- Azhar Ali mentioned that he was completely satisfied as his innings helped Pakistan submit an honest first innings complete.
- He regretted lacking out on a maiden Take a look at century towards the kiwis.
- The previous captain praised batsmen as all of them chipped in to take the rating to the 300 mark.
ISLAMABAD: Former Take a look at captain Azhar Ali Sunday aimed to finish the tour on a excessive, sharing that he was completely satisfied as his innings helped his crew submit an honest first innings complete.
Talking to the media on the finish of the primary day’s play of the second Take a look at in Christchurch, he mentioned: “Now when we have a good score, we will go all out for a win, and InshaAllah we would achieve that, the former captain hoped.
He regretted missing out on a maiden Test century against New Zealand but at the same time expressed his happiness over his contribution as a batsman that helped the visitors post a decent first innings total on a tricky pitch.
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“The good thing about my innings was a good fighting total. New Zealand bowlers kept on taking help from the track, however, we made sure to keep up the run tempo high throughout the day.”
“You face equal chances of scoring and getting out on such tracks. Unlike the first Test, here the pitch gave us every opportunity to play strokes and get runs quickly,” he added.
Praising batsmen as all of them chipped in to take the rating to the 300 mark, he mentioned: “With the new red cherry, conditions were very tough on an opening day. With a considerable movement with the old ball too, this ground has a history of helping seamers and it lived up to its reputation on Sunday too.”
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“This is a competitive score and I think we have good chances if our bowlers consistently bowl to a usual nagging line and length today. I believe we can bowl out New Zealand for a low total.”
To a query on Zafar Gohar’s debut in Take a look at and his contribution with the bat, he commented that the debutant had proven he was a real all-rounder.
“The way in which he dealt with Kiwis bowlers was actually a great signal for the way forward for Pakistan cricket. Zafar confirmed that he has the flexibility to carry out the place it issues essentially the most,” Ali appreciated Gohar.