I don`t regret playing that scoop shot off Munaf, says Hafeez

Last Updated: Apr 05, 2011, 20:59 PM IST

Karachi: Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has no regrets over the scoop shot he attempted in the World Cup semi-final against India which led to his dismissal and triggered a batting collapse.

Hafeez said in an interview that he decided to go for the shot off Munaf Patel to increase the pressure on the bowlers as he was batting well at that point of time.

"I was batting confidently and seeing the ball well. I thought a boundary would increase the pressure on the bowler. Unfortunately the ball from Munaf Patel was wide outside the off stump and the shot didn`t come off," Hafeez said.

Hafeez who scored 43 runs and put on 44 runs for the opening wicket with Kamran Akmal was roundly criticized for his reckless shot and former captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq described his stroke at that time as "unforgivable."

But Hafeez said in cricket such things happened. "You only go for a shot when you feel confident and sometimes they come off and sometimes they don`t. If the shot had come off, I would have been praised for taking the initiative."

Hafeez said he still felt the disappointment of losing the semi final to arch-rivals, India.

"It was disappointing because we had bowled well and 260 was an attainable score. I thought the middle-order would do well but unfortunately it was not their day and we lost."

But Hafeez admitted that Pakistan seriously needs to look at its batting woes.

PTI