Shahid Afridi agrees with Sanjay Manjrekar’s suggestion on how to improve Pakistan’s batting
The Pakistan batting hasn't quite stepped up in the Rainbow Nation.
Updated - Jan 13, 2019 2:40 pm
Pakistan’s recent miseries in Test arena have been further compounded by their horrific performance in the ongoing series against South Africa. A team that was number one in the world just a couple of years ago is now struggling to do well even at home. They recently laboured to a 1-0 win over Australia before losing to New Zealand at home. And their dismal performance in red-ball cricket has continued in South Africa too.
One feature that has remained constant throughout these series is the batting collapse. Ever since the retirement of stalwarts Mishab-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, Pakistan have struggled to put up consistent batting performances and South Africa have exploited their fragile batting order again. Throughout the seven innings in the series so far, Pakistan struggled to put up a decent show with the willow.
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. The win helped South Africa take an unassailable lead of 2-0.
Shahid Afridi agrees with Sanjay Manjrekar:
The tourists now seem like losing the third Test at the Wanderers too. In reply to South Africa’s 262, Pakistan could only score 185. 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.
Seeing Pakistan’s latest batting failure, former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar came up with a piece of advice for them. The cricketer-turned-commentator feels arranging more tours for the A side could end Pakistan’s overseas woes.
“Only solution to Pakistan’s overseas batting woes is more A tours overseas,” he wrote.
Only solution to Pakistan’s overseas batting woes is more A tours overseas. #PakCricket
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 13, 2019
Afridi was quick to respond to Manjrekar’s tweet, writing:
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) January 13, 2019