Waqar advises Wahab to make batsmen play

Shukriya Pakistan

Sharjah Former Pakistan’s fast bowler, Waqar Younis emphasized that Wahab Riaz should look to take more wickets as beating edges is not good enough for the cause of the team.

The left-arm pacer took the second five-wicket haul of his career, he took a five-for six years back against England at the Oval, which was his debut game. Riaz has achieved his feat after 19 test matches, which is not impressive enough for the former skipper.

Waqar Younis told Dawn News, “When you are fast and in the team as a strike bowler, you are expected to take more wickets and do that more regularly.”

“Riaz has that ability and he’s that kind of a bowler who can pick up regular wickets. But, given the number of matches he has played, he should have taken at least 80 to 90 Test wickets. He’s a better bowler than a two-three-wicket one,” he added.

The 31-year old started the off the proceedings for Pakistan in style by removing opener, Leon Johnson and then cleaned up Shane Dowrich later on Day 2. But, he took long to floor the tail of West Indies.

Wahab is undoubtedly quick, but, his inability to make the batsmen play more frequently costs him.

“It was a good effort on his part and getting five wickets is no mean feat, but you need to make the batsmen play more. Beating the edge or going close to the stumps is ok but when you have the tail in front of you, being a fast-bowler you need to ensure you wrap things up as soon as possible,” he further said.

“In our days, once we got a sniff, we used to go for the kill. But the important thing was to make the batsman play.”

“People talk about his effort against Shane Watson in Adelaide or that effort in Abu Dhabi against England last year. He needs to ensure he doesn’t sit on those laurels and add more wickets to his tally. Beating the bat isn’t enough. We expect more from him and more regularly as well,” the former coach concluded.