Ramiz Raja has called Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq a “poor man’s MS Dhoni”. Ramiz Raja feels that Misbah-ul-Haq needs to bring ‘modern thinking’ to the side and urged the Pakistan team to play more aggressively and freely in the future.
Ramiz Raja suggested Misbah-ul-Haq leave his subdued approach behind and embrace Pakistan’s natural aggressive style of cricket while speaking in an interview on Cricket Baaz’s YouTube channel.
Ramiz Raja: Misbah-ul-Haq Was Also Restrained And Unemotional Like MS Dhoni
On 4 September 2019, Misbah-ul-Haq was appointed as the head coach for the Pakistan cricket team as well as a chief selector on a 3-year contract. Pakistan lost the Twenty20 series 2-1 and went down heavily in both Tests against New Zealand. They have also lost Test series in Australia and England under Misbah-ul-Haq. Pakistan however won both Tests and T20I series at home against the Proteas.
“Misbah-ul-Haq’s training and upbringing is different. Let me put it this way; he is the poor man’s Dhoni. MS was also restrained and not emotional. Misbah is also like this,” said Ramiz Raja.
The former Pakistan skipper added:
“Misbah-ul-Haq has to take a new direction because there is a need to set the GPS right for cricket in Pakistan because aggression is in our DNA. I think, at times, he gets too protective and he gets cagey as soon as we lose a match. We shouldn’t be afraid of hiccups and setbacks.”
Ramiz Raja Thought ‘Aggressive’ Ravi Shastri Was A Misfit In Indian Team And Ravi Shastri Took The Attitude To Coach India
Giving another example of how being aggressive has paid-off in modern-day cricket, Ramiz Raja praised Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. The former Pakistan skipper talked about how Ravi Shastri has stood out for his aggression ever since his playing days.
“When we played against Ravi, we felt he was a misfit in the Indian team because he had aggression. He was a go-getter, a team player ready to open and bat down the order. His body language was different. We felt he wanted to be an Imran Khan type player because we were like that,” Ramiz Raja observed.
“I think he took this attitude to the Indian team, and fortunately for him, the captain Virat Kohli is also like that. He is aggressive and expressive and this has made a big difference for the Indian team,” the former Pakistan skipper added.
Misbah-ul-Haq and his team’s next assignment is the tour of South Africa, where they will play 3 ODIs and 4 T20Is against the Proteas. The first ODI will take place in Centurion at the SuperSport Park on April 2nd.
The Pakistan team is slated to play three ODIs and four T20Is against South Africa and three T20Is and two Tests against Zimbabwe.
Test squad has the likes of Babar Azam (c), Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Tabish Khan, Hasan Ali, Shahnawaz Dhani, Nauman Ali, Zahid Mahmood, Sajid Khan
ODI squad has the likes of Babar Azam (c), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Saud Shakeel, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali.
T20I squad has the likes of Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali, Arshad Iqbal