Published On: Sat, Jul 16th, 2016

Pakistan’s fielding still require improvement


pakistan's fielding

Pakistan’s fielding at the ground was once more under parity as the visitors fallen down a couple of plain opportunities to let England skipper and key batsman Alastair Cook off the fastening at Lord’s on day two of the opening match of their four-Test series.

Mohammad Amir — eminently recurring to Lord’s later than being located at fault of spot-fixing at the similar location six years before — was made to wait for his initial wicket regardless of the 24-year-old twice locating the exterior rim of Cook’s bat.

Nevertheless, both opportunities were fallen down; the initial by Mohammad Hafeez at second fall and the second by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed. The 24-year-old did lastly take his initial Test wicket on his revisit when lady luck made a decision to favor him rather than Cook and the England skipper performed on a rather inoffensive ball onto his stumps whereas batting on 81.

And ex-cricketer Jalaluddin has advised Pakistan that fielding can show to be of bigger significance than batting and bowling.

Amir inclined the ball in excellent channels and discovered a little help off the pitch but was disappointed by his teammates. And it was leg-spinner Yasir Shah who showed to be the key slayer for Pakistan on day two, illusory the batsmen both off the pitch and via the air to the version for the English middle-order.

Jalaluddin, who maintained ODI’s first-ever hat-trick, stated that fielding is a fret for Pakistan as it can ruin all the good work they submit.

Jalal further stated in an interview that “If we field poorly, all the effort in the batting and bowling departments can go down the drain as you can’t expect to give a batsman like Cook lifelines and then get away with it,”

The 57-year-old as well indicated that fallen catches can reduce the confidence of the team and the bowlers can suffer hard done by. He told that “The confidence of a team drops if they see catches going down so that is something the coaches would be looking to work on, but the players must forget it quickly and just focus on what’s ahead,” he further added “Amir bowled some good lines and even though he was a bit expensive, you can spare him that since he is a wicket-taking bowler.”

Jalal as well loaded admiration on Yasir for daunting himself on the English batting line-up immediately, regardless of numerous people proposing that the leg-spinner will simply approach in play all through the fourth and fifth days of Tests when the pitch wears out.

Jalal continued “It was always important for Yasir to get confidence early on and he has got that now so that is the good sign,” he added “He will now create problems for England now throughout the match. There was a general feeling that Yasir would only be a weapon in the third or fourth innings but he has shown that he can be a threat throughout the match.”  

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.