Pakistan’s tour to South Africa is turning out to be quite disappointing for the team and the fans. After losing two consecutive test matches from the Proteas, Pakistani team is in desperate need of a win.
Unfortunately, neither the coach nor the players have yet figured out a formula for win. Despite trying hard, the batsmen have consistently failed to perform on the South African pitches.
Pakistan now needs to save itself from a whitewash at all costs.
To prevent any catastrophe from happening, the team management has decided to make some major changes in the squad ahead of the Johannesburg test.
3 main changes for the 3rd test against South Africa
Some of the changes we came to know about are:
1. Mohammad Rizwan to replace Fakhar Zaman
It is beyond comprehension that on what basis was Zaman given a chance to play test matches against the Proteas.
He performed miserably in both the test matches and struggled to even enter into double figures. Management has finally realized that they have indeed made a blunder and will now replace Zaman with in-form wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan.
Mohammad Rizwan has played 77 first-class matches for Pakistan and scored more than 4000 runs. He has recently shown great form and cricket pundits are expecting that Rizwan could perform much better on the South African pitches.
2. All-rounder Faheem Ashraf’s entry into the test squad
Another mistake made by the management was not picking Faheem Ashraf for the final XI. The absence of Faheem Ashraf has been strongly felt in the squad, at a time when Pakistan needed depth in their lower order, there was no one to offer it.
Faheem’s ability to bowl along with striking some clean shots made him a well deserving candidate for the test team.
The young all-rounder made his test debut against Ireland in Dublin in 2018. He has just played 3 test matches up till now, having scored 123 test runs.
However, after viewing the dismal performances of senior players, investing confidence in the fresh players seems a much better option.
3. Shadab Khan’s re-enters
Shadab didn’t play any of the Tests against Australia and New Zealand, nursing a long-term groin injury – although he did play the limited-overs matches against New Zealand.
Now Shadab will finally be able to make a comeback in the third and last test against South Africa.
While the pacers failed to make an impact against the Proteas bowlers, we hope by including Shadab in the squad, Pakistan team will be able to provide some form of resistance.
Shadab has unprecedented bowling talent and if he clicks at the right time then Pakistan is most likely to give South African batsmen a tough time.
It is yet to be seen who these players will be replacing in the squad.
South Africa suffers
South Africa, on the other hand, have similar selection woes with their skipper Faf Du Plessis being ruled out of the last Test with slow over-rate offense.
While Markram and Hashim Amla also sustained injuries in the second Test, a final report on their injury update is yet to come.
The third and final test between South Africa and Pakistan will begin from 11th January.
Pakistani fans have once again reinstilled their hopes in team green but only time will tell whether shaheens will be able to fulfill expectations or will once again be tormented by a strong South African side.