National T20 Cup: What a victory for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) it had been to dismiss the Southern Punjab (SPU) from the match- utterly grateful. The credits highly belonged to skipper Mohammad Rizwan who led his crew professionally till they reached the Alps. Although the guy was criticized for his shows and fortunately, he never knew as he tarries away from social media.
Opined, the performer earned several famous accomplishments in the National t20 Cup 2020 which strengthened a gateway for him to get an international call for being Pakistan’s skipper. Also, his tantamount spot to Sarfaraz Ahmed, which makes him the wicket-keeping finishing batsman on influential occasions, might cease Sarfaraz’s soon.
Sarfaraz, who was distinctly sacked last year notwithstanding his poor performances and critiques, although made a revival recently in the last T20I played against England as Pakistan won the only one out of three in his presence, he received the acclaim and criticism at once as he dropped Moin Ali behind the stumps. But, the player can be eliminated tentatively or as per choice, permanent, from Pakistan’s squad after what has been testified by his performances for Sindh.
Despite the fact that Sindh somehow directed to the semifinal, but lost in the knacks of the KPK as the captaincy majorly hit during the domestic tournament. In the mid, they exceeding than once have shown pitiful bowling and fielding that captivated eyes and the portion cannot be eliminated reflecting Sarfaraz’s place as a skipper or as a performer in the team.
After Rizwan has flowered in managing KPK, Is this the end of Sarfaraz’s international career?
In short, Rizwan has classically shown his strings which is now hanging Sarfaraz’s career by a thread. As both players have similarities (wicket-keeping mid-over batsman), it is deservingly a place for Rizwan who showed some brilliant fielding, leading, performance behind stumps, and yes with the bat too often too.
Even in the England tour, Rizwan was declared as the player of the series by the English coach. He was magnificent with his approach and kept wickets well. Earlier in 2019 when Pakistan toured Australia, he scored the highest individual score by Pakistani wicket-keeper, which he ended with 95.
Overall, ever since Rizwan took over as the first-choice keeper, he averages 37.30 with three fifties. In Australia, he averages 44 and 40 in England. One can argue that he played only one series each, but given Sarfraz’s recent performance and not having any other experienced wicket-keeper batsmen, Rizwan seems far better not only to play but also to lead the side.
Recently it has been reported that Rizwan will likely take over Azhar Ali as the new Pakistan Test captain. Despite having Babar Azam and Shan Masood as other candidates, Green Team understands that Rizwan seems more likely to take over that role. He recently led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to the National T20 Cup title and played some important innings, not forgetting his athletic fielding.
If Rizwan does become Pakistan’s new captain, will he lead Pakistan back to high? Ever since Misbah retired and handed over Test captaincy, Pakistan has played 21 Test matches, won 6, lost 11, and drawn 4. The captains list as follows;
Sarfaraz Ahmed – Tests: 13, Won: 04, Lost: 08, Drawn: 1
Azhar Ali – Tests: 8, Won: 02, Lost: 03, Drawn: 3
Besides, Pakistan ended at no. 7 in Test rankings and mostly remained in that position in these three years. So will the change of captain change the fortune of Pakistan? We will have to wait and see.
Apart from the Test captaincy, Pakistan will also be looking at long-term leadership in the shorter formats. With Babar now announced as the limited-overs captain, he is expected that he takes Pakistan to greater heights. Many would assume Babar to be the new captain in Tests. But he is yet to gain experience in white-ball. He only led the T20I side against Australia and Bangladesh, winning 2 and losing 2. Within a couple of years, he will be ready to take charge in all three formats.
Following is the captains results in the last three years for Pakistan in all three formats:
Sarfraz Ahmed As Captain
Tests: Won: 04 Lost: 08
ODI: Won: 28: Lost: 20
T20I’s: Won: 28 Lost: 09
Overall As Captain:
Azhar Ali As Captain:
Tests: Won: 02 Lost: 03
ODI: Won: 12 Lost: 18
Overall As Captain:
Babar Azam As Captain:
T20I: Won: 04 Lost: 04