Sanjay Manjrekar believes Pakistani fans might have felt astonished by their team’s consistent performance in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021.
Prior to the tournament, not many would’ve anticipated that Pakistan would be one of the best units in the T20 World Cup for its inconsistency. But that has been the case for Babar Azam-led Pakistan. They have so far won all of their matches in Group 2 in the Super 12s.
Sanjay Manjrekar: Pakistan Is On A Golden Run As Their Fans Are Shocked To See A Consistent Pakistan In Group Stage Of 2021 T20I World Cup
Reviewing the clash between Pakistan and Namibia, Sanjay Manjrekar posted a video on his official Instagram account. In his video, the 56-year old pointed out Pakistan’s dream run of form in the tournament.
“Pakistan is on a golden run. Who would’ve thought that. Their fans would be somewhat shellshocked to see their team being so consistent. There have been a couple of nervy chases, though not against India. They’re obviously favorites against Namibia.”
Though the Matthew Hayden-coached side Pakistan’s 45-run win over Namibia confirmed their final-four spot, Scotland remains the only team in their path to a 100% group-stage win rate. Pakistan opted to bat first and defended the score of 189 with ease against Namibia.
The former cricketer-turned-expert lauded the duo of Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan and elucidated that they have ‘street smart’ skills in the T20s While stating that the duo knows how to survive in the shortest format of the game, Sanjay Manjrekar said that they are not highly skilled but knows where to pitch the ball.
“Pakistan’s bowling is also looking fantastic. Their spinners in Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan are capable spinners. And that is the thing about Pakistan, they are not very highly skilled or have classical actions, but they are very street smart bowlers. They know where to put the ball and don’t get hit. They know how to survive in this kind of a format.”
Pakistan played the same XI as their first three games, and Babar Azam said that was because the Namibia contest was their first in Abu Dhabi. Although Pakistan’s bowlers could take only five wickets in Namibia’s chase, they did well to restrict their opponents to 144. Imad Wasim and Hasan Ali went at economies of less than six.
After the skipper’s 70, Mohammad Rizwan exploded to finish 79 not out and lifted Pakistan to 189 with Mohammad Hafeez’s cameo. Mohammad Hafeez batted at No. 4, and he began with an assault that saw him make 32 in 16 balls, including five fours.
Sanjay Manjrekar: Hasan Ali’s Form A Concern While Shaheen Shah Afridi Is The Best Pacer Of The 2021 T20I World Cup
Sanjay Manjrekar also discussed Hasan Ali’s form as a possible concern to the Pakistani team. The 56-year old opined that the Pakistani right-arm pacer looked “rattled” when he gets hit for runs. Sanjay Manjrekar said Shaheen Shah Afridi is the best pacer of the tournament so far.
“Shaheen Afridi is right up there. He’s currently the best fast bowler of the tournament. Hasan Ali could be a concern for Pakistan. Not only because he has gone for runs and hasn’t made the desired impression, but he looks rattled when he gets hit.”
The former Indian batsman drew comparisons between Hasan Ali and former Pakistani pacer Mohammad Sami. He stated that like Mohammad Sami, Hasan Ali is also a hit the deck bowler and cannot afford to miss his line while bowling. However, Sanjay Manjrekar suggested Hasan Ali attack the stumps and should not vary too much.
“He’s (Hasan Ali) a bit like when we had someone like Mohammad Sami from Pakistan, in the late 90s and early 2000s ..Bowls fast and hits the deck. And these are the kind of bowlers who cannot afford to get off the line.
“Because the moment they go slightly off line, they go for runs. So maybe Hasan Ali can do that and just attack the stumps. He shouldn’t look to vary too much and hit the deck, keep it straight and he’ll be fine,” Manjrekar concluded.
Pakistan faced Namibia in Match 31 of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 in Abu Dhabi on November 2. Hasan Ali proved Pakistan’s best bowler against Namibia, finishing with figures of 4-0-22-1, as he somewhat returned to form after poor outings in the last few matches. However, Hasan Ali had not been able to deliver his best in the first three games and conceded runs at an economy of 9.81 while picking three wickets.
Pakistan 189 for 2 (Rizwan 79*, Babar 70) beat Namibia 144 for 5 (Wiese 43, Williams 40, Imad 1-13, Hasan 1-22) by 45 runs