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    Sami/Asif & Rana/Razzaq - Time to examine each bowler "under the knife"

    I would like to direct your attention towards the following:

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    Before the start of the final encounter

    Well, I am not disputing the inclusion of Rana. I defended him before (over Razzaq), and quite rightfully, I think he definitely should be included in this one as well, hands down.

    Furthermore...

    Since the pitch is heavily expected to be advantageous to both sides of the wicket, I'd say we include Rana and Asif, and not Razzaq or bhatija Sami. It is about time we give the opportunities to some of the much deserved ones, and for the extended period of time as well.

    After the completion of the series

    I must say, the moment Razzaq was chosen as a prime candidate to take part in the team, I was going heaven-bent on this selection, criticizing the selectors' decision to the fullest (as evident from my posts from a couple of days ago). However, I am proud to experience a vast amount of change in his bowling, especially the dedication and commitment he has shown by peacefully bowling during crunch situations, and always being able of finding a niche or two in his bowling stamina and maintaining it to the extreme. He did produce several wicket-taking deliveries that must be praised (at least from my point of view), as he fully composed his strengths and selectively choose to exploit the weaknesses of the batters, one by one. The deck of cards that he was dealt with were commanding and imperative, and Razzaq satisfied his hunger by dealing with sophisticated measures under extreme circumstances. Even though there were more than a handful of deliveries that should have been bowled with more controlled line and length (no-balls are included in this instance), the will power and the passion that I saw in his eyes were striking familiar. Hopefully, we will continue to see this much-improved personality over the course of next few months, as we head out into the battlefield dangerzone, on course of :insha: winning next year's World Cup.

    A (very recent) written instance to one of my GupShup brothers ()

    Yes, absolutely, no question about it. Razzaq has shown alot of patience, commitment and devotion to be a lively part of our squad, and if he continues his current form throughout the duration of this year, Insha-Allah, there will no hesistancy in retaining him for next year's World Cup.

    You probably have seen my posts from a few days ago, which extremely ridiculed this decision made by the selectors, but I am very proud to experience a new and improved man, a man who can contribute in every situation possible, and a man who, alongwith the efforts of his team-mates, is able to bring home the trophy.

    I wouldn't take away anything from Rana as well. I feel he deserve another comeback in the team, alongwith Razzaq. He also has proven, time and time again, that he has the desire and the will power to stand tough in crunch circumstances.

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    Since it is proven that Asif has an excellent variation in deliveries that leaves even one of the best batsman on the world in an awe, Sami's inclusion in the team is less than likely from here onwards. However, let's move our concentration towards Rana and Razzaq. I touched upon Razzaq in detailed lengths in my posts above. In the case of Rana, I really feel that he should be called into the National Team at all costs, and should be presented with an opportunity to shine in the limelight, once again. He performed in a very decent and adequate fashion during the English series, and all of a sudden, when I saw his name being dropped from the squad, I couldn't justify selectors' decision to have Razzaq in the team, but the fact of the matter is, both bowlers perform brilliantly, and give their hearts out during their bowling spells. The ultimate question I would like to raise in the end (besides few of the ones already in queue) is:
    • Does Rana deserve another opportunity to be a part of Pakistan Team, once again, to prove his worth?

    Some have said with the amount of his white hair, we don't have that many overs left in him, and granted that is true, his experience and being able to nip his way past through in crunch situations make him a lively candidate to be picked up next time.

    I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject matter.

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    Re: Sami/Asif & Rana/Razzaq - Time to examine each bowler "under the knife"

    Asif in Sami out.

    Rana I don't think is a test bowler but he surely is an ODI player.
    I grow in learning as I grow in age.

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      #3
      Re: Sami/Asif & Rana/Razzaq - Time to examine each bowler "under the knife"

      Can Asif bat as well? Sami i think is better batter, suited for ODI's. So is Rana, methinks.
      I am only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand.

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        Re: Sami/Asif & Rana/Razzaq - Time to examine each bowler "under the knife"

        Originally posted by teaser
        Asif in Sami out.

        Rana I don't think is a test bowler but he surely is an ODI player.
        When was the last time you saw him bowl in a test match on a pitch that had even a little bit in it for the bowlers? Rana just hasnt gotten enough chances compared to the chances other 'pace' bowlers get. Rana is a thinking bowler. We have very few of those. Shoaib and Sami are NOT thinking bowlers (except for shoaib's slower deliveries). Rana, Razzak and Asif are thinking bowlers.

        Sincerely,
        Captain Lota
        Kisee akeli shaam ki chup may, geet puraanay gaa kay dekho

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          Re: Sami/Asif & Rana/Razzaq - Time to examine each bowler "under the knife"

          Originally posted by Captain Lota
          . Rana, Razzak and Asif are thinking bowlers.
          And between the three we know who can bat the best in ODI's. Razzler is much suited for ODI's. He is a born All-rounder, not Actor.
          I am only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand.

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            #6
            Re: Sami/Asif & Rana/Razzaq - Time to examine each bowler "under the knife"

            Originally posted by Captain Lota
            When was the last time you saw him bowl in a test match on a pitch that had even a little bit in it for the bowlers? Rana just hasnt gotten enough chances compared to the chances other 'pace' bowlers get. Rana is a thinking bowler. We have very few of those. Shoaib and Sami are NOT thinking bowlers (except for shoaib's slower deliveries). Rana, Razzak and Asif are thinking bowlers.

            Sincerely,
            Captain Lota
            As per above, I am also in agreeance that Rana should at least a few more chances to prove himself, and his presence in the team. He certainly possesses all the wonderful adjectives that are a part of one's dictionary, but hopefully, the selectors' will be able to provide him another round of opportunities by selecting him in the Final XI.

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              Re: Sami/Asif & Rana/Razzaq - Time to examine each bowler "under the knife"

              Originally posted by Captain Lota
              When was the last time you saw him bowl in a test match on a pitch that had even a little bit in it for the bowlers? Rana just hasnt gotten enough chances compared to the chances other 'pace' bowlers get. Rana is a thinking bowler. We have very few of those. Shoaib and Sami are NOT thinking bowlers (except for shoaib's slower deliveries). Rana, Razzak and Asif are thinking bowlers.

              Sincerely,
              Captain Lota
              Its a long discussion lets not go into it. But I can BET if you give chance to both Asif and Rana, I am sure Asif will be more successful however Rana may lead Asif on his batting ability but with bowling Rana won't even come closer to Asif. As I said I can bet on that and instead of backing our words with stats and our own opinion I'd say wait and see.
              I grow in learning as I grow in age.

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                #8
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                Dont you guys think, its good to have many great bwolers to choose from. Its a great thing to have a choice of finest bowlers, since all the sportsmen are prone to injury, fitness, mental state, team effort and what not. Also competiton only brings out the best in everyone. Shoib is the most exciting bowler in cricketing world(I know people will question, but any batsman), Asif seems to have a very logical approach towards attack bowling (meaning constraining the batsman to give up his wicket, ofcourse those gillas of Inidan line up were out of ordinary), Rana is a good seamer of the ball, and Sami is in a slump but he had his great moments (I positive he will bounce back to the challenge). So right now PK seems to be in a right track for 2007 WC. Hopefully momentum is retained and team work keeps improving. Its all about team work, which was so not there in 2004. It was painfull to see PK play when there was no team spirit.

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                  #9
                  Re: Sami/Asif & Rana/Razzaq - Time to examine each bowler "under the knife"

                  Rotation for fast bowlers is coming down the pike. All of them will play, in rotation. All of them (except may be Sami) are too good to be wasted.

                  Australia already is experimenting with the rotation system, and after initial hiccups it seems to be working for now.
                  "Let your friends underestimate your virtues. Let your enemies overestimate your faults." - Godfather.

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                    #10
                    Re: Sami/Asif & Rana/Razzaq - Time to examine each bowler "under the knife"

                    I think rotation is great idea, makes a lot of sense. Fast bowling requires lot of exertion and makes the bowler very prone to injury. Now we can safely say, if any of our bowler is down, we have great back ups to pull from. Let see how the selector play their cards. Thats is the only worrying part, I have not much faith in the officials and their politically inclined thinking. We have already flush squash and hockey down the drain due to official mis management of the sporting orginization.

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                      #11
                      Re: Sami/Asif & Rana/Razzaq - Time to examine each bowler "under the knife"

                      Razzaq has been used as an option incase the main options arent working well until recently. It was after a long time he was actually played as a specialists bowler who can bat and thats what his position should be in the team. He needs to concentrate on his bowling more and be able to play as front line bowler. That would give us the option of current front line bowlers of Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif, Rana Naved & Abdul Razzaq. With Umar Gul still awating his return and Shahid Nazir also knocking on the selectors door. Sami has gotten a little too many chances, it's time to give other people a chance now. Sami can go to the domestic circuit and bowl his heart out, learn to take wickets. With his speed he still could prove handy if he can learn a few more tricks but for now we just have too many good seamers to keep wasting a spot in the squad with Sami.

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