New-style Haris Sohail a breath of fresh air for Pakistan


It was all about the positive intent for Pakistan against South Africa. On Sunday, they played fearless cricket and weren’t really worried about losing the match, which in turn gave them the freedom to pay their natural game. Coming after the disappointment of Old Trafford, Pakistan badly needed such a win. They have been criticised a lot and the last week has been hard on them, so coming out of that and producing such a performance was particularly pleasing. Haris Sohail, in particular, was a breath of fresh air. He played magnificently well, and ultimately, his innings of 89 off just 59 balls was the difference. Others got runs but his knock was the icing on the cake because Pakistan have needed someone to come in at five or six and up the ante. He really batted well, and it’s probably a different Haris Sohail to the one I’ve seen before.

Haris has always been a very conservative and technically sound batsman but against South Africa, he took the mantle and played in a very different fashion. For me, he’s my No.4 batsman in the team because he’s technically sound and you can give him more overs to build that innings. He and Babar Azam could really complement each other. They both have a habit of making hundreds and could push the run rate also. Haris is one for the future, for sure.

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