Pakistan emerging fast-bowler Naseem Shah who picked a five-fer in the second innings against Sri Lanka in Karachi at the second Test has revealed his bowling inspiration and it is none other than New Zealand’s fast bowler Shane Bond.
“I started playing cricket in my village without any facilities, I used to play cricket with a tape ball and I got fascinated by our legends of that time but I was inspired by kiwi fast bowler Shane Bond because I liked his action in those days,” He said.
The 16-year-old who took 5-31 is happy to become the youngest fast bowler in Test cricket to claim five-wicket haul.
“Thanks to Almighty Allah for this feat in front of our home crowd. Despite I was struggling on the first day, I was positive that in second innings I would give my best and things went according to the plan,” He added.
Naseem, who was the talk of the town last month in Australia because of his age and pace but his prime focus was to focus on his skills and prove why he is selected in the side.
“I was not thinking of my age and if I will be able to play, I was always positive that I came here by my hard work and will try to bowl my best,”
He cannot explain the feeling when he got the news about his mother’s death and how tough it was to come back from that trauma but Allah helped me and gave me patience.
Pakistan comprehensively won the Test and the series 1-0 against Sri Lanka in Karachi by 264 runs and jumped to the third position in the ICC Test championship points table. Abid Ali for his two centuries in two matches awarded him Man of the Series.