Wahab Riaz celebrates his 31st birthday
Pakistan’s left-arm speedster, Wahab Riaz celebrated his 31st birthday on June 28th. The man, who hails from Lahore, made his international debut for Pakistan on February 2, 2008 in an ODI against Zimbabwe at Sheikhupura.
Wahab Riaz is often known for his venomous paced bowling irrespective of the playing conditions. He always gives his best and bowl with full gas even if the team is down and out.
His bowling spell against India at Mohali in the World Cup 2011 semi-final was the evidence of the effort he usually puts in. Virender Sehwag was punishing Pakistani bowler before Wahab came on to bowl and cracked five-wickets. His swinging yorker to the man in form in that tournament, Yuvraj Singh, defined his true potential.
He bowled another furious spell against Shane Watson in the World Cup 2015, when he left Watson fight for his life with his furious short deliveries. Legend like Brian Lara said about that spell, “It was a joy to watch him bowling today, his stats will never reveal how great a spell that was.” Shane Watson himself said, “I had a lot of luck to get through Wahab’s spell.”
Wahab Riaz has played 15 test for Pakistan and has hunted 43 batsmen. He has also taken 94 and 20 wickets respectively in 69 ODIs and 20 T20is in Green outfit.
He will be a key weapon for Misbah Ul Haq during the upcoming test series in fast bowling friendly conditions of England.