Mohammad Hafeez made a brilliant comment to West Indies legend Chris Gayle after the Pakistan star’s scintillating knock for Lahore Qalandars on Monday [Crictracker.com].
Despite turning 40 in October, the ‘Professor’ is thriving at the elite level and after strong showings for Pakistan on tours of England and New Zealand, he’s carried his form into the PSL.
Hafeez warmed up with 33* in his first outing against Peshawar Zalmi, before compiling a superb 73* from just 33 balls against Quetta Gladiators.
In an exhibition of ball-striking at the National Stadium in Karachi, he registered five fours and six sixes, cashing in alongside opener Fakhar Zaman (82*) as the Qalandars cruised to a nine-wicket victory.
Pakistan star Hafeez in brilliant Chris Gayle exchange
Legendary T20 player Chris Gayle was on the losing side despite his own impressive innings of 68, and even he marvelled at some of the sixes produced by Hafeez, who is much more slightly built.
“Chris Gayle was talking about the willow and I told him I don’t have muscles like you so I need to have a better bat than anyone else,” explained the veteran when asked what he was discussing with Gayle after the match, as quoted by Crictracker.com.
Hafeez is set to be a key player for Pakistan at the upcoming T20 World Cup in India and he went on to give further insight into his recent revival.
“This is something I’m working on in the last one and a half years, where I’m not trying to hit it really hard, just time the ball and get power behind it,” he said.
“So that’s really working for me. I need to work really hard to get these things and I’m really happy it’s working for me at the moment.”
With two convincing wins from their opening two matches, the Qalandars are currently top of the PSL table and face Multan Sultans in their next match on Friday.