Pakistani all-rounder Shadab Khan on Wednesday has given his take on Jonny Bairstow’s stumping controversy which happened in the final innings of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Batting on 10, Bairstow was on his way to developing a crucial partnership with the skipper Ben Stokes before the Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey ran out the batter as he wandered out of the crease.
Shadab, 24, talking about Bairstow’s dismissal, said that it is difficult to understand what’s going on in the field for the audience watching on the TV.
“It depends on the situation. Probably we as a TV audience are not privy to what had been going around in the field from the time he came into bat. In my understanding, he was getting out of the crease before the over was called a few occasions before he was stumped as well,” Shadab said in an interview with Cricbuzz.
“If it is in the law and if it benefits your team, then you should go for it. It was a smart move as they were in danger of losing the game. But I also feel the batsman at least deserves a warning. But the law should always prevail.”
The vice-captain of the Pakistan white-ball team also shed light on what’s keeping him out of Test cricket — his last Test was against England in 2020.
“When I played 5 back-to-back Test matches, I thought I was getting myself into the rhythm of Test cricket. As I mentioned earlier, it takes time to make a player. I was a natural at white ball but becoming a red player takes time and I hadn't even played that many first-class games,” Shadab said.
“When I thought I was slowly getting into my groove as a red ball cricketer, I got dropped and then got stymied by injuries. But I do want to play Test cricket and am ready to play first-class cricket to stake a claim. I'll be eyeing the Test series in Australia after the World Cup to make a comeback in the Test side.”
The 24-year-old also talked about his recent inclusion in the Major League Cricket in America, where he will play for the San Francisco Unicorns, saying that a lot of fans showed up in numbers to support us.
“The reception has been very warm. It's heartening to see a huge South Asian diaspora here. We had a meet and greet session and a coaching clinic in San Francisco where people turned out in numbers. I expect the same in Dallas and hopefully fans turn up to watch us play,” he concluded.