Pakistan team failed to qualify for the final of Asia Cup, their performance was disappointing and it shattered fans’ perception that their team is world-beater.
However, everything is not lost in the Asia Cup 2018, some positive points can also be extracted from the flop show Pakistan team put in.
Here are some of the positive aspects from Asia Cup.
Shaheen can hunt
The 18-year old Shaheen Shah Afridi has got the potential. He can be an asset for Pakistan team, especially when there is pace and bounce in the wicket. The left-arm pacer is vicious, he can move the ball and he is clever.
The 36-year young, Shoaib Malik still has got the stamina and the reflexes to steer Pakistan to glory. Malik can maneuver the ball and also has the ability to hit the long ball. A perfect batsman for Pakistan’s middle-order.
Imam Ul Haq, after getting so much criticism from fans and experts for being selected by his uncle Inzamam Ul Haq, proved that he can play under pressure. Though, Imam failed during both matches against India and could not score at an impressive strike rate, his performance during the tournament proved that he can improve and can be a reliable opener for Pakistan.
Asif Ali can be groomed into a good finisher
Asif Ali did not do justice to his talent during Asia Cup as he fell whenever the team needed him the most. However, he showed the glimpses of what he is capable of. His brief cameo against India and a much sensible inning against Bangladesh hinted that he has got the potential to be good finisher for Pakistan, especially when the team lacks a hard-hitting batsman in the lower-middle order.
Junaid Khan is reliable
For some unknown reasons, Junaid Khan could not win the trust of his captains and coaches. Despite being a world class left-arm pacer, he has always been sacrificed for other bowlers, who are perceived as more talented than him. He proved his worth during Champions Trophy and he fulfilled the expectation on his comeback against Bangladesh. Junaid Khan can be the go to bowler for Pakistan