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    2019 World Cup to put an end to a lot of debates regarding players and teams

    I have been reading a lot of threads regarding players' level and their comparison, and also about Countries.

    A big stage is just over an year away.

    No one can have an excuse this time saying that X team didn't play against Y team, so XYZ batsmen was able to score, or ABC bowler was able to get wickets.

    In the upcoming WC, each team has to play against all remaining 9 teams.

    And no minnows (apart from Afghanistan), to increase ur stats.

    No team can win a TITLE by winning just 4 matches(CT). #Pakistan 2017

    No one can enter the Knock out stage by just defeating poor teams/ by fluke. #Bangladesh WC 15, CT 17


    Some of the debates which could end are,

    Player comparison:

    1.Bumrah vs Hassan vs Fizz
    2.Chahal vs Shadab vs Rashid
    3.Faheem vs Pandya
    4.Sarfraz vs Mushfiqur
    5.Smith vs Williamson vs Root

    Individual players

    1.Kohli a choker
    2.Bhubneshwar has improved
    3.Fakhar a hack
    4.Tamim the 2nd best Asian opener
    5.Babar the 2nd best Asian batsman
    6.Dhoni will not lose games for his team
    7.Amir brings his A game when the stakes are high
    8.Rohit, Amir's bunny
    9.Williamson in Fab 4
    10. Babar scores only against WI and SL


    Country comparison:

    1.India vs Pakistan bowling attack
    2.Bangladesh / Pakistan the 2nd best Asian side
    3.Pakistan are strong enough to beat India (without a FLUKE)


    Country:

    1.Pakistan has improved in LOIs
    2.BAN has improved in LOIs
    3.Afghanistan has improved
    4.England have the best batting line up



    I am not being biased here. I just wrote what I can remember. You can also add further Comparisons if u wish.

    Note:
    1.Please don't quarrel.
    2.Give ur opinion
    3.Debate.
    4.If the opposite person disagrees, then agree to disagree.
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    how can the 2019 possibly change the fact Rohit has become Amir's bunny and looked an absolute dud.

    You also can't base opinions on one tournament like most PPer's do based on ct 2017, this is harsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by zain7077 View Post
    how can the 2019 possibly change the fact Rohit has become Amir's bunny and looked an absolute dud.

    You also can't base opinions on one tournament like most PPer's do based on ct 2017, this is harsh
    This is not my opinion. General opinions of P P members. I added what all I have see here.

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    With this format of the World Cup truly the best team will win and India will get exposed they don't have the bowling attack to do well

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    Quote Originally Posted by nextover666666 View Post
    With this format of the World Cup truly the best team will win and India will get exposed they don't have the bowling attack to do well
    "India don't have the bowling attack." This is also another debate which we'll see whether it's true or not.

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    Fully expecting Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam to dominate World Cup 2019.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kohli, The King of Chase View Post
    "India don't have the bowling attack." This is also another debate which we'll see whether it's true or not.
    Indeed this World Cup will prove a lot of things for sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kohli, The King of Chase View Post
    3.Pakistan are strong enough to beat India (without a FLUKE)
    Try not to sound too bitter now

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    Babar Azam to rule the roost in 2019 World Cup. In Sha Allah.

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    Eager for the WC
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    Round robin format is the best, a true test of World Champions, just like in 1992 when Pakistan won!

    I think this time, England have the best chance.

    Just hope the weather doesn't ruin it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by R3verse Swing View Post
    Round robin format is the best, a true test of World Champions, just like in 1992 when Pakistan won!

    I think this time, England have the best chance.

    Just hope the weather doesn't ruin it!
    LOL ENGLAND?

    Best chance to choke you mean.

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    Excellent post by OP and can see this thread be filled until the end of the WC when all these claims/predictions/developments will be settled.

    Because of the nature of this format Pakistan will have to punch above their weight to make it in to the semis, won't be easy but you can't write them off especially in England. If they can get past the group stage I back them to go all the way however it is going to be a tough task to beat any of the likes of Aus, SA, NZ, England and India when I can only see one match winner with the bat. Fakhar Zaman needs more support from the other end.

    Having said all that a lot can change as we've seen with Australia who will possibly be without their super duo batsmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pakistani pride View Post
    LOL ENGLAND?

    Best chance to choke you mean.
    England have a pretty strong ODI team at the moment.

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    Ends the debate that Pakistan can't chase (haha I hope).
    Ends the debate that Pakistan can't beat India in a WC.
    Confirms that Pakistan has the best bowling line up in the World.
    Confirms that Pakistan is the best Asian tournament team in recent years.


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    Babar Azam:

    ODI stats
    Against Windies


    Matches 6
    Runs 514
    Best 125*
    Average 102.80
    Centuries 4

    Against Sri Lanka

    Matches 8
    Runs 350
    Highest 103
    Average 58.33
    Centuries 2
    Half-centuries 1

    Career Figures


    Matches 41
    Runs 1789
    Highest 125*
    Average 51.11
    Centuries 7
    Half-centuries 7
    Last edited by hadi123; 6th April 2018 at 01:30.


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    Quote Originally Posted by backfootpunch View Post
    Excellent post by OP and can see this thread be filled until the end of the WC when all these claims/predictions/developments will be settled.

    Because of the nature of this format Pakistan will have to punch above their weight to make it in to the semis, won't be easy but you can't write them off especially in England. If they can get past the group stage I back them to go all the way however it is going to be a tough task to beat any of the likes of Aus, SA, NZ, England and India when I can only see one match winner with the bat. Fakhar Zaman needs more support from the other end.

    Having said all that a lot can change as we've seen with Australia who will possibly be without their super duo batsmen.
    Interesting why you back Fakhar so much but donít back Babar to succeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R3verse Swing View Post
    England have a pretty strong ODI team at the moment.
    I think the same thing was said during the Champions Trophy. England won't make the last 4.
    I believe it'll be Pakistan, India, New Zealand and Australia.


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    Quote Originally Posted by R3verse Swing View Post
    England have a pretty strong ODI team at the moment.
    All the top teams have strong teams. On the day during a BIG ICC KO game 9 out of 10 times they will bottle it.

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    Consistency will be rewarded. I see India, England, NZ in the semis. Australia used to be an easy SF pick but not anymore. The format doesn't suit Pakistani Young guns unfortunately as it requires a team to win atleast 5 or 6 games. Pak will break the streak though. This team is fearless and doesn't carry old wounds but are very inexperienced.

    England will be favorites. They don't have any glaring weakness. India has been the tournament team in the last few years. They will reach SF easily. NZ always punches above it's weight in WC. They also have a very good team. This being his last WC, I think AB will take the Saffers to atleast SF. The rest of the order would be Aussies, Pak, BD, SL, Afg, WI

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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    Interesting why you back Fakhar so much but don’t back Babar to succeed.
    As mentioned recently he won't succeed if he continues to be:

    1. Milestone focused - this holds more significance for him than the team's requirements whether it be raising the run rate in a run chase or helping his team reach an above par scar

    2. Thin as bones - He doesn't have the power game to go up the gears and raise his SR when required. This is evident by his low SRs of 80 in Eng (without a half century) and Aus. Needs to develop muscle mass, so not only he can hit more sixes but also drive the ball more powerfully.

    3. Mental midget - some players can raise their game when the stakes are higher and you can see this from their body language (like with Amir and so far with Fakhar) whether they relish the occasion or show fear of failure. Babar falls into the latter.

    There are also other technical issues in his game for e.g. suspect against spin - to compound his batting ability even further.

    Fakhar Zaman during the NZ ODI seris was let down because of the constant barrage of wickets at the other end (including Babar who was awful) but was still the shining light during a dark series for the side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by backfootpunch View Post
    As mentioned recently he won't succeed if he continues to be:

    1. Milestone focused - this holds more significance for him than the team's requirements whether it be raising the run rate in a run chase or helping his team reach an above par scar

    2. Thin as bones - He doesn't have the power game to go up the gears and raise his SR when required. This is evident by his low SRs of 80 in Eng (without a half century) and Aus. Needs to develop muscle mass, so not only he can hit more sixes but also drive the ball more powerfully.

    3. Mental midget - some players can raise their game when the stakes are higher and you can see this from their body language (like with Amir and so far with Fakhar) whether they relish the occasion or show fear of failure. Babar falls into the latter.

    There are also other technical issues in his game for e.g. suspect against spin - to compound his batting ability even further.

    Fakhar Zaman during the NZ ODI seris was let down because of the constant barrage of wickets at the other end (including Babar who was awful) but was still the shining light during a dark series for the side.
    1) Milestone focused... isnít every great batsman? Itís the hunger for runs that pushes you for success.

    2) He can accelerate definitely... IIRC he was on 50 off like 75 balls against Australia then got to his century off 109 balls. Also he has been working on power hitting and we have seen this in PSL

    3) Actually his subdued nature is beneficial because it help him under pressure... heís not a fiery character who will wilt when the going gets tough. Quite similar to Fakhar imo.

    Heís not the best player of spin but heís more than decent in limited overs. Itís only in test matches where heís struggled to negotiate the likes of Herath.

    The only problem in Babarís ODI game are his slow starts. If he can fix that he will be one of the greatest Pakistani batsmen of all time.

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    It will not end all debates, because we are yet to analyze the knocks and the bowling, we don't know yet whether Kohli will score a hundred in the semi final after being dropped twice, etc.

    You also cannot know if x player will be injured.


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    2019 will be the year of Asif Ali.......Mark this post (He will help us bring the Cup home in a substantial way!)

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    Good thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricFan2012 View Post
    It will not end all debates, because we are yet to analyze the knocks and the bowling, we don't know yet whether Kohli will score a hundred in the semi final after being dropped twice, etc.

    You also cannot know if x player will be injured.
    That's why I said it could, not WILL.

    And not all atleast 6/10 debates would be settled

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    Nice work @Kohli, The King of Chase. A very level-headed poster.

    The WC' 19 is the most exciting I believe since the 99' Cup.
    No surprise that it is being held in ENG, which produces entertaining pitches for viewing.

    My top FOUR: NZ, AUS, IND, PAK.

    SF 1: IND v. PAK
    SF 2: NZ v. AUS

    FINAL: PAK v. AUS. A rematch of the 99' Final.

    This time, PAK bowls first and gets AUS under 150. Sarfraz and Talat help chase down the total after an early hiccup.

    Player of the Tournament: V. Kohli (400+ runs)


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    Quote Originally Posted by ManFan View Post
    Nice work @Kohli, The King of Chase. A very level-headed poster.

    The WC' 19 is the most exciting I believe since the 99' Cup.
    No surprise that it is being held in ENG, which produces entertaining pitches for viewing.

    My top FOUR: NZ, AUS, IND, PAK.

    SF 1: IND v. PAK
    SF 2: NZ v. AUS

    FINAL: PAK v. AUS. A rematch of the 99' Final.

    This time, PAK bowls first and gets AUS under 150. Sarfraz and Talat help chase down the total after an early hiccup.

    Player of the Tournament: V. Kohli (400+ runs)
    Thank you for the complement

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kohli, The King of Chase View Post
    Thank you for the complement
    Just keep doing what you want and don't worry about others. ENJOY IT.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pakistani pride View Post
    All the top teams have strong teams. On the day during a BIG ICC KO game 9 out of 10 times they will bottle it.
    Well, since 2013, England have been in the CT Final, and WorldT20 Final - admittedly bottled it on both occasions, but there is no denying the England squad are improving in ICC tournaments.

    Personally I think the only weakness in the ODI squad is Anderson, he is in the twilight of his career.

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    Pak always does well in England. I expect them to lose in the Semis this time.

    India also has a great chance to make it to Semis and could lose there to Aus or England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R3verse Swing View Post
    Well, since 2013, England have been in the CT Final, and WorldT20 Final - admittedly bottled it on both occasions, but there is no denying the England squad are improving in ICC tournaments.

    Personally I think the only weakness in the ODI squad is Anderson, he is in the twilight of his career.
    Anderson does not play anymore in their ODI unit. They have Stokes, Woakes, Wood, Rashid, Ali.

    England always choke no matter if it is SF's or Finals. I am hoping PAK faces them in either of the two because they cannot handle the pressure and that too at home.

    A home team on a winning streak has too much pressure to perform. NZ in 92', NZ in 15', PAK in 87'. Very rarely do you see a home team continuously win in a tournament as big as the WC. Only example I can think of, is INDIA in 11'.


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    Lot of posters here be ready for some humble pies by the end of 2019 wc.

    Everyone please be here. Don't quit PP.

    Just a banter.

    On a serious note, I am eagerly waiting for the FAHEEM VS PANDYA to end atleast.

    It's already reached 1000 + posts..lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kohli, The King of Chase View Post
    Lot of posters here be ready for some humble pies by the end of 2019 wc.

    Everyone please be here. Don't quit PP.

    Just a banter.

    On a serious note, I am eagerly waiting for the FAHEEM VS PANDYA to end atleast.

    It's already reached 1000 + posts..lol
    Pandya will outperform Faheem in runs and wickets.

    But Fahim will hold the Cup in his hands.


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    Quote Originally Posted by R3verse Swing View Post
    Well, since 2013, England have been in the CT Final, and WorldT20 Final - admittedly bottled it on both occasions, but there is no denying the England squad are improving in ICC tournaments.

    Personally I think the only weakness in the ODI squad is Anderson, he is in the twilight of his career.
    Anderson who?????


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    Quote Originally Posted by UN talkz View Post
    Anderson who?????
    @R3verse Swing bhai has been posting non-stop for 24+ hours. Bound to make a mistake here or there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kohli, The King of Chase View Post
    Lot of posters here be ready for some humble pies by the end of 2019 wc.

    Everyone please be here. Don't quit PP.

    Just a banter.

    On a serious note, I am eagerly waiting for the FAHEEM VS PANDYA to end atleast.

    It's already reached 1000 + posts..lol
    Faheem vs Pandya will end up like Kohli vs Umar

    (Faheem = Kohli, Pandya = Umar)

    Already the signs are clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UN talkz View Post
    Anderson who?????
    Sorry! I meant Woakes in ODI! Not Tests! LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    Consistency will be rewarded. I see India, England, NZ in the semis. Australia used to be an easy SF pick but not anymore. The format doesn't suit Pakistani Young guns unfortunately as it requires a team to win atleast 5 or 6 games. Pak will break the streak though. This team is fearless and doesn't carry old wounds but are very inexperienced.

    England will be favorites. They don't have any glaring weakness. India has been the tournament team in the last few years. They will reach SF easily. NZ always punches above it's weight in WC. They also have a very good team. This being his last WC, I think AB will take the Saffers to atleast SF. The rest of the order would be Aussies, Pak, BD, SL, Afg, WI
    please dont jinx us!..

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    Quote Originally Posted by R3verse Swing View Post
    Sorry! I meant Woakes in ODI! Not Tests! LOL!
    Woakes at 29 is at the twilight of his career? He's their best all rounder now considering Stokes isn't bowling much


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    Quote Originally Posted by MoJoJoJo View Post
    please dont jinx us!..
    Naa. I feel it and I will standby that comment. It won't be a phainty like in CT final but the streak will be broken

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmedwaqas92 View Post
    2019 will be the year of Asif Ali.......Mark this post (He will help us bring the Cup home in a substantial way!)
    He will not be the part of WC squad i guess.. i dont think he is odi material.. we have all of the odi xi spots fixed since haris comeback and inclusion of hussain talat..

    Fakhar
    Babar
    Haris
    Sarf
    Hussain
    Malik
    Shadab
    Faheem
    Amir
    Hasan
    Junaid/usman

    this is the best xi i think.. i dont think he'll be able to find a place in this team..

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    Naa. I feel it and I will standby that comment. It won't be a phainty like in CT final but the streak will be broken
    logically speaking, it will be kohli or nothing.. if we somehow manage to get kohli out, game will be ours.. if this happens, then streak will break otherwise india will smash us all around the park..

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhony View Post
    Woakes at 29 is at the twilight of his career? He's their best all rounder now considering Stokes isn't bowling much
    I was thinking of Anderson in his twilight! Confused with Tests! It happens! I am older than 29!

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    Excellent thread from one of my liked Indian posters which I could probably count on 3 fingers lol

    It's true alot of debates will surely be ended but there will be a few who still find excuses on either side if things don't go their way. Even though I don't agree with this format because of the teams that are missing out but without a doubt this will be the marquee world cup absolutely best team will win. However there is one downside to all this, imagine if Pak India is rained off or England India or England Australia (basically the high profile competitive games) then it definitely will be a farce. Let's hope weather holds up in England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kohli, The King of Chase View Post
    I have been reading a lot of threads regarding players' level and their comparison, and also about Countries.

    A big stage is just over an year away.

    No one can have an excuse this time saying that X team didn't play against Y team, so XYZ batsmen was able to score, or ABC bowler was able to get wickets.

    In the upcoming WC, each team has to play against all remaining 9 teams.

    And no minnows (apart from Afghanistan), to increase ur stats.

    No team can win a TITLE by winning just 4 matches(CT). #Pakistan 2017

    No one can enter the Knock out stage by just defeating poor teams/ by fluke. #Bangladesh WC 15, CT 17


    Some of the debates which could end are,

    Player comparison:

    1.Bumrah vs Hassan vs Fizz
    2.Chahal vs Shadab vs Rashid
    3.Faheem vs Pandya
    4.Sarfraz vs Mushfiqur
    5.Smith vs Williamson vs Root

    Individual players

    1.Kohli a choker
    2.Bhubneshwar has improved
    3.Fakhar a hack
    4.Tamim the 2nd best Asian opener
    5.Babar the 2nd best Asian batsman
    6.Dhoni will not lose games for his team
    7.Amir brings his A game when the stakes are high
    8.Rohit, Amir's bunny
    9.Williamson in Fab 4
    10. Babar scores only against WI and SL


    Country comparison:

    1.India vs Pakistan bowling attack
    2.Bangladesh / Pakistan the 2nd best Asian side
    3.Pakistan are strong enough to beat India (without a FLUKE)


    Country:

    1.Pakistan has improved in LOIs
    2.BAN has improved in LOIs
    3.Afghanistan has improved
    4.England have the best batting line up



    I am not being biased here. I just wrote what I can remember. You can also add further Comparisons if u wish.

    Note:
    1.Please don't quarrel.
    2.Give ur opinion
    3.Debate.
    4.If the opposite person disagrees, then agree to disagree.
    You said: "No team can win a TITLE by winning just 4 matches(CT). #Pakistan 2017"

    Pakistan team did literally the same in 1992 (if you exclude the minnows SL and Zim matches). 1992 format was same as 2019. How can that not happen again? Why is 4/8 matches winner a worthy WC champion but not 4/5 won not a worthy CT champion?
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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    Faheem vs Pandya will end up like Kohli vs Umar

    (Faheem = Kohli, Pandya = Umar)

    Already the signs are clear.
    good anti jinx brother..

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    great thread by a great poster.. WC 19 will surely settle all of the arguments as that will be the biggest stage.. but hope rain dont spoil all the fun.. i fear weather will not be that good in england in summer.. may be a team or two will suffer the same fate as of aus in ct17..

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    England, India and newzealand will be in the top four for sure.. the competition for the fourth spot will be between pak, aus and saff.. aus won't have warner and smith.. saffers are chokers.. em fancying the chances of pakistan to go through..

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    We will be going into WC with the following world class players.

    Remember it takes 6 world class players to win the trophy.

    Babar Azam
    Fakhar Zaman
    Sarfraz Ahmed
    Imad Wasim
    Shadab Khan
    Mohammed Amir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat_Track_Bully View Post
    We will be going into WC with the following world class players.

    Remember it takes 6 world class players to win the trophy.

    Babar Azam
    Fakhar Zaman
    Sarfraz Ahmed
    Imad Wasim (u sure?)
    Shadab Khan
    Mohammed Amir
    add hussain talat and haris sohail too.. both are potiental match winners..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat_Track_Bully View Post
    We will be going into WC with the following world class players.

    Remember it takes 6 world class players to win the trophy.

    Babar Azam
    Fakhar Zaman
    Sarfraz Ahmed
    Imad Wasim
    Shadab Khan
    Mohammed Amir

    Fakhar
    Babar
    Hasan
    Shadab
    Amir

    These are our world class players

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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    Fakhar
    Babar
    Hasan
    Shadab
    Amir

    These are our world class players
    Swap Imad with Hasan Ali. Totally forgot to add him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    Fully expecting Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam to dominate World Cup 2019.
    Inshallah

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    If Pak want to win the World cup they're going to have to drop batsmen that have poor averages and SR's, before I used to disregard those stats but players like Fakhar have proved me wrong. Ever since he made his debut in the CT we literally won the cup because of him; we had Shehzad opening for us before him. In addition, I don't think it would be too hard to tweak the batting lineup a little but we should push Babar to open and his SR would improve vast amounts when he's scored a 50. The lower order looks pretty good and Malik is definitely a good option at 6 as he's in the form of his life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplicitAI View Post
    If Pak want to win the World cup they're going to have to drop batsmen that have poor averages and SR's, before I used to disregard those stats but players like Fakhar have proved me wrong. Ever since he made his debut in the CT we literally won the cup because of him; we had Shehzad opening for us before him. In addition, I don't think it would be too hard to tweak the batting lineup a little but we should push Babar to open and his SR would improve vast amounts when he's scored a 50. The lower order looks pretty good and Malik is definitely a good option at 6 as he's in the form of his life.
    If we...
    1) get rid of Hafeez and Malik
    2) Have a top order of FZ, Haris, Babar
    3) Talat and Asif at #ís 6 and 7.

    We have an incredible chance at winning all the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManFan View Post
    If we...
    1) get rid of Hafeez and Malik
    2) Have a top order of FZ, Haris, Babar
    3) Talat and Asif at #ís 6 and 7.

    We have an incredible chance at winning all the way.
    Talat ainít a #6 batsman imo. Heís a more dynamic accumulator like an Eoin Morgan type batsman.

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    This innings has begun promisingly with a few calculated slogs and a few well-timed drives. 50 up already and looking good for 3 figures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManFan View Post
    If we...
    1) get rid of Hafeez and Malik
    2) Have a top order of FZ, Haris, Babar
    3) Talat and Asif at #’s 6 and 7.

    We have an incredible chance at winning all the way.
    Me personally I think Hafeez has no place in the team due to him not bowling but Malik is one of the best experienced players in the world, he should hang up his boots after the world cup and maybe the T20 World cup. He has it in him to be part of a world cup winning team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat_Track_Bully View Post
    We will be going into WC with the following world class players.

    Remember it takes 6 world class players to win the trophy.

    Babar Azam
    Fakhar Zaman
    Sarfraz Ahmed
    Imad Wasim
    Shadab Khan
    Mohammed Amir
    Looking at ths list seems u have pretty low standard to classify someone as a world-class

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    Quote Originally Posted by MultanKaSultan View Post
    Looking at ths list seems u have pretty low standard to classify someone as a world-class
    Take out Imad for Hasan Ali.

    Its not low standards. We didn't win the CT for no reason. We have world class players accept the reality.

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    I just remembered that the World Cup next year will be in JUNE!!! Not March!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat_Track_Bully View Post
    We will be going into WC with the following world class players.

    Remember it takes 6 world class players to win the trophy.

    Babar Azam
    Fakhar Zaman
    Sarfraz Ahmed
    Imad Wasim
    Shadab Khan
    Mohammed Amir
    I'd love to know how you define world class. Fakhar? Shadab? Sarfaraz? Imad? For me, playing consistently well for a good period across the world is one criteria that the player must satisfy. I can think of Hasan and Amir as two world class players in Pak team and Fakhar, Babar are the two potential ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nextover666666 View Post
    With this format of the World Cup truly the best team will win and India will get exposed they don't have the bowling attack to do well
    India without good bowling attack took 60 + wickets in WC'2015 IIRC, may be BCCI brought all the WC'15 wickets from Billion $ contract amount

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kashmirilion View Post
    Excellent thread from one of my liked Indian posters which I could probably count on 3 fingers lol

    It's true alot of debates will surely be ended but there will be a few who still find excuses on either side if things don't go their way. Even though I don't agree with this format because of the teams that are missing out but without a doubt this will be the marquee world cup absolutely best team will win. However there is one downside to all this, imagine if Pak India is rained off or England India or England Australia (basically the high profile competitive games) then it definitely will be a farce. Let's hope weather holds up in England.
    Don't think they have reserve days for group matches ? What about Knockout games...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    1) Milestone focused... isn’t every great batsman? It’s the hunger for runs that pushes you for success.

    2) He can accelerate definitely... IIRC he was on 50 off like 75 balls against Australia then got to his century off 109 balls. Also he has been working on power hitting and we have seen this in PSL

    3) Actually his subdued nature is beneficial because it help him under pressure... he’s not a fiery character who will wilt when the going gets tough. Quite similar to Fakhar imo.

    He’s not the best player of spin but he’s more than decent in limited overs. It’s only in test matches where he’s struggled to negotiate the likes of Herath.

    The only problem in Babar’s ODI game are his slow starts. If he can fix that he will be one of the greatest Pakistani batsmen of all time.
    Firstly being milestone focused like how Babar is doesn't help the team, the way he slows down in his 90s and when he's nearing his hundred before reaching 90 isn't ideal for Pakistan. Yes everyone wants to score tons but not at the expense of the team winning. If you notice the way Babar celebrates excessively over his milestones ( be it a 50 or 100), it doesn't bother him if the team is in a losing position. Also note his open frustration of missing out on a hundred in the 2nd T20I (during and after the game) even though Pakistan clinched another win. This reaction paints a clear picture that not only he is a selfish batsman but also lacks the self belief of scoring a ton in T20Is against the better sides.

    It's good you bring up the ton he scored in Aus because that is a perfect definition of a "match losing selfish innings" since he decided to play for himself in a 350+ run chase. The runs up to his half century were scored at a Misbah-esque rate and by then the run rate had climbed to 9-10 rpo, so his ton was useless.

    If you were also to look at his career strike rate from the time he debuted it's a downward spiral - actually approaching 80 the way he's going! No world class batsman in the current era has a SR of low 80s. To go back to the last game, if you have faced that many deliveries in glorious batting conditions with small boundaries against a poor bowling attack, what excuse do you have for him only scoring 97? Forget about the likes of Kohli, AB and etc, even the likes of Dhawan, Amla and etc would have scored around 120 if they survived that many deliveries.

    Also notice the difference in the first tour of NZ with the mid 90s SR + solid average to his stats in the recent tour and compare this series performances with Fakhar's.

    Fakhar and Babar are very different mentally in the middle. The former is courageous and has the self belief to be able to absorb the pressure and take risks for the greater good of the team whereas the latter lets the pressure accumulate because of his lack of self belief against the better sides (Aus, SA, NZ and Eng). Bashing WI and SL doesn't make you world class it's the minimum you expect for a batsman who is world class (or working towards).

    It is obvious who the best batsman is in the side and no one currently in the squad comes close atm. Babar is a just an above average ODI batsman at best - in other words somewhere between borderline international and world class standard.

    Hope this enlightens you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kohli, The King of Chase View Post
    I have been reading a lot of threads regarding players' level and their comparison, and also about Countries.

    A big stage is just over an year away.

    No one can have an excuse this time saying that X team didn't play against Y team, so XYZ batsmen was able to score, or ABC bowler was able to get wickets.

    In the upcoming WC, each team has to play against all remaining 9 teams.

    And no minnows (apart from Afghanistan), to increase ur stats.

    No team can win a TITLE by winning just 4 matches(CT). #Pakistan 2017

    No one can enter the Knock out stage by just defeating poor teams/ by fluke. #Bangladesh WC 15, CT 17


    Some of the debates which could end are,

    Player comparison:

    1.Bumrah vs Hassan vs Fizz
    2.Chahal vs Shadab vs Rashid
    3.Faheem vs Pandya
    4.Sarfraz vs Mushfiqur
    5.Smith vs Williamson vs Root

    Individual players

    1.Kohli a choker
    2.Bhubneshwar has improved
    3.Fakhar a hack
    4.Tamim the 2nd best Asian opener
    5.Babar the 2nd best Asian batsman
    6.Dhoni will not lose games for his team
    7.Amir brings his A game when the stakes are high
    8.Rohit, Amir's bunny
    9.Williamson in Fab 4
    10. Babar scores only against WI and SL


    Country comparison:

    1.India vs Pakistan bowling attack
    2.Bangladesh / Pakistan the 2nd best Asian side
    3.Pakistan are strong enough to beat India (without a FLUKE)


    Country:

    1.Pakistan has improved in LOIs
    2.BAN has improved in LOIs
    3.Afghanistan has improved
    4.England have the best batting line up



    I am not being biased here. I just wrote what I can remember. You can also add further Comparisons if u wish.

    Note:
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    2.Give ur opinion
    3.Debate.
    4.If the opposite person disagrees, then agree to disagree.
    I see it still hurts but India only played 1 more match to win CT2013 and 3 of those matches were D/L or reduced, the final being a t20...great way to win a 50 over tournament lol

    Nice troll thread too, constantly talking about flukes and stuff.

    fact is, one tournament can not prove everything and it can not disprove everything, what it can do is show us (if the tournament is good enough) who are, by the law of averages, the best teams around.

    As things are shaping up now, it is Engand's tournament to lose, with Pak and Ind the second best favourites and Aus always turn up for tournament so they have a shout. NZ will be competitive as always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backfootpunch View Post
    Firstly being milestone focused like how Babar is doesn't help the team, the way he slows down in his 90s and when he's nearing his hundred before reaching 90 isn't ideal for Pakistan. Yes everyone wants to score tons but not at the expense of the team winning. If you notice the way Babar celebrates excessively over his milestones ( be it a 50 or 100), it doesn't bother him if the team is in a losing position. Also note his open frustration of missing out on a hundred in the 2nd T20I (during and after the game) even though Pakistan clinched another win. This reaction paints a clear picture that not only he is a selfish batsman but also lacks the self belief of scoring a ton in T20Is against the better sides.

    It's good you bring up the ton he scored in Aus because that is a perfect definition of a "match losing selfish innings" since he decided to play for himself in a 350+ run chase. The runs up to his half century were scored at a Misbah-esque rate and by then the run rate had climbed to 9-10 rpo, so his ton was useless.

    If you were also to look at his career strike rate from the time he debuted it's a downward spiral - actually approaching 80 the way he's going! No world class batsman in the current era has a SR of low 80s. To go back to the last game, if you have faced that many deliveries in glorious batting conditions with small boundaries against a poor bowling attack, what excuse do you have for him only scoring 97? Forget about the likes of Kohli, AB and etc, even the likes of Dhawan, Amla and etc would have scored around 120 if they survived that many deliveries.

    Also notice the difference in the first tour of NZ with the mid 90s SR + solid average to his stats in the recent tour and compare this series performances with Fakhar's.

    Fakhar and Babar are very different mentally in the middle. The former is courageous and has the self belief to be able to absorb the pressure and take risks for the greater good of the team whereas the latter lets the pressure accumulate because of his lack of self belief against the better sides (Aus, SA, NZ and Eng). Bashing WI and SL doesn't make you world class it's the minimum you expect for a batsman who is world class (or working towards).

    It is obvious who the best batsman is in the side and no one currently in the squad comes close atm. Babar is a just an above average ODI batsman at best - in other words somewhere between borderline international and world class standard.

    Hope this enlightens you.
    No way was he ever going to chase 350+ against that Aussie attack singlehandedly. Kohli wouldnít either. So his innings was bound to be match losing.

    Babar has only failed in one series against top teams and that was this tour of NZ. But you canít use that to say he lacks the self belief against better sides:

    If you take out his SL and WI bashing then he averages 39.40 at a strike rate of 81 which includes the worst series of his life he just had in NZ. Without that series he averages 47.70 at 85 against the top teams (Aus, NZ, SA, India, England).

    He is not a minnow basher. The only problem in his approach at the moment is the amount of dot balls he consumes up front in ODIs which he does against every opposition. I think pushing him up to open will probably benefit him a lot as the majority of the time when he has come in at number 3 he has had to steady the ship due to an early wicket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalhaSyed View Post
    Try not to sound too bitter now
    I was looking forward to his response to you, but I guess the fella has gone for a quick bite

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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    No way was he ever going to chase 350+ against that Aussie attack singlehandedly. Kohli wouldn’t either. So his innings was bound to be match losing.

    Babar has only failed in one series against top teams and that was this tour of NZ. But you can’t use that to say he lacks the self belief against better sides:

    If you take out his SL and WI bashing then he averages 39.40 at a strike rate of 81 which includes the worst series of his life he just had in NZ. Without that series he averages 47.70 at 85 against the top teams (Aus, NZ, SA, India, England).

    He is not a minnow basher. The only problem in his approach at the moment is the amount of dot balls he consumes up front in ODIs which he does against every opposition. I think pushing him up to open will probably benefit him a lot as the majority of the time when he has come in at number 3 he has had to steady the ship due to an early wicket.
    I wouldn't write off Kohli in chasing, I don't know if you know but in all of India's 3 x 350+ successful run chases he has tons, where in 2 of these he scored the fastest ton for an Indian in ODIs (52 balls) and 115 off 66 balls. If we extend the filter slightly to 330+ successful run chases by India he has 4 tons out of these 5 matches including a 183 against Pakistan in the Asia Cup. Kohli on his day can chase 350-400.
    Babar on the other hand still hasn't scored a ton in a successful run chase because he always flops when Pakistan are tasked with chasing anything over 250 let alone 350 loool! He's played enough games to establish himself now. The excuse of he's still young or still finding his feet are no longer acceptable. I don't expect him to be at his peak but I expect progress. The trend of his decreasing strike rate is enough to say he isn't progressing.

    His record in Australia and England are not great - the stats of the former tour was boosted by a selfish hundred and even after his 5 ODIs his SR was 80-82. Also he's played enough games in England (10) but has yet to score a 50 with his SR is just as bad. It is clear he struggles against top teams particularly outside the SC.

    Bringing him to open with Fakhar may not be a bad idea as he loves to drive the ball in the v region so he could settle into his innings more freely but if he doesn't find the gaps it will be an Shehzad-esque innings. That's the risk v reward that will come into play with this move but since there is no established partner for Fakhar I don't mind this experiment. If hypothetically the move helps Babar and therefore for Pakistan, who would you bat at 3? Would it be Talat like in T20Is atm or Haris Sohail however I don't think he is good enough for LOIs.
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    @backfootpunch I know of that statistic, however in those chases Kohli has had assistance each time. He hasnít scored more than 50% of the teams runs.

    E.g in that England game Jadhav scored 120. Against Australia, Dhawan scored a century.

    These chases have all been in the subcontinent as well and the attack hasnít been as good as Starc, Hazelwood and Cummins. IIRC Kohli averages in the 20s against Starc

    Babar isnít as bad as Shehzad in playing out dot balls.. When heís set heís a fluid strike rotator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babajee View Post
    @backfootpunch I know of that statistic, however in those chases Kohli has had assistance each time. He hasn’t scored more than 50% of the teams runs.

    E.g in that England game Jadhav scored 120. Against Australia, Dhawan scored a century.

    These chases have all been in the subcontinent as well and the attack hasn’t been as good as Starc, Hazelwood and Cummins. IIRC Kohli averages in the 20s against Starc

    Babar isn’t as bad as Shehzad in playing out dot balls.. When he’s set he’s a fluid strike rotator.
    Let's be honest Kohli played the biggest hand when he scored a ton from 52 balls and the other was also at 200 SR as well (115 off 66 balls). If he was Pakistani we wouldn't be having this discussion.

    Chasing 350 is tough wherever it be and to do it twice with tons at 200 SR well that's just unreal, doesn't get much better than that. Successful 350+ run chases are rare so it has to be admired whether it be in Asia or outside Asia.

    As for your point with Starc that is just one bowler proves my point that I made last week that some posters on here go out of their way to slag off a player because of who they represent.

    Also I never compared him to Shehzad, read again what I posted. I said if he struggles to find the gaps as an opener in the powerplay he will end up scoring a Shehzad-esque innings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backfootpunch View Post
    Let's be honest Kohli played the biggest hand when he scored a ton from 52 balls and the other was also at 200 SR as well (115 off 66 balls). If he was Pakistani we wouldn't be having this discussion.

    Chasing 350 is tough wherever it be and to do it twice with tons at 200 SR well that's just unreal, doesn't get much better than that. Successful 350+ run chases are rare so it has to be admired whether it be in Asia or outside Asia.

    As for your point with Starc that is just one bowler proves my point that I made last week that some posters on here go out of their way to slag off a player because of who they represent.

    Also I never compared him to Shehzad, read again what I posted. I said if he struggles to find the gaps as an opener in the powerplay he will end up scoring a Shehzad-esque innings.
    Obviously, they are sensational innings by Kohli. However chasing 350+ is a team effort and one or two players will hardly do it by themselves.

    Iím not slagging off Kohli, Iím just using his example because he is the GOAT chaser.

    The fact that Babar scored a 100, even if you say it is selfish, against arguably the best pace trio in the world is a testament to his quality as a batsman.

    I donít think he will struggle to find the gaps - his shots will be more likely to pierce the field imo and he can play lofted strokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backfootpunch View Post
    Let's be honest Kohli played the biggest hand when he scored a ton from 52 balls and the other was also at 200 SR as well (115 off 66 balls). If he was Pakistani we wouldn't be having this discussion.

    Chasing 350 is tough wherever it be and to do it twice with tons at 200 SR well that's just unreal, doesn't get much better than that. Successful 350+ run chases are rare so it has to be admired whether it be in Asia or outside Asia.

    As for your point with Starc that is just one bowler proves my point that I made last week that some posters on here go out of their way to slag off a player because of who they represent.

    Also I never compared him to Shehzad, read again what I posted. I said if he struggles to find the gaps as an opener in the powerplay he will end up scoring a Shehzad-esque innings.
    Take a look at the batting stats that series, Faulkner and Bailey in particular. Should give a better picture of what was happening there

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    CW19 will start in Ramadan - if that adds anything to Pakistan's chances

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    I was looking forward to his response to you, but I guess the fella has gone for a quick bite
    He responded in Post #10 - I got a notification saying so - but then he edited it away for some reason

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    "Pakistan are strong enough to beat India (without a FLUKE)"

    Biggest win in bilateral ODIs, over a sample size of over a hundred games, yet it's a fluke. Shabash ji.

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    A 180-run hammering can never be a fluke. Pakistan has a very good chance of beating India at the WC, thus breaking the streak.

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    OP ran off again lol

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    Excellent thread idea! I hope everyone here will have the integrity to swallow their smack-talk over the next 15 months, if their predictions don't come to fruition. Conversley, people should make very carefully calculated statements.

    Btw, not fair to label Afghanistan as minnows. They made the top 10 WC fair and square, and at one stage probably had only a 1% chance of qualifying. They may not be a favorite to win, but the way the Qualification system is, every team richly deserves to be here.

    One could even say that teams like Scotland deserved to be here, but cruelly missed out.


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