Haris Sohail was a happy man on Monday after hitting his maiden hundred on the second day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai, more so as he crossed the 30-40 run barrier.
The 29-year-old scored 110 to guide Pakistan to 482 all out in their first innings before Australia survived the 13 over spell from Pakistan spinners and pacers to finish the day on 30-0.
But it was Haris’s day as he added 150 for the fifth wicket with Asad Shafiq who missed his hundred by 20 runs.
Haris revealed the secret behind his maiden ton that was aiming to not get panic and convert those 30s or 40s into big scores.
“I was getting out for 30-40 on the England tour, at times there was a good ball and at times I there my wicket so I wanted to get out of that panic and I did that so I am very happy,” said Haris after the day’s play.
“I knew that once I get out of that runs will come and that happened today. Its a matter of great pride to score a Test hundred for your country.”
Haris sounded glad that he got over that mental barrier and was able to score a century.
“Actually the last series in England I was getting out in the 30s but I learnt from that and I strived to get out of those 30s and thank God that I am able to do that.
It is a different excitement to get to a hundred and its different feeling
“It matters the most. When you are playing for your country and get to your first hundred it is different. I struggled with my knee and that was not in my favour so I did a lot of hard work and got out of it” said Haris, who had a knee operation in 2016 which kept him away from cricket for nearly two years.
Haris said Pakistan’s total was the one which the team had aimed for and it is not an ideal wicket to bat on.
“Look, our aim was the same and as per the pitch where its tough to get runs, the outfield is also heavy so its a good total as per the conditions. At one stage the seam of the ball was torn, they had not taken the new ball and the ball had got soft and even if you middle the ball it was not going to cross the inner circle but we had thought that once they take the new ball then runs will come and it happened.”
Asked was Australian were involved in sledging, Haris smiled before replying: “I am a very simple man, so there was nothing like that. Had they done it any way I would not have raised my eyes. They did say a few things a few times but I never heeded.”