Pakistan’s talented middle order batsman, Asad Shafiq almost pulled an unbelievable victory for his team against the mighty Aussies in the first Test of the series at Gabba.
Shafiq batted at no.6 position and scored 9th century of his career, which was probably the best inning he has played so far. Pakistan were chasing a mammoth total of 490 runs, which seemed impossible at a stage when they were struggling at 173/5, but, the young right-handed batsman had other plans.
The 30-year old played a gem of an inning under pressure and took Pakistan to just a stone’s throw away from a record victory as the highest total ever chased in Test cricket history has been 418 runs. Shafiq’s 137 run-knock took his team to 450 runs and lost the game by just 39 runs. For his unbelievable effort, he received the Man of the Match award despite of ending on the losing side.
Asad Shafiq’s elder brother, Sheikh Mohammad Rafiq, talked to ARY News and expressed his pleasure over his brother’s courageous performance with the bat.
“Asad Shafiq gave us the hope that Pakistan will win,” said Shafiq’s bother. “But it was bad luck that he got an almost unplayable delivery from (Mitchell Starc) that he could not handle,” he added.
His brother highlighted the importance of his majestic inning.
“We are also happy because he could not perform in the last four or five innings. He played almost a match winning knock at a crucial time that will help his and Pakistan’s cause in the near future,” he said.
On a question regarding Asad Shafiq’s dropped catch by Steve Smith, his brother replied that the emotions at that time were unexplainable.
He also revealed that he avoids watching Shafiq’s play,” To be honest, I avoid watching him play,” he said. “However, when he gets closer to a century we pray to GOD to give him the success he deserves.”
Asad Shafiq also broke the long held record of West Indies’s legendary allrounder, Sir Garry Sobers, of scoring the most centuries batting at 6th spot by scoring 9 tons.
Pakistan are 1-0 down in the three-match Test series against Australia. The second Test will commence from December 26 at Melbourne.