I’m an innocent guy, turned deaf ear to Aussie sledging: Sohail
Haris Sohail’s maiden Test hundred led Pakistan to score a competent total of 482 in the first innings against Australia on Day two in Dubai.
Throughout the 240 ball 110 run knock, Sohail must had been sledged by Australians, who have known for heated duels with opposition but the 29 year old left hander chuckled away the soreness of the opposition said he hardly paid any heed to these in the field.
“I am an innocent guy,” he laughed.
“When they tried to sledge me, I didn’t even look at them. On a couple of occasions when they sledged, I turned a deaf year on it.”
Sohail posted a 150-run partnership with Asad Shafiq who scored 80, for the fifth wicket, guided Pakistan to mount a near five hundred runs on the board.
Sohail had been struggling hard to recover from knee injury which sidelined him for last two years.
Pointing to that, he said, ““You guys know about my struggle due to my knee injury. Few things were not going in my favor. I worked on it and got things going for me. It means a lot when you are playing for your country, and when you score your maiden Test hundred, it means a lot, more than anything,”
“We achieved the total we wanted for the first innings. Based on this pitch where it’s difficult to score runs and the outfield is also slow, I feel it’s a good first innings total,” satisfyingly Sohail said.
“If you noticed at one stage, the seam of the ball was completely worn out and they didn’t take the new ball. The ball had become so soft that it was difficult to score runs. Even if you middle the ball, it was not going beyond the 30-year circle. We though there will be sessions when they will take the new ball and we will be able to score runs. As expected, once they took the new ball, we were able to score runs,” he added.