Pakistan’s poor Net Run Rate (NRR) left Pakistan with an extremely tough task at hand in their last group stage match against Bangladesh. In order to overcome New Zealand’s NRR, Pakistan needed to score in excess of 400 or 500 in the first innings and then bowl out Bangladesh cheaply in order to have an outside chance to make it to the semis.
Fortunately for Pakistan, they won the toss and opted to bat first. Fans hoped that Pakistan will now look to try and score as many runs to have a shot at the minor miracle. The onus lay flamboyant opener, Fakhar Zaman to finally unleash himself and play his natural game.
However, Fakhar couldn’t break his shackles and played a rather unusual innings in the context of the game. The left-hander’s lack of intent when Pakistan needed him to fire away, baffled a lot of people including Sharjeel Khan. The opening batsman, who is serving a ban for spot-fixing allegations, took to Twitter to question Fakhar’s batting approach and criticized him for not playing his natural game.
Fakhar’s struggle at the crease ended after scoring just 13 runs off 31 balls which capped a poor World Cup campaign for him. With Fakhar being out of form badly from last few months, it is being reported that Sharjeel might be favoured over Fakhar once his ban ends in late August.