At 40, 17 years after making his debut for Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez has found a replacement lease of life.
It’s are available the format that, for years, he seemed least suited to: T20 cricket. But being dropped from the Pakistan side in 2019, mingling with West Indian cricketers within the Caribbean and a few golf has helped him find a replacement gear within the shortest sort of the sport .He scored more runs in T20Is than anyone in 2020, at a far better strike rate (152.57) than the likes of Jos Buttler and Johnny Bairstow, and only Qatar’s Kamran Khan and Quinton de Kock hit more sixes.Hafeez spoke to the Cricket Monthly before Pakistan’s T20Is with South Africa – which he missed due to a schedule clash – about his batting last year and Pakistan cricket generally .At the beginning of last year you returned to the Pakistan side, having been dropped after the 2019 World Cup . Before that, did you think that your career could be over?
No, not in the least. The last big event I played for Pakistan, the planet Cup, i used to be satisfied with my performances. The role i used to be given was to take care of momentum, to seize momentum. I used to be playing No. 4. Our openers had different plans for them. My role was different.So, at tons of points, people thought I hit the incorrect shot, but that was my role. I had to travel and accelerate immediately. I used to be maybe making 25 off 25 balls and getting out and other people thought i used to be throwing my wicket away. But that was an idea.