Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq retired from Test cricket together in May 2017. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq considered their successors since the series in the West Indies failed to live up to expectations, playing with seniors. The performance graph also remained high, later signs of decline became visible.
In the presence of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali scored 4968 runs at an average of 46.86, including 14 centuries, including a triple. In the last 19 matches, he scored 969 runs at an average of 27 with only 2 three figures.
In the presence of the seniors, Asad Shafiq managed to add 3431 runs at an average of 39.43, including 10 centuries. In the last 19 matches, he has scored 1198 runs at an average of 37 with only 2 three-figure innings, both made in the UAE.
It may be recalled that in October 2015, Asad Shafiq’s average was 43.89. Azhar Ali’s overall performance graph is also largely due to his poor batting abroad. He has scored 212 runs on average. He has not even crossed the 50th milestone once in a century.
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