Shoaib Akhtar vs. young talent Tim Southee, Two pacers one match

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Shoaib Akhtar vs. young talent Tim Southee, Two pacers one match

Like all other fields of life, fast pace matters in the field of cricket two. Pacers are the personnel who form the heart of a team’s bowling department. Fast and furious deliveries, thrill, rock-breaking attack, aggressive play and boiling spirit are the characteristics that make a pacer. Pacers not only rip through the rival’s batting order but also forge sensation and throb in the game. They are the speed merchants who are entitled to take the team to the verge of victory by grabbing wickets with sizzling deliveries.

The 10th ICC Cricket world Cup 2011 being on climax, Pakistan and New Zealand are going to play their group match on Tuesday March 8th here at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka. Both the teams had been engaged in an ODI series, that Pakistan won by 3-2, shortly before the inauguration of the World Cup. Each team has played three matches of the tournament---Pakistan has won all while New Zealand lost one to Australia. Here we take a glance at each pacer in order to know the strength of the bowling departments of the two teams.

Below are the career records and comparative analyses of Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar and New Zealand’s Tim Southee.

Born on 13 August, 1975 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Shoaib started his career on 29 November, 1997 with a Test against West Indies at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pakistan. The fast and furious Shoaib contributed 2 wickets to the winning cause. One year later, he went on to play his maiden ODI against Zimbabwe on 28 March, 1998 at Harare Sports Club. Shoaib steered his team to win by taking 1 important wicket. Shoaib made his T20 debut on 28 August, 2006 against England and contributed 1 wicket to the winning side. For his fast run-up, he is termed as Rawalpindi Express in Pakistan.  On the whole, Shoaib has played 46 Tests, 161 ODIs and 15 T20s, ending up with 178 Test, 244 ODI and 19 T20 wickets.

Born on 11 December, 1988 in Whangarei, New Zealand, Southee started his cricket career from Northern Districts, a First-Class cricket team at the age of 18. He also played for the Northland in Hawke Cup. His international debut was in a T20 against England on 5th February, 2008 at Auckland. Grabbing 1 wicket for 38, Southee cemented his place in the team. On 22nd March, 2008 at McLean Park, Napier, Southee appeared in his maiden Test. He stunned the world by grabbing 5 wickets and scoring 77 from just 40 deliveries with the help of 4 fours and 9 sixes. Primarily Southee was a bowler, but this marvellous score proved him to be a good all-rounder. He played his maiden ODI against England on 15 June, 20008, taking one wicket and hitting a six. During his career spanning over just two years, Southee has played 13 Tests, 44 ODIs and 19 T20s, finishing up with 35, 55 and 22 wickets respectively.

As per the above records, there seems to be a huge difference between the career span of the two. Southee’s career is 11 years younger than that of Shoaib. In this way, Shoaib has more matches and wickets ratios along with a wide experience in multiple fields of the world. However, the wicket average of the both is almost same. Shoaib’s style seems to be more aggressive and furious that puts pressure on the batsmen. Southee delivers the ball in a medium-fast and calm full way. Shoaib’s deliveries are often hit to boundaries while Southee makes meticulous bowling. In the ongoing world Cup, Shoaib has been underachiever while Southee is thriving.

 

Shoaib Akhtar vs. young talent Tim Southee, Two pacers one match

Like all other fields of life, fast pace matters in the field of cricket two. Pacers are the personnel who form the heart of a team’s bowling department. Fast and furious deliveries, thrill, rock-breaking attack, aggressive play and boiling spirit are the characteristics that make a pacer. Pacers not only rip through the rival’s batting order but also forge sensation and throb in the game. They are the speed merchants who are entitled to take the team to the verge of victory by grabbing wickets with sizzling deliveries.

The 10th ICC Cricket world Cup 2011 being on climax, Pakistan and New Zealand are going to play their group match on Tuesday March 8th here at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka. Both the teams had been engaged in an ODI series, that Pakistan won by 3-2, shortly before the inauguration of the World Cup. Each team has played three matches of the tournament---Pakistan has won all while New Zealand lost one to Australia. Here we take a glance at each pacer in order to know the strength of the bowling departments of the two teams.

Below are the career records and comparative analyses of Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar and New Zealand’s Tim Southee.

Born on 13 August, 1975 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Shoaib started his career on 29 November, 1997 with a Test against West Indies at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pakistan. The fast and furious Shoaib contributed 2 wickets to the winning cause. One year later, he went on to play his maiden ODI against Zimbabwe on 28 March, 1998 at Harare Sports Club. Shoaib steered his team to win by taking 1 important wicket. Shoaib made his T20 debut on 28 August, 2006 against England and contributed 1 wicket to the winning side. For his fast run-up, he is termed as Rawalpindi Express in Pakistan.  On the whole, Shoaib has played 46 Tests, 161 ODIs and 15 T20s, ending up with 178 Test, 244 ODI and 19 T20 wickets.

Born on 11 December, 1988 in Whangarei, New Zealand, Southee started his cricket career from Northern Districts, a First-Class cricket team at the age of 18. He also played for the Northland in Hawke Cup. His international debut was in a T20 against England on 5th February, 2008 at Auckland. Grabbing 1 wicket for 38, Southee cemented his place in the team. On 22nd March, 2008 at McLean Park, Napier, Southee appeared in his maiden Test. He stunned the world by grabbing 5 wickets and scoring 77 from just 40 deliveries with the help of 4 fours and 9 sixes. Primarily Southee was a bowler, but this marvellous score proved him to be a good all-rounder. He played his maiden ODI against England on 15 June, 20008, taking one wicket and hitting a six. During his career spanning over just two years, Southee has played 13 Tests, 44 ODIs and 19 T20s, finishing up with 35, 55 and 22 wickets respectively.

As per the above records, there seems to be a huge difference between the career span of the two. Southee’s career is 11 years younger than that of Shoaib. In this way, Shoaib has more matches and wickets ratios along with a wide experience in multiple fields of the world. However, the wicket average of the both is almost same. Shoaib’s style seems to be more aggressive and furious that puts pressure on the batsmen. Southee delivers the ball in a medium-fast and calm full way. Shoaib’s deliveries are often hit to boundaries while Southee makes meticulous bowling. In the ongoing world Cup, Shoaib has been underachiever while Southee is thriving.