Yousuf will come good in series decider, says Afridi

September 22nd, 2010 - 5:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, Sep 22 (IANS) Pakistan’S premier batsman Mohammad Yousuf has flopped in the one-day international series against England so far but his captain Shahid Afridi is confident that Yousuf will play a big one in the series decider Wednesday at Rose Bowl, Southampton.

In an interview Wednesday, Afridi sounded confident that his team’s ‘other senior players, especially veteran batsman Yousuf, will follow the example of Umar Gul and Abdul Razzaq and give their best and help the visitors to win the series.

Pakistan, down 0-2 in the five-match ODI series, pulled alevel with England by winning the last two games at the Oval and Lord’s, courtesy the match-winning performances from Gul and Razzaq.

Gul has taken ten wickets in the last two matches while Razzaq’s 20-ball 44 was one of the major reasons behind Pakistan’s 38-run win at Lord’s Monday.

Afridi is hoping that players like Yousuf, who is yet to make his presence felt in the ODI series, will contribute greatly in the fifth and the final match.

“A big knock is due on Yousuf,” Afridi said.

“He is such a great player and I know that he can do it. We hope that knock will come in the decider,” he added.

Afridi is confident that the Akmal brothers — Kamran and Umar — also will come out with forceful performances in Southampton.

“They are both very good players. They are like Umar Gul, who was unable to do well in a few matches but then bounced back with a vengeance at the Oval. We need each and every one of our team to play like Gul and I am sure they will do that,” said Yousuf.

–Indo–Asian News Service

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