New Zealand 2009 December 11, 2009

The Farhat contradiction

Imran Farhat may have entered the record books: was this the luckiest innings in the history of Test cricket?
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Imran Farhat's survival was a miracle, his century unbelievable © AFP
 

On the face of it Imran Farhat joined a select band of openers who have carried their bat through an innings. On the face of it his lion hearted effort rescued Pakistan from calamity on a track that had pace, some bounce, but little else. It was a good toss to win. On the face of it Farhat has just solved one half of Pakistan's problem at the top of the order.

But numbers and scorecards are misleading. Just as the statistic that Danish Kaneria has risen above Abdul Qadir in Pakistan's order of Test merit says nothing about the relative qualities of the bowlers - Qadir for my money was world class, Kaneria is just worthy of an international cap - so today's scorecard tells us nothing about the true nature of Farhat's innings.

In an innings of panic, Farhat was the most panic stricken. In a desert of technique, Farhat was often the driest, except when leathering his trademark knee-on-the-ground drive to the off-side boundary. One particular stroke - as he charged and thrashed a good length ball to oblivion, in his mind sending it sailing over the long on boundary but in reality skying it over the slips - defined the ineptitude of Pakistan's display, and may become a contender for the stroke most unworthy of a Test opener.

Somehow, Farhat got away with it. His innings was compulsive viewing for its recklessness. But Farhat was not alone. The 'cream' of Pakistani batsmen swished and misjudged their way to disaster. Only Misbah in the top order got a good ball. Yes the track was pacy and had some bounce, but nothing more. In the last three decades of Pakistan cricket, this was one of the most inept morning sessions ever played by the nation's batsmen. That's how bad it was.

After lunch, with his top order colleagues out of their minds and out of luck, Farhat continued his mad thrash. His survival was a miracle. His century unbelievable. It was so unfathomable that Mohammad Yousuf could be right that a higher authority will dictate the result of this match. For a team that deserved to be out for under 75, Pakistan once more confounded all expectations by scaling two hundred.

Amidst all this, Farhat, Pakistan's unlikely hero, stood squat at the crease, a crouching, striking, fluking contradiction. He may have also entered the record books: Was this the luckiest innings in the history of Test cricket?

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  • waseem on December 14, 2009, 9:31 GMT

    Come on Kamran bhai,I am big fan of your writings but at least give some credit to Imran for his batting.I think you can better write article about MOhd.Yousaf his lack of ability to finish things for Pakistan.In the past Inzi and Javed used to do that but in recent months you can see we have lost so many matches we could easily win (Srilanka series,Australia 5 ODI series etc)so many series if we had geniune match winner.Mohd yousaf should lead from front to finish things for Pakistan i can't remember any one of his innings in which he stood till end unlike inzi and javed miandad.He might end with highest run scorer and best average for Pakistan but I am unsure if he is the greatest ever batsman for Pakistan.

  • tahir javed on December 14, 2009, 8:25 GMT

    yes that inning of imran is really shocking. but i have one question why there is no consistency in opening pair of batting.

  • Mashman on December 14, 2009, 5:15 GMT

    The manner in which Pakistan is able to unearth new talent is amazing. There have been several like Farhat, Yasir hameed, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad and many others. yet, it is surprising that they are allowed to fritter the chances away and hardly do justice to their talent

  • Aamir Akhund on December 14, 2009, 5:07 GMT

    One innings and we will have to watch this idiot open the inning for the next 6 months............

  • Imran Quraishi on December 13, 2009, 22:22 GMT

    Kamran for God sake give credit to this young man for for making a century on a pitch that had a lot of bounce on it. Others failed miserably but he survived and scored a ton. What else do you expect for him man. I am totally totally disappointed by your negative comments for this man. I am not his fan by any means but credit has to be given to him for making a century and taking Pakistan out of the woods. Why are you not picking on Faisal Iqbal who has always been a failure with no zest to fight. If you really want to pick on someone then pick him cuz he is Pakistan's worst enemy and the only reason he is being selected is to keep Miandad happy as he is his uncle.If Faisal Iqbal is selected one more time then I would definitely know for sure that the kartd dharta's of Pakistan cricket are big time idiots and retards. Please throw him out of the team and send him back home so he can continue playing cricket on dead wickets. I am sure everyone here is gonna agree to my comments.Thank

  • mushmoom on December 13, 2009, 21:48 GMT

    Why is everybody think Younis would have done better hen rest he is not as good what you people think of him I dont have any respect for him as he has let down Pakistan more then once just becouse Pakistan won 20/20 when he was leading the team dont make him the best it was becouse of other player not him Pakistan would have won the first 20/20 too if it was not for him playing a Srisanth over madien when Imren had scored 22 run of him no one remember that he just should give up cricket

  • Zeshan on December 13, 2009, 21:47 GMT

    why is that each time our team (Pakistan) is in trouble we always have doughts. Best players are out for zero (0) a player that hardly play test cricket scores 100 not out the result we are unhappy. Lucky? T-20? All those are names the fact and reality is Imran Farhat scored 117 not out because he stood there in the middle of the game to play his game without actually looking at his team-mates "since the other 9 socred less then his individual score". Lets not raise questions on Pakistan selectors and team. The reality is Pakistan team in last few years have played a number of test matches on top of that they never have same batsmen opening always a change in side. I am happy for Imran Farhat and Pakistan team as they play its a game if there is a winner then there is always a player that is capable of strangest-to-craziest hitting.

  • Saiful Ansari, Leesburg, VA. on December 13, 2009, 21:34 GMT

    The comments sum up the emotions of Pakistani fans. They hope the team can perform to its true potential and are frustrated with below par efforts. Imran Farhat with all his short comings showed tremendous character, fought resolutely, defended in face of adversity and rose to salvage some pride for his team and the nation. We must give him credit. Batting is an art. The best in the business are naturally talented and have few chinks in their armor. There are others who improve along the way and work hard to get better. Imran Farhat and other Pakistan Batsmen need a good coach to perfect their technique. Javed Miandad is widely acknowledged to be the best Batsmen Pakistan has proudly produced, and is best suited to coach the upcoming and future stars of Pakistan Batting line-up.It makes no sense for PCB to appoint Waqar as a bowling & fielding coach for the Australian tour, when the Coach & Assist Coach of the team are former bowlers. One would hope PCB to depute a Batting Coach soon.

  • hamza on December 13, 2009, 19:03 GMT

    Its really funny that i keep reading over and over about how there are better players in the domestic circuit than farhat. Really, are there? Cause if there are, i still have not seen them yet. The fact of the matter is that he scored a 100 that saved us from total embarrasment, not to mention that he is doin a fine job at the moment also. His technique is not the greatest, but then apart from Younis Khan and M. Yousuf, i ask you who in Pakistan, really has a correct technique? Really give the guy a break, he has out performed every other opener we have on tour, and will probably go down as the 2-3 highest scorer.

  • M. Z. Mashreque on December 13, 2009, 18:21 GMT

    Kamran, You have been extremely prejudiced and unfair to Farhat's effort!! Anyway, with the 2nd innings unfolding, he has already proved you wrong, and wait till he makes you eat your own words.

  • mohammed nawaz on December 13, 2009, 17:26 GMT

    Imran farhat is a good batsmen.looking at our other optionss like Imran nazir and co i think he should get a proper go.if he doesnt score runs people say he should be droped if he does then they say he was lucky.people like m.yusof shold retire.he cant handle the players he cant fiel and a very bad runner between the wickets.But he is still in the team same goes to malik.i think y khan should lead the team with afridi his deputy

  • uetian31 on December 13, 2009, 17:18 GMT

    jezzzzzzzzzzz Cricket so so funny game, it almost evry time give PUNDITS a hard time, sorry Kamran it again prove u wronge here, u were so critic about Danish and Imran, look how thy have came in 2nd inngs, I love to c PUNDITS like you pulling thier hairs after comenting and proven wrong!:)

  • Imad on December 13, 2009, 16:02 GMT

    Lets see...Sehwag flails his way to 284, chances his luck again and again, and people laud him. Farhat scores a century in testing conditions, carries his bat and Mr. Pakistan calls it the luckiest inning ever. Hmmm...this is getting old even for you sir...

  • Zarif on December 13, 2009, 16:00 GMT

    In my opinion the innings was good but not extraordinary, the poor show the other batsman put up was what made it look extraordinary, but nothing to take away from Farhat, it was nevertheless a very good innings that gave Pakistan a score to bowl at. Farhat has all the potentials of securing a permanent spot in the Pakistan team, he can play sensibly as well as thrash the bowl to all parts of the ground but what he and most of the Pakistani batsman need is consistency. According to me as a foreign fan of Pakistan inconsistency of the team is what makes them special. They have the ability to beat any team at the same time loose to any team.

  • Aoun Hassan on December 13, 2009, 15:16 GMT

    I had never thought in my wildest dream, Specially after the first test that I would be witting in favor of Mr Imran Farhat. I am not a big fan of Imranm but I do know that you cant carry a bat just because you are lucky. you can survive a couple of times but to bat throughout the innings, you do need skills and yeh may be a bit of luck. When you have all your senior and best batters are getting out without even getting into double figures, how could you criticize someone who is not only spending time and scoring runs but also managed to carry a bat. It may not be a class innings but please give him credit what he deserves. The way he is playing in second innings, I think that will answer a lot questions raised by his critics.

  • maximum6 on December 13, 2009, 15:03 GMT

    I did not watch the innings but is'nt this the sort of innings that has charmed watchers down the years with Pakistan cricket-like a fast drive in an old bus down a mountain? It's good Pakistan have a batsman like this. I used to enjoy Ijaz's innings. Solid techniques are for English and Indian batsmen.

  • Shehryar Shaukat Khan on December 13, 2009, 14:50 GMT

    A lighter bat would allow Imran to better control his high back lift. At the moment. at times because of the heavy bat his bat lift creates enough momentum which at times forces him to flash harder than what is required. These mighty flashes increase the chances of getting an edge or playing the ball in the air.

  • Shehryar Shaukat Khan on December 13, 2009, 14:45 GMT

    kamran is an inept analyser of a cricketer's talent. I remember the days of Younas Khan's earlier years when Kamran Khan vehemently criticised Younas Khan in his articles for having a poor techinique and ridiculous footwork. Now YK is Kamran's favourite. Same is the case with Imran farhat, as he has been ridiculed for having a poor technique but in my opinion he has got an adequate technique and the problem lies with his temperament if anything. Hes showed in this Match that he's got the talent to succeed at the highest level. He also was a part of multiple consecutive century opening stands against SA. Now the critic might say that this was an easy wicket but this is not exactly the case. The wicket has got pace and bounce although little lateral movement. These are the kind of hard and bouncy tracks that we are going to see in Australia. If anything i would advise, if i was allowed :), Imran Farhat to use a lighter bat especially in Test cricket.

  • awais on December 13, 2009, 14:42 GMT

    Good job Imran, I would ratehr you get lucky and gutsy 100 than get out on the first ball. Just slow down and stay on the wicket. :). By the way nobody wrote this kind of trash about NZ batsmen who in my openion were much more luckier than I.F. Look at the score card to check that how many times they were dropped through out the series and still were not able to build a big total. What do you have to about that Mr. Abbasi. Have Nice Day and let us enjoy the best series of the year no matter what the result is.

  • Tahir Mahmood on December 13, 2009, 14:11 GMT

    I am agreed with Kamran Bhai, but it was also very good efort. Because you know our top and middle order how much scored? If Kamran, Aamer, Gul and Danish dont supported him, then may our team total score in 1st inings less than 100. We are really missing YOUNUS KHAN in NZ and also we will miss him in AUS. Everyday i am reading news from newspaper and Cricinfo by hope may be today any good news that YK will came back soon. He have magnefisent record in Test cricket that is why our real captain in top 10. Before we are missing cricket from ICC and now our politics start regarding captaincy.

    Tahir Mahmood (Saudi Arabia)

  • Faisal on December 13, 2009, 14:02 GMT

    I thorughly agree with Kamran sahab.Pakistani batsmen look at sea all the time. Even on dead tracks they are found wanting. Thank God, there was no 'Bond'.By the way Kamran sahab, make a case for Asim Kamal. This is simply unimaginable, why this guy is out of the test side. keeping aside every thing, hats-off to imran farhat for coming good in trying times.

  • Shahid on December 13, 2009, 13:52 GMT

    @IqbalQasim, Pakistan lost the 3rd test... no Pakistan wont lose is so easy as Imran Farhat is gonna score an other century lol. even Butt thinks its chance of a life time to be batting on this kind of wicket where even Tuffy stayed 80 n.o. I feel that every one is gonna score big in this and then leave NZ on spin friendly broken wicket to fight it out on the last day. I still think that younis should have been a part of Australia tour together with taufiq umar for Khurram, Hassan Raza for Faisal, and Naved Yasin for Misbah and Afridi replacing Shaib. Its gonna be real hard playing with only 4 bowlers for a longer run. @Adnan , Karachi has stopped producing world class batsmen. Its decades since the last

  • Jon Pinson on December 13, 2009, 11:39 GMT

    Oh what utter shock, Pakistan have a bad couple of sessions and the home journalists are making out the world has ended. I don't understand your logic: why write a critical piece on the one player to score runs for you? Perhaps the continuing vitriol you throw at the Pakistan team would be better aimed at those who continue to fail, those to whom we can offer no defense or those who their presence in the team cannot be explained.

  • Adeel on December 13, 2009, 11:33 GMT

    I am no big fan of Imran Farhat or your's but he just slapped u right across ur face by scoring a 50 in the 2nd innings as well.

    Maybe his innings wasn't beautiful but he scored when needed and that is all what is required. This is not a beauty contest so there are no points for gorgeous cover drives etc. He did his job and I luv him for that (if only for this innings alone)

  • Roamer on December 13, 2009, 10:20 GMT

    @sanity_please: Also if skills and runs scored in the domestic circuit was the criteria for selection then for sure Umar Amin, Naumanullah, Fawad Alam and Khalid Latif should have been in the team but unfortunately this is not the case !!! .... why people have started to think regionalism is involved in the selection is because of these absurd decisions to select people without merit. So think and analyze before you speak .... Imran Farhat and Butt are lucky that they are playing on a dead wicket and that too without Bond !!

  • Roamer on December 13, 2009, 10:13 GMT

    @sanity_please: why dont you answer this question to me first, after how many failures was Shoaib Malik dropped from the team, how many more failures do we need from Misbah before he will get dropped. Salman Butt has been failing for quite sometime too but still he is getting the opportunities, why people like Yasir Hameed, Fawad Alam and Khurram Manzoor are dropped after one test failure? Why not Khalid Latif who played so well in the oneday series in UAE not selected for this series and against Australia?

    Runs scored by the other team because of dropped catches by Imran Farhat, Misbah, Shoaib and Butt are more then they have themselves scored, so one has to wonder why these players are still playing in the team ?!?! and this is the only reason I can think of !!

    Faisal and Fawad deserve a chance in the team in the middle order, not top of the order. Also please let me know why Yousuf came one down to save Umer in the second test and couldnt do it in the first or this test?!?!

  • illi on December 13, 2009, 10:04 GMT

    Qualities of A. Qadir and Kaneria.... Kamran Sahab r u kidding?? On which soil has kaneria not performed? tell me, tell me now.... In England had it not been wicket keeping of Kamran Akmal he would have 20 more than he has now... He is a quality bowler SIR... U have got to be joking... Ok he might not be good for ODIs but he still should make it to All time Pakistan test 11....Just an international cap would have sufficed for Salman butt; Mohammad Sami, etc. but not for Kaneria... Come on... Please remove dat statement b4 I go mad for u have not been a great writer but at least a writer in my view

  • Kashif on December 12, 2009, 20:37 GMT

    Imran Farhat is no test batsmen... technically I would say Imran Nazir is much better. I am sure there are a lot of batsmen in the domestic circuit of Pakistan who have a better technique than Imran Farhat I wonder why anyone selects him? Hasn't he had enough outings for one to realize he hasn't got the talent. But thats how it is Pakistan cricket... he has made a hundred now and he will have a place in the team for the next year. No matter what he does in the next innings.

  • Hamid on December 12, 2009, 19:03 GMT

    Kamran, are you criticizing him for his recklessness or for his luck? If it's for recklessness then why pick on him? If it's for the luck he enjoyed, then it's absurd to criticize someone for being lucky. You're supposed to congratulate when people have good luck.

  • IqbalQasim on December 12, 2009, 18:13 GMT

    Pakistan lost the 3rd test against New Zealand by an innings and many runs, shame

  • mukeshkunal on December 12, 2009, 16:56 GMT

    Well i believe that pakistan have experimented a lot with their openers and changing them frequently rather than having a consistent one . Thats why they have struggled at times in tests and sometimes in ODIS . Farhat for instance was one of the openers pakistan relied a lot . But he too struggled at the top level.And that was reflected when he was back after having an exile of almost 2 years from international cricket. And playing for the unofficial ICL.But after returning from that he struggled once again and that was evident by the scores he made . But the innings of 117 not out was not just a matching innings for pakistan but also for his carrear. This could have been his last test if he didn't clicked in this test.Just like Misbah has been sidelined by the ream management. He too must have got the same treatment. But with this innings he has saved his place in the side.And this could be an alarm and inspiration for other players who are struggling with their form specially Misbah.

  • MARLO on December 12, 2009, 15:51 GMT

    @Adnan, origin of players in the current team... but dear Adnan would you replace Umar, Yousef, Kamran, Asif, Aamer, Saeed Ajmal, just because they are from Punjab. Now Imran, Sarfraz, Wasim, Waqar, Zahid, Asif, Shoaib Akhtar and Aamer all the good fastbowlers are from Punjab, would you discard them all because there is need to bring in some one from Sindh. There are ofcourse concerns regarding opners but be sure that the best replacement Taufiq Umar is also from Punjab. Any new batting prospect like Naved Yasin is from Punjab too. We have two undeserving players in the side Faisal (avg 25) from Karachi and Shoaib from Sialkot. They should be replaced by Younis and Naved Yasin.

  • Shariq on December 12, 2009, 14:50 GMT

    Couldn't agree more. He should be dropped for this century! No kidding! This was indeed a fluke. I really would love to see Pakistan produce a few more technically correct batsmen in MY LIFE TIME!

  • Shahid on December 12, 2009, 14:00 GMT

    I give up and don't want . Actually I have accepted that why should somebody expect that cricket in pakistan will not be destroyed by PCB when all other organisations and aspects of society are being thrown in hell by our power brokers. Just give me a single reason for inclusion of Faisal with average of 25 in the team.How did he manage to play so many series and matches. Farhat may have scored this 100 but he is worth nothing in longer run. Butt is a skum and Shoaib is the choosen one. Misbah is never been of any use in tests. why not build a young team with likes of Naved Yasin and Ahmad Shahzad and let them lose if thats the risk. we do it anyways

  • Amran Yousaf on December 12, 2009, 13:49 GMT

    Kamran bhai, another excellent article. But I cant believe we are critising a boy who has scored a century when all those around him failed. I think he deserves a run in the side, Look at Shoaib Malik, he plays regularly and does nothing... Get off Farhats's back, if we manage to win or draw the match this innings will be the reason.

  • Naveed Ahmed, Dubai on December 12, 2009, 12:02 GMT

    Thats totaly not fair Kamran !!! I feel realy sorry for Imran Farhat.After rescuing Pakistan innings, carying his bat through the innings, scoring a test hundred, Sucseeding where every body including expirenced Yousaf, Inform Umer and seasoned Misbah and dashing Kamran all failed and only Imram Farhat prevailed and defied the Kiwi attack alone and as a result critisised that much is totaly out of question. No doubt he played some false shots but the credit should be given to the Kiwi bowlers who bowled well on a pitch which seems to every body a flat track but was not assisting batsmen specially stroke players as the ball was not coming nicely on to the bat. i will add some thing to my comments that if such innings are played by Ponting or Sachin they are alwats appritiated insted while if played by low profile batsmen like Imran they are always criticised ...Pls dont do this, at the end of the day its a test century plus a rare fate which has earned him place in the record books.

  • ahmad ali on December 12, 2009, 10:12 GMT

    falt tack in 3rd test and 3 fast bowlers and only one spiner. why pakistan not having alrounder in team. no test alrouder in top 10 ten rating. no odi batsman in top 10 odi rating, no odi bowler in top 10 ratings. younis is self-interested leve him. kaneria is best bowler. only experienced batman should bat at no3.

  • zakaullah khan on December 12, 2009, 9:59 GMT

    Dear Kamran how come pakistani selectors only gave him 7 test for intervals of 2,3 and 4 years, he can be inzi's replacement bring back hassan raza, give him chance. mat inn runs hs avg 100 50 Tests 7 10 235 68 26.11 0 2 First-class 170 261 11096 256 50.20 33 48

  • khan_najam on December 12, 2009, 9:40 GMT

    well said kamran. aus'es will kick pakistani batting lineup. pakistani team lacks good fastbowler. u know its very hard for asif and gul to take wickets agaisnt aus'es batsmen. hassan raza, toufeeq umar, mohammad waseem, asim kamal, wahab riaz all wasted by pakistani selectors.

  • khansahab on December 12, 2009, 9:14 GMT

    You are absolutely right. Let us not forget why Farhat is in the team- because of Mohd Ilyas, the influential "nothing" former cricketer from Punjab.

    If guys like Farhat, Malik etc can get lucky and score a 100 occasionally, it does not mean they should be in the team. Farhat was kept in the team for almost one whole year under Inzamam, but he failed miserably. Had it not been for his political connections, he would not have been selected again, but this is Pakistan where politics takes over merit.

    I am laughing at these people who are supporting Farhat- the idea of Imran Farhat as opener has failed bigtime. He is simply not good enough. This idea will not work and will bring further disgrace and disappointment to Pakistan cricket.

  • Mumtaz Siddiqui on December 12, 2009, 8:35 GMT

    What a pathetic club class batting display in the first innings at Napier. On the other hand if you review previous 4 matches of Shoaib Malik (including one days) the type of strokes he played to got himself out appear as deliberate irresponsible strokes....food for thought? and encourages the consipriacy theory.

  • syed sajid ali on December 12, 2009, 8:31 GMT

    ASSALAM-O-ALAYKUM, That is Fantastic Inning by Imran Farhat. Everybody Agreed with me He is The Future of Pakistan Cricket. Also He is The Best Option for Opner. I requested to PCB to Add IMRAN NAZIR As Openning Partner with Imran Farhat Bcoz Both Has Great Mently Attached. We All Know The Performenc of Both Plyers in ICL. We are Waiting for an other victory against New Zealand..

  • P.Satish on December 12, 2009, 6:27 GMT

    Bala, when test cricket is played without a care a player ends up like Afridi. However, a Sehwag does not just go out and flay at it wildly as seems to be your point.

  • shoaib on December 12, 2009, 5:02 GMT

    One's must give credit to imran, anyway he has rescued the pakistini team from total collapse.It would be a disaster, if they were out below 100 which one times seems quite happening. This all is hapening due to lack of younis khan. No one is able to take his position. there is chance to bounce back in the game as kaneria has taken four wicket.

  • mqi on December 12, 2009, 3:46 GMT

    Kamran sb, Will you rather write about the problem of having 4 bowlers in 3rd test with NZ, struggling to have long spell without the 5th. With so many all rounders around, why the selection committee did not have the sense of including an alrounder. Even a layman understand that Afridi or Razzaque would be perfect for this job. May be another alrounder in 3rd test would change the outcome, if Pak loses the game.

  • hassan on December 12, 2009, 3:45 GMT

    you know what, lets just open with amir and umar gul, they have a better batting avg and technique than our openers of last two years

  • Bilal on December 12, 2009, 3:22 GMT

    "Just as the statistic that Danish Kaneria has risen above Abdul Qadir in Pakistan's order of Test merit says nothing about the relative qualities of the bowlers - Qadir for my money was world class, Kaneria is just worthy of an international cap..."

    Based on what,exactly? How would you define quality?Wouldn't taking more wickets in fewer matches influence that barometer?Abdul Qadir's genius and mastery of the art notwithstanding,it is clear just by looking at the stats who is the more effective of the two,even if you may not put much stock in stats.More wickets in less matches in an era of neutral umpiring should count for something.

  • khalil on December 12, 2009, 2:54 GMT

    If someone has made it to the highest level of cricket,forget about technique & temperament.We are just burning our mid night oil.The key is continuity/confidence,you give to a player. Remember, much was written about Ijaz Ahmed Snr in the same manner but he proved to be the most effective batsman against the best teams of the world.Records speak for him.None of the batsmen is flawless.Farhat is just a left handed Ijaz Ahmed.Continue with him.Atleast he has the courage to take a lone battle to the opposition.But something should be done of those coming "OUT OF THE BLUE".One fine morning, out of no where, you find, they are in the batting line -up with no justification at all.

  • KK on December 12, 2009, 1:15 GMT

    What the hell you people want to ask from our players. If they score you object, if they can't then again. Wondering that Abbasi was saying record has no importance so keep aside Kaneria to remember the old forgotten Abdul Qadir in rest of life. Though not technically very sound, Imran Farhat is the best of the openers we have currently in basket. As we are stormed with the criticizing international media, if our own people will blog like this, then what else we will expect from others!

  • Kumar on December 12, 2009, 1:05 GMT

    In the middle of all the talk about flat and dead pitches, the NZ-Pak series looks very much like two club teams battling it out. Other than for the Pak bowlers who are really good and the unfortunately sidelined Bond, the batting quality of both the teams is really club-class. Is it really the good pitches in NZ or the substandard batting that is producing results?

  • bharath on December 12, 2009, 0:41 GMT

    Farhat has good technique but lacks technique. technique doesnt matter if one has good eye. Its really ridiculous to say that its one of the luckiest hundred any batsman has ever got. He played few brilliant strokes. NZ pitches always have a lot of mystery. The best thing to do is to attack with a strategy.

  • Raza on December 12, 2009, 0:26 GMT

    Younis better be included in the squad for Australia. The fact that he wasn't in NZ may already have cost Pakistan the series. PCB ineptitude is bordering on arrogance if they think they can exclude one of Pakistan's only two batsmen in the top 30 of the Test Rankings and win anywhere let alone in Australia

  • ret on December 11, 2009, 23:51 GMT

    Many got ducks and got out to playing false shots and here we are criticizing someone who scored a ton!

  • CricinfoLova on December 11, 2009, 23:47 GMT

    I am happy that Mr Shoaib Malik is not included in the side for this test!

  • Nauman on December 11, 2009, 23:06 GMT

    @Adnan

    Here's another point of view.

    The players from Karachi bring bad luck.

    The first test had two players from Karachi that is why we lost it. The second one had none that is why we won it, and we might lose the third one bcz once again we have a player from Karachi in the team.

  • UriGagarin on December 11, 2009, 23:01 GMT

    As a cricket fan (England supporter) I find it heartbreaking that another team are having problems. There is so much joy in the Pakistan team , I sat in the 20/20 final this year with the whole area of Pakistan supporters. Great atmosphere and great fun. The PCB seem intent on destroying the Test side (although not as intent on destroying cricket as the WICB). You have a great team on paper ,but you cannot expect them to develop if its constantly changed on the political whims of the selectors. Perhaps the team is as much to blame , I don't know, but someone has to take the lead - which is something that Pakistan haven't had in a long time. Inzi *seemed* almost the puppet of the whims of outside influences, but did well purely down to his own ability and leadership. You never got the feeling he was leading because the team wanted to follow him. more down to the fact there was no-one else up to the job. A great shame. The soap opera of the PCB is taking to much from the team.

  • Sohaib Khan on December 11, 2009, 23:00 GMT

    Totally agree with Kamran. There is a culture in Pakistan's cricket to play 1 innings and get life for long time. Starting from Shahid Afridi till now, the culture is not going to be end.

  • Qamar on December 11, 2009, 22:55 GMT

    I cant beleive many of you supporting No HOPE Younis Khan. He is most selfish player I ever came across. Lesser said about him the better. Those of you who play club cricket would know that carrying a bat through an innings as such is truely a great achievment so well done TO Imran Farhat. Salman Butt was my favourite player once upon but he seems to have lost rthym, who would blame him as theres no consistantly in the team. we should adopt Australian method of selection, each player has to perform every match to keep their place for the next match not just 1 big innings to cement the place or for the name sake. We have very highly talented players out there, Umar Akmal & Fawad Alam are without doubt the prime example so whats the need to bring back a known failure in the name Faisal Iqbal. PCB PLEASE WAKE UP, CRICKET IS THE ONLY THING LEFT FOR PAKISTAN in general.

  • muzz on December 11, 2009, 22:55 GMT

    I think it is not a comparision of greatness/technique or runs/ the simple fact is farhat saved the day of humiliation for pakistani team - let him enjoy the moment and let be praised. donot make a big fuss well done lad carry on we are with you.

  • fromdownunder on December 11, 2009, 22:37 GMT

    I can not wait to have Pakistanis tour oz this year. IF Pakistan had a better batting line up I think they could challenge us(some very promising bowlers). It astonishes me how some people have tried to use "like sehwag" in their support for Farhat. Putting the two in the same sentence is a cardinal sin. Technique is not just about foot work, there other aspects such as balance and stillness. Sehwag despite his limited footwork has these two, plus an excellent eye and hands. This is what makes him such a great batsmen who can score runs everywhere. Unfortunately the new breed of Pakistani batsmen do not have that. After watching Umar Akmal this series, it is clear he has an excellent temperment and picks the length of the bowl up early. I do think he is very loose outside the offstump, and not as strong off the front foot as he is off the back foot. The tour to Australia will really tell more if he is worth the hype.

  • zafar on December 11, 2009, 22:33 GMT

    We need to make best openers. When we will have it 2100 i suppose :-(

  • Ahmad on December 11, 2009, 22:29 GMT

    By the way, I partially agree with Sami. Some Karachi players have been treated extremely shabbily. Like Asim Kamal, Sarfaraz (wicketkeeper), Danish Kaneria and Fawad Alam. I agree with his point about Fawad.

  • Owais on December 11, 2009, 22:25 GMT

    Kamran you are being too harsh on Farhat. After all he did score 117 and carried his bat, in affect bringing some kind of respect to the score. Dont take that away from him. But I have always been saying Farhat, Butt, Shoaib, Yasir Hameed, Taufiq Umar and maybe even Faisal Iqbal are not cut out of good cricketing pitches. They are mediocre even on flat tracks let alone bouncy and/or seaming tracks. We have only Younis, Yousuf and to some extent Misbah. While Umar Akmal is too new to be judged. The other Akmal should long have been dropped for his wicket keeping follies.

  • imran on December 11, 2009, 22:10 GMT

    Its funny the Younis bashers,slag him off whatever he does. He has taken a break becos of all the conspiring,back stabbing,lack of support,match throwing and own lack of form.He decided to take a break,so fair enough,at least he was brave enough to walk away,citing poor form,unlike other crooks who play due to their connections only.Shame on Javed Miandad,for pushing his stupid nephew onto us,i'm sure Miandad is rich enough to look after his own family without burdening us. Farhat made a century,well done Farhat,but we all know you haven't got what it takes,be a man and walk away,and butt,misbah,malik,f iqbal,arafat,manzoor.I'd rather have Nazir,at least he has talent if not any brains on shot selection.Afridi is not an opener abroad and has said his position overseas is no6,stop asking him to open on green/bouncy wickets,he's very suspect on/outside off stump on these pitches.Try some U19's they won't do any worse than these jokers. sack pcb and Zardari the dog.

  • zahid on December 11, 2009, 22:03 GMT

    I am baffled at the selection of Faisal Iqbal. What on earth does this mean? He has played 23 test and has an average of 26. Why is Fawad Alam sitting on the side lines? Where is Taufiq Umer? What is Salman Butt doing in the team? He has had too many chances. May be it is time to invest in new people someone like Umar Amin. When are we going to get a Pakistani team without safarashis (purchee walay loag).

  • Habib on December 11, 2009, 22:00 GMT

    And that guy is champion, who can convert his inabilities into his strongest abilities.

    Thanks.

  • Habib on December 11, 2009, 21:58 GMT

    I think, Pakistan Need Both the Imraan on top of the Order, and Keep them training on building confidence and technique, As because, they have all natural ability to be like Saeed and Amir. They Only need secure place in the team and Much more support than they having from the country as well as from PCB. Learn from India. They says Shehwag is world class player, But is he? Most of his short he plays are risky. But he can play longer innings because, He has team support and confidence in his ability. But Pakistani Media never gives the credit to their own player. Nothing is Perfect in the World except Almighty Allah Rabbul Alamin. And Pakistan theses days, not having more talented Openers than both the Imraan. PCB should realize, That, what Shehwag can do, Both the Imraan has same capabilities to do. Then why don't you utilize their talent instead of criticize them? Criticism won't give you any solutions. You must find the way to solve the problem.

  • Ejaz Khokhar on December 11, 2009, 21:51 GMT

    Hi guys to all the guys who are in favour of Farhat. I just have one question with the kind of footwrok(diverboots on all the time as Ian Chappell will say) how is he going to play long innings in Australia. your guess as good as mine mates. Aussie are brutal, unforgiving & they are going to exploit his weakness ever so more.

    I feel sorry for the Pakistan Team as they are going to be murdered by the aussie pace attack.

    With regards to Farhats innings taking nothing away for his effort, but in cricketing sense it was nothing short of a Miracle he carried bat. At times like these you wonder how the hell is he still been given a chance to play for Pakistan. Is there not one single guy in all the Pakistan cricket who can be trust and selceted ahead of him. Well I guess it can only happen Pakistan Cricket. Best of luck with this test match.

    THIS WAS THE BEST CHANCE TO BEAT AUSTRAILA IN AUSTRALIA WHICH I AM AFRAID WE HAVE MISSED ALREADY AND WHO KNOWS WHEN IT WILL COME NEXT TIME.

  • Asim Shah on December 11, 2009, 21:50 GMT

    Disagree with this article. Too critical.... Lucky or impatient... but at the end his score gave Pak a descent total. May be sometime u need a bit of luck to get back into form and confidence. Thats what he did I've seen many players playing similar type of shots when they r going thru a bad form.Sometimes its better to throw ur bat at everything rather then going into a shell and all of a sudden u get a Gem of a delivery and curtains . So I don't agree Mr Abbassi

  • Raza Rizvi on December 11, 2009, 21:36 GMT

    I DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY, IAM LOST FOR WORDS PAKISTAN CRICKET TEAM IS A JOKE AND THE CIRCUS HEAD SHOULD BE FIRED WITH THE TEAM CAPTAIN COACH AND HIS BUDDIES THAT INCLUDE THE BIG PAPA INZI, I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A HUGE FAN OF PAKISTAN CRICKET BUT NOT ANY MORE. I HAVE NO PROBLEMS IF THE TEAM LOSE BUT IT IS WHEN THEY ARE INVOLVED IN POLITICS AND SHOAIB , MISBAH THE SENIOR AKMAL SHOULD ALL BE SENT PACKING. THIS TEAM WILL LOSE TO BANGALADESH

  • Ashford Abbacy on December 11, 2009, 21:18 GMT

    I wonder if this Pakistani team is worth our time, attention, and conversation. I graduated from secondary school in 1975. Our school cricket team was far superior than present Pakistani squad. Perhaps we should send a few "Dhobies" over to New Zealand to replace these so called batsmen. I am sure they will do a better job.

  • Faizal - NY on December 11, 2009, 21:07 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi is BIASED and UNFAIR Yes Farhat is flawed technically, and is too flashy, but he DID SCORE a TEST Hundred, with luck, when ALL ELSE FAILED> GIVE CREDIT WHERE DUE However, my team for test is:

    Salman Butt Yasir Hameed - scored 2 hundreds on debut! Taufeeq Umar Younis Khan Mo Yousuf Umar Akmal K Akmal Fawad Alam Mo Aamer U Gul Mo Asif D Kaneria Ahmad Shahzad Khalid Latiff Sohail Tanvir Sohail Khan

  • sami on December 11, 2009, 20:54 GMT

    first through salman butt and malik out of the team..grouping kernain main malik sub say agay hai..salman butt say bat bhe nahein uthaya jata how can he hit shots?salman butt and malik say ache batting technique to Mohammad Aamar ke hai..Misbah is useless too.. @sanity_please.. Pakistan main waqee yai ho raha hai kay us region k players ko zyada chance deyai jatay hain..ab app kuch bhe kaho hamain yai baat pata hai balkay everyone knows it..aik example iss ke Umer akmal and fawad alam ke bhe hai..both are middle order batsman..Umer k team main atay he us ko fully batting chance dia gaya hai..Fawad alam jub team main aya to 1 year tak to malik nain us ko 7/8 position per batting k leyai bheja tha..or ab middle order batsman ko top order main bhej ker kehtay hain wo perform nahein ker raha..akmal ko kitnain arsay tak chance dia gaya halakay us nain hamain 3/4 test series drop catches say herwadein..

  • ALI AYAZ on December 11, 2009, 20:50 GMT

    The Pakistani cricke selectors really dont have a clue - they play Khalid Latif in the ODI series - he seemed to have good test match temperament and made decent scores......then in test match series they bring in Khurram Manzoor who looked very shaky...now they have bought back Faisal iqbal...it wont be long before Mo Hafeez is back in the team aswell.....wheres all the young talent in pakistan?? BTW Imran Nazir wouldnt do worse than any of our curren openers....

  • mr.cricket on December 11, 2009, 20:42 GMT

    hey guys plz dunn ever compare shewag n farhat again .sehwag belongs 2 a totaly diffrent league and has a record much superior to farhat.moreover sehwag has score hundreds against AUS in AUS and SA in SA. Moreover he's was the first person who really belted ajanta mendis and murli to all parts of the ground and if u say that sehwag is lucky and he does get dropped many a times during his innings plz arrange for the highlights of the recent 293 against srilanka(he didnt get dropped even once). Now coming to Lara sumbdy compared farhat to lara (whoever dat is plz wake up from ur dreams)lara was a world class batsman n perhaps the greatest to play the game.Sumbdy said that technique is not dat importan, yes i agree with dis but u need to have even little bit of technique to succed which im sorry to say Mr.Son-in-law doest have. Sumbody said that sachin threw tantrums when his batting posn was changed let me tell u if ur sachin tendulkar ur posn should not even be touched..

  • Shaid Riaz on December 11, 2009, 20:35 GMT

    I cant believe the negative comments about Farhat, give the guy a break he made a hundred when we required it. What about FAISAL RUBBISH IQBAL another rubbish innings he has played, get him out!!!!!!!

  • yalmaz on December 11, 2009, 20:07 GMT

    Mr Abbasi, I don't agree with your comments that Qadir was world class nad Kineria just worthy of an international cap. Qadir was in an era when there were no leg spinners and people used to look at his googlies and flippers as if they have seen an alien from mars. Cricket has changed since then. Technology has really made bowlers job really difficult because it is so easy to figure a bowler on those slow motion cameras. Just look at Mendis, he just appears to be a very ordinary bowler in a span of a year. Kineria in my opinion is a superior bowler in my opinion because he has constantly been taking wickets, has better variation and is quicker in the air than Qadir. If Qadir was playing now I don't think he would that successful. Worst of all I have heard people comparing Qadir with Shane Warne. Total atrocity!

  • Tahir Masood on December 11, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    imran farhat hardly carries any traits required out of a specialist opener. he has the faultiest tecnique n today there was not even a single shot that he was able to time. it was sheer luck alone that carrieed hm past century, i thought aamir played better shots than hm. if pakistan has to settle wid a opener it has to be nasir jamshed, he is aggressive n carries sm wpns in hz armoury

  • Asim Khan on December 11, 2009, 19:55 GMT

    Imran Farhat may not be all that we want in an Opener, but at least he was able to score some runs when that was what Pakistan desperately needed. I say that leave him in the team so that he could score yet another century like this one against Australia. Let him gain some confidence and then judge him.

  • Najam on December 11, 2009, 19:55 GMT

    Ahhh! please stop criticizing instead try to find out positive aspects and discuss how we can bring improvement. Certaintly today Imran Farhat saved Pakistan to a possible humiliating first inning score and somewhat gave our bowlers something to defend.The way wicket behaved today i am quite hopefull that pakistan will fight back and restrict NewZeland within 200 mark. I disagree with ones who think we are missing Younis khan here! we have always been weak in batting so Yousaf & Misbah should come back hard in second innings to turn this match to our side.

  • Bala on December 11, 2009, 19:50 GMT

    Ah, here comes Ravi all the way from New Zealand to add his thoughts about Farhat's innings. Oh wait, he has nothing to add except "Sehwag is this, Sehwag is that....." While the point itself might be valid, the context is not. The reason Sehwag's name popped up in the first place was a counter to this whole argument of needing technique to open the batting. Put things in context before you shoot off defending all things Indian. You could play with disdain and still end up like Sehwag, without a care in the world. Maybe this knock will give Farhat the confidence to to get a little tighter and score bigger.

  • muzz on December 11, 2009, 19:50 GMT

    luck favours brave - we will soon forget his shots but the history will remember him as - carried the bat and made half of the runs and showed the guts to other pakistani Batsmen do or die.

  • Imran Gulzar on December 11, 2009, 19:50 GMT

    This should be Pakistan Middle order in tests 3-Yousaf 4-Misbah 5-Umer Akmal 6-Fawad Alam I don't know y they r so unfair with fawad alam by sending him on he top order he is middle order player bu unfortunately never used in the middle so far....If they play him at 4,5,6 number regularly he can manage aveage of over 50 as he has done in 1st class so far....I think they don't want him to settle down thats y droped him after 1 failure and that wa also on the top he should b in mddle order for what he is use to...

  • Asad Sadick on December 11, 2009, 19:47 GMT

    Havent you heard the commentators sayin,"it shouldd have been caught at slips, but went for four. Doesnt matter as lonf as they come, not how they come". So Frahat got us past 200...that is important or would you have Pakistan out for under 100.

  • Fiaz Ali on December 11, 2009, 19:47 GMT

    Again you are too negative. I think you are doing that because Younus Khan is not in the team. What about the 1st and 2nd match in Srilanka where pakistani batting collapses caused wins into loses and the 2nd test batting collapse was triggerred by stupid Younus Khan's stupid reverse sweep as a stupid captain when the innings was on a very important point. How much of his fours were misshits or false strokes, let's say he hit 6 fours over slips but what about the remaining 80 odd runs. Give him credit. Your comments about kaneria are also contradiction. Keneria is a world class wrist spinner, I agree that he is not in the same category as great abdul qadir and shane warne were but he is a world class spinner. He took wickets against every teams, he has his moments against all the best teams and there best batsmen.

  • Khurram on December 11, 2009, 19:43 GMT

    Reading ppl want BUTT as opener. WHAT THEY HELL HE HAS DONE ?? HE IS LOW CLASS PLAYER.

    Khalid Latif / Ahmed Shehzad will be good choice. PCB is one man show thats why we will never get better

  • Adnan Malik on December 11, 2009, 19:41 GMT

    Could you please write something positive about Pakistani players. Pakistani media has such a negative frame of mind that they are converting positives into negatives. Lets appreciate our players and their efforts, we can not expect a better result from a team who is suffering so much!!!

  • Michael Wagener on December 11, 2009, 19:41 GMT

    Your article reads like there was only one team playing. The last time I checked there was actually a bowling team also. One of the skills that bolers need to learn in New Zealand conditions is how to tempt batsmen into playing bad shots, by setting them up with the balls leading up to it. This is the skill that Iain O'Brien is a master of. Every one of those situations where a batsman "threw their wicket away" was coincidentally the only ball in the over bowled in that line, and was bowled faster than the other deliveries. It was a case of good bowling making a batsman look bad.

    As a bowler I used to get very frustrated when I heard people talking about a batsman getting themselves out when I had executed a carefully thought out plan to get them caught at short midwicket from a misstimed pull, or caught at deep extra cover from a ball that bounced a bit more than they were expecting.

    Sometimes what looks like bad technique is actually good bowling making a batsman look bad.

  • sanity_please on December 11, 2009, 19:37 GMT

    Continuing from my previous post...Go look at the number of tests vs ODIs Pakistan has played in the last 15 years. You will find the reasons for bad techniques and short temperaments of the batters. These guys are not conditioned for batting longer than 1-2 hours. That time period is all that's required in ODIs. But in tests, you have got to focus for 5-6 hours. These guys are like rabbits stuck in the headlights in tests, they have nowhere to hide. When runs are not coming, you can sense that they are panicking or losing their focus. It is so obvious.

    I do not want to sound like an old-timer (which, BTW, I am not), but test cricket really is the real "test", and Pak batters just ain't got it. They are good ODI and T20 players, but the longer the examination of their technique and temperament, the more glaring their shortcomings. Those who have had success at the test level were exceptionally talented (Inzi, Saeed Anwar) or good/quick learners (MoYo, YK).

  • Ravi on December 11, 2009, 19:33 GMT

    I observed many of you mentioned Sehwag and comparing his style of play to Imfran.. which makes no sence.... what were you thinking man... Sehwag is class player he plays with hand eye co-ordination but with perfect balance... when he hits the ball it stays hit and these PAk bowlers should know becoz he scored just 309 against them .. and more over he played 70+ test matches and scored almost 3 triple centuries and his AVG is 50+ .. where as imran avg in 20's ... so please think before you compare any player to the qaulity and class of sehwag... and recently he scored 293 vs Srilanka in 2nd inn to set up a win for india... so dont even think about comparing him to imran ...who is taking baby steps in test cricket....

  • fahadFROMsweden on December 11, 2009, 19:31 GMT

    wow lot of comments about imran farhat but i wil say one thing as compared to other team members today he made 100 and thats big achievment and i know he plays a little fast strike rate but it works go take your time and than smash them all over the ground well done imran f go on...

  • Kiran Muzammil on December 11, 2009, 19:30 GMT

    I agree 100% with Kashif Al's comments below...Imran had at least the guts to fight his way to a 100...in 1994 Saeed Anwar got 169 in a test match in NZ and went on to become a great opener. Maybe this knock will give Imran more confidence and he can go on to bigger things. Pakistan needs 11 players who are capable of fighting it out and not running away and hiding like Younis did. Younis is no Yousef and Pakistan can do without Younis...players like Yasir Hameed Hassan Raza Umar Amin are waiting in the wings and deserve an opportunity ahead of whiners like Younis. On a side note I'd take Faisal Iqbal ahead of Malik and Alam anyday, Faisal should be batting at 5 or 6 with Misbah at 3 followed by Yousef then Umar and Faisal.

  • Saleque Sufi on December 11, 2009, 19:29 GMT

    Well you can say Imran Farhat played with his heart in his hands. But please realise it is for his efforts Pakistan is still in the game.His innings may not have been from a Boycott or Gavasker style pure cricket grammar but at the end of test it may proved extremely useful for Pakistan.Scoring a century in a test and carrying his bat through where 7 of his commrades couldd not even reach double figure , three major batsmen sored ducks in itself is an achievement.Please give the devil his due.

  • Khan on December 11, 2009, 19:28 GMT

    Please make Muhammad Amir and Umar gul open the innings and then keep Saeed Ajmal at number 3 slot. It will serve 2 purposes... 1st these without doubt have been the most consistent and reliable batsmen in our team lately so better let the guys who know what to do, do the stuff .. and 2nd the rest of the sooo called batsmen will be embarresed and put to shame for their underachievements.. trust me this is the only solution.. I highly doubtt the putting to shame stuff since these shameless morons at top order have no shame apparently BUT atleast we will get runs at the top order. Why dont the family and friends of these top order batsmen ask of them to retire instead of disgracing themselves on the international scene by displaying the absolute mockery of an art called Batting.

  • Bala on December 11, 2009, 19:22 GMT

    Some people that call themselves great players are simply fooling only themselves, and that includes a LOT of big names today. Look at Tendulkar, who only wants to open the batting in ODI cricket and threw up a tantrum during the 2003 WC. Chanderpaul, who wants to bat only at #5, while his rightful place as the best batsman of the team is at #4. Misbah should be sent up at #3 to fill a HUGE void, because given Pakistan's lack of any decent opener since God-knows-when, they are basically playing with 3 walking wickets at the top. Look at Dravid on the other hand, putting his hand up to keep wickets in ODIs or to open the batting against Aus in Aus recently, all for the team. And then when Yousuf and Misbah get back closer-to-home pitches and hit centuries, all will be forgotten. Oh, and please Pakistan cricket authorities, I plead you to pick Younis for the Aus tour and also name him captain. Yousuf, very good player that he is, seriously lacks captaincy skills.

  • sanity_please on December 11, 2009, 19:20 GMT

    @Roamer, do you mind telling me which part of Pakistan do Saeed Ajmal and Danish Kaneria belong to? You can see that Faisal Iqbal was played at one down, but you cannot see that he was actually brought into the team. If it was all about which part of the country he belonged to, then he would not be in the first XI, would he? We know Pakistani cricketers are not the top professionals, but I think they are not so bad that they will pick players because they were from a certain part of the country. If MoYo was such a bad character, then I cannot see him becoming such a good player, its just not possible.

    @Adnan, my friend, the team you have listed is neither from the first test nor the second (Butt and Misbah did not play in the first test, and Ajmal did not play in the second). If you want to support your argument with stats, make sure you they are correct :-).

    Guys, instead of blaming it all on some conspiracy, just realize that the batters are not good enough.

  • sami on December 11, 2009, 19:00 GMT

    what do you think about salman butt?you never say any thing about that girlish player in our team averaging just 28 in almost 30 test..he doesn't know how to play shot on a good length ball..what is misbah,malik,butt and faisal doing in our team?they are just occupying the space wasting the new talen..never perform well any where(sub butt sahab ke perche hain)..fawad alam also have good test temperament and he can play better then any other pakistani player but he is out of the team because of these rubbish players..

  • Ron on December 11, 2009, 18:38 GMT

    Kamra...it is very easy to sit back and critisiz..he did played some horrible shots and got chances but WHO IN THE WORLD DONT?? these days, everybody at least gets one or two chances to make a hundred...we should encourage him and give him credit for what he did...I am not really a big fan of him but still these kind of remarks always hurt me...Look at Sehwag...he is not a BATSMAN at all and all his hundreds and 22 or 300 are due to bad fielding and he had at least 2 or 3 chances in all his big innings....TELL ME IF YOU DISAGREE????????????

  • Paul Rivett on December 11, 2009, 18:35 GMT

    Harsh. I am a NZ fan and although I am not familiar with the inner workings of the Pakistan selection process or players waiting in the wings, I am confounded by this scathing critique. Sure Farhat had some luck, but sometimes that is what it takes. What about the application and the guts to keep scoring under those circumstances? Farhat himself would have known how lucky he was during the innings and he managed it to perfection. If only a NZ batsmen had that kind of application. I could think of no better innings to learn from. What Farhat needs to do now is sit down and think: "Man, if I can score an awful test hundred like that, I can definitely do it again without all those terrible shots." He should learn from this. What he shouldn't do is bat like that next time and try and wallop one over long on for 6.

    As for being the luckiest test innings in history. Well, I saw Chris Martin get 12 not out once, and that was far more luckier. I swear he had his eyes closed the whole time.

  • Ali Akram on December 11, 2009, 18:29 GMT

    Wajid i must agree with you, Faisal Iqbal is rubbish and is only in the team because of his uncle.

    KAMRAN ABASSI please set up a blog to get faisal Iqbal kiscked out of the team.

    Anyone who supports this please say so now, FAISAL IQBAL AND POLITICS OUT OF PAKISTANI CRICKET NOW!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hammad Fayyaz on December 11, 2009, 18:28 GMT

    I agree with you Kamran, I have seen his whole innings and I also have come upto the explaination that he was lucky as many as 7-8 times during his stay in the middle. In general, Imran Farat lacks the patience, always trying to be over-confident and is deficient of the variations employed by the 'quality' new ball fast bowlers. With Aussies den ahead, i have my fingers crossed for him. Comment made by Fahim Anwar about Fawad Alam's 160 is also somewhat true. After Yousaf, we haven't been able to find a batsman technically correct in measures of stroke playing. India have Gambhir with Sachin & Dravid. Even Younis Khan is also not technicaly correct. And this is the main cause of Pak batting decline on bowling friendly pitches, though pitch at Napier doesn't look that (NZ openers have survived 19 overs without loosing a wicket).

  • Rizzy on December 11, 2009, 18:28 GMT

    Although Younis would be missed this series it seems better for the future of pakistani cricket to allow youngsters like fawad in the squad instead. Players like Younis khan now seem to think that pakistan cant function without them so have tried using persuasion and blackmail like trying to get the captaincy until the 2011 world cup.

  • Fahim Anwar Dar on December 11, 2009, 18:17 GMT

    So by this article u r saying that Imran Farhat is not a talented Player and he should not be in the team, If fawad Alam can score 160 odd runs as an opener whose technique is questionable then so can imran i dont think ur technique is the only criteria, Brian Lara always use to shuffle thats bad but he is regarded one of the best to have played without doubt, the whole point comes to the level of commitment and hard work put in , i think imran farhat and salman butt with a bit of more confidence can play authoritatively and can contribute towards better opening stands for pakistan

  • Adnan on December 11, 2009, 18:16 GMT

    For those who do not believe politics is not invovled in Pak's cricket. Look at the origin of cricketer from the first Test that Pak lost. It is easy to see a pattern. It might also explain why simply / honest men like Afridi and Younis dont want to play for Pak anymore.

    Imran Farhar: Lahore, Punjab Salman Butt: Lahore, Punjab Mohammad Yousuf: Lahore, Punjab Umar Akmal: Lahore, Punjab Kamran Akmal: Lahore, Punjab Misbah-ul-Haq: Mianwali, Punjab Mohammad Aamer: Gujjar Khan, Punjab Mohammad Asif: Sheikhupura, Punjab Shoaib Malik: Sialkot, Punjab Saeed Ajmal: Faisalabad, Punjab Umar Gul: Peshawar, North-Western Frontier

  • Nadeem on December 11, 2009, 18:10 GMT

    I read a lot of comments about Farhat. Who is your other option?????????????? As long as he score, he made 30's in 2nd test and gave 50+ opening stand.

  • Tahir Rashid on December 11, 2009, 18:07 GMT

    I am a die hard Pakistan fan but on current performances I feel Pak should be banned from test cricket! Total inept batting from top order which has been decimated by hapless NZ bowlers on regular basis.

    I can`t even begin to think how we will face the Aussies in down under in just few weeks. If we can`t score 250 against NZ then innings defeat in each match against Aussies await us!

  • Usman on December 11, 2009, 18:04 GMT

    I dont know how long we can keep playing with these bits and pieces batsman and tested failures. This is a problem with us that we look at one innings and then forget the rest of the failures. I am hundred percent agree with you that if we want to get succcess on test frontiers we need to have solid batting lineup ( or atleast three solid batsman).

  • Rizwan Khan on December 11, 2009, 18:01 GMT

    Thanks for great article Kamran,

    Its about time that Pakistan start investing in the future of pakistani cricket. Umar Amin, Ahmed Shehzad have extremely well in the domestic season and should be given a chance to play. Umar Akmal yet great but needs some composure and discipline as well but I wont comment on it since he is still in the learning process and so he should be. MoYo and Misbah and Shoaib Malik are old records in my book. Remember how india sidelined Dravid once...

  • wajid on December 11, 2009, 17:51 GMT

    Can nayone please please oh please tell me what the hell is FAISAL IQBAL doing in the team. What is wrong with the selectors, this guy has done nothing ever apart from 2 innings a century against India when we didnt realy require it and an 83 against Australia which was worthless. He has had 38 innings and produced nothing, his average is around 25, apart from bieng the relative of Miandad he is rubbish. Please lets start a blog to have him out and get rid of the politics that go along with Pakistani cricket. Am i the only one whose tearing my hair out?

  • Roamer on December 11, 2009, 17:49 GMT

    Couldnt agree more with you on Imran Farhat ... I feel some biased decisions in the team ... most experienced batsmen like Misbah, Yousuf and Shoaib donot want to bat one down so that Fawad Alam or Faisal Iqbal are not allowed a chance to bat in the middle order and make a name for themselves, instead these two get pushed to one down, even Fawad was asked to open the innings. Imran Farhat failed in two tests but was given another chance whereas Fawad Alam and Khurram Manzoor failed in one but was dropped.

    Guess the difference between them is that Khurram Manzoor, Fawad Alam and Faisal Iqbal have one thing in common whereas others like Imran Farhat, Salman Butt and the rest belong to a different part of Pakistan

  • Hassan Farooqi on December 11, 2009, 17:42 GMT

    It is about time Younis Khan played race card. The facts are at his side. Why are players from N.W.F.P. discriminated? Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, and Yasir Hameed needs to be in the team. Afridi has a better record in Test than many current players in the team.

  • Adnan on December 11, 2009, 17:40 GMT

    The issue is that why MoYo doesnt play at 3? Why is it that Faisal Iqbal come before Yousuf and Umar before Misbah? These old dudes are destroying new guys's confidence just to save thier own hide. Yousuf and Misbah should have come before Faisal and Umar, simple as that. I despise Butt and i still dont like Imran (regardless of this 100). Politics and insecurity of senior players are destroying Pakistan's talent.

  • rashid on December 11, 2009, 17:40 GMT

    what nonsense. There is always a luck element in cricket. You can not put down a centurion like this when your four best together do not even score twenty runs. This is purely bad journalism.

  • Shahzad on December 11, 2009, 17:38 GMT

    Farhat definitly is not a solid place-deserving opener but writer should have given some credit for surviving. That is very true that Pakistan selectors consider only statistics not the quality. Just like Khuram Manzoor was selected for scoring three centuries in Quad-e-Azam trophy on dead wickets where T.Craigs mother could also do. Couple of years back A.Shahzad came out as an opener with solid technique during Pakistan's U-19 tour of England,but that guy was not picked for further development towards senior team. Most importantly Pakistan is without a coach who knows modern cricket, modern technology and batting techniques.Alam's role is just to keep discipline and keep S. Akhtar away from team. Ironically, Waqar Younis, third coach has been annouced for australian tour and other two Aqib and Alam are also bowler. There is no coach who can take the biggest batting problem to solve but three coaches with bowling back ground. This is miracle if Pakistan win any match with these things

  • Hassan Farooqi on December 11, 2009, 17:35 GMT

    After dropping four catches, Imran had no place in team. Even after carrying the bat, he has no place in the team from my view. Carrying the bat simply means he failed to cover his tail-enders. I still remember how Sarfaraz Nawaz (playing #10) was covering Asif Masood (playing #11) in the 1977 tour of West Indies. I think his 50 was bigger than Farhat's 100 today.

  • Saad Maluk on December 11, 2009, 17:34 GMT

    salam sir how are hope you are fine. well i saw a comment which was published by sharaf katawazi that younas khan deserve to be in the team squade against australia.well sir i am totaly disagree with his comment.because i have not seen younus khan in the good form for his latest recent matches.so please please dont waste your time for younus khan.and have say for some yougster to the pcb inplace of younus khan.i think younus khan should retire from the cricket now.thanks

  • Zahid on December 11, 2009, 17:31 GMT

    Exactly, nonetheless the record books will show that he carried the bat, and after retirement he will reminisce the day when he saved the innings. But this clearly highlights how important it is to have someone like Younus in the mix. As they say form is temporary class is permanent. Younus is a world class batsman, above all he has a level head on his shoulders and play according to the situation.

  • Sadi on December 11, 2009, 17:28 GMT

    Again I want to talk about the selectators, who select the inform batsmen like Misbah and shoib malik, both are out of form and they being selected for Australia, I dont know why they dont use the domestic cricketers who scores tons of runs. I dont know why the selector insist of using this flop batsmen. SADI

  • Farooq on December 11, 2009, 17:22 GMT

    Pakistan team is an unbelievable team in the world and Pakistan can beat every team in any format anytime and the history also tells us same and we have an ability to coome back in this match and INSHALLAH we w'll do this tomorrow our bowling attack is best in the world now and in the past it was also best and in the future it w'll remain best and whole nation is praying for victory in this match and boys should also do best tomorrow pakistan w'll win INSHALLAH

  • J. Khokhar on December 11, 2009, 17:19 GMT

    Happy but selfish ending of Imran Farhat's inning. Per my belief, watching him play with Aamir. Farhat was aiming for "carrying bat" rather than keeping strike in hands and make runs. Did Farhat think, no body is watching him or he didn't play for cricket lovers but for himself.. wholly selfish-ness.

  • Ray on December 11, 2009, 17:15 GMT

    I saw Farhat's innings - he tried his best to get out but couldn't and made a century. Too bad we will have to bear with him for some more time now. But we have to give him some credit, it was a century after all and saved Pakistan from being out of the game before the first day was over. Your comparison of Abdul Qadir and Kaneria is unfair and without any knowledge of the stats. Kaneria has played 55 matches for 238 wickets. Out of these 109 wkts are in Pak and 129 abroad. In comparison Abdul Qadir had 168 in Pak and 68 abroad. A.Q was highly overrated because he revived the art, and added a flair to the bowling and Imran liked him. And remember that in those days there were no neutral umpires. Kaneria in my opinion is a much better bowler. We need to look at the stats and be unbiased when judging players. Kaneria gets a lot of flak for the way he fields and bats-that should have nothing to do with his bowling. I suggest everyone check the stats and then compare.

  • Faisal Nagaria on December 11, 2009, 17:15 GMT

    The Pakistani batsmen have always encountered problems with bouncy tracks & it was the same case today. The batsmen simply do not get such tracks in Pakistan & are found wanting when they play on it. Even then, batsmen with good technique & natural talent can somehow master it e.g., Tendulkar, Miandad, Inzamam, Younus, Dravid etc from sub-continent. From the current crop, Pakistan must seriously re-look & reconsider the continuation of investment on no-hopers like Shoaib, Misbah, Butt, Faisal or Farhat. Until then we all would continue to be frustrated & disappointed.

  • hammad kalim on December 11, 2009, 17:13 GMT

    pakistani's team performance credit goes to selectors who get paid for not doing anything. pakistani openers are like club cricket palyers who are used to play on mats.They can not handle any rising or pace bowling.pakistani selector should look in to under 19 or pakistan A team. other wise all these operners from salman butt to khuram manzoor to imran farhat have been given fair amount of chance. it's like musical chairs every tour same 4 to 5 people are rotated in different combinations .does not look like any body else gets chance.may be people like Asad Ali from under 19 from 2008 or Umer Amin or Ahmad Shezad should get chance .It's sad that each selector has his favorite. Other wise people like Khurram Manzoor or Salman Butt or Faisal Iqbal have no chance of making in any international team. But that's how things go in pakistani cricket.

  • Dr. MS Belgami on December 11, 2009, 17:11 GMT

    The sad tale of pak's cricket is evident today. Though Imran saved the day for yusif, time will tell as to what kind of harakiri the top order commited. A good toss was wasted. What is happening to the technique, they are so suspect against the short ball. Technically the batsmen are exposed and the fotwork is sloppy to say the least. Pak's batsmen lack patience and they need to curb their impetuiosity and aggressive instinct. The way they returned to the pavillion as if to catch a plane back home. Honestly none of them knows where the off-stump is. What is happening to the coaching staff of the team. Can they not instuct as to what is required of a test palayer whrn he plays for the country. Can they realy come back in this test? It requires a monumental effort, and the blame squarely rests on Yusif for playing such a losy stroke. Lo and be hold, what am I hearing? Yunis Khan has surfaced from his hybernation and wants to join the party. Will there be peace in dressing room?

  • hammad kalim on December 11, 2009, 17:07 GMT

    pakistani's team performance credit goes to selectors who get paid for not doing anything. pakistani openers are like club cricket palyers who are used to play on mats.They can not handle any rising or pace bowling.pakistani selector should look in to under 19 or pakistan A team. other wise all these operners from salman butt to khuram manzoor to imran farhat have been given fair amount of chance. it's like musical chairs every tour same 4 to 5 people are rotated in different combinations .does not look like any body else gets chance.may be people like Asad Ali from under 19 from 2008 or Umer Amin or Ahmad Shezad should get chance .It's sad that each selector has his favorite. Other wise people like Khurram Manzoor or Salman Butt or Faisal Iqbal have no chance of making in any international team. But that's how things go in pakistani cricket.

  • adnan on December 11, 2009, 17:05 GMT

    y is faisal iqbal in the team!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Khan on December 11, 2009, 16:56 GMT

    Those who are already predicting that Danish Kaneria would fail, have already forgotten that is track has nothing to offer for spin either, if you followed the match closely, you would notice that Vetori did not get any assistance from the pitch either and was a bit expensive compared to previous two matches for the same number of overs bowled. I think Danish Kaneria will do fine despite all that.

  • Javed on December 11, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    Hi All,

    Bcz of polictics Pakistan cricket is on the way towards destruction and one day u will c that team like Bangldeh,zm will beat Pakistan, Shoib Malik,Misbah and Yousuf(Baba Bagal main chorii mun pa ram ram)only play for themselves, I Love Cricket vmuch but now I hate Cricket bcz of Corruption,Plotics,PCB Kutainnnnnnnnnnn

    I pray for Pakistan Los........ sorry brothers...

  • Imran Ali on December 11, 2009, 16:41 GMT

    Kamran, this article is biased against Farhat and seems you have some personal vendetta against him. Come on man give him the credit where it is due. I would have appreciated if you have concentrated writing more on the technical frailty of our batsmen rather than criticizing the man who scored 120 out of 220 and remained not out. Don't worry about how the runs came, just sit back & enjoy. Hope in future you will utilize your writing skills better subjects.

  • Wasim on December 11, 2009, 16:31 GMT

    Kamran

    It wasn't a very convincing knock, but it wasn't that bad either, he is playing test cricket after 3 years and he had to play aggressive as he was running out of partners on the other end, if he had played cautiously Pakistan wouldn't have crossed 200. I don't think he deserved such harsh criticism.

    I am not a big fan of Afridi's batting and never thought it was test match worthy but he can easily replace Malik on merit for the Australian tour.

    In my opinion Faisal Iqbal and Kamran Akmal played the most horrible shots.Yousaf and Misbah will have to score centuries in the second innings to redeem themselves.

  • Junaid on December 11, 2009, 16:27 GMT

    Well played Imran Farhat. It was a brave innings, luck favors the brave and not pathetic losers like Younis Khan. Come on Kamran accept the fact that we are not producing good opening batsman due to a weak domestic cricket set-up and all these youngsters struggles on bouncy picthes. If Imran has shown guts to carry the bat and give Pakistan a chance to compete in the test match than applaud him rather making fun of his century.

  • Ali on December 11, 2009, 16:26 GMT

    The blame for this extremely poor show lies with the players as well as the coach. Why didn't the coach instruct the players to take singles? All 11 batsmen wanted to score runs by hitting boundaries. I watched with increasing disgust that nonone was willing to rotate the strike and disrupt the rhythm of the bowlers. Instead they were intent on being setup by the bowlers in every over. The coach should be sacked for now correcting this situation. What role is he playing for the team any way.

  • AMARJEET on December 11, 2009, 16:23 GMT

    Very sad to see the Pakistani players loosing the wickets on a flat track,infact Pakistan has lost the Test match on the first day , batting & bowling has been flopped. Why Yousuf did'nt field after loosing the toss. On the other hand PCB announced 16 chootia members squad on Tour to Australia even before the start of third Test!! What a foolish move by the PCB.Why Malik has not been dropped instead of Sarfaraz & Arafat. Malik has been given a chance in three consecative series but he was un-impressed, he is less than average. Yousuf's technique is not reliable now, Umar although is a good batsman but inexperience is his main deficiency

  • sleepshrink on December 11, 2009, 16:21 GMT

    There are 5 players that don't deserve to be in this side. I agree that Imran Farhat is one of them but the two at the top of the list are salman Butt. I thought we were done with him after he failed repeatedly (test average: 28). But I gues s we all forgot how he kept giving slips catching practice, enough time passed and now he is back. But the biggest counfound is the presence of Faisal Iqbal in a test match team. He averages in the mid twenties. He hasn't ever really proved himself. Usually Pakistani batsmen play better on flat tracks and struggle with bounce. But not Faisal Iqbal. He hasn't ever really played well on flat tracks either. How long are we going to have to pay for Miandad's six. I guess I can't complain too much. What happens in the team is only a reflection of a broader culture. In case any of you are wondering who the other two are. They are Kanneria and Misbah. The prize however goes to Faisal iqbal.

  • sharaf katawazi on December 11, 2009, 16:19 GMT

    kamran sahib is that true i have saw that inty coments that younas khan is availabale for aussies team.can pcb put him in the squad.pakistan team needs him.come on pcb

  • Salman on December 11, 2009, 16:17 GMT

    Another negative aspect that this innings of Imran Farhat will bring is that he'll not get dropped for the next decade irrespective of the fact that he lacks both the technique and the concentration level required for world class opener. How tired are we now of seeing these "tried n tested" openers again and again with the same old results. Salman Butt is another example which endorses my point. Our "myopic" selectors can't see beyond these hopeless openers.

  • Yasir Khanzada on December 11, 2009, 16:17 GMT

    Why dont our selectors agree that we have a shortage of good batting talent in Pakistan, all we have available are batsmen like Farhat, Faisal, salman butt, shoaib malik....getting any runs out them is a big bonus like the 100 today from farhat

  • Salman on December 11, 2009, 16:14 GMT

    Another negative aspect that this innings of Imran Farhat will bring is that he'll not get dropped for the next decade irrespective of the fact that he lacks both the technique and the concentration level required for world class opener. How tired are we now of seeing these "tried n tested" openers again and again with the same old results. Salman Butt is another example which endorses my point. Our "myopic" selectors can't see beyond these hopeless openers.

  • Goher on December 11, 2009, 16:14 GMT

    Although I always believed that Imran Farhat had better technique and stroke play than most of the recent top order jokes like Khurram Manzoor, Shoaib Malik or for that matter faisal Iqbal....But i was always concerned with his weakness of mental toughness. It shows lack of desire to play for pakistan or insanity when he goes for such reckless shots. Having said that , I strongly believe despite some 7 rash strokes played, credit must be given to Him for scoring Hundred. The management should work on his mental side and make him concentrate hard on pitch. The pair of Butt and Imran should be given some time to answer or questions??"

    Add Yonis khan and Yasir hameed to this team ....will make it competitive .....

  • Zairah Mahmood on December 11, 2009, 16:01 GMT

    Mr. Abassi-how are you? You seem to like the taste of Sour Grapes! A hundred is a hundred in any cricket, and a record is a record whatever and wherever. How much cricket have you played? You should be ashamed for writing such a negative and poorly constructed article. I was very disappointed with your remarks about a young man who has been away from test cricket for the last 2 or 3 years,as he played well in New Zeland on those sort of pitches - better than anybody in the Pakistani Team. Also, as I was watching the news on National TV -I understand he is the son in law of former test cricketer Mohammed Ilyas, and his family have already 2 cricketers with the same record - Nazar Mohammed and Mudassar Nazar, and now Imran Farhat adds to that family's record - why would you want to take that away from anybody? You do not really criticise the way Pakistan played - I should not be saying that as a fan of cricket, you should be saying thank you to him- the boy has done his best.

  • dr.kashif rafique on December 11, 2009, 15:53 GMT

    I DO AGREE IMRAN WAS A BIT LUCKY, BUT FORTUNE FAVORS THE BRAVE.IMRAN FARHAT WAS BRAVE.HE WAS UNDER PORESSURE TO PERFORM AND SUDDENLY HE ENTERED IN A SITUATION WHERE PAKISTAN WAS DEEP IN TROUBLE AND HE WAS WATCHING PAKISTANI BATSMEN FALLING ONE AFTER OTHER.HE SAVED PAKISTAN SIDE FROM EMBARACEMENT.WE SHOULD APPRECIATE HIS PERFORMANCE. THOUGH HE PLAYED SOME FLASHY SHORTS BUT MOST OF HIS SHORTS WERE WORTH WATCHING. AFTER SCORING HIS FIFTY HE WAS IN COMPLETE COTROL OF HIS BATTING AND HE SETTELED NICELY.THE ONE SHORT WHICH HE TRIED TO PLAY OVER LONG ON AND THE BALL WENT TO THIRD MAN BOUNDARY, WAS OF NO BALL.HE HAD ACTUALLY HEARD UMPIRE,S CALL AND HE RIGHTLY TRIED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT.SO ONE SHOULD NOT TAKE CREDIT AWAY FROM HIM.HE HAS BECOME THE ONLY PAKI BATSMAN TO CARRY HIS BAT OUTSIDE SUBCONTINENT.AND NO DOUBT HE IS THE MOST STYLISH BATSMAN IN THIS PAKISTAN TEAM.S0 I DONT AGREE WITH KAMRAN ABBASI.HATS OFF TO IMRAN FARHAT.

  • rashid on December 11, 2009, 15:44 GMT

    We have three solid batsman.Yousuf,Umar and Younus. One of them is missing and Pakistan batting is 33% less reliable.We should give Afridi chance to open 5-6 tests in a row. He might comes out to be consistent.The way our openers play a good innings after 20 flops cannot be worst than Afridi.With Afridi you get a good bowlers and importantly a fielder as well.

  • shahid on December 11, 2009, 15:43 GMT

    ha ha.. funny. very well written Kamran sab. Keep up the good work.

  • Zulfiqar Ali Kazmi on December 11, 2009, 15:43 GMT

    Your article seems to completely take away all the credit from Imran Farhat. Yes he was a little bit lucky and maybe a little uncertain, but I think overall he played an excellent knock when Yousuf and the gang played like they were giving cathing practice to the New Zealand team. Imran Farhat's innings got better and better, and his last two boundaries displayed a complete control over the bowlers. He scored more than half of Pakistan's runs and deserves a recognition. Well done Farhat, keep it up, our prayers are with you. Additionally, I still think that our bowlers can win us this game. Good luck Pakistan!

    Zulfiqar Ali Kazmi Atlanta, Georgia USA. Zulfiqar Ali Kazmi Atlanta, Georgia USA

  • Nipun on December 11, 2009, 15:42 GMT

    Excellent observation,excellent blog :)

  • tomakeus on December 11, 2009, 15:40 GMT

    The author totally misses the point - i.e., law of averages and mean regression! If everyone plays recklessly and begins to get out then atleast one of the players is bound to do well and make a substantial contribution. To be honest that is what we required for the law to work - so for a change thanks for playing recklessly!

  • Goher on December 11, 2009, 15:40 GMT

    Although I always believed that Imran Farhat had better technique and stroke play than most of the recent top order jokes like Khurram Manzoor, Shoaib Malik or for that matter faisal Iqbal....But i was always concerned with his weakness of mental toughness. It shows lack of desire to play for pakistan or insanity when he goes for such reckless shots. Having said that , I strongly believe despite some 7 rash strokes played, credit must be given to Him for scoring Hundred. The management should work on his mental side and make him concentrate hard on pitch. The pair of Butt and Imran should be given some time to answer or questions??"

    Add Yonis khan and Yasir hameed to this team ....will make it competitive .....

  • Arif Nazir on December 11, 2009, 15:31 GMT

    Kamran bhai, gustakhi maaf, I find your articles as comulsive and reactive as Farhat's innings. Still you have a point that Farhat needed a lot of luck to get to this century, BUT I am not ready to blow off his effort totally. It is like Bush gaining presidency of the US, yes luck and situation helped but some talent (though hardly shone thru) must have been there. I agree that farhat needs to scratch his useless, high risk-low gain charging stroke. On any given day though, I will prefer Farhat over Butt. As Farhat holds the fort for the opening slot even by averaging around 30s we need to keep on looking for a an opening batsman who is even half as promising as Umar Akmal. I think we need to scratch the bench also that includes over-rated contenders including Khurram manzoor, Nasir Jamshed, and Yasir Hameed. Hopefully Pakistan can have half of this luck for the second innings and we may avoid a defeat.

  • oops on December 11, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    WHERE ARE YOU O SHAHID AFRIDI WHEN YOUR NATION DESPERATELY NEEDS YOUR WINNING WAYS?

    AFRIDI FOR PRESIDENT!

  • Faisal Akhtar on December 11, 2009, 15:26 GMT

    Kamran, sometimes its better to be lucky than good. As bad as Pakistan openers have been I will take a century of any aptitude. The pitch as you can see was a belter and some of our batsmen should be ashamed of their modes of dismissal. I play in a club cricket team in the USA and I can assure you our openers are more responsible and capable than what we have seen from the Pakistan team. BTW, can anyone tell me how Faisal Iqbal gets into the team?

  • Asad on December 11, 2009, 15:25 GMT

    What's going on..... in Pak's batting line up. It looks like they are nervous in playing a bit bouncy wicket. Anyway congratulation to Farhat and thanks to talenders from batting point of view. Guys..play with confidence..Australia tour is ahead......Mohammad Asad. USA

  • Mohamed Z. Rahaman on December 11, 2009, 15:24 GMT

    Maan, I am West Indian and even I think that was some mighty roughing you did on Imran Farhat. Ouch!

  • mirza mahmood on December 11, 2009, 15:23 GMT

    You are probabily right about farhat but I think at times farhat showed that he had at least some idea about where his off stump is. Rest of the team definitely has no idea and simply don't know how to leave. Misbah faisal and malik are lucky to be in the squad.this batting line up is crap will be severely exposed in australia. Further playing with only four bowlers would result in an injury to one or two of our good bowlers. They need an all rounder may be afridi. Naved yasin has scored 6 hundreds in 9 matches this season and is a bright talent but doesn't get a look. Mohd waseem and yasser are in good form but don't get a look. One can only pray for this team.

  • Ali Wazir on December 11, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    Good criticism, Kamran:P But we've got to be honest: it's loVely to see a guy who wasn't performing at all to put his hand up and save his team.

  • shaun3 on December 11, 2009, 15:20 GMT

    hands down, farhat's was the unsightliest century innings I have ever seen

  • tarique on December 11, 2009, 15:14 GMT

    Team performance is not rubbish it is their strength. It will be better to left Pakistan, ZM & WI from test cricket. They should play among themselves. Bad luck for Bangladesh that in near future there is no test match with PAK

  • John Stanley on December 11, 2009, 15:13 GMT

    Hello Kamran, you have described Farhat's innings and that of the Pakistan team very well. About the only batsman who geniunely lost his wicket was Misbah. It was most iresponsible and reckless batting display from all the senior players, including the captain Yousuf, who is supposed to lead from the front.

  • jibran baig on December 11, 2009, 15:11 GMT

    Glad someone noticed that Farhat is still crap. It was just his day and luck. Too bad now he is gonna be in the team longer than expected.

  • ICE T on December 11, 2009, 15:10 GMT

    what can i say , where do i start..after aamir and saeed..pakistan have never been able to replace them..pakistan need a complete reshuffle..get rid of teh dead wood..maybe make inzi the batting coach, and people like faisla, m.aamir, u akmal etc should be the new breed..youni skhan is a good layer, but a acts liek a baby at times, he wants all his way, people like misbah, yousaf, are almost finshed,,,to much favoutisim, and politics, once thsi is solved then all well be great...

  • Izzy Mac on December 11, 2009, 15:07 GMT

    Sheesh! So you're a real fan of Mr. Farhat, eh Kamran? Tell us how you REALLY feel! :-)

  • Quaid on December 11, 2009, 15:06 GMT

    I agree with you, but Farhat batted better after his fifty (just two / three bad shots). I think, when you are out of form, you need time. Same with New Zealand's opener right now. But what Intekhab Alam is doing there??? Why don't he teach them to leave balls not within stumps. Why cann't PCB get back Younis on one down, and even he is not available, why don't Yousaf and Misbah come up, being senior rather than experimenting with Umar, Fawad, Faisal. For me all drama started from Butt playing cross, being Test Opener and Faisal's dismissal being one down. Praying for same collapse for NZ side.

  • ayaz bhat bangalore on December 11, 2009, 15:05 GMT

    Although a bit lucky in the begining but at the end played a brave knock..I think luck always favours brave and thats what happened to farhat as well.though he played well but not well enough to take pakistan to a defendable position.. Once again its proven that pakistani top order lacks technique and temperement. I think they should consider Rahul Dravid for coaching because he has the best technique in the world. If india can consult akram for bowling tips ,i find no reason why Pakistan cant have dravid.. I hope someone listens to me...

  • Waqas Lone on December 11, 2009, 15:04 GMT

    hahaha, Yup he was really lucky....but the most unbelievable thing was to carry the bat. Anyways Good luck Farhat. We won't mind anything unless you keep scoring =)

  • Gogi on December 11, 2009, 15:03 GMT

    hilarious man, just what farhat deserves. i cant imagine why ahmad shehzad could be discarded so easily...the experience we have up there is near worthless. at least someone forgot to put shoaib malik's name in the squadsheet, good riddance.

  • Muhammad on December 11, 2009, 14:57 GMT

    Just as certain areas of Pakistan are known to produce good bowlers, Pakistan needs to start looking for batsmen in neighborhoods of Akmal brothers.

    Batting is about technique, but its also about mindset and attitude. Farhat has little attitude, at least. Its about being natural. You cannot bring naturally attacking players and ask them to play test cricket like Australian batsmen. Pakistani pitches simply cannot produce good batsmen. Its a shame they insist on making dead-dry pitches in spite of having such fantastic fast bowlers.

    PCB as a policy shouldn't allow batsmen to captain the side; only bowlers should be allowed who will push balanced pitches. That way, even batsmen will step it up batting on good pitches.

    But yeah, since no cricket in Pakistan anymore, maybe that won't help now.

    Either find the right players and be patient, else allow these ones to play with minimum restrictions.

    I bet Pakistan would have easily made 350+ had the batsmen played aggressively.

  • Gokul on December 11, 2009, 14:54 GMT

    Funny stuff, Kamran :-)

  • Asif on December 11, 2009, 14:53 GMT

    I shudder to think what will happen in Australia. They have much better bowling and faster wickets there then in new zealand. I think we are resigned to the fact that we do not have the batting that is going to sustain pakistan cricket in the long run thanks to PCB.

  • Atif on December 11, 2009, 14:52 GMT

    Fawad Alam should be in the team in place of shoaib malik.

  • Shaaik on December 11, 2009, 14:47 GMT

    Farhat in 90's and there wouldn't have been many to put their money on Farhat pulling this one off for a simple reasons that the last time Farhat scored a century or even reached 90's was 5 years ago and we have seen the best of players feel nerves in 90's and I was sure that it wd take a hell out to him to knock the final punch( to score hundred) however to the surprise of one and all Farhat did it with ease - little shimmy down the track and the ball goes sailing over the mid-off fielders head for a four and Farhat on 99. Vettori didn't waist any time to call the fielders up to make sure that Farhat remains on 99 and in Panic gives it away however it was Farhat's day ever since he struck his first 4. vettori tossing it up and Farhat milking it towards Square leg and the rest was history. Well Knitted Century Farhat. Precaution: It wd be absolutely unfair of us to expect the same heroics from Farhat for at least 4 yrs now if he manages to retain his place in the team. Thanks

  • ash on December 11, 2009, 14:47 GMT

    Fluke written all over his innings. Have totally given up on Pakistan. Hopless side, bunch of sell out to a country league that undermined Pakistan cricket and got the ball rolling on the beginning of the end of Pakistan Cricket. Management is about all about mis management. Im not Surprised Mr B Butt hasnt received an award for sending out the most unthought bizarre messages to the nation, cricketing nations and players. Younis Khan needs to swallow some pride and help the country in its hour of need. And S Malik needs to move India to look after his wife who he has denied. Pakistan Zindabad lol what a joke

  • Dunston on December 11, 2009, 14:45 GMT

    1 in 5 is not good by any standards. That's only 20%. By comparison, an 'F' is 3 in 5 or 60%, is much much higher.

    However, 1 in 5, or 'F' divided by three has now guaranteed a place for this absymal batsmen as our opener heading into the Australia series.

    Yay...We rock!!

  • Abhishek on December 11, 2009, 14:44 GMT

    Kamran Abbasi Sir..I follow your blog regularly but this article in your blog is very disappointing. Also I am not from pakistan. I am from India. Poor guy farhat stands alone and makes most of situation and your point of view is fluke hundred.. luckiest innings of test cricket??? Please Sir.. this is not going to do any good if you start using such terms.. Means if Yosuf or Younis makes such century.. still you will praise them with good words... And now this guy makes century and instead of appreciating it, you say such things. Believe me, pakistan were heading for 75 all out, but this guy saved pakistan's day. Sorry to say, But I have to say you are biased with some players. So if you cannot encourage, please atleast don't discourage. Sorry once again for harsh words.

  • K. Mazhar on December 11, 2009, 14:44 GMT

    Watching Pakistan play is never for the faint hearted, going from amazing to awful in one ball. Imran Farhat is just a continuation of that. He can play one good stroke and then leave his brains at home for the next one. Its a shame that we have not been able to produce a decent batsman since inzi, yousaf and younas (umar akmal is too new to be put into any catagory as yet). I think we need to make some wholesale changes and not gush over this one inning for the next couple of years.

  • haseeb bajwa on December 11, 2009, 14:42 GMT

    Some times you need to be a free spirit and play your shots to pass the 200 mark. If the going gets tough you can defend your way out of trouble only if there are batsman at the other end. If wickets are falling around you you have to take your chances and play a one day innings just to get a score on the board. The technique flies out of the window.

  • Umar on December 11, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    He was lucky but courage's i hope this innings will turn around his carrier. Kamran Bhai i want to ask you where int he world is Younis Khan, I was never a big fan of him but he is a good batsman in test I think Pakistan Cricket has suffered alot with this Politics Im not tryign to emotional here but Shoaib and Misbah have hurted Pakistan Cricket most they created this rift in the team things were good after T20 victory and than they just started pinching Younis Khan first in Srilanka than Abu Dhabi. What I do nto understand how come Afridi got involved into all this. Sir take and example here Srilanka have Sangakara as captain and his on advisor is Mahela only because they are playing for their country not for captaincy. It hurts to see Pakistan cricket in this mystery. God help us Please

  • Khalid on December 11, 2009, 14:39 GMT

    It is not Farhat but the selection process need to be blamed. Do we have any 'system' in Pakistan? If answer is NO, why cricket would be exception then. Top brass never think this not their "personal" team but this is Pakistan. Father in Law selects his son in law, Uncle select his nephew. If this is not nepotism then what nepotism is.

    Imran Khan now started insisted on System. But if one looks at history, did Imran ever give importance to Selection Committe when he was Captain himself? Farhat is an example of Ice Burge. These things wont be solved unless we get rid of player power, captain power etc etc. I myself in West for a while. The key of success for West in a nutshell is, in every walk of life including sports, power sharing and accountability. We rather need more absolute power without accountability. Indeed, everyone knew right from the beginning Farhat doesnot has adequate batting technique but except PCB. Can I ask PCB with all respect why Farhat was selected?

  • shafique aslam on December 11, 2009, 14:38 GMT

    i though farhat was luky throughtout his innings fashing at the ball outside off stump just passing over the slip cordon and aiming to hit big shots which went just over mid off and mid on but never the less he still scored a hundred and credit to him other pakistani batsmen could not do, lets hope pakistan put up a fight on day 2 and try to bowl them out cheaply which we all know they are capable of doing.

  • Usman Muzaffar on December 11, 2009, 14:36 GMT

    Sad but true, none of the pakistani batsmen have the technique nor the patience to survive on wickets where there is encouragement for the bowlers. Imran Farhat's innings was purely lady luck and to be honest I could have played better having 30 test matches behind me.

    All in all two extremely weak test nations playing out a decider with new zealand looking the favourites but WE should not lose hope as the kiwis can hand the pakistanis an undeserving series win if they continue to struggle against the pakistani quicks.

    This team does not deserve to play a 3 test match series in Australia. They are simply not good enough to play at this level. T20s and One Days, they should be able to give the aussies a run for their money but in the land downunder it rarely ever happens.

  • Kashif Al on December 11, 2009, 14:36 GMT

    Farhat's innings was chancey but no less chancey than your idol Younis'crybaby'Khan's numerous innings of the past. Farhat at least had the guts to stick it out unlike your role model Younis who went fishing instead. I hope the sharks have him for breakfast.

  • sharaf katawazi on December 11, 2009, 14:35 GMT

    kamran sahib my team for the test. 1.salman but 2.ahmad shazad/khalid latif 3.younas khan(c) 4.yousaf 5.asim kamal 6.umar akmal. 7.kamran akmal 8.aamir 9.shoaib akhter 10.asif 11.saeed ajmal

  • Abrar on December 11, 2009, 14:34 GMT

    Come on kamran bhai just give some credit to the man... dunt write critical columns all the time ..... some times its better to just concentrate on runs rather than the way they were scored. At the end of the day all that matter are the runs. I have seen much more luckier centuries than this in test history.

  • qaisar qadeer on December 11, 2009, 14:33 GMT

    i believe the most part of your comments but still his batting after 50 was more solid but question is about middle order: what they were thinking? one more thing worth mentioning here is that why everyone was in a rush? lastly, i dont think this is the most luckiest inngs you have ever seen, have you seen any drop catch? the shot you have mentioned was a noball! whats wrong in hitting a noball. i know its a test cricket but remember asif iqbal used to hit blindly on noball!

  • Imran Khan on December 11, 2009, 14:30 GMT

    It was just a fluke innings, Pakistan need two fresh openers, new young faces. I am sure Pakistan will lose thi test. They will also lose the series in Austrlia 3-0, white wash is emminent. Its so pathetic that they named an unchanged team for Australia, hahahahaha please laugh with me on PCB, corrupt donkeys.....

  • shaaik on December 11, 2009, 14:27 GMT

    I am sure Imran Farhat must have overheard some1 in the crowd Saying "FORTUNATE FAVORS THE BRAVE" as his innings was no little less than a Miracle. He really was riding on the luck which seems to be alluding Pakistani batsmen off late.He began his innings in his usual home-baked manner,Fishing out side the off stump and tried his best to edge one and it seemed only a matter of time for Kiwis to see his back however call it a luck or Valor that never happened.As soon as Bhat departed, Farhat began to look a little comfortable at the crease and began to cut loose and with a speed of knots he reached his 50 which he wouldn't have even dreamed of a week ago.when he came to bat after lunch he looked a different Farhat altogether though at times he got bored and tried to gift his wicket to O'Brian on his farewell though he got lucky and wickets falling on other end no body paid any attention towards Farhat who found himself in 90's. CONT.

  • Uetian31 on December 11, 2009, 14:25 GMT

    is Younus reallly fishing some whr or is he at "kaka saab ziyaarat" praying for the failure of pakistan team??

  • Imran Ali on December 11, 2009, 14:23 GMT

    Can even Pakistan have taken field with technicaly more inept top three in the line up.

  • Karthik Narayan on December 11, 2009, 14:23 GMT

    Sadly, selectors would only look at the numbers and the numbers would reveal that Farhat played a valiant knock. He has ensured he would play for another half a dozen matches atleast and thereby ensuring the quest for a technically adept opener would be delayed by that period atleast. Not to say that only technically adept batsmen are good openers; Sehwag and Gayle have proved otherwise. But Farhat does not even seem to possess the ability to play according to the situation. He was hardly farming the strike towards the later part of the innings!!

  • tanoli on December 11, 2009, 14:19 GMT

    You have pointed out that Farhat is lucky to score 100. Don't forget he is playing test cricket after 3 years. So please give him some credit. At least he is way better than so called malik and misbah. He manage to stay not out. To me this is the vital proof of his strength. Pak still has the chance to come back strong but our batsmen need to learn how to play short balls and bounce.....

  • krim on December 11, 2009, 14:18 GMT

    fortune favours the brave. the oters are chicken save for the tail

  • Saqib - Milton, ON on December 11, 2009, 14:16 GMT

    I agree he is not the best of the openers Pakistan ever produced and played a lot of cricket than he really deserve, but on this occasion give him a credit when he really deserve it. Let me remind it’s not his first century, he has 2 before against India and South Africa and on both occasions Pakistan manage to win the test. Let’s hope he continue brining this good luck for Pakistan.

  • sharaf katawazi on December 11, 2009, 14:15 GMT

    salam kmaran sahib.hope u will be all right.i waite all day for ur article to be published.first of all it was amiracle for paksitan team that imran farhat score hundered.a batsman who stuck in his crease it is realy miracle to score a century.at the end it was a good escape from from geting out on 100.let me tell u kamran sahib this is international cricket.it is so frustrated to see the pakistani batsman geting out in this fashion.put anew squad this team cant do any more.misbah shoaib malik salman bat imran farhat umar gul they all should have to be replaced for good pakistan cricket.

  • Qamar Zamir on December 11, 2009, 14:14 GMT

    A truly abysmal display of batting from Pakistan once again. If they play like this in Australia they're going to get a good thrashing.

    Although Farhat's innings was filled with risk and luck, credit must be given to him for hitting a century and remaining not out till the end, giving Pakistan a score to at least compete with in this match.

    Butt played an awful shot, Faisal the less said the better, surely Yousuf should have had a little more patience. Umar Akmal was bound to have one failure and it came at the right time for NZ. The less said about the others the better.

    Unfortunately this batting lineup from top to bottom looks very fragile, Younis is needed to fill that no 3 position, however it is unlikely he will play in Australia which means Pakistan are going to go to Australia for the first time with a very weak looking batting lineup.

    The first session tomorrow will be important if Pakistan are to get back in this match, so Asif and co will need quick wickets.

  • Isaam Haris on December 11, 2009, 14:13 GMT

    I beg to differ. Agreed it wasn't a convincing knock; agreed it does not at all solve the opening problems; agreed Farhat does not deserve to join that elite list. But I think he displayed immense character today.

    When your seniors are throwing away their wickets like that, it can be irresistable to follow suit; he however resisted that. I know it was very erratic, but he has shown today that he has the temperament of a good opener. That's a start! His technique is flawed, but today, there are many openers with flawed techniques. Sehwag has horrible footwork and yet he is a masterclass; obviously there is NO comparison between him and Farhat, but I just feel that of all the qualities required of a good opener, technique today is as important as temperament and character. Farhat displayed the latter two and it would be unfair to not give him credit for that. I find your post very pessimistic and skeptical. One must give credit where credit is due.

  • sathish on December 11, 2009, 14:10 GMT

    lol. Brilliant article. I'm just seeing the highlights. He should be dropped for this century. That shot 10 minutes before lunch.. what the hell was that?

  • Sats on December 11, 2009, 14:04 GMT

    Why are you going after the only one who scored a hundred? Yousuf has again proved himself to be a flat-track bully with his ineptness when there is a hint of bounce, seam or swing. The real blame lies there and for all you know Farhat might have pulled the chestnuts out of the fire for Yousuf.

  • Mythsmoke on December 11, 2009, 14:02 GMT

    I hate Imran Farhat, but I can also state that I've seen Sehwag play with as loose a technique and go on to score bigger and faster. While I am happy for his invaluable contribution, I am also dismayed that he will play the entire series against Australia with a binary digit score pattern. Oh woe! Where is Taufeeq Umar - if he could handle Pollock, Ntini, Nel and Ntini - surely Jophnson, Siddle, Clark, Hilfy would be easy!

  • Usamah Khan on December 11, 2009, 14:01 GMT

    Sums up Pakistan cricket. They really miss Younis Khan this test series.

  • Ahmad Naeem Akhtar on December 11, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    Now we will once again see Danish Kaneria's failure to impose any effect of his own. Batting track where Kiwi Batsmen will apply themselves and pacer will get only rare successes and kaneria is required to get 2-3 quick wickets ( As Asif / Aamir had been doing in the series) to help Pakistan and show that he is there to help. Instaed he has already done to cement his place ie 6 wickets in the previous match , once he came on bowling Kiwis were already 85/6 with Asif roaring, would there he had not struck Asif was there to wrap up. But here once its his turn he will fail as usual. Moreover he will concede runs at more than 3.5 rpo therby leaving no chance for any pacer to concentrate without any worry of more runs in case he tries himself freely , which can provide Saeed Ajmal once he is not amongst the wickets.

  • shap on December 11, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    I saw the entire innings this morning. Yes, Farhat was very lucky today, but why such are you so vehement? Blame Faisal and Umar Akmal for their horrible shots first.

  • Hassan on December 11, 2009, 13:49 GMT

    I couldn't agree more but Farhat's nervousness more has to do with his peers recklessness combined with a sense of insecurity. Imagine seeing wickets tumbling down and the only way for you is to attack before running out of partners, which he did at the end of the day. I feel Fawad deserved a chance and both Yousuf and Misbah need to "man-up" to the number 3 position. Making younger players a scapegoat will only make them look bad.

  • Jehanzeb on December 11, 2009, 13:48 GMT

    Imran farhat played quite a few bad shots but as he got past 50 he concentrated better and played lesser number of false strokes. Credit should be given to him 4 the way he played after lunch.

  • Ehsan bhutta on December 11, 2009, 13:47 GMT

    It is somewhat strange to read the article that Farhat's inning was totally fortunate.If we look at his style it is always the same.One shoul not take credit from him for surviving and scoring runs when everyone around him was gifting their wickets so cheaply.Also dont forget he is returning after 2 years.So kindly give him some credit too,not alone criticism.

  • USMAN on December 11, 2009, 13:46 GMT

    this innings seemed as if he is playing t20 in ICL......and once more our selectors will look at numbers rather then situation and now he will probably play in all 3 test matched against australia

  • Inty on December 11, 2009, 13:40 GMT

    To be honest the the first session of play on day 1 was hilarious as well as being a sad one! The Yorkshire League bowlers must be licking their fingers at the propect of bowling against some of these no hopers!

    The only good news coming out of Pakistan is that Younis Khan has come out of is bunker and made himself available for the Australia series. Comon Mr Butt & Co. please see some sense and relieve us from this misery!

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  • Inty on December 11, 2009, 13:40 GMT

    To be honest the the first session of play on day 1 was hilarious as well as being a sad one! The Yorkshire League bowlers must be licking their fingers at the propect of bowling against some of these no hopers!

    The only good news coming out of Pakistan is that Younis Khan has come out of is bunker and made himself available for the Australia series. Comon Mr Butt & Co. please see some sense and relieve us from this misery!

  • USMAN on December 11, 2009, 13:46 GMT

    this innings seemed as if he is playing t20 in ICL......and once more our selectors will look at numbers rather then situation and now he will probably play in all 3 test matched against australia

  • Ehsan bhutta on December 11, 2009, 13:47 GMT

    It is somewhat strange to read the article that Farhat's inning was totally fortunate.If we look at his style it is always the same.One shoul not take credit from him for surviving and scoring runs when everyone around him was gifting their wickets so cheaply.Also dont forget he is returning after 2 years.So kindly give him some credit too,not alone criticism.

  • Jehanzeb on December 11, 2009, 13:48 GMT

    Imran farhat played quite a few bad shots but as he got past 50 he concentrated better and played lesser number of false strokes. Credit should be given to him 4 the way he played after lunch.

  • Hassan on December 11, 2009, 13:49 GMT

    I couldn't agree more but Farhat's nervousness more has to do with his peers recklessness combined with a sense of insecurity. Imagine seeing wickets tumbling down and the only way for you is to attack before running out of partners, which he did at the end of the day. I feel Fawad deserved a chance and both Yousuf and Misbah need to "man-up" to the number 3 position. Making younger players a scapegoat will only make them look bad.

  • shap on December 11, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    I saw the entire innings this morning. Yes, Farhat was very lucky today, but why such are you so vehement? Blame Faisal and Umar Akmal for their horrible shots first.

  • Ahmad Naeem Akhtar on December 11, 2009, 13:53 GMT

    Now we will once again see Danish Kaneria's failure to impose any effect of his own. Batting track where Kiwi Batsmen will apply themselves and pacer will get only rare successes and kaneria is required to get 2-3 quick wickets ( As Asif / Aamir had been doing in the series) to help Pakistan and show that he is there to help. Instaed he has already done to cement his place ie 6 wickets in the previous match , once he came on bowling Kiwis were already 85/6 with Asif roaring, would there he had not struck Asif was there to wrap up. But here once its his turn he will fail as usual. Moreover he will concede runs at more than 3.5 rpo therby leaving no chance for any pacer to concentrate without any worry of more runs in case he tries himself freely , which can provide Saeed Ajmal once he is not amongst the wickets.

  • Usamah Khan on December 11, 2009, 14:01 GMT

    Sums up Pakistan cricket. They really miss Younis Khan this test series.

  • Mythsmoke on December 11, 2009, 14:02 GMT

    I hate Imran Farhat, but I can also state that I've seen Sehwag play with as loose a technique and go on to score bigger and faster. While I am happy for his invaluable contribution, I am also dismayed that he will play the entire series against Australia with a binary digit score pattern. Oh woe! Where is Taufeeq Umar - if he could handle Pollock, Ntini, Nel and Ntini - surely Jophnson, Siddle, Clark, Hilfy would be easy!

  • Sats on December 11, 2009, 14:04 GMT

    Why are you going after the only one who scored a hundred? Yousuf has again proved himself to be a flat-track bully with his ineptness when there is a hint of bounce, seam or swing. The real blame lies there and for all you know Farhat might have pulled the chestnuts out of the fire for Yousuf.