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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja believes that all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is starting to establish himself as a finisher in limited overs cricket.
Ramiz’s comments come after Hafeez played an instrumental role in leading Pakistan to victory in the first ODI against South Africa as he scored an unbeaten 71 off just 63 balls.
Given how effective Hafeez was in that match, Ramiz sees no reason why the 38-year-old can’t assume that role and take the responsibility that comes with it.
“Hafeez is emerging as a finisher in the middle order for Pakistan in the limited overs [cricket]. He has become a very effective player since shifting from the opening slot to the middle order,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “It seems that he is now free to play his shots, hitting sixes against spinners, taking on the fast bowlers, hitting runs, and is able to read the situation pretty well as well.
“Hafeez, alongside Shoaib Malik, is turning out to be a useful player in the middle order.”