Mohammad Abbas Reveals His Strategy Against Ben Stokes

Pakistan’s pack leader Mohammad Abbas has been a consistent performer for the team in the Test fold. Abbas is known to be right on the money with his line and length and he also hits the right areas to continuously breathe down the neck of the opposition batsman. Meanwhile, England’s talisman all-rounder Ben Stokes has been in the form of his life. Stokes scored 363 runs in the three-match series against the West Indies and he was always going to be a big wicket for Pakistan. However, the southpaw batsman could not get going in the first Test against Pakistan

Mohammad Abbas Reveals His Strategy Against Ben Stokes

Pakistan’s pack leader Mohammad Abbas has been a consistent performer for the team in the Test fold. Abbas is known to be right on the money with his line and length and he also hits the right areas to continuously breathe down the neck of the opposition batsman. Meanwhile, England’s talisman all-rounder Ben Stokes has been in the form of his life.

Stokes scored 363 runs in the three-match series against the West Indies and he was always going to be a big wicket for Pakistan. However, the southpaw batsman could not get going in the first Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford. Stokes has often shimmied down the track to disturb the line and length of the fast bowlers in the recent past.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes. Credits: Getty Images.

Mohammad Abbas has been right on the money

However, Mohammad Abbas was focussed on bowling in the right areas when he got a chance to bowl at Stokes. The left-hander pranced down the track and Abbas was able to get the ball to move away slightly from round the wicket angle. It was a peach of a delivery from Abbas to hit the top of Stokes’ off-stump as he completely bamboozled the batsman.

“Ben Stokes is a big name in cricket right now. He is one of the world’s best allrounders, and he’s performed several times for his country. Before the game, we watched videos and analyzed how best to disrupt him. So we went around the wicket straightaway. I tried to bowl in the right areas, and he kept moving forward to try and disturb me. But my view is when a batsman comes forward, I am not disturbed by that. I feel I am disturbing the batsman by forcing him to move around the crease,” Abbas told Pakistan Cricket Board.

Mohammad Abbas
Mohammad Abbas (Image Credit: Twitter)

It was brilliant planning from Mohammad Abbas and he was able to execute his plans to perfection in the match as Stokes was dismissed without troubling the scorers. Abbas has scalped 80 wickets in 20 Test matches at an impressive average of 20.68.

Meanwhile, went on to miss the second Test at Ageas Bowl, Southampton as he had to leave for Christchurch due to family reasons. Stokes will also miss the third Test at the same venue.

leads the three-match series by 1-0 as they had won the first match by three wickets. The second Test match ended in a draw as rain and bad light frustrated the players. The third and final Test match will take place at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton from today.

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You Have Lived And Breathed Cricket: PM Narendra Modi Lauds Suresh Raina In A Letter

Suresh Raina shared on Twitter a congratulatory letter sent by Indian Prime Minister — Narendra Modi to him. In the letter, PM Narendra Modi thanked Suresh Raina for bringing laurels to the nation and inspiring the youth. Pertinently, Raina announced his retirement on Saturday, August 15, just after former Indian skipper MS Dhoni bid adieu to the international cricket. The Indian star batsman had a decent white-ball career with Team India, earning the southpaw a reputation of one of the greatest left-handed batsmen from India. He is a very close friend of his Team India and CSK teammate and skipper

You Have Lived And Breathed Cricket: PM Narendra Modi Lauds Suresh Raina In A Letter

Suresh Raina shared on Twitter a congratulatory letter sent by Indian Prime Minister — Narendra Modi to him. In the letter, PM Narendra Modi thanked Suresh Raina for bringing laurels to the nation and inspiring the youth. Pertinently, Raina announced his retirement on Saturday, August 15, just after former Indian skipper MS Dhoni bid adieu to the international cricket.

The Indian star batsman had a decent white-ball career with Team India, earning the southpaw a reputation of one of the greatest left-handed batsmen from India. He is a very close friend of his Team India and CSK teammate and skipper and has followed his path to retirement at the same time.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina (Credits: Twitter)

India can never forget your inspiring role during the 2011 World Cup: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi lauded Suresh Raina’s  contribution for the country’s cricketing glory. He mentioned his exemplary all-rounding skills who always delivered whether it be from the bat or the ball.

“Generations will remember you not only as a fine batsman but also as a very useful bowler who the captain could turn to when the situation demanded. Your fielding was exemplary and inspiring. Some of the best catches in recent international cricket have your distinctive imprint. It would take days to count just the number of runs you have saved by your alertness on the field,” said PM Narendra Modi

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday praised the recently concluded Khelo India Youth Games, saying it gave a platform
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 “India can never forget your inspiring role during the 2011 World Cup.Your fighting spirit can motivate many youngsters. During your cricketing career, you sometimes faced setbacks including injuries but every time you overcame these challenges, thanks to your tenacity. At the same time, Suresh Raina will always be synonymous with team spirit. You played not for personal glory but for the glory of your team and the glory of India,” he wrote.

Suresh Raina and staggering numbers:

Suresh Raina is a solid hitter of the ball is a joy to watch. The 33-year-old has played 18 Tests, 226 ODIs, and 78 T20Is for India. The left-handed batsman scored 5,615 runs in ODI cricket at an average of 35.31.

In Test cricket, he only managed to register 768 runs, with his highest score being 120. In T20Is, Raina scored 1,605 runs at an average of 29.18 for the blues.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina Image credits: Twitter

Raina will be seen in action in the IPL for starting September 19th. He has joined the six-day training camp at Chennai and will be leaving for the UAE on 21 August with the team. He has enjoyed the IPL thoroughly and has 5,386 runs in 193 appearances.

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