In the latest video released by PCB, Pakistan ace pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi talked about his exploits with the new ball and how he honed his swing and pace skills. Shaheen is on a roll in the ongoing T20 World Cup. He stunned everyone with his sheer pace and accuracy in the opening game against arch-rivals India as he accounted for big scalps of Rohit Sharma & KL Rahul in his first two overs. Afridi also returned with an impressive figure against New Zealand in the second outing.
The shiny new cricket ball is a bit difficult to control, especially in the early overs. Shaheen, who usually opens the attack for Pakistan with the new ball, says, “he makes sure to practice a lot with the new ball in the nets.” He also adds that he makes sure to bowl at good length areas to make the ball swing a little and deceive the batsmen.
Just like the below video –
Shaheen Afridi’s fantastic opening spell has been voted as the @Nissan #POTD for Day 8 🤩 pic.twitter.com/3d8svt57Jx
— ICC (@ICC) October 25, 2021
Pakistan spearhead further says that one needs to bowl a lot with the new ball in nets or the matches to hone the abilities to control the new ball. Shaheen has opened the attack with the new ball in PSL for Lahore Qalandars and for the national side for quite some time now and credits that for his success with the new ball. He further says that he makes sure to practice with the new ball in the warmup games as well as in nets in training sessions. Check out the video –
Shaheen on new ball, seam, swing and pace!
Pakistan bowling spearhead @iShaheenAfridi talks about his new ball bowling exploits in the T20 format. #T20WorldCup#WeHaveWeWill pic.twitter.com/APgX6XGVrf
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) October 29, 2021
Advice for the youngsters: On being asked about any special advice for the young pace bowlers, Shaheen says, “make sure you have the right wrist position.” He further says, “the alignment too needs to be correct.”
Meanwhile, with two wins in two games, Pakistan is already close to booking a semi-finals spot from Super 12 Group 2. The Babar Azam-led side will be facing Mohammad Nabi’s Afghanistan in their third outing on Friday with an eye on making a hat-trick of wins.