Pakistan’s struggles in the opening department isn’t a new phenomenon of the cricketing world. Following many failures, Pakistan installed Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq as the openers of the national team. After an impressive display in the games before World Cup, opening woes came back to haunt the green team in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament. While Imam looked better, Fakhar was horrible and all this dented Pakistan’s chances in the mega-event. Considering the aforementioned muddles and the below listed reasons, it feels only natural to call back Sharjeel Khan once his ban ends later this month.
Imam’s sluggish strike-rate
Imam-ul-Haq ended as the second-highest run-getter of the competition for Pakistan, but those runs were scored at an unimpressive strike-rate of 76.25. Knowing the brand of cricket other nations play, this came as a displeasing sign for a side which aspires to adopt the modern mechanism. Moreover, this increased pressure on other batters to up the run-rate also led towards many unneeded dismissals. With Sharjeel’s prowess, this issue can be taken care of as the powerful striker is known to punish the bad balls and even strike the good balls for boundaries.
Fakhar Zaman’s role in Pakistan team is that of a dasher. Right from the word go, the left-handed batsman plays aggressively. However, it often sees him losing his wicket by playing a rash stroke. Having Sharjeel back in the opening framework would also urge Fakhar to improve his stroke-play and performance as a replacement will always be ready to challenge Fakhar Zaman’s place in the national team.
Removal of Monotony
Considering Pakistan’s white-ball batting line-up, one could easily pick a lot of monotony. Even in the team which played the World Cup 2019 tournament, there were as many as 6 anchors. This really dents a team’s plan to get those formidable totals on good batting tracks. Only batsman to have a flare was Fakhar Zaman who suffered with inconsistency. All this clearly reflects the need of a player like Sharjeel Khan who can help Pakistan change the dynamics of their white-ball batting.