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    February 01, 2006

    Impressive Asif

    Mohammad Asif has been really impressive, for the pace at which he bowls, his bowling action and the quality of wickets he has taken so far. He isn't quite express pace and nearly always bowls between 130-135 kmph. But more importantly, he is an oddity among Pakistan's pace bowling resources.

    He doesn't chuck, or even appear to, unlike Shoaib Akhtar and Shabbir Ahmed. But he takes wickets, unlike Mohammad Sami.

    He has just picked up Tendulkar's wicket, with a shooter. I certainly think this will be Tendulkar's last test innings in Pakistan. Coincidentally, his debut was at Karachi. He made 15. This test he has innings of 23 and 26, above his series average of 21. I can't see him touring there in 2008/9 whenever the next tour happens.

    Laxman is already out and when Ganguly gets out, it will be their last innings there as well. I do think that Dravid will make it to the next tour.
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 1:55 PM |
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    It is alright to love and adore Sachin for he is an Indian. But let us not denigrate the effort of Asif by saying that he bowled Sachin out with a shooter. Whenever Sachin is beaten and bowled, he falls to his knees to give the impression that the ball has stayed low. How many more such instances have to be witnessed? Remember, Sachin has not been brought up on the hard and bouncy wickets of Austrlia. Anyone who has played cricket on the dusty turfs of India know what is a shooter or as it is called in the local parlance, a snake.

    By Blogger SAI MADHAV (02-Feb-2006, 2:00:00 AM)  

    sm - The ball certainly kept low. My saying so did not take away anything from Asif's efforts. My guess is that Tendulkar hasn't play enough domestic cricket to cope with balls keeping low. Someone like VVS or Dravid is far more likely to handle that ball better since they spent enough time in domestic cricket before playing internationals.

    By Blogger Jagadish (02-Feb-2006, 8:40:00 AM)  

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