Saud Shakeel opens up on his Lord’s performance


London: Middle-order batter Saud Shakeel was pleased with his performance in the second England-Pakistan ODI at Lord’s as he scored maiden fifty while also claimed a wicket.

The 25-year-old Saud was playing his second ODI of his career where he scored 77-ball 56-run and took the wicket of England’s Phil Salt too.

“It feels a great honour to play at Lord’s. It was a different feeling all together. I had made up my mind to perform here, which could help my side,” Saud said in a video released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

“When I went to the crease, the situation was not good for our side. Misbah Bhai had told me to stay on the wicket for a long time. The same thing was told by Fakhar Zaman when I joined him in the middle,” he added.

On his first international wicket, Saud said: “The captain and vice-captain had given me the ball to stop the free flow of runs. I started to get spin from the pitch after that I maintained my line and length, and was rewarded with Salt’s wicket. I was really excited to get my first scalp in the international cricket as it is always a memorable one.”

It must be noted that Green Shirts have lost the series but can avoid a clean sweep with win in the third ODI at Birmingham, Edgbaston.

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