LAHORE - Former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has appreciated Pakistan cricket team and especially left-handed batter Khusdil Shah for helping the home side win the first ODI against the West Indies by five wickets.

“The entire home team played well but for me, the phenomenal knock of Khushdil Shah turned the tables of the match. I think he played an amazing innings and landed Pakistan team home safely with his blazing knock of 23-ball 41. The act of Babar Azam to hand over man-of-the-match award to Khushdil was also commendable,” said Inzamam on his YouTube channel ‘The Match Winner’.

The former Pakistan captain said national team’s batting deserved appreciation as almost every batter performed. He said Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam and Muhammad Rizwan gave great performances but it was Khushdil, who snatched the win from the visitors’ jaws. “It is imperative that you should do hitting but that hitting should be sensible. You need to spend time on the pitch and play according to your team’s requirement. You should be knowing as who is the bowler you’ll have to hit, when to hit and where to hit.”

Inzamam said Khushdil played according to a plan. “At the start, he took time to settle down. He scored just eight to nine runs on the first fifteen balls he faced. But after spending some time on the pitch he played his strokes. Then we saw him hitting three consecutive sixes on three balls,” he said.