Journalism involves some serious questioning from the people in the power but sometimes journalists also let their prejudice take over and ask something silly. Replying to such questions is not always necessary and Pakistan cricketer Azhar Ali gave a perfect example of that on Saturday. While attending the post-day press conference for Pakistan, Ali dodged a serious allegation from a journalist and saved himself some time.
While talking about Pakistan's first innings total, a journalist made a lengthy comment involving Azhar Ali and other Pakistan batters. The journalist alleged the Pakistan batters, especially Azhar Ali, of intentionally playing slow. Rather than congratulating Ali for his brave knock, the media personnel started schooling him about how he should have played selflessly and added more runs to the total.
'Azhar, when players score centuries, it becomes a part of the record. And when it's a big century, it's even better. Both you and Imam got big hundreds but do you two realize how much did it affect the team? Imam, who was trying to make a comeback played too slow. You also did not do enough. 460 in two days, the scorecard was in front of you. Don't you think you two could have been more courageous?" the journalist said to Azhar.
The batter did not bother giving an explanation and rather dodged the comment with a subtle reply. "I think you have already said enough. The answer is in your comment itself," said Ali.
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Pakistan dominate first two days
No matter what people say it was a dominating performance by Pakistan. Not losing any wicket and scoring 105 for the first wicket against the deadly trio of Hazelwood, Starc, and Cummins was indeed a brave act. Not only that, post that also, Pakistan did not give much chance to Australia as they stitched a 208-run stand for the second wicket. Imam-ul-Haq scored 157 before departing. Azhar Ali, who was playing the second fiddle till Imam was there, took charge and went on to score 185. On the back of fine knocks from these two, Pakistan posted 476/4 in their first innings.