While the consequentiality of the top three batters (Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam) is known to all but one cannot undermine the role of Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed. Pakistan did lose the fifth game but Sarfaraz’s bat spitting fire was a jubilant sight for all the fans.
The dexterous batsman possesses a prolific record batting in England as the 31-year old averages 70 in ODIs in the said country with a splendid strike-rate around 95. Even in the last ODI series in England, it was Sarfaraz who produced impressive batting outings. Hence, the Karachi born would be carrying happy memories going into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament.
Moreover, his ability to rotate strike-rate makes a great case for him to bat at 4 so that the phase of overs 11-40 can be utilized. This would also allow Pakistan to accommodate a slogger like Asif Ali in the final eleven who would hold immense value on flat decks going into the mega-event. Pakistan will begin their World Cup journey on May 31 against West Indies at Nottingham.