Comparisons with Sachin Tendulkar are truly special - Asad Shafiq

Comparisons with Sachin Tendulkar are truly special - Asad Shafiq
Asad Shafiq has played 113 international games for Pakistan
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Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq admitted that the comparisons made between him and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar by the national team head coach Mickey Arthur are "truly special".

Earlier this month, Arthur said that watching Shafiq play at his fluent best reminded him of Tendulkar at times.

Furthermore, Shafiq revealed that it was a huge morale booster for him to be compared to his cricketing idol, Tendulkar.

"To compare me to a player who was the reason I started to play cricket and a player whose videos I would watch all day is truly special for me," Shafiq told PakPassion.net

"It's a very positive message from Mickey for me and it's made me feel very proud.

"During the Test series in England Mickey was saying to me that he thought technically I am a good batsman and that I could get even better if I batted higher up the order.

"He always spoke very highly of me in England and that was a real boost for me."

Shafiq went on to say that he has been improving as a cricketer under the watchful eye of Arthur.

"I feel that I am improving as a cricketer under the tutelage of Mickey.

"As a cricketer I'm very happy and proud to be mentioned in the same breath as the great Sachin Tendulkar and I'll take these comments forward with me."

Speaking about Pakistan’s strategy for the upcoming Test series against West Indies, Shafiq said that the team will stick to their tried and tested methods in the UAE to challenge the opposition.

“Our tactics in the UAE are clear and are a tried and tested formula.

“We look to pile up high scores and then get our spinners to do the business later on in the match.

“As a unit our batsmen have produced the goods in the last five years and we will be hoping to repeat this.

“It's challenging for opposition teams to come to the UAE and play against Pakistan because we are used to the conditions and our tactics tend to be successful out there.

“However, you can never write the opposition off and I'm sure the West Indies will present a tough challenge for us.”

Shafiq, along with Azhar Ali, has been a crucial cog in the Pakistan Test batting line-up to complement the success of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq.

Since 2013, Shafiq has scored 1977 runs from 29 Test matches at an average of 42.97 while registering seven hundreds and eight fifties to his name.

After the series against West Indies, Pakistan will embark on the tour of Australia, which will be Shafiq’s first visit to the country to play Test cricket.

Drawing on his success in the recent tour of England, Shafiq is hoping that he will be able to replicate his success in Australian conditions.

“I am so excited about the tour of Australia.

"When I was about to tour South Africa people said that I will struggle and I proved them wrong.

“Then this year some critics said that I would fail on the tour of England and once again I proved those people wrong.

“The way I see Australian wickets is that you get value for your shots and the tour of England has given me a huge lift and I hope that I can go to Australia and perform well there also.”

From the four Tests against England in July and August this year, Shafiq scored 274 runs at an average of 39.14 including one hundred and one fifty.

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