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Nasir Jamshed – the emergence of a star opener

Zia Rana January 9, 2013

The young left hand opening batsman of Pakistan, Nasir Jamshed, has won the hearts of all cricket lovers across the world and astonished India as well.

The young gun mesmerised the Blue Shirts bowlers during the recently concluded three One Day International series in India and toyed with their bowling in all three games. Nasir Jamshed became the highest run scorer from either side by plundering 241 runs at a superb average of 120.50, the best of 106 while thrashing two centuries.

The first ODI of the series was played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai, on December 30, 2012. India scored 227 runs after losing 6 wickets in their allotted 50 overs with a great unbeaten knock of 113 off 125 deliveries with 3 towering sixes and 7 fours by their skipper, MS Dhoni. Nasir Jamshed dispatched 101 runs off 132 balls with 1 six and 5 fours while securing his end as Pakistan clinched the game by six wickets.

The sterling form of the 23-year-old continued in the second ODI which was played on January 3, 2013, at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. He thrashed 106 scored off 124 balls with 2 huge sixes and 12 fours. The Green Shirts hammered 250 runs before they were bowled out in 48.3 overs. The Men in Blue managed just 165 runs when they were all out in exact 48 overs and the visitors won the match by a big margin of 85 runs. It was the third successive ton by Nasir Jamshed against India since he scored 112 runs on March 18, 2012, at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Nasir Jamshed - The emerging opener in the ODIs

Nasir Jamshed – The emerging opener in the ODIs

Nasir Jamshed was born on December 6, 1989, in Lahore, a left hand opening batsmen. He has played for Pakistan, National Bank of Pakistan, Lahore Lions, Pakistan Under-19s and Lahore Region Blues. Cricket was his fantasy ever since his early age as he was in the limelight while appearing for the domestic first class cricket at the age of only 15 and was soon inducted in the Pakistan under -19s squad.  It took him a while  to re-enforce himself in the national side to cement his place since there were quite a few youngsters knocking on the doors of international cricket.

The left hand batsman made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe on January 21, 2008, at National Stadium, Karachi. He scored 61 runs in the match which was won by the hosts with a difference of 104 runs. Nasir has played 22 matches, scored 955 runs at an excellent average of 50.26, the best of 112 comprising three hundreds and all three tons were registered against India.

The record of Nasir Jamshed is not that impressive in Twenty20 internationals since he got 263 runs after taking part in 11 games averaging 26.30, having the best of 56 with two fifties.

India is the happy hunting team in the ODIs for the emerging opening batsman since he has powered 406 runs against them in just five matches at an awesome average of 135.33 runs, the best of 112 with three centuries and one fifty. He has torn apart the bowling of the Blue Shirts at will and their bowlers looked ordinary against the composed batsmen.

There is still a lot to come from the blade of young Nasir Jamshed in international cricket and the cricket fans all across the globe and especially in Pakistan will anticipate that he will carry on with his dangerous form in future.

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