Pakistani opener Ahmed Shehzad has revealed that his conversation with Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar helped him regain his confidence and batting form.
Quetta Gladiators’ Shehzad was speaking after scoring a match-winning 72 off 43 balls against Islamabad United that placed his team back on the top of the table.
“I talked with Sachin, and he was stressing that you should not regret,” the right-arm opening batsman was quoted as saying by Gulf News.
“In his interviews also, he has said that one should do so much hard work that there shouldn’t be any regret. I have tried to do that.”
Last year, he was banned for five-and-a-half months for violating the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) anti-doping rules twice.
The incident kept him out of the national side for almost a year. He last donned the Green Shirt in June 2018 against Scotland. But, Shehzad believes he has learned from past mistakes.
And, with his clicking form and improved shot selection, Shehzad is making a case for a national comeback. In this year’s PSL, he has accumulated 153 runs in five matches, which includes two half-centuries, at an average of 38.25.
Realizing the fact that his road back into the national team will be a bumpy ride, he was determined to follow his dream.
“I’m confident that I can come back into the Pakistan team,” he said, adding that giving his 110 percent is what matters to him as the results are on Allah’s wish.
“As a Muslim, you believe that things will happen as per the wishes of Allah. That’s one thing that one shouldn’t forget and I have learned that from a young age.”