Sarfaraz Ahmed’s position on the side has been precarious since the rise of Mohammad Rizwan.
We have faith in Sarfaraz’s talents
In one-day internationals, Pakistan captain Babar Azam has stated that he intends to use Sarfaraz Ahmed as the team’s wicketkeeper and number five batsman. This comes after Sarfaraz played in the third One-Day International (ODI) against South Africa, his first 50-over game since October 2019.
Sarfaraz did not contribute significantly to Pakistan’s 28-run victory, scoring only 13 runs with that bat. Despite this, he managed three catches behind the stumps to justify his inclusion.
Our middle order was a little shaky: Babar Azam
“The only thought behind this selection was that we had a lot of experience sitting on the bench in Sarfaraz that we wanted to use. “There is a gap in our middle order that we are trying to fill, which is why we brought Sarfaraz in to try and plug that weakness,” Azam was quoted as saying by PakPassion.
Sarfaraz Ahmed’s position on the side has been precarious since the rise of Mohammad Rizwan. However, with his captain’s confidence in him, Ahmed appears to be able to retain his spot in Pakistan’s 50-over format.
“Sarfaraz Ahmed is in the team because we believe in his skills, and we will try to use him in ODIs as a wicketkeeper and batsman at the number 5 position because that is where he is most comfortable. That is also the position that requires a batsman to move the innings along, which we lacked in the previous two games where the middle order struggled.”
“I have a lot of faith in the side. I’m very pleased with the top order’s performance in such a difficult environment as South Africa. It instills a lot of confidence in us, and we want to keep this momentum going,” he said. As Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the T20I series in Johannesburg on April 10th, the team was able to convert Babar Azam’s desire to keep the “momentum going.” The two teams will meet again on April 12th at the same venue.