Sanjay Manjrekar has an advice to improve Pakistan’s woeful batting
Pakistan have lost the two Tests in South Africa and on the verge of going down 3-0 to the hosts.
Updated - Jan 13, 2019 11:28 am
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has come up with a solution for Pakistan’s batting woes in their ongoing tour of South Africa. While the bowlers have done their job on most occasions, the batsmen have rarely complimented the effort. As a result, Pakistan have already lost the three-match series and are now in grave danger of losing the ongoing third Test too and ending the series 3-0.
Pakistan started the series on a dismal note as far as their batting performance is concerned. In the series opener, they could not get past the 200-run mark in either of the innings, getting dismissed for 181 and 190 as the Proteas won the game by 6 wickets. The batsmen did even worse in the following Test as Pakistan were all out for just 177. Sarfraz Ahmed & Co. finally managed to do decently with the bat, scoring 294. However, it was too late as South Africa only had 40 runs to chase which they achieved without breaking a sweat.
Pakistan’s miseries have been further compounded in the ongoing third Test with batting failure once again the reason behind it. And Manjrekar has some word of advice for the struggling neighbours. The cricketer-turned-commentator feels arranging more tours for the A side could end Pakistan’s overseas woes.
He took to Twitter to give his opinion, saying: “Only solution to Pakistan’s overseas batting woes is more A tours overseas.”
Only solution to Pakistan’s overseas batting woes is more A tours overseas. #PakCricket
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 13, 2019
Pakistan on verge of whitewash:
South Africa, meanwhile, have taken command on the proceedings in Johannesburg. Pacer Duanne Olivier claimed 5/51, his third five-wicket haul of the series, as South Africa bowled the tourists out for 185 to gain a first-innings lead of 77. At one stage, Pakistan were well placed at 169 for 5 after being reduced to 91 for 5. However, an inexplicable collapse saw them losing their last five wickets for just 16 runs.
Pakistan’s bowlers, on the other hand, impressed again and reduced South Africa to 135 for 5 at the end of day two. However, the Proteas already have a big 212-run lead.