"I love this game and I want to establish myself in all three formats and I know this will only be possible if I can get runs consistently. Hopefully this innings against Australia definitely the best of my career will now prove to be a turning point in my career," he said.
     
26-year-old has played 16 tests, 94 ODIs and 54 T20 matches and has long been considered as an exceptional talent in Pakistan cricket but never lived up to the expectations until he started to score consistently since the Asia Cup in Bangladesh where he also got a hundred.
     
"I wanted to do well against Australia and the team management told me to go and play my natural game and not be worried about getting out. Thankfully everything clicked for me," he said.
     
Umar is due to get married to the daughter of former test leg-spinner, Abdul Qadir soon and said the innings against Australia was also special since it came at a time when his elder brother Kamran was also making a comeback to the team.
     
"It was great to share that partnership with Kamran who has always encouraged me and supported me in my career. He is my mentor in many ways that is why I also dedicated this innings to him," he said.

 (Agencies)

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