Despite collecting the man-of-the-match award on his Surrey debut, Cambridge MCC Universities' teenage all-rounder Zafar Ansari says his next target is keeping his place in the side.
Ansari smashed 30 runs from just 18 balls and bowled four economical overs (conceding 24 runs) in Surrey’s 43-run Friends Life T20 group win - earning himself the man-of-the-match award.
Ansari, 19, was delighted with the manner in which he took his first-team chance and has set his sights on more T20 appearances for Surrey this summer:
“It was the perfect time to get a good performance in. It was lucky that it happened to go as well as it did.
“I think I’ll be in the squad for the T20 but the strength of the Surrey squad is really good at the moment and it’s not an easy eleven to get into with everyone fit.”
Surrey take on Middlesex next month in the hotly anticipated London derby, under floodlights at the Home of Cricket.
Making a name
Ansari, who bowls left-arm spin, made headlines earlier in the summer by dismissing Kevin Pietersen on his return to cricket, during Cambridge’s 10-wicket win against Surrey.
His performance against Essex attracted praise via Twitter from a pair of Surrey and England international wicket-keepers.
Steve Davies, who played in the match, described his teammate as a "future star," while Alec Stewart, England’s most capped Test player, tipped him as a future international.
Ansari though is keeping his feet rooted to the ground after a night he described as "awesome."
“I only found out I was playing on the morning. I was a little nervous but I feel in good form at the moment, so I wasn’t going into it feeling out of my depth.”
“I think I bowled well. It was pretty good areas in terms of length and line. Not many four balls, some of the best one day players in the world, people like Ryan ten Doeschate.
“You feel under pressure to hit the spot and there is less room for error.”
“It was one of the best experiences of my cricket career.” he added.