Former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja feels head coach Misbah-ul-Haq needs to bring ‘modern thinking’ to the side and urged the Pakistan team to play more aggressively and freely in the future. In fact, Raja even termed him a “poor man’s MS Dhoni”.
Ramiz Raja, while speaking in an interview on Cricket Baaz’s YouTube channel, suggested Misbah-ul-Haq leave his subdued approach behind and embrace Pakistan’s natural aggressive style of cricket. He added that Pakistan, once a cricketing powerhouse, has lost its way in international cricket.
“Misbah-ul-Haq’s training and upbringing are different. Let me put it this way; he is the poor man’s Dhoni. MS was also restrained and not emotional. Misbah is also like this,” the 57-year-old said.
“Misbah-ul-Haq has to take a new direction because there is a need to set the GPS right for cricket in Pakistan because aggression is in our DNA. I think, at times, he gets too protective and he gets cagey as soon as we lose a match. We shouldn’t be afraid of hiccups and setbacks,” he added.
Ramiz Raja also heaped praise on England‘s white-ball team and pointed out how Eoin Morgan’s fearless has made them one of the best teams in ODIs and T20Is over the last few years. Giving another example of how being aggressive has paid-off in modern-day cricket, he also praised Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli.
“When we played against Ravi, we felt he was a misfit in the Indian team because he had aggression. He was a go-getter, a team player ready to open and bat down the order. His body language was different. We felt he wanted to be an Imran Khan type player because we were like that,” he explained.
“I think he took this attitude to the Indian team, and fortunately for him, the captain Virat Kohli is also like that. He is aggressive and expressive and this has made a big difference for the Indian team,” the former Pakistan skipper concluded.