Pakistan’s tour of Australia got off to a poor start after the visitors were comprehensively beaten 2-nil in the three-match T20I series. The first game at Sydney was washed out but the hosts won the remaining two games in style to claim the series. The Men in Green are in dire straits in T20Is, having managed to win just one game in the format in 2019.
Here are the player ratings of the Pakistan players based on their performances in the T20I series.
Babar Azam – 8/10
His first series as the Pakistan captain may not have gone according to plan but, he didn’t do his reputation any harm as the world’s best in the shortest format. He was easily the team’s best batsman, scoring two fifties in three innings.
Iftikhar Ahmed – 8/10
The surprise package. Batting at No.5, Ahmed played two daring knocks by taking the attack to the opposition. He achieved the highest individual score in the series for the visitors and looked confident on both occasions he got a chance to bat.
Fakhar Zaman – 1/10
The big-hitting left-hander was dropped for the third match after scoring a mere two runs in his first two outings. On both occasions he failed in his attempts to clear the infield and ended up gifting his wicket away early in the powerplay. Zaman has had a shocking year, managing double digits only twice in eight T20I innings in 2019. The highest score he has managed this year is 17!
Haris Sohail – 1/10
The southpaw with an unconventional technique finished with 18 runs from three innings. He twice fell to Kane Richardson, playing ugly swipes across the line before holing out to long -off in the final game of the series in an attempt to smash spinner Ashton Agar for a six. Funnily enough, Richardson took the catch in the final game to dismiss Sohail.
Mohammad Rizwan – 2/10
The wicket-keeper batsman finishes the series with no dismissals behind the wicket and hardly any runs with the bat. He picked up a golden duck in the final game of the series. Though he struggled during his 33-ball stay in the first game at Sydney, he was involved in an effective 60-run partnership with his skipper.
Asif Ali – 1/10
He was touted as the big-hitter down the order but like most of his team mates, he too failed to deliver on his promise.
Imam, SR 120— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) November 8, 2019
Babar, SR 125
Rizwan, SR 115
Haris, SR 106
This batting order is not ideal even for ODI Cricket but Pakistan somehow thinking it can given them a winning total in T20s. Very poor planning. Fakhar, Asif maybe out of form but they are your best chance to get 170-180.
Imad Wasim – 2/10
The left-arm spinner managed to bowl only five overs and picked up one wicket in the entire series. He couldn’t contribute much with the bat as well.
Mohammad Amir – 3/10
The most experienced pacer in the attack, Amir was the best bowler for the Men in Green. He was a threat with the new ball and could’ve had the wicket of David Warner twice in two games had Mohammad Hasnain held on to a chance at third man in the final game at Perth.
Mohammad Irfan – 3/10
The big fast bowler had a reasonable outing at Canberra, picking up a wicket for 27 runs in his four overs. He was taken to the cleaners, however, in the first T20.
Shadab Khan – N/R
The leg-spinner bowled a four-over spell in the second T20I and conceded 25 runs without picking up a wicket. He didn’t get a chance to bowl in the other two games.
Imam-ul-Haq – N/R
The bespectacled opener was left-out for the first two games and at Perth, he fell cheaply as he mistimed a pull shot to give Sean Abbott his first T20I wicket.
Khushdil Shah – N/R
An underwhelming debut for the all-rounder who was included in the playing XI for the final game of the series. His 11-ball stay ended when Mitchell Starc held on to a skier at fine-leg.
Mohammad Hasnain, Muhammad Musa – 2/10
The two enthusiastic rookie fast bowlers were pacy but wayward when finally given a chance in Perth. The experienced Australian openers were initially surprised by the aggression from the pair but still managed to milk them for runs.
Wahab Riaz – 1/10
The slingy pacer was required to bowl only three overs at Canberra in which he conceded 33 runs and failed to provide any breakthroughs. He was promptly dropped for the next game.
Usman Qadir – N/R
The leg-spinner who was a surprise call-up for Pakistan couldn’t get a single game.
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Shreyas Iyer has had a prolific year as a T20 batsman. After Rohit Sharma’s blitzkrieg all but won the match for India against Bangladesh at Rajkot on Thursday, Iyer stroked an unbeaten 24 off 13 deliveries and during the course of that brief stint at the crease, he became the first Indian and the 14th player in the world to score 1000 T20 runs in 2019.
At Rajkot, the 24-year-old got off the mark in style, slamming a six off the second ball he faced after replacing Rohit Sharma at the crease. Later he struck three crisp boundaries off the medium pacers- a ramp shot over third-man, a wristy flick to fine-leg and a regal square drive, before scoring the winning runs.
He was equally impressive in his cameo in the opening match of the series at Delhi, scoring at a strike-rate of over 150.
The top-order batsman who captains Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, had a good season with the franchise, finishing with 463 runs in 14 games. He also scored three half-centuries as skipper in this campaign.
At the start of the year, Iyer set the record for the highest T20 score by an Indian batsman, when he struck a 55-ball 147 for Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at Indore. He struck 15 sixes and seven fours while plundering 35 runs off a single over during the course of the innings.
His penchant for hitting sixes is similar to Rohit Sharma’s and he is India’s most prolific six-hitter in T20 cricket this year.
Most T20 sixes in 2019 (Indians)— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 8, 2019
53 - Shreyas Iyer
36 - Rishabh Pant
32 - Nitish Rana
31 - Hardik Pandya/KL Rahul
28 - MS Dhoni
27 - Rohit Sharma
Shreyas Iyer is certainly a star in the making and India will do well to give the youngster more opportunities at the top of the order in limited-overs cricket.
Ravichandran Ashwin has officially completed his move to Delhi Capitals from Kings XI Punjab. Co-owner Ness Wadia confirmed the news on Thursday, stating that the Capitals have offered the services of left-arm spinner J Suchith and an additional sum as part of the exchange.
The deal is subject to ratification by the IPL Governing Council but is expected to go through soon.
“Everyone is happy with this deal. We are happy, Ashwin is happy and Delhi is happy. We were in talks with three teams but have finally come to this conclusion. We wish Ashwin the very best,” Wadia told the Press Trust of India (PTI).
Ashwin had captained KXIP for two seasons and amicably decided to part ways from the franchise. “We [Ashwin and KXIP] have amicably come to a conclusion that we should part ways,” Wadia added.
KL Rahul will take over the reins as captain of the Punjab franchise following Ashwin’s departure.
The 33-year-old Ashwin has a remarkable record in the IPL, picking up 125 wickets from 139 games at a miserly economy-rate of 6.79. He has previously won the IPL title twice with Chennai Super Kings.