Series against Sri Lanka would feel like a second debut, admits Fawad
KARACHI (92 News) – Pakistani batsman Fawad Alam admitted that the series against Sri Lanka would feel like a second debut.
During a press conference in Karachi on Sunday, Fawad expressed happiness over his return in the national team and said that he would try to fulfill the nation’s expectations on him. He also acknowledged that there will be pressure on him to perform.
“Of course, there will be pressure on me to perform as I am back in the side after so long. But then there is always pressure on a player to perform, even in domestic circuit. I will try to overcome any pressure and give my 100 per cent,” the batsman said.
Pride on being compared with Mark Ramprakash
“I will take pride in the fact that I am being compared to Mark Ramprakash. He scored 100 centuries and for me to be compared to him, when I do not even have half the number of his tons he has, is an honour,” Fawad Alam mentioned.
To a question regarding how he managed to keep his concentration up during such a long time, he has said that of course, 10 years is an incredibly long period. It has many days and hours and minutes. It’s difficult to summarise the experience in a single sitting.
“Such a period is indeed very difficult but when your family is with you and you keep the company of positive people, then the motivation remains. What helped was being in the company of those who did not tell me that ‘you are being wronged, etc’ like others.”
“My father in particular would always tell me that ‘do not lose heart’,” Fawad said with his voice cracking momentarily. “He keeps on telling me to fight. He has made a tremendous difference in my life.”
It is noteworthy that while Fawad and Ramprakash both had stellar domestic careers, the comparison fails at international level where Fawad averages 40-plus in Test and ODIs where the Englishman only managed a figure in mid-20s.