ABU DHABI: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed Monday defended his temperament and refused to accept he has changed since becoming captain of all three formats but admitted he has to lift his personal performance.
Sarfraz goes into the second Test against Australia starting in Abu Dhabi from Tuesday under pressure on both counts — captaincy and as a batsman. He has just 74 runs in the last six innings and his last hundred came against New Zealand in Dubai four years ago.
His temperament came under question when he shouted at Yasir Shah as the leg-spinner failed to properly pick the ball in the outfield on the first day. The action was discussed by television commentators at length.
“My temperament has always been the same from the time I took over as captain against West Indies. According to me, there has not been a change. Yes when I talk people say you are talking and when I don’t people will say I’m quiet,” said Sarfraz.
“And if you speak people will say I’m talking too much. These discussions have been going around for the last two years and I have been the same person.”
Regarding his poor form, run out for 15 in the first Test, Sarfraz said he is trying very hard.
“I try my level best to lead the same way that I have done. Yes, my batting has to improve and I’m working on it.”