Pakistan’s rising leg-spinner, Shadab Khan, recently said in an interview that playing in the ICC Champions Trophy has helped him in coping with the on-field pressure situations.
Pakistan had a tough start to their Champions Trophy campaign – losing their first game comprehensively to the archrivals India. However, the Sarfraz Ahmed-led unit bounced back strongly, winning their remaining group-stage matches against South Africa and Sri Lanka – that confirming their spot for the semi-finals against the hot-favourites England.
“The Champions Trophy was a great learning experience for me,” Shadab told Pakpassion.net as it also helped to me to learn to cope with big match situations.”
Shadab was unfazed by the pressure involved in the high-octane game against the hosts and picked the key wicket of the England skipper Joe Root at the most critical juncture of the match.
“There were absolutely no nerves from my end on that day,” the 18-year-old said. “I'm not really the nervous type. This was down to the way our team was united in its ambitions and really there was no concept of who was a senior or junior.”
Pakistan completed their victory over England quite comfortably and met India for the second time in the tournament.
Despite the intensity involved in the Indo-Pak clash, the 18-year old brimmed with confidence as he convinced his captain to review a LBW shout against Yuvraj Singh, shot down by the umpire.
“When the ball hit his [Yuvraj’s] pad, I knew he was out,” Shadab recalled. “If there was any doubt, it was about whether the ball had hit his bat as well. I was so convinced that I was repeating on and on to our captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, that it was pad first and that Yuvraj was out.”
After putting up an impressive show in the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League, Shadab has been signed by Brisbane Heat for this year’s Big Bash League. The young leggie is excited to put up some exciting performances in front of the packed houses.
“The BBL has its own charm and is a very popular tournament not just in Australia but around the world. I hope that I am able to put in good performances when I play for Brisbane Heat.”