By our correspondent
KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq on Tuesday said that the country’s tail-enders brave fight in Test series against South Africa was a big difference seen between the two teams.
“The way tail-enders fought was highly impressive. Imran Khan used to say if you want to judge a team’s strength you should look how strong its tail is,” Inzamam said.
He appreciated the overall series winning performance of Pakistan against South Africa.
“It was not easy to perform like this after a poor New Zealand tour. The credit goes to the boys and team management who did a wonderful job,” Inzamam said.
“The management was under pressure following New Zealand tour and it could have its last series but the way it handled the things should be appreciated,” he said.
He said it was also a dream Test debut as captain for Babar Azam.
“Babar did well as skipper and it was a dream debut for him. With the win Pakistan also rose in Test rankings to fifth spot. Pakistan’s performance in one-day and T20 was good but in Test the team had been struggling for the last one and a half year. And this series winning performance will further instill confidence in the brigade ,” Inzamam said.
“There were also some excellent individual performances. Fawad Alam hit century in the first Test and in the second he could score big but got run out. The way Rizwan hit century while batting with the tail-enders was impressive. Our youngsters also took great catches that changed the situation,” Inzamam said.
However he was quick to add that Pakistan could even win with more grace the Pindi Test.
“Pakistan should have won more impressively. After taking lead in the first innings Pakistan should have done so well in the second innings to completely put South Africa out of the match. The issue is that after taking an edge Pakistan team sometimes get relaxed and allow the opponents to fight back,” Inzamam pointed out.
“Barring our openers below-par performance the team overall extended top performance in every department. Hasan Ali looked much better even than his past. He bowled superbly. After making a comeback after prolonged injuries he played full first-class season and performed well. He carried that form and fitness to Test cricket and took ten wickets in Pindi test to enable Pakistan seal series 2-0 after 17 years. I hope Pakistan would continue such a performance in future as well,” Inzamam said.
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