Shadab Khan, Pakistan cricket’s 19-year-old wonder boy

“One minute down! The next minute up!” exclaimed Nasir Hussain on commentary as I swallowed another bite

I paused and played the moment when Virat Kohli was trumped, again

That particular instance in the match was electrifying, and in the centre of this synergy of the Pakistan cricket team was an 19-year-old Shadab Khan

He had managed to catch a ball that was harder than the catch attempt made by his senior Azhar Ali, who sadly dropped the ball



com/watch?v=kMrrbkBrvRw Who is Shadab? That would have been the question had I mentioned his name a year ago

Today, the name “Shadab” rings many bells in our minds

Are you talking of Shadab the batsman who comes to our rescue after the top order collapses, the leg spinner who gets us crucial wickets, or maybe the quick-on-his-feet fielder who saves us runs in the field? Shadab’s skill on the field deserves much appreciation

He is a rare specimen in our part of the world

Pakistanis love to bat or bowl but rarely would you see youngsters enjoying themselves while fielding

It is exhilarating to see Shadab’s athleticism in the field, and it is evident that he has the Pakistani cricket gene in him – something to be proud of

Moreover, one would think that a teenager like him would have his heart in his throat as he stepped out onto the field

However, you are utterly surprised as he casually walks up and takes his guard at one of the toughest positions in the 30-yard circle, with sheer confidence

It’s the exact place where he caught the catch of the masterpiece called Kohli

This position belongs to him and he undeniably owns it

Shadab is a world-class fielder but that’s only a fraction of what he actually has to offer

He came in the team as a specialist spinner and has surprised us all with his talent

From dot balls to picking big wickets, Shadab has been a treat to watch

He throws in those leg spinners and mixes it with the googly so beautifully that even the best in the business have fallen to his trap

You already know who I am thinking of at this stage but if you don’t, here is a hint: “Pad pe lagi hai pehlay, pad pe lagi hai” (It touched the pad first) https://www


com/watch?v=kLjKPzE71Xs The story of Shadab doesn’t end with bowling

On a pitch where our top order seems to struggle, Shadab comes and bats on it without a hint of trouble

He can defend, pick singles and even pull out the big shots, when necessary

Whoever called him a handy lower order batsman was clearly understating it

Within a glimpse of time, Shadab seems to have become the nucleus of the team

While it is true that there are other young promising players in our current squad, but this man takes the cake when it comes to showing absolute potential

He is indeed a complete package with a bright future ahead of him

The recently concluded T20I series against New Zealand is a testament to the importance of having Shadab in the lineup

Specifically, in the last T20 when Martin Guptill was ready to launch one heck of a counter attack on Pakistan, but Shadab stepped in and teased the man in form with wide, outside off-deliveries that came very close to the wide line but yet stayed inside it

Pakistan won by 18 runs in the final T20I and although the whole team played their heart out, Shadab had sucked the momentum out of the New Zealand innings in the ninth and 13th over

He had bowled giving away just one and three runs respectively, along with two wickets

Those two overs had sealed Pakistan’s well-deserved number one spot in the ICC T20I rankings

As Shadab walked off with an ever-glowing smile on his face and the Man of the Match award in his hand after the third T20I against New Zealand, I couldn’t help but pray that the devils of cricket keep their distance from this young man

He is destined for success and I wish him all the best for his future and his career!

Date:31-Jan-2018 Reference:View Original Link