Thursday, September 15, 2011

Is Malik And A New T20 Captain The Answer To Pak Getting Back On Track In This Format?

Pak have won 27/46 20/20s. The leading run getter in the current squad in this format is Misbah whereas the leading wicket taker is Saeed Ajmal who is also 3rd in the world. Pakistan have won only 1 in their last 8 20/20s, however with a new captain in this format and replacing a person who had an 8/19 record brings new hope & a possible change of spark in fortunes. Misbah has 20/20 captaincy experience for both Pakistan and Faisalabad before which will come in handy. As far as I’m concerned having 1 stable deserving leader across all 3 formats is best with reference to India’s MSD. Noticeably, Pak have lost 4 consecutive 20/20 series and in all of those 4 series did not feature Malik. When he was last in the 20/20 squad the team whitewashed Australia 2-0 at Edgbaston and in his last 3 appearances in this format he has had 3 wins under his belt (1 coming as captain against England in the UAE when Razzaq made an unbeaten 46 with 5 maximums from just 18 deliveries to break a 10 match losing streak), so his return in this format is surely bound to bring Pak back to winning ways. He is a top class player in this format with his athletic fielding and ability to score at a nice pace throughout without being overly aggressive or taking on unnecessary risks. Moreover, he is used to winning and being around winning teams. He knows how to win and win well. He may only be a mediocre cricketer overall, but the nature of 20/20 is such that even a mediocre cricketer can become a superstar. Yesterday Pak completed their 40th victory against Zimbabwe in 44 ODIs. In 20/20s Zimbabwe have played just the 1 against Pak during a quadrangular series in Canada 2008 with Pak winning comfortably. First of two IT20s tomorrow. Go well Greens.

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