Following the defeat from India, Pakistan was surrounded by criticism and was at the receiving end of backlash from fans and pundits. However, a convincing win against South Africa has helped them aptly reply to their critics.
One of the changes the team management made was to replace the struggling Shoaib Malik with Haris Sohail and it paid dividends as the left-hander played a remarkable innings to rescue Pakistan’s batting. The 30-year-old showed his class and played exceptionally well for his knock of 89 runs off 59 balls.
Former captain, Waqar Younis has termed Haris' innings as a breath of fresh air for Pakistan in the World Cup and was largely impressed with his technique and batting approach.
“Haris Sohail, in particular, was a breath of fresh air. He played magnificently well, and ultimately, his innings of 89 off just 59 balls was the difference. Others got runs but his knock was the icing on the cake because Pakistan have needed someone to come in at five or six and up the ante. Haris has always been a very conservative and technically sound batsman but against South Africa, he took the mantle and played in a very different fashion,” Waqar said.