Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz is set to be a major asset for captain Babar Azam at the T20 World Cup in India later this year.
The 26-year-old is still in the early stages of his international career, despite making his debut in 2016.
He’s only made 37 appearances across all three formats, but he was a standout performer in the recent three-match T20I series against South Africa.
Pakistan all-rounder Nawaz a big asset for skipper Azam
Nawaz opened the bowling in two of the games and came on as first change in the other but none of the Proteas batsmen were able to get on top of him in the powerplay.
Remarkably, from his 12 overs in the series, the left-arm orthodox only went for five fours and two sixes, conceding just 61 runs in total.
Babar Azam knows exactly what he’s going to get when he throws the ball to Nawaz and that isn’t just a good economy rate.
He also offers a significant wicket-taking threat and although he didn’t take any scalps in the first match, he dismissed the dangerous-looking Pite Van Biljon in the second before outfoxing both Reeza Hendricks and Jon-Jon Smuts in the series decider.
Nawaz’s game isn’t done after he’s bowled his four overs, either.
His numbers in domestic cricket show him to be very much an all-rounder and while he hasn’t produced much with the bat for Pakistan to date, his vital contribution of 18* in the series decider showed what he can offer down the order.
Nawaz struck a clean six over long-on before clubbing a cut over the infield as he and Hasan Ali calmly guided the hosts to victory.
With the approaching T20 World Cup set to be played in similar conditions in India, Mohammad Nawaz’s skills with both ball and bat make him a potential match-winner for the Green Shirts.