Before going deep into this topic lets know the profile of Sarfaraz Ahmed. Sarfaraz was named as Pakistan’s Twenty20 International captain following the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India, he became Pakistan’s ODI Captain on 9th February 2017 when Azhar Ali stepped down. He is the 32nd Test captain of Pakistan’s Cricket Team. He also won ICC U19 World Cup on 19 February 2006 beating India in the final by 38 runs. Sarfaraz had won a Champions Trophy for Pakistan on 18th June 2017 beating India by a big margin of 180 runs where Fakhar scored a marvelous 100. Let’s look towards to his international career.
Batting and fielding averages :
Well, the most important question is that is he still a good captain? In one case no doubt he is still a good captain but if we talk about his batting performance I don’t think he batted like a captain in the previous couple of matches. The last time when he batted well was against Srilanka in Champions Trophy 2017 where he scored crucial 61 runs in 79 balls which helped Pakistan to qualify for the semi-finals. Let’s took Champions Trophy aside and talk about how many matches Pakistan won in his captaincy.
He captained Pakistan in ODI for 47 matches and won 25 out of them with a winning percentage of 55.55. (LOST = 20, NR = 2, TIED = 0)
He captained Pakistan in T20I for 34 matches and won 29 out of them with a winning percentage of 85.29. (LOST = 5, NR = 0, TIED = 0)
Overall in ODI Pakistan’s performance is poor but in T20 they are the No.1 side just because of Sarfaraz’s captaincy. Pakistan lost ODI series against the big teams when Sarfaraz leading the side, they lost badly against New Zealand, South Africa, England and in the test series they even lost a series against Srilanka. In ongoing Cricket World Cup 2019, Pakistan is in big trouble if they could not make it to the semi-finals Sarfaraz and Mickey Arthur might lose their jobs.
He is good at taking single doubles but he is quite bad in hitting the ball hard. He should open the innings for Pakistan as he did in the 2015 World Cup where he also scored a century against Ireland.
For me, he is a fine captain not too good and not too bad. He should need to focus on his batting capabilities. He is a good wicket-keeper. He is a young 32 years guy and I think he can play one more world cup. Anyways good luck to him and his team Pakistan, I hope they could make it to the semis of CWC19. He is one of the luckiest captains of Pakistan. Only Imran Khan, Younus Khan and Sarfaraz Ahmed have ICC Trophies as a Pakistan captain.