‘Mere baad marna chhod diya hain inhone' - Misbah-ul-Haq's cracking reply to Wasim Akram on why Pakistani batters fail to play unorthodox shots

Misbah said that after the 2007 final against India, Pakistan batters stopped taking risks.

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Misbah UL-HAQ. (Photo by Jason O’Brien/Getty Images)

Former Pakistan's skipper Misbah-ul-Haq gave a cracking reply to veteran Wasim Akram who asked Misbah why the present Pakistani batters cannot play unorthodox shots like the reverse scoop or sweep. 

Misbah said that after the 2007 T20 World Cup final against India, Pakistan batters stopped taking risks. To note, Misbah received a lot of criticism from the Pakistani fans after he played that reverse lap off Joginder Sharma's delivery that landed into the hands of Sreesanth in the 2007 T20 World Cup final match.  

I have never seen any Pakistani batter hit a reverse lap or sweep shot: Wasim Akram 

Both Akram and Misbah were part of a conversation panel discussion as Akram asked Misbah why Pakistan's batter lacked creativity. 

"This is a million-dollar question. How come...okay, I understand that you are the most experienced, you know your game and you know your weakness and strength. But in our cricket, I have never seen anyone hit a reverse lap or sweep shot. I know they do got cricketing shots, towards mid-on, mid-off, square leg, and mid-wicket," asked Akram. 

"Mere baad marna chordh diya hain inhone. 2007 final ke baad," replied Misbah. (They stopped hitting it after the 2007 T20 World Cup final). Wasim replied: "Oh...now I remember."

Misbah added: Logon ne dekha ki isko jeene nehin de rahein hain toh humbhi nehin marenge. Jo 15 chauke maare they woh kisiko yaad nehin. Maine zindagi mein woh shot kabhi miss nehin kiya. Agar mein samne marta, udhr bhi toh fielders the. Agar spinner bowl kar raha he and fine leg circle me khadi hain, main uske upr se maar sakta tha, woh bhi flight bowl ko. Mera execution hi galat thi." 

(People saw that they are not letting me live, but they won't let me die as well. No one remembers my 15 boundaries, I never missed that (lap) shot. If I would have played a straight shot, fielders were also placed in that position. I can hit the lap shot even to a spinner, but my execution against India was wrong). 

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