The young Pakistani left-handed opening batsman, Sami Aslam believes that he can be the answer of Pakistan’s inconsistent opening slot. However, he is focusing on the present at the moment and not thinking too much about future.
He scored half-centuries in both the innings of the third test against England that Pakistan lost by 143 runs. He was by far the best Pakistani batsman in the game.
Aslam said while talking to ESPNCricinfo, “I am not thinking very far from here and I don’t think that I have proved anything yet.”
The youngster, however, feels that he has proved that he can play and perform irrespective of the conditions, “No, it’s a long way to go but one thing what I have proved so far is that I have the skills to sustain at this level of cricket, regardless of the conditions. I have played a lot of cricket before making my way to Test cricket, and this England tour has actually helped me a lot to convince the selectors and fans in Pakistan.”
He also revealed the uncertainty in Pakistan cricket, “You really have got to give your heart, as there is no room for failure, because you never know if you will ever get a chance again.”
The 20-year old is happy that he scored in England, where conditions are not much helpful for Pakistani batters, he knows that he will be in the limelight.
“We grew up with a perception that if a player can score away from home, especially in England, Australia and South Africa, then he is recognised as an accomplished player. I won’t say that I have achieved everything, because it’s just one match. But one thing I feel proud about is that my base has been set. I will be a talking point as the guy who scored runs in England in his very first match, and this is what keeps you motivated.”
Sami Aslam thinks that he can be the solution of Pakistan’s opening slot problem, “I have showcased my talent and everyone saw me batting. Probably I am the answer for every unanswered question for Pakistan’s opening slot.”
Aslam, who holds the record of scoring most runs at U-19 level, said that he wants to be consistent and wants support from selectors, “People talk about inconsistency and we do have a culture of being inconsistent. This is only because there is always a fear of failure. Young players are not given ample opportunities to prove themselves. If you see [James] Vince as an example, he might have failed in the last 12, 13 innings, but still England are backing him and giving him a chance to get confidence. So this is the kind of support a young player needs and this will also allow us to play with freedom.”
Pakistan’s former U-19 captain is aware of the fact that he cannot afford a failure after getting a perfect start to his career, “I know after this everyone will start expecting a lot from me, and that will be another challenge because one failure and you are gone.”
According to him, he never had a role model, but, he would like to play like Virat Kohli and Joe Root because of their consistency. “I actually never gave a thought about it – who to follow or take inspiration from. But there are few I want to follow their characteristics, like [Virat] Kohli’s consistency. Consistency is a missing factor in the top order and I want to make sure that I will be consistent,”