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    Is Asad Shafiq the most aesthetically pleasing batsmen we have had since Mohammad Yousuf?

    The Sky commentators can't stop raving about him

    And I've noticed non Pakistani ex players and experts aleays praise his style and technique

    Haris Sohail is another who can be brilliant when in flow but to really cement a reputation he needs to get on the field first

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    Even when PPers don't rate him, ex cricketers do

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    Shafiq, Babar, Haris and Hafeez are the only 4 Pakistani batsmen who are pleasing on the eye when they are in good form.

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    Not as classy as the one and only CLH

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    Ahmed Shehzad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by endymion248 View Post
    Not as classy as the one and only CLH
    Predictable comment, sorry had to say it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Last Of The Stars View Post
    Ahmed Shehzad.
    Ugly to watch except for the square drive but whats the point when it goes straight to the fielder. Used to have a decent pull


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    As Mamoon said, Asad, Babar, Haris and Hafeez are the only stylish international batsmen in Pakistan.


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    Not just the most aesthetically pleasing batsman but also the most technically correct batsman in the Pakistan team.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aliasad1998 View Post
    Ugly to watch except for the square drive but whats the point when it goes straight to the fielder. Used to have a decent pull
    It doesn't matter if goes straight to the fielder, the OP asked about aesthetically pleasing batsman, only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Last Of The Stars View Post
    It doesn't matter if goes straight to the fielder, the OP asked about aesthetically pleasing batsman, only.
    Fair enough


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    Shafiq is the most aesthetically pleasing to watch if you include both attacking and defensive play.


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    Babar isn't too stylish imo. Looks pretty ungainly at times, especially when he tries to over hit the ball.

    Shafiq definitely is class. Hopefully Saud can break through into the side pretty soon and we'll have a watchable middle order.

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    Slog's overhyping has started.

    He is indeed easy on the eyes, but not aesthetically the most pleasant.

    Hafeez is way better, plus Umar Amin is the best of them all.

    Saud Shakeel is second, then come Hafeez, Babar/Shafiq.

    Asad lacks attacking play, that also goes against him as he doesn't have the range of strokes that Hafeez does, for example.

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    Usually stylists have a good game all around the wicket and can defend and attack. Not sure hafeez can do that. If he plays well in this innings, it will make him a breakthrough player: something that even moyo couldn't do, when the going got tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    Slog's overhyping has started.

    He is indeed easy on the eyes, but not aesthetically the most pleasant.

    Hafeez is way better, plus Umar Amin is the best of them all.

    Saud Shakeel is second, then come Hafeez, Babar/Shafiq.

    Asad lacks attacking play, that also goes against him as he doesn't have the range of strokes that Hafeez does, for example.
    Where have you seen Saud bat? In your dreams?

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    Since I have been supporting the team he is certainly up there. Can't wait till he is batting at 3,4, or 5 whichever one he bats.

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    Won't be batting at 6 for much longer. By new zeeland tour he could be at 3 or 5

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    No point being aesthetically pleasing if you can't score runs (Yasir Hameed comes to mind). I don't care if you jump flamingo it or whatever, as long as you can score. Steve smith being an example. In order to do so you need a brain and temperament, which 90% of the Pakistani cricketing players lack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Last Of The Stars View Post
    Where have you seen Saud bat? In your dreams?
    Kid, he's been playing on TV since U19s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Last Of The Stars View Post
    Where have you seen Saud bat? In your dreams?
    There's some footage of Suad batting against england in the under19s on ICC cricket website.

    Saud Shakeel will become the real CLH

    Also hasan Raza has a similar batting style to Shakeel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Last Of The Stars View Post
    Where have you seen Saud bat? In your dreams?
    Dude, @Hawkeye is right about Saud Shakeel.


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    Yousuf was rubbish. Shafiq is a better player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Yousuf was rubbish. Shafiq is a better player.
    Yep rubbish players average over 50 in test cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finisher View Post
    Yep rubbish players average over 50 in test cricket.
    Failed everywhere when there was spin and bounce i.e. in Ind, SL,SA and Aus and has scored plenty of soft runs.

    His numbers are inflated by minnow bashing of Ban(avgs like 250 there) and Zim.His only achievement was an England series where he smacked couple of big knocks.

    Shafiq looks a better bat to me.

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    Yasir Shah

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    Of course.Hafeez in full flow is good to watch too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Failed everywhere when there was spin and bounce i.e. in Ind, SL,SA and Aus and has scored plenty of soft runs.

    His numbers are inflated by minnow bashing of Ban(avgs like 250 there) and Zim.His only achievement was an England series where he smacked couple of big knocks.

    Shafiq looks a better bat to me.
    Looks like you never seen him bat.

    If Yousaf was playing in this era he would average over 60.

    As much as I rate Shafiq he is not even close to being the batsman yousaf was.

    Yousaf failed against the greatest team to have played which is no shame.

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    Back foot game and square cut reminds me of Yousuf.

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    Just shows how good so called experts Pakistani media and supporters are. Asad Shafiq was best to watch in both innings. There are more players like him who will no get fair chance

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr-k View Post
    Just shows how good so called experts Pakistani media and supporters are. Asad Shafiq was best to watch in both innings. There are more players like him who will no get fair chance
    Sorry? Are you trying to say there are few Asads in streets of PAK who are not called for poor selection policy or nepotism? How long have you been watching cricket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Failed everywhere when there was spin and bounce i.e. in Ind, SL,SA and Aus and has scored plenty of soft runs.

    His numbers are inflated by minnow bashing of Ban(avgs like 250 there) and Zim.His only achievement was an England series where he smacked couple of big knocks.

    Shafiq looks a better bat to me.


    MoYo has couple of hundreds in WI, which you probably don't even know - check those score cards. He lost his best 3/4 years when he should have broken every batting PAK record by volume.

    By the way, do you know how much Tendulkar averages against us, or what'll be his career average if I take out BD & ZIM from his stats?

    Nothing wrong in having some soft figures in your stats, if you can back that with other good performances. This is why Viv Richards & Imran is so much respected - played in an era with hardly any free meal & had a balanced record across most places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post


    MoYo has couple of hundreds in WI, which you probably don't even know - check those score cards. He lost his best 3/4 years when he should have broken every batting PAK record by volume.

    By the way, do you know how much Tendulkar averages against us, or what'll be his career average if I take out BD & ZIM from his stats?

    Nothing wrong in having some soft figures in your stats, if you can back that with other good performances. This is why Viv Richards & Imran is so much respected - played in an era with hardly any free meal & had a balanced record across most places.
    Ofcourse there are players who have scored plenty of soft runs then there are players who bashed the minnows heavily and boosted their stats and there are also players who failed in bouncy pitches like Aus or SA and there are players who failed in spinning pitches too.But not one player who has all these flaws in one.

    I rate Inzi higher.He too failed vs Aus and SA but did well everywhere else and has played several clutch knocks.

    Younis might be struggling outside Asia but still has done well in NZ and Eng(first tour) and is yet to tour Aus once more and has been a good pressure player in SC and a master of spin bowling.

    Yousuf has too many flaws to be ignored quite a bit in same league like Jayawardene. A Pakistani great is what I can call him. That's all.

    I may not biased and his flaws can't be ignored at all.

    He was pleasing to eyes and is a good odi bat too.I am not taking that from him for sure.
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    No that's Saud Shakeel ever since i watched him play first time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Shafiq, Babar, Haris and Hafeez are the only 4 Pakistani batsmen who are pleasing on the eye when they are in good form.
    Don't forget Kaptaan azhar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Yousuf was rubbish. Shafiq is a better player.
    Goodness me


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Yousuf was rubbish. Shafiq is a better player.
    Either you are ignorant or just trolling. Yousuf was a more aesthetically pleasing batsman than tendulkar, dravid ganguly laxman COMBINED.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yanna_Rascala View Post
    Either you are ignorant or just trolling. Yousuf was a more aesthetically pleasing batsman than tendulkar, dravid ganguly laxman COMBINED.
    And a better bat than Bradman Richards Sobers combined also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    And a better bat than Bradman Richards Sobers combined also.
    Let's not get crazy here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yanna_Rascala View Post
    Let's not get crazy here.
    Sure friend..!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yanna_Rascala View Post
    Let's not get crazy here.
    I have already stated that he was pleasing to eyes and a very elegant batsmen. Never denied that.

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    Can someone please post a video of saud shakeels batting??


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    I am talking of how better a player Yousuf was? He avgs 52 which is remarkable but he is nowhere near as good as his avg in tests. He struggled in spinning pitches of Ind and SL and struggled against and in countries like SA and Aus where he avgs in 20s. A total of four countries out of top 7.I would have Inzi( avgs 49.**) over him very easily.

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    Asad has definitely improved in terms of aesthetics as well. Earlier on; he used to looks a bit ungainly driving through the off side with a closed-bat face sort of a grip.

    It's Umar Amin for me. Extremely pleasing off both back foot and front foot.

    One of the biggest let-down we have had in last decade. Doesn't have any apparent flaw in his game; just the mental side has been found wanting and that's what you need to have in order to excel at international level.

    Too bad he got injured otherwise I am certain he would have been picked in the Test squad based on his domestic performances. Who knows he might have turned the corner and would have announced himself on this tour.

    He still has time. Dearly hope he makes it to the side soon and more importantly cements his place.

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    He looks good, but not that good. Doesn't play his shots with the pure confidence true classy players do it with.

    Hafeez looks better.

    People will disagree because this guy is a most wanted criminal on PP with a huge dead or alive reward, but Maqsood looks very good too, when in form ofc. Lazy confidence

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seen Sheen View Post
    Asad has definitely improved in terms of aesthetics as well. Earlier on; he used to looks a bit ungainly driving through the off side with a closed-bat face sort of a grip.

    It's Umar Amin for me. Extremely pleasing off both back foot and front foot.

    One of the biggest let-down we have had in last decade. Doesn't have any apparent flaw in his game; just the mental side has been found wanting and that's what you need to have in order to excel at international level.

    Too bad he got injured otherwise I am certain he would have been picked in the Test squad based on his domestic performances. Who knows he might have turned the corner and would have announced himself on this tour.

    He still has time. Dearly hope he makes it to the side soon and more importantly cements his place.
    Quote Originally Posted by Suleiman View Post
    He looks good, but not that good. Doesn't play his shots with the pure confidence true classy players do it with.

    Hafeez looks better.
    Clearly, boyses.

    One CLH to rule them all!

    He needs to be picked and given a long rope of 20-30 matches. He'll come good, too much talent in one body.

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    Yousuf!!! Oh boy, very few were as pleasing as him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Shafiq, Babar, Haris and Hafeez are the only 4 Pakistani batsmen who are pleasing on the eye when they are in good form.
    I would replace Harris with Amin.
    Harris isnt that smooth esp against the short pitch stuff

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    Any thoughts on Zeeshan Malik.
    He reminds me of Khurram Manzoor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    Clearly, boyses.

    One CLH to rule them all!

    He needs to be picked and given a long rope of 20-30 matches. He'll come good, too much talent in one body.
    As far as aesthetics go CLH was a God amongst men

    He had so much overflowing talent, just standing near him would make you a better bat. Too bad, Shan Masood never picked up on it even though they were best mates during their playing days.

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    Ofcourse if you talk generally than CLH Umar Amin is as good as they get and is virtually untouchable category in that regard

    But I am talking about cricketers with international success of some level

    It's a bit of a disappointment that Umar Amin never got a Test in UAE

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    Who cares? If Pakistan lose the 1st test then Asad Shafiq is a failure no matter how good his batting looks.

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    What does CLH mean?

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    Very impressed with Asad. Took him 5 years to win me over after Mohali disaster.

    He will be our ATG in test cricket. ODI not for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anuk View Post
    What does CLH mean?
    Classy Left Hander

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    Technically he is the best batsmen in the side. Some say technique is overrated and their right but still, technique and mental strength, which I think Asad Shafiq has both in buckets means he's pretty good and wasted at six. I'm in favour of pushing Azhar to open and moving Younus and Asad to 3 and 4 respectively on a long term basis.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmedwaqas92 View Post
    Classy Left Hander
    ah okay

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    Shafiq had a major problem with a good length in-dipping or -swinging delivery until about a year ago. He used to an LBW magnet. I see he has worked hard on this weakness since, though - after seeing the 2nd inning dismissal - it looks like there is still some work to be done.

    It would be interesting to see how he plays Anderson in England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironcat View Post
    Shafiq had a major problem with a good length in-dipping or -swinging delivery until about a year ago. He used to an LBW magnet. I see he has worked hard on this weakness since, though - after seeing the 2nd inning dismissal - it looks like there is still some work to be done.

    It would be interesting to see how he plays Anderson in England.
    Second innings dismissal was different length and genuinely a good ball, not related to the inducker issue

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    Some posters trying to disagree with OP for the sake of it only.

    Hafeez is nowhere near Asad, to look stylish on slow UAE pitches is one thing, but to look composed and elegant in overseas conditions is a different thing alltogether.


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    I am a little disappointed/frustrated with Asad. He seems to find ways to get himself out. Needs to sort that out and score consistently big for Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Sorry? Are you trying to say there are few Asads in streets of PAK who are not called for poor selection policy or nepotism? How long have you been watching cricket?
    Long before u even come to this world.....

    ppl to focus on cricket as we used to do. Many ppl drop cricket since they cant combine with study , work and family. Almost every team in europe has most of its players from Pakistan who have moved to europe or other places.

    Talent is there but not proper system and uncertain future

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    back in form
    i hope he score 2-3 100's in coming test matches


    Meri Awaaz suno....
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    Class act, and a serious underachiever. Should have been a very dependable ODI batsman too, but never realized his full potential.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmed16 View Post
    Technically he is the best batsmen in the side. Some say technique is overrated and their right but still, technique and mental strength, which I think Asad Shafiq has both in buckets means he's pretty good and wasted at six. I'm in favour of pushing Azhar to open and moving Younus and Asad to 3 and 4 respectively on a long term basis.
    Could you expand on what is so "technically" great about him? That particular word is used rather too often by many on this forum and very few know what they are talking about . He's excessively short, has no power, poor reflexes IMHO, does not appear to be particularly mentally tough and seems to be using a bat that's too big for him. I can't see why he's still playing, furthermore, I can't see why he was ever given a cap for the national team in the first place.

    He's incapable of playing consistently IMHO not do I see anything to suggest he's capable of winning matches of dominating opposition.
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    Yes, I think so. And he is quite talented as well. But hasn't really taken his game to another level.

    A poor man's Yousuf.

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    Nope Saud Shakeel and Umar Ami are more pleasing to the eyes.


    Sarfi as captain'll lead us to glory.Babar'll be our best odi bat & Haris'll be world class in tests

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    Quote Originally Posted by hussain.r97 View Post
    Class act, and a serious underachiever. Should have been a very dependable ODI batsman too, but never realized his full potential.
    You could see that especially in the second innings of the last test match.

    So frustrating really, a guy who should be our best bat in both tests and ODIs by now is somehow just managing to keep his place in the test team.

    Just really confused what went wrong. He still has time to turn around his test career and go from merely good/average to a very good test player, but probably too late for ODIs now.

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    He looks like Pakistan’s Rohit Sharma.

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    When he was not corrupt and inform Nasir Jamshed was pleasing to watch.

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    Surprised to see people labelling Harris as pleasing on the eyes. I think his stance is one of the ugliest I've ever seen.

    On topic though, I think Babar is the most stylish batsman Pak has currently. Every shot he plays looks so effortless and natural. Hafeez is a close second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ads101 View Post
    You could see that especially in the second innings of the last test match.

    So frustrating really, a guy who should be our best bat in both tests and ODIs by now is somehow just managing to keep his place in the test team.

    Just really confused what went wrong. He still has time to turn around his test career and go from merely good/average to a very good test player, but probably too late for ODIs now.
    Asad was never really given a consistent run in ODIs to be fair. Whenever he got picked, he would be dropped in the next game after a single failure for the likes of Younis Khan. He was unfortunately never even given a set position in the batting lineup either, even though he is quite clearly a #3 batsman. You can't really expect a player to succeed if they aren't even given the confidence to play their own game. Shafiq was averaging close to 40 for 2011, he had a good World Cup too, but he only ended up playing 12 out of the 30 odd ODIs played by Pakistan that year. Younis Khan played 27 ODIs that year, even though he is a proven failure in that format.

    When it comes to Test Cricket, Asad's record is actually quite good for someone who has batted at #6 for his entire career. The sample size for innings batting at 4/5 is small, but I am quite confident that Asad will boost his numbers batting at those positions for the next few years.


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