Pakistan has a big reputation for producing quality spinners in the past with the likes of Mushtaq Ahmed and Abdul Qadir and Shadab Khan is the latest addition to the list. The wily leg-spinner is slowly growing into confidence and has shouldered the responsibility of being the primary Pakistani spinner with perfection.
He bagged three wickets in this encounter and nullified the threat South African batsmen posed in the middle. Sarfaraz had so much faith in him that he didn’t shy away from throwing the ball at him in the death overs, which is a rare scenario for a spinner.
In the process, Shadab now has completed 50 ODI wickets, the talented leg-spinner now has 52 wickets in just 38 matches at a tender age of 20. Shadab’s barely made it to the World Cup after being diagnosed with the hepatitis virus just before the World Cup and didn’t participate in the England series.