Former Pakistan captain, Ramiz Raja has a piece of advice for the Pakistan cricket team and he wants the team management to use the in-form Shadab Khan to open the batting for the national side.
The cricketer-turned-commentator said this due to Islamabad United captain’s brilliant batting display in the ongoing season of Pakistan Super League (PSL). The all-rounder has three half-centuries to his name and he is among the top 5 run-getters in the tournament thus far.
I think Shadab has made a strong case for himself to bat up the order. I don’t see any areas that he might be lacking in as compared to other top-order batsmen in Pakistan. Shadab could actually even open for Pakistan.
He is the second-highest run-scorer with 251 runs in 7 innings at an average of 41.83. For reference, no other Pakistani – not even Babar Azam – is in the top 5.
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Not just this, he has the highest score of 77 and he also holds the record for the second-highest number of sixes in this edition of PSL.
His transformation as a brilliant top-order batsman in the shortest format has surprised many and he has attributed it to his hard work in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) earlier this year.
The 57-year-old was all praise for the all-rounder on his brilliant performances not just as an all-rounder, but as a captain and fielder as well.
Shadab is performing incredibly well in the batting department, his captaincy and in the field. It is great for Pakistan cricket that a cricketing brain has gotten such a big platform. His batting is shining through after promoting himself up the order. His power hitting is now on full display.
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Raja believes that Shadab can be the answer to Pakistan’s woes in the all-rounders’ department.
He can be that integral all-rounder link that Pakistan desperately needs. His future is extremely bright. He plays with his heart and is very fit. He is a safe batsman who can play shots along the ground when needed.
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