Former India batter Virender Sehwag feels that Mohammad Haris could break the opening partnership of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in T20Is.
One of them will have to come lower down the order to accommodate Haris. On Thursday, November 3, the right-handed Haris scored 28 runs off 11 balls with three sixes and two fours in the ICC T20 World Cup match against South Africa.
After Rizwan’s dismissal, the 21-year-old Haris went after the bowlers and took Pakistan to 42 runs in the powerplay. Fast bowler Anrich Nortje dismissed him to stop the carnage at the SCG.
Haris, who replaced Fakhar Zaman in the 15-member squad, couldn’t carry on, but Sehwag believes he was the one who gave momentum to the Pakistan innings.
“Mohammad Haris’ future is bright. He took on South Africa pacers on Australian tracks. He scored 28, but they were not less a 60. If he plays like this, it could end Rizwan and Babar’s run at the top and force one of them to come down the order,” Sehwag said to Cricbuzz.
Iftikhar Ahmed and Shadab Khan scored half-centuries to take the Men in Green to 185. Pakistan defeated South Africa by 33 runs.