- Rohit Singh | November 14, 2022 | 5:35 am
Babar Azam: 3/10
124 runs @ 17.71, SR: 93.23, HS: 53
Babar had a torrid time until the semi-final, when Pakistan needed to chase only 153 – a target that required a player of Babar’s ‘genre’ – and he rose to the task with a 42-ball 53. He tried to break the shackles in the final as well, but failed in the attempt against a canny, versatile England attack.
Mohammad Rizwan: 5/10
175 runs @ 25.00, SR: 109.37, HS: 57
C: 3, St: 1
Barring the semi-final, where he made a 43-ball 57, Rizwan varied between scratchy and efficient, and finished as Pakistan’s joint-highest run-scorer of the tournament. His other innings in excess of 30 came in low chases against the Netherlands and Bangladesh. He was tidy behind wickets.
Shan Masood: 5/10
175 runs @ 43.75, SR: 118.24, HS: 52*
Shan’s two best innings – against India and Zimbabwe – came in defeats, but one can hardly fault him for that. His 28-ball 38 in the final was a decent effort too. Until he was there, Pakistan were in the hunt for 160: they added only 16 in 21 balls after he fell.
Mohammad Haris: 7/10
97 runs @ 24.25, SR: 144.77, HS: 31
Coming into the World Cup squad only after Fakhar Zaman was ruled out with an injury, Haris played two outrageous blinders against South Africa and Bangladesh. In the semi-final, with the asking rate under control, he batted deep to ensure there was no collapse. He struggled in the final.
Iftikhar Ahmed: 5/10
114 runs @ 22.80, SR: 122.58, HS: 51; 3.5-0-28-1
By scoring 102 in 69 balls in the two matches against India and South Africa, and 12 in 24 balls across the other five matches, Iftikhar epitomised the inconsistency one associates with both 20-over cricket and Pakistan. He bowled a decent spell against Bangladesh.
Shadab Khan: 9.5/10
98 runs @ 24.50, SR: 168.96, HS: 58
11 wickets @ 15.00, ER: 6.34, BBI: 3-22
Had Pakistan won the final, Shadab might have been the Player of the Tournament. It is difficult to find fault with his tournament effort – and the above numbers do not even include his superlative fielding. Even in the final, he hit 20 in 14 balls, conceded 20 in his four overs, and got a wicket.
Mohammad Nawaz: 4/10
68 runs @ 13.60, SR: 106.25, HS: 28
3 wickets @ 22.33, ER: 7.44, BBI: 2-42
That Nawaz’s economy rate, of 7.44, was the worst for Pakistan, probably tells you how good they were with the ball. He will perhaps be remembered for that last over against India, but he played cameos against Zimbabwe and South Africa, and kept sneaking in the odd tight over here and there.
Mohammed Wasim: 7/10
8 wickets @ 15.50, ER: 7.29, BBI: 4-24
16 runs @ 8.00, SR 72.72
Pakistan drafted Wasim into the side after the lack of a fourth fast bowler cost them the match against India. Wasim kept clocking 140 kph consistently, took 4-24 against Zimbabwe, and bowled vital spells against South Africa and New Zealand. His batting did not work out.
Shaheen Shah Afridi: 8.5/10
11 wickets @ 14.09, ER: 6.15, BBI: 4-22
Shaheen, after having 11-92 in his last 17.1 overs, hobbling out of the final will remain a lasting, poignant moment. He had been undergoing rehabilitation ahead of the World Cup, and recovered after two ordinary games where he was not at his quickest. He bowled quicker and found his accuracy as the tournament went on – until his injury caught up with him with he had another 11 balls to push Pakistan towards history. Pakistan’s plans fell apart as he left. Some stories are not to be written.
Haris Rauf: 8.5/10
8 wickets @ 22.25, ER: 6.84, BBI: 2-23
Hostile inside the powerplay and canny at the death, Rauf was at his fastest best in various phases of the tournament. Quick enough to hurry batters with his pace, he slid in the slower ball without visible change in action. Those two sixes by Virat Kohli took some sheen off those numbers, but they still look fantastic.
Naseem Shah: 8/10
3 wickets @ 54.00, ER: 6.23, BBI: 1-11
In the final, Naseem bowled perhaps the greatest 4-0-30-0 in the history of Twenty20 cricket. Until the final, he had gone for exactly a run a ball. This, despite bowling almost entirely inside the powerplay or at the death. That, in a nutshell, sums up how fantastic Naseem had been in the tournament. The youngest, least talked-about of Pakistan’s pace troika was the most consistent – and perhaps their best in this World Cup.