Former Afghanistan batting coach Umesh Patwal has spoken about his impression of England spin bowling allrounder Moeen Ali with whom he has previously worked.
Moeen and Patwal have worked together with the Global Cricket School camp and the coach is not surprised by the success the left-hander has had this year.
Moeen smashed his third Test century of 2016 in the first Test against India in Rajkot and averages 61 so far this year but Patwal feels this is no surprise.
As reported by mid-day.com Patwal said: “He was never a technically weak player. We used to discuss how to get used to the pace and bounce of the wicket in the sub-continent, knowing what are your strengths are and what is the best shot to play."
Patwal has been impressed with how Moeen has taken on his advice when playing against spin by rotating the strike.
The coach added: “While batting against the spinners too, I used to always tell Moeen to keep picking up runs and rotate the strike."
Patwal feels that Moeen will thrive under the tag of allrounder despite being more of a batsman.
He went on: “He is more of a batsman, but the all-rounder tag won’t add pressure on him as he is mentally very strong.
"He won’t let his batting affect his bowling or vice-versa. In bowling too, he would perform his duties very well and would stick to his line and length. During the camp too after batting, he used to immediately pick up the ball and never remained idle."
Patwal has revealed that he believes Moeen's biggest bowling weapon is surprise and he should mix it up to ensure batsman can't read him.
The coach concluded: “During bowling, we used to discuss how to keep targetting the off stump and I used to tell him to always keep the batsman guessing.
“He doesn’t have variations like a carrom ball, but his strengths are trajectory of the delivery and the variations in pace."