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View Poll Results: Who has been Pakistan's most technically accomplished opener?

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  • Saeed Anwar

    15 33.33%
  • Mudassar Nazar

    1 2.22%
  • Mohammad Hafeez

    0 0%
  • Taufeeq Umar

    0 0%
  • Hanif Mohammad

    13 28.89%
  • Aamer Sohail

    0 0%
  • Sadiq Mohammad

    0 0%
  • Mohsin Khan

    0 0%
  • Imran Farhat

    0 0%
  • Rameez Raja

    0 0%
  • Majid Khan

    2 4.44%
  • Salman Butt

    2 4.44%
  • Azhar Ali

    10 22.22%
  • Shoaib Mohammad

    2 4.44%
  • Other

    0 0%
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  1. #1
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    Who has been Pakistan's most technically accomplished opener?

    I am including all Pakistani openers with 1000+ runs here.

    No bias.

    Player Span Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 0
    Azhar Ali 2013-2017 16 29 3 1439 302* 55.34 4 5 3
    Saeed Anwar 1990-2001 54 86 2 3957 188* 47.10 11 25 7
    Majid Khan 1973-1979 26 49 2 1985 167 42.23 5 7 3
    Hanif Mohammad 1952-1969 39 65 2 2638 337 41.87 7 12 4
    Shoaib Mohammad 1983-1995 27 40 5 1423 203* 40.65 4 5 4
    Mohammad Hafeez 2003-2016 48 92 7 3339 224 39.28 9 11 7
    Taufeeq Umar 2001-2014 44 83 5 2963 236 37.98 7 14 6
    Mohsin Khan 1979-1986 43 71 6 2455 200 37.76 7 9 3
    Mudassar Nazar 1976-1989 70 109 6 3787 231 36.76 9 15 7
    Aamer Sohail 1992-2000 46 76 3 2630 205 36.02 4 13 4
    Sadiq Mohammad 1969-1981 41 72 1 2480 166 34.92 5 9 6
    Rameez Raja 1987-1997 43 68 4 2103 114 32.85 1 17 6
    Imran Farhat 2001-2013 40 76 2 2357 128 31.85 3 14 3
    Salman Butt 2003-2010 31 56 0 1742 122 31.10 3 10 6
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 5th December 2017 at 17:50.


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    Define technically accomplished?


    Steve Smith follows no volume of the technique book, but he has been the most prolific batsman since Bradman. Technique is over-rated. All that matter is the runs you score, not how you score them.


    #Mein inko rolaonga

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Define technically accomplished?


    Steve Smith follows no volume of the technique book, but he has been the most prolific batsman since Bradman. Technique is over-rated. All that matter is the runs you score, not how you score them.
    OK then, hope you agree Mohammad Hafeez is one of our best-ever openers.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    OK then, hope you agree Mohammad Hafeez is one of our best-ever openers.
    Definitely one the most stylish batsman we have ever produced in our history.


    #Mein inko rolaonga

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    Also I do not appreciate the fact that you edited the OP after I made two posts on the thread already


    #Mein inko rolaonga

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    Btw why are Azhar Ali's record from 2013, when he debuted in 2010


    dhandli hoi hai...



    jeena hoga marna hoga
    dharna hoga dharna hoga


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Btw why are Azhar Ali's record from 2013, when he debuted in 2010


    dhandli hoi hai...



    jeena hoga marna hoga
    dharna hoga dharna hoga
    Those are his stats as an opener. He didn't open before 2013.


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    Majid Khan. Lillee rates him very highly. Name me any other Pak opener who's been complemented by the best fast bowler of his generation.

    Certainly not Professor. Unless you count literally being laughed at

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    It will be Azhar Ali once he retires.

    That’s if Mickey remembers he’s an opening batsman and not a #3

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    Why is Saeed Ahmed not even considered when even Ramiz Raja and Imran Farhat are there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyRabbit View Post
    Why is Saeed Ahmed not even considered when even Ramiz Raja and Imran Farhat are there?
    He has 133 runs as an opener. I simply included all openers with 1000+ runs.

    The 'other' option covers the rest.


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    Bhai saab..."technically acclaimed" ka kyaa matlab?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFM View Post
    Majid Khan. Lillee rates him very highly. Name me any other Pak opener who's been complemented by the best fast bowler of his generation.

    Certainly not Professor. Unless you count literally being laughed at
    Majid was my favourite batsman for years!


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    Technically accomplished and hafiz name is there..lol.bigggggggggg lollllllllllllll.

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    Azhar has only 16 matches as an opener hence need more matches to draw conclusion.
    From old times, majid and mohsin were technically right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Those are his stats as an opener. He didn't open before 2013.
    Pwned him nicely there.


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    Hanif Mohammad must have been our most 'technically correct' batsman. imo Saeed Anwar was our best opener. Both true legends for Pak cricket.

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    Mohammad Wasim? Was very techincally correct but got hard done by selectors

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    I think, Hanif was the perfect Test opener; but he played in an era when his game suited. Saeed was probably the most complete opener of 90s, though his stats are a bit misleading. Overall, I'll say PAK’s all time Test opening pair should be Hanif & Saeed.

    My personal choice would be different - I’ll open with Saeed & Mazid for Test as well (ODI, almost everyone’ll do). Among all batsmen in history, probably most senior citizens here who have seen Mazid at his best would agree that if stats can be deceiving for a batsman, it has to be Mazid Khan.

    Also, Mazid’s reputation in PAK ranks is well proven with the treatment MoHa gets - I have heard from people who have seen Mazid live, that the comparison is almost as good ...... hence that royal status and deserved one as well. In this current PAK team, someone almost as good as Mazid Khan should be treated like national treasure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waleed88 View Post
    Mohammad Wasim? Was very techincally correct but got hard done by selectors
    He didn't do too well as an opener. However, looking at his stats, it seems as though he was shuffled all over the lineup. Batted multiple times in each position 1-7 in just 18 Tests.


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    Shan masood or khurram Manzoor.

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    Shan masood

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    "most technically accomplished"?

    Technically speaking the person who has accomplished the most would be Saeed Anwar since has has scored the most runs, however I do not think that's what your question was....

    On the other hand - some of the replies in this thread are a classic example of the cliche statement - "your stock goes up when your sitting on the bench"

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    Azhar Ali... I watch Pak Test matches only to see his straight drive


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    Yasir Hameed had a very good technique and an equally bad temperament.

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    Quote Originally Posted by last_knight View Post
    Yasir Hameed had a very good technique and an equally bad temperament.
    I dont think his fishermans technic was good at all

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    I would go with Saeed Anwar, but have not seen the openers pre-1990s. However, Hanif Mohammed seems to be highly regarded by his peers and experts; often makes the Pakistan ATG XI as an opener to partner Saeed.

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    Azhar.


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    One and Only Great Saeed Anwar

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Majid was my favourite batsman for years!
    You might enjoy this then. Lillee on Majid


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    Quote Originally Posted by AFM View Post
    You might enjoy this then. Lillee on Majid

    Oh this is priceless! Many thanks for that.


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    The ability to hit shots both sides of the wicket, on both the front-foot and the back-foot, is also a part of "technique". That pretty much rules a stroke-less wonder like Azhar out.

    I think the answer is Majid.

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    Majid Khan

    Mohsin was a good opener too, very stylish.

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    I voted Azhar Ali as I was only born in 1999 so haven't seen a lot of the options there actually bat before. He's easily the most technically accomplished opener out of the ones I have seen for Pakistan and his record backs that up.

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