Pakistan batsman Hussain Talat’s future looks uncertain after he only managed 23 runs from three innings’ in the recent T20I series against South Africa.
The 25-year-old showed plenty of promise on the domestic circuit and with Pakistan U19s before making his senior international debut against West Indies in April 2018.
He scored 41 in that match and has since registered two half centuries in T20I cricket.
However, while the Green Shirts won their recently completed series against the Proteas 2-1, Talat struggled with the bat and his place in the side is now under threat.
After coming in at no.4 in the first match, the left-hander struck two early boundaries, with a lap sweep and a streaky aerial shot through the off-side.
But he would be dismissed on 15, stumped by Heinrich Klaasen off a big-turning Tabraiz Shamsi delivery.
Talat was perhaps unfortunate to be given out by the Third Umpire, but he would go on to throw his wicket away in the following two matches.
He reverse swept Shamsi straight to point on 3 in the second match before being clean bowled for 5 in the series decider when attempting to hit the wrist-spinner into the stands.
Hussain Talat’s mistakes ultimately wouldn’t prove costly for his side, but with Mohammad Hafeez soon set to come back into contention, his future in the playing XI is very much uncertain.
No.4 is a key position in any batting lineup and Pakistan will want an in-form player there heading into the T20 World Cup in India later this year.
Talat needed a big score against the Proteas to cement his spot, but instead, a combination of misfortune and poor shot selection could, at least temporarily, cost him his place.