In just two matches, the 27-year-old hard-hitting batsman has added an ingredient that was lacking in Pakistan’s openers.
Junaid’s current form will be important if Pakistan are to challenge England and dream of a place in the final on 18 June at The Oval.
In his latest article for FirstPost Sports, Saj writes about how Pakistan, a team ridiculed for its lack of effort, seemed to have undergone a transformation within a few days to earn a place in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.
Pakistan were 162/7 before the two batsmen put on an unbroken 75-run partnership to take the team to the knockouts.
Pakistan pacer stated that Pakistan-India encounters were always special for both set of players.
The former Pakistan captain spoke about the direction in which the team is heading under coach Mickey Arthur.
Writing for FirstPost Sports, Saj explains why the unpredictable tag has been restored for Pakistan due to their Champions Trophy triumph against South Africa.
Pakistan bowlers restricted the South Africas to a below-par total and the batsmen were ahead of the target before rain intervened.
Writing for FirstPost Sports, Saj explains why it's not realistic to expect the current Pakistan ODI side to become world-beaters in the short term.
While Indian cricket has surged ahead, Pakistan has wallowed in past glories and stagnated.
Pakistan's Champions Trophy campaign got off to a terrible start when they suffered a humiliating 124 run loss against their arch-rivals India in Birmingham, re-emphasising the enormous gap in skills between both sides but as Azhar explained, the blame for victory lay squarely on some basic mistakes by his side.