NASEEM SHAH is a quick bowling sensation who made his Take a look at debut for Pakistan aged simply 16.
Now, on the grand previous age of 17, Naseem has the velocity, expertise and confidence to offer England’s batsmen a torrid time over the subsequent three weeks.
Naseem Shah is wanting to make use of his devastating tempo to bother England within the upcoming Take a look at collectionCredit score: EPA
Naseem was found by head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and quick bowling coach Waqar Younis whereas bowling within the nets on the nationwide stadium in Lahore in 2018.
If he was a younger English quick bowler, the pathway would have been Below-19s, Lions and possibly the senior side in about 4 years.
Pakistan? Let’s chuck him right into a Take a look at towards Australia.
That’s what occurred lower than a yr after Misbah and Waqar first noticed the younger lad who was raised in a village within the foothills of the Himalayas.
When he confronted Australia on the Gabba in Brisbane, Naseem was the ninth-youngest participant in historical past to play Take a look at cricket and it got here a day after his mom died in Pakistan.
His first wicket was David Warner — he dismissed him first with a no-ball however then with a authorized supply.
I really feel good after I see worry within the batsman’s eyes, it motivates me to bowl even sooner.
Three months later, he turned the youngest participant to take a Take a look at hat-trick, towards Bangladesh.
Naseem stated: “It was a troublesome time for me in Australia. I used to be struggling to sleep after the lack of my mom.
“She all the time prayed for my success and dreamed of seeing me play for Pakistan. However she by no means noticed that occur, which was tragic and heart-breaking. I consider her each time I take a wicket.
“I all the time needed to be a quick bowler and, even in my college days, I cherished to scare batsmen by bowling quick.
“I really feel good after I see worry within the batsman’s eyes, it motivates me to bowl even sooner.”
His Take a look at captain, Azhar Ali, added: “He’s a younger expertise who got here up and performed Test cricket from nowhere.
“He’s impressed us and is in our No 1 alternative bowling assault. He’s younger and proficient and, over time, will get the expertise he wants.
“He’s very threatening and hopefully can be superb for us on this collection.”
And England skipper Joe Root has been mugging up on Naseem. He revealed: “I’ve watched a whole lot of footage of him — he’s a really thrilling prospect. It appears to be like very skilful and has a little bit of tempo.”
- ENGLAND (doubtless): Burns, Sibley, Root (capt), Stokes, Pope, Buttler (wkt), Woakes, Bess, Archer, Broad, Anderson.
- PAKISTAN (doubtless): Abid Ali, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali (capt), Babar Azam. Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wkt), Yasir Shah, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Abbas.
Naseem has already established himself inside the principle bowling assault for the Pakistan senior aspectCredit score: AFP or licensors
The 17-year-old holds the report for the youngest participant to take a Take a look at hat-trickCredit score: AFP – Getty