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Umar rates knock vs Australia as his best

Karachi: Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal said on Tuesday that his match-winning 94-run knock against Australia in the World T20 was his “best innings” so far and hoped it will prove to be a turning point in his career.

“I love this game and I want to establish myself in all three formats and I know this will only be possible if I can get runs consistently. Hopefully the innings against Australia, which is definitely my best innings so far, will now prove to be a turning point in my career,” he said.

The 26-year-old batsman has played 16 Tests, 94 ODIs and 54 T20Is and has long been considered as an exceptional talent in Pakistan. But never lived up to the expectations until he started to score consistently since the Asia Cup in Bangladesh where he also got a hundred.

“I wanted to do well against Australia and the team management told me to go and play my natural game and not be worried about getting out. Thankfully everything clicked for me,” he said.

Umar is due to get married to the daughter of former Test leg-spinner, Abdul Qadir soon and said the innings against Australia was also special since it came at a time when his elder brother Kamran was also making a comeback to the team.

“It was great to share that partnership with Kamran who has always encouraged me and supported me in my career. He is my mentor in many ways, that is why I also dedicated this innings to him,” he said.

Umar said he had no special preference for any format and just wanted to keep on playing for Pakistan as long as he could.

“All three formats have their own set of challenges but obviously, I am trying now to find a regular place in the Test team. That is the biggest challenge for me,” he said.

Umar made it clear that he was not a natural wicket-keeper, but if the team and captain wanted him to keep he had no problems with that. “I don’t mind ’keeping but batting remains my passion and when I get runs it feels I have done my job for my team.” said Umar. (PTI)