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Pak vs Eng Watch: Ben Stokes bamboozled by Pakistan debutant Abrar Ahmed
Ben Stokes and co have been taking on the Pakistan cricket team's bowling attack, going after every bowler throughout the series so far. They did the same today, scoring 281/10 in only 51.4 overs.
But it was Abrar Ahmed, 24, who is the talk of the town for his magnificent spells. He picked seven wickets on his dream debut, five of which came even before the first lunch session.
His figures are 7/144 in 22 overs, becoming only the third Pakistan cricket team player to clinch a seven-wicket haul on his Test debut.
The most outrageous wicket he got was of the England cricket team skipper, whom he baffled with an inch-perfect googly that uprooted the stumps at 30. Even Ben Stokes was in awe of the delivery.
The Karachi-born needed only five balls to make an impact in the game, as he sent opener Zack Crawley packing in his first over.
Even Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and former Pakistan cricket team star Shoaib Akhtar seemed impressed with Abrar’s talent and asked his fans if the debutant could take 10 wickets today.
However, Zahid Mahmood, who made his Test debut in the first Test in Rawalpindi spoiled Abrar’s party by picking three wickets to his name.
Shadab Khan is seemingly impressed with the spinner.
Abrar’s rise to the top has been quick. He has been in the Pakistan cricket team squad for a while now, but just today he got his chance to show his skills.
He has been a star at the domestic level, especially in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, where he has been almost unplayable. He only made his first-class debut two years ago, as he began representing Sindh in 2020.
Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam was quick to turn to Abrar in the second Test as the Multan wicket favored spinners. With Zahid, Mohammad Nawaz, and Abrar in the team, the Pakistan cricket team skipper wasted no time and let the spinners take charge.
Dismissing the likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope and Harry Brook in quick succession is no joke. And to do that on your debut is an achievement that Abrar will cherish for a long time.
He has also become the first bowler in the Pakistan cricket team's Test history to take five scalps in the first session on his Test debut. The only other Pakistan bowler to have clinched a fifer on debut is Wahab Riaz, who also marked the feat against the England cricket team, at The Oval in 2010.
With Shadab Khan in the side for mostly white-ball games, Abrar could easily cement a permanent spot in the red-ball side. His experience in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy has already helped him read the batters.
His tag of “mystery spinner” can also help him get into the ODI side with ease and help the Pakistan cricket team in the middle overs as a partnership breaker.
Since Saeed Ajmal, the Pakistan cricket team has missed having a mystery spinner in the team who can pull a win from the jaws of defeat. Abrar can be the man for Babar Azam if he is allowed time and space to embrace the international arena and bowl without any worry in the world.
The 24-year-old has a whopping 76 wickets in 13 first-class matches, 17 wickets in 12 List A games, and 19 in 17 T20s.
He was picked by Karachi Kings in 2017 in the Pakistan Super League but never got a game. Abrar is now a part of Peshawar Zalmi.
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