Last Update on: October 1st, 2023 at 04:47 pm
Star Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan acknowledged his recent poor form ahead of the ICC World Cup 2023, set to begin in India on October 5. Shadab Khan expressed that his underwhelming bowling performances had a significant impact on his mental state.
Shadab Khan has been going through a lean patch with both the bat and ball. The all-rounder scored only 13 runs at a dismal average of 4.33 in the Asia Cup 2023. He bagged six wickets at an average of 40.83 in the event, including a four-wicket haul against Nepal.
My Form Wasn’t Good Recently – Shadab Khan
Speaking at a press conference, Shadab Khan expressed hope that the break has helped him recover and is optimistic about his performance in the upcoming World Cup.
“My form wasn’t good recently. A player is mentally down due to unsatisfactory performance. However a break has given me good recovery and I look forward to perform well in WorldCup,” Shadab told reporters.
Fakhar Zaman Is An Impactful Player – Shadab Khan
The 24-year-old expressed confidence in Fakhar Zaman’s abilities, acknowledging that he is an impactful player. Shadab said that Pakistan will succeed when Zaman performs well.
“Fakhar Zaman is a big player. He might not be consistent but an impactful player. We have no doubt on his abilities because every team wants a player like Fakhar Zaman in their team. Pakistan will win whenever Fakhar will perform.”
Pakistan Has World-Class Bowlers – Shadab Khan
Shadab Khan highlighted the consistency of players like Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan in the Pakistan team. He also emphasized the importance of strong bowling performances, which would be crucial for the team’s success in the World Cup.
“Babar Imam Rizwan are consistent players of Pakistan. Pakistan has world class bowlers and I think the team with good bowling performance will win the WorldCup.”
Flat Pitches And Small Boundaries – Shadab Khan
The leg spinner said that the Hyderabad conditions resemble Rawalpindi, with flat pitches and small boundaries. He suggested that their familiarity with the conditions would benefit them in their upcoming game.
“The current conditions here have a familiar feel, quite reminiscent of Pakistan. Even during our last warm-up match, it felt like we were playing in Pindi (Rawalpindi). Flat pitches and small boundaries. We will know better about the conditions in the next game.”