Saturday, March 23, 2019 | ePaper
Youthful Pakistan race to Twenty20 domination
Brash young players, peak fitness and a winning mentality "in their DNA", Pakistan are the current kings of international Twenty20 cricket.
The last two Sundays have seen Pakistan race to series whitewashes in the game's shortest format against Australia and New Zealand.
They also have registered 11 consecutive series wins - a world record.
The rapid-fire cricket of T20 mirrors the helter-skelter nature of life in the country of 220 million.
Former captain-turned-commentator Ramiz Raja believes Pakistan's Twenty20 flair comes naturally.
"It's partly our DNA," said Raja. "But our successes have a lot to do with skills and fitness. Pakistan is a damn good team in this format, bowling out the opposition at will."
With their powerful and penetrative bowling unit, Pakistan have dismissed rival teams the most times - 31 in all - while, in the last two years, they have defended a total of under 150 on 40 occasions out of 44, with three failures and one tie.