Pakistan bowling attack one of the best in the world, says Sarfraz Ahmed

Not solely has their bowling develop into extra economical since then, they’ve additionally embraced a extra attacking method within the restricted overs format.

Hasan Ali of Pakistan celebrates. (Photograph by Francois Nel/Getty Photos)

In keeping with Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, the group’s bowling assault has develop into top-of-the-line on the earth as proved by their Four-Zero collection scoreline towards Sri Lanka and constant performances for the reason that 2017 Champions Trophy.

Chatting with the media after his aspect accomplished a seven-wicket drubbing of Sri Lanka on Friday, Sarfraz credited the success to the contributions of Hasan Ali, who has climbed to his career-best No. 1 rating, together with common wickets from Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan and Rumman Raees. Although Mohammad Amir has been spearheading the assault, he has been unavailable firstly due to the start of his first baby, adopted by a shin damage.

 

Pakistan’s current performances do testify the efficiency of their assault. The final defeat they confronted as an ODI aspect was within the opening recreation towards India within the Champions Trophy. Since then, they’ve crushed South Africa, England, India and Sri Lanka. Not solely has their bowling develop into extra economical since then, they’ve additionally embraced a extra attacking method within the restricted overs format, one thing that was seen lacking after they had slipped to the decrease half of the ICC ODI rankings earlier than the Champions Trophy.

When requested if he thought-about his bowling assault as one of the best on the earth, Sarfraz mentioned “Sure, you possibly can say that. The best way the bowlers have been performing for the reason that Champions Trophy, we’ve got bowled groups out for 240-230 after which chased them down properly. Right here, too, we’re bowling properly and chasing properly. We should always reward the bowlers, particularly Hasan Ali, who’s bettering daily. He’s now the world No. 1 so I want he retains that and does properly to win us matches. Shadab is doing properly and so have Usman Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Rumman Raees and Junaid Khan. The bowlers are doing properly and importantly our bench is getting robust.”

Hasan’s progress as a bowler

Hasan’s revelation as a bowler this 12 months has boosted the group’s efficiency. The 23-year-old is at the moment the best wicket-taker of 2017 and has three five-fors within the 12 months, probably the most for any bowler. He was additionally Participant of the Sequence on the Champions Trophy with 13 dismissals. In 4 matches towards Sri Lanka, he has taken 12 wickets and Sarfraz lauded the bowler’s mindset and his dedication to self-improvement.

“The perfect factor is that he bowls in an attacking method, he tries to take wickets, tries be taught with Azhar Mahmood [Pakistan’s bowling coach] and does his homework, asks different gamers tips on how to bowl,” he mentioned, as reported by ESPNCricinfo. “He asks me and my goal is to get wickets by means of him. He assaults, and with each wicket, he’s getting higher and higher.”