Sri Lanka vs Pakistan: Mohammad Nawaz Enjoys Test Comeback With “Dream” Taking Five Wickets

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan: Mohammad Nawaz Enjoys Test Comeback With “Dream” Taking Five Wickets


Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz on Monday said his maiden five-wicket haul on his return to Test cricket was a “dream” performance that he was aiming to replicate. The 28-year-old Nawaz, who played just three Tests for Pakistan in 2016, impressed with his left-arm spin to break into Sri Lanka’s top and middle order in the first match at Galle. He, along with leg-spinner Yasir Shah, bowled out Sri Lanka for 267 for eight, but the hosts took a 333-run lead at the end of the third day’s play with the help of Dinesh Chandimal’s unbeaten 86.

“It is every bowler’s dream to get five wickets in Test cricket and it is the same with me,” Nawaz told reporters.

“I am very happy and I will keep working hard and repeat such performances again.”

Nawaz made his all-format debut in 2016, but his five-day career came to a halt after just three Test matches against West Indies in the United Arab Emirates.

His white-ball reputation has grown, with 19 One Day Internationals and 30 Twenty20 appearances for the national team, but he insists that red-ball cricket excites him the most.

Nawaz said of his cricketing journey, “I kept playing first-class cricket, obviously a lot of white-ball international cricket, but didn’t get a Test chance.”

“The focus was on playing red-ball cricket which develops you as a player. I had a good 2022 red-ball season at home as I scored over 700 runs and took 28-29 wickets.

I am happy to bowl well on my return and hope to do well with the bat as well.

Babar Azam’s Pakistan would have to bowl out Sri Lanka on the fourth day, who were 329-9 at stumps and then chased down an already challenging total.

But Nawaz has faith in Pakistan’s batting, which bounced back to 87-5 after scoring just four runs short of Sri Lanka’s 222 in the first innings.

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“He has scored well given the conditions, but it is not impossible,” he added.

“As a batting unit, if we get two-three good partnerships, I think it is achievable.”

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