Pakistan cricket November 12, 2013

Maqsood makes it despite brittle body

Sohaib Maqsood could have made it to Pakistan's international team earlier, had it not been for a spate of injuries
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Multan is famous for many things - shrines, Sufi saints, renowned political figures and mangoes. In cricket, the city produced Inzamam-ul-Haq, perhaps Pakistan's best batsman, but no one else in the six years since he retired. Until now. Sohaib Maqsood, Pakistan's newest international cricketer, was born in Multan in 1987, and he kick-started his career with half-centuries in his first two ODIs, against South Africa.

Maqsood, 26, began playing first-class cricket in 2003-04 but had problems with his back for most of the next three years, during which he didn't play a game. He also had an ankle-ligament injury that threatened his career in 2010, and underwent surgery for an ingrown toenail that had been a hindrance for much of his domestic career.

He returned in the 2007-08 season to score 537 runs at an average of 53.70 but was inconsistent over the next two years. In 2010-11, however, Maqsood made 951 runs at an average of 50 and in the following season he scored 1020 at 44.34. He was the leading runscorer in domestic one-day cricket in 2012-13, with 944 runs at an average of 78.66.

Maqsood's consistent run in domestic cricket resulted in a call-up to Pakistan's Twenty20 squad for the matches in Zimbabwe this year, and subsequently for the ODIs against South Africa in the UAE. He recovered from more back trouble in time to make the trip to Harare, where he made 26 in his only T20 innings, but began his ODI career with 56 and 53 against South Africa.

"He has been terribly unlucky throughout his domestic career," Amjad Saddiq, who coached Maqsood when he played for Water and Power Development Authority, told ESPNcricinfo. "Injuries have been the main factor. Otherwise, with such talent, he could have played for Pakistan at least in his early 20s, but better late than never. Whatever the case, he is out there playing international cricket.

"He (Maqsood) used to be very chubby like Inzamam, and we called him dusra (second) Inzi. He is a rare batsman in our domestic cricket at present, one who is good against any bowling. His mental strength is the key, otherwise his brittle body could have ended his career way before. There are many things that resemble Inzi's elegance, but it will be unfair to put undue pressure by comparing him with a former great."

Maqsood bowled offspin and could have been an allrounder who bats in the lower-middle order. However, his back injuries curtailed his bowling and so he developed into a specialist top-order batsman. And though he's known to be reticent in the dressing room, his batting is extremely expressive. Maqsood's strength is his off-side play and his back-foot punch is a treat to watch.

As is usually the case in Pakistan, Maqsood had to balance cricket and education during his childhood. His father, a retired teacher, was keen for his son to nurture his cricket skills and Maqsood's mentor in college, Professor Javed Malik, was instrumental in his development ahead of his selection for the under-19 regional team.

Maqsood went on to represent Pakistan U-19 in two unofficial Tests against Sri Lanka U-19 in 2005, and was part of the probables for the 2006 U-19 World cup before his back problems flared up again. He was sidelined for two years, during which he graduated. Later on he completed a masters degree in sports sciences.

"His education made him a prominent cricketer around us," Saddiq said. "He pick things very quickly and absorbs pressure very well, and this is exactly what Pakistan need at the moment in their batting line up. I never doubted Sohaib in the time we have recruited him in WAPDA and knew the guy has the ability to go far if he remains fit."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on November 15, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    i dont know whats wrong with hafeez either its bad luck or its time to say good bye him.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 12, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Pakistan team won't improve until you get rid of half players like Hafeez, Umar Amin, Asad Shafiq, Sohail Tanveer and Afridi. The case of Umar Amin is astonishing as no one has a clue that on what grounds did he play 15-20 matches with even scoring a single decent nock while at the same time he doesn't have a good first class. To me Sami Aslam is future of Pakistan.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 12, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    I doubt that he will succeed in the longer run because he plays to many shots in the air. I see much more potential in Nasir Jamshid and Haris Sohail.

  • on November 12, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    It is too early to say how good Maqsood is. He has only played two ODIs and in much friendlier batting conditions than those he will encounter in South Africa, England and Australia against top quality bowling. However, he should with Jamshed, Shehzad and Umar Akmal be persevered with. These guys should play in all limited cricket and given time to develop without the threat of being dropped if they under perform. Pakistan cricket needs real shake up and I think it is time we say good bye to Misbah, Hafeez, Afridi and Shafiq (not ODI player). Umar Amin is not ready for international cricket. Therefore my ODI XI would be: 1. Jamshed, 2. Shehzad, 3. Azhar (captain), 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Maqsood, 6. Hammad, 7. Kamran (w/k), 8. Gul, 9. Wahab, 10. Ajmal, 11. Junaid, Irfan should only be considered if he improves his fielding. This gives four bowlers with Hammad playing as an allrounder. He with Azhar who should be encouraged to bowl become 5th and 6th bowlers in the team.

  • dariuscorny on November 12, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    @Danish Hanif Butt IND recently destroyed Pak at CT 2013, so its better for them they are not facing IND.....

  • on November 12, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Inzamam is one of the best batsman of pakistan cricket history. where did the writer compared inzy with sachin or sehwag. kindly read the article carefully.

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    wel wel well he is (maqsood ) excellent. I love to se him more and more .

  • bigdhonifan on November 12, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Apart from Ajmal and to some extent Junaid and Irfan there is no one is of international quality in this Pak Team. This guy just scored two 50's and started comparing to Inzy. So author as we all know Inzy was not the best batsman Pakistan had. There was Zaheer Abbas and then Javed Maindad. For Pakistan to start wiing against top team avoid club level payers like Afridi (Scores more than 10 once in 10 matches), Hafeez (Professor?, He doesnt have the quality of a Kinder Garden Kid). Akmal Brothers( Find a better keeper with good batting quality. They are no where in ranks of Dhoni, ABD,Sanga,Mushfiqur,Mcullum). And Misba( He just scores odd fifties at a strike rate of 50 or 60 and is of 40 years.

  • on November 12, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Not long ago, Nasir Jamshed came in with a bang and fizzled out. Before him was Azhar Ali. Umar Akmal & Umar Amin shows talent but produces no goods.

    Pakistan should not have dropped Khurram Manzoor & Shan Masood after their performance had won the 1st test. Announcement of their drop demoralized them and they failed in 2nd test causing loss to Pakistan.

  • Fogu on November 12, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    I think PK needs to bring Younis and Yousuf back to partner with Misbah. Besides these old horses, they need to bring in young performers like Sohaib Maqsood and 2/3 top order batsmen who can learn from these masters over the next 2 years.

  • on November 15, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    i dont know whats wrong with hafeez either its bad luck or its time to say good bye him.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 12, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Pakistan team won't improve until you get rid of half players like Hafeez, Umar Amin, Asad Shafiq, Sohail Tanveer and Afridi. The case of Umar Amin is astonishing as no one has a clue that on what grounds did he play 15-20 matches with even scoring a single decent nock while at the same time he doesn't have a good first class. To me Sami Aslam is future of Pakistan.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 12, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    I doubt that he will succeed in the longer run because he plays to many shots in the air. I see much more potential in Nasir Jamshid and Haris Sohail.

  • on November 12, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    It is too early to say how good Maqsood is. He has only played two ODIs and in much friendlier batting conditions than those he will encounter in South Africa, England and Australia against top quality bowling. However, he should with Jamshed, Shehzad and Umar Akmal be persevered with. These guys should play in all limited cricket and given time to develop without the threat of being dropped if they under perform. Pakistan cricket needs real shake up and I think it is time we say good bye to Misbah, Hafeez, Afridi and Shafiq (not ODI player). Umar Amin is not ready for international cricket. Therefore my ODI XI would be: 1. Jamshed, 2. Shehzad, 3. Azhar (captain), 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Maqsood, 6. Hammad, 7. Kamran (w/k), 8. Gul, 9. Wahab, 10. Ajmal, 11. Junaid, Irfan should only be considered if he improves his fielding. This gives four bowlers with Hammad playing as an allrounder. He with Azhar who should be encouraged to bowl become 5th and 6th bowlers in the team.

  • dariuscorny on November 12, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    @Danish Hanif Butt IND recently destroyed Pak at CT 2013, so its better for them they are not facing IND.....

  • on November 12, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Inzamam is one of the best batsman of pakistan cricket history. where did the writer compared inzy with sachin or sehwag. kindly read the article carefully.

  • on November 12, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    wel wel well he is (maqsood ) excellent. I love to se him more and more .

  • bigdhonifan on November 12, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    Apart from Ajmal and to some extent Junaid and Irfan there is no one is of international quality in this Pak Team. This guy just scored two 50's and started comparing to Inzy. So author as we all know Inzy was not the best batsman Pakistan had. There was Zaheer Abbas and then Javed Maindad. For Pakistan to start wiing against top team avoid club level payers like Afridi (Scores more than 10 once in 10 matches), Hafeez (Professor?, He doesnt have the quality of a Kinder Garden Kid). Akmal Brothers( Find a better keeper with good batting quality. They are no where in ranks of Dhoni, ABD,Sanga,Mushfiqur,Mcullum). And Misba( He just scores odd fifties at a strike rate of 50 or 60 and is of 40 years.

  • on November 12, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Not long ago, Nasir Jamshed came in with a bang and fizzled out. Before him was Azhar Ali. Umar Akmal & Umar Amin shows talent but produces no goods.

    Pakistan should not have dropped Khurram Manzoor & Shan Masood after their performance had won the 1st test. Announcement of their drop demoralized them and they failed in 2nd test causing loss to Pakistan.

  • Fogu on November 12, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    I think PK needs to bring Younis and Yousuf back to partner with Misbah. Besides these old horses, they need to bring in young performers like Sohaib Maqsood and 2/3 top order batsmen who can learn from these masters over the next 2 years.

  • romirom on November 12, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    he proves that domestic record does matter to perform in intl cricket. i doesn't mean every player performs is domestic level can perform in intl level. but every player who performed in intl level have good record in domestic level. so rather than wasting time in umar amin, asad safiq, hafeez and afridi pcb should give chance to haris sohail, sharjeel khan and other players who has been consistently performing in domestic circuit. i feel sorry to haris sohail, he doesn't got proper chance in zim tour and dropped in this series. hop he will get chance in sa and in uae against srilanka.

  • on November 12, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    I agree with Vishal. He should have tried to face first three or four balls of all the remaining overs or until 45 overs to take the score more close to the target. He should have avoided tail to face more delivers and that should have been his stretgy after Shahid Afridi exit. You do not face such situations every day. And I think you do not feel pressure when you are fighting alone because no one expects you to do miracle. And it lifts pressure. But, he is very new to International cricket so this should have been management responsibility to convey the message that he should play remaining game like I described above. However, I hope he performs well in South Africa. He looks more confident than any other Pakistani batsman.

  • SridharKalyan on November 12, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    I was lucky to watch this youngster bat against SA - the last two ODIs - and I am sure I see some rare talent here. Both the Akmal brothers impressed all of us with their aggressive tactics when it came to batting, but this young fellow impresses a lot more than they ever did, in just two matches, just with his technique. I am sure he would have the temperament to match his technique. He will then go a long way to fill up that big-gap that is now there in the Pak. batting line up. I am now a big fan of this youngster - SHOAIB MAQSOOD.

  • roundrockcricket on November 12, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    He has 3 to 4 shots in his book which is not enough to succeed in international level, teams will figure it out within no time ,just been a cricket fan I saw him 1)playing short ball on off stump which he likes to pull but not to perfection on midon,2)he lofts on midoff too often and in the air that DONT GO LONG WAY and stays in the air just the way he was out in t20,1st odi and 2nd odi same manner,looks preety lazy fielder that he was asked to be in the slips for his 2nd odi.

  • mansoor777 on November 12, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    I have never seen any good pakistan bastment after saeed anwar. After his retirement there was no aggression in pakistan opening and that was the reason for their loss. I think Saeed Anwar wasmuch better than Inzimam. I think Shoiab Maqsood is here to stay for long time and he is a good bastement. Shoiab malik, umar akmal , mohm hafeez are waste .remove them permanent and bring back razaak

  • on November 12, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    The good part is that he is educated and that is the key point as he is absorb pressure so well. Best of Luck for his future bright prospect.!

  • on November 12, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    It's too early & expect unexpected from him. So we better not hype it too much. No doubt he has a good technique but let the time decide that how consistent he can be. SA tour will also give a fari idea that how he adjusts to fast pitches. So goodluck to him & may Allah help him succeed !

  • jokerbala on November 12, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Pakistan's batting problems stem from the fact that they have always have only two kinds of batsmen , the tuk tuk hyper-defensive batsmen(Hafeez,Amin) and the boom boom hyper attacking batsman (Afridi, Akmal, Razzak). I think they have found a solid player since Mohammed Yosuf who can move the scoring at a fair clip by playing with a positive intent.I think you can count on him doing well in the future in more helpful conditions.

  • mzm149 on November 12, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    It is too early to say that he is future of Pakistan batting but he has shown good performance so far. He should have tried to stay till the end instead of throwing his wicket after good start. He had problems with short balls. He will be thoroughly tested in South Africa. I hope he performs there and cements his place amongst fragile batting line up.

  • on November 12, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    I was surprised to see khurram Manzoor was not selected for ODI

  • on November 12, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    I beg to differ. Javed Miandad is the best batsmen Pakistan has produced by far, followed by Inzamam who is not that far behind. Miandad had a hunger for runs un-parallel, and was a far better runner between the wickets.

  • on November 12, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    He is a real talent. He played well in both games. But i think it is too early to say that he iis Inzi.

    He proved 1 thing that domestic records do matter. If you have good domestic ( easier level than Intl level ) record , you will most likely do well.

    In his 2nd game he also showed that you can maintain good healthy strike rate with some watchful approach not by just hitting in the name of aggression. yesterdays innings was very constructive. He looked more mature than Umar Akmal while batting with him yesterday.

    On both occasions he gave up after 50s. that he should address. May be it is some thing which he will learn by experience. He can go for many years at this level.

  • on November 12, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    The shot he played after making second fifty tells me he never belived they could win. which does not say much of him.

  • on November 12, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Reason current indian team is good is because rohit , kohli, dhoni, yuvraj are not just good batsmen but they also make sure they finish matches when they are in. Javed miandad was a last champion finisher pakistan had. I did not put sachin, dhawan or some others in same category and they r good batsmen too. I am of opinion that pak batting needs overhauling and players need to be selected on performance not reputation. this guy has played two innings of 50 in loosing causes to me it does not prive much accept he can hold a bat. true test for any player is how matches they can win for team consistantly not how long they can hold bat in loosing causes.

  • on November 12, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    the most important thing is the maturity with the way he played those two innings..difficult to find in a player so early in his career..he knew which bowler to attack and whom to give respect nd what balls to chose to..the thing lacking in umer akmal

  • Sir_Ivor on November 12, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    He is no Inzamam. I have seen each aspect of his play on the occasions he has played recently. He is quite simply no Inzy. He may get to do well in the longer version of the game and that is which format he should really aim for. Inzamam in his early days was instinctive with the horizontal shots. Sohaib isn't and that too on the tracks in the desert. I wish him the best of luck and not get carried away by a few good words about him. He has if any thing perhaps,the Multani spirit which will stand him in good stead.Pakistan needs some good batsmen if they are not to fade away from the once strong team they were. I hope the PCB gets its act together and gets hold of someone as venerable as Hanif to be part of the batting training or maybe Zaheer. I am sure they could give some time to the promising batsmen in the country.

  • SASH1089 on November 12, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Although early in his career he has shown that he has the temperament and ability to play at this level, scoring two half centuries against a testing and well disciplined south African attack, his test will come in the series to follow on the south African pitches, If anything goes judging by this series he is surely a good find for Pakistan and hopefully if the other batsmen find consistency they will be a good all - round unit.

  • Salman_Shakeel84 on November 12, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Well, Sohaib Maqsood's calmness at the crease is magnificent. In 4th & 5th ODI, It was looking as if Afridi,Hafeez and Akmal are debuting and Sohaib is playing since a decade

    Sohaib definitely got a great future provided that he focuses more his technique for handling short pitch balls.Also, have listened to him during couple of interviews, he seems to have a very good cricketing brain. So he has all the guts to become a future leader or captain.

    Though its too early to say, but Sohaib you must continue to perform in a consistent manner as currently you are the only hope in the current awful batting of Pakistan. Good Luck!

  • Jhammatian on November 12, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    He is pure class. He is the only positive which Pakistan can take from this series. Pure timings , nice shots and the main factor confidence , he played all shots with confidence and determination no matter whether steyn is bowling or imran tahir.

    Insha Allah he 'll improve himself to be more like a finisher and match winner batsman.

  • BillyBeer on November 12, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Two fifties ...and a guy gets compared to Inzy....:)))!!Why dont you stop looking at the next Miandad,Zaheer or Inzy....how about setting your sights lower...maybe a Majid ,Salim maliik, Anwar??with the current crop of players...no openers in sight...no middle order...no allrounder..pls pls Afridi is a waste..just coz the pathans love him and he doesnt last enough for them to finish a paratha!!Bad scene ....Ajmal is the only talent in the team....who said Imran Nazir...stop joking!! Tough for Pakistan to get back into the world scene....the board is in shambles...selection policies warped...no international class players...its still Misbah.....some akmal family members...and just about anyone who owns a bat....

  • SyedArbabAhmed on November 12, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    #Pakistani batsman need coaching classes & sittings with ex world class Pakistani batsmen like Hanif Muhammad, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam, Saeed Anwar etc otherwise they will not improve and there will be no HOPE

  • on November 12, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    I like the looks of this player. Calm, unflustered and most importantly very very still at the crease during the bowlers run-up. Hopefully he will take it far for Pakistan. Dunno so much about the players that he must bat with though. I saw Afridi coming in and I thought to myself, well here comes a slogger (at best) let us see how that will affect Maqsood's batting. Afridi came (with usual chants and whoops - seriously? Still? Why?) and played yet another brainless innings with yet another a mindless dismissal. What happened next? Maqsood played an Afridi type shot. Get rid of the dead wood in the Pakistan side and start building the youngsters. (Afridi was never and never will be a legend, pity the fans cannot seem to see this).

  • KiwiRocker- on November 12, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    I am very impressed by Sohaib. What strikes me different about Sohaib is his calmness. In current Pakistani team, Misbah had some of that, however, Sohaib clearly has got a calmness about him. Very few can compare to great Inzemam Ul haq. Inzy scored 15 centuries that won matches for Pakistan. This is more centuries in winning cause than scored by tendulya and Sehwag together. For me Inzemam along with Lara, Ponting and Dravid were the best batsmen of last 20 years! Sohaib has just started his career and he has to prove himself.He is definitely got all the shots and he seems to play all kind of bowlers with ease.His backfoot punches and pull shots were excellent. If there was one positive for Pakistan in this series, it has to be Sohaib. It is matter of time before we see Sohaib in test matches.I am disappointed by Jamshed as I still believe he will return.As for likes of Umar Akmal and Umar Amin, they are orindary players who should be sent to domestic cricket. No Akmals in Pak team!

  • on November 12, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    "He's an amazing player, there's no doubt about it" But loud for IMRAN NAZIR'S comeback.

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  • on November 12, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    "He's an amazing player, there's no doubt about it" But loud for IMRAN NAZIR'S comeback.

  • KiwiRocker- on November 12, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    I am very impressed by Sohaib. What strikes me different about Sohaib is his calmness. In current Pakistani team, Misbah had some of that, however, Sohaib clearly has got a calmness about him. Very few can compare to great Inzemam Ul haq. Inzy scored 15 centuries that won matches for Pakistan. This is more centuries in winning cause than scored by tendulya and Sehwag together. For me Inzemam along with Lara, Ponting and Dravid were the best batsmen of last 20 years! Sohaib has just started his career and he has to prove himself.He is definitely got all the shots and he seems to play all kind of bowlers with ease.His backfoot punches and pull shots were excellent. If there was one positive for Pakistan in this series, it has to be Sohaib. It is matter of time before we see Sohaib in test matches.I am disappointed by Jamshed as I still believe he will return.As for likes of Umar Akmal and Umar Amin, they are orindary players who should be sent to domestic cricket. No Akmals in Pak team!

  • on November 12, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    I like the looks of this player. Calm, unflustered and most importantly very very still at the crease during the bowlers run-up. Hopefully he will take it far for Pakistan. Dunno so much about the players that he must bat with though. I saw Afridi coming in and I thought to myself, well here comes a slogger (at best) let us see how that will affect Maqsood's batting. Afridi came (with usual chants and whoops - seriously? Still? Why?) and played yet another brainless innings with yet another a mindless dismissal. What happened next? Maqsood played an Afridi type shot. Get rid of the dead wood in the Pakistan side and start building the youngsters. (Afridi was never and never will be a legend, pity the fans cannot seem to see this).

  • SyedArbabAhmed on November 12, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    #Pakistani batsman need coaching classes & sittings with ex world class Pakistani batsmen like Hanif Muhammad, Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Inzamam, Saeed Anwar etc otherwise they will not improve and there will be no HOPE

  • BillyBeer on November 12, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Two fifties ...and a guy gets compared to Inzy....:)))!!Why dont you stop looking at the next Miandad,Zaheer or Inzy....how about setting your sights lower...maybe a Majid ,Salim maliik, Anwar??with the current crop of players...no openers in sight...no middle order...no allrounder..pls pls Afridi is a waste..just coz the pathans love him and he doesnt last enough for them to finish a paratha!!Bad scene ....Ajmal is the only talent in the team....who said Imran Nazir...stop joking!! Tough for Pakistan to get back into the world scene....the board is in shambles...selection policies warped...no international class players...its still Misbah.....some akmal family members...and just about anyone who owns a bat....

  • Jhammatian on November 12, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    He is pure class. He is the only positive which Pakistan can take from this series. Pure timings , nice shots and the main factor confidence , he played all shots with confidence and determination no matter whether steyn is bowling or imran tahir.

    Insha Allah he 'll improve himself to be more like a finisher and match winner batsman.

  • Salman_Shakeel84 on November 12, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Well, Sohaib Maqsood's calmness at the crease is magnificent. In 4th & 5th ODI, It was looking as if Afridi,Hafeez and Akmal are debuting and Sohaib is playing since a decade

    Sohaib definitely got a great future provided that he focuses more his technique for handling short pitch balls.Also, have listened to him during couple of interviews, he seems to have a very good cricketing brain. So he has all the guts to become a future leader or captain.

    Though its too early to say, but Sohaib you must continue to perform in a consistent manner as currently you are the only hope in the current awful batting of Pakistan. Good Luck!

  • SASH1089 on November 12, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Although early in his career he has shown that he has the temperament and ability to play at this level, scoring two half centuries against a testing and well disciplined south African attack, his test will come in the series to follow on the south African pitches, If anything goes judging by this series he is surely a good find for Pakistan and hopefully if the other batsmen find consistency they will be a good all - round unit.

  • Sir_Ivor on November 12, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    He is no Inzamam. I have seen each aspect of his play on the occasions he has played recently. He is quite simply no Inzy. He may get to do well in the longer version of the game and that is which format he should really aim for. Inzamam in his early days was instinctive with the horizontal shots. Sohaib isn't and that too on the tracks in the desert. I wish him the best of luck and not get carried away by a few good words about him. He has if any thing perhaps,the Multani spirit which will stand him in good stead.Pakistan needs some good batsmen if they are not to fade away from the once strong team they were. I hope the PCB gets its act together and gets hold of someone as venerable as Hanif to be part of the batting training or maybe Zaheer. I am sure they could give some time to the promising batsmen in the country.

  • on November 12, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    the most important thing is the maturity with the way he played those two innings..difficult to find in a player so early in his career..he knew which bowler to attack and whom to give respect nd what balls to chose to..the thing lacking in umer akmal