Sohail Khan's prospects of making a comeback to Pakistan's Test side have brightened following his superb performance in the first four-day intra-squad game at Derby.
Sohail, who last represented Pakistan in a Test match almost four years ago, picked a five-wicket haul in the first innings of Azhar Ali's Team Green.
Although his side eventually lost the contest, Sohail was the standout bowler for Team White and enjoyed extravagant swing during his nagging spells.
His exploits in the intra-squad red-ball clash follow a rather ordinary stint in the unfinished Pakistan Super League where the Quetta Gladiators pacer leaked runs at a steep economy rate of 9.33.
If the 36-year-old is indeed picked for one of the forthcoming Tests, it would mark a homecoming of sorts for him as the peak of his short international career was witnessed in the 2016 England tour.
Sohail was pivotal to Pakistan's cause of drawing the four-Test series 2-2 when he registered two five-wicket hauls in as many matches back then.
“Definitely, it is an honour for me to return to the side. I had taken two five-fers here against England in 2016 and now in the practice match, I have started off with five wickets so I am feeling very good," he told pcb.com.pk.
"We had been at our homes for the past four months due to coronavirus so starting off on a high feels nice.”
Delving into the details regarding his preparations before the warm-up game, Sohail revealed that bowling coach Waqar Younis had worked with him to develop the skill of late swing.
Sohail praised Waqar's legendary status in world cricket and expressed his delight at getting a chance to learn from him.
“The conditions in England are conducive to swing so every fast bowler gets the ball to move,” he said. “I asked Waqar bhai to teach me how to swing the ball late. It took him only two minutes to explain it to me. It is because of his tips that I took five wickets in the first innings."
“I am eager to learn from Waqar bhai. I follow him wherever he goes and speak to him about the art of bowling as he has an abundance of knowledge to share. A few days back I was struggling with something while bowling, I thought of reaching out to him and even before I spoke to him about it, he said he knew what I wanted to talk to him about and he explained it to me in a minute.”