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Should Akhtar play again in this World Cup?

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Mercenary, Mar 26, 2011.

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  1. Mercenary
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    Mercenary The Lone Wolf

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    If we think with our hearts then however hopeless Akhtar has been in the last half of his career, most of us would still want to see him get a chance to play in another World Cup semi-final.

    We'd want to see him revive his rivalry with Sachin and India. We'd want to see the Express leave the station one last time.

    But if we think with our heads, can we really afford a burnt out 145 kph bowler. Someone who looks like he's just walked out of a car crash after the 4th over he's bowled.

    If we need him at the death of the innings then he is too tired to bowl yorkers and ends up feeding the opposition juicy full tosses.

    So which way would you go? Play Akhtar or let him carry the drinks.
     
  2. zeenix
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    Play Akhtar. And not because that will be his swansong, but because we Might be needing him against India in Mohalli.

    I am not so certain about the spinners ability against India. We would be better off having him bowling. The motivation would be there, since everyone wants to go on a high. So we can expect Akhtar to give his best.
     
  3. CORNERED TIGER
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    CORNERED TIGER Emerging Player

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    akhtar has 2 .....best record in india v india...of al the pak bowlers....
    its only 10 overs
    might b the last 20 overs ever .....4 him....if pk reach final
    he has 2 play
    there wnt be much of heat humaidity in mohali as comapred 2 in lanka!
     
  4. Fielding Coach
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    Fielding Coach Youngsta Beauty

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    True, heat will be less than in lanka. Akther should play to add some experience to the side. Big tournaments are won if you can handle pressure, and experience does help u handle it.
     
  5. iho
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    iho Smooth Operator

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    akhtar should play instead of Wahab who has looked ordinary in this WC
     
  6. Major
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    Major Cornered Tiger

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    Its a risky move, lets not forget his economy of 7 against NZ. Wahab has been bowling in the economy of 4 and he doesn't deserve to be dropped. Just cause Akhtar is retiring doesn't mean he should play.
     
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    Strike bowlers will go for runs occasionally, but will also get you wickets. In the end, wickets are what matters the most. Don't forget he had Ross out twice, only for Akmal to drop him. Had he been caught, he wouldn't have had that 7+ economy rate in the first place

    And anyways, Riaz hasn't been setting the world ablaze with his bowling either.
     
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    Major Cornered Tiger

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    Kamran even dropped from Danish kanerias bowling like 3 or 4 times. But hence Kaneiria gets dropped. So for the same reason we can bring back Kaneria into the team.
     
  9. Shahzad.Firdous
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    Shahzad.Firdous Cornered Tiger

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    Its a catch 22 situation for Pakistan cus in the absence of Akhtar its generally a disciplined attack that comes up whereas with Akhtar its often a one man show and all or nothing approach. he can either do something very sensational or leak a lot of runs. Specially now that Umar Gul is taking the new ball we have seen in past when Shoaib and Gul bowl together Gul tries to become Shoaib Akhtar and bowl quick and runs leak from both ends whereas with Akhtar there is always a chance of quick wkts early but as Imran Khan has suggested playing Shoaib then its the right thing to do Imran Khan can never be wrong so ill go with what he suggests. i think the combination is working perfectly in last few matches but might not work like this against india as its a pressure game and also cus india plays spin best in the world still i think Afridi and Ajmal are gud enuff to strike even against india
     
  10. Markhor
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    Markhor Talented

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    Heart says yes,head says no and stick with Wahab Riaz.
     
  11. BoomBoom786
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    I am sitting on the fence as to whether he (Rawalpindi Express) should play in the coming games or whether he should be left to carry the drinks.

    In my view, Wahab Riaz deserves a spot in the starting line up. He is an emerging talent and has a lot to bring to the team. I am dying to see Akhtar charge in with a fired up attitude for one final throw of the dice.

    Either way, he has had differences in the team and his fitness and form is questionable. Imran Khan has been pushing for his inclusion in the semis.

    At the end of the day we will have to accept the decision of the management and take it on the chin even if we may disagree with it. Akhtar has a chance to prove his fitness in the nets and if he is convincing enough he will get the nod of approval anyhow.

    Akhtar is a match winner as we all know, but he can be a liability and the management should not be forced to select him based on external factors such as his mid tournament retirement announcement. The management are in the best position to decide and we have to go along with it. Riaz is a skilful operator too and gives variety with his left arm angle, despite not being anywhere near his best in the previous 2 games.

    However, he has only done a limited amount of bowling in those games as a justification to him. Has been a touch rusty. Hopefully will be better if they continue with him.
     
  12. CORNERED TIGER
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    so wat if he went for 7 an over?
    razzaq went for over 10 in that match...

    need akhtar in team
    its not as if he was bowling poor
    u guys ave short memory
    u guys forgot his awesome display v lanka?
    n that bowled of jayawardena...

    any strike bowler can go for runs...
    i dnt care if shoaib goes 70 as long he picks up da wickets of sehwag sachin yuvraj dhoni
     
  13. attidude.asif
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    attidude.asif Emerging Player

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    yes he shud play juz cuz of his experience and he will definetly he will give his 110% in his last game....
     
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    Pakistanfan Youngsta Beauty

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    We need to play akhtar.india plays spin well.so chance of success of our spinners is very low.we should play 3 pacers.
     
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    Fielding Coach Youngsta Beauty

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    According to Basit Ali, Akther is actually not fully fit to play any more games.. He said believes that Akther has played his last game.
    Thats SAD.
     
  16. Major
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    I even want Razzaq to be dropped to.
    Honestly, Screw Akhtar and Wahab bring in Junaid Khan.
     
  17. Mercenary
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    Mercenary The Lone Wolf

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    Basit Ali is a complete rent-a-quote cricketer. Just call him up and he'll say something controversial to get you a headline.
     
  18. CORNERED TIGER
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    lol yeh so true
    just like sarfaraz nawaz lol
    r they twins lol
     
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    One last time, Akhtar vs Sachin, will show who is baap baap etc.
     
  20. CORNERED TIGER
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5upKt0RwCc]YouTube - SACHIN TENDULKAR IS SHOAIB AKHTAR BIGGEST "BUNNY" EVER[/ame]

    here it is....
     

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