Pakistan vs South Africa : 3rd ODI Review

Written by Fahd Mirza on February 12th, 2007   (365 views)

Rana Naved was the happiest person on earth, when rain forced the match towards abondanment, after Pakistan almost completed its batting. Though downpour washed-away the third ODI between South Africa and Pakistan, there are myriad things beg to be pointed out.

When the match started, Pakistani fans were apprehensive, knowing fairly well the inconsistencies of their team. They knew how un-professinal there team were and how it can fell victim very easily to the false sense of over-achievement. Everyone groaned before the match when the team sheets were displayed by watching the Kamran Akmal’s name in the team. More louder groans were heard watching him open the innings. As a first stroke of luck, Inzamam-ul-Haq, the over-weight Pakistani captain won the toss, and hastily elected to bat, lest something wierd happened.

To the dismay of all, the thorn in the cheek of Pakistan cricket, Kamran Akmal the incompetent, wobbled out as an opener. He is as misfit as an opener as he is misfit as a wicket keeper. What a pity. This shows the opening crisis, Pakistan is facing in the opening department. They can’t go lower than this. Openning is a specialized position, very crictical, the foundation for the batting to come. It sets the tone of the match. One of my friend was so anemically livid, he cried out that Kamran even didnt get injured. Perhaps because he doesnt do anything useful out there.

Younis Khan again showed his all-too well known callousness by getting out while playing a wide delivery. Even Andrew Hall and umpire watched him playing that in sheer disbelief. What is the advantage of such a batsmen who delivers in just couple of matches and show the back in 50 matches? This is why Pakistan team management is so un-professional.

Imran Nazir broke the heart of Pakistani fans early in the game, by playing a stupid shot. He needs to be very careful to not to replicate Imran Farhat’s foolish legacy. If he goes on to repeat this, he will find himself again in the back benches.

Mohammad Yousaf, Mohammad Yousaf, Mohammad Yousaf. What a darling you are. Sweet Timing, Easy on eyes, Smooth flowing shots, Lazy Elegance, Classical drives are the hall mark of this rising star of Pakistan. He is growing in stature day by day. At Number 4, he is making up the chasm created by openers and also giving support to the late order batsmen. His 79 runs were so juicy and creamy and delicious.

Inzamam always manages to get out in as much insulting ways as possible. Some day he trips over the wickets, some day he falls in the crease, some day he blocks the fielder, some day he leave the ball alone and some day he gets run out disgracefully. This time, he played the ball so lazily, the commentators were rendered speechless. Even Ramiz Raja his best buddy, was kicking himself. Perhaps, he should ask Mushtaq Ahmed (Our “BOWLING” coach) for help in this regard.

“Afridi phir nahin chala” (Afridi again failed). He is yet another beacon of the un-prefessonalism of Pakistani cricket. He will never learn. He will perform in a single game and drown the team in the next 30 games. When will we able to get rid of him, remains a wistful thinking.

Azhar Mahmood looked very rusty, Abdul Razzaq banged the ball hard and got some very useful run. Rana Naved, knowing fully well the lameness of his pathetic bowling, tried to earn his keep by hitting couple of wild shots.

Then came the rain, and perhaps the blessing in disguise for Pakistan, as they were playing with only one meaningful boweler: Mohammad Asif.

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