From our correspondent
KARACHI: Karachi Kings key opener Sharjeel Khan on Thursday said that he would try to continue with with the same momentum which he has got through a solid knock against Lahore Qalandars in a crucial HBL Pakistan Super League game held here at the National Stadium.
“In the remaining two matches I will try to play big innings and would like my team to win. PSL has entered into an interesting stage and effort will be made to fully focus on it,” the hard-hitting batsman told a news conference after his side Kings crushed Qalandars by ten wickets on Thursday night to enhance their semi-finals chances.
Sharjeel hammered superb 74 not out and added 151 for the unbroken opening stand with Babar Azam (69*) to enable Kings to achieve the 151-run target in 17.1 overs on a tricky track in front of the packed venue.
He said that he got a lot of confidence with the Thursday’s game.
“It is not easy to make a comeback after three years but I did practice during that period. When you work hard with a sole mindset then success will embrace you. The confidence I got today is a plus and I will try to take it further,” Sharjeel said.
“As we were fielding first so we came to know about the pitch. Our main focus was not to throw wickets. We had planned when we will get settled we will stretch the partnership. The pitch was not that easy. Lahore’s bowling was also good. They bowled with pace,” he said. He said that he made all efforts to play a long innings.
“Energy is good. Right from the first match till today’s game the ball was coming onto the bat. I was trying to prolong my innings. Previously I used to get out after scoring 15 to 20. My main aim was if I get a good start I will take it long,” he said.
“I will give full credit to Dean Jones, Wasim Akram and especially my skipper Imad Wasim who amply supported me right from the first game and kept motivating me. I was feeling that an innings is due on me and through my performance I have to seal a win for Karachi. When I get settled today I wanted to take it long and succeeded,” the left-hander said.
“Now PSL has entered into an important stage and our main focus is on the next two games. Focus is all on performance and the way I played today will try to bat like this in the coming matches as well,” he said.
When asked the story could have been different had he not survived twice, the Hyderabad-born batsman said: “In cricket catches are dropped. If you get a chance then you should avail that.”
“When I got two chances I decided that now I will take it to the end. As far as crowd is concerned you will have to go with the prevailing conditions. If there will be no crowd there will be no taste. But we will try to go with the situation,” Sharjeel said.
Sharjeel said that he and Babar aimed not to throw wickets.
“As we were fielding first so we came to know about the pitch. Our main focus was not to throw wickets. We had planned when we will get settled we will strecth the partnership. The pitch was not that easy. Lahore’s bowling was also good. They bowled with pace,” he said.
Sharjeel staged a comeback after almost three years. He had been banned for corruption during the PSL in Dubai.