Monday, January 31, 2011

Team Review – Pakistan

Batting

Strengths
The batting revolves around Misbah and Younis Khan though they may be a bit slow. Players like Afridi and Razzaq have snatched victories from the jaws of defeats a number of times. Youngsters like Hafeez and Umer Akmal also display a lot of talent and class.

Weakness
Inconsistency is the biggest problem of this batting line-up. Also M. Yousuf and Shoaib Malik have not been picked, they have been prolific on the sub continent tracks in the past.

Rating – 5.5/10

Bowling


Strengths
Umar Gul and Wahab Riyaz can bowl quick, can swing the ball and reverse swing it too at pace. Afridi, Ajmal can be pretty deceptive on spin friendly wickets.

Weakness
Absence of Asif and Amir will be the biggest weakness.

Rating – 6/10

Fielding

Strengths
Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi seem to be the only bright spots to me.

Weakness
Probably the weakest fielding team among all the test playing nations and even their keeper, Kamran Akmal is the worst of them all.

Rating – 3.5/10

Overall Summary


As always, the team enters a big tournament with a list of problems – No captain, match fixing shadows, senior players dropped, ball tempering allegations, no matches on the home soil… But as they have so often done in the past, proved everyone wrong… Can they do it again??

Rating – 4.5/10

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