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PSL 8: Waqar Younis Criticise Sarfaraz Ahmed’s batting approach against Qalandars

In the match against Lahore Qalandars yesterday, the former head coach and legendary fast bowler of Pakistan, Waqar Younis, criticized Quetta Gladiators’ captain Sarfaraz Ahmed’s batting style. Waqar Younis targeted Sarfaraz for his poor performance, which resulted in the match being entirely in favor of Qalandars. During the match, the right-handed wicket-keeper-batsman made 25 runs in 25 balls under the leadership of Shahid Afridi. The former fast bowler expressed disappointment in Sarfaraz’s strike rate of just 100 in this match and said that such a strike rate is not enough to win games in the highly competitive Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Waqar Younis said, “Sarfaraz Ahmed scored 25 runs in 25 balls.”  The term “finisher” is usually used for a batsman who scores at a strike rate of 150 or 160. Sarfaraz has a strike rate of 100 today, so playing like this, you cannot win matches. Lahore Qalandars began losing wickets quickly while batting first. The Qalandars squad had lost 7 wickets in the first 10 overs. Zimbabwean-born Pakistani all-rounder Sikander Raza was the star of the match, scoring 71 runs off 34 balls, including eight boundaries and three sixes.

The star all-rounder of Afghanistan, Rashid Khan, also participated with his bat as he scored 21 runs on 20 balls, including one boundary and one six. In response, Quetta started off splendidly and made 56 runs with the loss of one wicket within the powerplay. With excellent pace and aggression, Haris Rauf took three wickets with Rashid Khan being among them, who obtained two wickets. The Gladiators remained restricted to a total of 131 runs in the final innings of the match.

The Quetta Gladiators are facing difficulties in finding the right team combination in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 8. So far, they have only managed to win one match out of six in the tournament and currently find themselves at the bottom of the points table. After a poor performance, social media users have heavily criticized Gladiators’ captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, who scored 27 runs off 28 balls against Lahore Qalandars on Thursday. Some social media users have targeted Sarfaraz Ahmed with criticism like this.