I see some posters on this forum regularly complaining about bowlers converting into batsmen! I would like to get everyone's view on this one! Is that really such a bad thing? Can a bowler not convert into a batsman at all? My personal view is that if a person has started his career as a bowler, it does not mean that he cant convert himself into a batsman!! There is no fixed rule as such! Azhar Ali converted into a batsman! He got himself fixed first in trying to convert to a batsman! He clarified in his mind which deliveries he would block, which he will leave and which he will score of! He had nothing to do with deliveries outside the offstump! He made the bowlers bowl to him and within his range and when bowlers tried to attack him at the stumps bowled or lbw, he scored runs off them!! This is how he developed his batting in test cricket! He stuck to his task and did not get greedy with any of the offers presented to him although I dont think you got to be so rigid in your mind but sometimes you got to make a map in mind and stick to your game-plan which he did!! For adapting to odi cricket, he attacked those deliveries outside the offstump which he was leaving in test cricket!! Similarly, Shoaib Malik's idea was to score of each and every delivery in odi cricket and even in test cricket, he always looked to score runs all the time!! Wherever delivery would be bowled to him, he would use bat as an extension of his arms and place the ball in a gap!! Thats how he learned how to bat!!