“I really respect Sourav Ganguly, I really respect captain Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and I think Gautam Gambhir should lead the Indian team much better than him,” Pathan said. cricket.com. “He can be a very good leader. I really admire Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, but that does not mean, I do not admire the quality of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. “
Gambhir proved his belief as a leader who led the Kolkata Knight Riders to win two IPL titles, ending his years of low achievement despite having several superstars among their ranks.
Pathan rejects the notion that he is not a fan of Captain Dhoni because he doesn’t talk much about it.
“People don’t talk much about Rahul Dravid. So, people who don’t talk much about Rahul Dravid, do they not like it? Not. Under his captain, India won 16 ODIs in a row while catching up. Sometimes it’s under the wrapper, “he said.
“As a victorious captain, as a result-oriented captain and the one who gets the results, who has a very good team, it is Mahendra Singh Dhoni,” he added.
During his international career, Pathan played under several captains but he rated Sourav Ganguly above everyone because he gave a chance to some young people and made fans fall in love again with the Indian team.
“He (Ganguly) wants to make sure he builds a team. I remember Yuvraj Singh struggling early in his career for several matches. Ganguly supports it. He knew that if I supported this person, some amazing things could happen in the future and of course they did. Not only Yuvraj, Ganguly also supports young people like Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan, “he said.
Ganguly was handed control of the Indian team after a 2000 match-fixing scandal broke out which ended the career of then captain Mohammed Azharuddin.
“He (Ganguly) built a team when the Indian team was in decline. People don’t like cricket because it is a difficult time for cricket in India. To make people like the Indian cricket team again, an award must be given to Sourav Ganguly. That’s why if we talk about the leader, he is the leader of the players. Ganguly has only one agenda. To ensure the Indian team grows. Nothing else, “Pathan argues.
Botham, who was part of the legendary allrounder quartet of the 1980s including Kapil Dev, Imran Khan and Richard Hadlee, said it was a privilege to play during that era.
“It is a privilege to play in that era. We spoiled the fans for about 10-15 years. I don’t think the cricket world has seen so many allrounders rubbing their shoulders at the same time. In each tour I used to see what Richard had done, what Kaps had done (Kapil), what Immi had done (Imran). There is great competition, “said the former England captain.
Botham scored more than 7,000 runs and took more than 500 wickets during his international career and is considered one of the greatest allrounders who ever played the game.
Allrounders, especially those who speed bowlers, have double the workload compared to the others and Botham feels that no one among many is capable of doing what people like Kapil do during his playing career.
“Everything can not be produced, they do not grow on trees,” said the 64-year-old man. “The workload is doubled and it obviously eats your body. Just imagine Kapil … the amount of bowling he does in Indian fields, which only a little can be offered, is also in the heat of Chennai and Delhi. I can not see anyone in the current generation can do that. “
Botham called England Allrounder Ben Stokes as the best cricket player in the world today and someone who is the closest version of himself.
“Ben (Stokes) is better than a mile to Freddy (Andrew Flintoff). Ben Stokes is my closest version, he plays like me with his heart on his sleeve. Flintoff is good but Stokes is great. He is the best cricket player in the world now, “he said.
Captain Cool Quiet. Arranged. These have been collected. These are some terms related to former Indian captain MS Dhoni whose ‘ice cool’ attitude is legendary. But, after all, he is a human being and there are times when he lets his emotions get better than his.
Sometimes, though rarely, being his teammate, opponent or even match official, Dhoni did not avoid giving them his mind. Here we tell five examples like that when Dhoni saw the color red.
2019 IPL – vs Rajasthan Royals
During a tense finish because Chennai Super Kings needed eight runs from the last three balls, Ben Stokes of RR swung the full throw at Mitchell Santner. The referee hinted Ulhas Gandhe called him a no-ball immediately but later changed his mind after consulting with square foot referee Bruce Oxenford. The shipment is considered valid. An upset Dhoni, who had been dismissed earlier, was charged back to the field, protesting the decision. Efforts to calm him down in vain. However, CSK then won the match with the last six balls from Santner.
2017 T20I – Sri Lanka
Spinner Kuldeep Yadav also had to bear the burden of Dhoni’s anger when he refused to abide by changes in his field. Dhoni shouts at Chinaman
“Kusal (Perera) destroys the boundary of the blanket. Dhoni Bhai shouted from behind the goal and asked me to change his footing. I didn’t listen to his advice and in the next ball, Kusal reached another limit through a reverse sweep now, “the 24-year-old recalls recently.
“Now, anxious Dhoni comes to me and says, Mai pagal hu? 300 one day khela hu, aur samjha raha hu yahan pe. (Am I crazy? I played 300 ODI and you didn’t listen to me), “he said.
2015 ODI – Bangladesh
Bangladeshi fortune teller, Mustafizur Rahman, hit five goal shots on his debut against India in 2015. However, he also remembers being pushed by Dhoni after he apparently tried to block the Indian player while completing a quick single. After noting the direction in which the batsman was running, Mustafizur moved in that direction but Dhoni pushed him away with his forearm. Both were fined for the incident – Dhoni 75 percent while Mustafizur 50 percent of the cost of the match.
2012 CB Series – Australia
MS Dhoni has silenced Australian batsman Michael Hussey from Suresh Raina during ODI in 2012. The decision refers to the third referee and replays show Hussey has some parts of his shoes behind the folds. To everyone’s surprise, a large screen on the ground flashedand Australia starts walking again. However, referees on the field including Billy Bowden asked Hussey to stay back which made Dhoni probably unhappy. The Indian captain then asked the officials and his expression released his emotions. He was told that the TV referee had pressed the wrong button.
2014 New Zealand tour
Mohammed Shami recently revealed how Dhoni scolded him for bowling a bouncer during a test on a tour of New Zealand with a ball flying over the guard’s head for four byes. Shami recalls that he did it in frustration after Brendon McCullum and another New Zealand batsman were demoted from his own bowling. It was the same match where Mcullum went on to score an impressive three centuries. When Dhoni asked Shami why he did that, the pioneer lied saying the ball had slipped from his hand. Dhoni replied, “I am a senior cricketer. Have seen a number of players in and out of this team. Do not lie to me. I am your captain, don’t fool me. “
Haris Rauf’s journey as a promising talent began when he was picked up by Lahore Qalandars during a trial for their Player Development Program in 2017. Since then, Rauf has played in two editions of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and became a star player for Melbourne Star at BBL 09 with 20 wickets on his behalf.
Rauf opened up in the fantastic BBL 09 season, advice received from Dale Steyn, a debt of gratitude to Lahore Qalandars, why he was impressed with Shaheen Shah Afridi’s progress as he hoped to bowling against people like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma at the time. ICC T20 World Cup.
What is the reason for your best performance at BBL 09?
I feel that coach David Hussey and captain Glenn Maxwell’s confidence in my abilities are key factors in my outstanding performance at the BBL where I took 20 wickets at the tournament. Maxwell has extraordinary confidence in my ability to use and use me in the places I use the most for the team. He went out of his way to support me when we were in the field and for my part, I paid him in submission to the plan and to the field he set for me.
What advice did Dale Steyn give you during the BBL?
Dale Steyn has been my role model since I started playing cricket and being in the same team with him at BBL was truly thrilling. Being told that I replaced him because he had to return for international duty was shocking because I could never imagine that I would be good enough to replace my role model. I am very happy to meet him, and I can tell you that he is an extraordinary teacher. He gave me tips on the net and gave me lots of advice on how to play the game and what attitude I should adopt. Specifically, he told me about the aggression I had to do as a fast-bowler and since then I have tried to take that attitude for myself. He also gave me advice about fitness and outswinger that I now work on. He is a great teacher and he is still my advisor today because I continue to talk to him for help when and when I need him.
How do you feel PSL 5 is suitable for you and Lahore Qalandars?
My form at BBL 09 is very encouraging, so I want to bring that confidence to PSL 5 and the hope is that I can repeat my efforts at BBL at PSL too. It is my dream to help my team win the PSL and to be fair, we have good momentum towards the time when the tournament is postponed because of the Coronavirus Pandemic. It seems we are on our way to the final berth and once we reach that stage, we can be in a position to win the title, but I think we now need to wait for the tournament to continue to prove it to the world.
How impressed are you with PSL’s current status as the main T20 tournament?
I feel that the way the tournament draws a full house in almost every match, and the quality of the cricket being watched should leave a little doubt in anyone’s mind that PSL is indeed an upscale T20 tournament. The atmosphere at the stadium was brilliant and we all enjoyed playing in front of our home crowd. What the crowd meant for this tournament became clear when we had to play some games behind closed doors. Then it felt like we were playing in a club game and to me as a player, it was not a pleasant experience at all.
You get good speed at BBL 09, but do you feel that with more work, you can increase your speed further?
BBL 09 is a special experience for me because I’ve been to Sydney before as part of the Lahore Qalandars Player Development Program so I have a pretty good idea about what to expect, and how to play on the pitch. I know that the players there are good at cutting and pull shots, so I went down to the goal and that was the main reason for my success there. Obviously, speed plays a big role in every fast arsenal and our coach Aaqib Javed has worked very hard on that aspect with me. For me, the number that counts for fast-bowler is the average speed that can be obtained, and currently my average ranges from 143-146KpH. However, because I have a few months that I want because there are no cricket games, I intend to work hard and increase my average speed and aim to regularly reach speeds of around 155 KpH in the future.
Do you feel you have the ability to be a fast player in the Shoaib Akhtar print?
We all know how great bowler Shoaib Akhtar is and the fact that he works so hard to produce the speed he can during his playing days. Anyone who dreams of becoming a bowler like him needs to do the same thing so I am happy that at present, we have several bowlers who can reach the 140Kph + mark such as Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Musa Khan, Mohammad Hasnain and myself. With more hard work, we can all improve further and aspire to serve Pakistan in the same way as Shoaib Akhtar did in the past.
Which batsmen is the most difficult to bowl?
As far as Big Bash is concerned, I am in very good shape and feel that not many batsmen can get better than me, but my real challenge comes at PSL, mainly due to the fact that I was injured for most of the tournament. . My speed is lacking and my performance is also affected by a heel injury that does not allow me to operate as well as possible. It was more about self-preservation during PSL but the only batsman that was the most difficult to beat was Babar Azam because he managed to organize my bowling very well.
Tell me about an injury that made you unable to play all the games on PSL this year.
An injury to my right heel occurred during the first match and the doctors supported a six-week break for me at that time. However, I also played in the next match and the injury caused me further difficulties. Medical advice at that time was getting tougher and the doctors told me to stop playing or risk fractures due to stress. I stopped playing from that point and missed the next few games. I felt a little better after the break and the team did need my services and management asked me if I felt good to play so I played three more games. However, it is clear that I struggled because of this injury and hence my performance was affected. The good news now is that because of the cricket cricket, I have time to recover and do rehabilitation work to be really fit every time the cricket is resumed.
Do you feel that the T20 format is the one that causes more injuries to the bowler than the other game formats?
In the T20 format for a bowler, there is definitely a need to exert 100% effort and energy in a very short period of time and it is therefore logical that the chance of sustaining injury is higher than in other formats of the game. Therefore, it is also true that fast-bowlers are always vulnerable to injuries due to the nature of work so that injuries can occur at any time during a series or tournament, and in any game format.
Do you think you have a good chance to enter the Pakistan T20 World Cup squad?
Even when I was playing at the BBL, my mind was focused on good performance to try and get a place in Pakistan’s T20 World Cup squad. Given that the World Cup will be held in Australia, my goal is to perform well at BBL in the same country to show everyone that I understand his condition well, and I am happy that I can make a mark at the tournament. This also resulted in me making my debut for Pakistan against Bangladesh and, God Willing, can help me get a place in the World Cup squad as well.
In your opinion, how inspirational is your career development for young cricket players in Pakistan?
My progress toward top-class cricket is unusual. I have never played hard football or a cricket club until, thanks to the highest efforts of Lahore Qalandars, I was chosen by them in their 2017 Player Development Program trial. I will always thank Lahore Qalandars for putting their trust in my ability and giving I had the chance to prove myself. I hope my story will inspire many young people to follow their dreams and to never give up on your hopes and ambitions. It will also show them that there is a way for them to play for Pakistan as long as they have the right skills, talents and willingness to working hard to achieve their dreams.
How impressed are you with Shaheen Shah Afridi’s progress?
Shaheen Shah Afridi and I have been bowling in partnership for almost two years at PSL and we have a great combination, where we complement each other so well. I must say that I have not seen in any form of cricket, the type of mantra that Shaheen achieved during PSL 5. His attitude that I never say die is that I have not seen in many others and you can judge it by the fact that he plays for Lahore Qalandars and gave all he had while carrying a painful thumb injury. For me, he is a fighter to the core, and when he steps into the field, he is willing to give 100% effort to his team and inspire his fellow teammates to do the same. While I may be older in age, Shaheen is a senior to me because he has played more international games than I have. He was always willing to share his experiences with me on the field and even outside the field.
Do you feel unfairly labeled as a T20 specialist?
It’s really unfair to assume my skills are only suitable for T20 games. The fact is that like other players, I started my cricket with one format but that does not mean that I only focus on this format. As far as I know, I will play for Pakistan in any format where my services are needed. Yes, I have started my international career with the T20 format but given the opportunity, I will prove my courage in all other formats too, especially in the Test cricket.
What batsman would you consider your main challenge at the ICC World T20 Cup?
This is a World Cup competition, the quality of the opposition will be very difficult because the top players from each country will play in it so that all the batsmen will find it hard to give up. But seeing the top T20I players in the world, the biggest challenge will come from people like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. To do well against high-quality batsmen will do wonders for my confidence and honestly, based on my experience at BBL, I must be able to do well in the World Cup if given the chance. It is my nature that I don’t let the batsman dominate me and that’s what I did very well at BBL 09 even with quality batsmen like Steve Smith, because I didn’t let him pressure me at all.
Does the prospect of participating in Pakistan’s clash with India in the ICC T20 World Cup excite you?
It is a fact that every match between Pakistan and India comes with special pressure and tension. The pressure is equally high on both sides with supporters of each party who want to win in any way. For me, any game like that between Pakistan and India that has more pressure in it produces the best in me. I say this based on past experience, where I have performed well when faced with extra pressure, and this match, if I get the chance to play in it, will not be an exception for me.
How do you keep yourself busy during these days when there are no crickets because of the Coronavirus Pandemic?
This is a very difficult time for all and my prayer is for everyone’s safety. For us sportsmen, who are used to living outside the home, this is a difficult time because we need to stay in shape and fit with most of staying indoors. We manage by doing exercises at home and some outdoor activities such as cycling so we are ready as much as possible when cricket starts again.