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Rookie Yasir Shah keen to meet Shane Warne

Talking to Khaleej Times exclusively after Pakistan’s win at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday, Yasir confessed that he had butterflies in his stomach when skipper Misbah-ul-Haq tossed the ball to him for his first over in a Test match.

By Liaqat Ali (reporter/ Chief Sub Editor)

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Published: Mon 27 Oct 2014, 4:03 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 7:12 PM

Dubai: Two rookie spinners equally shared 14 of the 20 Australian wickets for a morale boosting Test victory for Pakistan, who had just lost two Test matches in Sri Lanka, a Twenty20 and three ODIs in the UAE.

And, one of the two spinners — Yasir Shah — to make such an impact on formidable Aussies was making his debut at 27.

Talking to Khaleej Times exclusively after Pakistan’s win at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday, Yasir confessed that he had butterflies in his stomach when skipper Misbah-ul-Haq tossed the ball to him for his first over in a Test match.

“I was a bit nervous in the first Test of my life but, I am contended with my performance at the end of the match.”

Yasir took to leg spin after watching videos of the former Australian spin wizard Shane Warne. “My cousin had sent me tapes and after watching him I modelled my style after my hero and began bowling leg spin,” he said with a cheeky smile.

“Shane Warne is my childhood hero and it is my wish to meet the legend in person. I am eagerly waiting for that day. It will be the best day of my life when I discuss cricket and the art of leg spin with Warne in person,” he enthused.

“I was overjoyed when Warne tweeted, praising me,” he said.

Talking about his early days, he said it was tough with no facilities to practice cricket in his area. “There was no proper infrastructure in my home town — (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan) — and I had to join an academy in Peshawar to hone my cricketing skills,” he informed.

“I have been performing well at the domestic level, which helped me break into the national side. The seniors like Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan have given me a lot of confidence while sharing the dressing room,” he said.

“Mushtaq Bhai (former Pakistan leg spinner and current bowling coach) gave important tips, which have worked well for me in my debut against Australia. I have learnt a lot from our legends.”

“This victory against Australia will go a long way in my career. I will try to keep performing for Pakistan and win more matches for my country.”

liaqat@khaleejtimes.com



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