Pakistan Test skipper Azhar Ali has thanked the Sri Lankan cricket team for giving them so much to cheer as Pakistan hosted a Test series after a decade.
“Thanks to the Sri Lankan team. They probably don’t know how much of happiness they have given to us,” Azhar said at the post-match ceremony.
Azhar Ali praised the boys on the historic win as they won a Test series after 13 years on home soil.
“There are some special players in our dressing room, obviously we had a very bad year in Test cricket but playing here at home after a long time, its an emotional moment for us and I’m very satisfied with the performance given by the boys,” He said.
The 35-year-old appreciated the young pace bowling attack led by Mohammad Abbas and said the cricket fans to back them as they are currently the best in our circuit.
“There is so much of talent in these young fast bowlers, the experience will come by time but the strides they are taking to learn the art of fast bowling is pleasing. They are the best fast bowlers in the country right now and they proved them in this match so we have to back them,” He added.
Captain termed Naseem Shah’s bowling as the tremendous bowling performance at the age of 16.
He also praised the first inning crucial knock played by Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq in the tough condition and time.
“Yes, we batted exceptionally in the second innings but credit to Babar and Asad, their fifties in the first innings were meaningful in the course of the game,”
Azhar who made 118 in the second innings is very pleased to perform after a long time.
“This performance was due, I was trying and practicing hard and finally I played a big inning. Hopefully, I will continue this in coming games,”
Azhar concluded on identifying the advantages of playing cricket in front of home crowds as the players get confidence in home conditions and they can take this in away conditions as well.
Pakistan comprehensively won the Test and the series 1-0 against Sri Lanka in Karachi by 264 runs and jumped to the third position in the ICC Test championship points table. Abid Ali for his two centuries in two matches awarded him Man of the Series.