Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Inside Jaffar's Monitor

I believe Shahid Afridi made Saleem Jaffar's job easier after he stroked a 36 ball 59 in an effort to chase the target that Federal Areas set for Sindh on the final day of their Pentangular Cup match.

Federal Areas declared their 2nd innings on 411-3, setting Sindh an unlikely 367 to get in 50 overs.

Sindh's innings started off well with Khalid Latif and Khurram Manzoor giving them a fiery start but 2 quick wicket pegged them back.

Afridi, the Sindh captain, found the perfect time to come back into some form as he shared a 116 run partnership for the 4th wicket with Khalid as the two tried to up the tempo.

However, once Afridi left after smashing 6 boundaries and 2 sixes, the target seemed out of reach and Sindh ended the day on 247-4.

Jaffar would have been pleased with Afridi's performance as well as that of the other players on his Watch Monitor.

He should be thinking on these lines:

Umar Gul [21(15), 6-39 & 1-32]: He seems fit enough. We need to put him on a training program with the proper diets and excercises. Mental Note: take a leaf out of Shane Watson's book.

Sohail Tanvir [45(74), 5-100 & 1-23]: Why did I put him on a watch again? He has no fitness issues. His form has always been good. He needs to be disciplined thought. Mental note: Keep away from Shoaib Akhtar and Shane Warne.

Shoaib Akhtar [18(26), 2-43 & 1-51]: He seems fit but he got hit around by 20 year olds. He is past his prime. We should not burden ourselves with him anymore. Mental Note: No future.

Shahid Afridi [17(21) & 59(36), 1-55 & 0-96]: I should tell him that I was wrong asking for him to improve his batting form. He should continue concentrating on his bowling. Mental Note: Improve batting but not at the expense of bowling.

Faisal Iqbal [32(75) & 19(47)]: I wonder when he'll achieve his potential. Mental Note: Watching him only for Javed bhai.

This is what I think he should be thinking but he very well could be thinking that Gul and Tanvir need to improve their form and fitness because they are always under par in international matches and that Shoaib is their biggest fast bowling hope and that Afridi should have won that match instead of throwing his wicket away for 59 and that Faisal is Pakistan's middle order future!!

Think again Jaffar sahab!

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