Asad Shafiq, Pakistan’s red-ball specialist, has been a consistent performer at the Test level scoring 3768 runs in 61 Test for Pakistan at an average of 39.25
Asad Shafiq, Pakistan’s red-ball specialist, has been a consistent performer at the Test level scoring 3768 runs in 61 Test for Pakistan at an average of 39.25

Asad Shafiq, Pakistan’s red-ball specialist, has been a consistent performer at the Test level scoring 3768 runs in 61 Test for Pakistan at an average of 39.25, and he might be long way away from filling the shoes of Pakistan legend Younis Khan, the country’s highest run-getter in Tests, but is not bogged down by the expectations.

Younis, along with Misbah ul Haq, retired in 2017 and Shafiq and Azhar Ali have the enviable job of taking their spots in the Pakistan line-up.

“Of course, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan were legendary players and served the nation for many years and it is true that it will not be easy for any other player to match their performances for the team,” Shafiq told PakPassion.net ahead of the Australia series.

“As far as the upcoming Test series is concerned, I don’t think Azhar and I will be under any pressure, but we do recognise that we have an added responsibility on our shoulders. It will be up to us to put into practice all that we have learnt from the two great players and help Pakistan in this series,” he said.

Ali, a former Pakistan skipper, has played 65 Tests scoring 5202 runs at 44.84.

Talking about how Pakistan will be able bounce back after a poor Asia Cup 2018 just a week ago, the 32-year-old the whole team has moved on from the Asia cup debacle and are looking forwards for the Tests against Australia.

“Victory and defeat are part of any sportsman’s lot and sometimes things go in your favour and at other times everything seems to be going against you. The disappointment of the Asia Cup is behind us now, and the whole attention has now shifted to the Test series which we will play against Australia. What we know is that we have a very good record against them in the UAE where we have beaten them before and we intend to work on the goal of preserving that record,” he said.

Spin is expected to play a big role in the series, with the legspinning duo of Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan on one side and Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar and Jon Holland on the other and Shafiq believes it will be an even contest.

“Our main strength is in the spin bowling department with some excellent bowlers in our line-up, but then we must also realise that Australia have some very fine spinners in their side too. As a batting side, we will work towards handling their spinners in the best way possible knowing full well that if we can do our job, we also have some excellent spinners in our side who know these conditions really well and will cause difficulties for the opposition,” he added.