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    "We are witnessing an era of India’s supremacy in cricket" : Sohail Tanvir

    In his latest exclusive blog for PakPassion.net, Pakistan bowler Sohail Tanvir writes about his impressions of the recently concluded Under-19 World Cup, why he feels Rohail Nazir and Haider Ali have bright futures ahead of them, the importance of this PSL season for his own career, Multan Sultans’ chances in the PSL and explains why age should not be a factor when selectors pick the squad for the next T20 World Cup.





    Pakistan misread the pitch for the Under-19 World Cup semi-final against India

    It should really have been no surprise that a side such as Pakistan would have reached the semi-final of the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. However, it seems that Pakistan misread the pitch for the semi-final against India. To us watching on TV, it appeared that the ball was swinging and seaming around in the early stages of the Pakistan innings. Coupled with the use of two new balls, things became very difficult for our batsmen and in hindsight, one can say that Pakistan should have bowled first. Regardless of such matters, one has to acknowledge that currently India are a much better cricket side at all levels, not only compared to Pakistan but to all other sides in the world. In fact, there is a pretty big gap in skills between India and other countries and I would say that just like we had the eras of domination of the West Indies, Australia and Pakistan before, we are witnessing an era of India’s supremacy in cricket – and there really isn’t much to debate about that. India’s men, women and Under-19 cricketers are all enjoying supremacy over other teams and we saw that difference against Pakistan when the Under-19 sides met in the semi-final.


    Impressed with Indian Under-19 fast-bowlers

    Anyone who watched the young Indian bowlers in operation against the Pakistan Under-19 batsmen would have been impressed by the quality on offer by these pacers. Specifically, the right-armer Kartik Tyagi was swinging the ball both ways and as a fast-bowler myself, I felt really good watching someone bowl that well. Whilst the pitch may well have been supportive for that kind of bowling, the fact is that you need to have the skills to make use of the conditions and to have so much control with a pace around 140KpH, at such a young age was very impressive indeed. I am convinced that Tyagi has a bright future for India.


    I have high hopes that one day Rohail Nazir and Haider Ali will represent Pakistan

    Pakistan Under-19s loss to India in the semi-final and ending up in 3rd place which was, of course, disappointing for all of us, but I would like to focus on the positives from the Under-19 World Cup. In particular, I am very pleased that the two batsmen, Rohail Nazir and Haider Ali, who I have personally known due to my association with the Northern side performed really well during this tournament. They are both very talented batsmen and have that spark in them which makes them suitable for international cricket and I have high hopes that one day they will represent Pakistan. But let me take a moment here and for a moment forget about nationalities and as a cricket lover, talk simply about the skills on display during the Under-19 World Cup. In that regard, I really enjoyed the batting of Afghanistan batsman Ibrahim Zadran in the 7th position play-off against South Africa. He was superb in the way he was striking the ball and hitting sixes with effortless ease.


    Importance of the Under-19 and A tours for Pakistan cannot be overemphasized

    There is no doubt in my mind that players and sides will get better, whether it’s at the international level or at the Under-19 level if they play more cricket. Especially at the Under-19 level where a player has 2-3 years at the most to make the most of his time as an eligible player, playing more games is important. It is here that the role of the respective Boards is important. If India Under-19s have played more cricket in the past 2-3 years, then the results are there to see. If India can produce one or two outstanding international players every two years from the set of Under-19 players, then that is a very satisfactory outcome for them, and we are seeing that happen already.

    In Pakistan’s case, we hardly get players coming into the international side from the Under-19 team; most of our international players, with the exception of the likes of Mohammad Amir or Babar Azam or Imad Wasim, come from the domestic system or literally out of nowhere. I really believe that the Importance of the Under-19 and A tours for Pakistan cannot be overemphasized. If we had a good system in place for these young players, then we would have no reason to fast-track young players into the international side. So, a player performing well in 1-2 good innings in domestic cricket is sent to play in the international side but if he fails and is not mature enough then he is sent back to domestic cricket which is a waste of time and effort. The Under-19 tours and A sides, therefore, serve as a good way of sending players to the national side without affecting their confidence. From the results of Under-19 and A tours, we can get a good idea of which players are mature and ready for the eventual jump to international cricket. With this system in place, players graduating to the international level will more than likely have a good chance of success at the top-level.


    PSL 2020 season will be the most important season for my career

    The fact is that the upcoming PSL season will be the most important one for my career which is probably heading towards its natural end. From what I see, the Pakistan Twenty20 team combination is not settled by any stretch of the imagination. Apart from Babar Azam in batting and Shaheen Shah Afridi in bowling, I do not see any automatic choices, so I feel that all deserving domestic players have an opportunity to do well in PSL and make an impact which could see them make a strong case for inclusion in Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad. With this in mind, I am working very hard and the encouraging thing for me is that the last season of PSL went really well for me and I was the highest wicket-taker in the recent National T20 Cup. Whilst a recall to the Pakistan side for the Twenty20 series against Bangladesh did not happen, I feel that good performances in the upcoming PSL could well strengthen my case for a comeback for Pakistan.


    Multan Sultans are a balanced side and quite capable of winning PSL 2020

    On paper, each team in the PSL is capable of winning the title. This is because unlike international sides, league franchise sides such as those in the PSL allow the luxury to build balanced squads from a collection of some of the world’s top performers. In my view, Multan Sultans are a balanced side and are quite capable of winning PSL 2020. We have a strong bowling line-up with the likes of experienced fast bowlers such as Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan and myself. All of us have played enough international and league cricket to know what it takes to succeed in the Twenty20 format. When it comes to leg-spin, we have the services of Shahid Afridi, Imran Tahir, and Usman Qadir. In the off-spin department, Moeen Ali is a good choice as is Ravi Bopara who can bowl medium-pace in the middle-overs. When it comes to batting, we have good strength in Shahid Afridi and Ravi Bopara whilst the top-order should be well served by the likes of James Vince, Moeen Ali and newcomer Zeeshan Ashraf who has earned a lot of praise in recent times - we have high hopes for him. Of course, we are well led by our new captain Shan Masood, so we seem to have all bases covered. Having said that, it’s not really possible to have a perfect side and I feel that our strength will be the bowling department as it is stronger than our batting. Given the resources we have, I feel that we should make it to the play-offs and once we get to that stage, anything is possible.


    It’s good to see Pakistan’s dependence on their fast-bowling in the Bangladesh series

    It’s great to see that after a long time, we have come out of the spin-bowling mindset and attacked the visiting teams with fast-bowling as we have seen in our performances against Sri Lanka and now, against Bangladesh. Obviously, this is all possible because we have the resources to utilize in the shape of Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah. It is due to the confidence in their abilities that the team management has gone with such an attack. Of course, Bangladesh are known for their strength in the spin department and we have seen that when they play at home, they make pitches which take spin on day 1 of the Test so attacking them with a strong fast-bowling attack was a good idea.


    We need to give more time to Misbah-ul-Haq to prove himself in his dual role

    It’s still early days when it comes to making any sort of judgment on how well Misbah-ul-Haq has done in his role as Head Coach-Chief Selector. Only 2 series have completed under his tenure and we really need to give him up to a year before deciding on whether he has done justice to his role or not. We speak of giving consistent chances to players to prove their worth but why is that such a problem when it comes to the likes of Misbah and other coaching staff?


    Age should not be the deciding factor for selection for Pakistan T20 World Cup squad

    From what I see, Misbah is still making his mind up about the right mix of experience and youth that he needs for the Pakistan team. To me, the result of the last series against Sri Lanka shows that Pakistan still needs its senior players who can play a key role which will also allow youngsters to learn from them. And this is also how the teams around the world are going about their business. With the T20 World Cup a few months away, now is not the time for any long-term planning. What you need are players who are in good nick today and will be able to continue to serve the team over the next few months. What you need are good results and whoever can help you get to your target of winning the ICC tournament, is the player you need to go with. There will be no special consideration or credit given to sides with most youngsters if we go into an ICC event with a young team - it doesn’t matter if you take someone who is 40 years old or someone who is 20 years old as the only objective is to have a balanced side which can win you matches. If a 37-year-old is still playing well and can get you results then go with him as the idea is to choose a set of players who can win games, and age should not be the deciding factor for the selection of Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad.
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 11th February 2020 at 23:53.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    [I]If a 37-year-old is still playing well and can get you results then go with him as the idea is to choose a set of players who can win .
    The only problem is that the 37 year old is actually a 41 year old...

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    Very nice article, but I don’t think it’d have made difference even if Pakistan had read the pitch properly.

    The difference between the two sides is significant at all levels, with all due respect.

    Certainly agree with @Mamoon on that.

    Unless there’s an overhaul of Pak domestic structure from the school cricket, U 16, U 19 and the administration is held accountable I don’t think it’s going to change.

    Yes, Pak might win matches against India here and there, but not on a consistent basis.

    And the quicker it’s realised the better tho


    Also the modern game is much more mental than it was years before. So, sports psychologists need to be brought in for the six domestic sides and the international side
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    This is India’s era of domination of the world cricket across formats, says former Pakistan pacer Sohail Tanvir, the sensation of the first IPL in 2008, and picked pacer Kartik Tyagi, who emerged as one of the stars from the just-concluded Under-19 World Cup, for a special mention. Tanvir says Tyagi bowls with controlled swing, and has a “bright future”.

    Tanvir, who finished as the top wicket-taker with 22 scalps at a brilliant 12.09 in the maiden edition of the IPL, is highly impressed with the Indian men’s and women’s teams, and particularly with Tyagi who helped his team beat Pakistan in the semi-finals of the under-19 World Cup held in South Africa. India beat Pakistan by 10 wickets to enter the final, where they lost to Bangladesh in a rain-affected match.

    Talking about the India-Pakistan semi-final in Potchefstroom on February 4, Tanvir said that Pakistan seemed to have misread the pitch after Pakistan captain won the toss and opted to bat. “...it appeared that the ball was swinging and seaming around in the early stages of the Pakistan innings. Coupled with the use of two new balls, things became very difficult for our batsmen and, in hindsight, one can say that Pakistan should have bowled first,” says Tanvir, who played two Tests, 62 ODIs, and 57 T20 Internationals between 2007 and 2017.

    “Regardless of such matters, one has to acknowledge that currently India are a much better cricket side at all levels, not only compared to Pakistan but to all other sides in the world. In fact, there is a pretty big gap in skills between India and other countries and I would say that just like we had the eras of domination of the West Indies, Australia and Pakistan before, we are witnessing an era of India’s supremacy in cricket – and there really isn’t much to debate about that,” Tanvir wrote on PakPassion.net, a Pakistani cricket website.

    Tanvir further praised India’s domination. “India’s men, women and under-19 cricketers are all enjoying supremacy over other teams and we saw that difference against Pakistan when the under-19 sides met in the semi-finals,” he said.

    “Anyone who watched the young Indian bowlers in operation against the Pakistan under-19 batsmen would have been impressed by the quality on offer by these pacers. Specifically, the right-armer Kartik Tyagi was swinging the ball both ways and as a fast-bowler myself, I felt really good watching someone bowl that well. Whilst the pitch may well have been supportive for that kind of bowling, the fact is that you need to have the skills to make use of the conditions and to have so much control with a pace around 140 kmph at such a young age was very impressive, indeed. I am convinced that Tyagi has a bright future for India,” he wrote.

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    India is doing well in test cricket and JAMODIS and missing out on key moments in tournaments. Unless the latter isn’t corrected, there won’t be any domination.

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    "He's 35 and still going strong and I would say he has couple more years left in him" : Waqar Younis about Sohail Tanvir during LQvMS game


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    No do not think so, we are still struggling away from home in all formats.

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    India is still a very bad touring team....so what supremacy he is referring to

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    No one team is supreme these days. The last great team was the South Africa of 2008-2016. Since then, we have a few strong teams but no standouts. However, India does control the financial aspect of the game like no team ever has.

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    Speaking after the game vs IU

    "I came up with a plan and it was backed by my experience; I have played enough cricket to cope with these kinds of situations; Let me mention the fact that we have stopped valuing experience but it does matter; You must have seen this in the PSL that experienced (player) is performing well"

    "Initially people thought that T20 cricket was for youngsters but now people have realized worldwide that in limited overs cricket you need experience"


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    Sohail Tanvir has crossed 350 T20 wickets and now has 351 T20 wickets to his name. Was looking forward to see his performance in PSL semi final / qualifier.

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    2/25 for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots for Sohail in CPL


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    It all went wrong for us the day Sohail Tanvir left the side. With that fantastic run up he is right up there with the all time greats. I still remember how he bowled out Rahul "the wall" Dravid
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    No one team is supreme these days. The last great team was the South Africa of 2008-2016. Since then, we have a few strong teams but no standouts. However, India does control the financial aspect of the game like no team ever has.
    This. Probably the only team in the last decade and half to consistently win and challenge overseas.

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    Sohail Tanvir smashed for 20 runs in his 1 over for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots



    Tanvir to Cornwall, SIX, 20 runs! 20 runs off the opening over! This run chase is well and truly off to a flier. A short of a length delivery around off and the big man slaps it with disdain. No respect for the pacer from Pakistan. Go and fetch the ball from the stands beyond long-off, he says

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    Tanvir to Cornwall, SIX, that's a lovely flick! What wrist work. On the pads and Cornwall plays an exquisite pick-up shot. Clears deep square leg with his touch and finesse

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    Tanvir to Cornwall, FOUR, you are never short of action when this man's at the crease. A shortish delivery outside off, Cornwall goes deep in his crease and carves it uppishly over backward point. Once you clear the infield, the pace of the outfield is enough to fetch him four runs

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    Tanvir to Cornwall, no run, back of a length outside off, Cornwall is sensible enough to pat this one in front of point

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    Tanvir to Cornwall, no run, round the wicket haul, short and wide outside off, Cornwall swings and misses

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    Tanvir to Cornwall, FOUR, Cornwall is in no mood to waste time. Picks the bones out of this short ball as he swings it over mid-on for a cracking boundary to open his account


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Sohail Tanvir smashed for 20 runs in his 1 over for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots



    Tanvir to Cornwall, SIX, 20 runs! 20 runs off the opening over! This run chase is well and truly off to a flier. A short of a length delivery around off and the big man slaps it with disdain. No respect for the pacer from Pakistan. Go and fetch the ball from the stands beyond long-off, he says

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    Tanvir to Cornwall, SIX, that's a lovely flick! What wrist work. On the pads and Cornwall plays an exquisite pick-up shot. Clears deep square leg with his touch and finesse

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    Tanvir to Cornwall, FOUR, you are never short of action when this man's at the crease. A shortish delivery outside off, Cornwall goes deep in his crease and carves it uppishly over backward point. Once you clear the infield, the pace of the outfield is enough to fetch him four runs

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    Tanvir to Cornwall, no run, back of a length outside off, Cornwall is sensible enough to pat this one in front of point

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    Tanvir to Cornwall, no run, round the wicket haul, short and wide outside off, Cornwall swings and misses

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    Tanvir to Cornwall, FOUR, Cornwall is in no mood to waste time. Picks the bones out of this short ball as he swings it over mid-on for a cracking boundary to open his account
    Not playing in this game Sohail Tanvir probably due to this!


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