30 year old Pakistani leg spinner Yasir Shah takes full responsibilities of his poor bowling performance against Australia in the ongoing test series against Australia which the Kangaroos have already won 2-0. Shah hasn’t been in the best of forms lately and has been made to struggle on the field to take wickets. He has conceded over 540 runs in 4 innings with just 7 wickets to his name, a tally which is not expected from one of the best leggie’s in world cricket.
Yasir Shah recently became the first leg spinner in more than a decade to have topped the ICC Test rankings and also went on to become the joint second fastest to achieve the feat of 100 wickets in test Cricket. Although things haven’t really gone according to plan lately having drawn criticism for proposing the idea of a six-three leg side field in the Boxing day test at the MCG. He also said that he bowled the wrong length to the batsmen and accepted that the setting of the field in that manner was a “wrong decision”.
“I think I bowled too many full tosses and short balls,” Yasir told Fox Sports. “I’m working in the nets to bowl in one channel and improve my action. At MCG because of the rain, there were no dry patches and not enough rough to work with.”
Regarding the field he said, “It was my mistake. As a bowler I take responsibility in setting in setting my fields. In hindsight it was a wrong decision.”
Yasir went on to say that he had been taking tips from Aussie bowling great Shane Warne. He said, “He always tells me how to stay calm as a leg spinner and be patient in taking wickets. He spoke about my pace and how I should be bowling slower [in Australia] than I bowl in the UAE, around the 83-84 kph mark.”
Yasir gave away 167 runs in the first innings at the SCG in the third test and could send just one Aussie batsman back to the pavilion. Pakistan are 126/2 after stumps after Day 2 in reply to Australia’s mammoth score of 538/8 which included centuries from David Warner, Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb.