Pakistan’s cricket fraternity bids farewell to one of its stalwarts as Asad Shafiq, the middle-order batter, announces his retirement from all forms of the game at the age of 37. Shafiq, who made his international debut in 2010, leaves behind a legacy of resilience and reliability, particularly in Test cricket.
Asad Shafiq’s International Journey
Making his mark across all three formats, Asad Shafiq represented Pakistan in 77 Tests, 60 ODIs, and 10 T20Is. While his performances in white-ball cricket were moderate, Shafiq emerged as a shining star in the Test arena, showcasing his skills as one of Pakistan’s most dependable batters in varied conditions.
Test Cricket Peak – 2014-2016
The period between 2014 and 2016 marked the zenith of Asad Shafiq’s Test career. During these three calendar years, he amassed close to 2000 runs, solidifying his position as a reliable run-scorer. Notably, six of his twelve centuries in Test cricket were recorded during this prolific phase.
Dip in Form and Retirement Decision
A dip in form from the 2018-19 season led to Shafiq facing challenges, eventually resulting in his exclusion from the national side in 2020. Following his omission, he never found his way back into the team. In his retirement announcement, Shafiq cited a lack of motivation as the primary reason behind his decision to step away from the game.
Legacy in Test Cricket
Asad Shafiq’s legacy in Test cricket extends beyond numbers. Known for his composure and ability to navigate challenging situations, he played a pivotal role in stabilizing Pakistan’s middle order. His departure marks the end of an era for a batter who served as a reliable backbone for the team in the longest format.