Asad Shafiq is a very talented Pakistani batsman. In previous matches Asad Shafiq haven’t shown any good performance. Pakistan Head Coach Micky Arthur says about Asad Shafiq that He reminds him of Sachin Tendulkar. Asad Shafiq is a classy batsman. Asad Shafiq always help Pakistan team when the team needs him.
In the First Test against Australia, Pakistan Team fought really well in their second innings. Australia set a target of 490. Pakistan made 450. This is the 4th highest score in fourth innings in a Test match. Pakistan’s Asad Shafiq made fantastic 137. Asad Shafiq becomes first batsman to score 9 centuries batting at No 6. Asad Shafiq named Man of the Match for his brilliant Ton. Not only Pakistanis but all the players appreciated Asad’s Shafiq knock. Pakistan Team celebrated Asad Shafiq’s ton in the dressing room.
Asad innings was the bench mark for the whole test. There were a lot of other performances from the Australian side as well. Smith had a hundred in the first innings and then a fifty in the second innings. Starc took wickets in both the innings. But at the presentation ceremony Mark Nicholas said that Asad Innings was the best of them all.
Asad was named man of the match and it was a proud moment for him and all the Pakistani fans. His hundred was already celebrated in the dressing room last night. The whole Pakistani team and the management were in there. Asad cut the cake and presented the first piece to his skipper. Misbah gave it to senior player Younis Khan first. There was a lot of happiness and relief on the faces of Pakistani players. They knew they have done a remarkable job for their country. Now despite Pakistan has lost the game, everyone is praising them. This is because of the runs they have scored in the final innings.
This is the highest 4th innings total at the Gabba. Also this is the highest 4th innings total for Pakistan as well. So this fight means a lot to this team. Asad in his post-game interview said that he was always confident that he would hit something big. He was hitting the ball well in the nets and that gave him confidence that he was not out of form but out of luck a bit. Pakistan will now face Australia at MCG for the second test. Once again it will be a tight contest. Pakistan has shown a great resilience at the Gabba. They will surely put a fight against the hosts at the MCG as well.