Pakistan leg spin bowler Yasir Shah said he was inspired by legendary Australian Spinner Shane Warne‘s tweets during his spin destruction of Australia which helped Pakistan win a tough series last week. 28 years old Yasir Shah took 12 wickets in two Tests during Pakistan’s 2-0 win which is their first ever Australia in 20 years.
Yasir said Shane Warne’s tweets during the series uplifted him. He said it is very uplifting that a legend spinner like Shane Warne encouraged him so much and every day he tweeted. He added that he has never met him but it is his desire to meet him. Warne took 708 Test wickets during an eminent career which ended in 2007. Shane Warne is the 2nd highest Test wicket taker behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan who has a world record of 800 wickets.
Yasir said he started playing cricket after following the great spinner. He admitted that he followed Warne initially and his action was similar to his but then Aaqib Javed who is former coach at Lahore academy changed his action but he has always been his inspiration.
Shah said he was nervous in the beginning when he made his Test debut in the Dubai Test. He said he was a little bit nervous that he was in the Test team but coach Waqar Younis told him that he should feel like he is playing a first class match, Mushtaq Ahmed who is spin bowling coach and then skipper Misbah-ul Haq encouraged and motivated him a lot so he felt like playing a first class domestic match, added Shah. He also said Misbah is captain of his first class team as well so it looked like he was playing a first class match.
Shah opposed Pakistan’s domestic cricket is less competitive. Their domestic cricket is competitive, they have green pitches and it is tough for spinners to get wickets so they have to work very hard which helped him said Yasir. He said Australian opener David Warner’s wicket as his most memorable wicket.
Shah said he was preparing for the New Zealand series which is starting with the first of three Tests in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
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