England v Pakistan, 3rd npower Test, The Oval, 1st day August 18, 2010

Hungry Wahab answers his critics

You cannot curse Wahab Riaz. Especially when the man has a five-for on debut.
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You cannot curse Wahab Riaz. Especially when the man has a five-for on debut. Not on the day when he proved to be an able replacement for the injured Umar Gul and bowled long and testing spells on a pitch he described as 'batsman's paradise'. Not when he kept constant pressure on England, sharing duties with Mohammad Asif after Mohammad Amir seemed out of sorts. Still, back in Pakistan, his achievement will be viewed with a sceptical eye. Some even might hold a grudge against him.

According to the critics, what lies behind the unfair criticism is the fact that Riaz lacked the necessary credentials to deserve a national contract ahead of other aspirants like the erratic but experienced Mohammad Sami, who destroyed Australia with a fearsome spell of fast bowling at the SCG in the first week of 2010. Other competitors included the towering Mohammad Irfan, another left-armer, nearly seven feet in socks, who caught the eye not only for his height but also his bowling skills. Then there was Tanvir Ahmed, the best bowler in the 2010 Quaid-e-Azam competition with 86 wickets for Karachi Blues. The 30-year-old Ahmed was up against Riaz for the spot left vacant by Gul.

On Tuesday afternoon, just before the final training session, Pakistan coach Waqar Younis told both men that he would make his choice based on which of the two bowlers would display more confidence. It helped Riaz that he has a permanent smile on his face. That and a penchant to engage with the batsman did not go unnoticed. In the end Riaz was preferred.

Ijaz Ahmed, the assistant coach, and one of the few Pakistan batsmen to succeed in England, gave Riaz the cap with the simple words "make sure you do your best". He proudly wore it and was embraced and backslapped by his team-mates. Half an hour into the morning he would take the cap off to measure his run-up as Amir, probably exhausted after a long summer, for the first time on the tour failed to dominate with the new ball.

Riaz's excitement lasted just a few deliveries as Andrew Strauss stroked two sumptuous boundaries at the end of his first over in Test cricket. Next over Riaz made use of the true bounce on the Oval pitch to seam it slightly away and pocket the England captain as his maiden Test wicket. It wasn't long before he'd added Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen, before returning to successfully gain an edge off Eoin Morgan's bat just after the lunch break. 10-5-19-4 were not bad figures after barely a couple of hours on the field.

While England were left scratching their heads as to what had hit them, Riaz must have been wondering 'is Test cricket always so easy?' To give due credit, he had been performing overseas in the last two years. On the 'A' tours of Australia and Sri Lanka, he topped the bowling charts with 11 wickets in each of the twin Test series in 2009. Against England Lions this year he was the second highest wicket-taker.

But if his initiation was made easy it was because of the help he received from the A-pair - Asif and Amir. Like a conveyor belt Asif returned to harass the batsmen with his never-ending probe. In the morning Trott was on the hop almost every delivery he faced from Asif, Pakistan's highest wicket-taker so far in the series. So when Riaz offered him width on his very first ball Trott plunged excitedly to drive the fuller, angling-away delivery, but could only succeed in edging to second slip. Amir, before he left the field with dehydration, was constantly egging Riaz to remain persistent with his lines while offering valuable tips to work out the batsmen. "Amir and Asif's contribution was big and they have been supporting me and they were boosting me, giving me the confidence that I could do it," Riaz said.

Riaz's stock ball is the one that is angled away from the right-hander. But what also caused discomfort was his ability to move the ball at speeds consistently hovering around the 90mph mark . Allied with the bounce and a slinging action, the batsmen needed to pay attention and even that could not save them at times - as Pietersen and Morgan found out.

"The main thing he had today was the element of surprise," is how Matt Prior, England's best batsman on the day, described Riaz. "We hadn't seen a great deal of him, so that played into his hands. He bowled well but having seen his action and how he bowls and tries to get people out, that will stand us in good stead in the second innings."

But Riaz today showed that uncanny ability to constantly frustrate the opponent with his consistency. In the second session Prior and Stuart Broad had put up a record stand for the eighth wicket and threatened to spoil Riaz's debut until he bounced back to deceive Broad with a clever slower ball. In the preceding over leading up to the dismissal Riaz had pitched fuller and was varying his pace smartly, forcing Broad to wait for the ball. It was a good contest between two youngsters not shy to exchange a few words.

Though Riaz was warned by the umpire to not waste time talking to the opponent he enthusiastically chased the batsmen and irked them with his antics. Even after the day's play, he crossed paths with Prior after the media scrum and could not resist saying: "Now, I've to get your wicket."

"Next time I want to get 10 wickets," he said with a big smile. He is clearly hungry for success and for now the critics can rest easy.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • AhmadSaleem on August 19, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    @SaadSid . We have produced only two good bowlers in last decade Asif and Gul. Shabbir Ahmad looked promising but he didnt continue. Wahab and Aamer have a long way to go. On the other hand India have also produced only Virender Sehwag and Gambhir in last decade. Sachin, Laxman, Dravid, Ganguly made their debuts in 90s and all of them will retire soon. Then we`ll se the new battin talent of India

  • aiksa on August 19, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    I believe talent and abitity should be the criteria for selection in sports. It is not senate where you have to have equal representation from all provinces. I pitty thinking of people like Raza Ansari (is his last name Sindhi, Balochi or Pakhtoonkhwa?). They are everything but Pakistani. Its a Pakistan team no matter which part of Pakistan the players are from. There may be some deserving players from Karachi or other parts of Pakistan who didn't get their chance bugt it is certainly not a planned startegy to select all players from any particular province.

  • SA_spurs on August 19, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    @Rajesh.NJ - Nice point my friend. I am an Indian, and my best team is Team India. I love my bowlers, for they are good players. But, in my opinion the difference is what diet the players have. Pakistan players eat a lot of meat, which gives a person more protein building strong bodies, and in return gives more strength than a vegetarian. Look at english, australian, or for say south african bowlers and pakistani bowlers are more flesh eating nations. When it comes to INdia n srilanka, most of these are semi-vegetarian, and semi-non-vegetarian. Look at Kapil Dev, Zaheer Khan - meat lovers, strong men, and good fast bowlers.

  • on August 19, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Captain from punjab, 11 Players are from Punjab, Coaches are from Punjab, Manager is from Punjab, PCB chairman is from Punjab- so you can say it ritenow Pakistan is not Playing England it Punjab who is playing England- there is no players from karachi (Sindh), NWFP, and other parts of Pakistan- And Please get rid of Akmal brothers, and Malik-

  • on August 19, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Punjab is playing against England not Pakistan (Not single player is from NWFP, Sindh, and other parts of the Pakistan- So i think when Pakistan will play then Whole Pakistan will support them-

  • Ayzaz on August 19, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Mohammed Zahid was described by Shoaib akhtar as 'Rapid'. Faster than himself. He was the one that shouldve done more with his talent. I remember 1 ODI where he crashed thru tendulkars stumps simply beating him for pace. Back injury curtailed his career.

  • Hassan.Farooqi on August 19, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    When Butt won the first test as captain, and everyone was jumping with joy saying, "Finally the ideal captain", I had to repeat the words of Village Zen Master on this blog ... "We shall see". We saw the next two matches. Now that everyone is jumping with joy on debut fiver of Wahab Riaz, all I can say is the whatever I had said before "We shall see". I remember Sikandar Bakht taking 4 wickets on his first test in England, and Ehtesham taking 5 against India.

  • on August 19, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Very fine bowling perforamnce by Wahab, Now Pakistan has two Left arm Pacers in their side which is a good point to bowl any team out. Wahab has come good. He is also batting well in this match as a night watch man and batting like full time batsmen. HATS OFF TO YOU WAHAB RIAZ. MAY ALLAH MAKE YOU AS SUCCESSFUL AS WASIM AKRAM.

  • Rajesh. on August 19, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Wonder how Pakistan always produce so many fast bowlers when their neighbors India & Srilanka, who have similar climatic and pitch conditions don't produce as many quick bowlers...... but then it's another matter that many who have had a sensational start for Pakistan haven't gone on to hold their places for long.....

  • on August 19, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Muhammad Zahid took 7 wickets in his first innings against Newzeland. He was as quick as waqar and as willy as wasim. Does anybody know where he is now? this is the unfortunate history of Pakistani cricket. We bring talent and then burn it out.

  • AhmadSaleem on August 19, 2010, 18:01 GMT

    @SaadSid . We have produced only two good bowlers in last decade Asif and Gul. Shabbir Ahmad looked promising but he didnt continue. Wahab and Aamer have a long way to go. On the other hand India have also produced only Virender Sehwag and Gambhir in last decade. Sachin, Laxman, Dravid, Ganguly made their debuts in 90s and all of them will retire soon. Then we`ll se the new battin talent of India

  • aiksa on August 19, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    I believe talent and abitity should be the criteria for selection in sports. It is not senate where you have to have equal representation from all provinces. I pitty thinking of people like Raza Ansari (is his last name Sindhi, Balochi or Pakhtoonkhwa?). They are everything but Pakistani. Its a Pakistan team no matter which part of Pakistan the players are from. There may be some deserving players from Karachi or other parts of Pakistan who didn't get their chance bugt it is certainly not a planned startegy to select all players from any particular province.

  • SA_spurs on August 19, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    @Rajesh.NJ - Nice point my friend. I am an Indian, and my best team is Team India. I love my bowlers, for they are good players. But, in my opinion the difference is what diet the players have. Pakistan players eat a lot of meat, which gives a person more protein building strong bodies, and in return gives more strength than a vegetarian. Look at english, australian, or for say south african bowlers and pakistani bowlers are more flesh eating nations. When it comes to INdia n srilanka, most of these are semi-vegetarian, and semi-non-vegetarian. Look at Kapil Dev, Zaheer Khan - meat lovers, strong men, and good fast bowlers.

  • on August 19, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Captain from punjab, 11 Players are from Punjab, Coaches are from Punjab, Manager is from Punjab, PCB chairman is from Punjab- so you can say it ritenow Pakistan is not Playing England it Punjab who is playing England- there is no players from karachi (Sindh), NWFP, and other parts of Pakistan- And Please get rid of Akmal brothers, and Malik-

  • on August 19, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Punjab is playing against England not Pakistan (Not single player is from NWFP, Sindh, and other parts of the Pakistan- So i think when Pakistan will play then Whole Pakistan will support them-

  • Ayzaz on August 19, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Mohammed Zahid was described by Shoaib akhtar as 'Rapid'. Faster than himself. He was the one that shouldve done more with his talent. I remember 1 ODI where he crashed thru tendulkars stumps simply beating him for pace. Back injury curtailed his career.

  • Hassan.Farooqi on August 19, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    When Butt won the first test as captain, and everyone was jumping with joy saying, "Finally the ideal captain", I had to repeat the words of Village Zen Master on this blog ... "We shall see". We saw the next two matches. Now that everyone is jumping with joy on debut fiver of Wahab Riaz, all I can say is the whatever I had said before "We shall see". I remember Sikandar Bakht taking 4 wickets on his first test in England, and Ehtesham taking 5 against India.

  • on August 19, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    Very fine bowling perforamnce by Wahab, Now Pakistan has two Left arm Pacers in their side which is a good point to bowl any team out. Wahab has come good. He is also batting well in this match as a night watch man and batting like full time batsmen. HATS OFF TO YOU WAHAB RIAZ. MAY ALLAH MAKE YOU AS SUCCESSFUL AS WASIM AKRAM.

  • Rajesh. on August 19, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Wonder how Pakistan always produce so many fast bowlers when their neighbors India & Srilanka, who have similar climatic and pitch conditions don't produce as many quick bowlers...... but then it's another matter that many who have had a sensational start for Pakistan haven't gone on to hold their places for long.....

  • on August 19, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Muhammad Zahid took 7 wickets in his first innings against Newzeland. He was as quick as waqar and as willy as wasim. Does anybody know where he is now? this is the unfortunate history of Pakistani cricket. We bring talent and then burn it out.

  • on August 19, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    now right point to find out good batsmans and its possible just get inzi and saeed answer in and help all those guys and polish them as my friend said up there ''''''';;................. there is alot to say just one thing special inzi and answer and rashid in for coching for pak go pak its your time :P:P

  • on August 19, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    good debut Wahab, keep going, we have lost many pacers like sami, sohail tanvir and others, keep up the good work, hope it doesnt happen to you.

  • Smart.27 on August 19, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    As being a Pakistani and a being having a love of cricket,I go deep in every aspect and situation of incidents happened everyday in cricket world.As I always think the pitches of Bangladesh,India,srilanka,Pakistan and in nearby asia parts it's dead and without a top quality swinging pitches ,Hence Indians and srilankans batsmns play on their and only pitches most matches of year and have 40+ avgs,But playing matches in the pakistan's grounds and stadiums is ban by the ICC and so our pakistani first class batsman have the full opportunity of having 40+ avgs but when they have the debuts cap and go out to other countries where pitches are of high bouncing,swinging quality we forget our batting and give up.but our bowlers really work hard on pak pitches to get swing and bounce and so when they come out to different pitches they dont really need any more power to swing the ball hard as it swing itself and so they how success...!!!

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on August 19, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Fantastic stuff from Wahab Riaz.His performance was exact answer to those people whom were criticizing his selection(another player from Punjab.....) and now these people should shut their mouths.Team management was in better position to decide about selection.I don't know why some people drag the issue of Punjabi and non Punjabi in every matter of Cricket.For their kind information (those whom criticize the domination of Punjab in cricket) PCB Director Javed Miandad,Chief Selector Mohsin Hasan Khan and chief operating officer Wasim Bari all are SINDI not Punjabi,so it is ridiculous and inferior to see every matter with narrow mind thinking.

  • SaadSid on August 19, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    @Sarfraz1981. I awefully loved your comment. Brother :) I have an equally interesting question from you. Why can not Pakistan produce 01 quality batsman compared to 10 quality batsmen produced by India in last 10 years? I wish, if we could swap Riaz and Tanvir for your R. Sharma and Raina? We dont have any batsmen with an average of 40+ (except Younis and Yusuf). This is so puzzling .....India producing so many top quality batsmen of 40+ average but failing to produce a quality pacer. Contrary .... Pakistan producing many pacers of 90+ mph and avg in 20s yet not able to produce a quality batsmen. Between 2000 and 2010 .....came out just one quality batter .... Younis Khan. (Yusuf came in 1998 and U. Akmal is yet to prove his mettle). During the same time, some 10 genuine Paki pacers made debut. Vice Versa happened in India. Is it that Paki lads are more muscle and eager to become pacers ... while Indians more supple and wristy making them natural drivers and cutters and flickers ??

  • on August 19, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Good positive attitude by Riaz but I doubt if he is gona be that good in long term.

  • David47 on August 19, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Yep - early days yet but this guy looks the goods. In Riaz, Amir, Asif and Gul the Paks now have a very formidable bowling line-up. This will give them cover if injuries occur, but will also allow them to rest/rotate the bowlers to help prevent injuries in the first place. Now, if you can only get politics out of your cricket system. Well done Pak - hope you win this test and the next.

  • SaadSid on August 19, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    Hats off to Wahab Riaz. He showed guts and sledged and irked at times like a veteran pacer. He looks to be a bright prospect. BUT .....and it is a very BIG BUT.... I feel that much of his success can be attributed to the "surprise element" because England had not seen him much (Strauss confessed this). England couldnt handle his sling action and surprising pace. Lets see if he continues to perform equally good in future though he is not comparable with natural talent of Amir or Asif. PLEASE REMEMBER .... there came atleast 15 bowlers in Pakistan's last 10 years who showed promise in beginning of their careers but soon they were thrown in dark and forgotten (and this only happens in Pakistan). Start counting..... M. Akram, M. Zahid, Shahid Nazir, M. Sami, Rao Iftikhar,Shabir Ahmed, , Yasir Arafat, Sohail Khan, M. Talha, Anwar Ali, Sohail Tanvir (hope he returns soon). I wish Wahab doesnt join this cursed list of "The Bright yet Forgotten".

  • on August 19, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    A dream start for Wahab Riaz not only for him it is a dream star for any fast bowler in Test Cricket against healthy English side hats off!!!!!!!!! Keep on working hard!!!!

  • sarfraz1981 on August 19, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    Iam an Indian.But a cricket lover.Seeing new young bowlers coming from pakistan and performing sooo good...i really dont get it why cant INDIA produce half as good pace bowlers nowadays as aamir,wahab,asif....BCCI is the richest board...cant you guys find some good pace bowlers from cricket crazy 1.3 billion pop country...Are there no good pace bowlers apart from MR ISHANT SHARMA who neither takes wickets nor contain runs....Shame...But hats off to the pakistani pace bowlers they are laying the backbone of a weak pakistani batsmen...

  • on August 19, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    Aqib Javed and his pace academy is doing a great job. This was their goal, to polish up already talented young bowlers. I know there are still a lot of people for Sami, most of them from Karachi, they should just face facts, with the armory of fast bowling talent we have its a miracle Sami has been around for even this long. The talent is not stopping either, keep an eye out for these names, Junaid Khan, Sohail Khan, Lal Kumar, Mohammad Rameez, Najaf Shah, Mohammad Talha, Asad Ali, Rizwan Akbar, Kahif Daud, Junaid Nadir, Azhar Attari and probably many more young pacers I've never seen. The future of fast bowling may be in danger by tight schedule and dead pitches but don't let disdainful former cricketers fool you, Pakistani pace talent will keep coming and coming and coming.

  • pace_ace on August 19, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    The fact that Wahab Riaz, Zulqarnain haider, yasir hameed and Ajmal have performed brilliantly reflects that tour selection committee is not selecting the best talent available on tour. players like kamran akmal, kaneria, shoaib malik get droppped for one match and keep on coming back into the team without any justification or merit.

  • on August 19, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    Amazed at Pakistanis never ending supply of bowling talent...as bad as their batting is their bowling is mind boggling

  • Q72941 on August 19, 2010, 2:53 GMT

    Surprisingly PCB has made some right decision in picking Waqar & Aqib for the job they do. I'm sure if they pair up Miandad & Inzi along with Saeed Anwar they would be able to find the right choice for better tempered batsmen. Also Rashid Lateef should have been put to work on new line of wicket keeper as Kamran Akmal simply doesn't seems to be a long time prospect.

  • PrasannaC on August 19, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    Wow! wat an impressive array of bowlers - wud be happy if there is a bowler/batsman exchange mela between Pak and Ind

  • on August 19, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    If they could find coaches of the calibre of waqar to coach the batsmen and the fielders - then they truly would be world beaters! In reality had we not dropped the catches in australia or in england - we could be winning both these series.

    We have done well to get rid of shoaib malik, now farhat and his father in law need to take a ride back home as well. Someone of the calibre of younis khan or even asim kamal should come in and butt should open with yasir hameed.

  • Desi_In_US on August 19, 2010, 1:48 GMT

    Great start for Pakistan on the first day with some exceptional bowling from Wahab. Congratulations on 5'er. I hope he is not a 1 hit wonder. One interesting observation however, that 10 out of 11 that took the field today are from the same province. If not for Yasir Hameed, this could be a provincial team. Seems bit odd, but I hope it was all based on pure merit and not a typical Pakistan selection criteria of 'who you know'. Above all I wish Wahab the best. I hope he continues to prove his critcs wrong.

  • sawarsi on August 19, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    thouah wahab per4omed gr8 in the 1st innings i doubt he'll b able 2 do the same in the 2nd innings ! any way gud luck 4 him!

  • Joji_ on August 19, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    I agree with Shah-Ji, we must give due credit to Waqar and Aqib for the work they have done with our pacers. They are definitely the best in the world at the moment.

  • Desihungama on August 19, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    Again, all the credit must go to Waqar and Aqib. They seem to know how to utilize our bowlers. Due credit to Wahab, too. Now only if we can find an equally enthusiast batting coach. Experienced coaches, we have them in abundance but willing to sit down and do the hard work to teach the lads? None in my opinion. And Inzamam please stay away. The "boys" have found solace.

  • PakistanicrickFan on August 18, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    I could not see a Single Ball of the Day coz of Work but Made me proud, May Alah Protect My Pakistan.and tell you what,,Pakistanis are the most talented Nation if Oppertunities are Given its my belief...

  • PakistanicrickFan on August 18, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Mashallah.. This lad should be performing in similar passion . in this pressure will be on other bowlers in Ranks. We all know pakistan has inherited Talent in Bowling but we need to sort our Batting orders out. I hope to God Pcb should learn from past and one credit goes to Salman and Waqar that they have not dropped Azhar Ali. This lad got go long way Inshallah.

  • Behind_the_Wicket on August 18, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Thanks Nagraj to written this column, There is no doubt Pakistan have too much talent but unfortunately they appear on the screen when they lose their peak age,There is no doubt ,Pakistan has produced a bunch of good fast bowlers in the cricket history. In recent age , Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir are bright examples for us and now another star is ready to twinkle on the Cricket Sky.I hope if the PCB gives chance to Tanvir Ahmad then he also will be able to show his potential on the highest level. Mohammad Sami , I know he is second quickest bowler in the Pakistan bowling line up after Shoaib Akhtar but I have seen him many times he don,t bowls according to the field and he bowls most of his deliveries on leg stump that makes him easy to play and get runs on the leg side vacant area .Mohammad Irfan " The Giant Bowler " 7 feet , I hope he will be dangerous bowler. Let see when PCB thinks about him.

  • ankit.munjal on August 18, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    Great job mate, what a fantastic line up of bowlers! Only wish India could find some of these fast bowlers. Or have Wasim and Waqar come and train ours, without doubt Ishant can turn into a great bowler, he has all the attributes!!

    But in any case well done Pakistan, just make sure you score a heap of runs!

  • Dr.Raza on August 18, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    Pakistan has known to be producing the very best talent in swing bowling. The left arm seamers keeps on coming. wasim akram, Muhammad amir, Sohail tanvir and now Wahab Riaz and there is still untested Muhammad Irfan in the ranks.

  • Shah-Ji on August 18, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    What a treasure Pakistan has.

    I think that Sami should by the first replacement of the established trio of Aamir/Asif/Gul .But still acknowledge qualities of Wahab/Irfan/Tanveer/Sohail Tanveer /sohail khan and a never ending list of Pacers.and We still have Shoaib Akhtar.Today it was day of Wahab ,movement with brisk pace or tearway pace is all about Pakistani Fast Bowling. Selectors +Managament please do not put extra burden our them. We can afford to rotate.

    Well done Wahab

    Well Done Wahab

  • Shah-Ji on August 18, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    What a treasure Pakistan has.

    I think that Sami should by the first replacement of the established trio of Aamir/Asif/Gul .But still acknowledge qualities of Wahab/Irfan/Tanveer/Sohail Tanveer /sohail khan and a never ending list of Pacers.and We still have Shoaib Akhtar.Today it was day of Wahab ,movement with brisk pace or tearway pace is all about Pakistani Fast Bowling. Selectors +Managament please do not put extra burden our them. We can afford to rotate.

    Well done Wahab

    Well Done Wahab

  • Dr_Omar_Khan on August 18, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    You have to give credit to waqar younis and aaqib javed. They have not only refined pakistani bowlers but made them into a fearsome bunch. I remember when pakistan was struggling to find any bowlers and waqar took over the national bowling coaching job and aaqib was at the academy level. They're responsible to Naved ul Hassan, Umar Gul, Mohd Asif, Mohd Aamir's recent polish is all current efforts, and then wahab riaz. Even shoaib akhter benefited from waqar's presence. They should be recognized for this.

  • hmia1001 on August 18, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    A great performance by wahab on debut! He could not have asked for better. I wish pakistan could find the batting talent the way they find a bowling one!!!

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  • hmia1001 on August 18, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    A great performance by wahab on debut! He could not have asked for better. I wish pakistan could find the batting talent the way they find a bowling one!!!

  • Dr_Omar_Khan on August 18, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    You have to give credit to waqar younis and aaqib javed. They have not only refined pakistani bowlers but made them into a fearsome bunch. I remember when pakistan was struggling to find any bowlers and waqar took over the national bowling coaching job and aaqib was at the academy level. They're responsible to Naved ul Hassan, Umar Gul, Mohd Asif, Mohd Aamir's recent polish is all current efforts, and then wahab riaz. Even shoaib akhter benefited from waqar's presence. They should be recognized for this.

  • Shah-Ji on August 18, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    What a treasure Pakistan has.

    I think that Sami should by the first replacement of the established trio of Aamir/Asif/Gul .But still acknowledge qualities of Wahab/Irfan/Tanveer/Sohail Tanveer /sohail khan and a never ending list of Pacers.and We still have Shoaib Akhtar.Today it was day of Wahab ,movement with brisk pace or tearway pace is all about Pakistani Fast Bowling. Selectors +Managament please do not put extra burden our them. We can afford to rotate.

    Well done Wahab

    Well Done Wahab

  • Shah-Ji on August 18, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    What a treasure Pakistan has.

    I think that Sami should by the first replacement of the established trio of Aamir/Asif/Gul .But still acknowledge qualities of Wahab/Irfan/Tanveer/Sohail Tanveer /sohail khan and a never ending list of Pacers.and We still have Shoaib Akhtar.Today it was day of Wahab ,movement with brisk pace or tearway pace is all about Pakistani Fast Bowling. Selectors +Managament please do not put extra burden our them. We can afford to rotate.

    Well done Wahab

    Well Done Wahab

  • Dr.Raza on August 18, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    Pakistan has known to be producing the very best talent in swing bowling. The left arm seamers keeps on coming. wasim akram, Muhammad amir, Sohail tanvir and now Wahab Riaz and there is still untested Muhammad Irfan in the ranks.

  • ankit.munjal on August 18, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    Great job mate, what a fantastic line up of bowlers! Only wish India could find some of these fast bowlers. Or have Wasim and Waqar come and train ours, without doubt Ishant can turn into a great bowler, he has all the attributes!!

    But in any case well done Pakistan, just make sure you score a heap of runs!

  • Behind_the_Wicket on August 18, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Thanks Nagraj to written this column, There is no doubt Pakistan have too much talent but unfortunately they appear on the screen when they lose their peak age,There is no doubt ,Pakistan has produced a bunch of good fast bowlers in the cricket history. In recent age , Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir are bright examples for us and now another star is ready to twinkle on the Cricket Sky.I hope if the PCB gives chance to Tanvir Ahmad then he also will be able to show his potential on the highest level. Mohammad Sami , I know he is second quickest bowler in the Pakistan bowling line up after Shoaib Akhtar but I have seen him many times he don,t bowls according to the field and he bowls most of his deliveries on leg stump that makes him easy to play and get runs on the leg side vacant area .Mohammad Irfan " The Giant Bowler " 7 feet , I hope he will be dangerous bowler. Let see when PCB thinks about him.

  • PakistanicrickFan on August 18, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Mashallah.. This lad should be performing in similar passion . in this pressure will be on other bowlers in Ranks. We all know pakistan has inherited Talent in Bowling but we need to sort our Batting orders out. I hope to God Pcb should learn from past and one credit goes to Salman and Waqar that they have not dropped Azhar Ali. This lad got go long way Inshallah.

  • PakistanicrickFan on August 18, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    I could not see a Single Ball of the Day coz of Work but Made me proud, May Alah Protect My Pakistan.and tell you what,,Pakistanis are the most talented Nation if Oppertunities are Given its my belief...

  • Desihungama on August 19, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    Again, all the credit must go to Waqar and Aqib. They seem to know how to utilize our bowlers. Due credit to Wahab, too. Now only if we can find an equally enthusiast batting coach. Experienced coaches, we have them in abundance but willing to sit down and do the hard work to teach the lads? None in my opinion. And Inzamam please stay away. The "boys" have found solace.