Pakistan. The team that can beat any team on its day. And can lose to any team. A bolt from the blue. And for this reason, Pakistan is considered the most dangerous in the T20 World Cup 2021. Pakistan is such a team that you cannot overlook.
Pakistan is the winner of the 2009 T20 World Cup. And the eyes of the team are now on the second T20 title. T20 World Cup 2021 is being played in UAE. UAE is the second home of the Pakistan team. And here, Pakistani players have played a lot of cricket. In this World Cup, the Pakistan team has been placed in Group B to face New Zealand, India and Afghanistan.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 17, 2021
Star batsman Babar Azam is captaining the team. Fifteen players have been selected for the World Cup. In which there is a mix of young and experienced players. Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, and senior players, while young faces like Shaheen Afridi, Hasnain, Haider Ali will also be expected to perform well.
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But there are five such players in Pakistan. Whose running is essential for the team. And if these five players were successful in playing their role. So do you know that Pakistan can also lift the second T20 World Cup title?
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) October 15, 2021
Best batsman in all three formats. He ranked number two in the T20 rankings. And the number one batsman in the ODI rankings. Babar Azam is the biggest hope of Pakistan. This time he has to fulfil two significant responsibilities. Captained and batted. He has Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz and Hafeez to assist in the captaincy. But Babar has to show his strength in batting. However, this year the Pakistan captain has done well.
The batting MAESTRO posts his 6th T20 century!@babarazam258 truly SENSATIONAL👏👏
The first 100 of the #NationalT20Cup 2021-22#NORvCP Live: https://t.co/c1M3QVvkws#KhelTouHoRahaHai pic.twitter.com/jGSpjJgUGG
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 30, 2021
Babar Azam has scored 523 runs in 14 T20 matches at an average of 38, including one century and four half-centuries. Recently, Babar Azam’s bat also played in the National T20 Cup. He scored 286 runs at an average of 72 in six matches of this domestic T20 tournament. Earlier, the second leg of PSL 2021 was played in UAE itself. And Babar Azam was the leading run-scorer of the tournament.
Excellent wicketkeeper batsman. Second most reliable and brilliant batsman after Babar in Pakistan. Babar opens the innings with Azam. And this year, Rizwan has also scored the most runs in T20. He has scored 752 runs in 14 T20 innings at an average of 94. In which one century and seven half-centuries are included.
Mohammad Rizwan’s bat was also played in PSL 2021. And he scored 500 plus runs. Along with this, Multan Sultans also won the title under his captaincy. Mohammad Rizwan will be responsible for getting a good start in the T20 World Cup.
There is no firepower in Pakistan’s batting lineup. There is an experienced batsman in the middle order in the form of Mohammad Hafeez. But Hafeez will have to score quick runs in the middle overs. Along with this, he will also have to play the role of a finisher. Asif Ali or Mohammad Nawaz are adept at hitting big shots. But not as reliable as Hafeez. Mohammad Hafeez knows how to take the innings till the end, and he also knows how to finish. The only problem is strike rate and form.
Mohammad Hafeez could only score 106 runs in nine innings in the year 2021. 32 was the highest score. And during this, his strike rate was only 114. This is the last chance for Mohammad Hafeez. He hardly gets a place in the team after the T20 World Cup. Farewell tournament. And if he plays his role well. Then the opposition team will need to think.
2021 has been great for Hasan Ali. They are in great form. After blasting in Tests, he also shone in T20. In 10 innings this year, Hasan Ali has taken 17 wickets at an average of 15. Apart from this, Hasan Ali has also contributed with the bat. Fifty-eight runs in seven innings and a strike rate of 207. This is the reason why Babar Azam has started sending Hasan Ali up in the death overs. So that he can score runs by hitting some big shots.
Hasan Ali will lead Pakistan’s pace attack. He has a lot of experience playing in the UAE. And so far, a total of 15 T20 wickets have been taken on the pitch of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Recently Hasan Ali took part in the National T20 Cup. And playing for Central Punjab, they took 11 wickets at an average of 22 in eight matches, which means Hasan Ali is in form. He has to continue his performance in the T20 World Cup.
Shaheen Shah Afridi
After Babar Azam in the last few years, if any Pakistani player has improved the most. So he is Shaheen Shah Afridi. This 21-year-old fast bowler knows how to take wickets. Shaheen has speed. Accurate yorker and knows how to bowl bouncers. Looking at the recent performance, Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled amazingly in the National T20 Cup. Took 12 wickets in just six matches. And was the third leading wicket-taker of the tournament.
Shaheen Afridi in Pakistan’s #NationalT20Cup so far:
👕 Four games
☝️ 12 wickets
🅰️ 9.75 average
🏏 7.31 economy
What a bowler!pic.twitter.com/SBGHlmGW9z
— ICC (@ICC) October 9, 2020
The sample package of Shaheen’s T20 career has been negligible. And average overall performance. 32 wickets in 30 matches. And the economy rate of eight. But the good thing with Shaheen or other Pakistani players is that they know the condition. I have played a lot of cricket in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah. And if Shaheen is seen in colour, he can create trouble for the opposition team’s batsmen.