For Imran Farhat, the knock of 91 at The Oval came at the right time. After scoring just 85 runs in his four previous outings in the Test series against England, Imran was well aware that another failure in this last Test would almost certainly cost him his place in the squad just like fellow openers Salman Butt and Taufeeq Umar. It was a do or die situation for him. The player chose to swim rather than sink.
Under tremendous pressure, the left-hander came out with flying colours with a polished knock of 91 that saw some elegant boundaries off England’s leading strike bowlers like Matthew Hoggard, Steve Harmison and Monty Panesar.
“I’ve mostly been struggling this series, getting out after scoring 30 to 35 runs. It was really frustrating for me and I knew I had to play a bigger knock,” said Imran who missed the third Test at Headingley because of a broken finger.
When Imran reached fifty on the opening day of the fourth Test here at The Oval, it was the first time in this series that a Pakistani opener achieved such a landmark.
“I know that for us to win here, me and the other openers needed to score some runs. We were under a lot of pressure which was probably the reason behind our failures,” he said.
Imran, who fell in the nervous nineties, was disappointed to miss a century. “It is always a great feeling for a batsman to score a century and especially if it is on such a historic ground. But in the current circumstances even scoring 91 gave me a great feeling,” he expressed.
Source:The NewsMore on:Imran Farhat, Pakistan, Pakistan in England 2006
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