Centurian Fawad aims to further build his innings; appreciates opening stand

From our correspondent

HARARE: Pakistan’s middle order batsman Fawad Alam is determined to stretch his innings further on the third day to add as more runs as possible to the team’s total in the first Test against Zimbabwe here at the Harare Sports Club Ground.

“Yes I will try to further stretch my innings on the third day as the more we will add to the total it will benefit our bowlers and we would be able to put pressure on Zimbabwe with attacking field and get them out within that score,” Fawad told reporters after hitting his fourth Test hundred here which enabled Pakistan take 198 runs lead with four wickets yet in hand.

Fawad said it was not easy to score quickly. “The pitch is getting slow and the ball keeps low. You would have seen that they took the new ball quite late because it was not easy to score runs when the old ball was in operation. Every batsman knows how to handle the situation and bat when they go out for batting,” Fawad said. “The credit goes to the openers who set a solid platform for us and paved way for us to go out there and consolidate the innings. At one stage when Azhar and Babar fell in quick succession we had to struggle to rebuild the innings. Yes our plan was to score 300 runs on the day and we are 20 to 25 runs short,” said Fawad, who hit fourth century in his tenth Test match. He is batting on 108 and with him at the other end is Hasan Ali (21*).

Fawad said that his main focus is on playing cricket, adding, it is because of this that he is popular among people. “Acting is just another part of life. It is actually cricket which matters most for me,” Fawad was quick to add. When asked whether the incentives of those players should be increased who play only Test cricket Fawad said it is something technical.

“Its technical thing. My only focus is to play cricket and avail every opportunity which I come across as it is very important. I am happy with the incentives also,” said Fawad, who hit his third century since returning to the elite side after being confined to only first-class cricket for a decade.