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Shoaib Malik’s dwindling form in ODIs

Shoaib Malik’s dwindling form in ODIs

Pakistan has continued to stay on the receiving end as Australia recorded another victory to claim the five-game ODI series. Winning the toss, the Kangaroos batted first and posted a competitive total of 266 runs. In reply, Pakistan’s batting unit ran out of gas to be bundled out for 186 runs.

While the team is sitting with the absence of many regular ODI players, a major worrying sign ahead of the World Cup in England and Wales is the batting form of the veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik. 

Making a comeback into the national side back in 2015, the 37-year old produced gigantic batting displays. In 2015-16 period, the Multan Sultans captain amassed 1436 runs at 55.23.

However, he is struggling big time since the start of the year 2018 as the Sialkot born cricketer has been able to score only 556 runs in 25 games. Carrying a dismal batting average of 29.26 along with a strike-rate of 77.76, the batting credentials of the adroit cricketer are presenting a shoddy picture. 

Adding his numbers in England exacerbates the situation as Malik would be holding a key position for Pakistan and his batting would be crucial if Pakistan is to reproduce their Champions Trophy heroics.