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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur believes that Haris Sohail “is in our top three batsmen”.
Arthur’s praise for Haris comes after he was named Man of the Match for his 59-ball 89 in Pakistan’s 49-run World Cup win over South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday.
Prior to that match, Haris had only played in Pakistan’s World Cup opener against the West Indies, where he scored eight runs.
“I like to think that every player who gets left out comes back with point to prove,” Arthur was quoted as saying by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s website. “I believe Haris is in our top three batsmen and he had a particularly good lead-up to the World Cup.
“We went with Shoaib after the West Indies game because, for Haris, there were other issues that need to be continually worked at. But the Haris Sohail we got today was a Haris Sohail that played incredibly well and I couldn’t be happier.
“Since he got left out, Haris has worked unbelievably hard on his game – his fielding and his fitness. He got his just reward for that here.
“I thought he was outstanding and I like seeing players come back like that. That is what we want to try and produce.”
“You can’t have comfort zones in any international cricket team. We talk a lot in our team about winning performances – it’s not about the 50 or 80 that personally looks a good performance but isn’t helping us win games.
“We’re looking for guys to give us match-winning performances. Haris’s 80 here was as good a match-winning performance as you’ll ever see.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup game will be against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday.