Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur was all praise for Yasir Shah’s masterful display of spin bowling which earned him 8 wickets in the first innings, followed by a six wicket haul in the following innings as they thumped the Kiwis by an innings 16 runs to level the series 1-1 with one final game to be played.
Yasir Shah is also on course of another staggering milestone, as he’s about to go past Australia’s Clarrie Grimmet’s 93 year old record of being the quickest to reach to 200 wickets in Test match cricket, who did it in 36 matches. Shah on the other hand, has been a part of 32 Tests for Pakistan and has 195 victims to his name.
“We knew he had a big performance inside of him,” said Arthur
“That first innings, I think there was a spell of about half an hour of the best leg-spin bowling you will ever see. Fourteen wickets in a Test match is superb.”
“Yasir is very comfortable mentally, and he knows what an important cog he is in our Test line up,” Arthur said. “He got his rhythm going and we felt he was really good.”
Arthur was also in awe with the team’s self belief, after coming back from a disheartening defeat by 4 runs in first Test, only to stamp their authority in Dubai, and added further detail by talking about Sarfaraz’s captaincy and work ethic.
“The guys believe in their own ability, we discussed exactly what went wrong, worked through that, to maintain that belief, which is so important at this level.”
“His work ethic is tireless. Him and I work so hard together. I was so disappointed when people were saying there was a rift between Saffy and I, because there has never been anything like that between us,” Arthur added.
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