Pakistan legend asks Shaheen Afridi to copy Jasprit Bumrah Cricket World Cup 2023 Blueprint



Pakistan legend Waqar Younis on Monday advised misfiring strike bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi to learn from India’s seamer Jasprit Bumrah if he wants to make an impact at Cricket World Cup 2023. Struggling with his pace and fitness, Shaheen has been unimpressive in all three matches at the World Cup, with his four wickets costing 139 runs. “I don’t know if there is a problem with his fitness,” Waqar, who is India’s commentator, told AFP. “The missing link in his bowling is discipline and he’s done trying to get wickets. “When you do the same thing over and over, like Shaheen bowling to get his yorker going, the batsmen know it and they are ready for it. “

Waqar suggested that Shaheen should follow the example of Bumrah, whom he described as a “top bowler.”

The Indian spearhead is the joint top wicket-taker in the World Cup with eight wickets at just 11.52.

New Zealand spinners Mitchell Santner and fast bowler Matt Henry also have eight victims each.

India beat Pakistan by seven wickets in Ahmedabad on Saturday, with Shaheen unable to help Pakistan defend a paltry target of 192 runs.

In contrast, Bumrah rejected Mohammad Rizwan and Shadab Khan with two well-executed deliveries to finish with 2-19 in seven overs.

“Bumrah creates pressure and his line is the top of the stumps. He bowled so well against Pakistan and created pressure to get wickets,” said Waqar.

Shaheen, 23, has spearheaded Pakistan’s new-ball attack since taking 16 wickets in five World Cup matches in Britain four years ago.

He has been compared to former greats Wasim Akram who, with 414 Test and 502 ODI wickets, was regarded as one of the best left-arm pacers to have played cricket.

But former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri blasted the comparison during the Pakistan-India match, saying, “Shaheen is no Wasim Akram,” and claimed the Pakistani star is “not special.”

Waqar believes that the absence of regular new-ball partner Naseem Shah – ruled out of the World Cup with a shoulder injury – may have had a detrimental effect on Shaheen’s performances so far.

“Naseem is a good bowler and doesn’t give away many runs,” Waqar said of the 20-year-old.

“When Naseem creates pressure, batsmen take chances with other bowlers and they get wickets.”

Waqar said Pakistan’s bowling “lacked discipline” at the World Cup, where three matches have produced two wins and a loss.

“I don’t think it’s because you only need one bowler, but it’s because they don’t keep it simple.”

Pakistan, who beat the Netherlands and Sri Lanka before losing to India, next face Australia in Bengaluru on Friday.

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