Islamabad: Veteran Pakistan fast-bowler Mohammad Sami has accepted that his performances in the five-day format were not up to the mark and that affected his chances in the limited-overs as well.
Sami, who made his debut for Pakistan in 2001 against New Zealand and ended up playing 36 Tests claiming 85 wickets at a disappointing average of 52.7 and strike-rate of 88.2, believes he can only blame himself for the poor show.
“Test cricket was a struggle,” said Sami while talking to ESPNCricinfo. “I was the Player of the Match in my first Test, but then after two or three series, I did not play regularly. And really, I did not perform according to the expectations. After that, the issue was that I was in and out of the side. I would play one Test and then sit out for a year before making a comeback. That does have an impact on you mentally, constantly being in and out of the team. In those days, the wickets in the subcontinent were very much batting wickets.”
He added that he didn’t make enough of the opportunities presented to him.