Mathew Hayden highlighted the importance of Shadab Khan in Pakistan’s team as he picked him as Pakistan’s key spinner in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

The upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 is scheduled to be played in India later this year, the event is scheduled to be played from OCTOBER 5, 2023 – NOVEMBER 19, 2023 and there will be a total of 48 matches in the tournament with every side playing nine games in their group stage of the tournament.

The former Australian cricketer and commentator, Mathew Hayden was part of Pakistan’s coaching set-up for the last two T20 World Cups and Pakistan played the semi-final and final of the last two T20 World Cups under the coaching of Mathew Hayden.

During a discussion on Star Sports, the former Australian cricketer and head coach of Pakistan, Mathew Hayden was asked to pick the key player from Pakistan who will play a very crucial role in the success of the Pakistan team in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India. To which Mathew Hayden replied, ‘’ Shadab Khan ‘’ and gave his proper reasoning on why he named Shadab Khan as the key Pakistani spinner for the World Cup 2023.

The former Australian cricketer, Mathew Hayden expressed his views as he thinks that Shadab Khan is a three-dimensional cricketer, the same as the Indian spinner, Ravindra Jadeja in all departments of the game.

‘’ Shadab Khan is a fantastic player. He is an individual of absolute quality. Like Ravindra Jadeja, he is a three-dimensional cricketer ‘’, Hayden added.

Mathew Hayden believes that Shadab Khan is a three-dimensional cricketer as he can win matches for his team in all three stages of the game, he further highlighted the importance of a good fielding team and how these small fielding efforts play a very crucial role in any mega-event.

‘’ He is a dangerous hitter with the bat. He has got variations with the ball and he is a wonderful fielder, and one further point around this is that you win World Cups by fielding efforts ‘’, Hayden further added.

‘’ There are the little things that you don’t see, that make big difference in the tournament. Under pressure, those catches around the boundaries, those unique special run outs that happen, these are the things that will never really be noticed statistically in the World Cup but play a very crucial role ‘’, he concluded.

Shadab Khan is currently playing in the Vitality Blast 2023 season for the Sussex Sharks and has been winning matches for his team with his all-round performances – In 12 matches he has played for his team, he has scored around 250 runs with the bat at an average of 24 and at a brilliant strike rate of 145, along with his batting heroics, he has also picked up 12 wickets at an average of 28 in the recently played Vitality Blast 2023.


Shadab Khan played 7 matches in the previous ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, he batted in 6 innings and scored 43 runs at an average of 15 and a strike rate of 110.

In the 7 matches that Shadab Khan played for Pakistan in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, he picked up 9 wickets in the World Cup at an average of 35 and an economy rate of around 5 runs.

Pakistan narrowly missed out on the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup due to their net run-rate with was less than New Zealand and that’s why Pakistan failed to qualify for the next stage of the tournament.

The right-arm leg-spinner of Pakistan, Shadab Khan has scored a total of 631 runs for Pakistan in ODI cricket at a strike rate of 82 and an average of 29 in 33 ODI innings. He has picked up 73 wickets in ODI cricket for Pakistan at an average of 32 in just 54 innings, he has bowled in ODI cricket.

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