Pakistan fast bowler Naseem Shah was impressed with Abrar Ahmed’s confidence when he walked out to bat in the closing moments of the second Test against New Zealand. Shah said that Ahmed came out in a style as if he was Imran Khan.
The two-match Test series ended in a draw after the hosts’ last wicket pair dug in for three and a half overs following Sarfaraz Ahmed’s (118) departure. Chasing 319 runs to win the game and the series, Pakistan finished on 304/9.
“When he was heading towards the crease, I told New Zealand captain Tim Southee that Abrar wears glasses and will not be able to see the ball properly due to fading light. But he walked in with style as if he was Imran Khan. I realised he has confidence,” he said.
Ahmed said Naseem gave him confidence. “Naseem was talking to me. He gave me confidence. He told me to face the leg-spinner as I could read his googly and flipper. He decided to play the off-spinner.”
Abrar felt that Pakistan would have won the match had they lost a few wickets.