A juvenile yet impressive bowler who has dazzled the cricket world with his varieties of bowling, Shadab Khan has revealed the secret behind his success – hard work and coach’s guidance.
He said his personal effort and guidance of legbreak googly master Mushtaq Ahmed has honed his skills greatly.
“I thank my Allah (SWT). It’s all because of prayers of my parents. I believe the more you work hard the more fruitful it will turn out. Mushtaq bhai has worked a great deal with me in bowling. I will try to improve myself further,” he said while giving an interview to Pakistan Cricket Team’s Facebook page.
After stupendous performance in Pakistan Super League 2017, Shadab has mesmerized cricket fans with his match-winning performances with the help of a mixture of leg-breaks and googlies to stymie the West Indies quest in both the first Twenty20 matches.
He is currently in Trinidad and Tobago on tour of West Indies. Pakistan are 2-1 against West Indies in four match T20 series. The 18-year-old bowler took 3 for 7 and 4 for 14 in the first and second T20 matches respectively. He is the 3rd debutant in the international arena to claim two consecutive Man of the Match awards in first two matches.
Question: How did you prepare yourself (in the second T20) against (Marlon) Samuels when you first encountered him?
Shadab Khan: Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and I had talked about it. We had decided to deliver mostly legspin balls. I bowled first five balls legspin and then Sarfraz asked me to deliver a googly and I followed the instruction and claimed his wicket.
Samuels did try to bring me under pressure and his wicket proved to be match-winning point.
Question: I think your googly is more famous when it comes to your bowling. What other variety do you deliver the best?
Shadab Khan: There’s no such thing. I personally think that I can deliver different varieties equally imposingly including flipper, legspin, googly and others.