reason he got runout was because he was running at an angle because the damn bowler stood in his way...and that angle made him cover more ground then was needed...had he ran straight he would have made it...he is a quick runner...just a bit unlucky.

  • Yogesh on November 5, 2009, 18:41 GMT

    You are missing the run-outs induced by him. Inzy and Yousuf partnership was the best for there was the suspense of not knowing who will run out whom !! Both these elegant batsmen would have been much better if they had paid little more attention to the basics of running.

  • Miten on November 5, 2009, 18:38 GMT

    The stats only show how many times he has run out. If we were to dig up also how many times he has run his partners out, he would be out of the team. A cricketer must not just be good at his specialty but must also do the 'other' things well such as fielding and running between the wickets. Yousuf is terrible at both these aspects.

  • M Khan on November 5, 2009, 18:06 GMT

    @sohel - you maybe his fan - but there is should be no excuse for a professional at this level for this idiotic behavior and refusal to learn from ones mistake. But, I guess thats what you get when you become a "star" in Pakistan - you are done and are too big to learn a simple thing like running between the wickets - even if costs a match or a title for your team and causes heartache for millions of Pak fans....in my opinion its an example of ultimate childish and amateurish behavior on Yousuf's part.

  • NAUMAN MALIK DUBAI on November 5, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    38 runouts for yousaf and how many have been on the other end, there are no such stats available i suppose far more than 38. yousaf has a simple technique play the ball wd ur head down and take three four steps and then i m not sure he calls or not. for players who have palyed some cricket know abt it and rely on more on their own judgment but have a feel for a younster who is new to the side and watches yousaf down the wicket for a fake run....yousaf will never learn but its not only him...kamran akmal and salman but have similer talent which is perhaps less exposed and every now and then u c them running them selves out.yousaf not only that he is poor runner between wickets his fildind is also a big worry its the same ever since we all know him. i can hardly remeber a player from australia, south africa or newzealand coming in to the side with such fielding and running between wickets but this is how it works in our part of the world...cricket is just bowling and batting here.

  • amit on November 5, 2009, 18:03 GMT

    This is a good blog. I totally agree with the writter.yusuf is a big potential batsman, but this limitation makes his success small.Picking the gap and rotating the strike is one of the most valuable characterstic of odi cricket. But some batsman inspite of having great ability and temprament ,lacks in it.Despite Yusuf there are some more batsman with this limitation, saurav ganguly and inzmam are the live example.Both of them are great odi batsman,but there poor running between the wicket caused there poor strike rate of 73-74 . Thats all sir from me. Thank you........

  • Khalid Mirza on November 5, 2009, 17:59 GMT

    Yousaf is the fastest man in the team to collect singles, like the great of Miandad. Run out is not the mistake of one batsman on the crease. May be the other partner causes the run out to happen. It's a chance that you take; sometimes you succeed, and the other times fail. His score and avg. could have been a little better had he not been run out himself, but you know what, he's still the one of the best batsmen around.

  • Jakaria on November 5, 2009, 17:58 GMT

    Yousuf and Younis both are talented stroke player but when will they learn form their mistakes.They are the most reliable batsman in pakistan side but sometimes they do silly mistakes.They should take every game seriously and should give their 100% in every match .

  • Farhan Malik on November 5, 2009, 17:57 GMT

    Well, i really cant understand that a player who is at the end of his career has an issue with running between the wickets. Though he has had excellent innings in the past, yet some extremely sill run outs as well, but one would agree that the silliest of his run out can be easily forgotten in minds of people for the excellent double century he made in Lords. May he be more successful and be able to eliminate his only weakness when he has the pads on.

  • Ateeq on November 5, 2009, 17:44 GMT

    lol this is a funny article. so true as well! i believe he is right up there in the list for most run outs. oh well, we'll turn a blind eye to that and look forward to seeing some more runs from him.

  • Majid on November 5, 2009, 17:35 GMT

    Run-out amounts to 17% of all his dismissals and he still averages 43 in ODI's.

  • Yasir Shah on November 5, 2009, 17:35 GMT

    Ive seen him get out a couple of times when he's played the ball in front of his pads..the short leg fields the ball and under arms a throw into the stumps...an embarassing way to get out for a number 11, let alone a top order batsman. Yousef's problem, like Inzamam Ul Haq before him, is a refusal to acknowledge this as a weakness..when Inzy was told he had been run out so many times, his response would be "half the time its the other guys fault" and Yousef comes up with s similar excuse. Simply put, he is not professional as a professional would recognize his weakness and work to overcome it. At this stage of his career, he wont change as he has refused to do so before as well. It is upto the selectors to show some guts and remove him from the ODI team. Let him play test cricket where he is a world class batsman and leave the key number 4 batting spot in the ODI team to a younger, quicker player like UAkmal, Alam or even Malik.

  • Abdullah on November 5, 2009, 17:34 GMT

    It will be interesting to find out how many other players have been run out while in partnership with MY. Also, statistically, how MY compares to Inzi, who has even a greater reputation for getting run out.

  • umair on November 5, 2009, 17:26 GMT

    i totally agree with this article sayin mohammed yousuf cant judge wen 2 run but hey funny runouts is all apart of cricket and besides yousuf has given millions of fans entertainment so lets just sit back and enjoy n laugh wen he gets run out starting 2mmorow?

  • Taha on November 5, 2009, 17:26 GMT

    I agree to the comments about Yousuf taking off after a few strides down because of his stroke. However I guess the problem is that he puts alot of importance on singles and even puts his wicket at risk for this....not required at all. Close running as we have seen many a times causes fielding teams to panic, loose control of match and change settings. Still there is a fine balance in making the decision to run...with Yousuf's stat the only thing which shows is that he cant make that decision correct on many occassions. Being a big fan of his, I would still say he is a great bat and that we should also see how many times did he have Inzi on the other end to cause the run-out? Also, stats like was he sent back by other batsman would be helpful.

  • arslan on November 5, 2009, 17:19 GMT

    it was about time that someone wrote about this dreadful habit that m. yousaf has. it really is quite baffling how someone as level-headed as him is so uncertain or even clueless about his running. gifting your wicket to the opposition like this is a sin! and one that our team can definitely not afford...i believe his problem is that he tends to take a few strides before deciding about the run rather than making his mind up quickly...it confuses his partners too...i would be interested to know how many of his partners he has gotten run-out! im sure its a big number!

  • Faisal Afzal on November 5, 2009, 17:19 GMT

    SOHEL: Yousuf is very talented. I remember reading his profile years ago on Cricinfo. It was said about him that "the best is yet to come." I agreed but now it seems like time is running out. Yousuf needs to raise his game. Though he's experienced there is something wrong with the way he plays. If he can learn to correct his mistakes, I think there is little doubt that he is one of the best batsmen of all times.

  • Owais on November 5, 2009, 16:00 GMT

    Agreed. But I guess like you said, he would not learn and we have to accept this shortcoming while having him on the team. In any case he is Pakistani batting's backbone depite this obsession with run outs.

    By the way, how does his 17% compare with Inzy's ? I guess it would be in the same range. Or is that worse than Inzy ?

  • Hassan Farooqi on November 5, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    Despite all the bashing, Yousuf can only be compared with Hanif Mohammed and Javed Miandad. He has not played marathon innings in scorching heat of West Indies against the like of Hall, Gilchrist and Griffith for a handful of coins, nor he is the most notorious fielder like Miandad. Yet he has scored more consistantly than Hanif and is more disciplined than Miandad. He is better than Younis Khan, and was better than Inzimam. Bash all you like but it wont make you credible, nor make him any less great.

  • Faisal Akhtar on November 5, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    Great analysis. Lets not forget all the other batsmen who have been run out because of Yousuf !! If you add that, then he is probably responsible for 100 run outs!!!

  • Jawad on November 5, 2009, 14:42 GMT

    Bravo... our most prolific batsman now has to become infallible to satisfy his critics.

    I would like to ask... did we really need this article?

    I guess Salman Butt, Younis Khan and all other non-performing batsmen are just good enough for you guys.

  • Waleed on November 5, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    Hes is a good player to be great he has to improve on the run outs and LBWs. The recent situation required him to be steady and keep going, but adding to the pressure is never a good thing. He may not be young but that would be the exact reason for him to show others things can be improved upon, not that having a consistent flaw is a good thing. But its no denying he is a danger to other side anywhere, anytime as long as he is not creating a pressure on his own side.

  • ahsan siddiqi on November 5, 2009, 14:25 GMT

    Yousuf needs to learn and concentrate running between the wicket. After playing that many numer of years he should not make that mistake. But he is the best batsman in the team right now.

  • Bosco Martyres on November 5, 2009, 14:04 GMT

    I hope the coach reads your comments and helps Yousuf correct this. I have noticed this for a long time. What is even worse is that Yousuf often gets the other batsman out because of his erratic running.He is too good a player not to correct this flaw.

  • sohel on November 5, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    thats too tec for me so i will agree to your comment frm what i have seen, but dont you think that its too late for him hes no spring chicken !!in the past he has taken advice but not put it in practice maybe we accept that there will be certain pitches we can see him prfrm and not on others.

  • Usman Qureshi on November 5, 2009, 11:52 GMT

    In addition to this, I also believe Yousuf also has the technical deficiency of placing his front foot across the line of the ball of a full pitch delivery, rather than playing straight down the pitch. This is particularly evident at the start of his innings. As a result, he has to work his bat around his front pad to get to the ball, thus making him a easy LBW target.

  • sohel on November 5, 2009, 11:51 GMT

    he makes up for his fielding and running between the wicket by his talent and it is a pleasure to see his stroke play ...sorry im a big fan of his and cant hear a bad word said about him but grudgingly agree with all you said.maybe if he wants to be up there with all the greats he will need to improve that side of his game.unrelated but my other fav player i injoyed watchin was Gr thorpe.

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  • sohel on November 5, 2009, 11:51 GMT

    he makes up for his fielding and running between the wicket by his talent and it is a pleasure to see his stroke play ...sorry im a big fan of his and cant hear a bad word said about him but grudgingly agree with all you said.maybe if he wants to be up there with all the greats he will need to improve that side of his game.unrelated but my other fav player i injoyed watchin was Gr thorpe.

  • Usman Qureshi on November 5, 2009, 11:52 GMT

    In addition to this, I also believe Yousuf also has the technical deficiency of placing his front foot across the line of the ball of a full pitch delivery, rather than playing straight down the pitch. This is particularly evident at the start of his innings. As a result, he has to work his bat around his front pad to get to the ball, thus making him a easy LBW target.

  • sohel on November 5, 2009, 12:45 GMT

    thats too tec for me so i will agree to your comment frm what i have seen, but dont you think that its too late for him hes no spring chicken !!in the past he has taken advice but not put it in practice maybe we accept that there will be certain pitches we can see him prfrm and not on others.

  • Bosco Martyres on November 5, 2009, 14:04 GMT

    I hope the coach reads your comments and helps Yousuf correct this. I have noticed this for a long time. What is even worse is that Yousuf often gets the other batsman out because of his erratic running.He is too good a player not to correct this flaw.

  • ahsan siddiqi on November 5, 2009, 14:25 GMT

    Yousuf needs to learn and concentrate running between the wicket. After playing that many numer of years he should not make that mistake. But he is the best batsman in the team right now.

  • Waleed on November 5, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    Hes is a good player to be great he has to improve on the run outs and LBWs. The recent situation required him to be steady and keep going, but adding to the pressure is never a good thing. He may not be young but that would be the exact reason for him to show others things can be improved upon, not that having a consistent flaw is a good thing. But its no denying he is a danger to other side anywhere, anytime as long as he is not creating a pressure on his own side.

  • Jawad on November 5, 2009, 14:42 GMT

    Bravo... our most prolific batsman now has to become infallible to satisfy his critics.

    I would like to ask... did we really need this article?

    I guess Salman Butt, Younis Khan and all other non-performing batsmen are just good enough for you guys.

  • Faisal Akhtar on November 5, 2009, 15:38 GMT

    Great analysis. Lets not forget all the other batsmen who have been run out because of Yousuf !! If you add that, then he is probably responsible for 100 run outs!!!

  • Hassan Farooqi on November 5, 2009, 15:58 GMT

    Despite all the bashing, Yousuf can only be compared with Hanif Mohammed and Javed Miandad. He has not played marathon innings in scorching heat of West Indies against the like of Hall, Gilchrist and Griffith for a handful of coins, nor he is the most notorious fielder like Miandad. Yet he has scored more consistantly than Hanif and is more disciplined than Miandad. He is better than Younis Khan, and was better than Inzimam. Bash all you like but it wont make you credible, nor make him any less great.

  • Owais on November 5, 2009, 16:00 GMT

    Agreed. But I guess like you said, he would not learn and we have to accept this shortcoming while having him on the team. In any case he is Pakistani batting's backbone depite this obsession with run outs.

    By the way, how does his 17% compare with Inzy's ? I guess it would be in the same range. Or is that worse than Inzy ?