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    "Faheem Ashraf can be a match-winner" : Wasim Akram

    Pakistan former captain Wasim Akram has termed all rounder Faheem Ashraf a ‘match winner’ for his side, if the youngster improves his bowling a bit.

    ”The one Pakistan cricketer I want to see perform is Faheem Ashraf, because he’s been the all-rounder Pakistan are looking for. He just has to improve his bowling a bit and be consistent with the bat. He can be a match-winner,” wrote Akram, quoted Times of India.

    This is not the first time that the legendary fast bowler has voiced his support for Ashraf. Earlier Akram has questioned the country’s cricket authorities over what they want to make out of bowling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.

    The 25-year-old enjoyed a good start to his international career, and with his ability to bowl fast and decent batting quickly emerged as a potential replacement for the likes of Abdul Razzaq and Azhar Mahmood. However, as of late Ashraf has not been a consistent performer and remains an on and off feature in the Pakistan cricket squad.

    Meanwhile, Akram talking about his pick for the World Cup, selected India as his ‘firm favourites’. “Among the teams that are involved in the cricket World Cup, Pakistan has always been an outfit that people loved to watch and follow. You can never write them off. India looks firm favourites for me. New Zealand are the dark horses, but Pakistan is right up there,” Akram wrote.

    https://www.brecorder.com/2019/02/08...-for-pakistan/


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    The Sultan of Swing has seemingly cracked the code. Faheem should improve his bowling and batting to be useful for Pakistan.

    Such pearls of wisdom can only be produced by someone with over 900 international wickets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    The Sultan of Swing has seemingly cracked the code. Faheem should improve his bowling and batting to be useful for Pakistan.

    Such pearls of wisdom can only be produced by someone with over 900 international wickets.
    Yes reminds me of Azharuddin’s favourite quote as captain in post match ceremonies when India lost a match and he was asked about their strategy for next game : “we need to bat better, bowl better and field better and hopefully we will win the next game” not that he was wrong, of course.

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    Maybe on a video game, but not in reality.

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    Fahim Ashraf batting stats:


    ODIs - 12 @ 75
    T20is - 11 @ 117

    ListA - 16 @ 80
    T20s - 15 @ 127

    Yet another proof that your stats in international cricket are only going to be inferior than your domestic stats, not better like our selectors seem to believe.

    Numbers do not lie, only humans do.



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    Rana jee has potential and needs to be backed. He should request Islu management to let him bat higher up the order.

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    Does he play for the same team that Akram coaches in PSL?
    If not then i dont know how this makes sense.

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    Wahab is a better batsman than what Ashraf has shown so far.


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    All I can say is ha ha ha...
    Legend just has made a legendary comment.If I can bowl well bar well I can also be a match winner, isn't it?

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    Can we drop him already? He is a terrible batsmen, and purely as a bowler, he's not good enough to be in the ODI side. Hasan Ali is more of an all rounder than this guy.


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    Hes shot in confidence at the moment. He will come through hopefully. Malik did him some injustice by not bowling him properly the way Sarfaraz did so in T20s


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    Hes shot in confidence at the moment. He will come through hopefully. Malik did him some injustice by not bowling him properly the way Sarfaraz did so in T20s
    He's been in the side for a year and a half, and we have not seen even 1 notable innings from him. How much longer do we have to wait?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Majid Khan View Post
    Yes reminds me of Azharuddin’s favourite quote as captain in post match ceremonies when India lost a match and he was asked about their strategy for next game : “we need to bat better, bowl better and field better and hopefully we will win the next game” not that he was wrong, of course.
    It was more like "We batted badly bowled badly fielded badly" lol He had to say that a lot of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    He's been in the side for a year and a half, and we have not seen even 1 notable innings from him. How much longer do we have to wait?
    I admit that it is frustrating but there is no one else in the domestic set up that is young, can be developed and give you depth the way Faheem does. He can bat at 8-9 and play as the 3rd/4th seamer. He is a better bowling option than strike bowlers like Shinwari


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    I admit that it is frustrating but there is no one else in the domestic set up that is young, can be developed and give you depth the way Faheem does. He can bat at 8-9 and play as the 3rd/4th seamer. He is a better bowling option than strike bowlers like Shinwari
    The way to develop him is have his domestic side bat him higher up the order. Faheem has batting ability, but zero match awareness in terms of batting. He just doesn't know how to build an innings.

    Hasan has been a better all-rounder than him I'm afraid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    He's been in the side for a year and a half, and we have not seen even 1 notable innings from him. How much longer do we have to wait?
    Faheem as a bowler is Pandaya level , and as a batsman Sohail Tanvir or Anwar Ali level which frankly is not good enough for international games if they want him as all rounder. Aamer Yamin or Ahmed would do more justice.

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    A Lance Klusenar type innings is around the corner. Must be patient.

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    But yes his biggest issue is inability to construct an innings, he only knows how to hit and has sacrificed his wicket many times for the team's need for quick runs.

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    He has shown no signs of improving. Signs of improvement would be getting to 30 and getting dismissed. Even getting off the mark seems to be difficult for Faheem.

    In reguards to his bowling, he’s not quick, not tall, doesn’t seam or swing the ball. So what use does he have with the ball?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    He has shown no signs of improving. Signs of improvement would be getting to 30 and getting dismissed. Even getting off the mark seems to be difficult for Faheem.

    In reguards to his bowling, he’s not quick, not tall, doesn’t seam or swing the ball. So what use does he have with the ball?
    To be the fourth seamer in test matches and to allow everyone to be fresh and energized in all spells during the day. Every time he has played, Pakistan has bowled sides out cheaply and not looked fatigued in later spells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    To be the fourth seamer in test matches and to allow everyone to be fresh and energized in all spells during the day. Every time he has played, Pakistan has bowled sides out cheaply and not looked fatigued in later spells.
    That isn’t a large sample size. He hasn’t shown anything to deserve a long run in the team other than the fact he is “ a all rounder “.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rana View Post
    I admit that it is frustrating but there is no one else in the domestic set up that is young, can be developed and give you depth the way Faheem does. He can bat at 8-9 and play as the 3rd/4th seamer. He is a better bowling option than strike bowlers like Shinwari
    Aamir Yameen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PakPremi View Post
    Faheem as a bowler is Pandaya level , and as a batsman Sohail Tanvir or Anwar Ali level which frankly is not good enough for international games if they want him as all rounder. Aamer Yamin or Ahmed would do more justice.
    Who is Ahmed ?

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    Trust Shadab and Hasan to fulfill the AR roles and get a decent bowler instead of Faheem.

    Faheem's bowling is bits and pieces in ODIs averaging close to 60 against decent teams. His batting is not even at that level. He's a slogger who doesn't know how to slog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    A Lance Klusenar type innings is around the corner. Must be patient.
    So far, he hasn't even produced an Anwar Al level innings, how is he gonna produce a Lance Klusener level one.


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    Faheem bowling has been ok. He needs to contribute 25 odd with the bat.

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    Tillekeratne Dilshan had a far from stellar career in his first 5-6 years in international cricket. Must be patient with Fahim

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    He can be a match winner, but not at international level, may be at Patrons trophy grade 2 level. . Almost two years with Pakistan team, has not done anything worth mentioning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moghul View Post
    He can be a match winner, but not at international level, may be at Patrons trophy grade 2 level. . Almost two years with Pakistan team, has not done anything worth mentioning.
    Waz does seem rather optimistic.

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    Waseem is saying this at a time when Faheem is doing very very poorly. The only one who should be bashed should be akram for saying such rubbish stuff.

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    Faheem can be tried out as a pinch hitter at 3. Pakistan should try something different at the World Cup. He bowled pretty well of late to be honest.

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    Either that innings versus Bangladesh was a fluke or this lad has really not shown enough with the bat.

    His bowling has become a bit predictable too.

    Needs to raise his game.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Either that innings versus Bangladesh was a fluke or this lad has really not shown enough with the bat.

    His bowling has become a bit predictable too.

    Needs to raise his game.
    It’s a mystery to me and has always been the case with Pakistani players who can give such brilliant performances in one game and then do not even remotely get close to that brilliance in about another 100 innings that you conclude it must be a fluke — except it didn’t seem like that at the time. The best example is another all rounder we had in 90s, Azhar Mehmood — on test debut against South Africa he scored 128* and 50* in second inns , and a couple of months later in his 7th test he had just scored two more back to back test centuries v South Africa in SA against no second string attack but Donald and Pollock at their best, in all innings he batted in pressure situations and played some amazing strokes along the way.

    I remember watching live and thinking a cricket legend is born — the remarkable thing is that Azhar never crossed 50 again in tests after playing a few more years and looked so woeful at times that you wondered if this was the same player. His performances v SA
    we’re not a fluke , he looked the real deal - Just not sure what happened after that.

    Faheem Ashraf while he hasn’t hit the highs of Azhar, but looks like he’s well on his way to showing anything of merit he did on occasion was probably a fluke.. will he ever score a rapid 70 or 80 ? Not sure he will.
    Last edited by Majid Khan; 9th February 2019 at 18:36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Either that innings versus Bangladesh was a fluke or this lad has really not shown enough with the bat.

    His bowling has become a bit predictable too.

    Needs to raise his game.
    The innings against Bangladesh in a warm up with a 30 year boundary?

    Can you remember even one innings of note that he has played in LOI for Pak? Hasan Ali is better than him . . at the very least, more effective than him!

    I am sure he is a hard working guy . . and he is a decent bowler . . but he has no place in the squad (let alone the team) unless his batting improves drastically . .

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    Ajit agarkar started as an allrounder but ended up as a duffer with the bat, Faheem is far worse than AA as far as batting is concerned, certainly can never be labelled as an all rounder.

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    Did he mean for the other team?

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    His bowling is average at best and his batting is no better then a fully fledged tail ender, even hasan Ali is a better bet with the bat to score runs then fahim. Needs to be dropped until his all round game improves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kroll View Post
    Did he mean for the other team?
    Probably.

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    The team management's insistence on Faheem to concentrate on his bowling and get selected as a bowling all rounder has affected his game. He was one of the best strikers of the bowl, his batting position at 7 or 8 has'nt helped. He definitely has'nt worked as a bowler. Management have been force-fitting him around like sometimes opening the bowling or giving him job in the middle overs to just contain the runs.

    Faheems and Shadabs are being justified in the team just to keep cushion when the team collapses as we are playing 20 average players [against top 6 ranked teams] like Hafeez, Malik and Imam. This experiment is bound to fail.

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    Total rubbish and needs to be booted out ASAP.

    Would rather have Bhakti or Anwar than him...


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