Pakistan cricket is unpredictable and always keeps you on your toes. However, there’s nothing unpredictable when it comes to unearthing future stars.
Although Pakistan’s domestic circuit can be mean and ruthless, there’s always a sense of consistency about it. Despite it being challenging, year after year new players come through the ranks which put the selection committee in dilemma.
This year, there have been a number of sparkling performances and one of them is Shan Masood, a player who has already represented Pakistan 12 times in Test format.
With an average of only 23.54 in 14 innings, Shan struggled to convince everyone of his ability to play at the highest level.
Despite being among the fittest player in the Pakistani camp, his timid mentality was questioned along with his caliber to represent Pakistan as an opening batsman.
Ultimately, Shan was dropped and was again thrown in the pit of doom — commonly referred to as Pakistan’s domestic circuit — to prove his worth again and he did not disappoint.
Shan has not only responded to all the critics but along the way, set up a new world record in List-A cricket history.
Following his knock of 182 while playing for Islamabad against Rawalpindi, Shan took his average to 58.2 in List-A, surpassing the stupendous Micheal Bevan’s tally of 15,103 runs in 427 matches with an average of 57.86.
Granted that Shan has only played 71 matches, it is still a remarkable feat for someone who had so much pressure to perform and critics to respond to.
Furthermore, the left-handed opener has also become only the second batsman in history to score more than 1,000 runs in a 50-over season at an average of more than 100.
Masood’s returns this season are 1,288 runs at an average of 128.80, with Bevan the only other batsman to achieve similar numbers – 1,201 runs at an average of 109.18 in 2000.