Pakistan’s left-arm speedster, Wahab Riaz had all praises for Azhar Ali after he scored a fighting century at Melbourne and is still at the crease at a score of 139 runs. He is just 20 runs away from being the highest scorer for Pakistan in Australia in a Test inning.
Riaz said Azhar Ali is proving that he is one of the best batsmen the country has ever produced, “Azhar is showing himself as one of the best batsmen Pakistan had,” Wahab told reporters after the second day’s play at the MCG.
The 31-year old hailed Azhar Ali for maintaining a healthy batting average in his Test career, “The way he has maintained an average of 46 in the last five years it shows he has scored consistently for Pakistan throughout his career.”
He wished him luck for the future as well, “I wish that he scores more runs and Pakistan continue to benefit from him. He is very determined and focused and always wants to deliver for Pakistan. That’s why his hard work is paying off.”
On a question regarding Azhar’s low scoring rate, Wahab defended him saying that the batsman knows his limitations and his strike rate is not that low. He also stated that he should not pay much of a heed to what people say.
“Everyone has his own opinion which could be right or wrong,” Wahab said.
“Azhar has never taken offence over such comments. He knows what he is capable of and what are his skills.
“He has his own areas where he scores runs. If you look at his strike rate it is not that slow.
“So I think we should not bother about what people say. They have their own opinion. Azhar knows where he is good at, how he needs to score runs.”