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ICC World Cup 2015: Pakistan should believe in life after Saeed Ajmal

Anish Venkata
3.27K   //    15 Oct 2014, 11:43 IST
Pakistan still have hope en route to 2015 World Cup without their premier spin bowler

Disturbed, tied-down and severely jolted - something that can be minimally attributed to the state of dismay of Pakistan cricket.

In the immediate aftermath of how the course of events have progressed, a deemed conscious took to surface continually labeling Pakistan having a rather toothless bowling attack and whether the question to compete for perfection ahead of a World Cup event had diminished to a compromising level.

The choice of options can be very pleasing for a thought, considering the ifs and buts of Saeed Ajmal getting back on board to make his appearance in the World Cup. But that shouldn't be understood in isolation. The broader look to the situation should encompass the reality. No one would want to bear the pressure of a miscarriage with a few months left for the World Cup that could be strikingly fatal to the team and when it gets associated with the most premier player, the misery takes a further dent.

Saeed Ajmal – close to passing his peak

To be pragmatic, pointing out to an indispensable fact, Ajmal at 37 is ageing. The peak stage in Ajmal's career is fast approaching to an end. He might toil hard to recycle his career finding the lost touch but if he survives a setback again, will he be able to recreate his magic like before? A question so perplexed only time could answer.

This is certainly not super simple as evidenced by complexity. Ajmal’s return to cricket is presumed to be debatable. In the transition of reworking his bowling action wanting to return back arguably for one last World Cup appearance (by all possible means), he’s got the age factor to spate the burden. So contrastingly, this could be a boon for Pakistan.

The process in losing out a premier bowler should not be the occurrence of a change to the worse. Pakistan should start to believe in life after Ajmal. The stellar records Ajmal boasts is laborious for any other bowler to replicate but the resources to use seem abundant to unearth another promising talent.

Pakistan have promising fast bowlers

For the 2015 World Cup, going in with a team that does not include Saeed Ajmal is the most dejecting visual to even imagine. Here counts the mental adaptability that would forge a new legacy in Pakistan cricket to take it forward. In terms of everything they could deliver, Pakistan is armed with a lethal battalion of pace and swing. In Junaid Khan, Umar Gul and Mohammad Irfan they stand no less to the menacing threat of Steyn-Morkel duo and on pitches that vantage pace bowler with commanding perspective, the onus of responsibility shall rest upon them.

In spin, the void Ajmal leaves, it’s a grueling task asking for a like-for-like replacement. Zulfiqar Babar and Abdur Rehman, only contingent rank bowlers perhaps could fill as possible reinforcements. That should narrow down bursting out Mohammad Hafeez into the context. By curse or misfortune if Pakistan lose out Ajmal, Hafeez off-breaks could be really vital. Often bowled in tandem with Ajmal, Hafeez would be weighed down in portraying a role of a meticulous all rounder.

Ajmal’s wicket-taking capacity may loom in a larger size with the World Cup fast approaching, but Pakistan should embrace the bitter pill that there is still cricket staying beyond Saeed Ajmal. Not for the first time, has a team  been tangled in a position to counter the adverse of a situation. The loss of a prolific rated player in the team is common, but the teams moved on with newfangled ideas. A similar fate awaits Pakistan.

For now, there is a huge challenge for Ajmal to remodel his bowling action, giving it a legal effect as per ICC rules, but in entirety, the huge challenge rests with the Pakistan team to counter the falling perches and start believing in life after the fallen magician.

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Anish Venkata
A bad cricketer but an avid follower of the game. Hooked to writing on a sideline agenda.
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