Misbah told me to increase my strike-rate as it was my weak point, Pakistan batsman says

Pakistan batsman Usman Salahuddin said Misbah-ul-Haq told him to increase his strike-rate as it was his weak point

Pakistan batsman Usman Salahuddin: “He said that my technique was fine, my defensive game was very good, but It was just my strike-rate that they felt was my weak point”

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Pakistan batsman Usman Salahuddin has revealed that head coach Misbah-ul-Haq told him to increase his strike-rate while batting as it was his weak point.

Salahuddin has a strike-rate of 41.23 in the 2019/20 edition of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, but increased it to 44.91 in the 2020/21 tournament.

While Misbah wanted Salahuddin to work on scoring at a quicker rate, the 30-year-old noted that the former captain said his “technique was fine” and “my defensive game was very good”.

“I had a conversation with Misbah-ul-Haq before the start of the season about what I needed to work on regarding my batting, as I needed to know where I was going wrong in his eyes,” Salahuddin told PakPassion. “He said the main issue was my strike-rate which needed to be improved as modern-day cricket has changed and he felt that I needed to up my game regarding this.

“So, I took that suggestion on board and I have made some changes to my game which I feel have helped me improve as a batsman. He said that my technique was fine, my defensive game was very good, but It was just my strike-rate that they felt was my weak point.”

In the 2020/21 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Salahuddin was the fourth-highest run-scorer with 924 runs in 11 matches for Central Punjab, which included a career-best 219 not out and eight half-centuries, at an average of 48.63.

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