Rana Naved-ul-Hasan names Inzamam as best captain, Woolmer greatest coach

April 21st, 2011 - 2:19 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, April 21(ANI): Pakistani pacer Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, who is representing Sussex in this English county season, has named Inzamamul Haq as his best captain and the late Bob Woolmer as the “greatest coach” he ever had.

Rana, a veteran of over 80 international matches for Pakistan, has had the distinct honour of playing under the captaincy of Inzamam and the legendary coach, the late Bob Woolmer.

Rana recalled that Inzamam was the captain when he made it to the Pakistan team.

“He [Inzamam] was able to utilize all the players very well and got the best out of the players. I really enjoyed playing under him. If you are enjoying your cricket then you will perform well,” PakPassion.net quoted Rana, as saying.

Rana, who considers Inzamam his role model, also feels that the then skipper had the unique ability to “get the most out of his players, and I think Inzamam was the best captain I played under”.

Talking about the late Bob Woolmer, he said that the Englishman “was a very good coach. Everybody in the team respected him.”

Rana’s association with Woolmer lasted for 3-4 years - a period that provided a great learning experience to Rana.

However, what really stands out in Rana’s mind is the way Woolmer handled the team, especially given his foreign background.

“He [Woolmer] had created a great atmosphere within the team and everybody really enjoyed playing under him. Bob had learnt how to deal with Pakistanis and we picked up a lot of skills from him. We still miss him and always will. I still consider him to be the greatest coach I ever played for,” he said.

Rana, who last appeared for Pakistan on the troubled 2009/10 tour of Australia, remains positive about making a comeback to the Pakistan team.

“I played domestic cricket and performed very well. I went on to play in Australia and now am playing in England. So I think I will make a comeback if I continue to stay fit and perform well,” he stated. (ANI)

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