Spin bowling all-rounder Shadab Khan on Sunday said the team with the strongest bowling unit, capable of stemming the runs on India’s batting-friendly pitches, will win the World Cup.
Pakistan’s spinners, who have been heavily criticized for failing to pick up wickets in the middle overs, are led by the 24-year-old.
In five Asia Cup games last month, Khan only took six wickets, four of which came against Nepal, an outsider. Pakistan lost the competition in the Super Four stage.
Khan, however, expressed optimism that Pakistan’s bowling may make a comeback in the World Cup, which starts on Thursday.
Because of the large totals the pitches would produce, he predicted that the team with the best bowling would win the World Cup.
On Friday, Pakistan lost to New Zealand by five wickets in their first tournament warm-up game.
Before beginning their World Cup campaign against the Netherlands at the same location three days later, they play Australia in their second exhibition game on Tuesday.
Naseem Shah, Pakistan’s primary pacer, suffered a shoulder injury, but Khan maintains that Pakistan still has a world-class attack. Naturally, Naseem will be missed, but our bowlers are top-notch, so if we bowl well, we can get the best outcomes.
In the seven-week World Cup, leg-break bowler Khan, who has 88 wickets from 64 one-day international matches, has pledged to up his own game.
“Perhaps there was a mental barrier, but I believe that will be gone now that I’ve had some rest.
The World Cup matches will be played with a fresh perspective because the past is in the past.
Khan also supported Fakhar Zaman, who was in poor form and was not invited to bat in the exhibition game on Friday.
We all know Fakhar is an impact player because he only scored 65 runs in four innings during the Asia Cup.
We need to support a guy like him who has an impact because we have given him mental space. Khan added that the players had been blown away by the hospitality since their Wednesday arrival in Hyderabad under tight security.
“What a wonderful welcome. The hotel’s kindness toward guests has been outstanding. “The meal is excellent. I worry that we’ll exceed the weight and fat limits!” he continued.
When we play India, perhaps we’ll experience the same hospitality,” stated Khan of Pakistan’s high-voltage game against their arch-rivals on October 14.