Ajmal has vowed to continue proving that he is the world’s best bowler
Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has revealed that he gets fired up and bowls much better when seeing the fear in an opposing batsman’s eyes.
Ajmal has vowed to keep practising and getting better even though he was denied the chance of becoming the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test Cricketer of the Year.
Ajmal is currently playing in a Twenty20 series against Australia and is looking forward to taking full advantage of the spin-friendly pitches the United Arab Emirates has to offer.
After being included in the ICC Test Team of the Year, Ajmal stated that the recognition he has received has motivated him to become a much better bowler in the future.
“Expectations from fans as well as teammates motivate me a lot. Whenever I’ve heard of being a trump card for the team, I aim to perform even better. The expectation puts a bit of pressure but this motivates me to do better. I know batsmen fear facing me and it makes me happy. Not dejected on missing out the ICC awards,” Ajmal said.
Many former cricketers have been very critical of the ICC’s move to omit Ajmal from the shortlisted candidates for the top three ICC awards.
Even though he was included in the ICC Test team of the Year, Ajmal will not have the opportunity of being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year, ICC Test Cricketer of the Year or the ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, despite having an outstanding season in all three formats.
Ajmal, who picked up his 100th ODI wicket in the first ODI against Australia, stated that he will do whatever it takes to become the world’s best bowler.