“Got Dennis Lilly Kind Of Action”: Waqar Younis Huge Praise For Pakistan’s Pace Sensation

“Got Dennis Lilly Kind Of Action”: Waqar Younis Huge Praise For Pakistan’s Pace Sensation


File photo of Waqar Younis© AFP

While Pakistan lost to Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final, there were some positive things in store for the Babar Azam-led side. Despite the absence of frontline pacer Shaheen Afridi, Pakistan did not face any problem on the fast bowling front. The 19-year-old fast bowler Naseem Shah accomplished this feat in his debut T20 tournament. In his first T20I against India, he took the wickets of KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja. Overall he took seven wickets in five matches in the Asia Cup. Shah’s performance has excited Pakistan’s legendary fast bowler Waqar Younis. Younis was part of Pakistan’s coaching staff when Shah made his Test debut in Australia in 2019.

“Everything about him. If you look at Pakistan’s fast bowling battery, there are some who are really top seeded. I thought Naseem Shah, when I first saw him, was a finished product A classical action. His opportunity came when (Mohammed) Amir and Wahab (Riyaz) got out just before the Australia tour. I said ‘Take some youngsters and they will mature in the years to come.’ His run-up is perfect, he comes to the crease really well, sideways really well, hits the deck really well. He has the pace, that’s what’s important to me He has action like Dennis Lillee.” Waqar Younis said in a video posted by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

“What I love about him is his follow-through. The way he bends, puts all the pressure on his front leg. He has clean action, front arm is high. That’s real in this recent Asia Cup.” The improvement is that he now bowls big inswingers with the new ball. The Dubai pitch helped him with his bowling and helped him gain confidence as a bowler. He has shown great character under pressure,” said Wasim Akram he said.

Naseem Shah is also a part of Pakistan’s 2022 T20 World Cup squad. Pakistan began their campaign on 23 October with a match against India in the marquee event.

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