Renowned Indian commentator Dinesh Karthik recently shared his perspective on Pakistan’s formidable bowling attack, expressing his admiration for Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah. He highlighted their unique strengths and discussed how they distinguish themselves in the world of cricket, Asia Cup 2023.
Consistent Pace and Versatility
Dinesh Karthik commended all three Pakistani bowlers for their Remarkable ability to consistently deliver deliveries at speeds exceeding 90 mph. This exceptional feat sets them apart from their peers. Each of them brings a distinct quality to the game:
- Shaheen Shah is a left-arm bowler with a unique angle and the ability to bring the ball back in.
- Naseem Shah possesses the talent to swing the ball effectively from both sides.
- Haris Rauf, recognized for his skid and bouncers, excels in the latter stages of an innings.
Choosing Pakistan’s Pacers Over India’s
When asked to choose between the fast-bowling trios of Pakistan and India (Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Siraj), Karthik leaned towards the Pakistani trio. He emphasized that he would feel more challenged facing Pakistan’s pace attack, especially on flat wickets. According to him, the bounce generated by the Pakistani bowlers would present a formidable challenge. While both attacks are evenly matched when conditions favor seam movement, Karthik believes Pakistan’s trio holds the advantage on flat surfaces.
Karthik concluded by highlighting the potential of Pakistan’s pace bowlers, suggesting that their abilities on less responsive pitches make them a formidable force in the world of cricket.
Historical Feat by Pakistani Pacers
Notably, Pakistan’s fast bowlers made history by becoming the first set of fast bowlers to take all 10 wickets in the Asia Cup. Unfortunately, inclement weather led to the match being inconclusive, with Pakistan receiving 3 points and India securing 1 point. Despite the rain interruption, Pakistan advanced to the Super Four stage.