Originally Posted by aussie
Facts dont tell the whole story. Yes his FC record may not be the greatest, but not all players who have had fantastic FC records have gotten picked immediately. Look at Panesar, Johnson for recent examples both were picked based on potential not fantastic FC stats and gradually the have shown they are capable of doing well on the international stage
Fair point, but Mahmood does have wicket-taking ability. Bowlers of his ilk who are bowl very quickly aren't the most accurate or economical, they make up for it throught their ability to take wickets i.e Akhtar vs England 2005. Yes Mahmood hasn't shown tremedous wicket-taking ability to date in his international career, but like Harmison who is a very similar type bowler to him, Mahmood just needs one major series to sringboard him into the right direction & he'll be fine IMO.
I ain't no expert on bowling actions, but i've seen worst than Mahmood, i.e Malinga, Tait, Edwards, Mohanty, Wickramesinghe to name a few off my head, Mahmood action looks fairly simple to me. He does deserve a place in the side because he is one of the best fast bowlers in the country even if his figures on the international stage don't justify his place in the side ATM. Just give him time..
Firstly how you can compare the pace of Akhtar and Saj is mindboggling. Saj can hit mid 140s. Good pace but not going to scare too many people.
Harmison and Saj are very different bowlers. Harmison hits the deck at lot harder and they bowl completely different lengths
You seem to ignore the fact that there isnt anything to back up Saj as being any good. The only evidence you seem to give is that others have not had stellar records or actions have done ok. Well that means nothing. There are plenty of bad bowlers who are exactly that. People fall in love with what Saj supposedly offers without realising that that is not what is important. Its about production and potential to produce and he doesnt have it in him and there is nothing to suggest he does.
The final statement is funny. How is he one of the best fast bowlers in the country? What has he ever done to deserve such recognition? It makes me wonder what people think the important aspects of being a successful bowler are.