Originally Posted by Dhakablues
Batting down the order,, Gilchrist scores tons of runs, batting down the order even Boucher scores runs..Where does Dhoni or Akmal bat? In fact, there are very few WKs that bats up the order in tests because for Test, only specialists batsman are up the order. For ODIs, you can argue that Gilchrist, Dhoni bats up the order but seriously man,, you cant compare Mushfique with Ashraful/Aftab/Nafees let alone Dhoni or Sangakkara.. He has no batting quality to be up the batting order. Especially not with his stats being as it is. Only time he scored better up the order was against the India match ( his only notable performance since his debute 2 years back). Batting up or down the order doesnt make a batsman a better or worse batsman.
Well don't really want to get into the debate whether Mushfiq should be in the team or not. I am sick of him not scoring runs as well but I do see how bringing him up the order may help get back into form. You can't really compare him with Gilly, Boucher or Dhoni. These batsmen are hard hitter of a cricket ball and can scores runs really quick and thus, can play with the lower order. Mushfiq is a grafter and need a long time in the crease for a big innings. I would compare his batting style with Rajin (Desi) or Prince. Again, maybe a break is good for him and thats a totally different issue but if we want to utilize his batting talent, he must bat up the order.