`Unfazed` Junaid Khan confident of curbing Windies` `hard-hitting` batsmen
Karachi: Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan has said that he is not worried by the current good form shown by West Indies, which is leading the ongoing Tri-nation series with a top-order that has done well on home soil.
Johnson Charles and star Chris Gayle are among the top run-getters in the tournament, while hard-hitting batsmen such as Marlon Samuels and Darren Bravo also pose a threat to Pakistan`s bowling attack.
However, Khan remains unfazed, saying that he believes that he has the ability to curb the Caribbean batsmen, adding that he is not feeling the pressure as he had made his international debut against West Indies.
According to the young quick, a majority of the West Indian batsmen tends to hit the ball hard, go for quick runs and try to hit nearly every ball, which makes them vulnerable, adding that he fears batsmen who seemed to stay on the crease as such batters are comparatively difficult for him to handle.
Meanwhile, Khan also felt that fast bowlers would play a big role during the series, saying that the conditions in the Caribbean are expected to support spinners for which the fast bowlers will get the advantage of the reverse swing and create an impact.
Khan also said that he is confident of bouncing back to form in the Caribbean where he made his international debut in 2011 despite his failure to make an impact while spearheading Pakistan`s pace attack at the ICC Champions Trophy.
According to areport, the fast bowler, who led the attack in the absence of an injured Umar Gul, failed to inspire the team, taking just a solitary wicket after conceding 102 runs from three matches in the event as Pakistan remained without a win.
However, Junaid said that he was confident of proving his form again, saying that a player has his good and bad days, adding that he is desperate to make a major contribution after the Champions Trophy failure.
In the wake of this performance, Khan now faces the challenge of showing his form against the West Indies, starting July 14, in which the teams contest five One-Day Internationals and a couple of Twenty20s, the report added.