Samiullah Shinwari, Afghanistan all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Experienced campaigner will be looking to silence critics on big stage

Shinwari is a stubborn and unconventional lower-middle-order bat, whose experience and all-round abilities add depth to the Afghan squad.

Bertus de Jong, May 10, 2019 19:51:42 IST

Another Division 5 veteran, Samiullah Shinwari’s original role as the side’s front-line spinner has been eclipsed by the rise of Rashid, and with Mujeeb coming into the senior team Shinwari’s hat-full of wrist spin variations are rarely seen outside of the nets these days, and the veteran leggie has in fact taken only nine ODI wickets in national colours in the last five years.

File picture of Samiullah Shenwari. Reuters

File picture of Samiullah Shinwari. Reuters

Reinventing himself as a hard-hitting if unschooled batting all-rounder, Shinwari carved out a place for himself in the middle order at the 2015 World Cup, with 50s against Ireland and New Zealand and a memorable 96 against Scotland underpinning Afghanistan’s historic, last-ball, maiden World Cup win against Scotland at the tournament.

His form for the national side since then has been in decline, managing just a single half-century against Ireland at Noida in 2017 in the 30-odd matches he has played since. Many observers thought the writing to be on the wall for Shinwari’s ODI career, but the weight of runs he has been scoring in domestic cricket seen to have been enough for at least one more outing on the global stage for the Afghanistan stalwart. Shinwari topped the run tables in the last Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One Day Tournament with 398 runs at an average of 79.6 for Speen Ghar with a strike rate over 120.

Whether that’s enough to secure for Shinwari a spot in the Afghan middle order where he has floated about for well over a decade is difficult to judge, with new skipper Naib presumably also dropping in somewhere between numbers 4 and 7, yet given Shinwari’s years of sterling service to the cause of Afghan cricket, few would begrudge him a last hurrah.

Shinwari is a stubborn and unconventional lower-middle-order bat, whose experience and all-round abilities add depth to the Afghan squad.

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Updated Date: May 10, 2019 19:51:42 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254