After the recently concluded test series between Pakistan and England, everyone became a fan of Mohammad Abbas.
The lanky pacer has been renowned for his tight bowling with perfect line and length in the Pakistani domestic circuit for years. However, he became globally renowned after his memorable spell at Lords Cricket ground against England. The pacer is now compared with the likes of Mohammad Asif and Vernon Philander, two bowlers who have taken wickets in all sorts of conditions without a lot of pace.
Many English commentators praised Abbas for his English-like bowling and how well he understood the conditions. Soon after the series, county teams expressed their interest in using the services of Mohammad Abbas and Leicestershire finally drafted him in.
Abbas is already among the top 10 wicket takers of the league even though he’s just playing his seventh game of the season (Others have played up to 10 matches). He has taken 35 wickets at an average of 18.14 and economy rate of 2.43. His noticeable performances consist of 3 five-wicket hauls which includes a 6-48 in the previous game.
Well, they were not disappointed as Mohammad Abbas has proved to be a great signing. In a recent fixture, he took five wickets with brilliant figures of 20.3-11-30-5 against Gloucestershire. The right-hand fast bowler helped his team bowl out the opposition for 202.
A Brief Match Summary
Gloucestershire’s openers raised a 50-run stand when three wickets – two by Mohammad Abbas – fell with no addition to the score, and then Bracey and Gareth Roderick’s 100-run fourth-wicket partnership steadied the ship.
Gloucestershire crawled to 202 before they were bowled out, thanks to the three wickets by Raine and the five-wicket haul by Abbas. Abbas’s side, in reply, was bowled out for Nelson (read 111). The second innings is underway at Bristol with Gloucestershire leading the way with 152-1, the overall lead being 243.
This is definitely a positive sign for Pakistan since Pakistan has a test series coming up in England in 2019, not to mention the all-important 50-over world cup that will take place in England as well. With consistent performances such as this, Mohammad Abbas can prove to be an important asset for Pakistan in next year’s World Cup, if given the opportunity.