Asad Shafiq is a Pakistani international cricketer, born on the 28th of January, 1986 in Karachi. Shafiq is a right-handed batsman and a promising young cricketer who came into the side when they were going through a rough patch.
Shafiq started his cricket career with the Karachi domestic team. In the 2007-08 first class season, he scored a double hundred and missed the overall tally of a thousand runs by a small margin.
In the limited overs tournament in 2008-09, Shafiq scored 379 runs at 54.14 that put him in the good books of the selectors. In the 2009-10 first class season, Shafiq scored 1244 runs in just 12 games averaging 49.76.
At the age of 24, Shafiq earned his maiden international call-up. He played his ODI match on June 21, 2010, against Bangladesh in Dambulla. He scored just 17 runs as the team won the game comprehensively by 139 runs.
His Test debut came in November later that year against South Africa. He scored 61 runs in the only innings he got to play. In the next month, he played his maiden T20 international match against New Zealand.
Rise to Glory
Shafiq’s best came against South Africa in 2013. Just when Pakistan was in deep trouble at 33/4, he joined Younis Khan and added 219 for the fifth wicket. He scored 111 runs against an attack that consisted of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander, and Morne Morkel.
The top order batsman is also known for playing a handy knock of 46 against Australia in a game that ended their record-breaking 34 matches winning streak in the World Cup.
Asad Shafiq hasn’t been quite able to maintain consistency in his career. In 2012, Shafiq’s form started dipping and he was sidelined from the ODI squad as he could manage only three fifties in 15 games.
Even in Test cricket, he bagged just one fifty in 8 matches. He was also not preferred for the 2012 and 2014 World T20s in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh respectively.