Mohammad Hafeez defends his dry run with bat, says has done well as all-rounder
Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez is a vital cog in the Pakistan T20 team. The ‘Professor’ as they call him is going through a dry run which has got him under the scanner of the experts. Hafeez has not scored a substantial score since his 99 against New Zealand in Hamilton in December 2020. The all-rounder, however, has defended his lack of runs and said that even though he has not scored much with the bat, as an all-rounder he has done well for Pakistan.
“If you look at my individual performances in the three T20Is against England, in the first match I came to bat in the 18th over and played around eight or nine balls and made 25 or 26 runs. Those runs proved very helpful to help the side to a big total. In the second match, when you have to chase with an average run rate of 13 then you can only attack. You don’t have another option. In the third match, I got a chance, and I haven’t been in that form, but I contributed with the ball in that match. Overall, the tour of England was ok,” said Hafeez.
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“In West Indies a T20I was reduced. Three out of the remaining four could not be played due to rain. The one that was completed was won by us because of which we won the series. My performance in that match was good and I was the man of the match. Overall, as a player you try to contribute to help your side to victory and I have done that. As an all-rounder, I have contributed but yes, I am working harder on my batting and am trying to regain last year’s form,” he added.
The veteran is very experienced in this format of the game and has scored 2428 T20I runs in addition to his 60 wickets in 103 games. Hafeez further said that he is working hard to get back to form with the bat.
“This year I have played international and league cricket, but I have not been satisfied with my performances with the bat. My numbers had been changing in different situations and conditions. I never take it negatively because you always have an opportunity that you need to avail and perform better,” he said.
“Overall, in the three to four months, starting from the tour of South Africa, I have not been satisfied with my batting performances. I am trying every day to technically regain that form and confidence. I am looking forward and everyday my outlook, as far as my batting is concerned, is to perform better. I am sure that things will start working very soon,” he concluded.
Hafeez’s dry run hasn’t affected Pakistan’s form as a team. The Men in Green has won series against South Africa, Zimbabwe and West Indies. However, they lost to England 2-1 in between.
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