As the first Pak vs Ban test at Rawalpindi has initiated, Shaheen Afridi has been the major key figure for destroying opponents batting line-up picking four wickets in the very first innings of Day 1. This has made him the second Pakistani pacer to achieve four wickets in first innings of the Rawalpindi test after Azhar Mehmood.
Muhammad Abbas, who has picked three wickets conceding 19 runs in 17 overs with 9 maidens, has been another divergent player on Day 1. Pakistan, who has won the toss and chose to bat will be in the ground on 8th February with the bat after drifting the team with a bizarre start.
With these two surprising bowlers, on the contrary, twitter has been up in arms as spinner Yasir Shah failed to perform. As he has been disappointing when it comes to consistency, fans have applauded twitter with their comments.
Yasir Shah picked up his 200th test wicket in December 2018, he was averaging less than 28 when he achieved that feat in his 64th bowling innings.
But since then he has picked up only 9 more wickets. Averaging around 94 runs for each of those #BAN VS PAK
— Muhammad Noman (@Nomancricket29) February 7, 2020
Talking about the consistency in batting, the name that comes to mind of all must be Babar Azam. Former test cricketer, Muhammad Mushtaq has come up with his comments over Babar saying that Virat Kohli and Babar Azam are cut from the same cloth of greatness but the Indian captain is still a notch above primarily because he gets to play more Test cricket. Babar is also likely to become ODI captain replacing Sarfaraz Ahmad.
Considering the news from former cricketers, Nasir Jamshed has been trending as he along with his abetters have been sentenced in the UK, Manchester for fixing matches in PSL and BPL prior years. However, Jamshed denied it at first but, later on, accepted the crime he did back in 2016 and 2017. He was handed over with a ten-year ban in 2018 after a proper investigation. He might also be imprisoned for the incident.
Continuing the news from former cricketers and also taking into consideration ICC U19 World Cup semi-finals in which Pakistan has faced a terrible and horrific defeat from India, Younis Khan, the former test cricketer and skipper has described the defeat as “saddening”.
He has praised India’s confidence and wants Paksitani management and trainers to build the same in Pakistani youngsters as well. Younis suggested that the skills are not enough only.
“Pakistan’s defeat at the hands of India in the Under-19 World Cup was saddening. “Pakistan’s young cricketers need to be trained to be better-rounded rather than just working on their skills. India’s success was because of their confidence,” said Younis
On the other hand, Sarfaraz Ahmad, the talented wicket-keeping batsman, and the skipper who has been sacked off from the captaincy last year and then eliminated from the squad has denounced that he will be focusing more on PSL rather than thinking about not being selected for one-off ODI squad for Bangladesh.
“To be selected in the ODI team depends on luck but, right now all my energies are focused towards PSL 5.”