Root names Ajmal as most ‘skillful bowler’ ever faced


Karachi: England’s captain Joe Root has named off-spinner Saeed Ajmal as one of the most skillful and challenging bowler ever faced in his career.

Apart from Ajmal, the 30-year-old Root also named Australia’s Ryan Harris. “Harris was a wonderful bowler. He went through injuries otherwise I think he should have played more for Australia,” Root said in an ESPNCricinfo’s show ‘Polite Enquires’.

“I didn’t get to face Saeed Ajmal in his absolute peak but I’ve faced him in the county game after he remodeled his action and played for Worcestershire. He was still very skillful and had the ability to take the ball both ways,” he added.

“You can think of why he had so much success throughout his career,” he concluded.

Last week, South Africa’s Faf du Plessis also recalled the time he faced Saeed in 2013. “Saeed Ajmal was a challenge for me in UAE as a young, new batsman in sub-continent conditions. I remember every time I would go out to bat Saeed was warming up to bowl. Sometimes I would wake up in the middle of the night and Ajmal would be bowling at me,” Faf said.

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