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July 26, 2013

Does Misbah-ul-Haq's strike-rate make him a poor ODI batsman?

Yes

His strike-rate since 2011 is under 70, in an era when lots of batsmen strike in the 90s. The fact that Misbah hasn't been able to convert one of his many fifties into a hundred speaks for itself. Pakistan need better from the most experienced player in an inexperienced line-up.

No

Misbah's methods are justified by the unpredictability of the rest of the batting line-up, and the potency of Pakistan's bowling. He has the ability to switch gears when the situation demands it, and his slow scoring has rarely contributed to defeat.

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July 27, 2013, 4:31 GMT

By rocket123

A reasonably good batsman and could have been better if he had good batsmen around him. Most of the time he is to anchor and score runs at a brisk place because Pakistan has had a shaky batting line-up for a long time. Given current dearth in good batting, Misbah is surely playing his part well and there is nothing more he could do. If he wants to be an impact player then as a captain he needs to take some tough decisions. He needs to have Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal in the line-up for a long time, say 10-15 ODIs, to see how these players carry the batting and responsibility. Azhar Ali should play 1 down, Misbah 2 down, Umar 3 down and Asad 4 down. The reason Asad should play 3 down because he looks good capable of anchoring and playing fast when need be. Misbah should then have Razzaq at 5 and Shahid Afridi at 6 down. That would give Misbah to bat better and groom youngsters at the same time along with a formidable fire power in the middle and at down the order.

July 26, 2013, 18:41 GMT

By xylo

It is not a question about if Misbah is a good/bad ODI batsman. Misbah is a batsman that Pakistan need in times of crisis, and their batsmen seem to find new ways of creating a crisis every time they go out to bat. He might have a lesser strike rate when compared to other international batsmen, but the fact is Pakistan's bowling attack is more than capable to cover up his slowness. He can step it up when it matters too. One thing that Misbah could work on, though, is to nudge a few singles.

August 2, 2013, 9:19 GMT

By 11_Warrior

He is mis fit for shorter formats of the Game.

August 1, 2013, 20:23 GMT

By bouncer709

It is itself very poor excuse to make that he always come to bat when 2/3 wickets down. Why are you reluctant to play one down? I have never seen any batsman like him who struggle too much in mid of the innings to take singles, He have only few shots to play, just block or loft spinners over midwicket, and one reverse sweep per match. The only good thing is that his average is high, and the people who think without Misbah Pakistan team will be bowled out at 100/150 score , they are naive about cricket, When Misbah will not be in the team, player like Umer Akmal or any other young player will make adjustment and they will score 50 in 50 balls, instead of scoring 50 of 100 balls. In cricket it is very general rule that when new batsman comes to bat, the already settled batsman should take charge, but in case of Misbah it is reverse, he keep playing like night-watch man, he keep his average high and asks other around him to keep batting, play shots and get out.

July 31, 2013, 22:16 GMT

By  

We keep forgetting Misbah came into the game as a brilliant lower order batsman who is capable of improvising and scoring quickly. Due to the responsibility put upon him by the PCB as a captain, Misbah has done the right thing by changing his game for the betterment of the team. He has developed a style that has added stability to the batting line up for Pakistan, and also has kept them in the map during a difficult stage. We forget that Misbah is truly a team player rather than a self-fish player, and its about time we recognize that about him. It's hard in this era to find players who truly play for the country as oppose to for fame and money.

July 29, 2013, 14:29 GMT

By  

Misbah ul Haq is technically the most equipped batsmen we have after inzamam Ul Haq for a long time. His approach towards the game is based on the old fashioned principle that keep your wickets till the end and then push the paddle of the accelator. The idea is very simple ' Spend time on the wicket and runs will come eventually'. It works for him and plus paying huge dividends to the team accordingly. More ever, rest of the batting line up is really shaky at the moment and is without any single reliable batsmen who can contribute substantially to the team's cause. Nevertheless he plays according to the situation and leads from the front always. However he is unfortunate and that is not having enough of the fire power amongst other batsmen. They really lack temperament, application and ability to absorb the pressure situation and Come back strongly. His Strength is the calm and cool attitude plus ability to shift gears and play big shots when the situation demands.

July 26, 2013, 22:56 GMT

By teamxxx

Misbah is a batsman of 1990 struck in the 2000, well there are very few batsmen like him in the world at the moment, and you will not see these batsmen in the future anymore, as so many T20 leagues are there to attract the young batsmen.these young players really don't know how to stay at crease for long.we have seen increase of strike rates but decrease of players staying at crease which only Misbah does whenever he comes to the crease everyone knows that he is there to stay.for Pakistan I should say that it is blessing in disguise that they have this kind of batsman in their line up which is the weakest of all times when there is no javed,salim, inzamam, ijaz, saeed,yousaf like batsmen who always scores big.it is a pity that I can't see any good batsmen coming in near future because of lack of international cricket at home grounds.so the youngsters here really don't want to play cricket which is a sad situation for cricket, Icc should take some serious steps to avoid this situation.

July 26, 2013, 22:17 GMT

By  

Misbah is a decent ODI batsman but the issue is not his strike rate being low, it is him not being to accelerate when it is needed. Dhoni has a very low strike rate up until the last few when he goes ballistic. Misbah cannot take on faster bowlers and cannot hit sixes against anyone other than spinners, who often do not operate at the death of an innings.

He is a pivotal part of Pakistan's team but unlike other major ODI batsmen like AB/Amla/Kohli/Dhoni/Pietersen/Samuels he is unable to turn it on if he has to. He does haev the ability to take singles and doubles well when he needs to accelerate but he should be doing that from the get go not start taking singles in the last 10.

Despite this, he is Pakistan's best batsman by a long shot and will reliably get us to a skeleton of a total, but he requires others to bat around him to be effective, he will never win us the game single handedly as players like Afridi/Umar Akmal/Razzaq can

July 26, 2013, 18:57 GMT

By manobilla

Please refer to the cricinfo article http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/655187.html which explains it all.

This article changed my perception of Misbah. He truly is an anchor and a great odi batsmen (I used to think otherwise)

Being a Pakistani, I do understand that we could be mathematically challenged, but there is enough verbage in the article to explain his strike rate. It also compares his strike rate to other international odi batsmen in similar situations and on similar pitches. When you truly compare apples to apples (as the author in the article does) it is obvious that his strike rate is very comparable to other top international odi batsmen, and yet he has helped Pak win so many matches.

July 26, 2013, 15:50 GMT

By  

Misbah has helped Pakistan win matches more often than not.Yes,he does need to up his strike Rate no doubt,but what do you do when your top order is so fragile and lower order batters like afridi so unrealiable?The recently concluded ODI series vs the Windes is illustrative of the fact that.despite Misbah's slow scoring rate,he won the series for Pakistan.Carrying the batting pretty much single handedly.He is not all flair and passion.He is reliable.All these traits make him very non-Pakistani,hence these debates about his batting!

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