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by Sandeep Shivam Sunday 1 October 2017
Pakistan opening batsman Sami Aslam is confident of scoring his maiden century despite missing out on numerous occasions after coming close to it.
Playing in his 12th Test match in the ongoing game against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, the 21-year-old has already notched seven half-centuries with five scores of 70 and above. However, he could not quite convert them into three figure mark.
However, Aslam asserted that the pressure did not weigh him down and is confident of crossing the huddle soon.
"It is not that there is pressure or anything," Aslam said after the third day's play in Abu Dhabi.
"I have quite a few centuries in domestic cricket. In U-19 level, I have the record for most centuries in the world. I am used to being in tough situations.
"Once I was run out when nearing a century. Then once I had to go for a win in New Zealand when I was in the 90s and got out trying to accelerate the score. Very soon you will see me scoring a century."
Aslam started his Test career with a lot of hope that saw him score an 82 and 70 against England in Birmingham but dropped out of contention following poor away series against New Zealand and Australia.
Admitting he was hurt when dropped, Aslam said he was always confident of staging a comeback and is now hoping to have an extended run with the Test side.
"In 2016 I played nine Test matches and scored 600 plus runs. It was good performance and tours were also tough. Yes you feel a bit hurt when you are dropped but I took it positively.
"I worked really hard after that and my fitness has improved. I had no issues with fitness earlier as well. I did well in domestic cricket and took it in my stride and now I feel I am in a better position.
"So I have made the most of the time I have stayed out."
Pakistan ended the third day's play with a score of 266 for four following fifties from Aslam, Azhar Ali and Shan Masood and they still trail Sri Lanka's first innings total by 153 runs.
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