March 7, 2016

T20 not a batsman's game for Pakistan

Their top-order batsmen struggle for fifties and keep getting out for ducks

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Pakistan's problems in T20 cricket in recent times can be attributed, in large part, to a wobbly top order. In the Asia Cup, their batting concerns were brutally exposed, but it was only the most recent chapter of an ongoing saga. Although the selectors have spread the net wide, they haven't been able to find players to fill the void. Here are some of their T20 numbers from January 2012:

  • Twenty different batsmen have batted in the top three for Pakistan - the most for any team
  • Pakistan's Powerplay run rate of 6.29 is the worst of any team in this period
  • A Pakistan batsman scores a fifty every 9.6 innings - the worst for any team

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. @rajeshstats