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Abid sets sight on Azharuddin’s Test record

Last year, Pakistan opener set a world record of becoming the first batsman to score a century on his ODI as well as Test debut

Abid sets sight on Azharuddin’s Test record PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Pakistan opener Abid Ali is aiming to equal former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin’s record of scoring centuries in each of his first three Tests, when Pakistan takes on Bangladesh in the upcoming Rawalpindi Test, starting from February 7.

Last year, Abid set a world record of becoming the first batsman to score a century on his one-day International (ODI) as well as Test debut.

The 32-year-old achieved the aforementioned milestone when he reached the triple figures in the first home Test, of two-match series, against Sri Lanka in Rawalpindi.

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While talking to media in Lahore, Abid said that he aims to continue from where he left in the Karachi Test against Sri Lanka, in which he was declared player of the match for his 174-run knock in the second innings.

 “My aim is to continue my form and score a century to match the record of Azharuddin in Test cricket. I am focused and determined to go on the field with a strong mindset,” Abid said.  

Abid broke into the Pakistan Test side after showing prolific form in domestic cricket and for the Pakistan A team, and is aiming to make the most of this opportunity.

“It took quite a long for me to make Test debut but I am thankful to God that I made the most of a maiden call in the longer format of the game,” he said. “I didn’t think of such achievements but I was focused to play my game and I succeeded in it.”