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    "Shahid Afridi changed the mindset of opening in Test cricket" : Wasim Akram

    LAHORE: Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram believes it was Shahid Afridi and not Virender Sehwag who redefined the concept of opening the batting in Test cricket.

    "In Test cricket, Sehwag came later but in 1999-2000 Shahid Afridi changed the mindset of opening in Test cricket. Even if I was the bowler, I would know that I can get him out but also know that he can hit me for boundaries. He used to hit lose deliveries for sixes at will," said Akram while chatting with Afridi on a YouTube chat show.

    Many in the cricket fraternity, including the likes of David Warner, believe that it was Sehwag who started for bowlers having a difficult time at the start of a Test match.

    Akram revealed that Afridi, who made his debut as an opener in Test cricket against Australia in 1998, was not supposed to be a part of that Pakistan side which toured India in 1999-2000 where the swashbuckling all-rounder made his name as a Test batsman.

    Afridi scored his maiden Test century in the first Test at Chennai to help Pakistan take a 1-0 lead in the series which visitors went on to win 2-1.

    "I called Imran Khan before the tour selection. I told him 'skipper I want to take Shahid Afridi on tour but a few selectors were against it. He told me 'You should definitely take him, he will win a one-two Test matches and make him open the batting'," said the former left-arm pacer.

    "I generally discussed a lot with Imran, sometimes before the tour, sometimes during the tour and his suggestions always came in handy," he added.

    "What a knock it was on that Chennai track. Afridi used to dance down the track and hit (Anil) Kumble and (Suni) Joshi for sixes," Akram said recalling the 141-run knock played by Afridi in the Chennai Test.

    Afridi, however, could not establish himself as a regular Test player as he managed to play just 27 Tests for Pakistan and scored just five hundreds.

    Sehwag, on the other hand, represented India in 104 Test matches and scored 23 centuries, including 2 triple hundreds.

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    Afridi's Test career doesn't do justice to his ability.

    Sadly he just became a batsman who could score you quick runs now and then in T20s and ODIs. But he had ability as a Test batsman, but he didn't fulfill that ability.



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    How many runs Afridi made as test opener?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Afridi's Test career doesn't do justice to his ability.

    Sadly he just became a batsman who could score you quick runs now and then in T20s and ODIs. But he had ability as a Test batsman, but he didn't fulfill that ability.
    I actually feel the total opposite. Afridi was never really a test batsman or a test bowler. His test record is decent though which suggest he performed more than his ability.

    27 tests are way way too much to play someone like Afridi if I am being honest.

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    what about srikanth, sidhu, jayasuriya, greatbatch, etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Afridi's Test career doesn't do justice to his ability.

    Sadly he just became a batsman who could score you quick runs now and then in T20s and ODIs. But he had ability as a Test batsman, but he didn't fulfill that ability.
    He rightfully decided to bid farewell to the format when he felt he didn't enjoy it anymore.

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    biggest disservice to pak cricket was to have asad shafiq batting at 6 in the middle east, i have no doubt afridi would have outperformed him with the bat in the spin dominant coniditons of the uae, and would have chipped in with the ball too.

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    Afridi over fulfilled his own career potential by transforming himself from a batting all rounder into a showman. He certainly didn't slog every ball in the beginning of his career, but then he quickly figured out that there was money and fame to be had by doing so.

    Financially he maxed out for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by munda_khi View Post
    what about srikanth, sidhu, jayasuriya, greatbatch, etc
    Yep it may actually be Srikanth who introduced this style as an opener. Saw very little of him but boy he was a brilliant hitter.

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    It's the first time I've ever heard this.

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    No Mr Akram I think you will find Michael Slater changed the mindset of opening batting in test cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElRaja View Post
    biggest disservice to pak cricket was to have asad shafiq batting at 6 in the middle east, i have no doubt afridi would have outperformed him with the bat in the spin dominant coniditons of the uae, and would have chipped in with the ball too.
    That would be fine and dandy but Afridi himself didn't like playing tests. He was a reulcatant test player and he only came back after 2006 for like 1 series in 2010 against Australia and played that and retired again. Afridi had so much potential in Tests but he just didn't want to play the longest format of the game post 2006 especially.


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    It was Jayasuriya who changed it first.

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    I think, first guy to play as Test opener with an aggressive mindset (after WW2 - before that, I read both Hobbs & Trumper were aggressive openers) was Colin Milburn - born in 1941, debuted in 1966 and had to retire for accidental eye sight loss by 1968 with 9 Tests in credit. But, in that 6 Tests, he averaged 46.71, scored 654 runs and over 65% of runs from boundaries (91X4, 11X6), in an era when Openers role was totally different. His FC record is much inferior because for County games, which was scheduled for 3 days (around 350 overs) and he played to enforce a result - most of his 23 FC hundreds came at better than run a minute. IICRC, somewhere I read that 12 (or 13) of Milburn's 23 hundreds came in one session of batting, some of them in 1st session of Day 1. Another reason for his inferior FC record is that he tried to make a come back with one eye for a season or two and ended with tail-ender's average.

    Those days, they often didn't keep count of balls (batsman's SR was calculated based on time!!!! - how long he has batted, that's till as late as 1960s - that's why Cricket is the most outdated & laid back traditionalists of modern games), but I have read that his average SR would have been around 70%, or roughly 75 runs in a session - in an era, when Openers like Boycott, Hanif, Butcher, Bill Lawry ... ended not out after full days play (of 100+ overs, over rate was different those days) and somewhere between 75 to 100...... His last Test innings was at Karachi, 1969 - scored 139 out of 234 (when he was in), and 137 of those in Day one, bating out around 75 overs, where his other mates scored 79, on a dead slow Karachi track. Sadly that game was abandoned at lunch on Day three for crowd disturbance, and English players didn't return to ground for Day 4 & 5 - a month later, Milburn lost his eye sight to a fatal car accident.
    @Junaids - have you seen Milburn playing in archives? Last he played with both eyes was in 1969, so obviously you haven't seen him live.

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    Please ! I know Wasim is mates with Afridi and all, but Michael Slater and Sanath Jayasuriya were more influential in that regard.

    Afridi's brainless cowlashing was because he couldn't be bothered to spend time at the crease, not part of some calculated plan to bat aggressively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    He rightfully decided to bid farewell to the format when he felt he didn't enjoy it anymore.
    He wasn't enjoying it because he knew the lure of ODIs and T20s and eventually T20 leagues would be too much to ignore.

    The focus had gone and he knew that to play for as long as he had hoped to, he had to give up the 5-day format.
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    Sanatha Jayasuriya was unbelievable as an aggressive opener, same could be said for Michael Slater.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    He wasn't enjoying it because he knew the lure of ODIs and T20s and eventually T20 leagues would be too much to ignore.

    The focus had gone and he knew that to play for as long as he had hoped to, he had to give up the 5-day format.
    Let's be real. Afridi was not a confirmed number 1 pick in the test side for all conditions, at best he would be picked here and there if the conditions demanded it. He made way rather than be used as musical chairs.

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    I would have played him as a second spinner and number 7/8 in Tests where conditions suited him, rather than risking him as an opener.
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    Revolutionary stuff from Wasim Akram


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    I dunno know about all that but Afridi during his initial years actually did have some potential with the bat. I know he didn't end up playing alot of tests but a batting average of 36 is pretty decent for a player like him. He had two brilliant years with the bat in 2005 and 2006. I went back and looked up the stats. In 2005, he averaged 42.5 with the bat in 6 Tests at a SR of 111! The next year in 06' he did even better averaging 43 in 6 Tests at a SR of 113! Those are pretty outstanding figures considering he played against India, England, Australia, Sri Lanka and a significantly better West Indies team. What's even more interesting is that he played only 4 of these 12 Tests in Pakistan.

    He also has 5 Test hundreds, one less than he has in 398 ODIs. Unfortunately all this just shows that Afridi just didn't care. He clearly had talents that not many others in international cricket had. Yet he never strived for consistency or tempering his approach just a little bit. If there was a method to his madness it would have helped out the team majorly.

    But like I said, Afridi was always interested in being more of a showman than an actual cricketer. And that just tells me that he was either not very sharp or was simply selfish and wanted to be the guy that cleared the rope, regardless of whether he helped the team win or not. In an alternate universe he probably could have been a pro-wrestler.

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    Didn't Afridi average almost 40 in Tests? That's incredible given his impact with the ball (though in memory there were only a few games were he was especially clutch with the ball). I think he could've been an impact player but we often used to drop him from tests when he would have a rough patch in ODIs. That's really what did him in. I've stated this before (along with other posters) but throughout 2000s Pak team suffered from this kind of selection. Younis Khan comes to mind too (was successful in tests - so we persisted with him in ODIs due to which Malik suffered by batting out of position).

    We need to select separately for both sides. It makes sense to give a player a chance in one format when they are successful in another - but not every played has to play both. It sounds funny to conclude this about a player known to be a limited overs player but Afridi actually could've had success in tests - even in patches where his ODI performances were poor.

    As for OP - it's a poor observation for sure from Wasim!


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    Also wanted to add that the reason Afridi consistently scored more runs in test matches could be a psychological thing. When he knew he had a lot more time to bat, it could have prompted him to have more of a grip on his impulse to hit everything. Instead perhaps he was more selective in shot making. I can't analyze all of his test innings but he definitely batted differently in his test innings, apart from a few blazing knocks against India in that 2005 series where he went after everything. Younis was MoM in that Bangalore test in 05 because he put Pakistan in a difficult-to-lose position, but it was Afridi that got Pakistan home - first due to his quick knock at the top and then later with key wickets including Ganguly & Sachin.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Please ! I know Wasim is mates with Afridi and all, but Michael Slater and Sanath Jayasuriya were more influential in that regard.

    Afridi's brainless cowlashing was because he couldn't be bothered to spend time at the crease, not part of some calculated plan to bat aggressively.
    Arguably that's what wasims trying to say here
    Afridis senseless batting created a copy cat in ms Dhoni and was the blueprint for t20 cricket as well as pinch hitters

    Afridi was the ultimate entertainer and the stadiums in the uae and worldwide were his theatres


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    Jaysurriya. He changed everything

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    The problem with shahid has always been the fact that he never could curtail his instincts and be a bit selective about hitting the ball

    Yes he had shown Not away but in home like conditions he was a very useful number 7 and a 5th bowling option

    Its just unfortunate he didnt have the appetite or patience to do justice to the role

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    Afridi 156 vs India Iíve probably seen like over 30 times throughout the years and still doesnít get old.

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    Afridi reminds me of Mitchell Starc - all the talent in the world, unfortunately combined with no brains whatsoever.

    I blame him for the failed careers of Imran Nazir and Umar Akmal: they saw a guy gain glory by slogging and followed his terrible path.

    Afridi could have had a career as Pakistan's sole spinner outside Asia in Tests, batting at Number 9 after an amazing middle-order of Abdul Razzaq at 6, Azhar Mahmood at 7, Moin Khan/Rashid Latif at 8 and with just Shaoib Akhtar plus Wasim Akram (to 2003) and Mohammad Asif (from 2005) after him.

    Just look at that team that never was!

    1. Saeed Anwar
    2. Mohammad Wasim
    3. Younis Khan
    4. Inzamam
    5. Mohammad Yousuf
    6. Abdul Razzaq
    7. Azhar Mahmood
    8. Rashid Latif
    9. Shahid Afridi
    10. Wasim Akram or Shabbir Ahmed
    11. Shoaib Akhtar

    The middle order would have blown away any bowling attack in the world - even the McGrath/Warne/Gillespie one would have had its work cut out.

    Two things prevented this.

    One was successive selectors viewing Azhar and Razzaq as alternatives, when they should have picked both.

    And the other was Afridi failing to understand his ideal role - he could bowl as well as Kaneria, but added so much with his batting.

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    There is some merit to Wasim's claim. Afridi's SR was nearly 75 when he played as opener. However Afridi played only 15 tests as opener. I think honor should go to Sehwag , he took it too next level with high average to match.

    Test openers sorted with Strike Rate (min 1000 ball faced).
    Pos Player Span Mat Runs Ave SR 100
    1 V Sehwag (ICC/INDIA) 2002-2013 99 8207 50.04 83.1 22
    2 Shahid Afridi (PAK) 1998-2005 15 892 37.16 74.58 2
    3 DA Warner (AUS) 2011-2020 84 7205 49.68 73.16 24
    4 TM Dilshan (SL) 2009-2013 29 2170 42.54 71.35 8
    5 S Dhawan (INDIA) 2013-2018 34 2315 40.61 66.94 7
    6 ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1994-2007 90 5932 41.48 65.84* 13
    7 AK Markram (SA) 2017-2019 20 1424 38.48 63.57 4
    8 K Srikkanth (INDIA) 1981-1992 43 2062 29.88 62.87* 2
    9 CH Gayle (WI) 2000-2014 99 7028 43.11 60.71 15
    10 BB McCullum (NZ) 2004-2014 20 1316 39.87 60.7 2
    11 ML Hayden (AUS) 1994-2009 103 8625 50.73 60.1 30
    12 GC Smith (ICC/SA) 2002-2014 114 9030 49.07 59.85 27
    13 SM Warnapura (SL) 2007-2009 14 821 35.69 58.14 2
    14 JL Langer (AUS) 1993-2007 65 5112 48.22 57.91 16
    15 HD Rutherford (NZ) 2013-2015 16 742 27.48 56.9 1
    16 Tamim Iqbal (BDESH) 2008-2020 60 4366 38.63 56.47 9
    17 KL Rahul (INDIA) 2015-2019 33 1915 36.82 56.22 5
    18 Mohammad Hafeez (PAK) 2003-2018 53 3539 37.64 56.14 10
    19 Aamer Sohail (PAK) 1992-2000 46 2630 36.02 55.99 4
    20 MA Agarwal (INDIA) 2018-2020 11 974 57.29 55.97 3
    21 Saeed Anwar (PAK) 1990-2001 54 3957 47.1 55.96 11
    22 PJ Hughes (AUS) 2009-2011 17 1072 34.58 55.57 3
    23 JA Burns (AUS) 2015-2020 19 1233 38.53 55.14 4
    24 ME Trescothick (ENG) 2000-2006 76 5824 43.78 54.51 14
    25 PA Jaques (AUS) 2005-2008 11 902 47.47 54.23 3
    26 MP Vaughan (ENG) 2002-2008 38 3093 45.48 54.13 10
    27 Majid Khan (PAK) 1973-1979 26 1985 42.23 53.59* 5
    28 SR Watson (AUS) 2009-2013 29 2049 40.98 53.41 2
    29 MJ Slater (AUS) 1993-2001 74 5312 42.83 53.29 14
    30 WU Tharanga (SL) 2005-2017 26 1365 29.04 53.19 2
    31 HH Gibbs (SA) 1998-2008 68 5242 47.22 52.28 14
    32 G Gambhir (INDIA) 2004-2016 57 4119 42.9 51.99 9
    33 AN Petersen (SA) 2010-2015 36 2077 34.61 51.62 5
    34 PV Simmons (WI) 1988-1994 22 919 23.56 51.51 1
    35 V Sibanda (ZIM) 2003-2014 13 569 22.76 51.16 0
    36 KD Karthik (INDIA) 2007-2007 8 572 40.85 51.11 1
    37 Ahmed Shehzad (PAK) 2013-2017 13 982 40.91 50.98 3
    38 Mohsin Khan (PAK) 1979-1986 43 2455 37.76 50.90* 7
    39 SC Williams (WI) 1994-2002 29 1119 25.43 50.79 1
    40 JM How (NZ) 2006-2008 18 771 23.36 50.75 0
    41 A Turner (AUS) 1975-1977 14 768 29.53 50.65 1
    42 CJL Rogers (AUS) 2008-2015 25 2015 42.87 50.6 5
    43 MJ Greatbatch (NZ) 1992-1995 12 637 30.33 50.59 1
    44 KC Wessels (AUS/SA) 1982-1993 22 1383 39.51 50.56 3
    45 AB de Villiers (SA) 2004-2008 20 1265 36.14 50.47 3
    46 GA Gooch (ENG) 1978-1995 100 7811 43.88 49.96 18
    47 KOA Powell (WI) 2011-2018 33 1575 26.25 49.84 3
    48 KR Stackpole (AUS) 1969-1974 33 2390 40.5 49.48* 6
    49 LG Rowe (WI) 1974-1976 9 795 61.15 49.47* 3
    50 SM Katich (AUS) 2008-2010 33 2928 50.48 49.33 8
    51 FDM Karunaratne (SL) 2012-2020 65 4492 37.74 49.11 9
    52 CG Greenidge (WI) 1974-1991 107 7488 45.1 49.10* 19
    53 AJ Strauss (ENG) 2004-2012 97 6741 40.85 49.03 20
    54 AJ Stewart (ENG) 1990-1999 45 3348 44.64 49.01 8
    55 Imrul Kayes (BDESH) 2008-2019 34 1568 24.5 48.62 2
    56 Imran Farhat (PAK) 2001-2013 40 2357 31.85 48.3 3
    57 H Masakadza (ZIM) 2001-2018 13 564 23.5 48.24 1
    58 Taslim Arif (PAK) 1980-1980 6 501 62.62 48.08 1
    59 W Jaffer (INDIA) 2000-2008 31 1944 34.1 48.05 5
    60 Ramiz Raja (PAK) 1987-1997 43 2103 32.85 48.03* 1
    61 Salman Butt (PAK) 2003-2010 31 1742 31.1 47.8 3
    62 MJ Guptill (NZ) 2009-2016 40 2062 27.49 47.77 2
    63 AB Barath (WI) 2009-2012 15 657 23.46 47.33 1
    64 MG Vandort (SL) 2002-2008 18 1026 36.64 47.19 4
    65 WW Hinds (WI) 2001-2005 26 1482 32.21 47.12 3
    66 RB Simpson (AUS) 1960-1968 38 3664 55.51 47.10* 8
    67 Hannan Sarkar (BDESH) 2002-2004 17 661 20.65 47.07 0
    68 AN Cook (ENG) 2006-2018 154 11845 44.86 46.93 31
    69 TWM Latham (NZ) 2014-2020 51 3697 42.98 46.72 11
    70 Khurram Manzoor (PAK) 2009-2014 15 740 27.4 46.71 1
    71 RC Fredericks (WI) 1968-1977 58 4329 42.86 46.56* 8
    72 Imam-ul-Haq (PAK) 2018-2019 11 485 25.52 46.54 0
    73 S Ramesh (INDIA) 1999-2001 19 1367 37.97 46.52 2
    74 M Vijay (INDIA) 2008-2018 57 3880 39.19 46.42 12
    75 EJ Barlow (SA) 1961-1970 28 2290 45.8 46.33* 5
    76 VVS Laxman (INDIA) 1997-2006 15 685 28.54 46.31 1
    77 WM Darling (AUS) 1978-1979 12 576 26.18 46.21* 0
    78 D Elgar (SA) 2014-2020 55 3662 39.8 45.84 11
    79 Shan Masood (PAK) 2013-2020 19 1061 30.31 45.63 3
    80 IC Davis (AUS) 1976-1977 9 549 32.29 45.4 1
    81 DS Smith (WI) 2003-2018 39 1550 23.13 45.18 1
    82 RJ Burns (ENG) 2018-2019 15 979 33.75 45.17 2
    83 SC Cook (SA) 2016-2017 11 632 33.26 45.07 3
    84 RP Arnold (SL) 1997-2002 9 679 52.23 44.72 3
    85 Taufeeq Umar (PAK) 2001-2014 44 2963 37.98 44.71 7
    86 DL Haynes (WI) 1978-1994 116 7472 42.45 44.70* 18
    87 MTG Elliott (AUS) 1996-1999 17 989 35.32 44.67 3
    88 MS Atapattu (SL) 1997-2007 79 5317 43.22 44.62 16
    89 AMJ Hilditch (AUS) 1979-1985 18 1073 31.55 44.46* 2
    90 MD Stoneman (ENG) 2017-2018 11 526 27.68 44.27 0
    91 NV Knight (ENG) 1995-2000 11 451 25.05 44.17 0
    92 AD Gaekwad (INDIA) 1976-1985 30 1441 30.65 44.12* 1
    93 NS Sidhu (INDIA) 1983-1999 45 2911 42.8 44.06* 8
    94 SM Gavaskar (INDIA) 1971-1987 119 9607 50.29 43.97* 33
    95 AD Hales (ENG) 2015-2016 11 573 27.28 43.84 0
    96 CM Spearman (NZ) 1995-2000 15 695 23.96 43.38 1
    97 L Vincent (NZ) 2001-2007 14 612 29.14 43.34 2
    98 DC Boon (AUS) 1985-1993 36 2614 45.06 43.25 8
    99 RT Robinson (ENG) 1984-1988 20 1349 44.96 43.12 4
    100 Azhar Ali (PAK) 2013-2019 20 1556 45.76 43.07 4
    101 CT Bancroft (AUS) 2017-2019 10 446 26.23 42.8 0
    102 DL Amiss (ENG) 1972-1977 39 3276 53.7 42.69* 11
    103 J Arun Lal (INDIA) 1982-1989 16 729 26.03 42.62* 0
    104 RS Mahanama (SL) 1986-1997 41 2069 29.14 42.61* 3
    105 JA Raval (NZ) 2016-2019 23 1100 30.55 42.38 1
    106 KK Jennings (ENG) 2016-2019 17 755 25.16 42.32 2
    107 MT Renshaw (AUS) 2016-2018 11 605 33.61 41.81 1
    108 Sadiq Mohammad (PAK) 1969-1981 41 2480 34.92 41.76* 5
    109 G Kirsten (SA) 1993-2002 84 5726 41.79 41.61 14
    110 A Jadeja (INDIA) 1992-1999 12 528 29.33 41.6 0
    111 MA Taylor (AUS) 1989-1999 104 7525 43.49 41.48 19
    112 DD Ebrahim (ZIM) 2001-2005 19 813 23.22 41.47 0
    113 ND McKenzie (SA) 2000-2009 20 1279 39.96 41.44 3
    114 NT Paranavitana (SL) 2009-2012 31 1743 32.27 41.34 2
    115 EJM Cowan (AUS) 2011-2013 17 963 33.2 41.2 1
    116 JE Root (ENG) 2013-2016 6 417 41.7 41.2 1
    117 D Lloyd (ENG) 1974-1975 9 552 42.46 41.13 1
    118 WB Phillips (AUS) 1983-1985 12 566 31.44 41.1 1
    119 KC Brathwaite (WI) 2011-2019 59 3475 33.41 40.92 8
    120 Mudassar Nazar (PAK) 1976-1989 70 3787 36.76 40.80* 9
    121 MJ Horne (NZ) 1997-2003 29 1525 29.32 40.77 4
    122 S Wettimuny (SL) 1982-1987 23 1221 29.07 40.74* 2
    123 GP Howarth (NZ) 1976-1985 13 535 24.31 40.74* 0
    124 RB McCosker (AUS) 1975-1980 19 1036 35.72 40.7 2
    125 GM Wood (AUS) 1978-1985 51 2958 33.61 40.53* 8
    126 SL Campbell (WI) 1995-2001 50 2856 32.82 40.51 4
    127 JK Silva (SL) 2013-2018 36 1900 28.35 40.31 2
    128 R Dravid (INDIA) 1996-2011 14 807 42.47 40 4
    129 MA Butcher (ENG) 1997-2003 26 1418 29.54 39.76 2
    130 Nafees Iqbal (BDESH) 2004-2006 11 512 25.6 39.62 1
    131 AC Hudson (SA) 1992-1997 31 1855 35 39.46 4
    132 WM Lawry (AUS) 1961-1971 67 5234 47.15 39.18* 13
    133 Sami Aslam (PAK) 2015-2017 13 758 31.58 39.11 0
    134 AM Bacher (SA) 1997-1999 16 692 26.61 39.11 0
    135 BA Young (NZ) 1993-1999 35 2024 32.12 38.96 2
    136 SS Das (INDIA) 2000-2002 23 1326 34.89 38.91 2
    137 CC Hunte (WI) 1960-1967 33 2386 44.18 38.74* 5
    138 IR Redpath (AUS) 1964-1976 32 2492 44.5 38.69* 6
    139 MD Bell (NZ) 1998-2008 18 723 24.93 38.35 2
    140 PG Fulton (NZ) 2006-2014 15 718 26.59 38.29 2
    141 G Fowler (ENG) 1982-1985 20 1192 34.05 38.25 3
    142 Javed Omar (BDESH) 2001-2007 40 1678 22.07 38.09 1
    143 BC Broad (ENG) 1984-1989 25 1661 39.54 37.86 6
    144 MH Richardson (NZ) 2000-2004 38 2770 44.67 37.81 4
    145 JH Edrich (ENG) 1963-1976 47 3430 44.54 37.76* 8
    146 MA Atherton (ENG) 1990-2001 108 7476 39.14 37.63 16
    147 D Ganga (WI) 1999-2008 36 1587 24.79 37.5 1
    148 TMK Mawoyo (ZIM) 2011-2016 11 615 30.75 37.09 1
    149 Shoaib Mohammad (PAK) 1983-1995 27 1423 40.65 37.06* 4
    150 CPS Chauhan (INDIA) 1969-1981 39 2069 31.83 37.05* 0
    151 GT Dowling (NZ) 1961-1972 36 2177 31.55 36.92* 3
    152 BW Luckhurst (ENG) 1970-1974 18 1231 43.96 36.77 4
    153 TG McIntosh (NZ) 2008-2011 17 854 28.46 36.32 2
    154 TL Goddard (SA) 1960-1970 26 1662 37.77 36.20* 1
    155 BM Laird (AUS) 1979-1982 21 1341 35.28 36.11 0
    156 UC Hathurusingha (SL) 1991-1996 24 1260 30.73 35.71 0
    157 RJ Shastri (INDIA) 1982-1992 17 1101 44.04 35.64* 4
    158 G Boycott (ENG) 1964-1982 107 8091 48.16 35.53* 22
    159 JG Wright (NZ) 1978-1993 80 5260 38.11 35.34* 12
    160 GR Marsh (AUS) 1985-1992 50 2819 33.55 35.34 4
    161 NRD Compton (ENG) 2012-2016 10 498 31.12 35.16 2
    162 NR Mongia (INDIA) 1994-1998 15 655 27.29 35.15 1
    163 GM Turner (NZ) 1969-1983 38 2828 45.61 34.99* 7
    164 M Prabhakar (INDIA) 1984-1995 23 958 35.48 34.90* 1
    165 TR Gripper (ZIM) 1999-2004 19 761 22.38 34.9 1
    166 CD Cumming (NZ) 2005-2008 11 441 25.94 34.86 0
    167 HDRL Thirimanne (SL) 2011-2019 13 509 20.36 34.81 0
    168 A Chopra (INDIA) 2003-2004 10 437 23 34.6 0
    169 GW Flower (ZIM) 1992-2000 45 2373 29.29 33.82 5
    170 J Dyson (AUS) 1977-1984 24 1050 26.25 33.72 2
    171 GJ Rennie (ZIM) 1997-2000 17 777 24.28 33.65 0
    172 SV Carlisle (ZIM) 1995-2002 7 362 25.85 33.64 0
    173 MD Moxon (ENG) 1986-1989 9 397 30.53 33.08 0
    174 GS Blewett (AUS) 1999-2000 13 588 29.4 32.92 0
    175 BA Edgar (NZ) 1978-1986 38 1898 30.61 32.09* 3
    176 B Wood (ENG) 1972-1978 12 454 21.61 31.89* 0
    177 MH Dekker (ZIM) 1993-1996 14 333 15.85 31.53 0
    178 AFG Griffith (WI) 1997-2000 14 638 24.53 30.97 1
    179 AP Gurusinha (SL) 1994-1995 5 433 48.11 30.17 2
    180 D Dasgupta (INDIA) 2001-2002 7 306 30.6 29.88 1
    181 BA Pocock (NZ) 1993-1997 15 665 22.93 29.8 0
    182 JM Brearley (ENG) 1976-1981 25 921 23.02 29.67 0
    183 CJ Tavare (ENG) 1982-1984 18 966 31.16 29.57 1
    184 DJ Murray (NZ) 1994-1995 8 303 20.2 29.5 0
    185 CL Smith (ENG) 1983-1984 7 358 32.54 29.17 0
    186 JM Parker (NZ) 1973-1974 9 313 19.56 29 1
    187 SB Bangar (INDIA) 2002-2002 8 327 25.15 28.73 0
    188 TJ Franklin (NZ) 1983-1991 21 828 23 26.44 1

    Note * indicates incomplete data.
    PS - I am suprised the legendary Chris Tavare is not at bottom of the list.


    Aaj ka kaam kal karo, Kal ka kaam parson. Aisi bhi jaldi kya hai, Jab jeena hai barson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeetu View Post
    There is some merit to Wasim's claim. Afridi's SR was nearly 75 when he played as opener. However Afridi played only 15 tests as opener. I think honor should go to Sehwag , he took it too next level with high average to match.

    Test openers sorted with Strike Rate (min 1000 ball faced).
    Pos Player Span Mat Runs Ave SR 100
    1 V Sehwag (ICC/INDIA) 2002-2013 99 8207 50.04 83.1 22
    2 Shahid Afridi (PAK) 1998-2005 15 892 37.16 74.58 2
    3 DA Warner (AUS) 2011-2020 84 7205 49.68 73.16 24
    4 TM Dilshan (SL) 2009-2013 29 2170 42.54 71.35 8
    5 S Dhawan (INDIA) 2013-2018 34 2315 40.61 66.94 7
    6 ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1994-2007 90 5932 41.48 65.84* 13
    7 AK Markram (SA) 2017-2019 20 1424 38.48 63.57 4
    8 K Srikkanth (INDIA) 1981-1992 43 2062 29.88 62.87* 2
    9 CH Gayle (WI) 2000-2014 99 7028 43.11 60.71 15
    10 BB McCullum (NZ) 2004-2014 20 1316 39.87 60.7 2
    11 ML Hayden (AUS) 1994-2009 103 8625 50.73 60.1 30
    12 GC Smith (ICC/SA) 2002-2014 114 9030 49.07 59.85 27
    13 SM Warnapura (SL) 2007-2009 14 821 35.69 58.14 2
    14 JL Langer (AUS) 1993-2007 65 5112 48.22 57.91 16
    15 HD Rutherford (NZ) 2013-2015 16 742 27.48 56.9 1
    16 Tamim Iqbal (BDESH) 2008-2020 60 4366 38.63 56.47 9
    17 KL Rahul (INDIA) 2015-2019 33 1915 36.82 56.22 5
    18 Mohammad Hafeez (PAK) 2003-2018 53 3539 37.64 56.14 10
    19 Aamer Sohail (PAK) 1992-2000 46 2630 36.02 55.99 4
    20 MA Agarwal (INDIA) 2018-2020 11 974 57.29 55.97 3
    21 Saeed Anwar (PAK) 1990-2001 54 3957 47.1 55.96 11
    22 PJ Hughes (AUS) 2009-2011 17 1072 34.58 55.57 3
    23 JA Burns (AUS) 2015-2020 19 1233 38.53 55.14 4
    24 ME Trescothick (ENG) 2000-2006 76 5824 43.78 54.51 14
    25 PA Jaques (AUS) 2005-2008 11 902 47.47 54.23 3
    26 MP Vaughan (ENG) 2002-2008 38 3093 45.48 54.13 10
    27 Majid Khan (PAK) 1973-1979 26 1985 42.23 53.59* 5
    28 SR Watson (AUS) 2009-2013 29 2049 40.98 53.41 2
    29 MJ Slater (AUS) 1993-2001 74 5312 42.83 53.29 14
    30 WU Tharanga (SL) 2005-2017 26 1365 29.04 53.19 2
    31 HH Gibbs (SA) 1998-2008 68 5242 47.22 52.28 14
    32 G Gambhir (INDIA) 2004-2016 57 4119 42.9 51.99 9
    33 AN Petersen (SA) 2010-2015 36 2077 34.61 51.62 5
    34 PV Simmons (WI) 1988-1994 22 919 23.56 51.51 1
    35 V Sibanda (ZIM) 2003-2014 13 569 22.76 51.16 0
    36 KD Karthik (INDIA) 2007-2007 8 572 40.85 51.11 1
    37 Ahmed Shehzad (PAK) 2013-2017 13 982 40.91 50.98 3
    38 Mohsin Khan (PAK) 1979-1986 43 2455 37.76 50.90* 7
    39 SC Williams (WI) 1994-2002 29 1119 25.43 50.79 1
    40 JM How (NZ) 2006-2008 18 771 23.36 50.75 0
    41 A Turner (AUS) 1975-1977 14 768 29.53 50.65 1
    42 CJL Rogers (AUS) 2008-2015 25 2015 42.87 50.6 5
    43 MJ Greatbatch (NZ) 1992-1995 12 637 30.33 50.59 1
    44 KC Wessels (AUS/SA) 1982-1993 22 1383 39.51 50.56 3
    45 AB de Villiers (SA) 2004-2008 20 1265 36.14 50.47 3
    46 GA Gooch (ENG) 1978-1995 100 7811 43.88 49.96 18
    47 KOA Powell (WI) 2011-2018 33 1575 26.25 49.84 3
    48 KR Stackpole (AUS) 1969-1974 33 2390 40.5 49.48* 6
    49 LG Rowe (WI) 1974-1976 9 795 61.15 49.47* 3
    50 SM Katich (AUS) 2008-2010 33 2928 50.48 49.33 8
    51 FDM Karunaratne (SL) 2012-2020 65 4492 37.74 49.11 9
    52 CG Greenidge (WI) 1974-1991 107 7488 45.1 49.10* 19
    53 AJ Strauss (ENG) 2004-2012 97 6741 40.85 49.03 20
    54 AJ Stewart (ENG) 1990-1999 45 3348 44.64 49.01 8
    55 Imrul Kayes (BDESH) 2008-2019 34 1568 24.5 48.62 2
    56 Imran Farhat (PAK) 2001-2013 40 2357 31.85 48.3 3
    57 H Masakadza (ZIM) 2001-2018 13 564 23.5 48.24 1
    58 Taslim Arif (PAK) 1980-1980 6 501 62.62 48.08 1
    59 W Jaffer (INDIA) 2000-2008 31 1944 34.1 48.05 5
    60 Ramiz Raja (PAK) 1987-1997 43 2103 32.85 48.03* 1
    61 Salman Butt (PAK) 2003-2010 31 1742 31.1 47.8 3
    62 MJ Guptill (NZ) 2009-2016 40 2062 27.49 47.77 2
    63 AB Barath (WI) 2009-2012 15 657 23.46 47.33 1
    64 MG Vandort (SL) 2002-2008 18 1026 36.64 47.19 4
    65 WW Hinds (WI) 2001-2005 26 1482 32.21 47.12 3
    66 RB Simpson (AUS) 1960-1968 38 3664 55.51 47.10* 8
    67 Hannan Sarkar (BDESH) 2002-2004 17 661 20.65 47.07 0
    68 AN Cook (ENG) 2006-2018 154 11845 44.86 46.93 31
    69 TWM Latham (NZ) 2014-2020 51 3697 42.98 46.72 11
    70 Khurram Manzoor (PAK) 2009-2014 15 740 27.4 46.71 1
    71 RC Fredericks (WI) 1968-1977 58 4329 42.86 46.56* 8
    72 Imam-ul-Haq (PAK) 2018-2019 11 485 25.52 46.54 0
    73 S Ramesh (INDIA) 1999-2001 19 1367 37.97 46.52 2
    74 M Vijay (INDIA) 2008-2018 57 3880 39.19 46.42 12
    75 EJ Barlow (SA) 1961-1970 28 2290 45.8 46.33* 5
    76 VVS Laxman (INDIA) 1997-2006 15 685 28.54 46.31 1
    77 WM Darling (AUS) 1978-1979 12 576 26.18 46.21* 0
    78 D Elgar (SA) 2014-2020 55 3662 39.8 45.84 11
    79 Shan Masood (PAK) 2013-2020 19 1061 30.31 45.63 3
    80 IC Davis (AUS) 1976-1977 9 549 32.29 45.4 1
    81 DS Smith (WI) 2003-2018 39 1550 23.13 45.18 1
    82 RJ Burns (ENG) 2018-2019 15 979 33.75 45.17 2
    83 SC Cook (SA) 2016-2017 11 632 33.26 45.07 3
    84 RP Arnold (SL) 1997-2002 9 679 52.23 44.72 3
    85 Taufeeq Umar (PAK) 2001-2014 44 2963 37.98 44.71 7
    86 DL Haynes (WI) 1978-1994 116 7472 42.45 44.70* 18
    87 MTG Elliott (AUS) 1996-1999 17 989 35.32 44.67 3
    88 MS Atapattu (SL) 1997-2007 79 5317 43.22 44.62 16
    89 AMJ Hilditch (AUS) 1979-1985 18 1073 31.55 44.46* 2
    90 MD Stoneman (ENG) 2017-2018 11 526 27.68 44.27 0
    91 NV Knight (ENG) 1995-2000 11 451 25.05 44.17 0
    92 AD Gaekwad (INDIA) 1976-1985 30 1441 30.65 44.12* 1
    93 NS Sidhu (INDIA) 1983-1999 45 2911 42.8 44.06* 8
    94 SM Gavaskar (INDIA) 1971-1987 119 9607 50.29 43.97* 33
    95 AD Hales (ENG) 2015-2016 11 573 27.28 43.84 0
    96 CM Spearman (NZ) 1995-2000 15 695 23.96 43.38 1
    97 L Vincent (NZ) 2001-2007 14 612 29.14 43.34 2
    98 DC Boon (AUS) 1985-1993 36 2614 45.06 43.25 8
    99 RT Robinson (ENG) 1984-1988 20 1349 44.96 43.12 4
    100 Azhar Ali (PAK) 2013-2019 20 1556 45.76 43.07 4
    101 CT Bancroft (AUS) 2017-2019 10 446 26.23 42.8 0
    102 DL Amiss (ENG) 1972-1977 39 3276 53.7 42.69* 11
    103 J Arun Lal (INDIA) 1982-1989 16 729 26.03 42.62* 0
    104 RS Mahanama (SL) 1986-1997 41 2069 29.14 42.61* 3
    105 JA Raval (NZ) 2016-2019 23 1100 30.55 42.38 1
    106 KK Jennings (ENG) 2016-2019 17 755 25.16 42.32 2
    107 MT Renshaw (AUS) 2016-2018 11 605 33.61 41.81 1
    108 Sadiq Mohammad (PAK) 1969-1981 41 2480 34.92 41.76* 5
    109 G Kirsten (SA) 1993-2002 84 5726 41.79 41.61 14
    110 A Jadeja (INDIA) 1992-1999 12 528 29.33 41.6 0
    111 MA Taylor (AUS) 1989-1999 104 7525 43.49 41.48 19
    112 DD Ebrahim (ZIM) 2001-2005 19 813 23.22 41.47 0
    113 ND McKenzie (SA) 2000-2009 20 1279 39.96 41.44 3
    114 NT Paranavitana (SL) 2009-2012 31 1743 32.27 41.34 2
    115 EJM Cowan (AUS) 2011-2013 17 963 33.2 41.2 1
    116 JE Root (ENG) 2013-2016 6 417 41.7 41.2 1
    117 D Lloyd (ENG) 1974-1975 9 552 42.46 41.13 1
    118 WB Phillips (AUS) 1983-1985 12 566 31.44 41.1 1
    119 KC Brathwaite (WI) 2011-2019 59 3475 33.41 40.92 8
    120 Mudassar Nazar (PAK) 1976-1989 70 3787 36.76 40.80* 9
    121 MJ Horne (NZ) 1997-2003 29 1525 29.32 40.77 4
    122 S Wettimuny (SL) 1982-1987 23 1221 29.07 40.74* 2
    123 GP Howarth (NZ) 1976-1985 13 535 24.31 40.74* 0
    124 RB McCosker (AUS) 1975-1980 19 1036 35.72 40.7 2
    125 GM Wood (AUS) 1978-1985 51 2958 33.61 40.53* 8
    126 SL Campbell (WI) 1995-2001 50 2856 32.82 40.51 4
    127 JK Silva (SL) 2013-2018 36 1900 28.35 40.31 2
    128 R Dravid (INDIA) 1996-2011 14 807 42.47 40 4
    129 MA Butcher (ENG) 1997-2003 26 1418 29.54 39.76 2
    130 Nafees Iqbal (BDESH) 2004-2006 11 512 25.6 39.62 1
    131 AC Hudson (SA) 1992-1997 31 1855 35 39.46 4
    132 WM Lawry (AUS) 1961-1971 67 5234 47.15 39.18* 13
    133 Sami Aslam (PAK) 2015-2017 13 758 31.58 39.11 0
    134 AM Bacher (SA) 1997-1999 16 692 26.61 39.11 0
    135 BA Young (NZ) 1993-1999 35 2024 32.12 38.96 2
    136 SS Das (INDIA) 2000-2002 23 1326 34.89 38.91 2
    137 CC Hunte (WI) 1960-1967 33 2386 44.18 38.74* 5
    138 IR Redpath (AUS) 1964-1976 32 2492 44.5 38.69* 6
    139 MD Bell (NZ) 1998-2008 18 723 24.93 38.35 2
    140 PG Fulton (NZ) 2006-2014 15 718 26.59 38.29 2
    141 G Fowler (ENG) 1982-1985 20 1192 34.05 38.25 3
    142 Javed Omar (BDESH) 2001-2007 40 1678 22.07 38.09 1
    143 BC Broad (ENG) 1984-1989 25 1661 39.54 37.86 6
    144 MH Richardson (NZ) 2000-2004 38 2770 44.67 37.81 4
    145 JH Edrich (ENG) 1963-1976 47 3430 44.54 37.76* 8
    146 MA Atherton (ENG) 1990-2001 108 7476 39.14 37.63 16
    147 D Ganga (WI) 1999-2008 36 1587 24.79 37.5 1
    148 TMK Mawoyo (ZIM) 2011-2016 11 615 30.75 37.09 1
    149 Shoaib Mohammad (PAK) 1983-1995 27 1423 40.65 37.06* 4
    150 CPS Chauhan (INDIA) 1969-1981 39 2069 31.83 37.05* 0
    151 GT Dowling (NZ) 1961-1972 36 2177 31.55 36.92* 3
    152 BW Luckhurst (ENG) 1970-1974 18 1231 43.96 36.77 4
    153 TG McIntosh (NZ) 2008-2011 17 854 28.46 36.32 2
    154 TL Goddard (SA) 1960-1970 26 1662 37.77 36.20* 1
    155 BM Laird (AUS) 1979-1982 21 1341 35.28 36.11 0
    156 UC Hathurusingha (SL) 1991-1996 24 1260 30.73 35.71 0
    157 RJ Shastri (INDIA) 1982-1992 17 1101 44.04 35.64* 4
    158 G Boycott (ENG) 1964-1982 107 8091 48.16 35.53* 22
    159 JG Wright (NZ) 1978-1993 80 5260 38.11 35.34* 12
    160 GR Marsh (AUS) 1985-1992 50 2819 33.55 35.34 4
    161 NRD Compton (ENG) 2012-2016 10 498 31.12 35.16 2
    162 NR Mongia (INDIA) 1994-1998 15 655 27.29 35.15 1
    163 GM Turner (NZ) 1969-1983 38 2828 45.61 34.99* 7
    164 M Prabhakar (INDIA) 1984-1995 23 958 35.48 34.90* 1
    165 TR Gripper (ZIM) 1999-2004 19 761 22.38 34.9 1
    166 CD Cumming (NZ) 2005-2008 11 441 25.94 34.86 0
    167 HDRL Thirimanne (SL) 2011-2019 13 509 20.36 34.81 0
    168 A Chopra (INDIA) 2003-2004 10 437 23 34.6 0
    169 GW Flower (ZIM) 1992-2000 45 2373 29.29 33.82 5
    170 J Dyson (AUS) 1977-1984 24 1050 26.25 33.72 2
    171 GJ Rennie (ZIM) 1997-2000 17 777 24.28 33.65 0
    172 SV Carlisle (ZIM) 1995-2002 7 362 25.85 33.64 0
    173 MD Moxon (ENG) 1986-1989 9 397 30.53 33.08 0
    174 GS Blewett (AUS) 1999-2000 13 588 29.4 32.92 0
    175 BA Edgar (NZ) 1978-1986 38 1898 30.61 32.09* 3
    176 B Wood (ENG) 1972-1978 12 454 21.61 31.89* 0
    177 MH Dekker (ZIM) 1993-1996 14 333 15.85 31.53 0
    178 AFG Griffith (WI) 1997-2000 14 638 24.53 30.97 1
    179 AP Gurusinha (SL) 1994-1995 5 433 48.11 30.17 2
    180 D Dasgupta (INDIA) 2001-2002 7 306 30.6 29.88 1
    181 BA Pocock (NZ) 1993-1997 15 665 22.93 29.8 0
    182 JM Brearley (ENG) 1976-1981 25 921 23.02 29.67 0
    183 CJ Tavare (ENG) 1982-1984 18 966 31.16 29.57 1
    184 DJ Murray (NZ) 1994-1995 8 303 20.2 29.5 0
    185 CL Smith (ENG) 1983-1984 7 358 32.54 29.17 0
    186 JM Parker (NZ) 1973-1974 9 313 19.56 29 1
    187 SB Bangar (INDIA) 2002-2002 8 327 25.15 28.73 0
    188 TJ Franklin (NZ) 1983-1991 21 828 23 26.44 1

    Note * indicates incomplete data.
    PS - I am suprised the legendary Chris Tavare is not at bottom of the list.
    Going by this table, Srikanth did it in 80s and Jayasuriya/Afridi did it in 90s.

    Such a pity that Afridi started slogging instead of focusing on test cricket. He was a nightmare against test spinners.

  33. #32
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    Someone who was a failure at test cricket and batted like a 10 year old trying to hit the ball out of the park every ball, who will get no mention in any serious discussion about opening batsmen in test cricket other than maybe for comic relief or of talking about most hard hitting sloggers/pinch hitters -
    How does Wasim Akram think so highly of this chap as being someone who revolutionised opening batting in test cricket is beyond me, but then again itís become a tradition on TV these days when introducing your guest he gets praised as a legend and master of his craft even if the individual was mediocre and a flop.

    It wonít surprise me if Mohammed Hafeez once he retires gets regularly introduced as one of Pakistanís cricketing legends and finest batsmen on TV shows and interviews.
    Last edited by Majid Khan; 25th May 2020 at 16:47.


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