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Pakistan all-rounder Anwar Ali firmly believes that he is “the best fielder in Pakistan”.
Anwar, who last played for Pakistan in March 2016, made the bold claim when talking about the national team’s disappointing fielding performances at the World Cup.
Pakistan dropped seven catches in their most recent game against South Africa on Sunday, but still managed to win by 49 runs.
“I still consider myself the best fielder in Pakistan,” Anwar said in an interview with the Quetta Gladiators as quoted by cricketpakistan.com.pk. “Fielding is something which can only improve with interest and this is precisely the reason why I’m good at it.”
With Pakistan’s next World Cup match being against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday, Anwar admitted that the men in green are capable of winning, even though the Black Caps have yet to be defeated in the tournament.
However, he admitted that Pakistan can’t afford to be as bad in the field as they were against South Africa.
“Pakistan is at par with New Zealand as far as batting and bowling is concerned but there is a significant gap in the fielding standards of both sides,” he told the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise. “Players don’t plan in the same manner about their fielding practice as compared to batting and bowling.
“If you plan to bat an hour in the nets, as a batsman, or decide to bowl eight overs if you are a bowler, then it is only fair that you also plan on taking 100 catches to fine-tune your fielding skills.”