The only win Pakistan could manage on an otherwise absolutely disastrous tour of Australia was at the MCG where Mohammad Hafeez efficiently led the ODI outfit in absence of Azhar Ali. In that series, Hafeez displayed glimpses of him returning to form as he batted with some fluidity at the top of the order.
With the series against West Indies due to get underway in the Caribbean, the veteran all-rounder has stated that he deserves to be in the team. Hafeez, who was a regular member of the team till the lead up to the 2015 World Cup, struggled for form miserably thereafter and was axed after a string of low scores. To add to that, the ban he faced from bowling didn’t help his cause either.
Now, however, the all-rounder is confident of doing well in the West Indies.
“My performance in Australia wasn’t outstanding, but I felt it was okay,” Hafeez said. “I was under pressure for two reasons – one because it was my comeback as a player, and secondly because it was my first series back as a bowler. Though I couldn’t get wickets, I felt I bowled according to the situation and my economy was quite good, which helped the team.”
Seconding his statement with numbers, Hafeez shed more light on his average since the last couple of years. “If you look at my numbers, I think I deserve to be in the Pakistan team. In the last two years, I think I have played 28 to 29 matches and averaged 38 in ODIs. I have always believed that a few matches, or one or two series, don’t justify your talent. Good and bad days do come but when you are a proven player, you surely get more chances.”
“I will definitely think about retirement when my time comes. I am 36 right now. I believe that my performances and fitness are justifying my place for Pakistan. I will only play until I feel I can match the level of performances I expect of myself,” he concluded.