Mohammad Hafeez
'I am an opener and want to play as one' - Hafeez

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez considers himself as an opening batsman. The middle-order batsman in his recent interview said that he is not just a one-dimensional player and can adjust to every situation of the game.

“I am an opener and want to play as one,” he told. “This team management had asked me to play an anchor role at number four because we have new openers who are growing and playing well. I play for the Pakistan team and try to fit in the role which is offered to me.”

Hafeez started his career as an opening batsman of ODIs in 2003, but has seen his role change since 2015 and preferred at No. 4.

The veteran all-rounder admitted that it is not easy to bat down the order but believes that he has enough experience to handle the situation.

“Since I have played as an opener for 16-17 years since the start of my career, it becomes very difficult to go down the order. I always want to have more overs so I can take upon the responsibility and win matches for Pakistan.”

Replying to a question regarding the deprivation of power-hitters in the recently announced Pakistan squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup, Hafeez said building the innings is more important than hitting big shots.

“You have to play a good innings which should dominate the opposition after you have settled,” he said. “You don’t win matches by slogging. Rather you have to build an innings for which, I feel, we have all the resources. The boys have sound technique and have the right talent which is being groomed. I feel we have all that is needed [in the batting department] to click in the tournament.”

Hafeez also confirmed that he has fully recovered from the second operation he underwent on his fractured thumb, “I have fully recovered now. I am getting the time, required to get back into the fold after an injury, and within a week I will be able to play full matches.”