Young Usama Mir eyes Misbah’s attention by strong performance


Young leg-spin sensation Usama Mir believes in his abilities and eyes the national team’s head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq’s attention with consistent performance.

While talking to ARY Sports on the sidelines of National T20 2nd XI Tournament at National Stadium Karachi, Mir, the 23-years-old cricketer from Sialkot, said that Misbah is very much experienced and knows Pakistan’s cricket well.

“I think Misbah is well enough to judge the game. He looks into the things deeply which makes him comprehensive. I have played a lot of cricket with him and also against him during franchise cricket. I believe that anyone who performs up to the mark, gets his place,” Mir said.

Being a leg-spinner, taking place in the national side is not easy following the current tough competition while having the likes of Shadab Khan and Yasir Shah but Mir is focused on what is his strength keeps on putting his influence whenever gets a chance.

“I don’t consider anything over my performance. My job is to perform and rest left on the selectors and team management,” Mir added.

Talking about his experience while being a part of the most followed franchise of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Karachi Kings, he said that it was the biggest opportunity for him to represent Kings in the PSL throughout.

“Obviously, Kings’ popularity is notable and I have been a part of this franchise since the first season. I was leading wicket-taker spinner in the second edition so overall a memorable experience with them,” he highlighted.

Mir also shared his experience of witnessing the mesmerizing crowd of Karachi during the last eight matches of the fourth edition of the PSL. “Karachi was amazing. It was a special feeling while observing immense passion and love in the stadium,” the domestic performer said.

Moreover, the young cricketer put weight on the importance of participating in foreign leagues. “When you come across different cricketers while playing franchise cricket, it gives immense confidence, motivation and learning experiences,” shares Mir.

Australian leggie Fawad Ahmed and Pakistan-born South African cricketer Imran Tahir are the biggest inspiration for the rising spinner. “I have met Fawad a couple of times and I found him with a very helping hand. Immi Bhai is also one of the biggest motivators of mine as every time I meet him he share his experience with me and try to correct me on my mistakes. In PSL, he used to give me tips about how to bowl a perfect googly and flipper as we all know his expertise in that department,” he concluded.

It must be noted here that Mir has 16 wickets in 12 first-class matches, 35 wickets in 29 List-A matches and 46 wickets in 50 T20s. Apart from this, he has played several cricket leagues around the world.