Pakistan lost to India in the 2023 ODI World Cup on Saturday. It was a bad defeat for the visitors because, at one stage, they were heading towards a competitive total. Nevertheless, it was both the batting and the bowling departments that led the team down against India. The team’s next game would be against Australia in Bengaluru. Here, we take a look at the list of two changes Pakistan might make for their next game against Australia.
1) Usama Mir for Shadab Khan
Shadab Khan has been in poor form for a while now. Against India, it was the perfect chance for him as a batter to showcase his skills. However, he lost his wicket early. With the ball, as well, he lacked the bite and never threatened the Indian batters.
In Bengaluru, one good leg-spinner is needed to test the opposition batters. If fit and available, Usama Mir must make it to the playing XI. Yes, there would be a reduction in batting depth but in Bengaluru, the batters must be confident to chase any score or set a big total.
2) Agha Salman for Mohammad Nawaz
Agha Salman for Mohammad Nawaz is one of the changes Pakistan might make for their next game against Australia. Just like Shadab, even Mohammad Nawaz has been poor for a while. As a left-arm spinner, he should trouble the opposition right-handers regularly. However, he has not been able to do that.
In Agha Salman, Pakistan can get a decent all-rounder. While he would secure the batting depth, the bowling responsibility can also be shared with someone like Saud Shakeel. This way, Pakistan can go with a fresh spin attack against Australia. It is difficult to succeed in Bengaluru but it needs to be noted that even Australia is struggling. Hence, the Pakistan spinners will have a good chance to leave an impact.