As the Pakistan tour of England 2021 is underway, the two teams have initiated with a three-match ODI series as per schedule. It was speculated that the series ‘certainly’ belong to Pakistan after the hosts’ big players were pulled out after COVID struck their camp.
Those ‘speculations’ have turned out merely false after the chaps, new to ODI or even to international cricket, have given massively heavy blows to the visitors in the first two ODIs.
The batting line-up of the men in green erupted badly as the Ben Stokes and co pulled out all of them on their lowest ODI total at Cardiff and fourth-lowest by any team.
The fans assumed a mega comeback by Babar Azam and co in the 2nd ODI but the batters stuck to the mediocre showcases as the pitch was not working for them ‘only’, blooming English batters with full support.
Pak vs Eng ODI series: Reason behind Pakistan’s heavy collapses
Not only a single factor but multiple can be responsible for Pakistan’s heavy collapses, especially in the ODIs. Since Waqar Younis and Misbah ul Haq has taken over the coaches panel of the PCB, the men in green have decently been surviving in T20Is and Tests. However, they are yet to pull out most of their players in the 50-over format.
We see the team has voyaged for England and West Indies tours without the batting coach as Younis Khan lately has stepped down from his post. Misbah, who was essential as a player in the red-ball format, may not help out the batters much in the limited-over cricket that probably can be one of the reasons for the team’s fall up.
As witnessed, the bowlers did not specify their talent in the first ODI, but they, especially Hasan Ali were in the spotlight of tonight’s show. However, inducing Haris Rauf, who yielded out England’s two tailenders, has not shown any remarkable performances for the men in green after he topped the bowling charts once in the Big Bash League (BBL)
Pakistan, the land of pacer has produced numerous bowlers terrific towards the game but the watchers are witnessing the downfall of batting line-up for a long ago from now on.
Let it be the mid-order or the top-order, no consistent results have been generated so far with the expected batters, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam, and a few more failing at crucial stages to score big whilst batting first or chasing in the ODIs.
Arguing regarding Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf, who have been overhyped due to their heavy influence and fan following on social media, are yet to explicate extraordinary remarks that only have been evolved out ‘rarely’. Except for a few performances, that too versus the ill-ranked teams, the duo is yet to inspire the watchers yet being consistent parts of the team.
Knowingly, Sarfaraz Ahmed, owning the better average in ODIs than Mohammad Rizwan, and also owing bright stats in England’s venues, was benched. Rizwan’s showcases in the ODIs are not hibernated yet the superintendence commenced with him.
It was not only the case but many potent figures were benched including the other underperformers- maybe just to evaluate. But indeed, it is a cumbersome and ill-bred series loss.
Hasan Ali, the fast bowler, has so often proved himself as a match-winner giving his hundred percent when needed with the bat too. The batters may stick to polishing their skills following the game plan but changing the momentum according to the game situation – it may aid out the team to glorify from scratch as the woes continue.
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