Afridi eager to corner glory for his team

Published: Sunday, February 13, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:All set for his first full tour of India, flamboyant Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi says he would try to curb his impulse to hit every ball for a six and help his team build a long innings in the Test matches.

"It's going to be my first full tour to India and I am keen to earn honour and glory for my country against the arch-rivals," the hard hitting batsman said.

"I am fully aware that India-Pakistan series will be tension-packed and it will be a hard tour but it's my goal to perform under pressure," Afridi was quoted as saying by APP news agency.

The 24-year-old holds the record for hitting the fastest one-day hundred off just 37 balls against Kenya in 1996. Recently he became the first batsman in ODI history to complete 200 sixes.

But Afridi said he was trying to curb his habit of hitting every ball for a six as Pakistan, which lacked batting experience as compared to India, needed youngsters to complement seniors Inzamam-ul Haq and Yousuf Youhana.

"Look, they have Tendulkar, Sehwag, Dravid and Laxman, who can play long innings. Staying at the crease for long periods is the key in Test matches. We have only two good batsmen in Inzamam and Youhana.

"So in this scenario, the young lot like Salman Butt, Yasir Hameed and others have got to be consistent to help in building the innings," he said.

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