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ICC World Cup 2015: Team Analysis- Pakistan

23 years ago, Pakistan stunned the entire world when they defeated England in the finals of the 1992 World Cup at Melbourne and were crowned as Champions. Since then, Pakistan are yet to taste success for the second time in World Cups even though they had won the 2009 World T20. This time around, Pakistan come into the World Cup with a depleted squad as many of their premier players ruled out of the tournament due to injuries. Their only motto coming into the tournament is defeating India in their first match at Adelaide on 15 February and put an end to their five match losing streaks in World Cup. Here is an analysis of the Pakistani team ahead of the World Cup:

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Can Pakistan repeat their 1992 heroics?

Pakistan’s World Cup History:

Year

Position

1975

First Round

1979

First Round

1983

First Round

1987

First Round

1992

Winners

1996

Quarter Finals

1999

Runners up

2003

First Round

2007

First Round

2011

Semi Finals

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Pakistan will miss the services of Junaid Khan (centre), Saeed Ajmal (left) and Mohammad Hafeez (not in picture)

Pakistan Squad for the ICC World Cup 2015:

Captain: Misbah ul Haq

Coach: Waqar Younis

Batsmen:

  •          Nasir Jamshed
  •          Ahmed Shehzad
  •          Younis Khan
  •          Misbah ul Haq
  •          Umar Akmal
  •          Sohaib Maqsood
  •          Haris Sohail

Bowlers:

  •          Mohammad Irfan
  •          Wahab Riaz
  •          Eshan Adil
  •          Yasir Shah
  •          Sohail Khan
  •          Rahat Ali

All-Rounders:

  •          Shahid Afridi

Wicket Keepers:

  •          Sarfraz Ahmed

Strengths:

  •          Experienced middle order with the likes of Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal.
  •          Mohammad Irfan’s consistency with the ball.

Threats:

  •          Absence of some impact players like Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan.
  •          Unpredictable nature.
  •          Over dependent on Shahid Afridi to deliver with the bat and ball.
  •          Pakistan might miss the services of an effective spinner to partner Shahid Afridi.
  •          Most of the players are new to the conditions in Australia and New Zealand.
  •          Poor fielding side with aged players in their ranks.

Impact Players:

Ahmed Shehzad

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A huge burden will be on the shoulders of Ahmed Shahzad.

Opener Ahmed Shehzad, who has often drawn some comparisons with India’s Virat Kohli courtesy the similar look will be itching to match his Indian counterpart in scoring runs too. Shehzad holds key at the top of the order as Pakistan’s chances depend on how he bats. If he manages to get off the blocks early and put Pakistan in command, batsmen following him can play their natural game. Pakistan will be in deep trouble if Shehzad gets out early in the innings. Injury to his opening partner Mohammad Hafeez will put some extra burden on Shehzad’s shoulder. Still, Shehzad’s opening partner is yet to be decided as Nasir Jamshed and Sarfraz Ahmed are set for the face-off with the latter being the favourite to open with Shehzad.

Shahid Afridi

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Boom Boom will make his last ODI tournament count

Depending on Shahid Afridi is the last thing that one can do knowing his tendency of being irresponsible at times. Afridi knows only one way to bat, as he likes to go after the bowlers right away without any half measures. The experienced campaigner holds key in Pakistani line-up as he can win matches with both bat and ball. He is one of the complete all-rounders as he can turn the game in a matter of overs and win matches for his side with his leg-spin. He has scored nearly 8000 runs with the bat and has picked up 393 runs with the ball in the 390 ODIs he played. Even though the conditions will not offer him much, he will use his experience and will adjust accordingly. No ground is bigger when Afridi is on song and will fancy himself in the smaller ground of New Zealand. The World Cup, being his last International tournament, he also promised to break the record of fastest ODI hundred, which he held for nearly 18 years. 

Mohammad Irfan

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Mohammad Irfan hold the key in bwling.

With Umar Gul missing out of the World Cup due to injury, Saeed Ajmal banned from bowling because of illegal bowling action and Junaid Khan failing to recover from the injury he sustained has created a huge void in Pakistani bowling line-up as the three mentioned names are proven match winners. In their absence, pacer Mohammad Irfan has to carry his side on his broad shoulders. Over 7 feet tall, Irfan has been a consistent performer for Pakistan in the last couple of years and has the tendency to strike early with the new ball. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq will depend on Irfan to deliver goods for him. With conditions favouring him, he will use height to maximum effect and will put the opposition under trouble.

Possible Playing XI: Ahmed Shehzad, Sarfraz Ahmed, Younis Khan, Misbah ul Haq, Umar Akmal, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Irfan and Yasir Shah.

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Can the depleted Pakistani side make history in the 2015 World Cup?

Pakistan’s Schedule in the ICC World Cup 2015:

Match No.

Date

Against

Venue

Time

1

15-2-2015

India

Adelaide

0900 IST

2

21-2-2015

West Indies

Christchurch

0330 IST

3

1-3-2015

Zimbabwe

Brisbane

0850 IST

4

4-3-2015

UAE

Napier

0630 IST

5

7-3-2015

South Africa

Auckland

0630 IST

6

14–3-2015

Ireland

Adelaide

0850 IST

Quarter Finals begin from March 18

Semi-Finals Takes place on March 24 and March 26

Finals on March 29 in Melbourne

 

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