South Africa vs Pakistan: Fans upset with Sarfraz Ahmed after the skipper registered a pair
Pakistani fans across the globe were utterly unimpressed with their side's batting rendition.
Updated - Dec 28, 2018 1:34 pm
A dismal batting performance from the Pakistani contingent led by Sarfraz Ahmed saw the visitors complete both their batting innings inside two days. After getting bowled out for just 181 runs on Day 1, they conceded a pivotal 42-run lead to the Proteas, who banked on Temba Bavuma’s fifty to get that crucial advantage despite an early collapse.
Quinton de Kock too made a huge contribution, taking on the feisty Pakistani fast bowlers to collect 45 runs in just 53 balls. His innings came against the run of play but managed to get South Africa in a commanding position with three days remaining. They need 148 runs to win the Test and go 1-0 up in the 3-match series.
Pakistani fans across the globe were utterly unimpressed with their side’s batting rendition and took a dig specifically at skipper Sarfraz Ahmed. Sarfraz faced just six deliveries on aggregate and register a duck in both innings. After Duanne Olivier cleaned him up in the first innings, Kagiso Rabada got the better of him in the second innings.
Serious concerns raised by fans
Just like many other teams across the globe, the Pakistani batting lineup depends a bit too much on one or two individuals to do the scoring on difficult tracks outside Asia. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq have been the flag-bearers outside home for Pakistan but the other batsmen have been way too inconsistent.
Although Babar Azam has promised a lot in recent years, his performance in the Tests has not been up to the mark. He did register a stunning fifty in the first innings but got gobsmacked in the second innings with an absolute peach from Kagiso Rabada for just six runs.
Skipper Sarfraz’s scores in the Test series against New Zealand, which was played in UAE, were terrible. He scored 2 & 3 in the first Test, 30* in second and 25 & 28 in the deciding game of the series. With his poor run continuing, the fans showed no mercy on the 2017 Champions Trophy winning captain.
Here is how the fans reacted:
— umar ishaque butt (@capisces) December 28, 2018
— Najeeb ul Hasnain (@get2najeeb) December 28, 2018
JUST for fun!
Azhar Ali – 3 balls 🦆
Sarfraz Ahmed – 2 balls 🦆
Yasir Shah – 1 ball 🦆
— ZEE 🇵🇰 (@iBleedGreenZEE) December 28, 2018
— umair (@syedaliraza7355) December 28, 2018
Sarfraz Ahmed vs SA:
1st innings: 4 balls Duck
2nd innings: 2 balls Duck😜😜
— Arif (@Arif47632260) December 28, 2018
Sarfraz Ahmed averages 10.37 in South Africa after 8 Test innings
Has more ducks than double digits score
— BHAROO_LAL (@CfG_PaaK) December 28, 2018
— Baby Dragon 🔥 (@imsyedwaqar) December 28, 2018
— sajid hussain (@sajidhu30490239) December 27, 2018
— Mr Umair🇵🇰🇮🇹 (@Mr_Umiii) December 27, 2018
— Syed Adil (@SyedAdi73046117) December 27, 2018
Imam-ul-haq “Parchi” In 1st Inning 0, In 2nd Inning 57
Shan Masood “Parchi” In 1st Inning 19, In 2nd Inning 65
Sarfraz Ahmed “Legend” In 1st Inning 0, In 2nd Inning 0#SAvPAK
— Fahad (@Fahadkisuno) December 27, 2018
— Mohsinrazzaq123 (@Mohsinrazzaq123) December 27, 2018
Sarfraz Ahmed doesn't even justifies a place in any Test XI as a player, let alone a captain.
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) December 27, 2018
Sarfraz Ahmed should step down as test captain, if he doesn't produce a series win. You can clearly see on him, how much burden he is carrying by captaining in all formats. It is best for him to step down as test captain in order to maintain focus on his performances.
— Mohammad Hasham (@MhHasham) December 27, 2018