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CricketBabar Azam hopes Abdullah Shafique turns into one of the best openers in the World

Srinagar: Pakistan Cricket team skipper Babar Azam while praising young opener Abdullah Shafique for the match winning knock against Sri Lanka has hoped that the youngster becomes best opener in the World.

Abdullah Shafique on Wednesday hit an unbeaten 160 to steer Pakistan home in a record chase of 342 at Galle as Pakistan won a tense opening Test in the final session on day five.

“As a youngster, when you prove yourself and perform in tough conditions and difficult tracks, then it’s good,” Azam told reporters.

“His confidence was high after performing against Australia so he was on a different level. And to perform against quality bowling, your confidence goes up higher.”

Shafique, who made 136 not out against Australia in Rawalpindi in March, recorded his second Test ton in just his sixth match since making his debut last year.

“The way he plays, so clean and with his focus, he will get many, many more such knocks,” said Azam, who was involved in a key third-wicket stand of 101 with Shafique to set up the chase.

“I hope that he becomes one of the best openers in the world.”

Shafique, who now averages 80 in 11 Test innings, put on 71 runs with wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan (40) and then an unbeaten final stand of 41 with Mohammad Nawaz, who made 19 not out.

The second and final Test begins on Sunday, also in Galle.

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