WHY IS YOUNUS KHAN GETTING FROM DUMMY TO GOOFY?
Presumptuous Pakistan Pushing Ahead – After a shaky start in the tournament, the unpredictable Pakistanis have brazened themselves out of the crisis and are on a more stable platform than they were yesterday. The team which is famous as, ‘injured tigers’ always fights back better and emerge victorious when cornered or, placed between “the devil and the deep.”
The whole world talks about the talent, skills and potential of the team that it can beat any team in the world on its day and plays like novices the next day. Why is there such an unpredictability, unreliability and inconsistency in its performance? There could be a few words to describe this aspect such as, emotional, moodiness, hotheadedness, lackluster behaviour, lack of unity, petty politics and placing too much importance on self-interest instead of team interest etc., etc. But, how come they suddenly gel into one unit and then play like pros? The think tank needs to examine these aspects and highlight them and most importantly resolve them.
The Super8 stage is about to start and I guess the “fun and entertainment” part is over by now, Younus Khan has to put up a strong and serous face instead of acting like a clown.
“Losing is not the end of the world, if I loose all matches even then I will smile.” Younus Khan said this after losing against Australia in Dubai. But, right now at least in the above photograph, he seems to be serious and that’s what his fans want him to be.
A few days ago after losing against England Younis walked up to the media briefing and without thinking what he is saying, blabbed out with a smile: “Twenty20 cricket is entertainment,” it was very difficult for most to understand whether Younis Khan was serious or was he joking? If he was joking, he should say first, its a joke!
After winning against the Netherlands in a very convincing manner he stood by that opinion. “In this form it is better to take it easy and have fun. It is like WWF.” Once again he said with an open smile.
By comparing cricket with WWF gives a dual meaning to that comment. In Pakistan they call it “Noora Kushti” which means the wrestling matches are fixed. Some experts after seeing Younus Khan’s unprofessional and incompetent behaviour off the field are saying, “his statement somewhat describes Pakistan’s attitude in the tournament – they are reluctant winners.”
Are they? I don’t think so, but Younus Khan is making it look like that because of his poor English and lack of communicative skills. By judging him from the way he speaks at the media briefings and at the post match comments he makes, one wonders what kind of communicative skills he has as a leader? Whether he can really inspire and motivate his team when he talks to them in the dressing room or, when he is talking about a plan or a strategy?
It seems there is no plan, by his own words which he keeps blabbing, he said: “The planning is simple: play your role and have fun,” and he laughed, when there was nothing to laugh about and the journalists were not smiling or acting jovial, they posed serious questions about Pakistan’s planning for the Super8 which is more tough and he replied: “We are slow starters but we have managed to reach the semifinals or even finals, once we are through the initial roadblocks in the past.”
Was he referring to the 1992 WC in Australia? He is no Imran Khan to talk about it. And, if he is talking about the 2007 T20 WC, at least there was some kind of planning under Lawson whereas, Intekhab Alam is a dimwit dolt who does nothing except blabbing to the media and giving some weird statements. Whereas, he should be in the thick and thin in planning and executing the team strategy and utilize the available resources to maximize the best result. Instead he too goofs up when talking to the media and, inside the dressing room he was like an obstacle to Fawad Alam’s inclusion in the playing XI.
Fawad Alam’s inclusion in the team adds more dependability in batting, bowling and fielding and he inspires his teammates unlike Salman Butt who acts like a negative pion with his slow batting and pathetic fielding. In every single match he drops a catch or two and also gives away a lot of runs. Therefore, it is Intekhab Alam’s job to help Younus Khan in choosing the right team. Younus Khan needs to be more professional rather than compassionate towards supporting senior players. He simply does not have the heart to drop a senior player in lieu of a junior player.
A professional player, especially a captain does not need to think in terms of junior or senior players, he has to judge his player by his performance and his form. He needs to identify his match winners and he needs to support them. In the post match briefing to the media, he praised Malik and Misbah and himself by saying: “What we need is for our senior batsmen to defend well. Today Malik was good at No. 3, followed by myself and Misbah, hence we could muster up 175.”
Actually, between Malik and Younus Khan, the run rate always slows down and in this form of game it is not good to slowdown after a breezy start. Pakistan were lucky that Shahid Afridi and Ajmal bowled well, otherwise 151 was not a difficult total for the Netherlands, they did better against England. And, he did not praise Afridi’s bowling at all. Only responded to a question by saying: “O ya of course he is bowled vary well today. ”
Younus Khan should remember that other teams in the Super8 stage will not be dominated by his bowlers like they did against Netherlands. So, he must concentrate on batting and, batting at a faster pace. Especially when he is there with Malik.
Ireland are not pushovers, they have once eliminated Pakistan from the WC in the Caribbean and Pakistan needs to play full strength and should not go slack or over confident at any moment.
The other two teams in Pakistan’s group are Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Pakistan had a good track record against both teams in the ODI but, lately both teams are in good form.
From the Sri Lankan side, Mendis has mesmerized the Pakistani batsmen and the other m&m i.e., Murali and Malinga always pose a threat to any opposition. Veteran Jayasuriya has found another explosive opener in Dilshan Tilakaratne followed by two dependable batsmen in Sangakara and Jayawardene, followed by two big hitters Chamara Silva and Jehan Mubarak, they are a very good side and they disposed off the Aussies.
And, NZ is a very, very balanced side and the two most dangerous players for Pakistan are Ross Taylor and Jacob Oram and not to mention the lethal bowler and able skipper Daniel Vittori.
What the Pakistan captain needs now is, to shelve this ‘fun and entertainment’ bit for a while i.e., till this tournament is over and play some serious cricket. T20 is fun and entertainment or, glitz and glamour for the spectators but, not for the players, they are professionals and are paid for this job. Their job is to play serious cricket, hit more sixes and fours which is entertainment for the crowd.
The IPL made the glitz and glamour to “shlitz” and gaudiness, if Younus Khan persists with his non-serious attitude he would be adding goofiness to the glitz and gaudiness.