Pakistani batsman Iftikhar Ahmed is having a great show in the ongoing tour of Australia. After impressing many in the three-game T20I against Kangaroos, the domestic veteran gave a good account of his red-ball prowess in the tour game against Australia A.
Making amends for his failure in the first innings of the game where he scored 6 runs before getting dismissed by Michael Neser, the stalwart mustered an unbeaten half-century in the second innings to aid Pakistan set a target of 459. It was a similar start as Azhar Ali and Haris Sohail took an early exit, but the 29-year old joined hands with the opening batsman Shan Masood to prove his mettle in Test cricket.
Iftikhar recorded an aggressive innings of 79 runs consuming only 99 balls, scoring 13 boundaries to up the ante. It was good to see him countering the Australian pacers with aggression. With Pakistan eager to find players who can offer depth, the Peshawar born looks an ideal recruit, particularly at 6. However, it remains to be seen if the management decides to go with his experience in the Gabba Test.