Pakistan failed to get a consolation win against England in the fifth ODI at Headingley and the visitors remained victory less in the entire series. Despite the series loss, there are some positives to take included Sarfaraz’s Ahmed regained form during the series.
Sarfaraz’s nearly played a captain’s inning to see Pakistan through the big chase but unfortunately got out just three runs short of his century. The captain’s inning of 97 runs was a pure exhibit of his true ability to rotate the strike and keep the run board ticking in the middle overs. He also hit his first ODI six after 17 innings.
The argument that Sarfaraz should bat higher up the order further validates after his last innings as his numbers batting at number 5 or higher are much better (Avg 45, SR 88) than when he bats lower than number 5 position (Avg 27, SR 86). Furthermore, his batting average playing in England is more than 75, which means he will play a significant role in Pakistan’s batting lineup in the World Cup.