According to Faheem, the team plays “aggressive and savvy cricket.”
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad United all-rounder Faheem Ashraf believes that overcoming his fear of failure is one of the primary reasons for his success in the Pakistan Premier League (PSL).
Faheem told Geo News in an exclusive interview that when a player is allowed to play his natural game the way he wants, it is quite likely that his performance would bring amazing results for the team.
“In the United squad, we are not afraid of losing a match, we don’t think about the implications of losing a match, we are only focused on winning – nothing else,” Faheem explained.
“When you think about what would happen if I am not successful, you will not be able to try new things or adopt anything out of the box that could have benefitted you,” the all-rounder explained.
Islamabad United is the only team to have won the PSL twice, and the franchise is noted for playing aggressive cricket.
Nonetheless, Faheem thinks that the side plays “aggressive and smart cricket”.
“The captain and the management have instructed us to express ourselves in our natural way, and when you have that freedom, you feel confident while playing your game,” Faheem added.
United is now third in the points standings with eight points from six games, and will face the Quetta Gladiators on Sunday. Gladiators are presently ranked last in the table.
When asked about his partner Azam Khan, Faheem remarked that having a dressing room with him is a blessing since it keeps him from bowling to aggressive batters during a match.
“I’m relieved I don’t have to bowl against him. He’s in great shape. “It’s fun to watch him bat from the other end or from the dugout,” he remarked.
In response to a question, Faheem stated that he hopes to make a return to the Pakistan team with his performance in the PSL.
Faheem spoke about his 41-off-32 innings against Karachi Kings on Friday, saying that it was a team imperative and he adopted a strategy that goes against his character.
“Normally, I would prefer to score 60 or 70 when faced with 30 deliveries, but it was my team’s necessity, so I had to play according to that plan; I am delighted that I was able to contribute to my team’s success,” he said.