ISLAMABAD - Sharjeel Khan has vowed to continue his aggressive batting if got a chance to represent Pakistan in the playing eleven in T20s against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka at United Arab Emirates (UAE) later this month.
Sharjeel, the left-handed opener who has been selected in the 14-member squad for T20 series against Sri Lanka and a lone match against Afghanistan, had scored 194 runs off 124 balls in the President's Cup One-Day Tournament this year. The left-handed opener while talking to Pakpassion.net said, "I've always promised myself that if I get the chance to play for my country, I will play in the same aggressive way that I always have from junior cricket to First Class."
"I don't think that one should drastically change his batting approach from domestic cricket to international cricket," he added. Born in Hyderabad, Sindh, the talented left-hander made his first foray into the domestic scene with a debut in the ABN-AMRO Cup in 2006 for the Hyderabad Hawks. Just five runs to his name in the first T20 game he played, he now averages 29.89 at a strike rate of 133.64 with three half-centuries, and a highest score of 101.
His List-A statistics are impressive, having scored 1,455 runs in 29 games at an average of over 50. The First Class format has further allowed him to exhibit his skill, and he has amassed 3,213 runs at an average of 34.92 which includes nine hundreds and 15 half-centuries. Sharjeel said he had come close to selection for international cricket on a couple of occasions earlier but this time he was very happy that he had been selected in the team.
"The 194 from 124 balls this season in the One-Day Cup match was a memorable and very enjoyable innings but the target remains to make 200 or more in the 50-over tournament," he added.