Abdullah Shafique ‘honoured’ to be compared to Rahul Dravid

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RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Test opener Abdullah Shafique feels respected to be contrasted and Indian legend Rahul Dravid by his commander Babar Azam.

The snappy right-hander, who made his presentation against Bangladesh last year, dazzled during Australia’s visit to Pakistan in March.

He scored 100 years in the main Test and a pivotal 96-run second-innings thump to safeguard Pakistan in the second Test in Karachi before a 81-run innings in Lahore.

Babar, in stunningness of Abdullah’s procedure, wound up contrasting him and Dravid and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson in a new meeting.

“I’m respected that Babar contrasted me and Dravid,” Abdullah told correspondents uninvolved of Pakistan’s preliminary camp for the impending series against Sri Lanka at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

Nonetheless, the 22-year-old uncovered he reveres previous Australia captain Ricky Ponting and ex-Pakistan hitter and current batting mentor Mohammad Yousuf more than Dravid or Williamson.

“I used to follow Ricky Ponting a ton,” he said. “I likewise follow Babar and Yousuf Bhai.”

Abdullah joined for a 228-run organization with Babar in Karachi, where the last option passed up a major opportunity barely on a twofold hundred years however assisted Pakistan with dealing with a memorable draw notwithstanding a bleak first innings show.

The Lahore-conceived player said he was “gaining some significant knowledge” from Babar.

“Babar has confidence in all players of the group and continues to see the value in their presentation,” Abdullah said.

Abdullah was likewise a piece of the Pakistan crew in their new three-match One-day International series win against the West Indies. The Lahore Qalandars player, however, didn’t highlight in any of the games.

“It was for sure an extraordinary encounter for me. Despite the fact that I didn’t get the amazing chance to play, it was great being around the players who were playing,” he said.

Abdullah, who midpoints 68.37 in Tests, is anticipating Pakistan’s impending two-match Test series against Sri Lanka what begins on July 16.

He expressed working on during the continuous camp would demonstrate valuable to get ready for the circumstances the island could offer.

“We have played great cricket in the last series against Australia however the difficulties in Sri Lanka would be unique,” said Abdullah.

“However, we are planning in like manner.

“I’m likewise prepared to snatch the open not set in stone to perform well.”

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