Yesterday’s blistering knock of 81 runs from 29 balls by Sohaib Maqsood helped Southern Punjab reach the National T20 Cup semi-finals despite remaining low ranked team in the tournament throughout. This was probably one of the best innings so far in Sohaib’s career and it really meant for the 33-years-old cricketer.
Let’s get back to 2013 when Maqsood entered the international cricket arena with T20I debut against Zimbabwe at Harare. Unfortunately, the lad’s career lasted only three years but he surely possessed strong power-hitting skills. Sohaib scored consecutive fifties in his first two ODIs against a formidable South African bowling line-up but since then it’s been all downhill for him.
Where did it go all wrong for Maqsood? When he came on to the international scene everyone compared him with the great Inzamam-ul-Haq due to the similarities in the technique of the two batsmen and also roots from the same city, Multan. An analysis of his ODI career suggests that there are three main reasons for his exclusion from the side: shuffling batting position, T20I performances, and fitness.