Misbah points out one weakness in Saim Ayub's technique

The 21-year-old made his Test debut in Sydney

By Web Desk
January 06, 2024
Misbah hailed Ayub's talent but pointed out the need for a specific adjustment in his technique - AFP

Former Pakistan captain and coach Misbah-ul-Haq has highlighted a flaw in the emerging talent Saim Ayub's technique following his Test debut against Australia in Sydney.

The 21-year-old cricketer has garnered attention for his impressive batting skills, drawing praise from the cricket community.

Despite being dismissed for a duck in the first innings, Ayub exhibited his batting prowess in the second innings, scoring 33 runs off 53 balls. His assertive approach was evident as he struck Mitchell Starc for a six and dispatched Pat Cummins' first delivery for a boundary.

In a video shared on Misbah's Facebook account, the 49-year-old hailed Ayub's talent but pointed out the need for a specific adjustment in his technique.

"He displayed excellent temperament, attacking the Australian bowlers during his brief innings. It seems he can assert dominance over the opposition and perform consistently for Pakistan," remarked Misbah.

"A minor adjustment is necessary in Ayub's technique concerning the fuller deliveries from both pacers and spinners, as his front leg tends to move across slightly, potentially causing issues. His dismissal hints at a similar concern," Misbah added.

Meanwhile, cricket pundits and players have commended Ayub for his brief but impactful batting display against the Australians.

Ayub is set to feature in the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand, commencing on January 12. He has previously batted at No.4, prompting curiosity regarding his batting position in the upcoming matches.

Remember, Australia beat Pakistan by eight wickets in the third and final Test of the series at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

The stage was set for David Warner to bat for the last time in his 112th and farewell Test as Australia went after the runs for victory on the fourth day.

It was a fairytale ending for Warner, who scored 57 runs in 75 balls, as Australia chased down the modest target of 130 runs and completed whitewash in the series.