I am an opener and want to play as one: Hafeez

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    It has been over two years since Mohammad Hafeez ceased to open batting for Pakistan. And with Babar Azam taking the role of one-drop, he had to move further down the batting order.

    Since the shift, which came about during Pakistan's away ODI series against Australia in January 2017, Hafeez has rather been impressive in the middle-order (position four to seven). He has been averaging over 37 - which is almost four runs better than his career's - while his strike rate has seen a jump of 10 runs from his overall to 86. But, if it were to Hafeez, he would go back opening the innings.

    "Not really," he said, when asked whether his potential as a middle-order batsman remained untapped as he played as an opener for the major part of his career. "I am an opener and want to play as one. This team management had asked me to play an anchor role at number four because we have new openers who are growing and playing well. I play for the Pakistan team and try to fit in the role which is offered to me."

    The 38-year-old's blistering 37-ball unbeaten 57 against India in the Champions Trophy final at number five and an unbeaten 71 off 63 to anchor Pakistan's chase of South Africa's 266 at Port Elizabeth at number four earlier this year further consolidate his credentials as a middle-order batsman. Does this reflect that batting down the order suits him at the twilight of his career?

    "I am not a one-dimensional player," he said. "I believe I can play every kind of innings. On many occasions, in my career, I have delivered in tough and pressure situations. Since I have played as an opener for 16-17 years since the start of my career, it becomes very difficult to go down the order. I always want to have more overs so I can take upon the responsibility and win matches for Pakistan."

    With the modern-day standards now demanding batting units to score and chase totals in excess of 300 on regular basis, Pakistan's batsmen have largely struggled. Their struggles are often attributed to the death of power-hitters in their lineup. But, for Hafeez, the World Cup will be won by executing the basics with perfection rather than going for all out slog.

    "There's a lot of talk on it. But, I deny this notion," he said. "According to me, you have to play a good innings which should dominate the opposition after you have settled. You don't win matches by slogging. Rather you have to build an innings for which, I feel, we have all the resources. The boys have sound technique and have the right talent which is being groomed. I feel we have all that is needed [in the batting department] to click in the tournament."

    Hafeez sustained a fracture in his thumb while fielding off his own bowling during the PSL in February this year. He was anticipated to return to the game during Australia ODIs. But, due to issues surrounding his first surgery, he had to go under another which has prolonged his hiatus to nine weeks.

    "I have fully recovered now," Hafeez said. "I am getting the time, required to get back into the fold after an injury, and within a week I will be able to play full matches."

  2. SwingNSeam

    SwingNSeam Boom Boom

    Sep 12, 2010
    lol youre not and you shouldn't. 5-6 is your position.
  3. iZeeshan

    iZeeshan Whispering Death

    May 22, 2012
    oh bhai kya ho gaya hai, stick to your successes man

    Jesus are our players really that self unware
  4. Passionate Pakistani

    Passionate Pakistani The Don

    Jun 10, 2011
    Looks like he has been told that Haris will play as 4 witn sarfraz as 5 which means he will be on bench or wants to open.

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  5. Mohammed Bilal

    Mohammed Bilal Tracer Bullet

    Jul 17, 2017
    Oy Mickey let the man open.
  6. KingOfDoosra

    KingOfDoosra Sultan of Swing

    Jun 8, 2012
    It doesn't matter what you want to play as Hafeez - you will be in the middle order regardless

    Also, he fails to realise he is not the same Hafeez he was 4-5 years ago. Your reflexes slow down in your late 30s and as an opener you need to have fast reflexes.
  7. Del

    Del Cornered Tiger

    Dec 21, 2016
    Ya phir shuru ho gaya...

    Somebody needs to show his stats as opener vs. when he bats at no.4. Also, dont forget to have Steyn's picture close by ... izat raas nahi aati in logon ko.
  8. Dare2Dream

    Dare2Dream Talented

    May 4, 2010
    Senior culture of putting himself and what he wants above what is best for the team. He obviously sees his place threatened in the team and want to keep hogging the opening slot. Reminds me of the time when the team was looking to have Kamran Akmal play as a batsman ~2009 but he refused to let go of the keeping slot.
  9. Inswinger

    Inswinger Tracer Bullet

    Mar 6, 2010
    The team took 3 specialist openers with them so they can have you open? If you don't wanna play at 5/6 then let the team know so they can replace you now.
  10. Mohammed Bilal

    Mohammed Bilal Tracer Bullet

    Jul 17, 2017
    Fed up tbh of people having a go at Hafeez.

    Hafeez innings in NZ over past 3 years, 86, 41, 72, 63, 83. In 9 innings that's 5 decent knocks where as Malik has a top score of 30 also just recently in SA Hafeez made 50 and 71*, again what did Malik do? Hafeez bowls as well, I can go on and on and on, go check Champions trophy for instance. Hafeez is a combination player. Is Bangladesh a good team? No they are not but with Mahmadullah and Shakib they have the best team balance in the World, team balance is crucial however that doesn't mean go pick some 50/50 player.

    People have forgotten phainta received in Asia cup it seems. Inzi did these deluded people no favour by selecting a weaker team against Australia although even with main team Australia was ready to give us a phainta. Hafeez is a match winner please respect him and don't forget your aukaat as a cricket team.
  11. Patriot

    Patriot Kaptaan

    Oct 8, 2014
    another reason why you shouldnt believe what the media post. Read the full article first then match it with the heading
  12. ahmedwaqas92

    ahmedwaqas92 Youngsta Beauty

    Jan 1, 2017
    Ok......Have at it Bruh!

  13. Fireworks11

    Fireworks11 Kaptaan

    Sep 22, 2012
    Play wherever, he is gonna be pivotal in this batting lineup.
  14. Del

    Del Cornered Tiger

    Dec 21, 2016
    I dont understand how one can say that I am opener and want to play as one after these numbers.


  15. Mohammed Bilal

    Mohammed Bilal Tracer Bullet

    Jul 17, 2017
    Shebby seems to have same idea I had, you can't ban in match, lol. Hafeez will have to bowl even 90° if needs be and I reckon knowing Hafeez he will.

    Watch from 7.02 onwards and again 12.05 onwards.


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