28 May 2011

Re: Aaqib Javed

Aaqib Javed observing bowling practice in 2007
(c) Faras Ghani
Well well. Sometimes people try to challenge my non-existent knowledge of cricket trivia and so I got asked "What are Aaqib Javed's best ODI bowling figures?" Ahhhm... who? I like these questions because they are about the only way to make me look up stuff every cricket fan should know about, no matter how late he or she joined the madness. Alright here's the answer:

7/37, Wills Trophy, 25 Oct 1991, Sharjah, final between India and Pakistan.
Aaqib led his side to a furious 72-run win over the Indians.

Aaqib, a talented fast bowler who could swing it both ways, suffered from the popularity of his now-legendary competitors and could never really start a proper international career beyond ODIs, however, in that match he must have come down like a hailstorm over the Indian batsmen and completely swept them away, as they in vain attempted to chase Pakistan's 262, in which Zahid Fazal had top-scored with 98, before he had to retire hurt, albeit not due to any vicious Indian bowling, and to which Saleem Malik contributed an equally powerful 87.

Ravi Shastri and Navjot Sidhu had survived the opening bowlers, but when Aaqib came on the wickets started to tumble. Sidhu departed in his first over, and in his third he removed Ghastli, Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar via hat-trick. Brilliant, especially if you consider that he was only 19 years of (Pakistani) age at that time. Sachin went for a golden. Strangely this does not fill me with a lot of schadenfreude... I'm telling you, my friends, these Indians, they have knocked me soft already...

However, the only batsman that had made it past 50 was Sanjay Manjrekar, the Man of the Tournament; this made me chuckle a bit because the scorecard looks pretty much like what the media types are doing nowadays... Shastri being largely useless, while Sanjay provides the substance. If this pattern indeed bears any prophetic relevance you will inevitably be dead worried about Sachin's future media career, haha.

Alright. Now I know something about Aaqib Javed. Good stuff. As Pakistan's current bowling coach he is certainly working hard on compensating the loss of Asif and Aamer, good luck with that.


Kudos @Zeeshan Ahmed from *[ I Am Zeeshan ]* for the video link.


Masuud said...

Welcome to the transitional phase, Wes. This is just a minor percentage of the gold showers of the 90s of Pakistan cricket.

As for Aqib, he was a good enough bowler who could walk in any side for his talent. It's not his fault he couldn't come out of the shadows of those who he played under and with, it was just immense for any other player then. Cheers for this one.

Anonymous said...

Hey - I am certainly delighted to find this. great job!

Aditya said...

Good article! You should have added sidhu too with his 'media' career :D Fear for sachin now ..lol

One thing remains constant, the umpiring standards :)

Sidthegnomenator said...

So you're working on joining the nutty statistics know-it-all leagues, huh? It won't be long before you're sitting at county matches filling in every inch of the scorecard.

And just so you know, I'll be sitting three rows behind you writing a piss taking blog post about it :-)

Wes ~PFCNFS~ Blog said...

Cheers peeps thanks for your replies, Masuud yeah I figured that.... what a cornucopia of bowlers and nowadays I, pardon, we, mourn the loss of Asif

Aditya I did not even know he had one... I know nothing (as usual) ;)
Some Indians, after viewing the footage, had to admit that one of the hattrick balls was out!

Sid, no way... if only to avoid you from mocking me :P

Suhas said...

Aaquib certinly loved playing India - the 7-37 happened just before I started following the game, but he once again demolished an Indian bating lineup in Sharjah with 5-19 in 1995. That was quite something to watch..those were the days when India generally came off second best against Pakistan, especially in those Sharjah games.

Anonymous said...

This makes perfect sense!