Pakistan senior cricketer Mohammad Hafeez has opened about his difficult phase in cricket career and said that people used to laugh at him and used to say that a failed cricketer like me is wasting his time.
Mohammad Hafeez, narrated this in a live session on Instagram.
Hafeez, having made his Test and ODI debut in 2003, said that being sidelined for three years, from 2007 to 2010, due to inconsistent performances left him vulnerable to harsh criticism.
“Back in 2007, I was not able to perform well and critics had formed an opinion that I was not cut for international cricket. Such opinions are very hard to change and it led to one of the most difficult periods of my life,”Hafeez said.
The 39-year-old experienced all-rounder said he kept striving for greatness which eventually materialised.
“Despite the criticism, I kept on putting in the hard yards and did not lose hope. People who saw me training used to laugh at me as they believed that a failed player like me was wasting their time.”
While the times were trying Hafeez had an optimistic outlook over the experience and said that it made him “more professional” in the sport.
“Working hard is the only way to succeed in life.”