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'Was given the license to express myself' - Hussain Talat reflects on his career-best 253
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy

'Was given the license to express myself' - Hussain Talat reflects on his career-best 253

Hussain Talat has praised the Southern Punjab management for giving him the freedom to play his natural game after he crafted a majestic 253 in his team's victory over Northern in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Talat, who has experienced greater success in the shorter formats, was at the top of his game in his side's opening game of the tournament as he partnered with skipper Shan Masood for a mammoth 185-run stand for the second wicket.

The elegant left-handed batsman blasted 33 boundaries and six maximums in his glorious knock that took Southern Punjab to an imposing total of 507-9 declared.

Talat's outstanding effort was marked with unrivalled finesse as he fashioned the first double ton of his nascent career.

"This is my first stint with Southern Punjab since I was previously associated with Balochistan. The quality of this team is that the coach and captain motivate you to a great extent," he said, reacting to his remarkable innings.

Talat referred to Southern Punjab's dramatic turnaround in the recently concluded National T20 Cup as an example of the team's resilient nature.

After being humbled in the Multan leg, Southern Punjab burst into action in the business end of the T20 competition before being stopped by eventual victors Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the final.

Talat had a significant role to play in his side's resurgence as he finished the run charts on number eight with three fifties to his name.

"You would have witnessed this in the National T20 Cup where we had lost five matches in a row but our coach Rehman bhai told us to go out there and express ourselves," the 24-year-old said.

"He urged us to avoid being reserved and this advice has personally benefitted me. Hence, I have been able to remove the little doubt I had and got the belief with the license to play my shots and excel across formats."

Although the scorecard would suggest Talat bossed proceedings from the get-go, he admitted it was difficult in the beginning to adjust to the surface.

While he ended his 310-ball stay with an attacking strike rate of 81.61, Talat felt it was important to first take time to dig in and battle through the initial tricky phase.

"It wasn't at all easy, there was turn in the pitch as well as double pace when facing the fast bowlers, which made it difficult.

"We had just planned that once you get set at the crease, you can score freely playing your shots," he said.