I have a better record than many great players, claims Misbah-ul-Haq – Cricket News Update
Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s Test and One Day International (ODI) skipper, has come out in defence of his strike-rate and claims that he plays at a quicker pace than many other batsmen in the national team.
The right-handed batsman is often criticised by the sporting analysts for his one dimensional style of play, which has led to the team’s downfall on a number of occasions, including the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 against
India at Mohali.
While speaking to a private television channel on Thursday, the middle-order batsman expressed that he plays according to the situation and the requirement of the team. The captain joked that the cricket fans in Pakistan want Shahid
Afridi to play defensively and expect him (Misbah) to play big strokes.
“I have been criticised too much, but there are players in our team who have a lesser strike-rate than me. They ask me to play at the strike-rate of 150 and tell Shahid Afridi to play at a rate of 75/100 balls,” the middle-order batsman
The cricketer from Mianwali has so far played 36 T20 Internationals 106 ODIs and 39 T20s for the Green Shirts, having scored more than six thousand runs at the highest stage of the game. The 38-year-old cricketer has an average of 42.18
runs per innings in the 50-over format, with a strike-rate of 74.15 runs per 100 balls.
Misbah feels that the criticism on him is not justified as his record speaks volumes of his ability.
He mentioned, "I am an average player, but even the great players don't have an average of 42, with a strike-rate of 75. It is very easy to point fingers at others sitting at home.”
While speaking about the inclusion of Mohammad Irfan, Asad Ali and Anwar Ali in the national team, the 50-over format’s captain feels that the fast bowlers should grab the opportunity with both hands and force the selectors to include
them for the upcoming tour of South Africa as well.
“The fast bowlers who have been given a chance for this tour can establish themselves in the Pakistan team,” Misbah added.