Stuart Broad is disappointed with the fact that he over stepped to deliver the ball which induced the outside edge of the Pakistani top order batsman Shoaib Malik on the first day of the Abu Dhabi test match .
That outside edge was safely held, but, later when checked, it was not found out to be a legal delivery and Malik stayed on to continue his innings from there and eventually, at the end of the day, he was unbeaten at the crease having scored a century.
According to Broad, if he had got the wicket of Malik there, his team would probably have finished the day in a commanding position.
Speaking to a television presenter on the sidelines, Broad said, “It was certainly disappointing. Playing in difficult conditions, you don’t want to be wasting opportunities like that.”
“And, it’s not the first time that it has happened with us. We were denied a couple of wickets because of overstepping in the Ashes too. So, we certainly have to see it as a problem and try and sort it. You can’t be excused for such an error at this level especially when it costs the team big.”
“I was apologetic at the end of the second session. It could have been an immensely vital wicket for us. Bowling on the first day pitch under that sort of weather, we had the idea that it would be tough and we would have to make every opportunity count, but, we couldn’t quite do that. However, what’s important is that we are still in the game and we need to ensure we are on target with the new cherry tomorrow.”
The Pakistanis would resume their innings at 286 for 4 on the second day.