Faheem Ashraf looking ahead following Zimbabwe routing
Pakistan whitewashed Zimbabwe 5-0 in the recently-concluded ODI series.
Published - Jul 23, 2018 11:56 am | Updated - Jul 23, 2018 11:56 am
Faheem Ashraf secured his maiden five-wicket haul and the Pakistanis secured an impressive 5-0 ODI series win over Zimbabwe, something that has seen them pick up one of their biggest series wins overseas. However, as far as Ashraf is concerned, Pakistan is far from finished with their plan of winning the World Cup 2019 in England.
Having won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, Asharf has seemingly cemented his place in the ODI side for Pakistan. Speaking about what they had in store in the future, Ashraf added that they are currently thinking about the Asia Cup wherein they play India followed by Australia and then the Kiwis.
“We are playing keeping the Asia Cup in mind where we have to play India and other strong teams,” he was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune. “After that, we have to play Australia and New Zealand. We are keeping the World Cup in focus as well.”
‘Credit is given to Azhar Mahmood’
Ashraf went on to add that the five-wicket haul for him came down mostly to the manner in which he was guided by Azhar Mahmood. He also added his bowling philosophy.
“A lot of credit for my first five-wicket haul in ODIs goes to Azhar Mahmood,” he said. “He has been extremely helpful by giving confidence and making me a better bowler. I try to hit the right areas and bowl stump to stump.”
Finally, Ashraf concluded by stating that the team spirit was at its zenith. “It’s true that we are a very close team and we back each other all the time,” he added. “Since the Champions Trophy, we play as one unit and are happy with each other’s performances; which is one of the reasons why we are winning matches in all formats.”