Thursday, May 20, 2010
Saj Mahmood and Stokes
I see that Saj has again performed reasonably well against Warks not just as a bowler, but as a batsman too. He has been a real enigma as he has the potential to succeed, but even after playing 8 years of CC has struggled to make his mark at the highest level.
I saw him for the first time on T.V in a 40 over game against Hampshire about 8 years and straightaway I could see a tall guy who could get a bit of awkward bounce and has a bit of pace, but he has been disappointing for England. The problem with Saj is, he tries too many things like slower deliveries or bouncers instead of looking to mainly bowl at a good length spot with the odd fuller delivery to get the edge.
In the exciting match against Warwickshire, I heard on the commentary that he bowled a superb yorker to dismiss the dangerous Carter, but that is Saj for you as he can bowl a awkward bouncer or a fine yorker, but can't bowl decent line and length. He has shown some good form with the bat too, but the time seems to be running out for Saj as just recently in SA in a couple of t/20 matches he again couldn't bowl decent line and length and got smashed around. Selectors can't continue to give him chances forever. He has already played 8 tests and 26 onedayers and averages almost 40 in both forms of the game.
On the other hand, the young Stokes has been in great form with the bat for Durham as he has averaged 74.66 for the Durham side! I have seen him bat only a few times, but he does look like a good prospect though, has to improve as a bowler. Stokes surely has a bright future ahead of him. Hales is another young player who has done well this week by getting a crucial hundred against Hampshire. It is also interesting to see that after leaving Lancashire, Mullaney is doing very well for Notts.
It is always good to see young players doing well in CC and I hope that the likes of Stokes, Mullaney and co. continue to do well and play for England.