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Afridi yearns for fixed batting position

Published: Monday, October 16, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi:Tired of constant tinkering with his batting position, Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi said he yearns to have a fixed position in the line-up as too much experiments with his spot in the team has affected his performance.

''To tell you honestly, I am never quite sure of where I would bat in a match. If you look at my career I have played at almost all the positions. But I would appreciate if the team management gives me a fixed batting position because constant changes don't help my performance,'' Afridi told reporters at a media session here.

''If you ask me, then batting at number six has been good for me and I have made some good contributions playing at that spot. But I would always prefer to open,'' he added.

The swashbuckling all-rounder, however, admitted that team's needs in a particular situation were also important for him and the constant changes in his batting order could be attributed to that.

''A fixed batting position is always welcome but team requirement is alo something and I have to look upon that aspect as well,'' he explained.

Expected to murder the opposition attack whenever he takes to field, Afridi is not particularly happy to be called 'Boom-Boom Afridi' for his explosive batting and says sometimes the crowd expectations have ended up messing his plans of building innings.

''The crowds sometimes do get to me because they start chanting 'Boom-Boom Afridi' whenever I come in to bat. They expect me to smash every ball out of the park but that sometimes is not what I plan in the dressing room. You can say I am not mentally strong because I get swayed by their chants and end up throwing my wicket to please them,'' he said.

But he was also quick to point out that crowd expectations apart cricket to him is aggression and he would always aim for more then a run a ball strike rate.

''For me cricket is aggression and that is refelcted in my batting. And I plan to continue to play in a similar manner,'' he said.

Speaking about regular captain Inzamam-ul Haq not being a part of the team for Champions Trophy due to the four-ODI ban on him, Afridi said while the burly Multan player would be missed, it would be in Pakistan's interest to look beyond him in the big event.

''Everybody knows that Inzy bhai is a great player and obviously he will be missed. But if we keep thinking about his absence only then it is not going to do us any good. It would be better if we delegate responsibilities among ourselves and not let his absence affect team's performance,'' he said.

UNI

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