Shaheen & Hasan Ali’s Slog Overs


Pakistan’s white ball tour has been on the back of the recently concluded PSL. The 2nd leg was held in Abu Dhabi in UAE. Hence there would be some semblance of continuity for the squad. This continuity of the same format would continue to take place even beyond this tour of UK. There is a Windies leg of the same white-ball series which is scheduled.

If we look the impressive fast bowling lineup, Pakistan will stand a good chance in outperforming any team on a given day. This is truly an essence of a White ball contest (either ODI or T20i’s). Specifically, if we look at 2 of the fast-bowling resources: Shaheen Afridi & Hasan Ali.

Shaheen Afridi

Among the legacy of producing world class seam bowlers, especially left arm bowlers, Shaheen Afridi’s emergence on the big stage has been a huge shot in the arm for the bowling attack. Shaheen is multi-specialty ability helps them adversely in a ODI setup.

Shaheen's Afridi outstanding Strike Rate
Shaheen’s Outstanding White Ball numbers make him a certainty in playing eleven.

The New ball swinging in the batting powerplay & spells later in the innings with old ball & variations make him the multi specialty asset in the squad. He has also become an all-format player & a certainty in the playing eleven.

One of the major reasons why he has achieved this status is because of the below amazing ODI record. Practically 2 wickets per game is par with legendary standards.

 MatchesWicketsBowl. AvgBowl Sr.
Shaheen Afridi245122.925

Hasan Ali

Hasan Ali really emerged on the scene with an absolute 2017 calendar year. Total of 45 wickets with 18 Games that year (2017) is quite unreal. One of the memorable world stage performances by him was winning the “man of the Series” in the successful 2017 ICC Champion’s Trophy in England.

Hasan Ali's Golden Year of 2017
Impressive 2017 Champions Trophy & amazing calendar year of 2017

Of course, it is extremely difficult or nearly impossible to be able to maintain that level of consistency. Hasan Ali had bit of Lull period along with injury. However, his return in the last few months has been quite exceptional. Recently concluded PSL as well, he had put together some solid performances.

Below is how his Career numbers look like which has quite a impressive Bowling Average & Strike rate.

 MatchesWicketsBowl. AvgBowl Sr.
Hasan Ali528329.631

Shaheen’s & Hasan Ali’s Slog Overs’ Bowling

Both Shaheen and Hasan complement each other quite well. Hasan Ali is more of old ball bowler, while Shaheen as mentioned above would rather enjoy swinging the new ball more.

The Below Graphic will show at what stages of an ODI game do both bowlers have been used by Pakistan management. It also shows % spread of the Wickets which has been picked up by them.

Final 10 overs wickets are as high as 40% while they bowl only 4 overs in total between them
Final 10 overs wickets are as high as 40% while they bowl only 4 overs in total between them

One of the key takeaways from the above graphic shows that both bowlers have a very high impact in the Final 10 overs or “death/slog” over period. Overs post 40 to 50 in an ODI. Both guys have an economy rate of 7.5 RPO during this period. This is quite impressive considering today’s ability of teams to clock at 10’s and 12’s RPO during this period.

Probably given the fact that Haris Rauf is part of the setup, hence on how Babar Azam uses his Slog/Death over Bowlers would be interesting in the upcoming period of ODI’s.