Pakistan middle-order batsman Fawad Alam is all set to make a comeback to the national side after a prolonged period of absence. Despite churning out heaps of runs consistently in the domestic circuit, the unorthodox batsman had criticism directed at his quirky batting stance.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Fawad Alam in action
When asked about the thought process behind developing an idiosyncratic stance at the crease during a recent media interaction, Fawad revealed he was once given a brilliant advice from his idol Shivnarine Chanderpaul back in 2011. Fawad noted that the West Indies legend told him to turn a deaf ear to all the critics who question his batting technique.
“Regarding my stance, I wasn’t like this when I started playing cricket. When I kept playing, I didn’t know how it was changing. We didn’t used to have TV analysts etc. before. Then when I saw on TV then I realised. So it became like that over a period of time,” Fawad told reporters.
“In 2011, I went to Sri Lanka for a league and Chanderpaul was there. I spoke to him at that time, and that time there was a lot of talk about my stance. He said something really nice which I took as advice. He said people will keep talking no matter how you stand, there has been a lot of talk about my own stance but how did I stop that, it was due to my runs,” he related.