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World Cup 2019 | Top 3 Players to Watch out for from Pakistan | FanFight Report

World Cup 2019 | Top 3 Players to Watch out for from Pakistan | FanFight Report

Top 3 Players to Watch out for from Pakistan: There is an uphill task for the men-in-green as they enter the big world cup challenge. Pakistan hasn’t been in a good form lately with consecutive losses in the last 11 matches. However, Pakistan has a different history with England. They have had a good winning record in the UK. After a glorious victory in the Champions Trophy in 2017, Pakistan have always posed a great threat to other teams in major tournaments and the world cup will be no different. Also, the round-robin format is back into the effect after the 1992 edition of the world cup and the team have had fond memories of that tournament as they emerged victorious in that edition.

 

TURN OF FORTUNES FOR PAKISTAN?

The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led team will be hoping to turn their fortunes around in this tournament. However, they started the tournament on a disappointing note after suffering a huge loss against West Indies in their tournament opener. They had even lost to Afghanistan in the warm-up game and things are not looking good for them as they don’t look in their best form. However, it is only the start and there’s still a lot to come in the tournament. After CT 2017, it was expected that the team will be a strong force in the upcoming world cup. However, it has been a complete contradictory performance by the team.

Pakistan now needs to retrospect and understand who their key players are and give them the maximum exposure. It is high time for them to adjust things and make those necessary changes in the team. The last 4 years especially have been a disappointing run for them, after losing more matches than winning. They played 81 matches, won 35 while lost 43.

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Pakistan Match Results (Apr 2015- June 2019)
Team Span Matches Won Lost Tied NR W/L Average RPO HS LS
Pakistan 2015-2019 82 36 43 0 3 0.837 37.21 5.55 399 74

Well, with a lot at stake at the cricket’s most celebrated tournament, Pakistan shall leave no stone unturned to reverse the prediction, which is currently not in their favour. The key players should now take the onus upon themselves and deliver it for the team. Let’s look at the players who would be vital to bring Pakistan back to its original form.

 

TOP 3 PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FROM PAKISTAN FOR WORLD CUP 2019

 

  1. HASAN ALI:

Pakistan has always had a history of producing the best fast bowlers in the world with Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar and Wasim Akram, who have always been a threat to the batsmen. However, Pakistan have faltered in that area at the moment. This might be the only time when none of their bowlers is featured in the top 20 bowlers list in the ICC ODI rankings for bowlers. However, there’s one man, who in all probability is Pakistan’s best fast bowler. Hasan Ali.

He has the ability to rip-through the batsmen with his pace and bounce. Ali has the ability to pick up wickets in the middle overs, which are extremely crucial in the game. He was pivotal in Pakistan’s victory in the Champions Trophy 2017 and he will be the key to Pakistan’s pace-battery in the world cup too.

 

Pakistan Bowling Figures (Apr 2015 – June 2019)
Player Mat Runs Wickets Best Bowling Avg Economy Strike-Rate 4w 5w
Hasan Ali 51 2230 80 5/34 27.87 5.49 30.4 1 3
Shadab Khan 36 1367 49 4/28 27.89 4.86 34.4 3 0
Mohammad Amir 38 1464 40 3/16 36.6 4.93 44.5 0 0
Imad Wasim 47 1639 39 5/14 42.02 4.82 52.2 0 1
Junaid Khan 28 1273 35 4/19 36.37 5.72 38.1 1 0

 

  1. BABAR AZAM:

Babar Azam is solidifying Pakistan’s batting at the no.3 spot. He is calm and focussed and can manoeuvre his innings in a way that would destroy the opposition. He announced his arrival back in 2016, after hitting three back-to-back centuries against the Windies. Since then, Babar Azam has been a permanent member of the team. He is also Pakistan’s leading run-getter since 2015, with 2761 runs that included 9 centuries and 12 half-centuries.

What’s more is that Babar Azam has reached the 1000 and 2000-run feat, faster than Virat Kohli. In fact, in the last 4 years, he has grown to become a dependable batsman for Pakistan and he will be a key player for them in the world cup too.

 

Pakistan Batsmen Stats (Apr 2015 – June 2019)
Player Matches Runs Highest Average Strike-Rate 100s 50s Boundaries Sixes
Babar Azam 66 2824 125* 51.34 85.96 9 13 235 26
Shoaib Malik 69 2044 112 42.58 93.63 2 13 143 52
Mohammad Hafeez 57 1919 103 39.16 85.59 2 15 175 49
Fakhar Zaman 38 1700 210* 50 98.32 4 10 199 28
Sarfaraz Ahmed 69 1558 105 38 90.47 1 10 124 6

 

 

  1. SHAHEEN SHAH AFRIDI

The left-arm fast-medium bowler is one of the most exciting players in the Pakistan squad. The tall bowler has raw pace and a brilliant wrist position which makes him different and unique from all other bowlers. Shaheengrabbed all the limelight when Indian legend Rahul Dravid praised the young bowler and said he has all it takes to become the next big thing for Pakistan. The pacer has played 14 matches so far and has taken 24 wickets already at an average of 19.36. He has certainly reinforced Pakistan’s bench-strength and can be Pakistan’s architect to restrict the opposition and get the necessary breakthroughs.

 

 

Bowling Averages: Shaheen Shah Afridi (Sep 2018 – June 2019)
  Mat Runs Wkts Best Bowling Avg Economy Strike-Rate 4w 5w 10w
ODIs 14 613 24 4/38 25.54 5.73 26.7 3 0 0

 

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