Sohail Tanvir has dismissed any talk of pressure as Hampshire start the defence of their Friends Life T20 crown tonight.
The Pakistan international bowler has been tasked with adding more quality to a squad already possessing some serious t20 pedigree.
Hampshire are gunning for a third title in four seasons and open up against Surrey at the Ageas Bowl tonight.
Some may feel the pressure in such circumstances but Tanvir is a relaxed character.
He’s delivered in the Australian Big Bash and the Indian Premier League among other twenty20 competitions.
Now he is ready to thrive on English soil.
‘When someone relies on you it means you are good enough,’ said Tanvir.
‘It gives me confidence – that’s why I have performed all over the world, especially when it comes to t20.
‘That’s the reason I never took it as pressure.
‘I always take it as confidence – that the captain has confidence in me.
‘I am here to play all formats of the game but it is fair to say my skills are known as a t20 player.
‘So I will try to prove myself again.
‘I have proved it a lot of times – like in IPL, South African league, Big Bash and Sri Lanka and all over the world.
‘I am quite happy with that.
‘This is a new platform for me – I haven’t played t20 in county cricket so I am looking forward to it.’
Tanvir & Co will come up against a formidable-looking Surrey side – including Australian ace Ricky Ponting at the Ageas Bowl tonight.
It should make for a blockbuster opening match.
Tanvir added: ‘Ricky Ponting is a big name. I played against him in the 2007 World Cup when I made my debut for Pakistan.
‘I am looking forward to playing against him again.’