New Delhi. It is often seen that teammates pull each other’s legs. Have fun with each other and talk a little bit. This also keeps the atmosphere better. Many times, however, the matter increases and later the stories related to it come to the fore. One such incident happened in Pakistan cricket when captain Babar Azam called his own fellow player an old man. Although the player did not feel bad and played a match-winning innings. The name of the player is Shadab Khan who performed amazingly in the third ODI against West Indies and scored 86 runs in 78 balls. He was also adjudged player of the match.
The third and final ODI match of the series between Pakistan and West Indies was played on Sunday. Pakistan won it by 53 runs from DLS and went on to win the series 3-0. Pakistan’s all-rounder Shadab Khan showed a strong game in the third ODI and scored 86 runs in 78 balls with 4 fours, 3 sixes. Apart from him, Imam-ul-Haq contributed 62 runs.
In Multan, the hosts scored 269 for 9 in 48 overs in this match, after which the Windies team was all out for 216 runs. Aqeel Hossain played an innings of 60 runs in 37 balls with 2 fours and 6 sixes for West Indies but he too could not get his team to win. Shadab Khan also showed amazing in bowling and took 4 wickets.
Shadab Khan spoke openly on some words said by Pakistan captain Babar Azam after the match. He told that Babar had called him an old man, which inspired him to do better. Shadab said during the post-match press conference, ‘It was a pressure situation. Me and Khushdil Shah had planned to take it easy till the second powerplay. We thought that after the 38th over, we will take advantage of our opportunity in the power play of 2 overs.
He further said, ‘Babur called me old age. I got a lot of inspiration from this. It is difficult to field properly after getting injured, so he told me so. I am working hard to bowl more overs at the National High-Performance Center as it was difficult to bowl initially after getting injured. Hopefully I will keep working hard and try to improve.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 13, 2022, 21:29 IST