New Zealand batter, Colin Munro, believes that Pakistan team picks too many openers in their T20 International side.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are current openers in the Pakistan T20I side. Munro believes Shadab Khan is a proper batsman and can be utilized better by his national side.
While talking in the post-match conference, Munro commended Islamabad United’s skipper on his batting display on Tuesday in HBL PSL 8.
“Shadab has always been a bowler that can bat a lot. He doesn’t get the credit he deserves when playing for Pakistan. As I have been playing international cricket, I can say Pakistan picks up too many openers in their team,” Munro said.
“It’s hard being an opener and batting at four or five when you haven’t done it before. You have to pick guys that are in the right. You know the guys contributing to winnings performances in certain situations, so someone like Shadab who bats at four for us – four or five is his spot, he’s a proper batsman,” he said.
The left-handed batsman also lauded Shadab for his captaincy.
“As a captain, he is usually calm and collected. Tonight we needed a little bit of bamboo, as they say, just in the field because we were a little bit lazy. But again, you need that every now and again. It shows that he really cares about the team and the group, and he wants us to have those high standards that he sets for us,” he said.
“He’s a genuine all-rounder, like I said, and we probably have the two best all-rounders in Pakistan at the moment playing for us, which is great,” he added.
Islamabad United attained their highest run chase in PSL history. The match came down to the last over when Faheem Ashraf played a magnificent inning of 51 runs at death and took his team over the finishing line.