A young and talented batsman who made his debut in the ODI series against Sri Lanka in 2009 took everyone by surprise with his flamboyant style of batting. After scoring a half-century in his 2nd ODI against the islanders, many believed that the younger brother of Kamran Akmal is here to stay at this level. Umar’s valiant 66 in his 2nd ODI match was followed by a blistering ODI ton in the next match.
Akmal smacked the leader of Sri Lanka’s attack Lasith Malinga to all parts of the ground and garnered praise from all over the world. It was not the end of the surprises as Umar Akmal went on to score his maiden Test ton as well on debut. Against the likes of Shane Bond and Daniel Vettori, Umar Akmal continued his natural attacking style of batting and brought up a much-needed century to start off his Test career in style.
Everything was falling in place for Umar but as the time went by, expectations got the better of the talented right-handed batsman. People started comparing him with the Indian captain Virat Kohli. Umar Akmal then saw a massive slump in his performances and some of his off the field activities also brought anger in the fans’ minds.
He was carried with the team despite a string of poor performances because everybody was aware of his amazing talent. However, before the Champions Trophy 2013, Umar Akmal was dropped from the squad and since then, the right-handed batsman has been doing all sorts of efforts to regain his place in the side.
After having a terrific PSL with the Quetta Gladiators last year, Umar Akmal was brought back in the ODI series against Australia but he failed once again with the green jersey on. If we talk about recent performances then he was picked in the T20I series against Sri Lanka at home where he registered two consecutive golden ducks. Umar Akmal was once the shining star of the green team but right now he’s struggling to regain his confidence back.
QEA Trophy 2019 Final: Double ton for Akmal
Central Punjab triumphed over Northern in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy final and Umar Akmal made the most of the opportunity. The junior Akmal scored 218 along with twenty boundaries and eight maximums. Umar Akmal couldn’t perform amazingly well throughout the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy but he came to form when his team needed him the most.
It was a daunting affair for Central Punjab as team Northern were coming off a very strong performance in the tournament especially in the semi-final against KPK. Umar Akmal kept calm and caressed his way towards a very valiant double-ton in the final of the most prestigious first-class tournament of the country.
Apart from Umar Akmal, young all-rounder Zafar Gohar also scored 99 and he was unlucky to have got out before reaching his century. Bilal Asif took 8 wickets for 112 runs in the final and the young opening batsman of Northern Haider Ali also scored his 2nd first-class century.