Renowned Pakistan cricketer – Zaheer Abbas has recommended Pakistan batsmen should learn a thing from Indian batters — in a bid to understand the game when it comes to handling the trickiest situations in cricket.
Furthermore, Abbas, who is also known as ‘Asian Bradman’ reiterated that Indian counterparts had excelled whenever the team was in any predicament whatsoever. He further added that despite facing a trouble someone has put his hand up to see India home — and this is what he wants from Pakistan batsmen.
“You look at how Indian batsmen perform nowadays. Whenever the team is in trouble, somebody comes and scores. This is what I want Pakistan to learn,” Zaheer Abbas revealed in a Youtube programme – Cricket Baaz.
The legendary batsman Abbas, who had served world cricket governing body – ICC, has recently been inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame, for his remarkable show in the game of cricket apart from his contributions towards world cricket.
I learned from observing batsmen: Zaheer Abbas
The 73-year-old Sialkot-born Abbas asserted that India had learned such niceties from Pakistan. Abbas subsequently remarked that cricket is all about learning from each other while citing the example of veteran Sunil Gavaskar, who believed in picking the brains of opposition batters.
“They [India] have learned this from us. What we taught everyone has been picked up very well but now it’s time we have to learn something from them. Gavaskar used to say that ‘you should always learn from the opposition too’,” Abass maintained.
Abbas, who slammed 109 first-class tons, further addressed that he had himself learned the niceties of batting from Hanif Mohammad and Rohan Kanhai, who was known for playing hook shots.
“I used to watch and learn from Hanif Mohammad, Rohan Kanhai. I didn’t go and train with them, I just learned after observing their batting,” Abbas said.
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More often than not, Abbas has hailed Rohit Sharma for his temperament. He further wants Pakistan batters to learn from him too on how he takes the game forward despite the team being in a precarious situation.
“If you say that Rohit Sharma is good. Then you should learn from him. Watch him, see how plays, observe his technique,” Abbas further added.
While speaking about various topics, Abbas has a suggestion for Pakistan – to set up an association for cricketers in Pakistan in a bid to play a significant role in terms of coordination between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and players.
Abbas also highlighted how things were managed during his team as a Pakistan player when no coaches were available. He further added that they have surpassed several records.
Abbas has himself represented Pakistan in 78 Tests and 62 ODIs between 1969 and 1985. He averaged 47.6 in One-dayers and 44.8 in the traditional format.