The last year and a half have seen Mohd. Abbas become Pakistan’s leading Test bowler. The 28-year-old seamer has made headlines around the globe particularly, after his phenomenal performance against Australia on docile UAE wickets. Hence, here is a look at 4 talking points after Mohd. Abbas finds recognition at the Test level.
Beats Amir, Riaz, Hasan and Yasir To Take Over the Leader’s Role
Abbas to his credit has beaten senior bowlers like Mohd. Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah to become the new spearhead for the men in green. Amazingly, the right-arm fast medium has even delivered in even UAE conditions where wickets are flat and are not really conducive for his style of bowling.
Reduces Pressure on Yasir Shah
The last few years saw inconsistent performances from the Pakistani pacers. This then resulted in captains over bowling Yasir Shah in search of wickets. Abbas’ presence and his ability to fetch breakthroughs with both new and the old ball has not only reduced pressure on the leg-spinner but has also allowed him to attack better without worrying about containing runs.
Ready for ODI Cricket?
Abbas’ One Day International (ODI) debut seems to be around the corner. However, it would be wise of the selectors not to play him an ODI in UAE. Instead, the ODI series in South Africa is most definitely a better time to test the bowler’s ability in the limited over version of the game. If he succeeds, there is no reason why Pakistan should not play him in the ICC World Cup that is scheduled to be played in England next year.
Best is Yet to Come?
Abbas has played most of his international cricket in Asia like conditions and so far, he has only had one Test series in England where bowlers of his kind normally dominate. So, the fact that he has done well even on tracks where there was zero assistance for him goes on to show the kind of class he possesses.
Pakistan play in South Africa, England and Australia next year. If Abbas is able to remain fit then hopefully, the best for him is yet to come!