Misbah asserts the importance of a genuine ‘all-rounder’

"At the moment, we have tried different players as an all-rounder but the problem is that the guys who are good batsmen, they can't bowl like that".
CricLens Staff Report
November 10, 2013

“At the moment, we have tried different players as an all-rounder but the problem is that the guys who are good batsmen, they can’t bowl like that.”

Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan skipper, insisted on the importance of a genuine all-rounder after his side lost to South Africa in the 4th and the decisive One Day International. South Africa clinched the series 3-1 with Dale Steyn being the star of the show. Steyn picked up his career best 5/25 and eventually turned the course of the match when he grabbed three wickets in an over.

Pakistan had a firm control on the match till the 45th over when they needed 41 runs from 30 balls. Morne Morkel bowled the 45th over and that over, eventually, had set-up the foundation of another batting collapse. Morkel conceded 2 runs in his 45th over and the next over from Dale Steyn confirmed that South Africa were in no danger. After that over, Pakistan were reduced from 226/5 to 228/8.

“We were very much in control till the 45th over. It was very much gettable. 41 runs on 30 balls and two set batsmen on the crease. We played well but in the last 5 overs we could not make it.”

Also, Misbah demanded that Pakistan are in a dire need of a genuine all-rounder. Mohammad Hafeez has picked 3 wickets at 42.33 a piece but his contributions with the bat have not subsidized Pakistan’s batting woes. So far in this series, Hafeez has accumulated 102 runs at an unimpressive average of 25.50.

Shahid Afridi, a veteran of 366 ODI’s, has been the stand-out spinner in the Pakistan’s trio of spinners so far, but the experienced contender has been very in-consistent with his batting performances.

“At the moment, we have tried different players as an all-rounder but the problem is that the guys who are good batsmen, they can’t bowl like that. We want them as a full-fledged bowling option. If we pick players who are good at bowling, we lack batting options. We are lacking quality all-rounders”.

However, Misbah defended his team’s pasts’ performances and said that they had put top-quality teams under intense pressure. “We had leveled the series against them [South Africa] earlier this year. The only thing we are lacking in is experience. These guys really need to learn how to play under immense pressure,” he added.

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