With Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi set to be retained for Pakistan’s World Cup squad, the final two slots for the frontline pacers remain a point of contention among the able candidates. Amidst this scenario, Usman Shinwari has emerged as the most probable inclusion into the team’s setup for the major tournament after a string of decent performances against Australia.
Although Pakistan faced a humiliating whitewash versus Aaron Finch’s men, Shinwari’s left-arm pace exploits were a notable exception from the mediocre show by the rest of the bowlers. Once again, the high-scoring encounter at Dubai, Shinwari showcased great skill with the ball to register impressive figures of 4/49 in his 10 overs in the final game.
Stemming the charge of the batsmen in the death overs of the innings, Shinwari executed perfect yorkers to his success. The 25-year-old also scalped out the prized wickets of Finch and Usman Khawaja in his hostile spell of fast bowling demonstrating his excellence in limited overs cricket.