Pakistan opener credits time spent in UK for blasting century

Krishna Chopra / 19 August 2016

Pakistan opener Sharjeel Khan broke quite a few records a couple of days ago, as he blazed his way to 152 off just 86 deliveries in the first ODI against Ireland. Making his comeback to the ODI setup, Sharjeel was aggressive from the word go, as he blasted the Irish bowlers to all parts of the ground. His majestic knock included 16 fours and 9 massive sixes.


Post his side’s comprehensive victory, Khan stated that the time he recently spent in the UK, with the Pakistan A setup had helped him get used to the conditions. In the recent tri-series, also featuring Sri Lanka A and England A, Khan found decent form, and made that count against Ireland.


“The conditions helped me as I have been with the Pakistan A team in England for the last month. The tour was a good exposure for me,” said Khan. “I hadn’t been in the UK before and this was my first time in Ireland, but I just played my natural game. It doesn’t matter if it is four-day, one-day, T20, domestic or international I play the same way. “I am an attacking player, I play hard, watch the ball hard and it’s my natural game to hit sixes. The pitch was not easy but I waited for the full balls and they came nicely onto the bat.”


The attacking southpaw added that after the series against Ireland, the side’s main aim would be to do well in the five-match ODI series against England. “We will sit down tomorrow and think our plans and also how we are going to play against England in the five-match series as we need to keep an eye on that as well,” he said.


Ireland skipper William Porterfield said that the defeat in the first ODI was a learning curve for his side. “It’s a tough learning curve for young lads coming into the side, against some of the best players in the world,” he said. “We were out-skilled today and now it’s about the mental preparation to come back on Saturday.”