Pakistan’s centurian in Galle Test, Abdullah Shafique croon

Abdullah Shafiq can score goals. Oh boy, can he record a run. The 22-year-old already has 700 plus runs in six Tests, averaging above 78. Four fifties and two hundred, most recently helping (so far) Pakistan chase only their ninth win in Sri Lanka.

Much like his passion-packed combat, Shafiq has a soulful voice that has astounded Pakistani fans. His lyrical videos are big in Pakistan and across the cricket social media scene. Here is one of them singing the song “Aye Khuda” from the Bollywood movie Murder 2 (2011).

Shafiq’s favorite, as expressed on social media, is Mustafa Zahid’s Tera Mira Rishta Purana from Awarapan (2007). He had posted a video of him singing the song and playing guitar in 2020.

The young opener from Sialkot scored 397 points across the three Tests in his first series at home against Australia and is someone who loves to take his time in the middle, having played nearly three times as many deliveries.

The opening match of Pakistan is currently battling in Galle in the first two Tests against Sri Lanka, helping his team in their 352nd run against a Sri Lankan team that recently beat the top team in the World Test Championship points table at this particular venue. Even in these roles, Shafik took his time and was slow and patient on the scoring field, just like his songs.

Of course, his videos of him singing and playing guitar will go viral in Pakistan and on cricket social media if he can beat his team towards the goal. With 11 runs required to win when the rain stopped playing, Shafik was hitting in the middle having already scored 150, and four wickets in hand, that seems likely to be the case.

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