By Aruba Adil
WEB DESK: Coming out from the uncertainty of Pakistan’s participation in World T20 and keeping aside the aftermath shocks of Pakistan’s under performance in Asia Cup 2016, let’s talk numbers here.
Statistically, if we look upon Pakistan’s performance in T20 format, surprisingly, it is not disappointing- but against India.
We should not forget that Pakistan won the World Twenty20 title in 2009 under legendary batsman Younis Khan’s captaincy. The same tournament Pakistan started off with a defeat against England but managed to resurrect themselves as World Cup winners.
Pakistan T20 ranking dropped down from number four in 2015 to number seven in 2016, according to International Cricket Council (ICC) ranking.
Pakistan’s performance against New Zealand and Australia is not beyond vanquishing. Pakistan have won eight out of 14 matches played against New Zealand.
Although Australia manages to give Pakistan a good chase, Pakistan have won seven matches out of total 13 against Australia.
Pakistan performed well when they are defending a target, which means their bowling attack is strong.
With Muhammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Muhammad Irfan, it could not be below tremendous bowling attack threshold.
Chasing a target is always been Pakistan’s weakest point as they managed to win thrice against New Zealand and Australia each.
In a Pakistan twenty20 history against India, Pakistan managed to win against India for once losing other five encounters.
Australia will be walking down the ground with Captain Steve Smith who has no history of T20 captaincy. Captain Shahid Khan Afridi also plan on retiring after this T20 World Cup so, this will be of incredible importance to both batsmen to perform their best in the tournament.
Statistically, Pakistan have good standing against their opponent team except India, which concludes that Pakistan have merit for qualifying for semi-final round if only we learn from our mistakes and work hard enough to lift the subdued spirit of the game in the country.