KARACHI: Pakistan Test batter Asad Shafiq said on Thursday that if he is lucky, he will play for Pakistan again.”If I am lucky, I will play for Pakistan again. A comeback for Pakistan has not been made a matter of life and death for me,” Shafiq said.
Shafiq smashed a 203-ball 137 during Pakistan’s first Test against Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane in 2016. However, Pakistan lost the match by 39 runs.
“Gabba’s innings in Australia is the most memorable but also the most regrettable. People still remember my GABA test century. It would have been a matter of pride for me if Pakistan had won the Gabba Test,” he added.
Talking about his idol, the right-handed batter said that he had many pictures of Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar in the cupboard, but after he became a professional, he started following legendary Pakistan batter Mohammad Yousuf, adding: “The year Muhammad Yusuf set a record in Test cricket saw every innings of him.”
Shafiq also distinguished between the leadership style of Misbah-ul-Haq Shahid Afridi.
“People criticize Misbah-ul-Haq for having a defensive style, but every captain has a different plan. He believed that we should wait for the opposition to make a mistake,” the 36-year-old said.
“Never seen Shahid Afridi under pressure as he used to lead in a very cool mood,” he concluded.
It is pertinent to mention here that Shafiq has scored 6188 runs in all formats of international cricket.