Sarfaraz Ahmed got a chance in the Test team after 4 years.
Sarfaraz played an excellent inning against the Kiwi team.
new Delhi. The first Test of the series between Pakistan and New Zealand is being played in Karachi. In this match, former team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been included in the playing eleven. After 4 years, Sarfaraz got a chance in the team, which he took full advantage of. He gave his hundred percent to put his team in a strong position. Sarfaraz played his 50th Test match against the Kiwi team.
In the series against New Zealand, he has replaced the team’s star batsman Mohammad Rizwan. Rizwan was struggling with poor form in Tests for some time. In view of which this decision was taken. Team captain Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed forced the visiting team to struggle. A valuable partnership of 196 runs was seen between the two batsmen. Babar played an inning of 161 runs while Sarfaraz scored 86 runs. After his innings, he has expressed his feelings before this match.
My heartbeat was very fast – Sarfaraz Ahmed
Sarfaraz said after playing a brilliant inning, ‘When I came to know yesterday that I am in the playing eleven, I was very excited. I was thinking whether I would ever play my 50th Test or not. My focus has always been on giving my 100 per cent. I have always said that when I started cricket, I got good mentors, whose guidance and support has always been helpful for me.
He said, ‘When I went to bat before lunch, my heartbeat was very fast. If someone would have listened, the meter would have exploded. I felt that I was making a debut. The situation was critical when I played after a long time.
Pakistan got a strong score in the first innings
Pakistan has got a good start. So far in the first innings, the host team has scored 354 runs losing 6 wickets. Now it has to be seen whether Babar Azam & Co. manages to reach 400 runs or not. For South Africa, Tim Southee, Michael Bracewell and Ajaz Patel have taken two wickets each.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 27, 2022, 11:58 IST