Pakistan’s former bowling coach, Mushtaq Ahmed believes that Yasir Shah will have to work on his Googly, otherwise batsman around the world will easily decode him in near future.
Talking to Pak Passion, Mushtaq Ahmed said, “The single most important thing he (Yasir Shah) must concentrate on is to improve his googly.”
“When I was involved in the team he was taking wickets with this ball. He then had a shoulder issue so we eased off on practice for that delivery,” he revealed.
The former leg-spinner of Pakistan emphasized on the importance of learning that variety, “If he doesn’t work on his googly, then because he is well-known to the batsmen around the world, they will start to manage him effectively.”
Mushtaq Ahmed also shared the story of how he nurtured Yasir Shah in the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Lahore.
Pakistan’s legendary spinner told that national team was in utter need of a quality spinner when he joined the them as a coach as Saeed Ajmal got suspended for having an illegal bowling action. At that time. He came up with an idea of conducting a camp for spinners.
“I asked Moin Khan who was the Chief Selector at that time to hold a camp where we could call in and find some new talent from the current domestic setup. This was a necessity as we were in trouble due to issues with Saeed Ajmal’s action and Pakistan was without the services of a specialist spinner,” he told.
At that camp, Yasir caught Mushtaq Ahmed’s eyes and he talked to then head coach Waqar Younis and selector Moin Khan about it. He had some issues with his action, but, his mindset impressed him.
“In that camp, we saw Yasir’s bowling and checked that his First-class statistics were good,” he stated. “However, where he had a problem was in the repeatability of his action and he was also unable to bowl from round the wicket. What I did like was his mindset and felt that with a little bit of help he could improve into a very good bowler.”
Mushtaq Ahmed, who is famously known as Mushi, then decided to work with him, he helped him with his action and his inability to bowl from round the wicket along with different traits of the trade.
“I then spent six weeks with him on his action, taught him how to bowl round the wicket, explained the tactical aspects of bowling and showed him the right pace as well as how to spin the ball,” he further said.
The 46-year old believes that a coach should have complete faith on his player, moreover, the player should have complete confidence on his abilities.
It did not take long for Mushtaq to develop a close relationship with the leggie. Yasir was sharing his personal issues with him and at the end of the day that bond proved fruitful for both the men.
During Pakistan’s tour to England, Mushtaq was with Yasir and was guiding him about different aspects of the game. However, the former bowling coach gives all the credit for his miraculous performances on English shores to the man himself.
“I was there to discuss each aspect of the bowling with Yasir and the results are there to see but make no mistake, the credit for his excellent result is his alone as he achieved it with his own hard work,” he said.
Mushtaq Ahmed is working as the head coach at the NCA, but, still Yasir discusses whatever problems he faces in bowling.
“Our relationship is an enduring one and even today, Yasir will call me when on tour to discuss aspects of his bowling or if he needs advice on any specific part of his bowling for example when he had problems gripping the pink ball during the Test against the West Indies,” he concluded.