Pakistan put great team-effort to beat stubborn England: Sallu


Karachi: It was overall a great team-effort from Pakistan with some excelling over others against stubborn English side, which the former won by 178 runs, feels former Pakistan chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu.

Pakistan pulled victory in the second Test of the series on Monday as England lost all of its wickets when it needed only 6.3 overs more to play to finish the match in a draw. England tail-ender Adil Rashid’s stubborn inning of 61-run coming off 172 balls almost helped the side end the match in a draw.

“Younis, Misbah and Asad Shafiq batted brilliantly while Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz and Zulfiqar Babar performed well with the ball. The team also fielded well with few exceptions. So, it was an over-all a team-effort and the whole team should be lauded for the good showing,” Sallu told.

Sallu added that Younis, who now holds the record of highest number of runs in Tests for Pakistan, fielded brilliantly and took four catches. “Younis and Sarfraz, who took five catches behind the wicket, were very impressive in the field.”

Sallu also praised England team for scoring over 300 runs in the fourth inning under pressure. “Especially Rashid should be praised for the way he played when it looked victory was just around the corner for Pakistan. He had almost taken the game towards a draw.”

The former Test cricketer Sallu warned the team against complacency and said that England has all the potential to bounce back in the series.

“The team should not get relaxed after this victory. They should go all out for a victory in order to seal the series in style. Pakistan should be prepared for a tougher show from England since they have it all which is needed to beat any team in the world. So getting complacent shouldn’t be in any way in the minds of the players,” he stressed.