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It's in our DNA: Youthful Pakistan race to Twenty20 domination

AFP  |  Dubai 

Brash young players, peak fitness and a winning mentality "in their DNA", are the current kings of international

The last two Sundays have seen race to series whitewashes in the game's shortest format against and

They also have registered 11 consecutive series wins -- a world record.

The rapid-fire of T20 mirrors the helter-skelter nature of life in a country of 220 million where people.

Former captain-turned-commentator believes Pakistan's flair comes naturally.

"It's partly our DNA," said Raja.

"But our successes have a lot to do with skills and fitness. is a damn good team in this format, out the opposition at will."

With their powerful and penetrative unit, Pakistan have dismissed rival teams the most times -- 31 in all -- while, in the last two years, they have defended a total of under 150 for 40 times out of 44, with three failures and one tie.

Sunday's win against in was their ninth match victory in a row -- their biggest winning streak.

"Pakistan take this format very seriously and play with regular players most of the time," said Raja.

The greatest of all the surprises is Pakistan's fielding -- not a strong point in the past. Their fielders have effected 25 runs outs in the last 28 matches.

Pakistan's wicket-taking ability is second to none, having bowled out opposing teams (all 10 wickets) on 31 occasions -- the most by any team.

-- Youth changed Pakistan --


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Following their first round exit from the 2016 World Twenty20, Pakistan have a new in Ahmed while the coaching reins were handed to South Africa's Mickey Arthur, a former

Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, one of Pakistan's greatest batsmen, had no reservations over selecting youngsters.

It completely changed the scenario as since September 2016, Pakistan have won 29 of 33 internationals with only four defeats.

The current year has been phenomenal for and his young side, winning 17 of their 19 matches with two losses.

So what has changed?

Analysts say it is linked to the youthful nature of the country.

According to the figures, 42.4 million out of the nearly 97 million registered voters in this year's poll which saw former become were between the ages of 18 and 35.

"The prime reason for the success in Twenty20 is the power of youth," ex-and told AFP.

"Young players are hungry for success, they do the hard work and want to achieve and that has changed the whole picture." Pakistan's latest pace sensation, Shaheen Shah Afridi, is only 18. He became the youngest bowler to take three wickets in a Twenty20 international against in on Friday.

World number one Twenty20 batsman became the quickest to 1,000 runs in the shortest format in just 26 innings, beating India's maestro Virat Kohli's feat by an innings.

Azam is only 24 and so is and while leg-spinnner Shadab Khan is only 20.

"The key difference is that we are a very young team and our fielding stands out and that has made us a good team," said

"We have introduced youth and the results are obvious. We want to rise and rise and maintain that position.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 09:40 IST
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