Azhar Ali vows to repay team management’s faith

Updated: Aug 20, 2010, 16:42 PM IST

London: Young Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali, who played a gutsy knock of 92 not out in the first innings of the third Test at The Oval, has vowed to continue to impress with his performance and repay the faith of the selectors and the team management.

Ali, who usually bats at the important number three position, came at number six but adapted to the situation well and produced a brilliant innings to help Pakistan take a valuable lead of 75 runs.

Though Ali was disappointed at missing what could have been his maiden Test century, the right hand batsman said he would continue his good work.

“My emotions are a little mixed. On the one hand I’m a little disappointed about missing my century and not extending our first innings lead closer to 100 runs. I also owe a lot to the Pakistan management team who have stuck with me and hopefully I have repaid their faith and will continue to do so,” Ali told

He also praised veteran middle order batsman Mohammad Yousuf, who made an important 56 runs, saying the senior batsman helped him relax and play his natural game.

“When you walk out to the crease and see Mohammad Yousuf waiting for you then you immediately feel more relaxed. Yousuf bhai just soaks up the pressure and standing at the other end watching him play the bowlers without any trouble whatsoever made me more confident in my own skills too,” Ali said.