Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is in full praise of his young team members Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam. Pakistan escaped the defeat from the debutants Ireland as they managed to chase down the target of 160 runs given by Ireland.
Chasing down the total of 160 runs, Pakistan had some nervy moments as the team lost their 3 wickets for just 14 runs. At that moment, it looked like Ireland might win their first test match and will enter record books. But the innings of 74 runs by Imam-ul-Haq and 59 by Babar Azam kept Ireland at bay and denied them victory in their inaugural test. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has hailed the characters shown by the two players.
Sarfraz Ahmed admits the team was worried after a pathetic start
Speaking with the press at the post-match press conference, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed says it feels so good to see young players showing the character. “Definitely we were worried when we were down 14 for three. But, it’s really good that these two young players in our team, Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam, the way they played, they showed their character, they showed their confidence. I think the way they played gives great confidence to the team and will help them in the next matches as well”, says Pakistan captain.
Sarfraz Ahmed further admits that the team is full of confidence and it is good for Pakistan cricket the way the youngsters are coming up to take the responsibility. “At 14 for three there was a little bit of concern but the way Imam and Babar Azam were as a collective, it was very important the way these two young players are batting. I think it’s very good for Pakistan as a team to chase this on the fifth day”, further adds wicket-keeper batsman.
After a thrilling victory over Ireland, Pakistan is all set for a bigger challenge as they will take on England for the two test match series starting from 24th May. Although after the victory against Ireland, Pakistan may have got the necessary boost, but the real test surely lies ahead when they take on much stronger English team captained by Joe Root.