Mohammad Hafeez

Curious Case of Pakistan Batsmen’s Strike Rates

Batsmen are the main reason behind recent Pakistan slide in performance in the One-Day International cricket but neither the batters nor the management seems to be doing anything about it.

By Usman Dotani

LAHORE, April 10, 2017 (SNN 24/7) – The curious case of Pakistan batsmen’s strike rates is a major cause of concern from the champion former cricketers like Rameez Raja, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, and Wasim Akram but even an average Pakistan cricket fan can smell something is just not right either with their batting technique or their sports psychology.

 

The curious case of Pakistani batsmen’s below par strike rates is a major cause of concern from the champion former cricketers like Rameez Raja, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, and Wasim Akram but even an average Pakistan cricket fan can smell something is just not right either with their batting technique or their sports psychology.

With every match passing the problem of dot balls is escalating terribly but Pakistani batsmen are more interested in hitting the boundaries rather than stealing those cheeky ones and twos easily available in the field everywhere.

Asian batsmen have long been regarded as the best players of spin bowling and their ability to use their wrists to maneuver the ball in the wide open spaces is another thing that makes them apart from the other leading cricketers in the world. However, both of these attributes are missing in Pakistani cricketers as one fails to understand how a nation that has heroes like Javed Miandad have forgotten the art of stealing runs in the outfield.

It has long been reported in local as well as foreign media that Pakistani batsmen are after boundaries rather than realizing the importance of singles and doubles. Either our batsmen usually try to hit every ball out of the park or they start blocking balls, thereby increasing the pressure not only on them but also on the bowlers and other departments of the game.

Ongoing Pakistan-West Indies Series

In the ongoing One-Day International series in the West Indies, Pakistani batsmen have shown a pathetic approach to run those important singles and doubles. The West Indian bowling attack is of mediocre pedigree yet Pakistani batsmen fail to nudge those deliveries in the wide spaces available everywhere.

In the first ODI, Pakistani batsmen played 141 dot balls out of the available 300 deliveries. Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez played down two maiden overs. One fails to understand why Mohammad Hafeez usually plays down five dot balls and then take a single on the last ball and maintain the strike in the next over. Due to this problem when there is no rotation of strike, pressure keeps mounting all the time on the other batsmen.

In the second ODI on Sunday, Mohammad Hafeez scored 32 runs from 50 deliveries. During his innings, he played 29 dot balls which is a huge proportion, which is a serious threat to the team’s overall performance. Pakistani batsmen are repeating their mistakes in every single match but surprisingly no one is there to rectify the problem.

If one keeps scoring even three to six singles with an odd two or three or a boundary in an over, there will be no problem in maintaining a healthy run-rate. And when one gets the chance to cut loose, these singles only add to the beauty of the innings. A lot depends on the team management now as for how they work out the issue and resolve it before the ICC Champions Trophy. With the current approach, Pakistan would falter in their first and the only match in the competition which is based on the knock-out system.

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