After a thumping victory against the New Zealand team in the second Test match of the three-match series inside the newly built Dubai International Stadium, captain Sarfaraz Ahmed praised Yasir Shah for his memorable performance in the game and said that it was one of the best spells he has ever seen in his playing career.
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah continued his extraordinary first innings performance with a six-wicket haul. The 32-year-old, who picked up 8 wickets in the first inning, had figures of 6-143 in the second inning for a match haul of 14-184.
Ahmed said, “It was a great comeback from the team. You need to credit everyone. The credit goes to the batsmen – Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, and Azhar Ali, who set us the platform. The wicket has changed a lot in Dubai and it was really important to score big. But hats off to Yasir Shah, he bowled the spell of his life. Shah’s spell was one of the best I have ever seen in my four-year Test career.”
The road to the second was bumpy for the Pakistan team. The Men in Green suffered an embarrassing four-run defeat in the first Test, where they failed to chase down 176 runs in the second innings.
The 31-year-old revealed that after facing such a humiliating loss, the boys were feeling really low. At that time, Sarfaraz told everyone in the team to leave the debacle behind and move forward.
“This discussion in Abu Dhabi after the match was that we would leave everything then and there. The credit must go to Yasir and Hasan Ali after the batsmen kept batting positively. In our four Test matches here, one bowler has performed in each match.”
Unsurprisingly, the leg-spinner also thought that it was the bowling spell of his entire career and felt really special that his name was taken with the likes of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, and Waqar Younis.
Yasir shared, “I came to know yesterday about Imran Khan’s record so it is an honor that my name will be taken alongside him. After my injury, this was my first Man of the Match award and I was only looking to focus on my lines and lengths. I do not think I have bowled better, the wicket was helping with the bounce and turn.”
He added, “The pitch had eased out, too. It wasn’t turning or breaking, but we did well to get them out. I am working on my googly and it is coming out well. Hopefully, I will improve day by day.”
The third and final Test match between Pakistan & the Black Caps will be played inside the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on December 3.
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