Waqar Younis, the former head coach and legendary fast bowler of Pakistan, has criticized Quetta Gladiators captain Sarfaraz Ahmed for his batting approach in a recent match against Lahore Qalandars at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. Waqar expressed disappointment in Sarfaraz’s lackluster performance, which led to Qalandars dominating the match despite a slow start.
Sarfaraz, a right-hand wicketkeeper-batsman, scored 25 runs off 25 deliveries in the game against the Shaheen-led Lahore Qalandars. Waqar was critical of Sarfaraz’s strike rate, which was only 100 in that match, stating that it was insufficient to win games in the highly competitive Pakistan Super League (PSL). He added that a finisher coming in at number six is expected to have a strike rate of 150 or 160, which Sarfaraz failed to achieve.
During the match, Lahore Qalandars batted first and lost seven wickets within the first ten overs. However, Pakistan-born Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza’s quick-fire 71 runs off 34 balls, including eight boundaries and three sixes, made him the star of the match. Afghanistan star all-rounder Rashid Khan also contributed with his bat, scoring 21 runs off 20 balls.
In response, Quetta Gladiators had a strong start, scoring 56 runs after losing one wicket in the powerplay. However, Lahore Qalandars’ Haris Rauf, with his pace and aggression, claimed three wickets alongside Rashid Khan, who took two wickets. The Gladiators were limited to 131 runs in the final innings of the match.