ADELAIDE: ‘Man of the Match’ against dangerous South Africa, Sarfraz Ahmed played down reports of rift between him and coach Waqar Younis and the humble wicket-keeper batsman said that he would never argue with Younis no matter what he does with him.
“Waqar Bhai has done a lot for Pakistan and he is a respected former cricketer and a coach. I would never confront him. We never had any argument and even if that had happened, I would never have replied to him,” Sarfraz said.
Sarfraz added that reports of such fictitious rift would do no good to Team Pakistan, who was now getting back in form.
“Such reports would only hamper our performance. We should avoid such talks especially when the team has started putting rejuvenated performances,” he added.
“I would repeat nothing has happened between me and Waqar bhai and I would never confront him since he is my senior. Moreover, he is as good with me as he is with any other team player, so there is nothing like it, which has been portrayed in the media,” a humbled Sarfraz said.
On Saturday, Pakistan faced South Africa, who were clear favorite against underperforming Pakistan.
But Sarfraz, who replaced Nasir Jamshed as opener, first scored run-a-ball 49 and then as specialist-wicketkeeper went on to take six catches behind the wickets to put ODI record-equaling performance.
Nasir, played three consecutive games and failed to reach doubles even when his three match scores are added. Moreover, behind the stumps, makeshift wicketkeeper Umar Akmal dropped several dollies.
But Sarfraz shined behind the wickets and took, as former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal describes it as a ‘blinder’ of Hashim Amla. Amla’s catch is considered as one of the best catches in the ongoing World Cup.
Pakistan will now play their last pool match against Ireland on March 15 at Adelaide Oval.