“I Wasn’t As Intelligent”: Shaun Tait’s Assessment Of Pakistan’s Teenage Pace Sensation

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Great pacers come from Pakistan almost regularly. Despite their young age, the Pakistani team management is not afraid to give teenagers a chance at the highest level. Naseem Shah is a member of that group. The 19-year-old pacer made his Test debut in 2019. He recently left a mark in the Asian Cup. He impressed not only with his bowling, but also with the bat. Pakistan men’s team bowling coach Shaun Tait said he is very impressed with Shah’s progress.

“Pakistani fast bowlers have their natural skills. They like to keep things simple, but they have so much skill and a lot of flair. So that’s already ingrained in these guys,” Shaun Tait was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.

“In some ways he reminds me of myself when I was a younger cricketer. He’s a bit free-spirited. But I wasn’t that intelligent. I think you all saw his natural skills and ability with the new ball.”

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About Haris Rauf’s improvement and consistency, he said: “All we talked about together is the consistency I think showed in the Asian Cup, that’s it.”

“He’s got the pace, he’s got the swing, he’s got the aggression, all those things and we were just talking about being more consistent in his areas and bowling in the right areas that would give the batsman a hard time and be more consistent.” We worked and talked a lot about his death bowling and also worked on his death bowling, but it’s just the usual stuff,” Tait added.

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