After getting hammered against Australia down under, it was a pleasing sign to see Pakistan pulling off a strong show at home while battling against Sri Lanka. There were many positives for the boys in green, including skipper Azhar Ali’s return to batting form as the top-order batsman mustered his 16th Test century.
While talking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Azhar Ali was a relieved man. The 34-year old cricketer said that it was an emotional moment to see Test cricket returning to home and Sri Lanka must be thanked for that. He also lauded the character of his players who pushed the unit back into the game after getting all out for only 191 runs in the first innings.
Azhar admitted the rawness of the Test pace battery, but believes that they are only going to get better as two young quicks claiming five-wicket hauls elated him. From a personal point of view, the Test veteran shared satisfaction as voices against him were starting to gain momentum. Moreover, he is sanguine to record a strong show in the series against Bangladesh.