DUBAI: Scores of 350 runs and above have become sort of a regular feature in the modern 50-overs cricket, with teams such as India and England not only scoring it but also managing to chase it down as well.
However, this has not been the case for Pakistani cricket, which despite showing significant improvement in their limited overs game plan for the past year or so, have remained a mediocre side when it comes to run making.
Former Pakistan captain-turned-commentator, Ramiz Raja gave his views on how can the side come on par with the demands of today’s One-Day International (ODI) cricket. “The side has the talent and ability to achieve 350 plus scores on regular basis. However, in order to attain this they have to change their game plan, show positive intent and need to identify power hitters among their ranks,” said Raja, while talking to Ramiz Speaks.
At the moment the team is dependent on Fakhar Zaman to maintain the pace of the inning, revealed Raja. In order to counter this, the remaining batting top order has to take the risks and maintain the ‘tempo of the game.’
“Zaman should not be your only hope, the entire batting line should understand that the game plan has changed and modern day cricket demands risk and scores of over 350 runs,” said Raja.
Furthermore, the team needs to improve a lot in middle phase of the batting inning, as the batting line should learn to enlarge their shot range and take risks. Whereas, the power hitters should take charge in the last ten overs, added Raja.