Former Pakistan skipper and coach, Waqar Younis feels Pakistan’s nine-wicket victory over England to go 1-0 up in the two-match Test series is their best ever performance at the Home of cricket, Lords.
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Meanwhile, Pakistan last won in 2016 at the iconic Lord’s, having won five of their 15 Tests against England at Lord’s. Further, this defeat was England’s first in the opening Test of a summer for over 23 years.
Waqar, Pakistan’s second highest wicket-taker gave full marks to Pakistan stating England were complacent. Only batsmen Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq have played at least 60 Tests for Pakistan, who are searching for their first series win in England since 1996.
“England were complacent but full marks to Pakistan. This young Pakistan team have hardly played together. Seven of them had not played here before, which is very unusual,” Waqar told BBC’s radio programme Test Match Special.
Moreover, the legendary cricketer Waqar coached Pakistan from 2010 to 2011 and 2014 to 2016.
The Punjab-born 46-year-old Waqar played 262 One-day Internationals, 87 Tests for Pakistan. He bagged 789 wickets across formats for Pakistan. He has played a significant role for his national side alongside veteran Wasim Akram.
Bigger than all other’s: Waqar Younis
Talking to BBC’s Test match special, Waqar further admitted that this win was the best at this historic ground. He added that Pakistan dominated the host except for one session which has been truly remarkable.
“They have done everything right. They lost one session but dominated the rest of the match. This victory is bigger than all of the others,” he concluded.
England collapsed from 236-six to 242 all out in the second innings before Pakistan chased down the target of 64 for the loss of only Azhar Ali.
Meanwhile, the second and the final Test starts on June 1 (Friday) at Headingley.