Umar Akmal’s scored his only ODI century three years ago
Pakistan batsman, Umar Akmal announced that he needed to be promoted up the batting order to stand a chance of converting his half centuries into hundreds.
Akmal, believes that by facing more overs and not having to deal with pressure situations near the end of a match, he can make higher scores.
The Daily Times, quoted Akmal as saying: “It’s a matter of the batting order that I’m not able to score a hundred. When I am batting down the order, sometimes I have to bat in a crisis when the top order has stumbled and sometimes I get fewer overs to bat.”
“If I play at the top of the order, mainly at No. 4, then it would be easy for me to extend my innings and convert my 30-40 odd scores to a hefty innings. I am doing all the necessary training with the coaches in the Academy and playing club matches to apply my learning. I am building myself to get ready for the Sri Lanka series where I had a wonderful debut. I am setting my target to be the man of the series,” he added.
In the 63 ODIs he has played, Akmal has only scored one century, which came three years ago in Sri Lanka.
Akmal is now gearing up to turn the double figures he scores into triple figures when Pakistan tour Sri Lanka later in the month.