Misbah-ul-Haq had included a 29-year old into the ODI and T20I squad against Sri Lanka and as always, he received a lot of criticism.
However, Iftikhar Ahmed has not disappointed anyone as he performed to the best of his potential on a given opportunity.
He’s being groomed as the lower-order batsman who can finish matches for Pakistan. Iftikhar scored 32* off just 20 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes in the 1st ODI and took Pakistan’s total over 300.
He came into bat in a crucial situation in the last ODI and formed a significant partnership with Haris Sohail to easily finish the match.
Iftikhar ended up with 28 off 22 with 3 fours and a six to give Pakistan a much-joyful victory at the National Stadium in Karachi.