Pakistan’s emerging all-rounder, Faheem Ashraf rated former England’s star batsman Kevin Pieterson as probably the toughest batsman to bowl in Pakistan Super League.
“It is my first season of the PSL and I have not played much of international cricket yet, so I have little idea about who will be the toughest batsman to bowl in PSL,” Islamabad United’s Faheem Ashraf said while talking to ARY Sports.
“However, as far as I have watched the league on TV, I believe Kevin Pietersen will be the toughest batsman to bowl,” he mentioned.
The right-arm bowler is determined to back his ability and looking forward to the challenge of bowling to some of the most dangerous batsmen of cricketing fraternity.
“If you back your ability and stick to your strength, then there is nothing difficult,” he added.
The 24-year old shared the secret of success in the shortest format of cricket that bowlers have to stay one step ahead of batsman to win the battle.
“This form of cricket is unpredictable,” he told. “Bowlers have to give their 100 percent, play with batsmen’s mind, implement his plan and judge batsman’s thinking, you need to be quick in decision making here,” he added.
Faheem Ashraf hailed the efforts of Pakistan Cricket Board for bringing international back to Pakistan and scheduling the final of the league in Karachi.
“I want to thank the PCB for organizing the final [of PSL] in Karachi with their endless efforts,” he stated. “PCB and our law enforcement agencies are presenting Karachi as a peaceful city, similar to how they are portraying Pakistan as a peaceful country, which is sending a positive message to the world” he added.
Faheem Ashraf started playing cricket idolizing Pakistan’s great Waqar Younis, but now as he has become an all-rounder, his role model is England’s Ben Stokes.
Talking about who will he target if Islamabad United faces off against Karachi Kings in the final at the National Stadium Karachi, he said he will target anyone who will be at the crease.
“I will not target an individual of the team, if you target a specific batsman, all your focus remains on him, I always have a game plan against each player of the opposition,” he concluded.