I was playing modern day Test cricket before I was dropped: Umar Akmal

I was playing modern day Test cricket before I was dropped: Umar Akmal
Shukriya Pakistan

Pakistan’s middle order batsman Umar Akmal feels that his batting style is suitable for modern day Test cricket because batsmen these days are playing it with more aggression.

26-year old batsman, who started his test career on a flying note with a century in his debut Test inning, but, after that he wasn’t able to convert his score into three figures in the next 29 innings.

The middle-order batsman has an average of 35.85 in his 15 Tests so far and had scored 1,003 runs with six half-centuries and a ton. He is not a part of the Pakistan’s test team for the last six years.

“I was playing the very same brand of cricket, which was actually evolving at that time,” Umar Akmal said in an interview with ESPNCricinfo.

According to him, the reason he was dropped from Test side was because he batted aggressively in that format of the game.

“I was dropped (from Test side) because I play fast and not the conventional way. Was that my mistake? If so, then the whole world has now adapted this modern form of cricket in Tests as well,” he added.

The youngest of Akmal brothers believes that in this era of modern test cricket, teams have now aggressive game plans and scores of 350 runs or more in one day of Tests is normal now. Moreover, a high percentage of matches ends before going into the fifth day.

“The approach to playing Test cricket has changed over the years. Now teams score 350 or so in one day and matches hardly go into fifth day,” he further told.

He has been featuring headlines because of his disciplinary issues rather than his performances with the bat, which has also dented his limited over performance.

His shot selection became the point of debate. His recent duck in PSL match against Peshawar Zalmi has taken him at the top of the list of most ducks in T20 Matches.