Ahmed Shehzad - Really Good Find

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  1. HashiBaba
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    Apologies if there is already a thread on him (please merge this if so)...I had a look but couldn't find one.

    I have been really impressed by this kid. Since his come back into the side he has scored over 1000 runs in 25 games with an average of 41. He already has 5 centuries to his name but for me the key is that he seems to have so much time when batting, has a beautiful eye and never needs to hit the ball too hard. He has all the shots in the book and doesn't need to slog either; his controlled aggression and ability to hit aggressive shots along the ground (not in the air!) is a key strength and a vital one for an opener too. Seems to have really matured since his comeback.

    Only downside to his game at the moment is that he tends to get a bit bogged down early in his innings when he struggles to pick the gaps or work the ball around for 1s and 2s- preferring to deal in boundaries. This is obviously an area he needs to work on (just to add- I think Shehzad is the just the kind of cricketer who would really benefit from a stint of county cricket- hope he gets it this coming season or next- unlikely I know as counties tend to prefer our bowlers!)

    But Pakistan cricket is full of such hopeful starts and disappointing finishes. What does the future hold for Shezzy? Could he be the answer to one of our opening slots for the next 10 years or will he join the growing list and end up on the dust-pile of forgotten failures?

    He's obviously in good form at the moment and long may that continue!

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    Best thing about him is that he is continuously learning and improving his game and his attitude towards game.

    Before he used to play stupid shots but now he plays some beautiful shots..no slogging but proper cricketing shots. Also a passionate and enthusiastic guy and a top fielder. We need such passionate character in our team.

    5 centuries at the age of 22 is a very good stat for any batsman, so no one can argue about his talent. He is massively talented and naturally gifted, just needs to work on few aspects of his game. There is one of my friend who backed Ahmed since 2011 tour of Newzeland and thinks that he will become Pakistan best batsman across all formats in future..


    This also shows that we have enough batting talent, just need to groom these guys.. Look at Shahzad, Umer, Maqsood, Fawad, Jamshed all talented batsmen with few limitations.
     
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    5 centuries in only 44 odis is a very impressive ratio, that too at only 22yrs old
    providing he keeps his head because in the past hes been a bit of a hothead, then there is nothing stopping him from surpassing Saeed Anwars 20 odi centuries imo
    a very good start to his test career too and a good T20 opener thus far suggests he has the all round game and talent to succeed in every format
     
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    Good to see that we have one opener sorted out in ODI. Hopefully he can continue to improve and also cement his place in the test squad as well.
     
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    Easily the best odi opener in country right now.

    He has come a long way since his comeback, clutch player against faster bowlers but needs to improve his game against spin big time, even half decent spinners make him struggle which is a sign of worry!! Best thing however is, he doesn't throw it away and always tries grinding it out. He may look selfish at times, but makes up for that with a late onslaught whenever he plays a long innings.

    His conversion rate is phenomenal, Maa shaa ALLAH... 5 tons at an age of 22 is just amazing. I don't want to imply that he's as good as Kohli cus he's clearly far from that atm, but he'll surely give Kohli good competition as far as scoring centuries is concerned.

    I hope he goes on to be Pakistan's highest run getter in Odi's and Tests, in shaa ALLAH

    P.s: He's going to be our biggest asset in next year's world cup, in shaa ALLAH.... His backfoot game is as good as anybody's, he's bound to be successful on bouncy tracks.
     
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    Good opener, lets hope he doesn't go down the drain Nasir Jamshed went. Both had immense ability.
     
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    I really like him as a fielder and a batsmen.

    I was shocked when he didn't celebrate his ton.

    Shehzad looks like Kholi :rofl

    Sometimes acts like him as well :rofl :rofl
     
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    The investment in him is paying off. Wasn't dropped after the Windies tour which is now reaping benefits. Superb talent and like Passionate Pakistani said, he's developed a broader array of shots with experience and is continuously improving.
     
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    He has matured a lot as well. Liked the fact that he didnt celebrate his century and remained focus on chasing down the target.

    Seen many people seeing a potential captain in him. Maybe..... Need to keep improving. Always something to learn.
     
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    He has been playing well.
     
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    There's a definite attitude change. Previously he was more active on twitter than the stupid Rehman Malik and now since the training camp no tweets or retweeting of his dim-witted female adulators :)
     
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    I remember following a game in 08/09 when he played an SL XI which had Murali in it and score a triple. Knew straight away he must be something good. His first series in 2009 vs Aus facing Brett Lee, though he didn't scpre much, showed he could cut is at the level. He played a few good shots and tried to gut it out. InshaAllah he will stay consistent and not mess up like Jamshed, Akmal etc. With shot selection
     
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    He is by far the best find for a opening position in a recent time.
     
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    I don't know why but I feel he deeply follows or at least tries to emulate his style on Afridi. Everywhere you see, if Afridi gets success, he's there to enjoy it, seems like a big role model for him. Maybe that's just something I took notice of.

    That victory against India at that situation might have impacted him to perform and stay put like he did against Bangladesh. Either way, he's a fantastic player and has definitely has improved as a batsmen from before and I hope he continues to do so for Pakistan in the future. He has all the shots in the book and will be a important player in the line up in the coming years. Wish him all the success!
     
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    He has never scored a triple, in that match he scored 146.

    Yeah i remember that series vividly, he did throw away some good starts too!! Salman Butt ran him out in his debut match :angry


    In shaa ALLAH
     
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    ehtesham do you have a mancrush over him ? :shrug
     
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    Not really!! used to be in love with his batting once, not anymore.
     
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    You have something for these young players like him, hammad,amin etc.. What's the matter fam ?
     
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    We could talk about that in some other thread :shrug
     
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    Very talented batsman but he should learn how to rotate strike in the initial overs. This is a must for a good opener. I am sure if he master the trade of taking singles he will become one of the best opener of Pakistan one day.
     
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    Salman butt average 36+ best after Saeed Anwar, :thinking he was good against Australia best team of the last decade,but no one is going to miss him because he cheated Pakistan.:
     
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    Wait till Imam and Aslam coming, hope they are good against English, Australian players Insh Allah
     
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    He is good. But like all Pakistani Batsmen he need to learn the importance of rotating the strike
     
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    I always thought Ahmed Shehzad the most talented from the young Pakistan batsmen over the past 5 years or so. Umar Akmal is a bigger/cleaner hitter but I think even there Ahmed Shehzad has a lot of ability MashaAllah. Nice to see ehtesham 's support and prayers also paid off
     
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    Ahmed is a very talented player but needs to learn how to pace his innings and play more aggressively
     
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    He is ehtesham cousin.. Do you want an autograph ?
     
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    I still pray for him as much as I did when I used to be his biggest fan. His selfish attitude off-late has let me down a bit, but I can't stop myself from praying for his success.

    Miss those days when I'd sit infront of my computer waiting for cricinfo ball by ball updates as he batted against srilanka A :lol

    It always feels good that I supported him when others didn't, not because his stats made a good reading but because he's a true match winner... Now that everyone supports him and my support isn't needed much, I decided to become his critic :p
     
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    Always healthy when a supporter can criticize a player, shows intelligence & maturity
     
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    Actually I started to hate him for his selfishness in windies tour/ SA in sharjah, but his ton in SA restored my confidence. I still feel he needs to admit that he can't play spin well enough and should work hard on it, if he stays in denial which he's doing right now, then he can't progress.
     
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    Commentator was comparing his game looks with Virat Kohli eh..
     
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    I love his passion for the game. He'll improve even further the more he will play. County cricket would do him good.
     
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    always rated him and wanted him to play.. has some imperious timing. Just the rotating of strike to improve.. has all the shots.
     
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    seems like Salman Butt when he first came. hope he doesnt end up like him. This guy has a bright future Inshallah. Just needs to focus and work hard
     
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    We will need the likes of AS and Umar Akmal in the coming 5-10 years. It's guys like these two who will take the Pakistan team forward.
     
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    Good player but I am not convinced about him yet. More suited to tests due to his good technique, not so sure abut odis and t20s. But I guess there is no one else to take his place.
     
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    He is a good player, yes. But we should be careful with his development, he is still young. Will be interesting to see how management will help him improve in years to come. But yes, very good find indeed!
     
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    On Tuesday, with a single to long-off off Abdur Razzak, Ahmed Shehzad became only the fourth Pakistan batsman to score five centuries as opener. He had taken 43 innings to reach that mark. Aamer Sohail, with whom Shehzad drew level, scored five centuries in 132 innings as opener.

    It was a significant moment. Since the days when Sohail opened with Saeed Anwar, Pakistan haven't just struggled to settle on an opening pair. They haven't even managed to settle on one name as a long-term option. They have given a bunch of candidates a large number of opportunities, putting them together in various combinations in the hope that they would work. They didn't, usually.

    Shehzad, however, might be different. For one, there's something about how he bats, how he looks at the crease. A lot of people have commented on a mild facial resemblance to Virat Kohli, but there's also a bit of Kohli about the way he sets up at the crease.

    He has got a similar upright stance, and, in recent times, has added a back-and-across trigger movement that takes him almost to off stump by the time the bowler delivers. From that position, like Kohli, he often plays the off-stump ball into the leg side off the quicker bowlers.

    Shehzad's follow through isn't as wristy as Kohli's, though, and his drives through the off side are achieved with a full-faced punch rather than a bottom-handed swish. At this stage of his career, he doesn't have the range of strokes Kohli does, and his strike-rate isn't nearly as impressive, but all of this, perhaps, might come in time.

    But apart from the way he looks, Shehzad has done enough in his still young career - even though he made his ODI debut way back in 2009 - to suggest he's different from other Pakistan openers of recent vintage.

    There have been two other openers in Pakistan's recent history who have averaged over 35 and scored multiple hundreds. Both of them, however, have been India specialists. Five of Salman Butt's eight centuries as opener came against India, and two others against Bangladesh.

    All three of Nasir Jamshed's centuries, meanwhile, have come against India. He averages 45.52 in Asia and 22.47 elsewhere. Jamshed probably deserves more chances at this stage in his career, but we don't know yet if he'll make it or not.

    With Shehzad, though, you get the feeling he will. His five centuries so far have come in four different continents, against five different opponents. It's a good-looking list: New Zealand in Hamilton, West Indies in Gros Islet, South Africa in Port Elizabeth, Sri Lanka in Dubai, Bangladesh in Dhaka.

    He took a while to get going against Bangladesh. When he reached his half-century, off the 87th ball he had faced, Pakistan were 127 for three. At that point, they needed exactly 200 runs to win from 133 balls.

    From there, Shehzad accelerated with a flurry of boundaries, and took just 30 balls to go from 50 to 100. After the match, when everyone was asking him about the Shahid Afridi blitz that powered Pakistan over the line, Misbah-ul-Haq had to remind them that other batsmen had played a role too. "After his fifty, the way he [Shehzad] picked up the run rate, it was almost 10 an over and he brought it down to eight. In the end it was a great combination of all these batsmen who really won us the game."

    Afridi does that to cricket matches, and to entire tournaments. It's sort of slipped under the radar that Shehzad is Pakistan's highest run-scorer in the Asia Cup, so far, and that he stands a chance to finish at the top of the pile overall. But if he keeps scoring runs as he has been, over recent months, Shehzad won't stay under the radar for too much longer.
     
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    I don't think it is about him being the long term answer. I think it is about him BEING the long term answer.

    Pakistan opening batsman department has taken a hit since the salman butt incident. We had many other players as well Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshet Imran Farhat all good class batsmen but failing to deliver the performance in crunch time.

    Shehzad very much blessed in the performance and charisma department. I think he needs to use this confidence and use it as momentum in rising himself up especially with the t20 worldcup in sight.
     
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    First of all, what is this Shehzad-Kohli obsession? I mean let the guy make his own name, at first it was just a bit of fun but now every commie is getting in on the act as well, "they are twins separated at birth etc etc" but now its translating into his technique and performance as well? There can be no comparison between the two as Ahmad Shehzad is an opening batsman whereas Kohli is a middle order batsman ( who has a far better record as well). It just adds extra pressure on the young guys when comparisons like this are made.

    To answer the thread yes he could be but he needs to perform for the remainder of this year, far too many times we have seen pakistani batsman in general come to international stage and perform straight away though fail as time progresses. Shehzad has already been around 5 years now so i think he has done well to not be found out by attacks of Srilanka, SA, New Zealand, West Indies, only team he has not played is Australia, the result of which we will find out later this year.
     
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