Wasim Akram mentors Shaheen: Enhance your death bowling prowess

Wasim Akram, the former captain of the Pakistan cricket team and renowned fast bowler, has raised concerns regarding Shaheen Shah Afridi’s performance in the closing stages of matches during the recent Pakistan Super League (PSL) season

With the ICC T20 World Cup approaching, Akram highlighted the necessity for Afridi to improve his effectiveness during critical phases of the game.

Although Afridi, leading the Lahore Qalandars, exhibited his ability to take wickets by securing 14 dismissals in nine matches with an average of 22.14 during PSL 9, Akram noted Afridi’s difficulty in restraining runs and handling pressure in the final overs.

Akram stated during a discussion on a private TV channel, “I think in this PSL, he [was] not able to bowl well in the death overs.”

Despite Afridi’s success in taking wickets, Akram emphasized the importance of Afridi refining his skills, particularly in closing out innings effectively.

The Sultan of Swing underscored Afridi’s crucial role as Pakistan’s T20I captain and a pivotal bowler in the team’s lineup.

Additionally, Akram expressed disappointment with Afridi’s approach with the new ball, observing instances where he delivered half volleys instead of focusing on early breakthroughs.

“Even with the new ball, we all were watching it together, he was bowling half volleys,” remarked Akram, urging Afridi to revert to his strengths and execute his bowling plans more effectively.