Allah is the best planner: Pakistan star batsman Hafeez ends 2020 as top scorer in T20Is

Dubai - Hafeez ended the calendar 2020 with the most runs in T20 Internationals.

By James Jose

Published: Wed 23 Dec 2020, 4:56 PM

Last updated: Wed 23 Dec 2020, 5:03 PM

Sometimes, the best way to respond to criticism is by not getting into the ring at all and getting one’s hands dirty. The ideal riposte would be through sheer hard work and the numbers to back it all up - and Pakistan’s ‘veteran’ all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has done that in some style, and with aplomb.

Hafeez ended the calendar 2020 with the most runs in T20 Internationals after he logged 415 runs.

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Recently, Hafeez had a bit of a needle with former Pakistan captain turned commentator Ramiz Raja, with the latter saying that Pakistan should look beyond older players for the 2021 World Cup and blood young talent.

“This is a typical Pakistani mindset that, come the World Cup, you must have a lot of experience to win the game, I can understand the value of experience but I still feel that there is much space for young kids to come and do well. Experience can’t be overlooked but at the same time you can’t back yourself completely on a 37 or 38 years old player and not one but three or four,” Raja was quoted as saying by cricket website ESPNCricinfo.

The 40-year-old Hafeez responded to that by saying: “I acknowledge Ramiz (Raja’s) services for Pakistan cricket as a player. I respect his opinion but I have reservations over his cricketing sense and game awareness,” Hafeez was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.

“If you talk to my 12-year-old son, even his game awareness is better than Ramiz bhai. If Ramiz bhai wants to continue saying such things for promoting his YouTube channel, then I can’t stop with it but I will continue playing for Pakistan as long as I’m fit and performing,” he added.

And he surely has. His 41 against New Zealand in the third T20I in Napier, earlier this week, saw Hafeez go past India’s KL Rahul by 11 runs.

Hafeez became the first Pakistan player since Ahmed Shahzad in 2013 to end the year as the leading run-scorer in the format. Shahzad had accumulated 347 runs that year.

Hafeez has racked up 1,005 runs in T20 cricket this year, in franchise and international cricket and is one of five batsmen to score over 1,000 runs this year.

Hafeez posted an image on his official Twitter handle that read: ‘Most T20I Runs In 2020.’ And the caption read: “Alhamdulillah. Allah is the best Planner.”

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