Vishal Mehra ∙ Updated: Apr 25 2023, 3:54 PM | 2 Min Read

His Wicket Would Have Made My T20I Debut Memorable: Naseem Shah on India's Star Batter

image-lgw1x0x7Naseem wanted to scalp Kohli's wicket [Twitter]

Pakistan's Naseem Shah gained instant fame after making his T20I debut against India in the Asia Cup 2022. Shah claimed two wickets against India in their tournament opener, where Pakistan lost the match by 5 wickets in the final over. 

Shah knocked over KL Rahul on his first delivery and could have had Virat Kohli's wicket as well, if not for the drop by Fakhar Zaman. Shah's second wicket came in the form of Suryakumar Yadav.

Shah went on to claim seven wickets and spearheaded Pakistan's attack in absence of Shaheen Shah Afridi. 

Speaking to ARY News, the pacer has revealed that Kohli's wicket would have made his T20I debut more memorable. Shah, further explained that modern-day batters struggle against left-arm quicks, and that is not only limited to Indian players.

Here's what Shah said

"Debut that too against India. It was so loud that I was unable to hear what Babar bhai was telling me in my ears. I bowled one in-swinger to Virat Kohli, then an outswinger, the outside edge was dropped. If that catch would have taken my debut would have been so memorable.

Left-arm pacers with good inswing will trouble any batsmen of the world. India have struggled against the likes of Wahab (Riaz), Junaid (Khan), (Mohammad) Amir and Shaheen (Afridi). Not only the Indians, but batsmen from other countries also had issues against the left-arm quick,”

The Quetta Gladiators product stated that he is looking forward to playing World Cup 2023 in India and helping Pakistan win the tournament. 

In 19 T20Is, the 20-year-old has claimed 15 wickets, while in 15 Tests and 5 ODIs, he has picked up 60 wickets, combined.