ICC World Cup 2019: Shadab Khan Admits Pakistan Bowlers Lack in Rhythm
Young leg-spinner Shadab Khan believes Pakistan is capable of doing well at the ICC World Cup 2019. He also conceded that the Men in Green bowlers are struggling to deliver as per the expectations which have somewhat dent the morale of the team, of late.
PCB has recently cleared to feature in the ODI showpiece after suffering from an illness due to a virus. Pertinently, skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has revealed that Shadab has recovered in time to feature in the much-awaited World Cup. However, he is ready to make most of his maiden World Cup stint.
“Now, I am heading towards the World Cup. Since we are going there regularly from the last three years, 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,” Shadab told the ICC.
Earlier, he was ruled out of the One-off Ireland game and England series. However, now the spin specialist is virus-free to lead Pakistan’s spin attack at the forthcoming World Cup scheduled to commence from May 30.
Pakistan good based on skills: Shadab Khan
While speaking to the ICC, Shadab is convinced that Pakistan’s ability will help the team to do wonders during the ODI showpiece. He admitted the fact that the team is not doing well. But, they’ve played decent cricket in the recent past.
“Our team has 100% 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,” Shadab added.
The 20-year-old Mianwali bowler stated the bowling has looked off-colour but is hopeful on seeing the bowling unit clicking at the earliest. He added their bowling is capable of helping their team to win games.
He added the pressure is different for the mega event than the regular bilateral series.
“Bowlers are not doing well. They are actually not in the rhythm required. But once they start clicking, we will start winning games. When you are missing your four key players, it becomes increasingly tough. But there is a difference between pressure for a [bilateral] series and a World Cup, he said.
It’s a good sign to see batsmen delivering: Shadab Khan
On the other hand, despite bowlers leaking runs in the middle overs, Shadab is happy as batters are performing for the team.
“Nowadays, you have to take wickets because cricket has become very fast and even 350 isn’t a par score. Yes, we have been struggling with the ball in middle overs, but the way the batsmen are performing, it’s a good sign,” Shadab further said.
The first choice-spinner had featured in the four games during the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy when he eked out for wickets. Thus, he has a fair idea of how things could work in English conditions.
“I have already played in a competitive tournament, the Champions Trophy, which we won. Even though we lost few games, I know how to adapt to a big tournament,” he concluded.
Shadab has featured in 34 ODIs to claim 47 wickets as his economy read as 4.80. The 20-year-old bowler has also emerged as a swifter mover on the field who also has the knack to bat well at the lower batting order.
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