Abdur Rehman has captured 40 wickets in just 8 test matches. An underrated slow left arm spinner for Pakistan who has been serving well with his reliable & increasingly accurate bowling. He has regularly been racking up the maidens & applying the pressure from one end. He has been providing the captain with a good containment option throughout but at the same time has been amongst the wickets consistently.
Rehman has been featuring in a relatively successful side whenever he has taken the field in test cricket with only 2 losses in 8 test matches he has played against South Africa in 2007 & recently against the West Indies in Guyana. A very useful team player who will never be the most popular of cricketers, but brings you the results through sheer hard work & fighting resilience.
Rehman has also proven his worth and capabilities with the bat. He has the temperament to grind it out for lengthy amounts of time. He can play some pleasing shots when he starts flowing to go along with it.
Rehman was receiving an abundance of criticism when he was being selected for the World Cup ahead of Saeed Ajmal in the starting line up for the group stage matches. However, it will be ill logic to think that this was directly aimed at him as he was doing his job & playing to his strengths. However, the problem was more addressed to the management who were not utilising their best option available to fulfil their requirements, not assessing the situation properly & not using their resources effectively. Rehman individually did the role he would have been doing and for the record bowled economically with his canny darts.
Technically Rehman bowls at a flat & quick speed for a spinner. He likes to fire the ball & is not fused over bowling the same ball repeatedly. He is a nagging operator who pushes it through. The control is formidable which is a great strength to his success. However, at times he does get the odd one to bounce, grip & turn which creates the uncertainty in the mind of the batsmen. Rehman bowls an attacking angle & line to left handers with the odd one holding it's line. He is a hard working bowler who can tight things up and bowl several overs a day. He completes a good chunk of the workload in the innings and at the end of it comes up with a very nice looking set of figures.