A Numbers Based Look at Why Pakistan is the Top T20I Team in the World

Pakistan is currently the number one ranked T20I side in the world and rightly so. The team has enjoyed a red-hot run of 11 consecutive series wins only to be ended by South Africa’s brilliance in the recently concluded T20I series.

While Sarfraz Ahmed can be criticized for his poor captaincy in ODIs and Tests, T20I cricket is a different ball game and the captain knows how to win matches with this set of players.

Let’s have a look at some of the numbers which explain why Pakistan has been a world-class T20 team in the past two to three years.

Opposition Runs HS Ave 100s SR 50s 4s 6s 6s/20 Overs 4s/20 Overs Boundary Runs/20 Overs
Pakistan 4491 94 17.75 0 113.55 16 357 173 5.25 10.83 75
Afghanistan 2554 89* 18.11 0 115.82 7 214 96 5.22 11.65 78
Australia 3572 105 20.06 1 126.48 14 318 127 5.40 13.51 86
India 5199 125* 20.87 3 124.61 19 426 229 6.59 12.25 89
Sri Lanka 4224 145* 26.40 2 136.65 17 336 163 6.33 13.04 90
West Indies 4271 111* 25.57 3 131.65 18 417 141 5.22 15.43 93
South Africa 2547 90 20.37 0 131.90 10 244 92 5.72 15.16 95
New Zealand 3113 80* 23.23 0 134.99 15 266 132 6.87 13.84 97
England 2823 103* 26.63 3 136.17 14 217 134 7.76 12.56 97
Ireland 2450 97 25.52 0 137.10 13 219 112 7.52 14.71 104
Bangladesh 3629 101* 27.91 2 142.03 20 306 167 7.84 14.37 105

Both the lowest and highest numbers are highlighted for convenience.

The numbers are against each team i.e. 4491 runs have been scored against Pakistan with a highest individual score of 94 since the T20I World Cup 2016.

Pakistan has the lowest number of fours per innings with 10.83 fours per 20 innings in the last few years. The Men in Green have allowed the lowest boundary runs per innings with 75, the highest is 105 against Bangladesh.

No team has scored a century against Pakistan and even more impressive, batsmen from other countries have a strike rate of just 113.55 against the Greens, which is the lowest for any team.

Batsmen’s average against Pakistan is also the lowest at 17.75.

These are some of the reasons behind Pakistan’s scintillating form in the shortest format of the game.

Stats via [email protected]_PakPassion

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