Ever because the retirement of Abdul Razzaq and Shahid Afridi, Pakistan has been searching for a power-hitter within the batting line-up.
Pakistan has given ample alternatives to the likes of Shoaib Malik and Iftikhar Ahmed in T20s, however they haven’t carried out persistently to warrant a spot within the nationwide facet.
Malik has entered the twilight of his profession and his performances have been beneath par in latest occasions. Iftikhar, then again, has displayed brilliance at occasions, however he hasn’t been a constant performer as properly.
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Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez have been a mainstay within the nationwide T20 facet. Add the thrilling teen Haider Ali to the combo and Pakistan has a superb high 3, preserving in thoughts the World T20 subsequent yr.
The firepower within the center to demise overs has been missing over plenty of years. Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim could be an necessary a part of the facet, however the staff can’t depend on their big-hitting means.
What are Pakistan’s choices? Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah.
Each have confirmed their power-hitting credentials prior to now few seasons of Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) and within the ongoing Nationwide T20 Cup. Each batsmen have been in tremendous type and have helped their respective sides to some superb victories.
Khushdil and Asif may present the acceleration within the center and demise overs that Pakistan is missing. However the query is, which of the 2 ought to be part of the nationwide T20 facet? Can each play on the similar time? Let’s take a look at some numbers.
Khushdil Shah made his T20 worldwide debut for Pakistan towards Australia in 2019. He didn’t reside as much as the requirements and made solely 8 runs within the match as he was subsequently dropped from the beginning XI and didn’t function within the T20Is towards Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England.
Khushdil has represented Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans within the PSL and has carried out fairly properly for Multan on this version of PSL.
The 25- yr previous is famend for his big-hitting, as confirmed by his latest innings for Southern Punjab within the Nationwide T20 Cup. He struck the quickest T20 hundred by a Pakistani, scoring it in simply 35 balls whereas smashing 8 sixes.
His total T20 stats are stable for a power-hitter. He has scored 1,145 runs at a mean of 27.92 and a strike price of 134.07. Khushdil has scored one century and seven half-centuries in his profession.
Asif Ali has been a everlasting member of Islamabad United ever because the first season of PSL. He has performed a significant function for the franchise of their 2 title-winning campaigns and is likely one of the most profitable batsmen within the competitors’s historical past.
Asif got here to the limelight for his six-hitting means and he’s at present the 4th highest six-hitter in PSL with 50 sixes in 42 matches.
Asif, nonetheless, hasn’t been in a position to translate his home type to worldwide cricket. He has a mean of 18.38 in 25 matches and hasn’t scored a half-century but. The strike price has been disappointing in addition to he strikes at 128.29 which is low as in comparison with worldwide requirements.
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Asif’s total T20 numbers are stable. He has scored 3,388 runs at a mean of 25.86 and a powerful strike price of 148.27. He has scored one century and 13 half-centuries in his profession.
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Each the batsmen have been in good contact within the Nationwide T20 Cup.
Khushdil Shah, representing Southern Punjab, has scored 219 runs in 7 matches at a mean of 31.28 and a powerful strike price of 185.59. He’s additionally main the charts for essentially the most variety of sixes with 15 maximums within the event thus far.
Northern’s Asif Ali has scored 217 runs in 7 matches at a mean of 54.25 and a strike price of 163.15. He’s 2nd on the listing of most variety of sixes, having hit 14 maximums thus far.
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Speaking about staff mixture, Pakistan additionally has an choice to play them collectively within the upcoming collection towards Zimbabwe.
A high 5 together with Babar Azam, Haider Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Khushdil Shah, and Asif Ali may show to be damaging, nevertheless it may result in a type of well-known Pakistan batting collapses as properly.
Each the gamers possess the flexibility to hit large and Pakistan ought to be seeking to carry them into the plan for the World T20 subsequent yr. One factor is for certain, Pakistan has to offer them constant possibilities main as much as the mega occasion for them to show their price.