In today’s initial T20I clash against New Zealand in Auckland, the emerging talent from Pakistan, Saim Ayub, left a lasting impact with a remarkable batting performance.
Ayub showcased his explosive skills by scoring 27 runs in just 8 balls, achieving an outstanding strike rate of 337.5.
This feat set a new record for the highest strike rate by a Pakistani top-order batsman in a T20I, surpassing the previous records held by Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Haris.
Afridi’s strike rate of 260 in a 39-run innings against Bangladesh in the 2007 T20 World Cup and Haris’s strike rate of 254.5 in his 28-run innings against South Africa in the 2022 T20 World Cup were eclipsed by Ayub’s stellar performance.
Despite his impressive display, Ayub’s innings was cut short due to a crucial run-out moment. Although Pawerekistan fell short in the chase, ending at 180 runs against New Zealand’s 226/8, Ayub’s contribution extended beyond batting.
In a remarkable fielding display, Ayub took four catches as an outfielder, setting a new record for a Pakistani fielder in a T20I.
Despite the defeat, Ayub’s dynamic playing style and international cricket performance have garnered attention and praise from cricketing legends worldwide.
Notably, his recent Test match against Australia, where he scored 34 runs, drew acclaim from ex-cricketers such as Adam Gilchrist and Michael Vaughan on their podcast.
Vaughan even went on to predict that Saim Ayub is poised to become a cricketing superstar.
The highlight of Ayub’s innings, including a no-look shot for a six on the leg side, went viral on social media, earning admiration from netizens and cricket platforms like ESPN Cricinfo.