Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed has opened up after scoring a century in the second Test of the series against New Zealand in Karachi on Friday.
It was the right-hander’s first century since 2014 and fourth overall.
“I was part of the team for four years and despite not getting a chance here, I kept playing well elsewhere. I wanted a chance from Allah and I got it,” Ahmed said during the post-match presentation ceremony.
“I was very nervous in the first Test, but the boys and the captain gave me confidence. [Today’s final session] When 140 runs were left, the management said that when the ball is about to go, you should keep trying to score.”
“But then two wickets fell, and so we changed the way we played. Had those two wickets not fallen, the result could have been different,” he added.
The former captain scored an impressive century bearing in mind the fact that at one stage in the second innings his side were 80-5 chasing a target of 319 runs.
“It’s a fourth-innings century so it’s special, probably my best,” he said when asked if it was the best innings of his career.
The 35-year-old also thanked the crowd in Karachi and requested them to come to the stadium for the ODI series starting on January 9.
People of Karachi have always supported me. And always supported the team. Request them to come for ODIs as well,” he concluded.
Ahmed was declared Man of the Match and Series for scoring 335 runs in four innings with the help of three fifties and one century.
It should be noted that the two-Test series between Pakistan and New Zealand ended in a draw after it ended without a result.