Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez feels that he deserved to be in the national side. He made his comeback during One-Day International series in Australia. Also, he thinks that proven players should get “more chances” and he was good enough in previous two years to get those chances.
Hafeez said “If you look at my numbers, I think I deserve to be in the Pakistan team. In the last two years, I think I have played 28 to 29 matches and averaged 38 in ODIs. I have always believed that a few matches, or one or two series, don't justify your talent. Good and bad days do come but when you are a proven player, you surely get more chances.”
The 36-year-old also led his team in two ODIs when Azhar Ali got injured. Pakistan went to lose that series by 1-4 and the solitary victory came with some great efforts by Hafeez. He made 72 in successful run-chase and finished the series with 123 runs at an average of 24.60. Though, he feels it was ‘okay’ performance from him as he was under pressure.
He added “My performance in Australia wasn't outstanding, but I felt it was okay. I was under pressure for two reasons - one because it was my comeback as a player, and secondly, because it was my first series back as a bowler. Though I couldn't get wickets, I felt I bowled according to the situation and my economy was quite good, which helped the team.”
The right-hander was also featured in the Peshawar Zalmi, who won the second edition of PSL earlier in this month in Lahore. He was below average during the whole tournament as he managed only 153 runs in 10 games apart from seven wickets. Even he felt the same for his performance in this tournament.
He concluded “In the PSL, my role wasn't defined properly and my position in the batting order changed, but that is not an excuse. I did struggle and my performances weren't strong enough. But when selectors opt for a player, they look at the conditions and requirements in the team. I am happy they have given me the responsibility and trusted me.”
Pakistan will tour West Indies for a full series where they will play four T20Is, three ODIs and three Test matches from March 26 to May 14.