Ahmed Shahzad: A Wasted Talent
Ahmed Shahzad made his International debut in 2009 against Australia. It is very much said that talent doesn’t guarantee success but hard work and consistent performance can. Since his debut, Ahmad Shahzad has played 81 ODI’s, 49 T20I, and 13 Test Matches.
He made his ODI debut on 24th April 2009 against Australia. Ahmed has played 81 ODI matches for Pakistan and has scored 2605 runs with an average of 32.2 only.
He also has scored 6 centuries and 14 half-centuries in his ODI career.
Ahmed Shahzad has also represented Pakistan in two ICC World Cups ( 2011,2015 ) and he was also the part of the winning squad of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Shahzad made his T20I debut also against Australia in 2009. Since then he has played 59 T20 matches and scored 1471 runs with an average of just above 25.
He is the first and only Pakistani batsmen to score a century in T20I. Other than 1 century Ahmed Shahzad also has 7 fifties to his name.
He also showed his talent in Test matches in which he scored 982 runs in 13 matches with an average of 40.
He has his name in a few Pakistani batsmen who have a test average of over 40 runs.
Ahmed was a permanent member of Pakistan till 2015 then suddenly his performance started to decline and as a result, he was dropped from the team.
Ahmed Shahzad made a lot of comebacks but failed to perform in most of them. Recently he was given a chance in a home series against Sri Lanka but he failed badly.
Taking his recent performance into consideration, he looked out of touch in the whole PSL 2020 and merely managed to score 60 runs in 7 matches.
Ahmed Shahzad early days in cricket were very remarkable, he also performed consistently. Due to his good performance, he was started to being compared with Virat Kohli.
His comparison with Kohli might have added a lot of pressure on him and eventually, his performance started to decline on regular basis.
Even Kevin Petersen slammed Ahmed after his bad performance in PSL 2020.
There is no doubt that he has all the talent in him but all he needs to take responsibility and perform.
Ahmad Shahzad still has a lot of cricket left in him and if he performs then probably he might replace Fakhar Zaman in T20I.