Mickey Arthur compares Asad Shafiq with Sachin Tendulkar
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Mickey Arthur compares Asad Shafiq with Sachin Tendulkar

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said that watching 30-year-old Pakistani batsman Asad Shafiq bat led him to visualize Sachin Tendulkar.

Asad is a talented and stylish batsman. He scored a hundred in the fourth Test against England at the Oval that helped Pakistan to win the match and draw the series. The drawn series led Pakistan to the No. 1 rank in ICC Test ranking chart.

Arthur has coached South Africa and Australia. He said the diminutive right-handed batsman is so technically correct  that he reminds him of Tendulkar.

“Technically, Asad Shafiq is our best batsman,” Arthur said while talking to ESPNCricinfo.

“When he gets forward he is sideways on. Look at him: short, balanced, punches well off the front foot, cuts exceptionally well.

“At times I could almost visualise Sachin Tendulkar. That is high praise, and I have told him that.”

After the successful Test series in England, Pakistan will play a “home” series in UAE against West Indies, starting on September 23 with the first three Twenty 20 matches before three ODIs and the first  of three Tests on October  13-17.

Following the  West Indies series, Pakistan will tour New Zealand in November before the first of three Tests against Australia, day-night fixtures at the Gabba from December 15.

When asked if he is going to promote Shafiq up the order, Mickey said: “Technically your best player should be batting at No. 3. I was really impressed with Asad, who really wanted the opportunity to bat up the order. He batted up the order at The Oval after getting a pair in Birmingham. And then got a hundred, and that says so much for his temperament and skill.”

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