Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed is confident that the Pakistan team will make a comeback in the Test series against England despite a heavy defeat at Old Trafford.
Sarfraz said, according to Pak Passion, that it is difficult to make a comeback after such a heavy loss but he is hopeful that the team will give their all in the next couple of Test matches because they prepared rigorously for this tour and won’t throw in the towel easily.
“It is always tough to make a comeback after a defeat of the kind we suffered recently. What I will say is that we have put in a lot of hard work and preparation for this tour with a boot camp as well as a training camp in Lahore. I am confident that after a short break between the Test matches, we have the ability and will make a comeback in this series, God Willing.”
Younis Khan has failed to register even a single half century during the first couple of matches and his dip in form is a source of major concern for the side but the Sarfraz is not willing to write him off just yet based on a few poor outings.
“Younis Khan is one of our main players without doubt. Apart from Younis, we have been winning with the likes of Misbah-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq for the past few years and we cannot write off any of these players based upon a few bad innings.
“Younis Khan not only works hard on his fitness and in the nets, he is also a great source of inspiration and strength for the team. I am convinced that he will make a comeback just like in the past when he’s come through for Pakistan with a big innings when his team needed it most.”
Pakistan were poor in the field as far as their catching was concerned and were left to rue the missed opportunities as their opposition piled on the runs. Sarfraz was willing to put this behind and ensure that the team does not commit the same mistakes again. He added that the players have found it difficult to acclimatize with the conditions but they are working on it and hopefully put up a better show in the next couple of matches.
Sarfraz: “There is always pressure on players when they are fielding in an international game but mistakes can be made by anyone. No one mis-fields or drops a catch deliberately. There are some issues such as the slopes in the field which we are not used to or windy conditions that cause deviation in the trajectory of the ball as well. This is another aspect that we are working on and you will see a better fielding display in the upcoming games.”
The third Test match between Pakistan and England will commence on the 3rd of August at Edgbaston with the series leveled at 1-1.