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Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja is confident that left-arm seamer Usman Khan Shinwari and spinner Shadab Khan will have a major impact throughout the upcoming five-match ODI series against South Africa.
Shinwari has been representing the Melbourne Renegades in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL), where he has taken eight wickets in seven matches at an average of 21.50.
As for Shadab, he featured in the third Test against South Africa in Johannesburg and took four wickets. He also scored an unbeaten 47 in the second innings.
In regards to their ODI records, Shinwari has claimed 18 wickets in nine matches at an average of 15.27.
Shadab, meanwhile, has picked up 42 wickets in 29 ODIs at an average of 25.02, and scored 239 runs, which includes three half-centuries, at an average of 29.87.
“I am highly optimistic with the inclusion of Usman Shinwari, as he was pretty impressive in the Big Bash League (BBL), exhibiting both pace and variety,” Ramiz was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “Then I am looking forward to Shadab Khan, as he is just a different bowler in ODIs compared to Tests. He is also capable with the bat. I expect that South Africa will not be able to read Shadab’s googly.”
The first ODI between South Africa and Pakistan will be held on January 19 in Port Elizabeth.