Abid targeting Bangladesh to achieve a rare feat
Pakistan’s prolific opening batsman Abid Ali said he is targeting Bangladesh to achieve a rare feat in the longest format of the game.
Abid, 32, saw his international debut being in doldrums despite being a consistent player in Pakistan’s domestic circuit. But when he finally made his debut, he instantly grabbed everyone’s attention.
Abid hit a century in his very first Test match, making 109 not-out against Sri Lanka in the rain-hit drawn first Test in Rawalpindi. He followed it up by scoring 174 in the second innings of the second Test in Karachi.
Overall the right-hand batsman has scored 321 runs in the first two Tests of his career with an excellent average of 160.50.
And now Abid has a great opportunity of matching Indian legend Mohammad Azharuddin’s record of scoring three consecutive centuries in his first three Tests.
Azharuddin scored 110 in the first innings of his debut Test against England in 1984-85 in Kolkata. Then he went on to score 105 in the second innings of the second Test at Chennai and then 122 in the first innings of the third Test in Kanpur.
“It will be a great opportunity for me to score a century against Bangladesh to equal the record of great Indian batsman Azharuddin [of consecutive three centuries] in as many Tests,” said Abid ahead of Pakistan’s upcoming Test match against Bangladesh in Rawalpindi.
“After scoring two centuries in my first two Tests, I would focus on delivering for Pakistan’s victory in the Bangladesh series,” he added.
Abid is the only male player in cricket history to score a hundred on both his ODI and Test debuts, as he also reached three figures on his ODI debut.