Pakistan in South Africa 2012-13

Jamshed strives to become a 'complete' batsman

Umar Farooq

January 20, 2013

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Nasir Jamshed scored 34, India v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Delhi, January 6, 2013
Nasir Jamshed will seek to replicate his limited-overs success in the longest format © BCCI
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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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Posted by Desihungama 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.

Posted by mhb1 on (January 21, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

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

Posted by Cricket_Man 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 :)

Posted by Stark62 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).

Posted by MianNasir 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.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

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

Posted by anver777 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 !!!!

Posted by   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

Posted by Asim2010 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

Posted by ABLcric 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.

Posted by SyedAftab on (January 21, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

India used to win matches on their soil only and Pak has beaten them in their home country that is why they have still not come out from back to back defeats. This is all biased that India played badly. It is South African style commentary we have been listening since 1993, instead of praising the opposition that good bowl, nice shot they say bad shot, bad bowl. so same thing indians are saying here that India played badly instead of saying Pak played superbly :p

Posted by   on (January 21, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

It would be a great experience and exposure to him in terms of batting on fast pitches with bounce. But it would be difficult for him to get a nod in first two tests as Taufeeq Umar has done a fair bit of job for Pak in last 2 years as an opener. He along with Hafeez may not made stylish opening pair but a decent one that can see off the new bowl and save the middle-order from fresh fast bowlers.....hoping for a competitive test-series.....plz post

Posted by wakaPAK on (January 21, 2013, 3:59 GMT)

Pakistani players might be under pressure for playing against the best team and possibly the best in last few decades and they will always look and approach the game in terms of "avoiding loss" in their minds but I hope they understand that they should also look at the optimistic side; if they win this, they will be the best team in the world. We just need Unity, faith and discipline.

Posted by SICHO on (January 21, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

you Pakistanis are missing the point here. See if your bowlers bowl us out for maybe 250, our bowlers will dismiss you for maybe 180 or close. And if your batsmen score 260, our batsmen will score 350+ score. You forget how weak you batting line-up is. So I back SA to take the series 3-0.

Posted by Razag on (January 21, 2013, 0:08 GMT)

Guys steyn is a good bowler but he is not invincible kp shoed that in england Clarke showed that in aus so good to pak team jus have faith and plz Dont make predictions just let the battle begin the best will winn ...

Posted by Smahuta on (January 21, 2013, 0:00 GMT)

Good luck playing the short balls Nasir, they get up above your waist in South Africa, better be prepared.

Posted by Beertjie on (January 20, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

In the first test it may be best to omit Younis Khan and play Jamshed: Taufeeq, Jamshed, Hafeez, Azhar, Shafiq, Misbah, Sarfraz, Gul, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan. Younis should make way for younger players (This will probably be Misbah's last year, too). Haris Sohail may get a chance if there are injuries. Very valuable experience to be gained for the batsmen on this tour as Pakistan continue building for the future. How good will Pakistan be in the return series later this year? That depends upon taking as many positives from this series as possible. Good test for Protea batsmen if Pakistan can hold their catches. Should be worth watching.

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 20, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

Im sure this Batting line up of Pak will look like a Telephone no. on the scorecard ,after the end of innings...

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 20, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

3-0 in Tests...Pakistan will be taken to the cleaners...i'm afraid..

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 20, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

Dont worry guys King of tuk tuk will probably make another 7 of 107 balls and will draw the games for us :):P

Posted by   on (January 20, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

For those who are talking that Jamshed will be exposed in front of Steyn, Vernon and Morkel. Watch out for Junaid, Irfan, and Gull as they'll also be deadly in such bouncy and fast paced tracks, and ofcourse Ajmal and Hafeez ads more solidity to this bowling attack. Over all, it will be a cracker of a series. South Africa should win, though it won't be easy at all. Good luck Jamshed and team Pakistan.

Posted by Naseer_shah on (January 20, 2013, 21:10 GMT)

@adis26 Jamshed is good batsmen but his batting has many many flaws and will expose in S.africa 200 % sure, he will be L.B.W mostly or caught by keeper ...... I don't know why you people waiting for Varon ... that is your media , always creates so hype and after that hero to zero .. he played 4 matches 6 wicket in which 4 was tail enders . As far india-Pakistan concern , see the H2H , we wins mostly .from 2003 till present India won 20 matches pakistan 19 .. you are starting to win after our legends got retire .. we won mostly when your legend was there ... I will be a long debate ...

Posted by ImmadAzim on (January 20, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

No doubt he has performed well in Asia, but the real test is surely up now. If he performs he is sure to last for some time in world ranks. I think he will prosper, Go NJ Go.

Posted by JACK.SPARROW on (January 20, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

jamshed should be busy at protecting his body from 146 kph superstorm let alone playing shot.

Posted by JACK.SPARROW on (January 20, 2013, 20:00 GMT)

styen will just blow him away.

Posted by sirvivfan on (January 20, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

Yes South Africa would have done home work. My advice to Jamshedpur and other pakistan batsmen is simple, they will bowl lot of short balls followed by pitched balls attacking the off stump....so the tactic should be leave as many balls early on as possible.....plent of patience is needed. Do not get hooking until you know pace of the wicket,mbest to duck or sway away.....watch Kallis how he bats.. He leaves plenty of balls. Kallis without doubt the best batsmen around....better than tendulkar as he has batted in bowling friendly conditions most of the time. This is an unbiased ex cricketers view! Toss is also going to be key hopefully what ore has done some research....as taking wrong descion SA can be disastrous as Kiwi!s have found out. England where lucky few years back as they won the toss in number of occasions and put in SA in....yet they lost the series I think. Tough tour no doubt but looking it positively no body is expecting pakistan starved of test cricket do anything..good

Posted by cisco420 on (January 20, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

I am not worried about Nasir Jamshed, he is a fine batsman. Its Hafeez who will have all sorts of issues since his technique is not that good. One down Azher, two down Asad, three down Harris/Younus and than Misbah. I think Harris should be given chance instead of Younus.

Posted by oayaz01 on (January 20, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

@LillianThomson - I agree with you that Taufiq will get a nod ahead of Jamshed, infact the selectors were dropping Taufiq from the squad because of his poor performances in the first class cricket back home but Misbah wanted him so he got a nod. Bear in mind, Misbah and Taufiq both play for same team in first class cricket.

Another thing that goes in Taufiq's favour is that he is a very good slipper and a 2nd choice keeper, in case Morkel broke's Sarfraz finger which is also a possibility. Jamshed on the other hand isn't a fit athlete and a very ordinary fielder so one needs to see that as well.

If I were the selector, would have played both and dropped Hafeez because his chances of scoring in SAF are as thin as International cricket returning to Pakistan but that won't happen as he is vice captain and Jamshed will probably have to sit out for first two test.

Posted by azurecharms on (January 20, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

Every chance Pak will give SA worth of their money if their batters bat with discipline. Hafiz is a touch batsman at the top, but he can be erratic as well Yunus. Azhar will be sensible and hope Shafiq and Jamshed if he is given test cap, can bat. Lets see! Pak has good bowlers though. Junaid and Gul will create lots of problems for SA batters so as Irfan if he can remain fit. I have doubts his is fit enough for the rigors of test cricket. Mind, every batsman struggles on seaming and fast wickets so it wont be easy for SA either, but Pak can implode any time. They are good at that!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

He's an average player who has so far only performed on flat tracks. Also his fielding is very poor but the South Africa series will give us a clear idea what sort of a player he really is.

Posted by sasjads on (January 20, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

A brilliant batsman with lot of patience and confident in his stroke playng i thnk he should replace T.Umar in d playng XI

Posted by ReverseSwingMaster on (January 20, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

HAHAHAHA over excitation, prediction etc etc..... will get u nothing. Well I will not tell you what PAK side is, well actually they will show u on ground. Wait for that moment. See you soon here :)

Posted by uzairamir on (January 20, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

i wish they give chance to anwar ali and 145+ muhammad talha and sadaf hussain a chance in odis and t20s

Posted by adis26 on (January 20, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

And about India's fast bowking - 100% agreed that we have had our problems but tell you what, the wait may just be ending - let Umesh Yadav come out of injury along with Irfan Pathan, Varun Aaron is going to come around fairly soon. Bhuveneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed are also looking great prospects. Ishant personally I don't think he is too good but that is ok. Umesh, Aaron, Shami and consistently bowl over 140 while Bhuveneshwar, Irfan, Praveen seem more guile type guys. Not concerned much but I wait patiently. Anyways, in all this bashing, I shouldn't forget to acknowledge this artcile's topic - Jamshed. That was a good century for him against us, Pak could do with some batting stars. So far Hafeez and Umar Akmal seem the best guys out there. Hafeez has a lot of grace and so does Akmal but he always seems to find a way to get out. Asad Shafiq looked good in the WC but havent seen him much since.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 20, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

What a player he is.. His abaility to play big innings is amazing. all he needs to do is lose a little bit of weight. I am very excited with some young talent from pakistan in likes of Nasir Jamshed, Haris Sohail, Junaid khan, Ehsan adil, Raza Hassan, Asad, Azhar and umar akmal. Best of luck for a real skill tester.

Posted by C.A-SA1987 on (January 20, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

I think i speak on behalf of most of the fellow South African fans here:

Can we please stop the PAK - IND arguing?

Let's focus on this kid Jamshed; he may just be the next Azhar Mahmood (late 90's he scored a bunch of centuries over here).

Gul is someone who could really find his groove on our helpful pitches. His run-up and approach screams energy and enthusiasm - there will be more than enough to keep him interested.

Vern is a class act, hoping he can hit that 4th stump line on the regular.

Dale is the best bowler in the world (across ALL bowling disciplines). Ajmal is the best spinner in the world. It could come down to the battle of the spearheads.

Maybe Elgar scores a brace of tonnes and makes it touch for JP to get back in?!?!

Who knows, but whatever it is, can we please stop with the India-Pakistan mud-slinging. It's distasteful.

Posted by Sinhaya on (January 20, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

Jamshed is perhaps the best batsman in the world today! Good luck from a Sri Lankan fan. Looking forward to seeing an excellent series between Pakistan and South Africa. Hope Pakistani batting clicks as that is what will decide the series against SA. Pakistani bowling clicking is a definite possibility as Pakistan is the land of great bowlers.

Posted by Desihungama on (January 20, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

Thanks DeckChair. We'll keep that in mind. Jokes aside, The contest is on. I can't wait to see young Pak batsmen developing it's core for the next decade have a go at arguably the best bowling attack on the offered pitches. S. African bowlers as tall as they are will be very handy on bouncy pitches. M. Irfan has to take full advantage of his height and bowl at right length to get equal results. There will be winners and losers in the series but I guarantee you, crowd will be the winner each time. Get ready for some bonanza cricket. Pak is coming in town.

Posted by SamRoy on (January 20, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Jamshed might actually bat well, but I will be happy even if he averages 35-40. It will be tough. BTW, I would have liked Ahmed Shehzad to open with Hafeez. That kid has a lot of talent and is not a 'mad max' like Umar Akmal.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 20, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

Tests with kiwis were over in 3 days, and with Pak it might not take more than 2 days. Common Saffas. Poor and Overconfident fellas are coming, need to show them there own place.

Posted by wakaPAK on (January 20, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

@adis26 I pity you for being so over the moon after wining against England B; wanna talk about real cricket? test? when your so called gods are tested and they can not hide from bowlers with unlimited overs to bowl and which is no longer played on flat tracks where your gods made so many records. You are naive and no nothing about cricket, thats why you get so happy with two odi wins against a second string English side who do not care about losing or winning a ODI because they know it's not the real cricket. Oh, guess what Newzealand just defeated SA in a one day game after being humiliated in test matches; that doesnt mean SA suck and I'm not gonna say who had the last laugh in Asia cup because this is how ODIs are won. A few billions in IPL have made you guys so arrogant you wont stop bickering, nobody cares about your IPL or give a damn about your money. How about our brilliant board who managed to squeeze a series between a series; thats what I call diplomacy.

Posted by supacricfan on (January 20, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

this fellow cant even be a half decent player overseas..even in india he was very lucky with umpiring decisions and so on..pakistanis will be hammered left right n centre black n blue..come on SA..Lol!!

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (January 20, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

Great to see Jamshed have success in this series. However, the South African bowling attack, at home, will be a cut above what he has been facing. Like caviar versus sardines on toast. If he is able to score back to back test centuries I will doff my cap to him. More likely, I fear, is that he will be quickly back in the hut as the Protea's bowling unit create murder and mayhem. My advise to the Pakistan team; know where your offstump is!

Posted by yspal on (January 20, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

adis26- I am sure Moazam meant to say jealous instead of burn ('jalna' in hindi or urdu) so dont take it literally :)

Posted by Surajdon9 on (January 20, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

Jamshed will rock against Chokers!!!!!!!!!Hey indian stop barking just check his batting stat against your 3rd class bowlers.Shame on you indians....

Posted by sunny56dx on (January 20, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

personally i dont like Taudique because of his lack of consistency but his performence in last tour of SA was gud with 1 hundred and a fifty in 4 innings. in my opinion we can think of playing with taufique and nasir as opener and hafiz as one down because i m sure that pakistan is going to lose one of there opener in very first overs of the inning and how azhar will answer to the bouncing and swinging bowl is still a question mark

Posted by adis26 on (January 20, 2013, 14:03 GMT)

@Moazam Rashid Love to see us burn? Since you're literally asking us to be rude to you, we will oblige. Congrats on your win, well played Pak. Hopefully with this favor BCCI has provided you (the series), your board can get out of bankruptcy. B'desh was about to agree to your request to tour Pak but looks like your boards rotten diplomacy skills even screwed that up. No home games,,IPL, no BPL - that must really bite doesn't it? Congrats on this wonderful bilateral win - but I bet it hurt when we kill you over and over again in multi-team or the world-stage. Howd it feel in 2011 when your whole country had hopes to make it to the World Cup final? May be re-live the glory Imran Khan bought to Pak in '92? And how did it feel when the ones you like to see you burn did just that to you? How about twice in the first T20? How about the Asia Cup match against you? Did our batting taste good then? Nevermind, congrats on the win - there will be another game soon.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

@thirdgear how can a person be so irrational and stupid ?ur bpl should be thankful to jamshed that he played and gave some credibility to the league...he was a good batsman as he had proved in his earlier stint but just because of fitness problem he could not play...do u think that any player no matter how good or bad he is gets selected for leagues and gets paid lots of money ?? no the player has to be good to be selected and he was a good batsman since he came to the scenes...grow up bengalis ,ur bpl and ur team are both mediocre...dont be so over the moon,u ll have a reli hard fall and u wouldnt be able to stand ever agen...look befor u leap...lolxx

Posted by   on (January 20, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

Pakistan has all potential but they have to put their 100% to bring result in their favour.Pakistan openning batsmen have to lay a good foundation for big total.Pakistan pacers has to put excellent performance.Ourfielding should be upto mark.If Nassar jamshed,Younus,Hafiz,Gul,Ajmal and Junaid perform to their potential then Pakistan has bright chances to win.Good planningand execution of it on field is very important.

Posted by Third_Gear on (January 20, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

He found himself in BPL 2012. Should be thankful to BPL for giving him the platform to prove his abillity.

Posted by saadaftab on (January 20, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

lol yeah he zlong with the Pakistanis were laughing all the way helping himself to 240+ runs in the 3-match ODI series recently vs India

Posted by LillianThomson on (January 20, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

Jamshed is probably the worst affected by the appalling decision to arrive at the last minute and only play one side match.

He is competing for a place against Taufeeq Umar, whose technique is completely shot-to-pieces in spite of strong performances in South Africa a decade ago.

In any normal, rational circumstances Jamshed would have Taufeeq's place. But he is himself a complete novice on bouncy tracks, and Pakistan will probably give Taufeeq a chance in the side match instead of Jamshed.

The train wreck is already predictable. Taufeeq will get the nod in the only warm-up match, and will fail again. But he will keep his place for the First Test because Jamshed won't have had a bat in the side match, because Taufeeq had his place.

And the beneficiaries will be Messrs D Steyn and V Philander.

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