Sarfaraz Ahmed, Pakistan wicketkeeper, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Sarfaraz's batting form, leadership skills to play key role in showpiece event

The Pakistan captain lead his team to victory in a ICC tournament in England in 2017 and will be well aware of the demands that the 2019 World Cup will place on him.

Saj Sadiq, Apr 23, 2019 16:23:55 IST

Considered by many as the very antithesis of a calm captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed has continued to lead Pakistan with the style of a schoolteacher looking after errant children. Marked for captaincy from a young age and known famously for leading the Pakistan U-19 side to an incredible victory against India Under-19 to win the World Cup in 2006, Sarfaraz Ahmed is a leader who seems to have fate on his side.

File image of Sarfaraz Ahmed. AP

File image of Sarfaraz Ahmed. AP

The first game of the Champions Trophy in 2017 ended in a disastrous defeat at the hands of a rampant India side. But the manner in which he lifted his side and his own personal performance against Sri Lanka in the group stages is now a matter for the record books. In recent times, Sarfaraz Ahmed has had to struggle against a dip in his batting form and a batting average of 32.91 and a series of single digit scores in the past few games are worrying signs for the 31-year-old Pakistan captain. His recent ban due to some unwise remarks about another cricketer has not earned him too many friends.

However, if he is feeling any pressure now, it's not obvious as the Pakistan captain looks as focussed as ever towards his next set of games and the upcoming World Cup. Considered by Misbah-ul-Haq as the oxygen of the side, Sarfaraz sees the former Pakistan captain and wicket-keeper Moin Khan his role model. It is that street-smartness and ability to take control of game, a key feature in Moin Khan's game during his playing days is what Pakistan supporters expect of Sarfaraz Ahmed as well.

The Pakistan captain lead his team to victory in a ICC tournament in England in 2017 and will be well aware of the demands that the 2019 World Cup will place on him. Just like in the summer of 2017, Sarfaraz Ahmed will look to marshal his troops in 2019, many of whom he has seen grow in stature since that glorious day in June at The Oval. If he can get his tactics right and his own form does not desert him when it matters the most, come 14 July at Lord’s, he could be celebrating once again with a trophy in hand.

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Updated Date: Apr 23, 2019 19:05:32 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