Sarfraz Ahmad
Sarfraz Ahmed was the only Batsman who played with no fear and utilizing all the skills and talent: Getty Images

A score of 8 for 97 does not just happen. It is as much an unavoidable response to history and the inevitable continuation of it, as it is to geography. No country in the world has so exposed Pakistan’s batting as Australia; no state provides conditions as opposed to those a Pakistani batsman finds in his country.

Don’t rely on us, see these stats, they speak on their own:

  • 106 all out, Sydney, January 1973
  • 62 all out, Perth, November 1981
  • 107 all out, Melbourne, January 1990
  • 97 all out, Brisbane, November 1995
  • 72 all out, Perth, December 2004
  • 139 all out, Sydney, January 2010

But let’s talk about the Gabba Test.

Australia ended its first innings after scoring 429 runs with Smith and Handscomb scoring centuries.

It was not the rocket science which needed to be implemented as soon as Pakistani openers padded and started the innings. It was the patience and the wait for the bad delivery; that was the requirement. But Pakistan failed miserably; everyone was in a hurry, and no one was there to show some skills.

It is now evident that Pakistani batsmen need some psychological with the team.

Cricket is not the game which is only played in the field with the talent and skills, it is a decent mind game like chess, where you have to access the situation, and you have to play at your high points. You have to tackle the bowler and all the fielder; you have to support your partner. And Pakistan cricket team always fails to do so.

Azhar Ali, Younis, and Misbah, all big guns failed miserably.

Sarfraz Ahmed once again proved that how to play according to the requirement of the game. The guy has the guts to play for Pakistan for a long term. He is the wicket keeper batsman Pakistan requires must for upcoming years.

Gabba Tests raises many questions over fitness and fielding of the players.

Sarfraz and Mohammad Amir began with an enormous task merely to prolong Pakistan’s innings, let alone avoid the follow-on. With a combination of quick singles and the occasional boundary, they were able to take their ninth-wicket stand beyond 50.

Sarfraz’s wide array of shots included slog sweeping Bird, leading to one dropped catch by Nic Maddinson at the deep-backward square leg, before the innings concluded when Warner ran out Rahat by the width of a shadow over the crease.


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