New Delhi. Former Pakistan left arm spinner Amir Sohail believes that the job of fast bowlers has become difficult in today’s era because reverse swing is not available. He said that due to the Kovid-19 rules, it is forbidden to apply saliva on the ball, in such a situation the bowler has to use sweat, which is not very effective.
Sohail, who played 47 Tests and 156 ODIs in his career, said when reverse swing is not available, fast bowlers need to find new ways to be more effective with the old ball. He said, ‘There is definitely room for improvement in Test cricket. We used to dodge the opposition batting with our reverse swing in the middle overs.
Pakistan has been a leader in reverse swing. Former pacers Sarfaraz Nawaz, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis also dodged the opposition batsmen a lot in their time. Many fast bowlers, including Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah, are of the view that sweat is not that effective.
Sohail said, ‘It is not the saliva, but the changed nature of the pitches, as a result of which reverse swing is not effective at times. He (the pacer) is good with the new ball, good in the middle overs as well. When there is no reverse swing, they have not found anything new. If our fast bowlers learn the art of doing better with the old ball, the kind of talent that the Pakistani team has with it, it will go a long way.
Sohail, who plays a TV commentator, is currently in Sri Lanka and will comment on the two-Test series starting Saturday. He said, ‘The current players should not complain about too much cricket. Contemporary cricketers, if they aspire to play at the top level of the game, must be ready for its demands. Your fitness level and appetite to play should match the level of playing for your country.
He also praised the current Pakistan captain Babar Azam. Sohail said, ‘Babar has proved himself well with his performance. Now he has to live up to the expectations that he has set with his batting and keep improving. The 27-year-old Babar averages over 45 in 40 Tests. He had recently scored 196 runs in the second test against Australia, which was a draw. Pakistan lost that 3-match series 0-1.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 14, 2022, 19:16 IST