Naseem Shah bowling was too hot to handle for the PCB Whites as he sent five batsmen of the opposition team to pavilion at Derby.
The phenomenal bowling figures of 5/55 will serve as a testimony for his confirmed place in the Pakistan’s Test playing XI for the Manchester Test.
Way before his debut in Test cricket, the scoreboards of First-Class matches in Pakistan had Naseem Shah dismantling the batting line-ups spectacularly.
The Hat-Trick Glory
The spotlight in the domestic cricket was only a start to his incredible and fascinating journey as Naseem demonstrated his worth by taking a hat-trick against Bangladesh.
The headlines of the sporting newspapers were flooded with the news of his scintillating achievement of becoming the youngest hat-trick taker in Test cricket.
In the meanwhile, when Pakistan Cricket Board started the campaign of Dream Pairs on social media, former legendary fast bowlers did not feel hesitant while showing their desire of bowling with Naseem together.
Two legendary fast bowlers who chose Naseem Shah as their imaginary bowling partner:
1. Wasim Akram
The ‘Sultan of Swing’ and arguably the greatest left-handed fast bowler of all time, Wasim Akram, wished to deliver bowling spells with Naseem Shah.
“If I think about the current stars who are bowling at the moment and considering that I had the fortune of bowling with the number one bowler of my time Waqar Younis, I will pick another right-armer, Naseem Shah. He is a youngster, he bowls at 150 plus and he will only get faster with time,” (quote from nation.com.pk) said Wasim.
Naseem Shah’s pace of 150 kph impressed the legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram tremendously. Wasim believed “he (Naseem) will only get faster with time.” (quote from nation.com.pk)
2. Shoaib Akhtar
One of the fastest bowlers in history of cricket, Shoaib Akhtar, also shared the name of his bowling partner as a part of the Dream Pair campaign.
The Rawalpindi Express sees the replica of himself in Naseem Shah and believes that the young fast bowler would form a great aggressive bowling pair with him.
“Among the present lot, I feel Naseem Shah can replicate my bowling attitude and passion. Naseem and I would have made a fine pair with the same attacking attitude,” told Akhtar.
Naseem Shah’s tally of international games has not even reached the double figures but the wish of legendary fast bowlers Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar tell us a story about the potential and the caliber Naseem Shah carries.
The stage for the Pakistan vs England Test series is set and expectations by cricket pundits have now reached the utmost peak, but the biggest questions we have is:
WOULD NASEEM SHAH BE ABLE TO CONQUER THE ENGLISH SUMMER CRICKET SEASON 2020?
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