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Mushtaq Ahmed backs Yasir Shah to revive test career

Mushtaq Ahmed, the former Pakistani leggie and spin bowling consultant of Team Pakistan has been optimistic about the test career of Yasir Shah and hopes that Yasir will revive his test career apart of the failures he has faced in recent test matches of Adelaide and Gabba.

The 33-year-old leg spinner did well with the bat but, as a bowler, he failed to show his techniques on the field through his specialized filed, returning just four scalps in 80.4 overs across two Tests in Australia.

However, Mushtaq has still kept hopes alive from Yasir and says that,

“Yasir would soon rediscover his magic as a wrist-spinner“.

“He is not applying himself properly, and with a leg-spinner you always have to be patient,” Mushtaq told ESPNcricinfo.

“He has forgotten the process he used to follow while running in to bowl each ball. He has been impatient to regain his form as quickly as possible, and trying too hard to take wickets. He is pushing himself to live up to the expectations, and it is unfair that people suddenly started to doubt him, and he isn’t getting a lot of support either.” He added.

Yasir, although is Pakistan’s fourth highest wicket taker when it comes to Test matches. The Pakistani spinner consultant emphasized on his statements by saying that a player should not be judged by his performance in only a single match and you can not just write Yasir off. Yes, there are rough patches in everyone’s life, but you don’t leave your best cricketers behind.

“We shouldn’t doubt our best bowler, who has taken 200-plus wickets for his country,” said Mushtaq, who himself bagged 346 international wickets for Pakistan in a career spanning more than a decade.

“He has been winning games for us, and you cannot just write him off on the basis of what he has done in Australia. Sometimes, it’s about form, and sometime it’s about pitches that aren’t really helping you, but a good bowler remains a good player.” He added.

On behalf of his performance at Australia’s tour, Yasir have not been included in the playing XI for the ongoing Rawalpindi Test against Sri Lanka. He will rejoin the team ahead of the second test that is to be held in Karachi. He is currently working with Mushtaq at National Cricket Academy, Lahore.

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