Home > Features >

Pakistan batsmen’s poor technique hurting the team’s cause

Pakistan were thrashed 2-0 by Sri Lanka in the recently-concluded Test series © AFP
Pakistan were thrashed 2-0 by Sri Lanka in the recently-concluded Test series © AFP

By Mohammad Wasim

Cricket has become a fast paced game and limited overs cricket, especially T20 cricket has taken over the minds of most Pakistani batsmen. One thing they need to remember is that at the end of the day it is cricket and it is about hitting the ball with bat.

The major reason for the lack of quality in our batsmen is very simple. Technique.

Technique does matter at the end of the day and in all forms of the game. If you look at successful batsmen these days, most of them have a decent technique, especially a good defence, plus they can play all cricket strokes together with orthodox strokes. Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Rohit Sharma, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Shane Watson, even Chris Gayle and many others. They play cover drives, the cut, the pull shot, shots over the bowlers head also, not only slog sweeps or the reverse sweep or playing across the line all the time.

Now moving to Test cricket, the recent Test series against Sri Lanka saw Pakistan lose 2-0 and drop to number six in rankings. To be honest Pakistan was outplayed in all three departments. We were supposed to have a much better bowling attack but we lost the first Test after scoring 450 in the 1st innings. Our bowling is also struggling and we have no back-up for Saeed Ajmal once he is gone. We heavily rely on Ajmal in all formats to win us games.

However for me the biggest concern is our batting. The Pakistan team has never struggled this much against any spinner in the past in the way we did against Rangana Herath in this series. Even the likes of Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan were not this dangerous and successful against Pakistan in any conditions. Asian batsmen are always known as good players of spin bowling with Sri Lankan and Indian batsmen being good examples. Sadly that is not the case with the current Pakistan team batsmen apart from one or two.

Everybody is talking about a lack of confidence and positive approach in our batsmen. But don’t forget you need to have a decent technique for confidence. Positive intentions can work for you once or twice but poor batting technique cannot let you be a consistent performer.

In this series other than Sarfaraz Ahmed and one innings from Younis Khan, none of the batsmen seemed to have any sort of game plan. All of them were vulnerable to almost all bowlers. I won’t go deeper into the technical issues of our batsmen but at least we could pick up some methods and approach from the opposition batsmen. They were mostly staying on the back foot and successful and we were hanging on the front foot and kept on edging balls. Sometimes batsmen learn during the innings if they survive one or two mistakes, some after one innings and try not to repeat the mistake again. But most of our batsmen got out four times in more or less the same fashion and to the same bowler.

It’s not only the players’ duty to work on their technique, now we are living in a modern and scientific coaching era where all the percentages, errors, statistics etc are just one click away. Therefore the role of the coaching staff and National Cricket Academy (NCA) is very important to overcome these flaws in our batsmen. Of course you need people who are cut out for roles to do these kinds of jobs.

So do we need to dig deeper? Do we have the right people for the right jobs? If we do then are those people doing justice to their tasks? We have all the facilities at the NCA. The structure is standing there for years and many people are sitting there earning decent money with zero results so far.

Let me be clear on one thing, it’s the system’s failure that we aren’t identifying problems with players before they reach international level. If our domestic structure is good and coaches there are doing their job then players should reach top level after a refining process. If a batsman is scoring heavily on the domestic circuit with a bad technique then that means that opposition coaches haven’t examined him well or the bowlers have been unable to work out the deficiencies of the batsman.

The funniest thing is that if a batsman gets dropped from the international team due to his technical flaws, he makes a comeback again in the international team after performing well in domestic cricket with the same flawed technique. That is something on the selectors and they should also check their criteria. They need to make sure that technical problems have been solved before bringing them back in.

(Mohammad Wasim played 18 Tests and 25 ODIs for Pakistan between 1996 and 2000. The above column has been reproduced with permission from PakPassion.net)

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

West Indies tour of India 2014, Practice match

Oct 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Mumbai

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Brisbane

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Barbados won by 6 wkts (D/L method)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Perth Scorchers won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 29, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 36 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts

Photos

KKR vs Dolphins, CLT20 2014

Videos

Arjuna Ranatunga shares his views on U-19 cricket

Live Cricket Score Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Hobart Hurricanes CLT20 2014 1st semi-final: Hobart Hurricanes elect to bat

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Hobart Hurricanes, 1st Semi final, CLT20 2014: Hobart likely XI

Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, 2nd Semifinal, CLT20 2014: CSK likely XI

Gandhi Jayanti: Mahatma Gandhi’s cricket connections and an XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK), 2nd Semifinal, CLT20 2014: KXIP likely XI

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Barbados Tridents Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 CLT20 CLT20 2014 Dolphins India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab KKR vs Dolphins Kolkata Knight Riders

Sachin Tendulkar accepts Narendra Modi’s challenge to participate in Clean India campaign

Australia undergo grueling practice session ahead of UAE tour

Live Scorecard: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Hobart Hurricanes, 1st Semi final, CLT20 2014

Live Cricket Score: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Hobart Hurricanes, 1st Semi final, CLT20 2014

Live Streaming: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Hobart Hurricanes, 1st Semi final, CLT20 2014

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), CLT20 2014 2nd semi-final: Key battles

Australia’s ODI team faces a dilemma for the first time in 30 years

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Hobart Hurricanes, 1st Semi final, CLT20 2014: Hobart likely XI

Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, 2nd Semifinal, CLT20 2014: CSK likely XI

Gandhi Jayanti: Mahatma Gandhi’s cricket connections and an XI

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

671 Posts | 6 Fans

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab- Final Match Highlights from IPL 2014

Bang Bang Dare: Aamir puts the transistor down, Hrithik compliments his fitness

India vs Pakistan Asian Games 2014 Hockey Final Match Live Updates: India take on Pakistan in title clash

Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch, 6 civilians injured

Smartphone apps helps spy on protesters in Hong Kong: US security firm

Ae Director Mani Ratnam praises Yaan!

iOS 8 reportedly causing Bluetooth connectivity issues: Report

5 scenes from Hrithik Roshan-Katrina Kaif’s Bang Bang which reminded us of Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz’s Knight And Day!

India facing shortage of HIV drugs, Harsh Vardhan to ensure adequate supply soon

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here