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Shadab Khan, The disoriented leg-spinner

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Shadab Khan, The disoriented leg-spinner. Image: PCB
Shadab Khan, The disoriented leg-spinner. Image: PCB

Shadab Khan, who emerged as a leg-spinner initially, is trying to have a vast grip on his batting skills. Wanting to be known as the bowling all-rounder, he is seen off the track lately and struggling to perform.

From the best fielder to the struggling all-rounder:

He was known to be the backbone of the Pakistan Cricket Team after his multiple goal-oriented and match-winning performances but since the time his keen effort is in mid-order batting, he is noted struggling in both departments.

From being an economical limited-over cricketer with his googlies and challenging deliveries, he drove attention initially from the PSL.

Making his debut in the national team, Shadab inspired the masses with a pile of wickets and splendid catches taken. As of now, seeing his last few innings, he has failed with the bat and with the bowl too.

An excerpt of the last few games:

The spinner could not play on the cards as Pakistan lastly played against New Zealand. Featuring as a captain in place of injured Babar Azam, he made 0, 4, and 42 runs respectively third, second, and opening T20I vs New Zealand last year.

He was seen striving with the ball as well losing his concentration on his originality, leg-spin conceding 36, 24, and 22 runs in third, second, and first T20I bowling four, four, and two overs respectively picking no wicket.

Although he had an absolute PSL season with the bat from where he got hyped, he was not seen improving later in the ahead series.

Bowling in the last 5 matches:

8-0-45-0 (ODI)

4-0-36-0 (T20I)

4-0-24-0 (T20I)

2-0-22-0 (T20I)

4-0-48-0 (T20I)

Batting in the last 5 matches:

0* (0)

15 (11)

0 (1)

4 (7)

42 (32)

Shadab Khan, The disoriented leg-spinner

As the first ODI between South Africa and Pakistan commences at Centurion, he remained wicketless during South Africa’s inning maintaining an economy of 5.63 delivering 8 0vers.

However, his batting is yet to be judged as Pakistan are struggling with one wicket down at the moment of writing with ten overs to be completed.

Also, see:

Pakistan tour of South Africa 2021 schedule, venues, and squads

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