Yasir confident to score century against England


Bureau Report

Karachi: Leg-spinner Yasir Shah is hopeful to score a century as Pakistan continues to prepare for the three-Test series against England.
In December 2019, the 34-year-old registered his first century in Test cricket against Australia in the second innings of Adelaide Test.
“I am focusing on my batting as well and will try to score a century in England. I am consistently practicing my skills as a batsman in the nets too,” Yasir said while talking to the reporters on Monday.
Yasir said he is happy to see the appointment of Mushtaq Ahmed as the spin-bowling coach as he vowed to prove himself again under his mentorship.
“Injury impacted my performances and I have worked really hard to come back. I am confident and satisfied with my preparations. Mushtaq has been giving me advice and having him back in the panel is very useful,” he added.
Yasir also emphasized the importance of batsmen putting up a good total on the board.”Pakistan has a strong batting line-up and we are confident that our batsmen will do well. If the batting does well, it takes away the pressure from the bowlers,” he maintained. Googly will be my main weapon in England series, says Yasir
Leg-spinner Yasir Shah on Tuesday said googly will be his main weapon in the upcoming Test series against England which commences with the first Test at Old Trafford, Manchester on Aug 5.
Talking to reporters from Worcester on a video-link, Yasir, 35, said that he was working hard and in the guidance of spin bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmad, is trying to further improve the skill of bowling googly.
Yasir said the Pakistan team had been practicing really hard for the last one week in England to get better prepared for the tough series.
Yasir, whose international career started with a bang when he earned the milestone of capturing the fastest 100 and 200 wickets in Test cricket history, admitted that in the past he failed to maintain his rhythm and true form but he is confident that the series against England will give him a new lease of life and would prove to be a big boost in his career .
Yasir, belonging from Swabi, has played 39 Tests with 213 wickets to his name at an average of 30.52. He negated the impression of former cricketers that the Pakistan team was inexperienced and it would be difficult for it to win against England.
He said seasoned batsmen like Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Sarfaraz Ahmad and talented young lot of Babar Azam, Abid Ali.