Saud Shakeel, the batting all-rounder, will be a key player to watch out for during South Africa’s tour of Pakistan.
The Proteas will tour Pakistan from January 26 to February 14 for two Tests and three T20 games. South Africans have finished their two-Test series against Sri Lanka and are on a high.
Meanwhile, Pakistan played against New Zealand without their main men including Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq and lost the Test series 2-0. With the return of the big guns, Pakistan will be eager to get back to winning ways.
Among the 20-man squad announced by Pakistan, is the name of Saud Shakeel. The 25-year-old Karachi native is a talented middle-order batsman. He is also handy with the ball as a spinner.
In fewer than 50 first-class games, the young lad has over 3000 runs under his belt. An average of 48.78 shows the consistency of the left-hander. 10 centuries, 17 half-centuries, and the personal best of 174 is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what Shakeel can do. Additionally, he has picked 23 wickets with best figures in a match of 4 for 19 (Cricinfo).
Furthermore, his List-A stats have been impressive as well. 67 games have brought in 2347 runs at a strike rate of 84.88. The Karachi youngster averages 46.01, while scoring 4 centuries alongside 18 fifties (Cricinfo).
Meanwhile, Shakeel’s stance, follow-through, and shots are eye-candy. His drives, cut shots, and on the up hits will remind you of a young Brian Lara. Pull shots and flicks make you revisit the glory days of Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh.
Saud Shakeel is full of talent and is a potential star for Pakistan. A debut at home will be the perfect kick-off for the 25-year-old.
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