Wahab Riaz, Pakistan bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Wahab's chance to silence critics and vindicate selectors' trust

Wahab Riaz is a wicket-taking bowler, someone who can blow away any top order and clean up the tail quickly if the ball is reversing.

Saj Sadiq, May 21, 2019 12:37:00 IST

Wahab Riaz received a surprise call-up to the World Cup squad after Junaid Khan and Faheem Ashraf struggled in the series against England. To many Pakistan fans, it was an undeserved call-up, but others feel that his extra pace and ability to bowl well in English conditions will be an asset for Pakistan at the World Cup.

File image of Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz. Reuters

File image of Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz. Reuters

Wahab divides opinion amongst Pakistani fans and media, he is an enigma at times, a bowler who you expect much more from, a bowler, who on his day when things are going well, can be a match-winner. However, the good days have been few and far between in his 133-match international career. A bowling average of 34.50 in Tests and 34.34 in ODIs do not do justice to his talents.

He has the ability to trouble any batsman on any surface, but his lack of control and rhythm have meant that he has not always delivered for Pakistan. He is a wicket-taking bowler, someone who can blow away any top order and clean up the tail quickly if the ball is reversing. Mickey Arthur and Inzamam-ul-Haq feel that Wahab gives them something different, provides them with pace and the ability to score a few runs down the order.

Many would say picking Wahab is a risk, but Arthur and the rest of the Pakistan think-tank will be hoping that it's a risk that pays-off. The World Cup gives Wahab Riaz another opportunity to silence his many critics, it remains to be seen if he can produce the goods and wickets that Pakistan so desperately need.

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Updated Date: May 21, 2019 12:37:00 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
New Zealand 4 3 0 1 7
India 4 3 0 1 7
England 4 3 1 0 6
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 4 1 2 1 3
South Africa 5 1 3 1 3
Bangladesh 4 1 2 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 4 0 4 0 0





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 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
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