These Are the Positives Pakistan Can Take From the Tour of South Africa

Pakistan might have lost all three series against South Africa, but the numbers from the young players are somewhat encouraging. The team showed glimpses of brilliance despite returning home without any trophy.

Mickey Arthur isn’t bogged down with the results.

I hope the media and fans see how Babar Azam‚ Imam-ul-Huq and a couple of our other young players are developing because that is the biggest takeaway from the tour of South Africa.

His own performance as a coach, however, is under question after most batsmen’s poor run with the pitches and bounce despite these being the head coach’s home conditions.

Here are some numbers which might please the Pakistan fans who’re looking for something positive after the series:

Babar Azam has started meeting everyone’s expectations and his numbers are clearly reflective of his batting talents.

Format Innings Runs Average Strike Rate HS
Test 6 221 36.83 79.21 72
One Day International 5 195 48.75 83.33 69
Twenty20 3 151 50.33 157.29 90


Teenage pacer, Shaheen Shah Afridi has also made his presence felt in the series, probably cementing his place for the Cricket World Cup 2019. Here are his numbers:

Format Innings Wickets Average Economy BBI
Test 3 9 26.66 3.98 4/64
One Day International 4 6 23.16 4.63 3/44
Twenty20 2 2 25.00 6.25 1/23


Imad Wasim has enjoyed a brilliant T20I series against Proteas.

Match Bowling
1st T20I 4-0-23-1
2nd T20I 4-1-9-1
3rd T20I 4-0-19-1


Shan Masood, who made a comeback to the test side, made pretty handy contributions with the bat and was the most successful Pakistani batsman in the Test series. He was the second highest run-getter in the series overall. Here are his numbers:

Match Scores
1st Test 19, 65
2nd Test 44, 61
3rd Test 2, 37


Imam-ul-Haq did a stupendous job at the top of the order in the ODI series, scoring 271 runs in 5 innings, the highest ever by a Pakistani batsman in a bilateral series against South Africa on their shores.

Match Score (Balls)
1st ODI 86 (101)
2nd ODI 5 (14)
3rd ODI 101 (116)
4th ODI 71 (91)
5th ODI 8 (10)


Do you think the series proved to be a good one looking at the long-term benefits? Let us know in the comments section.

  • Yeah, Amir (Our Hero) Come Back Due to Malik Politics in T20 : Amir Only Played Last T20 & takes 3 WKT :

    RIP Malik

  • A great learning curve ahead the 2019 World Cup. Pakistan must learn from its batting failures on bouncy and seaming tracks. Pitches in England wont be a piece of cake. Babar Azam is proving to be the most outstanding batting talent Pakistan has produced in the last decade especially after the lights of Yousuf , Younus and Inzamam.

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