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Saqlain Mushtaq Predicts a Different Fate for India in the Current England’s tour of India


Saqlain Mushtaq, spin bowling training and the veteran Pakistani cricketer

Saqlain Mushtaq has predicted a different fate for India in current England’s tour of India. India received the worst thrashing at the hands of the English in the previous series where India failed to secure a single win in any format of the game. What was worse was the that India were World Champions and Number 1 Test side according to ICC rankings. This started the satire about the Worldcup win, “It was at home, it doesn’t count”.

Saqlain Mushtaq, the veteran off spinner said that results could be quite different in this series with England in India. While talking about Indian team’s performance on the India’s  tour of England, has said, ‘It was the failure of the team and you cannot just blame the spinners. You didn’t have runs on the board and, in such scenario, the spinners can’t gamble”.

“The conditions were pacer-friendly and, as one saw, it was the pacers who did the trick for the hosts. So I don’t think it would be right to blame the spinners alone.” We saw Harbhajan wacked all around in the tour before he seeked shelter behind injuries.

Saqlain Mushtaq

Saqlain Mushtaq - Fastest bowler to reach 100, 150, 200 and 250 ODI Wickets and the only spinner to have taken two Hat-tricks

The holder of more than six bowling world records said that India’s performance in England was an overall failure and no specific department should be blamed. “The injuries made things worse for India as they could not field a full-strength. I am sure that if India did not have injury problems, the outcome would have been different. In fact, I am sure that things will be different when England visits India next month. India should have all their players fit and the conditions will also favour them,” he said.

Saqlain urged that the revival of Indo-Pak cricket series will be great as the entire world wants to see India and Pakistan play.

There are talks that Indo-Pak cricket could be revived with India hosting a series in February-March 2012.

“I personally feel that India and Pakistan should start a series on the lines of Ashes. But lets wait for the ties to resume first,” Mushtaq said.

Saqlain Mushtaq is one of the finest off spinners the world has seen. He is also the inventor of the Doosra and holds the world record for fastest 100, 150, 200 and 250 wickets in ODIs. He is the only spinner to have taken two Hat-tricks in ODIs and one of four bowlers overall to have done so.


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4 thoughts on “Saqlain Mushtaq Predicts a Different Fate for India in the Current England’s tour of India

  1. Why did Saqlain retire so early in his career. He was a spirited player.

    Posted by Naveed | September 20, 2011, 8:21 am
  2. Your are right Naveed,
    He became a victim of politics. He was only 28 when he was kicked out of the team for his association and closeness to Wasim Akram. Another reason was the arrival of Shoaib Malik who bowled with the exact same action and style as Saqlain and could bat as well. Shoaib was selected ahead of Saqlain but later Shoaib became an occasional bowler and became more of a batsman. But by then Saqlain was already heart broken and had transited to become a Spin Trainer. Saqlain also got the British nationality a few years back due to his marriage to British born Pakistani girl, there were speculations that he might be selected in English team but he never tried for that either. Had Saqlain continued to play, he might have went on to break Muralitharan’s record because he was taking wickets at a much faster rate than Murli and could have continued to bowl for upto 10 more years. He is still 34 but it seems it is improbable for him to return now.

    Posted by Cricblogger | September 21, 2011, 11:11 am
  3. Yes Cricblogger you are right Saqlain was the victim of politics in Pakistan cricket, he was the finest spin bowler ever Pakistan has produced and as u said inventor of doosro in world cricket, Salain’s phenomenal control meant that he regularly bowled at the death and never allowed opposition to score more runs of his bowling, Pakistan has lost many quality and good players for politics.

    Posted by karan sinha | September 23, 2011, 3:24 pm
  4. I really feel for such cricketers. Such wonderful talent wasted

    Posted by Cricblogger | September 23, 2011, 3:31 pm

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