Injured Taufeeq confident despite Jamshed’s emergence
Pakistan’s injured opener Taufeeq Umar was confident of regaining his place in the Test side despite the emergence of talented youngster Nasir Jamshed.
Taufeeq, who had cemented his place as a Test opener after making a comeback in 2010, picked up a shin injury on Pakistan’s tour of South Africa and had to return home without playing a single delivery. But the left-handed batsman remained positive he would make his way back into the team after recovering.
“Injury is always a setback for any player in world cricket,” Taufeeq said in an interview with Cricinfo.
“I was unfortunate to have it at such a wrong time. But I was lucky it was not a serious injury and I am positive about my future. I only require another four weeks to get back in shape. The disappointment is obviously there as I was looking forward to the South Africa tour for a long time as I always enjoy playing against them and score a lot of runs.
“Injuries do come but that doesn’t mean that is it. I have been doing well since my comeback in 2010 and have nothing to fear about. The next months obviously are tough but I am ready to put in all the hard work to reclaim my place in the side.”
Despite the optimism, Taufeeq regretted the fact that he could not square up against South Africa, a team he has scored 730 including two hundreds.
“There are certain teams I love to score runs against and South Africa is one of them,” he said.
“I need not worry at all about whoever comes in to replace me. It’s in fact a good sign as there is a sense of competition for the slot, which is good for the team. I have good wishes for Nasir or whoever replaces me and what is important is that they perform well. I am positive and have nothing to lose, I know I am around and will be available for the next series.”