An eye-catching century knock from Abid Ali not only gave his International career a flawless start but a wake-up call for the team management which ignores the domestic performers.
Abid wasn’t in the picture just a day before the fourth ODI against Australia but Imam’s high fever helped him cruised towards a successful story. Although his century was not enough for Pakistan to finish the match on high but the right-hander turned the fortunes for him and proved that talent and dedication are enough to prove skills at any stage.
The opening batsman has been judged by his skills and temperament at the crease because he handled the debut pressure and match situation at the same time and made the mark in the hearts of Pakistani cricket fans.
The 31-years-old batsman along with Mohammad Rizwan put 144 runs on the scoreboard for the third wicket. His inning included nine hits to the fence.
“It was my hard work which paid off well for me. Had we won the match, my century would have more value,” said Abid who is keen to make the most of every single opportunity he gets further.
Hailed from Lahore, Abid is not much familiar among the common cricket fraternity because he has not played in Pakistan’s only cricketing League Pakistan Super League (PSL) which has almost become a road to the national team but his performance in domestic and for Pakistan ‘A’ team speaks the most.
His brilliance with the bat and good form in domestic cricket was the only reason why he earned a place in the national side against the Aussies where the team management had decided to test the bench strength. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that he became the only bench player to mark his presence felt in the ongoing ODI home series which Pakistan has already lost 4-0 with the last match to go.
Abid has a decent record in his list A career having scored 3321 runs at an average of 39.53. Abid recently recorded a century in Quaid-e-Azam trophy while playing an important role in his team’s title victory. Abid also punched centuries against England Lions in an unofficial ODI and Test. His 113 runs inning helped Pakistan chased down 312 runs in Abu Dhabi.
With such a blistering performance, Abid has forced the team management to consider him for the World Cup where top 10 teams will clash for the coveted title. His role as an opener would be vital for Pakistan and can be lethal for the team as a replacement option in the world’s largest cricketing event slated to start from May 30 in England and Wales.