Former Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez has drawn a comparison between the Indian cricket team that defeated Australia in the recently concluded final Test to clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, and the current Pakistan national players.
Hafeez said that the Indian players are groomed well and extensively trained during their domestic seasons. Resultantly, they turn out to be ‘finished products’ who can compete at the international stage, even as newcomers.
The former all-rounder, comparing the Indian and Pakistani teams, said that Pakistan only has talent, but they aren’t groomed to match the level of international players.
“The reason why India came back from being bowled out for 36 and went on to win the series despite their captain not being available or so many players injured is that their new and young players are groomed properly into finished products. India’s products play international cricket and in Pakistan’s case, only the talent does,” Mohammad Hafeez said while speaking in a media interaction.
The veteran cricket heaped the Indian cricket team, composed of newcomers, for their indomitable spirit and praise-working performance.
“I enjoyed it that the (Indian) team was down in morale but the way they came back and won the series after an amazing recovery is great. As a fan of cricket, we really enjoyed that,” he said.
He went on to say that talent is not the sole quality that is required to perform in international cricket, but players need exposure to hone their skills as well.
“Unfortunately we don’t have a system which can make finished products which are now essential in modern-day cricket. That is why so many of our young players fail to succeed at the international level,” the 40-year-old commented on the sate of Pakistan cricket.
“We have to polish the talented youngsters and make them world-class players. In India their domestic system ensures the talented players are groomed properly. But in Pakistan we don’t go through that process.”