When England tempo bowler James Anderson made his entry into Take a look at cricket in 2003, Pakistan’s Naseem Shah was barely three months outdated.
On Thursday they are going to be spearheading their respective crew’s tempo assaults in Rawalpindi with England enjoying their first Take a look at on Pakistan soil for 17 years.
The precocious Shah, 19, showered reward Tuesday on Anderson, saying he hopes to study from the 40-year-old veteran.
“He is a legend,” stated Shah after coaching at Rawalpindi Stadium.
“I have learned from him and will [continue to] learn from him.”
Shah has made speedy progress since his Take a look at debut in Australia in 2019.
That yr he additionally grew to become the youngest quick bowler to take 5 wickets in a Take a look at — towards Sri Lanka in Karachi on the age of simply 16 years and 307 days.
Two months later he grew to become the youngest to a Take a look at hat trick, towards Bangladesh in Rawalpindi.
Regardless of his personal file, Shah is stuffed with admiration for Anderson, whose 667 Take a look at wickets are eclipsed solely by Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan (800) and Australian Shane Warne (708).
“I think it is a big achievement for him that he is still playing and is very fit … that shows how much hard work he has been doing,” he stated.
“He knows everything about bowling, having played everywhere in the world, so he is one of the best.”
Shah relishes the problem of main Pakistan’s tempo assault within the absence of his illustrious new ball companion Shaheen Shah Afridi, who will miss the collection with a knee harm.
“Shaheen was also injured in Sri Lanka [in July] so even then I took responsibility and I am again ready for that,” stated Naseem.
“When your best bowler gets injured it makes a big difference, so we have to take that responsibility, use the new ball well.”
Apart from Shah, Pakistan have three uncapped tempo bowlers in Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Junior and Mohammad Ali.