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World Cup 2023: Pakistan legend Wasim Akram unveils the best white-ball middle-order batter

Former Pakistan fast bowler and cricketing legend Wasim Akram has recently voiced his opinion on who he believes is the best middle-order batter in the world of white-ball cricket. The announcement came in the aftermath of a thrilling encounter during the World Cup 2023 fixture between South Africa and England. Notably, the Proteas produced a top-class performance, securing a dominant victory by a staggering margin of 229 runs.

Akram names his choice

South Africa’s victory was anchored by the formidable right-handed batsman, Heinrich Klaasen. In praise of Klaasen’s performance, Akram unequivocally named him as the best white-ball middle-order batter currently in the world of cricket.

“I mean, look at that guy, Heinrich Klaasen. In my opinion, he is the best white-ball middle-order batsman in the world at the moment,” Akram stated during an interview at The Pavilion Show on A Sports.

The challenges of batting at number 5

Akram’s endorsement of Klaasen as the best middle-order batter is significant, as he elaborated on the unique challenges faced by a batsman positioned at number 5 in the batting order. According to Akram, this position demands versatility and composure, as these batters often find themselves walking in either during the slog overs or when the top-order has crumbled.

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“That is a very difficult position to bat at number 5. Usually, either you are batting in the last 10 (overs) or when 3 or 4 wickets are down,” Akram explained.

Akram’s insights into the demanding role of a middle-order batter provide a greater appreciation for Klaasen’s impressive performance during the World Cup 2023, solidifying his reputation as one of the best in the white-ball format. Notably, in 4 matches, Klaasen has scored 198 runs at an impressive average of 49.50 and a strike rate of 139.44. He has so far slammed 20 fours and 7 sixes in the tournament.

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