Saturday, May 22, 2010

Omer's Pathetic Innings Costs us the Finals

Omer's shockingly slow innings became the prime reason for us losing the finals. Going at number 4, he was neither able to get singles and doubles nor had the ability to improvise and get some required boundaries amidst some tight bowling by Kiran's faster bowlers. Omer stayed planted deep in the crease which allowed the Kiran's bowlers to make him play in the heavily protected V. His inability to play square of the wicket, resulted in him scoring just 9 runs off the first 21 balls he faced. This put undue pressure on Erfan who was batting magnificiently at the other end. An asking rate of a manageable 7 runs per over, was converted to 10 per over, during Omer's innings. With a batting line up going to number 10, Omer, who it seems has more ability to talk rather than show, failed to play an innings for the team, putting immense pressure on the remaining batsmen. He eventually ended his innings at around 30 runs off 40 deliveries.

Waqar's captainship also left too much to be desired. Going in with 10 regular batsmen, he was unable to push his batsmen to play more aggressively and take risks therefore the selection didn't match exactly with the plan (if there was one). Bowling was also shoddy at times and we gave a lot of needless runs.

His inability to judge a player also came to the fore, as ordinary players with extra-ordinary ability to market themselves, are given more chances in the team. He remains a captain with no ability to judge the game of a player.

Anyhow it was a big achievement for Agility CC to come to the finals this year. Only last year we were unable to impress anyone with our performance in KCA. Credit of this year's impressive show goes to Khurram Salahuddin, who had the most difficult job in Kuwait Cricket i.e. putting eleven good players on the field. He brought in some new players and ensured that we had the best available 11 players on the ground.

During the tournament, Erfan and Asif impressed with the batting and Nisar impressed with his bowling, as we reached the finals without any loss.

Captaintainship of Kiran International also impressed me in the finals. He used his resources impressively and never gave a chance to any of our players to dominate.

Winning and losing is part of the game, but the purpose is to learn from our mistakes and improve our game and vision of the game. If ever an Agility team is fielded again, it would be good if we come back strongly and put consistent impressive shows.

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