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Pakistan batsman Haris Sohail has insisted that he is not worried about the lack of big hitters in the World Cup squad as every batsman in the side is capable of playing aggressive cricket.
Pakistan left out a notable power hitter in Asif Ali, who was brilliant during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as he accumulated 281 runs in 12 games for Islamabad United, which included two half-centuries, at an average of 35.12 and an incredible strike-rate of 182.46.
Despite this, Haris reiterated that Pakistan have plenty of batsmen in the World Cup squad that are capable of playing big shots and upping the ante should the situation require it.
“Cricket is a different game nowadays,” Haris was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “Now, when your number three or four plays a big innings or gets a hundred, batsmen play around him. In ODI cricket, a total above 300 is now par. Not in the UAE, where pitches are slower and you need to take more time. But definitely that applies in countries like England. So over there, you’ll see us play more aggressively.
“If you talk about the strike rate, conditions differ depending on where you are. Against Australia in the first ODI, it was very important for me to play 50 overs rather than score quickly. Even so, I scored my century in 114 balls, while [Aaron] Finch got his [in the same game] in 119. The second century I scored, my strike rate was over 100.”
Pakistan will kick off their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.