Derby: Fast bowler Sohail Khan has revealed that bowling coach Waqar Younis’ tips on late swing helped him to take a five-wicket haul.
The 36-year-old Sohail, who was playing for Babar Azam’s Team White, picked 5-50 in the first innings against Azhar Ali’s Team Green.
Before the practice match, Sohail had a conversation with Waqar on the art of late swing. Sohail shared how the presence of the Waqar in the coaching staff helped him ahead of a four-day match.
“The conditions in England are swing conducive so every fast bowler gets the ball to move. I asked Waqar bhai to teach me how to swing the ball late. It took him only two minutes to explain it to me. It is because of his tips that I took five wickets in the first innings,” Sohail said in an interview released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“A few days back I was struggling with something while bowling, I thought of reaching out to him and even before I spoke to him about it, he said he knew what I wanted to talk to him about and he explained it to me in a minute,” he added.
Sohail is happy to make a comeback in the national team after almost 3.5 years. “Definitely, it is an honor for me to return to the side. I had taken two fifers here against England in 2016 and now in the practice match I have started off with five wickets so I am feeling very good,” he maintained.
It must be noted that Pakistan will play second intra-squad practice match from July 24-27 ahead of the first Test against England in Manchester, starting from August 5.