Everyone has witnessed a splendid form of handy with the bat Faheem Ashraf. He was known to be an underrated all-rounder but has gained the attention of many after smashing three test fifties in two months.
Faheem, who missed his place in the national squad, practiced with Mohammad Yusuf on his techniques and is utilizing them now.
“Both of them (Shahid Aslam and Mohammad Yusuf) just advised me not to excessively lunge forward while playing on the front foot. They told me to control the movement and keep my head still. I have incorporated these minor adjustments in my batting and this has given me time to play the ball late,” he added.
Pakistan were below the mark against the New Zealand test series held in NZ but Faheem bestowed as he came up with 91 and 19 in the two innings of the first test and contributed with 48 and 28 in the second test match.
Recently, Pakistan have whitewashed South Africa in their own backyard. It must be said that Faheem and a few more have stayed the dominant parts in the triumph.
The all-rounder now has four test fifties. He smashed 64 in the first innings of the Karachi test and remained outstanding with 78* and 29 in the Rawalpindi Test.
Faheem’s first test fifty:
Notably, his first test fifty came against Ireland on his debut test back in 2018 in Dublin.
How Faheem Ashraf has re-evolved splendidly?
It has been heroic so far from him that the masses compare him with the test legends Abdul Razzaq and Azhar Mehmood. Faheem, however, shone in the limited-overs but was still to show brilliancy in the traditional cricketing format.
“I initially had a knee problem so I focused on my batting at the NCA and later I endured a shoulder injury following the return from England, following which I worked on my batting in Yousuf bhai’s and Shahid bhai’s mentorship,” Faheem said.
“Playing good innings does give you confidence but you have to keep one thing in mind that you don’t have to play with an angled bat in red-ball cricket,” Faheem claimed. “Our batting coach also says that this format requires patience to stay at the wicket for long and build partnerships.”