ENG vs PAK 2018: Pakistan should be proud of themselves, says Sarfraz Ahmed

Pakistan won at lord's and it helped them level the series 1-1.

Sarfraz Ahmed (AFP)

Not many overseas teams arrive in England in the early half of the summer and the leave the shores without getting embarrassed. This is a subcontinent team winning the first Test of an English summer without any real semblance of experience and drawing the two-game series. Pakistan should be proud of themselves. 

It's only ripe that their captain Sarfraz Ahmed has expressed the same sentiment. People like Sarfraz seek perfection but even he is satisfied with the work his boys done.

After his side's massive defeat at Headingley, He shared the trophy with the England Captain Joe Root and was heard saying, "When we came here people thought we will not win one game but the way we played at Lord's everything was perfect, our fast bowling was perfect, our batting and fielding were perfect, It's disappointing that we had a chance to win the series but unfortunately we didn't play well here"

Sarfraz is pleased with the way his team is progressing from the #MisYu era,  "I am proud of my young team, the way Abbas is bowling, Shadab is doing well, Faheem Ashraf did well, so I'm really disappointed that we didn't win (at Headingley) but 1-1 is good for us," 

Sarfraz rues that his main batsman, Azhar Ali, couldn't really play his best on the tour and his own batting form as well. 

He said, "Azhar is our main batsman, it's correct he is not in good nick but he scored a good fifty at Lord's, I am not satisfied with my batting in the series. I committed mistakes and played a few bad shots."

Sarfraz will better now, he has a very young side with him that he has to nurture for the future, while he himself grows as a batsman and the leader.

"We played our last Test in October, so it's difficult when you play a Test after five or six months. Test cricket is a different format, you have to adjust to five-day cricket. If you have to field for two-three days, it's tough," 

"The more you play Test cricket, you get to mature as a Test player. Now we have five Tests in the UAE (two against Australia and three against New Zealand), then we have three in South Africa and that will help us mature as a Test team,"


By Kashish Chadha - 04 Jun, 2018

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