Ahmed Shehzad, opener of Pakistan cricket team, has appreciated the way the Kiwi side is playing these days but he is confident that the Pakistan team will give them a tough time and stay competitive during the entire series, he told ESPNcricinfo.
He added that the team has to execute their plans in order to win against this good New Zealand side but he admitted that playing against this gelled up Kiwi side will raise the team’s standards as well and help them progress in the right fashion through this T20 series.
“New Zealand are playing wonderful cricket at the moment,” Shehzad said. “We all know the style they playing with is awesome to see. We have to match them. We have to compete.”
“I think Brendon McCullum’s done a good job,” he said. “They’re playing without any fear. There’s no issues with their places. They’re shuffling their players. Now they have a good bunch which is doing their job together. If any side is playing good cricket we have to appreciate that and try to match them. It raises your standards as well. We have to admit they are playing good cricket, but it’s a T20 format. You have to execute your plans and flourish.”
Ahmed Shehzad admitted that Eden Park is a ground which naturally helps batting sides so he will have to play shots which are not rash in nature so that the team can take full advantage from the conditions.
“We have to pick and choose our balls,” Shehzad said. “Sometimes you play some rash shots when looking at the stadium and all these things, and you lose your wickets.. You can’t be rash, or lose your wicket and let your team down. The boundaries at the side aren’t very big either, but we have to play proper cricket.”