Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal Biography 

Saeed Ajmal (born 14 October 1977 in Faisalabad) is a Pakistani cricketer. He is a right-arm off-spin bowler. Ajmal has played for Faisalabad since his debut in 1995 at the age of 18, also representing Khan Research Laboratories and occasionally Islamabad. After a successful season in 2007–08 for Khan Research Laboratories, he was named in Pakistan’s squad for the 2008 Asia Cup.[1] He made his debut against India, taking the wicket of Yusuf Pathan in an eight-wicket victory,[2] before taking two wickets in a ten-wicket victory over Bangladesh, although the team had no chance of progressing to the competition’s final.[3]

Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal

Saeed Ajmal’s hilarious interview 

Saeed Ajmal funny interview No. 2 

Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann Biography 

The truth simply cannot be told, and, if it is, trouble generally ensues.The England team director was responding to questions last week about Graeme Swann’s recently published autobiography, in which he made some mild criticism of Kevin Pietersen’s brief stint as a captain in 2008.

“There is no doubt that Kev is a good player, a really fine batsman,” Swann wrote, “but he was never the right man to be captain. Strauss was. Some people are better leaders of men and Kev for all his abundant talent is not one of those natural leaders.”

It is hardly vituperative stuff, but it was obvious territory for newspaper serialisation, and therefore follow-up reaction. Swann’s observations on Pietersen are actually little different from James Anderson’s subtler comments about him in his newspaper column last June.

“Losing the job clearly hurt and I’m sure he’d love another crack one day,” Anderson said, “but I’m not certain that would be the best thing for him. I believe he is actually much better suited to having a smaller but still important leadership role within the team, without the extra pressure of captaincy.”

The boys didn’t rate Kev the captain then. They were not exactly alone. The trouble is that you can bet Pietersen doesn’t agree. And he is still playing. Despite the ubiquitous protestations to the contrary, sportspeople are sensitive. It is bad enough when the critics are urinating into the tent from outside. For a team-mate to be doing so from inside is hard to take, especially under Flower’s the-team-is-all regime.

  Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann

 

Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann

 

Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann

Gunn & Moore Cricket – Production

Graeme Swann 5-110 vs South Africa 1st Test 2009-10 


Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi Biography

Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi (born 1 March 1980 in Khyber Agency), popularly known as Shahid Afridi, is a Pakistani cricketer currently playing for the Pakistani national team in the international circuit. He made his ODI debut on 2 October 1996 against Kenya in Nairobi[1] and his Test debut on 22 October 1998 against Australia at Karachi.[2] He is known for his aggressive batting style, and currently holds the highest career strike rate in the history of international cricket. In a recent survey, Afridi was named as the most popular cricketer in Pakistan.[3] He also holds the record for the fastest one day century which he made in his debut innings, as well as scoring 32 runs in a single over, the second highest scoring over ever in an ODI.

Style

His general style of batting is very aggressive and attack oriented and has earned him the nickname “Boom Boom Afridi” for his fastest One Day International century just in 37 balls. As of 22 May 2007, he has an ODI strike rate of 109.38 runs per 100 balls, the highest in the game’s history. This attitude has been transferred to Test cricket as well, with Afridi scoring at a relatively high strike rate of 86.13 in Tests. He has an approach to batting that can change the tempo of a game and inspire the mood of an audience, as shown when a mass exodus of spectators occurred in Pakistan in late 2005 following his dismissal from the crease. He hits many sixes long and high, favoring straight down the ground or over midwicket. A trademark shot is a crossbatted flick to the leg-side to a ball outside off stump.[8]. This explosive style has led to some memorable shots, most notably the first ever 12 in power cricket in 2002, where Afridi successfully hit the roof. [9] However, his aggressive style increases his risk of getting out and he is one of the most inconsistent batsmen in cricket. This is reflected by the fact that he is the only player to score more than 5000 ODI runs at an average under 25.

Bowling-wise, his stock ball is the leg break, but his armory also includes the conventional off break and a ‘quicker one’ which he can deliver at nearly 80 mph in the style of a medium-pacer. He bowls at a high speed for a spinner, resulting in lesser turn, and relying more on variations in speed. He occasionally sends down a bouncer to a batsmen, which is very rare for a spin bowler.

Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi makes 32 runs from 1 over vs Sri Lanka

Shahid afridi’s best innings ever 36 ball 100

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