Pakistan v South Africa, 2013-14 October 27, 2013

Shafiq's coming of age provides comfort

Not many things went right for Pakistan in the second Test in Dubai, but Asad Shafiq's fighting century against the best Test side in the world, proved that he has the temperament to lead Pakistan's next generation of batsmen
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When Misbah-ul-Haq made the mistake of thinking he could slog Dean Elgar as far as the Burj Khalifa, a resistance that threatened to ease the margin of Pakistan's loss - because avoiding defeat altogether was not a realistic possibility - seemed set to unravel. The captain left Asad Shafiq to stall South Africa's attack with the tail and even the most optimistic of Pakistan supporters predicted a swift end.

For an hour, Shafiq held defeat at bay. In the process, he notched up his highest Test score, a second century against the world's top-ranked team this year, and showed how much he has progressed as a batsman. Having impressed with the way he handled the seamers and took on the spinner with Misbah at his side, Shafiq also understood that he had to slow down, shoulder the responsibility, and only take runs when he was absolutely certain he was not putting the man on the other end, and by extension his team, in a position from which they would collapse.

When Adnan Akmal, who struggled throughout the series, was his partner, Shafiq faced Morne Morkel, letting Akmal deal with Imran Tahir. With Saeed Ajmal, Shafiq sensed a little more freedom so he allowed a few mid-over singles and even let himself show off, pulling and then driving Vernon Philander for consecutive fours.

He played with maturity towards the end, showing enough faith in Mohammed Irfan and Junaid Khan to give them the strike but not taking too many risks even though the end was nigh. It seemed as though the patience he had afforded when he batted with Younis Khan in Cape Town earlier this year, and with Misbah for much of his innings in Dubai, was paying off.

Shafiq has had the benefit of spending long periods at the crease with Pakistan's senior statesmen and he seems to have learnt from it. From the moment he came in to bat, he would have seen how Misbah was absorbing the pressure. Whether he was foxed by an Tahir googly, rattled by a Morkel bouncer, or was on the receiving end of extreme pace and angry eyes from Dale Steyn, Misbah reacted in the same way.

Misbah waited for the end of the delivery, strolled in the direction of square leg, composed himself, and came back to face the next one. He treated each ball like a chapter in a book, turning the page, leaving it behind and then carrying on with the next one.

Shafiq did not show the same composure as he neared his century and it appeared he was getting a little overexcited with his desire to charge JP Duminy. However, a calming influence in Misbah at the other end ensured that Shafiq operated within certain confines. He was encouraged to attack the short ball, something he has shown both in South Africa and during this series. He has also, simply by watching watching Misbah, learnt to judge things with caution.

In getting the balance right, Shafiq justified the selectors' decision to stick with him despite a lean run in Zimbabwe, and showed his own ability to read the game and understand a match situation. "That is a really big plus for us," Misbah said. "Everybody knows he is capable of that. He got a really good hundred in South Africa but he was a bit short of confidence coming in to this series. This innings was special because the pitch wasn't easy and the bowling was good. He really played a masterful innings."

With the South African seamers testing the batsmen with control, Shafiq's concentration was tested. So was his intent, because if he had stopped scoring runs, he could have forced himself into a corner where making a mistake was possible.

The way he responded is what impressed Misbah the most. "In situations against the top side in the world, character is important," he said. "You have to stand tall and take on the bowlers. They were using the rough very well but he was good and positive, he used his feet well and read the situation well."

Shafiq has played 23 Tests overs three years but Misbah believes it is only now that "he has started to understand the demands of Test cricket." With that kind of experience needed before a player can get out of the starting blocks, its easy to see why Misbah does not want to dispense with the likes of Khurram Manzoor and Shan Masood, who indicated they could be a solution to the opening conundrum in the first Test, but were dispatched cheaply in the second, and Azhar Ali, who is enduring a lean trot.

Pakistan had a host of problems after the first innings failure but by the end of the match, Shafiq wasn't one of them. "In the coming years you might not have me and Younis Khan around and he is the one who can gather the Pakistan line up. He has the talent and he has the temperament to take the batting forward."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Chaudry_Cricket on October 30, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Shafiq is a quality test bat and a very good number 6 ... People here are sayin that he scored but the team had lost so it was easy to score for him so what about the qsecond test in South Africa when the team was 4 down for not much and he scored a century and shared a double century stand with Younis was that easy??? Although I do agree that he is NOT suited to odi and t20 cricket.

  • on October 29, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    PLEASE FOR GOD sake dont ignore the player Sharjeel Khan and Abdul Razzaq and Sami Aslam , Kind Request to PCB . Thank you , i can say more like Fawad Alam he seems deserving candidate.But atleast if these three are considered it will mean fortune for pakistan cricket allah willing lets just hope selectors can see that.

  • on October 29, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Asad shafiq is the most consistent batsmen after misbah and younas but he has been sidelined on various occasion even after well performing.... i remembered last time when he was dropped for sake of shoaib malik .... He needs permanent position in team and soon you will see that he will be the backbone of pakistan batting like Yousaf, inzi, younus and misbah.

  • bouncer709 on October 29, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    I am fan of Asad Shafiq and I believe he is better player among all new players, and should be part of all formats, but i don't agree this century was in pressure situation. I believe and myself played a lot of cricket, when you already know that you have lost the match and there is nothing more to loss, it is the easiest time to score few runs, there bowlers also feel a bit relaxed. When you are playing on 5, 6 position and the top 4 players goes for nothing again you don't have any pressure because you know no body will blame you alone for losing the game. But when the top order score and team is in winning situation and they need few runs from you too, or sometime need from you to finish the game with victory, then the real pressure comes.

  • on October 29, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Pak should play with this xii Jamshed, Ahmed shazad, Shoib maksood, Misba uk haq, Umer akmal, Umer Amin, Haffez, Afridi, ajmal, juned Khan, Mohammed Irfan...with this line up they will hav 8 batsman as there batting is week.with this team they hav 3 spinners and 2 fast bowlers...if they requure I more bowler than Amin should give way to Tanvir..but plz no more Wahab Raiz I am fedup of watvhing him and feeling sorry for pak bowling...Shoib Maksood is the future of Pak batting his has shown glimse in the only T20 he played against Zimbabwe. So he needs to be investigated in.....My team is best for pak with this squad.

  • on October 29, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    I was surprised by one of the comments because of the apparent lack of information. Asad has now played 7 tests this year scoring two 50s and 2 100s, all against SA, the number one test playing nation. I do not understand the impatience!

    The only players that might need to be looked at for tests are Umer Akmal (Wkt?) and Nasir jamshaid. The rest of the team selects itself really.

  • on October 29, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Out of 4 innings, Shan Masood,Khurram manzoor and Asad Shafique failed to capitalize in 3! Younis khan and Azhar Ali failed to score even a forty in 4 innings! Adnan who has shown some character in zimbabwe was completely out classed here!

    *Only Misbah Ul HaQ has shown the caliber to compete with a top ranked side*

    This is the only problem with Pakistan team that they lack consistency...If some one thinks of replacing some one with another one, then it will only be a replacement of some talent with a new talent, who, for an instance we may call, a better talent...but the thing which is required here is CONSISTENCY which, if is developed, can turn an ordinary into precious !!

    Good luck to Team green for their one day venture... High hopes from Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal and Misbah in batting, while bowling will also suffer in front of safers !

  • on October 29, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Asad Shafiq's innings was in circumstances that would have suited any batsman, its very easy to get a hundred when you are on the losing side this doesn't prove anything.................

  • S.A.Siddiqui on October 29, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Asad Shafiq did hit the ton but Pakistani cricket lovers will have to pay big price for this century by tolerating under 20 score in quite a few matches in future. We should bring in new players with consistency, not a ton after 10-15 matches.

  • on October 28, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    @ihaq1 plz get your stats straight my friend Shafiq scored 4 centuries in 23 test matches while Umer Akmal has only 1 test hundred to his name in 15 odd tests. . .

  • Chaudry_Cricket on October 30, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Shafiq is a quality test bat and a very good number 6 ... People here are sayin that he scored but the team had lost so it was easy to score for him so what about the qsecond test in South Africa when the team was 4 down for not much and he scored a century and shared a double century stand with Younis was that easy??? Although I do agree that he is NOT suited to odi and t20 cricket.

  • on October 29, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    PLEASE FOR GOD sake dont ignore the player Sharjeel Khan and Abdul Razzaq and Sami Aslam , Kind Request to PCB . Thank you , i can say more like Fawad Alam he seems deserving candidate.But atleast if these three are considered it will mean fortune for pakistan cricket allah willing lets just hope selectors can see that.

  • on October 29, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Asad shafiq is the most consistent batsmen after misbah and younas but he has been sidelined on various occasion even after well performing.... i remembered last time when he was dropped for sake of shoaib malik .... He needs permanent position in team and soon you will see that he will be the backbone of pakistan batting like Yousaf, inzi, younus and misbah.

  • bouncer709 on October 29, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    I am fan of Asad Shafiq and I believe he is better player among all new players, and should be part of all formats, but i don't agree this century was in pressure situation. I believe and myself played a lot of cricket, when you already know that you have lost the match and there is nothing more to loss, it is the easiest time to score few runs, there bowlers also feel a bit relaxed. When you are playing on 5, 6 position and the top 4 players goes for nothing again you don't have any pressure because you know no body will blame you alone for losing the game. But when the top order score and team is in winning situation and they need few runs from you too, or sometime need from you to finish the game with victory, then the real pressure comes.

  • on October 29, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Pak should play with this xii Jamshed, Ahmed shazad, Shoib maksood, Misba uk haq, Umer akmal, Umer Amin, Haffez, Afridi, ajmal, juned Khan, Mohammed Irfan...with this line up they will hav 8 batsman as there batting is week.with this team they hav 3 spinners and 2 fast bowlers...if they requure I more bowler than Amin should give way to Tanvir..but plz no more Wahab Raiz I am fedup of watvhing him and feeling sorry for pak bowling...Shoib Maksood is the future of Pak batting his has shown glimse in the only T20 he played against Zimbabwe. So he needs to be investigated in.....My team is best for pak with this squad.

  • on October 29, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    I was surprised by one of the comments because of the apparent lack of information. Asad has now played 7 tests this year scoring two 50s and 2 100s, all against SA, the number one test playing nation. I do not understand the impatience!

    The only players that might need to be looked at for tests are Umer Akmal (Wkt?) and Nasir jamshaid. The rest of the team selects itself really.

  • on October 29, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Out of 4 innings, Shan Masood,Khurram manzoor and Asad Shafique failed to capitalize in 3! Younis khan and Azhar Ali failed to score even a forty in 4 innings! Adnan who has shown some character in zimbabwe was completely out classed here!

    *Only Misbah Ul HaQ has shown the caliber to compete with a top ranked side*

    This is the only problem with Pakistan team that they lack consistency...If some one thinks of replacing some one with another one, then it will only be a replacement of some talent with a new talent, who, for an instance we may call, a better talent...but the thing which is required here is CONSISTENCY which, if is developed, can turn an ordinary into precious !!

    Good luck to Team green for their one day venture... High hopes from Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal and Misbah in batting, while bowling will also suffer in front of safers !

  • on October 29, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    Asad Shafiq's innings was in circumstances that would have suited any batsman, its very easy to get a hundred when you are on the losing side this doesn't prove anything.................

  • S.A.Siddiqui on October 29, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Asad Shafiq did hit the ton but Pakistani cricket lovers will have to pay big price for this century by tolerating under 20 score in quite a few matches in future. We should bring in new players with consistency, not a ton after 10-15 matches.

  • on October 28, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    @ihaq1 plz get your stats straight my friend Shafiq scored 4 centuries in 23 test matches while Umer Akmal has only 1 test hundred to his name in 15 odd tests. . .

  • on October 28, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    People says Pakistan is lacking in batting but if selectors select the team on merit I give u guarantee that Pakistan would have a strong lineup in future they just need to give at least 10 to 12 consecutive match whenever they select a batsman on domestic performance. If they identified talent and potential in a player then they should put their trust on him beside of his failure to make runs. IN past we waste numbers of talented players such as Ali naqvi,Mohammed Wasim, shahid Anwar,Sajjid Ali, salim elahi latest of them are Farhan adil,Asim Kamal,Ayub dogar,Yasir hameed, faisal iqba,Saeed bin Nasir. Misbah was fortunate to escape among them .Otherwise his name also include in this list Now we have Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed shahzad,Shuaib Maqsood, haris Sohail, Umar akmal, fawad Alam, umer Amin, Shahzaib hassan, Khalid Latif, owais zia and some other name who can play for Pakistan but they just need to polish and true guidance.

  • mzm149 on October 28, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    In Sri Lanka series, Pakistan should play with the following test XI:

    Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Younus Khan, Misbah ul Haq, Umar Amin / Muhammad Hafeez, Adnan Akmal / Umar Akmal, Zufiqar Babar / Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul.

  • umairaslum on October 28, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Shafiq will still have to prove because this innings is not a good yardstick. An innings in which he can change and win the match for his team would give the right picture. Why isn't he given one down slot? Why isn't he told to improve his temperament? His technique is better than Azhar, Shan, Khurram and even Hafeez.

  • Smahuta on October 28, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Am I the only one who finds it amusing that if Asad had been stumped when on 18, everyone would be calling for him to be dropped now?

  • on October 28, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq do provide comfort for the future but they are both still work in progress. However, now that both have been playing test cricket for sometime and with some success they have to be persevere with. It was disappointing that the new pair of opening batsmen only succeeded in one of four innings against South Africa. I still wonder why Nasir Jamshed was not given many more opportunities to play test cricket, he looks a real talent. It is also surprising that Umar Akmal who in my opinion probably is the best young batsman in the country continues to be ignored for the test XI. Another player worth considering for test XI is Ahmed Shehzad. My test XI would be: 1. Jamshed, 2. Manzoor, 3. Azhar, 4. Yunus, 5. Misbah, 6. Shafiq / Umar, 7. Sarfraz, 8. Gul, 9. Ajmal, 10. Junaid, 11. Irfan / spinner. Obviously three pacemen will play if playing outside the sub continent including UAE.

  • on October 28, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Did anyone else notice this? Both the openers Khurram Manzoor & Shan Masood did well in the first test while Asad Shafiq did not. Then news broke that both openers were dropped while Asad Shafiq was retained for ODI. Both openers failed in the next test while Asad Shafiq put his heart and soul and did well. What does this say? In former case the selectors broke the spirit of match winning openers. In the second case they filled a struggling batsman with spirit.

  • on October 28, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Let Pak wicket keepers to watch MS Dhoni and learn from him for his wicket keeping as well as batting as you concentrate more in keeping you become better batsman.

  • on October 28, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    selector plzzzzz give sadaf hussain a chance who deserve that he has the average of 17.84 in fc which better than ajmal wasim waqar junaid irfan stayen phalender anderson broad swan etcccccccccccc what can he do more he s only 23 right time 4 debut i m waiting

  • on October 28, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    First of all, kudos to Asad Shafiq for holding his nerves and scoring valuable runs for Pakistan. He definitely is a keeper. Secondly, I fail to understand what so many Pak cricket fans have against Karachi, and players from Karachi? Just take a look at Quaid-e-Azam Trophy records - Karachi has 20 titles, while Lahore has four! Our boards have been slowly taking away the number of players from Karachi, in the last 15 plus years. Allow me to use the names of great Pakistani batsmen, as an example: Hanif, Mushtaq, Asif Iqbal, Majid, Zaheer Abbas, Miandad, Mohsin Khan, Inzamam, Saeed Anwar, Youhanna, Younis Khan. You can probably add Aamir Sohail, Saleem Malik and Mudassar Nazar into the mix, but they sure were not of the caliber of the ones named above. Now tell me how many of them are from Karachi? Eversince Imran took over the captaincy, the number of Karachi players in the national team started to dwindle, and that trend has continued. Select on merit, not based on bias.

  • Sports4Youth on October 28, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Fawad Alam : FC avg 55.68 and Haris Soahail : FC avg 51.51

    The two guys with the best first class averages are not in the team. What can you expect when other guys with lower FC averages are in the team out of turn. Pakistan keeps loosing match after match but no one bothers to correct this fundamental issue. If the performances and numbers in the FC games are to be ignored like this then what is the point in having a first class tournament in the first place? secondly how and on what basis to these other guys keep getting in the team?

  • ihaq1 on October 28, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    shafiq has played poorly in both recent series...one doubts he has any leadership potential for the future...a century when a match has been lost is meaningless and shows that he is affected by teh normal pressure of situations in all formats...two centuries in 23 tests means that he is not a very brilliant batsman and if umar akmal and sohaib develop he will probably lose his position in teh one dayers and tests...one suggests that since he was a wicketkeeper for most of his playing career he don teh gloves and create a chance for himself in teh future as a wicketkeeper

  • Gerrardmania on October 28, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    well guys I am not a big supporter of Misbah but I do believe he give his best to save the match got out unlucky or whatever but I think we should be happy with Asad's performance and Misbah's resistance

  • roook on October 28, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Asad Ali is rohit sharma for Pakistan he got technique but lacks the temperament about playing so nicely he throws away his wicket. He is the future for pakistan and should get maturity in shot selection and more game awareness

  • koldmeat on October 28, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Why Adnan Akmal is in the Test Team? He can't even hold the Bat properly...!!! Kamran Akmal should return. Where are Mohammad Yusuf & Abdul Rajjak? Afridi should be in the Test team.

    Ideal Pak ODI Team would be:

    Hafiz, Shezad, Yunus, Umar Amin, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Abdul Rajjak, Afridi, Said Ajmal, Umar Gul, Mohammad Irfan

  • mzm149 on October 28, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    @Faizan Khan: Now what happened to Manzoors and Masoods? Just one good inning followed by 3 "extra ordinary" ones. Shouldn't they play in Karachi XI only?

  • mzm149 on October 28, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Had umpiring been fair in this match, de Villiers would never have scored that much. Result would have been different.

  • on October 28, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Although Misbah as always and Asad Shafiq held South Africa at bay but what would it been if Adnan Akmal who if he had dropped AB when he had not scored learnt from his mistake and had dtayed at the wicket and given support to Asad, instead he was smiling and not tsking things serious, these sort of players who purposely I think don't take the responsibility when needed should never be included in the team and given room to some responsible player, here when we make changes for the limited overs game then it is the responsibility for the selected player to play as the limited over game demands,here they play as test cricket, I can't understand bcoz other countries who change accordingly to the game do feel their responsibility and perform as the nature of thr game requires.think about it.

  • on October 28, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    I was disappointed by Younis Khan's dismissal in 2nd innings. A batsman with that much of experience should have shown more patience than he did. It seems Misbah is the only player in Pakistan team now a days. He really is one man army. Was well supported this time by Shafiq, but of no avail. Pakistan need to find some more players now to fill up opening positions.

  • on October 28, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    One look at Asad Shafiq and you can tell he has the technique to stays at crease, i think its the lack of temperament or may be pressure that he has always thrown away his wicket......

  • I_amMirza on October 28, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    @championcommando definitely you posted some real facts. the problem with the Azhar Ali is that he is not a natural batsmen Like Younis Khan, but see Younis really improved his technique while playing with Muhammad Yousaf and Inzi. Azhar should learn now. he plenty of chances playing with Younis and Misbah. no doubt his temperament is adorable , but he need to concentrate.another problem is that Azhar Ali has limited shots.He can't rotate the strike. His off stump is exposed some time and got out with silly shots. well, Khurram Manzor is technically sound but still need to improve.

  • wrenx on October 28, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Let's hope Asad's success will inspire Azhar to regain his form. We need both of these guys in the team and playing to potential

  • romirom on October 28, 2013, 1:22 GMT

    he is just an average player with avg average and avg strike rate. Similar to azhar ali. I havent seen such a pethentic player bating at no. 3 spot. All other team have theri best batsman with best techniq plays at no. 3. India virat, saf kallis, srilanka sangakara, england trrot. Azhar is not near to these player. Loking at his techniq i was sure that he is not future of pak.

  • on October 27, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    malik shahzad i`m with u buddy that batting line suits pakistan but ur missing highly talented shoaib maqsood and umar amin they must have to give bth of them a chance so thay can prove their worth

  • championcommando on October 27, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    Azhar Ali is another player who can give a lot to Pakistan batting lineup. Currently he is out of form but he has proved for last 3 years that he is the best choice at number 3 spot in test matches.He should not drop from the side because every batsman has some tough phase during his career and Azhar is passing to same phase. He should also improve his leg spin to cement his place in the side as allrounder though Azhar is not gifted as Asad but he has more patience,temperament and attitude to stay long on the crease. Now come to Khurram manzoor he is another find who can serve the country for long time.He is also naturally gifted player but weak in technique or maybe after Abu dhabi test ist inning he became over confidence that why chasing every outside off balls rather than leaving it.His range of shots are amazing but still need to slight adjustment in leaving the outside off stumps ball if do so guys believe me he is going to be a world class test player and a treat to watch.

  • drnaveed on October 27, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    i think ,asad shafiq is as a gifted player as muhammad yousuf was.he should know the importance and value of his wicket,and should now hand it over that easily to the opposition as he did like the other Pakistani batsman in the current series against SA ,once he knows the value of his wicket ,i think we will find his name among the ranks of javed miandad ,inzimam ul haq and muhammad yousuf , to name a few of our recent great batsmen.

  • championcommando on October 27, 2013, 18:53 GMT

    No doubt this guy has the potential and talent but he need to show some more greed for runs if he want to stand with Misbah & yonis. He is one of the natural gifted player who can play spin and pace equally well. Being a close observer of Pakistan cricket team, after Yousuf and Toufeeq umer ,Asad posses a compact batting technique which is very rare in Pakistan batting.Only thing which is lacking in his batting in my opinion is his greed or hunger for run . It seems like after getting his hundred he thinks "mission accomplished" but for a world class player a century is never be enough. similarly in ODI he can prove an asset if bat at 3 or 4 .in ODI he always In & out from the playing 11 which shatter his confidence his confidence so if Pakistan want to extract best out of him then he should play in ODI as a regular member.

  • on October 27, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    @Malik Farooq Shahzad, Couldn't have agreed more! The team you listed there should be our playing eleven with the batting batting order you listed for the ODI's. We can chip in Shoaib maqsood and Umar Amin if our top order fails to deliver, but our priority should be the team you chose.

  • on October 27, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    The real problem our batsmen have these days, particularly in tests, is that they aren't mentally very strong. Javed miandad and mran were mentally very strong.To play a long innings one has to be very stubborn and must possess highest degree of mental concentration.None of the batsmen of present team expt Younis khan have the ability to play long innings.

  • I_amMirza on October 27, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    @umms: i really agree with you, If Shafiq wants to play ODI's he must increase his strike rate. i will say that he should increase his strike rate in Test's as well. Most of the great players in tests have SR of 50. Shafiq is a player who can play 200 balls, so if can strike the ball with 50 strike rate he can score centuries.

  • on October 27, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    i think batting at 6 suits hos his style. after a long time pakistan has find a perfect one for this spot he should need to concentrate on how to play with the tail. on e very important thing to notice is that now he is charging the bowlers which most of the batters are lacking.

  • I_amMirza on October 27, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    well i really think that Asad can Play at No.3 position. Azhar Ali is not picking, he need some rest i guess. Umer Aklmal should be the man playing at No. 6, he is real talent and should get chance.

  • Umms on October 27, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Asad Shafiq is a good batsman. If he wants to have bigger scores then he should work on his stamina as well. He needs to lose some weight and should have more athletic body. He still needs to prove himself as good ODI batsman with strike rate in 80's and can learn from Hashim Amla. Though he has become a good prospect for Test, but ODI is a different game. When Pakistan cannot provide much international cricket, they should encourage Asad Shafiq and other Pakistani batters should go to England for counties.

  • on October 27, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Should bat at no 3 in odi team and Hafeez should bat at no.6 1)Shehzad.2)Nasir.3)Shafiq. 4)Umer Akmal(WK) .5)Misbah. 6)Hafeez 7)Afridi 8)Rehman .9)Ajmal .10)Irfan 11)Junaid

  • laho111 on October 27, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Make him vice captain and give him chance to all format of cricket. He is most talented player in pakistan team. Technically he is more strong then Azhar, Hafeez, Umar amin, Umar akmal and ahmed shehzad. He needs confidence from Coach and selection committee.

  • mensan on October 27, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    He has the potential. Shows good footwork against spinners. Needs to develop patience.

  • on October 27, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    He had a poor ZIM tour but came good here. in 3 innings he has 1 50 and 1 100. 1 of few who scored some runs in SA tour. I think he plays better when he is with Top order or experienced player at other end. Like we have seen here. But when he is on his own like 1st innings of 2nd test , he couldnt handle it. he has got 4 100s at no 6 and i think maximum scored by no 6 batsman is 8. Azhar ali is out of form and needs some rest really.

  • malepas on October 27, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    I agree with most that Shafiq is a good talent and could play no 3 in tests and ODI's for PAK. He got better technique then Azhar but I wouldn't discard him yet as he has shown some talent as well, I think for no 6 position PAK should play Umer Akmal, as he can play both defensive and aggressive cricket, I think the time has come that PAK should have U.Akmal should be PAK's keeper batsman in all formats, if Sanga and De-Villiers can so that why can't Umer and this will resolve PAK's headache with keepers who can't bat.

  • Jda123 on October 27, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Asad Shafiq played well but I still don't think he should be in the ODI yet.

  • on October 27, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    if he is the future he should be a regular in all formats. he could be a perfect no.3 in odi's. the drop him every second game that is why he was short in confidence.

  • on October 27, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    his height is same as sachin and also plays some shorts like him ,he is great prospect but only thing is he need to apply himself according to the situation of the match not like 1st inning when he played a rash short and give his wicket away he should bat with the tail in the 1st innings and try to score runs as many as he can..

  • Master_uv_Puppetz on October 27, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Good thing abt Asad is his technique. While I don't think Azhar is good enough like him. But I certainly believe Asad can be our next Inzi :) go Asad

  • MianMoosa on October 27, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    i think time has come to promote Asad shafiqe to No 3 in place of azhar ali who is struggling consistently now & play either umar amin or umar akmal at NO 6...khurram manzoor & shan masood need more chances. as they both seem to have technique & temprament to play test cricket

  • CricketBlog on October 27, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Good to see that he scored two centuries this year and that of against the Number one fast bowling attack in the world-The proteas-

  • thE_baCk_beNcHer on October 27, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Yes indeed Asad has the temperament. He is talented. Its just that he loses concentartion after getting 50. He goes for slog shot and gives his wicket to the opposition. He along with Azhar is the future of Pakistan test cricket. very well written article

  • yashi.com on October 27, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Its very nice to see ASAD batting so well, I really believed that he has the talent but unfortunately he was not putting the show of the skills he own. This guy has a lot of quality shots and style, can be a great player if handled properly by PAKISTAN.

    Best of Luck for your future ASAD.

  • on October 27, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    He has nice footwork and great temperament and and he play like Mohammad Yusuf,good to see him in form.

  • on October 27, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Shafiq is a must for ODIs. He will stabilize the batting order as it will have a balance.

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  • on October 27, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    Shafiq is a must for ODIs. He will stabilize the batting order as it will have a balance.

  • on October 27, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    He has nice footwork and great temperament and and he play like Mohammad Yusuf,good to see him in form.

  • yashi.com on October 27, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Its very nice to see ASAD batting so well, I really believed that he has the talent but unfortunately he was not putting the show of the skills he own. This guy has a lot of quality shots and style, can be a great player if handled properly by PAKISTAN.

    Best of Luck for your future ASAD.

  • thE_baCk_beNcHer on October 27, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Yes indeed Asad has the temperament. He is talented. Its just that he loses concentartion after getting 50. He goes for slog shot and gives his wicket to the opposition. He along with Azhar is the future of Pakistan test cricket. very well written article

  • CricketBlog on October 27, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    Good to see that he scored two centuries this year and that of against the Number one fast bowling attack in the world-The proteas-

  • MianMoosa on October 27, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    i think time has come to promote Asad shafiqe to No 3 in place of azhar ali who is struggling consistently now & play either umar amin or umar akmal at NO 6...khurram manzoor & shan masood need more chances. as they both seem to have technique & temprament to play test cricket

  • Master_uv_Puppetz on October 27, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Good thing abt Asad is his technique. While I don't think Azhar is good enough like him. But I certainly believe Asad can be our next Inzi :) go Asad

  • on October 27, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    his height is same as sachin and also plays some shorts like him ,he is great prospect but only thing is he need to apply himself according to the situation of the match not like 1st inning when he played a rash short and give his wicket away he should bat with the tail in the 1st innings and try to score runs as many as he can..

  • on October 27, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    if he is the future he should be a regular in all formats. he could be a perfect no.3 in odi's. the drop him every second game that is why he was short in confidence.

  • Jda123 on October 27, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Asad Shafiq played well but I still don't think he should be in the ODI yet.