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We’re not over-dependent on Misbah: Shahzad

Wolves batsman defends decision to bat first after eight-wicket loss to Volts

Misbah-ul-Haq’s decision to bat first on a visibly green Mohali wicket against the Otago Volts in the first Qualifier of 2013 CLT20 surprised a few. And although the track was nowhere near to being as quick and bouncy as it is known for, questions regarding Misbah’s decision increased when the Faisalabad Wolves lost both openers in the first two overs.

While, Khurram Shahzad, who finished as the Wolves’ second-highest run scorer with 27 (off 36 balls), defended his captain’s decision, he also admitted that the early bounce was the reason for the wickets.

“It wasn’t a bad decision at all. The wicket wasn’t doing anything in particular,” Shahzad told clt20.com after the Wolves lost the match by eight wickets. 

“There was just a bit of extra bounce due to which we lost early wickets. After that we were forced to bat slowly and that cost us the momentum. Although we did make up with a few quick runs in the end, we finished 15-odd runs short,” he said.

As has been the case with even the Pakistan team, it was Misbah who was left to clean up the mess created by the top order, when he walked in at 34/3 in the eighth over. He steadied the rocking boat with a solid 46 off 34 balls. Shahzad was all praises for his leader.

“With Misbah, it doesn’t matter in what format or at which level he is playing, he has always been his team’s backbone. We all have improved batting under his captaincy and learnt a lot from him. He is one man who always carries the team with him and leads from the front. We are extremely lucky to have a leader like him,” he said. However, he refuted the suggestion that the team is over-dependent on Misbah for runs.

“I don’t think we are over-dependent on him as a batting side. He has always taught us not to depend too much on any particular player and due to that we have won quite a few matches even without him. Hopefully, in the coming matches we will show that we have other players who are capable of winning us matches and you will see that we are a very good team,” Shahzad said.

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