Sri Lankan Herath hails Yasir Shah’s bowling prowess
Sri Lankan left-arm spin veteran Rangana Herath believes Pakistani leggie Yasir Shah is a complete package as a bowler.
“Yasir Shah is a very good find for Pakistan,” said Herath. “He has a lot of variation, gets turn and bounce, and also doesn’t bowl many loose balls. As a bowler, Yasir Shah has got everything.”
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Herath added that Yasir’s wickets tally speaks a lot about his bowling skills. “He has only played twelve Tests and has already taken over seventy wickets, so that gives us an idea of how good he is.”
The Islander also suggested Yasir to be patient in England when Pakistan tour the country in July. “In England, he will need to bowl patiently and will get help from the pitch later in the game. I’m sure he will take a lot of wickets [in England].”
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While Pakistan will be relying on their bowling to cause problems for England during their summer tour, the 38-year-old Lankan thinks Test captain Misbahul Haq and Younus Khan will have to hold the reins of batting.
“Misbah and Younus are the two batsmen that are experienced enough to play in any conditions,” he said. “Both have played all around the world so I’m sure they will do well in England this summer.”
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Sri Lanka are currently touring England for a three-Test, five ODIs and one-off T20 series and Herath will be expected to help the Islanders during their five-day games.
“The weather, the seam bowling, the tough task for the batsmen — these are definitely all aspects we think about when coming to England,” said Herath. “As a spinner, I know there won’t be much turn in the pitches here but I won’t really make any technical changes to my bowling, it’s more about what I will do with the mental aspect of the game.”
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He added: “I have more of a supporting role here to start with but as the game wears on to day four and five, I will have a greater chance to take some wickets.”