Shadab focused on producing consistent performances as ‘bowling all-rounder’


Lahore: The 22-year-old Shadab Khan accepted that his current bowling form has dipped, however, the leg-spinner is confident of bowling with full strength after recovering from injuries.

Shadab, who is also the vice-captain in limited-overs cricket, is making his comeback for Pakistan’s tour of Safari. He suffered an injury in his left thigh during Pakistan-New Zealand T20Is last year in December.

“There were injuries, but now I am fully fit and putting a lot of hard work with the ball and I am expecting to get a better result,” Shadab said in a virtual presser.

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“I still haven’t moved away from my role as a bowling allrounder. Bowling is crucial as I started my career in 2017 with the Champions Trophy, and my bowling was the highlight there. I am very much focused to have it back. Batting is a plus point and if my team is demanding something from me as a batsman, then it’s a good skill to have,” he added.

Shadab brushed aside the notion that he was focusing on his batting only. “I know I wasn’t up to the mark and haven’t done well with the ball lately that is mainly because of the groin injury. My bowling action takes a lot of energy and causes pain and was directly affecting it. Batting is different and it wasn’t affected by my injury, so it gave an impression that I am into batting only,” he maintained.

“But I still see myself as a bowling allrounder. I have evolved with the bat, but there were mistakes identified this year as I was struggling in the PSL. Misbah-ul-Haq (head coach) and Younis Khan (batting coach) are working in the nets to rectify that,” he added.

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