The upcoming Independence Cup 2017 series between Pakistan and ICC World XI teams in Pakistan is one such tournament that gets closely monitored by the entire cricketing fraternity. Two reasons for that, first, because of international cricket’s return to Pakistan after a long gap and second, the current Pakistani team has performed brilliantly in its recent encounters and is the reigning Champions Trophy winners. In total, this T20 series promises some of the most exciting performances by both the teams.
In the T20 format, all-rounders play a vital role as the format is so dynamic that the game shifts with every over. All-rounders, being expert in both the departments, chip-in whenever their team needs and turn around the game in their favor.
In this Independence Cup 2017, there are four all-rounders who deserve your attention. Let’s talk about them one by one:
One of the most important players to look out for in this entire tournament, Sarfraz is the backbone of the Pakistani line-up. He would be carrying many responsibilities on his shoulders – some of them are captaincy, wicket-keeping, and batting. The way he single-handedly carried his team through the Semi-finals of Champions Trophy against Sri Lanka, he has invigorated Pakistan’s hopes of becoming one of the most feared teams in the world. His team would require him dearly throughout this series.
Assistant to Sarfraz, Imad has given some of the spectacular performances in recent series that Pakistan has played. He has been consistent with both bat and ball in domestic tournaments as well. Imad has played 19 T20 internationals and has scored 90 runs at a strike rate of 147. He has also taken 23 wickets at an average of 16.74. Fans can expect some awe-inspiring performance from him in the upcoming Independence Cup 2017.
Arguably the most stylish player in the World XI squad, Collingwood has played 33 innings from 35 T20 matches and scored a total of 583 runs at a strike rate of 127. He is an equally efficient bowler and has taken 16 wickets. His best bowling figure is 4/22. When he is in mood and form, he can demolish any opponent.
Rated one of the best all-rounders in the T20 format, Sammy carries his own style. Out of 66 T20 matches that he has played, he batted in 50 and remained not out in 16. He is a finisher; he has scored a total of 534 runs at a strike rate of almost 150! Talking about his bowling, he has twice taken 4-wickets in an inning with the best figure of 5 for 26.