Misbah names two Pakistani emerging spinners like Kuldeep, Shamsi

Misbah discussed the scarcity of such bowlers in the country over the past decade

By Web Desk
October 30, 2023
Misbah-ul-Haq - PCB

Former Pakistan captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, has singled out two promising talents whom he believes can be likened to international stars such as Kuldeep Yadav and Tabraiz Shamsi.

While talking to the local sports channel, Misbah discussed the scarcity of such bowlers in the country over the past decade and emphasised the rise of these two gifted individuals.

"Unfortunately, in Pakistan, I will talk about the last 10-12 years that we didn't have these kind of bowlers. Recently, there are two bowlers. One, Faisal Akram, who is coming from under-16, still isn't getting consistent chances, and he doesn't bowl that much anywhere. We invited him to practice matches against Pakistan, and at that time, everyone had trouble picking him, and there were issues in the nets as well. The other is Sufiyan Muqeem, who is currently playing for Pakistan Shaheens," Misbah said.

Pakistan is facing significant challenges when playing left-arm wrist spinners in the current World Cup.

Babar Azam and Co. have had a tough journey in the ongoing tournament, suffering four consecutive defeats to India, Australia, Afghanistan, and South Africa. Throughout these losses, they often found themselves losing wickets to the skilful left-arm wrist-spin bowlers.

South African spinner Tabraiz Shamsi dismissed four Pakistani players, Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, and Shaheen Afridi.

Afghanistan spinner Noor Ahmed, who made his World Cup debut against Pakistan, took three crucial wickets, including those of Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan.

In their match against arch-rivals India, Kuldeep Yadav secured two wickets, dismissing Saud Shakeel and Iftikhar Ahmed.

Meanwhile, Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa claimed four vital wickets, including those of Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Mohammad Nawaz.

Remember, the Men in Green has lost four straight games this World Cup after winning the first two games.

To make a case for a final four spot, Pakistan has to win the remaining three games and hope that other match results go in their favour.

The Men in Green will take on Bangladesh tomorrow in Kolkata.