ICC World Cup 2019: I was Hopeful of Making the Cut as the Virus in My Blood Was at Its Initial Stage Says Shadab Khan
Young 20 years old Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan feels that he is ready for the challenge which awaits him in the upcoming 2019 World Cup which is slated to be played in England and Wales from 30th May to 14th July. Shadab Khan needs to be mentally prepared for what lies ahead in the showpiece event.
The youngster was forced to miss the ODI series in Ireland and England which was the last preparatory series for Pakistan ahead of the quadrennial event. He had to miss the series owing to a virus found in his blood during a medical routine check-up. However, he has totally recovered from the illness and is expected to play a part for Pakistan in the World Cup.
“I was always very much hopeful because the viral found in my blood was at its initial stage,” said Shadab Khan as quoted by Cricbuzz. “With two weeks of medicine, it’s clear out of my blood. Now I am heading towards the World Cup. Since we are going there regularly from last 3 years and it isn’t really difficult to acclimatise with the condition. All I have to do is get in my rhythm otherwise you are mentally prepared for the challenge.
“I have already played in a competitive tournament – champions trophy – which we won. Even though we lost few games, I know how to adapt myself in a big tournament.”
Shadab Khan was initially picked in the Pakistan 15 member squad for the tour of Ireland and England. There were doubts over his health and missing out on a World Cup squad was looming large. However, reports claim that he has totally recovered and should be part of the 15 member Pakistan World Cup squad.
Speaking about the particular scenario, Shadab Khan said it was frustrating to know that he had contacted virus in his blood but he said that his friends and teammates were very helpful during that difficult period.
“When you suddenly get to know that you have viral in your blood so naturally I got frustrated but my teammates and friends have been very supportive. I had a strong belief that whatever happens, happens for a reason and for good. I was tensed up on the first day but then I told my friends that whatever happened it is done and if anything good happens it will happen. So I asked them to avoid talking to me about it.”
In the absence of Shadab Khan, it was Yasir Shah who was brought in and was included in the playing XI for the first two ODI’s. However, after a below-par performance in the 2nd ODI, he was dropped from the 3rd ODI as Pakistan lost both the matches despite scoring more than 350 runs in both the matches. However, Shadab Khan didn’t speak much on that aspect but said that taking wickets will be crucial for them if they hope to stand a chance in the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.
“Nowadays you have to take wickets because cricket became very fast and even 350 isn’t a par score,” he said. “Yes, we have been struggling with the ball in middle over but the way batting is performing its a good sign. No doubt we lost the games but we put a good fight and played competitive cricket which gives a lot of boost to the team. Pakistan anyway still hold an ability to win the following games.
“Our team has 100 percent skills to do well in the World Cup. They are struggling (but) so are other teams in many ways. They are playing good cricket overall. Bowlers are not doing well, they are actually not in the rhythm required but once they start clicking we will start winning the games. When you missing out your four key players, it becomes increasingly tough. But there is a difference between pressure for a (normal bilateral) series and a World Cup. So I am optimistic about our chances there and we will try to win the World Cup.”
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