Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13 January 20, 2013

Jamshed strives to become a 'complete' batsman


Nasir Jamshed has said he wants to boost his reputation on the tour of South Africa, the first time he'll be playing outside Asia.

Jamshed made his international debut in early 2008, in the home ODI series against Zimbabwe. He had a relatively tidy stint between 2008 and 2009, playing mostly against Asian teams in Asia, before missing out due to fitness issues. After two-and-a-half years he returned to international cricket last year, scored 602 runs at 66.88 with three hundreds and three fifties. He played 22 ODIs and 11 T20Is, all in Asia; his grade-cricket career too was confined to the subcontinent. His limited-overs credentials, though, ultimately won him a Test call-up for the tour of South Africa.

Jamshed, who struck back-to-back centuries in the ODI series against India, is currently Pakistan's best batsman in terms of form and consistency. He is keen on becoming a complete batsman who can adjust to any conditions around the world. "I don't want to be tagged as an Asian-oriented batsman," Jamshed told ESPNcricinfo. "It's the line between an average and a world-class player," he added, claiming success around the world was key.

"I admit I haven't played outside Asia and the tour to South Africa without doubt will be my first real test and I am prepared for it."

Jamshed, 23, who, so far, has played against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India and Australia, said he is yet to face a "tough" bowler in international cricket. In South Africa, though, he is expecting tougher competition. "I haven' played out of Asia; similarly I am yet to face tough bowlers, so it would be a unique experience for me to bat against South Africa's world-class bowlers in their own backyard."

Pakistan have toured South Africa on four occasions since 1995. The pitches in South Africa have always tested Pakistan's batsmen. Among the openers, Taufeeq Umar and Saeed Anwar managed to score centuries, with the current vice-captain Mohammad Hafeez averging 16.5 in six innings played in 2007. "I never been to South Africa at any stage of my career but the pitches there are always challenging," Jamshed said. "I don't know what happened in past but every day is a new day and things do improve with time. It obviously will be tough but we are well prepared for it and I have my plans as an opener.

"I know they have done some homework on me and I am not worried at all but I have to think ahead of them and give them nothing. There is no need to rush. If they want to bowl hard, I have all the strokes and patience required for Test cricket. I have also worked so hard on my defence, making it more solid."

Pakistan's Test squad left for South Africa on Sunday morning from Lahore.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Jawwad on January 21, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    I wonder if Pak beats SA in Tests ( of course far fetched) and climbs to No. 1 spot, perhaps No. 2? Gives me goosebumps to even think about it considering where we were during the fateful summer of 2010.

  • Muhammad Hassan on January 21, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Pakistani Batsmen dont score and their bowlers wont let you score simple theory ...

  • Faizan on January 21, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    The Mighty Saffers, you really are over the moon after beating a Kiwi side which is relatively young and has some internal team issues. Junaid Khan is going to bamboozle Smith, Kallis, Amla, Du Plessis and De villiers with his swing. The towering frame of Irfan would be enough to give the SA batsmen sleepless nights and the master magician, Ajmall, would do what he is best at. Jamshed is really good, but we have Azhar Ali ( the crease occupier) and Misbah who is going to frustrate Steyn and co with his defence. Pak only need 300-350 runs per innings to win because Pak bowling too strong. Saffers, get ready for a shocking white wash :)

  • Stark on January 21, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    His a class act and will be fine but you can't say the same for Taufeeq, Hafeez, Asad and Sarfraz.

    Personally, I would have taken Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Naved Yasin or Salahuddin (possibly 2 out of the 4, if you drop Taufeeq) in place of Shafiq and obviously, Adnan for Sarfraz.

    Before you bash me for including Umar, just remember he was the only successful batsmen during the Aus tour, which included Yousuf, Misbah, Malik and Faisal Iqbal (someone please get rid of him).

  • NASIR on January 21, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    I feel Nasir has the ability to cope with likes of Philander, Morkel and Styn. He will have to play the new ball with his normal approach, which is aggressive. If he comes good at top than our later order will also prosper. Overall it will be a contest b/w Pakistan Bowlers and SA batting.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Nasir jamshed and juniad khan will rock in south africa best of luck team pakistan

  • Anver on January 21, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed has all the essential qualities to combat the situations in SA.... I hope he will do something special in his first visit & will be remembered by all !!!!! My best wishes to him & Pak team !!!!

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    @ Sicho, Hi buddy, gone are the days when our batting was considered as weak link. Now Pakistan batting line up is getting gems like Hafeez(polished now), Azhar Ali, Nasir Jamshaid who have a strong support of Younis Khan and the wall Misbah ul haq. I definitely think that they would excel with the type of combination they are having both in bowling and batting. First time everin the history of Pak cricket, I can see the consistency in fielding as well. So looking forward to the tour. I humbly can think once again for the Pakistan team to beat the No. 1 team

  • asim on January 21, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Its so nice to see this Pakistan cricket team. Atleast there dream of playing on Good pitches have come true. Not all of these players are greedy for money. They dont have IPL and BBL contracts but they are down to earth youngsters. Lets go out and support them

  • Amyn on January 21, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    SA has not faced top quality spin for a long time. The wickets will be favoring fast bowlers. In both cases, Pakistan team bowling can dent the reputation of SA batsmen. They will have to hold on to their catches and half chances. Its the batting, which is worrying. Pakistan team has to pack both experience and youth in their batting line up. They have to stick to tuk tuk mentality. This is the only way to frustrate SA bowling. Good Luck Pakistan. looking forward to great series.