RAWALPINDI -- Cricket was the ultimate winner, as debutant Abid Ali wrote his name into history books to become first ever batsman to score centuries in both One: Day International and Test match debuts.
It was all about the brilliance of Abid Ali, who not only won millions of hearts but also proved that hard work, passion and self belief always pay great dividend. Although the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka ended in a draw here at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Sunday, but the massive crowd was duly entertained first by Sri Lankan middle order batsman Silva for smashing unbeaten 102 and then by talented Abid Ali for hitting unbeaten 109 along Babar Ali for cracking unbeaten 102, as the pair put on unbeaten 122: runs for the fourth: wicket unbroken stand.
Pakistan got off to the worst possible start as one of the flopped openers of the national team Shan Masood was back to the pavilion without disturbing the scorers. Out: of: form skipper Azhar Ali then joined Abid Ali and both survived early onslaught of Sri Lankan fast bowlers. Azhar survived too many close calls, before he was finally out after scoring 36. Babar then joined Abid and both amused the spectators with their powerful batting display and beautiful shot selection.
Abid's knock was a treat to watch for the spectators while Babar also batted with authority as both batted very sensibly. Abid soon completed his half century and when he was in 90s, he consumed 25 deliveries to complete the magical figure of 100. Babar was running away, as he was scoring majority of runs. He was hitting Lankan bowlers to all corners of the ground, while Abid was just trying to get singles to reach the maiden century.
Abid then hit a boundary and then took two runs to complete a memorable hundred and soon after achieving this feat, he started jumping and celebrating his tremendous ton. He also signaled at the pavilion towards his daughter, who was amongst the spectators. He was hugged by Babar and then he bowed down in the middle of the pitch to pay thanks to Almighty. Babar then completed his well...