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Muhammad Nouman

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An Engineering student by academics. I love to write about cricket and wants to continue as a sports journalist. Huge fan of MS Dhoni. As a Pakistan Cricket team fan, Imran Khan is my ideal

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This list doesn’t rank one bowler over another, these are just 4 great bowlers of this era.

The fab four of fast bowling

I have mentioned that I picked the players who play all three formats or couple of them. Neil Wagner plays only Test cricket that’s why I haven’t considered him in this list.

The fab four of fast bowling

I’ve made this list considering their recent performances across all three formats during the previous years, not on the basis of their entire career.

The new fab four of batting... and Steve Smith doesn't make the cut

My apologies, I have written wrong about Smith because I had written that about Joe Root and mistakenly named Smith.

The new fab four of batting... and Steve Smith doesn't make the cut

I agree with all your comments that Steve Smith is no doubt the best player but he has not some exceptional performances in ODIs and T20Is in recent years. He had the best Ashes series as I’ve mentioned but I was making this list considering the performances across all three formats during the previous year. David Warner was just two or three runs short of becoming the leading run-scorer in ICC world-cup 2019 and had a fantastic home season scoring a triple century against
Pakistan in Tests. And Babar is currently number 1 in T20Is, number 3 in ODIs, and number 5 in Tests so due to his remarkable performances during the last year I’ve included him in this list. I have made this list considering the performances across all three formats during the recent years, not on the basis of technique and overall career.

The new fab four of batting... and Steve Smith doesn't make the cut

Bangladesh has a strong limited-overs team but they are lacking in Test cricket because of not having some good option in their domestic cricket. There are some exciting talents as you mentioned but they are not yet exposed to the greater audience.

What if Bangladesh had to field a team in all three formats at the same time?

Hafeez is not included in any team and it is interesting to see some young guns making into the Test team. And I think Sohail Akhtar could be the captain of the T20 team because he has captained Lahore Qalandars in this PSL and a 39-year-old should not be captain of the young boys format.

What if Pakistan had to field a team in all three formats at the same time?

No doubt he is the only piece and these players come once in a century

Is Babar Azam the next Javed Miandad?

Yeah, he is an impact player and the whole team relies on him and I agree with you that if he would not get batting support then surely he will lose hope because still, the team will be losing despite his performances.

Is Babar Azam the next Javed Miandad?

Definitely he will make some new records in the world cricket.

Is Babar Azam the next Javed Miandad?

I am not suggesting a 3-year ban nor any ban but he was getting back to back chances in the national team despite his poor behavior which is a controversial thing. That’s what I am saying which Australia did with Symonds. Also, I have mentioned the comeback of Amir which enhances the confidence of young players that they will get back in the team after the ban is over.

Umar Akmal: Another wasted talent

yeah, he had a good New Zealand tour.

Umar Akmal: Another wasted talent

“Strict in its actions” in the sense that he should have got this ban earlier. He had just fined or dropped from the team and nothing more than that and that’s why he made several comebacks in the team. And in my opinion, discipline comes first no doubt how good a player can be.

Umar Akmal: Another wasted talent

Yeah, he could have achieved more.

Umar Akmal: Another wasted talent

Nice article man. I am also a big fan of Indian cricket and hopes to read more interesting articles about Indian cricket. In my opinion, Kohli is admiring the English brand of cricket by just keep smashing the balls and reach to 400 plus total in a day or four sessions but this approach doesn’t work perfectly in every match. Maybe he has now realized and will come back to a professional test cricket approach.

Cheteshwar Pujara and the importance of intent

It is the all-time T20I XI and I know Gayle is an explosive batsman but its record in international cricket is not good.

My all-time T20I XI

I have mentioned for those who have some extraordinary strike rate like Afridi, Russell, Maxwell, etc and also economy rates for bowlers like Umar Gul, Rashid Khan, etc.

My all-time T20I XI

As I mentioned that he had played cricket in the early days of T20 and was leading wicket-taker at that time. Also, he has a good average and great economy rate far better than bowlers you have mentioned. Jofra Archer, Starc has played very less cricket and I think its quite less to include him in the world XI.

My all-time T20I XI

You can check the stats and will find out that Sarfaraz has much better stats than any other keeper and is still has a great career ahead.

My all-time Pakistan Test XI

That’s the conflict of opinion now.

My all-time Pakistan Test XI

Inzi was the third leading run-scorer for Pakistan in Tests and he should be in the team. Majid And Zaheer is debatable and as of spinners, I think Pakistan played most cricket in Asia and that’s why I have gone with two spinners.

My all-time Pakistan Test XI

Actually I was also thinking of that but stats of Majid is not justifying because of playing less Test Cricket at that time. He was a terrific player and as you mention that he scored 500 runs in a series against a strong West Indian attack.

My all-time Pakistan Test XI

You can check stats and his batting average is below par. You have to view different aspects to make all-time XI and I think Sarfaraz Ahmed has average keeping but his batting average is far better than him.

My all-time Pakistan Test XI

You are missing Hanif Mohammad and I think this a crime that you are missing a legend like him in the all-time XI. These players come once in a century. And Inzamam-ul-Haq is missing who is the third leading run-scorer for Pakistan in Test cricket

My all-time Pakistan Test XI

Yes you are right but Majid Khan has played in the 1960s and 1970s and at that time Pakistan played very less Test Cricket and that’s why stats are not showing his class otherwise he was a classic batsman.

My all-time Pakistan Test XI