Pakistan’s impressive medium pacer, Mohammad Abbas has been in focus ever since he made his Test debut last year.
On the second day of the second Test, he rocked Australia with figures of 5-33 — his third five-wicket haul as he progressed to 50 wickets in just ten Tests and guided Pakistan into a strong position.
Mohammad Abbas revealed his goal in the Test series against Australia that he wanted to be the man of the series.
“I got five wickets, so the aim was to be the man of the series in this one as well after being the man of the series in the England series,” he said. “I want to give credit to the physio [Cliff Deacon of South Africa] for playing this Test as I got a jolt in my neck while practising before the toss so I was a bit worried but he told me that its nothing serious so I was happy on this performance.”
Abbas told flat tracks do not bother him as there are different playing conditions in different poarts of the world.
“No there are different conditions, different pitches, whatever you get, you need to focus on your bowling. I mould my self according to that. I see who is the opponent and then focus on my bowling,” he told.
The 28-year old sounded optimistic about the second Test as Pakistan are in a firm position to clinch the game as well as the series.
“Yes, we wanted to win the last Test as well. but credit to Australia, they are a good side, one of the top teams in the rankings so they fought and drew the Test. We are in a position to win this Test and we will do that by scoring maximum runs and then bring them on the pitch and get them out,” he said.
Abbas told that his focus is solely on cricket and he will not get distracted like his predecessors Mohammad Asif. He also talked about the hardships he has faced in his life and how he has kept his attention on the game.
“Look, I have a belief on Allah and I pray that He keeps me away from tough situations. I have played first-class cricket and a lot of things have happened before my eyes. I suffered hardship in my life so my focus is on cricket and that has made me mature.
“My focus is to play cricket and focus on my fitness. I want to keep my feet on grounds, that has been my life and it has matured me. Right or wrong I know where to go., my focus is to go step to step and whatever happens around me doesn’t bother me,” he stated.
The young talented pacer is not disheartened that he could manage the record of becoming the fastest bowler to reach 50 Test wickets, missing it just by one wicket.
“Record are made and they are broken, so it was my effort to complete the 50 [of wickets] in nine Tests but it did not happen, that’s part of cricket that you get wickets and then on the last day I bowled full day but did not get a single wicket,” he mentioned.
He further talked about his skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed’s aggression ion the field and told that he wants to get the best performance out of them.
“No, he scolds only when he wants for good performance, for the result and he doesn’t have any interest in scolding. Its good for the team as he wants to produce results. I don’t give him much chance. He wants us to focus on results,” he said.
Abbas, though, did not play a single PSL game despite being with Multan Sultans, but he is determined to deliver whenever he will get a chance
“Last time I was with Multan Sultans so got a chance to work with Wasim Bhai, it comes in your mind to play in the PSL, I was top wicket-taker in Under 19 but never got a chance in Under 19 for Pakistan so whenever I get a chance to play in the PSL I will try to do well.”