One of Pakistan’s most profitable captains, Mushtaq Muhammad, feels a sound construction is behind the spectacular rise of Indian cricket.The 76-year-previous, who is based mostly in Birmingham, mentioned that he was impressed by India’s success and progress as a cricket nation.
“They are ahead of Pakistan and some other nations now because they have developed a sound cricket system by not making too many changes to their structure, their domestic and international players are well paid and they have built a strong pool of players,” mentioned Mushtaq.
Mushtaq is credited with infusing a self-perception within the Pakistan crew and introducing a tradition of positivity and successful mentality among the many gamers when he turned captain in 1976.
Belonging to the well-known Muhammad brothers cricketing household, Mushtaq led Pakistan to a house sequence victory over India and New Zealand moreover twice successful Tests in Australia, in West Indies and beating New Zealand in New Zealand.
He was ousted and dropped as captain and participant in a mini-revolt by some senior gamers earlier than the well-known 1978/79 tour to India the place Pakistan misplaced the Test sequence.
Mushtaq, who later went on to grow to be the top coach of the Pakistan crew main them to their first ever tri-sequence one-day triumph in Australia and likewise to the ultimate of the 1999 World Cup, mentioned the Indian board had additionally accomplished effectively to not enable its gamers to play in any T20 league all over the world besides the IPL.
“That has helped them lots. They pay and look after their gamers so effectively that their gamers don’t thoughts this restriction and might give attention to India.
“Indian cricket is at high now as a result of look on the quantity of matches they’re taking part in at residence and they’re additionally getting higher on abroad excursions. In comparability Pakistan hardly performs common Test sequence.” Mushtaq additionally had nice reward for Indian captain Virat Kohli and batsman Rohit Sharma, calling them world-class performers.
“Kohli is lucky to have such a pool of players to pick from but he is still a good tactical captain. Technique wise also when I look at the Indian players they are moving ahead day by day.”
Mushtaq mentioned Pakistan’s high batsman Babar Azam was additionally a world class product however he was not getting the identical alternatives to showcase his expertise like Kohli or different Indian gamers.
“Kohli might be a better player and more experienced but Babar is a top batsman and in same league but he doesn’t get too many Tests in a year.”
Mushtaq, a reliable all-rounder who performed 57 assessments and 502 firstclass matches after making his check debut in opposition to the West Indies in 1959 on the age of simply 15, rued the truth that India and Pakistan weren’t taking part in recurrently in opposition to one another both at senior or decrease ranges.
“It is very sad for someone like me because I played a lot against and with Indian players and I learnt from them and they from me. It is unfortunate that politics has crept in and India doesn’t want to play bilateral matches with us. It is hurting world cricket,” he added.