The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 has gone underway since October 16, 2022 which will continue till November 13, 2022. With all the giants teams, Pakistan entered in the competition who were beaten in the semi-final stage in the last year’s edition of the World Cup.
The side has an outstanding record in the Men’s T20 World Cup and have established themselves among the favorites again this time in Australia.
In the rivalry against India, they gave a tough stand but lost the game to the opponents. Let’s have a look at their records and Pakistan cricket news.
2022 Prospects of Pakistan
Alongside India, South Africa, and Bangladesh, Pakistan entered in Group 2 of the Super 12s. To back up last year’s efforts, where the side lost to Australia, Pakistan will need to end their game in the top two of their group.
In the tri-series with New Zealand and Bangladesh, the Men in Green are back in form in the T20 World Cup. Although they suffered a 4-3 defeat in the 7 match T20 series with England, they demonstrated their great performances plenty of times to favor their team.
Undoubtedly, Pakistan will be among the front runners and will have expectations to advance past the Super 12s and into the semi-finals one more time.
Pakistan’s World Cup history has been stellar, entering the semi-finals in 5 of the 7 editions of the World Cup. In 2007 in South Africa, they reached the final in the inaugural competition only, losing the game by just 5 runs to India after Gambhir nailed 75 runs for India to emerge victorious.
After two years, the lifted the World Cup Championship trophy with Shahid Afridi’s 54 not out record and Abdul Razzaq’s 3 for 20 helped the team to get 8-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at Lord’s stadium.
Irrespective of their excellent record, that was the only time to date when Pakistan reached the final, getting continuous defeats in the semi-finals in 2012 and 2012 against Australia and Sri Lanka respectively.
The 2014 World Cup witnessed Pakistan losing in the semi-finals for the first time and in 2016, they missed the opportunity once again. This indicates a long 5-year gap until last year’s World Cup edition in UAE and Oman, where they reached the semi-finals for the first time in 9 years. Despite Rizwan’s 67 and Shadab Khan’s four for 26, they suffered yet another defeat in the semi-finals to Australia.
Best Batters in Pakistan
Are you a cricket enthusiast? You would easily guess the best batter of Pakistan as he is only known to be the world’s best batter. Rizwan sits on the top of the ICC Men’s T20I team player rankings.
Playing at an average of 52.34, Rizwan has one hundred and twenty two 50’s in just 62 innings, with a recent record of 69 in their victory over Bangladesh, depicting his greatest form to head into the T20 World Cup 2022.
Rizwan’s performance will favor Pakistan in the Super 12s with them facing Bangladesh. Performing against the opponents, India and South Africa, Rizwan averaged a great 96.5 and 62.16 respectively.
Rizwan has formed the best opening batting pairing with Babar Azam in world cricket. Azam holds the third position currently in MRF Tyres T20I batting rankings.
Pakistani captain, Babar Azam averages 43.66, a bit less than Rizwan but he has racked up two 100s and twenty nine 50s. Like Rizwan entering the World Cup in excellent form, he scored 55 in that win over Bangladesh, also getting his 2nd T20 international hundred against England with a score of 110 as Rizwan smashed 88 unbeaten in 10-wicket victory.
With young and powerful new-age players in the team, Pakistan has polished their pacing side as well. They may have the two best bowlers on the team but their recent loss to New Zealand and Bangladesh has shattered their team.
Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan are really the best they have in their team but there are plenty of bowling lineup with Mohammad Wasim and Mohammad Nawaz on top in recent clashes and Shaheen Afridi back on the groove from his injury for the T20 World Cup 2022 tournament.
Haris Rauf is a player who strikes fearfully in the top order lineup across the globe, averaging just 23.03 and picking up 64 wickets in their 50 matches. He has joined the extraordinary young all-rounder Shadab for Pakistan.
Just 24, Shadab has already played a crucial role with both bat and ball for long years, picking up 87 wickets at an average of 22.29 since he made debut 5 years back. He will once again prove to be a key player in the Pak team, with his leg breaks proving incredibly amazing.
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