Shadab reveals his game plan when coming out to bat

Shadab Khan treat every innings as last hit all bad balls to the boundary batting mentality Pakistan England 2nd Test Headingley cricket

Shadab Khan: “Whenever I go in to bat, I take it as my last innings”

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Pakistan spinner Shadab Khan has revealed that his mentality when coming out to the crease is to dispatch any poor deliveries to the boundary and to treat every innings as if it could be his last.

Shadab was the only Pakistan player to put up a fight after his side elected to bat first on the opening day of the second Test against England at Headingley.

With the top and middle order failing to have much of an impact, Shadab once again rose up to the occasion and delivered as he scored a career-best 56.

Having scored a half-century at Lord’s and followed it up with one at Headingley, Shadab now has three half-centuries to his name in the longest format.

Some might wonder whether there is any intricate planning behind Shadab’s success with the bat, but his tactics to scoring runs are straightforward.

“I try to punish the ball that is in my area,” the 19-year-old was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. “There was seam and swing when I was batting. I was only trying to do what I know.

“Whenever I go in to bat, I take it as my last innings. I try to go as long as I can. Because the more time you spend on the crease, the more you will score.”

Thanks to Shadab’s knock of 56, Pakistan managed to score 174 before being bowled out. In response, England ended the day on 106/2.

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