Shaheen Shah Afridi has taken a dig at Umran Malik, saying there is no usage of pace if one does not have line, length and swing right while bowling. Shaheen was asked if he would work on his pace even more in future to bowl as fast as Umran or Lockie Ferguson during a recent press conference.
Shaheen Shah Afridi has been one of the most fearsome fast bowlers in world cricket. The 22-year-old won the Sir Garfield Sobers award for the men's cricketer of the year in 2021 and has often been compared to Jasprit Bumrah, one of the very best in the pace department. He played a pivotal role during Pakistan’s last World Cup win against India in the UAE last year. He outfoxed Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul initially and later dismissed Virat Kohli as well.
Shaheen, during a recent press conference, was asked if he is planning to work on his speed even more to bowl as fast as Umran Malik, who clocked 157 kph during the recently-concluded IPL 2022. The Pakistani seamer replied there is no use of pace if someone does not work on his accuracy. However, he also added that fitness should be the primary concern for any fast bowler.
“I haven't thought about bowling so fast. I personally believe speed is of no use. If you don't have line, length and swing, you can't beat the batter easily," Shaheen said during a press conference.
“Nevertheless, I try to focus on my fitness so that my pace can also increase. Hopefully, I will be able to generate more pace and my line and length will also get better.”
Pakistan are set to take a three-match ODI series against West Indies. The series was supposed to take place in December last year but was postponed due to multiple Covid-19 cases in the visitors' camp.