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Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood has admitted that left-arm seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi still has a lot he needs to improve on.
Afridi finished with figures of 4-47 off his 10 overs in Pakistan’s three-wicket win over Afghanistan in the World Cup on Saturday.
The 19-year-old made history during the match as he broke the record for the best figures of a teenager in a World Cup match.
Despite Afridi having taken 10 wickets in four World Cup matches at an average of 19.90, Mahmood pointed out that he needs to work on controlling his emotions, his delivery stride, keeping his balance and his wrist position when bowling.
“He’s got potential, he’s a very good bowler, but he’s very young,” Mahmood was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “Sometimes he needs to control his emotions and, when he bowls, the delivery stride is a main concern for me when he lands on the crease.
“Sometimes it’s quite a big stride so when he shortens it, that is when he’s most consistent. He also needs more balance at the crease, and the other thing is his wrist position. But we are working on all that.
“Since he joined the Pakistan team, he’s the guy who has been taking the wickets for us.”
With Pakistan having defeated Afghanistan, they will now have to beat Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday to have any chance of reaching the last four.