"Virat Kohli is a great example to Umar Akmal" : Aakash Chopra

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In a relatively short career which spanned 2 years (2003-2004), opening batsman Aakash Chopra played 10 Test matches for India in which he scored 2 fifties. A gritty opening batsmen suited to occupying the crease, his tight technique protected the middle order from the new ball and allowed the illustrious middle order of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Saurav Ganguly to express themselves.

In his debut series in 2003, India secured a draw away to New Zealand. He was then selected for India's tour (2003-2004) against the great Australia side, and played in all four Tests in the fiercely-contested Test series which ended in a 1-1 result. He also participated in India's historical victory in the 2004 Test series in Pakistan.

In 2009, Chopra 's book Beyond the Blues: A First-Class Season Like No Other was released based on his 2007–08 domestic season in which he scored 783 runs in Delhi's victorious Ranji Trophy campaign and 310 runs in the Duleep Trophy, guiding North to victory. Chopra also participated in previous editions of the IPL, representing the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Chopra has subsequently forged a career as a journalist, with columns regularly appearing in high-profile publications and has also been involved in television commentary for IPL and ICC tournaments.

Speaking exclusively to PakPassion.net, Chopra spoke on a variety of subjects including the strength of the IPL brand in the UAE, Pakistan's young batsmen with special emphasis on Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad, Yuvraj Singh's international future, the legality of actions of some spin bowlers and the future of the Pakistan-India cricket relationship.



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PakPassion.net : Are you surprised at how successful the IPL has been in the UAE?

Aakash Chopra : I’m not surprised at all because the UAE has been deprived of any Indian cricket for a very long time. It was the hub of cricket a long time ago particularly Sharjah where India often played Pakistan. There is of course a huge Asian population in the UAE who have been craving for India to go out to the UAE and play cricket and of course the IPL is a wonderful tournament. You have to also realise that the stadiums in UAE are not the biggest so it’s not difficult to fill them and also the tickets have been priced very reasonably, so if you combine the two then you have a very good spectacle in front of 15-20,000 people. In addition three stadiums are being used so there is a rotation of sorts in the UAE regarding the grounds instead of just using the same venue.


PakPassion.net : Do you think the IPL could be held in the UAE in future?

Aakash Chopra : It could be a thought, but the point is that it’s an Indian tournament and ideally it should be held in India because the sponsors, the viewers and everyone is basically waiting for the event to take place once a year in India. The moment the IPL goes out of India, the costs go up and also each team has ten to twelve sponsors and the organisers look to give those sponsors some freebies and there is a package included for each game for the sponsors including an executive box, hospitality for the sponsor’s clients, but that all goes out the window when the tournament moves out of India.

So if the tournament is moved out of India then the IPL doesn’t become very profitable for the franchises. The gate receipts take a beating and the Indian cities are deprived of four or five home matches. For example Kings XI Punjab are only playing three games at home in this edition of the IPL. Once in a while is alright but I don’t think it’s ideal to move the tournament out of India.


PakPassion.net : Despite the controversies and allegations, public interest in the IPL hasn’t diminished, why do you think that is?

Aakash Chopra : It’s quite strange at one level. Perception would suggest that if you are disenchanted with a brand, people will stay away but that didn’t happen last year despite the fixing controversy breaking towards the latter half of the tournament and we still saw full houses for the semi-finals and the final.

I’ve spoken to a number of people in England about the IPL and their allegiances to the franchises. Some were Chennai fans, others were Rajasthan fans and they stated that they didn’t care about the controversies because it was just a club tournament, which is a dangerous and worrying sign really. Those fans said to me if it was an Indian player doing something that was hurting the Indian team then we would switch off but for controversies in tournaments like the IPL we aren’t too bothered.


PakPassion.net : What can the Pakistan Cricket Board learn from the current edition of the IPL partly being held in the UAE?

Aakash Chopra : I would suggest to them to make the tournament short and snappy. If you can, then hold it outside Pakistan due to the security situation, plus quality cricketers will not be willing to travel to Pakistan given the circumstances. Find the right window and make it a two to three week tournament. Pakistan cricket will attract a lot of viewership because they play an attractive brand of cricket and if they can attract other international stars then that is a recipe for success.


PakPassion.net : Have we seen the last of Yuvraj Singh in an India shirt?

Aakash Chopra : It’s looking bleak for Yuvraj. I’m a huge fan of his and at one point I thought he was India’s most talented cricketer after Sachin. No matter how much I want him to play for India the fact is that what I have seen of Yuvraj over the last year and a half since he came back from illness, he’s not the same Yuvraj Singh. I hate saying it, but the numbers are validating what I’m saying. He’s not scored runs in Test cricket, he’s not scored runs in one day cricket and he’s not set the world alight in the twenty over format either.

Everyone was surprised by his innings in the World T20 final, but if we are objective and not emotional we will see that the signs were there as barring that game against Australia his strike rate was under 100. You expect things to change because he’s such a quality player but will they change, is a different matter. I don’t see things changing drastically for the near future, but I wouldn’t say it’s curtains for Yuvraj in international cricket, although it’s going to be very tough for him to come back. The World Cup is ten months away but realistically it’s only twelve or thirteen ODIs away. Will Yuvraj be part of that squad? I’m really unsure.


PakPassion.net : When do you feel it will be the right time for Virat Kohli to take over from MS Dhoni as India’s captain in the various formats?

Aakash Chopra : Dhoni is the man to lead India into the 2015 World Cup, without a shadow of a doubt. India hardly plays any T20s so it doesn’t make much difference who is the captain in that format so let Dhoni continue in that format too. The Test captaincy is what the selectors should be looking at very closely. It could be the tour of England that Kohli takes over as Test captain but ideally I would like to see him take over the reigns in a home series. When you are handing over responsibility to Kohli, try and hand it to him when things are in his and the team’s favour.

I think the selectors can toy with the idea of making Kohli the Test captain during the winter and after India’s tour of England.


PakPassion.net : What are your thoughts on two of Pakistan’s young batting talents, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad?

Aakash Chopra : The best thing about both of these batsmen is that they are laden with talent. These are really, really talented cricketers and the moment you see them bat, you think wow these are good cricketers. But then when you scratch the surface, particularly with Umar Akmal you realise he’s played 100 plus ODIs and has only made a couple of hundreds in that format, that’s not really doing justice to the talent that he possesses. That is when you start questioning the importance of having a talented player or not in the side. If you aren’t converting those great starts into big scores then you start questioning whether you want a talented batsman or a hard working batsman who will make runs on a consistent basis. That is where Umar Akmal must find himself.

Umar’s at that stage of his career where he must turn it around. Virat Kohli is a great example to Umar Akmal of when you are on a roll you just don’t let up and you keep the momentum going with big scores. Once you taste the blood of making big scores then you continue in that vein, you do not let up and you ensure you are in a rich vein of form for as long as possible. Everyone goes through a bad patch, that is acceptable but good players ensure that their good patches last a long time and when they are in good form they make the most of it.

I think it’s a case of mind over matter with Umar Akmal. Everything comes with deadlines and the selectors could say to him that 'if you don’t start performing on a consistent basis then we’ll have to look elsewhere.'

Ahmed Shehzad has impressed me more than Umar Akmal because he seems to have that hunger and desire to score big runs. He seems like someone who wants to be there till the end of the innings and remain unbeaten. The hundred against Bangladesh in the world t20 comes to mind where he didn’t throw it away, he remained unbeaten and that is the hallmark of a good player in that you are trying to be there till the end of the innings. To have the intent of being there till the end without being selfish is something that stands out in Ahmed Shehzad. He’s a young guy, he’s not a seasoned campaigner yet so he will make mistakes and he will throw his wicket away which is the Pakistani culture unfortunately because you don’t see people around you keeping their wicket and you learn from your peers. Kohli is that example for the Indian team, he’s raising the bar for everyone else but the likes of Inzamam and Saeed Anwar aren’t around for Pakistan to set that example and players seem to be left to their own devices.


PakPassion.net : What advice would you offer Umar Akmal regarding his batting?

Aakash Chopra : I feel that he suffers from a rush of blood when he is batting. he thinks he can take the attack to the opposition whenever he wants. He has all the shots and the temptation all too often is to go after the bowler, go for the big shot and play to the gallery. You tend to find that he gets caught more often than not going for a big shot and he needs to stop playing to the gallery.

I would just say to him whenever that thought of playing the big shot crosses your mind, tell yourself that I will give myself three overs to settle down and not go for the big shot. Then after three overs I’m sure he will have calmed down at the crease and the thought of going for that risky big shot will have disappeared. It’s that moment of temptation which is his problem and which he will be regretting later. Allow that moment to pass and I’m sure three overs later he won’t be tempted by that shot again. Things will have changed during that time, he may have hit a couple of fours, run a few singles and nine times out of ten you will have sailed through the storm.


PakPassion.net : Ravi Ashwin and Shane Warne have recently raised the topic of suspect bowling actions by spinners. Do you think some spinners are ‘getting away with it’ in terms of their bowling actions?

Aakash Chopra : Yes I think some bowlers are getting away with it. If a spinner is operating at 80 to 85kph and then suddenly he bowls one 30 kph quicker without increasing his run up or an increased follow-through, then there is only one thing that can change that speed and that is by illegally bending your elbow. There is no other way to increase that pace without having the momentum that a fast bowler can generate.


PakPassion.net : Some experts say the doosra cannot be bowled legally, do you concur with that school of thought?

Aakash Chopra : What’s interesting is that most of the bowlers who bowl the doosra bowl in long sleeved shirts. That is not a coincidence as it’s happening across the world. There’s room to investigate as there is some scope of doubt and that’s why the ICC is working on a chip that will change everything. The chip will be plastered on the elbow of any bowler who falls into that grey area regarding his action and who the umpires have concerns over. The chip will provide real-time data and how much the elbow is bending.

You can get a bowler in the laboratory and wire them up and ask them to bowl, but things change completely when that same bowler is bowling and is hit for a six or when the bowler is bowling 145kph. I’m not saying everyone is trying to cheat but the fact is that your instincts take over. The chip that I’m referring to may be the answer to deal with questionable actions, but until then there will be some debate and speculation as to who is doing what and we’ll be unable to pin things down regarding these dubious actions.


PakPassion.net : There’s speculation that Pakistan and India could be playing a series next year in the UAE. Surely that’s a mouth watering prospect and good news for players and fans alike?

Aakash Chopra : India versus Pakistan is always brilliant irrespective of where the matches are played. These matches should start happening and the sooner the better. Let’s hope the series happens and cricket is the centrepiece. Unfortunately cricket becomes a victim in all of the politics. It’s normal service with everything else but cricket. Why should we make cricket the victim! It doesn’t make sense.

Let’s get the series on, the sooner the better but I would urge some caution too. Don’t kill the golden goose by playing these matches too often like we did between 2003 and 2007/08 where we played each other twice a year sometimes and it became too much. India and Pakistan playing Test cricket will always attract a lot of attention but they need to find the right balance and not play these series too often.
 
Good interview. Surprisingly, Aakash was quite frank in his views on chucking.
 
The comments on Umar Akmal looks a bit harsh and miss informed to me because of the fact that Akmal plays in the lower order and Shehzad and Kohli are top order batters.
 
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To have the intent of being there till the end without being selfish is something that stands out in Ahmed Shehzad. He’s a young guy, he’s not a seasoned campaigner yet so he will make mistakes and he will throw his wicket away which is the Pakistani culture unfortunately because you don’t see people around you keeping their wicket and you learn from your peers.


Very truce comment, our batsmen prefer the crash bang wallop afridi approach ..
 
If a spinner is operating at 80 to 85kph and then suddenly he bowls one 30 kph quicker without increasing his run up or an increased follow-through, then there is only one thing that can change that speed and that is by illegally bending your elbow.

Afridi can go from 90-100kph to 120-130kph, so does that mean he is chucking?
 
Kohli has had sachin around tbh and still has dhoni
Not sure umar has the same support or is as good mentally as kohli

I disagree with the comments on akmal though, i don't think the rush of blood is his weakness, it's more to do with him being in at number 6 and having to play the big shots, kohli's role is more as an anchor
 
I would like to see how Kohli would cope with not playing at home.

Easy to boost averages on phatta SC wickets.

If he played abroad only like our boys he would have an average of no more than 36.
 
Kohli has had sachin around tbh and still has dhoni
Not sure umar has the same support or is as good mentally as kohli

I disagree with the comments on akmal though, i don't think the rush of blood is his weakness, it's more to do with him being in at number 6 and having to play the big shots, kohli's role is more as an anchor

There has been many times, Umar had 20 overs or more to play, yet he threw it away

There has been many times in different formats, Kohli had only few death overs to play, yet he didn't throw his wicket away. All his shots were ground shots. In fact, he even played maidens/took singles in power play overs when required and then scored at astrike rate of more than 150
 
I would like to see how Kohli would cope with not playing at home.

Easy to boost averages on phatta SC wickets.

If he played abroad only like our boys he would have an average of no more than 36.

First of all he has scored 100s in every country he has played in, so it is time to let go of this excuse

Secondly, how much different are UAE pitches from home pitches?
 
I would like to see how Kohli would cope with not playing at home.

Easy to boost averages on phatta SC wickets.

If he played abroad only like our boys he would have an average of no more than 36.

stop this nonsense excuse... Virat kohli has proved with big scores against tough bowling in tough conditions.. so boosting avg in SC wickets is completely irrelevant.... he has done the hardwork to be a good batsman... why not umar akmal, shehzad, maqsood follow the same hardwork... to me it is only shehzad who has the same hunger for runs as like kohli...

i agree u.akmal is batting at no.6 but still taking pakistan's batting lineup into account u.akmal got more opportunities to play 20 -25 odd overs when he comes to crease yet he threw away his wicket...
 
I would like to see how Kohli would cope with not playing at home.

Easy to boost averages on phatta SC wickets.

If he played abroad only like our boys he would have an average of no more than 36.

Thats rubbish Kohli did well in SA he is a class above any of our batsman atm id only rate YK in Tests above him. Most of Our batsman arent even good enough to be FTBs

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The whole world recognize Shehzad as a top world class talent now when I have been saying since 2009.

We have posters like Mamoon who still refuse to rate him. They know he's good but his pride is not letting him say it. Every time Shehzad performs he goes and says 'I don't have a crystal ball'.

Anyway, great interview. PAK is a top team and we have world class batsman coming through.

We will be number 1 soon.
 
The whole world recognize Shehzad as a top world class talent now when I have been saying since 2009.

We have posters like Mamoon who still refuse to rate him. They know he's good but his pride is not letting him say it. Every time Shehzad performs he goes and says 'I don't have a crystal ball'.

Anyway, great interview. PAK is a top team and we have world class batsman coming through.

We will be number 1 soon.

Please dont embarrass yourself

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There has been many times, Umar had 20 overs or more to play, yet he threw it away

There has been many times in different formats, Kohli had only few death overs to play, yet he didn't throw his wicket away.
There is a difference in having 20 odd overs with 8 or 9 wickets in hand and having 20 odd overs with 3 to 4 wickets in hand with a legendary runrate of 3.5.
 
Kohli should serve as a role-model for a lot of upcoming batsman, his ability to take singles at will, put a huge price on his wicket, have an insane hunger for runs etc is just amazing hence why I feel a lot of upcoming batsman should look up to him.

Regarding Umar its simple he has to decide does he want to be known as someone who played recklessly and allowed his brain fades to take over or a potential Pakistani great. Up to him which route he picks and I'll bet he takes number 1.

Shehzad has a great hunger for runs and once he develops his strike rotation I feel he could be something big provided he continues to improve as a player that is.
 
When I'm teaching my son how to bat I will tell him to look at Kohli and his work ethic and hunger for runs.

Probably the best example going around for youngsters in terms of batsmanship. .
 
When I'm teaching my son how to bat I will tell him to look at Kohli and his work ethic and hunger for runs.

Probably the best example going around for youngsters in terms of batsmanship. .

Correct. I haven't missed many of his innings. I always watch him eagerly, looking for ways to improve my game.
 
Spot on About Akmal and Shehzad.. if you cant help yourself nobody is going to carry you. Hopefully the rush of blood will occur less often as he is married now.
 
There is a difference in having 20 odd overs with 8 or 9 wickets in hand and having 20 odd overs with 3 to 4 wickets in hand with a legendary runrate of 3.5.

Point taken. However there still has been instances when Umar had more than 30 overs, with 3 down yet he played the same way. Similarly, Kohli has come at 4 or 5 and yet played ground shots

In fact, even when the need is to accelerate or slog, Kohli rarely plays in the air or plays cheeky shots while Umar does it all the time. His shots are high percentage ones, Umar's shots just look good but are very risky (for example Umar plays late cuts when ball is on the stumps, Kohli rarely does it, and even when he does, he does when ball is outside stumps). Umar moves around a lot when trying to hit big. Kohli stays incredibly still and plays the ball on merit. Small things like these make a lot of difference
 
The Art of Chasing by kohli.

Thats what every batsmen and every upcoming batsmen should look into. He is a near perfect batsmen when chasing and a fine role model for both of umar and shezad.

Kohli believes and uses the same method we on pakpassion talk abt when we cirticize our batting.

An over of of 4.1.0.4.1.2 consisting of 12 runs

Is much better then an over of 4.0.0.4.0.0 consisting of 8 runs.

Near perfect strike rotation bcz of which he never comes under pressure. There is no dot ball pressure on him bcz he knows that he can take risk free singles and doubles and doesnt have to hit 4 sixes to get a better strike rate.

We are seriously deluded if we think any of our batsmen can match him.
 
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The whole world recognize Shehzad as a top world class talent now when I have been saying since 2009.

We have posters like Mamoon who still refuse to rate him. They know he's good but his pride is not letting him say it. Every time Shehzad performs he goes and says 'I don't have a crystal ball'.

Anyway, great interview. PAK is a top team and we have world class batsman coming through.

We will be number 1 soon.

You have been saying this for every batsmen pakistan produced since you started watching cricket.

When you cry wolf every time then no one takes you seriously
 
You have been saying this for every batsmen pakistan produced since you started watching cricket.

When you cry wolf every time then no one takes you seriously

Umar Akmal, Shehzad and Jamshed are rated highly in the cricketing world. Not just by me.
 
^^ Yet Jamshed is not included in his own team. I wonder where do you get this "highly rated in the world" idea from?

CPL didnt pay top dollars if any at all for them did they?
 
What else you could expect from an Indian cricketers about doosra bowling offies.

But, we should stop comparing batsman like Umar Akmal and Shehzad with Kohli. Kohli is in a different league. He is already showing signs of making of a legend, while "our boys" trying to cement their places in national team which is full of some very mediocre batsmen.
 
The whole world recognize Shehzad as a top world class talent now when I have been saying since 2009.

We have posters like Mamoon who still refuse to rate him. They know he's good but his pride is not letting him say it. Every time Shehzad performs he goes and says 'I don't have a crystal ball'.

Anyway, great interview. PAK is a top team and we have world class batsman coming through.

We will be number 1 soon.

He is hardworking like azhar ali .. he is not as talented and is a limited batsman.
 
Kohli has had sachin around tbh and still has dhoni
Not sure umar has the same support or is as good mentally as kohli

I disagree with the comments on akmal though, i don't think the rush of blood is his weakness, it's more to do with him being in at number 6 and having to play the big shots, kohli's role is more as an anchor
For over a decade both lara and sachin carried their team on their shoulders. They hardly had anyone to support them. For both these teams it was like if these two get out the match then the match was over for them.
 
For over a decade both lara and sachin carried their team on their shoulders. They hardly had anyone to support them. For both these teams it was like if these two get out the match then the match was over for them.

Quoted for truth. A great batsman needs no excuses.
 
Example of what? One has been used as a late order hitter in one day games. The other has been made a pin up boy, groomed for the captaincy and is building a team around him.

Not many similarities between either for me.
 
I would like to see how Kohli would cope with not playing at home.

Easy to boost averages on phatta SC wickets.

If he played abroad only like our boys he would have an average of no more than 36.

You sure? This guy has done well almost everywhere.
 
For over a decade both lara and sachin carried their team on their shoulders. They hardly had anyone to support them. For both these teams it was like if these two get out the match then the match was over for them.

Lara was not really a team player and his 400 is a testament to that knowing the match situation and how he played on

and noone is comparing lara or sachin to kohli or akmal
Akmal has neither the mental strength nor the experience to even be mentioned in the same sentence as those two

That could be down to his nurturing and grooming and whether he was throwed into the team too young at 19
It could be down to his own hissy fits and arguments within the team and his desire for his brother to also be in the team with him
It could be him being asked to wicket keep in limited games when he isn't a keeper and is never going to be a good keeper either


It's quite simple to say yes, umar just isn't good enough or he has brain farts and throws away good starts
but looking at his first year in cricket and his record in tournaments it is obvious that he has not be used well enough by both captains and management as well his own immaturity and disastrous decisions
 
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Many thanks once again to Aakash for his time.

A thoroughly nice guy he is too.

As for the comparison between Virat Kohli and Umar Akmal - there isn't one. Whilst both are immensely talented and have a wide array of shots, Kohli is streets ahead of Akmal in terms of batting temperament and approach.
 
Pakistani's have an entitlement mentality, they just want the perfect finished product from day one while putting absolutely no hard work or effort and sacrifice in the process. To be honest it is just jealousy and envy for them to see Kohli bat the way he has done and to see the entire Pakistan batting consistently flounder in mediocrity. Heck if you take Kohli out of the Indian Batting Line up even they are going to consistently struggle and Kohli makes most International batsmen look mediocre. If you take Jaywardene and Sangakarra out of the Sri Lankan team even they will struggle.

I would like the Pak fans to man up and actually back the best batsmen we have got in this present team which i can so far see are Shehzad, Akmal, Maqsood, we still need to search for some more and i am sure we will find someone but how about actually backing the younger lot who are our present and future through their good and most importantly tough times rather than salivating over Kohli and putting down our own players. How can you blame these youngsters when they have had to constantly and consistently deal with the Mohaliar? Give our younger lot a break

IA once the Mohaliar is gone things will look good.
 
Pakistani's have an entitlement mentality, they just want the perfect finished product from day one while putting absolutely no hard work or effort and sacrifice in the process. To be honest it is just jealousy and envy for them to see Kohli bat the way he has done and to see the entire Pakistan batting consistently flounder in mediocrity. Heck if you take Kohli out of the Indian Batting Line up even they are going to consistently struggle and Kohli makes most International batsmen look mediocre. If you take Jaywardene and Sangakarra out of the Sri Lankan team even they will struggle.

I would like the Pak fans to man up and actually back the best batsmen we have got in this present team which i can so far see are Shehzad, Akmal, Maqsood, we still need to search for some more and i am sure we will find someone but how about actually backing the younger lot who are our present and future through their good and most importantly tough times rather than salivating over Kohli and putting down our own players. How can you blame these youngsters when they have had to constantly and consistently deal with the Mohaliar? Give our younger lot a break

IA once the Mohaliar is gone things will look good.

what
 
Kohli is following Akmal in test cricket. Will be dropped soon.
 
Kohli is following Akmal in test cricket. Will be dropped soon.

Kohli will not be dropped. He playd some good innings before in Test Cricket.

Kohli needs to fail at least for the next 5 Tests before people start questioning his place in the squad. Even then, selectors will think 100 times before dropping Kohli.

Kohli is stil lthe future of Indian Cricekt at this point. There is no other young guy in the ranks who is as talented as him. Also, Kohli has proved himself several times before that he is here to stay and destined for greatness.
 
Kohli is a limited overs flat track field restriction bully. Impossible for India to produce another Gavaskar, Sachin and Dravid.
 
As is being shown a great odi player doesn't necessarily make a great test player

Hes still young enough to overcome his weaknesses in the test format
 
Kohli following our dear Akmal's advice, 'atta boy Kohli!
 
oooo another one of Bullet Drives prediction coming correct :O

If your predictions came true we would have won 10 World Cups by now and be the number one ranked Test team with record points. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case.

'Dil ko khush rakhnay ko Ghalib ye khayal acha hai' :uakmal
 
If your predictions came true we would have won 10 World Cups by now and be the number one ranked Test team with record points. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case.

'Dil ko khush rakhnay ko Ghalib ye khayal acha hai' :uakmal
I hope you're able to cope with Kohli's failures though. After so much hype and emotional investment from you, these must be tough times.
 
The failures of great people tower over the success of others.

Any other batsman in his shoes with his Test performances so far would be highly praised but since he's not living up to the standards he himself set, he's receiving over the top criticism.
 
The failures of great people tower over the success of others.

Any other batsman in his shoes with his Test performances so far would be highly praised but since he's not living up to the standards he himself set, he's receiving over the top criticism.
Very true.
He hasn't done badly in Tests at all, just hasn't shown the brilliance that he has in LOIs.
 
Most people would cream themselves over a 25 year old scoring hundreds in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa (almost 2 in 1 match) and an average of 40+. I have my own way of judging players, but for most people stats seem to be everything and statistically he has been nothing short of fantastic.
 
Kohli is yet to find his range and feet in Test cricket and is still out of his comfort zone. In spite of all that, his performance has been better than the peak potential of most other batsman so one can only imagine what he will achieve once he is in his zone in Tests as well but for that, you need a little understanding of cricket which ironically is too much to ask for even on a cricket forum.
 
The failures of great people tower over the success of others.

Any other batsman in his shoes with his Test performances so far would be highly praised but since he's not living up to the standards he himself set, he's receiving over the top criticism.
You're saying anyone else with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39 and 28 in a series would not have been criticized? Your delusions are reaching the critical Bullet Drive level. Anyone else with those scores would have been dropped.
 
Most people would cream themselves over a 25 year old scoring hundreds in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa (almost 2 in 1 match) and an average of 40+. I have my own way of judging players, but for most people stats seem to be everything and statistically he has been nothing short of fantastic.
Your fantasies for Kohli are reaching record levels.
 
Players of his caliber are not dropped for a few low scores.
 
Not my fantasy, but the reality of your average PPer.
 
Kohli is still better than Akmal. No need to get delusional guys However, he indeed seems to be following the Akmal path in Tests.

Point to ponder: When Umar starts playing Tests, who knows he becomes the ODI version of Kohli in this format? :O

ODIs: Kohli
Tests: Umar :O
 
Extremely talented LOI player. 52 average with 89 SR, he is supreme.

An average test batsman, Umar has far more potential than Kohli in Test arena.

Until he gets regular international games on phatta Pakistani wickets against BD then he has no chance in LOI cricket to match Kohli.
 
Umar is very good but he's not half the batsman Kohli is irrespective of all the external factors that might possibly exist. Please get that in your head once and for all.
 
If your predictions came true we would have won 10 World Cups by now and be the number one ranked Test team with record points. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case.

'Dil ko khush rakhnay ko Ghalib ye khayal acha hai' :uakmal

I hope you're able to cope with Kohli's failures though. After so much hype and emotional investment from you, these must be tough times.

:))) Hilarious!

Anyway, Kohli still hasn't proved that he can bat well in pace-friendly conditions against decet/good bowlers. Averages in the teens in this series so far and the stats do tell the whole story as far as this is concerned.

He's going to have a terrible time in Australia just like most other Indian batsmen so he needs to score big in the remaining two tests. Anderson possibly being banned in one of them will serve him well.

Having said that, Akmal is not on Kohli's level, hasn't been for the past 2-3 years.
 
Kohli is still better than Akmal. No need to get delusional guys However, he indeed seems to be following the Akmal path in Tests.

Point to ponder: When Umar starts playing Tests, who knows he becomes the ODI version of Kohli in this format? :O

ODIs: Kohli
Tests: Umar :O
Why was Umar dropped from tests? His record is okay but he is a youngster. He also has played almost all tests in England, Australia and NZ. He does have brainfades but he isn't too terrible a player. He is atleast better than Shafiq who is a Protean basher.
 
^ He was dropped because of the way he got out time and time again. Think he sealed his fate when he went for a caveman hoick vs Botha in Abu Dhabi. Misbah didn't like and it was followed by a freak dismissal in Zimbabwe.

Misbah likes his batsmen getting out with a tuk.
 
oooo another one of Bullet Drives prediction coming correct :O


Well done, how's your prediction on Nasir Jamshed coming along? He's know known around the world that T&T Red Steel have dropped him. What's the excuse coach's fault, gotta blame Misbah or why not lets blame global warming but not him.
 
Kohli has excellent temperament and emotionally he is unshakable when it comes to batting. Umar Akmal looks like a player that you can easily play with his emotion.
 
Kohli has excellent temperament and emotionally he is unshakable when it comes to batting. Umar Akmal looks like a player that you can easily play with his emotion.


Unfortunately, same can be said about 90% of Pakistanis.
 
I hope Umar plays in SL test series and shuts up his critics.

Having Shehzad and Umar back in test team will be massive boost. We can finally starting posting 450+ scores regularly. Watch them develop rapidly now they are getting test cricket.
 
Umar shouldn't have been dropped from Tests in the first place. That I agree.

I don't rate Shehzad though.
 
When we said let's Kohli have a series in England and then compare him with Umar in tests, we weren't wrong..and this attack is no where near to the English bowling attack of 2010 Umar faced..

Umar can be brutal of tesst player if he gets few tests games with no pressure of being dropped. We really need a player like him even in tests..too many one dimensional batsmen in the test line up.
 
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Umar shouldn't have been dropped from Tests in the first place. That I agree.

I don't rate Shehzad though.

Scored 147 in a test match after 3 games is a good start. Both Shehzad and Umar can hold 40+ averages in test cricket.
 
Umar did nothing in England though, apart from slogging his way to 70 not out a day after the spot fixing scandal emerged and no one was focused on what was happening in the field.
 
Shehzad has too many flaws for my liking. Average batsman.

The three best upcoming batters in Pakistan are:

U. Akmal, Amin and Haris Sohail. We should invest in them.
 
And I don't think Umar has the discipline yet to score a hundred and a 90 in South Africa.
 
Umar did nothing in England though, apart from slogging his way to 70 not out a day after the spot fixing scandal emerged and no one was focused on what was happening in the field.

no one did apart from some Azhar's cameos..but he had done well on all the other tours. He was dropped because of big Misbah ego who wanted to teach him a lesson to play that shot against Zimbabwe where he was got unlucky way..Selectors never wanted to drop him.
 
Seriously?

People are now comparing Kohli to Akmal after one failed series in England? (He could still rectify it in the upcoming two games)

How much did he average in his last tours to NZ, SA and Aus again?

Great players like Sanga and Kallis had atrocious records in England till they somewhat rectified it at the fag end of their careers. Kohli is still a kid.

Give him a year or two before passing a judgement on how his test career is gonna end up like.
 
I hope Umar plays in SL test series and shuts up his critics.

Having Shehzad and Umar back in test team will be massive boost. We can finally starting posting 450+ scores regularly. Watch them develop rapidly now they are getting test cricket.

Shafiq will have something to say about that.
 
I like Shafiq, but he needs to cut down on the insane number of single digit scores.
 
A few failures and comparisons are back...

Kohli still miles ahead of any young batsman in the world.
 
Needs to be more consistent... like every Pakistani batsman ever, except for Misbah who is picked on by people because he's consistent. :facepalm:
 
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