KARACHI: Pakistan’s middle-order batsman Saud Shakeel on Sunday revealed he feels that he should’ve converted his fifties into centuries during the Test series against England.
talking to geo news Ahead of the first Test against New Zealand, the middle-order batsman said he will try to do better against the Kiwis and learn from his mistakes.
“We will try to forget what happened with us in the series against England and shift our focus to the series against New Zealand. It’s a new series, new day and new beginning and we are eager to do well,” he said.
“We sat after the defeat against England and discussed the areas where we lacked; we will try to overcome those mistakes and do better against New Zealand,” he said.
When asked about which areas he felt the team lacked in, he spoke about its performance and said that he regrets missing opportunities to score big despite scoring four fifties in his maiden Test series.
“I regret missing those opportunities, I should’ve converted at least two fifties into centuries and if I had done that, I believe results would’ve been different for Pakistan,” he said.
As a player, Shakeel said, his goal is to make Pakistan win Test matches. “I would’ve been more satisfied if my performance had helped Pakistan win those Test matches,” he said.
“Losing wickets is always frustrating but yeah, that Multan dismissal was more frustrating because at that time we were few runs away if I had added another 20 runs, then Pakistan would’ve brought England under pressure,” he said.
The young cricketer said that he will learn from his mistakes and produce better results in the upcoming series against New Zealand.
“It is the start of my career and it is very important for me to learn from my mistakes and keep doing better than my previous performance,” he said.
“Karachi is my home ground and I love playing here; I will try to achieve my first Test century against New Zealand,” he aimed.
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