Pakistan skipper Babar Azam on Wednesday mentioned that Abdullah Shafique can change into one of many world’s greatest Check openers after his epic century in opposition to Sri Lanka in Galle.
Shafique hit an unbeaten 160 to steer Pakistan house in a document chase of 342 on the picturesque venue as Pakistan received a tense opening Check within the last session on day 5.
The 22-year-old batted for slightly below 9 hours and 5 periods in opposition to a spin assault led by the in-form Prabath Jayasuriya, who took a match tally of 9 wickets.
“As a teenager, once you show your self and carry out in robust situations and troublesome tracks, then it is good,” Azam instructed reporters.
“His confidence was excessive after performing in opposition to Australia so he was on a distinct stage. And to carry out in opposition to high quality bowling, your confidence goes up increased.”
Shafique, who made 136 not out in opposition to Australia in Rawalpindi in March, recorded his second Check ton in simply his sixth match since making his debut final 12 months.
The best-handed batsman blocked, defended, drove and attacked in his 408-ball keep laced with seven fours and one six to win wealthy reward from the captain.
“The best way he performs, so clear and along with his focus, he’ll get many, many extra such knocks,” mentioned Azam, who was concerned in a key third-wicket stand of 101 with Shafique to arrange the chase.
“I hope that he turns into among the finest openers on the earth.”
Shafique, who now averages 80 in 11 Check innings, placed on 71 runs with wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan (40) after which an unbeaten last stand of 41 with Mohammad Nawaz, who made 19 not out.
The 27-year-old Azam additionally saved up his prolific run-scoring with a defiant 119 within the first innings after which 55 within the second to push Sri Lanka on the backfoot.
Azam rated his century as “particular” among the many eight Check a whole lot he has hit in 41 matches.
“It was type of particular as a result of the group wanted it,” mentioned Azam, who batted with the tailenders within the first innings to assist the group recuperate from 85-7 to 218.
“It was among the finest a whole lot in Check matches (for me) as a result of it was troublesome. To play with tailenders you want double focus to information them and watch your self as effectively. And I’m completely satisfied that I did that.”
Azam additionally lauded opposition spinner Jayasuriya for being their “fundamental weapon” in simply his second Check for Sri Lanka.
The second and last Check begins on Sunday, additionally in Galle.