Former Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis has called for leg-spinner Shadab Khan to be recalled for Sunday’s World Cup clash with India.
After taking the wickets of Jason Roy and Joe Root during Pakistan’s victory over hosts England, Shadab was surprisingly omitted from the team for the 41-run defeat to Australia earlier this week.
Pakistan opted to go with a four-pronged pace attack against the Aussies, relying on the part-time spin of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik, although that decision seemingly backfired as the duo conceded 86 runs during their combined 11 overs and took just one wicket.
Younis, who enjoyed a glittering 14-year international career with Pakistan, has now called for Shadab to return for Sunday’s crucial World Cup showdown with India at Old Trafford.
Shadab is the key man in this side and I think they will look to bring him back in against India,
former captain Younis told the International Cricket Council.
They might go for five bowlers, use four pacers and Shadab and drop someone like Shoaib Malik.
Pakistan have never beaten India in a World Cup match, although they did claim a famous victory over their rivals in the 2017 Champions Trophy final at the Oval.
Mickey Arthur’s team will need another big result on Sunday according to Younis, as they are entering must-win territory after losing two of their opening four games at the tournament.
When Pakistan play India it’s always a huge game, but their meeting on Sunday is shaping up to be more crucial than ever,
It’s simple – if Pakistan want to stay in the tournament, they have to bring an ‘A plus’ performance and win that game.