Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has not been able to convert the starts he has been able to accumulate in the past few innings at the World Cup. After making a vital contribution of 84 runs in his side’s first win of the tournament, Hafeez has often found himself throwing away wickets to part-timers, something one would not expect a senior player to do.
Hafeez was striking well in his decently paced 46 against Australia before dispatching a rank full-toss from Aaron Finch, who rarely bowls, to the man at deep midwicket. Later, he followed the same pattern of dismissal against South Africa’s Aiden Markram as he tried to sweep off a full delivery and was adjudged leg before wicket.
Once again during the crucial match against New Zealand, Hafeez came down the wicket to Kane Williamson’s bowling to launch a hit straight to the fielder. Hafeez’s knack of getting out at important moments of the game shows he is unable to fully utilize his experience, which Pakistan desperately require from him.