Islamabad United’s spinner Zafar Gohar spent a year in pain after hurting his shoulder. That was in addition to the sufferings after he lost his place in the Pakistan team after playing just a single one-day international in 2015.
The 23-year-old allrounder had also missed a chance of playing a Test against England in Abu Dhabi when he remained sleeping at home when PCB logistic people were looking for him. His mobile was off so he could not get an SOS from the team management after Yasir Shah was ruled out due to a back problem on the eve of Abu Dhabi Test.
But Gohar hopes he can make amends through Pakistan Super League (PSL) after taking three wickets against Peshawar Zalmi.
“It was tough to be on the sidelines,” said Gohar. “I had a shoulder operation in England last year and it took me six months to recover so I didn’t play cricket at all. This is now getting better and I feel I am back with a three-wicket performance.”
Gohar bowled Zalmi captain Darren Sammy with a peach of a delivery, squaring him up as the ball pitched on the leg stump and turned across his bat to hit the off stump.
“The best delivery was to Sammy. I think it was a magical delivery. The pitch was helping spin so I just bowled in the right areas and it paid off.”
Gohar admitted it was tough to shift from Lahore Qalandars to Islamabad.
“It’s tough but you back your skill and then improve, so everyone in Islamabad camp was helpful and Misbah-ul Haq backed me so it was nice.”