Asad Shafiq knew that he could be one soft target, as Pakistan needs to create a place for Azhar Ali to return in the side in the next Test in Dubai. There is an extensive sense of competition as Malik, who replaced Ali in the line-up, had already marked his remarkable comeback with a double hundred. The playing XI in the next Test is already a talking point.
Shafiq is generally one of the more muted players in the Pakistan dressing room with Sarfraz Ahmed is the only best friend around. Introverted he might be, but he has silently absorbed a lot of skills: he is the most technically accomplished player in the side. He scored his eighth hundred to prove his worth yet again at the venue where his career started in 2010.