Rome wasn’t built in a day
Pakistan are going about building their team strength the right way despite losing the 2nd test match. The slow strike rate by the Pakistani batsmen must be seen as a positive and they must continue to bat in the same manner to improve regardless of results in this series. The tried and tested method is to go out there and try to score quick runs, which in the case of Pakistani batsmen only leads to their downfall. We always hear captains say improvements don’t happen over night. But do we really understand this statement? I think not. This is because the same mistakes have been happening over and over for the last 4-5 years. The key to gaining confidence is by spending as much time as possible in the middle, this cannot be replicated in any training sessions or methods. But we hardly ever see these plans being deployed. If Pakistani batsmen continue to stay in and not worry much about the runs, sooner than later the confidence will grow, they will start to believe in themselves that they can indeed stick it out and be very good at it, they will have learnt the patience game in test cricket which has been missing for far too long in the mindset of Pakistani batsmen.
The batsmen make the same mistakes over and over again, not learning from mistakes is a stupid and good bowlers will make batsmen pay for that stupidity. The slow strike rate in Pakistanis first innings would usually be criticized only for Pakistan to come out in the 2nd innings to try and be aggressive only for them to get them selves out again. Where is the learning in that? Where is the plan? Where is the commitment to improve? It’s just going around in a circle. This approach of slow batting will help Pakistan improve and they must keep doing it, its better to lose in a fashion where you are trying your hardest to learn and improve rather than losing due to the same mistakes happening over and over again, there is no sense in that. That indeed would be as a Pakistani coach recently said, “ retarded”. We know Pakistani batsmen lack patience and concentration, and up until now I have not seen them try to work on this. I wish for the sake of Pakistan cricket, the PCB, Salman Butt and Waqar Younis will persist with this batting line up and encourage the batsmen to stick to the plan. We already know that putting extra pressure on batsmen doesn’t work. If they have to worry about their place in the team, it will affect their performance, Lets give them a long undisturbed run, lets take the Australian approach of sticking behind the players. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the Romans had a plan and they stuck to it, and once they got the hang of it…they conquered the world.