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    "This time the googly will be my most important weapon" : Yasir Shah

    Yasir Shah at a presser:

    "I am focusing on my cricket. In the last year or so, I struggled a lot. I had sustained a fracture and become unfit. When I came back, it was difficult for me to recover and come back into form but I got 5 wickets in my last Test. That gave me some confidence and when I looked at my bowling, I felt I was getting back into rhythm.

    "Since Mushy bhai is here with me, I am working on my action and also especially on my googly. In the 2 day match, all the googlies I bowled landed well and they also spun. I think this time this will be my most important weapon.

    "I am not under pressure. If you take 215 wickets after 40 Tests and still come under pressure, that's not good. Of course, when we played in Dubai, we would play two spinners and that would help me as well.

    "When you play with 3 fast-bowlers then they get tired so you have to bowl a lot to give them time to recover. This is part of being a team player and when you go with a certain combination. The best performances are when you have a good partnership with other bowlers so we try to develop good partnerships by supporting each other.

    "Mushy bhai helps me in the nets and tells me about certain things. When I am bowling right now, I am feeling good about it. I am getting overspin and the googly is also progressing well so I am feeling good.

    "When you perform well and get 10 wickets, 14 wickets in a match then your performance decreases a bit, people of course say that the performance has been affected. Everyone always looks to performers and expects them to do well. I am working with Mushy bhai and like he was there in 2016 and I performed well, I am hopeful of doing well again.

    "The weather in July and August is such that spinners get help. Counties sign spinners for July-Sept because in these three months, spinners get help on dry wickets so I am hopeful that the wickets will provide assistance.

    "I am working on my batting in the nets, Misbah bhai and Younis bhai also help me. I bat in the nets for 30-45 mins every day.

    (Are you planning for a hundred) "I am planning for it, why not? When you play for the team then you need to plan for such things. When the team needs you then you need to step up. So I do have a plan for hitting a century. If I can hit a hundred at Adelaide then insha'Allah I can do it here also.

    "It's true that I didn't perform as I should have in the last 6 matches. I also play only one format, perhaps that's why I was demoted in the contracts. It's ok, it happens, sometimes you perform well and sometimes you don't.

    "Of course, the ball to dismiss Gabriel in WI was a great moment for me because it was Younis and Misbah bhai's last match and we won in WI for the first time. Before the last ball, I spoke to Younis bhai and he told me to bowl a slider. I said I want to bowl a googly so he said to bowl it outside off-stump. When I was coming in to bowl, I was thinking that my googly isn't that good so let me try the slider, it can skid on and he can get bowled. So I bowled the slider and Allah gave me respect and I got the wicket on that ball.

    "Shining the ball will be difficult because you can't use saliva. You also sweat less in England but we will try to use that to shine it. It may be difficult for the fast bowlers. For spinners, it's good that it's the Dukes ball. The seam of this ball is a bit bigger so it grips and there won't be any issue for spinners.

    "It's good that WI are playing before us. We will get to see the wickets and see England's weaknesses. We will watch their Test matches and see how things happen and that will be helpful for us.

    (People talk about your weight, do you take it positively) "I take it positively. I always train a lot and put in my best effort. I am also training extra nowadays because when you're under lockdown for 3 months then you can't do running and training as normal. So now we're giving it extra time."


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    Hope Mushtaq Ahmed helps him get his confidence back - as seems a mental issue as well.


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    I feel a lot of people are unnecessarily slagging YS and all the negativity that goes with it.. In Eng wherever it seams, it generally takes spin...check how successful Warne was on seaming wickets in about 4 ashes series. I feel Abbas and YS are good enough to win you guys at least one test. I always enjoy watching YS bowl....cheers
    Last edited by MenInG; 7th July 2020 at 19:16.

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    He is saying Mushi bhai a lot. However, if he gets tanked around, there will be no Mushtaq to save him.

    Best to call upon his own inner self.

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    Yasir Shah will get smashed all around the park.

    4th and 5th day UAE specialist.

    At best.
    Last edited by Hawkeye; 7th July 2020 at 19:05.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    Yasir Shah will get smashed all around the park.

    4th and 5th day UAE specialist.

    At best.
    Agreed, Eng away is a different prospect to Bangla or SL at home. Look out for that smile though when he is getting smashed around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kroll View Post
    Agreed, Eng away is a different prospect to Bangla or SL at home. Look out for that smile though when he is getting smashed around.
    England dont play spin that well tbh

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    England dont play spin that well tbh
    Complete opposite actually. They play spin the best out of all non asian teams.aus only has smith, but they are collectively poor.
    But yasir shah was thrashed in 2016 as well if you take out the first test he played in.
    He has been in bad form since end of 2018
    Yasir is done and not the bowler he was. He will get thrashed all round.
    He gives 100 runs for every wicket

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    Zafar Gohar would have been more of a better option for the tests than Yasir who England played well in 2nd Test & 3rd Test in 2016.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
    Yasir Shah will get smashed all around the park.

    4th and 5th day UAE specialist.

    At best.
    Agreed. But lets not forget it will be your main man Misbah who's gonna give him the chance to get smashed all around the park.

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    Don't think he will do well in England this time.

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    He'll get thashed


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    I have a feeling Yasir will be the game changer in this series. Having Mushy will really help him and he seems to be bowling well in the practice games. Action looked tighter and the line was perfect. Mushy is a really good coach to have around.

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    he is no good.He bowls lot of filth.He should have been dumped a long time ago.

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    One of the things that has been frustrating about Yasir is his lack of ability to perfect the googly.

    One series it will be useless, the next it will be ok, the next it will be back to useless. No consistency at all regarding this delivery.



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    What about accuracy Yasir ? No use having your googly going again if you keep bowling one long hop per over.

    There can't be any excuses now especially if we're playing at the Ageas Bowl where the pitch is dry and even the likes of Moeen Ali has a good record.

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    40 overs - 4 maidens - 2 wickets - 135 runs

    Thats what I am seeing for Yasir Shah.

    Are you guys seeing something else?

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    Last chance for Yasir Shah surely?

    If he fails this time, I think Pakistan should move on from him.


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    Not expecting spectacular things. Nevertheless, good luck Messi.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sindhiboy View Post
    Complete opposite actually. They play spin the best out of all non asian teams.aus only has smith, but they are collectively poor.
    But yasir shah was thrashed in 2016 as well if you take out the first test he played in.
    He has been in bad form since end of 2018
    Yasir is done and not the bowler he was. He will get thrashed all round.
    He gives 100 runs for every wicket
    Provide stats for this plz.so if he wins Pakistan a test match this time around would you be happy.

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    Think the matches being played in August may help him.

    Conditions should suit him. But you never know with our “Messi”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    40 overs - 4 maidens - 2 wickets - 135 runs

    Thats what I am seeing for Yasir Shah.

    Are you guys seeing something else?
    Under four an over, that's a win


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    Yasirs problem is not the googly- its his failure to bowl a sharp spinning leg break that is the problem. If he spins his leg spinner, he will take wickets, because the one that goes on will trap the batsman in front. Any batsman worth their salt would play Yasir as slider bowler because the chances of him spinning one away from the bat is very small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Under four an over, that's a win
    True that.

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    He needs to tie up an end when the pitches dont suit him Go at 2.5 runs an over and make himself difficult to score off

    Warne didnt have great variety or a googly He was just very patient and accurate Hes not gonna get 5-6 wickets per game all the time

    If he cant do that his time at the top is limited

    Azhar must also ensure he isnt flogged for 40 overs an innings The pace bowlers need to pull their weight this series

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Under four an over, that's a win
    Yep at an average of 67.50

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    No wickets in the first practice match.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    No wickets in the first practice match.
    Am I surprised?

    Not really.

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    Exactly, a legspinner not bowling any googly is use less. You should have tried to bowl it, hardly seen him bowl it.

    He has been lucky to get those wickets, useless bowler who only cares about line-length stuff and not any real variations.

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    The problem is that the googly is a confidence ball for a leggie. If a leggie isn't feeling confident then the googly won't come out right.

    But with Yasir, the googly has never really been a weapon. He's bowled it well every now and then but never consistently well.



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    I thought Mushi's inclusion in the team management would do Yasir Shah a world of good. The last time Yasir had its peak Mushi was credited for his success.


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