Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam has been sensational since his decade-long return to Test cricket, but added that there is a lot of pressure in international cricket.

Fawad Alam hit a hundred in his first-ever Test match in Pakistan (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Alam made his Test debut as early as 2009, but was in the wilderness after some initial failures
  • Alam has been scoring big since returning to the Test side after a 10-year-long gap
  • Fawad Alam hit a hundred in his first Test in Pakistan on Wednesday

Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam, whose story is nothing short of a fairy tale, was awarded the Man of the Match for his magnificent century in the Karachi Test and he admitted that there is a lot of pressure when you make a comeback after this long.

Alam began the New Year on a high hitting a hundred in his first-ever Test match at home.

“It was an important hundred at that stage because the team needed it. We were 36/4 so we needed to bat long in first innings so that the second innings is easy.

“Pressure is always there in international cricket, especially when playing as a comeback player, there’s pressure,” Alam said after the win.

Fawad Alam has been sensational since his decade-long return to Test cricket. His inspirational story, where he was out of the national team set-up for a decade, but has come back to play some fantastic innings for the side, has become a folklore in the game.

Just wanted to apply myself, says Alam

He added that he is enjoying being in the dressing room and said that all he had in his mind while batting, was to apply himself as the pitch was a little tricky.

“I’m enjoying the time in the dressing room. Pitch had some double-bounce, and there were rough patches too, it wasn’t easy. But we discussed indoors that you apply yourself, stay calm, go with the flow.

“Don’t think of the pitch, play how you know, and I thought to apply myself and I knew that if I stick around, I’ll score runs,” he added.

Against a high-quality South African attack, Alam showcased his class as he bailed his team out of trouble (from 27 for 4) with a 245-ball 109 on Day 2 of the match. Pakistan finished their first innings at 378, taking a substantial lead of 158 runs, and putting the pressure on the visitors.



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