Mohammad Hafeez Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo
Mohammad Hafeez Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo

Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan’s veteran all-rounder has opened up on the pressure of playing in India by claiming that winning the bilateral series before the T20 World Cup would teach players to perform in those conditions.

The 40-year-old also stated that a sound process would always lead to good results.

Mohammad Hafeez
Pakistani batsman Mohammad Hafeez (Credits: Getty)

Mohammad Hafeez Is A Big Believer Of The Process

Pakistan veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez would be participating in his sixth T20 World Cup when the event occurs in India later this year. Like all teams, the 2009 champion has been finetuning their World Cup plans ahead of the tournament, while the PCB is working through the procedures of getting visas.

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez
Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez (Credits: Getty)

“I am a big believer of the process. When you have a sound process then your end result or product is always going to be good. Wherever the event may be in India or anywhere, would be a big stage. You have to go through these smaller stages of bilateral series first and by winning them you can match up with any side in the final stage that is the mega event itself,” Mohammad Hafeez said while speaking on Cricket Bazz YouTube channel.

Mohammad Hafeez has been in tremendous form in the last few months in the shortest format, performing incredibly well in the T20 series in England and New Zealand. He averaged a daunting 155 and 70 in those, respectively. The 40-year old had also performed well in PSL 2020, smashing 312 runs in 13 matches at 39 with a decent strike rate of 125.30. Mohammad Hafeez, who has played 99 T20Is, could be a real asset in the middle-order.

Mohammad Hafeez Felt Execution Of Skills Under Pressure Is Of Utmost Importance

The all-rounder claimed that the execution of an individual’s skills under pressure was the most important factor in high-voltage and high-intensity encounters on the international stage.

“What I have experienced is that in all the high-voltage and high-intensity games, the most important thing is the execution of skills under pressure. When you are under immense pressure that is where it is important to execute all the skills that you have or have learned. When you perform well in those cases you have the ability to absorb more pressure. This drives you to better performances,” he said.

Pakistan National Cricket Team
Pakistan National Cricket Team (Image Credits: Twitter)

Mohammad Hafeez believed Pakistan had a great opportunity to prepare for the mega event because all of their future fixtures before the T20 World Cup would be on away tours.

“Pakistan cricket has a great opportunity because they will be featuring in away series like South Africa in their home turf, England in England, and West Indies in West Indies. This will determine where we stand as a team.

“If we can do well in these series and create a winning momentum then it will show that everyone is ready. This will show that everyone is ready to perform under pressure. The winning away series is a big morale booster. This gives you confidence for any big event,” Mohammad Hafez concluded.

Mohammad Hafeez and Sharjeel Khan on Friday returned to the T20 teams for the South Africa and Zimbabwe series scheduled to take place next month. The return of the two players was announced by Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) Chief Selector Mohammad Wasim on Friday in a press conference at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Pakistan is scheduled to play three one-day internationals and four Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) against South Africa from April 2 till April 16. After it’s conclusion the team will depart to Zimbabwe, where they will play two Tests and three T20Is.

Mohammad Hafeez, the second-longest serving Pakistan cricketer in the current setup, could yet extend his 17-year career. His original plan was to retire in November 2020 after the T20I World Cup in Australia but he said that he would continue to make himself available as the tournament was delayed due to Covid-19. Mohammad Hafeez said he wanted to go out on a winning note.

40-year-old Mohammad Hafeez has played all but one World T20 – the one Pakistan won in 2009. He played for Pakistan in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016 T20I World Cups managing 426 runs and picking 13 scalps.