March 28, 2014

Umar Akmal's limited-overs exploits

The ability to play strokes all round the wicket against different types of bowlers makes him a high-value player in T20s and ODIs
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In his first four innings in Test cricket, Umar Akmal notched up scores of 129, 75, 46 and 52; in his second and third innings in ODIs, he scored 66 and 102 not out, both at faster than a run a ball; in his debut innings in Twenty20 internationals he made 30 off 20, and then followed that with 56 not out off 49 in his third innings. Akmal has taken quickly to whatever format he has played, and his proclivity for strokeplay and scoring quickly has shone through in each of the formats: three of his first four innings in Tests came at a strike rate of more than 80.

He hasn't always done justice to his immense talent in Tests, though: since his debut in November 2009, Akmal has played only 16 Tests at an average of 35.82, and hasn't added to his tally of hundreds since that debut innings. During this period, he has missed 24 out of 40 Tests that Pakistan have played.

However, there's little doubt that he is an immense force in the shorter formats. He has a wide range of strokes, is a busy runner between the wickets, is willing to play his shots from the start, and is fearless and loves the big occasion. Since making his ODI debut in August 2009, he has played 94 out of Pakistan's 118, missing only 24, which shows he is far more integral to Pakistan's plans in that format. Similarly in T20Is, where he has played 54 out of Pakistan's 56 matches since his debut.

In both these formats, he has excellent numbers. As an ODI player he averages more than 38 at a strike rate of 87; in T20I, he averages almost 30 at a strike rate touching 123. His penchant for the big stage was most recently reflected in the World Twenty20 game against Australia in Mirpur, when he scored a scintillating 94 off 54 balls, an effort that won him the Man-of-the-Match award. That lifted his average in World Twenty20 games to 50.87 from 14 matches, at a strike rate of 137.50. His three half-centuries in these matches have come against Australia (twice) and South Africa, and two of those efforts have won him the match awards.

Umar Akmal in limited-overs formats
  Inngs Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
ODIs 83 2623 38.57 87.08 2/ 19
T20Is 51 1220 29.04 122.86 0/ 6

In ODIs, Akmal has done a fantastic job in the difficult positions of Nos. 5 and 6. These are positions in which batsmen either come in early with the team in trouble, or in the second half of the innings with the team requiring quick runs. Akmal has two centuries at No. 6 in ODIs, a record he shares with three others - Chris Cairns, Kieron Pollard and Shahid Afridi. Those three, though, average in the 20s at No. 6, suggesting that their hundreds were rare flashes of brilliance in what's otherwise been cameo-filled performances at No. 6. Akmal averages 42.13 at that slot, at a strike rate touching 90.

Among batsmen who have scored at least 2000 ODI runs at Nos. 5 and 6, Akmal's average of 40 and strike rate of 86 puts him among a rare bracket of batsmen who have scored quickly, and made lots of runs per dismissal, at those positions. Multiplying the average by the runs scored per ball, Akmal gets an index score of 34.59; only five batsmen in the 2000-run bracket have a better score than that, and they are all high-class players in those positions. In fact, his score is even marginally more than that of Misbah-ul-Haq, who has also been a legend at bailing Pakistan out from difficult positions.

Akmal's strike rate of 86.47 is also particularly impressive given that Pakistan often play in the UAE, where conditions are often difficult for quick run-scoring. In matches involving Akmal, the average strike rate is 76.18, which means he does about 13.5% better than the average batsman in these matches. In matches involving MS Dhoni, who has a similar strike rate, the average is 84.15, while it's 81.03 for Yuvraj Singh and 80.22 for Michael Hussey. That suggests that while these batsmen score at a rate similar to Akmal, they do so in conditions which are generally easier for quick-scoring that those matches involving Akmal.

Top ODI batsmen at No. 5 and 6 (Qual: 2000 runs)
Batsman Innings Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s Ave x SR/100
MS Dhoni 147 5182 49.82 85.09 4/ 33 42.39
Andrew Symonds 114 3970 44.11 92.97 6/ 25 41.01
Michael Bevan 120 4171 51.49 76.82 3/ 28 39.55
Eoin Morgan 77 2526 42.10 92.93 5/ 15 39.12
Michael Hussey 105 3486 42.00 86.78 2/ 23 36.45
Umar Akmal 74 2480 40.00 86.47 2/ 19 34.59
Misbah-ul-Haq 83 2809 44.58 77.19 0/ 22 34.41
Rahul Dravid 82 2765 44.59 75.48 2/ 23 33.66
Hansie Cronje 88 2686 41.32 81.09 0/ 18 33.51
Yuvraj Singh 150 4825 38.60 86.31 7/ 33 33.52

Among Pakistan batsmen at these positions, Akmal is a star, with the highest index score, marginally better than that of Misbah. The others who have scored 2000-plus runs all have index scores of less than 30, including Inzamam-ul-Haq, whose score is 29.28. In the matches Inzamam played, the average match strike rate was 71.69, which means he was about 6.7% better than average, compared with Akmal's 13.5%. All the others, including Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Imran Khan and Saleem Malik, have scores in the mid-20s.

Pakistan's top ODI batsmen at Nos. 5 and 6 (Qual: 2000 runs)
Batsman Inngs Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s Ave x SR/100
Umar Akmal 74 2480 40.00 86.47 2/ 19 34.59
Misbah-ul-Haq 83 2809 44.58 77.19 0/ 22 34.41
Inzamam-ul-Haq 125 3905 38.28 76.49 0/ 28 29.28
Younis Khan 79 2255 34.16 79.12 0/ 16 27.03
Mohammad Yousuf 101 3078 34.97 73.99 3/ 18 25.87
Imran Khan 105 2717 34.39 74.43 1/ 15 25.60
Saleem Malik 122 3096 30.05 80.56 0/ 20 24.21
Shoaib Malik 93 2354 28.36 82.25 0/ 16 23.33

One of the aspects that makes Akmal formidable is his proficiency against both pace and spin - he averages 38.44, and scores at a run rate of 5.42 runs per over against pace and medium pace, and 41.91 at a run rate of 4.92 against spin, suggesting that he doesn't have any significant weakness in terms of his ability to score against different types of bowlers. Left-arm spin isn't his favourite bowling type, but then you'd expect that for several right-hand batsmen.

Not yet 24, Akmal still has plenty of time to make a serious impression as a Test player as well, given that he has immense ability, and can play off both front and back foot. Right now, though, opposition bowlers would be plotting ways to get him out, given that he is Pakistan's most complete batsman in their current World Twenty20 squad.

Umar Akmal v different types of bowling in ODIs
Bowler type Dismissals Average Run rate
Right-arm spin 13 50.15 5.13
Left-arm pace 4 43.75 4.66
Right-arm pace 39 37.89 5.53
Left-arm spin 10 31.20 4.54

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • on April 1, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    @ Khans_word! You're person i heard so far, as saying a lot of comparison has been made with him and Kohli. Virat Kohli is and was unmatchable from his coming up years to present.

  • on March 31, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Brilliant player but can be impatient and throws away his wicket.

  • on March 29, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    send these stats to misbah and let him know that stop wasting real talent

  • on March 29, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    I agree with fezz's conclusions

  • Khans_word on March 29, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Undoubtable he is an immense talent. A lot of comparisons have been made with Umar Akmal and Kohli over the past few years. Both players are the best young talented batsmen to step of Asia. The difference has always been temperment. I think that Kohli has been lucky as when he started in the Indian team it was choc full of great batsman like Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag and Dhoni who have undoubtably helped shape him into the finished article. Umar Akmal came to a team bereft of top batsman with maybe Younis Khan and Misbah as mentors. He was also a lot more immature than Kohli in his earlier days and him being kept out the team was for him to reflect on planning his innings and not going totally gun-ho! I think his impending nuptials may just signify a maturing we have been waiting for. Hope to see more mammoth displays in the future!

  • Fezz on March 29, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    If the management just let him play his natural game (as in the last T20) he would perform much better. No point telling a natural stroke player to block the first 40 balls, as this makes him double minded and affects his game. Yes, 2 out of 5 times he would get out cheaply, but other 3 times, he would take the game away from the opposition in a few overs. Just like Asia Cup match against SL, or T20 recent match against Aus.

  • Fezz on March 29, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    @ Umar Riaz ! Agree with u 100 %. I U.Akmal was not being utilized as a wicket keeper, Misbah would have dropped him from ODIs as well and nearly finished his career. MIsbah's problem is that Umar is an aggressive player, and Misbah only wants blockers in his side from no. 1 to no. 6. because all Misbah thinks is defence, defence, defence ! Look at Nasir Jamshed as another example. He is an attacking opener by nature, but he was always told to block first 10 overs, which is not his natural game, and hence his career suffered and now he is out of the team.

  • on March 29, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Umar Akmal is no dout is Pakistan's best talent and have all the ability to become the world's best if he constrate just a little more. As for as the issue of his position is concern i think team managment infact handled it realy good. As record shows that his average at this position is higher than his carear average, that also shows that actualy at other positions he is not as good so i sugest that team managment is actualy right by bringing him at this position.

  • Waqs77 on March 29, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    I'm saying it since long that he's a ready made no. 3 player Pakistan got in both limited over games as he plays pace n spin equally good with wide range of shots in his bag. He is having that aggression and keeps score bored busy which requires from a no. 3 player. But never been given a chance at that position.

  • mk49_van on March 29, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Umar Akmal - could have won the WC 2011 for Pak - but his head got turned after a couple of 6s and Bhajji did the rest. He will probably never get that chance again. A has-been forever.

  • on April 1, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    @ Khans_word! You're person i heard so far, as saying a lot of comparison has been made with him and Kohli. Virat Kohli is and was unmatchable from his coming up years to present.

  • on March 31, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Brilliant player but can be impatient and throws away his wicket.

  • on March 29, 2014, 23:02 GMT

    send these stats to misbah and let him know that stop wasting real talent

  • on March 29, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    I agree with fezz's conclusions

  • Khans_word on March 29, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Undoubtable he is an immense talent. A lot of comparisons have been made with Umar Akmal and Kohli over the past few years. Both players are the best young talented batsmen to step of Asia. The difference has always been temperment. I think that Kohli has been lucky as when he started in the Indian team it was choc full of great batsman like Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag and Dhoni who have undoubtably helped shape him into the finished article. Umar Akmal came to a team bereft of top batsman with maybe Younis Khan and Misbah as mentors. He was also a lot more immature than Kohli in his earlier days and him being kept out the team was for him to reflect on planning his innings and not going totally gun-ho! I think his impending nuptials may just signify a maturing we have been waiting for. Hope to see more mammoth displays in the future!

  • Fezz on March 29, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    If the management just let him play his natural game (as in the last T20) he would perform much better. No point telling a natural stroke player to block the first 40 balls, as this makes him double minded and affects his game. Yes, 2 out of 5 times he would get out cheaply, but other 3 times, he would take the game away from the opposition in a few overs. Just like Asia Cup match against SL, or T20 recent match against Aus.

  • Fezz on March 29, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    @ Umar Riaz ! Agree with u 100 %. I U.Akmal was not being utilized as a wicket keeper, Misbah would have dropped him from ODIs as well and nearly finished his career. MIsbah's problem is that Umar is an aggressive player, and Misbah only wants blockers in his side from no. 1 to no. 6. because all Misbah thinks is defence, defence, defence ! Look at Nasir Jamshed as another example. He is an attacking opener by nature, but he was always told to block first 10 overs, which is not his natural game, and hence his career suffered and now he is out of the team.

  • on March 29, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Umar Akmal is no dout is Pakistan's best talent and have all the ability to become the world's best if he constrate just a little more. As for as the issue of his position is concern i think team managment infact handled it realy good. As record shows that his average at this position is higher than his carear average, that also shows that actualy at other positions he is not as good so i sugest that team managment is actualy right by bringing him at this position.

  • Waqs77 on March 29, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    I'm saying it since long that he's a ready made no. 3 player Pakistan got in both limited over games as he plays pace n spin equally good with wide range of shots in his bag. He is having that aggression and keeps score bored busy which requires from a no. 3 player. But never been given a chance at that position.

  • mk49_van on March 29, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Umar Akmal - could have won the WC 2011 for Pak - but his head got turned after a couple of 6s and Bhajji did the rest. He will probably never get that chance again. A has-been forever.

  • on March 29, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    Please, somebody post that analysis to Pakistan team management. I think Umar Akmal is the most talented Pakistani batsman since Javed Miandad. He is being mishandled and being wasted. First he was dropped from test team when Misbah took the charge though his batting average is better than many in the test team. He was even dropped from ODI team under Misbah captaincy but later brought back as keeper. Misbah and team management has personal bias against him. Pakistan team management is wasting this talent by playing him at number 6 in ODIs and not including him in test team.

  • on March 28, 2014, 23:42 GMT

    Man! I thank you so much for sharing such numbers! Being an Indian specially! Earn a lot of respect from a Pakistani cricket fan! Thank You!

  • on March 28, 2014, 23:08 GMT

    Finally !!! People have started realizing how important this guy is for Pakistan. Hopefully he will not be treated as a slogger or as a Shahid Afridi because he is a proper batsman already mishandled big time by SA,MYK & Misbah . I would certainly advocate his return in Tests as well !!!

  • on March 28, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    Great Article....Explains how talented akmal is....

  • DrAtharAbbas on March 28, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    That statistical probability is covered in a good team where there are many good batsmen, by some batsmen scoring and other not scoring. The nearly invincible Australian team of the 1990-2000s is the best example. A team that depends on one or two batsman is obviously highly fluctuating in performance.

    What S Rajesh has shown is the reliability of Umar Akmal to be in the TOP 5 EVER in the world and best ever in Pakistan[at his position]. I ask his fans, please understand the statistics and ask yourself "What else you want?"

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Really a good report & comprehensive analysis. Umar akmal has enermous talent but Pak cricket board & administration mistreated & mismanaged the guy. They could'nt make best use of Umar Akmal talent but hope in future they'll be keen to utilize the talent of the guy.

  • DrAtharAbbas on March 28, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Interesting thing to note is: in spite of all the statistical data given above, the OPINION that people have that, Umar Akmal sometimes throws his wicket away, is still there in all comments. I think I should add a few sentences here. Cricket is a very different game that any other sport played in the world. It is a game of statistical probability of, at what time does that ball that a batsmen gets out happens? Does this happen when he has scored 1 run or 100 runs. It is almost certain that such a ball will be there. Let me explain further: if Nadal hits the first ball horribly out of the court in tennis, it does not matter, he is still there. He can hit all of the rest perfectly and have a perfect match. If the batsman plays the first ball wrong. He is GONE. HE is out. So, expectation of a batsman scoring high each times is, as a result, simply foolish. even if his name is Sachin Tendulkar ... Contd.

  • on March 28, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    intrsted career ahmed shehzad and he they both future of pakk....

  • mubashir.07 on March 28, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    he is such a talent and definitely deserves a chance top of the order where batsmen like misbah take momentum away from the game, ,,,,,he is ur best batsman so play him at no. 3

  • Ali-Ihsan-Tattla on March 28, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Akmal's birth home is situated in Gulberg and the street where from he started to play cricket with his two elder brothers is so narrow. In his teen he likes to see & play in Qaddafi stadium. He played for many clubs of Lahore. The most secret of genion Lahori players is that they are talented,aggressive,confident and always fearless.They do not afraid to face any of the world player and Akmal is bright example of this believe.You will see his more class in cricket in future.(insha Allah)

  • on March 28, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    Really a great guy & gift for our team. A natural talent gifted by God to Pakistan Team.

  • t20cric on March 28, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Umar Akmal is part of a long list of Pakistan batsmen who are talented but mismanaged/not given opportunities. If Umar does not go down as a great by the end of his career then Pakistan will regret mismanaging him. Players like Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Fawad Alam & Harris Sohail can make our batting be as strong as any other team, its just that these guys need to be given fair opportunities & be played in tests so they can further strengthen their techniques. I think their should have been a stat of is average as wicket keeper & as specialist batsman cuz I think he does better as specialist batsman. The future of Pakistan middle order could be Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Harris Sohail, Azhar Ali/Sohaib Masood (not necessarily in that order) & Mohammad Rizwan/ Sarfraz Ahmed (as wk). That middle order might even go on to be better than Younis, Yousuf, Inzi middle order.

  • on March 28, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    He needs just test Cricket, He and Ahmad Shehzad are future of Pakistab.

  • on March 28, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    He can do more than what he did.

  • amk23 on March 28, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    Akmal has to learn to put a price on his wicket. Gives his wicket up very immaturely sometimes. I hope with age that maturity will come.

  • Akram567 on March 28, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Great player for a unbalanced team Pakistan

  • Zainnajam on March 28, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Obviously He is The Most Talented Player in the Pakistani Squad, Not Consistent, but still very Rare. Batting at No.5/ No.6 he Does an Exceptional Job to lift the Score. He should be Transfered to no.4 by my standards because then u still have Afridi and Maqsood in the end So he can Play His Short Freely...

  • on March 28, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    no doubt umer is a quality batsman the best young player in squad for pakistan at the moment.bt i think the type of quality n talent he is having he is not justifyng it completely.sumtimes he throws his wkt uselessly.he should makes his defense more strong tht will make him a more dependable batsman.he is suitable to play a role in paki team which kohli is playng for india if the managment n captain uses him in right ways..bt no doubt he ll have a bright future

  • on March 28, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    I feel exasperated at the prospect that Pakistan think tank use him as A Slogger towards the end of innings. His strokeplay when in full flow seems flawless and his timing just sublime.

    i hope he will bat higher up the order. May be No. 4 will suit him the best. His technique will improve once he gets a lot of time to spend. But for that he himself and team management as well as Captain, make him change his mindset and instill in him that Kohliesque hunger of crease occupying.

  • on March 28, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    To be honest Umer Akmal is only world class batsman in present Pakistan side but unfortunately management failed to utilize him. would have definitely scored 5000 runs and 10 ods centuries so far if he given no.3 or 4 position in ODI's. his avg is still impressive at no.6 he not get chance to bat in favorable conditions. he always has to bat for 5, 6 overs under pressure where taking risk is mandatory . where as huge number of balls s being wasted by Misbah, shoib malik like palyers.in middle overs. Now its time to utilize him well, no rocket since simple formula that best player should play most number of balls as rest of the world believe. and time to let him play Test cricket regularly as no one is better player then him in pak side in any form of cricket.

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    I think he is god gifted talent he has to utilise it and should work hard to be part of test team will mature much more playing tests

  • on March 28, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    Players like him are being wasted. He has so much talent and his batting position needs to be 3 or 4. He will score more if he gets more time. His technique needs improving a little for tests, but he must play in tests. Given the opportunity he will score in tests as well.

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Umar Akmal is star of our country.He is very good and his main quality is that he always scores runs against strong bowling side.he has scored against shane bond Mitchel johnson and bowlers like britt lee.in 2010 T20 world cup we saw scoring quickly against australia,south africa. in that world cup other countries batsmen struggled against australia's bowling attack.we have seen him on numerous other occasions scoring quickly against top bowlers of the world.

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Pakistan has no doubt produced few excellant cricketers in the recent past like Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Umar Akmal etc. The problem with these players and several others in the past has been lack of character and temperament. Unfortunately there is no easy solution to this problem as they are part of a society that is known with these illnesses and until and unless there is a leadership like Imran Khan, or they are groomed with strong emphasis on character building we are likely to keep losing these gems.

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    But he don't finish a game!

  • Khurramzafar on March 28, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    He just need the confidence from the management and the Captain as well, otherwise i don't see any flaws in his ability and technique to lift the momentum of the team.

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    good talent and good stats. no5/6 are vital positions in odis. sometimes you have to halt a collapse and some times you have to finish things. stats shows that he is better than inzi, malik, yusuf , on these poaitions. in pakistan, there is a common thinking among fans. whoever plays good they want him as opener or 1 down. but i think umars best place should be no5. our lower order is not that good and mostly inconsistent. so we need some one like him there.

    i also agree with the comment that he plays slightly better with kamran on other hand.

    his only issue is that you will never know what he will come up with. out of no where he will just throw it away. and that was the reason when they dropped him from tests. in limited overs, he has same habbit. technically correct but he has not done justice to his tallent. he has been more consistent in last few months. and that is some improvement.

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    His ability make quick runs in pressure situation is amazing. Every other batsman goes to the shell during pressure situation.

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    I wish there were statistics of Umar when his Brother Kamran was also in the playing eleven. I fathom he plays much better when his brother is also playing.

  • heathrf1974 on March 28, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    He is Pakistan's most talented batsman who only flaw is his concentration level.

  • ImiiJaved on March 28, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Awesome article.. Coming up with such facts and numbers, made it even more beautiful.. And no doubt currently he is the only threatening batsmen in Pakistan's current line up.

  • on March 28, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    very well said I reckon he is in a list of unrated batsman

  • on March 28, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    he is comprehensive in talent & technique but the brain and shot selection ..............

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  • on March 28, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    he is comprehensive in talent & technique but the brain and shot selection ..............

  • on March 28, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    very well said I reckon he is in a list of unrated batsman

  • ImiiJaved on March 28, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Awesome article.. Coming up with such facts and numbers, made it even more beautiful.. And no doubt currently he is the only threatening batsmen in Pakistan's current line up.

  • heathrf1974 on March 28, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    He is Pakistan's most talented batsman who only flaw is his concentration level.

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:17 GMT

    I wish there were statistics of Umar when his Brother Kamran was also in the playing eleven. I fathom he plays much better when his brother is also playing.

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    His ability make quick runs in pressure situation is amazing. Every other batsman goes to the shell during pressure situation.

  • on March 28, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    good talent and good stats. no5/6 are vital positions in odis. sometimes you have to halt a collapse and some times you have to finish things. stats shows that he is better than inzi, malik, yusuf , on these poaitions. in pakistan, there is a common thinking among fans. whoever plays good they want him as opener or 1 down. but i think umars best place should be no5. our lower order is not that good and mostly inconsistent. so we need some one like him there.

    i also agree with the comment that he plays slightly better with kamran on other hand.

    his only issue is that you will never know what he will come up with. out of no where he will just throw it away. and that was the reason when they dropped him from tests. in limited overs, he has same habbit. technically correct but he has not done justice to his tallent. he has been more consistent in last few months. and that is some improvement.

  • Khurramzafar on March 28, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    He just need the confidence from the management and the Captain as well, otherwise i don't see any flaws in his ability and technique to lift the momentum of the team.

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    But he don't finish a game!

  • on March 28, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Pakistan has no doubt produced few excellant cricketers in the recent past like Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Umar Akmal etc. The problem with these players and several others in the past has been lack of character and temperament. Unfortunately there is no easy solution to this problem as they are part of a society that is known with these illnesses and until and unless there is a leadership like Imran Khan, or they are groomed with strong emphasis on character building we are likely to keep losing these gems.