Captain, coach blame lack of ‘quality’ match practice, batsmen for loss

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir skipper Parvez Rasool Wednesday rued lack of runs from his top and middle order, which according to him, was the serious concern and one of the main reason for consecutive defeats in North Zone of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
J&K batsmen have failed to contribute substantially in the both their fixtures thus far in the tournament, bundled out a paltry 91 against Services before Delhi restricted them to 119/8. And, in both games, top order failed big time and it was only Parvez who played an innings of substance against Delhi, making 44.
Parvez wants more from the top order so that J&K decent bowling unit is given defendable scores.
“If you see in both games, we have bowled well as a team. But our batsmen particularly top order hasn’t contributed much. Had we got twenty more runs in both the games, who knows we could have won. These aren’t batting friendly conditions by any means but we need to do more with the bat to give more chance to ourselves,” Parvez told Kashmir Reader.
Once our batting clicks, Parvez said, J&K will be a strong team.
The newly appointed coach and former wicketkeeper Parvez Qaiser put the losses to lack of quality match practice and top order failing to put runs on the board.
“I think we have been bowling well. In both the games, we didn’t let opposition batting lineups to run away with the game. We made star studded Delhi batting lineup to work hard for the runs. We managed to get Virendar Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir cheaply. There have been some positives in these games and Abid Nabi has been a welcome addition to the lineup and he is certainly bowling well,” said Qaiser of J&K’s bowling performance.
The former wicketkeeper was aware of the fact that batsmen weren’t putting up the runs.
“Our top order has struggled in both the games. We need to address that and it will take some time. I have just started my assignment. Things won’t change overnight,” he said.
Lack of quality match practice, Qaiser said, was one of the reasons that J&K wasn’t doing well in these matches.
“IF you see we play lot of T20 cricket in Kashmir, but amongst ourselves. We need to play more with quality players so that we are up for the big challenges,“ he said.