Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who rose to the occasion in the Test format after making his debut in 2014, in the longer format, is eyeing a return to limited-overs cricket and excel in his professional field. (Read Here: The Team Misses Misbah Ul Haq – Yasir Shah).
Yasir, who has praised former Pakistan skipper Misbah-Ul-Haq, while revealing the retired batsman has had played a pivotal role for Pakistan and in latter’s career.
“The idea is to put in my best effort for Pakistan,” Yasir told PakPassion.net.
However, it’s not going to be an easier job for the 31-year-old Swabi-born bowler, as he has wished to make a full fledged return in One-day Internationals after giving his hundred percent during his practice sessions.
“It is my wish to make a comeback in the one-day format and I am trying hard to achieve that aim,” Yasir added.
While achieving the success in the longer format, Yasir is desperate to perform all alike in the 50-over format, where he has not only leaked runs but failed to pick the wickets like he bagged in Tests.
Interestingly, the bowler has been part of English County side Kent when Pakistan lifted the ICC Champions Trophy title after thrashing arch-rivals India on June 18.
It was 18-year-old rookie leg-spinner, Shadab Khan, who picked four wickets in four games, had enjoyed the stint with the team in England and Wales in the recently concluded Champions Trophy, after having a dream-run in the second edition of Pakistan Super League.
Yasir revealed he is looking forward to giving his best for the national team while making it clear that he is available for all three formats.
“My objective is to perform well in whichever format I am asked to play in,” Yasir asserted.
Going through his ODIs, Yasir has not 17 matches to pick 18 wickets at an unhealthy average of 42.55, which shows how poorly a quality bowler has performed in the coloured jersey for his national jersey.
While having the confidence in him to taste the success in limited-overs cricket, the ace leg-spinner has vowed to live up to his fans expectations to deliver for his team.
“To achieve that, I will aim to bowl the best I can in every league or domestic tournament so that the selectors can take note and pick me for the national team,” Yasir remarked.
While talking about the future expectations, Yasir stated his next stop is to bag 200 wickets while adding he would give a hard fight to achieve the desired numbers for his team in particular.
Having the top priority to play Test cricket, Yasir has bagged 149 wickets in 26 Tests at an average of 29.91. He has claimed 11 five-wicket hauls.