The Pakistan Cricket is known for producing some really great pacers such as Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar, etc. and even today they boast of having some really good fast bowlers such as Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, etc. but still they are not able to perform well in the recent times and that too at their home turf.
International cricket has returned to Pakistan after a long time; presently the Pakistani team is playing its first test match of the 3-match test series against New Zealand at National Stadium Karachi and most probably, the match will end in a draw.
Test series against Australia
Before hosting the Kiwis, Pakistan hosted England and prior to that, it played a test series against Australia. Pakistan lost the 3-match test series against Australia by 0-1 as the first two matches ended in a draw and the third one was won by the visitors. In this series, Pakistani bowlers conceded more than 1500 runs which is certainly disappointing considering the fact that they bragged about having world class bowlers.
Test series against England
After hosting the Aussies, Pakistan hosted England and this 3-match test series was no less than a nightmare as the visitors whitewashed the series by 3-0 and the Pakistani team and PCB got slammed heavily by fans. Though Pak spinners seemed to be troubling the English batters, the pacers failed in making any impact in the whole series.
Failure of bowlers against the Kiwis
If we talk about the performance of Pakistani bowlers especially against the Kiwis in the first test match, then disappointing is the word as the visitors managed to make a huge score of 612/9 in their first innings. Pak spinners Abrar Ahmed and Nauman Ali shared 8 wickets between themselves as the pacers once again performed pretty badly.
Stats shared by a Pakistani analyst:
Many times we have heard former Pak cricketers talking about their fast bowlers and their superb bowling but in the series against Australia and England, Pakistan’s pace bowling got exposed. Recently a Pakistani analyst shared some stats regarding Pakistan pacers and it is quite shocking to be honest.
As per the stats, in the last 3 test matches, the Pakistan pacers have managed to take one wicket in 77.4 overs at an average of 320.00. The analyst shared the tweet with the caption, “This is not good”.
This is not good! pic.twitter.com/959cHmFWGv
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 28, 2022
This was a great opportunity for the Indian online users to troll Pakistani bowlers, especially because they are known for producing pacers who bowl at a speed of 140-150 km/hr. While some Pak online users blamed the pitches for losing the last 4 test matches, few said that there were fitness issues as many cricketers are suited for white ball cricket only.
Here are some selected reactions:
So called the land of Fast bowlers…apne muh miyan 🦜 bane fir rhe hain..😂😂 Last 4 matches me jo kutai Hui hai janab …ab bas dekha nahi ja rha
— M@K222# (@MK22210) December 28, 2022
— WhySoSerious 👨🎤 (@Mohit_2207) December 28, 2022
Humne toh suna tha Pak ke har gali se 150+ km/hr bowler nikalte hain, Kam se kam 140+ km/hr hi dikhwa dete test matches me, ya sab ke sab 4 over wali cricket khelte hain waha?
— Turtle of Dalal Street!🔆 (@troll_slayer21) December 28, 2022
The problem is bowling we just can't take 10 wickets against quality oppositions, our best bowler shaheen doesn't have a fifer against sena opposition
— huzaifa (@Penpencil19) December 28, 2022
But pak has 150+ bowlers in every gali mohalla..where are they?
— Manish (@Manish_Parashar) December 29, 2022
Just need the same surfaces in international cricket which we have in first-class cricket really. We have been so bad at producing Test match pitches this year, it's appalling.
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) December 28, 2022
Pr bhaijan humare vale toh 150+ phekte hai 🤣🤣… Biggest fast bowling roaster in the world 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/b62acuCtsQ
— Slog-Sweep (@uzaifffffff) December 28, 2022
Jab mai bolta tha toh mirchi lagti thi ap logo ko 😂https://t.co/7RaaqpZ4SJ
— tea_addict 🇮🇳 (@on_drive23) December 28, 2022
Lekin bhaijan lumber 1 lace factory.
150+ phekte hai hamare bowlers
— 🎶 (@reddysaab__) December 28, 2022
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