Wahab Riaz was pleased with his display, after the nightmare at Trent Bridge © Getty Images
Wahab Riaz was pleased with his display, after the nightmare at Trent Bridge © Getty Images

Pakistan had a disastrous One-Day International (ODI) series after their high-spirited Test performance against hosts England. They managed to come back in the Test series to make it 2-2, but their below-par display in the ODI series handed them a 4-1 loss by Eoin Morgan and his men. However, they did bounce back in the one-off T20, and end the tour on a positive note. Wahab Riaz, Pakistan’s left-arm seamer, also like his team, had a a tour full of ups and downs. While he conceded 110 runs against a rampant English side in the ODI game at Trent Bridge, he made a fine comeback in the one-off T20, where he took 3 for 18 which proved to be match-winning from the visitors’ point of view. Wahab said, he was pleased with his display, after the nightmare at Trent Bridge. READ: Highest total by England and 12 more statistical highlights from England-Pakistan 3rd ODI at Trent Bridge

“I am really happy that I roared back at Old Trafford. The Nottingham game was a nightmare for me and the entire team,” Wahab said as quoted by Cricbuzz. “I couldn’t sleep for four to five days and kept reflecting on the reasons for my disastrous performance. I am never afraid of conceding runs, but that game was perhaps a turning point and made me reflect on things,” he added.

Wahab, also gave the credit for his improvment to Azhar Mahmood. He said, “Mahmood worked tirelessly with me and gave me a plan to follow,” he added. “Before the T20I, we devised a strategy and I am really happy that I succeeded in executing the plans.” READ: Azhar Mahmood wants Pakistan to follow England’s footsteps in ODI

Wahab’s fine performance at The Kennington Oval in the last Test of the four-Test series, proved to be vital for Pakistan who now have also become the No.1 Test side in the world. “Other than that one game [at Trent Bridge], the tour was really good for me; we did very well in the Tests and although we couldn’t win the ODIs, we learned some important lessons and will definitely improve our performance in the format soon. The T20I win is of course a cherished memory to end the tour with,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sharjeel Khan, Pakistan’s dashig left-handed batsman, also felt happy with his performances in the tour. Sharjeel scored a quick fifty in the game at Trent Bridge, which ended in a losing cause. He also scored a half-century in the one-off T20I against England. He said, visiting England for the Pakistan A fixtures help him get accustomed with the conditions.

“The A tour gave me my first experience of English conditions,” he noted. “I developed confidence and started trusting my game after performing well in the A games, and carried that over to the internationals against England. I am really happy that I performed against a top-ranked team in their own backyard and that my performances have earned me a contract with a county team from a leading country,” he concluded. Sharjeel was signed by Leicestershire for the NatWest Blast.