One Minute Down, Next Minute Up – The Curious Case of Shan Masood?

Shan Masood is one of the most improved cricketers in the world. He makes himself a utility player in all three formats. If we sum up the career of the new vice-captain of Pakistan Shan Masood in one sentence then, One Minute Down, Next Minute Up, is the best statement to describe him. His numbers in first-class cricket, List A and T20 are just phenomenal.

His game awareness and ability to play according to the situation are regarded to be superb. But these statements suited him only in domestic cricket. He is yet to replicate his true class on the International stage. 

Shan Masood Comebacks

Shan Masood made his test debut back in 2013 against South Africa in UAE. His performances hardly remained up to the mark, and resultantly never featured consistently within the national side. The left-hander has made many comebacks in the Pakistani team but his performances are not as good as he performed domestically. The last time he was dropped from the team was when he got three consecutive ducks in the New Zealand test series in 2020/2021.

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Shan’s performances in international and domestic

Test vs First Class

In the recently concluded Test series against top-tier sides England and New Zealand, Shan made his Test comeback after a gap of almost two years. In these series, his numbers weren’t very impressive. His overall record in Test cricket is not as good as he performed at the domestic level.

StatsInternationalDomestic
Matches28147
Runs15009138
Average28.3037.91
50/1006/441/21

ODIs vs List A 

Despite Left-hander Shan Masood having an average of 57.14 in List A cricket, he couldn’t get many chances in 50-over international cricket. As he only played five ODIs for Pakistan before this series against New Zealand. 

StatsInternationalDomestic
Matches6102
Runs1114743
Average18.5057.14
50/1001/029/14

T20I vs T20

At the start of his career, Shan looked like a test and One day player, but he improved his game very much and forced the selectors to pick him for the T20I squad. As he performed really well in PSL and domestically.

StatsInternationalDomestic
Matches19136
Runs3953391
Average30.3827.79
50/1003/023/1

Shan Masood returned to the ODI side after a while

After sitting out for the past four years as far as One Day Internationals are concerned, Shan Masood 33, got his recall in the national ODI team. He last played ODIs for Pakistan National Team in 2019 in the five-match series against mighty Australia in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He scored 111 runs in those games, including one half-century, at an average of 22.20 and a strike rate of 76.55.

Vice-captain Shan Is Not In Playing Xl?

After returning to ODIs after a gap of four years, Shan Masood was named as the vice-captain in absence of Shadab Khan, who got ruled out of the series due to a finger injury he sustained in Australia, and ahead of the star wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan. However, the sources claimed that captain Babar Azam wasn’t aware that Shan Masood is the new ODI Vice Captain, and the Selectors were also clueless in this regard.

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