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- Sunday, February 23, 2014 - From Print Edition


KARACHI: Pakistan’s new batting sensation Sharjeel Khan is fired-up to perform well in the Asia Cup starting in Bangladesh on Tuesday.


“I have learnt a lot of things during my short international career. It has given me confidence, how to handle pressure,” he said prior to his departure on Saturday.


“I am fully aware of our problems at the top-order and want to contribute for the team with a consistent showing,” the 24-year-old left-handed batsman said.


Sharjeel made a brilliant debut against Sri Lanka in Sharjah with a run-a-ball 61 and hit three sixes.


“That knock gave me lot of confidence,” he said.


The opener said he was ready for Pakistan’s opening match against India and looking to make his mark in that match.


“Everybody knows the pressure in Indo-Pak matches. I am physically and mentally ready for that match,” he remarked.


Shajeel also said it was great to learn from players of calibre of Zaheer Abbas, Moin Khan, Shoaib Muhammad and Mohammad Akram.