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Multan Sultans pace bowler Ali Shafiq has revealed that his role model growing up was legendary Pakistan seamer Waqar Younis, while out of the current crop of bowlers, it is India speedster Jasprit Bumrah.
Shafiq only featured in two games in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) before a hamstring injury ruled him out of the tournament.
In those two games, the 22-year-old picked up two wickets at an average of 10.
In the fourth match of the PSL, where the Sultans played Islamabad United, Shafiq was not only named Man of the Match for his figures of 2-11 off four overs, but he also got to meet Waqar, who was Islamabad United’s team president.
“I have been a great fan of Waqar Younis’ bowling since the time I started to play hard-ball cricket,” he told PakPassion. “In fact, my Player of the Match award in PSL was against his side, Islamabad United.
“He met me that day and really appreciated my bowling skills which I will remember for a long time.”
As for Bumrah, Shafiq admitted that he is a huge fan of the 25-year-old’s ability to shine in the death overs.
“In the current crop of bowlers, my favourite is Jasprit Bumrah as I really like the accuracy with which he can bowl, especially in the death overs where he is almost unplayable,” Shafiq said. “Given the pace of cricket nowadays, it isn’t easy for any fast bowler to bowl in the death overs but the way Bumrah bowls with accuracy is simply amazing.”